Planning a trip to the US this year but not sure where to go? Then add these highly ranked destinations to your travel bucket list.
The US is full of incredible destinations worth visiting at least once in a lifetime—if not yearly. Of course, there is a whole world to see for avid wanderlusters. But, there are just some places stateside that are a must. Whether travelers are seeking stunning scenery, exciting outdoor recreation, natural wonders, a lively culture, phenomenal beaches, iconic architecture, or mouthwatering cuisine, one thing is certain, the US has it.
So for anyone bitten by the travel bug who hasn’t checked these major destinations off their list, there is definitely no time like the present. That said, to help make all travelers’ stateside traveling dreams come true, here are the ten top-rated places to visit in the US in the new year.
A fan favorite for most travelers stateside is none other than Colorado.
With the Rocky Mountains, powdery snow, great ski towns, an abundance of recreational activities, breathtaking scenery, and a diverse selection of resorts, hotels, and other accommodations, Colorado is a wonderful playground for all — not just the rich and famous.
Popular cities like Aspen, Telluride, Denver, and Vail each offer something unique in the way of attractions and things to do.
If possible, travelers should make it a point to stop by all these beloved destinations during their trip to Colorado.
Yellowstone National Park
Yet another top-rated place to visit in the US is Yellowstone National Park. Located in three states—Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho—this vast park is brimming with natural wonders, mountains, canyons, waterfalls, wildlife, and overall beauty.
So, if this sounds like your cup of tea, then head to the airport now. Yellowstone is a popular place to vacation throughout the year.
Just one look at Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Yellowstone Lake, and visitors will be amazed at what nature can create. There are also ample accommodations in and near the park.
Speaking of natural wonders, Hawaii is, in many respects, the true definition of an island paradise.
With several islands to choose from, visitors can appreciate the rich Pacific culture, go surfing, relax in the lap of luxury, lounge on gorgeous beaches, be in awe of larger-than-life volcanoes, get in some humpback whale watching, and more.
Whether travelers stay on the main island or decide to check out Maui, Kauai, or any of the other islands that make up this heavenly oasis, they won’t be disappointed.
The nation’s capital should also be on every wanderlust’s bucket list. Washington, D.C., is filled with this country’s history and is home to the White House, the National Mall, and the Lincoln Memorial.
But that’s not all; D.C. has a style, culture, and vibe that is all its own.
With delicious eats, historical sites galore, an abundance of stunning cheery blossom trees (when in bloom), tons of museums, art galleries, and so much more, D.C. is truly an amazing experience that every traveler should have.
On almost the opposite end of the country, travelers will find America’s playground, affectionately called Sin City. The state of Nevada has more than a few cities that are worth exploring, but Las Vegas is where all the fun is.
Las Vegas is a good time, from the famed Strip and all its casinos to the phenomenal shopping, party-hard nightlife, and fascinating attractions.
Even for those who aren’t fans of gambling or letting some steam off in Las Vegas the traditional way, there’s no need to panic—Las Vegas has a wealth of live entertainment and other activities to enjoy.
There are so many reasons why New Orleans is on this particular list it is hard to know where to begin. This beloved southern city has a rich history, diverse cultures, incredible cuisine, art, music, and yearly events (Mardi Gras, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and more).
The French Quarter also adds to this lively city’s good time feel, so don’t forget to check out this area of NOLA when in town. That said, one of the best times to visit the Big Easy is during the famous Mardi Gras festival—though it pays to book everything well in advance for this one.
For wanderlusters who prefer a spectacular beach party, Miami is the place to be in southern Florida. With stunning beaches, amazing nightlife, unique boutique hotels, delicious fanfare, an abundance of art museums, and so much more, Miami is a favorite destination for most domestic travelers.
Even for those who aren’t crazy about spending their days beachside, there is still so much to see and do here. Miami is also the perfect spot to spend a few days in before heading out to nearby international destinations.
New York as a whole has so much to offer visitors, but the Big Apple is definitely at the center of it all.
With iconic landmarks, countless attractions, and the five Boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island), NYC is always an unforgettable experience. NYC is also known for its superb shopping on Fifth Avenue, Broadway theater scene, holiday cheer galore, exciting nightlife, trendsetting music, and show-stopping fashion.
Plus, this destination is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Overall, travelers can choose their own adventure while visiting the gem of the East Coast.
On the West Coast, Los Angeles is also a popular destination, especially with all the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
Whether it’s celebrities, shopping on Rodeo Drive, the Santa Monica Pier, Malibu, Beverly Hills, or the allure of other nearby places, LA is often at the top of many people’s travel bucket lists.
With 5-star dining, first-rate hotels, spas, beaches, sports, movie premiers, and so much more, LA doesn’t disappoint. So, for anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure yet, pack those bags, LA is calling.
Finally, not too far away, US explorers will find yet another destination that is legendary. San Francisco is home to so many things, including the tech capital that is Silicon Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and The Painted Ladies.
What’s more, America’s famed wine country (Napa Valley and Sonoma) is literally around the corner.
With lush gardens, limitless outdoor recreation, the ocean, boutique hotels, and so much more, there is really no reason that San Francisco shouldn’t also be on every vacationer’s list of must-visit places in the US.