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  • Writer's pictureChelsea Wilson

7 Best Vacation Spots in the U.S.

When you think about taking a vacation the first thing that probably comes to your mind is traveling to a different country or an island. The United States has some great vacation spots to visit if you're looking to stay within the country to travel with your family of all ages. Here's a look at the best vacation spots in the U.S. that may not immediately come to mind when you think of vacationing. There are places for every type of vacationer whether it's laying low and relaxing, looking for adventure, or looking for a unique place to visit.

New Orleans, LA

For Those Who Like Oddities

If you're looking for a unique place to visit with a lot of history, then New Orleans is a place you should look at visiting. Known for its parties, events, culture and food it will be sure to check off everything on your checklist. New Orleans has some haunting attractions to visit such as their cemeteries. Because it's below sea level, they decided to "bury" bodies above ground in tombs. There are so many tombs and streets within the cemeteries, they looks like a city and are often called "the cities of the dead." You can take a self-guided tour and explore for yourself or join in on a guided tour. Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau is buried in one of the cemeteries.

Another place to visit if you're into oddities is the Museum of Death. In this museum you will find all things related to death and crime. From coffins to skull collections and artwork from infamous serial killers, you'll be sure to have an interesting visit.

Snowmass, CO

For the Winter Activity Lover

Snowmass is known for its winters. As it states right in the name, there's snow which is light and there's lots of it. Pair that with 3,300 acres of terrain on the mountains and you have the perfect vacation spot for ski and snowboard lovers. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will find something to do, including cruisers, glades, steeps, and terrain parks. For those who don't want to go downhill, there are many miles of Nordic trails and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Of course, there are also plenty of activities to do in the Spring and Summer months as well, such as hiking, white water rafting, and mountain biking.

Crater Lake, OR

For the Nature Lover

A lot of people take a vacation to get

away and "unplug." Well if unplugging is what appeals to you, then going to Crater Lake in Oregon might be a great vacation spot for you. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet deep. If you're interested in nature and viewing the scenery, this is the spot for you. Named one of the clearest and cleanest large bodies of water, Crater Lake is surrounded by cliffs, forests, and a collapsed volcano. There are many campgrounds in the area and The Cabins at Mazama Village, which have no phones or TVs in the rooms, for a fully unplugged experience. Enjoy your time staying in the national park and participate in swimming, fishing, and hiking.

Key West, FL

For Those Looking for an Island Vibe

Laying on the beach on an island is the first thing that comes to most peoples' minds when you talk about a vacation. Luckily, you might not have to travel as far as you would think to get the same feeling. Key West in Florida can give you the full Caribbean vibe without even leaving the U.S. Luckily Key West has plenty to do so you can be as relaxed as you want or as adventurous as you want. Diving, snorkeling, boating, golfing, sight seeing, spas, and theater are just some of the options you have to choose from. If you have ever wanted to experience swimming with a dolphin, you can do that too!

(Chinatown) San Francisco, CA

For The Cultural Explorer

San Francisco Chinatown in California is the largest and oldest Chinatown outside of Asia, in the United States. This is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. When you go there you'll feel like you're in a different country and experience the authenticity of Asian culture. The many streets have restaurants, markets, herbalists, bakeries, souvenir shops, temples and much more. If you're looking to learn some history of the culture while you're there you can visit the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum. Plan your trip for when special events and festivals take place, such as the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade or the annual Autumn Moon Festival. You'll have a great time learning about another culture when visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

New York City, NY

For The Fast Paced Activity Lover

If your idea of a great vacation is staying busy then New York City is a great option for you. New York City is loaded with well-known restaurants, TV shows, Broadway shows, shopping, and nightlife activities. It's a busy, fast paced environment filled with people who love the constant movement. Known as "the City that Never Sleeps," you might not sleep much when you vacation here because there's always something for you to do. There are also many interesting museums and art galleries to visit. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Met, and the Statue of Liberty are just a few of the 280+ museums around the city.

Maui, HI

For The Adventure Seekers

Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii and has been voted the "Best Island in the U.S." This island is packed with activities for those looking for adventure on their vacation. If you've ever dreamt of learning how to surf, the "birthplace of surfing" is the best spot you could choose. Snorkeling and scuba diving and coming face to face with tropical fish and sea turtles is another option. Parasailing and mountain tubing are also offered for one of a kind experiences. If you prefer to participate in less intense adventures, you can go whale watching or deep sea fishing. During the winter months, the Humpback whales are migrating through the waters. Of course, if you're looking for some down time as well you can always relax on a beach or in a spa.


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