Travelers decide to stay at inns for a variety of reasons. Some prefer the more intimate feel of an inn, while others are looking for value and lower rates. Our collection includes the most exceptional properties located in cities across the U.S. and Canada. These inns are known for their excellent service, unique decor and a great location for exploring the city sights. Some have great restaurants while others are next to some of the best eateries in their respective cities. Plan a romantic weekend getaway or a quick honeymoon and relax in style.


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1. Santa Fe - La Fonda on the Plaza

Santa Fe - La Fonda on the Plaza
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Located near Santa Fe's art museums, shops, restaurants and galleries, La Fonda on the Plaza is a landmark hotel and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Inside, you will find original pieces of art and unique architectural features.

The hotel was recently renovated and offers travelers top service, elegant rooms and relaxing ambiance. Guests can request a massage and relax next to the large heated outdoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. La Fonda has 167 colorful rooms and suites, decorated with hand painted furniture and tile murals. Some rooms have fireplaces and private balconies, great for a romantic getaway. For additional privacy, stay in one of the quiet La Terraza rooms and suites, situated around the rooftop garden. La Terraza features an outdoor hot tub, exercise room and a banquet space that can be rented for weddings and parties.

La Plazuela, the enclosed courtyard restaurant, serves contemporary Nuevo Latino cuisine and New Mexican dishes. At night, visit La Fiesta Lounge which offers live entertainment. Or enjoy a romantic sunset from the 5th floor Bell Tower Bar, open from late spring through early fall.

100 E. San Fransico St., Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 800-523-5002


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2.Washington D.C. - Tabard Inn

Washington D.C. - Tabard Inn
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Check into Tabard Inn in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. to enjoy delicious cuisine, individually decorated rooms and a calm garden courtyard.

Vegetables and herbs for the inn's restaurant are supplied by the beautiful roof-top herb garden and the inn's own nearby farm.

Chefs at the restaurant serve international cuisine showcasing seafood, meat and poultry dishes with a regional twist.

1739 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-785-1277


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3. Charleston, South Carolina - The Elliott House Inn

Charleston, South Carolina - The Elliott House Inn
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The Elliott House Inn is a calm oasis in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, offering 25 stylish guest accommodations and a secluded courtyard with lush tropical plants.

The outdoor hot tub is a relaxing way to end the day of shopping and sightseeing. In the morning, guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast featuring pastries, fruit, juice and coffee, served in the privacy of their room our in the courtyard. Things to Do in Charleston

78 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401, Phone: 843-518-6500



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4. Inn and Spa at Loretto

Inn and Spa at Loretto
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The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a romantic weekend getaway in Santa Fe. The inn has elegant guest rooms, gourmet dining and a spa with a choice of treatments for couples. Book one of the luxury suites featuring a full living room area with a sofa and a private balcony.

The full-service spa offers treatments for couples, including luxurious massages. The inn has a tranquil garden in the heart of the town, and is located just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza's galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques.

The restaurants serve delicious dishes and an incredible selection of desserts.

211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 866-582-1646

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5. The Inn on Fifth in Naples

The Inn on Fifth in Naples
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The 32 new Club Level Suites at The Inn on Fifth in Naples, Florida are stylish and luxurious, offering guests access to a number of luxury amenities. Located in a new three-story building, the suites are a hotel within a hotel, featuring spacious layouts with balconies, custom artwork and modern furnishings.

Guests receive private check-in, buffet breakfast, afternoon refreshments and evening cocktails. The Private rooftop lounge has a large hot tub surrounded by plush chairs and umbrellas.

The hotel offers a total of 119 guest accommodations in downtown Naples, Florida. The property received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating after a $18 million expansion. Dining choices include the newly opened Avenue 5 and Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House. The Inn on Fifth is located near boutique shops, restaurants and cafes in Naples.

699 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102, Phone: 888-403-8778

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6.Park City - Goldener Hirsch Inn

Park City - Goldener Hirsch Inn
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Goldener Hirsch Inn is a skier's paradise, located in the ski slopes in Park City, Utah. The luxury property offers 20 beautiful guest accommodations with views of the mountains.

Guests receive five star service, including reservation in the city's best restaurants, sports activities and spas.

7570 Royal Street East, Park City, UT 84060, Phone: 800-252-3373

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7.New Orleans - Audubon Cottages

New Orleans - Audubon Cottages
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Immerse yourself in the charm of old New Orleans at Audubon Cottages. Guests are accommodated in 7 uniquely decorated cottages with heated saltwater pool access. Ask for cottages two, three or four which have private romantic courtyards. The Cottages are located within an easy walking distance of the famous Bourbon Street and Jackson Square.

Amenities at the Audubon Cottages include private, guest-only access to a saltwater pool, which is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens with wrought iron seating for relaxing. The cottages have a dedicated on-site French Quarter Butler to offer unparalleled personalized service and cater to guest needs for their duration of their stay, and there are daily housekeeping and turn-down service every evening. Other guest services include a delicious complimentary continental breakfast served every morning, and valet parking.

509 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112, Phone: 504-561-5858



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8.Philadelphia - The Alexander Inn

Philadelphia - The Alexander Inn
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Located in City Center, the Alexander Inn offers a great starting point for exploring all of the attractions, restaurants and shops in Philadelphia. Housed in a renovated historic building, the property offers 48 guest accommodations decorated with unique artwork and comfortable furnishings.

In the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet which includes fresh pastries, waffles, muffins, fruit, yogurts and cereals. The complimentary day-long snack bar ensures that you never have to go hungry.

12th & Spruce Streets, Phila., PA 19107, Phone: 215-923-3535

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9.Caroline House Nashville Historic Inn

Caroline House Nashville Historic Inn
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Caroline House is a charming boutique inn that provides its guests with an authentic local Nashville experience. Owned and run by a lovely couple, Ashley and Michael, guests will also get to meet and hang out with the house dog, Desti. The inn is located in the Waverly Place Historic District, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, placing guests right in the heart of one of the most stunning neighborhoods in Nashville. Though visitors will be mere miles away from the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, downtown Nashville, and other attractions, they’ll never want to leave the inn’s luxury suites with private baths and high-end amenities.

906 Bradford Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204, Phone: 615-879-9551


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10.Boston - Clarendon Square

Boston - Clarendon Square
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Clarendon Square in Boston offers travelers stylish accommodations decorated with original art and designed fabrics. Guests can choose from luxury rooms, a luxury suite situated on its own private floor, and an affordable Hollywood Regency-style room without a window. Ask for a Deluxe Queen room with a marble fireplace for added romance.

198 West Brookline Street, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-536-2229

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11.Vancouver - O Canada House

Vancouver - O Canada House
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O Canada House is located in a historic building in downtown Vancouver, minutes away from famous attractions, restaurants and shops. Travelers praise O Canada House for its great services which include complimentary 24 hour snacks, free parking, concierge services, complimentary wireless internet access and other perks.

Ask for the North Suite which offers views of the Vancouver Skyline and a romantic claw-foot bathtub. (604.688.0555, 877.688.1114).


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12.Chicago - Villa D'Citta

Chicago - Villa D'Citta
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Villa D'Citta is a romantic Italy-inspired getaway near Lincoln Park's Main Strip in Chicago, offering individually decorated guest rooms and suites. You can specify preferences like a fireplace, whirlpool bath, sauna, private porch or a panoramic view when booking your stay.

Villa D'Citta has a whirlpool, sun deck, full gourmet kitchen, a private grotto and a theater. Guests can order a pizza from the villas's own stone fired oven and sandwiches throughout the day. Breakfast menu changes during the week so that you get a chance to try several delicious creations.

2230 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 800-228-6070

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13.Savannah, Georgia - The Marshall House

Savannah, Georgia - The Marshall House
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The Marshall House is historic getaway in Downtown Savannah, GA, offering classic Southern hospitality and stylish accommodations. Guests can choose from smaller, more affordable rooms as well as spacious rooms and 3 luxury suites.

The six Broughton Balcony Rooms have direct access to a veranda spanning the front of the hotel, complete with rocking chairs and flower baskets. These rooms are especially popular on St. Patrick's Day.

123 East Broughton Street, Savannah, GE 31401, Phone: 912-644-7896


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14.Dallas - Hotel St. Germain

Dallas - Hotel St. Germain
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Hotel St. Germain in Dallas is a luxury getaway with just seven plush suites decorated with turn of the century antiques, twelve foot ceilings and working fireplaces. Ask for one of the suites with a whirlpool if you are planning a romantic getaway. Guests have access to luxury services such as a butler, 24-hour concierge, valet parking and room service. Inside the hotel, you will find two parlors, two dining rooms and a New Orleans-style courtyard.

2516 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-871-2516

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15.Sara's Inn

Sara's Inn
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Sara’s Inn offers an eclectic mix of guestrooms and suites to suit everyone’s taste. Some will take you back in time to the Victorian age, while others are more contemporary in style. All have been individually decorated and many feature beautiful antique period pieces which create a perfect backdrop to your romantic getaway. The lovely old mansion house has a traditional wrap-around porch where you can enjoy a glass of wine in the evening or a cup of coffee in the morning. Sara’s is centrally located and within walking distance of many good restaurants, shops and other attractions and guests are offered all-day tea and coffee and complimentary continental breakfast.

941 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008, 713 868 1130


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16.Charleston - Planters Inn

Charleston - Planters Inn
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Planters Inn is situated in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. The inn offers luxury guest rooms, exceptional dining and attentive service. Breakfast can be delivered to your room in the morning on silver. During the day, explore Charleston's antique shops and art galleries, or take a romantic carriage ride on your honeymoon. Return to Planters Inn for afternoon cocktails in the Parlor. Guest rooms and suites have high ceilings, canopied four-poster beds and period furnishings. Ask for one of the rooms with a working fireplace. Peninsula Grill at Planters Inn serves haute cuisine in a clubby, informal setting.

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401


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17.Alexandria - Morrison House

Alexandria - Morrison House
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You will be surrounded by colonial charm at Morrison House in Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes from the attractions of Washington DC. Morrison House gets the highest praise for its outstanding customer service and its charming 45 guest rooms. Inside, you will find sophisticated interiors and the Grille Restaurant which is one of the best in Old Town Alexandria.

116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703-838-8000


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18.New Orleans - Soniat House

New Orleans - Soniat House
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Soniat House is a romantic inn located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. Guests are accommodated in three historic townhouses. The hotel is located in a quiet residential section of the town and features calm courtyards. Guest rooms and suites are furnished with period antiques, lush colors and luxury fabric. The hotel has 18 rooms and 12 suites and does not accept children under ten years old. In your room, you will find Toiletries by Molton Brown, Wireless internet access and plush bathrobes. Take advantage of the inn's concierge to secure tickets, tours and last minute romantic dinner reservations. Ask about complimentary passes to the Athletic Club.

1133 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116, Phone: 504-522-0570


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19.Carolina Inn at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carolina Inn at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Carolina Inn is one of North Carolina's romantic inns, located on the Campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Plan a weekend getaway, university reunion or a wedding at this beautiful historic inn. You will be just steps away from downtown Chapel Hill where you can explore shops, art galleries, entertainment and the historic Franklin Street district. The property has 184 guest rooms, including seven luxury suites, furnished with a mix of early American and English Regency styles. The inn is a AAA Four Diamond Award Winner and Member of Historic Hotels of America. The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant offers fine dining, elegant decor and a seasonal menu. The restaurant offers contemporary menus and interpretations of classic Southern cuisine.

211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, Phone: 800-962-8519


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20.Santa Fe - Inn of the Anasazi

Santa Fe - Inn of the Anasazi
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The design for the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, located in the heart of Santa Fe, was inspired by the mud and stone pueblos of the ancient Anasazi. Guests enter this luxury honeymoon getaway through massive hand carved doors and step into a beautiful space of sandstone walls, terracotta pots, and Native American, Hispanic and Anglo art.

The inn has 59 guest rooms decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, four poster beds and gas fireplaces. The rooms feature natural bed linens, bath sheets and robes, as well as organic toiletries created with native cedar extract. To relax during your luxury honeymoon, enjoy a massage treatment, or borrow a video from the hotel's library. The restaurant serves southwestern dishes prepared with fruits, vegetables and organic meats and poultry, when available. The restaurant seats 92 people and is one of the best places to eat in town, perfect for a honeymoon celebration. You may also like: 17 Honeymoon Weekend Getaways. Room rates start at $326 per night.

113 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-988-3030


21.Crown City Inn

Crown City Inn
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Situated on Coronado Island, the Crown City Inn is a bright, Mediterranean-inspired hotel close to the Coronado Golf Course and Coronado Beach that has an outdoor swimming pool and a casual on-site restaurant. The hotel has modern guestrooms and suites with en-suite bathrooms, kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and modern amenities including microwaves, minifridges, and coffeemakers. A laid-back bistro restaurant serves gourmet French and American cuisine and California and European wines, and a gourmet breakfast and afternoon refreshments are served every day. Other guest services include laundry facilities and complimentary loaner bicycles and children’s beach toys.

520 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, Phone: 619-473-4867


22.Big Sur River Inn

Big Sur River Inn
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The Big Sur River Inn was actually the first hotel and restaurant in Big Sur and it remains incredibly popular. It used to be known as the Apple Pie Inn and provides plenty of chances to soak up the sun while enjoying a relaxing stay. Riverside Suites overlook the redwood-lined Big Sur River and the expansive lawn. They have king size beds, coffeemakers, TVs, and trundle-style beds in a living room. Motel Style Rooms have one to two queen beds, wireless internet, and TVs. Every room is non-smoking. The common areas of the inn have free wireless internet for your convenience. The inn has an outdoor pool perfect for cooling off, along with a sun-dappled deck next to it for those who want to sunbathe. You will even find an on-site gas station. On Sundays, listen to music on the Riverside Deck. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the restaurant any day of the week, where they have served locally grown food for 100 years. There is also a general store featuring a pizza and burrito bar for quicker snacks.

46800 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, Phone: 831-667-2700


23.The Camby, Autograph Collection

The Camby, Autograph Collection
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The Camby, Autograph Collection is a boutique hotel in Phoenix known for its excellent service and refined revelry. The rooms and suites have deconstructed four-posted beds and copper mylar ceilings with quirky messages. You will find conveniences like desks, coffee and tea makers, mini-fridges, expanded windows, marble bathrooms, and artwork that will make you do a double take. All rooms also have soundproofed windows, oversized chairs, alarm clocks, safes, ergonomic chairs, irons, showers, tubs, lighted makeup mirrors, robes, hair dryers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and two phones. Suites can add a living/sitting area separated by a privacy wall, an extra half bath, and separate showers and bathtubs.

Go for a swim in the outdoor pool, conveniently placed on the roof so you can enjoy great views as you swim or lounge. The entire property has wireless internet, and you can relax at the spa for a massage or use the cutting-edge gym. Head up for a drink at the roof top bar, which is right by the pool. Guests can order a continental, full American, or hot breakfast in the morning. Enjoy American cuisine at Artizen, The Bees Knees, or the Wade Poolside Bar.

2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, Phone: 602-468-700


24.The Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

The Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
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The Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning hotel in California. Plan a luxury vacation that includes shopping at Rodeo Drive designer boutiques and getting pampered at the spa. Guest rooms and suites feature Californian decor with Far East influences. Ask for a view of the hills so that you can let your eyes rest on the beautiful surroundings. The property has a fantastic rooftop pool with luxury cabanas and panoramic views. Plan to spend some time at the spa which offers a menu of relaxing treatments, including Swedish and Ayurvedic massages. Enjoy private poolside cabanas, treatment rooms, steam rooms and a fitness center. Livello restaurant serves gourmet dishes with Italian and Asian influences. Private dining is available to those celebrating a special occasion. Rates start at $425 per night.

9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, California 90210, Phone: 310-278-3344


25.Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey

Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey
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Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East is a comfortable hotel with a seasonal outdoor pool, a casual restaurant and a sports lounge. Conveniently located a short drive away from Hershey Park and the Harrisburg International Airport, the hotel features well-appointed guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, work desks and chairs, pull-out sofas, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers, and complimentary wireless Internet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available on-site at Season's Restaurant and Sports Lounge, and facilities include tennis courts, a games room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a fitness center. A free shuttle service to Hershey is available.

4751 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111, Phone: 717-939-7841



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Picture-perfect Nantucket is the ideal island getaway just 16miles off the coast of Cape Cod, where wonderful beaches combine with interesting history and a thriving arts scene. When you are not relaxing on one of the superb beaches (Jetties Beach and Children Beach are the most popular north-shore swimming beaches, while Cisco, Surfside, and Tom Nevers Beach on the south shore are popular surfing beaches with great waves), you can rent a bicycle and visit the historic lighthouse at Sankaty Head or go to Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, where there is great hiking and biking with plenty of opportunities to see some wildlife. You can also sail around the island with Endeavour Sailing Excursions, go fishing with Captain Tom from Nantucket Fishing, or play a round at the Miacomet Golf Club.

You can combine all the historic sites on a self-guided Historic Sites tour, which will take you to see the Old Mill, the Fire Hose Cart House, the Old House, the Old Gaol, and Greater Light, the former home of artists Gertrude and Hannah Monaghan. Great attractions for families include the Whaling Museum, the Nantucket Aquarium (which has a touching tank for children), and Loines Observatory, where children can learn about the planets. The idyllic Nantucket lifestyle has attracted many resident artists and there are over twenty art galleries you can enjoy, while the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket produces plays and musicals for evening entertainment. Next Read: Romantic Restaurants on Nantucket and Best Romantic Places to Stay on Nantucket.

Maui, HI

Maui is a perfect tropical island getaway that offers not only brilliant beaches and wonderful natural scenery but also an array of fun activities to keep you busy all day long. The abundance of tropical waters means that Maui has an almost endless list of water-sports for you to enjoy, including canoeing and kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, kite-boarding, and fishing. You can arrange lessons, rent equipment, and go on guided expeditions organized by one of the many outfitters such as Awapuhi Adventures, Aqua Sports Maui, or Maui Kayak Adventures, to name just a few.

For a break from water sports you can go on a guided cycling tour, visit the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, or arrange a guided hike though stunning rainforests and waterfalls on a Hike Maui Eco-Tour. At the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center you can visit an exhibition, tour the grounds, or visit a sugar mill, while the Maui Theatre is home to the performing arts. It is the place to go for concerts and live performances in the area. Foodies can enjoy a unique visit to the O'o Farm, where a chef will prepare a wonderful dish using fresh ingredients you have picked yourself, or they might want to get a taste of local food on walking food tour with Hawaii Tasting Tours.

Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is the perfect destination for a sun-drenched beach holiday or weekend, offering a good selection of activities for the whole family. There are several lovely beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, and relax; Coligny Park Beach has good amenities including chair and umbrella rentals and food outlets, but there are several equally attractive and quieter beaches where you can spread out your towel including Alder Lane, Folly Field Beach Park, Burkes Beach, and Islanders Beach, to name but a few.

To enjoy all the water sports available you can visit H2O Sports at the Harbor Town Marina, book lessons, and hire everything you need. There are a variety of boating excursions available from Live Oac Outdoor Adventure Company, and Pau Hana and Flying Circus Catamarans specialize in sunset catamaran cruises. For a change from water-based activities, you can go zip lining with Zipline Hilton Head, or go on a Hilton Head Island Bike Trail. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Newhall Preserve, or Sea Pines Forest Preserve; all offer good hiking, walking, and bird watching. Families can spend time at the Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum and the Coastal Discovery Museum, while art enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Arts Center of Coastal California. Hilton Head also has great shopping, several golf courses, and soulful evening entertainment at The Jazz Corner. More South Carolina Destinations.

Monterey, CA

Monterey is a prime weekend getaway destination on the coast of California, where you can enjoy a good combination of beach fun and interesting attractions for all ages. There is a definite emphasis on enjoying the bounty of the ocean in Monterey, and you can start your journey of discovery at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has several unique exhibits. To learn even more, you can explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (hiking, diving, rock-pooling, and kayaking adventures) or visit the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.

You can also explore the history of Monterey's fisheries with a visit to the Cannery Row Historical District, (made famous by John Steinbeck's novels), where former sardine canning factories now house an assortment of shops, restaurants, and the popular Cannery Row Antiques Mall. Dedicated historians can take a walking tour of the Monterey State Historic Park to see twelve historic buildings, and everyone will enjoy a visit to Fisherman's Wharf Monterey where the former fish market is now packed with seafood restaurants. A few tour companies offer fishing charters and whale-watching tours. To add a cultural element to your weekend you can visit the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA), which features works by several famous artists, or take in a show at the historic Golden State Theatre. Families can visit the Monterey County Youth Museum (an interactive museum) and the Deniss the Menace Park.

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach offers visitors a good mix of seaside fun, interesting museums, and several other attractions to suit all ages. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk runs along the edge of the beach for three miles and is definitely the heart of the action, offering a great place to stroll, a good mix of shops and restaurants, and a separate bike path where you can skate, rollerblade, or cycle. You can explore the extensive waterways by canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. There are several great places for hiking, cycling and water activities, including First Landing State Park, False Cape State Park, and Little Island Park (which is great for pier fishing).

When the weather is less than perfect you can visit some of the local museums, including the Military Aviation Museum (allow enough time to explore this huge museum!), the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, and the Adam Thorough good House Museum. Families can have fun at the Virginia Aquarium and Museum Science Center, which houses over 12,000 marine animals in various habitats, and at the Ocean Breeze Waterpark, which has over 30 thrilling rides and a huge wave pool. Art enthusiasts need not feel left out, as the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is waiting to thrill you with over 6,000 feet of exhibition space.

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Philadelphia, PA

Get ready for an action-packed break when you visit Philadelphia, home to a fabulous array of cultural, historical, educational, and fun activities for the whole family. Visual art enthusiasts will have to do some serious prioritizing, as Philadelphia is packed full of wonderful art. Start, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation, all of which are known for their exceptional antique and modern collections. You can also visit the Rodin Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Rodin's works outside of France, and then go on a Mural Arts Program Tour to see a selection of outdoor artworks.

Philadelphia is a historic city, and you can learn about her history on a guided tour of the Independence National Historic Park. Here, you can visit Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed) and see the famous Liberty Bell. Nature lovers have two exceptional gardens to visit, namely the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the Barnes Foundation Arboretum. If you are visiting with children you can have hours of educational fun at the Please Touch interactive children's museum, the Philadelphia Zoo (which has pony rides and a miniature railway), and the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Finally, foodies can visit the Reading Terminal Market and the 9th Street Italian Market to sample local flavors.

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati is a great choice for an active weekend break, offering excellent museums and cultural activities combined with several great family attractions. An American Legacy Tour can introduce you to the history of Cincinnati, and one of the must-see attractions is the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, which dominates the skyline and was the longest bridge in the world when it was completed in 1866. There are a variety museums to visit, including the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and the nostalgic American Sign Museum. Eden Park is the perfect place to go for a walk and has two lakes, the Hinkle Magnolia Garden, and the superb art-deco Krohn Conservancy, which is famous for its Butterfly Show.

For art lovers there is the Cincinnati Museum of Art and the Taft Museum of Art, both of which have outstanding collections of international art. You can visit the Cincinnati Music Hall to enjoy a recital by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, or the Cincinnati Opera. You can also watch the Cincinnati Ballet in action. Performing arts enthusiasts should try to visit in late May to attend the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Family visitors can spend time at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the hands-on Rosenthal Education Center (REC) at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Duke Energy Children's Museum.

Des Moines, IA

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines is home to a number of historic sites as well as some great museums and children's attractions, making it an ideal weekend getaway destination. You can learn about the history of Iowa at the State of Iowa Historical Museum or on a (free) Capitol Tour, which will take you around the impressive Iowa State Capitol building, which dates back to 1886. To see more historical buildings, you can tour Salisbury House and Gardens and Terrace Hill, the official residence of the Governor of Iowa.

Art lovers can visit the Des Moines Art Center to see a large collection of art, including works by famous artists, while the Pappa john Sculpture Park has over twenty outdoor sculptures to admire. The Des Moines Performing Arts produce great shows at the Des Moines Civic Center. Outdoor enthusiasts can cycle or jog along the very scenic Clive Greenbelt Trail or the Saylor White Trail, play a round at one of the many local golf courses, or take a pleasant stroll through the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The Blank Park Zoo and the Science Center of Iowa, which includes a huge IMAX theater, are popular family attractions, and foodies can explore the temptation sat the Downtown Farmer's Market and the Jasper Winery.

Naples, FL

Naples is situated on the Gulf of Mexico in south-west Florida, offering visitors fantastic beaches and outdoor activities coupled with a bustling arts scene and plenty of family attractions. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Bird Rookery Swamp, and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Reserve are just a few of the wonderful places you can tour to learn about the environment and the many creatures that are unique to the area. In addition, there are miles and miles of brilliant beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, or go rock-pooling -consider visiting Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Park, or Lowdermilk Beach Park.

The Baker Museum will thrill all art enthusiasts with their collection of modern and contemporary art and several installations by Dale Chihuly. Other museums you can visit include The Revs Institute, featuring really special vintage cars, the Naples Depot Museum, showcasing the history of the railroad, and the Collier Country Museum where you can learn about the history of Naples. Families can visit the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens, the Bird Gardens of Naples, the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples, and the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon water park. There is good shopping at The Village on Venetian Bay, Tin City, and Greyton Cove, and no visit to Naples would be complete without a stroll along the famous Naples Pier to fish, watch the sunset, or look out for dolphins.

Galveston, TX

Galveston is situated on the Gulf Coast of Texas, offering over thirty-two miles of beaches and a wonderful assortment of historic and outdoor attractions. Most people come to Galveston for a beach holiday, and the Seawall Urban Park is a good place to start, offering ten miles of beachfront sidewalk lined with shops and attractions -Stewart Beach is one of the most popular beaches and has great amenities. If you like fishing, you can cast a line from the famous Galveston 61st Street Fishing Pier or visit Galveston Island State Park, which is also great for biking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking.

If you would like to see the majority of Galveston's many historic attractions in a half-day, you can take a tour with Cool Tours, which offers a popular Land and Sea Tour starting at the East End Historic Park and then venturing into Galveston Harbor to see the dolphins. The tour ends at the Strand Historic District. There are some great museums you can visit, including the Galveston Island Railroad Museum and Terminal, the Lone Star Flight Museum, and the Moody Mansion Museum. Families will never be bored - you can take the kids to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (amusement park), the Schiller bahn Galveston Island Waterpark, or on an educational Sea Turtle Tour at the NOAA Fisheries Services Galveston Laboratories.

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