Are you stuck in a rut? Do you need a change of pace? Sometimes the routine of daily life becomes overwhelming and the responsibilities of work, home, and family can leave you feeling drained and longing for time away from the hustle and bustle.
Perhaps a vacation is not in the plan for you this year, or maybe you've already taken the family vacation to the beach, and you really don’t have time or money for another getaway. That doesn't mean you can't dream of your next escape.
If you haven't already started a travel bucket list, this is your opportunity to begin one. With a travel bucket list, you can combine big dreams with realistic budgetary constraints. Many people have places like Paris, France, or Australia on their travel bucket list, but there are a multitude of destinations in the United States waiting for exploration
Wyoming appeals to the nature lover as well as to people who are fascinated by Wild West history. Wyoming is home to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Cheyenne, Cody, Grand Teton National Park, and Ten Sleep.
Breath-taking natural views abound in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Jackson Hole hosts staged Old West shootouts as well as offering experiences on the Snake River in summer and skiing or snowmobiling in winter. They even offer log cabin rentals in the parks, including twin beds for the kids or a romantic king bed option for adults.
As you might expect, Cody is named for the famous frontiersman "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center in Cody is home to museums, a research library, and Stampede Park which claims to be the rodeo capital of the world.
Ten Sleep is a ranching town that was named because of its position between two Sioux encampments. If you have ever desired to visit a dude ranch, Ten Sleep is the place to go.
From Dallas to Houston and San Antonio to Waco, Texas offers a myriad of vacation options. There are options for weekend getaways as well as ones for longer stays. From museums and art galleries to botanical gardens, planetariums and nature centers, Texas has something for everyone.
El Paso is rich with history, and Abilene offers a storybook festival sure to please kids of all ages, even the young at heart. Waco is home to the Dr. Pepper Museum and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum that pays homage to the famous law enforcement agency.
Beach lovers as well as history lovers will enjoy Corpus Christi where the USS Lexington is located. A visit to San Antonio is a must for history buffs. Don't forget the Alamo!
Ski vacations, romantic getaways, family friendly festivals, and the promise of adventure at almost every turn make Colorado a bucket list worthy destination.
Long known as a destination for winter travelers, Colorado has offerings for those wanting a summer getaway too. Vail hosts a variety of music and dance festivals in the warmer months. Visit the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Jazz Festival or the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival which hosts orchestral performances from groups like the New York Philharmonic.
Steamboat Springs hosts an annual hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park festival that includes children's interactive activities as well as live entertainment, food vendors and, of course, hot air balloons.
In Telluride, you will find Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado's longest free-falling waterfall, as well as gondola rides up the mountain and an annual Bluegrass Festival.
Visit Durango to ride the Durango and Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad through the mountain passes that connect Durango to Silverton, or you could choose to kayak on the Animas River.
Those who choose to stay on the beaten path will enjoy cities like Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs.
Mountain getaways, whitewater rafting experiences, Civil War battlefields, and music from a variety of genres are things to expect from a visit to Tennessee.
For the Civil War enthusiast there are battlefields like Shiloh National Military Park in the town of the same name or Chickamauga National Military Park near Chattanooga.
Those who want to step into the past will find touring the antebellum homes in Tennessee to be a fascinating breath of fresh air. Blount House in Knoxville, the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna and The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's home, in Nashville are just a few of the homes offering tours.
While in Nashville, experience live music downtown at the Ryman Auditorium or any number of smaller venues. Even small, locally owned establishments host events featuring music from local artists.
For Blues enthusiasts, Memphis is the town to visit. Beale Street has music performances in almost every restaurant as well as in the courtyards just off the street. Home to W.C. Handy and Elvis Presley in their adult years, Memphis is rich in music history. Sun Studios and Staxx Music offer tours for guests to learn more about the recording industry.
Home to Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and Crater Lake, Oregon features breath-taking natural vistas as well as urban cityscapes. Ghost towns, hiking trails, and beautiful waterfalls are a few of the sights that Oregon can offer travelers.
Travel to Sumpter to ride the rails on the Sumpter Valley Railroad. Visitors can ride an 1890 narrow gauge steam train that has been restored and runs between McEwen and Sumpter.
Book lovers will find themselves at home in the flagship store of Powell's Books in Portland. Powell's is touted as the largest independent bookseller in the world and the flagship store covers an entire city block and boasts nine rooms including a rare book room.
Towns like Medford and Jacksonville are off the beaten path, but they offer independently owned eateries, winemakers, and microbreweries to entice travelers to visit.
Regardless of your personal interests, there are travel destinations in the United States to peak
your sense of adventure. Add some of them to your travel bucket list. Then have fun checking
each one off.
The pace of modern life can get us down and run us ragged. And for this reason, sometimes a busy or activity-packed vacation destination can actually be the last thing you need. Instead, if you're feeling a bit worn down, you can look to slow down at a place that invites you to let go and relax. And for this type of getaway, there aren't many East Coast destinations that can top Cape May, New Jersey
With its slow pace, rich history, and almost indescribably pleasant atmosphere, it can be just the place to find peace and recuperate from everyday life. Below are a few specific reasons why.
Cape May is first and foremost recognized as a coastal destination, so we may as well start with the beaches! Here, while there can certainly be a crowd during peak travel times or over holidays, you can for the most part enjoy gorgeous beach areas without worrying about throngs of tourists, clutter, and all of that. It'll be just you, whoever you happen to be traveling with, clean sand and pretty waters.
On Cape May Beach in particular, the sand is pristine and just waiting for your lounge chair and umbrella drink. However, you may also want to check out Sunset Beach near the SS Atlantus, North Wildwood Beach, Poverty Beach, and the beach at Cape May Point State Park. And wherever you are, don't forget to hunt for Cape May diamonds when you get up for a walk down the beach! These are basically glittery quartz pebbles often collected by visitors, and they actually do add a certain charm to the beaches.
A Slower Pace
The more well-known beach destination in this part of New Jersey is Atlantic City, which is known as much for over-the-top entertainment and towering casino resorts as for the actual beaches. However, Atlantic City's charms have dissipated over the years, and in fact at this point even its casino allure is no longer unique. That's not to say you'll find casinos on Cape May (you won't), but with the games available online throughout the state, people can effectively enjoy the best part of Atlantic City anywhere.
And that speaks to the whole idea that Cape May offers a slower pace. Those who want to enjoy the state's casino culture can simply do so online from a cozy, rented cottage rather than mess with a bustling big-city resort. Similarly, if you want to get around on Cape May, you're typically better off doing so by bicycle or on foot than by car. If you're looking for a place to stay, you can find a quaint, homey property rather than a giant hotel. If you want to go for a drink you can visit a local winery instead of a crowded bar or club, and if you need an activity to enjoy with dinner, watching the sunset is as good an option as any. The whole place is just pared down, in a soothing and beautiful way.
If you're looking for a slow-paced vacation and you value the charm factor, you'll no doubt appreciate the older dwellings that are emblematic of Cape MayMay. Because of the area's rich history, there are many preserved historic homes showcasing a diverse range of architectural influences - many of which you can tour (or at least take a look at) during your stay.
If this idea does appeal to you, you may want to start with the Emlen Physick Estate, a beautifully restored Victorian. Its carriage house is home to the visitor's center, so from there you can determine other historic landmarks to visit during your stay on Cape May. Most of them reside in the historic district, including highlights like the George Allen House (in the Italianate style), the George Boyd House (Georgian Revival style), and Fryer's Cottage (Second Empire style).
Nature and Wildlife
If you enjoy the outdoors and you're up for mixing in a bit of activity with your leisurely getaway, a visit to the Nature Center of Cape May can be just the thing. This venue has its own garden and activities, along with an observation tower that provides some beautiful views. And if this interests you, a wealth of other nature parks and trails exist on the cape as well, including New Jersey Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve, Cape May County Park and Zoo, and Stone Harbor Point.
All in all, this should set you up for the relaxing vacation you need!
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