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  • Writer's pictureColette DeGrazia

Domestic Destinations to Consider for a Vacation


There are so many places I've been in the U.S. that I would recommend to travel to. The following list is meant to inspire you to travel somewhere you may never have been to experience the authenticity of the area. Anything can be customized and these days, many folks are fine with a self-drive option. It is easier to travel in the US hands down right now. If you're comfortable setting out, don't forget to include a travel insurance policy. Yes, you still need one to travel within the US, in my opinion. I can help you with that, just ask! Kentucky Bourbon Trail Roll through the soft countryside of Kentucky and discover why this is the original home of American bourbon, fine food, and champion horses. Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, is one of the sweetest small towns in America, and there are eleven distilleries nearby. Heaven! Charm of Southern Gems Arrive in Charleston and take a soft drive through places where indigo farms once thrived, stop at a tea plantation, and roll into Savannah. This town has spice and attitude. Her central square is antebellum mansions, shady nooks, and art-gone-wild. Discover elegant homes, historic churches, and lighthouse islands on a private tour. We’ll arrange a hands-on cooking class, loaded with Southern hospitality and good cheer, for you. Head back to Charlestown and be amazed by islands, oyster-white sands, and local history. Founded in 1670, Charleston is an enchantress that tops Condé Nast’s list of best small cities each year. Explore Boone Hall Plantations and Gardens where peacocks and tulip trees welcome you. Take a carriage ride. Ply sunset waters on a schooner, and really breathe. Houses hug the coast, shaded in colors that look as if they drifted up from the Caribbean. The air fills your senses with the awareness of possibilities and grace. Take it all in. Wild Rocky Mountains We come to the Rocky’s when we need renewal and wonder. Denver is a good jumping-off place and a perfect combination of the New West and Western lore. Stretch out from here, and you’ll re-energize at the world’s largest hot springs—the mineral waters are a balm. (Meet a burro on the way.) Explore the Canyon of the Ancients, and check out a few wineries nearby, producing organic wines. Raft a clear river, take a steam-train through the canyons and mountains of a National Forest, treat yourself to local arts and jewelry. Stay in a century-old resort spa, and historic hotels. Adventure into the wilds, and savor authentic western cooking. Be well, and feel exuberant... Winter Wonder in New England and the Northeast New England and the Northeast sparkle in the winter. Blanketed in snow, white church steeples stand out against a bottle-blue sky. For those who love to sport in the snow, this is your time of year, and this is your place. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more — all await you in New England and the Northeast. Not a fan of snow sports, but travelling with one? No problem. Cozy up next to an open fire at a gorgeous country inn, resort, or historic hotel. Recharge and renew with a cup of tea or a hot toddy when the sun goes down. Enjoy local cuisine that’s winter-perfect. When the slopes are busy, shop for local crafts and explore quaint village streets. New England and the Northeast offers winter activities for everyone. There are dozens of ski resorts and areas easily accessible from a multitude of surrounding cities and states: Maine: Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Shawnee Peak Vermont: Stowe Mountain, Sugarbush, Mount Snow New Hampshire: Bretton Woods, Mount Sunapee, Cranmore Mountain New York: Whiteface Mountain, Windham, Gore Mountain, Belleyare Pennsylvania: Blue Mountain, Camelback Mountain, Hidden Valley, Seven Springs Alaska, a Natural for Winter Adventure Winter in Alaska defines legendary snow adventures in a natural environment. Get ready for deep powder, pristine runs, and the finest large mountain terrain in the world. Imagine kayaking on an iceberg-filled lake. Climbing into blue ice caves while trekking on a glacier. Natural hot springs, an ice museum, and chasing the Northern Lights while staying in a cozy-warm igloo with fine amenities. Consider heli-skiing or snowboarding when you visit—an unparalleled experience is only a helicopter ride away. This is skiing and snowboarding the way it was meant to be—loads of powder, freedom, inspiring steeps, and extraordinary alpine country. What is Alaska’s state sport? Dog sledding. Try your hand at mushing your own team of Huskies, and play with the puppies at an Iditarod champion kennel. Discover the diversity of Native Alaskan art and cultures. At the end of the day, unwind in a resort that is as unique as your surroundings. There is no place on this earth like Alaska, the last frontier. To be here in winter is to feel truly alive! Inspired Alaska Winter Resorts: Alyeska, Hilltop, Eaglecrest Remember, all of the trips I plan are customized to you! Happy US Travels!


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