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Best Water Parks in the U.S.

It’s time to get wet and wild at the country’s best water parks, so grab your suit and get ready for an adventure.

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There is nothing like an awesome water park on a sweltering summer day to cool off while having some fun in the sun. It’s time to get wet and wild at the country’s best water parks, so grab your suit and get ready for an adventure. We checked out the finest water parks from coast to coast and have the best seven for you to check out this summer.

 

Water Country USA

Situated next to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, Water Country USA is an awesome water park. There are two separate floating rivers, some really fast speed slides and the mega Drop Slide where riders will plummet 75 feet straight down. Children of all ages will love Water Country USA and it’s next to another theme park so that two birds with one stone.   The park hosts over 25 rides including plenty kid-friendly rides like the Cow-A0-Bunga and the Kritter Korral.

 

Kalahari Resort

Located in the Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin, Kalahari resort is just massive and features two, yes, two separate water parks. The indoor water park is open all-year round and features over 120,000 square feet of fun. The indoor scores big with the FlowRider, an intense wave where riders can surf or boogie board all yearlong. The Zambezi outdoor park is open Memorial Day to Labor Day and is radical. Check out the outdoor section in the summer to catch some rays while you are blasting down some fast slides or stomping around the Splashdown Safari children’s section.

 

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

Adirondack State Park is the home to this family friendly water park. This is New York’s largest water park by far, with over 50 rides including 32 water based rides. Take a leisurely ride on the parks mega tube ride around the entire park or be a speed demon on their fastest ride, the Killermanjaro. Cool off in this massive water park with your entire family.

 

Silver Dollar City White Water Park

Located in the family friendly city of Branson, Missouri (America’s wholesome Las Vegas,) sits Silver Dollar City White Water Park. You know a place is going to be awesome with a long name like this one. Ride the fastest dueling slides in America while dropping 245-feet on a 7 degree slide. Race your friends and get a major wedgie at the same time.

 

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

If you love water parks, you have to check out eh Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. This world famous water park has the world’s tallest water slide, the Verruckt. This ride is so tall; riders must be literally strapped onto a raft for safety. You know it’s insane if they are strapping you to a raft.

 

Legoland California Resort

The California version of Legoland is larger and newer, so what’s not to love. The Lego themed park has a regular theme park and a water park, so families can decide what Kind of adventure they want. Get wet at this water park and the whole family will enjoy it.

 

Dollywood Splash Country

Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood Splash Country has over 30 acres of water filled fun. Children will enjoy the park’s 23 water rides and two interactive kids play areas. This water park is massive and filled with so many fun activities the entire family will love it.   No better place to get cool in Tennessee.

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Just Because It’s Winter Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Dream About An Island Vacation

It may be the dead of winter at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about taking a warm and relaxing island vacation! Here are the most beautiful island the United States has to offer. 

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Islands are the best. Nothing truly embodies getting away like riding a boat out to a beautiful island and relaxing by the sea while enjoying the island vibes. When people think about islands in the United States they usually think of one place, Hawaii. Of course, they’re not wrong to think that. Why wouldn’t they? Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. However, there are a ton of different islands all over the United States that are spectacular as well.

We have compiled a list of all the most beautiful islands all over the United States for you to enjoy on your next vacation.

DRY TORTUGAS ISLANDS, FLORIDA

Head down to the Florida Keys to visit the beautiful Dry Tortugas Islands. How great is this list? The first island destination we mention is actually seven islands! This place is home to some out of this world snorkeling and if swimming underwater isn’t your thing then you can just kick back and still experience some of the most incredible wildlife Florida has to offer. The reason the snorkeling is so good here is that most of this national park is underwater and it is also protected so that means the coral reef has thrived as of late and where there is a thriving coral reef, there is amazing snorkeling. You also can’t visit Dry Tortugas without visiting Fort Jefferson, the massive unfinished fortress that literally surrounds one of the islands that is composed of over 16 million bricks.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

This island is about 25 miles southwest of Charleston and is an outdoorsy-type of person’s vacation paradise. There are tons of hiking and biking trails all over this island as well as excellent canoe or kayaking. Beautiful parks and beaches cover this island, as well as unbelievable golf courses. Keep your camera at the ready because you can catch a glimpse of alligators, bobcats, and tons and tons of birds, including America’s favorite the bald eagle. Also, Dan Marino lives there, so if it’s good enough for Dan Marino, it’ good enough for you.

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA

The Timucua tribe first settled on this island back in 2000 B.C. and you can still find parts of their history here on this island, as well as those from Spanish, French and English settlers. Not only does this island have a rich history, it’s also rich with golf courses. This island is a golfers dream but also a hikers dream as well. There are many golf courses, and there are also tons of hiking trails that weave all throughout this island paradise. If you feel like just relaxing then come hang out on the killer beaches or go sailing. The activities are plentiful on this wonderful island. 

 

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN

For all of you history buffs, Mackinac Island is the place for you. This island is full of Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriages. Mackinac Island will truly make you feel like you’ve transported back in time. Beautiful hiking and biking make this island a must, as well as the delicious homemade fudge.

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Catch The Freshest Powder At America’s Best Ski Spots

If you’re looking for the best skiing in America, look no further than these awesome spots. 

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Ski season is in full swing and all across America, people are hitting the slopes for some good old fashioned fun in the snow. It’s one of our favorite past times and there are so many great places to get some good skiing in throughout the country. So if you’ve got the itch and are planning to take yourself a ski weekend sometime soon, why not do it at some of the best slopes in the country!

Here is our list of the absolute best ski destinations in America. Have you been to all of them? If not, what are you waiting for?!

TAOS, NEW MEXICO

People don’t often think if skiing when they think of New Mexico, but the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains finds itself in this beautiful state and allows for some truly amazing skiing. In Taos in particular, people come from miles around to navigate their unusually long and narrow slopes. But don’t worry, they still have plenty of bunny hills and more amateur-friendly runs for the less-experienced skier.

BIG SKY, MONTANA

Montana is one of the most beautiful states in the country and naturally their skiing is no exception. And then best skiing in Montana is easily in the aptly named city of Big Sky. The views are absolutely incredible in every direction, including a glimpse of Yellowstone National Park itself to the southeast. The slopes here start as high as 4,350 feet and there are over 5,800 acres of skiable land. Amazing.

JAY, VERMONT

Placed ever so delicately just under the US-Canada border, this little ski town is as quaint as it gets. Not only is the town itself adorably scenic and more laid-back than most, but the skiing is actually pretty awesome too! And if you go at just the right time of year, you can hit the Jay Peak Resort water park after a morning on the slopes for a little surf and turf!

STOWE, VERMONT

We stay in cozy Vermont for our next great ski spot, Stowe. It’s a little resort town that sits right at the base of Vermont’s highest mountain. And you’re not going to believe this… but it’s charming as all heck! The massive Mount Mansfield attracts adrenaline junkies from all around the world every year for its many awesome slopes. And if you want to get the full ski weekend experience, stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge that sits right at the base of Mount Mansfield.

MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIFORNIA

Plenty of people around the country like to bash on California and its residents, but there’s no denying it’s one of the most beautiful states in the country. The unique combination of perfect beaches and breathtaking mountains, all within a couple hours of each other, makes it truly one of a kind.

And in terms of just skiing, Mammoth Lakes has some of the best you’ll find in all of America. But there’s more than just great skiing there! If you’re the sight-seeing type, you have to check out Rainbow Falls in Devils Postpone National Monument. It’s pretty darn beautiful!

NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

A mere three hours north of Boston you will find this idyllic little ski town. North Conway features an especially scenic valley and has some of the highest annual snowfalls in all the country. It’s not uncommon for the ski seasons to start in November and go all the way to May in this area of New Hampshire. So you have no excuses for not making it up there! And if you need any extra motivation, New Hampshire doesn’t have sales tax!

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO

OK… now I know I’ve talked a lot about the most beautiful states in the country… but I really feel like Colorado has got to be in the top two. Every time I’m in Colorado I can just barely contain myself while looking in literally any direction. It’s just so, so beautiful. As for skiing in Colorado, it doesn’t really get better than Breckenridge.

It can get a little pricey though, so be sure to book your trip in advance. Believe me, it’ll be worth it!

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Escape It All With These Secluded Vacation Destinations

If you’re looking to avoid people as much as possible on your next vacation, these are the spots for you. 

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For many of us, one of the best parts of going on vacation is just getting the heck away from all of it. And that most certainly includes people! Getting some quality alone time in a new and beautiful place can do wonders for the soul. So if this sounds like the perfect vacation for you, then check out these amazing destinations that also come with the least amount of people!

PAPINGO, GREECE

We all know how beautiful the Mediterranean is. It’s an incredible area of the world that’s always a worthy vacation destination. But this quaint mountain town is the best option if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and tourists. It also offers some of the best natural river swimming holes and hiking trails in all of Greece.

LA DIGUE, SEYCHELLES

La Digue is one of the over 100 small islands found off the coast of East Africa. And it’s really the only one you need to know about! Because it’s a perfectly secluded and peaceful vacation destination. Almost everyone that lives there only travels by bike and there are literally zero traffic lights on the island. And the beaches simply can’t be beat.

LOFOTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY

When seclusion and nature are top priorities for your vacation, any of the Nordic countries are always a great place to start. And one of the best spots in Norway is easily the Lofoten Islands. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can do just about anything here. From surfing to skiing, to fishing and hiking, these islands have it all.

Not to mention you’ll have a great view of the Northern Lights if they’re in town and can often enjoy some 24-hour sunlight!

THE PEAK DISTRICT, ENGLAND

I mean… it’s the English countryside! You gotta love the English countryside. There are few places greener and every little village is quainter than the last. The Peak District is probably the best option if you’re looking to take in this famous countryside, as it offers many worthwhile historic attractions, and the Peak District National Park offers wonderful outdoor activities.

HSIPAW, MYANMAR

If you’re looking for a truly unique vacation experience while also going off the beaten path, that Hispaw should be at the top of your list. It’s actually a Shan royal city and carries with it incredible history to both look at and learn about. It also carries with it famously chill vibes so it provides a perfect mixture of relaxing and stimulating.

MONTEZUMA, COSTA RICA

Revenge will be the last thing on your mind when you vacation in Montezuma. In fact, it’s likely you’ll never feel more at peace than when you’re in this perfect little beach town. Montezuma is a bit of a “hippie secret” as well and you’ll be sure to meet plenty of interesting artists and musicians while you’re there. This place is perfect for relaxing on the beach all day and enjoying the company of fascinating people all night.

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