Alabama: Orange Beach
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A small beach community on the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach offers plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities from seabirds and songbirds on their migratory route to dolphins in the Gulf and sea turtles hatching in the fall. While in town, make time for a meal at Fisher’s, whose chef is a James Beard Award semi-finalist. Beach bums will want to check out the 10 best beaches in the United States.
Located in Alaska’s Inside Passage region, Skagway dates back to the late 1800s’ Klondike gold rush and is known for its wooden sidewalks with false-front shops and restaurants, many of which are historic structures. It also has an extensive trail system that begins just a few minutes from downtown that takers hikers to alpine lakes and waterfalls. For a great view, take the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad to the top of the mountain pass just north of town. Find out the best train rides to take across America.
Arkansas: Eureka Springs
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Eureka Springs is one-of-a-kind with Victorian homes hugging cliff sides and an entire downtown on the National Register of Historic Places, and its host to all sorts of festivals and events ranging from blues, jazz, and opera to UFOs, antiques, and the arts. Stroll through block after block of unique shops, boutiques, fine art galleries, craft emporiums, spas, museums, parks, and restaurants. Don’t miss the famed Crescent Hotel and Spa that dates back to 1886. Don’t miss the most historic hotel in every state.