Dauphin Island – Alabama
Dauphin Island is a barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Attractions include Fort Gaines, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island Campground, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, numerous boat launch sites, beautiful beaches of sugar white sand, public golf course and parks are added attractions located on the west end of the island. Dauphin Island is a wonderful laid-back resort destination.
Marco Island – Florida
Marco Island is little-known when compared to Florida’s other vacation hot spots. Marco Island has 3.5 miles of sandy beach and is convenient for exploration of nearby Everglades National Park.
Deer Isle – Maine
Deer Isle is a large island located along the eastern edge of Penobscot Bay. Deer Isle has the flavor of New England life in the 1950’s: rural, neighborly, safe. This cluster of small communities with 2400 residents comprise the year-round population. There is an active art scene, and a few good restaurants.
Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona Arizona
Get your camera ready for this one, and don’t forget your swim suit, hiking shoes, and fishing pole. Just south of Flagstaff, State Rt. 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Ocean Isle Beach is one of the southernmost of North Carolina’s unique barrier islands. Miles and miles of powder white sand, sun-danced waves, and windswept marshlands make it one of the loveliest places on the earth.
Ocean Isle has chosen to avoid the everyday hustle and bustle. Instead, this resort island has sustained a family beach atmosphere and has proudly kept itself on a low-key, low-rise course. It’s the perfect place for vacationers who want to relax and enjoy a quiet, refreshing time.
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Tucked away in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge offers something for everyone. From amusement parks and minature golf to outlet mall shopping Pigeon Forge has it all. Gatlinburg, only a few minutes to the South is a mountain resort destination, packed with Smoky Mountain cabins and lodging of every sort, dozens of local to national restaurants, and attractions galore. Unknown may not be as accurate for these destinations but because of what they have to offer in the way of relaxation and fun activities, they couldn’t be left off of our list.
Folly Beach – South Carolina
Many beaches on the South Carolina coast have become so overrun with people, restaurant chains and tourist-trap shops that the natural beauty of the coast is tarnished. Despite its popularity, Folly Beach has retained a family-friendly, laid-back atmosphere that serves to enhance the natural environment rather than detract from it.
Florida’s Forgotten Coast – Florida
Florida’s Forgotten Coast refers to a quiet section of coastline stretching from Mexico Beach to Carrabelle, including the areas of Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint. This portion of Old Florida was indeed “forgotten” during the period when much of North Florida’s coastline was developed…and subsequently over-developed. The Forgotten Coast is a special place today, more for what has been preserved than for what has been developed. Pristine bays, sugar white beaches, coastal marshlands, estuaries rich with sea life, and barrier islands with impressive dune formations.
Teton Range – Idaho
Sure, the Grand Teton National Park is a huge draw, but on the other side of the mountain you’ll find Teton Range – a great place for anyone who loves fly fishing. The hiking and biking trails here are rarely crowded, the camping is incredible, and kayaking on the lake is a serene experience.
Amelia Island – Florida
Amelia Island is a little known Florida hot spot. While walking the beaches, keep your eyes peeled for turtle nests, eggs, and babies. You’ll find thousands of incredible seashells and, if you’re lucky, you may even find a prehistoric shark tooth or two. The island, a great place for horseback riding and hiking, is also home to a military fort that dates back to the civil war.