Dream Vacations in the United States

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Madiera Beach, Florida
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Apex at Palms Las Vegas
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Las Vegas

The buzz never stops in Las Vegas. But in a city supremely packed with things to do, you wouldn't want it to. Reinvention is the name of the game here—take, for example, the Palms, and its new nightclub Apex. 

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Millennium Park in Chicago
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Chicago

Frank Sinatra sang about Chicago as "My Kind of Town." We agree wholeheartedly. Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate," better known as "The Bean," is our kind of sculpture. It reflects the city's panorama in Millennium Park.

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New Orleans jazz scene
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New Orleans

Jazz. Riverboats. Beignets. There are so many things that make New Orleans great. Adopt a laissez-faire attitude on your next foray through "The Big Easy."

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Statue of Liberty and the buildings of New York City
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New York City

There's nothing you can't you do in New York City. Nosh on some great cuisine, marvel at the Statue of Liberty, take in a Broadway show and see a Yankees game, for starters. 

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Walt Disney World in Orlando
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Orlando

The kid in all of us covets a visit to Walt Disney World. Within that kingdom alone there are a wealth of destinations to discover. But you also have options for exploring Orlando beyond Disney. 

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Beach scene in Maui
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Maui

Escape the crowded resorts and carve out an area of your own in Maui. Let a gentle breeze caress you and the birds serenade you on one of 30 miles of beaches.

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Cable cars in San Francisco
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San Francisco

Let cable cars call you to explore the cornucopia of culture that is San Francisco. From myriad museums to neighborhoods with their own distinct flavors, there's something to charm you around every corner.

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Tampa/St. Petersburg

Sunny and bright, Tampa/St. Pete's beaches are lauded as some the best in the nation. Discover the unspoilt territory of Florida's largest open-water estuary at Hillsborough River State Park

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Cowboy boots in Dallas-Fort Worth
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Dallas-Fort Worth

Home to cowboys, fashionistas and foodies, Dallas-Fort Worth delights with the perfect complement of indoor and outdoor activities. Indeed, everything is bigger in Texas—including the metropolitan area.

By Jennifer McKee

When daydreaming about vacation, minds often drift to exotic, far-off locales. But those who seek out intoxicating beaches, cultured pursuits, pulsating nightlife and landmark structures will find there's one country that's got all these experiences wrapped into one—the United States. Rediscover the land of the free and the home of the brave as you roam through these diverse cities.

Jennifer McKee
About the author

Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...