Ten Amazing Places You've Never Been

As a frequent flyer, you know NYC, LA, Chi-town and the other vacation meccas like the back of your hand. It's time to explore someplace new. These 10 destinations will reward your adventurous spirit and give you a weekend getaway to remember.

Ten Amazing Places You've Never Been - INFOGRAPHIC 

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

One of the oldest English-founded cities in North America (some say the oldest), St. John’s enjoys an ideal marriage of history and natural beauty. It’s the continent’s most easterly city, so don’t be surprised to see icebergs and humpback whales come through its various coves and inlets. 

Morristown, NJ

This is a must-visit destination for history buffs. Called “the military capital of the American Revolution,” Morristown served as George Washington’s headquarters twice during the war. Besides the headquarters, which is now a National Park, Morristown is also home to The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the longest-running Shakespeare theatre on the East Coast. 
 

Galveston, TX

Located on Galveston Island, this city of fewer than 50,000 offers beach lovers and sight-seers plenty to enjoy, including one of the largest and best-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. Four Points by Sheraton Galveston is located across the street from the beach and close to lots of great shops, restaurants and local attractions. While the city is only about 40 minutes south of Houston, visitors will feel far removed from the bustling big city.
 

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral is a well-kept Florida secret and a true delight for guests seeking a serene Sunshine State experience. Known as a "Waterfront Wonderland," Cape Coral has more than 400 miles of navigable waterways, more than any other city in the world. The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village offers kayak and boat rentals from its marina, and Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island (known for incredible shelling) are both just a short trip away. 
 

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques is mostly undeveloped with W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island being one of the only full service hotels on the island. The largest national refuge in the Caribbean, Vieques boasts the world's brightest bioluminescent bay and is home to countless free-roaming horses. Guests of the W can take guided tours of the bay at night to see the beautiful sight in all its splendor.

Alexandria, VA

Just a few miles from downtown DC, Alexandria has a rich history and a gorgeous waterfront. Walk the cobblestone streets in Old Town to visit Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home and Market Square, which has been in continuous operation since 1753.

Victoria, BC

You’ll have to take a ferry or flight to get to Victoria, but it’s worth the excursion. This capital city offers sophisticated culture – classical music devotees will love the Victoria Symphony – and natural beauty with its magnificent mountain backdrop. The city’s recreation options, including rock climbing, hiking and kayaking, will challenge even the most active traveler.

Columbus, OH

The capital of the Buckeye State is the 15th largest city in the United States, but for too many travelers it remains a hidden gem. The Short North neighborhood, with its art galleries, large outdoor murals and tasty culinary options (including a meadery), is definitely a worthy weekend getaway destination.

Bellevue, WA

Known as Seattle’s biggest suburb, Bellevue is actually a worthwhile destination in its own right. It features the state’s best shopping, the impressive Bellevue Art Museum (or BAM!) and lots of public space along the shores of lovely Lake Washington.

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska’s most populous city with 300,000+ residents, Anchorage boasts metropolitan culture, including an impressive collection of Native American art, and easy access to the natural splendor of “The Last Frontier” with rivers, ocean waves, towering trees and mountains just a short trip from downtown.

 

Written by Jay Daniel

Illustration by Robby Campbell

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