Alabama: Gulf Shores
For relaxing weekend getaways in Alabama, head south to the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, where you’ll find more than 30 miles of shoreline. Get on the water for some deep-sea fishing, or take a dolphin or sunset cruise. History lovers can get a lesson in the Civil War along a 90-mile trail with more than a dozen historic sites, including the location of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Check out the best American cities for history buffs.
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How does fresh seafood sound? You’ll find it in Homer, located in south-central Alaska, which is either a short flight or a marvelous four-hour scenic drive on the Seward Highway from Anchorage. Get your fill of fishing and kayaking in Kachemak Bay, explore local trails, and enjoy exceptional birding in this remote natural setting.
Adventurous types can get their fill in the magical red rocks of Sedona, which is said to be the location of vortexes, or healing centers of energy. People flock to the area for spiritual rejuvenation to meditate, practice yoga, and more. Sedona also offers fantastic hiking, off-roading, biking, and even climbing.