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50 Best Travel Destinations in the United States

June 25th, 2013 - 3:44 PM

Looking to travel in the U.S.?

If you have a cross-country move planned, this may be the perfect time to send your stuff in the moving truck, jump in your car, and call it a vacation! You can see some awesome sites across the nation; the United States is full of great travel destinations to enjoy along the way!  Here are some of the best.  


50 Best Travel Destinations in the United States

  1. New York, NY
    Why go: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park. Manhattan Skyline, Broadway, Grand Central Terminal, Staten Island Ferry, 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, Ellis Island, Fifth Avenue
  2. San Francisco, CA
    Why go: Golden Gate Bridge, Sea Lions at Pier39, Cable Car Museum, Alcatraz, The Marina District, Chinatown, Union Square, Golden Gate Park
  3. Chicago, IL
    Why go: Cloud Gate, Lake Michigan, Museum of Science and Industry, Millennium Park, The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, John Hancock Observatory, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum
  4. Las Vegas, NV
    Why go: Bellagio Fountains, Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Dig This, Fremont Street, Gondola Rides at the Venetian, Hoover Dam, Cirque de Soleil, Breakfast Buffet at the Wynn, Casinos
  5. Orlando, FL
    Why go: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Around the World at Epcot, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando, Gatorland, John F. Kennedy Space Center, ESPN Wide World of Sports
  6. Washington D.C.
    Why go: Lincoln Memorial, The Smithsonian Institution Building, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, National Mall, Capitol Hill, Mount Vernon, The White House
  7. Boston, MA
    Why go: Boston Public Garden, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, Freedom Trail, Boston Common
  8. Los Angeles, CA
    Why go: The Getty Center, Santa Monica Pier and Beach, Griffith Observatory, Venice Boardwalk, Grand Central Market, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Blvd.
  9. Honolulu, HI
    Why go: USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Shangri La, Waikiki Beach, Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Park, Waimea Bay, Diamond Head, Manoa Falls, Ala Moana Center
  10. New Orleans, LA
    Why go: Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, the Garden District, The National WWII Museum, Royal Street, New Orleans City Park, Jackson Square, Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans food (gumbo, jambalaya, poboys, beignets).
  11. Seattle, WA
    Why go: Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Green Lake Park, Museum of Flight, Olympic Sculpture Park, Discovery Park, Pioneer Square, Seattle Aquarium, Mount Si
  12. Miami, FL
    Why go: South Beach, Zoo Miami, Sequarium, Miami Beach, Everglades, Miami Children’s Museum, Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle, Lincoln Road Mall, Holocaust Memorial, Hollywood Beach Boardwalk
  13. Savannah, GA
    Why go: Savannah Historic District, Forsyth Park, River Street, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Tybee Island Beach, Savannah’s Squares, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah Riverfront
  14. Charleston, SC
    Why go: Folly Beach, Fort Sumter, South Carolina Aquarium, Old City Market, The Battery, Sullivan’s Island, Charleston Waterfront Park, Drayton Hall
  15. San Antonia, TX
    Why go: The Alamo, River Walk, SeaWorld, Brackenridge Park, San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Majestic Theatre, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Natural Bridge Caverns
  16. Portland, OR
    Why go: Old Town Historic District, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Tax-Free Shopping, Pittock Mansion, Classical Chinese Gardens, Oregon Zoo, Forest Park, Oneonta George, Portland Art Museum
  17. Philadelphia, PA
    Why go: Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum, Liberty Bell Center National Museum of American Jewish History, Reading Terminal Market
  18. Myrtle Beach, SC
    Why go: Myrtle Beach Beachfront, Myrtle Beach State Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, SkyWheel, Bookgreen Gardens, Capt. Dick’s Marina, Family Kingdom, Hyman Vineyards
  19. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM)
    Why go: Bat Flights, Cavern Tours, 10-mile one-way scenic loop drive, Rattlesnake Springs, Bottomless Pit
  20. Palm Springs, CA
    Why go: San Jacinto Mountain, Air Museum, Aerial tramway, Art Museum, Palm Canyon, Celebrity Tours, Indian Canyons, Desert Adventures, Golf, Canyon Drive
  21. Denver, CO
    Why go: Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Denver Botanic Gardens, Museum of Science and Nature, Larimer Square, Red Rocks Park, 16th Street Mall, United States Mint, Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Molly Brown House Museum
  22. Asheville, NC
    Why go: Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Botanical Gardens, Grove Arcade, Chimney Rock Park, River Arts District, Climbmax Indoor Climbing Center
  23. Atlanta, GA
    Why go: World of Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Stone Mountain Park, High Museum of Art, Botanical Garden, Atlanta Movie Tours, Centennial Olympic Park
  24. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
    Why go: North Rim, Grand Canyon Village, Rim Trail, Havasu Falls, Colorado River Rafting, Grand Canyon Railway and Skywalk, Mule Trail Rides, Air Tours
  25. Puerto Rico
    Why go: Flamenco Beach, Monkey Island, El Morro (fort), Fort San Cristobal, Calle de Cristo (shopping), El Yunque National Forest, Arecibo Observatory
  26. Sedona, AZ
    Why go: Cathedral Rock, The Vortexes, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Red Rock State Park, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Palatki Heritage Site, Pink Jeep Tours
  27. Napa Valley, CA
    Why go: Wineries and Vineyards, Riverbend Plaza, Uptown Theater, Culinary Institute of America, Skyline Wilderness Park, Petrified Forest, Hot Air Balloon Rides
  28. Yellowstone National Park (WY)
    Why go: Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Prismatic Spring, Hayden Valley, Mount Washburn, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
  29. San Diego, CA
    Why go: San Diego Zoo, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Fashion Valley Shopping Center, Old Town, Gaslamp Quarter, The New Children’s Museum
  30. St. Louis, MO
    Why go: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Gateway Arch, Forest Park, the Loop, St. Louis Zoo (it’s free!), Grant’s Farm, City Museum, Busch Stadium
  31. Naples, FL
    Why go: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples Museum of Art, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Zoo, Everglade Excursions, The Naples Pier, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Botanical Garden
  32. Maui
    Why go: Road to Hana, Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach), Iao Valley State Park, Wailea Beach, Old Lahaina Luau, Waimoku Falls Trails, Maui Stables, Haleakala National Park
  33. Yosemite National Park (CA)
    Why go: Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls, Half Done, Tuolumne Meadows, El Capitan, Valley View, Lembert Dome, Tunnel View, Cathedral Peak, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
  34. Branson, MO
    Why go: Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake, Titanic Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, Duck Tour, Entertainment Shows, Ziplines, Marvel Cave, World’s Largest Toy Museum, American President’s Museum, Celebration City
  35. Anchorage, AK
    Why go: Chugach State Park, Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Railroad, Prince William Sound, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Kincaid Park, Alaska Zoo, Alaska Native Heritage Center
  36. Louisville, KY
    Why go: Churchill Downs, Louisville Zoo, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Mega Cavern, Kentucky Derby Museum, Old Louisville, Thomas Edison House
  37. Dallas, TX
    Why go: Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park, Ft. Worth Stockyards, Dallas Museum of Art, Cowboy’s Stadium, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas World Aquarium, State Fair of Texas, The George W. Bush Presidential Library
  38. Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
    Why go: Besides seeing the famous mountainside carving, there’s also Rushmore Cave, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Gemstone Mining, Rushmore Tramway, the President’s Alpine Slide, and Crazy Horse Memorial
  39. Kansas City
    Why go: National World War I Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Power and Light District, Union Station, The Steamboat Arabia Museum,  Kauffman Stadium
  40. Nashville, TN
    Why go: Grand Ole Opry, The Johnny Cash Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, Parthenon, Adventure Science Center, The Hermitage (former home of Andrew Jackson)
  41. Austin, TX
    Why go: 6th street, Esther’s Follies, Barton Springs Pool, The Bats of Austin, Texas State Capitol, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Presidential Library
  42. U.S. Virgin Islands
    Why go: Magens Bay, Virgin Islands National Park, Magic Ice Gallery, Drake’s Seat, 99 Steps, Cruzan Rum Distillery, Paradise Point
  43. San Juan Islands, WA
    Why go: San Juan National Historic Park, Lime Kiln Point State Park, Shark Reef Sanctuary, Whale Watching, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez Islands, Kayaking
  44. Twin Cities, MN
    Why go: Mall of America, Chain of Lakes, Uptown, Stone Arch Bridge, Guthrie Theater, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Historic Fort Snelling
  45. Cincinnati, OH
    Why go: King Island Amusement Park, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, Great American Ball Park, Purple People Bridge, Hyde Park Square
  46. Northern Maine
    Why go: Moosehead Lake, Food (clam chowder and lobster rolls), Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Kennebec River (rafting, canoeing)
  47. Lake Tahoe, CA (Tahoe South)
    Why go: Ice skating, Casinos, Skiing, Snowboarding, Golf, Hiking, Running, Emerald Bay, Heavenly Gondola, Squaw Valley USA, D.L. Bliss Sate Park, Cave Rock
  48. Glacier National Park (MT)
    Why go: Going to the Sun Road, Hidden Lake Overlook, Iceberg Lake, Highline Trail, Trail of the Cedars, Grinnell Glacier, Logan Pass, Lake McDonald
  49. Charlotte, NC
    Why go: The Billy Graham Library, Richard Petty Driving Experience, U.S. National Whitewater Center, Freedom Park, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place
  50. Niagara Falls State Park (NY)
    Why go: Niagara Falls, Cave of the Winds Tour, Top of the Falls Restaurant, Aquarium of Niagara, Maid of the Mist boat ride, Niagara Gorge Trail, MarineLand

What are your favorite travel destinations?

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