1. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
A four-season playground for nature lovers, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula nudges up against three Great Lakes — Superior, Huron, and Michigan. That said, water and beach activities are plentiful with kayaking, sailing, and fishing as warm weather staples.
Inland, visitors venture along rivers that feed the Great Lakes, explore old-growth forests and fly fish small streams.
2. Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Hear it roar. And feel the mist. Ponchos are provided when you board the iconic tour boat, the Maid of the Mist, to feel the power of the historic falls.
Formed some 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls, straddling the U.S. border with Canada, has long been a magnet for explorers and adventurers, as well as honeymooning travelers. By day, explore the area from multiple angles, via lush nature trails, a water-skimming jet boat or high-flying helicopter.
3. Northern Arizona
The Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating a big birthday in 2019. So why not join in the centennial celebration? Millions visit this wonder of the world each year to marvel at the mile-deep gorge, exploring by foot, on a mule or capturing the vast beauty with a camera or the mind’s eye. Stay on the South Rim where year-round access is possible and you’ll have access to ranger programs, dining options and stunning views.
Explore other regions in northern Arizona for hiking, biking and a history lesson along Route 66. Pose for a photo on a corner in Winslow, ride horseback at a guest ranch or rent a houseboat on Lake Powell.
4. The Bahamas
You’ll find lavish resorts in a bustling enclave or quiet getaways on tiny spits of sand, all just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. Choose your preferred sun-drenched environment from among 700 islands, embraced by crystal clear water and the world’s third-largest barrier reef.
Visions of snorkeling, diving, saltwater fly fishing, ecotours, horseback riding, kayaking or just relaxing on soft sandy beaches will provide plenty to compel your family to plan a visit to this breathtaking archipelago.
In Tennessee, you’ll find natural beauty, great music and vibrant communities ladled with a dose of Southern hospitality. Enjoy the 800-square mile wonderland that is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for hiking, horseback riding, and fishing.
Add a musical note to your trip with a stop by Graceland to see how the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley lived and worked.