During the winter, conventional wisdom says you should seek out a warm weather vacation to beat the winter blues. But what if you wanted to enjoy a colder experience? And during the summer, why hit the beach when you could have a history lesson instead? Here are some incredible destinations filled with great vacation attractions for you to consider:
Interested in a refreshing way to keep your cool during a winter vacation? Then pair marvelous Michigan with a glass of ice wine and toast the chill in the air. Chateau Grand Traverse is a family-owned winery located in the Old Mission Peninsula of Traverse City, renowned as a wine-producing region. One of the winery’s most popular grapes is the Riesling—and after the main harvest, many are left on the vine to freeze. Once the grapes are completely frozen over, they are pressed for fermentation. The final yield produces a decadently sweet dessert wine made from the highly concentrated liquid of the icy orbs.
Las Vegas Strip
Go around the world right on the Las Vegas Strip. In an area that covers just five miles, you can see a pyramid, encounter the sphinx, go to the top of the Eiffel Tower (a replica, of course), travel under the Arc de Triomphe, enjoy a romantic gondola ride on a Venetian canal, put yourself in a New York state of mind under a New York skyline or be courageous on the grounds of an intriguing medieval castle straight out of the pages of a fairytale classic. As you might expect, you can order up delicious International cuisine at every vacation attraction along the way.
Shoot over to Boston for a historical visit to Faneuil Hall—the place our Founding Fathers called “The Cradle of Liberty.” This bustling marketplace has been a popular shopping and dining area for more than 250 years. Successful merchant Peter Faneuil used his personal resources to fund the construction of this revolutionary landmark, eventually donating it to the city. This popular tourist attraction lets you explore the streets where seafood, meats, spices and dry goods were bought and sold—and orators delivered rousing speeches. It’s also one block away from the Union Oyster House, America’s oldest restaurant on the historic Freedom Trail with plenty of “Ye Olde New England” atmosphere.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This wondrous outdoor playground provides plenty of opportunity to go for a hike, picnic, spend a lazy day floating on inner tubes or pose for a pictures with mountainous backdrops. Fly-fishing in the Smoky Mountains is a popular activity with anglers because the trout are abundant (some waters are stocked)—so there is always the chance of reeling in the big one. Those with a sense of adventure will enjoy white water rafting in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you’re into the wilder side of the Smokies, keep your eyes peeled for critters like black bear, elk, white-tailed deer and more than 17,000 other species of the crawling, flying, hopping, running and slithering variety.
Packed with adventure and exciting activities from award-winning vacation attractions, amusement parks, golf courses, entertainment, restaurants and shopping, Orlando is a great place to create magic! Escape on an African Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, travel around the world in one afternoon at Epcot®, swim with the dolphins at SeaWorld®’s Discovery Cove®, star in one of your favorite movies at Universal Orlando® or dare to ride high-speed roller coasters at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. For those who enjoy the bustling city life, be sure to visit Universal CityWalk®. Whatever your speed, Orlando is a world-renowned vacation destination that sets the scene for sharing dreams during an exciting getaway.
White Mountains, New Hampshire
Surrounded by crisp blue skies and panoramic views of the White Mountains, this destination invites you to savor the recreational choices the Northeast has to offer. During the winter, you can swoosh down the slopes at one of three separate ski mountains. Come summer, golf canoeing and kayaking, theme parks, hiking and biking are all popular activities. For a car ride like no other, journey along the extraordinary Kancamagus Scenic Byway. This picturesque drive takes you through spectacular forests, vintage logging roads and across authentic, Indian hunting trails. Take the road to Franconia Notch State Park for the incredible Flume Gorge—at 800 feet long and 90 feet tall, it’s not to be missed.