My 28 Favourite Locations to Go to within the USA

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Up to date: 10/8/2018 | October eighth, 2018

From sea to shining sea, america is dwelling to a various panorama — each culturally and bodily. Spending months touring throughout its huge panorama gave me a deep appreciation for all my nation has to supply.

After touring throughout the continental United States by means of a number of cross nation street journeys (you by no means actually notice how huge Texas is till you drive by means of. Rattling that state is huge!), I wished to share a few of my favourite locations in america with you. I’ve already talked about my favourite eating places and classes discovered, so it solely appears correct to provide you an inventory of the perfect locations to go to within the USA while you come and journey right here!

(Be aware: This record is predicated solely on the place I actually have been. There are much more extremely breathtaking locations — like Yosemite or Hawaii — I haven’t explored but, which is why you don’t see them on this record!)


the restaurants of memphis at night
Gritty, industrial, and a bit run down, Memphis seems like its greatest days are behind it, however don’t let the tough exterior idiot you — the town continues to be dwelling to some killer meals and a vibrant blues music scene. Moreover, there’s Graceland (Elvis’s dwelling) for followers of the King, a giant waterfront for strolling, and the exceptional, detailed, and transferring Museum of Civil Rights (it’s enormous, so don’t rush it!). I loved the town greater than I anticipated and was disenchanted once I needed to go away. To make use of a cliché, it’s a hidden gem!


austin skyline at dusk
My new dwelling (shock! I moved to Austin!), and each go to right here makes me like it increasingly. The nice and cozy climate, the energetic honky-tonks and reside music, funky home bars on Rainey Avenue, wonderful mountaineering and biking trails, and tons of out of doors actions… Austin has all of it. Due to every thing from the rising meals truck inhabitants to the flagship Complete Meals retailer with the unbelievable salad bar (grilled pineapple!), I eat — and eat effectively — nonstop. The Austin campus of the College of Texas gives a youthful vigor to the town, and its liberal perspective attracts a various and eclectic inhabitants. Briefly, you’ll be able to’t skip Austin, as a result of when you do, I’ll discover you and drag you there.

For extra journey tips about Austin, take a look at this publish on matters to do there. (I additionally have a hostel in Austin!)

New Orleans

beautiful new orleans
New Orleans is a metropolis with soul. It’s seen some arduous instances, however it lives on with a zest for all times unmatched by most locations. It has a wealthy and lengthy historical past and is crammed with delicious French-inspired Creole and Cajun meals, reside jazz music, avenue performers, and an appreciation for all of the temptations of life. Life is lived effectively right here within the Huge Straightforward. You don’t come right here to loosen up – you come right here to indulge! For my part, New Orleans one of the crucial eclectic and vibrant cities in america.

For extra journey tips about New Orleans, take a look at this publish on methods to spend four days there.


downton abbey mansion in asheville
Asheville is Portland within the North Carolina mountains: stuffed with tasty craft beer, meals, and hipsters. I preferred the world rather a lot, together with its proximity to some great and scenic mountain hikes such because the Carolina Mountain Path. Furthermore, the city has plenty of parks for these wanting one thing nearer — and you’ll want to take a look at the Ashville Botanical Gardens close to the college campus. The attractive Smoky Mountains are a brief drive away, and the big Biltmore property, the biggest privately owned dwelling within the US and as soon as dwelling to George Vanderbilt, is on the outskirts of the town. When you’ve ever seen Downton Abbey, that’s what the home is like! (And, when you haven’t, it is best to! The present is addicting!)

The Pacific Coastal Drive

a view of the pacific from the pacific coastal drive
The drive up the Pacific Coast is taken into account one of the crucial scenic on this planet. I’ve to agree. I didn’t journey the entire coast, however the portion I drove (San Francisco to Portland) was unbelievable: sheer cliffs, forests descending to the shoreline, miles of seashores, and large redwoods. It’s jaw-dropping all the way in which. Be ready to make gradual progress, as you’ll be pulling over continuously to cease, hike, and admire the view. I particularly preferred Bandon and Coos Bay, Oregon and Mendocino, California.

Redwood Nationwide Park

beautiful redwood trees in the redwood national park
Alongside the Pacific Coast is Redwood Nationwide Park, a big expanse of large redwood timber crammed with picnic areas, locations to camp, and miles upon miles of mountaineering trails. Trails vary from simple to strenuous, and there are lots of loops that head out to close by seashores. It’s completely lovely, awe-inspiring, and humbling in each means.

Glacier Nationwide Park

awe-inspiring views at the glacir national park
Despite the fact that I visited when many of the park was nonetheless closed (it was too early within the 12 months and there was nonetheless snow round), I used to be nonetheless shocked by the world: attractive snow-topped mountains rising excessive into the sky; a phenomenal, nonetheless lake through which to admire these mountains and huge glaciers; and mountaineering trails galore. It was essentially the most mind-blowing place I noticed on my journey, and I can perceive why everybody raves about it. I can’t advocate a go to there sufficient.

For extra journey tips about Canada, take a look at this detailed planning information.


the denver skyline at night
The mile-high metropolis (not least as a result of marijuana is authorized there), Denver has a mixture of out of doors ruggedness and big-city residing. It has an enormous craft beer scene, wonderful eating places (together with, Sushi Sasa, certainly one of my favourite sushi eating places on this planet), a big worldwide airport with a number of connections, and proximity to the mountains (and the Republic of Boulder). It’s clear, and the locals are extremely pleasant. There are few cities within the US I need to reside in, however I like Denver sufficient to say that it’s certainly one of them.


the bean sculpture in Chicago
When the climate is good, I don’t assume there’s a greater metropolis in america. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago has world-class meals (attempt the deep dish, sushi, and sizzling canine), the enjoyable and kitschy Navy Pier, Millennium Park with its well-known bean-shaped statue, a kick-ass aquarium, and iconic structure (you’ll want to take an structure tour). And as soon as the winter deep freeze is over, Chicagoans burst out of their properties to benefit from the summer time climate, so there’s optimistic, joyful vibe emanating by means of the town. Make the most of it.

For extra journey tips about Chicago, take a look at this detailed planning information.

New York Metropolis

the impressive new york city skyline
Town that by no means sleeps. ‘Nuff stated. You’ll be able to’t go unsuitable right here.

For extra journey tips about New York Metropolis, take a look at this detailed planning information.


sunset over the mississippi on the natchez outskirts
I used to be most shocked by this Mississippi metropolis. I didn’t know something about it, however Natchez was beneficial as a spot to see historic 19th-century properties, constructed by remoted plantation homeowners desirous to get away in the summertime and work together and socialize with one another. As cotton turned king, the homes turned ever bigger and extra elaborate. Now, they’re historic monuments, and you may tour them whereas having fun with a view of the Mississippi River. It’s far off the overwhelmed path — and my favourite discovery from my final street journey.

For extra journey tips about Natchez, take a look at this publish on my explorations there.


an antebellum mansion in savannah
Sitting on Georgia’s coast, Savannah escaped the wrath of the Civil Conflict, allegedly as a result of Sherman thought it was too fairly to be destroyed. With streets lined with Spanish moss–lined timber, giant and welcoming parks, and a bustling waterfront, Savannah is great place to expertise the gradual tempo of the Previous South. I had visited this metropolis many, a few years in the past, however its magnificence, Southern consolation meals, and tranquility caught with me through the years.

Grand Canyon

an amazing view from the top of the grand canyon
Phrases can’t precisely describe how unbelievable the Grand Canyon is. It’s breathtaking in so some ways —its sheer dimension, improbable depth, pink hues, and putting vistas. Most individuals merely stand on the fringe of the canyon and look out throughout it, however its true dimension and wonder are greatest appreciated with a hike right down to the underside. Make the time to hike right down to the Colorado River, hike the much less visited trails, spend the evening, and hike again up for sundown.

For extra journey tips about the Grand Canyon, take a look at this publish on mountaineering it.


a street of music bars in nashville
A little bit bit nation, a bit of bit tech, Nashville is among the fastest-growing cities within the US and rightly so. It’s acquired an exquisite music scene (duh), a rising cocktail bar scene, and a few down-home Southern eating places. There’s not plenty of “touristy stuff” to do right here, however what make this metropolis certainly one of my favorites are the music, the meals, the wildly pleasant and joyful folks, and the optimistic power the town appears to exude. If you’re right here, plan to spend just a few hours on the Tennessee State Museum. It goes into nice (although generally very one-sided) element in regards to the state’s historical past, however it’s extra thrilling than you would possibly assume.

San Francisco

the golden gate bridge from san francisco beach
Meals of each nature, hipsters, excessive tech, and a various inhabitants make San Francisco certainly one of my favourite locations to go to. Moreover, it’s near some great nationwide parks, like Muir Woods, the place you’ll be able to escape the town and go mountaineering amid large timber. This metropolis is altering quick (for good or sick) and I’m at all times trying ahead to my subsequent go to. San Francisco has a lot to try this you want not less than 4 days to actually respect it. Town is among the cultural facilities of america and to not be missed.

For extra journey tips about San Francisco, take a look at this detailed planning information.


miami beach
White sand seashores, Cuban meals, wild nightlife, attractive folks, and wonderful heat climate — what’s to not love about Miami! I don’t assume I may ever reside right here, however for a weekend of enjoyable within the solar, Miami is ideal.

For extra journey tips about Miami, take a look at this detailed planning information.

San Diego

a pier on the san diego beach
Ceaselessly heat and sunny, San Diego’s climate creates a completely joyful inhabitants that’s pleasant and outgoing and that loves the outside – from mountaineering, days on the seashore, or operating….and they’re at all times joyful to indicate folks their metropolis. The downtown Gaslamp space — in addition to the well-known Pacific Seashore — is filled with stylish seafood eating places, bustling bars, and a few severely life-changing taco stalls. I like San Diego.

California Wine Nation

a selection of wines from Napa valley
California is dwelling to a few of the greatest wine on this planet, and a go to to the Sonoma and Napa Valley areas will reward you with some superb eating along with the wine. Take the quick journey from San Francisco and study to understand wine! Tip: Sonoma is cheaper than Napa.

For extra journey tips about California Wine Nation, take a look at this publish on methods to go to Napa Valley on a funds.

Lake Tahoe

the beautiful forests around lake tahoe
Although the water degree of the lake, in addition to the natural world round it, is unfortunately depleted as a result of California drought, Lake Tahoe continues to be nonetheless spectacular and exquisite. Ringed by tiny mountain communities, this can be a terrific place for mountaineering and boating in the summertime and snowboarding within the winter.

Anyplace in Montana

the majestic rolling plains of montana
So much has been written about how gorgeous Montana is, however it’s all unsuitable. It’s even higher than phrases can describe. It’s essentially the most loopy lovely state I’ve ever been to, crammed with wondrous mountains and hills so far as the attention can see. The persons are tremendous cool, welcoming, and outdoorsy, too. If I needed to decide a favourite state, it could be Montana. I simply love Montana.

Washington D.C.

the white house in washington d.c.
The capital of america is a vibrant, worldwide metropolis, and that’s what I like about it. It’s second solely to NYC in range of individuals and meals (which is to be anticipated with so many individuals from worldwide help organizations and embassies). You hear one million accents on this city! Throw within the free Smithsonian museums, a number of parks, a riverfront for strolling or operating, and a few historic authorities buildings and monuments, and D.C. turns into one phenomenal place to go to, loosen up, eat, and drink!

For extra journey tips about Washington D.C., take a look at this detailed planning information.

Cape Cod

a sunny cape cod beach
I spent plenty of summers on the Cape because it’s the place New Englanders escape for the summer time. You’ll discover loads of small seashore cities alongside the coast (Provincetown and Hyannis being essentially the most well-known however I additionally love Chatham, Falmouth, Wellfleet, and Brewster). When you’re on the lookout for seafood, seashores, boardwalks, and hat excellent household trip, go to the Cape!


a historic statue surrounded by flowers in boston
I could also be biased as a result of I grew up right here, however I like Boston and cherish my visits dwelling. Boston rocks (Go Pink Sox!). It’s historic (based in 1630), smallish, simple to get round, and crammed with superior and constant folks. It’s dwelling to a ton of actions, just like the Freedom Path and Faneuil Corridor, the JFK Museum, and the Boston Commons and Public Backyard, in addition to a few of the greatest Italian and seafood eating places within the nation. Make sure you eat at Zaftigs for the perfect brunch within the metropolis! It’s depraved!

For extra journey tips about Boston, take a look at this detailed planning information.

Las Vegas

the glamorous hotels and casinos of the las vegas strip
Vegas, child, Vegas! Lots of people are turned off by the brilliant lights and playing, however Vegas is far more than the casinos, costly golf equipment, and accommodations on the well-known Strip. There’s unbelievable mountaineering close by at Pink Rocks Nationwide Park, a rising artwork scene, a booming tech scene because of Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Challenge, and many concert events and reveals. Get off the Strip, discover the true Vegas (as a result of technically the Strip is positioned in Paradise, NV, not Las Vegas), and see why folks determine to reside right here.

For extra journey tips about Las Vegas, take a look at this detailed planning information.


a sunny public plaza in portland, oregon
Portland is unbelievable. I’d transfer there if it had an even bigger airport with higher connections. Right here you’ll discover a formidable meals truck scene, cool bespoke bars and cocktail lounges, a craft beer scene that’s faith to residents, stress-free parks (together with a peaceable Japanese backyard), a vibrant artwork scene, and mountaineering within the close by mountains. Portland is simply an superior metropolis, particularly in the summertime when the climate is ideal and there are festivals and occasions galore, just like the World Domination Summit and the Portland Worldwide Beerfest.

For extra journey tips about Portland, take a look at this publish on the town.


neon lit farmer's market in seattle
Dwelling to a bit of enterprise known as Starbucks, it additionally boasts an thrilling downtown, contemporary fish, genuine Asian meals, artwork museums, and funky nightlife. In historic Pioneer Sq., you’ll be able to go on an underground tour of the town’s ruins (a hella cool expertise). Furthermore, you’re proper on the water and, climate allowing, can head out onto Elliott Bay to discover some little islands. Seattle is only a cool metropolis. There’s at all times one thing to do there, it’s techy, and everyone seems to be relaxed. Plus, there’s craft beer and low — what’s to not love about that!

For extra journey tips about Seattle, take a look at this detailed planning information.


the snowy main street in deadwood
Tucked away in western South Dakota, this city was well-known through the Previous West days, noteworthy sufficient to be the main focus of an HBO sequence. Kind of kitschy and re-created, it’s nonetheless a really cool place the place you’ll be able to expertise a style of the previous frontier days. It’s additionally conveniently positioned close to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore.

Kansas Metropolis

Joe's BBQ in kansas city
I actually beloved this metropolis, which options a few of the world’s greatest BBQ, a energetic downtown, and cutting-edge expertise like Google Fiber. There’s additionally an in depth and enlightening jazz museum right here, in addition to the eye-opening Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (that was the precise identify; I’m not being racist). I want I may have spent extra time, however that’s simply extra cause to come back again.


America is crammed with too many “should sees” locations to go to to record in a single weblog publish. In spite of everything, the nation is dwelling to over 350 million folks and covers 3.Eight million sq. miles. However for these on the lookout for a place to begin for the place to go, what to see, and the locations to go to, this record ought to level you in the proper course and fill your time!

Simply you’ll want to flip off the highways, head to the small cities, and uncover some favorites of your personal. One of the best of the USA is at all times away from the most important highways within the little no identify cities with little diners, quirky outlets, and pleasant folks!

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