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Top 10 Vacation Destinations of the Decade

SarahBeth Hawkins

Posted on December 23 2019

10. Rome.                       

         

 What’s not to love about Italy? There are so many places to see-the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Sistine Chapel, The Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, where the aristocrats and emperors lived. Did you know the word ‘palace’ comes from ‘Palatium’, the hill’s name in Latin? This hill features a few of the Forum and Colosseum. 

9. Paris.                               

  

The City of Light. There’s the Eiffel Tower, seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre,  You must see Notre Dame. The paving stones have a metal star embedded that marks the kilometer zero for routes in France. You’ll want to see the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the ceremonial promenade where the military marches for Bastille Day and Tour de France finishes. There’s also the Arc de Triomphe and going for a cruise on the Seine River.

8. New York City.                   

 

There is the Empire State Building Observatory. Hop on the Big Bus to hit up as many tourist destinations as you can. You’re not too far from the Statue of Liberty, either. There is the Metropolitan Museum of Art (also known as The MET). If you like being outdoors, take a stroll or bike tour through Central Park. Of course, there is also Madison Square Garden and Rockefeller Center, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. While you’re in the Big Apple, check out a Broadway Show and Times Square. 

7. London.

There’s plenty of influence on London. Did you know it was built by the Romans, rebuilt by the Saxons, and embellished by still more cultures? London is full of monuments to the past. If you’re into literature, you can visit the homes of Charles Dickens and John Keats, which have been turned into small museums. There is a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Even Sherlock Holmes’s home has been recreated. If you’re looking for more to see, check out Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is standing on the highest point of the city. There is also Westminster Abbey, where all British monarchs since William the Conqueror have been crowned and many are buried. The buildings date back to the 13th century but have been modified.

6. Maui.                                             

   

If you’re looking for a tropical vacation, Maui may just be the place for you. You can start with a submarine adventure or a glass-bottom boat tour. You can also go snorkeling at Molokini and see the Turtle Arches, known for its large population of beautiful green sea turtles. If you like thrills, you may be interested in the North Shore Zipline. If you’re more food-minded, try a guided walking tour, where you’ll have the chance to try various exotic tropical fruits. There is plenty of kayaking and surf lessons. You can also go for whale watching while you’re there. Make sure you don’t miss the sun setting on the ocean!

5. Los Angeles.               

 

See the Hollywood sign, which has been up since 1923. You can see the largest art museum in the western U.S., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There is also Venice, an eccentric seaside resort and neighborhood. If you have an interest in history, check out the La Brea Tar Pits. The tar pits have excavations dating back to the tar pits. In fact, the tar pits have some of the best-preserved remains from the Ice Age. Unlike quicksand, anything caught in the pits sank very slowly. The tar acts as an excellent preservative, allowing scientists to study what came out of the excavations. 

 

4. Grand Canyon National Park.     

  

The canyon has plenty do. There is the Grand Canyon Village (similar to Las Vegas, some people are surprised to hear that people actually live there). The village is the most popular entry into the park. There is lodging for those who don’t like camping.  While you’re there, check out the North Rim, reputed for its rugged and isolated trails. It is less crowded than the South Rim. There is Havasu Falls, a desert oasis with crystal blue waterways and fabulous gushing falls. You can also go rafting in the Colorado River, and if you’re really adventurous (and not afraid of heights), check out the skywalk. It’s a large, semi-circular bridge with a transparent glass floor. Tourists can walk 70 feet out over the canyon and see the floor that is 4,000 feet below. There are some that are eager to go out to the farthest point of the bridge, and others that won’t go near it. 

3. Washington D.C.           

    

There is plenty to see here. There’s the capital, many monuments, and nightlife scenes. There are farmers' markets and art exhibits to see. There is the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. There is also the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. If you like science, check out the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. There's Arlington National Cemetery, which spans nearly a full square mile and ins the final resting place for more than 400,000 service members and their families. One final popular destination would be the National World War II Memorial. A circle of 56 pilings to represent the 56 states and territories of that time look over the Rainbow Pool. You might want to see this after nightfall when the lights shine. 

2. Lake Tahoe.

If you’re looking for nature and peace, try Lake Tahoe. At the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe sees more than 2.7 million people a year. There are the steep granite cliff sides and towering mountaintops to go with the crystal-clear waters that have given this lake the reputation of being one of the most beautiful bodies of water in America. There are also plenty of hiking trails and beautiful vistas in the surrounding area. Like San Francisco, there is plenty of high-end shopping and dining on the north shore. The south shore, on the other hand, styles after Reno with its casinos. However, if these still aren’t your scene, perhaps you’d like a mountain gondola ride or a hot air balloon instead. 

1. San Diego.         

                      

This city has plenty of sunny weather, miles of beaches, plenty of Mexican cuisine, and an awesome zoo. If you go to San Diego, make sure you see Balboa Park. It’s a nice place for a stroll, or maybe a bike ride or picnic. There are awesome beaches, such as  Mission and Pacific Beaches. There is plenty of surfing and sunbathing here. There is also plenty of water sports equipment rental shops around. Next is Belmont Park is a beachfront amusement park.  Make sure to see the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. It’s not only one of the largest zoos in the country, but also houses collections of rare and endangered animals. Last, there is the USS Midway Museum. The Midway is the longest-serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century. This relic allows patrons to see 60 different exhibits and 29 restored aircraft aboard, including some that flew in World War II, Operation Desert Storm, and the Korean War.

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