Located midway up the United States’ East Coast, Charleston, South Carolina, represents an out of the way, but convenient destination to experience some Southern hospitality and climate without going too far from home, at least for North Easterners.
You’ve likely heard of Slovenia because it’s where First Lady Melania Trump hails from … but probably not for much else. Sure, Hungary has glittering Budapest, Germany has Bavaria and its political powerhouses, and Switzerland has the Alps, but this sleepy little country deserves some love in its own right. Sharing its borders with Austria, Croatia, Italy and Hungary, with a diverse breadth of experiences in a state the size of New Jersey, Slovenia has come a long way from the days of Yugoslavia. It’s design-forward, English-speaking, easy-to-navigate, green, clean and ready to welcome families with immersive experiences.
The big draw of Verona, the charming city in Italy’s Veneto region, is snapping a photo in front of Juliet’s balcony (and rubbing the right breast of her bronze likeness for good luck.) No matter Shakespeare’s tragic character wasn’t actually based on a real person nor did he write the play here, the spot where wistful romantics imagine Miss Capulet uttered “wherefore art thou Romeo” draws in thousands of tourists each year. After your family has added the requisite shot to your IG stories, stick around for awhile, because Verona is way more than just a place for a photo opp en route to Venice. Here are six other experiences to check out: