There is a big world out there full of fantastic sights, interesting people, colorful cultures, and delicious food. You can travel outside the United States to experience these things, but you don’t have to. There are plenty of different things to see, diverse people to meet, and unique foods to eat right here in the United States. The following guide suggests some of the best vacation destinations in the United States and beyond.
In ancient times, Greek was one of the cradles of civilization, a place where great scientific discovery, philosophical thought, and artistic expression took place in many different forms. Today, Greece is home to some of the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches in the world, as well as delicious food, historical ruins, and a culture that continues to thrive through evolution. There are over 200 islands in the Greek archipelago, so if you would like to avoid the crowds, you can choose to visit one that is off of most tourists’ radar, such as Milos.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs offers outdoor adventures all year long. In the winter, there are nearly 3,000 acres of slopes available for skiing or snowboarding. In the summer, you can enjoy aquatic activities such as kayaking, tubing, or fishing. Summer visitors can also take to the Yampa River Core Trail for hiking or biking. At all times of the year, Strawberry Park Hot Springs is available for a relaxing soak in the geothermally warmed mineral pools that stay a consistent 104 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.
When planning a trip to New Zealand, remember that seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of what they are in the United States. Therefore, if you plan a trip in July, it will be winter at your destination. It may not matter because the climate tends to be mild and there are activities available all year. New Zealand is known for mountains and pastoral settings as well as beaches and vineyards.
Savannah is known for its picturesque oak trees draped with Spanish Moss, its Historic District, and its tasty cuisine. It is also notorious for not placing any restrictions on open containers of alcohol, so it is perfectly acceptable for you to sip on your to-go cocktail as you wander around. Savannah is the setting for many popular books and movies, such as “Forrest Gump” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Uruguay is a country in South America that many Americans may not be sure how to pronounce, let alone think of as a travel destination. Nevertheless, it has gained some recognition as an off-the-beaten-path destination, in part because of the cobblestone streets and historic buildings at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Colonia. If you are interested in nightlife and beaches, head for the coast.
Speaking of off-the-beaten-path vacations, South Dakota is one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the United States. Most people come to see Mount Rushmore and only when they get there do they discover magnificent canyons, picturesque state parks, pristine lakes and waterfalls, Indigenous artwork and cultural activities, and outdoor adventures galore. Located just southeast of the Black Hills, the varicolored buttes of Badlands National Park defy description or categorization.
Canadian High Arctic
The Canadian High Arctic is much more accessible than Antarctica and offers many of the same experiences. The scenery is breathtaking and nearly untouched, and the range of wildlife is astounding. The High Arctic is home to the Inuit and gives you an opportunity to learn more about their unique culture. There are no people native to Antarctica, so it offers you no such opportunity.
Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most formidable natural landscapes in the country. It is also one of the most beautiful and varied. Yosemite is known for ancient sequoia trees, breathtaking waterfalls, and unique rock formations.
With so many fascinating travel destinations around the world, you have the option to vacation far out of your way or discover an adventure close to home.