20 Best U.S. Travel Destinations, According to TripAdvisor
Millions of travelers voiced their opinions, and in the end, these U.S. destinations won the title of the top 20 favorites. From island living to historic charm to destinations beloved by foodies, art enthusiasts, and nature lovers, you’ll be spoiled for choices for your next vaca.
20. Branson, Missouri
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Known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson is home to dozens of performance venues. Love the outdoors? Discover crystal-clear rivers and lakes ideal for canoe trips, fishing, and boating, while well-kept trails welcome hikers, bicyclists, and riders on horseback. Get your theme park thrills at Silver Dollar City, shop the boutiques and galleries in downtown Branson, or simply relax and take in the beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Find out the best hotel chains in the world, ranked.
19. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Right smack in the middle of a 60-mile stretch of breathtaking coastline called the Grand Strand lies Myrtle Beach, a beach town with more than 100 golf courses and family-friendly resorts. Swim in the surf, go fishing on Springmaid Pier, and enjoy an ice cream on the boardwalk before taking in the rides and games. When it’s time for dinner, indulge in hearty Lowcountry cuisine like shrimp and grits and she-crab soup.
18. Boston, Massachusetts
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From Boston Common, the oldest park in the United States, to the Freedom Trail, with its 16 historic American Revolution sites including Paul Revere’s Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the site of the Boston Massacre, Boston’s charm is rooted in history. Time your visit to a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park, shop the upscale boutiques and galleries along Newbury Street, or stroll past dozens of retailers, restaurants, and food vendors at the landmark Faneuil Hall marketplace built in 1742. Discover Boston’s vibrant culture while strolling cobblestone streets lined with Victorian architecture. The city’s diverse neighborhoods have their own flavor and flair. Cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands, frolic with seals at the New England Aquarium, and dump tea overboard at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
17. Savannah, Georgia
Less than four hours by car from Atlanta, Savannah is the largest historic district in the United States, with dozens of green squares, most of them shaded by huge magnolia and Spanish moss-draped live oak trees. Stroll through historic antebellum neighborhoods and join a walking tour to step into scenes from favorite books and movies. Bite into tasty fried green tomatoes, sample desserts made with fresh local peaches, and enjoy pimento cheese on just about anything. Stay in a historic bed and breakfast where you can sip a mint julep on a stately veranda. If you crave a slower pace and plenty of charm, Savannah is perfect. Find out the most charming small-town bed and breakfast in every state.
16. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is called Music City for good reason: It’s home to more than 100 live music venues. Take in a show or sign up for a backstage tour at iconic venues such as the Ryman Auditorium or the Grand Ole Opry, where legends such as Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire often perform. Smaller but equally beloved venues include the Station Inn for bluegrass music, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for just about anything, and the lively “honky-tonk” bars on Lower Broadway downtown. Just outside the city, the legendary Bluebird Café is an intimate venue where guests line up far ahead of showtime for a chance to hear singer-songwriters perform each night. An up-and-coming fashion scene and chef-driven restaurants such as the Peninsula, Folk, and Lyra are even more reasons to visit.
15. Charleston, South Carolina
This seaside city is one of the country’s prettiest, with its antebellum historic districts shaded by live oaks. Enjoy a proper brunch to sample Southern favorites like chicken and waffles and sweet potato hash. Then spend the afternoon shopping for antiques on historic King Street, teeing off on your choice of more than 20 golf courses, or walking along Waterfront Park with its the views of Fort Sumter National Monument. Wrap up your days with a horse-drawn carriage ride. Find out the world’s best travel experiences you’ll want to add to your bucket list.
14. Key West, Florida
The southernmost point of the continental USA offers year-round warm temperatures and incredible sunsets. Explore on foot, bike, scooter, or trolley—whichever you choose, you’ll have a variety of shops, cafés, and art galleries vying for your attention. Spend a day at sea enjoying deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and Jet Ski adventures, or visit museums dedicated to Ernest Hemingway and shipwreck treasures. Wind down watching street performers in family-friendly Mallory Square.
13. Los Angeles, California
Tour movie studios, slip your hands into the famous prints at the TCL Chinese Theatre, or try your luck at a celebrity sighting at Sunset Tower or the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hills Hotel. Check out the impeccable boutiques on Rodeo Drive, or visit the Grove for an eclectic mix of storefronts next to a farmers’ market that celebs, including Jennifer Garner, frequent. Take in the iconic artwork at the Getty Center or peek through the telescopes at the Griffith Observatory. Admittedly touristy, Venice Beach has a collection of quirky shops as entertaining as the characters you’ll find on the boardwalk.
12. Miami Beach, Florida
Whether you’re swimming in the world-famous surf, dancing the night away at one of the pulsing nightclubs, or taking in the sunset at South Pointe Park, Miami Beach is a bucket list destination. Take a walking tour of the South Beach Art Deco District, a whimsical collection of pastel-colored architecture from the 1930s and 1940s. Have your pick of oceanfront hotels and sidewalk cafés. Walk the pedestrian-only Lincoln Road with its restaurants and storefronts, and join the locals for cigars and mojitos at a rooftop lounge with amazing views. Looking for a warm getaway? These are the best winter travel destinations for 2019.
11. Washington, D.C.
In the park setting of the National Mall, marvel at the Reflecting Pool under the gaze of a giant statue of President Abraham Lincoln. Enjoy free admission at 17 Smithsonian Institution sites, including the National Zoo, and visit the Museum of African American History and Culture. Peruse the upscale, trendy boutiques of charming Georgetown or spend a day in Tyson’s Corner Center, home to more than 300 stores. Don’t leave D.C. without exploring an eclectic collection of urban neighborhoods, taking in a theatre performance at the Kennedy Center, and indulging in global cuisine.