STRAIGHT OUT OF FAIRYTALE: 8 Dreamy Locations in the USA

Home to the world’s third-largest population, the USA is often portrayed as densely populated cities, sky-rise buildings and sprawling suburbs, defying this notion of America here are a few places that feel right out of a fairytale.

Napa Valley, San Francisco

Sip your way through while walking the vast spread of vineyards, hand in hand spending a peaceful evening tasting wine. Located in the northern region of San Francisco, Napa Valley is cut away from the urban hustle-bustle life of the states. The way to Napa Valley is a scenic drive surrounding the roads with vast stretches of farmlands. Napa isn’t all about Vine and Wine, go for a hot air balloon ride and explore the whole area through a bird’s eye or attend a cooking class and learn the recipes of local delicacies. Don’t miss out on the golden gate bridge and castle for unique picturesque locations.

Must-visit places: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Old Faithful of California, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and Sharpsteen Museum.

Things to do: Enjoy a ride on the Napa Wine Train, go hiking and fishing at Lake Berryessa, explore the art centre of Di Rosa and indulge in a wine tour at Castello di Amorosa.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Situated between the Gros venture range and the Teton mountain range, the low-lying valley surrounded by mountains and river streams is often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of USA’.

It is one of the richest counties in the state. The term ‘hole’ was used by early mountain men, it refers to a large mountain valley.

Must-visit places: Grand Teton National Park, Snow King Mountain and The Snake River.

Things to do: Hot air balloon ride, fly fishing, mountain biking and tram ride at Corbet’s Cabin.


Monterey, California

Monterey, the quintessential north Californian ocean town was once the capital of California. Its beautiful coastline hides behind itself numerous marine species. The speciality of shrimp, oysters and clam chowder is a treat to the visitors. Beaches call the tourists but what makes them stay and fall in love with Monterey is its pines and golf courses just next to exclusive wineries. The clifftops laced in forests are a breathtaking sight. Historical abodes, heritage buildings and Mexican cottages provide visitors with a never to forget experience.

Must-visit places: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pinnacles National Park, Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Asilomar State Beach and Lone Cypress.

Things to do: Indulge in whale-watching and kayaking at Monterey Bay, enjoy wine tasting and shopping at Cannery Row and watch a mesmerizing sunrise or sunset at Lake El Estero.


Pacific City, Oregon

Sitting on the cliff of the Three capes scenic drive, with stunning Cape Kiwanda on the peninsula, Pacific City is a peaceful oceanfront town offering the perfect mix of modern culture and old-world charm. Owing to the natural breakwater Pacific City’s beach is beach babies’ favourite spot.

Must-visit places: Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Sand Lake Recreation Area, Clay Myers State Natural Area and Kiwanda Beach.

Things to do: Witness a romantic sunset at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, take a stroll at the Bob Straub State Park, kayak at Nestucca Bay and explore the Aziz Falls.


St. Augustine, Florida

Experience a breath of ancient air in St. Augustine also known as the ancient city. Being the oldest city in the states, the city is adorned with Spanish colonial architecture. The city has it all, Sun-Fun to History-Mystery and everything in between. The architectural marvel in the town amazes the visitors. The beauty of the city lies in the early morning when one experiences the peace of the city slowly becoming alive as locals and visitors alike step a foot forward to explore. The rich culture doesn’t defy the scenic aquatic beauty it holds. A perfect amalgamation of wildlife and nature is what makes St. Augustine, St. Augustine.

Must-visit places: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Light, Lightner Museum, Nombre de Dios and Potter’s Wax Museum.

Things to do: Explore the beaches at Anastasia State Park, tour Anastasia Island, visit the Oldest Wooden School House and enjoy an evening cruise at Black Raven Pirate Ship.


Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii’s breathtaking beaches, incredible scenery and luxury hotels act as a magnet and attract innumerable visitors to its coast annually. Globally-Renowned Hawaii has a ‘beach for every mood’. A ride along its shore is sure to keep you hooked to windy kiteboard meccas, calm snorkel coves and the most giant surfable waves on earth. It is a dream come true for all water babies to enjoy the pristine beaches and snorkel through the Molokini Crater to witness over 250 marine species. The black and Red sand beaches are another major attraction. For all road trip lovers, the Road to Hana is the perfect route, with over 600 hairpin bends that guide you to the most remote corner on the island, leading you to the perfect sunset point.

Must-visit places: Haleakalā National Park, Iao Valley, Waiʻanapanapa State Park, Sunbathe at Wailea Beach and Honolua.

Things to do: Enjoy snorkelling at Wailea, indulge in scuba diving at Molokini, hike the Haleakalā volcano, admire the underwater world at the Maui Ocean Center and go shopping at the Hana Cultural Center.


Burlington, Vermont

A lakeside mini-town, predominantly occupied by students, is centrally located in the heart of Vermont. Serene lakes, Pretty houses, Verdant farms and Perfect weather all define Vermont. There are several Shopping markets and Food joints one of them being Church Street Marketplace. Church Street is also home to many street performers displaying their talent in performing arts. While exploring the town one meets many interesting personalities en route. A 7.6-mile bike path which leads down to Lake Champlain is a fun activity to do.

Must-visit places: Lake Champlain, Robert Hull Fleming Museum and Waterfront Park.

Things to do: Visit the Church Street Marketplace, take a tour of the Magic Hat Brewing Company and enjoy the sunset at the Waterfront.


Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A hook-shaped peninsula located centrally in Massachusetts, Cape Cod is world-renowned for its attractive lighthouses, quaint villages, seafood shacks, ponds and beaches. With a shoreline of 64 kilometres, Cape Cod is home to 6 beaches. As silent and calm as it might get during nighttime, as vibrant and attractive as it is during the day. Cape Cod is a place for outdoor activities, fun attractions and fresh local seafood. Whale-watching tours are a treat to the eyes, strolling in the sand, sunbathing and exploring numerous freshwater ponds are fun and relaxing experiences Cape Cod provides. The place has something for everyone, none leaves disappointed.

Must-visit places: Cape Cod National Seashore, Nickerson State Park, Heritage Museums and Gardens, Cape Cod Canal and Coast Guard Beach.

Things to do: Visit the lighthouse of Highland Light, enjoy hiking at the Nickerson State Park, go cycling on Cape Cod Rail Trail, fish at Cape Cod Canal and explore Lighthouse Beach.

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