Taking a breather from work and getting away for a vacation is an absolute must to recharge and rejuvenate. Whether it’s a trip across the ocean or across state borders, breaking from the routine for a little rest and relaxation is important for your well-being.
When planning your next vacation, consider one of the following lesser-known getaways. Some are packed with character, provide unique culinary fare, or offer the vibrancy you’d expect from a large city but without the hustle and bustle.
Big Sur, California
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Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, about 45 minutes south of Carmel, Big Sur, California, offers outstanding views, whale watching, art galleries, and cliff-hugging restaurants, inns, and hotels. More than 3 million people explore this Highway 1 hideaway every year. Summer is the best time to visit, as the days are usually warm and the sky is clear.
When people think of Louisville, Kentucky, they usually think of bourbon whiskey. Not surprising as one-third of the world’s bourbon whiskey comes from this charming Kentucky city.
People also flock to this town to attend the Kentucky Derby, a weeklong horse racing event at Churchill Downs that takes place in late April and early May. If you’d rather relax and take in the irresistible charm of this quaint city, you’ll find parks for biking and hiking, and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will capture the attentions of baseball fans.
Lake Placid, New York
If wintertime sports such as snowshoeing and downhill skiing are more to your liking, then few places are more beautiful in the winter than Lake Placid, New York, home to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Nestled among the Adirondack Mountains, this inviting getaway offers plenty of activities to do for the entire family while also remaining a romantic destination for couples. Enjoy the fresh mountain air, eat at one of the many restaurants, and stay at a picturesque lodge.
St. Augustine, Florida
People who visit this beachside community often comment on its gardens and long stretches of sandy beaches. With a European influence, St. Augustine, Florida, holds the distinction as the nation’s oldest city. Convenient to three major airports, this historic city has a year-round climate that is neither too warm nor too cool. Its many cafes, shops, and museums stretch along cobblestone streets perfect for evening strolls and early-morning hikes.
A weathered hub for the fishing industry, Brunswick, Georgia, is growing into a haven for vacationers from all parts of the globe. The best time to visit is during the springtime or summer; you’ll find dozens of historic landmarks to explore and parks and galleries to visit. After a long day at the marina or a night out on the town, you’ll appreciate the many excellent hotels in Brunswick where you can catch some sleep. This Southern getaway is definitely one of Georgia’s best well-kept secrets and favorite vacation destinations.
Whether venturing out to snow-covered mountains or sun-kissed beaches, you won’t find a better time than today to plan your vacation to one of these lesser-known U.S. hideaways. Check your calendar, pack your bags, make your travel arrangements, and discover a place you will not soon forget. After all, you deserve a vacation.