Want to travel lavishly? Here’s 10 ultimate domestic vacations and when you’re done, you can rank them yourself!
Beginning and ending in Seattle, take an eight-day cruise to Alaska, stopping in quaint seaside towns like Ketchikan and Skagway, as well as the stunning state capital of Juneau. You’ll visit fjords, view wildlife, and see some of the most majestic mountains on the continent. Add in a stop or two in Canada, combined with entertainment and fantastic meals on the ship, and you have one unique adventure.
Road trip it in a customized Mercedes Sprinter van complete with a deluxe tailgating package. Start up at Fenway Park in Boston with the Red Sox, then weave your way out to the Midwest (and Canada) before diving back down to Florida, then across Texas to Cali, before eventually ending in Seattle. In all, you can catch a game at all 30 MLB ballparks in about 40 days, leaving you plenty of time to see a few minor league games as well.
Boundless Big Apple
A trip to New York City, complete with Broadway shows, fine dining, and nightlife that goes until breakfast. Accommodations are in midtown Manhattan with access to pretty much anything you can imagine—whether you want to act first-trip touristy or been-there-done-that cool. Finish off the week with seats behind home plate at Yankee Stadium, which is something that never gets old.
B&B, New England Style
Fly to Bangor, Maine, where you’ll pick up a Cadillac Escalade, then head over to Bar Harbor for a lobster dinner on the ocean. Over the next week, meander through New Hampshire and Vermont, starting north around White Mountain National Forest so you can hit Montpelier and Burlington, before heading down the coast of Lake Champlain into western Massachusetts. All this will be in the fall, of course, where the foliage will be popping and you’ll see colors in nature you didn’t know existed. After dinner each night, curl up with a good book by the fireplace that’s in each room of the B&B you’ll be enjoying.
Many places around the world celebrate Mardi Gras, but the party in New Orleans each February or March has taken on a life of its own. Head down for as many days around the celebration as you can handle, checking out parades, catching/throwing beads, eating unbelievable food, watching people … and maybe even partaking in a few adult beverages.
Myrtle Beach Golf
Grab your buddies and head to the golf capital of the world, home to more than 100 courses. Play two rounds each day for a week with a nice lunch in between, hitting such courses as Caledonia, the Dunes, Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach, and True Blue. At night, grab a steak or some Calabash seafood, and then, if you have any energy left, head out and enjoy the nightlife, where you’ll have the opportunity to make plenty of bad decisions.
Raft the Grand Canyon
Want to get in touch with nature? How about 14 days rafting through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River? Camp out each night under the stars, then take your time each day working down the river, stopping to hike and check out the sites. Tour guides will provide the meals, aid you in setting camp, and help drive a deeper appreciation for this glorious setting.
California Wine Country in Style
Start up in Sonoma, and then head over to Napa Valley, sampling the area’s finest offerings and staying in B&Bs at each stop. After a day in San Francisco, cruise down Route 1, overlooking the ocean in a Maserati GranTurismo convertible, where you can then tour more vineyards in Monterey County. Finish off the week with a lavish dinner over the water (literally sitting on a pier) in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Super Bowl LII
Maybe Minneapolis in February isn’t everyone’s first choice for a vacation, but in 2018, as it will be hosting Super Bowl LII, you may see an upswing in visitors. Fly in on Monday and enjoy all the accompanying events, including the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, complete with an ice palace. Throw in a few VIP passes so you can party with celebrities and former players. Cap things off with the big game Sunday night and fly home Monday—late Monday, so you can sleep in.
Theme Park Overload
Sure, everybody has their own taste of what makes a good amusement park, and there are plenty of smaller ones that are great. For these purposes, however, we’re going big—and keeping them in central Florida so there’s little travel time. Stay at Walt Disney World to hit Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot (with access to the waterparks each night), followed by a quick hotel switch for Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, and then cap things with trips to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. All on consecutive days. With all the ice cream and foods on a stick you can handle.
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