When lounging the day away on a beach isn’t your thing, and you’ve seen more museums than you can count, where do you turn? When ‘vacation’ and ‘travel’ are two words that go hand in hand for you, where are the best spots to unwind by getting all wound up?
Yakutat Bay, Alaska
Adventurous Alaska! Just about anywhere you go in these parts you’ll be facing something exciting and adventurous; but Yakutat Bay has something that no other part of Alaska can offer – surfing! Yes the water’s a bit cold, but you wanted to get your heart racing, didn’t you? Get into a wet suit to keep warm, and grab a board – waves here are known to get up to 20 feet high. You’ll be able to walk over snow-covered water to get to where the waves are, and the gorgeous snow-capped Saint Elias Mountains will provide the perfect backdrop.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
When you visit the Great Barrier Reef, you can strap on a diving suit and hop right in to check out the coral and aquatic life that lay below us all; or you can receive training to do so while there. However many times you’ve gone scuba diving before (or not) you’ll be sure to see some of life’s greatest mysteries in these reefs – and some of its most beautiful creations too! For yet another other-worldly view when you’re finished, take a helicopter tour that will fly you over the Reef – and where you’ll be able to see Heart Island. The coral here are actually in a perfect heart formation!
The Sahara Desert
Why would you want to spend your vacation traversing the Sahara Desert? Because of all the towns, the markets, the history, and the fantastic scenery you’ll find along the way. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be doing so on the back of a camel – talk about adventure! Yes, smaller towns and bigger metropolis cities have emerged throughout the 12 countries and 3.6 million square miles the desert covers. All of them are light brown or white, making them look like actual sandcastles, and all of them carry their own piece of history. In fact, every inch of the Sahara is historical, and you can walk among the same sand dunes so many generations before you did!
There’s nothing that says adventure more than mixing it up with some massive beasts and living to tell the tale, and that’s exactly what you’ll do on an African safari. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for Africa’s Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and cape buffalos) but you’ll see tons of other wildlife too. Warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes are just a few of the amazing sites you’ll see. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to camp near these majestic animals before heading out on another safari the next day!
Peering over the edges or hiking along the huge rock formations is kid stuff. When you want real adventure and you want to do it in the Grand Canyon, strap on a helmet and get ready for white water rafting! Here you’ll battle some hugely strong white water waves as you try to battle your way out, and you’ll be treated to some breathtaking scenery for the entire ride. Just don’t forget to hold on, so you don’t miss any of it!
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The Running of the Bulls
What’s more adventurous than high-tailing it down a cobblestone street while a herd of horned bulls chases after you? The most famous Running of the Bulls festival is held in Pamplona, Spain but there are many held throughout different cities in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, and the United States.
Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
When you want an adventure that the whole family can enjoy, nothing beats Yellowstone Park. The scenery within the country’s first national park simply can’t be beat, and you’ll be able to take it all in as you hike among the waterfalls and ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ at the amazing geysers. When you’re looking for adventure of the family-fun variety, Yellowstone has it all.
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Whether you’re looking for adventure of the extreme variety or you just want something to spice things up a little bit, there’s adventure waiting for you at every turn. All you have to do is decide whether you want your next adventure to be on the waves, or in the abyss!
Choosing a romantic getaway for a honeymoon or special anniversary doesn’t have to break the bank. Consider these glorious escapes that are affordable, close to home, and won’t bankrupt the kids’ college funds.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Plenty of great deals are always available in Las Vegas, the ultimate party town. Whether you want to get married, renew your vows or just enjoy a romantic weekend, Las Vegas offers many opportunities and tons of special offers.
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Quebec City, Canada
Instead of traveling all the way to Paris, consider a shorter journey to Quebec, Canada, where you can experience all of the French “je ne sais quois,” Old World romance and fabulous French cuisine without having to spring for a pricey flight across the pond. Along with a favorable exchange rate, Quebec offers a rich European culture that includes plenty of quality restaurants, quaint cobblestone streets and architecture that is more than 400 years old.
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Affectionately called St. Pete, this charming beachfront town on the Gulf of Mexico is less than 20 miles west of Tampa and offers the best, most affordable vacations for couples anywhere. The city is fantastic for those who like to explore on foot, offering not only lots of close by shopping and entertainment venues but also an electric streetcar system to help you explore without needing a cab or a rental car. Central Avenue features hundreds of booksellers and antique shops, and the entire coastal area is lined with fabulous restaurants and an historic pier.
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In the stunning cities of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, you’ll find dozens of fabulous resorts along with nearby natural wonders to see. The very best values in vacation deals, however, can be found on the western edge of Jamaica in Negril, an extremely affordable and stunning area with a 7-mile white sand beach, breathtaking cliffs and amazing Caribbean sunsets.
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Instead of heading to Playa del Carmen or Cozumel, save a little money and enjoy better luxuries at Tulum, with similar views, historic highlights and white sandy beaches at a fraction of the cost. Tulum features not only rocky beaches and exhilarating cliffs, but also some of the most amazing Mayan ruins in the country.
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Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or explore outside the country, you can find plenty of great deals throughout the United States and in our neighboring countries to the north and south, where you can explore exotic locales without having to spend your life’s savings. You only have to look around a bit!
Sometimes it can feel as though you’re the only two people in the world. But when you’re ready to pack your things and head out to a place where you really will be, you need a couples retreat. Whether you want a place that’s totally secluded or one that lets you blend in with the crowd, rest, relaxation, and romance is all you’ll get with these locales. So you’ll get the retreat you both need.
What’s the most romantic city in the world? Paris! So of course this tops the list when it comes to couple’s retreats. With so many attractions, five-star dining, interesting architecture, and history at every turn, there’s something here for everyone. Winter can be an especially romantic time in Paris, while the summers allow for dawdling on sidewalk patios and watching the world go by. If romance is your top priority while on vacation, Paris is the way to go.
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Maui is known as being the most romantic of all the Hawaiian islands and once there, you’ll understand why. With no real metropolitan area to speak of, but lots of little towns with their own unique shops, food, and Aloha spirit, nearly every beach is secluded, especially if you venture away from any resort areas. If the tropical sun, gorgeous beaches, and tons of lounging and lazing around sounds like the perfect retreat for the two of you, Maui is your next destination.
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If a boat tour down the Grand Canal in Venice doesn’t speak of romance, what does? Venice is another one of those areas in which the very name goes hand in hand with romance, but there’s tons of other stuff to do here too than just gaze into each other’s eyes. The Piazza San Marco is a must when visiting Venice, as is the Bridge of Sighs. If you want to feel like king and queen for the day, visit either Saint Mark’s Basilica or Doge’s Palace – or both. Of course being in Italy, you’ll also find some of the best cuisine on the planet in this city, from the pizza to the pasta to the espresso.
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Lush rolling hills, abundantly colorful flower gardens, and row after row of vineyards used to make some of the best wine in the country. You’ll get all of these things and more when you visit Napa Valley, and a fairly secluded feel too. Stay right in one of the wineries, or venture further into surrounding towns, such as Yountville. Here you’ll find celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s restaurant, along with a ton of charm and unique character.
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When total seclusion is what you’re after and you just want, and maybe with the odd show thrown in here and there, Bali is your destination. There are few direct flights to Bali anywhere in the world, meaning that you will most likely need to take two to three plane rides just to get there – which gives you an idea of just how far away it is from everything. Huge buildings and metropolitan life simply isn’t needed here, as the island speaks for itself. With history at every turn, and panoramic views that are more beautiful than the one before it, Bali is certainly a retreat. If you do want a bit of entertainment during your stay, you can visit some of Bali’s main attractions including doing the kecak dance in Ulu Watu, snorkeling in Menjangan Island, or taking a road trip to Lake Bratan.
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Bora Bora has long since been one of the top destinations for weddings and honeymoons for a reason. This small island has all the tropical climate, sandy stretches of beaches, and fun in the sun that you could ask for; but there’s a lot to do in Bora Bora too. The Bora Bora Photo Lagoon trip is a must for anyone who wants to capture just how beautiful the island is; while Mount Otemanu seems to spring majestically the surface of the water. You’ll find much more than just coral at the Coral Gardens, but tons of tropical fish too; and to see even more aquatic creatures you can hop over to the Leopard Rays Trench. Bora Bora has tons to see and do, and Matira Beach is perfect for just chilling out when you think you’ve seen it all!
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Anywhere in the world is the perfect place if you’re with the one you love, right? But to make sure that your couple’s retreat will not only be perfect, but far exceed your expectations, choose any one of the most popular retreats above.
Getting away for a weekend should be just that, getting away, without being hampered by loads of luggage. Learn how to pack the essentials so that you’ll have everything you need without weighing yourself down and raising eyebrows. Just follow these simple steps.
Find the Perfect Piece of Luggage
This may take some time, but finding just the right bag makes all the difference. Make sure it’s sturdy, easy to carry and roomy enough to fit everything you need. Follow your preferences, whether you choose a soft satchel, hard roller case, duffel bag or whatever. Wheels are always a helpful option.
Start With a List
Decide how many changes of clothing you will need and what type. It always helps to check the weather ahead of time so that there are no unpleasant surprises. Don’t forget about things like bathing suits, shoes, socks, exercise clothing and jammies.
Assemble Your Belongings
Dig out everything that you plan to bring and assemble it in one place so that you can get an idea of how much room you will need, and whether you might need to whittle it down. Consider whether you will have laundry service available, in which case you might want to save room by bringing mix and match clothing pieces. Check off your list and make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
The best way to pack clothes so that they don’t wrinkle is to roll them up Navy style. Put shoes and heavier items on the bottom, then rolled clothes, with your more delicate items at the top. Then start stuffing the smaller items, such as underwear and socks, into the empty spaces. You can even stuff these soft items into your shoes to help them keep their shape.
Use zipper locking plastic bags for jewelry and other small items that might otherwise get lost, as well as toiletries that might leak, and to keep your toothbrush clean. All of these items can be slipped into empty niches in corners, pockets and between other items.
Pack Your Toiletries in a Large Baggie
Per TSA rules, place all of your liquids into a quart-sized zipper locking baggie if you are flying. The containers can be a maximum of 3.4 ounces. Hotel freebies and other free samples are perfect for the occasion, and after you use them up you’ll have more room on the return trip.
Don’t Forget the Most Important Stuff
Don’t get so wrapped around the handle packing your bag that you forget things like passports, tickets, credit cards and travelers checks. Also, consider any medication you may need; do you have allergies? Could they possibly flare up? Don’t spend your weekend getaway looking for a drug store. Make an inventory of critical items that you absolutely must have, and check it carefully one more time before you head out the door.
Those searching for family-friendly, engaging, relaxing, and yes, even educational spring break ideas are truly spoiled for choice nowadays, with dozens of excellent destinations throughout North America and the Caribbean. These choices include plenty of family-friendly activities as well as opportunities for the adults in the party to gain some much-needed downtime. Take a look below and book a vacation rental today in one of these fabulous spring break vacation destinations.
San Diego, CA
This self-proclaimed “America’s Finest City” boasts a gentle Mediterranean climate as well as a stunning variety of activities for the whole family, from its world-famous zoo to SeaWorld to countless distinctive beach towns and America’s largest aquatic park, Mission Bay. Throw into the mix a rugged and beautiful backcountry, dozens of golf courses, Balboa Park with its myriad gardens and museums, and a friendly population, and you have one of America’s most inviting family-friendly spring break destinations.
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Our nation’s capital is a treasure trove of historical and educational attractions that are sure to provide enjoyment for the whole family. The Smithsonian Museums alone warrant several days, and what child or teen wouldn’t like to see the president’s home up close? Museums, parks, and monuments are walkable, enabling you and your family to explore the city at your own pace. And with many of these attractions free to the public, your dollar will go far in Washington while enabling you to explore some of our national treasures.
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Catering to family vacations is what Orlando, Florida, a.k.a. the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” does best. With three major theme park behemoths – Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld nearby, as well as the Wet ‘n Wild water park and numerous golf and shopping opportunities, there is enough family entertainment on hand here to last for weeks, if not months. And once you’ve had your fill of the parks, Kennedy Space Center and the Astronaut Hall of Fame are only an hour away on the Space Coast.
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For those seeking a more southwestern flavor to their spring break, there is Sedona, set in Arizona’s beautiful and wild Verde Valley. With the stunning natural backdrop of the Red Rocks sandstone formations, this city offers family vacationers a chance to experience the beauty and unique attractions of the desert, including jeep tours, natural water slides at Slide Rock State Park, pristine stargazing at night, rafting on the Colorado River, horseback riding, hiking, and more. If you are vacationing with young children, be sure to include a train journey on the Verde Canyon Railroad and a visit to Blazin’ M Ranch with its kid-friendly cowboy cookout.
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Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tiny Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, is a laid-back island getaway for the whole family. Explore this Caribbean island at your own pace and choose from a myriad of unique vacation properties to enhance your relaxing stay.
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Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
The Turks and Caicos islands are home to the third-largest coral reef system on the planet, and as a result, these lovely islands include some of the Caribbean’s best beaches.
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Santa Barbara, CA
Located only about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a classy, quiet getaway with plenty of activities and amenities to keep the whole family entertained–and relaxed.
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Whistler, BC, Canada
One of North America’s most famous ski and snowboarding areas, Whistler boasts excellent snow conditions through spring break as well as ski and snowboard classes for children, ice skating, an indoor rock wall, and others. Bundle up in your cozy rental property and enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate next to the fire.
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Amelia Island, FL
Florida’s thirteen mile-long Amelia Island is located right off the northeastern tip of Florida and there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including miles of beaches, shopping, golf, horseback riding, hiking, and birdwatching, all in a serene, relaxing environment.
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Hilton Head Island, SC
South Carolina’s famous and relaxed barrier island, Hilton Head, is the perfect place to hole up next to your vacation rental on a beautiful beach and take it all in. Miles of sandy beaches and world-class golf beckon at this legendary coastal vacation spot.
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Sanibel and Captiva Islands, FL
A pair of small, relaxed Florida islands, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are located near Fort Myers on Florida’s southwestern coast and boast fifteen miles of beaches, plenty of outdoor activities such as golfing, boating, and snorkeling, as well as a huge variety of wildlife to observe.
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Home to Honolulu, Waikiki, and the North Shore, among other attractions, the Hawaiian island of Oahu boasts a huge variety of family-friendly attractions in a beautiful, convenient setting that the whole family will enjoy.
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Steamboat Springs, CO
The charming Colorado town of Steamboat Springs is a wonderful destination for a family spring break, with plenty of kids-level slopes and classes and a multitude of activities off the slopes to keep the family entertained.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
With the delightful tropical weather you’d expect on a Caribbean island, Puna Cana offers 62 miles of coastline and a multitude of family-friendly activities in a laid-back environment. Come find out why Punta Cana is so popular, with excellent golf, watersports, beaches, and more.
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Going on a cruise is exciting, especially if you’ve never been on one before. Packing can be a bit confusing, however, if you’re not sure what to bring. You don’t want to miss out on exciting opportunities because you didn’t bring the right gear; however, you don’t want to have to lug around tons of extra luggage and pay excess baggage fees. Here are some hot tips to make your cruise a cool trip.
If your luggage gets lost by the airline, your carry-on may well be your best friend. Your luggage will probably catch up with you at your next port of call; however, until then, you’ll have to make do out of your carry-on. Consider that when you pack it, and load it with everything you can’t do without for the next two days. Be sure to include a bathing suit and some sort of fancy dinner wear.
Bring Clothes that Mix and Match
For more flexibility and to save room in your suitcase, try to bring a variety of separates that are mix and match so that you can make your clothing go further. Consider focusing on basics that can be dressed up with a scarf, blouse or accessories rather than loading up your suitcase with a number of completely different outfits.
Check Out the Dress Codes
Make sure you know what is expected of you, especially if you get invited to the Captain’s Table aboard a formal cruise line such as Royal Caribbean. Check out the cruise line’s website to find out what the dress code is for dinner and other events on board. Don’t panic, however, some lines do have tuxedo rental stores onboard.
Do I Need a Bathrobe?
Most cruise ships offer bathrobes in all levels of cabins, although some offer them only on request. You can check out the cruise ship website to find out for sure, so that you don’t have to waste room in your suitcase stuffing in a bulky bathrobe. You don’t get to keep them, however, so don’t be tempted to take them home unless you’re willing to pay for them, because they will end up on your bill.
Don’t Forget to Dress for your Destination
When packing for your luxury cruise, you need to remember to allow for your activities on board ship as well as at your destination. If you’re planning on going zip lining or participating in some other athletic activity, you’ll want to remember to bring athletic shoes and clothing. Explore all of the different activities that are available that you may want to participate in, and pack appropriately.
Finally, make sure to bring all of your important documents, and keep them all together in a safe place at all times. And when you’re packing your suitcase, don’t pack it so full that you have to sit on it to close it. Remember; you’ll need room to bring back souvenirs!
Sometimes you just need to get away with the girls, let your hair down, and blow off some steam. But where do you go? There are tons of places made for girls getaways, whether you want to be just a short train ride away, or you want to traverse the globe. Here are the best places for getaways, with the biggest attractions to draw a group of girlfriends.
If you want the glamor and metropolitan feel of Europe, without actually having to go overseas, Montreal is the perfect destination. Here you’ll find cobblestone streets reminiscent of those in Alsace, France; and the unique architecture is enough on its own to keep you sightseeing for days. Shopping becomes an experience in Montreal, with everything from quaint shops to the biggest names in designer boutiques. There’s even an entire underground mall here that takes up nearly half the city! With all of this, not to mention the world-renowned nightlife, Montreal always makes for a great girlfriend getaway!
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Looking to tap into your creative side? If your idea of a perfect afternoon is strolling through art galleries while you sip on cappuccino in the afternoon and wine in the evening, Santa Fe is the destination for you. Gallery after gallery can be found among the Railyard Art District and Canyon Road areas. Once you’ve had enough of observing art, you can try your own hand at it by signing up for jewelry-making classes, glassblowing, painting, pottery, photography, and more.
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Maybe it’s not nightlife, shopping or theater that you’re looking for in your girlfriend getaway. Maybe it’s time to really get in touch with your inner self, work through issues, or just receive spiritual wisdom. In Sedona, you can do all of this just by visiting the land. While other cities may boast five-star spiritual retreats, all you have to do in Sedona is be open and visit the land. Native Americans are here to guide you along in your journey, and when you walk away from Sedona, you will walk away a changed woman.
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Want to go a little bit farther on your girlfriend getaway? Then Tuscany, Italy is calling. Tuscany has everything you could ever want – great wine, great food, great history, and great culture – all set against some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve seen in your life. Tuscany has tons of small villages and countryside filled with incredible architecture. There’s tons to do in Tuscany, but if you’re looking for even more, Florence isn’t far away, where you can find even more culture and history.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
When you want to blow off steam, and really blow off steam, there’s no better place to do it than in Las Vegas. Spend an evening at the casino (or at eight of them,) take in a show such as Cirque de Soleil, or catch your favorite musical acts. In addition to that, Las Vegas has some very fine dining, with just about every celebrity chef having a restaurant located there. Designer boutiques can also be found here, so there are always plenty of opportunities to shop in between all the other many things to do in Vegas.
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New York City, New York
Want to do some shopping and take in a show and absorb some history and stand in awe at great architecture? Then New York, New York is the only place to be! New York City is filled to the brim with things to do, and you can do most of them at any time of the day or night. Play it up really touristy if you want, visiting the Statue of Liberty, go to the Empire State Building, and walk around Times Square. Or, check out the sites that aren’t so crowded such as Queens Botanical Garden, Nuyorican Poets Café, Little India, Chelsea Galleries, and the “other” Chinatown – otherwise known as Flushing, Queens.
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When you’ve got your best girls with you and an entire weekend with nothing to do, you’ll always be guaranteed to have fun. But when you want to take it past just doing coffee or lunch, and make it something that you’ll all always remember, choose one of these great vacations and make an unforgettable weekend getaway out of it.
Whether you are coming to escape winter or to greet summer, there is a beach vacation waiting for you. Looking to put up your toes and kick back? Eager to mix a bit of history with your suntan? Are world-class shopping and nightlife at the top on your list? From the rugged coast of Oregon to the Gulf of Mexico to the soft, white sands of the Caribbean, the destinations below offer something for the beachcomber, historian, and shopper in all of us. Start planning your next beach vacation today!
U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas offer a dynamic mix with something for every vacationer. The islands’ pristine waters are ideal for sailing, diving, swimming, or simply enjoying from the comfort of a beach chair. Charming and picturesque towns, excellent dining, and ample entertainment and recreation opportunities make these islands a premier Caribbean beach destination.
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Outer Banks, NC
North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile long string of barrier islands between the mainland and the Atlantic Ocean. Their windswept sand dunes and unique coastal architecture are part of the distinctive charm of these islands. Vacationers can enjoy the miles of quiet, unspoilt beaches and also take in the Outer Banks’ quaint towns, historical sights, and numerous recreation activities.
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Located in the very heart of the Caribbean on an island it shares with Haiti, the family-friendly and popular Dominican Republic is sure to be a hit with those seeking a Caribbean beach vacation. With 900 miles of tropical coastline, rich flora, a pirate-laden history, and a friendly populace, the Dominican Republic is a top value and a compelling vacation destination.
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With ‘only’ 700 islands, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas may fly the Union Jack, but make no mistake, this is a bona fide island paradise, and it’s less than an hour away from Miami by plane. Like the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas’ diversity is its strength, and the opportunities for relaxation, exploration, shopping, and sightseeing are almost endless in this nearby island group.
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St. Barts, Caribbean
This French West Indies island, called Ouanalao by its indigenous people and often called St. Bart’s in English, is renowned for its refined mixture of fine dining and over 20 tropical beaches.
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The ‘Garden Isle’ boasts a stunning diversity of environment, with miles of tropical coastline ad beaches complementing monumental Waimea Canyon and a lush tropical interior.
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Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Come explore the stunning beaches of Guanacaste in the country whose fondness for relaxation is so pronounced it has a name: ‘pura vida.’
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale mixes the vibrant energy of South Florida with 23 miles of clean, sandy beaches ripe for relaxation.
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San Diego, CA
‘America’s Finest City’ offers a breathtaking coastline and all the excitement of a major city in a friendly, convenient vacation destination.
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The Yucatan’s Tulum has something for everyone, with pristine beaches, Mayan ruins, and a tropical forest in close proximity.
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With a staggering variety of beaches around the island, Antigua is sure to delight, and its pink and white sand beaches are not to be missed.
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Cannon Beach, OR
For those seeking a more rugged beach experience, consider Oregon’s highly regarded Cannon Beach.
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Nantucket Island, MA
Tiny, tidy Nantucket boasts a charming town and excellent beaches, many of them accessible by bike.
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Saint James, Barbados
Called the “Platinum Coast” due to its wealth and glitz, Saint James has earned its spot as a top beach vacation destination.
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Sanibel Island, FL
The laid-back barrier island of Sanibel, near Ft. Myers, Florida, boasts some of the finest shell collecting in the world.
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Siesta Key, FL
Renowned for its soft, sugary sand, Siesta Key is regarded as one of the world’s finest beaches and is a highlight of Florida’s Treasure Coast.
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On your United States vacation you can see Mother Nature at her finest, explore some of the hottest night spots, relax on world-renowned beaches, and take in rich culture – often all within the same city. The vast array of options at your fingertips can sometimes make it difficult to make a decision about where to plan your next vacation. Luckily in the USA, no matter which corner you choose to explore, you’re bound to experience something that you just can’t get in any other part of the world.
With a slogan such as “the happiest place on Earth,” it’s hard to argue that this is one of the country’s top destination spots. Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and of course, the Walt Disney World Resort are all here for all the family fun you could ask for any time of the year. The beaches in and around the city combined with the tropical temperatures make this a popular spot for couples and those just looking for a beach getaway; and it’s hard to argue that Orlando has some of the best nightlife for when it’s time to come in off the sand.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
If it’s strictly a hot happening nightlife you’re looking for, New Orleans is the city for you. But be warned, parties here often go into the wee hours of the morning, and then on into the afternoon before another starts up for that night. Carnival is often the festival first thought of with any mention of New Orleans, with the culmination of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) on the final day. But also being home to Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival, and the Essence Music Festivals, there’s always something here for music lovers, culture-seekers, foodies, and of course, party-goers.
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New York City, New York
Culture, culture, and more culture – that’s what you’ll get when you visit New York City, and at just about every turn you’ll also undoubtedly see a national icon. World famous museums such as The Met, The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, along with dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are enough to make for a long, enriching stay in New York. If landmarks are your thing, NYC is rich in those too with the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge being just a few that you can take in. Nightlife here is also incredibly rich, and New York is also home to some of the finest cuisine in the world, whether you find it in a Michelin star restaurant or grab it off a food truck.
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Honolulu has just about everything. Families may enjoy sticking to the touristy areas, such as Waikiki Beach. Along this strip you can find shopping, stretch after stretch of gorgeous coastline, restaurants, and tons of great surfing spots too. Diamond Head Beach, just down from Waikiki, is a great spot for couples to marry, and is far enough from the crowds to feel like a secluded spot of paradise sitting underneath Diamond Head Mountain.
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Great nightlife can be found in the Waikiki area too, but some of the best hot spots are found as you get further into the downtown core. Those who are in Hawaii strictly for the waves might find their top vacation spot in the North Shore, about a 40-minute drive from Waikiki. This is a huge attraction spot for surfers, as it’s known to get up to 6 foot waves!
Maui is known as one of the most private and secluded areas of Hawaii, and that’s certainly indicated by the fact that there are no real major cities here. You’ll find plenty of towns though including Hana, Lahaina, Paia, Kihei, and Kapalua, to name just a few. When you’re looking for all the tropical heat and gorgeous beaches that Honolulu provides, but you prefer it without the crowds and tourists, any Maui destination will be a good one for you.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
When you want to spend your vacation just letting your hair down and blowing off some steam, welcome to fabulous Las Vegas! The nightlife, clubbing, shopping, dining, and gambling are all still some of the biggest reasons to go to Vegas, but you can still find tidbits of culture here and there, if that’s what you’re looking for. Shows such as Cirque de Soleil have made this city also famous for its theater; and you can always find some of the best-selling musical acts too, such as Cee Lo Green, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw.
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It really doesn’t matter what you’re looking to get out of your USA vacation. When travelling in this beautiful country, you can always find a destination that has what you’re looking for, and lots of it. The only thing you have to do is find that spot, and then book your trip.
When you need to get away for a bit, why not pack a bag and head out to a locale that’s not too far away – but not too close either. Here are some of the best places to enjoy a weekend getaway when all you need to forget about everything is just a couple of days.
If music is your thing, Nashville will never disappoint on your weekend getaway. The Music City Walk of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center – it’s all here! And if you want to get a feel for what the music life is really like in this city, check out any one of the many, many clubs and bars dotted throughout Nashville. If you’re a nature lover, Centennial Park is also located here; and if it’s history you’re seeking, take a tour of The Hermitage – the home of President Andrew Jackson.
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If you need to get back to being one with nature, spend your days hiking among rock formations, or just taking in beautiful scenery, Tucson is where you need to be. This city is one of the most relaxing places on earth, but among all those mountains and hilltops, you’ll also find a great city life and atmosphere too – and tons of attractions to take in while you’re there. The Rialto Theater, the Reid Park Zoo, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are just a few of them that you’ll find.
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You could spend an entire weekend just touring the home of The King, Elvis Presley. And you could spend another just checking out all of his airplanes! Even the biggest Elvis fans will learn something new on this guided tour, and have the chance to see authentic memorabilia that belonged to the legend himself. Remember that Graceland is only open during regular business hours so be sure to pack lots of other things into your Memphis stay too, including visiting B.B. King’s club, and walking famous Beale Street.
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Charleston, South Carolina
Take a step back in time when you visit Charleston, South Carolina. In this city, it’s all about the history – and the people are ranked as the friendliest in the entire country, too. Take a tour of a plantation, visit an oyster roast, or just visit one of the local restaurants for shrimp and grits the only way it should be eaten; these are all just a few of the local treats Charleston has to offer. Explore the cobblestone streets either on foot or, for a truly historic touch, by buggy and carriage!
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San Diego, California
For those in search of the everlasting sunshine that California has to offer, but don’t want the craziness of Los Angeles, San Diego makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Come for the world-renowned attractions such as Legoland, the San Diego Zoo, or Sea World and you’ll be guaranteed to have good time. But, if you’re looking for attractions that aren’t on the beaten path, make sure you also check out the Gaslamp District for cute shops and dining; and the Coronado Beach for when you need to hit the waves, or just take in an afternoon of sunbathing.
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Calling all sports fans! Indianapolis is the city to find the most sports in the entire country, and you’ll always be able to come and watch any time of the year. Whether it’s to take in an Indians game in the summer, the Colts in the fall, or the Pacers in the winter, Indianapolis always has something going on. And of course, you can’t forget the Indy event – the Indianapolis 500 in the spring! For those who aren’t athletes or spectators, there’s tons of other stuff to do during a weekend in this city, such as exploring the Indy Children’s Museum – the largest of its kind in the entire world!
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New York City, New York
We don’t know if you can pack all that NYC has to offer in just one weekend, but you sure can try! With Times Square, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and Broadway, this is one city that’s got tons to offer – and the weekends is one of the best times to do it! This is when New York truly comes alive, and when you’ll be able to see the best this city has to offer in action.
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The next time you’re feeling as though you just need to get away from it all, even if for just a couple of days, grab a bag and choose any one of these prime weekend getaway destinations. You’ll come back fully rested and feeling like you’re ready to tackle the world once again!