10 Must Visit Places in the U.S. for a Weekend Getaway
Want to travel the United States? Here is a collection of 10 places you have to visit! Ranging from well-known places such as the Grand Tetons to lesser-known areas such as Oneonta Gorge. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive and there are many more places to that must be seen in the U.S. but these are ten of our favorites. So without any further ado, in no particular order, here are 10 must-visit places in the U.S.
1. Big Sur
About 90 miles of rugged coast along the Pacific Ocean in California make up Big Sur. Highway 1 snakes along the coast and offers many pullovers to stop and take in the view. Keep an eye out for endangered California Condors, migrating whales, and sea otters. If you can’t soak in all of Big Sur’s beauty in one day, there is plenty of lodging available from the luxurious Ranch Inn to camping in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Big Sur is bound to be an unforgettable place you’ll never regret visiting.
2. Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the United States. Located in Yellowstone National Park it is overshadowed in popularity by its cousin Old Faithful, don’t be fooled however, the Grand Prismatic Spring is every bit as majestic as that silly geyser. It is around 370 feet in size and approximately 120 feet deep and can be as hot as 250 degrees F. The gorgeous hues of orange, yellow and blue are from bacteria that thrive in high temperatures.
3. Antelope Canyon
Located in Arizona about 2 hours northeast of the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon is an absolute magical place. The sandstone canyon walls with the light streaming in makes for a stunningly magical experience. The canyon is managed by the Navajo Nation and tour guides are required. There are two sperate canyon sections, the Upper Antelope Canyon and the Lower Antelope Canyon.
4. Grand Tetons
The Grand Tetons are often overlooked because of their proximity to Yellow Stone National Park. The scenic views of the Teton Range are memorably remarkable. If you are the hiking type, there are over 200 miles of hiking trails in the national park. Visit alpine lakes, mountain valleys filled with wildflowers or photograph the iconic Mormon Row or Moulton Barns, you are sure to remember any visit to the Grand Tetons.
Savannah is a charming city on the Georgia coast. With cobblestone streets under a canopy of trees this city is filled with beauty and history (you didn’t know it was possible to couple the word history with beauty did you?) Being in a warm climate, Savannah can be enjoyed year around and there is always something happening from Civil War reenactments to art exhibitions there is something for everyone in this delightful city.
6. Oneonta Gorge
It would be difficult to name a more beautiful place than Oneonta Gorge, particularly if you like waterfalls. Oneonta Gorge is located in Oregon on the border with Washington along the Columbia River just east of Portland. To get to the Lower Oneonta Falls you must travel through the Oneonta Gorge, there is, however, no trail you must hike up the creek bed. The trip is totally worth it however, as the gorge and falls are absolutely stunning.
7. Mendenhall Glacier Caves
This is one place you cannot wait to visit, first because it is just that spectacular, and second because it is disappearing as the glacier recedes. Since 1958, the Mendenhall Glacier has retreated 2 miles whereas for the 450 years before 1958 it had only retreated a half a mile. The Mendenhall Glacier is just 12 miles from the Alaskan capital, Juneau. As the glacier melts the water creates caves that are ever changing. These caves are known for their deep, almost glowing, blue ceilings. They are definitely worth the trip to see!
8. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is an excellent place to spend the week on vacation. There are many things to do there at all times of the year. Known for skiing in the winter and hiking and beaches in the summer, Lake Tahoe is the perfect destination for a family vacation. Rent a boat, fish, and enjoy the amazing views from the lake or go for a scenic drive and hike the many trails to see the mountains up close. There are several resorts, camping, and even bed and breakfasts to stay at in the area. There really is something for everyone here.
9. Watkins Glen
Located in central New York, Watkins Glen is a state park offering picturesque views that must be seen. Take the Watkins Glen Gorge Trail along a stream that descends 400 feet over 2 miles. At times this trail winds through the gorge with cliffs towers 200 feet above or will wind beneath waterfalls. If you enjoy day hiking this is definitely a destination to see.
10. Taos Pueblo
Home to 4,500 people and designated a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site, Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest inhabited communities in North America. Located an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, New Mexico Taos Pueblo is a “must see” place. The adobe, multi-storied homes built nearly 1,000 years ago are beautiful and are the inspiration for the Pueblo Revival style of architecture in the Southwest United States. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students with children under 12 being free. Groups, parties of 3 or more adults, are $8 per person. Photography is regulated and you may need to pay a camera fee. At some events, photography is not allowed.