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Small-Town Vacation Guide

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Small-Town Vacation Guide

  1. 1. GETTING BIG-TIME FUN OUT OF YOUR SMALL-TOWN VACATION www.red-river-nm.com Small towns offer numerous opportunities for fun and relaxation for your next vacation. Here are some ideas to help you plan a trip off the beaten path. LOCAL FESTIVALS There’s a good chance that the community you’ll visit has some type of seasonal event. Do research and find out if your vacation lines up with a summer concert series or a winter carnival. 1 PICNIC IN THE PARK One of the great joys of the quiet countryside is that there’s plenty of room for everyone to savor the space. You can take advantage of this by planning a picnic lunch for your family in a park or forest preserve. 3 ENJOY LIVE MUSIC You don’t have to be in a massive civic center to attend a concert. It’s easy to find venues in the area that feature live music, whether it’s a bar or gazebo in the town center. 5 THE GREAT OUTDOORS If you’re interested in hiking, kayaking or another outdoorsy activity, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities off the beaten path. 7 EXPERIENCE HORSEBACK RIDING One common activity not often found in large cities is horseback riding through the countryside. Find a ranch in the area that offers it and you’ll have an experience your family won’t soon forget. 9 DO YOUR RESEARCH Before traveling to an unfamiliar community, look up spots of interest on the Internet. There are websites dedicated to cataloging unusual and little-known places all over the country. 11 ANTIQUE SHOPPING Many small towns feature a plethora of resale and consignment stores filled with unique and quirky items you’re not likely to see anywhere else. This makes your trip an opportunity to find the vintage coffee table or rare collectible you’ve been seeking. 2 WALKING TOURS There’s no better way to experience the history and color of a city than taking a walking tour. A lot of historical societies offer guided explorations that can give you a greater appreciation of the area’s heritage. 4 SAMPLE THE CUISINE Smaller communities are more likely to have diners and restaurants that are locally owned, meaning you won’t find the same chain eateries you see in countless places. This gives you the chance to try something different and perhaps discover a new favorite. 6 DISCOVER MUSEUMS Local museums and history societies feature an abundance of fascinating exhibits detailing the history and culture of the area. This can be an enlightening way to spend an afternoon. 8 SCAVENGER HUNTS Create a list of sights, sounds and souvenirs and have your family members race to locate as many as they can. Having everyone take photos of items on their phones is a fun modern twist on this idea. 10

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