By Renee Castro
It’s the time of year again to start planning out your spring and summer vacations for the upcoming seasons! There is nothing like the feeling of sitting down at your computer and virtually exploring the world, or visualizing what the perfect vacation will be like.
This year, we want to help you choose the destination that is right for you and your family. Although Orlando and its very famous theme parks might be a short drive away, we want to encourage you to check out some other cool locations in the US. Sure, leaving the country is also ideal, I mean, who doesn’t love a white sandy beach? But wouldn’t you love to keep your passport away and venture into the depths of the historically rich, United States or spend a week at a luxurious lake house?
The Ritz Carlton Reynolds: Lake Oconee, GA
- Far, far away from the city life, the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds is a place where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, and experience summer like it has no end. The resort features five championship golf courses, a spa, seven different dining experiences, and so much more. The perfect place to get away from your busy life and unwind at your own pace.
- With its breathtaking views and free electric shuttles, Chattanooga might be the place to start an adventure with your little ones. Plan a horseback ride followed by white-water rafting or maybe even hang gliding if you have older ones with a need for exhilaration. For the more relaxed family, stroll down the 13-mile river walk and take in the beauty of Chattanooga’s beauty.
San Diego, California
- Welcome to the west coast! California is a summer must-do, with its sunny afternoons and cool nights. In San Diego, there are so many things that your family can do. Spend a day at LEGOLAND California or hit up the San Diego Zoo. Remember when you thought the beach was only an option for international travel? Well your vacation just got a little sunnier because the San Diego beaches are long, sandy and ready for surfers.
- Take a step back in time as you walk through the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. The greater Williamsburg area encompasses Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, which hold over four centuries of history. For those of you who want to bring education into your vacation, this might just be the place to do it. In Colonial Williamsburg, be sure to watch as historical interpreters reenact what life was like on the eve of the Revolutionary War, or even view where the US gained its independence at the Yorktown Battlefield. History connoisseurs will be thrilled!
- Another historically rich vacation that is a little farther from home is Boston. Home of Harvard University and the infamous Fenway Park. Over in Boston, be sure to take a Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour if you believe your little ones are little and brave enough. Take a trip to the Boston Children’s Museum and let your kids have some hands-on educational fun, without them even noticing. Be sure to visit Quincy Market and feed the crew at the perfect lunch spot that has over 50 food stalls, with foods ranging from pizza to lobster rolls, yum!