First timer here. Have a D3100 bought in 2012. Used heavily while learning a ton. Took tons of sports photos of son who is now out of school so sports aren't the most important now (as long as I had bright light, photos were pretty good but not great). Now we are traveling and I want to take awesome landscape/nature/tourist shots. I have a budget of $1,000. Looking at the D5500/56 or D7200/75 or similar. I have no interest in going pro on any level. Just want to take amazing pics with what I've learned. What would you all recommend?
Also, whatever I go with, what zoom lens would you recommend. Some come with the 70-300mm zoom but it's not VR. I'm pretty shaky. I tried the massive zoom lens once and it was so heavy I had to send it back. The 55-200mm and 55-300mm lenses I have with the D3100 are junk. Grainy and terrible with low light. Really want to improve on low light pictures!