United States Travel Guide

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The United States is my home country, and one that I really do love traveling in. The U.S. is so large and so diverse that you could travel here for years and still not see everything. From incredible national parks to cool cities to some of the best road trips in the world, the United States has it all.

I make it a point to plan at least one or two big trips in the U.S. each year in order to explore more of my own country, which is why you’ll find so much USA content on my blog!

United States quick facts

Population: 323 million

Language: English

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Capital city: Washington, D.C.

Country size: 3.8 million square miles

High season: Summer, especially in national parks and large cities

Getting  around in the United States

The best way to fully experience the USA is by road trip. There are so many places to visit outside of the major cities, and having a car gives you the freedom to stop as often as you want. The highway system in the US is very good; all cities are well-connected, and the condition of roads is generally good.

If driving isn’t something you feel comfortable doing in the United States, flying is probably the second-best way to get around. Multiple airlines service every corner of the country, including budget airlines like JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier, though flying within the U.S. is still pretty expensive.

The U.S. also has a train system (Amtrak) and long-distance bus options like Greyhound and Megabus, but trains can be expensive and buses give you very little flexibility.

Where to stay in the USA

The good news about accommodation in the U.S. is that there’s a LOT of it. You can find hotels, motels, and B&Bs of all types and in all price ranges. The only things you won’t find many of in the United States are hostels – they exist in larger cities, but not usually in smaller ones.

If you like staying in Airbnbs when you travel, be sure to check on the legality of it in the city you’re visiting. Airbnb is illegal in many large US cities (like New York and San Francisco), even though you can still find listings on the site.





United States content

Here are all the posts I’ve written about traveling in the U.S., arranged by state. Below, you can find posts listed from newest to oldest.

Misc.

DOs and DON’Ts on a Great American Road Trip
25 Awesome Photos of the United States
The Amazing American Southwest in Photos
A Perfect 10-Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary
13 Adventures to Add to Your U.S. Bucket List

Road Trip ’11 — My 10 Favorite Road Trip Stops
6 Alternative Stops on a Road Trip in the American Southwest
My Favorite National Park Service Sites (That Aren’t National Parks)
Highlights from a Week in the Old South
A Weekend Getaway to Niagara Falls
Flying High Over Niagara Falls

Alaska

In Photos: The Glaciers of Alaska
I Kissed a Moose and I Liked It — Animal Encounters in Alaska
Ice, Ice, Baby — Glacier Hiking in Alaska
The Legend of Kaats and Why Ketchikan is so Rainy
Photo Essay: Wild Alaska
Highlights of Juneau, Alaska
Visiting Skagway on an Alaskan Cruise

Arizona

Is Antelope Canyon Really Worth Visiting?
Grand Canyon Smackdown: North Rim vs. South Rim
Cliffdwellers, Arizona (photo essay)
Seeing Red: Exploring Sedona

California

An Ode to San Francisco Street Art
The Neighborhoods of San Francisco
The Best Views of San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge: Still Awesome at 75
The Lazy Person’s Way to Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
Go Wild on an Urban Safari
Photo Essay: San Francisco Chinatown
The Two Sides of Alcatraz
Photo Essay: Yosemite National Park
Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park in One Day

Colorado

48 Hours in Denver
Glass in the Gardens: Chihuly Art in Denver

Florida

Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
Universal Orlando: Which of Its 3 Theme Parks Should You Visit?
A Couples’ Long Weekend Getaway to Orlando with Spirit Airlines
Holidays at Universal Orlando: 3 Things You Can’t Miss
5 Awesome Things to do in Crystal River, Florida
Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River
Up Close With Dinosaurs in the Everglades
A Complete Guide to Ocala, Florida
Finding Old Florida in Apalachicola
The Beach I’m Not Supposed to Tell You About
The Best Things to Do in Panama City Beach

Georgia

Getting to Know the Ghosts of Savannah
Savannah, You Are Kinda Awesome
In Photos: Bonaventure Cemetery

Hawaii

The Things I Learned in Hawaii
10 Beautiful Hawaiian Beaches — Oahu
A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Pearl Harbor
Paying My Respects at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
The Best of Oahu, Hawaii in Photos
The Day I ALMOST Swam With Sharks
Under the Sea: Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, Hawaii
Ka’a’awa Valley: Where the Cows and the Dinosaurs Roam (A movie sites tour)
A Hint of Asia in Hawaii — Byodo-in Temple
Does it Have to be Authentic to be Educational? — Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center
Using the Bus to Get Around Honolulu

Illinois

A Couples’ Weekend Getaway to Chicago
3 Reasons Why Buying a CityPASS in Chicago is Worth It
Chicago Pizza Smackdown: Gino’s East vs. Giordano’s
Pizza, Pizza Everywhere – An Outing with Chicago Pizza Tours
Chicago Tower Smackdown: Willis Skydeck vs. Hancock Observatory
A Fall Photo Tour of Chicago
Chicago From the Water

Indiana

5 Reasons You Didn’t Know You Need to Go to Indianapolis

Louisiana

9 Things to Do in New Orleans That Don’t Involve Bourbon Street

Michigan

Experiencing Pure Michigan (in Photos)
Things to Do in Traverse City in the Fall
Conquering the Sleeping Bear Dunes
Getting Over My Art Aversion at ArtPrize

Minnesota

3 Days at the Mall of America: Awesome or Awful?

Montana

Montana: More Than Just Its National Parks

Nevada

How to Have Fun in Las Vegas Without Gambling or Booze
The Hoover Dam: A Modern Feat of Engineering (Tips for visiting)

New Mexico

White Sands: The Most Underrated National Monument?
Up in the Air at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Living Heritage at Taos Pueblo

New York

10 Touristy Things to do in NYC
New York City: All in the Details
Eating My Way Through New York City
Visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York City
A Mini-Honeymoon to the Finger Lakes

Ohio

Put-in-Bay: Wait, This Place is in Ohio?
Biking the Lake Erie Islands
Cuyahoga Valley: Ohio’s Only National Park
How to Spend 48 Hours in Cincinnati
A Butler County Bucket List
A Day in Yellow Springs — Ohio’s Hippie Enclave
5 Reasons to Visit Ohio in the Fall
Weekend Travel Guide to Northwest Ohio
The Hocking Hills: The Prettiest Part of Ohio You’ve Never Heard Of

Oregon

21 Photos That Will Make You Want to Plan a Trip to Oregon Right Now
Hiking a Ridge Called Misery (Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock State Park)
Which of Portland’s Top Attractions are Actually Worth It?

Pennsylvania

Top 10 Things to do in Pittsburgh
Did You Know? 10 Fun Facts About Pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

Photos to Make You Want to Go to Puerto Rico
Thinking About a Caribbean Vacation? Think Puerto Rico

South Carolina

Charleston by Carriage
Plantation Life at Boone Hall

South Dakota

6 Reasons You Should Definitely Visit South Dakota
Badlands National Park: Underrated and Awesome

Texas

Blooms, Balloons, and BBQ: An East Texas To-Do List
Beyond Spring Break: A South Padre Island To-Do List

Utah

The Mighty 5: Utah’s Stunning National Parks
A Foggy, Soggy Day at Bryce Canyon National Park
I Hiked to Angels Landing and Didn’t Die!
5 Things to Do in Zion National Park That Don’t Involve Hiking
Iconic Utah: Delicate Arch at Sunset
Photos From Arches National Park
Monument Valley: A Must-Visit in the American Southwest
Travel Guide: See, Do & Eat in St. George, Utah
Utah: America’s Most Beautiful State?

Virginia

American Roots in Virginia’s Historic Triangle

Washington (state)

A First-Time Visitor’s Guide to Seattle
Quirky Seattle
Travel Scene: Pike Place Market

Washington D.C.

How to Spend 72 Hours in Washington, D.C.

Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park: What to Do and See in 2 Days

 

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