Tired of the office? Looking to surprise your partner on your anniversary? Maybe you’re just hoping to establish a new summertime tradition as a family. Whatever your reasons for seeking a vacation across state lines, here are 10 places worth a visit.
1: Washington D.C.
There’s plenty to see and do in D.C., starting with national landmarks like the Washington Monument and ending with boardwalks lined with shops, restaurants and movie theaters. If you’re looking for a trip that’s equal parts educational and entertaining, there’s no better destination than the country’s capital.
2: New York City
It’s the city that never sleeps, so make sure you think through your itinerary when you travel to New York. Otherwise you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices offered by Manhattan, Times Square, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
3: Pigeon Forge
Get away from it all with a trip to Pigeon Forge, one of the best-kept gems in the Smoky Mountain region. It’s easy to escape the daily grind when you’re surrounded by misty cliffs and gentle brooks.
Nothing says “vacation” like a relaxing day on the beach, and Hilo is even more beautiful than popular Hawaiian destinations like Honolulu and Waikiki. As a bonus, it’s also less expensive. You can have the tropical getaway of your dreams without breaking the bank.
Disney World is only one of the reasons so many people flock to Orlando. There’s also SeaWorld, Universal Studios and the Mall at Millenia, the perfect trifecta for both kids and the young at heart.
Memphis is a place of history and culture. From the hallowed halls of Graceland to the jazz musicians on Beale Street, you won’t even know where to begin during your journey. Here’s a hint: Start with some famous southern barbecue.
If you love skiing but aren’t interested in traveling all the way to the Alps, Aspen is a fine alternative. Not only do the mountains offer snow-covered cliffs for all your outdoor adventuring needs, but the towns are warm, cozy and great for souvenir shopping.
8: Las Vegas
Are your pockets jingling with coins? Liberate them in Sin City where the crowds are always lively and the gambling lasts all night. Once you’ve had your fill of the casinos, you’ll also have your choice of resorts, restaurants and recreation for the self-indulgent holiday.
If you’re looking for someplace remote, nighttime in Anchorage is like standing at the edge of the world. The northern lights sweep the sky, the ocean is massive and the hiking trails will take you far from humanity into the heart of the wilderness.
Nature lovers, you won’t want to miss Yellowstone National Park. From bubbling geysers to breathtaking waterfalls, these forests have been around for more than 10,000 years. Sometimes it’s hard to see the United States as the Native Americans once did, but Yellowstone makes it possible.
If you’re finally ready to take those vacation days, here are just 10 places worth considering for your next trip. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but between these hot spots and sites like the Outdoor Traveler Twitter, you can find lots of choices for your next vacation.