Remember that resolution you made to travel more this year? Are you beginning to get that adventure itch yet? There are plenty of amazing areas to visit in our own backyard and maybe all you need to get started is a few ideas for some great places to visit this year. Luck would have it, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite must-visit spots in the United States for 2019! These are places we have already visited, and are our top US Destinations we think you should see sooner rather than later. Without further babbling, here they are:
If beautiful lakefront camping is your jam (it sure is mine), I don’t know of anywhere that beats this place. This best-of-both-worlds spot lines the 109 miles of shore on Lake Coeur d’Alene and is surrounded by beautiful forest. With plenty of opportunity for activities like fishing, boating, rafting, tubing, camping, and a vast array of watersports, a lackluster experience is impossible for those with adventurous hearts!
But don’t worry those of you that are not as thrilled with the great outdoors. If you prefer a small town vibe that still has plenty of amenities for you to enjoy, it has that too! The city serves as the central hub for most industries in Northern Idaho and so is not without plenty for city slickers. Following a retail boom over recent years, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, hotels, parks and even a cinema with 14 theaters!
A place both rich in culture and filled with lots to enjoy year-round, Leavenworth is a great getaway for your entire family. In the warm months, a scenic drive into the mountains of Eastern Washington will bring you to this architecturally-marvelous Bavarian village with a bustling tourism industry. After enjoying some tasty Bratwurst or Schnitzel at any of the awesome local joints, you can board a bus and take a long, relaxing float down the cool waters of the Wenatchee River. If you’re looking for the full cultural experience, this is the place to be for Oktoberfest!
When the weather takes a turn and cold winter blankets the town with frosty white snow, the fun begins again. By sledding or boarding a horse-drawn carriage, you can immerse your family in a true Winter Wunderland! After you frolic and play (the Eskimo way), you can warm up inside the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum showcasing some of the most amazing, handcrafted woodworks you may ever see. Be sure to stick around the center of town for nightfall when lights dazzle all of the wide-eyed tots.
Traverse City, MI
I’ll start this off with: CHERRIES ARE DELICIOUS! When you want to experience a truly unique place that takes great pride in its sweet fruit, look no further than Traverse City. Every year, this little beach city on the coast of Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan plays host to the National Cherry Festival, a celebration of the delicious fruit and community involvement. Hosting parades, concerts with big names like 2019 headliner, Brett Young, indulgent foodie events and a slew of games and sports tournaments, this festival is sure to leave a sweet taste in your mouth.
Looking for things to do in the winter (winter in Michigan… hear me out)? Traverse City’s location is unmatched in terms of finding nearby events to see all of what the Grand Traverse Bay Area has to offer. Whether it be the Yeti-Fest in Sutton’s Bay, the Winter Warm Up in Old Mission Peninsula or a visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, you will love this vibrant, bay city.
You will never see everything these two parks have to offer. Sure there are the tried-and-true, sure-fire ways to enjoy it like Old Faithful. However, simply the vast wilderness that surrounds you in these parks will transport you back into the ancestral times and evoke the fire of your more primitive roots. You will feel a true connection to the land and everything it has to offer you. WARNING: You will see giant species of wildlife. Enjoy from a distance for your sake and the animals’.
Even more surprising to some is the thrill you will get from seeing a bunch of rocks and some pools of water. Okay, that’s WAY underplaying it. The tremendous amount of geological formations and volcanic activity is truly awe-inspiring. There are a lot of opportunities for recreation as well including kayaking, rafting and waterfall chasing (to the chagrin of TLC). These parks have so much to offer that you’ll add them to your annual trip list!
So far, this is our absolute favorite place to see the Atlantic. Charleston is a great city with even better food. Given the chance, visitors should not miss taking the short walk down to the famous Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar for some delicious seafood and Lowcountry cuisine. When you’re all stuffed, you can walk it off through Waterfront Park, see the big Pineapple Fountain and continue into the historic streets of the French Quarter, named after the long history of french mercantile there.
Currently reigning supreme as #1 City in the U.S. and Canada (Travel & Leisure), Charleston has something for everyone to enjoy! Whether you are looking to tour their distilleries/breweries, sample the immense food options, visit historic gardens and plantations, or even tour the wonderful South Carolina Aquarium, this must be found on any travel bucket list. So, start that resolution off right with a trip to magnificent Charleston, SC!
These were very hard to keep off of the list, but we wanted to show a little restraint 😉
- Marceline, MO (Perfect for all of you avid Disney fans out there!)
- Fort Collins, CO
- New Orleans, LA
- Pacific Grove, CA
Most of the places mentioned are linked to another post. If something catches your eye, hit the link and get a more in-depth rundown! And as always, feel free to chat with us, we have visited all of the locations on this list! We are always willing to answer any questions, get feedback, and talk about our adventures and YOURS.
Do you have another place to recommend in 2019? Let us know about it so we can check it out!