5 Best Beach Destinations in the Carolinas

With miles of white sand beaches, barrier islands, and unspoiled natural beauty, there’s nowhere like the Carolina coast for an amazing beach vacation. Whether you prefer the popular spots like Myrtle Beach or the secluded getaways like the Outer Banks, you’re sure to find a spot for every beachgoer.

Our top picks for Carolina beaches are below, but we want to know your favorites as well. Tell us what we missed using #hiltonaththebeach on social media.

1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
The beach lies just beyond the oceanfront pool at The Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations
The beach lies just beyond the oceanfront pool at The Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations

This lowcountry vacation spot is known for more than just its pristine beaches – its golf courses are equally famous. Whether you’re hitting the sand or hitting the links, a great place to stay at the end of the day is a must.

Where to Stay: Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations

2. Folly Beach, Charleston, South Carolina
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District is located in a restored former Citadel Military College
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District is located in a restored former Citadel Military College

Just outside the city of Charleston you’ve got one of the nicest stretches of white sand anywhere on the East Coast. Pack a picnic lunch with foodie delights from the City, and you’ll be sure to have a great day.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sunset at the beach at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
Sunset at the beach at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Popular with both spring breakers and families, Myrtle Beach is a quintessential Atlantic beach town complete with a boardwalk, great seafood, and plenty of seaside shopping.

Where to Stay: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

4. Outer Banks, North Carolina

A beachview balcony room at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

If you’d rather avoid the big crowds and reconnect with nature on your beach vacation, head out to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The gentle dunes and swaying seagrass will easily melt stress away.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

5. Carolina Beach, North Carolina

A balcony overlooking the boardwalk at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Carolina Beach Oceanfront

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other, Carolina Beach is the perfect spot for fishermen to test  their lures and their nerves in an effort to catch “the big one.”

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront

5 Best Beach Destinations in California

Beach towels? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Flip flops? Check! Californians know how to do beach time better than almost anyone, and we’re letting you in on the best beach getaways in the Golden State.

Check out our picks for five of the best California beaches, and let us know your favorites on social media using #hiltonatthebeach.

1. Coronado Beach, San Diego
The famous Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton and its namesake beach
The famous Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton and its namesake beach

If you’re looking for a beach that makes you feel like a celebrity, then look no further: this hotel & beach were featured in 1950s classic film Some Like It Hot. Some folks even claim the beach glitters, as a result of special minerals found in the sand.

Where to Stay: Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

2. Santa Barbara
Between the beach and the mountains lies the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Between the beach and the mountains lies the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Dubbed “America’s Riviera” for the Mediterranean style architecture and red tiled roofs you’ll find surrounding this beach city, Santa Barbara offers a wealth of great beaches. And when you’re done with the sand and surf, you can also visit the numerous wineries located nearby.

Where to Stay: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

3. La Jolla
An ocean view one bedroom suite at the Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
An ocean view one bedroom suite at the Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton

Golf aficionados will recognize La Jolla’s rugged coast as the backdrop to some of Torrey Pines’ most famous holes. But even non-golfers can take in the magnificent view over La Jolla’s nearby Shell Beach.

Where to Stay: Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton

4. Carlsbad Beach
The pool and the beach at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
The pool and the beach at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

If you want to try your hand at surfing, Carlsbad is the place to be. Here, the waves are gentle but challenging – a perfect place for a beginner to learn.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

5. Huntington Beach
Sunset over the beach at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Sunset over the beach at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

Just South of Los Angeles in California’s famed Orange County, you’ll discover Huntington Beach, where an active lifestyle is par for the course. Enjoy beach volleyball or try your hand at surfing, then have a jog or bike-ride along the 3.5 mile Huntington Beach Bike Trail.

Where to Stay: The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

5 Best Beach Destinations in Texas

It is HOT out there, Texas. And with no sign of the triple-digit days letting up anytime soon, if you’re headed outside, we recommend you go South – way South, to the Texas coast, that is! Here are our picks for the five best beach getaways in Texas.

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1. South Padre Island
The pool and beach at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront
The pool and beach at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront

Many a Texan grew up visiting South Padre as a kid, and there’s no doubt as to why — this barrier island is packed with both ocean & lagoon side activities, a bustling boardwalk, and all the great seafood you could want.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront

2. Port Aransas

For a slightly quieter getaway, continue North from South Padre and you’ll reach Port Aransas, which was once home to pirates in the 19th century. Nowadays, it’s a great spot for a family-friendly beach getaway away from the big crowds.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas

3. Galveston
An outdoor seating area at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach
An outdoor seating area at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

Galveston’s just a quick hour drive outside of Houston, making it the beach destination of choice for Houstonians who need a break. When you’re done at the beach, check out the city’s historical Strand District for excellent shopping and art.

Where to Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Galveston Beach

4. Mustang Island

For those hoping for a chance to commune with nature, Mustang Island is home to the undeveloped Mustang Island State Park – an excellent spot for bird-watching, dune-climbing, and shell-collecting for families.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Corpus Christi

5. Rockport
The pool area at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton
The pool area at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton

While badly damaged after Hurricane Harvey, Rockport has re-built and looks better than ever. Recently named one of “America’s Best Places to Retire” Rockport is a good choice if you prefer leisurely strolls on the beach over a bustling nightlife scene.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Rockport-Fulton

10 Best Beach Destinations in Florida

Beach = life here in Florida, and if you’re looking for a new favorite stretch of sand to explore, we’ve got you covered. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite beaches across the state, and would love to see if you agree!

Tag us on social media using #hiltonatthebeach to let us know if we picked your favorite spot, or to share a new spot we may have missed.

1. Miami Beach
The pool and beach at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach
The pool and beach at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach

The most famous of Florida’s beach cities, Miami’s style has inspired musicians, artists, and foodies for decades. Take a stroll along Ocean Drive to see miles of white sand beaches on one side, and the art-deco inspired architecture the area is known for on the other.

Where to Stay: Hilton Cabana Miami Beach

2. Clearwater Beach
The white sand beach of the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
The white sand beach of the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

As its name implies, Clearwater is a great spot to take in the shimmering gem-like turquoise waters on this stretch of the Gulf of Mexico. Perfect for people watching, the white-sand beach is lined with walk-and-bike paths that are popular with joggers, roller-bladers and cyclists alike.

Where to Stay: Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

3. Boca Raton
The pool and beach at the Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The pool and beach at the Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

If you prefer the finer things in life, plan to unwind in Boca, where the shopping, dining, and golf courses all have a decidedly upscale feel. This neighborhood is also a great one for re-connecting with nature, complete with a butterfly garden and sea turtle sanctuary.

Where to Stay: Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

4. Marco Island
The Deck Restaurant overlooking the beach at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
The Deck Restaurant overlooking the beach at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa

If you really want to get away from it all, then look no further than Marco Island, a barrier island off the coast of Naples, Florida. Explore the less developed North side of the island for unparalleled peace and solitude.

Where to Stay: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa

5. Panama City Beach

A long-time favorite of spring-breakers and family vacationers alike, the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches located in Florida’s panhandle region lures out-of-staters who can get to their beach vacation with less drive time than by visiting spots in the state’s southern half.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach-Beachfront

6. Key West

A couples massage on the beach at the Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

As the Southernmost point of the Continental US, Key West offers up excellent beaches, a literary heritage in the Hemingway House, and last but not least: really excellent key lime pie, which is said to have originated here.

Where to Stay: Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

7. Cocoa Beach
An ocean view room at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
An ocean view room at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Home to NASA’s Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach is the spot that gives Florida its nickname as the “Space Coast”. Even on days without a rocket launch, you can still relax on the white sandy beaches and dream of the heavens.

Where to Stay: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

8. Key Largo
A balcony in Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton, in Key Largo, Florida
A balcony in Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton, in Key Largo, Florida

Key Largo is more than just a line in a Beach Boys song, and if you’re looking for a Florida Keys style getaway without the long drive all the way to Key West, take a rest in Key Largo for all the fun with half the car-time.

Where to Stay: Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton

9. St. Augustine
The pool area at the Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach
The pool area at the Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach

A city with a decidedly European feel, St. Augustine is a perfect getaway if you like to mix beach time with world history. Visit the Colonial District or the Castillo de San Marcos to experience the role St. Augustine has played over the years.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach

10. Destin
Beach view from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach
The beach boardwalk from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach

Another popular spot on Florida’s pandhandle, Destin is equally known for its white quartz sand beaches as well as its excellent selection of area golf courses.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach

Five U.S. Towns That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re In Europe

It’s no surprise that travel looks a bit different in 2020. If you’ve been dreaming of a magical European getaway, don’t give up hope just yet. America is full of charming cities and towns that harness the food, culture, history and architecture of a destination across the sea.

Horse-drawn carriages along the streets of St. Augustine, Florida
Horse-drawn carriages along the streets of St. Augustine, Florida

Oktoberfest in Munich might have to wait another year, but beer and bratwurst shouldn’t have to. Here’s our list of five great small-town getaways that will make you feel like you’ve touched down in a different country.

1. Solvang, California

Solvang is a popular destination for travelers looking for the classic feeling of being in Denmark. The Southern California town boasts gingerbread architecture, twirling windmills, authentic Danish bakeries and more one-of-a-kind experiences. Don’t miss the famous replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower, or Rundetårn, in the town center. The best part? Solvang is situated near 120 vineyards right in the Santa Ynez Valley, providing the perfect stop on a wine tour through Santa Barbara.

Where to stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Buellton/Santa Ynez Valley

2. St. Augustine, Florida

The small coastal town of St. Augustine is a history lover’s paradise. Full of Spanish heritage and centuries-old architecture, it is commonly called the “Nation’s Oldest City.” Step back in time during a visit to the city’s Colonial Quarter downtown, which offers a peak into the lives of 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century residents. No trip is complete without a visit to The Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.

Where to stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton St Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

3. Fredericksburg, Texas

There’s no place quite like Fredericksburg, a German settlement situated in the epicenter of the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg was recently named “Best Small Town in Texas” by Southern Living for the third consecutive year, and it embodies the feeling of “German heritage with Texan hospitality.” German architecture, beerhalls and a rule that no chain stores are allowed in its Historic District keep the town’s historic roots alive. Make time for wine tasting, as Fredericksburg is also home to over 100 wineries and vineyards.

Where to stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg

4. New Glarus, WIsconsin

If you love the Swiss staples of chocolate and cheese, add “America’s Little Switzerland” to your travel bucket list. The town closely resembles Glarus, Switzerland through its geography and architecture, and the community keeps Swiss-German culture alive through annual festivals, music, tradition and more. Pay a visit to the town’s museums for a true dose of history and appreciation.

Where to stay: Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

5. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Referred to as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth has embodied a German feel for over 170 years, dating back to when it was a Bavarian mission colony for Lutherans in 1845. Locals are incredibly proud of the town’s heritage, and you will feel it through their food, festivals, European architecture and warm hospitality. If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday experience, pay a visit to Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store.

Where to stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City – Riverfront

Five Best Small Town Getaways from Seattle

It’s summertime in Seattle, and that means a great time to leave the city and get outdoors. If you’re looking for an escape that doesn’t require long days of travel, look no further than our list of the top five small-town getaways from Seattle.

Fall foliage in Olympia, Washington
Fall foliage in Olympia, Washington
1. Leavenworth, Washington

Sitting amongst the Cascade range, Leavenworth is a great choice if you’re bummed about current travel restrictions to Europe. Here you’ll find the traditional architecture, boutique shopping experience and German cuisine of a Bavarian mountain town.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth

2. Olympia, Washington

Take a stroll around the manicured gardens of the State Capitol Campus, or heard to Percival Landing Park for a great spot for an open-air picnic. Or, if you’d rather disconnect from city life altogether, spend a day at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and get a little closer to Mother Nature.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Olympia

3. Bellingham, Washington

Start your trip with a scenic tour along Chuckanut Drive for breathtaking vistas of where sea meets mountain. After taking in the landscape, head to the Fairhaven Historic District for walkable shopping, fine dining, and art.

Where To Stay: The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton

4. Yakima, Washington

Grape lovers will celebrate this escape to the agricultural powerhouse of Washington, which just happens to be dotted with great wine tasting locales like the Portteus Vineyards and Bonair Winery. Afterwards, you can work off all those wine calories on the Cowiche Canyon Trail with some excellent hiking.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Yakima

5. Bremerton, Washington

A great choice for families, Bremerton is a vibrant community filled with spots for young ones to let loose. Explore the Bremerton Boardwalk for seaside shenanigans, or take the kids to the Harborside Fountain Park for some splash-filled memories.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Bremerton

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Denver

With winter chills (and closed Mountain roads) fully in the rear-view mirror for the year, it’s a great time to get out and explore. Luckily, for folks based in Denver, a wealth of getaway-worth destinations exist just a few hours drive from the city. Here’s our list of five great small town getaways from Denver.

Pike's Peak in the distance of Colorado Springs
Pike’s Peak in the distance of Colorado Springs
1. Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl, there’s no better place than Cheyenne. Brush up on your Western trivia in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, before picking up some supplies to help you dress the part at the many boot, hat, and Western wear located in the Downtown Cheyenne shopping district.

Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Cheyenne

2. Breckenridge, Colorado

While most folks likely think of Breckenridge as a winter sports destination, you’ll find the mountain is a great spot to visit in summer as well. Here you can find some of the country’s most exquisite hiking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting destinations for the adventure seeker in all of us.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge

3. Moab, Utah

A change of scenery can be good for the soul, and you’ll find some of the most unusual and breathtaking scenery in Arches National Park, just a five hour drive West of Denver. Hikes to Delicate Arch and the Windows are some of the park’s most popular, or if sightseeing by car is more your thing, download the GyPSy Guide app for GPS-triggered audio navigation and commentary among the area’s highlights.

Where To Stay: Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Located just a short drive from Pike’s Peak, Colorado Springs is a great home base from which to start all kinds of mountain exploration. Start at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center to take in the area’s many unique rock formations and get a feel for the landscape.  Next, head to the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park for ziplining, cave tours, and other family friendly activities.

Where To Stay: Home2 Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs South

5. Durango, Colorado

Re-live the glory days of rail travel with a ride along the Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad. Train aficionados will delight in experiencing a trip on an authentic coal-powered steam engine that winds through the picturesque San Juan National Forest.

Where To Stay: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Durango

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Portland

Summer is upon us, and while locals love keep it weird in the Rose City, sometimes it’s also nice to getaway. And as any real Portlander will tell you, there are a wealth of great, driveable destinations just a few hours outside the city. Here are our picks for five of the best small-town getaways from Portland.

A waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge area of Oregon
The Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon
1. Bend, Oregon

Beer lovers, rejoice! While the Deschutes Brewery initially made the Bend region famous for its brewskis (and continues to operate the Deschutes Public House in town for tastings), newer craft brewing startups have followed suit. You could spend a full week sampling and touring the 16 brewers in operation here, including Bend Brewing Company, Kobold Brewing, and Monkless Belgian Ales, to name a few.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Bend

2. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Outdoor enthusiasts will want to flock to this natural playground where hikers can seek out amazing scenery at spots like the Multnomah Falls and Oneonta Gorge. Between hikes, visit some of the area’s local farms and farmstands, where you can frequently pick your own apples, pears, and berries for a snack.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Hood River

3. Astoria, Oregon

Enjoy the seaside beauty at the mouth of the Columbia River from the Astoria Riverwalk, a popular hike-and-bike trail next to the water. Astoria also marks one of the most popular “departure” points for an Oregon coastal roadtrip, or for the really serious road-trippers out there, an expedition down the entire Pacific Coast Highway.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Astoria

4. Boise, Idaho

For the Gen Xers and elder millennials out there — if you spent a good portion of your childhood attempting to virtually traverse the Oregon Trail without dying of dysentery, here’s your chance to experience the real thing. A 71-acre section of the historic route is now the Oregon Trail Reserve, a popular spot for hiking, picnics, and birdwatching, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Boise.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Boise Downtown

5. Grants Pass, Oregon

Considered by many to be one of the best sites for whitewater rafting in the country, you’ll find numerous skilled river guides available in the otherwise sleepy town of Grants Pass each summer, ready to transport you to an epic adventure. After a day on the river, you can unwind at some of the region’s wineries — Schmidt Family Vineyards and Troon Vineyard are two popular options.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Grants Pass

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Phoenix

It’s that time again when the airport tarmac starts melting the wheels of plane, and Phoenicians retreat to their air-conditioned hideaways. But if all that indoor-time has you getting a little stir crazy, we have just the antidote: there are several great getaways just a few hours drive from Phoenix. Check out our picks for the top five small-town getaways from Phoenix.

The Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona
The Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona
1. Palm Desert, California

There’s a reason this oasis has been drawing celebrities and mere mortals alike for decades — indulge yourself in splurge-worth treatments in one of the area’s spas, or hit the links at some of the top rated municipal golf courses in the country.

Where To Stay: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

2. Lake Havasu, Arizona

If a family vacation is at the top of your list, you’ll find activities at Lake Havasu that will satisfy everyone’s vacation-style. Rent a boat to sail along the Bridgewater Channel, or hit the Lake Havasu State Park to watch the nautical parade from the sandy shore.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City

3. Lake Las Vegas, Nevada

No, we’re not talking about the Strip — roughly 30 minutes outside of Sin City proper, you’ll find a calmer, more relaxed choice for a getaway. Explore the giant inflatable aqua park for a day on the water, or tour the modern engineering marvel that makes the lake a possibility at the impressive Hoover Dam.

Where To Stay: Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

An artist’s refuge, no trip to Santa Fe is complete without a stop by the Georgia O’Keefe museum, where you can see several works that capture the surrounding desert landscape. Newer galleries ring the historic city plaza, making an easy path for a DIY art walk. Or for something complete different, plan a visit to Meow Wolf to take in the “immersive-art-gallery-meets-performance-art-meets-escape-room” experience dreamt up by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

Where To Stay: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

5. Sedona, Arizona

Outdoor adventurers will want to flock to Sedona, where nearly the entire local area is bordered by state parks or national forests. Hiking trails abound like the popular trail to the base of Cathedral Rock, and offroading Jeep tours are also popular.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Sedona

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Miami

With beaches re-opened, the tourist crowd has descended, so what’s a Miami local to do? Follow our picks for the five best small-town getaways from the city, of course. You’ll be away from the crowds and ready to enjoy the sun and solitude in no time.

A sailboat cruises past the sunset in Key West, Florida
A sailboat cruises past the sunset in Key West, Florida
1. Key West, Florida

Say goodbye to the city and hello to island life with a trip down to tropical Key West. Explore the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, or pay a visit to the many six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. When you’re ready for nourishment, go on a DIY tour of the many local spots serving up Key Lime Pie.

Where To Stay:  The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

2. Nassau, Bahamas

Yes, you really can skip the country without ever getting on a plane: hop on the daily 2.5 hour “Fast Ferry” ride from Miami to Grand Bahama Island, and then a second (much quicker) inter-island ferry from Grand Bahama to the island of your choice. You’ll be enjoying frozen cocktails by the turquoise waters in no time!

Where To Stay: British Colonial Hilton Nassau

3. Augustine, Florida

Soak in the colonial Spanish architecture in St. Augustine with a visit to the Castillo de San Marcos and the Colonial Quarter. Then, hop aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours to learn about what makes St. Augustine America’s “oldest” city.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Augustine Historic District

4. Cocoa Beach, Florida

Explore the historic Cocoa Beach Pier for that authentic boardwalk vibe before taking in the surf and sand of Florida’s “Space Coast”. When you’ve tired of the ocean, make a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to see how the region got its nickname and learn the history of the many space launches that have originated in nearby Cape Canaveral.

Where To Stay: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

5. Marco Island, Florida

Head east on US Route 41 through the Everglades to Marco Island if you’re looking for a foodie adventure. This beachy locale routinely serves up some of the best seafood statewide, with local favorites including The Oyster Society, Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill, and Fin Bistro.

Where To Stay: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Philadelphia

If the City of Brotherly Love has started to feel more to you like the City of Annoying Little Brothers, then it might be time to pack up your go-bag and take a weekend away. And with so many excellent destinations just a short drive from the Philadelphia area, a no-stress vacation is never more than a few hours away. Here are our picks for the top five small-town getaways from Philadelphia.

A strip of beach houses along Ocean City, Maryland

1. The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Get your waterfall on at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can hike to Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls, the two largest waterfalls in the state. After your hike, stop by the Lakota Wolf Preserve to learn more about one of nature’s most elusive predators.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Stroudsburg Bartonsville

2. Ocean City, Maryland

A quintessential East Coast beach town, Ocean City gives you plenty of options to play in the surf and sand, or soak in the sun along the miles of shop-lined wooden boardwalks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in local seafood with a water view at restaurants like Hooked, On The Bay, or Longboard Café.

Where To Stay: Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites

3. Hershey, Pennsylvania

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to resist this family-friendly vacation destination. Aside from the eponymous amusement park, visitors can also peruse the well-manicured Hershey Gardens or learn about the history of the chocolate making process at the Hershey Story Museum.

Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

4. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

When you tire of the expansive sandy beaches (is that even possible?!), head slightly inland for unbeatable bird watching along the trails at Gordons Pond, then retire to the Revelation Craft Brewing Company for beer samplers on the patio.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Rehoboth Beach

5. Annapolis, Maryland

For a little retail therapy, stroll along the Historic District where you’ll find a wealth of old row houses that have been converted into shops, boutiques, and galleries. Of, for a less commercial endeavor, spend an afternoon exploring the gardens, ponds and natural landscapes at the 300+ acre Quiet Waters Park.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Atlanta

The sun is scorching, humidity blazing, and the traffic is as bad as ever. So what’s an Atlantan to do? Hit the road, of course. And with so many great locales just a half-day’s drive or less from Atlanta proper, there’s a whole summer of adventure waiting for you. Here are our picks for the top five small-town getaways from Atlanta.

A spanish moss draped road in Savannah, Georgia

1. Savannah, Georgia

Take in the many competing architectural styles to be found along the Spanish moss covered streets in Savannah’s Historic District, or hop on a riverboat to see the city from a waterfront perspective. If exploring gets you hungry, you won’t want to miss a meal at Elizabeth on 37th for an authentic Southern Coastal dining experience.

Where To Stay: The Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

2. Augusta, Georgia

Golf fans know that the Augusta is synonymous with the Masters Tournament, and while average Joe’s aren’t likely to snag a tee time at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, visitors can still hit the links at the highly rated Augusta Municipal Golf Course, also known as “The Patch”

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Augusta

3. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Don’t let the gentle nature of the rolling hills surrounding this Southern gem fool you — they’re jam-packed with adventure! Start your trek at Rock City Gardens to see natural formations with funny names like Fat Man’s Squeeze and Mother Goose Village. Continue the action at Ruby Falls to experience a 145-foot underground waterfall and impressive natural cavern.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

4. Jekyll Island, Georgia

If no place but the beach will do, then look no further than charming Jekyll Island which is often less crowded than its more Northern Golden Isles cousins. This barrier island is also the place to go if aquatic wildlife sparks your interest; book a dolphin tour to wave hi to Flipper, or stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn about our hard-shelled friends.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island

5. Greenville, South Carolina

Make it a foodie weekend in Greenville, where you’ll find a slew of high end restaurants ready to show you their take on high end, reimagined Southern cuisine. Start you day with a cuppa from Due South Coffee Roasters, then head to for a brunch bagel at Sully’s Steamers. By the afternoon, find yourself a platter of oysters at the raw bar at Jianna before ultimately settling in for dinner at James Beard Award Winner Sean Brock’s Husk.

Where To Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace