It's Summer - Why Not Take That Needed Vacation!

If you are a procrastinator, it's not too late to plan your summer vacation.  We asked our staff what their most memorable and favorite vacation getaway spots have been over the years and received plenty of ideas to keep your vacation calendars filled for years to come!

Whether you want to stay close to home or travel the globe, let ACI Boland Architects make a few suggestions and help you begin making your plans.   After all, it’s about the Journey!

Here are just a few of our favorites:

 

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy because of its beauty, peacefulness and culture.  A picture says a thousand words right?!
Submitted by Mara Sabatini
http://www.italyguides.it/en/campania/sorrento

 

 

Eureka, Springs

Eureka, Springs

Eureka Springs, Arkansas We stayed in the Treehouse Cottages in town and they were wonderful!  It was definitely different, but so nice to have our own space and to be surrounded by such wonderful scenery.  We did several "touristy" things, but our favorites were:
Turpintine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Thomcrown Chapel and Lake Leatherwood.
Submitted by Kirsten Smethers
http://www.eurekasprings.com/
 

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

My favorite vacation is Turks and Caicos.  Very relaxing quite place. Got to spend time with just my sister.  I would like to go back someday, maybe take the rest of my family or maybe not.
Submitted by Kelly Badali
http://turksandcaicostourism.com/

 

Newport Beach, CA

Newport Beach, CA

Newport Beach, California - Joe and I went whale watching and saw 4 whales.  I caught this “Whale tale” photo from the boat.  The most awesome sight up close you can imagine, to see the biggest mammal on the planet!!
Submitted by Connie Lauer
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/

 

Winter Park, CO

Winter Park, CO

Winter Park, Colorado - I try to go every year to mountain bike, kayak and camp.
Submitted by Jim Voight
http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/winter-park

 

Alley Springs Mill, Alley Springs Campground, Jacks Fork River

Alley Springs Mill, Alley Springs Campground, Jacks Fork River

Anywhere within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways  but my favorite place is Alley Springs just outside of Eminence, MO nestled right on the Jacks Fork River.  I have been camping, hiking, caving, canoeing, swimming, biking  and horseback riding there since I was a small child.  It is a tradition in my family and we try to go at least once a year!  It’s a great place for kids of ALL ages.
Submitted by Suzie Apel
http://www.eminencemo.com/springscaveshistoricsites.html

 

Walt Disney World - Orlando, FL

Walt Disney World - Orlando, FL

Disney World – Happiest Place on Earth
Submitted by Sam Beckman
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

 

Napa Valley, CA

Napa Valley, CA

Napa Valley, California:  Tasting of the different wines
Submitted by Duane Cash
http://www.visitnapavalley.com/

 

Wyandotte, OK (Oklahoma D-Day Paintball Games)

Wyandotte, OK (Oklahoma D-Day Paintball Games)

That’s easy … Wyandotte, OK at the Oklahoma D-Day Paintball game.  2,000 paint-ballers in one place trying to shoot each other out all week.  It culminates in an 8 hour game on Saturday the replicates the D-Day landings and battles.  It’s the best!
Submitted by Jeff Stockman
http://www.ddaypark.com/

 

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, Louisiana:  It really is all about the food.  Parades are nice, but it’s really about eating so much that you almost count as checked luggage on the return flight.
Submitted by Doug Loveland
http://www.neworleansonline.com/

 

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico:  Stay for a few days or for a few weeks.  You will never run out of things to do in Cozumel!  Our favorite things to do were playing in the ocean, swimming with dolphins and shopping in the local villages!
Submitted by Suzie Apel
http://www.cozumel.travel/

 

H Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, Osceola, MO

H Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, Osceola, MO

H Roe Bartle Scout Reservation: 10 days in the woods nearly technology free, Reminder of what a true miracle air conditioning is. Reminder of how incredible an ice cream float tastes after a mile hike. Campfire and Dining Hall skits. Being part of an experience that helps  scouts transition from  nervous first year campers who don’t really want to go to confident leaders guiding younger scouts at camp. Watching adults learn to let go and let the boys run the camp.
Submitted by Bob Bosley
http://www.hoac-bsa.org/bartle

 

Winslow, Arizona

Winslow, Arizona

Winslow, Arizona Meteor Crater just east of Flagstaff, AZ.  You can't go down to the bottom of it, but they have guided tours around a portion of the rim.  It is mentioned that the Statue of Liberty could fit within the crater, so it's fun to think about the other stuff that could fit in there as well.  We also joke that this is the meteor strike that led to the extinction of dinosaurs.
Submitted by Mark Hunter
http://meteorcrater.com/

 

 

Other ideas submitted included:

Staycation – Why not sleep in your own bed!  There are plenty of local activities and attractions bound to keep you busy!   Here are some links around the region that are loaded with things to do and places to visit.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g44535-Activities-Kansas_City_Missouri.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g44881-Activities-Saint_Louis_Missouri.html
http://www.visitmo.com/
http://www.travelks.com/

Hermann, Missouri – The Birthplace of Missouri’s Wine Country  - This is a great extended weekend getaway for any couple or group of friends.  Enjoy your time filled with one or many wine tasting tours, shopping, galleries and museums and plenty of other attractions and activities, you are bound to come back time and time again!
http://visithermann.com/