Best U.S. Destinations to Visit Before you Die

Best U.S. Destinations to Visit Before you Die

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Whether you want to visit vacation destinations with exciting nightlife, museums, art galleries, or awe-inspiring sites, here are some vacation destinations sure to leave an impression on you.

Couple on waterfrontCharleston, South Carolina

Charleston features classic southern hospitality at its best. USA Today points out that Charleston won top honors as “America’s Most Mannerly City” over ten times.

Charleston also has rich historical significance. Charleston withstood Native American Indian attacks, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and the Civil War. Another aspect of Charleston’s rich history is the historic homes.

Charleston beaches draw visitors who want to enjoy the sunshine, swimming or a number of water sports. For great low country food with southern flavor, enjoy an authentic sampling of Charleston cuisine.

Boston skylineBoston, Massachusetts

Boston is known for its rich history and attractions. Boston was key to several historical events including the famous Boston Tea Party and Battle of Bunker Hill. Faneuil Hall, famous meeting hall and marketplace attracts 20 million visitors annually. Several well-known people, including Samuel Adams, gave speeches at Faneuil Hall.

The famed Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Ballet and Boston Symphony Orchestra appeal to visitors as do annual events such as the week-long activities leading to the Fourth of July celebration along the banks of the Charles River.

The food in Boston is sure to satisfy your dining desires. Enjoy great local, artisan and ethnic dining options.

The air quality is good in Boston and Boston has a low crime rate, adding to its attractiveness as a destination to include on your Bucket List.

Bryce canyon Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah

Bryce Canyon visitors gaze in awe at the pink-orange cliffs at Sunrise Point where hoodoos, which the National Park Service describes as “odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion,” and other features of an ancient lake that once covered western Utah stand. Enjoy wildlife, stargazing or walking along trails. Many famous structures bring vacationers to the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. Stop at the General Store while on your vacation.

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, offers visitors the option of walking or hiking along the trails or traveling through many areas without even getting out of the car. Yellowstone expands 3,500 miles through Wyoming, with small portions extending into Idaho and Montana. The Mammoth Hot Springs area attracts vacationers as does Old Faithful, the infamous erupting geyser of Yellowstone. Some restaurants offer dining options including local game meats like bison or elk and trout.

Gold Gate Bridge early eveningSan Francisco

Popular among Royal Holiday vacationers, and home of the famed Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco continues to be fan favorite for places to visit. Explore destination neighborhoods like Chinatown or visit one of the museums or art galleries. Take in the performing arts scene and enjoy the never-ending food options. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf or Alcatraz Island, where ghosts of former inmates are said to still roam “The Rock.” Enjoy a groovy tour of Haight-Ashbury, hippie icon of the 1960s; it still thrives as a must-see destination with plenty of vintage shops and great restaurants.

Las Vegas welcome signLas Vegas

The party never ends in Las Vegas where vacationers and locals try their luck at the many casinos. Sin City, also known as “America’s Playground,” is not just a hubbub of activity at the casinos. Also known for outstanding shopping and dining experiences, Las Vegas does feature family-friendly attractions such as Hoover Dam, Cirque du Soleil and Neon Museum.

Washington MonumentWashington DC

Especially for the first-time visitor, the White House tour, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument have a lot to offer vacationers. Tour famous museums like the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum, which are free. Fine dining and more sightseeing will round out your trip to DC.

New Orleans waterfrontNew Orleans

Nothing says “party” like New Orleans. Thousands of visitors and locals take to the streets during Mardi Gras but New Orleans presents a year-round party atmosphere. The music, fine dining and local cuisine will have you begging for more. The Big Easy features a melting pot of cultural influences making the trip all the more fun.

New York skylineNew York City

One of the favorite destinations in the world, New York City has something for everyone. The Big Apple is home to many celebrities and one of the most-famous cities for shopping and dining. Take in the sites at Central Park or Times Square. Times Square is a favorite destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Make sure you take in a Broadway Show while there.

Maui, HawaiiMaui

Maui is the go-to destination to get away from it all and enjoy spectacular beauty. The spectacular weather makes basking on the beautiful beaches a luxury. Take in a hula lesson, go snorkeling or just enjoy the Aloha Spirit. Learn about local folklore surrounding stories of the native gods and take in other cultural experiences. The food will make you think you are already in Heaven.

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