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Hottest U.S. Tourist Destinations

July 25th, 2012 Healthy Living

Summer is synonymous with vacations, and with the warm temperatures comes great opportunities to cash in those vacation days and hit the road with your family, friends or significant other. Every state can be a great destination for spending your hard-earned time off, but some certainly stand out more than others. Here are some tourist havens that are bound to make your stay memorable and the trip well worth it.

Maui, Hawaii

This tropical island getaway requires no passport - just some sunscreen and a pair of shades. The multi-faceted chain of islands offers a little something for everyone. If you're a nature enthusiast, then you'll likely enjoy the miles of crystalline blue shores and sandy beaches as well as high altitude volcanoes that you can scale.

After you work up a sweat and experience Hawaii's vast natural landscape, feel free to kick back, for this is a destination with a specialization for relaxation. America's most westward state is inundated with seaside resorts that allow you to get pampered as you soak up the sun and sip tropical beverages replete with paper umbrellas.

If you have a inkling for action and a need for speed, you can indulge in any one of the island's water sports, such as kite boarding or windsurfing. All you have to do is rent the equipment and hit the surf. You can also find the finest ocean breezes way up high with a parasailing venture.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is the epicenter of the music industry, both past and present. America's rich country western history has its burgeoning roots right here, and you can delve into the pasts of those acoustic crooning cowboy legends such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash at places like the Grand Ole Opry as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This antiquated feeling is complemented by the southern hospitality that remains throughout the Tennessee metropolis. To go further back in history, you can take a guided historical tour of the Belle Meade Plantation, a well-preserved relic of America's nineteenth-century Southerner past where bullet holes from the Civil War remain intact.

Nashville hasn't neglected to evolve in terms of culture. You and your family will likely love wandering through Hillsboro Village, an enclave of art and independent commerce filled with hip galleries and great eateries that display Nashville's penchant for modernity mixed with an air of quaintness.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is ideal for those seeking action and thrills. Since the mid-20th century the illuminated metropolis has been a bastion of bright lights and good times. If you love the rush of spinning the roulette wheel or playing the slot machines, then this desert locale, with casinos such as the Bellagio, Caesar's Palace and the Cosmopolitan, is the spot for you. Las Vegas has staked its reputation on its ability to cater to comfort and provide easy escapism with its numerous luxury hotels and resorts.

The town offers much more though than glitz and glamour though - it also has a slew of rolling green golf courses that offer a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the neon-lit avenues. The city is also known for the live entertainment that ranges from renowned musical artists to stand up comedy and performance arts.

If you still want to get a taste of nature as you visit Las Vegas, you can always swing by the Grand Canyon for a view of one of the wonders of the world. There are also numerous tours you can take from the city, including a helicopter excursion, which will likely provide you with an unmatched high altitude view that you won't soon forget.