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11 Drivable Destinations for Luxury Vacations Close To Home

Carlie Gambino | July 2, 2020 | Lifestyle National

As certain parts of the country lock down, the holidays might look a bit different this year. If air travel isn't in the cards, don't despair as there are so many luxury, driveable destinations all across the country. Whether it is a stop on the way to visit family, or simply a nearby staycation in your area's own backyard—read on to find your dream destination... no boarding pass required.


CalderaLoungejpg.jpgCaldera House’s Alpine-chic member’s lounge in Jackson Hole

Drive down to Jackson, Wyoming, better known as Jackson Hole, and make a reservation at Caldera House, where the spectacular mountains views, trails, thriving food scene are all just part of the norm.

canyonjpg.jpgThe Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.

Set your gaze to the Grand Canyon or cruise a little longer for luxury resort L’Auberge de Sedona, the sought after wellness retreat that rests in the heart of Sedona’s Red Rock Country. Stay at El Tovar's Presidential Suite or the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and enjoy the best views.

IMGjpg.jpgThe sacred site of St. Benedict’s Monastery offers a change of pace from the real world.

Get in touch with your spiritual side in Snowmass, CO, at the serene St. Benedict's Monastery.

DenverSkylinejpg.jpgThe Mile High City dazzles at sunset.

Outdoorsy with a touch of opulence is what Denver, CO, does best. Sample local cuisine while taking in the mountainside background behind the gorgeous city and its multiple luxurious lodges.

KennySharfBoothjpg.jpgStreet art such as this mural by internationally acclaimed artist Kenny Scharf abounds inside Greene St. Kitchen at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

If you’re looking for a new spot around Vegas, we know the perfect place where art meets fine cuisine: Greene St. Kitchen.

parisvegasjpg.jpgThe Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas recently debuted a $1.7 million light show in honor of the resort’s 20th anniversary.

Your dreams of Paris are closer than you think. At Paris Las Vegas, an Eiffel Tower replica and the 25,000-square-foot Voie Spa & Salon are poised to wow.

West Coast

JosieLobby.jpgRed Mountain's Josie Hotel lobby boasts modern cottage aesthetics and ski-inspired decor, including vintage chairlifts.

Just a few hours from Spokane, Washington, step outside the city to breathe in the mountain air at Josie Hotel for (literally) breathtaking views.

ThompsonSeattle.jpgThe living room of the Thompson Suite at Thompson Seattle

Leave your rain gear at home, and savor the sights, sounds, and flavors in the neighborhoods of Thompson, Woodinville and Greenwood neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington.

BungalowGuestInterior.jpgBungalows at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach have 18-foot-tall wood-beam ceilings and large patios with glass partitions to ensure uninhibited views of the ocean.

Step off crowded streets and spend some time soaking in the sun in Newport Beach Resort at Pelican Hill, where the fish are freshly caught and the salty air is replenishing.

MandarinOriental.jpgA rendering of a penthouse’s main living area in Honolulu with a sweeping view of Diamond Head and the ocean

Plan to stay at this island getaway, and you’ll have all the amenities you’ll ever need at Honolulu's The Residences Mandarin Hotel.

HanzellVineyard.jpgThe Irish and Scottish countrysides have nothing on Sonoma Valley, an hour from San Francisco, where rolling hills and impossibly verdant fields come standard.

While jetting over to Napa Valley is never a bad idea, opt for some West Coast leisure with a trip to the rolling hills of Sonoma Valley.

SierraMar.jpgThe Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar restaurant, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, gives guests the feeling of dining in the sky. In reality, the distance from the restaurant to the sea below is a mere 1,600 feet.

Optimize your trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea and stay at L'Auberge Carmel by Cramel Beach to discover where the best spots are at Big Sur.

Photography by: From top: F11Photo/Shutterstock; Halkin Architectural Photography LLC; Barry Butler; Galdones Photography; Stephen Kent Johnson; Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art; Courtesy of Ocean Resort & Spa; Courtesy of Round Pond Estate; Courtesy of the Brazilian Court; Courtesy of Caldera House; Jason Thompson/Unsplash; Hunter Causey; Courtesy of Visit Denver; Clint Jekins; R.D. Smith/Unsplash; Brandon Barré; Andrew Pogue; Courtesy of Pelican Hill; Courtesy of the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu; Jon Mcpherson; Kodiak Greenwood