Top Travel Destinations In US

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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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - Anchorage

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - Denver

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - Golden Gate

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - Honolulu

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - Las Vegas

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - Los Angeles

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!).

Top Travel Destinations In US - New Orleans

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - New York

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!

Top Travel Destinations In US - Orlando

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.

Top Travel Destinations In US - San Antonio

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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(28) Comments

  1. Jim

    Thanks for getting us thinking about travel again! I would say many Americans may very well stay with U. S. domestic travel to begin with, I know that’s our comfort level right now. It would be great if you could write about some travel deals. I’d sure come back to read about that! We have a Disney Travel Agent that plans all of our Disney Trips & Disney Cruises. If any one wants a referral to her. Just let me know at: pr@myketolifestyle.org. and I will send you a link!
    Jim

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Jim,

      We always aim to stay positive and travel would be a good start when we all have the comfort level back that we can explore other places safely. And it makes a lot of sense to start with local and domestic travel. There is so much to see and explore even locally.

      Thank you for your comments. And if anyone needs a referral to your travel agent, we will surely pass it on.

  2. Jack Frost

    Hey

    I love your collection of top travel destinations in the US. You’ve picked your choices well and I agree with each one of them.

    I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas, which as I know it, is the entertainment capital of the world. I totally agree with your words. Though I never had the chance to do it.
    After reading your post, I’m am really starting to consider making Las Vegas my destination for my vacation this year.
    Thanks for posting such useful information.

    With regards,

    Faiz

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Faiz,

      Thank you for your comments.  We have enjoyed our few visits to Vegas.  Hope things re-open soon so you can plan out your trip.

  3. Darrin

    Awesome article! It’s very encouraging nearing the end of Project Earth Lockdown!! Lol I’ve been to a few of those places, and long to go to most of the others. I live on the edge of one, and livED in another, but I love meeting people and experiencing different cultures even within the country where I live: the US. Do you know if international travel will open up soon as well, and if so, are there places that will likely be banned from travel or highly discouraged destinations due to Covid-19? 

    Thanks!

    Darrin

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Darrin,

      Thank you for your comments.

      Yes, indeed travel allows us to meet people and experience different cultures.  It is great that you live close to one of these and have lived in another. Indeed, the US offers a lot of interesting cities and places to visit.  And the re-opening post-COVID provides that opportunity.  Local travel will surely start it, but international travel is we believe just right in the corner, albeit may not be the same as before.  

      Any international destination that has been in your bucket list?

  4. Agnieszka Wajs

    I’ve travelled to the USA over 2 years ago, I’ve been to New York and West Coast of the country including California, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon. I must say it’s been a trip of a lifetime for me!
    I really want to go back to America to see more places in the future!
    Orlando sounds like the best destination for me since I have a 2-year-old girl now- she would definitely enjoy all the awesome theme parks over there!
    Thanks for the tips!
    Take care:)

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Agnieszka,

      Great to know that you have traveled to the US and have been to quite a few of the destinations on our list. We share the view and we do hope you have the chance to take your 2-year-old girl to Orlando soon. She would surely have a blast. Our daughter did when we took her there way back! All the best.

  5. Sami

    Reading your recommended destinations in the US, I was reminded of past experiences.  Travel has been a fun part of my life, and I look forward to feeling safe and excited about travelling more in the near future.  I think our travel will be limited this year but enjoyed reading your article.  Everyone has their own ideas of travel and pleasure activities, and a trend I have noticed in my extended family has been vacations that spend time hiking and seeing the sights on foot.  This kind of travel while dependent on flights for the major miles, allows most of the time to be spent in more remote less populated areas.  

    The slower pace of Bed and Breakfast type of hospitality enables them to see another side of the places they visit.  While I can’t get excited about 10 and 12-mile hikes, I do enjoy the 1 and 2-mile ones and the quiet and serenity of the area.  So we are considering some closer to home spots this year.  Where we will not be headed to where there are hundreds of people enjoying the same entertainment at the same time.  Yes, someday the COVID 19 Pandemic will be but a faded memory,  This year, it is a bit too real.  Thanks for your article about some of the wonderful places in the US. Have you written any articles about this kind of travel?  What are you seeing people interested in?   Sami

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Sami,

      Thank you for your comments and for sharing your experience and perspective.

      We already see the pent-up demand raring to explode.  While people will likely have a cautionary outlook this year, we are already seeing bookings late this year and into 2021.  We believe it has to both with both such demands as well as the fact that travel companies are offering great discounts for future travel.

      We share your view that seeing places and sights by foot is very enriching, whether you are in the city or venturing into the countryside.  And there are so many smaller, underrated places that are worthwhile destinations for this type of travel.  We are looking at putting together an article that will cover this.  In the meantime, one such place in our bucket list is the Glacier National Park in Montana.  Have you been to this place?

  6. israel Olatunji

    Wow, what an interesting travel post! Las Vegas has been one of the great cities in the United States I’ve wanted to visit for so long, hoping to have my dream of getting there actualized as soon as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is completely over.

    It’s awesome that you have a full list of the most amazing tourist centers and locations across the US in your travel post and I’ll do all within my possible best to visit 2 or more of these locations before the year ending. Thanks for the exposure!

    Israel Olatunji

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Israel,

      Thank you for your comments.

      It is great to know that you are planning to visit Vegas as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic is over.  You will surely enjoy this great entertainment capital of the world.  Also, when planning for the trip, venturing to nearby areas may interest you.

      Look forward to hearing your experience when the time comes.  If there is anything that we can provide, please feel free to reach out.

  7. Ashraf Abdelhamid

    Hello there,
    You have a great post here with many great travel destinations that I honestly have not been to, but would like to travel soon once this Pandemic eventually calms down completely. It’s always great to have a page that has the most popular destinations in which you have here. Have you traveled to any of these destinations since you like to travel.

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Ashraf,

      Thank you for your comments. Glad that you found this post useful. We have been to most of these places and in fact, have visited some more than once. Anchorage is still in our bucket list but we had a taste of Alaska when our last Alaskan cruise stopped by Juneau. We will surely plan to explore Anchorage next time.

  8. Melissa Janeiro

    Love this article! I have been to many of these places and can attest to what you have stated. Another great location is Austin, Tx. Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird”, and if you visit 6th Street on a Saturday night, you’ll understand why! Also, Austin has lots of live music and great, unique eateries. Take care!

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Melissa,

      Thank you for your comments.

      Yes, we love Austin as well and have been lucky to visit Austin a couple of times. JR used to work for a company with headquarters there. In addition, Zen’s sister and her hubby lives around 30 minutes north of Austin. Austin indeed has some of the great live music and had the chance to enjoy 6th Street. And of course, Austin BBQ is awesome.

      We will surely feature this great city in our next post. Are there some attractions around and beyond Austin you can suggest as well as some may wish to spend a few days extra to explore them?

  9. Sheddy Ovb

    Hello Dear, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful and informative article on top travel destinations in us. The U.S is a very beautiful place with beautiful cultures and great people. Although I have never been there in person, but I have seen and heard a lot about it. Anyways I have done so many visual tours on Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world, it’s indeed the entertainment capital of the world, the tour was quite interesting. 

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Sheddy,

      Thank you for your comments.

      Indeed, the US offers a lot of beautiful places to visit.  Vegas and the other destinations we have listed here are just scratching the surface.  For sure, a visual tour of Las Vegas would be an experience.  But an actual one will top it all.  We do hope that you would have the chance to do that in the future. Keep the positive energy flowing 🙂

  10. Awinikistevie

    Wow! This is an amazing article that you have got here. I would love to visit the capital of Hawaii; Honolulu. I always enjoyed surfing and the Waikiki beach seems to be a good spot for me. And also I will like to know more about the Manoa falls and the diamond head. Honolulu matches my taste for recreation. 

    Thanks for sharing this article with me. 

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Awinikistevie,

      Hawaii is indeed an island paradise and has so much to offer.

      Waikiki Beach, of course, is quite famous and for good reason.  Manoa Falls is a 150-foot waterfall located along the Manoa Falls Trail, one of if not the most popular trail on the island, with more than 200,000 hikers each year.  You will also surely enjoy the hiking trails and breathtaking views at Diamond Head – also a must-see.  Are you planning your trip this year or next?

  11. edahnewton1

    Hey, a nice article you have there. As a tourist having a perfect location that will guarantee my fun, peace, and comfort has been my utmost priority. Having gone through this article, I have more than a reason to prefer New York City, it really got all that I and my family will be needing to have a memorable summer holiday this year

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Edah,

      Thank you for your comments.

      New York will surely not disappoint you.  This is also one of our favorites, partly because of it being close to where we are.  But the city that never sleeps has always something to offer – not only its famous attractions but a lot of hidden gems out there.  And of course, because we love theater, Broadway is always in our schedule.  Do you have anything, in particular, you would want to focus on during your visit?

  12. Kenny Lee

    I’m definitely going for a trip when all this pandemic stuff is over. Never been to the US and I’m glad to stumble on your article.

    Now, hunting for dinosaur bones sounds like a good idea. I never thought you could do that in the US. I’ll be sure to bookmark your page and run through the list again when we’re able to travel again.

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Kenny,

      Glad to note that you found the list interesting such that you will bookmark it as a reference when it is time for you to plan your travel to the US. Hope you will enjoy it and would be glad to hear back about your experience. Good luck!

  13. Techie

    One of my biggest dreams is to visit the United States of America someday. So I find these top travel destinations in the US to be very attractive and enchanting too. Among all of these cities, the one I’d love to visit first is Las Vegas. I love every bit of good entertainment and I think Las Vegas is just right for this. More so, I love good food (I don’t joke with food at all). This list is truly impressive.

    1. JRandZen

      Hello Techie,

      Thank you for your comments.  Vegas indeed seems a perfect fit for your search for good entertainment and good food.  

  14. Satz

    I so want to travel again, as I read your post it reminisced all my travel memories. I have been wanting to travel to Honolulu….I have heard about Honolulu’s Chinatown it is one of the largest and most authentic Oriental districts in the United States and would love to try Shark Diving Aloha State.

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Satz,

      Yes, travel memories are always nice to go back to. They refresh us with all the excitement leading to the trip and all the experiences and adventures we had throughout. In addition, they always trigger that desire to plan the next one.

      Honolulu is indeed one great destination to put in your bucket list. Hope it won’t be long and you will be able to tick that off the list.

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