Top 5 off-the-beaten-track US Vacation Spots

 

There are many wonderful locations around the US that are often overlooked in favor of the more popular choices promoted by the travel industry.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Located across the Bay of Fundy from Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor is an excellent summer vacation destination with comfortable 70 degree temperatures and a multitude of entertainment possibilities. You can enjoy music festivals, shopping, whale watching, the local nightlife, golf at the Kebo Valley Golf Club and more. The Acadia National Park is close by – over 50 square miles of highly varied, beautiful terrain, hiking, and views. Bird watching is another popular activity in the area and when the tide is low you can walk right out to Bar Island. Bar Harbor offers a broad variety of vacation rentals, hotels, bed & breakfasts (B&B’s), and cottages, as well as Acadia National Park lodgings.

Wilmington, North Carolina

A beautiful port city, Wilmington is home to the Battleship North Carolina that has a history with Hollywood productions. Over three hundred films have been shot here as well as shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Apart from that you can enjoy the Cape Fear River Walk and the nearby island beaches - Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, it’s the ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

A gorgeous town located around the Susquehanna river, it was once a thriving coal mining community which gradually declined. You’ll find many buildings in the art deco style as well as old houses and mansions built during the town’s golden years.. Most of these are now owned by the local university and they still impress with their beauty. There is a nice variety of restaurants and bed-and-breakfast opportunities for those who want to enjoy this little piece of Pennsylvania.

St. Louis, Missouri

Apart from the obvious attractions St. Louis offers some interesting options: Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country and is 500 acres larger than New York’s Central Park.  While there make a point to see the Jewel Box, an Art Deco greenhouse filled with permanent floral displays, tropical trees, and foliage plants. Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery where you can visit the Budweiser Clydesdales and sample a variety of premium brands. For more local flavor, stop by Schlafly Bottleworks for a free brewery tour and to try a few of the 50 different styles of beer. And of  course the river cruise is a must.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Located in the Roaring Fork Valley, Glenwood Springs is a picturesque town which is the home of the Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast. The Glenwood Host Springs Pool is a place where you’ll be able to relax both body and mind. You can visit the Fairy Caves, the Hanging Lake or the many other local attractions,. The famous gunfighter and gambler of the Old West Doc Holliday lived his final days in Glenwood Springs. He was a close personal friend of the legendary Wyatt Earp and together they battled criminal elements for years.

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