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FEB 2019

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4 SAN ANTONIO, TEX AS visitsanantonio.com "Big city, big family fun" is the tagline of this area that is famous for its history and pedestrian promenade, the miles-long River Walk. The number of nearby military installations means lots of military discounts for local attractions includ- ing SeaWorld and the San Antonio Botanical Garden. 5 PIGEON FORGE , TENN. pigeonforge.com/pigeon- forge-military-discounts Stay overnight in one of the many local cabins and hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a scenic stay. Or head off to Dollywood theme park and a trip downtown for attractions and shows kids adore. This area of the country, made ex- tra famous by Dolly Parton's love for her hometown, can be a budget-friendly option if you search the region's military discount page. W H A T W E L O V E 8 US Vacation Destination Ideas Wondering where to go when it's time to take a break? Try one of these military-friendly locations. By Military Spouse Team Romantic trip? Girls weekend away? Or a family vacation? Here are eight places you'll want to consider visiting for their high levels of fun and great military discounts: 1 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, ORL ANDO, FL A . universalorlando.com/military Many military families love Walt Disney World, but have you given its neighbor a try? If you have older kids (or are a kid at heart), Universal Studios is full of high-thrill rides, Harry Potter experienc- es, and engaging shows. Visit your local Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT) office for special military packages. 2 BR ANSON, MO. branson.com/veterans-in-branson Family friendly entertainment, outdoor adventure, plus plenty of military discounts make this a top American destination. A perfect pit stop during a cross-country move, Branson is also a destination you'll want to go out of the way for if you're a fan of live entertainment. 3 THE ADIRONDACKS, N.Y. visitadirondacks.com If camping or hiking is your thing, take time to go to the beautiful Ad- irondack region to explore some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Northeast. Snowmobiling, ski- ing, fishing, rock climbing, and so much more! Don't forget the crown jewel of the region: Lake Placid. 6 SAN JUAN ISL ANDS, WASH. visitsanjuans.com A great place to go if you're stationed in the Pacific North- west. Accessible via ferry, you will get double the beauty while you sit back and enjoy the views on your way to the islands. Try the San Juan Islands for a romantic getaway where you'll find great food and quiet spaces to spend time together. 7 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK , MAINE nps.gov/acad Lobster! Need we say more about Maine except to say that a stay near Acadia National Park can be either romantic or family fun-filled, depending on the activities you choose to explore. Nearby Bar Harbor may be an expensive town, but the local bus makes it easy (and free!) to get to and from many of the local hotels, downtown, and the park. While in Maine, be sure to visit the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport. 8 NASHVILLE , TENN. visitmusiccity.com Clean and accessible, Nash- ville's music will bring you to this city, but the people and food will keep you there for days! From museums to food markets to the honky-tonks and amazing restaurants, Nashville has a lot to offer for a friends weekend away or a family trip. Music City hosts year-round events and is very military friendly with Fort Campbell less than an hour away. H Photo by Troy Jarrell Photo by Visit Adirondacks Photo by Visit San Juans Photo by Drew Hayes Photo by Paul VanDerWerf 1 FEBRUARY 2019 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 31

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