Most people love to travel - and whether you live in the United States or plan to take a trip there, many things are available to satisfy your wanderlust and let you see new places and have new experiences. Here are some of the best ones to add to your bucket list for 2017.
Asheville, North Carolina
This small city has a creative flair and is welcoming to visitors of all types. The River Arts District is a place where hundreds of artists showcase their work. You'll find a huge array of items to buy or enjoy. The area is also a prime place to sample local beers and foods, many of which are served up to you by James Beard-nominated chefs. If you enjoy boating, kayaking or just floating lazily, you will enjoy a trip down the French Broad River as you enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that surround you. Don't forget your camera because you'll definitely want to take lots of pictures in Asheville.
The state of Washington is a treasure trove of scenery, food, drinks and attractions that will keep you entertained for weeks and weeks. The western portion of the state is especially wonderful with features that include North Bend, home of some of the filming locations of David Lynch. Mt. Rainier National Park and the San Juan Islands are both outdoor locations that will take your breath away. If you want to immerse yourself in the foodie culture, spend some time in Seattle, tasting everything that the city has to offer, including the many micro distilleries that have cropped up in recent years.
This might be a small city, but there's so much to do and a trip here will never be a regret. The downtown Haymarket District is home to a plethora of hotels, but is also a great place to see art galleries of many types, specialty shops and a large farmer's market on the weekends. There are also many biking and hiking trails in the city and the locals will tell you that the nightlife is also wonderful. Nebraska celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, so there will be plenty of parades and partying going on too.
The Low Desert in California
California is a state that many people dream of visiting. Instead of heading to Los Angeles, San Diego or San Francisco, 2017 is the year to see the Low Desert. There's a mid-century modern vibe that combines with the glory of Coachella that makes this a hot spot to see. There are festivals and vintage stores all over the place that are sure to delight people of all ages. You won't want to miss the Palm Springs Aerial Tram or Joshua Tree National Park. Salvation Mountain is another attraction that you simply don't want to miss.
Flathead Valley in Montana
In addition to wide open spaces, large skies and tons of wildlife, Montana is a great place to go if you want a vacation with a backdrop in nature. Check out Glacier National Park and immerse yourself in the culture of the West. The glaciers are shrinking, so you better see them while you can. While you're in Montana, make time to take a hike in the wilderness to see the glory of the area's wildflowers, bears, birds and much more. Stay in Whitefish, a funky little town that is welcoming to bikers, hikers and skiers at all times of the year. Spend some time here and you'll never want to go home.
Not only is Atlanta home to the busiest airport in the world, but it's an up and coming place for people who want to explore the United States. The city is getting a brand new stadium for its soccer team and has a large amount of walking opportunities that let you see everything the city has to offer. Check out the BeltLine, which lets you stroll through the city, with stops along the way at breweries and restaurants you won't be able to forget. There's a thriving art vibe in Atlanta and you'll love the Tiny Doors project and the Living Walls project. Make time to see some of the old plantation houses for a dose of early American history.
New York Adirondacks
Get away from New York City and experience the northern part of the state, which has some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. In addition to the mountain peaks, you can see rushing rivers full of fish, forests that are said to be home to Bigfoot and the wonder that is Tupper Lake. Rent bikes and transport yourself through the entire area with ease. Near Lake Placid you can rent a cozy cabin that makes for an ideal place to stay in the winter and the summer. Make sure to keep your eyes open for wildlife, which is always in plentiful array in the Adirondack mountains and the surrounding areas.
The Wine Region in the Texas Hill Country
Just as beer breweries are cropping up all over the United States, so too are wineries. Texas is quickly becoming well known for its wine and you'll see the evidence in the Hill Country. There are many wineries here and you can see them all, sampling your way through what they have to offer at each stop. In addition to all the great wine you'll find, there are also plenty of parties and festivals that you can enjoy in the Hill Country as well. You won't want to miss the Wine and Food Festival, and you'll find that you've never tasted anything better with wine than good old Texas barbecue.
It seems that the legalization of marijuana makes Colorado a place everyone wants to visit. The capital city is one of the best that the United States has to offer. There are brand new breweries every day and sampling all of that beer is sure to make your vacation memorable. You'll want to see the LoDo neighborhood for wonderful restaurants and shops. The Lower Highlands and River North neighborhoods are also trendy and packed with shops, restaurants and breweries to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. If you have the time, Denver is also home to museums, sports arenas and shopping that will make you want to come back time and time again.