In addition to outdoor activities, Lake Havasu also offers a variety of dining and shopping options, including many unique local shops and restaurants. The city is also home to many festivals and events throughout the year, including the Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair.
2. New Orleans: New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy, is where Southern Hospitality finds its home. (For folks who are making a first-time trip to the south, "bless your heart" is not a compliment.) Visitors can explore the historic French Quarter, which is home to many charming shops, restaurants, and bars, or take a stroll through the beautiful Garden District. Disclaimer: You may not be getting out of the rain going here.
For the best nightlife experience in NOLA, from this staff writer's experience, start your night out in the residential area and catch the trolley to Bourbon St. with some locals.
3. Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs is a beautiful city located in central Colorado, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes including the towering Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods rock formations. Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, or explore the city's many cultural attractions, such as the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The city is also home to several excellent craft breweries and distilleries, producing a variety of delicious beers and spirits.
4. Miami, Florida:
Miami is a vibrant city located on the southeastern coast of Florida, known for its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and lively nightlife. Visitors can soak up the sun on the famous South Beach, or explore the many cultural attractions in the city, such as the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The city is also famous for its delicious cuisine, which features a blend of Latin American, Caribbean, and Southern influences. Visitors can sample a range of dishes such as ceviche, Cuban sandwiches, and key lime pie, or enjoy a refreshing mojito at one of the city's many bars and clubs.
5. Joshua Tree: Joshua Tree National Park is a stunning desert park located in Southern California, covering over 790,000 acres of land. The park is famous for its unique landscape, which features rugged rock formations, sweeping vistas, and of course, the iconic Joshua trees. Visitors can explore the park by hiking on one of the many trails, or by driving along the scenic roads, which offer breathtaking views of the desert. The park is also a popular destination for rock climbers, with thousands of climbing routes available on the park's granite formations.
In addition to its stunning natural beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is also rich in history and culture. The park is home to many historic sites, including old mining camps and homesteads, which provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who once lived in the area. Visitors can also learn about the indigenous people who have lived in the region for thousands of years, and explore the park's many archaeological sites.
Food lovers will also enjoy Barcelona's delicious cuisine, from traditional Spanish tapas to Paella. Sangria is a go-to drink of choice for late night socializing, which will inevitably turn into next-day socializing for locals and jet-lagged tourists are energized from their daytime siestas.
It's worth noting that for this staff writer, the most enduring mental image from a Barcelona trip is the full moon over the water.
2. Da Nang, Vietnam: Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam that has become increasingly popular among tourists in recent years. The city is home to many beautiful beaches, including the famous My Khe beach, as well as stunning natural attractions such as the Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hill, and the Hai Van Pass.
Da Nang is also known for its delicious cuisine, with a variety of street food vendors offering everything from banh mi sandwiches to fresh seafood, and this staff writer's favorite drink of all time, sugarcane juice, or nước mía.
3. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is a popular spring break destination known for its beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, and all-inclusive resorts. Visitors can spend their days soaking up the sun on the beach, swimming in the clear blue waters, or exploring nearby attractions such as the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.
Cancun is also home to many restaurants and bars, offering a variety of cuisine from traditional Mexican dishes to international favorites. The city's nightlife is particularly lively, with many clubs and bars offering music and entertainment late into the night.
4. Seceda, Italy: Seceda is a stunning mountain range located in the Dolomites of northeastern Italy, near the picturesque town of Ortisei in the South Tyrol region, the only place in the world where Latin is still commonly known and spoken (usually alongside Italian, German, and English). The range is known for its unique and dramatic geological features, including towering peaks, rugged cliffs, and verdant alpine meadows.
Visitors to Seceda can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. The area is also home to many scenic trails, such as the Seceda Panorama Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys (if you're not a hiker, don't fret, there's also a cable car).
Seceda is also home to many cozy mountain huts and restaurants, where visitors can sample traditional South Tyrolean cuisine such as dumplings, strudel, and hearty stews. The area is also famous for its delicious wines, including the full-bodied reds and crisp whites produced in the surrounding vineyards.
5. Odda, Norway: Odda is a charming town located on the shores of the stunning Hardangerfjord in western Norway. The town is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes, including towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and pristine fjords.
One of the most popular attractions in Odda is the Trolltunga, a famous rock formation that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding fjords and mountains. The hike to Trolltunga is a challenging but rewarding experience, taking visitors 11 kilometers each way through beautiful alpine landscapes and up to the iconic rock formation.
Odda is also home to the beautiful Låtefossen waterfall, which is known for its dramatic twin falls that cascade down the mountainside. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the waterfall from nearby viewing platforms, or take a hike up to the top for an even more impressive view.