Two tables away, football coaches from the University of Alabama broke bread and ribs with the visiting coaches. Cruises to Alaska offer many of the same sights as other cold-weather northern tours—icebergs, whales, snow-capped peaks—but with slightly more forgiving temperatures (highs can reach the 60s on a good day).
Popular ports of call include Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau.
Try the key lime pie at Blond Giraffe in Key Largo and the yellowtail snapper at Key West's Blue Heaven.
Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in the South, with Spanish moss and porched houses around every turn.
Not to discount the grandest of canyons, but just look at the colors of Antelope Canyon in northeastern Arizona, pictured—it's a painter’s palette of rust red, ochre, and orange.
A trip to this corner of Navajo Nation delivers the kind of up-close discovery of the state’s slot canyons that isn’t as easily experienced at the Grand Canyon (short of hiking miles into the GC to the Colorado River below).
There, Connecticut-style pies (thin, with a perfectly blistered crust courtesy of a well-seasoned brick oven) are topped with everything from classic pepperoni to clams casino and served to hungry Yale students, families, and pizza die-hards who even leave NYC for a neighboring pie.
Bonus tip: Wash your meal down with a birch beer— it’s a New Haven tradition.
Only by air can you truly appreciate the emerald valleys, jagged cliffs, and cascading waterfalls that cover the island.
The smaller, treeless slopes of Dollar Mountain—separate from neighboring behemoth Bald Mountain—make it easy to keep track of kids.
When in Chicago, set aside time for one thing: comedy.
Yet there's no denying the town's eeriness—even daytime tours point out the deaths that allegedly occurred at mansions as you pass by.
Take one of the many available ghost tours at night to see some of the creepier spots, like Colonial Park Cemetery, Bonaventure Cemetery (a setting for the book and film Kauai might be home to some of Hawaii’s best hidden beaches and tropical rainforests, but did you know that more than 70 percent of the island is inaccessible by land?