The United States is a big place, and its packed to the brim with breathtaking landscapes, eccentric enclaves, and multifarious subcultures. There are plenty of places to go and billions of people to meet; picking just the right vacation can be overwhelming given the sheer number of options you have (depending on your budget, of course). Its not that easy to narrow it down, but just for the sake of convenience, here are three of the very best vacation destinations the Land of the Free has to offer:
1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (plus parts of Montana, Idaho). For the nature lover, Yellowstone is the ultimate travelers destination. Besides the gorgeous and diverse geographical scenery that characterizes the area, hundreds of unique mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles have been documented within the parks limits. Visitors are also commonly drawn to landmarks like the famous Old Faithful Geyser and Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The park is an oasis for outdoor activities like camping, boating, fishing, and hiking, and guided tours are also available for history/biology buffs. However, if youre looking for more of an urban experience, you might instead want to visit
2. New Orleans, Louisiana . In a nation chock full of cities commonly described as lively, colorful, melting pots of culture, New Orleans is perhaps the liveliest, meltiest, most colorful of them all. If youre fortunate enough to attend Mardi Gras in the city (assuming you would consider such a situation fortunate), then you may just find yourself partying harder than might be humanly possible anywhere else north of the equator. Aside from that, the city exhibits an intriguing blend of French and American Southern culture, a marriage that has led to some of the more amazing creations in US history, not least of which includes Cajun cuisine, which youll find in abundance down here. Visitors can also find great live music and nightlife on Bourbon Street, as well as a number of historically significant landmarks and museums.
3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts .For the tranquil soul within, Cape Cod is a quiet marvel of a vacation destination. The climate is astonishingly perfect year round: its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean makes it a few degrees cooler in the summer and a few degrees warmer in the winter, lending it a constant air of temperateness.The scenery is gorgeous; all breezy, mellow beaches and antiquated lighthouses and Monet sunsets. Sport fishing is a popular activity here, and the Bay side of Cape Cod features dozens of harbors and saltwater creeks. Other outdoor activities like kayaking, golf, and beach combing are also popular, but you dont need to be a woodsman to enjoy life in this cozy corner of New England. Plus, if youre feeling especially adventurous, attractive island destinations like Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard lie just off the coast of Cape Cod.