We live in such time when leisure time is considered a luxury not many can afford to spend traveling. And indeed, Americans are taking less and less vacation time each year. When it comes to those that do find the time and finances to travel, they usually choose destinations inside the country or international destinations nearby. So, where do Americans most eagerly spend their vacation days?
1. Las Vegas
It’s no wonder that Las Vegas tops the list when it comes to domestic destinations. It is the excitement combined with glamour that attracts millions of tourists to this city, not only from America but from worldwide. The main reason for visiting is the endless array of luxurious casinos, but Las Vegas is much more than that. The city offers many options for those that seek excitement such as theme parks and it’s a traditional place to get hitched. This bright city is full of surprises and if you can’t afford to travel abroad it’s the next best thing, with replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, Venetian canals and many other beautiful sights.
2. New York
The Big Apple is not just one of the top destinations for Americans, but for the tourists from all around the world. It’s simple – in New York, it’s impossible to get bored. This unbelievable city offers so much that you can’t possibly see all of it in one go. Once you get a taste, you will be coming back to it over and over again. New York is the most populous city in America with its population being from all corners of the world. That’s why the city breathes with different cultures. Everything from trying the delicious cuisine to visiting legendary landmarks and museums is a spectacular experience.
Orlando is the third most visited destination by Americans, but it’s the number one family destination in the U.S. The city is full of interesting spots that occupy the whole family and provide fun for everyone. The main reason, of course, is the Disney World. This world-famous theme park is something every child should visit at least once, and parents aren’t indifferent to the whole atmosphere either. Other places in Orlando all families should check out are the Islands of Adventure amusement park, Aquatica water park and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley. Grown-up fun includes fine dining and excellent shopping opportunities.
4. San Diego
Some like to call San Diego a Heaven on Earth and it’s quite easy to see why. For all of us who can’t get enough of sunny days, San Diego is a perfect destination because it’s summer pretty much all year long there. And that’s basically the reason this city is so high on the list of Americans’ favorite destinations – the beach and everything related to it. Tourists come to San Diego to soak up the sun and relax at the beach, but swimming, kayaking and surfing are all excellent options. And not only that – you can also spend a day hanging out with water animals such as whales or seals.
5. Los Angeles
Fifth favorite travel destination if you’re planning to stay inside the borders is Los Angeles which offers a perfect mixture of all sorts of fun. Whatever you’re into, you are pretty likely to find it in L.A. First of all, the city and its outskirts are full of unspoiled nature, including fantastic parks and beautiful beaches. For a bit of family fun, Los Angeles also offers world-famous amusement parks such as Disneyland. Delicious food options and shopping in Beverly Hills are also great reasons to visit. But probably the most important one is Hollywood which makes L.A. the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Naturally, the first international destination on the list is the British capital, London. The history and culture of this fascinating city are attracting more Americans each year. London is the home to so many cultures and it can be seen on every corner. Yes, the food is great and shopping is fabulous, but it’s the landmarks that attract the visitors the most. Places like the Tower of London, National Gallery, Natural History Museum are truly unforgettable while the view from the London Eye is going to leave you breathless. And after paying a visit to the iconic London attractions, the parks and the Thames are a sight for sore eyes.
What’s there not to enjoy about Paris? This elegant city is one of the top travel destinations not only in America but the whole world. The history and landmarks of the city make it one of the most beautiful places on earth. Of course, the number one reason to visit Paris are remarkable sights such as the iconic Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Sacre Coeur Cathedral and the inevitable stroll along the Champs Elysees. Paris is also the home to some of the most famous masterpieces kept in the Louvre, the world’s largest museum, and other museums and galleries.
Another fairytale journey for Americans is the ancient city of Rome. The capital of Italy, and the capital of the Roman Empire is the dream destination for so many reasons. The centuries old history comes alive as the landmarks are everywhere you look. Starting from the awe-inspiring Colosseum, across the Trevi Fountain, to the Spanish Steps and endless other equally fascinating spots in the city. We don’t even have to mention the delicious Italian food and legendary coffee that many want to try first hand. And Vatican City is a story for itself, packed with such pieces of art unmatched in any other part of the world.
Canadian cities take up the fourth and fifth spot on the list of most visited destinations by Americans and one of the main reasons is, of course, that Canada is close by. But not only that, Canada is full of natural beauty that attracts the tourists all year long. Toronto is located on the north bank of Lake Ontario which makes it even more appealing to the visitors. This city offers something for everyone; whether you’re a fan of art, nightlife, stunning views or just shopping, you will find something to enjoy in this lovely city. The climate is mild and the city is especially lively in the spring.
Also practical for being close, Vancouver actually has a lot to offer. It is a perfect getaway for those who prefer their holiday in the nature as this city is a magical combination of a vibrant urban atmosphere surrounded by jaw-dropping mountains and water. So while tourists come to enjoy all the charms that a big city brings, the architecture, food, art and shopping, other come for a piece of outdoor adventure. If you’re one of those people, prepare your hiking gear and head out to the wonderful outskirts of the city just waiting to be explored. And the best feature of Vancouver is that it’s equally exciting in the winter as it is in the summer.