From the noise of New York City to the peaceful bliss of Yosemite National Park, America is ready for exploration. A simple answer to picking the top ten greatest US travel spots is impossible! With so many places to see, it’s all about matching an adventure to a traveler.
Your best place to visit in the United States depends on what you want to do.
If you haven’t seen much of the country yet, I’ve recommended a quintessential US road trip. For solo travelers, I’ve run through the list of best sites for solo female travelers. I’ve also shared about spots that are better for social distancing and CO
Now we can go to the famous cities and iconic sites, but we should also go to the hidden gems.
When you’re ready to scratch beneath the surface, it’s all about these lesser-known weekend getaways in the United States!
This hidden gem is a new hippie utopia.
Go to Ojai, California, stay at a hot springs hotel or bed-and-breakfast. Try the local wine and honey, visit many galleries, buy unique handicrafts and maybe even make your own!
Another hippie haven is the glow red mesas and valleys of Sedona. Here you will find art galleries, luxury spas, and New Age shops.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
The pueblo vibe and Spanish colonial architecture of Santa Fe along with its 350 days of sunshine a year make it an easy winner. Explore the thriving local art scene to treat yourself to a wellness retreat or learn about the rich history of this region.
Who says you have to travel with jet lag to explore the wonders of Bavaria? Sip on imported beer in the beer garden then grab a sausage and pretzel while you soak up the wonders of Leavenworth.
I visited Leavenworth during winter. I visited the adorable European-inspired holiday-themed street.
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
A prime winter weekend destination in the United States is Jackson Hole, a nature lover’s paradise. Watch as the wild buffalo graze from a safe distance and admire the eagles soaring above you as you breathe in the fresh air here.
Here is a fun fact about Scottsdale. You can shoot a golf ball into the air and it will land in the beautiful fountain at the top of Camelback Mountain. Or you can just go to Camelback Mountain and enjoy some winter sun and take a short walk.
Grand Junction and Gateway, Colorado
Aspen is a beautiful location, but Gateway is a more interesting place. It’s about an hour and a half from here, and it will be fun to go there.
Whether you’re a skiing or hiking enthusiast, this destination is a must during the winter and summer seasons.
This little town in the Trans-Pecos desert of west Texas is known for its modern art scene and something that you won’t find even in the biggest cities in the USA.
Go take a picture of the Marfa Lights.
For an unforgettable night out, go to the official Marfa Lights Viewing Area that is nine miles east of town on Highway 90. Now just wait to see if you get a glimpse of the ghostly light. Come ready for chills and don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This is an ideal spot if you are on a traveling adventure to the South. Savannah has stunning architecture and so much to do it would take all weekend to try everything!
Get a set of wheels and travel California in style! Travel down the Pacific Coast Highway and make a detour into Central California’s best destinations.
To get from San Luis Obispo to Solvang, you will have to pass through Paso Robles.
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
To the south of Daytona Beach you will find one of Florida’s best beaches. A world away from the spring break hotspots this famous surf hub is perfect for catching a wave.
Follow the shoreline to find an unoccupied beach.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
The area surrounding Lake Coeur d’Alene is known for its scenic beauty. Whether you want to get your heart racing with ziplines and water parks or spend relaxing afternoons on the water, this is the ultimate summer break.
Put on your swimming suit, then pack your hiking boots. Then you’ll feel like a kid starting summer break all over again!
During a wellness retreat in Moab I fell in love with the otherworldly beauty of this unique region. Walking among the red rocks, exploring the rugged landscapes, and breathing in the Mars-like scenery takes your breath away.
San Juan Islands, Washington
Take a scenic ferry trip from the mainland to the San Juan Islands, which are an excellent archipelago.
Visit the seaside town of Friday Harbor then travel through Lime Kiln Point State Park. The whales will be swimming near you.
Block Island, Rhode Island
In the other corner of the country, there is another island that is a good place to explore. If you walk or bike from the Southeast Lighthouse, then get up close and personal with the locals at Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Finger Lakes, New York
From Cape Town to California I’ve been lucky enough to taste the world’s best vineyards. Among the most overlooked wine destinations is Finger Lakes.
This is a pick for a weekend trip to explore the countryside. Known for their world-class Rieslings, this is a prime pick.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
I love visiting Yosemite National Park, but I also love going on a trip to California State Parks. You’ll find some of the best campsites in California around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and there are some great trips for an adventure day out.
St. Augustine, Florida
On the northeast coast of Florida you will find the oldest city in the United States. Wander the cobblestone streets, soak in the European colonial architecture, explore Anastasia State Park, then hit up the beach.
When it comes to the best places to look for leaves, few places can compete with Stowe.
This magical autumn destination is filled with spectacular color. Grab your camera and come ready for a show.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
This tiny car-free island is alive all summer long. It’s a good place to visit whenever you want, but there is one special day each year here. On the Fourth of July, the island holds a celebration that can compete with the best Independence Day celebrations in the United States.
Where is it going to be? Is your next adventure going to be a wine tasting weekend? An adventurous hike? I would love to hear which of these made your bucket list of must-see American destinations.