If you’ve got the itch to travel but the idea of layovers and flight delays makes you cringe, you’re in luck! Denver International Airport offers a lengthy list of nonstop flights to some incredible vacation destinations. Here are a few of our favorites.
White sand beaches, carefully crafted cocktails, and luaus might come to mind when you think of a vacation to Honolulu, but Hawaii’s pulsing capital city has so much more to offer. While you’ll still be able to kick up your feet and relax on Waikiki beach, don’t forget to pack your hiking boots as well. A short hike up to Diamond Head — a 350-acre volcanic crater — will reward you with breathtaking views from the top. There’s also plenty of history to soak up in Honolulu — the city is home to the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Monument.
Outdoors enthusiasts: Anchorage, Alaska needs to be the next destination on your vacation schedule. Whatever time of year you decide to brave the north, there’s something exciting in store. You can go 4-wheeling, kayaking, dog-sledding, hunting, gold-panning, and much more in this thriving Alaskan city. The best part about being in Anchorage? You feel like you’re standing at the edge of the earth one moment, and the next you’re eating a mouth-watering dish made with some of the freshest seafood in the world.
History, culture, and beer — what more could you ask for from a European vacation? You might know Munich for the infamous Oktoberfest, but the city is peppered with more things to experience. Exploring the incredible parks, stately churches, and sprawling farmers’ markets are just some of the activities that will fill out your Bavarian excursion. Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes — you’re going to want to see it all.
Taking a ride in the London Eye and a selfie with Big Ben are no-brainers for anyone venturing to England’s capital city. London isn’t a place to be ashamed of being a tourist! Make a point to see the Changing of the Guard, marvel at the gigantism of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and book a river cruise. If you’re feeling a little more whimsical (or spooky) you can even catch a world-class musical in the West End or ride along on a ghost tour of the city.
There’s so more to Iceland than a marvelous view of the Northern Lights. Iceland’s capital (and largest) city has an endless supply of outdoor activities to partake in. You can go horseback riding, whale watching, hiking, and even check out some of the filming locations for Game of Thrones! And when all that fresh air has you running on empty, refuel yourself with an incredible meal in the city center.
Art, food, museums, shopping, and scenery: Vancouver has it all. The thriving city in British Columbia is the perfect destination for folks who want to enjoy the best of the city and the outdoors. Want to hit the slopes? Make a quick trip to Grouse Mountain, a peak overlooking the city. Want to spend some time soaking up the excitement of the city? Put on your walking kicks and explore one of the eclectic neighborhoods. Whether you’re seeking out a lesson on British Columbian culture or an adrenaline rush, Vancouver is the place to be.
If you’ve ever wanted to be fully immersed in Japanese culture, Tokyo needs to be on your bucket list. Japan’s largest city is rich in both history and innovation. Tour a Japanese garden in bloom, relax and recharge in a world-class spa, and peruse some of the local museums. You also won’t want to miss seeing some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, like the Heian Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, just a train ride away. And don’t forget the food! Sign up for a food tour to taste the best cuisine the city has to offer.
Ahh, Switzerland. Land of chocolate, cheese, watches, and of course, the Alps. On a trip to Zürich, you can experience it all. Renowned as a thriving financial hub, the European destination has emerged as one of the hippest places to visit. The historic city center has been kept largely intact, giving visitors and locals alike a peek into its rich cultural history. And after you’ve taken a stroll around the city, you can take a train ride to experience the Swiss Alps — a truly unforgettable experience.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is a lively resort town, but don’t hesitate to exit the confines of a facility to fully enjoy the city! Take a quick, 3-mile trip to El Pitillal to get away from the touristy center of Puerto Vallarta and enjoy a tasty meal. Book a charter to ride the waves of the Pacific Ocean and fish for tuna, marlin, and snapper. Take a day trip into the forest, hop on a zip line, and glide through the gorgeous canopies. Stroll through the city center to partake in the local cuisine, shops, and gaze at infamous buildings like the Church of Our Lady Guadalupe. Or, kick your feet up and sip a drink on the beach. Puerto Vallarta is your oyster!
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