2013's Best Seven-Day Vacations

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Puglia and the Gargano Promontory, Italy
Puglia and the Gargano Promontory, Italy (Hemera)
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Seven days gives you just the right amount of time to explore a destination fully. But a weeklong vacation can be quite daunting to plan; there are so many options out there. To help narrow things down, here are our favorite seven-day spots for 2013.

2013's Seven-Day Vacation Winner: Gargano Promontory, Italy
Once an uber-low-budget alternative to the likes of the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre, these 110 miles of Italian shoreline have blossomed over the past few years.

More Great Seven-Day Vacation Ideas for 2013

Germany
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, and his birthplace, Leipzig, is holding concerts and celebrations all year long. Plus, Berlin and Dresden are close-by.

Newfoundland
For the last ten years, tourism here has been on the rise, and in 2010, its 500,000 residents were outnumbered by visitors for the first time.

Mississippi River Steamboat Cruise
Passenger steamboats hadn’t been running in these waters for four years—the longest break since the 1700s—until the American Queen Steamboat Company started running trips in 2012 on their namesake, the largest steamboat ever built.

Cuba
During President Obama’s first term, he loosened travel rules here to allow so-called “people to people” programs. But the future of American tourism in Cuba is still up in the air.

Nicaragua
Many people liken Nicaragua to the Costa Rica of 20 years ago, complete with volcanoes, lush parks, and pristine beaches. But its secret identity is changing fast.

England
Now that the London Olympics hype has passed, England can get back to some of the things it’s truly famous for, like literature. The bicentennial of Dickens was in 2012, and now it’s Jane Austen’s turn.

Puerto Rico
Here, you can find the entire spectrum of a Caribbean vacation. Drop a big sum at the new Ritz-Carlton or spend thriftily at a laid-back guesthouse.

Southeast U.S. Roadtrip
In a span of just 60 miles, hit three southeastern classics: funky Tybee Island, stately Savannah, and golf- and tennis-obsessed Hilton Head.

Florida Keys, Florida
This necklace of islands is connected by a single highway, which makes hopping from Key Largo to Islamorada to Marathon a no-brainer. And the end of the road is the prize: Key West.

Could you use $2,500 toward your next vacation? Enter our Operation Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win! And while you’re there, check out more of our recommendations for the best trips in 2013. Whether you have two, four, or ten days to spare, we have the trip for you.


Published: 15 Dec 2012 | Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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