The United States is filled with memorable destinations that make any trip or vacation unforgettable. Sometimes, it can be hard to choose where to go when planning! Thankfully, your fellow Americans are happy to help out. Recently, men and women engaged in an online discussion with one goal: to reveal the best travel destinations in the United States.
1. Sedona, Arizona
Don’t sleep in Arizona! Although it gets unbearably hot during summer, it’s a destination state for anyone who loves the great outdoors. The American Southwest is one of the most beautiful places in the world. “We road-tripped through Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend, and it was one of my favorite trips ever,” one husband expresses. “Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and Antelope Canyon made me cry. You also have the world-class scenery of northern Arizona and southern Utah within driving distance.”
2. Yellowstone National Park, Montana
Most people have heard about Yellowstone and its gorgeous nature, but witnessing the national park in person is awe-inspiring. Countless men and women credit the park as having the most beautiful wildlife and landscapes in all of the United States, and those traits help Yellowstone pull in millions of visitors annually!
3. Acadia National Park, Maine
Traveling to Maine sounds like one of the most arduous road trips ever, but it’s worth it. Not only will you drive through the gorgeous Northeastern U.S., but you’ll also experience Acadia National Park. One national park lover puts it all into perspective. “Acadia would be my pick; it’s just spectacularly gorgeous, and Bar Harbor has great food,” reports one woman. “Southern Maine is lovely too if you want a leisurely drive up the coast.”
4. San Diego, California
As someone who lived in San Diego for eleven years, let me make an admission: The city lives up to the hype! Unless you tend to avoid picture-perfect beach towns with perfect weather, friendly people, and tons of things to do outdoors, any traveler owes it to themselves to visit San Diego. Nicknamed “America’s Finest City,” San Diego sets the standard for fun, beauty, and unforgettable times. It blows my mind that there are people in their 20s and 30s who have never visited!
5. Anywhere in Georgia
Many Americans consider Georgia the best-kept secret in the nation. It’s a versatile state that caters to various residents and travelers. “Consider exploring Georgia!” touts one woman. “We have a great coastline with Savannah and cool islands and great hiking and wineries in the north. I love living in Atlanta and think we have great food, farmers’ markets, museums, and events.” As someone who loves visiting Atlanta and Savannah, I know precisely how special Georgia is.
6. Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City is the third most-populated city in the nation, a distinction that is well deserved. Chicago is full of history, entertainment, sports, culture, and award-winning cuisine. For millions, the thought of a perfect day includes watching the Cubs play at Wrigley Field, a few slices of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, and ending the night at one of the many stunning rooftop bars in the city that overlook Lake Michigan. It’s the perfect city to visit because living there has become prohibitively expensive recently!
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
Thanks to the fantastic food, the historic French Quarter, and the timeless architecture, many Americans feel transported to a different world when they step foot in the Big Easy! “I love New Orleans,” confesses one frequent traveler. “I don’t live there but visit frequently. It’s a truly unique culture that I haven’t found anywhere else. And I can’t seem to stop eating their cuisine. I probably would never return if New Orleans food didn’t exist.”
8. Moab, Utah
I’ll never forget the day I arrived in Moab; the scenery and larger-than-life rock formations seemed like something from a science-fiction movie. Moab, Utah, is a mecca for lovers of the outdoors, as it has near-endless hiking trails, national parks, and ATV tracks to drive through. Add the fact that Moab is exceedingly good at the hospitality game (I had the best Thai food in my life there!), and you’ve got the makings of a town that everyone must visit at least once.
9. Anywhere in Vermont
Although a few months are too cold and snowy to visit Vermont, experiencing the state in the fall is a joyful experience. Many travelers reveal that fall in Vermont is considered a de facto national holiday. Festivals, fairs, and other activities are abundant, making ideal complements to the perfect weather and the changing leaves. Thousands of people trek to Vermont in the fall to boast that they witnessed the leaves changing color!
10. Mauna Kea, Hawaii
If you ask ten people about their favorite areas of Hawaii, you’ll most likely get ten different answers! However, many travelers admit that Mauna Kea is a place they would travel to year after year. “My absolute favorite place in the States is the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii,” reveals one woman. “It’s beautiful, has the best sunset or sunrise, and mind-blowing star gazing. The rest of the big island of Hawaii is also wonderful, and the active volcano is really cool, too.”
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America’s Top 15 Hauntingly Creepy Destinations Would You Visit?
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12 Famous American Small Towns That You Can Visit Today
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10 Expert Travel Hacks for Solo Female Tourists
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11 Tips for Staying Calm and Collected While Flying
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