3. West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach is not all glitz and glam. Each day averages about 78 degrees, making this vacation haven an ideal climate. Take a water taxi down the perimeter for as low as $15 and sit by the water and have a cocktail. You will never want to leave.
4. Austin, Texas
Austin hosts the notorious music festival South by Southwest each year. The city is teeming with young artists and musicians that make this city a whole lot of fun. The city is also known for its food, and most of the restaurants use all local ingredients.
5. Portland, Oregon
This city is bursting with artists and young people fresh out of college. There is a devoted bike and organic food culture. The literary scene is also something to definitely check out, as there are readings galore. Portland also has a small town feel, which is a lovely addition to any city.
6. Seattle, Washington
This city is packed with bars, restaurants, and galleries. The general aesthetic of the city is quite charming, because many of the old buildings are repurposed, giving many structures an antique vibe. There are also year-round outdoorsy opportunities to take advantage of.
7. Burlington, Vermont
Burlington is known for its live music, beautiful lakes to swim in, and nearby skiing. Weekends are filled with farmers market and craft fairs. The city has more of a large town feel to it because it is filled with mom-and-pop shops that keep the city grounded. Make sure to not leave here without trying the local beer or cheese.
8. Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska is an unknown treasure as a vacation spot. The whale-watching trips are reason enough to come, as is the vast space of unspoiled wilderness to marvel at. Take a reasonably priced helicopter ride to see the wilderness, it is well worth it.
9. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston has some of the most aggressive preservation laws in the country, which makes this city very charming. The food is also dynamite as many of its restaurants have won multiple James Beard awards. The jazz scene and the city’s architecture are also both phenomenal.
10. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Martha’s Vineyard is an unbelievably adorable island. Every shop’s name is always something like “The Salty Tomato” or “The Little Duckling,” making this place something out of a storybook. The beaches are beautiful, and you will dream of the seafood months after you leave.