There are so many incredible destinations in the U.S.—who has time for all that fun? As you wrestle with the decision of where to spend your much-needed, hard-earned vacation time, we’ve narrowed down a list of the four best luxury vacation trips for your perusal.
#1 Napa Valley, California
If you’re a wine-drinking, sun-basking, landscape-loving guy or gal, Napa Valley should be at the top of your travel list. Everything is enjoyed to the max. No rush, no pressure, just taking your sweet time as you indulge in the city’s best offerings: poolside relaxation, to-die-for cuisine, and of course, wine.
Travel tip: You absolutely cannot leave Napa without a suitcase full of wine (it’s actually a legal obligation—sorry, we don’t make the rules!). Stags’ Leap Winery is our top choice because of its natural beauty and elegant wines, but there are wineries all over the valley. Enjoy the luxury vacation even after you’ve returned home.
#2 O’ahu, Hawai’i
Considered the “heart of Hawai’i,” this luxury destination feels like stepping out of your mundane world and into an idyllic oasis. Between surfing, shopping, lounging, maybe a quick helicopter tour, and the rich, vibrant culture, there’s no shortage of things to do and experience.
Here are just a few of our top recommendations:
Diamond Head State Monument – It’s a relatively quick and easy hike with an absolutely amazing view from the top. Haleiwa Surfing – Take a quick day trip out to Haleiwa, O’ahu’s North Shore, for a secluded surf lesson and a chance to ride the waves. Sea & Board Sports takes future surf stars (that’s you) to Chun’s Reef for a fun-filled surf day, perfect for beginners. Hanauma Bay – This beautiful nature preserve and beach, filled with colorful sea creatures, make for some of the best snorkeling on the island.
Travel tip: Depending on where you live, Hawaii can be quite a long flight away. Pack something in your carry-on that’ll chill you out and promote restful sleep. CBDfx is known for their gummies for this exact purpose—plus, they’re made entirely from organic, non-GMO, vegan ingredients for an overall health boost.
#3 Vail, Colorado
If you’re looking for a winter wonderland with a touch of opulence, then check out one of the many luxury lodgings at Vail Ski Resort. Hit the slopes during the day, browse the quaint shops and boutiques in the evening, then cuddle up by the fire for a quiet night in.
Travel tip: If Vail isn’t the only luxury ski hill you’ll be dropping into this year, consider investing in the Epic Pass. It grants pass holders access to many of the country’s best ski resorts.
#4 The Hamptons, New York
This Long Island gem is essentially known as New York City’s rural summer getaway. Think of it as the playground for those with lavish lifestyles, with all of the luxury activities and accommodations that accompany such a way of life.
Spend days beach-hopping down the coast, hiking breathtaking (perhaps literally as well as metaphorically) nature trails, and enjoying delectable meals in Southampton Village or Sag Harbor.
Travel tip: Traffic out of New York City can get a bit crazy during the summer months (it’s Hamptons season, baby) so leave early if you want to avoid the rush. If you’re looking to escape the crowds and masses altogether, plan your trip in the spring or fall as part of the “off-season.” You’ll get more bang for your buck and more peace with your quiet.
Onward & Upward
A vacation is the perfect opportunity to indulge a little more than you normally would—stay in a five-star hotel, order room service breakfast in bed, and splurge on exciting activities you’ll remember for the rest of your life (or at least until your next vacation).
If you can’t pick just one of these four luxury destinations, there’s always next year!
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