Top vacation destinations

By Joel Rodgers |

Published 06/10 2014 06:08AM

Updated 06/10 2014 06:11AM

If you’re pining for a way to use up your vacation days, you might need to look into a good old-fashioned road trip. The top 10 vacation destinations in the country are spread out coast to coast, offering unique attractions wherever you live, no matter how far you care to wander.

Top on the list is Grand Rapids, Mich., and the Gold Coast of Lake Michigan. Here you can find shores that some argue rival Hawaii and Southern California, interspersed with Midwest charm of berry picking, antiquing, and, believe it or not wineries.

No. 2 on the list is Yosemite National Park in California, offering sweeping vistas and the wonders and beauty of the outdoors.

No. 3 is Boston, full of American history and history-being-made for sports fans.

The Central Coast of California, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is often overlooked for West Coast visitors, but it offers a stunning scenic drive and plenty of charming beach-town stops along the way.

On the opposite coast, the Jersey shore is the place to get your kicks on the boardwalk, eating funnel cake and hot dogs under the summer sun.

Kansas City, Mo., no. 6 on the list, offers barbecue, live jazz, and World War I history lovers all the food, music and history they can handle in one vacation. Kansas City also offers walkable neighborhoods, perfect for exploring and coming across great little haunts, such as the 1920s shopping district, or the wealth of local restaurants, cafes and bars.

Cumberland Island, Ga., offers a wild, enchanting experience for campers in the South looking to enjoy the laid-back island pace.

Las Vegas hosts all types of vacationers, from those intent on visiting casinos to those fascinated by the lights and glamour, or by the arts district.

Sun Valley, Idaho, No. 9 on the list, is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise year-round, with an upscale yet welcoming vibe.

No. 10 and farther afield – requiring a plane trip for most – is Lana’i Hawaii. Mostly owned by Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, the island is slated to become a sustainable paradise. Here, you can snorkel and dive amongst shipwrecks, explore petroglyphs and rock formations, and eat in one of the local cafes or markets, or at one of the forthcoming high-end resorts.

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