From coast to coast, there are so many wonderful places to visit in the United States. Whether you live in the U.S. or are visiting from abroad, there are some cities that everyone should go to during their lifetime. Below, I’ve listed 7 vacation destinations (some of which I’ve visited) that you should add to your travel bucket list!
New York, New York
There’s so much to see and discover in New York! The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, Yankee Stadium, South Street Seaport, the list goes on. With the endless number of things to do in NYC, you probably won’t be able to fit it all into one trip. However, if you’re looking to have the New York tourist experience, exploring midtown is your best bet. My favorite thing about the city is just standing in Times Square and taking in the ambiance.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Viva Las Vegas! This destination is definitely one to visit when you’re 21 or older. The shows, the clubs, and the casinos! There’s something for everyone to enjoy whether you’re the typical tourist, the parent who needs to unwind, or the kid who just turned 21. For my first time visiting Vegas, I was the typical tourist (I wasn’t 21 yet). My most memorable moment was seeing Las Vegas from the top of the Paris Casino Eiffel Tower. If you’re looking for a great place to eat, I highly recommend Battista’s Hole In The Wall. Their Italian cuisine was nothing like I had tasted before!
Charleston, South Carolina
This destination is full of culture and history with its cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages. The Battery area in Charleston was the location where the first shots of the Civil War took place. On my travels here, I’ve greatly enjoyed visiting the Boone Hall Plantation and taking a night ghost tour. If you love shopping, the place to go for local goods is the Charleston City Market. Overall, this city is a great place to visit for the whole family.
New Orleans, Louisiana
When you think of New Orleans, the three things that come to mind are beignets, Mardi Gras, and jazz music. Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, this travel destination has many attractions for visitors to experience. Since New Orleans is known for its cuisine, taking a culinary tour is a must! If you’re going to visit for only a short time, I would recommend that you stick to exploring the French Quarter.
Fun Fact: This city is known for being a great honeymoon destination!
San Francisco, California
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge is a sight everyone needs to see in their lifetime. Besides the bridge, the top attraction in this city is taking a tour of Alcatraz Island (you need to reserve this well in advance.) An underrated attraction I enjoyed during my visit to San Francisco is taking the Boudin Bakery Museum Tour at Fisherman’s Wharf. At the bakery, the aroma of freshly baked bread is in the air and you’re even able to have sourdough bread mailed to your home (I live in NY). Other great activities include riding a cable car, visiting Lombard Street, and enjoying ice cream at the original Ghirardelli shop.
*Insider Tip: If you’re not used to driving up the steep hills of San Francisco, avoid driving in this city. I learned the hard way.
Everyone must visit Rockland during the Maine Lobster Festival at least once! You can enjoy a full lobster dinner for about $17, which is usually unheard of. Besides the lobster, there are other things you can enjoy including listening to jazz music, viewing cooking demonstrations, and visiting the lighthouses.
This travel bucket list destination is one I have yet to visit. Seeing the Northern Lights is one of those once-in-lifetime views you have to see to believe. Also, taking a husky dog sled ride is something every visitor needs to experience. If you’re looking for an affordable way to visit Anchorage, taking a cruise is your best option.
Even if you’ve visited some of these destinations, hopefully, this list gives you some inspiration for your travel bucket list! If you plan on traveling with friends or family, make sure you have a way of finding each other in case you get lost. Click here to learn about ways you can do this.