60 Best Places to visit in the US for the best trip ever

Best places to visit in the USA

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I (Sara) have asked travel experts to spill the best places to visit in the United States to help you decide where to go and the coolest destinations in the USA for the best trip ever!

So let’s dive into the top places for traveling the USA.

Note: In this post I haven’t included any national park, since I have a specific post with the 25 Best National Parks in the US.

Plan your Trip to the USA

Book Your Flight

I always look for the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, as it searches websites and airlines around the globe so you have all the combinations of destinations and schedules on the same website to get your flight at the best price.

Book your Accommodation in the US

You can book your accommodation with Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates, it has a wide range of filtering options and you can book with free cancelation.

Besides, you can read real opinions of other travelers to choose the hotel that suits you best.

If you prefer to stay in an apartment, totally recommend you to book with AirBNB. It has several filtering options and I find the reviews helpful for choosing the right place. 

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. I always travel with insurance, even if I travel inside my own country.

I had to use it several times and it saved my trip. I recommend World Nomads, as offers the best service and value.

Best Places to visit in the US

Best Places to visit in the US

Here is my list of the best destinations to visit in the United States, including cities, parks, natural landmarks, so you had the best time ever on your next vacation in the US!

Anchorage, Alaska

Though Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, this port city isn’t what you’d typically imagine as a major city. 

Anchorage is hub for all things outdoors and by far the most spectacular thing about visiting Anchorage is the diversity of adventures nearby. 

And I’m not just talking an abundance of trails through the forest, I’m talking massive glaciers, jagged peaks, and stunning coastal access.

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Some of the most amazing, can’t miss adventures nearby include the condensed valley of Hatcher Pass, Alyeska Ski Resort.

You have to ride the Winner Creek Hand Tram and hike to Crow Pass Cabin, Kincaid Park, one of the greatest mountain biking trail networks in North America, Portage Pass, one of the greatest glacier hikes in the world, and last but not least the Chugach Mountain Range.

The Chugach Range holds a massive amount of peaks and open wilderness all of which is open to be explored.

If you’re an experienced hiker, take on the challenge of Bird Ridge, O’Malley Peak, or McHugh Peak.

If you’re looking for an easier adventure, try Mount Baldy, Flattop Mountain, go whale watching at Beluga Point, or ride the stunning Gird to Bird bike path which runs along the coast.

On top of all that, as a major city, Anchorage has an amazing artisan food scene. 

Don’t miss the small batch ice cream of Wild Scoops, the iconic pizzeria of Moose’s Tooth, and the amazing bread of Fire Island Bakery.

Gabi Robledo – Nomads With A Purpose 

Asheville, NC

Set between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina is a nature lovers paradise.

Whether you’re looking for serene calm trails or extreme climbs with stunning vistas, Asheville has something for everyone.  

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The best times to visit are Spring through Fall, but Fall is especially sought after when the Blue Ridge Parkway becomes a technicolor display of fall foliage.

When visiting, a must do is hiking in Pisgah National Forest and stopping at Sliding Rock to  get an adventure thrill at the natural water rock slide at Sliding Rock.  

After you’ve gotten a taste of the great nature activities offered in Asheville, spend a day touring The Biltmore Estate, a historic castle-like manor set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge mountains.

The Biltmore Estate is famous for being the largest privately owned home in the US owned by one of America’s wealthiest families, The Vanderbilts.

No visit to Asheville is complete without experiencing Asheville’s happening food scene. Known as one of the top foodie destinations in the US, Asheville offers local farm to table done with creativity and soul.  

While there are ample places to choose from, our vote goes to the restaurant 9 Mile located in the historic Montford district.

Asheville is a funky creative city that has managed to retain its eclectic charm even as the word has gotten out about this unique city.

Christina Grance - Live A Wilder Life


Atlanta's growth has exploded in the 23 years since it hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

With a metro population of over 6 million, the city has come to embody the idea of urban sprawl, and with that rapid expansion has come a wealth of shopping, dining, cultural and tourist attraction options.

There's a lot to see and do, so it's easy to tailor an itinerary to your personal preferences. 

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Most visitors tend to start downtown, where you'll find many of the city's most world-famous attractions.

These include Centennial Olympic Park (home to the Fountain of Rings), the College Football Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquarium (one of the world's largest), the World of Coca-Cola, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

Nearby you'll find the hip Little 5 Points and East Atlanta Village neighborhoods, as well as landmarks such as the Atlanta Zoo, the Carter Center (home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library), and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

Midtown Atlanta is home to awesome attractions such as Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Fabulous Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art, and the Center for Puppetry Arts (which has an excellent Jim Henson collection).

For nature lovers, there are also a ton of incredible day trips from Atlanta to explore rivers, mountains, lakes, and much more. 

Atlanta's fantastic foodie scene is both excellent and eclectic. Some of our favorite restaurants include UMI Sushi, the Imperial Fez (Moroccan), Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, James Beard award-winning chef Steven Satterfield's Miller Union, and Sushi Hayakawa. 

Bret Love & Mary Gabbett - Green Global Travel


Austin, Texas needs to be on your US bucket list!

It's a vibrant city, full of southern charm yet has a chic, casual vibe.

With a lively downtown, huge art scene and plenty of outdoor activities, Austin is perfect for a long weekend getaway for couples or a girls' trip. 

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Austin is definitely a music city, but don't think for a second it's all country music.   

Yes, there is some twang in the air but also rock, jazz, pop and every other kind of music you can think of in this fun city!

While there's live music around every corner downtown, be sure to make a night of it while in Austin.

Other popular activities include going mural hunting - you'll find them popping up in random places all over t  he city! 

Austin has a lot of hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming in natural pools for outdoor enthusiasts. Hamilton natural grotto is a must in the summertime!

Nikki Rue – She Saves She Travels

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston quickly warmed its way into my heart this summer. The city has a surprisingly small city charm despite being one of the ten largest cities in the US.

Amazingly walkable and accessible via public transportation, you’ll love wandering the streets, exploring its rich history and eating your weight in lobster.

The most popular thing to do in Boston is, of course, going to see a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Whether you’re a baseball fan or not (for the record, I’m not!), this is an experience that you won’t soon forget.

As one of the oldest baseball parks in the US, Fenway Park offers a unique and electrical atmosphere that’s entertaining to be a part and isn’t correlated to your understanding or love of baseball.

You can even take a tour of the stadium if you’re not there during a game or if you prefer not to attend one.

Your next must-do activity is walking Boston’s infamous Freedom Trail. At 2.5 miles long, the Freedom Trail is packed with American history and offers great insight into Boston’s role in the founding of the USA.

There are plenty of places along the way to stop and enjoy a lobster roll! They’re delicious at every restaurant, so you really can’t go wrong with spontaneously choosing one during your walk.

Time permitting, there are a number of other things worth squeezing into your itinerary.

Take a self-guided tour of Boston Common, check out Beacon Hill, stroll through Boston Public Garden, eat at the Quincy Market or stargaze for free at Coit Observatory.

Head to Cambridge and tour the iconic Harvard University and MIT campuses – make an afternoon of it and grab dinner at one of the awesome restaurants in the area.

Ioana Stoica - The World Is My Playground

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Colorado is one of my favorite quirky mountainside spots in the US. It has all the trappings of the quintessential college town: excellent breweries, hiking, coffee shops, and entertainment.

It’s also a short drive from many ski resorts and Rocky Mountain National Park, so it’s pretty much impossible to run out of things to do.

Boulder’s proximity to the rocky mountains makes it all the more invigorating; you are literally always in view of one of the world’s most majestic mountain ranges.

And if you do visit in early winter, you may be lucky and still be able to catch a glimpse of the fall colors in Colorado.

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Outdoor activities, from hiking to rock climbing to biking, are everywhere you look in Boulder.

The most popular nearby hike is Chautauqua Park, with fabulous views of the Front Range and Boulder’s famous Flatirons (rock formations overlooking town, which have the distinct appearance of irons/arrowheads).

A stroll around Pearl Street mall is also absolutely necessary. It’s a long pedestrian walking street full of local shops, breweries, restaurants, and outdoorsy stores.

There are always events and performances going on. Plus, if you’re visiting in the fall and want to get into the college town spirit, hit up a CU Boulder game; and if you’re visiting Boulder Colorado in winter, go skiing!

Folks from all walks of live are drawn to this free spirited, adventurous Colorado hotspot. It’s a fun, beautiful, and all-around epic place.

If you are looking for another unique place in Colorado, you will love Mancos; it is one of those hidden spots in the USA that few people know about.

Kaisa Wayrynen – Glam Granola Travel

Burlington, Vermont

If you’re looking for a unique New England city with small-town charm, incredible outdoor offerings, and a great shopping and dining scene, you won’t want to miss Burlington, Vermont.

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Vermont’s largest city is home to just 42,000 residents, but it provides the perfect mix of urban and outdoor living.

Burlington is perched on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west, so whether you want to hike a mountain peak, paddle a canoe, or cycle the nation’s most beautiful bike path, you’re within close proximity to adventure.

The Burlington bike path hugs the shore of Lake Champlain for eight miles and connecting numerous parks and beaches within the city limits.

While you’re pedaling the bike path, be sure to keep your eye on the lake for Champ, an iconic lake monster who was first spotted in 1819. 

When you’ve had your fill of adventure on the waterfront, head up the hill to the Church Street Marketplace. This pedestrian-only street is lined with award-winning restaurants, eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, sculptures, and outdoor seating.

It is one of the best places to grab a bite and relax outdoors, and it’s very dog and child-friendly.

Tara Schatz – Back Road Ramblers

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC is a gorgeous southern city that is filled to the brim with colonial history and delicious food.

One of the most romantic cities in America, the streets of Charleston are lined with pastel colored homes that date back centuries.

You can find little touches of charm everywhere, such as gaslit torches flickering in narrow cobblestone alleyways. 

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If you’d like to take a deep dive into Charleston’s history, there are many options for tours to join. The Two Sisters Historic Walking Tour gives an informative and highly entertaining overview of the main historic district. 

There are also more specialized themes available to check out, such as the Original Pub Tour of Charleston or the Old City Jail tour

In addition to its history, Charleston also has a great restaurant scene. Book a reservation well in advance at highly sought-after places like upscale Fig or Husk, or pop into local food stalls, like Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.

For craft beer lovers, Charleston has a growing brewery scene worth exploring, especially highly-rated Westbrook Brewing. Even at bars and restaurants you will see craft beer on tap from various local breweries.

If beer is not your thing, there are plenty of wine bars to check out, such as Bistrot A Vin, or even atmospheric cocktail bars, like The Rooftop at the Vendue.

With all that Charleston has to offer above, and even beaches in nearby cities to visit, Charleston, SC should definitely be added to one’s bucket list. 

Theresa - Fueled By Wanderlust

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the most overlooked and underrated cities in the US. It doesn't have the name recognition of some other US destinations, but Cleveland has a lot going for it, from outstanding museums, to a growing food and craft beer scene, to close proximity to great parks and outdoor spaces.

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This city on Lake Erie makes for the perfect weekend getaway; it's just the right size to explore in a couple of days, but isn't so big that it's overwhelming.

On your first visit to Cleveland, you'll probably want to visit a museum like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Museum of Art (the latter of which is free to visit!).

Enjoy downtown architecture in places like Public Square and the Cleveland Arcade, and spend some time hopping between breweries (or coffee shops if that's more your speed) in a trendy neighborhood like Ohio City.

If you have extra time, you can head to the beach at Edgewater Park, take a cruise on Lake Erie, or drive south of the city to Cuyahoga Valley National Park (the only national park in the state of Ohio) for a hike. It's one of the best things to do in Spring in Ohio!

Amanda Williams - Cleveland Traveler

Disney World

Disney World, located near Orlando, Florida, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the United States year after year.

Families and adults are drawn to the resort for its four theme parks, two water parks, and variety of hotels.

Whether you're visiting Disney World as an adult or with kids, you'll love the rides and shows at the parks which include mild thrills like Splash Mountain to iconic classics like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Haunted Mansion.

When you're not riding rides, you can meet some of your favorite Disney and Pixar characters for photos, hugs, or autographs.

Don't forget to sample some of the beloved park snacks like Dole Whip, Mickey pretzels, churros, and more.

If you're visiting Disney World during fall or winter, you can expect to find fantastic holiday decorations that magically change from spooky Halloween to festive Christmas lights almost overnight. One of the best Christmas destinations ever!

You can also enjoy one of Epcot's annual festivals that feature special entertainment, booths with unique snacks, and other limited time events, one of the best attractions in the U.S.

Out of these, the International Food and Wine Festival each fall is tremendously popular and features kiosks selling small plates and wine samples from various countries and regions.

For a break from the parks hit the slides at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, the two water parks, or do some shopping at Disney Springs.

You can also spend time exploring the many resorts with themes varying from Polynesian islands to the great National Park lodges. Each hotel has its own flavor with special dining, décor, and activities for guests.

Kris Morton – Nomad by Trade

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Guam is a beautiful island in the North Pacific that is closer to the Philippines than the US, but has been an unincorporated United States territory since WWII.

Chamorro, or the people of Guam, are therefore US citizens but without voting rights.

Due to its location, Guam is actually the first US territory to get sun as its 14 hours ahead of the US East Coast, and one of the most beautiful places to visit in the US.

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Just like its neighbor Southeast Asia, Guam is a beach destination where you can enjoy all the usual water activities like snorkeling, diving and kayaking, but there are also dolphin watching tours.

Beyond the beach, cultural activities abound like viewing the canoe houses at Valley of the Latte Adventure Park or the ancient Chamorro structures at Latte Stone Park.

And don’t miss out on the Chamorro traditional dance at the Sheraton Laguna Guam.

The US territory is also a Duty Free Shopping Haven, so it attracts many visitors from Asian countries like Japan, South Korea or Taiwan.

You'll find all the major luxury brands in Guam with some malls that are open 24/7. If you're not into shopping, there are also plenty of treks to be had and waterfalls to explore.

Enjoy a fresh coconut and some kelaguen (a meaty Chamorro ceviche) in this US territory far from the mainland. 

Mar Pages – Once In A Lifetime Journey

Havasupai Falls, AZ

One of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in Arizona is an area known as Havasupai Falls.

It’s a challenging hike requiring a multi-day commitment, but it’s worth the effort to see several beautiful turquoise waterfalls splashing against a striking red rock backdrop. 

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Havasupai Falls is a tucked-away enclave in Havasu Canyon, a tributary off of the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon.

You can only access the falls by hiking down into the canyon through land owned by the Havasupai Tribe. 

The trailhead is a 4-and-a-half-hour drive from Phoenix. The hike is steep at the start but once you hit the riverbed it’s mostly level for the remainder as you wind through the canyon.

The last stop before the falls is Supai Village, where they have a small store and a couple of restaurants. 

Services are very limited at the falls with only toilets and a small spring with fresh water. In return for the effort to get there and for going off the grid, you get a peaceful and beautiful oasis in one of the most stunning places in the world.

Sam - My Flying Leap

Hot Springs, Arkansas

One of the lesser-known towns in the United States that is really worth a visit is Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Hot Springs Arkansas is an area known for having historic bathhouses built in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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The Hot Springs Arkansas bathhouses have a lot of history in their walls as well as being a relaxing getaway.

The bathhouses in Hot Springs Arkansas are there due to the fact that there are a lot of actual geothermal hot springs underneath the town.

When the hot springs were discovered people built bathhouses near and on top of the springs so people could enjoy the geothermal mineral water found in the springs.

The town quickly became a famous place to visit and people came from all over to soak in the mineral waters. Hot Springs has since become a National Park and the area, as well as the hot springs, are protected.

Besides visiting the bathhouses visitors can enjoy staying at a historic hotel, walking around the town and visiting different shops, or drinking a beer a the only brewery located inside a National Park in the US.

Jessica Sefcik – Unearth The Voyage


With hidden hot springs, charming mountain towns, and diverse landscapes, Idaho is one of the most underrated states in the US.

There are many places to visit in Idaho for every type of traveler, one of the best states to visit in USA.

Explore the up-and-coming city of Boise with its bike trails and craft breweries; or if you prefer solitude, make the journey to the quaint Western town of Stanley that looks as if it has been plucked out of a storybook.

From the rugged Sawtooth Wilderness to the Bruneau Sand Dunes, you’ll find this state is home to a diverse range of outdoor attractions suitable for off-the-grid adventure junkies as well as those who prefer tame road trips.

You can go whitewater rafting, backcountry camping, hot spring soaking and mountain biking all in the same day!

In Southern Idaho you can visit the Twin Falls. It's an amazing destination to add to your Idaho road trip itinerary!

Whether you prefer ski boots, hiking boots, or flip flops, there are endless adventures waiting for you in Idaho. And one thing is for sure: It won’t take long for you to learn that there is a lot more to this state than potatoes!

Katie Diederichs – Two Wandering Soles

Kauai, Hawaii

One of the best Hawaiian islands to visit is Kauai. It’s the smallest of the 4 most popular Hawaiian islands but that’s what makes it so special, and one of the most amazing places to visit in the US.

They have amazing boutiques, a thriving food truck scene, and the perfect balance between hipster/chic and outdoor adventure.

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You’ll definitely want to take time to see Waimea Canyon, Hanalei town, and a few Kauai waterfalls.

For activities, you can tube down a sugar cane canal, hike the Na Pali Coast, go whale watching, try stand up paddle boarding, go on a Kauai food tour and more!

Speaking of food, you’ll have to grab a plate lunch at Mark’s Place in Puhi, some fish tacos at Coconut’s in Kapaa, coconut shrimp from Shrimp Station in Waimea, and just about anything on the menu at Kiawe Roots in Poipu.

And don’t forget to get your daily dose of shave ice (Wishing Well in Hanalei and the Fresh Shave in Lawai are incredible!)

Marcie Wirtz Cheung – Hawaii Travel With Kids

Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida is one of the most incredible places in the US and one of the best Spring break destinations for families. Besides, it deserves a spot on a list of the best places to visit in the US. Why? For more than a few reasons:

Number 1, the water! The island is small, just over 7 square miles in size, surrounded by beautiful light blue ocean waters. 

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Number 2, the people are extremely friendly and laid back. Everyone we had the pleasure to meet was wanting to help us have the best time ever. 

And finally, number 3, there is so much to do! From day time activities to late night shenanigans, you will never be bored on this island.

Just off the coast of Key West is the 3rd largest reef on earth and a prime spot to enjoy some snorkeling. If you’re looking for a beautiful beach head to Fort Zachary Taylor.

This beach is located in a State Park at the tip of Key West that was built as a Civil War fort.

Spend a few hours exploring the monument before taking to the beach to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Finally, don't miss a quick stop at Mile O and the Southernmost Point monument. 

Oh the nightlife! Key west is known for its nightlife. Key West at night brings you live music, street performers, delicious island cocktails and fresh seafood.

Duval Street is the ultimate place to hang out on your Key West nights. Head there with an open mind and a desire for fun and see where the road takes you!

Julie Ruhl – Ruhls Of The Road

Kona, Hawaii

Spend a few days exploring Kona, one of the most famous areas on the Big Island of Hawaii, and one of the top places to visit in the US.

Kona is known for its beautiful beaches and delicious coffee, but it is also very rich in Native Hawaiian history.

In fact, King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was originally from the Big Island and he is famous for uniting the Hawaiian Islands into the Kingdom of Hawaii.  

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All over the Big Island of Hawaii, you’ll be able to walk where ancient Hawaiians did and get a feel of the ancient Hawaiian lifestyle.

But within the Kona area, you can visit Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, also known as “Place of Refuge.”

The park is full of ancient Hawaiian artifacts, building reproductions, and even a heiau (Hawaiian temple). 

If you’re visiting Kona, you absolutely must go on a coffee farm tour! Kona’s climate is perfect for growing coffee beans and is the reason why Kona coffee is so famously delicious.

There are many farms in the area that offer tours and coffee tastings, these include Hula Daddy, Heavenly Hawaiian, Pele Plantations, Lehuula Farm, Koa Coffee Plantation, and more. 

Kona is a great place to visit both for its coffee as well as its rich Hawaiian history. 

Constance Panda – The Adventures Of Panda Bear

La Jolla

Yes, I know La Jolla is in San Diego County but, even though it's just a 20-minute drive from San Diego, it feels a whole world away instead. Yes, surfing there is brilliant, just as it is at the other County beaches.

La Jolla has everything from gentle waves along the Shores to massive ones at Black's and Windansea and even board-wrecking reefs. With the scene comes the vibe, which reaches its peak in summer. 

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However, that's not all there is to it. Those same reefs are teeming with marine life. La Jolla Cove is fantastic for snorkeling among coral, giant kelp forests, garibaldi (the state fish of California) and cheeky sea lions.

In August and September, leopard sharks mate and breed all along the coast, but fret not; they are harmless.

If you prefer to stay on land, you can see the seals sunbathe at the Children's Pool.

While that is off-limits to young humans now, the Birch Aquarium is also a fun place to take children to learn about undersea life.

The variety of nature and human activity in the same environment is what I feel makes La Jolla unique.

Nicholas - Rambling Feet

Lake Tahoe, California

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe is one of the most stunning places to visit in the USA. Not only is it beautiful, but Lake Tahoe is also located in two states - California and Nevada.

The natural landscape of soaring mountains and glittering lakes makes it a perfect destination if you’re looking for scenic spots.

It doesn’t matter what season you visit; there are plenty of things to do in Lake Tahoe all year round.

Throughout Lake Tahoe, you’ll find a lively restaurant and bar scene, live music, and beer festivals. Swimming, hiking, mountain biking and golfing are popular activities.

Many of the mountain resorts in Lake Tahoe offer activities all-year-round. And with 72 miles of shoreline, there are lots of beaches and hiking trails, such as the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Lake Tahoe gets lots of snow (the average snowfall in Truckee is 204 inches a year) so a winter trip can be lots of fun.

Popular winter resorts such as NorthStar, Heavenly Mountain and Squaw Valley are perfect for family visits.

You don’t have to be an experienced skier or snowboarder to have fun as there are lots of other things to do in Lake Tahoe in winter, such as dog sledding, Skidoo tours, tubing, ice skating and sleigh rides.

Christina - Travel2next.com

Lanai, Hawaii

If you’re looking for an off-the-grid island getaway, the tiny island of Lanai, Hawaii is the perfect place to go, and it's one of the best places to visit in USA for couples.

With 3,000 people, 30 miles of paved roads, and no stoplights, Lanai is the perfect destination in the US to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life.

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Despite its small size, there are tons of amazing things to do on Lanai. Visit the otherworldly landscape of the Garden of the Gods, locally known as Keahiakawelo. Spend an afternoon at the secluded Polihua Beach.

Gape in awe a breathtaking real-life shipwreck at Shipwreck Beach. Or perhaps take a stroll to Puu Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock, with your other half.

If you plan on visiting Lanai, one of the best places to visit in the U.S., do know that most things to do require a 4WD to reach them.

It would also be very wise to download a map of the island beforehand, as the service on the island is quite limited.

Sarah Etinas – Borders & Bucketlists

Las Vegas

Las Vegas in Nevada is an iconic destination in the USA, even if you do not gamble or party.

There are so many things to do in Vegas that you could be here for a year and not run out of new activities.

But on a short visit, you can stroll the famous Strip, take in the opulence of the resort interiors, and enjoy shows and shopping.

If you love seeing the city spread out below you, take a ride on the High Roller, the Las Vegas Ferris wheel. Or zip to the top of the Stratosphere, where you can enjoy a drink with a view.

The city's buffet spreads are legendary, so you'll want to try some of them while you are in Vegas.

Catch the free Bellagio Fountain show at night, and visit the Fremont Experience in downtown Las Vegas for a look at the old Las Vegas. Take in a paid show: the scale and grandeur of the productions is awesome.

And if you have a couple extra days, explore the area around Vegas: the beautiful red rocks at Red Rock Canyon or the Valley of Fire, or the majestic Hoover Dam and the beautiful Lake Mead

However you choose to enjoy Las Vegas, you will have a fabulous time!

Dhara - It's Not About the Miles

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Home to Philadelphia and Lancaster, as well as popular little towns such as New Hope, Jim Thorpe and the Poconos, the Lehigh Valley not only makes local day trips fun but it’s within close proximity to both New York and New Jersey.

Visitors come from all over the east coast to take advantage of what this bustling little city has to offer.

Every August, the Lehigh Valley attracts people from all over the world for the nation's largest non-gated free music festival called Musikfest featuring national headliners and local talent.

Tents sprawl across the city featuring drinks and local food such as Aw Shucks Roasted Corn, Take-a-Taco and so much more.

There are plenty of options for vegans as well. Following Musikfest, Celtic Fest kicks off in September as one of North America’s largest Celtic festivals.

If you’re looking for culture and history, Bethlehem is home to the Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel producer in the U.S.

The Bethlehem Steel has since been revamped without losing its historical appeal now known as the Steel Stacks holding various festivals and events throughout the year.

With Wind Creek Casino, the Outlets and Emeril Legasse’s restaurants, there is so much to do and see. Visitors can even take a free tour of the stacks and capture a view of the city.

The Lehigh Valley is undoubtedly jam-packed with activities for everyone. If you’re traveling with little ones be sure to check out the Crayola Factory and the Peeps & Co store to get your fill of Peeps and unique Mike & Ike flavors.

While you’re in town make sure to visit Wawa for their delicious food bowls and hoagies. You’ll thank me later!

Heidi Lynne – She Travels Her Way

Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin delivers on everything that a traveler could want – great location, friendly people, tasty food, and lots to do.

You know that America’s Dairyland has Wisconsin cheese, ice cream, beer, and brats but don’t let that fool you.

This town has everything from farm to restaurant fine dining to international street food.

Start your exploration on Capital Square. Check out the Dane County Farmers Market that wraps around the Capital building every Saturday spring through fall.

The nation’s largest producers-only market is the place to pick up fresh local goodies and chat with the locals.

When you’re ready to eat check out Tipsy Cow for burgers and fried cheese curds or Graze for Sunday Brunch. Looking for a romantic dinner? L’Etoile or Harvest for wonderful farm to table food.  

If you’re looking for classic Wisconsin fare you gotta go to a Friday Night Fish Fry at Toby’s or the Avenue Club. While you’re there don’t miss the Old Fashioned cocktail.

This city is located on an isthmus between two gorgeous lakes. The folks that live here are super active.

Many outdoor activities await: kayaking, swimming, jogging, biking in the summer and ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Don’t miss Olbrich Botanical Gardens, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, and free concerts and the best views of the city at the Monona Terrace in the summer.

Madison is one of the happiest places in America. You’ll find everyone has a smile, says hello, and is ready to point you in the direction of someplace fun, tasty and uniquely Madison. 

Sue Reddel – Food Travelist


Maine is the north easternmost state in the U.S. This part of the New England region is known for its jagged coastline, countless lighthouses, and delicious lobsters.

Maine is a fantastic place to visit whenever you are in need of some nature therapy. The pace of life here is slow and the people are always friendly.

Start in Portland, the state’s biggest city, rent a car, and go north from there. This is one of the most stunning road trips you can do in America.

Some of the must-stop destinations include the Boothbay Peninsula, Camden, Bar Harbour and Acadia National Park.

But also do not pass up some of the smaller underrated towns like Castine, Deer Isle, and Blue Hill.

No matter where you go on this trip, you will never be too far from the sea. By day, you can enjoy refreshing hikes and water activities.

By night, you can indulge in scrumptious seafood. If there is anything to worry about when visiting Maine, is that you might never want to leave. 

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Maui, Hawaii

The classic postcard view of Maui, the Hawaiian Valley Isle, is that of a bent palm tree on a gorgeous beach during sunset.

But that’s just part of Maui’s charm because this amazing island has much more to offer than the traditional beach vacation in the US.

Nature on Maui is incredibly diverse, making it one of the most exciting places to visit in the US.

Watching the sunrise from atop the volcano in Haleakala National Park, swimming in a majestic waterfall and relaxing on a dreamy beach?

You can do all that in one day.

Feel the wind in your hair as you drive the legendary Road to Hana in your rented convertible. Stop for a picnic on a red or black sand beach, savoring a slice of delicious banana bread.

Indulge in luxury at your beach resort before snorkeling the island’s crystal-clear waters or watching the humpback whales breach from aboard your canoe.

When you stay in Maui, you can enjoy an adventure-filled vacation in the most scenic setting.

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While Memphis is often associated with Elvis and his Graceland Estate, this is only a fraction of what the city offers.

Memphis also has a rich history in the Civil Rights movement, awesome food and one of the famous places in USA to visit.

Memphis is home to the Civil Rights Museum and the Lorraine Motel. The museum is an interactive multimedia experience dedicated to the history of Civil Rights in the United States. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. often stayed at the former Lorraine Motel when visiting Memphis.

The room where the slain leader stayed has been restored to how it appeared that day, just one day after giving his “Mountaintop” speech at the nearby Church of God in Christ Mason Temple.

Because the city is home to Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded his first record, Memphis has been called the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll.”

But the studio’s music history goes far beyond “The King.” It also gave rise to superstars like B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.

A visit allows you to stand in the shadow of greatness where music greats recorded legendary tracks.

Finally, foodies might challenge themselves to find the city’s best BBQ. Typically, three names stand out: Rendezvous, Blues City Café, and Central BBQ.

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Milwaukee is probably one of the most underrated cities in the US. Yet, that may be just the reason why it is one of the coolest. Indeed, the city is (still) not on the radar of most US travelers.

However, the largest town in Wisconsin boasts many attractions and fabulous restaurants that make it a great place to visit in the US.

First, there is the Milwaukee Art Museum which was designed by star architect Calatrava. The outside as the inside of the bright white structure is truly impressive.

If you love loud motorcycles and can't get enough of the most historical motor brand, you can't skip the Harley Davidson museum.

Even if you don't ride a bike, the museum shop is a great place to get cool souvenirs for your beloved ones. 

One of the best things about the town is that you have a large choice when it comes to places to stay in Milwaukee.

You can opt between lakeside hotels, cool downtown hotels or romantic hotels with hot tub in room. And why not, renting a romantic cabin next to Lake Michigan?

Paulina Rubia – Paulina on the Road

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile often gets overlooked in favor of more famous nearby cities like New Orleans. Give the leafy, coastal city of Mobile a chance, though, and you'll find warm southern hospitality and some unique attractions.

The streets of the downtown area are lined with antebellum mansions and huge oak trees bedecked with Spanish moss.

The best time to visit is late winter and early spring, when two of the biggest events of the year take place.

The first is Mardi Gras, which is celebrated with parades and street parties that last for two weeks in the lead-up to Lent.

Mobilians will proudly tell you that their Mardi Gras celebration is the oldest one in the United States, as Mobile was founded by the French a few years before New Orleans!

In the second and third weeks of March, the city is covered in white and pink azalea blooms, and the Azalea Trail Festival is celebrated to mark the occasion.

Local high school girls known as Azalea Trail Maids dress up in frilly, pastel-colored dresses with matching parasols, looking like quintessential Southern belles. It's a sight not to miss!

And if you're here in the summer months, be sure to check out the beautiful white sand beaches nearby. Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island are two of the most popular.

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway 1 in California, you’ll be treated to a number of wonderful towns along the way. Possibly our favorite stop though is Monterey, and one of the best vacation spots in the US.

Here you’ll find pristine beaches, opulent homes and a world class aquarium.

Monterey has long been a well known spot for those venturing up the Californian coastline. However Monterey's popularity has increased in recent times thanks to HBO’s mini-series, Big Little Lies.

The town is home to the show, and it’s possible to tour about and see some of the familiar sights made famous by the series.

And whilst you may miss spotting Reese Witherspoon or Nicole Kidman, it'll be easy to see why it's an excellent location for a TV show. 

A visit to Monterey is not complete without a stroll and meal on Cannery Row. Monterey was once the sardine canning capital of California until the industry closed down due to a drastic reduction in sardines.

Cannery Row is home to the former sardine canning factories.

These have now been converted into hotels, restaurants and shops. Of an evening, you can expect to have a great night eating at one of the many eateries and enjoying a live band.

At the end of Cannery Row is the world-renowned Monterey Aquarium. It’s luminescent jelly fish tanks are well known to those on Instagram and make for a mesmerizing photo backdrop.

Monterey comes alive in the summer, but a visit in the cooler months has a serene, foggy aura that takes over the town. No matter when you visit, you’ll leave with Monterey entrenched favorably in your memory.

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Nantucket Island

Nantucket Island in Massachusetts is an incredible place to visit with all the cute cottages spotted around the island, spectacular beaches and an intriguing history.

Whether you visit Nantucket on a day trip or you stay a few nights, there are plenty of things to do from hiking to shopping.

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Explore downtown, go window shopping and have a coffee on the go.

The most valuable museums are Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, Nantucket Whaling Museum, Museum of African American History, and Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum.

They all shed light on Nantucket’s history in their own way.

Take the trip to Siasconset to walk the remarkable Sconset Bluff Walk to Sankaty Head Lighthouse where you will find the best spot for sunset.

Other outdoors activities you can enjoy on the island are hiking (Millbrook Walk and Gardener Farm Walk are full of wildlife), biking, going to the beach, and whale watching. It’s one of the best day trips from Boston!

Linn Haglund – Brainy Backpackers

Nashville TN

If you love music, Nashville is an essential place to visit in the USA .

And not just country music either! While Nashville is most famous for being the country music capital of the world, all music fans will find something to enjoy, with concerts and live music venues galore. 

The famous Honky Tonk Highway is a must, with your chance to head out on the town for the night and maybe even try some boot scooting. Many of the Honky Tonks offer free lessons each night. 

A night out at the Grand Ole Opry is another memorable Nashville experience you won't want to miss! 

Aside from performances and nightlife, you will find plenty of great eats such as Biscuit Love in the Gulch or Hattie B's hot chicken.

There is a chance to learn about American History at one of the Plantation home tours or enjoy the funky street art too, with many murals scattered around the city. 

Holly - Four Around The World

New Orleans

New Orleans is a city unlike any other in the U.S., and it's a place you'll never get bored.

Going out in the French Quarter, dining on po' boys, and sampling beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde will feature on almost any itinerary. But there's much more to do in The Big Easy. 

The variety of walking tours available cover all different aspects of the area's history and culture (the voodoo tours are especially popular!), and the many famed cemeteries are fascinating to see.

Some of the other most interesting things to do require getting out of the city, like visiting Manchac Swamp. Airboat tours ply the waters of the swamp, or you can take a kayak tour to get up close and personal with nature. 

Another must-visit - possibly the most important attraction in the New Orleans area - is Whitney Plantation.

Unlike the other plantations open to tourists, Whitney focuses on the history of slavery in the U.S., and it tells the plantation's story from the perspective of the slaves who lived there.

The diversity of experiences available in New Orleans will keep you guessing, and probably leave you planning a return trip!

Jen Ambrose and Ryan Victor - Passions and Places

North Pole, Alaska

North Pole, Alaska is one of the best-kept secrets of US tourism and one of the best places to see the northern lights!

Situated in Alaska’s second-largest economic region, North Pole has a lot to offer to adventure seekers in the Last Frontier.

Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska is inarguably one of the best places for residents and tourists alike to see Santa and Mrs. Claus... all year round. Visit in thick of winter to experience winter wonderland at its best. 

And if that’s not enough, a 3-night vacation in North Pole or nearly Fairbanks during the winter months gives you a 90% shot of seeing the Northern Lights in its full glory. There’s more!

The Antler Academy (of Flying & Reindeer Games) is located next to the Santa Claus House. 

Take a relaxing deep Chena Hot Springs, experience the revolutionary Iditarod dog race, participate in the midnight sun race wearing your favorite costume, see the annual World Ice Art Championship in person, and discover the history of Interior Alaska and Alaska Natives Pioneer Park and Morris Thompson Cultural Center.

If time perfects, make the drive up to the Arctic Circle to earn your bragging rights.

These are just the tip of the iceberg of the unique things to see and experience in the North Pole area that many people do not realize. Oh, don’t forget to get a Kuspuk before leaving!

Ready to pack your bags? This Alaska packing list has everything you’ll need for a time of your life in Alaska.

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Oahu, Hawaii

As a major holiday destination, Oahu in Hawaii attracts visitors from all over the world.

The incredible surfing, amazing food, dreamy beaches and island culture are some of the reasons to visit this amazing destination. There are so many things to do in Oahu you'll be surprised! 

While still part of the US, Hawaii has its own culture and a secluded feel to it that make it an incredible place to visit for any holiday.

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Oahu has something for every kind of traveler from the laidback vibes on the North shore to the bustling Waikiki in the south.

If you are planning on visiting the island of Oahu be sure to rent a car so you have the flexibility to explore and see as much as you can.

Some of the most scenic spots on Oahu worth checking out are the legendary Kualoa Regional Park where Jurassic Park was filmed, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Lanikai Beach and numerous waterfalls.

Many of the best view points and spots require a little effort to get there. Be sure to pack a pair of runners and check out a hike or two – we recommend the Lanikai Pillbox Hike.

If food is more your thing, you cannot leave the island without trying Matsumotos Shaved Ice – a classic Hawaiian treat. No matter what type of traveler you are, Oahu is the perfect destination. 

Roxy & Luke – The Coastal Campaign

Oklahoma City

Growing up in Oklahoma City, I didn’t always think of it as a place people would want to come travel, but now that I’ve explored more of the world I appreciate just how much there is to do and see in this southwestern capital city.

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The revitalized Bricktown District is a great place for adults and children alike to play.

Whenever I'm back in town I love grabbing some great Tex-Mex, seeing a Thunder game, and exploring the shops and street art here.

When you get here, make sure to eat your way through the city. We have fabulous restaurants.

Some are new and trendy, while others have been here serving excellent cuisine for decades. No one escapes Oklahoma City without a few extra pounds.

If you want to explore the outdoors, spend time in Martin Nature Park or take a day trip down to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

If you prefer museums to nature, don't skip the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum!

Stephanie Craig - Oklahoma Wonders.

Oregon Coast

Part of the famed Highway 101, road tripping down the Oregon Coast does not disappoint!

Teeming with incredible views, coastal hikes, surfing opportunities, incredible camping locations, legendary lighthouses, and sprinkled with sea stacks—You can certainly say the Oregon Coast is one of the coolest places to visit in the US!

Cannon Beach has some of the state's most famous sea stacks and Samuel H. Boardman is known for its rugged shoreline dotted with cliffhanging hikes.

Tillamook's coastline is beautiful but you'll be too busy stuffing your face with cheese and check out the Sand Lake Recreation Area for a chance to play on sand dunes.

There's no shortage of beautiful places and an Oregon Coast road trip is the best way to see it all, unless you'd prefer to use your own two feet.

For those wanting to take their time, the Oregon Coast Trail gives you an opportunity to savor every inch of the Oregon Coast by walking along the road, the beach or it's heavily forested trails.

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Outer Banks, NC

The Outer Banks are a beautiful stretch of barrier islands in North Carolina that are popular during the summer, but with North Carolina’s mild climate, they are fantastic all year with plenty of things to do, eat, and drink!

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Search for all five historic lighthouses or catch a glimpse of the wild horses in Corolla, there’s plenty to do for everyone in the Outer Banks.

History lovers will need to stop at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to learn about the Lost Colony of Roanoke- a group of people who completely vanished without a trace!

the Wright Brothers National Memorial visitors can see the spot where the first flight occurred and learn more about the men who made air flight possible.

The Outer Banks are well known for their incredibly fresh seafood, so make sure you stop for oysters, clams, or the fresh catch of the day.

Each town along the Outer Banks have incredible options, but we’re partial to Kill Devil Grill and Tortuga’s Lie!

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs in Southern California is one our favorite places to visit in Winter in the US. There is something for everyone in the collection of cities around Palm Springs.

It’s easily accessible from LA area and from Northern California. Some of my favorite things to do in Palm Springs area are: 

  • Visit a Date Farm - this region grows some of the most delicious dates. Especially, the medjoul dates are soft, delicious and melt in your mouth. 
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  • Visit a wind farm - as you drive or fly into the Palm Springs region, you’ll see entire hills filled with beautiful windmills that seem dance in unison like synchronized swimmers. For the techie in you, take a tour and learn all about the windmills. 
  • Take the trolly up the mountains to escape summer heat, take beautiful hikes and lovely pictures of nature at its best. 
  • Go golfing. The region boasts some amazing golf courses. 
  • Take a hot air balloon ride and seen the mosaic of desert, lush green golf course and communities. 
  • Hike in Native American preserve for a history trip when families lived in the oasis of the streams in these valleys. 
  • Most importantly, take at least one day trip to the famous Joshua Tree, there are lots of things to do in the park!

There is a lot more to do and see within the cities such as museums, parks, restaurants and some of the best shopping in California. It’s awesome for the whole family. 

Jyoti and Nirmal – Story At Every Corner

Panama City Beach FL

Panama City Beach, Florida can be an overlooked destination, but it is truly the ultimate place for a dream vacation.

Between the endless amount of palm trees to sugar sand beaches that make up 27 miles of coastline, this waterfront town is a paradise full of activities and adventure for everyone.


It’s a place where you can decide if your trip will be adventurous, relaxing of a combination of both. 

A few of our favorite adventurous things to do in the area include shipwreck diving, exploring Camp Helen State Park, taking an excursion around Shell Island, and even partaking in a helicopter tour!

For a little more of a relaxing trip, we love shopping at Pier Park, checking out Russel Fields City Pier, and sipping on unique local fruit wines at Panama City Beach Winery.

And don’t forget to try any of the local establishments for some of the best fresh seafood you’ve ever had! 

Hannah & Adam – Getting Stamped


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an ideal destination in the United States.

It’s perfect for travelers who want to experience the culture, a fantastic food scene, American history, and an overall vibrant city.

There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, but here’s a breakdown of the must-see highlights in Philly.

First, tackle some of the amazing art museums in Philadelphia. The most famous is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but also consider the Rodin Museum.

It’s steps away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hosts the largest collections of Auguste Rodin’s work outside of Paris.

Next, experience some of Philly’s amazing food scene. Try local favorites like a soft pretzel and a cheesesteak. Also, reserve a table at one of Philadelphia’s world-class restaurants. Some of the best are located on the 13th street corridor. 

The best American history is found in Philadelphia. Begin at Independence Hall and you can visit The Liberty Bell, former President’s Mansion and The Constitution Center.

If you visit the Independence Visitor Center you can get a full itinerary of American History and most of the tours are free.

Overall, Philadelphia is a fascinating destination with a lot to offer any visitor. From fine dining to art and history, you have it all. Find out for yourself!

Derek Hartman - Robe Trotting

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix in Arizona is a wonderful city to explore, though we’d advise you avoid the searing heat of the summer when the mercury is frequently well into three figures!

There is a wealth of things to enjoy in this amazing city, but here are a few favorites.

The Desert Botanical Garden shows just how varied the flora and fauna of a desert can be across 140 acres of gardens. You can explore here at any time of the year and see the changing seasons.

Just to the west of the city are the White Tank Mountains with many hiking trails.

After long spells of dry weather, you can hike Waterfall Canyon Trail all the way up to the dry fall, the end of which is inaccessible when the waters are flowing.

In the foothills of the South Mountains lies the Mystery Castle which was built out of waste materials by Boyce Gully for his daughter. Boyce hid treasures in the castle for his daughter to find and no-one knows if they have all been found.

East brings you to the Apache Trail, starting with Goldfield Ghost Town and ending at Roosevelt Dam.

The road is only paved for part of the way before becoming a gravel road, but don’t let that put you off, the road is very accessible, and the scenery is beautiful.

If you want to go a little way past Roosevelt Dam you can visit the Tonto National Monument and its mud houses embedded high up in the cliffs.

Lee and Stacey - One Trip at a Time

Portland, Oregon

Bikes and beer! Two of the main things to do in Portland in Oregon. This young city is a hotbed for hipster activity and the most popular mode of transport is two wheels.

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Check out the best Portland’s neighborhoods so you can decide which one is the perfect home base for your trip.

Portland is all about supporting its local makers. Pop into the weekday farmers market at Pioneer Courthouse Square for snacks and crafts.

Into unusual food? Buy a bacon pastry at Voodoo Doughnut. Remember to take a photo, they are not only tasty but also very Instagrammable.

Into food? You keep good company because Portland is too.

The city is renowned for its groups of food carts dotted around. You can eat anything from spicy soup, vegan dishes to Scottish haggis. Many of the food cart chefs progress onto opening restaurants so you might just be snacking on the next big thing.

Looking to work off some calories? This is a city of bridges, twelve to be exact. Hire a bike or take a stroll over them to see different sides of the city which line the Willamette River. Refuel at the popular Stumptown Coffee Roasters cafe. 

Finally, have you really been to Portland if you've not taken a night pic of the Stag? Head to NW Couch to get a snap. 

Gemma and Craig – Two Scots Abroad

Raleigh, NC

When I visited Raleigh, North Carolina for work in 2014 I knew, almost instantly, I wanted to move there from New York City. And ever since that move I've fallen more in love with it each year.

Though it's the capital of NC, it's a city on the rise - one repeatedly named one of the best to live in and visit in the country.

And it's no wonder why, with a thriving start up community, support for the arts, award-winning chefs, and great museums.

I am impartial to the downtown area, where I've lived for the entire time I've been in the city; I recommend it to anyone visiting because everything is walkable.

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A visit to Ashley Christensen's restaurants, a James Beard Award recipient chef, are a must. (They include Poole's, Chucks, Beasley's (my favorite), Death and Taxes and Poole'side Pies.

CAM, the Contemporary Modern Art Museum, is a wonderful place to visit downtown. Be sure to stop in Deco for locally handmade items, wonderful cards, and great gifts.

Raleigh is also a photo-worthy city with great photography locations for Instagram or your family's travel album.

It's easy to get to Raleigh by car, train or plane. The airport code is "RDU" and Amtrak will take you right downtown, to the city's brand new Union Station.

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Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA

Red Rock Canyon State Park in California is located approximately 50 miles north of the Lancaster town and is a very interesting place to visit during the weekend trip from Los Angeles.

It reminds very much of the planet Mars and offers a few cool hiking trails with sweeping views of desert cliffs and rare rock formations.

Indeed, there is something Martian in the local landscapes: sparse vegetation, cracked soil, red rocks of bizarre shapes and very interesting looking sand. Summers are extremely hot while winters are windy and rather cold.

Due to its unusual landscapes, colorful cliffs and rocks, desert plains, as well as its relative proximity to Hollywood, this park has been repeatedly featured in various films and videos. The most famous one is the Jurassic Park of 1993.

The best time to visit is winter when temperatures are not insanely hot. During this season you can actually hike or walk around, wandering along one of the following hiking trails that offer beautiful views of the entire park:

Nightmare Gulch Loop 8.8 miles (14.2 km), Opal Canyon OHV Trail 8.3 miles (13.4 km), Red Cliffs Trail 0.7 miles (1.1 km) or Hagen Trail 1.3 miles (2.1 km).

For those who want to reunite with nature, there is Ricardo Campground site which works on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of camping is about $25 per night.

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San Antonio

San Antonio is a huge city, one of the ten biggest populations in the US, but I think it is a bit underexposed on the traditional travel destination lists. There are lots of things to do in San Antonio!

Let’s start with the food. I live in Austin, but there is a good case to be made that San Antonio has the best Tex-Mex and Mexican food in the entire US.

Honestly, you could just eat from the various taco trucks around town and be happy and fulfilled for your entire time here.

That being said, you also need to spend some time on the River Walk, which offers a variety of restaurants and bars, and some great photographic opportunities.

It is also an underrated sports destination, not only because the San Antonio Spurs are perennially one of the best teams in the NBA with a great fanbase, but because you can easily find tickets to those games at a reasonable price.

If you are around in March, it also almost annually hosts regional games for the men's or women’s NCCA basketball championships.

But if there was one reason you should visit San Antonio, it has to be because of the history of the Alamo. Be forewarned, the Alamo isn’t actually that big of a building.

For all the tales of bravery and valor, you’d think it was some sort of huge fort, but in fact it was a relatively small mission in town.

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is home to another four Spanish missions that were located to the southern side of modern San Antonio, and offers more of a look at the way of life at the time of the Alamo battle as well.

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San Diego, California

San Diego, California is definitely a place to add to your bucket list if you haven’t been there already. Hence, why it made the article for one of the best places to visit in the US.

Known for its sunny and warm weather year-round, one can say that there is never a bad time to visit San Diego. 

San Diego is located along the coastline of California. When visiting San Diego, some of the top places you won’t want to miss are the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, the beaches, and Balboa Park.

Make sure to pack your bathing suit and flip-flops to feel like one of the locals!

There are so many amazing options for food.

The list is endless! However, some of the best places to eat and drink include Communal Coffee for your morning cup of Joe, Ortiz’s California burrito for your afternoon lunch and Stone Brewery for a fun night out. 

Alright, now it is time to pack your bags and head on out to visit America’s finest city, San Diego.

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San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most popular US cities to visit and with very good reason. It's got something for every kind of traveler whether you're interested in food, culture, art, history, bars and more.

Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to start and where you can view the San Francisco seals. You'll have to try clam chowder, a fish stew in a bowl made from bread - homely and delicious. 

From here you can take a cable car to see the rest of the city. You'll realize very quickly that it's a very hilly city and you won't want to walk.

These cable cars are iconic in San Francisco and one of the top things to do in San Francisco. You've got to ride them at least once, even if it's not the most practical route!

Alcatraz is also a must if you're in San Francisco for the first time. It's a world-famous prison located on an island just 1km away from San Francisco's coast.

It was once home to some of America's worst criminals, including Al Capone. Definitely take the night tour, which is just a tad spookier. 

San Francisco's China Town is the oldest in the USA and its a lively place with loads of amazing eateries. Stop by the Fortune Cookie Factory to see where fortune cookies were first conceived - they're an American creation, not a Chinese one!  

Of course you have to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the very symbol of the city. If you have time, you can bike ride across it and find out just how windy San Francisco can be! 

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a charming city with a small-town feel and one of the top 10 cities to visit in the United States.

Split you your time there between Montecito (a suburb of Santa Barbara) and the city of Santa Barbara and you can experience the history, the beach, the wine, and the incredible culinary scene. 

Start your day with coffee and a pastry from Jeannine’s. It will be hard to choose from all the deliciousness! Spend some time shopping along Coast Village Road.

For lunch, book a walking food photography tour with Eat This, Shoot That. Next, visit the Santa Barbara Courthouse for a history lesson and amazing views of the city. Your afternoon activity is to head to the Urban Wine Trail to taste a few local wines.

Love a good sunset? Wander down to the beach and watch the sky change from blue to orange and pink. End your fabulous day exploring Santa Barbara with a meal at one of my favorite restaurants ever, The Black Sheep.

When it's finally time to rest your weary body, spend the night at the Montecito Inn, built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin. 

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Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz is a small coastal town in Central California facing the Monterey Bay, and one of my favorite places to visit in the USA.

During the summer, it quickly turns into one of the busiest towns in the state, thanks to the century-old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park.

But don’t get me wrong, the Boardwalk is not the only thing you can enjoy in Santa Cruz.

There are several state parks like Wilder Ranch State Park, where you can go trekking or cycling by the coast and Año Nuevo State Park, where you get to see the elephant seals.

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When you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants at Santa Cruz Wharf that serve great seafood dishes. After that, grab yourself a homemade ice cream from Penny’s Ice Creamery.

Traveling with kids? Pay a visit to Seymour Marine Discovery Centre and enjoy the interactive learning of the marine ecosystem in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay region. Mystery Spot, where the gravity somehow defies the law of physics is also a great spot to visit with your family.

And if you want to enjoy the ocean, take a sailing tour or simply go kayaking in the open sea. Did I mention you can also dye your own tie-dye shirt in the Downtown?

There are simply many amazing things to do in Santa Cruz especially if you’re looking for an awesome destination to travel with family during the summer. If you want to know more, check out these awesome things to do in Santa Cruz!

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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is a charming city full of beautiful antebellum architecture, haunted history, and delicious food. Spending a long weekend in Savannah is a great way to experience the city.

One of the best things to do in Savannah is to wander around the historic district, home to antebellum mansions, churches, and more than twenty city squares.

End your exploration of the historic district by visiting Forsyth Park, where you’ll find Savannah’s frequently photographed fountain.

Savannah is often said to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States, so there is plenty to do for anyone who loves a good scare.

Take one of the city’s many ghost tours (some of which are done by driving around the city in a converted hearse). If you want to experience more of Savannah’s spookiness, take a tour of the city’s beautiful yet haunting Bonaventure Cemetery.

Hungry yet? Savannah is one of the best places to sample traditional Southern cuisine. The Olde Pink House and Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room are two of the top places to eat in Savannah.

When you’re ready for dessert, pay a visit to Leopold’s, an ice cream parlor that is now a Savannah icon.

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Sawtooth, Idaho

Just outside of the beautiful little town Ketchum is Sawtooth N.F. There is a lot of free camping in the area but we instead decided to visit The Pioneer Cabin. This hike can easily be done in 1 day but staying in the hut was half the fun! 

The loop-trail is called Long Gulch to Pioneer Cabin Trail, 8.8miles long with a range of scenery. We did the hike clockwise, slowly ascending up the meadows before descending into forest and then back up again to get magnificent views of the mountains.

After a little snow trudging we arrived at the hut, got a fire started and got nice and cozy. The cabin has 8 beds and comfy single mattresses are an awesome bonus.

The main cabin has 4 beds and the fireplace so the second room might be a little colder. Take some food and wine and enjoy a relaxing night!

Make sure you take a peak at the stars too, it was beautiful seeing the silhouetted mountains in the background.

The hike down the next day is beautiful and quick, just be mindful of the ice and try bring crampons if you have them. It took us 5.5 hours to complete and was even better visiting the Frenchman's Hotsprings nearby after our hike! 

Em Murrell-Orgill - bearminimum.com.au


Any trip to the Pacific Northwest must include a visit to Seattle, one of the best places to visit in the United States.

There’s something for every kind of traveler. Music festivals, family friendly attractions, five art museums, nearly 200 galleries, outdoor activities for every season like these hikes near Seattle.

Don’t miss the extraordinary Chihuly Garden and Glass at the base of the Space Needle in Seattle Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture a block away.

When you’re done with museums, get outdoors and enjoy the parks, hiking, bike trails, and water sports in the Emerald City.

Seattle is a culinary hot spot too, with too many great restaurants to mention, craft breweries, local wine, and of course, coffee. Grab a Bitchwich for breakfast at Biscuit Bitch in Pioneer Square, or a Vietnamese fusion take on brunch at Stateside in Capitol Hill.

For lunch try Matt’s In The Market at Pike Street, or across the street from the Space Needle try the amazing Korean Street Tacos at H Bar in Hyatt House.

For dinner get your pasta on at Spinasse in Capitol Hill, or sit at the bar in The Walrus And The Carpenter and chow down on fresh oysters. As you can see, there are lots of cool things to do in Seattle!

Lizzie Lau - Lizzie Lau Travels 

Sedona, Arizona

Set in the heart of Red Rock Country in Arizona, Sedona is one of those special places that manages to fuse stunning scenery with a unique town, without becoming a tourist trap.

It’s a place that is surrounded by incredible views and even Starbucks has a balcony that overlooks the iconic red mountains.

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The main attraction for your visit are the numerous Sedona hikes which range from easy going strolls to strenuous mountain climbs.

The most popular are the mind-blowing Devil’s Bridge and epic view from the top of Cathedral Rock.

Both places are a photographer’s dream as the trails end at viewpoints that are unlike anywhere else in the world.

The more adventurous can take on the hike to the top of Bear Mountain or the scramble up Bell Rock for cliff top views that seem to go on for miles, showcasing the vast scale of this red landscape.

If that all sounds a bit too exhausting, then Sedona town has plenty of sedate activities.

You can explore the numerous quirky cafes (which serve up some of the best coffee we’ve tried in the States) or the superb dining scene.

It is also home to golf courses, vortexes, spas and plenty of options to unwind if relaxing is your goal.

Cat Smith – Walk My World

St Augustine

St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited city in the United States, founded in 1565 and located in North Florida.

St. Augustine is a charming city that can be easily explored on foot. The main street George Street is car-free. In the center, there are a lot of beautifully preserved colonial-style houses, plenty of bars, shops, and charming restaurants. 

If you like, you can have a horse-drawn carriage ride on the historic, cobbled, and atmospheric streets of St. Augustine.

After dark, the entire old town is illuminated, and it looks like a fairy tale! The city is quiet and peaceful, and you can slowly walk between the small streets and charming alleys, full of old houses with porches and secret gardens. 

There are also many beautiful beaches around the city with direct access to the blue ocean waters, and last but not least - it is a paradise for chocolate lovers! You can visit the Whetstone chocolate factory and during the tour, learn the flavor and tasting secrets of chocolate.

Marta & Milosz – Backpackers.wro

St Louis, Missouri

Nicknamed the ‘Gateway to the West’, the metropolis of St Louis on the banks of the Mississippi is a little underrated, although it is not short of tourist attractions.

Here you’ll find the iconic landmark of the Gateway Arch soaring 630ft over the city skyline. It is the tallest manmade structure in the Western Hemisphere and offers tram rides to the top for amazing views.

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There is also the St Louis Zoo, The Science Center, Art Museum, Botanical Garden and the home of Anheuser-Busch who generously offer free brewery tours all year round – and give out free samples! 

In fact, much of St Louis is very easy on the pocket as many of its attractions have free admission. 

There is so much to see and do you’ll need at least a weekend to appreciate it all.

Walking around downtown you’ll discover the city’s history and culture, from slavery to sports to art.

Take a visit of the Old Court House and its impressive rotunda, the Soldier’s Memorial Museum and its Gold Star Mother mosaic, and the outdoor sculpture park of Citygarden, a green space full of water features and public art.

Oh and don’t leave until you’ve tried Fitz’s Root Beer, it’s locally brewed with cane sugar and the taste is so deliciously creamy you’ll be taking bottles on the road with you.

Sharon - What The Saints Did Next 

Tampa, Florida

The city of Tampa is one of the top city destinations in Florida. This thriving waterfront destination combines aspects from many of Florida’s most popular destinations but delivers them in a smaller and more manageable package.

Whether you’re looking for thrill-a-minute rides at Busch Gardens, wildlife viewing, like the TECO Manatee Viewing Center, or family-friendly experiences such as the Glazer Children’s Museum or the Florida Aquarium, Tampa has it all.

A visit to Tampa wouldn’t be complete without exploring the popular Riverwalk, which explodes with color when the sun goes down.

You can even experience it from the water on one of Tampa’s Pirate-themed water taxis.

This unique way of exploring the Tampa waterfront is great for experiencing the skyline and getting dropped off at one of the many amazing restaurants that Tampa has on offer.

A visit to Tampa can even be combined with the great beaches of nearby Clearwater and St. Petersburg. All of these things make Tampa the perfect place to combine fun-in-the-sun with urban exploring and adventure.

Kevin Wagar - Wandering Wagars

US Gulf Coast

The phenomenal US Gulf Coast is one of the most vibrant places to visit in the entire world.

Stretching from South Padre Texas to Key West Florida, the destinations along the Gulf of Mexico offer constant access to the freshest and tastiest seafood in the world, sun and fun adventures, and endless clean beaches.

But each of the five states also has their own Gulf Coast personality (and often there are differences within the states themselves).

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The Florida Gulf Coast has abundant sugar sand beaches, some of the best shell collecting in the world, and the 10,000 islands of the Everglades (the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together); plus manatees and palm trees!

The Alabama Gulf Coast and Coastal Mississippi present endless wide beaches, magnificent live oak trees, tasty oysters and shrimp, and creative residents.

The Louisiana coast is different than the other US Gulf Coast states with an ever changing coastline full of bayous and swampland; and of course the fascinating Cajun and Creole cultures.

The Texas Gulf Coast is a worthy bookend of the Florida Gulf Coast, with its own version of fishing and water activities, sugar sand beaches, and sunshine and subtropical weather every day.

Charles McCoolTravel Happiness Advocate

Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki is the main beach on the American island state of Hawaii. The beach front consists of a row a high-rise luxury hotels and apartments mostly accommodating short stay visitors.

Waikiki is the place you’ll see on all the Hawaii postcards, a sun drenched white sand beach, many a sun umbrella and bikini clad tourists sun baking or swimming in the year round perfect conditions. 

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I recommend staying in one of the hotels facing Waikiki Beach, anything with beach view or even a partial beach view, you can expect to pay top dollar.

However waking up to the sparkling Hawaiian sea is definitely worth paying for. 

We stayed at the Alohilani Resort right across the road from Waikiki Beach, I loved walking out our hotel and crossing the road each and every day for a dip in the temperate Hawaiian waters. 

There are a variety of must do things in Waikiki, from hiking Diamond Head crater, shopping on the strip, surf lessons, taking in sunsets, snorkeling in the shallow waters for tropical fish and hopefully if you’re lucky and swim off shore a bit, you might even see turtles.

Make sure you stop by Dukes restaurant and bar for lunch or dinner and take in the views across the waterfront or my favorite, go for dinner and watch the sunset across Waikiki Beach with a Mai Tai in hand.  

Sally & Craig - Our3kidsvtheworld.com

Washington DC

As the United States capital city, Washington, DC is a must-visit for those traveling the USA.

Some of the nation's best museums and monuments are located right in the center of downtown DC, and you could spend several days wandering through them one by one.

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One of the absolute best ways to see the city is by exploring DC by kayak from the Potomac River, which will give you exceptional views and a much more peaceful experience than fighting crowds in the city.

As a former local, I'd like to let you in on a little secret: the real charm of Washington, DC is in its neighborhoods.

Tree-lined streets of row houses, cute boutiques and local cafes, and tons of street festivals and activities can be found in all parts of the city.

Some of my personal favorites include Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, and Eastern Market, but there are literally dozens of neighborhoods to explore.

Kay - Skyline Adventurer

White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains in New Hampshire is one of the best places to visit in the US and especially if you are looking for the best fall destinations in the USA then this is a must-visit place.

It is just a short driving distance from Massachusetts, located in the north-central region of New Hampshire.

This beautiful place is surrounded by some of the highest mountains on the east coast.

The 800,000 acre White Mountain National Forest is there in the heart of the White Mountains which is popular for some of the best hiking and scenic drive.

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Things to do in the White Mountains: 

Enjoy the Scenic Drive on the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) that travels through the White Mountain National Forest. This 35-mile route offers the best fall view, gorgeous mountains and waterfalls.

You can see several waterfalls during your visit to the White Mountains. However, a hike to Flume Gorge offers the best scenic view throughout the journey. At the end of the hike, you will get to see the stunning view of Flume Brook waterfall.

If you plan to visit the White Mountains you can stay in White Mountain Hotel & Resort, a lovely place with all basic amenities.

Don’t forget to taste some delicious foods in Common Man and Woodstock Station restaurants in Lincoln.

Trijit Mallick - Budget Travel Buff

Have you visited other beautiful places in the USA?

Let me know in the comments and I will add them to the post!



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One response to “60 Best Places to visit in the US for the best trip ever”

  1. Jen Ambrose says:

    So many places I love in this post, and so many I’my dying to visit, too! Hoping to make it to Asheville and San Antonio in the near future :)

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