The Best Destinations in the United States – Where to Travel in the USA
The US has so much to offer in terms of travel destinations. These USA getaways are some of the best travel destinations in the world, but they’re a lot easier to get to than flying across the globe to Bali, or across the Atlantic to Europe. And sometimes it’s more fun exploring our own backyard!
The best travel destinations in the United States
The Florida Keys and Key West are the perfect getaway with friends, family, or your loved one. There’s something for everyone, and road tripping down to the Florida Keys is SUCH a fun trip. Once you get down there, you’ll feel a million miles away from “the mainland” and really feel more like you’re in the Caribbean than the USA, and the Keys are only a short rental-car drive away from Miami, or a direct flight into Key West.
Beautiful waterfront hotel with romantic views and chic, island decor and a delicious restaurant called Hot Tin Roof.
A weekend in Palm Beach, Florida means a weekend of relaxing in the sunshine, sipping rosé poolside, and maybe golfing a few rounds. Spending time in Palm Beach is very lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous, and you might just feel like you’ve gone and retired in Florida, even if it’s just for a few days, that’s the kind of relaxation everyone needs right now.
Charleston is the perfect getaway with friends or your loved one. With (I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there) the best food scene in the US (you can read up on my Foodie Guide to Charleston here), gorgeous architecture, and of course, the quintessential Southern hospitality, there’s nowhere quite like this charming Southern gem.
If you’re looking for a hotel, The Hotel Bennett is my go to. Zero George for relaxed luxury, Belmond if you want to be in the heart of the action, Kiawah Island if you’re looking for a little more remote getaway outside of town.
Half Moon Bay, California
Spreading out with jagged cliffs and rolling green hills along picturesque highway 1, about 40 miles North of Santa Cruz and just 28 miles South of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay feels like a million miles away. This beautiful town may boast big-time draws like coastal hikes, stunning golf courses, long stretches of majestic NorCal beaches, and a 5-star Ritz Carlton, but, make no mistake, this is still very much a small town. With a population of only 11,000, and an 1800’s-built Main Street of only a few blocks, Half Moon Bay is a super cute, quaint getaway, and is one of my favorite romantic weekend getaways near San Francisco.
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay – a stunning property nestled between 2 coastal golf courses.
Big Sur is on most people’s bucket list, and it makes for the perfect summer or fall getaway for anyone looking for a great mix of nature, activity and relaxation. Surround yourself with breathtaking redwoods and the majestic cliffsides of the Pacific Coast Highway, and spend your days hiking and taking in the world-famous views.
Ventana Resort (it just opened back up again! You can also glamp through the resort! So fun)
Go hiking, soak up the stunning beauty of Mother Earth, relax in a luxury mountain resort, do a wellness treatment at the spa, swim in a pool surrounded by sandstone cliffs, or go soul-searching for your own spiritual awakening, no matter how you decide to spend your vacation in Sedona, you’ll come home feeling refreshed & relaxed. And isn’t that what we’re all after from our vacations?
We recently traveled to Sedona with a baby, and it was one of our favorite travel destinations with a baby we’ve done! The whole family felt relaxed here (thanks, vortexes!!!) and they had to PRY us from the resort we stayed in (more details below) come check out time.
Desert travel is having a major moment lately. There’s something amazing about a destination you know is always warm, never rains, and embraces a lifestyle of poolside chilling, golfing, and relaxing with a margarita in hand. If you’re looking for a relaxing, HOT, easy getaway with friends or family anytime of year, a desert escape to Palm Springs is always a good idea.
The Parker Palm Springs if it’s a romantic getaway, a house if you’re going with friends or a group.
Spending a weekend in Joshua Tree National Park is an ideal California getaway. Joshua Tree is a vast, idyllic desert area of Southern California known for its gorgeous desert landscape, as well as its trendy villas and cozy secluded cabins that make for the perfect desert vacay.
Located in the Coachella Valley, there are so many things to do in a weekend in Joshua Tree – from hiking in the National Park, to exploring the village to even heading to nearby Palm Springs. Or just relax and completely disconnect at an awesome villa. Joshua Tree’s beautiful rugged natural offerings are balanced by the best beautiful and unique places to stay that will make for the perfect romantic weekend.
Ok you guys know Napa and Sonoma may just be my favorite places not just stateside but in the world. And, the best news is that they just opened up for tourists again!! Restaurants, wineries, hotels, everything… Making Napa Valley is the perfect vacation – and late summer and fall happens to be harvest season – which is the best time of year to go to wine country and the absolute BEST weather.
Carneros Resort & Spa (gorgeous pool surrounded by vineyards!), Auberge Du Soleil (my absolute favorite, but very much a splurge), Villagio (dreamy! located in the best area of Napa), Alcobas Napa Valley (luxe, great ambiance, surrounded by vineyards). Or rent a chic airbnb in Napa (here are all my favorites for groups here!)
Check out Kenwood Inn & Spa!
Some of my favorites are Del Dotto, HALL, Artesa, Castello di Amarosa, Duckhorn, Grgich Hills, Far Niente, & Promontory. But you can read all about where to wine taste in Napa Valley on this blog post here.
Later this year, if you’re not yet ready for an international trip and looking for a stateside getaway, there’s no place like the Rocky Mountains for a luxurious winter getaway. Spend your days on the slopes, and your nights cozying by the fire. This is also one of my favorite mini-moon destinations – so romantic!
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Where to stay:
Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort
This destination recommendation goes along with Big Sur, but California’s highway one would be the PERFECT post-COVID road trip! You can start in LA, grab lunch in Malibu, stay overnight in wine country in Paso Robles, explore Santa Barbara, make your way through Big Sur (highly recommend the Ventana Big Sur), or do the reverse and start in San Francisco. For my full road trip guide to California’s highway one, click here.
The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe was ranked Travel & Leisure’s best rated hotel in the US last year, and it is not hard to see why. This gorgeous lakeside lodge is modern mountain luxury – from its 154 luxury rooms & suites (each with its own cozy gas fireplace and private terrace), to three delicious restaurants and a jaw-dropping lobby set amongst the pines, a beautiful outdoor pool & incredible spa, Edgewood‘s to-die-for combo of luxury, serenity and fun is what sets it apart in South Lake Tahoe.
San Diego is where I’ve been quarantining and let me tell you – it is HEAVEN on earth. The perfect escape for when you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway with nearly perfect weather year round.
Where to stay in San Diego:
Hotel Del Coronado for a chic beachfront getaway and one of my favorite hotels in California.
Andaz Hotel if you want the downtown hustle and bustle, and an epic rooftop pool.
Located less than 100 miles from Los Angeles up the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway One, Santa Barbara has long been a favorite for escapes from Hollywood and romantic California getaways. But, in recent years, the So Cal gem has also become a serious wine tasting destination as well – with the Santa Maria, Los Alamos, and Santa Ynez Valleys, and Santa Rita Hills all offering beautiful microclimates and distinctive grape varietals that produce some of California’s best wine. AND with all the new farm-to-table restaurants, luxury beachside resorts, and, of course, the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara is hard to beat for a fun weekend getaway, a vacation, or a bachelorette party.
Whether you’re road-tripping highway one, spending the weekend in Southern California, or taking a girls trip to Los Angeles, Malibu is a great trip to put at the top of your California travel list. This beachy, hip, laid-back Southern California surf-town staple is one of my favorite places to travel in California, and one of the best places to spend the day in LA.
Where to stay:
A luxury hideaway located right off the Pacific Coast Highway. Directly across from legendary Surfrider Beach, there’s nothing better than watching the sunrise with coffee (or soaking in the sunset with a cocktail) on the rooftop deck. *Small boutique hotel, limited to 20 rooms; rooftop access is for guests only
When it comes to fun USA destinations for travel this year, nothing screams quite as ideal as a Miami getaway. With a ton of open-air activities, spacious resorts and beaches, outdoor dining, and a retro-chic, art-deco, colorful, uniquely-Miami vibe everywhere you look, a few days in Miami will be just what the doctor ordered to get out of the house and onto the beach.
My #1 pick of where to stay in Miami would be 1 Hotel South Beach! It’s super chic, and has the best rooftop in all of Miami. Perfect for a girls’ getaway, a couples trip, or anyone, really.
I love this boutique luxury hotel in Miami Beach. A bowling alley, an ice rink, a nightclub, and fitness center are all onsite at The EDITION. Bars and cabanas are offered poolside, and there’s even an outdoor movie theater!
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