Looking for somewhere to visit besides the normal tourists spots in the United States? Try these recommendations to explore new cities away from the crowds.
Positioned northeast of Sacramento, Roseville has a lot to offer. Originally a railroad town, it has the busy feeling of a big city, but at a slower pace. It’s become a shopping region, with the second largest shopping mall in Northern California, the Westfield Galleria. Right across from it is the $70 million complex called “Fountains of Roseville.” If you’re looking to spend the weekend shopping, you can stay at the Homewood Suites Sacramento Roseville, which is conveniently located between the two. Shopping never sounded so good knowing you have a place to rest your tired feet nearby.
Phoenix may get all the glory, but Sedona is where the scenic part of Arizona is. Go hiking in the hills during the early morning and watch the sun rise over the red mountains. When it gets too hot, chill out and relax your tired body in the pool. Hotels like Cedars Resort offer affordable lodging for your stay. Indulge in a salty margarita and Tex-Mex for dinner to get a taste of the south. If it gets too hot during the day, check out the art at the James Ratliff Gallery or the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. You’ll love seeing the southwestern influence in all the art pieces unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado is a city that has something going on no matter what season it is. Spend the summer days exploring the southern Rocky Mountains by foot. Pikes Peak is not to be missed, the historical summit where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the infamous “America the Beautiful.” For the more adventurous, white-water river rafting down Colorado’s rivers will be sure to excite you. In the winter, head to the mountains to ski down the Rockies. There are plenty of budget hotels like the Colorado Spring Marriott to make sure you have plenty in your budget left for all the fun outdoor activities on your list.
Located on the east side of Kauai, Kapaa is the place to go if you want to relax in a beautiful surrounding without having too many tourists around. Relax in comfortable hotels like the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel, and head out to the beach when you’re ready. Coconut Beach is a popular location to swim, snorkel, or just lay out on the beach. When you’re done being a beach bum, head to the Kauai Path trails to go hiking. Bring a lunch to make a day of it and see gorgeous views of the ocean along the path.
Boise may not come to mind when you’re planning a vacation, but it has more to offer than a location for a business trip. Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Boise Downtown to be in the heart of the city. If you’re into history, take a tour of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, which offers daily tours. If it happens to be football season, check out a Boise State game – just make sure you dress in the college colors (navy and orange) to fit in.
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