5 of My Favorite Travel Destinations To Visit in 2011

 green01   October 6, 2012
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Due to the economy and rising gas prices, our family is scaling back and reducing our expenses.  This year, instead of taking a vacation, we will be taking a “staycation” like many other American families. A “staycation” is when you stay at home and take trips to visit and see things locally. Here are some of our travel destinations.

Monticello

Monticello

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Monticello is the estate that Thomas Jefferson built.  Jefferson was a brilliant man who had many hobbies and talents.  In addition to writing the Declaration of Independence, he was also an inventor.  His estate is full of his inventions and writings. The gardens which surround the home have been re-created and are full of heirloom plants.

Washington DC

Washington DC

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This is a great trip for families because there is so much to do.  In addition, most of the museums are free.  While visiting the city, you will want to see the monuments too.  If you are lucky, you might even be able to take a tour of Congress or get a glimpse of lawmakers.

Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island – Source

Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses and beautiful scenery.  Every July, the wild horses are gathered up by the fire company and auctioned off in order to raise funds.  The auction is attended by people from all over the United States and the world.

Roanoke Island

roanoke island

roanoke island – Source

This is the home of the famous lost colony in North Carolina.  The settlers landed and began the colony; leaders returned to England for supplies.  When they returned, no one was left.  The only clue was the word Croatan carved into a tree.  Archeologists are now searching for clues to try to discover what happened.

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

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Skyline Drive is in western Virginia and extends almost the length of the state.  Many people take trips here during the fall to see the leaves changing color.  If you decide to take a trip to Skyline Drive, you might want to explore some of the caves along the road or stop in the small towns along the way to get a taste of small town America.

You may not be able to visit these sites this year, but you can create a staycation that your family will enjoy.  Planning a staycation is easy; just research things that are close to your house and plan to visit them.  Not only will you save money, but you will be making fun memories that your family is sure to remember for years to come.

About the guest blogger – Is there someone you want to reconnect with and haven’t seen for a long time that is living in some of these locations? In that case you can easily search people there and find him!

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