July 4th may have come and gone, but that’s no reason to stop dreaming about travel to the USA! Over at the Inspire To Wander travel community, we’ve discussed our favorite spots all over the USA. I2W recently hosted a Twitter chat all about USA Travel. There’s far too many amazing places in the States to devote only an hour to it, so we decided to ask the I2W travel community to share their favorite spots for an inspiring blog post.
Here are just a few of our favourite places in the USA. Add them to your summer plans and get out there!
— By Land and Sea 🌎 (@byland_and_sea) July 4, 2018
Yosemite National Park
Tasha writes: We spent the day hiking in the park and it was stunning. The hike was difficult and challenging, but it was an amazing character building endeavour.
Freedom Trail in Boston, MA
Joanna shares her favorite attraction: As an American and lover of history one of my favorite experiences was walking the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts. I was able to visit places I had only heard and read about. Two of my favorite stops on the trail were Paul Revere’s house, the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston, and the Old State House where the seeds of the Revolution were planted and the Declaration of Independence was first read to the citizens of Boston. So many moving and historic places along the Trail.
Canada Points Guy shares his favorite destination: I have always loved music by Elvis and had heard a lot of Graceland. So, when American Express offered me a free $200 travel credit and also a $150 credit at Pearson Duty Free, so thinking “It’s now or never” I decided to book a trip to Memphis TN to check out both Graceland and Beale Street (and of course redeem these sweet credits).
Beale Street was kinda deserted on the day we went but we really enjoyed walking around and bar hopping and listening to live Jazz in most pubs. The next day we visited Graceland and we were in awe of the tastes and larger than life lifestyle of The King. We spent almost all day there and also saw all the exhibits, his collection of cars, planes etc. It was a great weekend getaway and I bet if you go too, you will definitely “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. Thank you!! Thank you very much!!
Key West, FL
Brian recommends Key West: Key West is my favourite place to go in the USA! It’s so chill there, lots to see and do, like renting a moped or bicycle and going all around the island. The sunrises and sunsets are the best to see from Key West. You can also walk all of old town, along the pier, and down Duval St. So many good bars and restaurants to choose from, don’t forget the seafood! Also key lime pie, yummy!
Melissa loves this northern state: Our favorite trip of all time was to Alaska. We used the wonderful Alaska Railroad to visit Denali National Park, Talkeetna, and Seward. We had so many amazing moments on this trip, from seeing a wolf cross out front of our bus in Denali, to landing in a small plane on a glacier, to a full-on, clear view of Mt Denali from our Talkeetna hotel room. The stunning beauty and eclectic culture of Alaska set it apart from every other place we’ve been.
A3: Alaska is my sole remaining state, so that takes precedence – though I love exploring new areas of states I’ve already been to, and visiting old favorites. #inspiretowander
— A Path Less Taken (@apathlesstaken_) July 4, 2018
Laguna Beach, CA
Adam loves Laguna Beach: The quiet artist town of Laguna Beach has evolved into one of the top year-round tourist destinations in the United States. In the past, Laguna Beach was completely tourist free aside from the Summer season. Don’t let this deter you from visiting. If you skip over Laguna Beach, you’ll be missing one of the most beautiful places in Southern California.
Roxanna’s favorite place is: I am in love with Niagara Falls. I have visited twice now, and have fabulous memories. The first time we took our four sons when they were teenagers. I will never forget how they stood staring, in awe, at the rapids, or how much fun it was to ride the Maid of the Mist with them. Then, we snuck out at night, while my husband slept, to see them lit up. This spring I returned with one adult son and had an equally fabulous time. We made our way through every nook and cranny in the park, for every possible view, and we visited the cave of the winds , for the incredible look from the bottom. Best of all, we rode the Maid of the Mist again, and laughed like two children. I can’t wait to take the grandchildren!
Tiffany narrows her choice down: The USA is so broad, it’s hard to pick one area. In Central Florida, we have the best theme parks, but close by nature provides its own attraction. On the east coast you can see turtle nests at Clearwater Beach and manatees in Crystal Springs. Kayak in Wekiwa Springs and Blue Springs (1 hr. north of Disney) to see gators and a variety of bird life. And if you stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian, there’s a good chance you will see deer at sunset. Worth a trip: The Florida Keys was made for nature lovers. Whether scuba diving or snorkeling, dolphins, turtles, sharks and other marine life are easy to spot at John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park, key deer can only be found on a few islands, and the 6-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway’s House are adorable!
Kelly shares her peaceful place: When I need to breathe, there’s nothing quite like mountain air. My favorite escape is Montana. Missoula, a college town with an outdoor obsession, takes the edge off of any stressed out soul. A drive up around Flathead Lake, with a great craft beer stop on either side, brings higher peaks into view. Stopping at Moose’s Saloon, Kalispell’s popular dive bar, for pizza and beer before the final stretch into Glacier National Park provides tasty sustenance for the hikes ahead – a requirement if you start with the hike up to Apgar
Lookout for stunning views across the west side of the park and the massive Lake McDonald! With four campgrounds in the area, camping is an option – or stay in the basic but beautiful Lake McDonald Lodge. Lake McDonald serves as a major base for the west side of the park, with a network of trails ranging from short walks to strenuous hikes literally at your doorstep.
My favorites: the walk up to John’s Lake, and wandering along the river, with stops at McDonald Falls and Sacred Dancing Cascade (the trail literally starts at the Lodge); and the incredibly popular (for good reason) and accessible Trail of the Cedars. For those wanting more of a challenge, the 4 mile (round trip) hike up to Avalanche Lake from the halfway point on Trail of the Cedars rewards your efforts with a mirror-like mountain lake, surrounded by mountain walls. Glacier is massive, and this is one little corner of it – but it’s my favorite place to recharge and reconnect. Just a couple of days in the clear air, with soaring mountain peaks, rushing turquoise rivers, and serene lakes, always soothes what’s ailing me.
New York City
Liliane writes: While the United States has the most amazing nature and some of the best cities in the world there’s nothing quite like New York City. I’ve been to New York City more times than I can count but I will never have enough time there to see it all. There’s something to do for everybody in the city that never sleeps. There’s enough restaurants and museums to last you a year. There’s a ton of stunning architecture to see and that doesn’t even include the big sights like Times Square and the Statue of Library! With 5 boroughs to explore you can lose yourself in New York and experience something that can’t quite be replicated anywhere else.
One of Lauren’s favorite USA spots was a total surprise: When visiting Huntsville, Alabama for a travel conference, I had no idea that I’d fall so hard for the city. I adored the spacious parks (with super sweet ducks and geese!), street art, and the quaint downtown core. The city has a thriving arts scene at Lowe Mill and a beautiful botanical garden. You can even learn more about the US space program at the Space and Rocket Center. What I loved most about Huntsville was all of the friendly and warm people I met there. I truly felt welcomed to the city and can’t wait to return someday.
We’d love to do some exploring of the West Coast, and do a lot of hiking in National Parks. Also, I would love to see NYC. There’s so much to see and do it makes me want to leave tomorrow! #InspireToWander
— The Calkins’ (@calkinsescapade) July 4, 2018
We hope you’ve inspired you to travel more throughout the USA with our USA trip ideas. Interested in participating in our weekly Twitter chat? Follow #InspireToWander on Twitter every Tuesday at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Want to share ideas with fellow travellers? Join the I2W Travel Community!
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