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Vacation time is marked on the calendar and you’re ready for some time off from work. But where do you go? As the days draw nearer, check out these five different types of vacations to determine which suits you and your traveling buddies.

  1. Big City Sites

    Big cities, like New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C. offer shows, tourist attractions and a list of restaurants. You can gain cultural experiences through touring museums, walking through art galleries and seeing shows. Big cities tend to have crowds, and events will sell out quickly, so it’s key to book tickets ahead of time and secure vacation lodging early.

  2. Beachin’ It

    Beach lovers gravitate to the beach on weekends and week-long vacations. Do you love the sand, swimming in the ocean and breathing in the salty air? If so, the beach might be for you. Look for oceanfront properties for convenience and 24-hour waterfront views. North Carolina areas like Oak Island and Wrightsville Beach are two popular beaches. Florida has many as well, including Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

  3. Take to the Hills

    The mountains are a popular tourist destination. The weather is oftentimes cooler and the pace a little slower. Cabins let you see views of the mountains and valleys below with a fog lingering at times. Look at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for the Appalachian Mountains and Denver, Colorado, for the Rocky Mountains. Hike the trails, ski the slopes, notice the abundant wildlife and take photos of the wildflowers. Indulge in a spa treatment offered at many mountain resorts and health clubs.

  4. Sporting Trips

    Depending on the time of year, check weather conditions for outdoor sports like golf and fishing in vacation areas. Golfers can play at several courses with convenient golfing packages in warm weather areas. Many packages line up tee times for you, assist you in finding accommodations and give you dining ideas. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a hot spot for golf, and it offers nearly 100 courses.

    Those planning a fishing trip can take their own gear or rent from tackle shops. Charter a deep-sea fishing trip in Key West, Florida, or go trout fishing in the Mill River in Connecticut. Bring your catch back to enjoy at dinner. Research online to find the right spot for your sporting trips but also to find discounts and coupons.

  5. Lakes

    Vacations in lake areas allow you to take advantage of calm lake water. Some people prefer a lake over the ocean because you don’t have as much or any sand, and there aren’t any sharks or jellyfish to worry about. Kayak, canoe or paddleboard on a lake where you don’t have tides or waves to contend with. Relax with a good book or float lazily on the water. Rent a speedy watercraft or go sailing.

    Bike around the lake area for some exercise and fresh air. Lakefront rentals are convenient locations and many of the homes provide lake equipment for you to use, like kayaks and bikes. Consider lake life at Badin Lake in North Carolina, Lake Geneva in Wisconsin or Lake Havasu in Arizona.