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US Travel: 25 Best Places To Visit In 2020

Adam Perry Lang
Miami Beach Travel 2020

In the surf in Miami Beach, which is one of the 25 best places to travel in 2020.

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What’s on your travel list for 2020? Maybe this is the year to see more of the United States. After all, there’s so much to love in our own backyard. I tapped into a handful of travel experts and influencers to find out the top places in the USA that they recommend visiting in 2020. Their picks range from historic cities to mountain getaways to some up-and-coming locations that you might not know—but that you need to see in the new year. Compare these to the best places in the US that the experts chose for 2019. I’ve also got my own shortlist of some of the travel spots I’m most excited about in the US for 2020. 

For those of you who want to explore beyond our borders, check out the 27 top places to travel in 2020, where travel experts select next year’s most compelling destinations around the globe.

Want to see where to go in 2021? Check out this year’s list: “The 20 Best Places To Travel In 2021: Where To Go Next.”

Or do you just want to add some amazing places to your travel bucket list? Check out: “Bucket List Travel: Top 10 Places In The World And Top 29 In The U.S.”

And now, read on for the 25 best places to visit in the United States in 2020. These are locations that will make every American citizen very proud.

New Orleans where to go 2020

On a porch in New Orleans, which is one of the top places to visit in 2020.

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Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

Chosen by: Natalie DiScala is a writer and editor at JohnnyJet.com, covering travel trends, products and family travel.

Why: New Orleans may masquerade as a Mardi Gras party town, but really, it’s a city with a rich history that’s known for its music and food scene—not to mention the festivals. New Orleans has about 130 festivals each year so there’s really no bad time to visit. In 2020, the city is throwing its doors open to host the Women’s Final Four games as well as the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, making it the perfect time for sports fans to visit. But even if you’re not into sports, New Orleans has so many things for visitors to do. Bourbon Street is the obvious choice for food, drink and jazz and it’s definitely a must-visit location, especially for first-timers to the city. (For easy access to Bourbon Street, check into The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, which is in a 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building and is wrapping up a transformation to the guest rooms, suites, corridors and the spa just in time to kick off the new decade.)

Also check out Frenchmen Street for more live music and a different vibe altogether. Beignets at Café du Monde is the ultimate tourist trap but for good reason; it’s worth a stop on your itinerary, both for the atmosphere and the tasty treats. The Garden District is a charming part of town with beautiful homes (think: everything from cottages to mansions) to gawp at and nearby Magazine Street offers cafes and restaurants where you can refuel before hitting up the nearby antiques shops and boutiques.

READ MORE: “The 20 Best Places To Travel In 2021: Where To Go Next”

Vail, Colorado

Writer Becca Ingle in Vail, Colorado.

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Where: Vail, Colorado

Chosen by: Becca Ingle is an avid family travel blogger. She is the founder of BeccaIngle.com, where you can read all her travel guides. Follow her on Instagram to see behind the scenes of each trip (@Beccaingle).

Why: Vail, Colorado, is the perfect destination for families and travelers looking to find everything in one central spot. Stay at the amazing Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail to be steps away from Vail Village, a popular town with heated cobblestone streets for strolling, restaurants and bars, coffee shops, ice-skating, a movie theater and a bowling alley, all within reach. The country’s largest free transportation system runs frequently, making it easy to access almost anywhere from Vail Village to Lionshead Village without the hassle of driving. 

Pop over to the Gorsuch store to get all your ski rentals and winter clothing for the season. It has everything from designer clothing to home goods and even whimsical gingerbread houses. Vail’s extensive snowmaking upgrades and expansions have opened up nearly 200 acres of new and enhanced snowmaking terrain to allow longer ski seasons. Opening day for Vail Mountain was November 15 and the mountain remains open through April 19, 2020. Put the kids in Vail ski school at Golden Peak Mountain and ski over 5,317 acres of mountain terrain. During peak season, make sure to check out Epic Discovery, where you can ride a rollercoaster through the snow and tube down the mountain. It also has adventure courses, zip lines, a mountain coaster, tubing hills, a climbing wall, bungee trampoline and much more available in the summer months. To get the most bang for your buck, make sure to purchase the Epic Pass for the 2019–20 season. If you are feeling adventurous, book a day of dog sledding with Mountain Mushers, a two-hour scenic ride through Vail Mountains and you will feel like you are in a Christmas card.

Hudson Valley, NY

A summer evening in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie.

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Where: Hudson Valley, New York

Chosen by: Devorah Lev-Tov is a freelance food and travel writer based in Brooklyn who regularly writes for The New York Times, Afar, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Robb Report, among others.

Why: The Hudson Valley is where New Yorkers go to escape the city when they need a healthy dose of nature and relaxation. Just an hour and half north of New York City, the Hudson Valley is comprised of dozens of small, impossibly charming towns east of the Hudson River. And while the air is fresher and things do move slower in the mountains, that doesn’t mean nothing happens up here—in fact, quite the opposite is true. The region recently debuted the third outpost of the beloved Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Rhinebeck, complete with a luxurious spa and wet-room and a knockout Charlie Palmer restaurant. Plus, all 50 rooms have deep soaking tubs and fireplaces, ensuring a cozy and tranquil getaway. Grab a bite at the new Hudson Valley Food Hall in Beacon that’s filled with local vendors, or head to Hudson to eat at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis—its chef-owners were nominated for the Best Chef: Northeast James Beard Award in 2019.

If you need to work off all that food, check out the new Empire State Trail, which is slated to be finished by the end of 2020. The 750-mile biking and hiking route links communities across New York State and links up to the Hudson Greenway Trails. Also new for 2020 is the kid and adult favorite, Legoland New York Resort, opening just in time for July 4th. Expect more than 50 rides for varying age levels, the New York City skyline (and plenty of other cities) built entirely out of Lego, Lego Ninjago World and more.

READ MORE: “Bucket List Travel: Top 10 Places In The World And Top 29 In The U.S.

Memphis

Writer Patrice J. Williams in Memphis.

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Where: Memphis, Tennessee 

Chosen by: Patrice J. Williams is a travel and lifestyle writer who has contributed to Fodor’s, USA Today, Travel + Leisure and more. She also appears as an on-air expert for the Today Show, Nate Berkus Show and WEtv. Patrice can be found sharing style advice on her blog, Looking Fly on a Dime, or dishing on travel and lifestyle hacks on Instagram (@PatriceJWill).

Why: Nashville tends to get all of the love, but Memphis is bubbling over with soul and style. This year marked the bicentennial and 2020 enters a New Century of Soul, so the city is sure to have tons to check out for new and returning visitors. 

It’s hard to say “Memphis” without thinking of music—the Stax Museum pays homage to the artists who created the sounds that continue to influence current artists. Continuing into 2020 is the “Run This Town” exhibit which tells the story of a dozen Memphian women, including Estelle Axton who co-founded legendary Stax Records, home to Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. Also in 2020, Hattiloo Theater, the only freestanding Black repertory theater in five surrounding states, is set to open its 15th season. 

Eating well in Memphis isn’t hard to do and the food ranges from offerings from nationally recognized chefs to down home southern cooking that was a staple for Civil Rights activists. Memphis natives Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman have several James Beard nominations, most recently in 2019, for their string of restaurants including Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy. There are also some touristy spots that are well worth the hype and the wait, like historic The Four Way where Dr. Martin Luther King was a regular. A bustling area like Beale Street is even worth a trip if only for the she crab soup at Itta Benna, which is tucked away upstairs from B.B. King’s Blues Club

As far as highlights within certain neighborhoods, the formerly industrial Broad Ave Arts District is a hub for shopping and dining, Orange Mound art gallery, The CMPLX, celebrates its one-year anniversary in 2020 and Hu Hotel in downtown has a renovated rooftop bar with views overlooking the Mississippi River. 

Greenville, South Carolina

Downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

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Where: Greenville, South Carolina

Chosen by: Katie Jackson is a Montana-based travel writer whose work has been published by Travel + Leisure, USA TODAY, Fox News and The Sunday Times. Every trip she takes is an investment, and she likes to pay the rewards forward by helping other travelers. You can follow her adventures (and misadventures) on Instagram.

Why: Residents are so proud of being #YeahThatGreenville (the US has 35 Greenvilles), it’s the region’s most used hashtag. I don’t blame the locals for bursting with hometown pride. What sets Greenville apart from other Southern cities is its backdrop: the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail and waterfalls cascading through downtown don’t hurt either. Falls Park on the Reedy is to Greenville what Central Park is to New York. Except Central Park doesn’t boast an awe-inspiring suspension bridge floating above landscaped gardens below. Greenville also has also award-winning performance venues, North America’s only BMW museum and the most dog-friendly downtown I’ve ever seen.

Why visit now? Greenville is one of the country’s fastest growing cities, so flights are plentiful and cheap (discount airline Frontier Airlines just added service in September). Don’t leave town without trying an acai bowl at Southern Pressed Juicery or the homemade sourdough bread at the newly opened farm-to-table standout, Topsoil. My favorite place to stay is in the foothills at Hotel Domestique—a French chateau-inspired boutique hotel owned by Tour de France legend, George Hincapie.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Orlando

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is just one of the many reasons that Orlando is a top spot to visit in … [+] 2020.

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Where: Orlando, Florida

Chosen by: Megan DuBois is a theme park expert and frequent traveler to magical places. She frequently covers breaking theme park news, food, drinks and trending destinations. Her work can be seen on Popsugar, Insider, Family Vacation Critic, TravelPulse and more. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

Why: Orlando always has something new and interesting, but in 2020 there’s so much to do you might need to visit two or three times to see it all. For the theme park fan, Walt Disney World is the spot to be with quite a few new attractions coming or that recently debuted. Disney’s Hollywood Studios just opened Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in December 2019, following Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which opened earlier this year; and on March 4, an all new attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, will start taking guests into the cartoon world. Epcot is also undergoing a huge transformation and in summer 2020, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will begin taking guests on an adventure through Gusteau’s restaurant. There’s also a brand-new stunt show coming to Universal Orlando—the Bourne Stuntacular, which will debut spring 2020. Stay at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort and Spa, opening February 2020 for easy access to both Disney and Universal, and enjoy the modern elegance of the sprawling resort.

Outside of the theme parks, there are dozens of small neighborhoods to explore, each with their own individual flair. Winter Park is a hot spot for dining, and new in 2020 is Sixty Vines, which is going to be the spot to see and be seen. The wine bar will feature more than 60 wines on tap along with Napa Valley seasonally inspired cuisine. For those looking for variety, A.G.’s Market, a new 22,000 square foot food hall is coming to Orlando and will feature local vendors and nightly views of the Disney fireworks. Knife and Spoon, opening spring 2020, is a concept from chef John Tesar, who is a James Beard Award semifinalist and Top Chef contestant.

Sun Valley, Idaho

The snow-covered mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Where: Sun Valley, Idaho

Chosen by: Teddy Minford spent her childhood in Europe before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho. She now lives in New York, where she’s always planning her next trip. When she’s not writing and editing for Fodor’s, you can usually find her reading a book.

Why: Way back in 1936, Sun Valley became America’s first ski resort, catering almost exclusively to a clientele of celebrities, financiers and international athletes. Today, it’s still the coolest ski town in the United States, with hip restaurants, cozy hotels, legendary nightlife and an astounding number of art galleries and music festivals that would rival a city 100 times its size. The year-round community of local artists, writers, small business owners, philanthropists and—yes, they’re still around—celebrities who call this place home are dedicated to the natural beauty, outdoor adventures and the fact that there’s not a single high-rise building or chain restaurant in town. Plus, the skiing’s not bad either. The word “authentic” is constantly overused in travel writing, but this place is truly one-of-a-kind and for that reason, it’s one of our favorite places in 2020.

Indiana Dunes State Park

The Caribbean? No Indiana Dunes State Park, overlooking Lake Michigan.

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Where: Indiana

Chosen by: Pauline Frommer is the co-president of Frommer Media LLC, which publishes the Frommer’s guidebooks and Frommers.com. She co-hosts two radio shows on travel (for WABC and Radio America), pens a syndicated newspaper column for King Features, and is the author of the best selling Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City 2020. 

Why: In 2020, Indiana is celebrating two important birthdays. The first is America’s newest national park, Indiana Dunes National Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan. There, visitors will discover Mount Baldy, a sand dune mountain that’s always changing shape, as well as gorgeous beaches and freshwater swimming. And then Indianapolis is coming into its own, right in time for its 200th birthday. Indianapolis is blossoming right now with a rich cultural scene and some of the most interesting museums in the United States.

Be sure to check out the Children’s Museum if you’re traveling with kids (don’t miss the dinosaur section!) and Newfields, a sprawling museum of art geared toward people who don’t typically go to art museums. The Madam Walker Legacy Center, which will complete renovations in 2020, honors the entrepreneur—and first female African-American millionaire—Madam Walker. There, visitors can engage in programming and view artifacts from her life and business. And then there’s Bottleworks, which is home to an old Coca-Cola factory that’s being turned into the newest neighborhood. It’s going to be filled with cute boutiques, nice restaurants and even a hotel. For more ideas of where to go in Indianapolis, check out Frommer’s list of the top places to go in 2020 here.

Martha's Vineyard

Walking along a beach trail in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard.

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Where: Martha’s Vineyard

Chosen by: Tiffany Dowd is a global luxury hotel expert and luxury travel influencer known as “Luxe Tiffany” and founder of Luxe Social Media. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Why: Just a 30-minute ferry from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, picturesque Edgartown is the hideaway for celebs and A-listers alike including the Obamas, who recently purchased a spectacular home in the area. A former whaling town, the streets are lined with impressive Greek revival homes, former whaling captains’ homes, upscale shops, art galleries and top restaurants.

Stay at the historic Harbor View Hotel, which recently underwent a $15 million renovation keeping its seaside chic flair and adding Bettini Restaurant under the helm of chef Patrice Martineau—a protégé of Chef Daniel Boulud. Soak up the sun on Lighthouse Beach or take the Chappy Ferry to Norton Point Beach for a day of fishing and swimming. Sail at sunset through Katama Bay aboard a restored antique traditional Cape Cod Catboat with Catboat Charters past the iconic Edgartown Lighthouse.

key west street

A colorful street in Key West, Florida.

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Where: Key West, Florida

Chosen by: Olivia Balsinger has utilized her global perspective to manifest a career as a travel expert. She ditched NYC corporate life for adventure (and lust over a Danish boy!) in Copenhagen and hasn’t looked back. Olivia has visited 103 countries and was honored as InterContinental Group’s Latin America “Journalist of the Year.” She is the co-host of the upcoming immersive travel series Journey’s Beyond and is the co-producer of Fly Brother, coming to PBS in 2020. Follow her adventures on Instagram.  

Why: A haven for fishers, foodies and beach bums alike, the Florida Keys is the 2020 U.S. destination spot that encompasses it all. Often referred to as “America’s Caribbean,” the archipelago is home to more than 1,700 islands. Key West, by far the most developed and largest city in the Keys, is a melting pot of San Francisco temperament and Caribbean temperature. It is sprinkled with fruity Key Lime pies, the flair of neighboring Cuba and a generally laid-back attitude.

No trip to Key West is complete without a visit to The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum where the prolific author lived and wrote for 10 years. And 2020 brings a new way for Hemingway aficionados to gain insight into his life—Key West Food Tours is launching a 3.5-hour walking tour that retraces the author’s steps around Old Town. The tour includes two food tastings, two cocktails, a rum sampling and a plethora of anecdotes of Hemmingway’s storied life.

For an all-day activity, FuryWatersports has an experience that begins with a 90-minute sail to the Great Florida Reef, the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world, where participants can borrow snorkeling gear and jump right in. A tour of Key West’s First Legal Rum Distillery will surely add spice to any itinerary. The first for the Florida Keys, the distillery is located in a former Coca-Cola bottling plant and then converted into a pre-Prohibition Era bar called Jack’s Saloon.

Next year brings new accommodations perfect for a range of budgets. The 101-room Hampton Inn Key West has just completed a 14-month renovation, while the 5.5-acre Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, A Noble House Resort, is set to reopen in spring with 15 redesigned thatched-roof bungalow suites. And 2020 also brings exciting tech news: The Florida Keys & Key West Travel App is your key to the Keys. This new digital tool encourages safe driving and sightseeing on the famed Highway 1, using geographic locations to trigger and alert drivers of upcoming scenic, iconic and historical points—including diving spots. Plus, there are more ways to travel to this captivating frontier: On February 15, American Airlines will launch seasonal nonstop weekly service between Massachusetts’ Boston Logan International Airport and Key West International Airport, jetting visitors to this little pinpoint of paradise.

St. Louis downtown city skyline

St. Louis downtown city skyline at twilight.

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Where: St. Louis, Missouri

Chosen by: Marcia DeSanctis writes for Vogue, Departures, Travel + Leisure and Air Mail, and is the author of a New York Times best-selling book about France. 

Why: Why doesn’t everyone visit St. Louis, Missouri? And frankly, move there? As American cities go, it’s as vibrant, diverse and hip as it gets, and if that’s surprising, stop in next time you’re flying from New York to LA. Though the city endured some rough economic times in postindustrial years, start-up culture is redefining its economy in big, positive ways. That, on top of a legacy of architectural masterpieces from its moneyed past make the city the rarest of paradoxes: a cool city with class. 

Name another steal-your-breath experience like the moment the 630-foot arch comes into view above the Mississippi River. The Gateway Arch National Park recently reopened after $380 million renovation, and the results are stunning. On Christmas day 2019, The 120,000 square-foot St. Louis Aquarium will open in the 125-year-old Union Station. In September, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on the campus of Washington University unveiled its striking new expansion with an exhibit by Ai Weiwei. And of course, the St. Louis Blues won the 2019 Stanley Cup, so catch the champs at the Enterprise Center. In spring, it’s worth diverting for the cherry blossoms at the Botanical Gardens, the oldest in the country.

Downtown St. Louis has come alive in recent years. Rooster is great for a stick-to-your-bones brunch, while Blood and Sand, formerly a members-only supper club, is now open to the public for innovative American cuisine. Around Victorian-elegant Lafayette Park, try Polite Society for a romantic, locally sourced dinner, then head to Clementine’s Creamery for handcrafted ice cream, some of it spiked. In the trendy Botanical Heights district, try Nixta for cutting-edge Mexican, and across the way, in a repurposed gas station, Olio for fresh Mediterranean small plates. 

Navy Beach St. Thomas

The new Navy Beach in St. Thomas.

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Where: U.S. Virgin Islands

Chosen by: As The Points Guy’s travel editor, Melanie Lieberman manages destination coverage and other travel features. Before joining the TPG team, Melanie was an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, and her work has appeared in Bloomberg Pursuits, Yahoo Travel, Jetsetter and Saveur magazine, among others.

Why: More than two years after hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Virgin Islands are truly making a comeback—and not just in the way of superficial repairs. Beloved properties like The Westin St. John and The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas were completely reborn in 2019. And a new resort, Noni Beach (the first Autograph Collection hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands) will debut in the new year.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are also closer to the mainland than ever now, with American and Delta expanding their Caribbean networks through new codeshare partnerships with Silver Airways. St. Croix, for example, is now on Delta’s flight map, and American is even launching new flights to St. Thomas from Chicago (ORD) and Dallas (DFW) on Dec. 21.

Once you’ve arrived, visit the new swim-up taco bar off the coast of St. John that opened in March, or check out Navy Beach St. Thomas—an outpost of the iconic Montauk restaurant that will welcome guests at the Yacht Haven Grande before the end of the year. From here, you can watch the yacht-filled harbor from the outdoor lounge while plotting the rest of your 2020 adventures. For more ideas of where to go in the USVI, check out The Points Guy’s list of the top places to go in 2020.

Scottsdale at Dawn

The skyline of Scottsdale, Arizona, in evening light

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Where: Scottsdale, Arizona 

Chosen by: Dylan Essertier is a writer, speaker and the founder and CEO of Dylan Grace. Dylan’s travel expertise has been featured in WSJ Magazine, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Departures and more. Sign up for free weekly travel tips via her website and follow her around the world on Instagram

Why: Scottsdale has always been best known for its rugged beauty—most notably, the saguaro-dotted desert. But these days, it’s the city’s rich cultural traditions that are taking a spot in the limelight. In 2020, in addition to touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary home and studio, getting a glimpse at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoying the city’s free ArtWalk, visitors can experience unique works from around the globe at the recently-opened immersive art hub, Wonderspaces. Hotels and resorts have also been upgraded in recent months. The W Scottsdale unveiled six new Penthouse suites in June, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess refreshed its 458 rooms and pool area and the Royal Palms Resort and Spa just rolled out a new 11,000-square-foot spa. Culture, cacti and chic hotels—what’s not to love?  

Mt. Shasta Reflection

Northern California’s Cascade Range.

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Where: Redding and the Shasta Cascades, California 

Chosen by: Melissa Klurman is a travel expert, writer and editor and contributor at Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s Travel Guides and Parents, among other publications.

Why: Beautiful and remote, the Northern California city of Redding and the Shasta Cascade region are about as under-the-radar as it gets in the lower 48. Considered to be a hidden gem in the west, it’s often referred to as “California’s Last Frontier,” and it’s also one of the best bargains anywhere in the United States. The region is scattered with 50 waterfalls, dozens of lakes, rivers, mountains, historic mining towns, two national monuments, six national forests, seven state parks and even active volcanoes—most of which are free or very inexpensive, so you’ll never break the vacation bank. For example, snowshoeing at Lassen Volcanic National Park costs just $1 per person. Plus, hotels, including the iconic Thunderbird Motel, rarely go above $100, making this a bargain vacation you’ll want to return to in every season in 2020.

Denver and the Flatirons

Cityscape of downtown Denver with the Flatirons and Longs Peak in the background.

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Where: Denver, Colorado

Chosen by: Olivia Balsinger has utilized her global perspective to manifest a career as a travel expert. She ditched NYC corporate life for adventure (and lust over a Danish boy!) in Copenhagen and hasn’t looked back. Olivia has visited 103 countries and was honored as InterContinental Group’s Latin America “Journalist of the Year.” She is the co-host of the upcoming immersive travel series Journey’s Beyond and is the co-producer of Fly Brother, coming to PBS in 2020. Follow her adventures on Instagram.  

Why: Denver has grown exponentially within the last half-decade, emphasized by the development of neighborhoods such as “RiNo” –River District North—a creative mélange of some of the country’s most unique natural phenomenon, music and culinary creations. This state capital is now a destination in and of itself—in fact, 2019 welcomed a record 32 million visitors to Denver alone. In addition to its innovations in food truck culture, elaborate street art visions and its ever-growing cannabis tourism industry, Denver is also a mecca for live music: The Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which produces arguably the most exceptional natural sound in the state, is only 20 minutes outside of the city. After rocking out at a live show, spend the night at the newly debuted Origin Hotel Red Rocks.

Of course, Denver’s proximity to nature is an enormous draw for tourists. Just minutes outside the city center are trails for hiking and running, opportunities for kayaking and even 85 miles of bike paths to test out Denver B-cycle, the city’s pioneering bike-sharing program. The craft beer scene in Denver is unparalleled—with almost 200 breweries and more popping up each day, there is always a reason to cheers for a drink with friends. The Mile High City’s chef-driven cuisine is also continually expanding—momentarily transport yourself to the south with a brunch at Julep, a sophisticated restaurant that honors the history and traditions of southern hospitality through fresh ingredients and innovative recipes. For a multi-sensory experience, book a dinner at Il Posto, a restaurant that harmoniously pairs Italian wines and dishes. 

Denver combines historic Victorian brick buildings in Larimer Square and LoDo (Lower Downtown) with the bold architecture of today, all within a laid-back, walkable city center. And as tourism continues to skyrocket, hotels are opening and expanding. The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is in the midst of an $80 million renovation, which will change the face of the mall and the 16th Street hotel. The Four Seasons Hotel Denver is, true to brand, a luxurious urban escape just steps from the buzzing and historic Larimer Square. And for a boutique hotel experience in the trendy Cherry Creek neighborhood, check out the hospitable service (and rooftop pool views!) at The Halcyon. Denver serves as the ultimate metropolitan home base for exploring the rugged interior of the United States.

Zion National park in Utah

Looking at the view on the trail to Angel’s Landing in Zion National park in Utah.

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Where: Southern Utah 

Chosen by: Katie Jackson is a Montana-based travel writer whose work has been published by Travel + Leisure, USA TODAY, Fox News and The Sunday Times. Every trip she takes is an investment, and she likes to pay the rewards forward by helping other travelers. You can follow her adventures (and misadventures) on Instagram.

Why: Southern Utah’s crown jewel, Zion National Park, recently turned 100 years old and the National Park Service is hosting special events to celebrate. New Zion-area lodging for 2020 will include the rural Open Sky glamping resort and in St. George, The Advenire which is just as luxurious but conveniently located downtown. Now is also a great time to visit Utah’s second oldest national park, Bryce Canyon National Park. As of August, it currently allows visitors to explore its vast red rock landscape by e-bike.

While I dig unique rock formations, it’s actually snowsports and unparalleled powder that draw me most to this beautiful corner of the Beehive State. Boasting a base elevation of 9,600 feet, Brian Head Resort claims to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” This season the resort is even better than ever after investing $6 million in upgrades. Getting to Southern Utah is as easy as finding reasons to extend your stay by an extra day or two. It’s just a few hours by car from Salt Lake City and is even closer to Las Vegas. You can even add it on to a Grand Canyon trip. 

Lake Tahoe

A beautiful day at the Sand Harbor area of Lake Tahoe

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Where: Lake Tahoe, California

Chosen By: At the age of 21, Lexie Alford became the youngest person to travel to every country on earth and broke the Guinness World Record. Follow her on Instagram (@LexieLimitless) and read more about her accomplishment here.

Why: When people imagine traveling to California, they most often visualize driving down the PCH in a convertible mustang and encountering celebrities below the Hollywood sign. As a native to one of the most visited states in the US, I can say from experience that travelers who only visit Southern California are missing out on the best part. A few hundred miles north lies Lake Tahoe, a crystal clear, alpine paradise hidden in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Lake Tahoe is best known for its eight top-rated ski resorts and laid-back mountain culture. A powder day in Lake Tahoe wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the après ski nightlife by the fire pit with a locally brewed craft beer.

Although Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland, this place offers something for everyone all year-round, especially if you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast. From lakeside casinos and luxury resorts to golfing, camping and fishing during the summer months. You can even take a cruise around the 22 mile-long lake to get the most panoramic view of the snowy peaks. I also can’t forget to mention the countless hiking and biking trails surrounding the lake that are available to the whole family. If escaping from the city is in your 2020 travel plans, look no further than Lake Tahoe.

Milwaukee Saint Kate hotel

Milwaukee’s Saint Kate hotel.

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Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chosen by: Foodie/travel journalist Mary Bergin is a two-time Lowell Thomas Award winner who explores the world but pays closest attention to her home turf, the Midwest U.S. Her patchwork of writing outlets includes the Chicago TribuneMilwaukee Journal Sentinel and longtime Roads Traveled columns. Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook, her fifth book, salutes a long-loved Badger State way of dining.

Why: The 2020 Democratic National Convention is bringing global attention to water-loving Milwaukee, and it’s also trending as Airbnb’s top destination to visit in the world. The city that turned beer brewing into a major industry by 1900—thanks to barons Blatz, Pabst, Schlitz and Miller—excels today because of multiple personalities. Kayak on downtown rivers, book an Edelweiss cruise along Lake Michigan’s shore or simply stroll Bradford Beach. The city’s biggest parties happen on 75 acres of lakefront: That includes Summerfest (the world’s largest music festival) and many ethnic celebrations.

No waterfront view beats Harbor House, whose Bartolotta roots are a mark of dining and cocktail excellence elsewhere, too. For uber local fare, check out Braise, whose chef-owner occasionally cooks at farms that he favors. Or go old-school cool at Five O’Clock Steakhouse and Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge. Edgy architecture? Milwaukee’s got it, from the graceful Calatrava-designed “wings” at the Milwaukee Art Museum to the chic industrial Harley-Davidson Museum. Add the magnificent Basilica at St. Josaphat to the new and roomy Fiserv Forum, ground zero for the Dems.

For lodging, immerse yourself in visual to performing arts at the Saint Kate, where each room is a masterpiece, or book boutique digs at The Brewhouse Inn, on the former Pabst campus. Best city quirks: a museum devoted to bobbleheads, and a factory tour to see the birth of Cheeseheads.

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Where: McCall, Idaho

Chosen by: Olivia Balsinger has utilized her global perspective to manifest a career as a travel expert. She ditched NYC corporate life for adventure (and lust over a Danish boy!) in Copenhagen and hasn’t looked back. Olivia has visited 103 countries and was honored as InterContinental Group’s Latin America “Journalist of the Year.” She is the co-host of the upcoming immersive travel series Journey’s Beyond and is the co-producer of Fly Brother, coming to PBS in 2020. Follow her adventures on Instagram.  

Why: Mother Nature had something up her sleeve when sculpting the intricate, stunning landscape that is southern Idaho. Often an overlooked touristic destination, Idaho is a land of breathtaking nature, adrenaline-pumping adventure, and is a beer lover’s haven. And while Idaho has slowly inched its way onto adventure traveler’s shortlists, there’s a possible chance you haven’t heard of McCall—the quaint and quirky mountain town about an hour from the capital, Boise.

Though McCall only has about 3,200 full-time residents, this former mining and timber community is a Mecca of brewing with three craft breweries. The town also boasts several mouthwatering restaurants, including two with executive chefs who have been honored by the James Beard House. You won’t feel guilty for overindulging, however, as activities are aplenty here—bike the charming city center streets, test out the zip line at Cascade Raft’s new rope challenge, kayak in Ponderosa State Park, horseback ride at Ya-HooCorrals and—finally—relieve your muscles at the famous Burgdorf Hot Springs, nestled in the mountainous valley. McCall hasn’t been saturated by tourists yet. It is still brimming with authentic character and kind locals, excited to show off their paradise in the mountains in the upcoming decade. 

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Swann Memorial Fountain With City Hall In The Background Philadelphia

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Where: Philadelphia

Chosen By: Amy Alipio is a senior editor at National Geographic Traveler.

Why: Philadelphia is having a moment. As only one of two locations within the United States that was hand-picked for National Geographic’s Best Trips of 2020 list, Philadelphia has a strong history and is making its comeback with incredible restaurants, art, fashion and—above all—a resilient revolutionary spirit.

As one of America’s oldest cities, Philadelphia has reinvented itself for a new generation. A year-round destination, it has vibrant murals and glinting metalworks, authentic Italian food and hip coffee shops and a postindustrial feel that make this one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2020.

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Miami Beach

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Where: Miami, Florida

Why: Miami is always abuzz, but a number of exciting openings will keep the city in conversations as a must-visit destination in the new year. Make a beeline for the Raleigh Gardens, which is hosting an immersive, beachside art experience: the largest-ever outdoor public show of the work of Claude Lalanne and Francois-Xavier Lalanne (together known as Les Lalanne). Expect to see over 40 sculptures and objects by the duo—with free admission—in the dazzling new beachside tropical garden designed by architect Peter Marino and landscape architect Raymond Jungles at the Raleigh Hotel. In other culture news, The Rubell Museum has just opened its doors to a new campus in Allapattah, an emerging neighborhood for arts and culture. Another recent Allapattah debut is El Espacio 23, an art space that features thousands of photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos that billionaire Jorge Perez collected around the globe. In the cool Wynwood area, the Museum of Graffiti just made a splashy debut during Art Basel. The first museum of its kind, it celebrates the pioneers of this edgy art form and chronicles its history.

In January, look for a new eco-friendly Art Deco boutique hotel called Greystone Miami Beach, which will be the adults-only property in Miami Beach. And finally, Gitano Miami, the third outpost to the Tulum-based restaurant, is now open at boutique hotel Casa Faena. Take your cocktail to the sprawling rooftop garden for Instagram-worthy views.

The old town of the city of Ponce in Puerto Rico, United States.

The old town of the city of Ponce in Puerto Rico, United States.

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Where: Puerto Rico

Why: What hurricane? It’s been more than two years since Irma slammed into Puerto Rico, and now the island is back and better than ever. In 2019, Puerto Rico began celebrations for the 500th anniversary of its capital, San Juan, and the revelry will continue throughout 2020 and culminate at the end of 2021. In early 2020, the much-anticipated El Distrito will open in San Juan as an immersive and multi-sensorial experience. You’ll discover a central plaza with a hotel, urban zipline, restaurants, bars, lounges, disco, movie theaters and more.

Puerto Rico is heaven for foodies. A fun way to see the island is on a culinary tour with Spoon Food Tours, which takes visitors on tasting trips through Old San Juan or around the countryside on a chinchorreo (a party bus). Another must-see: the new Ron de Barrillito Visitor Center in Bayamón, where you can sample the island’s oldest rum.

On the hotel front, iconic properties have recently reopened including the El San Juan Hotel (the first property from Fairmont on the island), the Caribe Hilton and the Condado Plaza Hilton. There’s also a new spot in Ponce called The Fox Hotel. In 2020, expect an Aloft Hotel in San Juan, the new Zafira St. Clair in Vieques, as well as the reopening of the InterContinental San Juan, the Ritz Carlton San Juan and the El Conquistador, among others.

The island of Puerto Rico is also easier to reach, with air access at a 10-year high, including new airline routes from Allegiant and Frontier. And the best part? You’ll get a Caribbean vacation experience with no passport required—plus no fees for changing currency or international cell phone plans.

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Plimoth Plantation, a living museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which is one of the top places to … [+] visit in 2020.

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Where: Plymouth, Massachusetts

Why: Next year will mark 400 years since the Mayflower landed at the Wampanoag homeland of Patuxet—now known as Plymouth—so it’s the perfect time to explore this historic destination’s captivating, if not complex, background. The Massachusetts town will be hosting events and festivals throughout 2020 to commemorate the anniversary. Travelers can tour iconic landmarks and explore Plimoth Plantation, which brings the past to life with recreations of a Wampanoag homesite (staffed by Native People who wear historically accurate clothing and teach visitors about the traditions of their people) and the original pilgrim village (complete with actors in period costume reenacting life as it was 400 years ago). You can also see a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the colonists here in 1620.

You’ll also want to check out modern day Plymouth: The town’s historic district is now sprinkled with charming boutiques and cool restaurants and has stunning views of the harbor where the first pilgrims settled.

Los Angeles, California

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Where: Los Angeles, California

Why: Tinsel Town is known for many iconic landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign and the Santa Monica Pier, but 2020 brings with it a slew of news around the greater Los Angeles area. Scope out the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum when it opens next year for an opportunity to “go inside the movies” at a museum dedicated to exploring the art, science and history of the film industry.

Several new hotels will be dotting the city’s map, including Downtown LA Proper Hotel, the Park Hyatt at Oceanwide Plaza, Pendry West Hollywood (part of a cool new brand from the Montage group), the Tommie Hotel in Hollywood, the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood (a new art-centric, luxury lifestyle hotel just off Sunset Boulevard), plus a project from the hip, Mexico-based hotel company Grupo Habita.

Don’t underestimate Los Angeles’ culinary scene: Michelin doled out to awards to 12 restaurants in West Hollywood alone this year. Major players on the restaurant scene in Hollywood that are opening or have just recently opened in the neighborhood include L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (the first US location for the Neapolitan pizza concept made famous in Eat Pray Love) and APL Restaurant (Adam Perry Lang’s steakhouse concept). In Beverly Hills, Gilles @ Montage Beverly Hills is a new solo venture with the youngest chef to ever be awarded with a Michelin star. Chef Gilles Epié pays homage to the famed Parisian restaurant Cirtus Etoile with dishes like a $100 baked potato topped with Loz Keluga caviar.

Spa lovers are in for a treat in 2020 when milk + honey opens a Los Angeles day spa, the brand’s first location outside of Texas, featuring hyper-clean bath, body and skincare treatments. There’s news for sports fans, too, with the debut of SoFi Stadium in 2020. SoFi Stadium is the anticipated home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers and is scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022. Universal Studio Hollywood will thrill guests with a new ride based on Illumination’s blockbuster movie: “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” The year 2020 is also going to be a banner one for the LGBTQ community with the 50th anniversary of LA Pride.

Branson, Missouri Ozarks

A nighttime aerial view of downtown Branson, Missouri in the Ozarks.

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Where: The Ozarks

Why: Generally considered an unassuming and often overlooked piece of America’s heartland, the Ozarks are becoming one of the fastest-growing vacation areas in the country. When Vrbo examined destinations based on average annual travel demand growth over the past three years, one of the top picks was Bella Vista, Arkansas, situated near the majestic lakes of the Ozarks; travel demand was up 70%.

In the Missouri section of the Ozarks, golf lovers will be flocking to Tiger Woods’ first public golf course, Payne’s Valley, when it opens in spring 2020 at Big Cedar Lodge, a wilderness resort that sprawls across 4,600 acres just eight miles south of Branson. Inspired by a commitment to conservation, Big Cedar Lodge was created by Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, as a way for travelers to connect in the great outdoors. 

Thrillseekers will love Silver Dollar City, a theme park that is celebrating its 60th anniversary season in 2020. Silver Dollar got its start with Marvel Cave, one of Missouri’s famous caves. Locals and travelers enjoyed it so much that its owners added rides, entertainment and food to keep crowds happy when they weren’t underground. The cave is still open to this day, and the park’s newest attraction, Mystic River Falls—with the tallest drop in the Western Hemisphere—will wow guests when it opens in summer 2020.

In other news, there’s the new Aquarium at the Boardwalk, featuring a jellyfish infinity room, a magical underwater mermaid palace and more; WonderWorks, a new science-focused indoor amusement park with over 100 hands-on interactive exhibits; the Big Air Trampoline Park, with 57 attractions including a Ninja Warrior Course; and Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park, which will be adding plenty of thrills in 2020.

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8 Best November Vacation Destinations in the U.S. for 2020 | Tripping.com Rentals

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The eleventh month of each year brings nice fall foliage, a nice pre-holiday calm, and tons of things to give thanks for—especially when it comes to traveling. From the Big Apple to the Sunshine State and all the way to the Pacific Coast, it’s easy to rest and relax before the seasonal hoopla by escaping into the grey blue skies and cooler temperatures of late fall by attending a star-studded annual parade, adventuring into the wonderful world of Disney with the kids, or even getting away to a tropical paradise to experience a warmer weather vacation getaway.

Get a jump start to all your holiday bliss and celebrate the change in the seasons by checking out these fabulous vacation ideas across the great United States. Here are the eight best places to visit in November in the U.S.

Best Places to Visit in the US in November:

1. Santa Monica, California

Sunny SoCal may be beautiful all year-round, but the more-than-mild temperatures of November make it an even more stellar choice for those hoping for not-too-harsh sun, sand, and sea to chase away any impending winter blues. Head on over to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier or shop till you drop at Third Street Promenade. Of course, there’s also the good old beach itself, where you’ll find surfers, beach babes, locals, and tourists alike mingling festively together at Pacific Park amusement park, the outdoor gym at Muscle Beach, or on the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel– there’s also Bergamot Station in the heart of the city, which houses several art galleries to check out.

What’s more is that fall is the best of the best time to travel to this Californian hotspot, as prices drop more than a little and the only weather risk you need to worry about are those Santa Ana winds. Take on cleaner ocean air, nice temps, and a fun-in-the-sun beach-focused lifestyle this holiday season by heading over to the West Coast.

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2. Hawaii

There are not one but a cornucopia of hotspots to check out in the Aloha State come November. First, Oahu, which has, throughout the years, been transformed by Asian-Pacific locals from a holiday outpost into a globalized, cosmopolitan destination that offers all the glory of paradise in one locale. You’ve got the allure of the Island landscape, plus the buzz of modern living mixed in a relaxed, slow-paced daily lifestyle near the shores. It is (along with Honolulu) the center of the Hawaiian universe, and will no doubt sprinkle excitement into any Thanksgiving celebration. You might even want to go all out by getting a taste of authentic, fantastic Hawaiian flavor by cooking that turkey in a traditional imu (underground oven)! Those who want to work off all that feasting can hop on into the Turkey Trot 10 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning and then spend Black Friday enjoying the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade—instead of braving those restless shopping crowds.

For those looking for an even calmer slice of paradise without all the holiday festivities, try Waimei on Kauai’s southwestern shore, which offers calm waters and sandy beaches that are especially attractive in the early winter months. Get away from all the gloomy weather of the East Coast by trying out a Waimea vacation rental—it’ll definitely make for makes the perfect base to explore all Kauai has to offer.

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3. Colorado

Let’s just say that November in Colorado is a truly exciting time of year. The city of Denver hosts several hot annual events, including Mile High Holidays, The Starz Film Festival, and the International Wine Festival. There’s also Denver Arts Week, which is a week-long celebration of the visual and performing arts held during the same month. What’s more is that snow aficionados looking to get an early start on winter sport fun should make resort reservations come November. The earlier you claim those spots, the cheaper the prices tend to be.

Plus, Colorado is home to the world-renowned Breckinridge, a historic town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range that’s well-known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities, and Gold Rush history. You’ll also find tons of shops, galleries, and restaurants housed inside colorfully-painted Victorian buildings, along with four whole mountain peaks that provide 2,358 acres of enough variety to suit even the most seasoned of skiers, boarders, or even snow-shoers. It’s also important to mention that last season, the Summit County municipality saw 447 inches of snow. Lifts open up in November, so what are you waiting for?!

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4. Plymouth, Massachusetts

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the place it all began, at Plymouth Rock where the Pilgrims landed in 1620 to celebrate America’s most beloved holiday. It was at this historic site that the Wampanoag chief signed a treaty with the Europeans to begin a feast that has lasted for centuries– it was here that New England was established.

It is this quintessential destination– nestled conveniently between Boston and Cape Cod– that’s known as “America’s Hometown,” offering not just a glimpse into our national history, but an array of enjoyable activities from water sports to golfing to whale watching to ghost tours. During the fall you can even take trolley or culinary tours, or witness live cranberry and pumpkin harvests. It’s a November getaway to remember for sure.

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5. New York City, New York

NYC usually tops the list for superb November getaways based on one single factor: you can catch a sneak peek at all of those terrific Macy’s Parade floats the night before on the Upper West Side before gawking over them again as they make their way through the city streets on Thanksgiving Day!

There’s also the opportunity to get some early holiday shopping done in Times Square or on Fifth Avenue and to kick up your heels with the Radio City Rockettes, who begin dancing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular come early November. The Big Apple awaits.

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6. Florida

While the most recent hurricane has hit some areas of Florida pretty hard, most people know that come wintertime, the further down south or towards the desert you go, the warmer the weather will be. This tried and true fact makes November one of the best times to visit Florida, especially for travelers wanting to engage in lots of opportunities for nature-viewing. You won’t need binoculars in the Sunshine State to spot the sight of wintering birds at Florida’s Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — they make an annual pit stop along the major migration corridor located near Cape Canaveral. You and the entire fam can also stare at a colorful gathering of pink roseate spoonbills that hide out in various estuaries around the area come November.

Plus, there’s always the chance to brave the crowds at one of the state’s bounty of theme parks. You’ll have Minnie and Mickey, as well as the glorious gifts of Mother Nature, right at your very fingertips. Seriously, mid-November through mid-December are prime times to vacation in Florida (but check around for any hurricane impacts first).

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7. Virginia & Vermont

Don’t let the last weeks of fall pass by without getting one last glimpse of the season’s best colors by taking a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy a look at fine fall foliage in Virginia. It’s always around November time when the vibrant bloom of changing leaves begins to lose their glow, so take in a spectacle of brilliant warm autumn hues before the snow starts falling by heading out to Central or Eastern Virginia.

There’s also Mad River Valley in Vermont, another place to spot amazing hues of fall foliage within Green Mountain National Forest, which provides one of the most gorgeous November vacations. Enjoy quiet seclusion in the small towns near and around Central Vermont for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see autumn’s last breath and the birth of winter white splendor. Plus, November also happens to be primetime for skiers in Vermont and surrounding Eastern states. Enjoy a slice of wondrous heaven this Thanksgiving holiday.

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8. Phoenix, Arizona

Pay homage to the Native American heritage of the U S of A by taking in the sights and sounds of Arizona’s capital city for pure rest and relaxation before the holiday season. Phoenix anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun, which is highly regarded for its luxury resorts, vibrant nightclubs, designer golf courses, and long lasting sunshine and warmth—even through the winter months. Attractions include the Heard Museum and the Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park. Be sure to check them out!

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5 Luxury Spa Resorts in America for Tranquil and Amazing Experience

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Today’s travelers value peace of mind over anything else. While sightseeing and embarking on adventurous activities remains preferred activities for tourists on holidays, rejuvenation and detoxification have also been gaining increasing focus from travelers. This evolving trend is not lost on the American hospitality sector, as in-house spas and signature massages become the norm rather than the exception.

In the U.S., the concept of luxury spas has been making a resurgent comeback, mimicking the broader stability in the economy. As travelling for business and leisure once again gains traction, the luxury spa resorts in the U.S. are in full bloom. As a resort, American visa online services have gained popularity.

However, the pertinent question remains how to choose a luxury spa that promises the tranquility and rejuvenation one dreams of. Well, we have compiled a list of the top 5 luxury spas in the U.S. by considering consumer reviews, awards and recognitions, and the range of facilities offered to patrons. So, check out our guide to the top 5 luxury spas in the U.S. for amazing American holidays.

La Quinta Resort & Club – La Quinta, California

La Quinta Resort & Club – La Quinta, California 

Californication with a tinge of relaxation and wellness – the spa at La Quinta is aimed at offering complete mind body relaxation. The tagline for the resort’s spa is ‘Rejuvenate & Recharge’, and the spa does live up to the reputation.

The spa offers a host of treatment options customized as per the requirements of the guests. You can choose from body treatment, skin care, wellness ritual, and sun worshipper rituals. We recommend trying the La Quinta Citrus Escape and Pranayama Breathing Ritual for some amazing results.

Spa at Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Spa at Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii 

Experience the ultimate luxury spa experience with a Hawaiian flavor as you spend some quality time introspecting and having a quiet time. The appealing factor about the Spa at Travaasa Hana is the focus on using plants for health and wellness.

The spa offers a host of wellness programs, including massages, body treatments, facials, enhancements, and waxing services. The spas are well-equipped with everything you would expect – cold plunge, robes, personal amenities, and naturally flavored water & snacks to compliment with the whole relaxation schedule.

 

Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah

 Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah

Looking for complete body, mind, and soul rejuvenation in an environment that is conducive to health and well-being? Well, if you are holidaying in America, and you have chosen Utah, we highly recommend visiting the Red Mountain Spa to have a memorable and mesmerizing experience. The Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park are in the vicinity of the spa, and you can visit them if you have time on your hands.

The luxury spa and salon at the resort offer a range of treatments, including nature inspired body treatments, in-room treatments, facial experiences, massage therapy, hair care, and hand & foot care. The treatment materials at the spa are made from indigenous desert botanicals and mineral-rich muds.

Gage Spa, Marathon, Marathon, Texas

Gage Spa, Marathon, Marathon, Texas

The luxury spa at Gage Hotel offers the perfect ambience for relaxation and rejuvenation. Frequently featured as one of the best spas not only in Texas, but also the U.S., the Gage spa has everything that will compel you to keep coming back.

Services available at the spa include massage therapy, facials, and entire body treatments. We recommend you to try the signature aromatherapy massage and deep tissue massages. In facials, you can give Espresso Mud Body Treatment and Lemon Verbena Body Polish.

Peaks Resort & Spa – Telluride, Colorado

Peaks Resort & Spa – Telluride, Colorado

The Peaks Resort & Spa is a truly special and tranquil place to be if you are holidaying in Colorado. The host of amenities on offers tourists a combination of adventure, sightseeing, and deep relaxation.

The full-service spa and salon offer mind body rejuvenation while the multi-level fitness center has all the modern equipment and amenities. If you are travelling with family, we highly recommend checking in the Peaks Resort & Spa as it is family-friendly place.

These were the top 5 luxury spas in the U.S. As we mentioned before, travel today has evolved from sightseeing and adventure to also include wellness and health. Travelling for wellness is quickly gaining traction, and a number of tourists just visit a foreign country for its spas or resorts. If you know of any great luxury spas in U.S., do share it with our readers.

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Amazing Things to Do in New York for the Ultimate Travel Experience

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New York City – the world’s most flamboyant city! Everyone wants to get a piece of the Big Apple. I personally believe New York is truly special, as it is a cauldron of people from different nationalities working towards a dream of making it big. The spirit of the city is also reflected in its famous landmarks. If you are someone who’s planning to visit New York soon, this guide can be of benefit. We will tell you about the best places to visit and top things to do in this amazing city.

It’s also important to check your travel requirements at any of the USA visa application centers, so that you are in the know.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, New York 

Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks, not only in the US, but also around the globe. The statue exemplifies what modern America stands for – a thriving democratic country that’s also one of the most developed countries in the world.

The popularity of Statue of Liberty means that there is a heavy influx of tourists all throughout the year. So, you need to be careful while planning an itinerary. It’s advisable to arrive early at the place – whether you are taking the ferry from Lower Manhattan or New Jersey. Also, if you limited time on your hands, you can take in the views of the statue from Battery Park.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge is another iconic spot in New York that attracts tourists all throughout. There is nothing much to do at the bridge, apart from taking a stroll to get from Manhattan to Brooklyn. However, it is the legacy, popularity, and symbolism of the bridge that makes it a landmark worth visiting.

It took me nearly half an hour to walk from one side to another, and I can tell you it was absolutely worth it. The views of the city and the cool breeze made the experience worth remembering. There are no charges or fees to visit the Brooklyn Bridge, so if you have time on your hands, do visit this iconic landmark.

Central Park

 Central Park, New York

Central Park is central to the tourist activities in New York. One of the most popular tourist attractions in New York, the place has so much to offer that you may run out of time, but not of attractions. Of particular significance in the Park are the hidden treasures – there are so many of them that tourists usually have a pleasant surprise.

While all of Central Park is beautiful to visit, some of the key attractions that I highly recommend include Alice in Wonderland, Strawberry Fields, Wollman Memorial Rink, and the Conservatory Garden.

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

 National September 11 Memorial and Museum

There are some trips that ought to be taken, not only for the entertainment quotient, but also for remembrance and paying tribute. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is one such tourist attraction that will stay with you for a long time. The place serves as a tribute to the people who lose their lives in the ghastly terrorist attacks in September 2011, and also in the 1993 bombing.

The museum spans over 110,000 square feet and offers visitors all the information about the attacks through multimedia displays and real-time recordings. Standing the at the place, I couldn’t help but admire the resolution and strength of New Yorkers. The tragedy that struck America was most visible in New York, and it is remarkable how the city has evolved ever since.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is another popular place of interest in New York that attracts tourists from all over. The dilemma for tourists at the museum is to which artifacts to visit and what to leave for the next trip! This is because the museum has so much to offer that visiting everything is not humanely possible. I highly recommend visiting the permanent collections at the museum.

While the museum is a must-visit place in New York, the must-do thing is to plan an itinerary after having a look at the official website of the museum. This way you can plan your trip and know which parts of the museum you would like to visit.

Broadway & Times Square

Broadway & Times Square 

These two landmarks in New York are must-visit places. While the Times Square is a place for a cacophony of sights and sounds, the Broadway is the nuanced, subtle platform where you can experience a captivating performance. Attending a Broadway show is a great experience in itself, but it’s important to keep an eye on the bookings, as the tickets run out pretty quickly.

These were some of the best places to visit in New York. There are so many places that we have left out, but as most tourists come to New York on a week-long trip, visiting every place can be overwhelming. Tell us about your New York experience and share some tips on the best things to do and tourist attractions to visit.

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Off Beat American Experiences –5 Best Places to visit in the US in your 20s

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So you have got your US visa and are pretty excited about your journey to America. Eager to set foot in the bustling streets of New York or visit Walt Disney World Resort, you might have already prepared a list of places to visit. But if you are young and daring to explore, then you should take the road less travelled. Look for unique and extraordinary experience while you are in your hay days. The United States of America is extravagant but inadequately showcases its travel potential. Of course, anyone would want to visit the Statue of Liberty and discover the craze of Las Vegas. But these are attractions you can visit anytime you wish to visit the US. But while you are still young, make your US trip a memorable adventure. Give it a twist of uniqueness with destinations that are not much hyped but are popular in their own style. Here are some off beaten places to you can include in your US trip.

Antelope Canyons, Arizona

Antelope Canyons, ArizonaCome to Arizona to visit an outlandish curvy and wavy landscape painted in hues of reds and oranges. Located in Navajo Nation, Arizona, Antelope Canyons is among USA’s most photographed attraction. Yet it is seldom featured in usual US holiday packages. The beauty of this popular United States point of interest lies in nature’s hard work of millions of years of erosion. Antelope Canyon’s beautiful wavy surface and caves in natural lighting offer picturesque backdrops. These are ideal as a perfect spot to capture beautiful memories in photographs. If your travel plan covers the western side of US, then take a detour to Arizona for a bit of picturesque adventures. You can enjoy guided photographic tours through the beautiful slot canyons of Upper Antelope.

Rock City, Georgia

Rock City, Georgia
Take a short excursion 6 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee to arrive at one of the fascinating places in the US. Rock City is a serene spot – a result of decades old rock formations. It is teeming with numerous waterfalls, suspended gardens, rich foliage and unique rock structures. These natural elements make this attraction an idyllic place to refresh in nature. Get close to nature as you explore its beautiful nature trails on walking tours. The views are amazing as you reach Lookout Mountains from where you can see seven different US states. The added bonus to your trip is a visit to Ruby Falls located in Lookout Mountains. There are various events and fairs held which you can enjoy depending on the season you visit such as Enchanted Garden of Lights, the Southern Blooms Festival, Summer Music Weekends to name a few.

Storybook Homes, Los Angeles

Storybook Homes, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is inarguable one among the top vacation spots in the US. The sophisticated ambiance and stylish flair allures many visitors to Los Angeles. But you are in for a surprise when you find gorgeous countryside like houses in this chic modern city. The Story Book homes graced the architectural scene of Los Angeles in 1920s and 1930s.  This was when storytellers and animators began making their office or homes in whimsical style as featured in animations. These fanciful houses scattered throughout the city seems surreal and unique to visit. The creativity of simple living amid contemporary complexity is a real eye soother. While you are in Los Angeles, take a detour to view the fascinating Snow White Cottages in Griffith Park Boulevard, The Witch’s House in Beverly Hills and The Hobbit House in Culver City.

Yosemite National Park, Wyoming

Yosemite National Park, Wyoming
Yosemite National Park is one among the top tourist attractions in the USA. Nestled in Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, this vast expanse of land is famous for its natural diversity. The sprawling landscape is renowned for Sequoia trees, hot springs, waterfalls and unique rock formations. However, there are some hidden gems in this national park which are hard to find anywhere else in the world. The Horsetail Fall’s Fire Fall view of the fiery orange cascade is a not to miss experience on a visit to Yosemite National Park. Marvel at nature’s enchantments as you watch the sunset cast an illusion of setting water on fire. This phenomenon happens on certain days in February every year. The reflecting rays of the sunset cast a bright orange glare that makes it look as if the water is ignited and a stream of lava is flowing through the rocks. The Grand Prismatic Spring is another surreal experience that will leave you speechless. Its vibrant exhibit of brightly hued waters is an otherworldly experience that will leave a lasting impression in your mind.

Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes

Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes
Located in Mammoth Mountains in California, Devils Postpile National Monument is a site of wondrous natural creation. Around 400 unusual structures of soaring basalt columns dominate the scenic landscape. The friction between cooling of lava and creation of hot springs over millions of years led to the composition of symmetrical walls of basalt columns.

Apart from these natural wonders, this attraction is a great place for hiking and camping.  A hiking tour lets you explore the wilderness and experience beautiful scenic waterfall views which include the Rainbow Falls. Since it is located near to Yosemite National Park, you can club both these National Parks together to enjoy a unique nature experience.

The sprawling landscapes of USA have countless exceptional experiences tucked away in it.  In fact, each of its states has some extraordinary elements filled with oddities to entice its visitors. There are abandoned structures and rustic remnants steeped in history and places that keep you intrigued about the sanity of nature.

These selections of places made it to this list for its proximity to best places to visit in the USA. So that, while planning your best US vacation, you can consider combining these places with your travel itinerary with ease. For more ideas on off beaten things to do in US and US visa in Dubai, get in touch with us. We will ensure you have a youthful adventure cum memorable American holiday.

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Vacationing with Kids in the USA: 5 Fun Places to Visit

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The USA is a vast country with 52 states and six different time zones. It is a developed country with state-of-the-art amenities and facilities and hence one of the dream places for immigration for people all around the world. While this may not be possible for everyone, holidaying in this fascinating country is achievable. However, with so many interesting states and places to see in America, it is quite confusing to choose which one to see especially if you have kids. Little children need to be kept busy and entertained during the vacation so that parents can have a great time too. Moreover, there is no dearth of places to visit with kids in the USA. All you need to do is what suits you as a family. Here we present five tourist attractions in the USA that you must visit while travelling with little children.

Florida

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Florida is a huge state and is one of the most popular family-friendly holiday destinations in America, thanks to the numerous beaches and amusement parks here. Orlando needs to have a special mention here as it is a famous for its amusement parks. The Walt Disney World is a different world in itself where you can spend your entire holiday. Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and water parks have entertained millions of families from around the world for several decades now. Apart from this, Sea World, Universal Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa are also worth a visit.

However, Florida is not just about Disney and amusement parks. On the other hand, there are some lovely beaches zoos, museums, nature parks, etc. which kids would definitely enjoy. While Orlando can be expensive, the other areas of Florida are cheaper and still offer a lot of fun activities. When in Florida, do check out Tampa Bay & Gulf Coast for their zoos, museums, aquariums, island getaways and beaches. Florida Keys is known for diving, snorkelling, boating and fishing for the family that loves adventures. Space Coast and Emerald Coast are popular for their sleepy beach towns and white water beaches. Miami, which is a multicultural city, also offers great museums and zoos which would keep your little ones happy and busy.

Washington DC

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Washington DC, being the capital of the USA as well as the seat of the government, is a great place to take your kids for holidays. There are several museums and historical sites that you can explore along with your kids. The best part about vacationing in the capital is that most things are free, and you would not have to spend too much money as in most kid-friendly holiday spots. The National Museum of Natural History, International Spy Museum, National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, etc. offer interactive experiences to visitors, making the visit really interesting for children. The Newseum is where kids could become a television reporter and read from a teleprompter as well as play in the NBC Interactive Newsroom. There is also an exciting 4-D Time Travel Adventure to watch.

You should also check out National Geographic Museum, U.S. Botanic Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Building Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Renwick Gallery, National Postal Museum, the While House Visitor Center, etc. are some of the places you must visit in the Capital of USA. Washington DC is also home to the White House, and you can take the opportunity to visit the place. While the White House tours are not operational at the moment, visitors can walk the perimeter and admire the beautiful building and the First Lady’s vegetable garden. Apart from this, when your kids are bored of museum hopping, take them to the National Zoo which is home to over 2000 animals and also houses two giant pandas. Apart from this, there are parks where you could have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors too.

California

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California is undoubtedly one of the most family-friendly tourist spots in America. Right from adventure parks to beaches to museums, there are lots to do here that kids would love. Moreover, the weather is pleasant throughout the year, never too warm and never too cold. Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada are the popular tourist destinations. When it comes to adventure parks, California offers you the famous Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure where you can spend weeks without ever getting bored. Legoland California Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood, etc. are some other amusement parks that are great fun to be at. If your kids love to spend time outdoors amidst nature, there are plenty of parks in California that they would love. Yosemite National park, Redwood National & State Parks, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Griffith Park and Channel Islands National Park are worth the visit. Apart from these places, California also offers plenty of zoos, aquariums, museums and beaches which make it the perfect place for a family holiday in the USA.

New York

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When it comes to places to visit in the USA with kids, New York definitely makes to the top of the list for most people around the world. The city of New York is a melting pot of cultures, making it an interesting place to visit for both adults and children. While there are several kid-friendly attractions in New York, the Central Park definitely takes the cake. The park has 21 playgrounds, the Central Park Carousel (with one of the largest merry-go-rounds), seven artificial lakes, the Central park zoo and Marionette Theatre. Some other kid-friendly attractions that New York offers are the American Museum of Natural History, Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, sea-air-space museum named Enterprise, Brooklyn Chindren’s Museum, CQueens Museum of Art, Central Park Wildlife Centre and Children’s Zoo, Bronx Zoo or Wildlife Conservation Park, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc. There is so much to see and do in this cosmopolitan city for families that you would be spoilt for choices.

Chicago

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Chicago, with its huge traffic and crowded streets, is still considered to be a kid-friendly destination as there are lot of things that cater to young children. The best part is that you can combine fun and informational activities for your kids in this city of Illinois. There are museums, amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, etc. that kids would enjoy. When in Chicago, do visit the Adler Planetarium where the domed theatre takes you on the journey of the cosmos and the outer space. Also, there are exhibitions about the planets as well as the space artifacts. When it comes to museums, Chicago has plenty of them. You must take your kids to the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Children’s Museum, etc. Some other places that would attract little humans include John Hancock Observatory, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, Navy Pier, etc. There are lot of outdoor attractions in Chicago which are free too, giving the children opportunity to have unlimited fun.

These are just few of the tourist destinations in the USA that are great for kids too. With such a big country, the options for places to see and things to do are endless. The only problem would be that you would not be willing to come home from your vacation, especially your kids. However, a trip to the USA is a must at least once in your lifetime. Once you have made the decision and booked your tickets, all you need to do is apply for US visa from Dubai, India, China, Singapore or whichever country you are residing in. When you get the visa, just pack your bags and fly to this amazing country to have an extraordinary vacation with your kids.

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Spectacular Places to Visit in the USA – Explore the best of America’s Water Fountains

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An enticing factor about water fountains is that their charismatic structures and art forms beguile you. You can’t stop marveling the ambiance it creates and some compel you to ponder about the fables behind its creation. While the USA is popular for an amazing collection of tourist attractions and natural sights, it also has a beautiful assortment of water fountains. Though not as magnificent as fountains in Italy, USA has an understated yet attractive group water fountains with historic significance scattered all through the destination. Let’s look at some interesting water fountains in the USA that you can visit on your USA holiday.

Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas

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Perhaps the most iconic and well-known water fountain in the USA is the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Las Vegas being one of the most popular places to visit in the USA, Bellagio fountains is one spectacle not to be missed on your US trip. First of its kind in the world, Bellagio Fountains pioneer the art of synchronizing water jets, laser lighting, and music into a spectacular show. The water fountain set on a manmade lake right in front of the Bellagio hotel is one of the most mesmerizing sights to watch on Las Vegas strip. The grand fountain show became the source of inspiration for the extravagant Dubai Fountain. About 4500 lights and 1200 water nozzles create an awe-inspiring performance tuned perfectly with different genres of music. This remarkable water fountain show takes place daily in the evening, open to spectators to watch without spending a dime.

National World War II Memorial – Washington DC

National World War II Memorial - Washington DC
A symbol of homage for the Americans who laid down their lives in World War II, National World War Memorial in Washington D.C is one of the famous tourist places in the USA. Set amid the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, the fountain consists of 56 engraved granite pillars and small triumphal arches encircling a plaza. This arena consists the central water fountain and tiny arches of water spouting around it. The panoramic view of this water fountain looks amazing where you can find yourself gazing long into the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial through the fountains from different viewpoints. This national monument is open for everyone 365 days of the year.

Scott Memorial Fountain – Detroit

Scott Memorial Fountain - Detroit
This fountain was built as a commemoration of James Scott, who bequeathed his fortune to the city to build this giant water fountain that includes a statue of him. Located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit, this water fountain covers 510 feet of land and has fountain nozzles that shoot water up to 125 feet. In all, there are more than 100 water spouts that emerge out of human, animal and sea creature figurines. It is one of the most significant and popular site to visit in Detroit.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial – Washington DC

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - Washington DC

Another gorgeous water presentation in Washington DC is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Spread over 7.5 acres of land, this memorial pays tribute to the 32nd President of the United States. Located at the National Malls Tidal Basin – a beautiful place in the USA to witness cherry blossoms, the memorial is designed as four galleries depicting the four terms of Roosevelt as President and has several water features. Though it isn’t exactly a water fountain, the memorial’s water elements are beautifully showcased in forms of stunning cascades and pools which are spectacular sights to view.

Pulitzer Fountain – New York

Pulitzer Fountain - New York
Located in the Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza, Pulitzer Fountain is another fountain that was bequeathed by its creator as a tribute to himself. Built to honour Joseph Pulitzer – an editor and publisher in New York, this fountain is a colossal 22 feet high 5-tiered ornate fountain adorned with sculptures and a large granite basin. The statue of the goddess of abundance – Pomona graces the top of the fountain. The fountain was made to look like those in Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The fountain has borne the wear and tear of time and undergone several restorations and is still functional presently.

Buckingham Fountain – Chicago

Buckingham Fountain - Chicago
An iconic landmark in Chicago, the Buckingham Fountain located in Grant Park is among the world’s largest water fountains. Officially known as the Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain, this fascinating fountain is styled in the form of a layered wedding cake and the main water spray shoots up to 150 feet in the air. Representing the Lake Michigan, the fountain is inspired by the Bassin de Latone and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles. It consists of three tired basins with 134 powerful water jets. These basins are decorated with four seahorses that symbolize the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin which border Lake Michigan. The fountain operates in the months of May to October from 8 pm till 11 pm. The fountain showcases an impressive water and light show of 20 minutes every hour in the evening during its operational months.
While these water fountains are just a few handpicked selections, there are many more water fountains dotted all around the USA for you to explore. What is more exciting about these water features is that each has a historic or subjective significance for you to discover. These are no doubt some of the enchanting places to see in the US. In case you are wondering where to go in the USA for more charming experiences, check out these selections of spa resorts in the USA.

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List of the Most Beautiful Castles in the US

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The United States of America cannot lay claim to ancient castles from the Middle Ages or from the medieval times, since the country was colonized by European civilizations only in in the 1600s. However, a number of castles were built by the English, French and the Scot immigrants after the country was colonized. The USA is, surprisingly, home to several lovely old palaces, castles and chateaus. We’ve curated 10 of the USA’s most enchanting castles for you. Check them out soon!

Lyndhurst Mansion, New York

Lyndhurst Mansion, New York

The Lyndhurst Mansion is one of the one of the finest Gothic Revival mansions in the US built by the acclaimed architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838. The castle is located on the edge of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York. Several notables have stayed here since it was built, such as New York City mayor William Paulding and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.

Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, California

Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, California

This 13th-century Tuscan castle took 14 years to build. There’s a very authentic drawbridge, moat and dungeon with, believe it or not, a still functioning Renaissance-era iron maiden. The bricks are from the Hapsburg-era, the nails are hand-forged, and the chandeliers and 500-year-old fireplace are all Europe imports. There are hand-painted frescoes in the Knights’ Chamber and the Great Hall, which have been constructed out of 8,000 tons of hand-chiseled Napa Valley stone. The Castello di Amorosa is one of the top USA attractions, one of the top castles to visit.

Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Fonthill Castle, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Fonthill Castle was built in 1912 by Henry Chapman Mercer who was an archaeologist, anthropologist, scholar, antiquarian and ceramist. The castle features 32 stairwells, 21 chimneys, 18 fireplaces, 44 rooms, all made of hand-mixed reinforced concrete in Gothic, Byzantine and medieval styles. Even during his lifetime, the castle was the personal museum for thousands of handcrafted Spanish, Chinese, Dutch ceramic tiles (including Mercer’s own Moravian-style tiles). There’s a Mercer Museum next door which displays a number of artifacts from the original castle, including a whale boat and a Conestoga wagon. This castle is one of the top places to visit in the USA.

Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New York

Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, New York

Bannerman Castle sits on Pollepel, a rocky island on the Hudson River. It was built by a Scottish immigrant called Frank Bannerman in 1901. At age 14, Bannerman started prospering by selling surplus military goods. The family decided to build a castle to use as an arsenal on the island. By 1918, when Bannerman died, construction halted. The castle was partly destroyed when 200 pounds of shells and powder exploded after two years. In 1989, a fire left the castle in ruins. You can visit this castle when the river is boat-friendly.

Hammond Castle, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Hammond Castle, Gloucester, Massachusetts

John Hays Hammond, Jr., American inventor, had a large collection of art – Roman, medieval and Renaissance.  He built this castle on the shores of the Atlantic in 1929 to serve as his residence plus art museum. The castle combines the structural sensibilities of castles styles from the 15th to the 18th-century.  The great hall is surrounded by elaborate rose windows; there are plenty of secret passageways, plus an indoor courtyard, a pipe organ, and huge library.

Hearst Castle, California

Hearst Castle, California

The Hearst Castle Estate was constructed between 1919 and 1947 by William Randolph Hearst. Casually nicknamed as ‘La Cuesta Encantada’ or the Enchanted Hill by Hearst, the castle comprises of four buildings. These buildings comprise of 127 acres of beautiful terraced gardens plus 165 rooms. The Gothic Study in the main building has a vaulted Spanish ceiling that dates back to the early 1400s. There’s also a gorgeous guesthouse named Casa del Mar that boasts of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

The Biltmore Estate is nestled cozily in the panoramic Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. George Vanderbilt became enchanted by the area’s beauty and got architect Richard Morris Hunt to design the French Renaissance chateau with a 70-foot ceiling banquet hall, bowling alley and 250 rooms. It took six long years to build the Biltmore Estate. Famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the beautiful grounds including the splendid 15-acre Azalea Garden. The estate produces award-winning wines today; tours are available.

The Breakers, Rhode Island

The Breakers, Rhode Island

The Breakers has been designed by George Vanderbilt and executed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. It is one of the area’s most adorable late 19th century summer homes. The Italian Renaissance-inspired 70-room mansion includes a grand dining room with gilded cornice and several freestanding columns. Beautiful relief sculptures designed by Parisian interior design firm Jules Allard and Sons add beauty to the walls.

Bishop’s Palace, Texas

Bishop’s Palace, Texas

The Bishop’s Palace was built in the late 19th century as the residence of entrepreneur Colonel Walter Gresham. It is one of America’s most significant structures. It was designed by well-known architect Nicholas Clayton who built the spectacular sturdy mansion using steel and stone. The interior is opulent with stained glass windows, dramatic mahogany stairwell, and wood carvings. The mansion even endured the Great Storm of 1900 that destroyed a great portion of Galveston.

Iolani Palace, Hawaii

Iolani Palace, Hawaii

Iolani Palace is the official residence of Hawaii’s royal family in downtown Hawaii. It was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua as a way to increase Hawaii’s prestige as a modern nation overseas. In 1893, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown and it was then that Iolani Palace served as the nation’s capitol building. The palace takes design inspiration from European palaces and is America’s sole example of a mixture of Italian renaissance and native Hawaiian architectural styles, termed ‘American Florentine’. This palace, the only royal castle in America, has been a museum since 1978; it is so beautiful, it’s well worth your US visitor visa!

Conclusion

As you can see, the USA has its share of fabulous castles constructed in various styles. Many of them have been built by entrepreneurs and brilliant architects, emulating the styles of medieval, byzantine, Italian renaissance and French chateau ordinances. Most of these castles are either museums or taken over as official national buildings. You can enjoy exploring the ones that are open for view, except on US holidays; check their viewing schedules online before planning to the trip. Here’s an idea – why not plan a castle-viewing trip to the US to enjoy seeing these amazing castles?

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6 Lakes in America that you Must Visit in your Lifetime

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Lake holidays are usually associated with summers in the U.S., but with the abundance of lakes in the country, you are sure to find one for every season, and for every mood.

There’s something about spending a day out in a lake that excites Americans of all ages – this is perhaps the reason why lake travel has more fans than romantic getaways and family trips.

There are so many lakes in the U.S. to choose from that you will be truly spoilt for choice. Location, recreational activities, and your own preference can be considered important factors before you decide where to head to. As online facilities make it easy to know the visa requirements to US, travelers can plan their itineraries with more clarity. Here’s the ultimate guide to the best lakes in the U.S. for a relaxing and rejuvenating day out.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake

There’s plenty to explore in the Crater Lake in Oregon. From lava formations to underwater mass meadows, the deepest lake in the world attracts tourists from all over America. International tourists visiting Oregon also make it a point to visit this beautiful lake, as word-of-mouth about its blue, clear water has gained it much fanfare.

While there are a number of waters sports activities, the area in the vicinity of the lake makes up for a great day out. Some of the recreational activities that you can pursue include hiking, backpacking, and sightseeing.

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe, California

The ultimate holiday experience in California comes true with a trip to Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is one of the best places to visit in America. From the usual water activities to golfing and shopping, Lake Tahoe offers it all for the discerning traveler.

Some of the most frequented tourist attraction centers in Lake Tahoe include the Emerald Bay State Park, Squaw Valley, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and D.L. Bliss State Park. Many tourists flock to the lake during the summers, as kayaking and other water recreational activities gain prominence.

Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene 

If you are wondering where to go in America, Lake Coeur d’Alene can be the answer. Created as a result of the ancient Ice Ages, this beautiful lake offers visitors spectacular views, including some really gorgeous beaches and bald eagles! The 135 mile long shoreline of this beautiful lake is dotted with numerous facilities for recreation. You will find a number of parks and playgrounds where you can easily spend a relaxing day out with your family. Right around the lake is the City Park and Beach, where you can enjoy volleyball in sandy beaches. There is plenty of wildlife to explore as well, with swans and ospreys wandering out in the environs, especially during the summers.

Lake George, New York

Lake George, New York 

If you are a frequent visitor to the Big Apple, you must have heard about how beautiful it is to spend a day at Lake George. Also known as the Queen of American Lakes, Lake George extends over 32 miles. The lake becomes the perfect host to summertime tourists.

The lake and adjoining areas offer everything that one looks for in a perfect day out. Hot air ballooning remains a popular activity in Lake George, and enthusiasts from all over gather at Glens Falls, in the vicinity of the lake. The resorts and picnic spots in the area round Lake George have made it America’s premier lake holiday destination. And, the fact that it is located in Big Apple means there is a mix of local and international tourists.

Newfound Lake, New Hampshire

Newfound Lake, New Hampshire 

The Newfound Lake in New Hampshire has been a center of tourist activity for decades. Thanks to the resorts and hotels that have sprung up in the vicinity of the lake, tourists of all ages, and from different nationalities can be found enjoying great holidays here.

During the summers, various recreational activities are organized, including Hebron Gazebo Programs and Mooseman Triathlon. There are plenty of options for hiking around the lake, including Mount Cardigan, Alexandria and Round Top, Bristol. Overall, if you are looking to spend a great day out at the shores, Newfound Lake in New Hampshire will not disappoint you.

Deer Lake, Minnesota

Deer Lake, Minnesota 

Deer Lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Minnesota. It is also known as the Lake of Changing Colors, as it changes its color during the summers. There are a host of tourist activities, including water activities and exploration. There are beautiful resorts in the vicinity of the Deer Lake, which make up for a relaxing and rejuvenating travel experience.

These were the best six lakes in the U.S. that are favorite among tourists from all over. Considering the size of the country, you may not be able to visit all – rather, if you are in any of the states, you can choose to spend a great time at these beautiful lakes.

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Best of New York Museums to Visit on a New York Tour

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The global city of New York, renowned for its zeal and dynamism allures travellers from every corner of the world. The city is a fascinating example of various nations pleasantly thriving together. New York City is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and offers loads of attractions and sightseeings to enjoy which also include a myriad of museums. These museums are the perfect way to experience the city’s eclectic amalgam of modernity, creativity, history, and multiculturalism. New York City’s enthralling collection of museums can become quite overwhelming when it comes to deciding which ones to visit. However, on a visit to New York City, we suggest these handpicked museums as a must visit attractions to be included in your holiday.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of ArtAlso known as ‘The Met’, Metropolitan Museum of art located on the eastern side of Central Park offers an amazing peek into New York City’s interest in art. This massive museum represents art and history spanning over 5000 years. With over 2 million art exhibits from around the world, this New York art museum preserves paintings, sculptures and artifacts right from the early origins of Egyptian era to present day American art scene. Its extensive collection features famous works from artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt to name a few. Metropolitan Museum of Art annually attracts about 5 million visitors making it one of the most popular places to visit in New York. Its sheer vastness makes it impossible to view the entire collection in one go. However, it is recommended to take the Museum Highlights tour which gives you a gist of some significant selection of artworks in the museum. Also, if the weather is clear, check out the rooftop garden for some stunning installations and amazing New York City skyline views.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumOne among the internationally acclaimed network of museums, Guggenheim museum has a branch in New York which offers a comprehensive collection of abstract and modern art. The museum’s inverted-ziggurat structure matches perfectly with its contemporary themed exhibits of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, this shell shaped architectural marvel by Frank Lloyd Wright is an iconic landmark and one of the things to see in New York City.  The museum allures millions of art lovers annually and is home to incomparable artworks of artists like Miro, Van Gogh, Chagall to name a few. Every Saturday evenings, visitors can enjoy a museum tour on ‘pay-what-you-wish’ admission.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art, NYCLocated in Midtown Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art or MoMA boasts of having one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. It has the reputation of representing the best artworks in modern art and is supposedly the most expensive museum in New York City costing around 25$ per head. Its vast range of collection varies from paintings, photographs, sculptures to films, documentaries and books. Visitors can enjoy the exhibits with free audio tours to get more information about the displays. This New York museum is considered as an immense influence on modern art lovers and is always usually crowded. It is recommended to beat the rush and enjoy visiting this museum on private tours in early morning hours to avoid the swell of the crowd during peak hours. Every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm, the admission to MoMA is free of cost.

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical SocietyRevolving around American History, New-York Historical Society is the oldest and New York’s first museum founded in the year 1804. The exhibits and programs explore the rich historical saga of New York City and its nation America. Located at Central Park West, the New York History museum’s Roman styled structure itself is a magnificent sight to watch. Its collection includes historic assortments, documents and photographs, interactive programs as well as renowned artworks of Thomas Cole, Gilbert Stuart, Rembrandt Peale, and watercolour paintings by John James Audubon notably known as ‘Birds of America’. The museum is also home to one of the oldest libraries in the nation, Children’s history museum, Centre for women’s history which is the first of its kind in America.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural HistoryThis colossal science museum is an expansive labyrinth of 28 buildings that house massive galleries filled with over 33 million species of flora and fauna, wildlife and geological elements. Situated at Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York, American Museum of Natural History solely concentrates on exploring and gathering information about the natural world and human race throughout its evolution. Some highlights of this sprawling museum are the fossil halls, the Butterfly Conservatory, Dark Universe show, Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Gems and Minerals, and the cultural halls. In addition to 45 exhibition halls, the American Museum of Natural History also has a planetarium and a research library. The best time to visit the museum is in late afternoons or early Sunday mornings to avoid tourist crowds.

Among the many New York points of interests, adding a trip to New York’s museums lets you witness objects and artworks speak tales of the city’s evolution to a global city and the country’s progression. The transition of the city’s past to its present and its outlook towards the future is sure to amaze you. So next time you apply for US visa and shortlist New York’s must-see attractions, add a touch of edutainment by including few of the city’s fascinating collection of museums and get to know about what New York City is really made up of.

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