Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter is a time that simply spells “Travel” and if you’ve been cooked up all year at work, or parenting, or even adulting, this the time to let go and take care of yourself. And if you just need time alone, or want to travel with family or with a significant other, we encourage you to do it!
Taking time out to go on vacation is crucial to maintaining great physical and mental health. It’s also important for maintaining a well-balanced family life, as well as kindling and maintaining a romance in a relationship. And traveling also exposes you to new things, new places, and new experiences, something you can’t get if you’re cooed up in your usual and familiar place. So, if you’re ready to take a trip this year and not sure where to start, we have a few suggestions for you.
Come for the monument and the food, and stay for the sights. Washington D.C., one of the most important cities in the world and the capital of the USA, has it all. From endless museum that will keep you busy for days to come, to Segway tours to show you around town, to the hop-on-hop-off buses that take you around the city to show you all it has to offer, Washington D.C. is a place that should be on your to-do list this year. And if you do come, don’t forget to pack a picnic bag and sit on one of the many lawns in the city to enjoy some quiet time, watching people bustle and hustle by, the way Washingtonians are bound to.
New Jersey is frequently not on too many people’s list but the “Garden State” has so much to offer to guests especially people who live in the Northeast area. New Jersey is unique in that it’s a drivable distance from up north Connecticut and is part of the tri-state area made up of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. It is also an easy drive from down south D.C. metro area (D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland).
So, if you live in any of those destinations, you’ll find it easy to get to New Jersey. So, what makes New Jersey so special? It’s very family-friendly so if you want to take a break with your family, this would be a great place to visit. You can enjoy the cast of Jersey Shore as well as Victorian Cape May, Thomas Edison National Park, and the famous Atlantic City.
If you don’t want to stay in New Jersey, take a quick drive down to Pennsylvania and spend some time at the Amish community, or drive a bit further to Delaware and spend time at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area with a spectacular view of 40 miles of the Delaware River.
Florida is always on everyone’s list. Even if you’ve visited the sunshine state so many times! Florida is so huge and so diverse that even if you lived here, you could not possibly visit and explore the length of the state.
From waterparks to amusement parks, to world-class beaches, to museums, to cruises, to great food, and much more, Florida has it all and if you’ve never treated yourself to a Floridian vacation, then you should add it to your list this year. And even with all we’ve mentioned, there is still so much to do.
Visit Everglades National Park, a wonder on its own; spend some time on South Beach; have a picnic on Clearwater Beach; visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum; hang out in Sanibel Island; take a picture at the Southernmost Point of the continental USA; spend some time in Amelia island, get an eyeful of alligators at Gatorland (yes, Florida is home to a lot of gators), spend time in Captiva Island, and get your adrenaline pumping at the Daytona International Speedway.
If you do visit Florida, plan to rent a car and drive through the set of connected islands called the Florida Keys. You’ll be glad you did!
A further down south of Washington D.C. lies Texas the second-biggest state in the USA, the first being California. Due to its geographical landmass, the terrain of Texas is so diverse you wouldn’t know you’re in the same state as you drive along the roads and watch the changing landscape.
If you do want to go to Texas, it’s best to start with visiting major cities including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and many more. And what is there to do in Texas? If you’re in San Antonio, you can do the “River Walk” which is a section of the town near the river that stretches for miles and has a lot of restaurants and outdoor patios.
If you’ve spent time in Europe then you’ll see how “River Walk” seems a bit like Europe! You can also visit the Alamo, a landmark building, as well as Guadalupe Mountain National Park, the Dallas Zoo, and if you’re lucky, the Texas Fair might be in town when you’re there. And if you’re into shopping, Texas has a lot to offer!
Lying in the west and bordered by Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, and Arizona, Utah is not on the top of most people’s bucket list because, at first sight, it’s landlocked, but, due to its location on earth, there are so many more things to do in Utah that you would never have thought about.
First off, visit the majestic Bryce Canyon which is one of the most amazing places you’d ever see in your life. Then stop by Zion National Park, which can also be accessed within a mere three-hour drive from Las Vegas. Go to Canyonlands National Park which is almost as good as the Grand Canyon but you have the added advantage of having the place all to yourself since the traffic is less here.
Go to visit Salt Lake City, the city for which Utah is famous for, and spend some time in the historic Temple Square. And about half-an-hour drive from Salt Lake City, you’ll find one of the largest inland lakes in the USA, the Great Salt Lake. If you end up in Utah, you can add on Las Vegas to your trip and see more amazing places in one trip!
Traveling in the USA can be fun if you know where to go. With 50 states to work with, our list is just a start! Pick a few states and take the ultimate road trip to see the wonders of the different landscapes that make up the country.