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The Coolest Vacation Spots in the US

Book with TRIPS by Culture Trip and join a small-group adventure with like-minded people to discover the cities, coasts, canyons and lakes of America’s most exciting and dramatic destinations.
Nick Dauk
13 Dec 2021
When you think of the US, vast natural parks, quirky towns and buzzing cities come to mind. America certainly has plenty of variety, whatever you’re looking for in a holiday – and the beauty is that you can do it all without venturing much farther than your nearest state line. From the quiet banks of the Hudson River to the wilderness of Alaska, here’s our pick of cool US places to book with TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1 . New Orleans, for a jazzy taste of the Bayou

Nola. The Big Easy. Crescent City. It doesn’t matter what you call it: New Orleans is one of the coolest vacation spots in the US. The beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde are worth the wait, but it’s the jazz bands, elaborate cemeteries and mixing pot of culture that will make you fall in love with this city. Dance and dine your way from the Bayou to Bourbon Street and beyond with this music and food tour of New Orleans.

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2 . The Hudson Valley, for riverside relaxation

Follow the Hudson Valley from south to north and you might not believe that this river route connects the Big Apple to charming orchards and vineyards upstate. This 150mi (241km) stretch is home to its historic namesake city and the state capital, Albany. Art and nature converge with a number of theaters, galleries and relaxing green spaces found in most towns. Get away from the concrete jungles and take a breath of fresh air on this easy-breezy, four-day nature and wellness tour in the Hudson Valley.

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3 . California, for wine walks and San Fran street art

Filled with celebrities, amazing beaches, renowned wine and nine national parks, California is undeniably one of the coolest vacation spots in the US – but with so much to see, you’ll need to plan wisely. Those who are ambitious enough to hike through Yosemite, wander with wine through Napa and Sonoma Valleys and scope out street art in San Francisco will be certifiably California dreamin’ on this tour.

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4 . Utah and Colorado, for canyons, craters and cold beer

When it comes to cool vacation spots in the US, you may sometimes want to go off-road – and not least in Utah and Colorado. The Moab canyonlands and Rocky Mountains hold treasures throughout, from hot springs to rushing rivers and amazing mountainside vistas. It would take years to discover every inch of these serene landscapes – but you can see the famed Arches National Park, geothermal Strawberry Hot Springs and supernatural sunsets on this week-long trek through Colorado and Utah.

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5 . Lake Tahoe, for mindfulness and meditation

Lake Tahoe: the name alone conjures ritzy yet relaxing lakeside bliss. And with ski resorts and sandy beaches side by side, South Lake Tahoe is one of the coolest cities in California. A visit to the Sierra Nevada mountains, meanwhile, lets you soak up the sun at your leisure. Trying to feed your mind, body and soul with California’s whimsical woods? Breathe easy on this four-day tour full of meditation and recreation in Lake Tahoe.

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