Going on vacation is an opportunity to relax, unwind, and create memories. It’s also a chance to see and experience things you can’t find in your everyday life. The key to having the most memorable vacation ever is finding a destination that offers a true diversity of experiences all in one place. These four all-in-one vacation destinations provide enough experiences that you can go home feeling like you went on several vacations without leaving one city. Pick the best vacation destination, book it, and then get help planning with these travel tips for group and solo trips.
1. Orlando, Florida
Known best for its world-class theme parks, there is more to Orlando than thrill rides and magic. The City Beautiful is home to vibrant neighborhoods, unique eateries, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits.
Central Florida is home to some beautiful, scenic areas. Explore the area’s natural beauty with a leisurely hike at Black Bear Wilderness Area or wade in the Wekiwa Springs State Park. Tour the famed chain of lakes in Winter Park via boat. Or, hit the links at any of Orlando’s championship golf courses.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas has it all — glitz and glam, beautiful scenery, and extraordinary dining. Ride a roller coaster at an indoor theme park. Visit Springs Preserve, described as the Central Park of Las Vegas. Get a bird’s eye view of The Strip on a helicopter tour. Or, live out your racing fantasy by driving a super-fast, luxurious car at Exotics Racing.
Grand Canyon National Park makes for a memorable day trip. Seeing its dramatic views in person is not to be missed. For a closer excursion, take the 17-mile trip to Red Rock Canyon to see some bright, red cliffs for yourself.
If you’re looking for waterpark fun, check out Cowabunga Bay. Or, if you want to explore your wild side, visit the Lion Habitat Ranch to observe exotic animals up close.
3. New York City, New York
The Big Apple brings visitors from far and wide, fittingly so because it truly has something for everyone. Theater lovers will flock to Broadway to see their favorite productions while those looking for live music may head to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, or the Bowery Ballroom.
Visiting New York City’s distinct boroughs will provide an entirely different experience. View the largest urban zoo in the country at the Bronx Zoo or visit the renowned Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Get your fill of exquisite Greek food in Queens or take a ride on the scenic Staten Island Ferry. Manhattan is the heart of it all from Broadway to Times Square and countless other famous landmarks. The best news is that all of what New York has to offer is easily accessible by foot, subway, or taxi.
4. Branson, Missouri
Branson is for everyone — the thrill-seeker, the music lover, the explorer, and more. With more than 50 theaters, there’s no denying Branson is a live entertainment capital, but there are other ways to entertain yourself.
The Runaway Mountain Coaster is the longest and fastest alpine mountain coaster in the area. Descend 500 feet into Marvel Cave, a wet limestone cave that is still alive and growing. For the braver, try the tour at night by lantern light like the early explorers experienced it. The area lakes provide an abundance of fun-filled activities with popular water sports including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, and more. And if food is more your calling, sample some of the city’s award-winning barbecue at Gettin’ Basted.
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