The Holy Land-Audra's pick
Believe me, I know. This is not your typical “vaca spot”. I usually prefer a nice warm beach, sitting and watching the kids play in the waves. In fact before I went myself, I would have never thought of it in that way. It’s expensive, it’s not relaxing, it’s very far away, the media makes it look pretty scary...and I’m sure we could think of a few other negatives. But, it’s incredible! It is a life changing trip that if at all possible, you should go. Start saving now, start praying if your afraid, make a plan (even if it’s for a few years away). The Bible comes alive and you see things in a whole new way. It’s definitely not typical, but it is amazing!
San Diego, CA- Laura's pick
It's hard to pick just one favorite vacation spot, because we love to travel! We have been to San Diego twice and it is one of our favorites because of it's beauty, weather, and there is so much to do in a days drive. We rented a car and went exploring. One day we drove south into Tijuana, Mexico and spent the day. My favorite though is when we drove north along the coast up Highway 1 to Los Angeles. The little surf towns had the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants on the water (and still today is the best fish tacos we have ever had!), and we really saw surfers getting out of their Volkswagon vans! We were able to visit at Saddleback Church (Rick Warren) one day too as we headed up to LA. La Jolla is one of my favorite places to visit while out there as well...one day maybe my husband will get to play at Torrey Pines!
Texas Roadtrips - Rebecca's pick
There have been a couple of years that we decided not to go the Disney or beach route and headed to Texas instead. And, I will say, because these vacations included lots of new experiences, they have been the ones that we remember the most. We loved San Antonio and soaked up the Alamo tour and dinners on the River Walk. We followed that with a few days at Schlitterbahn waterpark in New Braunfels. At the time, it was ranked the biggest and best waterpark in the world on the Travel Channel.
Another Texas trip that we loved was a stay in Dallas/Fort Worth. Our time at the JFK Museum at the Texas School Book Depository was very poignant and moving. We lingered there for a quite a while as the impact of those events swirled in our minds. Walking the downtown streets was so enjoyable and filled with neat sights, too. We also visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and saw money being made. And, we went back 100 years in downtown Fort Worth to the Stockyards and watched the daily cattle drive down the streets. It was so neat! And, there's always Six Flags over Texas and conquering those roller coasters fears! And, the Fort Worth zoo is our favorite! The kids ask often when we are going to go back!
Helen, Georgia- Tammy's pick
If we're not going to the beach, we love to explore unique cities. Helen, Georgia is one that stands out in my mind. We spent two fun-filled days in Atlanta, and then drove 2 hours north to Helen. Their tagline is "It’s the charm of Bavaria, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains." It truly was like stepping into a German city. We loved roaming the cobblestone streets, sampling the German food, talking to the costumed tour guides, and listening to the European music. It was a relaxing vacation, full of rich memories. We're eager to return! http://www.helenga.org
Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, Florida- Susannah's pick
I've been all over the place but my favorite vacation spots have to be these two beaches. They are such a gorgeous stretch of white sand and so peaceful and rarely crowded. The reason I love them the most is because of the many fond memories I have of vacationing there with my mother nearly every summer.