A country with coasts, cities and countless different landscapes and climates, it can be hard to know where to start when planning where to visit in the USA. The vast and varied nature of the USA is also what makes it so appealing to roadtrippers (myself included – more on that later!).
Here, I round up seven states that you simply must visit in the USA. So, if you do need to narrow down your destinations, consider this your traveller’s guide. Planning a road trip? Why not use these seven states as inspiration as you map your route? Let’s hit the road – next stop Tennessee!
1. Listen to live music in Tennessee
Home to Nashville, perhaps the most iconic place on the country music scene, Tennessee is an incredible state to experience in the southern United States. You’ll also find Memphis in the state of Tennessee, better known as the last home of music hero, Elvis Presley. No trip here should be without live music and line dancing to soak the culture up!
2. See the sights in New York
From the trendy Manhattan streets to the iconic Times Square, Central Park and Statue of Liberty, New York offers an experience both contemporary and historical. We recommend getting up early, grabbing a coffee with the locals and heading out for an action-packed day in the Big Apple. You’ll never run out of things to do in this buzzing city and state.
3. Try a new route in California
While celebrity hotspots Los Angeles and Malibu might be the first places that spring to mind, we’re pretty sure every tourist knows what to do in California’s towns and cities. So how do you make your visit in the USA a little more unique? You could venture out to Napa Valley, otherwise known as wine country, for a luxury retreat and wine tasting galore. Or, why not check out one of California’s expansive National Parks?
Fancy turning your time in California into a fully fledged road trip? Here’s exactly how a travel blogger did it, so you can too!
4. Live it up in Nevada
Looking for a fast paced and fun-filled place to visit in the USA? Then Las Vegas should be top of your American bucket list! But, once you’ve had your fill of clubs and casinos, why not head out to the Grand Canyon too? Although not technically in Nevada, it is only a short journey away. You can even get there by helicopter, if you want!
5. Wildlife spot in Alaska
Often dubbed America’s final frontier, if you want to visit Alaska, you’ll need to do some planning. Choose your season carefully – you don’t need us to tell you that winters this far north can be far from hospitable. But, make the journey and you’ll be rewarded with some of the richest wildlife and scenery. Visit during the salmon rush while bears, wolves and other wildlife are out feeding for some of the best chances to see them.
6. Island hop in Hawaii
Greece isn’t the only country with excellent island hopping credentials! Head to Hawaii and you can enjoy it too. From the thriving island of Oahu to the volcanic sights of Maui and sensational snorkelling on Big Island… there’s plenty to do. Or, simply lie back, eat lots and surf to your heart’s content!
7. Step back in time in New England
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is to the USA what Shakespeare’s plays are to England. You’ll find the iconic setting of this novel in New England. A short ferry ride connects you with the island of Nantucket, traditionally a whaling industry hub. Now, it’s a charming island of buildings showing off some of New England’s prettiest architecture.
Wherever you go when you next choose a visit in the USA, make it memorable! One of the simplest ways to do this, whatever state you’re in, is with food. Why not check out this fast guide to eating out in the USA for the insider tips you need? Hint: we’re talking everything from pancakes to tipping to Thanksgiving style feasts!