1. Nantucket, MA
A secluded island off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a place like no other. It’s a place filled with wharves and cobblestone streets, amazing restaurants, upscale boutiques, and beautiful late 18th century architecture. The island is so small the majority of locals and visitors either walk or travel around by bicycle. Nantucket also has amazing food. The high-end atmosphere of the island draws the attention of the top chefs in the country who can turn any ordinary cuisine into a culinary masterpiece. While it is a little expensive, Nantucket is definitely worth it.
2. Mystic, CT
In addition to quaint shops and great restaurants, Mystic is home to the Mystic Seaport which is filled with incredible views of sailing ships and boats docked along the Mystic River. It is a must see at some point in your life. The Mystic Seaport is also known as The Museum of America and the sea, where its museum consists of over 60 buildings that recreate a 19th century seafaring village.
3. The Outer Banks of North Carolina
The Outer Banks is a group of barrier islands along the North Carolina Coast where you will find five different lighthouses, including the tallest lighthouse in North America, the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and different wildlife refuges. It also the location where the Wright Brothers made the first successful flight and where the first English Colony, also known as “The Lost Colony”, settled in America.
4. Charleston, SC
Charleston is a history lover’s paradise. It is noted for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, pastel colored houses, and plantations from the Civil War Era. A trip to Charleston would not be complete without a stroll through the Old City Market and a tour of a Dungeon from the 1680’s which is said to be haunted by a captured pirate.
5. Key West, FL
Key West is part of the Florida Keys and a world of its own. Key West is known for its pastel colored houses, but more than that it is known for its crystal blue waters and its vibrant locals with their laid back attitudes. It is the home to Jimmy Buffet’s original Margaritaville, and the famous Key Lime Pie. They even have a drag queen drop every New Year’s Eve.
6. Georgetown, DC
Georgetown is a tree-lined province and entertainment district that sits along the Potomac River in Washington D.C. It is fun, historic, and a cool place to walk around. Its cobblestone streets add to the elegance of the historical landmarks you will find there. It is home to the main campus of Georgetown University and the embassies of France, Iceland, Mongolia, Sweden, and Thailand among others.
7. Ocracoke Island, NC
Ocracoke Island is a small island that is part of the North Carolina Outer Banks, just a short ferry ride off the coast. It is a great place to take the family and create memories that will last a lifetime, memories of days spent fishing in the ocean or relaxing on a quiet beach. Ocracoke Island is home to the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina, the second oldest in the nation, and it was also the temporary home for Blackbeard and other pirates back in the buccaneer days.
8. Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod is a getaway that refreshes the mind. It is a peninsula in southern Massachusetts filled with pristine coastlines, lighthouses, quaint villages, luxury hotels, waterfront dining, and whale watching. With locals that range from the Kennedys to the colorful characters of P-town, it is a place where everyone will feel at home.
9. Asheville, NC
Asheville is an eclectic city located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina. It boasts an atmosphere of creativity and freedom. You will find art galleries, art-deco architecture, and local handmade crafts throughout the city. Asheville also has an exquisite dining scene. You can find anything from four star restaurants to down home southern cooking. What Asheville is most known for, however, is for being the home to the largest private residence in the United States, the Biltmore Estate, and no trip to Asheville is complete without a tour of the entire estate.
10. Wilmington, NC
Wilmington is a great weekend getaway and a fun place to stay. It is a city rooted in history dating all the way back to the colonial era. Located on the southern coast of North Carolina, its beaches create an atmosphere filled with peace, tranquility, smiles, and love, true love. In addition to its beaches, Wilmington has a booming downtown scene with shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and a mile long Riverwalk offering beautiful views of the Cape Fear River.