Want a glimpse of paradise within driving distance? Explore awe-inspiring vacation sites right in the continental US. Experience a vacation like no other when you travel to gorgeous Scottsdale in Arizona, Breckenridge in Colorado, or Park City in Utah.
See all the charm of lovely Scottsdale, with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert to captivate you. You might be surprised to find what this city has to offer!
Arts and culture abound, with over 100 art galleries for your viewing pleasure. You’ll definitely want to explore the Scottsdale Arts District during the time of the Scottsdale ArtWalk, (Thursday evenings between 7-9,) when member galleries open their doors to the public and allow you to take a peek at some outstanding artists of the southwest. Expect to walk at your own pace, and enjoy seeing statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, and sometimes carriage or trolley rides. You’ll want to plan your whole evening around this enjoyable adventure.
Also sure to please is Taliesin West, located just outside of Scottsdale, in the McDowell Mountains. This houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, as well as Taliesin, which is the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This historic gem offers a look into this famous American architect’s life and what was important to him. Such a lovely place to learn and enjoy the step back in time. And the scenery, amidst the mountains, is nothing less than stunning!
Another adventure to explore, especially if you’re traveling with family, is McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. You could enjoy an entire day by seeing all they have to offer. One thing is an indoor Model Railroad Building, showcasing 10,000 square feet of displays and artifacts about the railroads. Additionally, they have a historical railroad exhibit, rides on two different trains, a carousel for the kids, and even an arboretum available on Saturdays, which contains over 100 plants that thrive in arid climates. Definitely a delightful place to spend a day!
And don’t miss downtown Scottsdale, for a variety of splendid things to do. Neighborhoods are designed for walkers, and filled with a mixture of shops, museums, and award-winning restaurants. And for a bit of shopping, don’t miss the premiere Scottsdale Fashion Square, where you can find just about anything for sale. You could definitely experience a grand evening spent walking around downtown.
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While Breckenridge has a great reputation for world class skiing and other winter sports, don’t write it off your summer vacation list just yet! This amazing town offers a multitude of wonderful things to do, no matter what season.
When you visit such a stunning place, don’t neglect the time to be outdoors. One great way to enjoy this time is fly fishing, which is very popular in Breckenridge. Opportunities to catch trout abound in this area, and you can even take guided tours to make the most of your fishing trip. Definitely a spectacular way to get up close and personal with the outdoors.
You can also experience a hot air balloon ride, as featured on the NBC Today Show. What better way to take in the gorgeous scenery than to get high above everything? Definitely a memory that will stick with you for a long while.
Also take a night to see a play at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, and you’re sure to be thrilled. This theatre has been a source of entertainment for thirty years, and the locals as well as tourists love the warm and cozy atmosphere.
You can also learn some historic facts about Breckenridge by taking the 90 minute walking tour, which goes right through the nationally recognized historic district. The tour guide has many colorful, but family appropriate, stories about different characters who have been in Breckenridge’s past. Definitely a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Another lovely place to visit is Ready, Paint, Fire. Everything is provided to make your own artwork, and the kilns are fired up every night. They have a great staff to help you with anything you need, and you get to keep what you create. Souvenirs that you make yourself are the best kind!
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Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah amazes people year round, with so many wonderful activities available. You’ll want to enjoy your time outdoors, with such gorgeous scenery. That will be easily achieved with over 400 miles of trails specifically designed for hiking and biking. You can also partake of fly fishing, river rafting, or horseback riding.
Don’t miss Utah Olympic Park, for abundant thrilling opportunities. Actually used as an Olympic Training Site, you can experience bobsledding, ziplining, or alpine slide rides. It also has adventure courses, a drop tower, and extreme tubing. A spectacular place for the thrill seeking individual!
When you get ready to relax and have a bite to eat, you have abundant award winning restaurants to choose from. One such place to try: 501 On Main, right in the heart of Park City’s historic district. Expect locally grown vegetables paired with appealing entrees. You can even find choices for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free diners here, all the way from appetizers to entrees to desserts. And 501 On Main offers a great selection of choice wines, as well.
For those who enjoy arts and crafts, Park City has abundant choices. Visit Artworks Gallery, open daily, to see a variety of artwork pieces from Utah and national artists. This includes hot glass, wood, clay, jewelry, and more.
Also experience the history of skiing by going to Alf Engen Ski Museum, which even includes virtual rides. Their amazing ski history collection will provide guests with lots of interesting information about the origins of skiing.
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