While a lot of the places on our list are coastal areas, Moab offers a different kind of beauty in its natural landscape. The red rock canyons make for a stunning sight at sunrise and sunset, which is the perfect reason (or at least, one of them) to take an early morning hike through Arches National Park. In fact, the park is arguably the best part of this small Western town. If you’re not the early morning type, the views will still be pretty amazing any time of day.
Aside from adventuring through all of the nearby parks, the area also offers an array of boutiques, restaurants, and bars. But if you’re in the mood for something faster on your way to the next hike, grab a bite to eat at the Quesadilla Mobilla food truck on Main Street for some delicious Mexican fare.
Marietta was settled in the 1780s and has become a favorite vacation spot for locals and their Midwestern neighbors. Full of rich history, the town offers a “Hidden Marietta” tour which shows visitors the spots where the brothels and bars of the past were located.
Once you’ve parked your car where you plan to spend the duration of your trip, you likely won’t need it again until you’re ready to check out! Walk along the river and throughout the historic downtown area and choose from all kinds of cozy restaurants, bars, and shops.
Breckenridge is located at the base of the Tenmile Mountains, and, like many towns in Colorado, is known for its excellent skiing and snowboarding trails. Definitely a town worth visiting, it’s full of luxurious ski resorts and shops. During summer, hiking, rafting, and biking are popular throughout the gorgeous area, as well.
If you find yourself in Breckenridge, stay at The Bivvi for beautiful views and home-cooked breakfasts, along with fireplaces in your room. If you’re looking for delicious Colorado cuisine, head to Twist for some Rocky Mountain Trout.
This small city in western Illinois may be tiny, but it’s got a whole lot of flavor. Lying eight miles south of Wisconsin, and about 15 miles east of Iowa, Galena is known as “The City That Time Forgot,” due to its historic feel and aesthetics.
The oldest home in the town, Belvedere, is open to the public for tours. There are 22 rooms in the mansion, which is more than 5,000 square feet large. If you enjoy root beer, make sure you don’t miss the amazing selection at Root Beer Revelry. Then, pop into Fritz and Frites for some delicious French and German cuisine.
Hawaii: Pa’ia, Maui
Pa’ia is a must-see when you’re in the Maui region of Hawaii. Full of a rich, plantation past, the town boasts an array of surf and sweets shops, alongside plenty of art galleries, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Simmer Hawaii is said to be one of the best shops in the area for both men and women.
Looking for an energy boost before you hit the waves? Stop by Paia Bay Coffee on Hana Highway for an iced latte. If you’re on the prowl for something a bit more substantial, check out Mama’s Fish House for some delicious local seafood.