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National Plan For Vacation Day

By AAA Travel Editor Michelle Palmer
July 26, 2018
January 30 is National Plan For Vacation Day, and we’re celebrating by giving you ideas and travel tips. Nearly half of Americans don’t use their vacation time even though we know that vacations help us to be happier and more productive in both our personal and professional lives. So why don’t you start planning your vacation now? It’s good for you and might turn out to be the adventure of a lifetime. Here are a few of our favorite cities and a list of resources to get you started.
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Big Bus Tours Chicago
If you want some help exploring the city, consider taking a tour or a few. Big Bus Tours Chicago is a popular hop-on, hop-off tour, so in addition to the narration about the sights, you get the added benefit of transportation. Museum lovers will be delighted to visit The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. Don’t worry if that’s not your thing—there is Navy Pier, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), plenty of mob history and Chicago deep-dish pizza.
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New York City
For shoppers, hit the Garment District or wander around the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market on a weekend. Don’t forget iconic stops such as Central Park, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Statue of Liberty National Monument. If you are led by your stomach, try out a food tour. You can focus on the famed New York-style pizza with A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Bus Tours or pursue one of many other options. Whether you’re trying to do New York on a budget or planning to indulge completely, there is more than you can possibly do on a single trip.
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Walt Disney World® Resort
Orlando is the land of theme parks. Whether you want to experience the magic of the four parks that make up Walt Disney World® Resort or the movie-themed rides at Universal Studios Florida™'s three parks, there’s a ton for children and adults alike to enjoy. Some people spend all of their time at the parks, but we encourage you to explore a bit more of Central Florida. After walking in the theme parks for 3 or 4 days, why not spend some time relaxing at a beachside hotel? Cocoa and New Smyrna beaches are just a day-trip away.
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Washington Park
If you want to experience a laid-back vibe, Portland is a fun city with its abundance of green spaces, a walkable downtown and proximity to national forests. The International Rose Test Garden with its abundance of fragrant flowers and the Portland Japanese Garden with its winding pathways and views of Mt. Hood help make Washington Park one of the most notable parks in the city. Downtown, you’ll find shops like Powell's City of Books in the Pearl District as well as a farmers market and museums in South Park Blocks. When you want to get out of the city, you can camp, hike, ski and snowshoe in nearby Mt. Hood National Forest.
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