When we list off all the places in the world we want to see, we often overlook the hidden gems in our own backyard. It turns out there are some amazing destinations close to home, like these 10 incredible vacation spots:
1. Dahlonega, Georgia
Seeing pictures of this Gold Rush town puts Georgia on our mind, with the town's incredibly preserved buildings from the 1800s. The town is also in the center of Georgia's blooming wine industry, which is probably why it's often listed as one of the best places to retire in America.
2. Saint Augustine, Florida
This "city" of just 14,000 people was America's first, founded by Spanish settler in 1565. The architecture demonstrates the city's history, especially the famous Castillo de San Marcos fortress, which still has a working drawbridge and cannons on the walls.
3. Madison, Georgia
More than 100 historic pre-Civil War buildings are perfectly preserved in this town, and you can enjoy the sights on bike or foot before doing some antique shopping at the city center. Be sure to stop by Heritage Hall, especially when it's decorated at Christmastime.
4. Taos, New Mexico
People have lived in Taos' historic clay Pueblos just north of town for almost 1,000 years, and the Puebloan people still call it their home today. The beautiful sights around Taos, including the Sangre de Christo mountains, have inspired artists from across the country.
5. Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of this quiet cottage town on the California coast, which is famous for its wacky laws. There are antique shops, beaches, museums and hiking trails all within walking distance, but leave your high heels at home - you need a permit to wear them in town.
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