JACOB MATHERS on Unsplash Atlanta and savannah Atlanta's attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, World of CocaCola, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the new multi-sensory Illuminarium. Then head to Savannah on Georgia's coast, with its stunning architecture, waterfront and trolly tours. PHILLY AND THE COUNTRY Take time out from Philadelphia, home of the Barnes Foundation, Rocky Statue and Reading Terminal Market, and take the short trip to the Countryside of Philadelphia. It is an area of rolling hills, charming towns and many of the gardens that make the Philadelphia region 'America’s Garden Capital'. capital escapes Spend time in Washington D.C., exploring the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institute (with free admission) before boarding the Amtrack train for the five-hour trip to Roanoke, Virginia. Here, explore the 'Star City' and enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountains getaway of hikes, mountain biking and overnight backpacking trips. HIGH TO LOW COUNTRY Start in North Carolina’s Queen City, Charlotte, enjoying attractions such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Then explore the Smoky Mountains around Cherokee before travelling to South Carolina’s Low Country for its Gullah African-American heritage, beaches, islands and Charleston, a city brimming with Southern charm. Twin the attractions of the LOS ANGELES area with a visit to more serene SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. One of California’s Channel Islands is reached via a one-hour highspeed ferry. Things to do include golf, hiking, biking, and glass-bottom boat tours. Recharge after a high-octane stay enjoying the sights and sounds of Las Vegas by heading to Nevada’s desert. The state's characterful small towns include Mesquite – where you can take a camel safari – Boulder City and Pioche.