Thinking of taking a trip with that special someone? Here are 5 underrated destinations to consider.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Soaking in the ambiance of the brick-walked, Spanish-mossed downtown is Charleston’s to-do. Historic homes are also plentiful: The Nathaniel Russell House, Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens are just a few examples. And if you want to pick up a few travel souvenirs, look no further than the Old City Market. There are also a few beaches in close proximity — Folly Beach and Isle of Palms, among others — ideal for warm-weather swimming and cold-weather strolling.
Northern Arizona is known for the Grand Canyon, but Sedona a couple hours south offers scenery just as gorgeous. Known for the beautiful red sandstone rock formations that surround it, the city features great hiking, biking, and mountain climbing opportunities. And, there’s no better place in Arizona to escape the summer heat than in Sedona.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
St. Augustine — the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. — has beautiful architecture, weather, and culture. With gorgeous white sand beaches and a host of historic landmarks, including the Castillo de San Marcos, it’s a summertime paraísofor everyone.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
The beautiful beaches go on for miles, and the food is to-die-for. Plus, you’re not going to have to deal with as many people as you might have to in places like L.A. or San Diego. And, if you’re lucky, you might see a former Olympian like Todd Rogers playing beach volleyball.
LA PUSH, WASHINGTON
La Push is one of the most gorgeous and secluded vacation spots you’ll find. Despite being on the very corner of the Pacific Northwest, during the summer months it’s warm, and you can rent an affordable cabin right off the beautiful beach. Build a fire on the beach, knock back a few, and enjoy the sound of waves crashing less than 100 feet away. La Push is a great place to escape and relax without blowing the budget.