15 MUST-SEE U.S.A. Destinations this Summer

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

All USA states are reopening in phases. People are getting restless. The weather is getting warmer. Summer is near. What does all of this mean? According to numerous news articles, ROAD TRIPS WILL INCREASE THIS SUMMER! 



According to a new survey, almost 1 in 3 Americans are planning to take a #USAroadtrip this summer. This rate can rise considering that ”51% of those surveyed said they still haven’t made a decision about their summer travel plans, while only 18% said they had definitively ruled out a road trip,” according to this article. However, that is still a significant drop, 44% lower than last year. 


Let’s look at some stats around road trips: 

  • Thirty-six percent of people planning trips said that low gas prices impacted their decision. Currently, gas prices are under $2 per gallon in 40 states.

  •  The national average for gas price is $1.87 per gallon, about a dollar lower than a year ago. It is expected to rise this summer as states reopen and demand gas increases. 

  • Motorhome and travel trailer rental site RVshare reported a 1,000 percent increase in nationwide bookings since April 1.

  • In a recent survey commissioned by the US Travel Association, 47 percent of respondents said that they were more likely to travel by car after the pandemic subsides, and 42 percent would likely choose destinations closer to home.

Because of the pandemic, I believe that domestic travel will become the new wave for a long time both as a result of people exercising caution and wanting to travel in their car or RV OR because flights will probably surge as airlines try to make their money back.


Will you be one of those people on the road or will you be staycationing from your home this summer? You may not be considering road trips just yet this summer, but open your mind to domestic travel as a new priority in the coming months. 


I decided to ask some of my favorite expert USA travelers to share their thoughts on taking a road trip this summer as well as their favorite USA spots!

  • What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? What’s one recommendation while there?

  • What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer?

BONUS: I will include COVID-19 traveler resources from the tourism boards of these states AND share related blog posts on these locations from these specific travelers.


IMPORTANT NOTE: It is important to stress that you should travel based on your level of comfort. When traveling, make sure to adhere to the rules of social distancing, wear proper protective equipment (such as a mask), wash your hands frequently, and pack hand sanitizer and wipes to keep hands & surfaces clean.

 

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TOP 15 MUST-SEE U.SA. Destinations from

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Destination 1: Memphis, TN



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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? What’s one recommendation while there?

Mmmmm favorites. I do not think I have only one favorite city or state, but I did love visiting Memphis, TN. I learned a lot about black culture and our history. My favorite place to eat was at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous.


What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer?

No road trips planned as of yet, but I do plan to explore more in my backyard, within the state of Florida during this summer, especially the Miami and Greater Orlando area.


 

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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? Why? What’s one recommendation while there?

My favorite state so far is Tennessee. Memphis, Tennessee has been somewhat frozen in time. I felt very welcomed. The history is felt in every brick. The national Civil Rights Museum is a must see! 



What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer? To where?

My next trip this summer will be to explore the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas, that includes South Padre Island Beach, Big bend state park & America/Mexico border parks.

 

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Destination 2: Alaska



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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? What’s one recommendation while there?

I could answer this question for every state I've been to so far. At one point, they've all been my favorite. Except for North Dakota, sorry bud. My favorite state overall is currently Alaska. The expansive and diverse areas of nature from Denali National Park mountains and their moose and bear to Kenai Fjords National Park glaciers and whales. It's perfect everywhere you go!  While visiting,  you must go on a hike. Whether you head to Girdwood for the best-enchanted forest, feel hikes, or Anchorage to hike a glacier or Fairbanks to hike and see the Aurora Borealis lights. or Seward to hike the beaches. Hike out on a boat to see Orcas (OK, that was a bit of a stretch!). Everyone needs to experience Alaska’s nature. I'm not a big foodie, but I did learn that Alaska is actually the worst place to eat Alaskan Crab!



What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer?

I currently live in NYC, so we are still pretty locked down due to COVID-19. I think I'm going to take some of this time to explore some of the more touristy areas of my city before we open back up. However,  I am starting to explore a trip at the end of June potentially to Tennessee. I also need to start planning my annual end of August grand trip. I'm debating between Montana, Hawaii, or Maine. Lots of exciting road trip adventures hopefully to come still this summer!

 

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Destination 3: Los Angeles, California



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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? What’s one recommendation while there?

Los Angeles, California! I love the weather and the city. I feel free when I am there and my favorite thing to do there is walk around and sightsee the city. I also love to eat an In-and-Out Burger, LOL.


What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer?

Well honestly, I don’t have anything planned this summer because of Corona, LOL. I was supposed to be in Asia this year, but that fell through. 

 

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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? What’s one recommendation while there?

My favorite state to visit is California because of the beautiful sunsets, the warmer weather, and the wine! Five years ago, I spent an entire month by myself road-tripping all the way from San Diego to Santa Rosa. It was a fabulous experience and I would love to do it again!  My favorite things to do there are camping and hiking at Yosemite National Park, and exploring all that Sonoma and Napa Valley has to offer. There are incredible Michelin Star restaurants north of the Bay Area such as French Laundry, SingleThread, and the Restaurant at Meadowood. I do a lot of research and plan in advance so that I can indulge in the tasting menu of the states I visit! 



What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer?

I want to do a cross-country road trip through the northern states. Definitely going to Wyoming! I cannot wait.

 

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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? Why? What’s one recommendation while there?

California is by far my favorite state! Lots of people say that I’m biased since I grew up there, but the truth is, I didn’t really discover its beauty until I started my National Parks adventures! You can see so much without crossing a state line: desert, mountains, forests, cities, beaches... it truly has everything! I actually don’t love visiting cities when I travel domestically because I almost exclusively travel in my 17-foot long camper van! But in California, I have to give some love to my home city of Los Angeles. My favorite restaurant is a little hole in the wall - al vegan Chinese food place in the Valley called Garden Wok! I’m also super partial to LA’s beaches and the Santa Monica Mountains for exploring! My other favorite place in CA is Redwoods National and State Parks just for the beauty that it holds!



What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer? To where?

If Canada feels that it’s safe enough to let Americans cross the border, we’re planning on making the epic road trip journey to my 50th state: Alaska! If not, we’ll be staying in the lower 48 visiting National Parks and I’ll get to finally meet my boyfriend’s family in Kentucky!

 

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Destination 5: Las Vegas, NV



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What has been your favorite state or city to visit so far? What’s one recommendation while there?

Honestly, as cliché as this sounds my favorite city is Las Vegas. The reason why is because you get everything in one: you get to watch amazing shows, enjoy so many different rooftop pools, they have amazing night live shows and you meet many different people on the strip. Off the strip is so gorgeous and there are tons to do and see like ATVing in the dunes surrounded by the beautiful mountains. My most memorable restaurant was actually in the stratosphere hotel called “Top of the World”. Located all the way at the very top on the 106th floor, I loved it because it rotated in a circle. So while we were there, we got to see different views of Vegas at night.



What road trips or domestic trips have you planned this summer?

The number one state that I want to visit is Utah! it is breathtakingly beautiful. I have a thing for national state parks and I really believe Utah has one of the most beautiful state parks in the country. I plan to either get an RV and stay at Zion national park overnight or Glamp at Zion National Park overnight. I plan to disconnect from technology and just really enjoy my time there as it will be my first time renting an RV or Glamping. Another place that I plan to go to this summer is upstate New York where they also have a really beautiful national park. You can hike, kayak, head to the waterfall, and it’s such a contrast from the big city. I love the outdoors and I love nature -  so that’s what I will be doing this summer!

 

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