Anniversary celebrations provide a great excuse to take a trip to a far away destination or check into a nearby inn for some rest and relaxation. Many couples who could not afford a luxury honeymoon when they got married, can make their dreams come true with the perfect anniversary trip to Maui, the Caribbean, Florida or the Pacific years later. If you are looking for romantic ideas from major U.S. cities, we've already written about weekend getaways from NYC, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities. Here are the best anniversary ideas.
»Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a unique weekend getaway in the Texas Hill Country, just 45 minutes from Austin. Guests are accommodated in a 435-square-foot tent complete with a kitchenette, a romantic claw-foot tub and high-speed internet access. Take a long relaxing bath in the privacy of your own tent, surrounded by nature. Relax outdoors on the terrace on the plush sofa with a beautiful view over the treetops. If you prefer to sway in a hammock, there is one hanging out on the deck as well. In the morning you will wake up to the sounds of birds, surrounded by trees and fresh outdoor air. Each luxury tent has a kitchenette. If you are looking for unique anniversary ideas, this is a great place to visit. Rates start at $285/night with a two night minimum stay. Read more
Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley, Texas 78676, Phone: 713-502-3997
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Best things to do in: Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Denver
»El Secreto Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Check into one of the villas on the beach at El Secreto Beach Resort in Belize and spend your anniversary with your toes in the sand. Each villa has a private outdoor Jacuzzi, shower patio, hammock, iPod dock station, LCD TV and 400 thread sheets. Relax at Ikal spa which has a custom couples’ massage cabin and a beachside cabana where you can listen to the sounds of the Caribbean Sea while receiving your massage. You will be tempted to order room service, sip cocktails by the oceanview pool and never leave the resort. There are, however, many fun activities to try in the area. You can go on a dive trip, fishing, snorkeling, take a helicopter tour, or visit ancient Maya ruins. Luxury villas start at $550 per night. Read more
More anniversary destinations: East Coast, Romantic California, Oregon, Romantic Texas
Best attractions & points of interest in: Destin, Sacramento, Louisville, Dallas, San Diego
If you are looking for a unique golf vacation idea in Ireland, Mount Juliet is a beautiful estate where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor vacation activities in style. The resort is known for its 18 hole signature golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Golf Academy. The hotel also offers tennis, croquet, horseback riding, fishing, clay target shooting and archery. The resort is located on the banks of the River Nore, 75 miles south of Dublin, Ireland.
Minimalist in design, the hotel spa offers a number of treatments for both men and women. One can choose from day-long packages as well as individual treatments. The health club offers a 15-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. The 1,500-acre estate features formal gardens and numerous trails that can be explored on foot or by bike. The estate provides several different types of accommodations. The 32 rooms and suites are elegant and individually furnished. The Rose Garden Lodges and the Courtyard Rooms are more informal.
The formal Lady Helen Dining Room serves international cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh produce and herbs from the estate's own herb and vegetable gardens.
Browse more great golf vacation ideas. Mount Juliet is located 75 miles south of Dublin, Ireland. Major international airlines fly to Dublin daily. Room rates in Mount Juliet House start at € 175 per night. Green fees start from € 90 per round of golf. Read more
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»Flying Trapeze in New York City
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to fly through the air like Spider-Man, here is your chance. Trapeze School New York makes it easy for even the absolute beginner to fly trapeze in 6 locations across the U.S. The school offers classes for beginners as well as more advanced fliers in separate workshops. In New York, thrill seekers can test their courage in Manhattan outdoors at Pier 40 & South St. Seaport, and indoors at Long Island City. The company offers private and group classes in static trapeze and silks. Classes last 2 hours and cost between $50 and $70 per person. During the first lesson, you will learn the knee-hang and you may even be able to try a catch 23 feet in the air. Other locations include: Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and Puerto Rico. If you are looking for anniversary trips on a budget, looking for nearby activities and attractions is the way to go.
231 W. 29th St., Suite 606 New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-242-8769
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»Reserva Amazonica in the Rainforest of Peru
Reserva Amazonica is a couples adventure getaway in the rain forest of Peru. Located on an ecological reserve, the property has been hosting guests since 1978.
There are 30 private cabanas and 3 suites built with local materials in native style. Each bungalow is on stilts, complete with a terrace, hammocks, a single bedroom, mosquito nets and a private bathroom with filtered water. The rooms have no electricity or hot water (with the exception of the three Amazonica Suites which have solar heated showers).
A two-story wooden pavilion houses the dining room, bar, the main lounge and a mezzanine with rainforest views.
The property is ideally located for a wildlife watching adventure - spot different wildlife species, ranging from giant macaws, to toucans, parrots, tapirs, owls, the Southern Amazon Red Squirrels, as well as a large variety of monkeys. Daily commercial flights connect Puerto Maldonado with Lima (a two-hour flight time) and Cusco (35 minutes). Once you reach the Puerto Maldonado airport, take the bus to the city's river port, and then take a outboard motorboat to the lodge. It is about an hour-long canoe ride (15 Km. or 9 miles) downriver from Puerto Maldonado. Rates start at $120 per person per night, including all meals and guide services in English or French. Read more
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»Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is an eco-resort surrounded by a lush tropical reinforest near Cape Tribulation, between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park in Australia. The lodge is within walking distance from the white-sandy beach. Enjoy a number of vacation activities such as kayaking, great snorkeling, fishing and birdwatching on your green tropical vacation. The resort's beautiful gardens that surround low buildings are filled with colorful tropical birds and butterflies. The resort has two pools.
Poolside Rooms overlook the hotel's lagoon-style pool, while the Garden Rooms
are surrounded by tropical gardens.
Fly directly to Cairns and drive to the lodge, about two and half hours from the airport. You'll have to cross the Daintree River by car ferry which is scheduled to run between 6am - 12 midnight every day, but it's a good idea to confirm the ferry schedule before you go. Coach transfers are also available from Cairns twice daily. Ask for more information when booking your stay at the lodge. Garden and poolside guest rooms start at 120 Australian dollars per person per night. Read more
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»Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Located on nine wooded acres just five minutes outside the town of Banff in Alberta, Canada, the Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a vacation getaway for outdoor adventurers. In summer, go hiking, rock climbing, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and white water rafting. In winter, a shuttle bus can take you to nearby ski areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Mountain and Mount Norquay.
The 108 guestrooms at the lodge are divided into three categories: Premier, Deluxe and One bedroom suites. All rooms have wood burning fireplaces great for a romantic vacation, cable television, duvet, a coffee maker. The One bedroom suites have kitchenettes and internet access available for a small fee.
The dining room and the Cilantro Mountain Cafe provide guests with a wide range of food choices on their vacation. The dining room serves innovative cuisine while the cafe offers Californian style meals and excellent pizza.
Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golfing are all available in the summer months. In the winter there are plenty of cross-country ski trails and the downhill ski areas of Mt. Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise are nearby. The town of Banff is a 20-minute walk from the Lodge.
The lodge is a 90-minute drive from Calgary International Airport. Room rates range from $139 to $365 CAD. The hotel offers great vacation packages in low season (800-661-1367, 403-410-7417, website).
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»Cavalli Beach House
The Cavalli Beach House is located on the waterfront of the pristine sub-tropical eastern coast in the north of New Zealand. The hotel is right on the waters edge with the sandy beach only steps from your room. Activities at the hotel include snorkeling, hiking, kayaking tours, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and sailing. There are several excellent golf courses nearby, including the Kauri Cliffs (10 minutes away).
There are three levels to the house. The lower level has three guest rooms with access to the bay and a balcony. Enjoy scenic views from the shower on your romantic beach vacation.
The Ocean Suite is located on the very top floor of the Beach House and provides great privacy for guests. It's a great honeymoon suite.
Both breakfast and dinner have excellent views of the water, fresh baked breads and hors d'oeuvres. Breakfast is included in the daily room rate and features either an Island-style, fresh fruit, continental or a cooked farmhouse breakfast.
The retreat is four hours north of Auckland or a forty-minute commuter flight from Auckland to the Bay of Islands Airport.
The best time to plan a romantic beach vacation is between November and April when the weather is warm. Rates start at $500 NZD for an Ocean Room. Read more
Top points of interest in: Nashville, San Juan, Austin, Boulder, Indianapolis
»The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Spas offer a great way to relax and unwind. Once you check-in to a spa resort, all you have to do is leave your room and head down to the wellness center for a nice relaxing 90-minute massage. If you really want to relax, at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California, you can check-in to your very own signature spa suite. There are seven specially appointed Signature Spa Guest Rooms, all located on the garden level of the main building. Sliding glass doors open onto a patio with lounge chairs and allow convenient access to the Gazebo Lawn and coastal trail.
Since the Signature Spa Guest Rooms are located right next to the 16,000-square-foot spa a multitude of exotic treatments are only steps away. The relaxation doesn't stop when you check out either. Guests receive complimentary pair of Kashwere slippers tucked inside a cotton knapsack and a complimentary take-home Zents travel kit. Rates begin at $575, and include a dedicated Spa Concierge, a ten percent discount on all treatments, overnight parking, and resort fee.
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California 94019, Phone: 650 712-7000
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If Rome, Italy, is not for you, plan an anniversary vacation to the Caesars Palace Las Vegas. This full-service resort offers a choice of entertainment, luxury accommodations and an array of restaurants. The hotel is located on the Las Vegas Strip next to Bellagio Hotel and the Mirage.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace features a 4,100-seat theater. The Forum Shops offer 675,000 square feet of upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy a casual meal outdoors at the cafe next to the replica of the Trevi Fountain. At night, walk to the Fountains of Bellagio to enjoy a romantic outdoor performance featuring water and music. Caesars Palace has recently renovated many of its rooms, including all of the Roman Tower rooms. Try the pool villa suites which are spacious and luxurious.
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 866-227-5938
Points of interest in: Sanibel Island, Philadelphia, Newport Beach, St Augustine
The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley is a romantic inn serving delicious dishes inspired by local, organic farm-fresh ingredients, and fabulous Wine Country wines. The inn has a private dining room which can accommodate up to 18 guests, ideal for anniversary celebrations.
4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, California 94559, hone: 707-299-4900
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»La Costa Resort & Spa
La Costa Resort & Spa, located in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, California, is famous for its championship golf and a relaxing spa. The resort has debuted newly redesigned luxury guest rooms and suites. "The makeover of La Costa's guestrooms and suites not only breathes fresh air into the property, but truly captures a level of transformation that elevates guests’ experiences and memories," said Paul McCormick, vice president and general manager of La Costa. The rooms feature stylish color palette of blues, greens and terra cotta which complement the beautiful outdoor scenery. Guests will be able to enjoy rich fabrics, striking artwork and dramatic headboard. Rooms start at $249/night.
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, California 92009, Phone: 760-438-9111
Best anniversary trips in California: Southern California and Northern California.
Things to do with kids in: Portland, Maui, San Francisco, DC, Taos, Houston
»Hotel Savoy in Florence
The Hotel Savoy in Florence has recently completed a renovation of its luxury suites. The number of rooms in the hotel has been reduced from 107 to 102, making space for some new suites and allowing the other suites to be enlarged. The hotel now has 14 suites. The Suite Repubblica is the most prestigious, while the Suite Signoria and the Suite Brunelleschi both have a private steam room equipped with chromotherapy and aromatherapy facilities. The Executive and Classic one bedroom suites have two rooms, a living room and a bedroom with a bathroom. All these suites feature two Bang and Olufsen satellite televisions as well as a DVD player.
There is no such thing as a "cheap" suite and the suites at the Savoy Hotel are definitely not cheap. However, if Florence is your dream vacation destination than a room at the Savoy will only make your vacation that much more memorable. The suites at the Hotel Savoy are an ideal choice for a luxury anniversary getaway.
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A romantic getaway at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas is a unique experience. Book one of the Pyramid Rooms which are located in the pyramid-shaped building and accessed via inclinators (elevators at a 39-degree angle). If you want to splurge, the Spa suites, located in the corners of the pyramid, feature Egyptian decor and a large whirlpool tub next to the window. Entertainment choices include the Blue Man Group, Ra Nightclub, the Games of the Gods Arcade and, of course, the casino.
Luxor Hotel is home to an authentic reproduction of King Tutankhamun's tomb with King Tut's sarcophagus, statues, vases and other decorations. For best views of the interior of the Luxor pyramid, visit the Pharaoh's Pavilion. Attractions in the pavilion include IMAX shows, shopping and dining. If you want to relax on your romantic getaway, book a treatment at the Oasis
Spa or lounge by the pool.
3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, Phone: 702-262-4000
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»Dive Hotel in Sydney
If you are looking for unique beach vacation ideas, check into Dive Hotel to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and friendly atmosphere. This family run hotel is located on the Coogee beachfront, a few beaches south of the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Follow a waterfront walk to reach Bronte and Bondi Beaches. Included in the room rate is complimentary buffet breakfast served in the breakfast room which opens out to the garden.
Ask for room number 1 or 2 which have the best views. Each guest room has a kitchenette where you can prepare your own meals. There are numerous restaurants nearby. Room rates start at 150 Australian dollars per night. Read more
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»Sunriver Resort in Oregon
Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor destination for families and couples. Guests can choose from a wide variety of activities, including biking on 35 miles of paved bike paths, swimming in four pools, tennis, horseback riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting and shopping.
For the more adventurous, the concierge can provide trail maps for off-road mountain biking. In the winter, you can ski at Mt. Bachelor, about 20 miles from the property.
The Sage Springs Club and Spa is a 35,000 square foot facility that offers a wide range of therapeutic body and beauty treatment, such as natural body scrubs, personalized facials and aroma-therapy body wraps.
There are three 18-hole championship golf courses: Crosswater, Meadows and Woodlands, and a nine-hole putting course.
Programs are offered for kids during certain seasons.
There are 209 Lodge Village guest rooms and over 280 private homes and condominiums which are very convenient for families. The Lodge Village rooms and suites feature wood-burning fireplaces and private decks.
There are three restaurants to choose from. Meadows At The Lodge, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers panoramic views of Cascade Mountains. The restaurant serves Pacific Northwest classics, healthy salads and a children's menu. The Grille at Crosswater is open only to resort guests for fine dining. Informal deli-style meals are served at Merchant Trader Cafe. The Owl's Nest pub serves microbrews, Oregon wines, light snacks and the Meadows menu.
Once you book your room, be sure to call and reserve your golf tee times. The hotel is 180 miles (about 3 hours and 30 minutes) from Portland. The closest commercial airport is located in Redmond, about 45 minutes by car north of Sunriver. United Airlines/United Express and Alaska Airlines/Horizon fly there. The airport is available to chartered and private planes. Rates are affordable, starting at about $99 per night. Read more
17600 Center Dr, Sunriver, Oregon 97707, Phone: 541-593-1000
»W New Orleans - French Quarter
W New Orleans has hip decor inspired by jazz which makes New Orleans so famous. The W is located near many wonderful restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries and bistros. Nearby attractions include the historic Jackson Square, the Riverwalk and Harrah's Casino, and Bourbon Street. If you are looking for anniversary ideas in the South, this is a great place to stay.
New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop redesigned the guest rooms which now feature modern blacks and whites mixed with vibrant gold tones and rich primary colors relevant to the room design motif. The property's tarot designed rooms channel the mystic spirit of the city with decor inspired by the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. All guest rooms have new 40-inch Plasma TVs and the ability to stream movies, photos and presentations from portable devices directly onto the TVs. The brand new, state-of-the-art SWEAT fitness facility offers cardiovascular fitness and personal training programs using free and machine weights from Technogym. Rates start from USD $239. Read more
316 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-581-1200
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The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Truly a nature lover’s paradise, the stunning mountain slopes, flowered valleys, and crystal clear lakes make the Poconos a top destination for those seeking beauty and tranquility in Pennsylvania. Tourists have been flocking to the Delaware Water Gap at the Poconos for years, and with good reason. Considered one of the world’s top natural wonders, this area features some of the most scenic roads and beautiful trails in the world. To experience crystal clear waterfalls, venture into the Pocono Mountains and make your way to the Bushkill Falls. There are eight waterfalls in total, each level with its own breathtaking view. Spread across nearly 16,000 acres of land, the Hickory Run State Park is a top spot for orienteering, disc golf and recreation. It even has a great swimming beach.
The Poconos have their own interesting histories as well. The mountains are home to the oldest running anthracite coal mine in Pennsylvania, the No. 9 Coal Mine. The mine offers guided tours into the mountainside that are both memorable and eerie. Visitors can also experience the unique German heritage of Pennsylvania at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. Tours are led by guides dressed in traditional clothing and take visitors through the 114 acres of farm land. For those interested in Native American culture, visit the Pocono Indian Museum to examine tools, garments, weapons, and other artifacts of the Delaware Indians while learning about their customs and culture.
There’s no way you can go wrong with a quick weekend getaway to Denver thanks to its historic attractions, awesome museums, and welcoming parks. The Denver Art Museum was established in 1992 and is home to a permanent collection of over 68,000 pieces of art. Their collection comes from all over the world and make the Denver Art Museum one of the West’s largest. Browse the works of more than 80 internationally recognized architects and a vast collection of international decorative art at the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. On the other hand, the Forney Museum of Transportation is a unique museum to visit and takes visitors through an unrivaled collection of transportation artifacts through history.
Another noteworthy museum is the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which is dedicated to educating all visitors about Colorado’s natural history and that of the surrounding Rocky Mountain region. To soak up the fantastic vistas of alpine landscape and enjoy various recreational activities, stop by the 28-mile-long Mount Evans Scenic Byway Corridor. The Denver Botanic Gardens are just as breathtaking and feature a glass conservatory, natural meadows, and a sunken amphitheater among other things. Don’t forget to get up close and personal with over 4,000 animals at the popular Denver Zoo. Read more: Romantic Getaways in Colorado.
Santa Clarita, California
If you are searching for the perfect weekend getaway destination in Southern California, look no further than the action packed Santa Clarita. Perhaps the greatest modern claim to fame for Santa Clarita, Six Flags Magic Mountain is home to towering and adrenaline pumping roller coasters. Thrill seekers across the globe love it here, but for those who aren’t keen to try this sort of sensations, tamer options are also available. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is Magic Mountain’s waterpark counterpart and has all the best ways to beat the heat like the Lazy River, waterslides, and more. For a more nature driven experience, visit the Gibbon Conservation Center, and learn all about the tiny and adorable Gibbons while touring the facility.
Similarly, the Gentle Barn is a haven for animal lovers and houses over 170 animals that have been rescued from abusive homes. In the Upper Barnyard, cuddling the animals is allowed and encouraged. Nature lovers will not be at a loss in Santa Clarita. Visit the Vasquez Rocks for fairly easy climbs, and a great view of the rocky formations. Fans of “Star Trek IV”, “New Girl” or “Friends” may even recognize this location from the movie and shows. Visitors can also trek over 70 miles across the city at the Santa Clarita Trails, a favored and dog friendly recreational trail with basic amenities. Read more: Romantic Southern California Vacation Ideas.
Quebec City, Canada
A glimpse at Quebec City’s sterling skyline is all it takes to fall in love with this charming European styled city. Arguably the best way to see the city is to walk through it. At Old Quebec, visitors will quite literally walk along 400 years of the city’s history with stop-along ancient ramparts, fortifications, and citadels. One such stop is the La Citadelle de Quebec, a star-shaped military base built in 1820 that is still being used to this day. Another is the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, a Catholic cathedral that was established in 1674 and features marvelous stained glass windows from Paris.
Quebec City is also home to great museums, one of which is the Musee de la Civilisation, which delves into the origins of French influence in Canada and tells the story of country’s aboriginal tribes. To admire art dating back to the 17th century, visit the Musee National des Beux-Arts du Quebec where permanent exhibits feature the works of influential Quebecois artists along with some fabulous pieces by Van Gosh and Monet among others. History buffs should definitely make time for the Musee du Fort as well to learn about the French and English battles for Canadian land and to watch great historical videos.
Budding historians, war buffs, and museum goers alike will find their wonderland in the historic city of Montgomery. It is a city that has played an incredibly large role in shaping American history as the capital of the Confederate States of America and the starting point of the Civil Rights Movement. Understanding and learning about America’s Civil Rights Movement begins at its memorial center. Here, visitors can view galleries and interactive exhibits about the movement’s martyrs, see the Wall of Tolerance, and more. There is more information to be gotten about the movement at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, which is dedicated to the courageous stand of Rosa Parks in 1955. The figurehead of the Civil Right’s Movement was undoubtedly Dr. Martin Luther King. His home in Montgomery can be explored via the Dexter Parsonage Museum.
For those curious about the American Civil War, the First White House of the Confederacy is a great place to visit for informational tidbits. This gorgeous Italianate mansion housed the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. The Alabama State Capitol is not only a landmark, it’s also a museum that sheds light on the state’s political and historical past. It is situated at the top of what was previously called Goats Hill and is a magnificent sight to behold on its own. Don’t forget to stop by Old Alabama Town to see a carefully restored collection of 19th to 20th century buildings in this town-turned-historical-museum. Read more: Best Weekend Getaways in Alabama.
A university town nestled in the Gallatin Valley and surrounded by the majestic Rockies, Bozeman is a lively vacation spot at any time in the year. At a towering 80-feet tall, the Palisade Falls is one of Bozeman’s top hiking locations for families traveling with children. After an easy hike, a picnic area welcomes families at the base of the waterfalls. Nature lovers would be remiss to skip a visit to the Gallatin River. Named after Albert Gallatin, the river is 120 miles in length and famous for great whitewater rafting trips. Jump head first into a personal encounter with some of Montana’s legendary grizzlies and learn about these beautiful bears at the Montana Grizzly Encounter.
Bozeman has its own fair share of captivating museums, one of which is the Museum of the Rockies. Here, visitors can examine a real skull and thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex in addition to other fantastic exhibits. If you’re keen to see artifacts like the original Apollo Moon Mission Guidance Computer or one of the original copies of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, then the American Computer Robotics Museum is a must-see. A definite hit for kids is the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, which offers educational opportunities for inquisitive minds via experiential learning and attractive exhibits. Read more: 25 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Montana
Whether you’re eager for a romantic getaway or simply want to spend some time out of town with the kids, the city of Galena in Illinois is a fantastic choice. A huge chunk of Galena is on the National Register for Historic Places, so it would only make sense to start your exploration with one of its many historical sites. Explore the home of Ulysses S. Grant, a former Civil War General and America’s 18th President. The home is filled with artifacts that previously belonged to the Grant family and great for tours. Another home that merits a visit is the Elihu B. Washburne House, which features a lovely Greek-Revival style of architecture. You can also catch a forging demonstration by experts at the Old Blacksmith Shop. Opened in 1897, the shop now houses a museum that details the process of forging and its role in Galena.
Discover 220 acres of mountain and snow perfect for winter sports at the Chestnut Mountain Resort. It also features 19 snowboard trails that reach up to 3,500 feet in length. The most stunning view of the Mississippi River bluffs can be found at the Casper Bluff and Water Reserve. This is also a great spot for walking, bird watching, hiking, and sightseeing. For a slice of heavenly gardens and utter relaxation, visit the Linmar Gardens and wander through various themed gardens such as the Sunken Garden and the Four Seasons Garden. Read more: 25 Best Romantic Getaways in Illinois.
Largely regarded as the best entry point to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville is a fantastic vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous travelers alike. One of the best places in Knoxville to spend some time outdoor is the World Fair Park. Be sure to catch the geysers and fountains in action or stick around for a live performance. The Ijams Nature Center has become a local favorite as it houses the city’s only outdoor rock climbing area. A visit to the center also caters to relaxing picnics and enjoyable canoe trips. Animal lovers should head to one of Knoxville’s most popular attractions, the Knoxville Zoo. The zoo houses over 900 animals from around the globe, and guests are welcome to feed a giraffe, ride a camel, or catch a show at the Forest Theater.
Knoxville has an interesting history as well. Some of the best and award-winning exhibits about the state’s history can be found in the East Tennessee History Center. On the other hand, dinosaur bones, human origins, and civil war exhibits can be viewed and enjoyed at the special exhibits of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. For those keen on admiring the best artwork that East Tennessee has to offer however, head to the Knoxville Museum of Art and examine amazing permanent exhibits and world’s largest figural glass installation. More Weekend Getaways in Tennessee.
There’s no denying that Williamsburg is a curious city to visit. Partly a lively college town and partly a living museum, Williamsburg is home to some incredible historic sights dating back to its foundation in 1632. Walk along the same paths that the first British colonists settled in at Historic Jamestowne. The site, now actively being excavated, showcases thousands of incredible archaeological artifacts. Be transported back in time to the 17th or 18th century at Colonial Williamsburg. The homes and buildings in the area have been carefully restored for a unique and memorable sightseeing experience. Not to be missed is the Governor’s Palace, which was built in 1706 and has housed seven royal governors and Virginia’s two first electoral governors.
When you’ve had your fill of historical sites, explore the blooming art movement of Williamsburg at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes some incredible pieces by Hans Hoffman, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Broaden your understanding of art at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, where up and coming local craftsmen and self-trained artists exhibit their bold and colorful work. Braver travelers and history buffs can also visit the Public Hospital Museum, which was a center for the mentally ill in the 18th century. While exhibits can get a bit bizarre, the information and history of the hospital is truly interesting. Read more: 25 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Virginia.
Sitting on the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain is the vibrant and attractive city of Burlington, Vermont. One of the older institutions in the city is the Fleming Museum of Art, which was first opened in 1931. It features 25,000 pieces of art and artifacts for viewing. On the other hand, at the Frog Hollow Craft Center, rotating exhibits of pottery, glass, paintings and more can be admired up close. Art fanatics will love the encouraging vibe of the Burlington Arts Center as it promotes a meaningful experience with art for visitors and residents alike. With Lake Champlain being a vast body of water, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center was established to provide educational galleries and exhibits of the lake’s varied inhabitants.
For a unique historical and gastronomical experience of the city, join a Burlington Edible History Tour and learn about various beloved traditions and the growing farm-to-table philosophy that the locals adore. Beer lovers will get a kick out of the Burlington Brew Tours as well, which leads guests into the production process of craft beers. Tours end on a pleasurable note with a tasting session of the brewery’s best drafts. On a sunny day, visitors can enjoy a full afternoon of relaxation and swimming at the North Beach Park, a sandy beach on the lovely Lake Champlain.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A burgeoning art scene, diverse attractions and miles upon miles of breathtaking beaches are just a little bit of what can be expected from a vacation at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Art enthusiasts can view over 6,000 pieces of contemporary and 20th century art at the 75,000 square foot space of the NSU Art Museum. Fort Lauderdale’s history is also timelessly preserved in the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Visitors to the museum can also treat themselves to tours like the Orchid Greenhouse or Private Living Quarters Tour. Families traveling with youngsters will love a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science where fascinating displays and eye catching exhibits inspire a desire for learning.
The top destination in Fort Lauderdale, however, are undoubtedly the beaches. With over 23 miles of gorgeous sandy coastlines, beach bums, and sun worshippers can spend the whole day just enjoying being by the ocean. Many of the beaches have been certified as Blue Wave Beaches, meaning they’re clean, safe and ready for utter enjoyment. For more beach fun and outdoor sports, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park makes the perfect venue, too. Those looking for fun and relaxation can enjoy food festivals, public concerts and even kayaking at the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Read more: 25 Best Romantic Beach Vacations in Florida.
Are you ready to be transported back in time to the Industrial Age of America? At Lowell, Massachusetts, landmarks, attractions, and museums take visitors through some of the most exciting times in the country’s industrial revolution. Learn about the production process of textiles and the inner workings of a cotton mill while enjoying an easy walk and self-guided tour at the Lowell National Historic Park. Visitors can learn even more about cotton mills at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. There, items such as authentic mill equipment and industrial looms can be examined. A unique museum destination in Lowell is the New England Quilt Museum, which is home to over 400 antique and contemporary quilts.
Other notable museums in the area include the National Street Car Museum, the perfect stop for fans of trains and trolleys, and the Whistler House Museum of Art. Lowell has a more diverse heritage than one might think, and all of these community and cultural influences come together in fantastic exhibits at the Mogun Cultural Center. Other great activities to enjoy in Lowell are hilarious shows and live music at the Back Page Jazz and Comedy Club and leisurely kayaking trips at the UMass Lowell Kayak Center.
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