With the US cities reopening and summer coming up, pent-up demand will boost local travel. To help prepare, below are the top travel destinations in US post-COVID-19 to consider.
There is a world of tourism within the United States. Also, millions flock from other countries to the American Dreamland year after year. There are many beautiful destinations to visit in the US, either for solo, couple, or family travel. We have visited most of the below (arranged alphabetically), while others are still on our bucket list. We hope to cross them off soon as well as go back to those we have already visited.
Anchorage – Gateway To Wilderness & Nature
A lot of people consider Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, a holiday paradise destination, particularly if you like the focus of your vacation to be on the outdoors, wildlife, glaciers, and parklands. This city and the rest of Alaska offer fun for everyone!
The country’s largest water park is here, called H2Oasis, and you can probably dig for dinosaur bones at the Alaska Museum of Natural History. For wild ones, there is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center too.
The whole city is scenic, and if you’re looking for some R and R, this place is it. You can take scenic drives, with many beds and breakfasts offering affordable stay, plus a chance to experience some unique hospitality.
Denver – The Mile High City
Most people may know Denver as a jumping-off point for the nearby Rocky Mountains and the famous skiing slopes there. Apart from skiing, snow activities include tubing, snowmobiling, and ice-skating. But there’s a lot more to Denver than these during seasons outside of winter.
This capital of Colorado is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Its oldest block, Larimer Square, provides its visitors the opportunity to see and appreciate 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown.
From the Botanic Gardens and the zoo to the Coors Brewery and the Red Rocks Amphitheater, you will have your hands full of activity here. You can visit the US Mint and the Buffalo Bill Museum as well.
Frisco – Home of the Golden Gate Bridge
Officially called the City and County of San Francisco, we may all know this city by many names such as San Fran, SF, the City, Golden Gate City, and City by the Bay. When you visit, this will likely be one city you won’t forget. The last time we visited Frisco, we quipped that Tony Bennett was right to the lyrics of his song: I left my heart in San Francisco.
The city has cool summers (with, yes, fog, sometimes), sloping steep hills, tramways, beautiful architecture, and superb cuisine. Famous and must-see sights are, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf (for that famed clam chowder), cable cars, the Alcatraz Penitentiary, and Chinatown. There are many museums to visit as well – it is indeed a hub of art and culture.
Honolulu – Waikiki Beach and More
There is nothing comparable to sweep you off your feet like Hawaii, the only US state located outside North America, an archipelago comprised of 137 islands spread over 1,500 miles in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and gateway to the Hawaiian archipelago.
The city’s pristine white-sand beaches and surfing facilities make this place worth coming back to. Besides, you can visit Manoa Falls or take a hike to Diamond Head. History lovers have it good as you can see the Pearl Harbor National Monument or the USS Missouri Memorial. You can do yoga by sunset and then attend a lovely luau.
Las Vegas – Entertainment Capital of the World
Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada. It is famous for being a city for the high-stakes gambler and its live shows. Vegas has it all – great food, high-end shopping, and fun, literally round-the-clock.
The MGM Grand and the other hotel-casinos are for the gamblers, Caesar’s Palace is the place for the shopaholic (Palace Forum Shops), and Cirque du Soleil is for the whole family. Children will adore the rides at Circus Circus and don’t forget the roller coaster at New York. Many casinos are hotels too and offer attractive deals to woe the gambler at heart.
Los Angeles – A Glimpse to the Rich and Famous
Los Angeles (or LA for some) is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. It covers a vast amount of land and boasts of an impressive list of attractions, both for locals or tourists. Tourists have plenty of things to do here, from Hollywood tours to a day at one of the city’s best beaches.
LA is one of California’s famous places, and the Hollywood Bowl, Walk-of-Fame, and Beverly Hills are just some of the many things you should check out here. The shopping at Rodeo Drive is one of the world’s most talked-about shopping districts. Bus tours can take you to see celebrity homes (only from the outside, of course!).
New Orleans – The Big Easy
Nicknamed “Big Easy,” New Orleans is well-known for its nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and spicy, singular cuisine that reflects the city’s history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.
Famed for its Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival of costumed parades and street parties, New Orleans offers a million things even outside of Mardi Gras time, to do to pass the time and enjoy yourself to the hilt! You can walk on Bourbon Street or take a Mississippi River Cruise. You will love old Creole cuisine, served in bars and restaurants that play jazz all night long in the French Quarter. This quaint town has golfing by day and entertainment by night.
New York – The City That Never Sleeps
While hard-hit by COVID-19 and so isolated now, NYC will not be isolated forever. It is everyone’s favorite city in the world and our personal favorite too! Once you go there, you cannot get it out of your system. NYC, with its 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean, is nicknamed “the city that never sleeps.” At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers.
It has been voted as the number 1 tourist destination, not only in the US but in the world. With its vast Central Park, majestic Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island (a short and beautiful boat ride away), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, what has NYC not got to offer the avid traveler? There is an array of hotels with budgets to choose from right in Manhattan. You will never want to leave!
Orlando – And Its World-Famous Theme Parks
Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. It is a great vacation destination and a must-see on everyone’s itinerary.
It is the home of Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Besides Disney World, you have other significant destinations available for you to enjoy, such as Sea World and Universal Studios.
Sunny and warm, the city has lots to do for the young and old. Don’t miss the beautiful outlet shopping here as well.
San Antonio – The Alamo and More
San Antonio is a South-Central Texas city and is the fastest growing city with the 7th largest population in the United States. It boasts of a rich colonial heritage.
The city offers a vibrant mix of history and nightlife and is rife with things to do and see. There’s the unforgettable Riverwalk and the Alamo, the Zoo, Six Flags, and Sea World too. You can stay in a five-star hotel at very reasonable rates.
Right now, travel and vacation may be the least in everyone’s priority. But when the US cities reopen post-COVID-19 and “rise from the ashes,” and people start to adapt to a world without masks, ventilators, and sanitizers, there will be room for all the things that people did before the pandemic began.
After cities and countries have recovered, it would be time for a much-needed vacation. Admittedly, we all have already probably seen “home” for much too long! Traveling, exploring, nurturing ourselves, and learning about other people and cultures will be things to look forward to.
If you have thoughts on the above or have other great destinations in your bucket list, please do share by leaving some comments below.