Sometimes we need a break from the monotony of our everyday routine, and a way to clear our mind of the stress brought on from every day life. If you’re feeling like you need a new, refreshing perspective, try taking a trip to one of the below life-changing destinations.
Among the laid-back lifestyle of the Midwest sits a world class city with a lifestyle all its own. Chicago boasts a wonderful mix of historic architecture and cutting-edge design, tradition and trend, vibrancy and tranquility. The city’s glimmering skyline is juxtaposed by the serene Lake Michigan and the Chicago River running through the middle of the city, framed by skyscrapers and iconic buildings with stories to tell. The locals are loyal and passionate when it comes to their sports teams, their city, and their community. Experience a Cubs game in the iconic Wrigley Field, explore the Lincoln Park Zoo, shop along the Magnificent Mile, and enjoy the riverwalk in the summertime. A visit to Chicago will leave you in awe of its beauty and warmed by its culture.
Streets lined with colorful buildings, glassy waterways peppered with sailboats, and plazas buzzing with people milling about characterize Copenhagen. This pristine city sits peacefully on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. Denmark’s lovely capital is often explored by bike or on foot, as the locals tend to stay active when the sun is out. Every season offers a new perspective on the beauty that is Copenhagen. Walk along Nyhavn and take in the colorful architecture, wander around the Tivoli Gardens, or tour the famous Rosenborg Castle for a unique and authentic life changing experience.
A small alpine town in southeastern France, Annecy exudes character and dazzles visitors with its beauty. Charming cobblestone streets are framed by idyllic pastel buildings and sidewalks decorated with flower boxes. Since the town sits on Lake Annecy, spending a day at the beach, exploring the town via boat, and paddle boating across the lake are common activities in the area. After enjoying the water, explore what the land has to offer by browsing the small shops, sipping a coffee or tea, taking in a view, or biking along the designated paths.
Visitors are continually awestruck by the beauty of Vancouver’s urban areas as well as the surrounding natural scenery. The sprawling city of Vancouver features several districts each with their own personality. For lively nightlife, visit Yaletown where you can grab a drink and have some fun at one of the many buzzing destinations. For an unforgettable educational experience, head to the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology or the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. A little off the beaten path are Vancouver’s outdoor offerings. Local favorites include hiking on Grouse Mountain, walking along the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and exploring Queen Elizabeth Park.
This city in Northern Germany boasts beautiful gothic architecture and tranquil water views. With so many sights to be seen, Lubeck is best explored over multiple days. Attractions include the Holsten Gate, St. Mary’s Church, The Trave, Lubeck Cathedral, and St. Anne’s Museum Quarter. Visiting Lubeck Altstadt, or Lubeck Old Town, is a must for a life changing experience. Visitors come from all over the world to see these old, restored buildings steeped in history.
From charming waterfront towns to vibrant city streets to quiet natural views, Galway has it all. The scenic beauty of West Ireland becomes apparent after a visit to Galway. The rich history of old Ireland cohesively blends with the fresh, thriving energy of the modern day city. The vibrant club and bar scene along with the many art and music festivals that are held in the city makes it a joy to explore, and the beaches and lush hillsides offer a tranquil break from the cosmopolitan city center. On sunny days, attractions include Kylemore Abbey, Ashford Castle, and Burren region across Galway Bay. On rainy days, a visit to Galway City Museum or the National Aquarium lends way to a pleasant afternoon.
Off the Sorrento Coast in Italy lives the oasis-like island of Capri. This peaceful hilltop town features twisting roads of lovely pastel buildings backed by panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Breathtaking views of the tiered coastal town and the cave-like grottos along the perimeter of the island greet visitors as they arrive by boat. A short taxi ride up the hill to the town of Capri yields a different viewing perspective, equally as dazzling. A stroll through the main streets of the town will leave you buzzing with the infectious energy of the crowds while a detour to some of the quieter alleys grant a more peaceful, life changing experience. Curated boutiques and gourmet restaurants line the picturesque roads and those vibrant ocean views peek through the windows and alleys of buildings as you explore.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Sprawling over 6 million acres, Denali National Park in Alaska yields unmatched scenery and awe-inspiring wildlife. One road runs through the middle of the park, offering visitors a driving path like no other. Views of the Taiga Forest are backdropped by snowy mountains, with the centerpiece being North America’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley. A plethora of wildlife, big and small, roams free, protected by the park. Denali can be explored by bus, car, hiking, and camping.
The Drakensberg, South Africa
The Drakensberg, which encloses the central Southern African plateau, is famous for its majestic natural scenery and idyllic views. Due to its diverse plant life and varied collection of San rock paintings, it has been declared a World Heritage site. Visitors from all over the world visit the Drakensberg to hike, climb, parasail, and more. This gorgeous outdoor playground features landmarks such as Mont-aux-Sources, Cathedral Peak, Monk’s Cowl, the Amphitheatre, Cathkin Peak, and Sani Pass. After swimming in clear rivers, taking in panoramic views, and observing the rich, untouched wildlife, Drakensberg is sure to be at the top of your list of favorite places.
Lake Tahoe, California
Clear turquoise waters, lush expanses of pine trees, and a picturesque mix of rocks and sand make Lake Tahoe a unique and breath-taking travel destination. Hike to a viewpoint where you can see panoramic views or take a leisurely boat ride around the tranquil curves of the lake. This is a great Summer destination for families, couples, and solo travelers alike, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the perfect host when staying in the area! Camping grounds, recreational rentals, tours, and a quaint downtown area add to the visitor experience and make Lake Tahoe an idyllic Summer getaway.
Now that you have your guide to some of the most the most beautiful places in the world, it’s time to get out and explore these amazing landmarks for yourself and have a one-of-a-kind, life changing experience!