Even to Americans, there’s something about the United States that can feel a little bit monolithic. Many just assume the United States, as one country, is just the same from coast to coast and from north to south. Of course, if you’ve actually spent any time traveling across and around the country, you know that this simply isn’t the case.
In fact, the United States in an amalgam of many diverse and interesting regions. No matter what kind of travel experience you might be looking for, you’re almost assured to find it somewhere in the states. There are places for living it up in the urban sprawl just the same as there as those for getting back to nature. There are gorgeous places for beach vacations and those perfect for winter sports. Simply put, in the United States you can pretty much find it all.
So, if you’re going to visit the country, or else are going to travel around it, where should you go? That’s what we hope to answer by sharing our picks for the 20 best places to visit in the United States…
1. Boston, Massachusetts
You may hate the sports teams (particularly the Patriots), but it’s hard not to fall in love with Boston in the summer and fall.
2. Sedona, Arizona
The natural environment of Arizona is something you can’t just see in a picture; you need to experience it.
3. Mount Desert Island, Maine
Part of the Arcadia National Forest, this coastal location perfectly demonstrates what so many find arresting about the natural beauty of the Vacation State.
4. Nashville, Tennessee
You don’t need to be a fan of the blues or country music to appreciate the art, culture and cuisine of this southern treasure.
5. Miami Beach, Florida
From the art-deco style to the charming pastels, there’s just something infectious about Miami Beach.
6. Orlando, Florida
When it comes to taking the ultimate family vacation, is there really any substitute for Orland, which is home to Disney World? No. We didn’t think so…
7. Charleston, South Carolina
Southern, urbane and luxurious all at once, there’s something for everyone in Charleston, especially you foodies out there.
8. Chicago, Illinois
Especially during the summer months, there’s something about Chicago that few people can resist.
9. Key West, Florida
Ever wonder what it’s like to waste away again in Margaritaville, looking for your lost shaker of salt? You can find out here.
10. Aspen, Colorado
When it comes to having a winter-sports experience like none other, it’s hard to find a substitute for the allure of Aspen.
11. Oahu, Hawaii
It’s well known that Hawaii is like paradise on Earth, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Oahu.
12. New Orleans, Louisiana
Some say that New Orleans isn’t just a place; it’s a state of mind. We have to say that we agree. You’ve got to experience it for yourself!
13. Savannah, Georgia
When one thinks of southern hospitality, one is most often thinking of the vibe and culture of a place like Savannah.
14. San Francisco, California
Sure, it’s expensive. However, if you can sit in Golden Gate park looking at the bridge on a clear day, you’ll find out what makes this city so infectious.
15. Moab, Utah
Perhaps the most beautiful state in the country, everything that makes Utah so amazing is on full display in Moab.
16. Las Vegas, Nevada
Provided you don’t lose all of your money, Sin City is a place where there’s something to hold your attention no matter what direction you turn.
17. Napa, California
Who thought you could have an experience like you’d get in the wine-making regions of France without having to leave the states?
18. San Diego, California
It’s Spanish for… No, not that! Actually, it’s just a place you can visit where the weather is seemingly always perfect.
19. Los Angeles, California
Don’t let the traffic get to you. Instead, think of it as the price you pay to experience the incredible culture of this diverse and massive city.
20. Washington, D.C.
From the monuments, to the houses of government, to the restaurants and bars, Washington is so much more than most people realize.