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Awe Inclusive’s Lesser Known California Destinations For Your Girls Getaway

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California Destinations

Skip the clichéd and overused girls’ weekend destinations for places that will surprise you with their distinct charm and flair.

Choose one of these lesser known California destinations for a getaway that will leave you energized and yearning for more vacation days.

Two For One Views

Mountain-view or ocean-view? In Santa Barbara, you don’t have to choose.

Nestled between the scenic Santa Ynez mountain range and the alluring blue of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is a stunning locale to visit with friends.

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Awe Inclusive’s Colorado Cities Perfect for a Long Weekend Escape

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Colorado Cities

If you’re a  partier, head to Miami. For fashion junkies, New York tops your list. Risk takers flock to Las Vegas. And those who love nature should visit Colorado.

Here are some Colorado cities that will get you outside and enjoying our natural surroundings.

Camera Ready

A top choice during warm or cold weather, Aspen offers the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts to get their fill of the great outdoors.

Charge your cameras for your visit to the Maroon Bells. I won’t spoil the surprise with too many details, but this attraction should top your to-do list. Book your stay at The Little Nell for breathtaking scenery and luxury accommodations.

Many rooms come standard with balconies and mountain views, giving guests a breath-taking visual experience.

Take a Hike

Hiking is undoubtedly the national pastime of Boulder, Colorado.

The Flatirons, a flat-sided mountain range that looks spectacular both from far away and up close, offers scenic hiking and picnic locations.

For good hikes closer to town visit Chautauqua. The on-site visitors center can help you choose the right trail for your needs.

St. Julien Hotel and Spa is a favorite hotel for visitors to Boulder. Enjoy comfortable rooms, inspired dining, and sensual spa offerings during your stay at this location.

Nature at its Finest

Colorado Springs offers several park and forest areas for those who enjoy theirphysical fitness with a side of nature.

Drive, bike, or hike through the Garden of the Gods, a group of balanced rock formations that will leave you in awe. Pikes Peak gives visitors another reason to say “wow” and pull out their selfie-sticks. Take the cog train up the mountain toexplore at a leisurely pace.

Stay at the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort for unbeatable value in Colorado Springs.

Unlimited Activities

It’s not hard to find beauty in Fort Collins. You’ll see it no matter how you choose to spend your time in this outdoorsy paradise. Get out on the water atHorsetooth Mountain Open Space for adventures in stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing.

For adult fun, stop by New Belgium Brewery for a tour, history lesson, and brew samples of this hometown favorite.

Make your reservations at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Collins for stress-free lodging. You’ll get a large comfortable room, unparalleled customer service, and two meals daily served Monday through Friday.

Snow-Covered Retreat

Don’t hold your breath while searching for low-cost lodging in Vail. With stunning views, luxury resorts, and world-class skiing, accommodations in this area rarely drop to budget levels.

Splurge on a vacation if you’re into winter sports and nature activities. Vail Mountain Resort is the place to enjoy the slopes for skiers of all levels.

If you visit during the warmer months, head over to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for beautiful scenery and colorful flora. Tivoli Lodge is an acclaimedVail favorite among new and repeat visitors alike.

Don’t delay booking your trip to get the best deals on travel and accommodation.

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5 Cities to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration En Fuego

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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and there’s no better time than the present to plan a trip for tacos and a little celebration. While May 5th is often seen as the perfect excuse to drink tequila, Cinco De Mayo was deemed a holiday to commemorate the Mexican Army’s surprising victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862.

So make May 5 a time to celebrate history and have a good time. These five cities below won’t let anyone down.

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1. Los Angeles, CA

For one of the largest Cinco de Mayo parties in the US, look no further than Los Angeles, home of Fiesta Broadway, a multi-day event that boasts a parade with more than 500,000 people. This is no average party, with hours of live-music and Mexican folks tales, authentic street food, and carnival games for people of all ages. The city also gets covered in Mexican flags, not surprising for a state that contains nearly 15 million Latinos. Consider staying at The Historic Mayfair Hotel, centrally located in the city — bordering Downtown LA, Westlake, Silver Lake, and Echo Park.

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2. San Antonio, TX

Mexico’s neighbor, Texas, also doesn’t disappoint on May 5. In fact, San Antonio has Cinco de Mayo festivities every month, with May’s being the biggest and brightest. Head to San Antonio’s Market Square, the focal part of the party, which is filled with folklorico dancing, live music, and some darn good Tex-Mex. The square along usually draws 30,000 to 50,000 people, so join the masses and order a mean margarita.

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3. New York City, NY

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