Traveling to various American destinations opens your eyes to different aspects of the country and indeed the world. From different cultures, lifestyles, business models, food, and even personalities. While our travel reasons may vary, we can undoubtedly agree that the best kind of travel involves vacationing.
Vacations mean a time to relax and have fun, making travel vacations ideal for experiencing the best of places you visit. Last year, COVID 19 may have limited our abilities to travel around different states, but this year sees the world return to a state of normalcy.
If you plan on taking a vacation, knowing the ideal travel locations that suit your fantasy is of utmost importance. Below are some of the most trendy travel destinations here in the US
1. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular canyons in the entire world, so much so that it’s often confused as being the largest in the world. However, the roughly 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and the one-mile deep canyon is the eighth largest globally. Take nothing away from it, though, because the Grand Canyon in Arizona is a mighty wonder.
The Grand Canyon is expected to grow even broader and deeper as the powerful River Colorado flows within the canyon. With breathtaking views in the backdrop of earthy red and orange colors, the Grand Canyon is on the must-visit list for any traveler. The UNESCO World Heritage site accumulates millions of visitors every year.
So, what is it about Grand Canyon apart from its views? Well, with such a lengthy area and a million acres to boot, the Grand Canyon offers stellar destinations across it. The destinations are features of the different parts of the Grand Canyon.
The South Rim is highly popular as it serves as a prime viewing point and, at times, can be crowded. Visitors are spoilt for choices in the South Rim, including the Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon Village. Due to its popularity, more social services are also located in the South Rim.
When going for a more secluded or private time, the North Rim is best suited for you. However, the North Rim is only open seasonally from mid-May till the start of winter.
In case you want to camp or go for hiking trails, areas from the West Rim provided the perfect location for these activities. The West Rim also houses the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk.
2. Outer Banks, North Carolina
Outer Banks was one of the most searched destinations in 2020, perhaps due to Netflix’s hit show by the same name. Let it be known, though, that Outer Banks, North Carolina is more than a TV show. The Outer Banks feature a line of islands just off North Carolina’s coast steeped in history and adventure.
The sealife presence in the Outer Banks makes it a prime location for people searching for some beach time, fishing escapades, surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Snorkeling in the Outer Banks is guaranteed to leave you wowed after you see what locals now refer to as “The Atlantic’s Graveyard.”
The graveyard below its waters features thousands of shipwrecks that are explorable to its visitors. The Outer banks also feature some air activities such as plane tours and sky kitesurfing.
3. Key Largo, Florida
Florida is the epitome of a beach lifestyle in the US, and one of its very best destinations is Key Largo. However, Key Largo’s main attraction is not the beach; instead, Key Largo vacations are best suited for marine life exploration. Nicknamed the dive capital of the world, Key Largo is home to the world’s most expansive artificial reef.
The artificial reef USS Spiegel Grove houses the John Pennekamp State Park. In the park, visitors can enjoy a myriad of activities, including Scuba diving, sea tours, snorkeling, kayaking, and tour an underwater park-a US first.
For wild-marine life enthusiasts, Key Largo presents a learning and enjoyment opportunity not to be missed. Visitors can also visit the Everglades National Park, which is a short distance away from Key Largo.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
Dare I say that in New Orleans, the US has one of the most cultural and historical cities worldwide. The food culture and deeply entrenched musicality of this Mardi Gras-crazed city are highly memorable for its visitors. But perhaps its standout attraction or attractions lie in its close to 130 festivals throughout the year.
One such standout festival is the carnival-like party parade, Mardi Gras. Apart from the Mardi Gras, visitors can always enjoy the fineness of New Orleans in Bourbon Street. Bourbon street is filled with joints serving some of the best meals and music.
5. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is the first-ever national park in the US, having been launched in 1872. Mother nature’s beauty shines, and it is at its complete here in Yellowstone. The national park boasts wildlife, lakes, geysers, waterfalls, and lush green forests.
Below the Yellowstone National Park lies an active magma chamber responsible for its geysers, hot springs, and muddy pools that seem to be boiling. Apart from sightseeing in these literal hot spots, visitors can enjoy long hiking trails that include walking through a canyon, creek, and a 10000-foot peak. Here are more attractions to wow you on your trip to Yellowstone National Park.
- Old Faithful Geyser which is famous for its high hot water eruptions every other one and a half hours.
- South Rim Hiking Trail
- Bisons are one of the unique animal species that can be found in abundance in Yellowstone National Park
- Grizzly Bears
- The colorful and third largest hot spring in the globe, Grand Prismatic Spring is also located in Yellowstone National Park
Traveling the country is a sure way of experiencing the richness and wonders that America has to offer. The five destinations above carry some of the best vacation hype and are a must-visit for you and your loved ones.