The Georgia Voice staff shares our favorite destinations in the U.S. and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a simple road trip, a slice of culture, or a relaxing vacation, we’ve got something for everyone!
Charleston, South Carolina
“[I love] the city’s historic buildings, the fabulous restaurants with the fresh seafood, and Sullivan’s Island beach. There are so many inns, bed and breakfasts, and major hotels, any of which would be a great choice. [There’s also] the new International African American Museum located where 200,000 slaves disembarked. Very moving!”
“I loved my time in Toronto. The city is equal parts homey and metropolitan, there’s incredible food, and everything is pretty affordable. If you can manage to go in the winter, the snow is absolutely gorgeous – not gross and sludgy like Atlanta’s can be. Make sure to go up on the CN Tower to see breathtaking views of the city, get some coffee and a donut from Tim Horton’s, and don’t forget to try some poutine! Bonus: if you can make it on your way in or out, visit Niagara Falls. Its size and beauty are truly overwhelming.”
“[Malta offers] an extraordinary blend of British Empire pomp, with strong Italian influences, and hints of North African Arab mysticism. It is an utterly unique destination with beaches, amazing history, and beautiful jaw-dropping scenery. Oh, and the fresh seafood and home-made pasta are delicious!”
“My first time to Hawaii was a couple of months before my husband (who is from Hawaii) and I got married. After arriving at the airport, I could immediately feel the difference as were welcomed by Hawaiian hospitality as we were greeted with fresh flower leis. Once you exit the airport, you are surrounded by an abundance of exotic flora and fauna — it was paradise. The hospitality of Hawaiians is amazing as several of the locals made sure our trip was one to remember fondly. If you’re looking to relax, exhale, and get way from the daily routine, look no further. Instead of going to places like Cheesecake Factory, venture over to Duke’s, an amazing restaurant named after the six-time Olympic swimming and water polo medalist and father of modern-day surfing, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. Also, head over to the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider Hotel and sit and have a cocktail or two while you watch the sunset on the beach down from Diamond Head. Go a bit further to the end of the main strip and on the corner is Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand. The bar has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years and features drag shows, male dancers, and offers a variety of mixed drinks.
If local sites are your thing, visit Iolani Palace. This cultural museum is a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity and is recognized as the spiritual and physical multicultural epicenter of Hawaii. You can also visit one of the many of the sites featuring tropical flowers and indigenous plants, such as the Liliʻuokalani or Foster Botanical Gardens. A trip to Hawaii will cleanse your soul and allow you to exhale and become one with nature. Aloha