Are you ready to take your next vacation but not sure where you want to go? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Trying to find the perfect destination can be tough! But if you want to stay in the United States, you’re fortunate to have a whole lot of options to choose from. This America the Beautiful: Check-Out These Destinations guide will help you find the perfect spot for your next vacation once the Corona Virus is (hopefully) under control and you are able to travel again!
America the Beautiful: Check-Out These Destinations
America is such a beautiful country. You could probably throw a dart at a US map and land on a cool place to fly off to. It doesn’t matter if you want to take a break from your job, that masters in teaching online course you’ve been working on, or just your day-to-day grind, a vacation is a great way to unwind.
Traveling overseas is fun, but there’s lots to see in your own backyard. Here are some of our favorite spots for a fun trip in the beautiful, old US of A.
Anna Maria Island, FL
Located along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Anna Maria Island is about 45 minutes south of Tampa. At first glance, someone might think the island is part of the Bahamas with its crystal blue water and white sandy beaches.
The city of Anna Maria is filled with cute little beach shops and delicious restaurants. One of the cool things about this island is it’s not as overcrowded as two of America’s top beaches, Siesta Key Beach to the south or Clearwater to the north, but within driving distance, if you want to check them out.
If you love soft sand and lots of sunshine this is the place for you.
Are you more of a mountain person? Then Asheville, North Carolina has what you’re looking for. Situated in the Appalachians along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville is a cool, hip town.
If you’re adventurous, you can take a short drive to the Pisgah National Forest and slide down a waterfall.
That’s right, Sliding Rock is a waterfall turned into a natural water slide. Just remember, the water is very cold. So, plan for a summer trip if you want to slide down the rocks.
You movie buffs may recognize the Pisgah Forest as you drive through it, part of the “Hunger Games” was filmed there. Also, the filming location for “Dirty Dancing,” Lake Lure, is just a 45-minute drive from Asheville.
Asheville is also home to the historic Biltmore Estate. Visitors can explore the massive grounds and beautiful gardens. The North Carolina town has something for everyone.
Lewes, Delaware, is the first city in the first US state. The city was founded in 1631 and it sits on the land where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors can take a walk in the historic downtown area and eat crab on blue crab on the Atlantic Ocean. You can hop on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and take a 17-mile trip across Delaware Bay to New Jersey. Lewes is also just a few hours from Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, and New York City. Its central location makes it a great place to stay if you want to hit a bunch of cities at once.
What Are You Waiting For?
The cities above are all located in the eastern US. For those of you who live on the other side of the country and don’t want to travel so far, there are fun destinations over there too. You could take a trip to the boardwalk where the 1987 film “The Lost Boys” was filmed in Santa Cruz, California. The state of Washington and Olympic National Park are also really incredible.
The choice is yours. Just decide what you want to do, either lounge on the beach or take in the splendor of the forest, and off you go.