Switch things up next vacation and choose a destination that isn’t on a commercial you saw, or a common place all your friends/family have been. Take a new adventure and create new memories by choosing one of these 5 vacation spots that not many people think to go to:
At the end of the famed 17-mile Drive in Northern California is the quaint, European-inspired town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Known to locals simply as Carmel, the town is only one square mile, with zero traffic lights, parking meters and even street numbers. Apart from its unparalleled natural beauty, Carmel also has major street cred thanks to a former badass mayor: Clint Eastwood.
2)San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is the perfect island destination for those who want to feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere without actually being in the middle of nowhere. When you’re done lounging on the beach, you can explore the beautifully preserved buildings and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.
3)Cape Cod, MA
If you’re hungry for New England charm, off-season Cape Cod will satisfy your appetite. House rentals are much cheaper, but the beaches are just as beautiful — and the seafood just as delectable — during the winter months.
4)Zion National Park, UT
If you’re looking to find your center and get your hike on, take your vacation to Zion National Park. The vistas are as stunning as the Rockies, but you’ll get a wider variety of landscapes with Angel’s Landing and the waters of The Narrows.
5)Corpus Christie, TX
One doesn’t necessarily hear the state “Texas” and think of the shore, but Corpus Christie’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico proves you should. A twenty-minute drive will get you to Padre Island National Seashore, which showcase beaches, sand dunes, mud flats and grasslands ripe for exploration.