If you are yet to book a trip in 2019 and have itchy feet already, this selection of best places to travel in the US should get your travel juices flowing! With many towns with a bad reputation having a revival and others changing the game with new hotel openings and museums, there are plenty of new places to explore without having to hit the major hotspots around the country.
Washington D.C in spring is one of the most beautiful destinations in the US, with blooming cherry blossoms painting the city in a pastel pink hue. The cherry trees, donated as a gift from Japan in 1912, draw thousands of visitors each year during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Not only can you partake in a spot of hanami (the Japanese word for looking at and enjoying the cherry blossom) but there are also loads of activities happening each day around the city.
Another bonus is that Washington D.C. starts to warm up around April/May so temperatures are ideal for wandering around the plethora of national monuments and museums!
Lancaster is a foodie heaven with markets galore and new bars and restaurants opening all the time! Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a street food fiend, you're sure to get your fix in this city. For culture buffs, the famous Gallery Row (officially called North Prince Street) allows you to meander through a range of art galleries to find one that suits your style.
Long’s Park always has something entertaining going on, from music festivals to BBQ competitions so you can easily spend a family day out in this gorgeous green space.
Lancaster is easily accessible from all the surrounding states so there's no excuse not to go!
Fort Lauderdale is having a real moment right now thanks to its chic hotel openings, cool, quirky bars and burgeoning art district. That's not to mention the miles of relatively quiet beach that makes Fort Lauderdale a solid contender against firm favourite, Miami.
Luxury hotels dot the coastline, each offering fine-dining restaurants, spas, private beaches and huge rooms, making them ideal for a relaxing getaway. For those seeking more than just beach, Fort Lauderdale offers top notch shopping, a monthly art festival, awesome local food and they will even be hosting the first ever Pride of the Americas LGBT+ celebration this year.
2019 marks the completion of a number of big projects in Charleston that are set to show off the city's sights in style. With new direct flights from around the US, and even non-stop flights from London, a Charleston revival is inevitable! Thankfully, diverse restaurants, modern hotels and the newly-renovated Gibbes museum are all ready to welcome new guests.
Charleston still retains its historic landscape though, with the waterfront, harbour and fort giving travellers an insight into the cultural heritage and the city’s Civil War stories.
The leafy city of Asheville, North Carolina, has long been a jumping off point for exploration in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest, particularly during fall when the autumnal leaves turn an alluring shade of orange. However, it is worth noting that the city has plenty to offer year-round travellers. Hips bars and cafés allow you to while away the hours in style, while the lively LEAF and Montford Music and Arts Festivals are the perfect place to combine music with the great outdoors!
There is always something fun going on in this city, whether it be falconry at the Biltmore, Friday night drumming sessions or checking out new graffiti along the River Arts District.
Each and every state in the US has new openings, fun festivals and cultural celebrations to ensure that your next vacation is one to remember. But it’s choosing where to go first that is the hard part. Get your ESTA today to visit these top places.