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March 2018 Reduce your travel stress with these vacation alternatives

Planning a trip this year, but want to avoid the stress or cost of traveling abroad? Consider these lesser-known destinations within the continental United States.

Sandusky, Ohio

Located on Ohio’s north border, Sandusky is a small town with a big claim to fame--Cedar Point Amusement Park. It’s home to 17 roller coasters, including the Top Thrill Dragster that takes riders from 0 to 120 mph in less than five seconds. If you hate to stand in line for rides, you can even upgrade to a Fastlane pass and bypass the crowds.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

If your family loves the water, dive into the Dells and 16 million gallons of fun. Home to America’s largest water park, Noah’s Ark, the Dells’ parade of water parks feature over 19 square miles of surf pools, water slides, and amusement park rides.

Austin, Texas

Austin is considerably smaller than Houston and Dallas, but it doesn’t act like it. There’s something for everyone, including 250 live music venues, the State Capitol Building, and the downtown park Lady Bird Lake and Trails, which features 10 miles of wide paths for runners, walkers and cyclists, plus boat and kayak rentals. When you’re ready to cool off, Barton Springs Pool is just two miles away. This three-acre pool is fed by one of the state’s largest natural springs, which keeps water temperatures from 68 to 72F all year round.

Isle au Haut, Maine

If you want to get away from it all, you won’t do much better than Isle au Haut. A large portion of this tiny island is part of nearby Acadia National Park, while the rest is private property. With a population of 73, no Internet access, and limited cell coverage, you may feel you’ve finally escaped civilization.

Check out an online planner like Trip Advisor for more detailed reviews and suggestions before your trip. Enjoy your travels this year!

This article originally appeared in Caliber Living, Winter 2015. Want more tips like this one? Ask your loan consultant about subscribing.

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