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The best places to visit in the U.S. right now, all an easy nonstop flight away


For those who are looking to explore the beautiful USA *safely*, this is for you!

We’ve rounded up some destinations that offer wide-open spaces where you can wanderlust and explore at a distance. As you plan your trip, keep in mind COVID restrictions are constantly changing—some things may be closed and some communities might require quarantining. Before you go, triple check travel advisories.

While many destinations around the world are still off-limits, regional travel remains open and is doing so with health and safety protocols in place, which bodes well for those who want to travel in 2021. Alaska Airlines is also doing its part by implementing safety procedures that help our guests and employees travel confidently and easily.


California is brimming with beauty and your options for exploring are endless. From road tripping along the coast to visiting some of the most iconic national parks (hello, Big Sur?) to sipping vino (not in your kitchen).

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, the Pacific Coast Highway has breathtaking ocean views all along the drive with stretches where it’s just you and mother nature. Fly to: San Francisco, San Luis Obisbo, Los Angeles or San Diego.

AlaskaAlaska AirlinesFun fact: If you’re lucky, just off Highway 101 on Davison Road, you might find a meadow full of wild Elk!

Surrounding yourself among the trees is also an option with the Redwood Forest! Fly to: San Francisco or Medford (technically, Oregon but it’s another great starting point).

AlaskaKonaThe Bixby Creek Bridge is also featured in HBO’s Big Little Lies.

Speaking of views you can get at a distance, nestled on the rugged central coast of California is Big Sur, one of the best big little secrets of Monterey County. Fly to: Monterey or San Jose.

Los AngelesMedfordPro tip: Wine flies free on Alaska Airlines. Yes, you heard that right (chef’s kiss).

There’s always Napa and Sonoma for anyone 21+ who wants to unwind (uncork) in wine country. Fly to: Santa Rosa/Sonoma County or Sacramento.


If you love rugged coastlines and vast forests, Oregon is the place for you. There are plenty of great escapes to peak your interest and falls to wash away any worries. Camping (or glamping, no judgment here) is also an easy to-do, just secure your spot ahead of time. Fly to: Portland, Eugene, Medford or Redmond/Bend.




If you’re able to work from home, why not make paradise your office for a week or two? It’s stunning beaches, local shops and assurance that visitors are COVID-negative upon arrival sounds like the place to be! Fly to: Maui, Kona or Honolulu.

AlaskaSan FranciscoBefore you say aloha, learn about Hawaii travel.


Visit the state where our airline got its roots. Packed with small towns and rich history, this vast, beautiful state will leave you wanting more. Being the largest and most sparsely populated state in the U.S., you can bet to find gems like Ketchikan or Cordova, and potentially a glacier or two! Fly to: Anchorage.


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As our hometown state, Washington is an incredible escape from it all. We might be a little biased but you can’t beat coffee shops on every corner and the city combo of water and greenery. Plus, boundless bike paths, gorgeous mountain hikes and kayaking Puget Sound are just minutes away. Fly to: Seattle.



Book now at alaskaair.com. Mask up. Let’s go!

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What Are the Best Destinations for Student Travel in Europe?

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What makes a city particularly suited to ‘youth travel‘? Often nothing at all – a beautiful cathedral, fantastic cuisine or a sandy beach can be enjoyed whatever your age. Many articles like this one are simply ‘best cities in Europe’ lists, with a nod to ‘young people would like this’. But cities your parents would like are not the same as those that appeal to your child making their first visit to Europe.

Virtually every destination on this list is cheap and well-connected, with a mixture of culture and the kinds of activities young people are interested in: a vibrant social scene, an accessible food and drink culture and enough activities to keep you busy for a few days.

See also: Top European Cities from the Cheapest to the Most Expensive

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Berlin, Germany

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The youth capital of Europe. Fantastic nightclubs, a liberal policy on drinking alcohol in public (it’s totally allowed) and so much green space. And it’s a very cheap city to spend time in.

Could any other city have topped this list?

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Brussels, Belgium

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Chocolate and beer, chocolate and beer, chocolate and beer. Learn what’s wrong with Bud Light and ​Hershey’s before it’s too late.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The land of sex and drugs: done the European way. Buy cannabis from an actual menu and peek at the legally regulated red-light district. Nowhere are you safer doing the things you probably shouldn’t.

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Salamanca, Spain

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One of the oldest university cities in Europe and a popular destination for European Erasmus and American Study Abroad exchange students, this is a vibrant place to learn Spanish. Also close to Madrid, the Spanish capital.

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Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest is famous for its ruin pubs (bars that have been set up in dilapidated old buildings) and the Sziget music festival, a week of music and performances on an island in the Danube. Budapest also has one of the best craft beer scenes in Europe.

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Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

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A once-abandoned town that got cleaned up in time for the party buses that now tour Eastern Europe. Enjoy water sports on the river and cheap Czech pilsners, set against the beautiful UNESCO-protected architecture of the old town.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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The capital of Iceland actually goes against the criteria I used at the start of this article – it is expensive and in the middle of nowhere (though Icelandic budget airline WOW air allows for great stopovers on the way from New York and Boston to Europe).

The home of Icelandic superstars Sigur Ros and Björk and the setting for a lot of HBO’s Game of Thrones, is anywhere hipper than Reykjavik? 

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Lisbon, Portugal

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The cheapest capital city in Western Europe had to appear on this list. Lisbon has a strong influence from its Brazilian expat community, which means you won’t get a better – or cheaper – caipirinha anywhere in Europe.

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Tarifa, Spain

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The most southerly point in Spain, Tarifa is great for water sports, whale watching and for crossing the narrow Strait of Gibraltar to visit Morocco.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Another city on the Eastern Europe party circuit, Dubrovnik is well connected to the Croatian coastline and to the historic Bosnian cities of Sarajevo and Mostar. Also a filming location for many scenes in Game of Thrones.