By Madeline Klein on March 12, 2020.
Our Say states have some truly incredible vacation destinations, but we've called out two per state for you! Where will you visit first?
Crested Butte – Crested Butte is gorgeous, but that isn’t its only draw. A big reason to take a trip to Colorado is the skiing or snowboarding opportunities and they're in no short supply here! The uncoordinated-on-skis people, don’t have to worry. There are plenty of beautiful shops and restaurants within walking distance on Elk Street to enjoy while taking in the pure mountain air. Crested Butte is very pedestrian-friendly, so be sure to bring your walking shoes!
Telluride – Fingers crossed the weather permits you to explore Bear Creek Falls, Black Bear Pass, Blue Lakes Trail, or Ophir Pass Trail! Perhaps get a little crazy and try to do all of them! If you chose Colorado because of the slopes, Telluride Ski Resort can hook you up with the gear you need to hop on the lift ready to go.
Wichita – Wichita is a historic city with a variety of places to go and explore! Visit the Museum of World Treasures, the Pizza Hut Museum, or the Kansas Aviation Museum! With these sites, you will leave Wichita knowing more about the first Pizza Hut and the 1927 Swallow. Maybe you’re not a big history buff and the Sedgwick County Zoo or The Wichita Gardens is more up your alley. There are plenty of options here!
Topeka – Feeling daring? The Evel Knievel Museum might trip your trigger and let you live vicariously through this stuntman. Topeka also happens to be the capital city, so while you’re here you can stop by the capitol building to learn more about the great state of Kansas! Visiting Gage Park, Lake Shawnee, or Ward Meade Park will give you a taste for the native plants and landscape of this beautiful area.
Chicago – This one might seem a bit too "basic" but let us tell you, it’s quite the experience! Let’s focus on all the art and culture you will find in Chi-town. The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art both have rotating exhibitions that’ll draw you in. According to the City of Chicago website, the Chicago Cultural Center’s stained-glass domes, free music, and art exhibitions make it one of the most bustling attractions in Chicago. Or, you can accept the "basic" label and take the trip to Millennium Park to enjoy the famous Bean.
Ottawa – You’re going to want to be sure that the snow isn’t going to make a sneak appearance before you book your trip to Ottawa! The outdoor activities are just too good to miss. There are numerous parks to visit – Buffalo Rock State Park, Washington Square Park, and Allen Park. However, if that Midwest weather changes too hastily, a quick change of plans can include the Reddick Mansion and Gardens or the Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum.
Kansas City – We might be partial to Missouri because we are headquartered in Columbia, but Kansas City is a super exciting place to visit. This might just be the best city you eat your way through. I mean, Kansas City BBQ is recognized across all 50 states, and word on the street is that Q39 will satisfy your hunger for KC BBQ. If you’re not a big foodie, take a trip to the Worlds of Fun amusement park or the Kansas City Zoo.
Lake of the Ozarks – We know that Netflix fanatics who seen the TV show Ozark have been dying to scope out this MO lakefront city. Although you can choose to lounge on the lake all day, the city also offers some options to explore! Bridal Cave is the Lake of the Ozarks’ #1 year-round attraction. This cave remains a steady 60 degrees, no matter the season! Next up on the cave tour is Stark Caverns. In this cave, you can explore geological formations, Native American artifacts, and ancient bear beds!
Memphis – Beale Street. Enough said, right? If this 1.8-mile street that is chock full of the history of blues, restaurants, and outdoor concerts isn’t your cup of tea, there are countless other activities to try! Crazy enough, you could literally be "Walking in Memphis" (shout out to Marc Cohn) by signing up for a historic Memphis walking tour or the haunted ghost tour.
Pigeon Forge – While this city might not be top of mind when you think of hit destinations in Tennessee, but we will shine some light on why it could be your next vacation spot! Pigeon Forge is in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, so the view from your cabin is bound to be spectacular. In between extended hours of hiking or just marveling at the beauty, your options include whitewater rafting, a Titanic museum, wineries, or Dollywood! It doesn’t sound like you’ll be bored here!
So, take advantage of these ideas and plan your next vacation to one of our Say states!