You’ve been waiting for months; the day has finally arrived. It’s vacation time! Where will you go? Grand Canyon National Park? Hawaii? Niagara Falls? With so many places to choose from, your options are endless. The only thing between you and the trip of a lifetime is choosing where to go. Let these must-dos inspire you on your quest to create and unforgettable vacation experience.
The United States is home to 59 protected areas operated by the National Park Service. Thrill seekers, photographers, and explorers will appreciate the grandeur of Carlsbad Caverns, located in New Mexico. You can take a walking tour through the caverns or relax outside and watch the emerging of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats. Other parks of interest include Grand Canyon in Arizona, Kings Canyon in California, and Arches in Utah. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture those breath taking views.
Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing day bathing in the sun on the beach, catching some waves, or building a sandcastle? Head off to Kahanamoku Beach, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, where you can end a Friday of surf and sun with a torch lighting ceremony followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Or, take the family to Barefoot Beach in Florida, known for kid friendly, shallow waves and educational programs about sea turtles, plants, and other wildlife. Beach resorts offer a variety of amenities and provide all-inclusive packages with room, food, and entertainment.
Do you dream of a week-long ocean cruise to Mexico or a private island destination in the Bahamas? From shore excursions and endless dinner buffets to live entertainment, a wide array of options are available to help you create your ideal getaway. Not everyone enjoys an ocean cruise. Lake and river cruises are a popular choice for those who are leery of sailing the seas. Picture yourself in Cananda, in a boat on Niagara River, mesmerized by the thundering falls only 80 feet in front of you. Or, imagine yourself taking a romantic dinner cruise on the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore, Maryland, surrounded by the sights of the historic Inner Harbor.
Water slides, roller coasters, wild animals, carnivals, live shows, and character appearances are just a few of the many experiences you will find at amusement parks from Canada to Mexico. Adrenaline junkies enjoy places such as Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks, while animal lovers appreciate Sea World or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Families with young children can find adventure at Legoland and giggles at Sesame Place. If water parks are your preference, lather on some sunscreen and head over to Water Country USA, or try out Pump House, an indoor water park located in Jay, Vermont.
Filled with wonders for your eyes to behold, the world is yours to explore. Stunning landscapes, adventures, adrenaline rushes, and peaceful havens of rest and relaxation await your arrival. Start planning your dream vacation. What are you waiting for? Go exploring!