By Zeke Quezada Do you find your mind wandering? Do you gaze off into the distance with a feeling that maybe you just need a little bit of time away? Are you suffering from wanderlust?
Check Out These 8 Ideas for a Getaway
What kind of a vacation do you need? Let us help your mind wander.
Do You Need a Beach Vacation?
Napili Bay, Maui, Hawaii
Step away from your reality and find a spot in the sand at Napili Bay in Maui. This cove on the flanks of the West Maui Mountains is just right for long days in the sun or endless hours in the surf. Nearby restaurants make meals convenient and nearby tourist centers such as Lahaina Town and Whaler’s Village give you a dose of the tourist traps in digestible servings. The Napili Kai Resort is your answer to the Hawaiian resort with just enough luxury to pamper you but enough Hawaiian hospitality to allow you to feel the complete island experience.
Turks and Caicos
If you desire the beach vacation that begs you to slow it down while floating in crystal clear water then you need to consider Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos. There is no need for you to adjust the color on your screen. The blue in the sky and the white of the sand will leave a long-lasting impression on your soul.
If you find you need a little solitude Lucaya National Park in Grand Bahama is just far enough away for you to hit the reset button. Located on a stretch of sand away from the tourist-centered activities in Freeport, this National Park is so picturesque your friends will question the validity of your pictures.
Consider a Trip to the Great Outdoors
The wide open spaces often are just what the doctor ordered when you seek relaxation. Consider a long day hike or a night under the stars at a National Park.
Yosemite National ParkYosemite Valley is home to spectacular vistas as well as endless opportunities for fun. Raft down the Merced river or bike around the valley. You can embark on a grueling hike to the top of half dome or just stroll to the base of a waterfall. Yosemite National Park is among the most visited National Parks in the states and that is for a reason. It is a can’t miss destination that should be on every traveler’s list of places to see.
Grand Canyon National Park
The view from the south rim of the Grand Canyon is enough for you to question the origins of just about everything you know. The length, width and depth are measured in miles and just about everything about this national park is huge. Day hikes are an option and camping is the way to appreciate this geologic wonder.
Find Your Adventure in the City
Sometimes we can find what we need in the comforts of civilization. Fine dining and cocktails are often the only things our body needs to find balance. No problem with that, why not try a few of these ideas out.
Spend a day at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. This treasure is located a few feet from the beach and is always free (you will need parking reservations) The art in these galleries are focused on ancient Greece and Rome and the views are pure Southern California. After a day at the museum grab a picnic lunch and head to the beach to watch the sunset.
Haven’t you always wanted to visit Seattle? Eat more chowder that you ever thought you could stomach at Pike Place Market or take a ferry to one of the nearby ports just to get a taste of the local culture. Vancouver, Canada is 90 minutes away and the city has more than enough coffee and beer joints to keep you wandering around in awe.
You say you need a wine getaway? Find a spot in Downtown Napa and use it as your home base for an endless tour of great food and great wine. Vineyards and world-class dining are the draw but the views of the grapes and the history of this town are also worth noting. Or, perhaps a Bed and Breakfast in Wine Country is what your soul begs for?