Our Top 10 Places to visit in America! #10 – #6

Our Top 10 Places to visit in America! #10 – #6

What’s Up P Nation! After recently finishing my travels to all 50 states, I have constantly been asked which state is my favorite. SO naturally, I decided to make a list of the top ten spots to visit in America.  I hope you find some attractions you have already visited and some to cross off of your list.

 

Starting with #10 – #6!

 

 

10. Arizona/Utah

 

Everyone needs to get out there and explore! And what better way to do that then venture out into the American desert? With Utah’s five national parks spanning the state and Arizona’s two must-sees, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona, I think it’s time for a road trip (Chevy Chase style!) I recommend starting in Salt Lake City and renting a car all the way down to Flagstaff. This trip could take anywhere from 8 days to an entire month. If you want to do a long weekend trip, I would recommend flying into Las Vegas and traveling to Zion, Bryce Canyon, and The Grand Canyon.

 

 

9. Asheville, NC / Great Smokies

 

This fancy mountain town made famous by the Vanderbilts is a great place to relax and get away from the rest of the world.  Sitting right next to America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville is a gateway to Appalachia. I’ll start with one of the most famous houses in America and the largest privately owned house in the states, the Biltmore is a wonder all its own. A visit here is half the price of Disneyland and requires at least half a day. Make sure to stop in the artsy downtown and step back in time as Asheville offers the most art deco structures in America dating back to the 1920s.

 

 

8. San Francisco, CA

 

With a vibe all its own, and endless things to see, this city is great for a weekend or even a week trip.  Highlights for San Francisco include; riding the historic cable car, walking over or sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, venturing through Chinatown, and if you want to get a little sandy, having a fire on the beach! And if you have a week to travel to The Bay Area, I recommend traveling to Napa and/or Yosemite National Park. Take a trip to Tuscany without leaving California! Napa is famous for its great wine & weather. Visit a variety of different wineries and take a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards. For a more adventurous outdoor excursion head to Yosemite National Park. See the spectacular Yosemite Valley and visit the tallest continually flowing free fall waterfall. And if you are familiar with rock climbing, you should definitely climb the sheer rock faces, because after all, this park is the birthplace of climbing.

 

 

7. New Orleans, LA

 

Obviously, this city from the eighteenth century makes the list! Step back in time, or even into another world visiting by the historic French Quarter. With Jazz bands playing all over this neighborhood, there’s dancing to be had everywhere! Don’t miss out on New Orleans’ famous beignets, and speaking of food….if only there was a city perfect for a food tour. Oh wait, it’s New Orleans! With creole cooking mixed with southern dishes, and French techniques, the food here is unlike any you’ll find anywhere else!  And we haven’t even talked about what to do here! See the river, and explore like soo many before you on a paddle boat! Ride the trolly through the beautiful garden district,  visit the Mardi Gras Museum where you can see the gigantic floats used in the month-long celebration. If it’s really hot, visit the air-conditioned World War II museum. And of course, you can’t miss Bourbon Street! Grab a Hurricane, or Fish-bowl, or Grenade (but be careful, these go down easy) and stroll the narrow streets!
For a great day trip, you can visit plantations along the Mississippi River on the famous River Road.

 

 

6. Chicago, IL (the Windy City, Chi-Town, etc.)

 

Of course, we had to have a major city on the list! Chicago’s two huge airports and central location make this a destination easily accessible by most of America. The city can be cold in the winter, but in the summer it’s a great place to be. From the navy pier to the field museum, there is plenty to do along the waterfront. Stroll the miracle mile,  take a boat ride on Lake Michigan, and catch a game at major league baseballs oldest park. Climb to the top of Willis Tower, and if the weather is nice, Lincoln park zoo is free! If you have time bike the lakefront trail, and if you’re up for an adventure, bike the entire 18 miles! Chicago’s skyline features a variety of unique skyscrapers from every decade since the 1800’s! Take a river cruise to relax and learn more about what makes Chicago unique. All this, and we haven’t even talked about the food! Don’t miss out on the famous deep dish pizza. And make sure to visit one of my favorite spots, Portillos. All I have to say here is: CHOCOLATE-CAKE-SHAKE! Make sure to get one!!!

 

Check out our next post for my #5 – # 1!

 

–    Zach & Leah

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