America is quite a large place. In fact, it’s the world’s third largest country by the total area of landmass and is home to 50 states. This subsequently means that there is a multitude of places for you to explore and discover, and there are many states demanding your attention and that you add them to your ultimate traveling destination checklist. If you’re seriously thinking of seeing more of America, then consider your options for making a road trip from one side to the other, or creating a detailed plan for how you’re going to use planes, buses, coaches, and trains to navigate your way from state A to state B.
Texas needs little introduction, as it’s the second-largest state in the US by both area and population and is home to, arguably, some of the most exquisite cities in all of America. San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Houston are charming destinations all brimming full of character and individuality. Plus, Austin is one of the alt cities. Wait, but what are alt cities? Austin, Nashville, and Miami are the first wave of alt cities, as described by Peter Yared, who was on the earlier cusp of the movement to Austin from San Francisco where he became a resident in 2012. These cities offer everything that entrepreneurs and venture capitalists want without capital gains or income taxes, helping them be the “bigger fish in a smaller pond.” The state also offers lots of tourist attractions. The cost of living here is lower than the US average, so if you’re passing through, expect to find the price of drinks, meals out, and accommodation a little cheaper than you might expect from other neighboring states. Check out the best Austin vacation activities to plan your time in Texas and get the most out of city life and urban adventure.
California is the state with the third largest population in the US, and that’s not all. Not only are there thousands of people to have the opportunity to meet and mingle with, but it’s also one of the warmest states. This, in turn, means that you can wear shorts and a light t-shirt in most parts of California all year round. What’s not to love? You’ll never want to leave the Golden State once you’re there.
Any place nicknamed “The Sunshine State” is a somewhere you need to visit. There’s much more to Florida than theme parks and Disney world. However, each of these attracts millions of visitors each year. Florida boasts many sophisticated cities such as St. Augustine, Miami, Orlando, Naples, and Fort Myers, and it’s also famous for its glorious beaches which run all the way along the peninsula. Both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are known as being great places to fish and to see dolphins swimming in the clear teal ocean waters. If you’re looking to sample even more great beaches that the south of the country has to offer, South Carolina is well worth visiting – check out these Best Beaches in Charleston SC to help you plan your next trip.
Come the fall, Vermont truly begins to show its true colors. The many trees in this state begin to change the color of their leaves, which makes for an incredible display of natural splendor against the backdrop of forests, a softly (and not so softly) undulating landscape, and large still lakes. Vermont has a number of impressive mountain ridges that can be hiked and climbed, and the most famous route is the Long Trail – a 272-mile long footpath running the length of the state. Other mountains include Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield, that both receive a generous dusting of snow each year to make them the perfect places to ski, snowboard , and enjoy clear runs.
Which states are on your must-see list?
Looking for some other great US travel locations? See: Great Places to Visit in the USA