Bucolic beauty envelops the small, unincorporated town of Arnold, California. Resting at the center of the 400-mile Sierra Nevada mountain range, Arnold is a breath, sigh, and smile of fresh air. Testaments to this are the mild summer temperatures, a close proximity to stunning natural wonders, and the overall seclusion of Arnold’s favored attractions.
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Atlanta today is the economic and cultural center of the Southern United States. It offers a traditional charm with a modern flair. The city is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize winning Author of "Gone with Wind", Margaret Mitchell commemorated by display of her Home and Museum. Atlanta also has stellar performance venues that showcase the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta's renowned Symphony Orchestra. Before or after the show, Atlanta's selection of fine restaurants offer a selection of the best food in the South.
Pampas grass lines the dunes that border the small town of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The tufts of their leaves, fluffy and swaying with the breezes sweeping from the Atlantic Ocean, seem to mimic the fluffy clouds that sweep overhead in the blue skies. Since the 1920s vacationers have penciled in Atlantic Beach for weekend getaways and summer trips. Perhaps this is because of the town’s pristine sands and seaside activities, or maybe it’s because nothing beats dinner and an oceanview sunset. Either way, the Beach is calling.
As its own self-contained oasis of relaxation, Avila Beach is California’s whisper of a getaway. Far more calm and smaller than that of other cities along the coast, Avila Beach is a veritable “resort” town. Visitors are invited to shed their worries at the shoreline and take to the multitude of amenities and entertainment. Dine alongside sunsets, sip on local wines, decompress in the mineral hot springs, and feel rejuvenated with a stay in Avila Beach.
Baltimore is situated along the shores of the vast Chesapeake Bay nearly 200 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 1600s, Baltimore waterways have given passage to ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens - making it the second most popular point of entry for immigrants next to Ellis Island. It is located approximately 35 miles northeast of Washington DC and 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA. With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed "a city of neighborhoods," but is more commonly known as "Charm City." Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history, yet they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with down to earth, small town spirit and hospitality.
As a dreamscape among the North Carolina mountainside, Banner Elk is a favorite destination for countless individuals and families seeking fun in the outdoors. The “ski capitol of the South” beckons with fishing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, golfing and—of course—skiing! Banner Elk also wields a climate that accommodates every itinerary, spanning the Blue Ridge and Grandfather Mountains, picturesque communities, fine restaurants, and specialty shopping.
The Island of Hawaii is known colloquially as “Big Island.” This is a fitting nickname, for the Island is twice the combined size of its neighboring counterparts! Big Island flaunts its colors like the plumes of a peacock: fierce reds of magma from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contrast spectacularly with the bright white snow of Maunakea, while the electric black sands of Punaluu Beach stream into the emerald green of Hamakua Coast’s rainforests. Let Big Island’s significance as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I serve as a prelude to all of its wonders.
Blaine, Washington is perfectly placed for the ultimate escape. Positioned 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of bustling Seattle, Blaine certainly carves out its own stake in bliss. In addition to a reputation for being an incredibly clean, safe town, Blaine glistens in natural beauty. Over a dozen parks are fit for bird watching, biking, and trailblazing, while a handful of manicured golf courses also add to an itinerary of outdoor recreation.
Long known for its “old world” charm, from the historic Faneuil Hall to the Freedom Trail that celebrates Boston’s preeminent role in the American Revolution. Boston has come a long way towards staking its claim in the 21st century. With the completion of the “Big Dig,” which buried Boston’s vast network of highways underground, Boston has hit the new century running. Attractions span the old and the new including the JFK and Boston Public Libraries, the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, Boston’s beautiful Public Gardens and her extraordinary Museum of Fine Art and Museum of Science. With a collection of parks set to take the place of the ungainly elevated highways, the years to come promise to see Boston only grow more beautiful.
World class shows. Neon lights set aglow. Numerous attractions lining the strip. But look again—this isn’t Las Vegas. This is Branson, Missouri. Lauded as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson draws myriads of visitors to its theaters, which feature anything from comedic magic acts to Elvis Presley tributes. The natural beauty cannot be ignored either, for the Ozark Mountains provide a terrain of sparkling waters and forested trails. It does tend to be humid in Branson, but the temperatures are mild to moderate, with around 209 sunny days per year.
Brian Head is living proof that things only get better the higher you go! With a peak elevation of 11,300 feet, Brian Head is Utah’s beacon to snow-lovers as one of the nation’s highest elevated ski resort towns. The town’s year-round population is fewer than 100 people, but countless vacationers and outdoors enthusiasts make for a consistent stream of excitement. Approximately 350 inches of snowfall each year draws the attention of cross country skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers, hikers, and those who simply wish to bask in the natural beauty of Brian Head, Utah.
Capistrano Beach is not the traditional “city,” but its charming small town atmosphere and myriads of recreational opportunities have christened it a viable vacation destination. Branching off from the city of Dana Point, “Capo Beach” is also bordered by the vivacious Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south. As one of the few remaining "beach towns" in the busy Orange County area, Capo Beach has (impressively) avoided much of the commercialization common to the area. This makes for a great, uncongested stay.
Nicknamed "The Village by the Sea," Carlsbad enjoys seven miles of tidy, uncongested beaches along the Pacific coastline. This makes it perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, all paired with a mild climate. Furthermore, Carlsbad impresses with three lagoons, a lake, an aquarium, museums, and shopping districts. As if that weren't enough, the town's proximity to San Diego and Los Angeles provides a multitude of additional options within a short drive.
Less than 10 miles from Palm Springs resides Cathedral City. Deriving its name from the eponymous Cathedral Canyon, the City also features the natural landmarks of desert and mountain ranges common to Coachella Valley. Visitors frequently take to Cathedral City’s sparkling golf courses, which are the area’s prominent attractions, in the Boulder and Pebble courses of the Cimarron Golf Resort, as well as the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club course.
Cave Creek, Arizona is an archeologist’s dream. Myriads of Hopi Indian tribal artifacts line the mountainsides and stone formations, and the flora is entirely unique to the region. Naturally, Cave Creek shares the abundant sunshine and divine landscape of greater Arizona, which consequently draws countless visitors each year to its location. Unlike nearby Phoenix, Cave Creek is relatively secluded from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. Therefore the lifestyle is entirely Western, with rural development, open trails, spaces and wildlife habitats, and overwhelmingly fantastic views.
Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in the southeastern state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The first shots of the Civil War were even fired from its own harbors. Thankfully for history and architecture lovers, Charleston wasn't destroyed and stands today as a salute to antebellum houses, lovers of the South, and the most haunted city in America.
Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and blends influences from around the world. It has all of the big city attractions mixed with the more relaxed attitude and friendly people of the Midwest. Chicago is unique in that it is a thriving, bustling metropolitan area that manages to feel homey at the same time. The ethnic diversity, multi-cultural neighborhoods, and close proximity of these neighborhoods make Chicago a true melting pot. The main tourist areas of Chicago are very close together, making it an easy city to explore. A leisurely walk, a short bus or taxi ride, or even a boat tour will expose you to the famous museums, breathtaking architecture, exclusive shops, world class festivals, delectable restaurants, and all else that Chicago has to offer.
Following in the steps of its fellow northeastern cities within the early Colonies, the city of Concord was established around the spirit of unity, harmony, and friendship. As the name “Concord” actually means “with harmony,” these characteristics are seen all over the city. Residential, business, industrial, and historical elements are all blended together to make Concord an impressive cocktail of evolution and tradition.
The “Crown City” was designed with one thought in mind: capitalize on the area’s abundance of sun, sand, and Pacific skies. Coronado, California is an island resort community within San Diego County and champions America’s “Best Beach.” Over 2 million people venture to the city each year to partake in the glory of a refreshing climate, great hospitality, world-renowned restaurants, chic boutiques, unending cultural events, and endless opportunities for exploring Coronado’s outdoors.
As a metropolitan of amazing proportions, Dallas is the primary destination of travel and excitement in Texas. Drawing those with an innovative spirit, Dallas possesses an uncanny ability to combine Southern charm with commercial finesse. Its citizens have christened the city “Big D” in fitting manner, for much like the state in which it resides, Dallas boasts of big style. From the endless entertainment and dining districts of its downtown, to sporting attractions spanning FIVE professional teams that include “America’s Team” in the Dallas Cowboys, you can guarantee a good time with a relaxing, sunny breeze in the city that never ceases to amaze.
Daytona Beach is "The World's Most Famous Beach!" Known for its stretches of smooth sandy beaches that have made driving and racing motorized vehicles a popular past time for over 100 years, Daytona Beach impresses. The booming racing legacy continues to this day, with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Grand American Road Racing Association housing their headquarters here. Daytona Beach also beckons with activities for absolutely everyone on your trip: spend the day perusing the Downtown Shopping District, take to the greens with world-class golf, explore endless historical sites and museums, and find some peace among the nature preserves and parks.
Dennis Port is one of five villages that comprise the town of Dennis in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For years, Cape Cod has been a place where America's wealthy come to relax during the summer months. The Cape's perfect beaches and the warm waters of Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay provide desirable conditions for sunbathing, fishing, whale watching, surfing, and other activities.
The “Mile High City” makes its residence among the towering mountains and sweeping prairies, creating a memorable and lasting experience for both Denver citizens and visitors. As the capital of Colorado, Denver’s position along the Rocky Mountains affords it a semi-arid climate of comfortably warm temperatures and 300 sunny days a year. This also makes for interesting changes in weather patterns, as the city is known for its sudden but brief thunderstorms. Beautiful parks, biking and running trails, and a citywide, walker-friendly environment mean that most people take to the outside for their daily activities. Spritely pubs, clubs and restaurants give Denver an abundance of nightlife options, as well as the extensive and local music scene. There is a reason Denver was once deemed the “Queen City of the West.”
Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, Estes Park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures, with summer highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 40s, make ideal conditions for such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and wildlife and bird watching. Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences.
If you love the beach and the unique seaside air, Falmouth, Massachusetts, is definitely the place to see. Ride across Cape Cod along the Island Queen Ferry, relax on the warm and pleasant Old Silver Beach, or take a scenic tour of the Nobska Lighthouse in this comforting city. There is plenty to do and see here, so stop by and have a blast!
The Fort Lauderdale of today is a destination that will keep the well-travelled with discriminating taste satisfied. With some of the best restaurants and boutique hotels in the state, this city is a hipster’s paradise.
Washington’s mountains lift from the ground like the mighty, mythical gods of lore. Stretching upwards with little regard to the communities of people peppered around them, such grand indifference captures our imaginations and awe. We strive to scale and conquer them, for mastering their trails and hills and magnificence allows us to transcend who we are in some magical way. Grand Mound, Washington places you within reach of the state’s mountains—and thus its main attractions.
Hilton Head Island, on the southern coast of South Carolina, is filled with beautiful ocean views, antebellum relics, beds of oysters, and Southern charm. Everything about the island speaks of posh sophistication with a laid back attitude. Out on the ocean waters you can see trawlers and other boats; in the canals and inlets, yachts are frequently floating and enjoying the sunny weather. Golf courses designed by some of the sport's finest players abound, as do alligators sunning themselves in sand traps and small ponds. Dolphins frequently swim the waters of Harbour Town, a unique section of Hilton Head that caters to yachts, shoppers, and golfers. Restaurants featuring fresh fish and oysters are everywhere. In whatever season you visit, Hilton Head Island and its surrounding areas are full of fun things to do year round.
Located in Texas, the fourth largest city in the U.S. is known for NASA, its annual rodeo and the massive cluster of hospitals known as the Texas Medical Center. Yet, Houston has matured into a complete and downright hip vacation destination for the savvy traveler. The city is a diverse metropolis where no ethnicity comprises a majority of the population. This mix of cultures has contributed in making Houston a city of superb cuisine, world-class culture, entertainment and shopping. It is no surprise that Houston is attracting visitors from all over the world.
As if the honor of being deemed "America's Safest Big City"* since 2005 isn't enough, Irvine − the center of Orange County, California − offers visitors shopping, diverse dining, outdoor recreation and family-friendly activities. Just minutes from the area's popular beaches and world-famous attractions − Irvine is the ideal location for a true Southern California experience!
Wyoming attracts those who need not the frills and thrills of traditional vacation hotspots or high-octane amusements. It attracts those who are drawn instinctually to areas of earthy subsistence, where the only apparent wealth is a wealth of nature and beauty. The town of Jackson Hole is a reflection of its greater state, having both an aesthetic appreciation of its wilderness, as well as a nod to a heritage of ranching and farming. In recognition of its wonderful outdoors, Ski Magazine even named the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort “North America's Overall #1 Resort for 2014.” Embrace the wide open “old West” with a travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Kansas City is unique in that it is located within two states: Missouri and Kansas. Officially nicknamed "The City of Fountains," it boasts beautiful scenery and luxurious locales. From its famous barbecue to its lustrous casinos, there is plenty to do, see, and eat in Kansas City.
Kauai challenges the conventional getaway with the mantra that you should never compromise on perfection while choosing vacation destinations. With 50 combined miles of stark, white sand beaches; bounties of tropical flowers; 10 spectacular golf courses; opportunities for both deep sea and freshwater fishing; several navigable rivers; world-class resorts, and more, Kauai is THE definition of perfection.
Both Ketchum and nearby Sun Valley are located in Wood River Valley, a region which is home to the Sun Valley Ski Resort, the Sawtooth National Forest, and the river from which it gets its name, Big Wood River. Originally named Leadville, Ketchum was founded in 1880 and grew around the lead and silver mining operations located there. At the same time, travelers were coming to Sun Valley to take advantage of the purported healing powers of the hot springs. Today, people still come to Ketchum and Sun Valley to relax. Sun Valley is home to one of the country's most famous ski resorts, and Ketchum is considered the gateway to the Sun Valley Resort and the Sawtooth Recreation Area. Ketchum is also located close to the natural wonders of Big Wood River and parts of the Boise, Challis and Sawtooth National forests, thus providing visitors with a multitude of opportunities for fishing, hiking and trail riding. In town, it is apparent the residents of Ketchum celebrate their pioneer heritage and have combined their Old West roots with modern life. Nothing is more of a testament to this fact than the annual Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, which features horse-drawn buggies, wagons and carts traveling down streets lined with modern shops and galleries.
First explored in the year 1521, the spectacular city of Key West, is part of the Monroe County, FL, United States, and also the southernmost city in the Continental US. It is located 129 miles and approximately two hours away form the cosmopolitan city of Miami. With its impeccable weather, Key West enjoys the distinction of being a major seaport destination for many passenger cruise ships. With its perpetual blue skies, Key West is also a premier location for naval aviation training, at Naval Air Station Key. With a renowned reputation as the Mecca for summer fun, this spectacular city will offer you scenic beaches, an abundance of exciting venues to explore the ocean, multi-ethnic restaurants, and luxurious hotels with breathtaking views.
Lake Havasu City’s reputation as a stomping ground for partiers and the Spring Break community comes second to the wondrous, natural grandeur of the area. “Arizona’s Playground” sparkles under the 300 days of sunshine and basks on sandy coves, beaches and 60 miles of navigable waterways. The world famous London Bridge is the town’s biggest attraction, along with all of the lake’s waterfront activities. Fishing, boating, swimming, and a wealth of other aquatic excursions are always in season. The numerous hills and mountainsides are havens for hikers and explorers. And Lake Havasu City itself a haven for anyone with a heart for emprise.
Lake Tahoe is California’s masterpiece. The basin of glistening waters and palatial mountains was formed out of calamitous volcanic activity and glacial works of art millions of years ago, giving rise to the astounding tourist attraction of today. Divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe with equal parts gorgeous, Tahoe keeps locals and visitors occupied all year round. Ski resorts, warm-weather recreation, casinos, reputable nightlife venues, fantastic food, and perfect access to Reno, Carson City and Sacramento all make Lake Tahoe the ultimate vacation.
Las Vegas is a mystical, dazzling, glitzy sea of neon lights. It beckons visitors with luxurious accommodations, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling, and decadence on a grandiose scale. It is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City, and the Canals of Venice all rolled into one, fabulous, vacation destination. With millions of people having Las Vegas in their sights every year, it is not difficult to see why it has earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the World!
You would never expect to step into Bavaria while visiting Washington, but upon entering Leavenworth, you will certainly feel as though you have been transported to Germany. Nearly 25% of the town's residents can trace their ancestry back to Germany, and they have brought that European feel with them. Though the town is small, what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality. Enjoy great food, fantastic people, beautiful land, and a bevy of activities for every season. If you're visiting in the winter, make sure to go skiing or sleigh riding; in the summer, take part in wine tastings, river rafting, and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. October may be the best time to visit as Leavenworth is a fantastic place for Oktoberfest, which is celebrated throughout the month. Don't worry, though; if you can't be there for October, with all the delicious German foods, beers, cafés, Bavarian architecture, and beautiful views, anytime is a great time to visit Leavenworth.
Mountainous views. Fresh, flowing streams. And a kingdom of forests and wildlife. Lincoln, New Hampshire was established as one of America’s first colonies in 1782—and the town has been attracting the adventurous ever since! There truly is no limit to the exploration: hiking, camping, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, birding, sightseeing, and more are yours. Guests to the Lincoln can also expect a trim of standard New England luxury, with fine dining, upscale shopping districts, and spa retreats.
Home of Universal Studios Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip, the walk of fame and the Staples Centre and LA Live, Los Angeles has long lured people into its glittering fantasy world. With endless sunshine, palm trees, shopping malls and beautiful people, this city is like no place you’ve ever been before, and yet is strangely familiar. Los Angeles is a wonderful, vibrant, exhilarating multi-cultural hub with a plethora of things to do and see.
Step into Lynden, Washington and consider yourself stepping into Little Netherlands! A Dutch heritage is present in the town’s dairy farms, blueberry and strawberry fields, parks, museums, and its architecture. There also seems to be an alluring vicinity to other points of interest, including Canada five miles north, county seat Bellingham 15 miles away, and half-an-hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean. Skiers may be happy to know that the popular Mount Baker is only an hour away as well!
Mason is the largest city in Warren County and was was listed as #7 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list in 2013. Mason is a continuously growing community, with new businesses and attractions opening every year. When you visit Mason, you will have no shortage of activities. Mason is home to many museums, businesses, attractions, shops, and much more. With the community growing so rapidly, you never know what there will be to do next.
Before the age of airplane transportation and luxury cruises, a vacation to the otherwise unattainable Hawaiian Islands was the stuff of dreams—accessed by way of picture books, films, and wishful conversation. Now the world introduces itself to Hawaii again and again throughout the seasons, and no time is better than the present to visit its second largest island. Maui has been voted "Best Island" by Conde Nast Traveler for the last 19 years, and it consistently succeeds as the ultimate vacation destination.
In Miami, everything oozes glamour, elegance, and a cosmopolitan attitude. Beaming Miami is nestled on the Atlantic coast of Florida’s most southern tip, rendering it sunny and warm all-year-round. It is North America with a twist of the Caribbean, a touch of Latin America and a hint of Europe. These combined give Miami a vibrant cultural life. This is a place where you can find picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping, and delicious restaurants. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors also enjoy taking one-day excursions to see some of the breathtaking natural surroundings of Miami.
Minneapolis is a city on the rise. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is rumored that iconic American writer Mark Twain was the first to assign the name ‘Twin Cities’ to Minneapolis and neighboring city St. Paul.
Mishawaka is located in the geographical region known as Michiana, comprised of counties in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, and it is part of the South Bend metropolitan area consisting of the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, and Warsaw. It is advantageously located just 100 miles from Chicago and 140 miles from Indianapolis, and, like most Midwestern states, it experiences cold winters and mild summers. History and legacy are important to Mishawaka, which is named after a legendary Shawnee Indian princess of the same name. However, the city is also growing with the times, and the convergence of classic and modern can be seen in its buildings, its industry, and its cuisine.
The Lone Star Flag of Texas is one of the most recognizable state flags in the United States. Now travelers have the chance to explore its birthplace. Montgomery, Texas is rife with state history, with July of 2012 marking its 175th anniversary. Founded around the Lake Creek Settlement in 1837, Montgomery now finds itself surrounding Lake Conroe. The lake serves as a focal point for much of its attraction: visitors take advantage of the friendly waters for boating, fishing, swimming, and other fun activities year-round.
Murrells Inlet channels the charm of South Carolina with undertones of its colonial past and a menagerie of modern vacation amenities. As “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” Murrells Inlet welcomes visitors to explore its fishing enterprise—from the sea to your plate! Not only are the cuisines and restaurants renowned, but so are the area’s collection of golf courses. But perhaps most spectacularly, Murrells Inlet is a nature lover’s paradise: Spanish moss drapes grand oaks that have stood for centuries, and seabirds glide over the sparkling waters of the Atlantic.
Concerts, motorcycle rallies, world-class shopping, and extensive beaches all lend to Myrtle Beach’s reign as a top vacation destination in not just South Carolina, but all of the United States. Over 14 million annual visitors flock to Myrtle Beach’s subtropical climate and subtropical recreation. Countless golf courses glitter the area, along with water and amusement parks, museums, historical sites, and more. Sail the coast or relax on the soft sand of the beaches!
Think “Napa” and your palate twinges with delight as images of endless vineyards and glasses of wine come to mind. Napa, California has been synonymous with such delicacies for quite some time—and with good reason. As County seat to one of the Great Wine Capitals (there are only nine in the world), Napa is proud to associate itself with some of the most experienced and enthusiastic wine aficionados on the planet. Do not be fooled, however: Napa is also home to fine attractions, such as Main Street’s "Restaurant Row," the West End, the Oxbow District, historical districts, grand Victorian homes, acclaimed luxury hotels, and not to mention, beautiful weather and clean, clear air.
Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida nestled on the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for world class shopping and dining and challenging golf courses, Naples is only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities.
The grind and glam of Nashville, Tennessee was well-earned. After all, it's known nationally and even worldwide as "Music City." Serving home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and many major record labels, Nashville may trace the moniker back to 1874, when a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers for Queen Victoria of England earned her instant admiration and statement: "These young people must surely come from a musical city." Do not be misled, however, for Nashville boasts a wealth of other cultural, historical and natural attractions. As well as being "Music City," Nashville is also referred to as the "Athens of the South" for its 24 post-secondary educational institutions (a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon has even stood in the city since 1897!).
New Orleans is a city that comes instantly to mind for millions of people each year with thoughts of traveling the United States. Steeped in cultural references, the fanciful streetcar transportation even prompted Tennessee Williams to pen his play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets. New Orleans is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnivals to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. The winters are short and mild and the summers bring plenty of heat and sunshine, so take to the streets with a delicious “sno-ball” in hand and make New Orleans your next destination.
The coastal barrier city of New Smyrna Beach is “Florida’s Secret Pearl” with good reason. Consistently given recognition on numerous “best surf town” lists, New Smyrna Beach was even ranked as "one of the world's top 20 surf towns" by National Geographic Magazine in 2012. Watersports remain its most popular feature, with swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and surfing at the forefront. Outdoors enthusiasts have little fear, however: you’ll discover myriad opportunities to fish, sail, motorboat, golf, hike, and more at New Smyrna Beach!
New York is pure energy. It has been the backdrop for many movies with its bright lights and bustling streets, like those found in luminous Times Square. Upon arrival, visitors to the city are greeted by one of the nation's grandest symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty. Like Lady Liberty, everything about New York is larger than life. The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the nation, and the 19-building expanse of Rockefeller Center includes Radio City Music Hall and houses the offices of major industries and television studios. Although New York's contributions to theater are undeniable, catching a Broadway show is a far cry from your only entertainment option. New York is also the home of world-renowned music venue Carnegie Hall. Multiple sports teams also call New York home.
Newport, Oregon is a beachcomber's paradise. The bustling port town is one of Central Coast’s prides, serving home or a proximity to 6 beaches! Newport’s unique fishing and maritime identity flows with Yaquina Bay (featuring the largest commercial fishing fleet in the state of Oregon), the Marine Science Center, Undersea Gardens, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It doesn’t end there, though: Newport also flaunts a downtown “Deco” district replete with art deco buildings, art galleries, creative shops, and cute restaurants.
Surrounded by the green verdant mountains of dormant volcanoes and the roar of the Pacific beating down upon palm-fringed white beaches, Oahu is an incredibly idyllic holiday destination. With such an abundance of natural beauty and the attractions of a vibrant and buzzing metropolis, Oahu is sure to please all those who visit, from the beach bum to the culture vulture.
As an Atlantic resort town, Ocean City, Maryland has excitement in its DNA. Its various hotspots have been featured on shows spanning the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel, highlighting Ocean City’s beach fun and good local eateries! The Boardwalk maintains a constant stream of entertainment for all ages, from movies on the beach to waterfront concerts.
Ocean Shores, Washington is Western Washington's #1 beach destination. On your trip to Ocean Shores, you are guaranteed to be delighted and entertained. Horseback ride on the sandy beaches, catch fresh fish from the ocean, bird watch in the local parks, and, after the sun sets, enjoy Ocean Shores' vibrant night life. There is never a dull moment at Ocean Shores.
As the sight of the five Olympic Rings and the 1960 Winter Olympics, the eponymous Olympic Valley remains an international symbol of sportsmanship. Decades later, Olympic skiers and snowboarders still come to Olympic Valley to train on the resort's advanced skill slopes and terrain parks, while novice and intermediate skiers explore the nearby paths suited to their skill levels. Olympic Valley is the second largest ski area in the Lake Tahoe Region, with 34 lifts providing access to 3,600 ski-able acres spread across six peaks and award-winning parks.
Widely recognized as a city with a booming tourist industry and an international theme park destination, Orlando is all that and much more for the savvy traveler. With shopping deals, boutique hotels that cater to your every whim, and restaurants catering to every taste imaginable, Orlando is just as much a city for grown-ups to come and play as it is for the children. As the city’s motto goes, “Say Yes to Orlando.”
Palm trees provide a periphery of greens and browns as shadows run along the otherwise snowcapped contours of the mountain ranges. It is clear to visitors why Hollywood stars made Palm Springs their instant escape during the 1920s! The resort town has long remained a getaway for the upwardly mobile—garnering a nickname of “Hollywood's Hideaway”—and has since blossomed into an accessible vacation destination for those seeking lavish leisure among a host of natural and manmade attractions.
Before rising to global and national significance with the arrival of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City, Utah was a relatively unknown gem of the west. Residents adored the area for its abundance of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking, to skiing and snowboarding. This opportunity was capitalized upon during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games—which was consequently deemed the most successful in Winter Olympics history. The spotlight has remained on Park City, with Forbes Traveler Magazine naming it among the “20 prettiest Towns in the United States,” and the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s bestowing of the Gold-level Ride Center designation for the city’s mountain bike trails, services, and community spirit.
Boasting of the grand Mogollon Rim and peppered with lakes and rivers, Payson is Arizona's diamond in the rough. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and explorations remain the town's biggest attractions, luring visitors year after year who seek a swift escape to the wide, wild west.
As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia has endured centuries of peril, challenges and conquest to remain one of the nation’s top attractions. Historical buildings, sculptures and murals line streets that were once walked by the Founding Fathers of the United States. The weather varies during the seasons, vacillating from mild springs, to hot summers, to chilly winters, but people can always be seen out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.
In Greek mythology, the phoenix is a fantastically plumed bird that achieves immortality through rebirth. This rebirth often occurs in the midst of the sun, so there is little surprise that the city of Phoenix, Arizona took the name of such a fascinating creature. Bathed in sunshine for 85% of the daylight hours, Phoenix is in the unique position of have warm weather year round. While temperatures do reach upwards of 100 degrees in the summer months, it’s dry heat you can breathe—without the downfalls of humidity! Phoenix is also the most populous state capitol in the U.S., which translates to a richly diverse collection of cultures and activities. And perhaps most spectacularly, every drive or stroll through the city is accompanied by a backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, sandy mountain ranges and eternal blue skies.
Classified as mountain resort cities, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are situated along the Great Smoky Mountains. Booming attractions like Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain Opry draw tourism to Pigeon Forge, along with its collections of music theatres and shopping malls. Gatlinburg features Tennessee’s lone ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, and quaint, mountain-themed specialty stores. Both cities provide gateways to North America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Pinetop, Arizona beckons visitors to “come celebrate the season.” This is fitting, for every season seems to smile upon the small town with ample sunshine in the summers and coquettish snow in the winters. People come each year to this veritable Promised Land of natural beauty. Outdoors activities are abound: adventurers are fond of hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and trailblazing in the warmer months, and skiing and snowboarding in the cooler seasons.
Fluffy white clouds roll across skies that always seem to gleam with spectrums of blue in the Poconos. The majesty continues with a palette of rustic orange in the fall, the pristine white of snowfall in the winter, and the verdant emerald of forests and hillsides in the summer. Reigning for decades as a popular vacation area for citizens of New York and New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains must be seen in person to be believed. Lakes and rivers to fish and explore, land to hunt, and numerous ski resorts provide the outdoors experience of a lifetime.
Visit Greater Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina's state capital area, where the things to do and see—museums, history, the arts, sports, shopping, music—are as unexpected and electrifying as the area's innovative mindset. Take a deep breath and recharge at hotels where staff will treat you with genuine Southern hospitality. Study the flavors in unforgettable meals at restaurants where you'll taste the area's newfound culinary creativity. Experience one of the most dynamic (and affordable) destinations in the Southeast. We hope to see you soon!
Ramona is the casita of San Diego County. "The Valley of the Sun" lies along the foothills of the noteworthy Cuyamaca Mountains, giving way to warm summers and comfortably mild winters. Ramona has emerged as one of California Wine Country’s more popular regions, for numerous winemakers have chosen to establish themselves amongst the town’s hills. Vineyards pair with the town center, which is rife with restaurants, antique shops, and historic buildings. Moreover, agricultural treasures span farms that offer the best in fresh fruits, vegetables, and even eggs harvested that day!
The state of Maine sets its own pace among the otherwise bustling New England. With an eased temperament that stems from lakefront breezes and whispering forests, the town of Rangeley does not stray from its state’s tempo. As "Maine's Four Season Playground," the town boasts Lake Mooselookmeguntic, which provides fodder for outdoors connoisseurs looking to fish, boat, kayak, and explore. Rangeley also transforms into a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, and traversing the landscape.
San Antonio, Texas, home to the legendary Alamo and the world-famous River Walk, hosts a vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, architecture and moving history. Explore rich historical offerings, award-winning theme parks, championship golf, amazing shopping, innovative cuisine and interesting cultural events and museums. Complementing the city scene is the neighboring Texas Hill Country, where spring-fed rivers carve paths through rolling hills, and bountiful vines have cultivated a charming wine destination. San Antonio, one of America’s friendliest cities, truly offers an authentic experience.
You may have heard that San Diego has the best climate in the U.S., and that is probably true. As if the gorgeous weather wasn’t enough, San Diego also has 75 miles of beautiful coastline, where you will find some of California’s most popular beaches. Ask which one is the best one, and most people will answer “La Jolla.” This picture-perfect part of northern San Diego is known as one of the prettiest spots on the west coast. If you stay downtown, a visit to the 1,200-acre Balboa Park is a must – a true national treasure. It is also one of many reasons why 30 million people go to San Diego every year.
"Every man should be allowed to love two cities – his own and San Francisco," stated author Gene Fowler. San Francisco, also known as the City by the Bay, is a diverse, colorful, and intriguing destination luring visitors from all corners of the world with its beauty, culture, history and dynamic ambience. It is best known for its steep hills, beautiful panoramic vistas, and excellent cuisine. The eclectic mix of architecture, sandy beaches, ethnic and cultural diversity, and entertainment for all ages makes San Francisco a great choice for vacation.
San Jose is California’s third largest city and the tenth largest city in the United States. Deemed a “global city,” San Jose is the Mecca of Silicon Valley: high-technology and electronics industries have brought significant tourism and attractions to the city. The city also boasts a great proximity to all of Northern California’s areas of interest due to its position in the greater Santa Clara Valley. Over 300 days of sunshine and the kingdom-like panorama of the Santa Clara Mountains make San Jose a beautiful, urban retreat.
The name Sandusky has become synonymous with Cedar Point. What once began as a beer garden bathhouse and dance floor has grown into a massive amusement park that draws 3.5 million visitors to the area annually. Known internationally for its roller coasters, the city is also home to a vibrant boating and fishing community. Beautiful historic downtown Sandusky greets visitors with its collection of museums, shops, and restaurants.
Santa Fe is poised with the grace and promise of an existence that spans 400 years. As the nation's oldest capital city, Santa Fe bears an identity that extends past Anglo-America and into Spanish and Pueblo heritages. History aficionados and culture enthusiasts are drawn to the “The City Different” each year. Explore numerous museums and partake in community-wide celebrations. Santa Fe is a paradise for the bold hearted.
Described by the New York Times as “a desert version of Miami's South Beach,” Scottsdale is Arizona’s biggest hit. The city is rich in culture and natural grandeur. The Scottsdale Arts District lends to proud attractions of galleries, studios, and museums, while architectural majesties like Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West supplement the city’s Western heritage. High-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques draw myriad savvy shoppers to Scottsdale — and so does the vibrant nightlife. Also, its position on the northern stretches of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountain Range paints Scottsdale spectacular.
Progressive and yet laid back, Seattle offers a wide range of entertainment, live music and family fun for all to enjoy.Called The Emerald City, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwest United States and is home to the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. Noted as the birthplace of grunge music and serious coffee shops (Starbucks and Tully’s), Seattle is far sunnier than its reputation as a rainy city. In fact, Seattle receives less rain than many major U.S. cities including New York and Miami. Seattle is a green city with an abundance of evergreen trees and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.
Veritably and relatively still untouched by man, Sedona seems to be the Earth’s own conception of perfection. Grand red rocks extend upwards as natural skyscrapers, while clear waters flow in streams around them. Communities of people have been drawn to the grace and transformative qualities of Sedona for millennia. Native Americans thrived in the area before the arrival of Europeans, and now both international visitors and national citizens are taking advantage of the stunning city. Sedona often serves as a spiritual retreat for thousands, while others come for the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Sitting near the confluence of two great North American rivers — the Mississippi and the Missouri — the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward discovery here in 1804. St. Louis is spread along 19 miles of the Mississippi River shoreline. Dubbed the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis welcomes its visitors with the world’s tallest arch (630 ft.) which was completed in 1965 as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of the city.
Utah’s dominance as a ski resort state continues with the vivacious Steamboat Springs. Boasting activities for all the seasons, Steamboat Springs also nods to an extensive western heritage that encompasses ranching traditions. After exploring the city’s historical sites, visitors are elated to partake in world-class skiing, biking, fishing, hunting, relaxing in the natural hot springs, and more. The Springs play host to popular annual events, fine cuisine, and shoppingcenters as well.
Simply the name “Sunriver” elicits images of solar-speckled waters and the coy brush of Pacific zephyrs across forests of pine trees. Expect nothing less with a visit to Sunriver, Oregon. Indulge in one of the Pacific Northwest’s hidden treasures, with the Deschutes River to its west and the enveloping Deschutes National Forest. Sunriver’s residents have sought to embrace the natural landscape—evidenced through planning their community around the 3,300 acres!
A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to Syracuse, the fifth most populous city in the state of New York and the hub of Central New York, a region inhabited by over one million people. Syracuse is the home of a vibrant community with a wealth of activitiies. DESTINY USA, the 6th largest mall in the United States and the largest Mall in New York State are in Syracuse. Renowned Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome host the highest Academic Courses along with the Carrier Dome’s finest home sports games featuring their Syracuse Orangemen and Orangewomens’s Basketball, Lacrosse & Football Teams. More sports are available at the OnCenter’s War Memorial Arena, which features the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Team. In addition to the arena, the OnCenter features the The OnCenter Theaters and Oncenter Convention Center. The enormous NBT Stadium is home to the Syracuse Chiefs AAA Baseball Team, the Farm Team of the Professional Major League Toronto Blue Jays.
Whether lounging on the beach watching volleyball and basking in the sun with your favorite drink, or filling your traveling schedule to the maximum with museums, architecture, concerts, dining and shopping, the Tampa Bay Area is sure to please. Fresh seafood, nationally recognized steak houses and trendy martini bars keep visitors and locals busy in the evenings.
Traverse City’s claim to fame is its position as the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States! The Michigan city hosts annual events to celebrate the cherry harvests, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The land is also ripe for Traverse City’s numerous vineyards, which place it among the Midwest’s top centers of wine production. After touring the orchards and attending the wine tasting events, head to Traverse City’s freshwater beaches, the National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and verdant forests!
Visitors come to Tucson to take in the natural sunlit landscape of the Sonoran desert and the mountains that surround the city. They also endeavor to experience the cultural diversity of a city that boasts of Native American, Latin and European influences. Because of its unique geography, Tucson is a diverse outdoor playground, offering a serene landscape with a wide range of terrain for hikers of all skill levels, rock climbing, cycling, and more. Explore the underground tunnels of Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park or the unique and varied plant and animal life that exists in the ecosystems in and around Tucson. The city also has a very artistic side, which is apparent in its many cultural events, restaurants, and galleries.
Think BIG in Washington – as soon as you arrive in DC, you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants and clubs around every corner. The principles of Equality, Justice, Life and Liberty are still upheld, but DC is, above all, a trendy and international town.
New England itself is pure charisma. Representing much of the world’s inspiration, the area is draped by sparkling snow in the winter, swept with seaside fresh air during spring and summer, and painted with the changing colors of its trees during autumn. Waterville Valley, Hew Hampshire is a beacon of these seasons and a proud, New England town. Its resort is the focal point, lending to recreational activities throughout the seasons that include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more. And not to be overlooked, the White Mountain National Forest also wraps Waterville Valley in its scenic landscape.
West Palm Beach is Miami’s less popular, but just as hip little sister. Known for its art festivals, nightlife and extensive shopping choices, this city serves both the young family set with zoos and museums and the epicurean crew with a myriad of foodie delights.
Historic pride and natural beauty - Williamsburg seems to have the best of both as millions of travelers visit the city every year for its timeless attractions and verdant landscape. Colonial remnants of buildings, museums, hotels, and even taverns are favorites of locals and vacationers alike, with Revolutionary reenactments and interpretations spanning the hillsides and battlefields. Take to the waters with Old World schooners, sailing with the Virginian breezes that were once experienced by legendary figures like George Washington and John Smith. Come visit Williamsburg and become a part of true American history.
Wisconsin Dells has a 150-year-history of hosting travelers who are attracted to the scenery and tranquility of the area. When coupled with the nearby area surrounding Lake Delton, it is commonly called “The Dells.” As the self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World,” The Dells has an adventure for every age on your trip! Fishing, boat tours, kayaking, waterparks, parasailing, ziplines, vertical adventures, and high-adventure amusement park rides provide excitement. There are also boutique shopping, live music, fine dining, and wine tours for when the high-octane thrills exhaust you!
One of the world's most popular resort areas is Yarmouth, Massachusetts! From the coasts of Cape Cod is a masterfully planned and historically rife city. Three villages comprise Yarmouth, with each reflecting over three centuries’ worth of culture, tradition, and splendor. Plan a vacation around the unique attractions among West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth.