Combination city/hiking vacation ideas?
May 11, 2010 12:10 PM Subscribe
Looking for destination ideas for a five-day vacation in September, with a mix of city and outdoors activities.
posted by backseatpilot to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Girlfriend and I are planning a trip for September. We'll have five total days to go somewhere, and we're trying to figure out where to go. We're looking for a mix of the following:
-Outdoors activities, especially day-hikes. We're not quite fit or inclined enough for multi-day backpacking trips.
-A City with a bit of culture.
I took a similar trip to Santa Fe a few years ago which was just about perfect - downtown was a nice place to wander, there were museums to see, plus plenty of hiking within an hour's drive. We live in Boston, so different scenery would be great (something other than low hills and pine forests, I guess) but not necessary.
Due to the length of the trip, we're considering sticking to the continental US or closer parts of Canada. We've come up with a short list, but other ideas are also welcome:
-Iceland (not too much longer of a flight than getting to the west coast...)
-Glacier National Park area
-Michigan's Upper Peninsula
-Some of the parks in the Southwest again, maybe Arizona-ish or further out in the boonies in New Mexico
Any other ideas? I, personally, would probably appreciate getting away from the "big city" feel and stick to smaller, compact cities.