Places to Visit in USA

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The BEST Places to Visit in USA

Traveling with your spouse {and your family} is one of the best ways to get to know them and strengthen your relationship. Road-trippin’ gives you a chance to learn things about each other, like how you respond to stressful situations, what kinds of things you like to do and how well you communicate with each other. Not only that, when you travel together you create unforgettable memories that you’ll always have to look back on. But sometimes finding the next place that you want to visit can be a little daunting. There are so many beautiful places to visit in USA. Exciting adventures await in every state.

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If you’re looking for the best places to visit on your next road trip, we’ve found some of the best road trip ideas for every state. We’ve listed these beautiful and fun places to visit for all 50 states below! We’ve divided them into 5 regions (plus Alaska and Hawaii) so its a bit easier to find the state that you’re traveling to.

  1. Places to Visit in the West
  2. Places to Visit in the Midwest
  3. Places to Visit in the Northeast
  4. Places to Visit in the Southwest
  5. Places to Visit in the Southeast
  6. Places to Visit in Alaska and Hawaii

Places to Visit in the West

Places to Visit in California

Places to Visit in California

1. Visit the National ParksThe Redwood National Forest has rugged coastlines, vast prairies, oak woodlands and of course the tallest trees in the world! Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls. There are plenty of hiking trails and gorgeous views in this popular park. In addition to these well-known parks, there are also many others worth visiting!

2. Zoos and AquariumsCalifornia is home to at least a dozen amazing zoos and aquariums! Some of the most famous include the San Diego Zoo, Pacific Aquarium, and The Monterey Bay Aquarium. The San Diego Zoo is world renowned with over 650 species/subspecies including giant pandas, Asian and African elephants, and bonobo apes. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered one of the best in the country and is known worldwide with over 500 marine species and 45 interactive exhibits that are fun and educational. The Aquarium of the Pacific contributes to global research on ocean health and marine ecology and is home to great interactive exhibits including a shark lagoon with over 150 sharks!

3. Catalina IslandThis island has something for everyone! spend time on the beautiful beaches or for a bit more adventure go kayaking, parasailing, cycling or try the 45 MPH zipline.

4. Visit a Theme ParkCalifornia has tons of great theme parks including Legoland, Disneyland, Sea World, Universal Studios, Six Flags, and Knott’s Berry Farm (to list just a few!). Each park offers a unique experience and there is something for everyone no matter what your interests are! If you (or your kids) are fans of legos then Legoland is for you, built with over 60 million Lego bricks! Knott’s Berry Farm started out as a small farm but has since become a popular park destination, which includes a theme park, water park, and even a ghost town!

5. San FranciscoSan Francisco has a little bit of everything. Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most famous waterfront community which offers world-class dining, fresh fish markets, and great views of the ocean. Visit Alcatraz Island and explore the prison that held some of the most infamous prisons including Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Don’t forget to cross the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge which has been declared one of the modern wonders of the world!

Places to Visit in Colorado

Places to Visit in Colorado

1. Mesa VerdeTake a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made Mesa Verde their home from 600 – 1300 AD by visiting some of the over 5000 archeological sites including over 600 cliff dwelling!

2. Ski ResortIf you are into skiing or snowboarding Colorado has many different ski resorts. come and enjoy some of the best snow on earth!

3. DenverDenver is home to Six Flags, Elitch Gardens, The Denver Art Museum, The Colorado Rockies (Coors Field), The Denver Broncos (Mile High Stadium), and much much more.

4. Glenwood Hot SpringsCome relax in the soothing mineral waters of the World’s Largest Hot Springs Pool!

Places to Visit in Idaho

Places to Visit in Idaho

1. McCallThe town is set around a gorgeous crystal clear lake and white sandy beaches. Plenty of sightseeing, hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, etc.

2. YellowstoneExperience Yellow Stone, the World’s first National Park! Explore mountains, forests, lakes, and watch wildlife. Yellow Stone is best known for its colorful hot springs, mud pots, and geysers which are due to volcanic power rising up to the surface.

3. Shoshone FallsCheck out this 212 ft waterfall! There are parks, trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, a swimming area and more here to help you enjoy your visit.

4. Zipline & Biking AdventuresVisit Tamarack Resort Zipline Tours and zip down the mountain on these high altitude high adventure tours. If zip lines are not your speed, slow it down and bike the 15 mile Route to the Hiawatha trail! This rail turned trail features 10 tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles.

5. Silverwood Theme ParkSilverwood Theme Park has over 65 rides attractions, including four roller coasters, Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, shows and more…

Places to Visit in Montana

Places to Visit in Montana

1. West YellowstoneThis small town is the busiest gateway to Yellowstone National Park and for good reason! West Yellowstone offers year-round activities including fly fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, trail rides and hiking, parades, and rodeos in the summer, excellent trout fishing in the fall, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and dog sledding in winter! you can also watch wildlife, enjoy good food, and go shopping year round.

2. Glacier National ParkGlacier is a nature lovers paradise that has it all! If you love outdoor adventure then Glacier is for you with more than 700 miles of hiking trails, and other activities including boating, camping, fishing, rock climbing, mountaineering, and cycling. In the winter go ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling. No matter what time of year you come you will always see wildlife! Glacier is also home to one of America’s best scenic routes, Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile drive with incredible views!

3. Big Sky ResortIf you love to ski you have to ski Big Sky! Big Sky has over 300 runs across 4 connected mountains covering 5,800 acres. With so many runs and lifts you rarely have to wait in line to get up the mountain so you spend more time on the slopes!

Places to Visit in Nevada

Places to Visit in Nevada

1. Hoover DamThe Hoover Dam is truly incredible! It is one of the seven technological wonders of The United States. You can even take a tour of the inside! check out the giant turbines at the bottom of the dam! *If you want to go on the dam tour make sure you get there early because it sells out fast!

2. Mt CharlestonMt. Charleston is a great change of pace from the Las Vegas strip and is only 45 minutes away! So get away from the bright lights and the heat and visit the much cooler quieter scenic Mt. Charleston. There are several trails including the Mary Jane Falls trail featuring caves and a beautiful waterfall!

3. 5 Ghost TownsNevada is home to several significant ghost towns that are well worth the visit. Rhyolite, Nelson, Belmont, and Gold Point all share similar gold rush boom and bust stories. These towns were once growing rapidly and thrived until the gold ran out and the citizens left. For the most part, these towns are completely empty except for a few residents that still live in some of them. Spend the night in a miners cabin in Gold Point or at the Bed and Breakfast in Belmont for a little more adventure!

4. Lake TahoeLake Tahoe is the perfect vacation location. Ths lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides making it one of the most gorgeous lakes in the nation. In the winter it offers great skiing and in the summer the lake is perfect for swimming and other water sports. The lake is absolutely breathtaking with turquoise and azure-hued water. the weather is perfect not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter!

5. VegasVegas is not just for gambling. There are plenty of activities you can do with the whole family. M&M World is 4 stories of colorful chocolate fun! Find your favorite colors and flavors or have your own personalized message printed on them! The Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur is epic dinner theatre experience. While you eat a 3-course meal with your bare hands, knights fight while riding their trusted steads to prove their chivalry amongst special effects and pyrotechnics. If you are a thrill seeker ride one of the rides on top of the Stratosphere tower. These rides have you staring down at the strip nearly 1000 feet below! The Fountains of Bellagio are a sight to see! The interwoven water, light, and music show is sure to mesmerize you!

Places to Visit in Oregon

Places to Visit in Oregon

1. Multnomah FallsMultnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. Come and see for yourself why these falls are so popular! This is a great area to hike and picnic as well!

2. Lewis and Clark National Historical ParkFollow the footsteps of the early explorers and discover the timeless rainforests and majestic coastal vistas of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park!

3. Crater LakeCrater lake is a one of kind lake and a must see! This lake was formed when a giant eruption caused the peak of the mountain to collapse which then filled in with rain and snow runoff. Crater lake is considered the most pristine and pure lake in on earth and is the deepest lake in the United States

4. NewportNewport lies on Oregon’s rugged coastline offering many fun and exciting activities. explore tide pools and watch marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Then head to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to pet an octopus and walk through the glass tunnel surrounded by sharks! Visit Oregon’s largest lighthouse. If you are up for a little more adventure try surfing, kayaking, hiking, or biking!

Places to Visit in Utah

Places to Visit in Utah

1. National/State ParksUtah has some of the best National and State Parks full of soaring sandstone cliffs, hoodoos, natural arches, aspen forests, and infinite canyons and rivers.

2. Park CityPark city is not only beautiful, there is also a lot to do no matter what time of year you visit. In the winter there is no shortage of activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing and more! In the summer enjoy fly fishing, golf, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, mountain biking, rafting, ziplines, coasters, and slides. Park City also has great food and several well-known festivals that are sure to make your stay more enjoyable.

3. Mt TimpanogosMt. Timpanogos is one of Utah’s most recognizable mountains and one of the most popular mountain hiking destinations. This hike is quite strenuous but you will be rewarded with beautiful scenery and amazing views from the summit!

4. Salt Lake City Temple SquareYou can’t visit Salt Lake City without stopping to visit Temple Square. With just a simple stroll through the square, you will see beautiful gardens, fountains, and reflection pools as well as amazing architectural masterpieces (according to Frank Lloyd Wright but what does he know… ). Spend some time in the Family History Center and see how much you can learn about your ancestors. Finally, visit the visitor centers and learn about the history and beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Places to Visit in Washington

Places to Visit in Washington

1. Mt. RainierMount Rainier can be seen for miles and is one of the most iconic peaks in North America. Mount Rainier National Park offers hundreds of hiking trails, wildflowers, gorgeous lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, even an active volcano! You are sure to find something exciting to do at Mount Rainier!

2. SeattleSeattle is a beautiful city full of museums, music, food, and beautiful views!

3. San Juan IslandsThe San Juan Islands have so much to do including whale watching, kayaking, cycling, and hiking. Climb Mount Constitution or take a drive on the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. Eat great food and explore local artists and boutiques. Relax on a beach and enjoy the view!

4. Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese GardenThis small garden which symbolizes the friendship of Spokane and its sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan is a place where nature, tranquility, and beauty all come together.

Places to Visit in Wyoming

Places to Visit in Wyoming

1. Yellowstone National ParkExperience Yellow Stone, the World’s first National Park! Explore mountains, forests, lakes, and watch wildlife. Yellow Stone is best known for its colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers which are due to volcanic power rising up to the surface.

2. Jackson HoleJackson Hole has no end of fun things to do! Come to a rodeo and experience true western tradition, Watch wildlife including the massive herd of elk at the National Elk Refuge, visit the town square with its antler arches and neon signs where you can find all sorts of fun items in the many shops and boutiques.

3. Grand TetonsExplore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and beautiful alpine terrain.

Places to Visit in the Midwest

Places to Visit in Illinois

Places to Visit in Illinois

1. NauvooCheck out this old historic community that was built from the swamps on a large bend of the Mississippi River. Visit its many historic sies, attend an outdoor pageant which tells the story of Nauvoo’s history, or participate in other activies that demonstrate the wy of life in the early 1800’s.

2. Cave In RockExplor the depths of a cave at Cave-in-Rock, which features a giant 55 ft wide cave that was carved out of the rock by water thousands of years ago. The park also has trials, playgrounds, and shaded picnic areas.

3. World’s Largest Catsup BottleJust south of downtown Collinsville, Illinois stands a 170 ft catsup bottle water tower built in 1949. This roadside landmark is recognized worldwide as an excellent example of 20th century roadside Americana.

4. ChicagoThe Windy City offers a wealth of activities for family fun. Visit Millennium Park to see “The Bean,” shop till you drop on the Magnificent Mile, or cheer for the home team at Wrigley Field. Plus, from hot dogs to pizza, Chicago has enough culinary variety to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Places to Visit in Indiana

Places to Visit in Indiana

1. Holiday WorldThis family owned themepark and water park is home to a number 1 ranked wood rollercoaster, The Voyage; the Mammoth water coaster which recieved an official Guinness World Records certificate for the World’s Longest Water Coaster. Both parks have also been voted the worlds cleanest themparks for the last 15+ years. Oh and all cutomers get free soft drinks, parking, sunscreen, and Wi-Fi!

2. Children’s Museum- IndianapolisThe world’s largest children’s museum encourages children touch everything and dig in as they explore the many exciting interactive exhibits spread across five floors. There is also a theater featuring plays and live entertainment for children.

3. Indiana DunesThe Indiana Dunes offer much more than just world class beaches. Come to enjoy great food, beautiful scenery, and exciting hiking and biking!

Places to Visit in Iowa

Places to Visit in Iowa

1. Iowa State FairThis end-of-summer pilgrimage celebrates Iowa’s farm heritage within an increasingly cosmopolitan Des Moines. The Iowa State Fair is 11 days of farm animals (the Big Boar!), midway rides, blue-ribbon prizes, a butter cow, crazy contests, live music and fried food on a stick (deep-fried Snickers bars!). The fair’s 400 acres can be overwhelming; navigate the sprawl by using free downloadable walking tours from the fair website. For a view above the crowds, relax for a few minutes on the Sky Glider ride. (515) 262-3111

2. Sculpture Park This nearly 4.5 acre park full of unique sculptures is a great place to go for a relaxing walk or picnic!

3. Balloon ClassicIf you are in Iowa at the end of July make sure you head to Indianola to see the sky filled with hot-air baloons at the National Balloon Classic! Enjoy live music, food, fireworks, and more. You can even take a balloon ride!

Places to Visit in Kansas

Places to Visit in Kansas

1. Oz MuseumIf you are a fan of the Wizard of Oz then you will love this museum which is home to the largest collection of authentic Oz memorabilia in the world.

2. Cow Town!!This is a truely unique museum where you experience the history rather than just look at artifacts and read descriptions. Live the story of Wichita’s transformation from a frontier settlement to a cattle town from 1865 to 1880. Old Cowtown Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums which is the highest national recognition achievable by a museum. Only 3% of museums are accredited

3. World’s Largest EaselGoodland Kansas is home to the worlds largest easle which is 80 feet tall. On the easle is a 32×24 foot representation of Van Gogh’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase”. The image of the beautifully painted sunflowers draws visitors to the “Sunflower State” and to the center of the local sunflower industry.

4. Biggest Ball of TwineCawker city is the current record holder for largest ball of twine built by a community. Come check out the still growing ball which is now over 41 feet in circumference!

5. Wichita GardensWith over 30 themed gardens and exhibits across 18 acres there is sure to be something that interests you! Come see for yourself why this is a must see garden!

Places to Visit in Michigan

Places to Visit in Michigan

1. Silver Lake Sand DunesCheck out this 2,000 acre sand mountain that seperates Silver Lake from Lake Michigan! If you go to the beach for sun and sand this is definately the place for you!

2. Great LakesThe great lakes offer a variety of different exciting activities. As you explore the beaches make sure you visit one of the 115 light houses that dot the shores or get on the lakes and do some sailing or fishing. You can even go scuba diving and explore one of the over 5,000 ship wrecks.

3. Traverse CityTraverse City is celebrated for quality cuisine and culture, has miles of shoreline and romantic lighthouses and coastal villages. If you play gold try one of 16 beautiful golf courses. Swimming, sailing, paddling, hiking and fishing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy.

Places to Visit in Minnesota

Places to Visit in Minnesota

1. Mall of AmericaThe Mall of America is not only the largest mall in the United States it is also pretty darn cool! The mall features an aquarium with over 1.2 million gallons of water, it has a massive Lego store guarded by a giant 34 foot tall lego robot or visit the Nickelodeon Universe thempark. If you are lucky you might alos spot a celebrity! Oh and did you know that Minnesota has no sales tax on clothing!!!

2. Lake Superior’s North ShoreThe north shore of Lake Superior is a 154 stretch of shore with 8 state parks, waterfalls, rocky shorelines and cliffs, amazing views of the lake, hiking trails, and more!

3. Twin CitiesMinneapolis and St. Paul have it all.

Places to Visit in Mississippi

Places to Visit in Mississippi

1. Mississippi River RoadTake a road trip along the Mississippi River. The trip route is already planned out for you all you have to do is grab your snacks and hit the road!

2. Hattiesburg – Hattiesburg has a little something for everyone! Explore the zoo and while you are there check out the 4 story ropes course!

3. Dunn’s Falls – Dunn’s Falls is the perfect place to cool off when it gets hot outside! It is located within the Dunn’s Fall’s Water Park meaning there are pleanty of amenities.

Places to Visit in Missouri

Places to Visit in Missouri

1. Silver Dollar City in Branson, MissouriSilver Dollar City is full of exciting things to do. It has over 30 rides and attractions, tons of live shows and demonstrating craftsmen, over 60 unique shops, and several family restaurants.

2. Hannibal, Missouri – Mark TwainHannibal Missouri is the childhood home of Mark Twain. Visit Mark Twain’s house and learn about his childhood and the inspiration for many of his stories. Explore the Mark Twain cave system which also made several appearances in his books. Enjoy the Mississippi River and go on a riverboat cruise.

3. St. Louis – Lots of free things to do! – St. Louis is truly a hidden gem with so much to offer. If you are a fan of museums there are several great ones in St. Louis and most of them are free! The St. Loius Art Museum with over 33,000 works of art spanning five millennia and six continents and The Science Center, ranked in the nations top five science centers, are just 2 examples of the excellent museums that are free to visit. Th St. Louis Zoo is also a must see and it too is also free so you have no excuse to not go! St. Loius also has one of America’s oldest botanical gardens with 79 acres of beautiful gardens. While you are in St. Louis don’t forget to visit the Gateway Arch!

4. Lake of the OzarksLake of the Ozarks, which covers over 54,000 acres and has over 1000 miles of shoreline, is considered one of the nations best recreational lakes. The lake offers a wide variety of activities including swimming, fishing, boating, shopping, dining, spas, and golfing.

Places to Visit in Nebraska

Places to Visit in Nebraska

1. Buffalo Bill’s State Historic ParksCome learn about Buffalo Bill the famous Pony Express rider, Army scout, and buffalo hunter. Visit his home and barn and see authentic artifacts from his life. Go for a guided trail ride or rent a canoe, kayak, or tube and head down the North Platte River.

2. Museum of American SpeedIf you like cars even a little bit this museum will amaze you! When it comes to cars, this museum has it all from race cars to pedal cars! I didn’t even know pedal cars were a thing!

3. Sandhill Crane MigrationCome to Nebraska during the Sandhill Crane migration and experience one of the last great migrations as hundreds of thousands of cranes make their way across the country.

Places to Visit in North Dakota

Places to Visit in North Dakota

1. BismarkBismark is a great city full of fun things to do! Visit the zoo, go shopping, go for a boat tour down the Mississippi.

2. Knife River Indian VillagesExplore the lives of the Northern Plains Indians at this old Native American trade center. Visit the museum, check out a reconstructed earth lodge, drying racks, and gardens, and explore the remains of several Native American villages.

3. Lewis & Clark RiverboatGo for a romantic dinner cruise with your spouse on a steam-powered riverboat. How cool!

Places to Visit in Ohio

Places to Visit in Ohio

1. Cedar PointCedar Point is known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” with 18 massive roller coasters and an 18-acre water park. If you get tired of the non-stop fun take a break and relax on the beach!

2. Cincinnati ZooThe Cincinnati Zoo is not just another zoo. It is one of the oldest zoos and is also considered one of the best in the country. The stars of this zoo are the white tigers, gorillas, and manatees!

3. Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, ClevelandIf music is your jam then head to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This museum is not just a building to hold old stuff, it is a celebration of rock and roll and you can easily spend all day exploring and learning!

Places to Visit in South Dakota

Places to Visit in South Dakota

1. Mt RushmoreMount Rushmore is one of America’s most iconic landmarks and is a spectacular piece of artwork that you just have to see in person to truly appreciate.

2. Wind Cave National ParkWind Cave is one of the worlds largest cave structures and is home to box work formations which are rarely found elsewhere.

3. Black Elk PeakBlack Elk Peak is the highest point in South Dakota with an amazing view of South Dakoda, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana. A stone tower was erected at the top of the peak which was used as a fire signal until 1967.

Places to Visit in Wisconsin

Places to Visit in Wisconsin

1. Skiing!Wisconsin is home to a ton of ski resorts! If you love to hit the slopes plan a trip one of Wisconsin’s greatest!

2. Wisconsin DellsWisconsin Dells is “The Waterpark Capital of the World!”. There are a ton of waterparks here so grab your swimsuits and get ready to make a splash! In addition to waterparks, there are also caves, boat tours, bow fishing tours, and more!

3. Mars Cheese Castle KenoshaThe Mars Cheese Castle is well a castle dedicated to cheese! In fact, they have over 700 kinds of cheese! and it isn’t just a store, it is an experience. You really just need to go and see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

4. Lake MichiganThere is a ton of things to do on the shores of Lake Michigan, many of which you probably never would have guessed… You can go surfing! Yep, that’s right when it’s windy enough waves get big enough to surf! you can go parasailing, on a fishing tour, take a tour of shipwrecks in a glass-bottomed kayak, and much much more!

Places to Visit in the Northeast

Places to Visit in Connecticut

Places to Visit in Connecticut

1. New HavenThere are so many things to do in see in this beautiful city – including many beautiful parks, historical sites and home to Yale University. New Haven is filled with cultural experiences. Don’t forget to try the New-Haven Style pizza!

2. Gillette CastleCross the river on a historic ferry to access Sherlock Holmes’s castle overlooking the Connecticut River.

3. Long Island Sound –

Places to Visit in Delaware

Places to Visit in Delaware

1. Rehoboth BeachTake a trip to Delaware’s largest beach resort which is known as The Nation’s Summer Capital”

2. Wilmington (Riverfront)The Wilmington Riverfront, once an industrial wasteland, is now a thriving destination rich in history and filled with recreational, cultural, retail and culinary attractions. This transformation was due to restoration and environmental improvement initiatives.

3. Deleware GardensHistoric homes, museums and beautiful gardens, step back in time and enjoy!

Places to Visit in Maine

Places to Visit in Maine

1. Acadia National ParkArcadia National Park is known as the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast with over 150 miles of hiking trails!

2. Maine GardensCoastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a massive 295 acres of gorgeous tidal shorelands. Come and see all the amazing flowers and plants!

3. Portland Head LighthouseThis lighthouse is just gorgeous with spectacular views! The park has over 90 acres of recreational space which is great for hiking, flying kites, picnicking, and so much more!

Places to Visit in Maryland

Places to Visit in Maryland

1. Chesapeake BayThe Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It is home to countless plants and animals with an incredibly complex ecosystem.

2. Eastern ShoreThe miles of sandy beaches, historic towns and activities in cities like Chestertown, Cambridge and Ocean City draw families to the Eastern Shore of Maryland! So many fun things to do!

3. Deep Creek LakeDeep creek is a great year-round escape from your busy life! Enjoy some summer fun in the cool pristine waters of the lake, go biking. In the fall enjoy the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. In the winter hit the slopes and go skiing or go snowshoeing.

Places to Visit in Massechusetts

Places to Visit in Massachusetts

1. PlymouthPlymouth is best known for its history, the pilgrim story, and Plymouth Rock. In addition to the history there is also water sports, whale watching, golfing, ghost tours, trolley tours, cranberry harvests, culinary tours and much more! You’ll find yourself planning your return visit before you even leave!

2. Cape Cod or Cape AnnThere is so much to do at Cape Cod including biking, kayaking, summer theater, whale watching, world-class golf, and of course stunning beaches! If watching whales is on your bucket list then Cape Ann is the place for you! In addition to whale watching you can also go explore the woods and learn about the ghost and pirate stories as you explore old pirate cellar holes and see messages left behind on boulders. Cape Ann is also the “Antiques Capital of America” so come browse the many antique stores and find that perfect item for your collection!

3. BostonBoston has much more to offer than just a rich revolutionary history. Come to enjoy beautiful architecture, delicious food, gorgeous greenways, impressive works of art, and much much more!

4. Martha’s VineyardMartha’s Vineyard is a beautiful island with gorgeous white sand beaches, lighthouses, a farmers market, a flying horse carousel, and more!

Places to Visit in New Hampshire

Places to Visit in New Hampshire

1. Conway Scenic RailroadTake an old-fashioned train ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad! You can take a short ~1-2 hour trip to Conway or Bartlett on the Valley Train or a long 5.5 hour trip through Crawford Notch on the Notch Train. No matter which train you choose to ride you can choose between first class, coach, or dining car tickets to customize your adventure.

2. Tap Maple Trees for SyrupVisit a New Hampshire sugarhouse and see how maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees! Did you know it takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup!

3. Castle in the Clouds – This architectural masterpiece is a must see! This home was built by Thomas Plant and 1000 craftsmen as a wedding gift for Olivia Dewy.

4. Kancamagus Highway – Up for a drive anyone? This scenic drive is one you will not forget, especially in the fall! Along the 34 mile drive of twists and turns stop at one of the many trailheads for a hike, a bike or a swim!


Places to Visit in New Jersey

Places to Visit in New Jersey

1. Atlantic CityAtlantic City is the center of entertainment! You will find great food, shopping, and spas! The beach and Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk is of course a must see!

2. Long Beach IslandThis 18 mile long skinny island is only a half mile wide at it’s widest point and is full of long stretches of beach. So grab your swimsuit and find a nice stretch of sand at Long Beach Island

3. Fluorescent Rocks of Sterling Hill MineThis old mine turned museum is home to a huge collection of rocks that appear to be normal until you turn on a black light! Once under black light their true beauty shines! Come and check them out!!!

Places to Visit in New York

Places to Visit in New York

1. NYC (Central Park, Broadway Play)The Highline Trail and Park, 6th Avenue (shopping), Hell’s Kitchen (food), 911 Memorial, 30 Rock

2. Niagra FallsNiagra Falls is of course a must see! In addition to seeing the massive falls come explore the hiking trails and see the nearby orchards.

3. Brooklyn Botanic GardenThe Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has incredible architecture, rare plants, flowers, and meticulously cared for gardens. It is well worth the trip so make sure you add it to your next trip to new york!

Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

1. GettysburgVisit the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center to learn more about the battle at Gettysburg and its significance then go check out the battlefield itself. Gettysburg has a wide variety of excellent cuisine, you can even try some period dinning!

2. HersheyHershey is home to the famous Hershey chocolate factory. In addition to the factory the town also has an amusement park, a trolly tour that lets you sample chocolate, Hershey world

3. Sesame PlaceJoin your favorite Sesame Street characters on rides, slides, and more at this family-friendly theme park. Book your trip quick before your kids grow up!

4. Liberty Bell (Philadelphia)See the bell whose inscription has inspired so many to fight for liberty. Learn the history of this bell, its inscription, and the famous crack that while silencing it has not stopped its message from ringing out.

Places to Visit in Rhode Island

Places to Visit in Rhode Island

1. NewportNewport has many great attractions including relaxing beaches, mouth-watering restaurants, historic attractions and award-winning accommodations.

2. Visit a MansionSee amazing architecture, art, interior design and landscapes at one of the many mansions from various time periods spanning 250 years of American history.

3. International Tennis Hall of FameCelebrate the history of tennis at the International Hall of Fame!

Places to Visit in Vermont

Places to Visit in Vermont

1. Lake WilloughbyThe cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor on either side of Lake Willoughby make for a gorgeous lake. Enjoy the beach and some water sports on the lake or take a hike to the top of Mt. Pisgah for a breathtaking view!

2. The EssexEnjoy a unique culinary experience at The Essex! If you love good food then you will love staying at this culinary resort!

3. Find a swimming holeWhen it is hot out nothing beats a good swim. Vermont has lots of cool swimming holes to check out from rivers and waterfalls to the first American marble quarry which has been a popular secret swimming hole for many decades!

Places to Visit in the Southwest

Places to Visit in Arizona

Places to Visit in Arizona

1. Sedona – Slide Rock State ParkThis State Park started out as an apple farm and is an example of early agricultural development. Today most visitors come for the natural waterslides it is named after!

2. Goldfield Ghost TownCome visit this old ghost town which has been restored to look just like it did in the early 1900s

3. Antelope CanyonThese beautiful slot canyons made from rushing water are an incredible sight.

4. Havasu FallsWho doesn’t love beautiful waterfalls? These are well worth the hike to see!

5. The Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon, of course, is a must see and should be on everyone’s bucket list!

Places to Visit in New Mexico

Places to Visit in New Mexico

1. Carlsbad CavernsCarlsbad Caverns are beautiful above with ancient sea ledges, deep canyons, and flowering cactus. Below the surface is also beautiful with more than 120 caves. Come to take a self-guided or ranger-guided tour of some of the caves or learn about bats and watch thousands of them fly out of the caves as the sun sets. Because Carlsbad Caverns are so far from city lights it makes a great place to look at the night sky with telescopes made available by the park for free!

2. Sandia Peak TramwayTake a 2.7-mile ariel tram ride over deep canyons and beautiful terrain to Sandia Peak. The view from the top of the peak is especially breathtaking at sunset! If you are hungry have dinner at Sandiago’s Grill on the top of the peak.

3. Hot Air Balloon FestivalIf you are in New Mexica at the end of October make sure you stop by the Hot air Balloon Festival. Who doesn’t LOVE to see the sky filled with balloons!

4. Mesa VerdeTake a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made Mesa Verde their home from 600 – 1300 AD by visiting some of the over 5000 archeological sites including over 600 cliff dwelling!

Places to Visit in Oklahoma

Places to Visit in Oklahoma

1. Pioneer Woman MercantileFor a one of a kind shopping experience visit the Pioneer Woman Mercantile or “Merc” and shop their unique selection of goods. Also enjoy a hearty meal!

2. The Gilcrease MuseumThe Gilcrease Museum explores art and history from the American West including both frontier and Native American cultures.The collection includes art, historical manuscripts, and anthropological artifacts. The Museum is on 460 acres with lush gardens which represent different gardening styles including Victorian, colonial, pre-Columbian, and pioneer landscapes.

3. Philbrook Museum of ArtThis oil tycoon estate turned museum is home not only to beautiful grounds but a superb collection of art from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Places to Visit in Texas

Places to Visit in Texas

1. Alamo MissionVisit the Alamo and learn the history of not only the battle but also the mission. Come and remember the Alamo!

2. Caverns of SonoraA unique underground adventure awaits at the Caverns of Sonora. The beauty of these caves cannot be exaggerated, even by Texans! If you are more adventurous you can even do a discovery challenge tour, which allows you to explore like real caverns!

3. Gorman Falls (Colorado Bend State Park)Check out this very unique “living waterfall”. This is not your ordinary waterfall because it is actually growing unlike other waterfalls that are slowly eroding!

4. Space Center HoustonVisit Space Center Houston to learn about human space flight. With over 400 space artifacts, numerous exhibits, attractions, and theatres kids and adults alike will be engaged and are sure to have a wonderful experience.

5. Magnolia Market at the SilosIf you are fans of Chip and Joanna’s show Fixer Upper then you most likely know all about Magnolia Market at the Silos. This market is not just for buying cool things for your house. Being at the Magnolia Market allows you to experience Chip and Joanna’s lifestyle! The market also has gardens, a bakery, and food trucks. Make sure this makes your Texas bucket list. You will not be disappointed!

Places to Visit in the Southeast

Places to Visit in Alabama

Places to Visit in Alabama

1. US Space and Rocket CenterVisit world-renowned space exhibits at the official NASA Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center.

2. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkExplore Alabama’s military history park and museum with a collection of aircraft and museum ships.

3. Cathedral Caverns State ParkDefinitely a COOL place to visit on a hot summer day! The cave here claims several world records – we told ya it was cool! Inside the cavern, you’ll find one of the largest stalagmites in the world “Goliath.”

Places to Visit in Arkansas

Places to Visit in Arkansas

1. Hot Springs National ParkCome to “The American Spa” and enjoy a soak in the hot springs to heal and relax.

2. Mammoth Spring State ParkThis massive spring is Arkansas’ largest and flows at an impressive rate of 9 million gallons an hour forming a beautiful 10 acre lake. Rent a boat or some fishing gear and get out and enjoy this impressive natural spring!

3. Mount Magazine State ParkCome to Arkansas’ largest mountain and enjoy some rock climbing, rappelling, hang gliding, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking and ATV adventures.

4. Crater of Diamonds State Park (Dig for Diamonds)Hunt for real diamonds in the worlds eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater!

5. Ozark Cave SystemVenture beneath the Ozark mountains and explore the many cave systems which include subterranean lakes and streams, mazes, crystals, fossils, cave creatures such as blind trout and salamanders, and an array of formations.

Places to Visit in Florida

Places to Visit in Florida

1. Visit a Theme ParkFlorida is theme park heaven – Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are just a few of the many fun and exciting theme parks to explore!

2. Florida KeysAdventure awaits in the Florida Keys – a group of islands on the southern coast of Florida!

3. Everglades National ParkThe Everglades National Park is the nations largest subtropical wilderness and is home to several endangered species including the manatee, American crocodile, and the Florida panther.

4. Kennedy Space CenterCome see where NASA rockets are launched from and learn about space flight. You can even have an astronaut training experience.

5. Destin, FLThis emerald coast city is home to beautiful white sand beaches and emerald-hued water. Destin is also known as The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. So grab your swimsuit and/or fishing pole and get to Destin!

Places to Visit in Georgia

Places to Visit in Georgia

1. Six FlagsSix Flags is always worth the time to visit. Six Flags Over Georgia also has several one of a kind attractions you won’t find anywhere else including Mind Bender, Monster Mansion, The Riverview Carousel, Acrophobia, and The Great American Scream Machine.

2. SavannahSavannah is a charming Southern escape full of art, period architecture, trendy boutiques and cuisine straight from the coast. Come discover the soul of Savannah.

3. Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta)The Georgia Aquarium is the worlds largest aquarium covering over 550 thousand square feet and 8 million gallons of water. It is home to thousands of marine animals including whale sharks, a manta ray, beluga whales, and bottlenose dolphins.

4. World of Coca-Cola (Atlanta)Coca-Cola is the worlds most famous beverage brand and The World of Coca-Cola is dedicated to experiencing and celebrating this beloved drink. Come taste over 100 beverages and see the Coca-Cola secret formula vault!

Places to Visit in Kentucky

Places to Visit in Kentucky

1. Red River GorgeEnjoy hiking, camping, zip lining, rock climbing, and more! The gorge is also home to numerous different species of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and other animals making it a great place to see some wildlife.

2. Mammoth Cave National ParkThe Mammoth cave system is the worlds largest with over 400 miles of explored caves! If you are not into caves there are many winding rivers and wooded hills to explore.

3. Creation MuseumCome to The Creation Museum and see bible history come to life! With dinosaurs, fossils, botanical gardens, a planetarium, a zoo, a zip line courses and a life-size Noah’s Arc there is plenty to keep you and the kids busy for hours!

Places to Visit in Louisiana

Places to Visit in Louisiana

1. The French QuarterThe French Quarter is the heart and cultural center of New Orleans. Here you will find rich history, beautiful architecture, street performers, music, jazz clubs, art galleries and restaurants.

2. New OrleansAbove-ground cemetery tours, mardi gras world (museum tour), jazz museums, Storyland, alligator swamp tours etc.

3. Honey Island SwampExplore the swamps in a boat for a truly unique experience. This cypress-filled swamp is beautiful and full of all sorts of wildlife including alligators of course!

Places to Visit in North Carolina

Places to Visit in North Carolina

1. Outer BanksFamilies looking for a simple beach vacation should consider renting an oceanfront house or cottage on the coast of North Carolina. If the kids tire of playing in the sand, visit one of the many lighthouses or the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

2. Blue Ridge ParkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway has been dubbed “America’s favorite drive” and it’s easy to see why! This drive is simply beautiful! You will encounter all kinds of vegetation, wildlife and geological features including so many gorgeous waterfalls. This is a drive you will probably never forget.

3. Charlotte Whitewater CenterIf you love outdoor adventure you will definitely love the Charlotte Whitewater Center! With guided whitewater raft tours, ropes courses, rock climbing walls, zip lines, and more you will have enough to keep you busy all day!

4. Waterfalls & Swimming HolesIf you are looking for a place to cool off then take a trip to North Carolina! North Carolina is home to many beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes that are perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day!

5. Biltmore EstateThe Biltmore Estate is a must see 8,000-acre estate nestled in the mountains of North Carolina near Ashville.

Places to Visit in South Carolina

Places to Visit in South Carolina

1. Myrtle BeachMyrtle is best known for its gorgeous beaches (60 miles worth of them!). In addition to beaches, there is great shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you like to golf try one of Myrtles many golf courses, many of which are designed by golf legends.

2. CharlestonCharleston is a Beautiful historic town that is a blast to explore. No matter how often you come back you can always find something new!

3. Greenville (Falls Park/River Walk)Delicious food and drink, quaint Main Street, bustling art scene, bike-friendly attitude, girlfriend getaways and mancations, picturesque parks, fun-filled festivals and our sweet Southern hospitality are all reasons you should visit Greenville!

4. Hilton HeadThis barrier island in South Carolina is the ideal destination for families seeking some rest and relaxation. The kids will love playing on the clean beaches while parents can hit the links on pristine golf courses.

Places to Visit in Tennessee

Places to Visit in Tennessee

1. Dollywood in Pigeon ForgeDolly Parten’s theme park has been named the friendliest amusement park 5 years in a row. The park has roller coasters as well as a water park. It also has an eagle sanctuary, a train, zip lines, festivals, and artisan craftsmen. There is something for everyone at this unique park!

2. NashvilleNashville is not only a country music haven, it also is home to excellent food, great museums, cultural landmarks, and great scenery. Oh and don’t forget great southern hospitality, the chance to spot celebrities and there is always live music playing somewhere! make sure you put “Music City” on the top of your road trip bucket list.

3. Memphis – Graceland & Sun StudioAs the home of Blues and the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll Memphis is a must-see city. Memphis is one of the top music destinations with tones of history and culture. Enjoy authentic Memphis barbecue, live music, and of course great southern hospitality!

Places to Visit in Virginia

Places to Visit in Virginia

1. MonticelloThomas Jefferson’s home and gardens are just plain gorgeous! He truly was a master architect and gardener. Come to get a glimpse of his incredible mind!

2. Virginia BeachVirginia Beach holds the Guinness World Record for the “world’s longest stretch of pleasure beach.” If you love the beach then Virginia Beach is definitely for you! It has so many beaches and they are all free and clean! Virginia Beach is not just for sunbathing you can also enjoy parasailing, jet skiing, boat trips, surfing, mountain biking, and so much more!

3. Mt VernonGeorge Washington’s home and plantation have enough to keep you busy all day! Learn about George Washington’s life and how he lived.

4. WilliamsburgThere’s always something fun happening in Williamsburg. Enjoy a vacation filled with relaxation or take an immersive tour of living history.

5. Washinton DCWashington, DC offers a variety of experiences, including learning about American history and government visiting some of the most iconic sights in the country, enjoy great food, art, culture and more.

Places to Visit in West Virginia

Places to Visit in West Virginia

1. Harpers FerryStep back in time and visit Harper’s Ferry! Cobblestoned streets and old 19th-century building make up an open-air museum where you can explore small-town life as it was 150 years ago! This little town was at the forefront of westward expansion, American industry, and the slavery debate.

2. New River Gorge BridgeThis old steel bridge is not only a huge architectural feat, it is also a work of art! It is the longest spanning bridge in the western hemisphere and the 3rd tallest in the United States. Before this bridge was built the 1 minute it takes to cross used to take about 40! This bridge even has it’s own holiday “Bridge Day”! If you can plan your trip to coincide with the one-day festival it would be well worth it! come and see as hundreds of BASE jumpers jump from the bridge!

3. Greenbrier Resort Fallout BunkerBeneath the Greenbrier Resort is a fallout shelter built in the cold war era as a government relocation facility. The location of this bunker was kept secret until it was leaked in 1992. The now de-commissioned bunker is open for tours!

Places to Visit in Alaska

Places to Visit in Alaska

1. Danali National ParkDanali National Park is home to North America’s tallest mountain, beautiful scenery, and tons of wildlife. If you love the outdoors this is for you!

2. Glacier Cruise – Go on an Alaskan cruise and enjoy the beauty of glacial waters, rugged mountains, and panoramic views!

3. Northern LightsThe Northern Lights are an amazing site and in the united states can only be truly enjoyed in Alaska.

Places to Visit in Hawaii

Places to Visit in Hawaii

1. Pearl HarborPearl Harbor, named for the abundance of pearls that could be found in its protected waters, is an active military base halfway between Japan and mainland United States. It is now a national historic landmark dedicated to telling the stories of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Come and discover for yourself what Pearl Harbor means to you!

2. Waikiki BeachWaikiki is the most famous Hawaiian beach with white sand that stretches for over 2 miles. These beaches are great for surfing, canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, sand combing, and of course catching a golden tan!

3. Road to HanaTake a drive on The Road to Hana, a beautiful scenic highway on the North East edge of Maui. As you enjoy the beautiful sites make sure you don’t forget to stop at the Halfway to Hana shop to et some delicious banana bread!

4. Na Pali Coast Na Pali Coast is a true wonder of the world. It is a fifteen-mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai and is a must-see activity.

5. MauiMaui is also known as “The Valley Isle” and has world famous beaches, is home to the sacred Iao Valley, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.

Before you hit the road and discover the beauty this world has to offer, check out our Road Trip Tips & Ideas. We also have a Road Trip Date to make it fun! And lastly, we have a roundup of Amazing Family Vacations!



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    1. All 50 states are covered in this post! Hope you can find the perfect destination for your road trip! 🙂