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Living in a tourist town like Myrtle Beach can be exhausting- the crazy drivers, constant busy shopping centers, and crowded restaurants. The only way to get away and relax is to be a tourist yourself in another city. And it’s surprisingly easy!
Check out some of these cheap, seasonal direct flights out of the Grand Strand to some unique cities:
You’ll want to pack a good set of walking shoes to stroll along the Inner Harbor and make your way through the Baltimore Museum of Art, where you will find impressionist paintings from the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Cezanne. If admiring art isn’t your thing, visit the Federal Hill Park or catch a baseball game at Camden Yards before indulging your taste buds with a city favorite, blue crabs. For the explorers, head to Druid Hill Park to see the Maryland Zoo and stop by Mount Vernon to see Baltimore’s Washington Monument. Art enthusiast, foodies, and history buffs alike will revel in the colorful neighborhoods in this city.
Niagara Falls, NY:
The waterfalls are the main attraction here, and there is a variety of ways to view them: from the bottom on the legendary Maid of the Mist boat tours, from behind the caves accessible by elevator, from the sky hovering in helicopters, or gazing from observation towers. But away from these falls, both New York and Canadian sides offer various activities to keep visitors entertained. Accompanied by children, this area hosts many family-friendly attractions, including Old Fort Niagara and the Niagara SkyWheel. If you do not have kids in tow, try your hand at the Niagara Fallsview Casino or sample some of the areas famous ice wine at the Inniskillin Winery.
Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX:
If you only have a day or two, you will have to choose between Dallas or Fort Worth: the sheer distance (and traffic) between the two cities will require you to be selective. However, if you get to explore both Dallas and Fort Worth, you will be able to experience the Metroplex’s true nature. History buffs should tour Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza as well as the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Families can enjoy a day at the Dallas World Aquarium or the Fort Worth Zoo, while art lovers should make time for both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum. Then meet in the middle for a Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium.
Denver makes a great starting place for travelers venturing into the Rockies. Those looking for a mountain experience can spend some time driving along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. But be sure to devote some time to all that the Mile High City has to offer. Denver is home to numerous museums, galleries and restaurants. Sports fans are drawn to the lights of Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, while families can spend hours exploring the Denver Museum of Nature & Science or the Denver Zoo.
Providence’s top to-dos fit right in with its collegiate culture. When you’re not admiring the more than 91,000 works on display at the RISD Museum, marvel at the historic Colonial houses stationed along Benefit Street. Or, for an even more impressive architectural display, simply glance up at the dome of the State House, the fourth-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world. Traveling with kids? Rhode Island’s capital has you covered there, too, thanks to the Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Just about everybody recommends a visit to Churchill Downs, home of the famous Kentucky Derby. And if you’re not going to a race, you can at least enjoy the comprehensive Kentucky Derby Museum that sits on the grounds and details horse racing’s history and traditions. More of a baseball fan? You’ll want to set aside a few hours to peruse the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum and maybe even catch a minor league game at the Louisville Slugger Field. When you’re ready for a Derby City history lesson, head to the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum before admiring the grand Victorian homes of Old Louisville.