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.
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.
Cape Coral, FL
Vieques, Puerto Rico
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.
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.
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.
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.
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