Mother’s Day 2023 in the USA: Gift Ideas
Who wouldn’t want to splurge on an exotic trip to a tropical locale and some far-flung destination? Or a cross-country trek across Europe. The problem for many is finding the time and money to do so. The good news is that you can find some exotic places right here in the United States. From the often-overlooked to US territories to destinations even closer to home.
Mother’s Day in the USA is approaching on May 14th this year! Find the perfect getaway as a gift for your mom!
Big Sur, California
If the Italian Riviera is on your bucket list, experience the feel of the stunning Mediterranean region before you get there by visiting California's spectacular coastline. The Santa Lucia Mountains rise along a dramatic coastline with picturesque beaches and even the occasional waterfall that plunges to the sand. This epic Mediterranean-style stretch of the California coast has been called the American Riviera. It is one of America's most stunning destinations.
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
These islands are ideal for exploring nature in one of the most remote places in Alaska. Wildlife thrives amid the harsh climate, stormy seas, and active volcanoes. It’s hard to find places that feel more remote than this. While there are a few settlements on some of the larger islands, you’ll see more animals than people.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
The most exotic hike in the US can arguably be found in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park. Reminiscent of the Gobi or the Sahara, these unique landforms are the tallest dunes in the country. Rising up to over 700 feet in height! Those who hike to the top are rewarded with panoramic views of nearly endless dunes. America’s highest sandbox offers the chance to try out sandboarding and sand sledding. Because of its high elevation and frequently clear skies, this is also an incredible place for stargazing.
Denali National Park, Alaska
If climbing the Himalayas is what you dream of, check out Denali National Park in Alaska. It’s home to the highest peak in North America. At 20,000 and 310 feet in height - that’s 10,000 feet shorter than Mount Everest. So, it’d be an excellent place to try out your skills. While you’re here, watch out for wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Lynx.
Key West, Florida Keys
This chain of islands off the southern coast of Florida is the best place to experience the Caribbean without leaving the continental US. The Caribbean vibe makes the keys feel more international than back on the mainland. Among the most popular destinations is Key West, where nightlife, beachy boutiques, art galleries, snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking await. When you need a cultural moment, you can pay a visit to the former home of Ernest Hemingway.
Havana Cabana could be a pleasant place to stay while visiting Key West. And using the RatePunk extension, you can easily save some extra money to spend on evening cocktails! Mother’s Day weekend is right around the corner. So wait no more and surprise your mom with a small yet spectacular vacay.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The oldest state capital in the US, Santa Fe, has a very colorful history, including a historic main plaza that will make you feel like an entirely different country. It’s renowned for its abundance of unique attractions. A wide array of art galleries, extraordinary museums, and magnificent architecture. Adobe city is also famous for its transformative qualities. In fact, many come here just for the area’s healing energy.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Step into Joshua Tree National Park, and you won’t just feel like you’re in another country. Still, you’ll feel as if you’re walking on another planet, filled with bizarrely shaped plants indigenous to the region like the Joshua Tree and enormous boulders that rise hundreds of feet into the sky. The landscape has the appearance of a scene from a sci-fi flick. Joshua Tree National Park is a dream for photographers, hikers, and climbers.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Tucked away into the extreme Northwest, this destination is home to a breathtaking wild coastline with forests dipping down to storm-lashed beaches and glacier-capped mountains. Drenched in more than 12 feet of rain per year, the Westside Valley's flourished with the continent's best remaining examples of temperate rainforest. So for adventurers who want to experience one of the country's most beautiful places with natural landscapes like nowhere else, this may be your best bet.
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