Ditch the Suits and Ties

Fun and relaxing vacation destinations

Have you been meaning to take a family vacation, but haven’t been able to leave the office behind? With spring break long gone and Christmas break a distant memory, the time is now. We’ve heard over and again how important it is for your health to switch from work suits to swimsuits, yet it seems more and more of us never take that much-needed vacation. Feel like you’ll get too far behind at work? A 2010 study showed that 35 percent of Americans feel better about their job and more productive after a vacation. Even if you do get behind, you’ll be better prepared to work harder once you’ve returned.

If you still need further enticing, here are our top five favorite places to visit. Leave your work at the door and enjoy what summer has to offer.

  • Ithaca, NY: Ithaca is a pedestrian-friendly town and a wonderful place for:
    • sailing
    • kayaking
    • canoeing
    • hiking
    • enjoying fresh produce
    • visiting waterfalls and gorges
    • visiting Cass and Stewart parks

 

  • Oregon coast: The Oregon coast is temperate, misty, and lush year-round, and offers dozens of things to do:
    • hiking
    • touring old-growth forests
    • visiting the Yaquina lighthouses
    • tide pools
    • bays
    • Oregon Coast Dunes National Recreation Area
    • driving on Three Capes Scenic Loop
    • swimming/beaches

 

  • Knoxville, TN: A nontraditional vacation spot, this warm weather town has a number of  things to offer:
    • pedestrian-only market square
    • art fountains
    • Shakespeare on the Square
    • farmers’ markets
    • Boomsday Festival
    • art museums
    • live music
    • kayaking
    • boat cruises

 

  • Boulder, CO: This outdoorsy city is filled with cool mountain air and:
    • art museums
    • Philharmonic Orchestra
    • hiking
    • biking
    • folk dancing
    • live music
    • mountains

 

  • Big Sur, CA: Wanting a rugged beach in a secluded destination? Big Sur is your place! It also is a great for:
    • hiking
    • biking
    • visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    • gazing at 60-foot waterfalls
    • rocky coastal vistas
    • tubing
    • kayaking
    • hot springs
    • art galleries
    • blue whale sightings

 

Because there are so many more interesting places to visit, check out naturalsolutionsmag.com to find all the great places we found for your family to vacation this summer! Whether you choose to fly or drive to these destinations won’t matter—what counts are the benefits you’ll be reaping from making the decision to leave the day-to-day grind. 

Here’s what our followers on Facebook are saying:

“Florida Gulf Coast, of course! Lots of beautiful waters to go boating, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, shelling, etc. Enjoy nature, get your exercise, and relax!”

            -Laurie Carlson

 

“Cape Cod, MA.”

            -Jackie Johnson Cichonski

 

“On the 8th day, God created the Florida Gulf Coast.”

            -Gregg Cichonski

 

“NC Outer Banks or the Smokey Mountains. So many things to do at both.”

            -Beverly Hulse

 

“St. Augustine, FL. It’s beautiful, it’s old, and it has so many fun historical places for kids.”

            -Giving my husband a natural healthy wife

 

Check out these other great vacation ideas!

  • Tucson, AZ: Summer is Tucson’s off-season, making it perfect for:
    • discounted food, drinks, and hotels
    • hiking
    • courtyard dining
    • mountains
    • trails

 

  • Santa Barbara, CA: This classy-meets-grunge/hip destination has perfect temperatures year-round, but is known for:
    • hiking
    • mountains
    • festivals
    • beaches
    • sunsets

 

  • Northern Vermont: With relatively cool summers, Vermont is where you want to be for:
    • green mountains and rolling hills
    • wineries
    • pedestrian-only shopping
    • fine dining
    • hiking
    • biking

 

  • Wellfleet, MA: Known as a sleepy, low-key town on Cape Cod, Wellfleet will be a great vacation for:
    • wading
    • lounging
    • kayaking
    • wind surfing
    • hiking
    • biking
    • kettle ponds
    • salt marshes
    • family educational programs
    • art galleries

 

  • Tybee Island, GA: Tybee Island is filled with southern charm and:
    • marshlands
    • sea turtles
    • biking
    • public beaches
    • swimming
    • relaxing nightlife
    • bird watching on the Atlantic Flyway

 

  • Martha’s Vineyard, MA: Typically a couple’s vacation spot, this relaxing trip is full of:
    • beaches
    • fishing
    • wine tasting
    • strolling
    • fine dining

 

  • The Hill Country of Central TX: head south to this hot-weather spot, filled with:
    • rolling hills
    • pecan orchards
    • bed and breakfasts
    • strolling
    • wineries
    • Texas hospitality

 

  • Medomak Camp, Rockland, ME: This rustic camp is perfect for families and has these activities:
    • gourmet meals
    • yoga
    • massages
    • crafts
    • swimming
    • kayaking
    • sculling
    • sailing
    • scavenger hunts
    • softball
    • campfires

 

  • Boston, MA: If you’d prefer to go urban rather than back to nature, check out all historic Boston has to offer:
    • outdoor parks
    • Boston Common
    • strolls on Freedom Trail
    • live music
    • harbor cruising
    • museums
    • monuments
    • shopping
    • dining
    • art galleries
    • Red Sox baseball