7 Great Travel Destinations in the USA

by / Friday, 01 May 2009 / Published in Backpacking USA

Thinking about visiting the USA? Here are 7 places to see!

The Southwestern Deserts

Picture of Arches National Park in Utah
Photo of Arches, Utah © James Gordon

In addition to the Grand Canyon, the American Southwest has many other spectacular national parks and natural areas like Zion National Park, Joshua trees, and the Sonoran Desert with it’s giant saguaro cacti.

New York City

Photo of New York City skyline with Statue of Liberty

New York City, “the City that never sleeps,” is a must see on any trip to the United States!

NYC has everything from amazing buildings like the Empire State Building and the famous New York skyline to famous attractions like Times Square, the museums, and the Statue of Liberty, as well as many interesting free things to do!

San Francisco

Photo of San Francisco

San Francisco has everything from Alcatraz Island to the Golden Gate Bridge and much more including botanical gardens, and many excellent museums.  San Francisco makes a great base for exploring California’s natural areas like the gigantic redwood trees and Yosemite National Park.

Las Vegas

Photo of Las Vegas
Photo of Las Vegas, Nevada © http2007

Las Vegas is crazy and over-the-top. It’s worth seeing for at least a couple of days just to experience it!


Mountain biking in Colorado
Photo of Colorado © gregor_y

Colorado is an outdoor-lovers paradise. Whether you enjoy hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding or just taking in the spectacular views, you’ll be able to find it in Colorado!


Photo of South Beach, Miami, Florida

South Beach, Miami is famous for spring break, the Winter Music Conference, and great sub-tropical beaches!  There are many things to do on a budget, including exploring the more unusual side of Miami. If you’re already on the East Coast of the USA, flying to Miami can be cheap!


Photo of Boston, Massachusetts
Photo of Boston, Massachusetts © Pear Biter

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and offers history, philosophy, cultural activities, and affordable things to do, as well as being close to New England’s amazing natural areas like New Hampshire’s mountains, Cape Cod, and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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