Fun and Adventure Seekers
Spend time on the beach at the Jersey shore, visit the casinos in Atlantic City, or go to the amusement parks at Wildwood. You also can’t go wrong with rafting down any number of the region’s rivers including the Delaware, the Housatonic River in Connecticut, and the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania.
Consider Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. In these states you’ll find quaint farms to visit, trails to bike, fresh lobster and seafood to eat, and outlet malls to shop.
Head to Massachusetts and walk the Freedom Trail in Boston. While you’re there, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is another great historical destination; after all, it’s where our country was founded in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall.
The Northeast is home to some of the oldest, most magnificent estates in America. The mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, will inspire you and your sweetie to go home and redecorate your own nest!
There’s a reason Glen Campbell wrote a song about the warm, amorous summer nights down south. Explore some of the region’s most romantic locations, including Jonesboro, Georgia -- home of Tara, the plantation in Gone with the Wind -- and Hilton Head, South Carolina, where you and your loved one can rent a cottage on the beach for the entire summer.
Disney World opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971 and hasn’t stopped expanding since. No matter how old you are, Disney World holds a special allure to the child in all of us. Universal Studios also has a theme park in Orlando with the highly recommended Islands of Adventure.
A Little Bit of Kitsch
What would a trip around the South be without a stop in Memphis, Tennessee, to visit Graceland? Elvis Presley spent his final years at this 13.8-acre estate that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Graceland even boasts its own hotel: the Heartbreak Hotel. Don’t leave town without trying a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich!
Chicago, Chicago That Wonderful Town
It’s advisable to visit “The Windy City” during the summer -- those lake-effect winds can literally blow you away in the colder months! Stroll hand in hand through Millennium Park and visit The Art Institute to see Andy Warhol’s famous “Mao.” Cheer on the White Sox or root for the Cubbies at a baseball game.
Take a drive along any of the Great Lakes that border the Midwestern states. You and your partner are sure to enjoy the views from Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive (exploreminnesota.com), which has been dubbed an “All-American Road” for its sweeping views of Lake Superior and seven state parks.
Take a Tippler’s Tour
More than 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky. The state’s tourism department has developed a handy site and map for touring the distilleries. Visit kentuckybourbontrail.com to learn more about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Please remember not to have too many samples if you’re the one driving!
Remember the Alamo
You’ve probably heard that expression before; now go see what it’s about at this San Antonio, Texas, locale. Over 2.5 million tourists flock to San Antonio each year to visit the Alamo and The San Antonio River Walk.
Yes, Las Vegas is hot in the summer, but it’s actually more of a dry heat that’s quite tolerable. Even if the two of you aren’t the gambling type, Vegas offers plenty of other things to do. Go shopping in Caesar’s Palace, take a tour of the world by walking down the Strip -- everywhere from Paris to New York to Egypt is represented -- or take a day trip to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.
Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Arizona is home to the longest original stretch of Route 66, once known as “America’s Main Road” before the interstate highways took over. Arizona’s Office of Tourism offers a ready-made, six-day driving tour of Route 66 (arizonaguide.com). Be sure to pick up a few kitschy road signs to decorate your nest with along the way!
West and Northwest
Nesties Go to Hollywood
What’s a visit to the Pacific Coast without a stop in Los Angeles? Whether you have a secret obsession with The Hills or simply long to shop on Rodeo Drive, the City of Angels has activities both you and your sweetie will enjoy.
For the Extreme Sports Junkies
The West Coast is known for its outdoor sports. You can go skydiving -- sometimes even couple’s skydiving -- in pretty much any state. Mt. Hood in Oregon has great mountain-biking tours and, if there’s snow, summer skiing (you can wear a T-shirt!). Lake Tahoe, which lies on the California/Nevada border, has jet skiing, waterskiing, and almost any other type of water sport you can think of. Then, after a rough day of playing, you can go on a romantic sunset cruise.
On the Waterfront
There’s a lot more to Seattle than the citywide love of java! See the Space Needle and the Experience Music Project, and shop at Pike Place Market before dining a deux on the waterfront.
Located in Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern corner of Wyoming, Old Faithful is a natural geyser that erupts roughly every hour and a half. Spend the night camping in Yellowstone and go for a beautiful daytime hike before stopping to see the geyser.
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