Old San Juan, PR - A flourishing art scene and foodie renaissance have transformed San Juan into a must-see destination- and thanks to Puerto Rico's commonwealth status, a weekend in San Juan, the capital, offers both the excitement of a foreign locale and the convenience of staying close to home.
For decades, this sprawling city of six million was considered a necessary pit stop for business travelers. Lately, thanks to its booming economy, Houston's population has become incredibly diverse, drawing new residents from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and both U.S. coasts.
North Georgia - Just an hour north of Atlanta, traffic fades and blue-gray mountain peaks appear. Tucked between them you'll discover Appalachian towns with old-fashioned appeal - places where restaurants still serve sugar-sweet tea on front porches, vintage trains carry passengers along a winding 1885 railroad, and children pan for gold in an open -pit mine.
Branson, MO - You could easily spend an entire vacation being entertained in Branson, Missouri, the self-proclaimed Live Entertainment Capital of the World. But for a change of scenery these three excursions offer visitors based in Branson some beautiful distractions. So pick one of these day trips, fill up the tank, hop in the car and explore the surrounding area.
Savannah is one of America’s architectural gems. Its downtown is lined with 18th- and 19th-century buildings. And thanks to the city’s original utopia-inspired planning, there are no fewer than 22 square parks, all shaded by oaks heavy with Spanish moss. While Savannah has long catered to tourists with carriage rides and ghost tours, it has also inspired a wave of contemporary art, haute cuisine and high design.
Cocoa Beach, FL - Ever since I Dream of Jeannie’s title character first blinked her way into Tony Nelson’s Cocoa Beach home, the town has been known as the heart of Florida’s eastern Space Coast. But in mid-2011 NASA shut down the shuttle program at nearby Cape Canaveral and the Space Coast began reinventing itself. These days Cocoa Beach’s natural attractions and unpretentious artsy vibe are stealing the show.