— Adventures by City —
A little known fact is that Las Vegas is the perfect jumping off point for an endless number of incredible adventures. It usually has cheap flights from everywhere, is within an 8-hour drive of 15 National Parks (yes really!), and is close to so many other amazing places. So sober up, extend that conference stay, rent a car, and get off The Strip!
We constantly recommend heading to Seattle when people ask about what National Parks to visit. There are 3 spectacular parks within an easy drive of the city and they are less busy than a lot of the other better-known parks. Plus the city has amazing food and drink, is home to the first Starbucks, and has the Space Needle. All in all, it's a great, easy family vacation if you don't have much time.
Salt Lake City has a rich art and museum culture including the Hill Aerospace Museum. SLC is located at the base of the Wasatch mountains which are home to famous ski resorts, amazing rock climbing, and countless hiking trails. It's also an easy drive to the Great Salt Lake, the unexpected Antelope Island, the Bonneville Salt Flats, and some incredible fossil hunting. Plus, it's the closest major airport to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
Portland is known for beer, food trucks, doughnuts, Mt. Hood, and being weird—we highly recommend it! There's so much to see and do and drink in the city (Rogue Brewery anyone?), but there's also the most incredible coastline, mountains, rivers, and waterfalls just a short drive away. Plus Crater Lake National Park isn't too far away either.
St. Louis gets a bad rap in the news. It's an amazing (and safe) city filled with wonderful people, food, drinks, and attractions. The Gateway Arch, the Botanical Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour, and Forest Park are not to be missed. Plus, our favorite man-made place in the entire country is in St. Louis -- the City Museum. Words cannot effectively describe this unique place -- you must experience it for yourself.
West Virginia's state slogan is "wild and wonderful" for a reason. There's world-class rock climbing and whitewater paddling, the best skiing south of New England, and great moutain biking. It also has an architecturally stunning 876 foot tall arch bridge which is home to a legal base jumping festival each October. So, try something new and go play in Appalachia.
Don't base your idea of Reno on the show Reno 911—Reno has a lot to offer. It has a cute riverwalk and is tucked along the base of some gorgeous mountains. Lake Tahoe is a short frive away. and the adorable mountain town of Truckee, California isn't much farther. The infamous Donner Pass is just past Truckee and worth a visit due to the spectacular views and amazing rock climbing.
Biltmore Estate, Pilot Mountain, rock climbing, wineries, Merle Fest, Blue Ridge Parkway, fishing (Bass Masters held regularly in NC), NASCAR,
And while you're at it, buy some furniture in one of the enormous furniture showrooms in High Point, NC and have it shipped home for huge savings. Yes, really!
Pinnacles NP, Golden Gate Bridge, Redwoods NP, Monterrey Aquarium, Alcatraz, Fort Point Nat'l Historic Site, Point Reyes, etc. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum., Sonoma, Napa, John Muir Park, transvestite shows, Outsidelands, Big Sur, faultline,
El Paso isn't just a border town -- it's a gateway to many amazing places. Just outside the city, Hueco Tanks State Park has world-class bouldering and amazing Native American painted cave masks. There are also 3 National Parks nearby -- Carlsbad Cavern, Big Bend, and Guadalupe Mountain. A short drive to the north there's White Sands National Monument and wonderful skiing. And a little drive southeast reveals an isolated ecosystem filled with tons of birds and an observatory.
San Diego is a great place to head in the winter when you're sick of the snow back home. The weather is always mild. The food is fantastic and they have a pretty good music scene. In addition, you have beaches, surfing, wineries, deserts, sand dunes, and scenic mountain drives at your fingertips.
Fresno has quick access to so much more than anyone realizes. There are 4 national parks nearby—Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Pinnacles. It's also close to Paso Robles wine country, an elephant seal rookery, the extravagant Hearst Castle, Big Sur, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium & Cannery Row. And you don't need to deal with the Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay area traffic to get to any of them!
Puerto Rico, recently named the top travel destination by Time Magazine, is an accessible island paradise. From gorgeous beaches, to tropical rainforests, to a party-all-night historic district, Puerto Rico is well worth the trip! It is easy to get around without being fluent in Spanish (many people speak English except in the most remote areas) and being a US territory since 1917, you don’t need to exchange money or even bring your passport! Come soak in the vibrant spirit!