When you live in The Colony, chances are, every day is a vacation. You’ve got every amenity at your disposal – from private beach

access and a community boat launch to top notch golfing, everything you could ever want is available at The Colony. The surrounding area in Bonita Springs also offers excellent shopping and fine dining options. However, nothing can beat a change of pace. Getting out and exploring what the United States has to offer beyond Florida can bring you the memories of a lifetime and experiences you won’t forget. Read on to find out about the top 5 travel destinations that are perfect for those looking to get away!

#1: New York

NEW YORK CITY – If you’re looking for the excitement of a big city, look no further than New York City! You certainly won’t run out of things to do with all that The Big Apple has to offer. There is a myriad of well-known museums, theatres and operas, like Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. For any American, visiting the 9/11 Memorial is sure to be a moving and memorable experience as well. On a lighter note, you could pack a picnic and experience gorgeous Central Park, or get dinner and drinks and feel the buzz of Times Square.  You will also have to visit the historic Statue of Liberty to round out your visit. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention taking in the views of the gargantuan skyscrapers of Wall Street, too! And this is just a snippet of what you could do in New York!

THE HAMPTONS –  If you’re thinking of a change of scenery that’s not quite as action packed and more on the relaxing side, look no further than the Hamptons. Experience a different kind of beach while still enjoying the comforts of luxury. There are still plenty of activities to do — golfing, fishing, kayaking are just a few things you can do in this top notch vacation destination. Sip on some wine while touring the vineyards. In the Hamptons, you can eat some of the best seafood that the east coast has to offer, all while in the company of people who like to enjoy the finer things in life.

#2: Hawaii

OAHU & KAUAI – Hawaii brings a tropical paradise that is unlike any beach destination on the mainland. Whether you’re visiting the popular Oahu or the less populated Kauai to take in stunning views, there are endless options to satisfy anyone’s vacation tastes. You can be active and go hiking amongst the volcanoes and waterfalls or experience underwater sea life with some of the best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can simply relax on the beach or take advantage of health spas in the area, too. With all the entertainment opportunities, you’ll be able to experience whatever you like — restaurants, shopping, and nightlife options are endless! Hawaii tops almost any vacation destination list because it’s really got everything!

#3: Colorado

ASPEN/VAIL – If you started out as a snowbird and are now living in The Colony permanently, you might miss a touch of snow from time to time. The perfect cure for that itch is to visit the slopes in Vail or Aspen, Colorado! Take in the views of the Rockies while cruising down the slopes.  Although Vail offers more challenging slopes than Aspen, Aspen can add a historical dimension to your trip— visit the mining museums while you’re there to add to your experience!

#4: Nevada

LAS VEGAS – Viva, Las Vegas! Trade in laying on the beach for getting waited on poolside, and once the sun goes down, you can hit up the strip. There are endless casinos, shows, and dining options at your fingertips. Take a tour of the strip or walk it yourself — you’ll never get bored! You’ve also got access to excellent spas and shopping, so this can be a perfect trip for guys and gals alike!

If you’ve had enough of the nonstop flashing lights and never-ending nightlife, take a short trip over to the Grand Canyon and experience

it by helicopter! You’ll never be able to get the breathtaking views on land, but it’s definitely a trip for those with easy flying legs. Do more than just the strip and experience nature’s wonders!

#5: Tennessee

Get out there and see something different! Just a short trip away, Tennessee offers majestic mountains and some unbeatable vacation destinations that are just a short trip away.

NASHVILLE – If you’re a fan of country music, Nashville is

a must — see a show at the Grand Ole Opry and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Have a fun time exploring downtown Nashville, which offers shopping, excellent restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Discover new artists while listening to live country music at any of the honky tonks in the area! Music City is sure to be a pleaser for country music fans and novices alike, and it’s a perfect destination for an extended weekend stay!

MEMPHIS – Similarly, if you’re an Elvis or blues fan, Memphis is also a great spot to visit. Have a blast on Beale Street, visit Sun Studios and Graceland, and experience the National Civil Rights Museum, which is located at the Lorraine Motel.

GATLINBURG – Gatlinburg is also sure to hit the spot of those seeking more out of their vacation than beaches and traditional tourist destinations. Get adventurous in Tennessee — go whitewater rafting, zip

lining, hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, camping, and more. When you’re ready for a break from all the activity, take home a mason jar of Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine at their distillery in Gatlinburg.

Get Out and Travel!

If you’re looking to get away, the bottom line is that you’ve got a pick a place that aligns with your interests. What are you hoping to experience and how do you envision your vacation? These are some great options, but it’s a big world out there — get exploring!

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