Thursday, August 12, 2010

8 Cool Undiscovered Family Vacation Spots

Tired of going on vacation to spots crowded with tourists? Want to go somewhere that feels like you’re blazing your own trail? A place where, when you tell your friends you’re going, they get a bewildered look on their face that says, “Where?!”

When Disney World, the Grand Canyon, and New York City just don’t cut it anymore for your family vacation, it’s time to consider one of these 8 super cool and super undiscovered vacation spots.

1. Maldives

Want a beach that’s not crowded? One that’s even more gorgeous than the ones in the Caribbean and Mexico? One where your whole family can kick back and relax? The Maldives might be just the spot you’re looking for. This cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean has beautiful beaches that have yet to be spoiled by tourists. You can enjoy gorgeous, first class hotels, do some sailing, and just indulge yourself in the beauty.

2. Croatia

Croatia is the largely unseen part of the Mediterranean. The country was created in the early 1990s when Yugoslavia was split up. It has everything you’d expect from a Mediterranean destination: beautiful homes, waterfront cafes, gorgeous waters…you name it. It’s a great destination your whole family is sure to enjoy. And with its close proximity to other hot European destinations, like Vienna, you can make a big family trip of it.

3. Puglia

Looking for something new to do in Italy? If your family has already seen the main Italy hot spots, Pulgia is one of the country’s up and coming hotspots. Relatively tourist-free, Pulgia has everything you need to have a great time—amazing food, plenty of local wine, breathtaking beaches, and a culture rich with history. It’s a luxury destination that makes for a memorable first class vacation.

4. Budapest

Perhaps the most popular city on this list, Budapest still isn’t overrun with tourists. It’s a town that’s loaded with history (some of it troubling) and influenced by multiple cultures. While Budapest doesn’t get the attention that Prague does, it’s every bit as deserving of a spot on the must-see European destinations. It’s a city you can do a lot of walking around in, so make sure your family has walking shoes.

5. Anaconda, Montana

How fun does this sound: more than ten casinos, local pubs and restaurants, one of the most beautiful theaters in the country (Washoe Theater), and a golf course designed by Jack Nicholas? These are just a few of the things to do in Anaconda, Montana. You can also take a short drive out of town to Storm Lake where you can do some fishing. There really is something to do for every member of your family.

6. Black River Harbor, Michigan

Love the outdoors and camping? Black River Harbor is a largely unknown spot that boasts incredible outdoor beauty. There are five waterfalls you can easily hike to and beaches not too far away (across the bridge). The area also is home to Copper Peak, one of the world’s tallest ski flying slopes. It’s shocking that more families don’t know about this hidden treasure.

7. Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas families know that if you want to find quiet, beautiful beaches, Corpus Christi is the place to go. The bayfront has undergone a lot of recent improvements, and almost anywhere you go in the city, you’ll have a great beach awaiting you. Enjoy the shops, wildlife, and just kicking back on the beach.

8. Grenadines

This is the hidden Caribbean. It’s a set of islands between Grenada and St. Vincent that have been visited by top movie stars and rock stars. It’s been featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and it’s one of the few spots in the Caribbean where you can enjoy some peace and quiet on a beautiful white-sand beach. If a quite beach is what your family is looking for, this is your new favorite spot.

What are some of your favorite under-the-radar vacation spots?

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