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It’s no doubt the COVID pandemic changed the lives of millions of people around the world. Loved ones lost. Beloved restaurants, in families for generations, shuttered their doors. Entire communities who rely on tourism, forced to seek alternative trades. While many nations have opened their doors to US travelers, you might not want to deal with the added stress of PCR tests, affidavits, and other COVID-era travel requirements. Here are the best places to travel in the US.
Best Places to Travel in the US
The state of California has far more than Hollywood, Disneyland, and expensive housing. In it, you’ll find the most National Parks out of any state in the country. From the snow-capped mountains of Sierra Nevada to the sun-kissed beaches of Orange County, there’s something for everyone here. If you’re looking for a place to escape the cold this winter, California is the perfect place.
The Sunshine State has long been a favorite destination for travelers from all over the world. And it’s no wonder why. With its endless beaches, year-round good weather, and attractions like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Florida has something for everyone. Some of my favorite destinations are Miami and the Florida Keys.
The Hawaiian Islands are a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. With jungles, volcanoes, waterfalls, and some of the best beaches in the world, Hawaii is a true paradise. And, now that the state has started to open up again, it’s the perfect place to travel.
If you’re looking for a truly unique travel destination, look no further than Alaska. From its stunning glaciers to its towering mountains, Alaska is a nature lover’s dream come true. And with its small towns and friendly people, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all.
I know what you’re thinking. Mississippi? Hear me out: it’s home to delicious food, the birthplace of the Blues, and some of the coolest museums in the South. Whether you’re touring Elvis Presley’s birthplace, the Grammy Museum (my fave), or checking out B.B. King’s Museum, there’s something for everyone.
I might be a little bias, considering I spent many of my formative years living on Mt. Tabor, but Oregon really has it all. With its forests, rivers, mountains, and coastline, Oregon is a nature lover’s paradise. And with its cool cities like Portland and Eugene, it’s the perfect place to escape the heat this summer.
Kansas might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of travel, but it’s actually a great place to visit. With its rolling hills, quaint small towns, and rich history, there’s a lot to love about Kansas. And, with its central location, it’s the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the rest of the Midwest.
When I ask you to think of the perfect vacation for families, you might think of Florida or California thanks to Disney, but I want you to think about Indiana. It has the world’s largest children’s museum in Indianapolis, and then you’ve got Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana—a real life Hallmark town that celebrates year-round.
Tennessee is an ideal place to visit for music lovers, history buffs, and nature lovers alike. With world-famous music venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, there’s plenty to see and do in Tennessee. And with its beautiful mountains and rivers, it’s the perfect place to escape the city for a weekend.
South Dakota might be best known for Mount Rushmore, but there’s so much more to see and do in this great state. With its Badlands National Park, the Black Hills, and the city of Rapid City, South Dakota is a nature lover’s paradise. And with its friendly people and small-town charm, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all. You’ll probably see a lot of my blood ancestor if you stop by Deadwood; he’s Wild Bill Hickok.
Arkansas is a great place to visit for its natural beauty, friendly people, and rich history. With its Ozark Mountains, Hot Springs National Park, and Crater of Diamonds State Park, there’s plenty to see and do in Arkansas. And with its central location, it’s the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the rest of the country.
People flock to Wyoming for its natural beauty and outdoor adventure. With its Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole, there’s plenty to see and do in Wyoming. While it can have brutal winters, it’s the perfect place to escape the heat this summer.
Montana is a great place to visit for its gorgeous mountain views, friendly people, and rich history. With its Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, and Big Sky Resort, there’s plenty to do for those seeking adventure, or a little solitude.
No matter where you head this summer, make sure you take the time to explore the best of what each state has to offer. From Oregon to Mississippi, there’s something for everyone.
What are your favorite places to travel in the US? Let me know in the comments!