The arrival of a new year invites us to reflect on the passing year and the experiences that came with it. 2016 was a fantastic year for travel in America, including year-round festivals from coast to coast, gorgeous summertime weather, and new attractions inviting travellers to explore. From the mouthwatering seafood prepared on the coasts of islands in Massachusetts to the colourful flavours and cultures in the southern states, America offers globetrotters a multitude of diverse travel experiences. In this blog, we recap 31 of our favourite U.S travel destinations from 2016. If you didn’t get a chance to see these incredible places last year, pack your bag and book a ticket for 2017!

Gulf Shore & Orange Beach, Alabama

There’s nothing quite like the charm and style of Alabama. Featuring gorgeous waterways like the Gulf Shore and Orange Beach, Alabama is the perfect place to visit when you need to soak up the sun and shake off the winter cold. Offering southern hospitality and a multitude of different activities, Alabama lets you build your adventure your way!

 

Get more info: http://horizontravelmag.us/connect-with-the-waters-ways-wildlife-of-coastal-alabama/

Redondo Beach, California

Just 7 miles south of LAX, Redondo Beach invites visitors to relax into a laid-back coastal lifestyle.  Offering rich history, waterfront dining and water sports/activities, everyday can be a new adventure!  Redondo Beach also offers epic sunsets, a world-famous horseshoe pier, and some of the best seafood in California. Come see this beautiful part of The Golden State!

 

Discover Redondo Beach here: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/sea-redondo-beach/

Lutsen, Minnesota

Lutsen, Minnesota invites you to find your true North! Lutsen is an alpine dream, offering fantastic winter activities like skiing and dog sledding. Visitors are also invited to embrace their creative side by participating in winter photography workshops that capture the beauty of Lake Superior. Lutsen is a great destination for travelers who want to experience one of the unique corners of Minnesota!

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/find-true-north-lutsen/

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Recognized for its stunning natural beauty and deep-rooted culture and history, Santa Fe offers a first-class travel experience. Nestled next to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of New Mexico, visitors can explore scenic museums, relax in 5-star accommodations, and browse pieces made by talented Native American artisans! Sante Fe is the ultimate American destination for arts and culture.

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/beyond-the-ski-slopes-in-santa-fe/

Medora, North Dakota

Medora is North Dakota’s number one destination in spring, summer, fall and winter! Nestled along the Little Missouri River, nature lovers will fall in love with the stunning landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, home to gorgeous fauna including elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, prairie dogs, and a feral horse heard. In addition to offering breathtaking photography opportunities, Medora challenges travellers to hike, bike or ride on horseback through its diverse and beautiful landscape.

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/medora-north-dakotas-1-destination/

Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood invites travellers to discover 1000 ways to play! No matter what the season, Mount Hood offers thrilling outdoor fun. Discover the beauty of the area while participating in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding and summer activities like mountain biking. When you feel like you need a moment to relax, you can savour gourmet goat cheeses and well bodied Oregon wines while looking over the beautiful countryside. Mount Hood truly has something for everyone!

Learn more:   http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/oregons-mt-hood-territory/

Low Country, South Carolina

Submerge yourself in the rick history and warm hospitality of the South at Low Country, South Carolina! Warm Southern breezes that flow through lush oak forests compliment pristine sandy beaches and champion golf courses. Low Country offers both fresh and salt-water ecotours featuring dolphin watching, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. You’ll want to get your feet wet in this stunning southern destination!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/south-carolina-lowcountry/

St.George, Utah

Experience the rugged wonder of St. George, Utah! Boasting sights so grand you can’t quite capture them all with a camera, there’s always a reason to return to this gorgeous western haven. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy hiking, biking, and ATV riding! If you need time to relax, stroll around the quaint and quiet town of Springdale, home to unique shops, boutiques, and local eateries!

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/st-george-a-havel-youll-wish-you-discovered-long-ago/

Tuscon, Arizona

In addition to offering fantastic gastro restaurants, Tuscon Arizona is home to scenic wonders like the Sonoran Desert, which provides 5 stunning mountain ranges for you to explore on a bike ride or hike. Tuscon also invites travellers to participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like practicing yoga under the stars or exploring majestic caves through rock climbing and spelunking! Tuscon, Arizona offers you the opportunity to truly find yourself.

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/tucson-arizona/

Delray Beach, Florida

Get a taste of The Sunshine State at Delray Beach, Florida! The perfect place to escape the winter cold, Delray Beach boasts a stylish village by the sea, fantastic music festivals, fine art galleries, and a vivacious nightlife. Visitors are invited to relax in luxury accommodations or enjoy exciting water activities like surfing, paddle boarding, and sailing! You’ll fall in love with this gorgeous Florida gem by the sea.

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/delray-beach-2/

Louisiana

Add a burst of Creole flavor to your travel experiences! Louisiana provides a one-of-a-kind mix Cajun and Texan culture, providing visitors with a unique experience of cuisine and celebration. Dig in to delicious food, lively jazz and bluegrass music, and live theater. There is no other other U.S destination like Louisiana.  Don’t wait any longer to experience this world-famous southern gem, known for amazing gumbo dishes, colorful music, and stunning wildlife!

 

Learn more: http://horizontravelmag.us/louisiana-far-more-than-the-average-vacation/

Ithaca, New York

Ithaca is a New York summertime oasis. Rich with nature, Ithaca is home to a waterfall 3 stories taller than the Niagara Falls! Travellers are welcomed to awaken their senses through experiences like  swimming under waterfalls and kayaking in Cayuga Lake.  Fall into a slower, more relaxing rhythm by tasting fantastic local wines and craft beers or taking a stroll through the open-air pedestrian mall that is central to the community’s dining and shopping. Take the opportunity to see the state of New York like never before!

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/experience-magic-ithaca/

Big Bend, Texas

Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and Big Bend is no exception. The Big Bend area is home to 5 distinct districts including Marathon, Lajitas, Study Butte, Terlingua and the Big Bend National Park, each boasting their own beautiful and unique western flare. Big Bend is practically untouched, revealing a land with striking beauty that invites travellers to find serene solitude. Grab a travel buddy and discover this raw and organic Texas jewel.

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/rediscover-simple-pleasures-big-bend-tx/

Vermont

Make the most of the winter season by visiting the ultimate ski destination! Amid farmlands and villages teeming with artisan cheesemakers, artists and snowy recreation activities, visitors can find a huge range of amenities that each boast a unique Vermont charm. Travellers can choose from top-rated ski resorts like Sugarbush and Mount Snow, which offer the perfect combination of relaxation and exhilarating slope rides. There’s something for everyone in the snowy sanctuary of Vermont!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/?s=Vermont

Savannah, Georgia

Pay a visit to Georgia’s first city, Savannah! Attracting visitors for almost 3 centuries, Savannah boasts warm vintage charm and elegant beauty. Experience Savannah’s culture and discover the amazing Historic District or dine at a first-class restaurants overlooking the Savannah river. With a huge jazz and blues music scene, you’ll love the beat of this historic Georgia gem.

 

Find out more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/savannah-sunshine-warm-weather-coastal-breezes-and-a-profusion-of-green/

New Port, Rhode Island

Venture down to New Port for your next summertime beach getaway! Home to critically acclaimed restaurants, stunning architecture, and pristine beaches, New Port offers something for everyone. This coastal region of Rhode Island also invites you to discover historic 18th century residences that belonged to iconic families like the Vanderbilts and the Astors. New Port is an excellent vacation destination during any season, giving you ample opportunities to experience it all in this city by the sea!

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/newport-county-spectacular-any-time-of-the-year/

Lakes Region, New Hampshire

A short drive from Boston and Michigan airports, the Lakes Region in New Hampshire is the ultimate summer destination! Scenic trails, tax free shopping areas, plane and boat rides, and museums welcome tourists to explore and enjoy. With 273 clean lakes and ponds to choose from, it’s easy to escape the summer heat and cool off in the beautiful Lakes Region in New Hampshire!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/lakes-region-so-many-reasons-to-visit-the-lakes-region/

Michigan, Cold Water County

Cold Water County is the perfect destination for quality family time. Take a ride on the historic steam train, or watch quality theatrical performances at the local opera house. Get a breath of the great outdoors by visiting one of the many lakes to fish, kayak or swim! Cold Water County is a fantastic place to unwind and relax with the family.

Discover Cold Water County: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/look-michigans-coldwater-country/

Ogunquit, Maine

Take a trip down Route 1 to Southern Maine and you’ll find the cute and cheerful town of Ogunquit.  Easy to get to but hard to leave, Ogunquit is the perfect location for a romantic getaway or exciting family adventure. This four-season coastal destination has longer summers than most temperate areas, giving travellers more time to enjoy outdoor sights like The Marginal Way; a scenic walk along the rocks of Ogonquit’s oceanfront.

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/ogunquit/

Vinton County, Ohio

Country roads, serene lakes, and secluded forests have helped give Vinton County a beautiful reputation. Fall in-love with its small-town charm at festivals like the Wild Turkey Festival and the Midnight at Moonville, which features acoustic music and dramatic storytelling. Vinton County is also a hunter’s paradise, offering prized game like white-tailed deer, wild turkey, wild boar and coyote.  Come discover this charming Ohio haven, the ultimate destination for recreation and adventure.

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/vinton-county-ohios-last-frontier/

Lynchburg, Virginia

Plan your next trip to Virginia’s shining jewel! Less than an hour from Washington, Lynchburg runs adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the James River. Tourists will love the vibrant city rich with architecture, cuisine, and entertainment, including a downtown scene offering art studios, galleries, and performances by a world-class opera company. It’s easy to fall into synch with Lynchburg’s relaxing beat.

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/lynchburg-discover-virginias-jewel/

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Long standing as one of the top places to travel, Pittsburg has been recommended to travellers by trusted sources like National Geographic Traveller and the travel channel! Great food, outdoor adventure, deep history, tax-free shopping, and a thriving cultural district make it an easy decision to visit this gorgeous city. Alternate between exploring the outdoors and shopping tax-free at more than 130 outlet stores. Explore mighty, beautiful, amazing Pittsburg!

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/pittsburgh-mighty-beautiful-amazing/

Jackson, Mississippi

Venture down to Jackson Mississippi, where big city amenities are complimented by small town appeal. Visitors of Mississippi are greeted by friendly people who are passionate about life and always willing to lend a helping hand. Find comfort in the southern warmth as you discover 27 unique museums, popular livestock and rodeo shows, and the blueprint for music through a walk down The Blues Trail. You’ll be infatuated by this iconic city with soul!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/jackson-the-city-with-soul/

Saratoga County, Delaware

Wake up in Saratoga County, Delaware! Featuring world-class horse racing, performing arts, polo and champion golf courses, Saratoga County has it all! Located just 3 hours from New York, Saratoga County is a history fanatic’s dream. Home to 3 National museums and a national battlefield, the borders of this Delaware city are filled with stories. With over 10 000 acres of trails, lakes and parks, Saratoga County is waiting for you to explore!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/brandy-wine-county/

Ventura, California

Venture to Ventura for your next sunny vacation! This laid-back beach community offers visitors a taste of endless summer. Nestled between Malibu and Santa Barbara, Ventura is the perfect place to surf waves or relax into a coastal lifestyle. Visitors are invited to soak in panoramic coastal views atop botanical gardens or take a stroll down the all-American main street filled with unique shops, art and historic sites. Ventura is always a beautiful adventure!

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/welcome-to-ventura/

Gilroy, California

At the crossroads of California and fun, you’ll find Gilroy California, the ‘Garlic Capital of the World’! Gilroy truly has it all. Shopaholics can shop ’till they drop at designer outlets boasting discounts of up to 65%.  Culture enthusiasts can enjoy the Lumination nighttime light ceremony, which celebrates 2000 years of Chinese culture and tradition. Wine connoisseurs can enjoy the Santa Clara wine trail, featuring over 25 award-winning wineries overlooking a gorgeous valley. There’s something here for everyone!

 

Get to Gilroy: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/get-away-gilroy/

Macomb, Illinois

In western Illinois, you’ll find the charming city of Macomb. A hub for agriculture, industry, culture and education, Macomb offers visitors lots to do and small-town charm. Explore pristine parks, tee off at an immaculate golf course or sleep under the stars at one of of Macomb’s gorgeous campgrounds.  Macomb is a place where visitors feel at ease to take the time to make truly special memories. Make your next travel destination Macomb, Illinois!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/make-time-make-memories-make-last-make-macomb/

Lakeville, Minnesota

Lakeville is the fastest growing city in Minnesota, boasting award-winning parks, lakes, and trails! Great for business trips and family vacations alike, Lakeville offers easy access to the twin cities and other major metropolis areas nearby.  Lakeville’s world-class Mall of America is a huge tourist destination, attracting a total for 40 million people each year! Mall of America offers exciting family fun like the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and the Sea Life aquarium! With so much to do and see, Lakeville will become your new favourite getaway!

 

More info: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/lakeville-minnesota-offers-holiday-shopping-packages/

Joplin, Missouri

Find new inspiration in Joplin, Missouri! A thriving hideaway in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri, Joplin was a refuge stop for the infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde. Joplin’s history runs deep and its story is depicted through gorgeous public murals. Downtown Joplin is blooming with artists, chefs and entrepreneurs who have creatively repurposed century-old buildings into contemporary hotspots. If you didn’t get to Joplin in 2016, you won’t want to miss out on experiencing this stunning up-and-coming Missouri city in 2017!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/up-coming-here-joplin/

Joplin, Missouri

Find new inspiration in Joplin, Missouri! A thriving hideaway in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri, Joplin was a refuge stop for the infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde. Joplin’s history runs deep and its story is depicted through gorgeous public murals. Downtown Joplin is blooming with artists, chefs and entrepreneurs who have creatively repurposed century-old buildings into contemporary hotspots. If you didn’t get to Joplin in 2016, you won’t want to miss out on experiencing this stunning up-and-coming Missouri city in 2017!

 

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/up-coming-here-joplin/

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Take a trip to Nantucket, where there’s always something to celebrate! From autumn cranberry festivals, to joyous Christmas celebrations, Nantucket will liven your spirits and warm your heart. Nantucket celebrations include cooking demos, live music, and many children’s activities; it’s always a good time for the whole family! Take a break from the festivities to explore the area’s deep rooted history through walking tours, harbour tours, lectures and gallery exhibits. Come explore this beautiful Massachusetts island!

 

Visit Nantucket: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/nantucket-noel-nantucket-new-years/

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Just off the coast of Cape Cod, there is an island that exists as every foodie’s dream. Offering extraordinary culinary experiences year-round, Martha’s Vineyard offers fresh lobster, fish, shellfish and chowder dishes! Cycle through the island and discover small farms, where you can have the unique experience of meeting the person who produces your food! Farmers host family workshops where visitors can learn about food pairings and preparation techniques, while road-side farm stands offer fresh produce and flower bouquets. Explore the authentic flavour of Martha’s Vineyard!

Learn more: http://www.horizontravelamerica.com/marthas-vineyard/