10 U.S. Destinations You Need To Consider On Your Next Trip
by Jessica Banks
Adventure is calling, and whether that means a new cuisine, challenging hike, or urban hotspot depends on you. We rounded up some of the best excursions from coast to coast for foodies, adventurers, and city explorers alike to enjoy on their next vacation.
Havasupai Falls, Arizona
These gorgeous blue-green waterfalls can be found deep within the red rock of the Grand Canyon. The views are breathtaking, but this excursion isn’t for the faint of heart — to reach this paradise, you must be able to hike 10 miles there and back. Luckily, you don’t have to do it on your own: Guided tours are available, and we think this beautiful place is totally worth the effort exerted to get there.
The Riverview Hotel & Spa, Florida
Nestled within one of the country’s top surf towns lies this quaint, Victorian-style hotel. The Riverview is barely a stone’s throw away from the beach, a variety of shops, and some classic beach town eateries. After a day of eating, lounging, and surfing, you can head back to the hotel and check into the spa, which offers a variety of services made to relax your suntanned, sandy body.
Cookie DŌ NYC, New York
Hitting local hotspots for food is one of our favorite things to do on vacation, and based on the lines outside of this place, it’s worth a stop. Cookie DŌ NYC doesn’t specialize in cookies or ice cream — instead, it sells cookie dough, and people are absolutely eating it up. Get your cookie fix in a cup or on a cone, and pick from a variety of flavors, including classic chocolate chip, s’more, and cake batter.
Westglow Resort and Spa, North Carolina
If you’re looking to spend your time enjoying mind-blowing fews, relaxing spa services and indulgent dishes, the Westglow Resort and Spa is for you. It has a variety of accommodations, from elegant mansions to woodsy lodges nestled in the North Carolina mountains. It’s also only a short distance away from Blowing Rock, a popular attraction among adventurers.
Chicago Architecture Tour, Chicago
Start stretching those neck muscles! Chicago is known for its architecture, so you’re going to need them as you glide through the river and take in the city’s most famous buildings on the Chicago Architecture Tour. To spice things up, invest in the bar package. Enjoy your choice of wine, beer, or cocktails as you crane your neck to take in the beauty of some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
The Library Hotel, New York
The crowds and chaos of New York can be overwhelming, but this cozy boutique hotel offers the perfect escape for any bookish traveler. Stop by the nightly wine and cheese reception (yes, they have prosecco) or grab a cocktail and head on over to the poetry garden with a friend and enjoy the sights and sounds of midtown.
The Foreign Cinema, California
Combine your love of fine food and film at the Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, California. It plays a variety of movies, from Singin’ in the Rain, to Princess Bride, to Gravity. Guests can enjoy these screenings in a low-lit room with foods like oysters, sea bass, and sirloin beef carpaccio.
The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
Step back into the 1920s when you visit The Palmer House, one of Chicago’s most historic hotels. Decorated with impressionist art reminiscent of 19th century France, this hotel is a stunner, and only a short walk away from popular Chicago attractions like Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and Buckingham Fountain.
Justin Vineyards, California
This winery was voted one of the best, and for good reason. It’s a three-hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, which is perfect for anyone hoping to make the best out of their California adventures. The views are just as enticing as the prices — one expert says it’s easier to get a great $20 bottle of wine at this winery than in Napa.
Zion National Park, Utah
If your ideal vacation involves immersing yourself in nature, Zion National Park is for you. There’s hiking, climbing, river tubing and stunning views for anyone who cares to venture up the mountains. It’s also only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Las Vegas, so you could easily spend the morning hiking and the evening sipping champagne by the pool.