Enormous and spectacularly diverse, America harbors a surprising compilation of natural and cultural wonders, from swarming city streets to mountains, plains and forests wrapping vast swaths of the continent.
America is a country of famous cities like Los Angles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Boston and New York– each being an overflowing city with its name alone conjuring a million different ideas of culture, cuisine and entertainment. Here are our top 5 picks that must be on your travel radar.
1. US’s Virgin Islands
This is our #1 choice for an American humid getaway. It’s everlastingly 80 degrees, having edges of white-sand beaches on turquoise water. Each of the US Virgin Islands has their own uniqueness: if you want a break from resorts, St John is a verdant national park with porch cabins among trees and hikes to private beaches – 2012 sadly was the last year for the Maho Bay Camps, an old eco-resort which is the place to stay if you’re watching your account; or try the St John Inn which offers great-value rooms with kitchens. For more action, the formerly unreachable Hassel Island is now a part of Virgin Islands National Park (St Thomas) and can be explored by snorkel or kayak.
2. Hudson River Valley, New York
Any tourist coming to New York City should have a pause for a day or two ‘upstate’ in the Hudson River Valley, a piece of rural Americana just north. It’s a genuine city break, with leafy pathways, wineries and abundance of farm-to-table gourmet options that attracts even spoiled-for-choice Manhattanites away from the city. A preferred place to reside is straight out of a B-52 video.
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
The pretty city on the Ohio River – off the main cross-country interstates – gets bypassed by many road drivers, but it has silently altered itself in the last decade into a commendable weekend escape. Life circulates around the river which can be seen by walking on foot; river walkway is best on the Kentucky side, reached via a pair bridges counting John Roebling’s Suspension Bridge (a prequel to his famous Brooklyn Bridge). Thin, parody (and steep) brick roads of the Mt Adams district lead past 19th-century Victorian townhouses and the free of tickets Cincinnati Art Museum, while the once-dangerous, rising Over-the-Rhine, just north of city center, is home to the Findlay marketplace and an extensive compilation of significant Italianate architecture. Best, although, is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, open since 2004, on the sides of the river where many slaves escaped to liberty in the 19th century.
4. Culebra, Puerto Rico
Are you in search of a Beach? Don’t overlook Puerto Rico, just a short skip from the US mainland. The isle is filled with vast beaches, but the best and still undisclosed to most tourists, is the outstanding Playa Flamenco, on wee, offbeat, laid-back island of Culebra and the 17 miles off Puerto Rico’s mainland. Reached by ship or air travel, Culebra is great for beach surfing, snorkeling or hiking in a natural refuge. You can find the shore side rooms for $150/night, counting Villa Flamenco Beach, while the amiable yet cheaper Palmetto Hotel offers free water-sports equipment.
5. Hawai’i: The Big Island
For very long time, ‘Hawai’i’ has doomed Honolulu, but an increase in straight flights from the US mainland to Kona on the large Island means that the draw of this mysterious place was never been so easy to approach. You can plan to reside here as long as you can because of its astonishing attractions including Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kealakekua Bay snorkeling, Hilina Pai (for hiking into caves and waterfalls down the volcanic field) and Hapuna (for bumming on the island’s best seaside).