Ideas for a Vacation Near Home

Here’s an idea for a vacation near home if you don't want to travel far. Let’s say you live in upstate New Hampshire, Vermont or New York. You want to stay close by home so you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Just get in your car and head for the most Northern point in Vermont. Then drive South on the smallest two lane roads you can find. The only rule is “take your time”. You’ll see quaint farm houses, picture perfect landscapes, and covered bridges.

Small local shops will beckon, lunch at a local café will be just great and don’t forget to take lots of memory photos. The slower pace of this trip will be a sharp contrast with the usual hustle and bustle trips that you usually take.

My wife and I do this regularly all over the USA but we think Vermont is the best. Post script: Doing this trip South to North gives just about equal satisfaction. - Joe from Vermont


One of my all-time favorite vacation ideas is canoeing on the Delaware Water Gap. It's a day trip from my home in Jersey to Delaware, but after the day is over it feels like a real vacation.

You start off early and are driven upstream by a man in a van and that were you start your adventure and you’re with your buddy and fish all day and go through some minor rapids and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

It’s a lot of fun and sometimes you will see others in canoes stuck in the rocks. The fishing usually isn't the great and the water is really swallow in some parts but the winding river has a soothing, hypnotic effect and is a very satisfying experience that lasts for days after. I would highly recommend a day canoeing on the Delaware water gap if you’re in the New Jersey area. - James from New Jersey


Living in San Antonio, I have plenty of opportunities to vacation near home. It’s a great place for homestay vacations USA. I enjoy going in town to see the Alamo and the rest of San Antonio area Missions. Corpus Christie and the Gulf of Mexico are just a couple hours' drive away. The state's capital just to the north has the University of Texas and is one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

Just to the north of Austin I have enjoyed escaping San Antonio to relax in a community that has all the charm of a "King of the Hill" episode. A few miles up I-35 from the Austin area, Round Rock, Texas offers all the attraction a family might want in a vacation site.

The television show Friday Night Lights shot some footage in the Round Rock area. In the Round Rock area you can visit one of the most accessible caverns in Texas in Inner Space Caverns; it has a super water area in Lake Travis and some of the most beautiful parks and challenging golf courses in the region.

If baseball is your sport, the Round Rock Express plays their home games at spacious Dell Diamond where as a "Triple A" minor league team you can literally see next year's major leaguers today. There is no shortage of places to eat and, yes, TexMex is almost always on the menu. Prices for food and attractions are reasonable since Round Rock has one of lowest property tax and utility tax rates in the region.

Even the price of lodging is significantly lower than what you would pay the closer you get to the University of Texas in Austin. Being almost smack dab in the middle of the state, the locals escape much of the drought and heat of South Texas as well as the chilly winter snows that hit Dallas during the winter months. This also makes planning an escape to Round Rock a year round opportunity. - Larry from San Antonio

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