Walnut Creek serves as a hub for its neighboring cities because of its location at the junction of the highways from Sacramento and San Jose and San Francisco/Oakland and its accessibility by BART. With a rare blend of 2,800 acres of open space and its active downtown neighborhood features hundred-year-old buildings and extensive high-end retail establishments, restaurants and entertainment venues. Walnut Creek offers a lot for adventure enthusiast, surrounded by rolling hills, state parks, and wilderness.
Popular attractions: scenic hiking, wildlife experiences, camping, horseback riding, and cycling.
Lake Charles is a city in southwest Louisiana. Downtown, the Mardi Gras Museum explores the history of the iconic festival through colorful costumes. The 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center features traveling exhibitions and local art. Nearby, the giant, centuries-old Sallier Oak tree stands on the grounds of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, a visual arts center. The city also has several large casinos.
Popular attractions: casino nightlife, fishing, cajun dining, hiking, cycling, swamp tours, historical sites, and family fun festivals.
Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It’s known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs.
Popular attractions: Desert Botanical Garden, Science Center, hiking, sightseeing, climbing, golf, and nightlife.
Clarksville is a city in north Tennessee. The Customs House Museum, an ornate, Victorian building from 1898, offers local history and art exhibits, plus model trains. Northeast, surrounded by parkland, the vast Dunbar Cave complex dates back thousands of years and has many sinkholes. The McGregor Park Riverwalk follows the meandering Cumberland River. The river’s history is traced at the As the River Flows Museum.
Popular attractions: architect, museums, kayaking, Dunbar Cave State Park, bird watching, fishing, and hiking
Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. Key West is Florida’s irreverent southernmost subtropical paradise, a unique confluence of history, climate, natural beauty, cultural diversity, architecture and unabashed romantic appeal.
Popular attractions: art galleries, golf, coral reefs, destinations for diving, fishing, water hobbies, beaches, and snorkeling.