Actually, lemme take that back, the California beach rental pictured perches over Monterey Bay, one of ForbesTraveler.com’s prettiest towns in the U.S. A total of 20 made the annual list, including Union, Wash., Annapolis, Md., Sedona, Ariz., and Lake Placid, N.Y.
The feature sparkles with coastal communities, postcard-perfect Main Streets and desert diamonds. What strikes me the most about each of the selections is just how authentic the cities are: There is nothing chintzy or feels-like-a-souvenir shop about them.
Every city is its own distinct haven, a hometown for all to enjoy its hillside houses, charming downtowns, nature walks and breathtaking views of mountains, lakes and surf.
Monterey, a town rooted in the sardine canning industry, ran away with a ranking thanks to its rich marine history and award-winning aquarium. Cannery Row serves as a shopping, dining, lodging and nightlife hub for all who seek to be near the marine sanctuary and perhaps catch a glimpse of the sea lions at play.
What do you think? Are there any glaring omissions from the list? Let’s discuss on Twitter @checkincheckout.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.