Top vacation spots for every traveler type
This article is sponsored by Hilton
Are you a laze-by-the beach type, who only wants to lift a finger to flip the page of your book? Or, are you a thrill seeker, scouting out new destinations to zipline, surf, and ATV … all on the first day of your vacay?
Maybe you’re traveling with toddlers in tow or planning an epic getaway with friends.
Everybody’s ideal vacation looks a little different. That’s why we’ve partnered with Hilton Hotels and Resorts to find the best vacation destination for every traveler type. Wherever your travels dispatch you, you’ll discover a common theme: You’ll find top-notch hospitality at Hilton hotels.
Whether you’re going on a trip with friends, traveling with family or looking for a romantic escape with your loved one, we’ve rounded up some of the best vacation spots.
The best vacation spot for families, San Diego, Calif.
San Diego is fun for kids and adults alike. The San Diego Zoo — best known for its giant pandas — is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, zoos in the country. The zoo is in Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre cultural park with other kid-friendly attractions — like a carousel, miniature railroad, parks and gardens. Another great way to spend the day? Hop on the ferry from San Diego to Coronado Island, where you can rent bikes to pedal around the island.
Hotel pick: Stay at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, which is nearby Legoland, Seaworld and other family-friendly attractions.
The best vacation spot for couples, Honolulu, Hawaii
With white sand beaches, gorgeous sunsets, waterfalls and lighthouses, this Hawaiian island is the epitome of a romantic getaway. Hike Manoa Falls to get a glimpse of the gorgeous waterfall or go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, which is known for its abundance of Green sea turtles.
Hotel pick: You’ll definitely want to check into the Hilton Hawaiian Village that’s perched on Waikiki beach. Step out of the hotel, and you’re on the beach. Other amenities include a world-class spa, five swimming pools, restaurants and bars, and daily activities — like Hula and snorkeling lessons.
The best vacation spot for adventure-seekers, Sedona, Ariz.
If the outdoors are your playground, you’ve got to check out Sedona. Whitewater rafting along the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon is a must-do when you’re in red rock country. Other thrills to seek: mountain bike on more than 200 miles of trails, go kayaking in the verde river, greet the sunrise in a hot air balloon ride, or go on a Jeep tour over rugged terrain. For the extreme adventurer, scale monoliths with a rope and harness.
Hotel pick: Unwind at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, where you can tee up on a golf course that garners praises from golf magazines and publications. The course winds around Sedona’s crimson cliffs, offering up spectacular views. Unwind after a day of adventure by checking into this luxury resort’s spa for the “Signature Red Earth Cocoon” treatment — which incorporates red clay, a yucca root wash exfoliation and jojoba body butter.
The best vacation spot for a girls getaway, Napa Valley, Calif.
Looking to spend a weekend with your best girlfriends? Napa Valley is the perfect spot. Aside from visits to vineyards (put those at the top of your list!), you can soak in the hot springs, rent bikes to ride through wine country and indulge in the great culinary scene that this northern California city offers.
Hotel pick: Check in at Hilton Garden Inn – Napa and check out the wine train package. You’ll stay in a deluxe guestroom, enjoy a gourmet meal in the refurbished Pullman cars on the Napa Valley Wine Train and get two-for-one tasting passes to five local wineries.