There are some fantastic places you can visit in the United States, whether you’re visiting from another city or country. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the hustle and bustle of New York and from the mountains of Colorado to the dreamland of Los Angeles, the US is filled with fun holiday destinations perfect for a few days or longer. In this guide, we’ve put together the best places in the United States, so read on and experience your own slice of Americana.
San Francisco, California 🌉
More recently, San Francisco has become known as the place where the tech giants play. But it’s also a charming city with its European feel, beautiful views and famous landmarks. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz, you can spend days exploring all that’s on offer in San Francisco. While you’re there, don’t forget to hop on a tram and visit the neighbourhoods, sampling the many restaurants, cafes and bars in the process.
Grand Canyon, Arizona 🪨
The United States’ diverse landscape is one of its primary draws, and it’s hard to beat the Grand Canyon for majesty. From sun-dappled ridges to lush oases, it’s an artistic vision from Mother Nature and offers plenty of opportunities to see it up close and personal. Go on a hike, partake in a spot of riding on your bike or hop on a mule and take in the magnificent Grand Canyon.
Forget the Alps for a moment, because Aspen is arguably one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. It lies in the remote part of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and is named after the aspen trees lined up around the region. Be amazed by the snow-covered scenery and hit the slopes before wandering around and admiring the 19th-century architecture. Aspen is primarily known as a winter destination. However, it’s still a great place to visit at any time of the year, thanks to the mountainous landscapes perfect for all types of recreational activities.
New Orleans, Louisiana 🥁
Even without the famous Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a city rich in history with a fantastic food and music scene. There are more than 130 festivals to visit each year; there seems to be something happening every night. Bourbon Street is the place to go for food, drink and jazz, while the French Quarter is the city’s historic heart and where you’ll find vibrant nightlife.
New York City, New York 🗽
For now, forget about London, Paris and Tokyo. New York is a de facto tourist destination and a place like no other. There’s so much to do and see here that you’ll need a few visits just to get to grips with this iconic city. But if it’s your first visit, make sure you see The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Plaza, Central Park, Times Square, 5th Avenue and the Statue of Liberty. And if this isn’t your first venture into the Big Apple, discover an alternative side to the city and see it like a local.
Pacific Coast Highway 🚘
If you find yourself behind the wheel in the US, then go on the road trip of all road trips. A drive along the Pacific Coast Highways affords views over America’s stunning western coastline while passing sea cliffs, pristine beaches and famous cities like San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a drive filled with eye-catching scenery and offers a peek at the States’ beautiful landscapes. So turn the keys to the ignition and get ready to be amazed.
Los Angeles, California 🎬
Like New York, LA is another majestic city where the dreamers go to dream, and the hustlers go hustle. LA is a melting pot of vibrancy, buzz and making the impossible possible. But it’s not all lights, camera, action in LA; when you’re not stargazing at the Hollywood sign, go on hikes, take in the LA scene and experience the best of the city, from West Hollywood to Silvertown and everywhere in between.
Chicago, Illinois 🏢
Known as the Windy City, Chicago is filled with stunning art deco architecture and effortlessly mixes high culture with earthly pleasures. Spend time at lakefront beaches before wandering around one of the many world-class museums. Just think twice before visiting during the winter, where temperatures can be extreme. Any other time, though, and you can enjoy a vacation to a cultural gem in the United States.
Las Vegas, Nevada
When most people think of deserts, places like Dubai come to mind. In fact, most people don’t even realise that Las Vegas is located right bang in the middle of the Nevada desert. And why would you? Once you arrive, you’re presented with a metropolis of bright lights, gambling, showgirls and lavish performances. From Caesar’s Palace to MGM Grand and the Bellagio, there’s just about everything here. The term “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” exists for a reason, you know.
Best destinations in the United States
We’ve really only just begun to scratch the surface when it comes to the best destinations in the United States – places like Atlanta, Washington, Florida, Hawaii, and Miami deserve honourable mention. But when it comes to the best of the best, we think the destinations on this list represent the United States at its finest. So buy a plane ticket and begin your American adventure.