Travel is picking up. Since many hotels have maintained their flexible cancellation policies and airlines continue to waive their change fees top US destinations are filling up everywhere for summer and winter travel. The good news is if the destination you thought you wanted is limited there are many alternative US destinations that are standouts for food, cultural, and adventure. Savannah, Bozeman, or Key West won't be nearly as crowded as say, Charleston, Jackson Hole, or Miami (at least not yet) but it might be your best travel experience yet!
Here are just a few of our favorites. Call us to discuss other destinations.
Greenville, South Carolina
Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain, Greenville has steadily become one of the South's must-visit foodie destinations. With hundreds of outstanding restaurants and award-winning breweries Greenville easily competes with its more well-known, and thus more crowded food-centric neighbors, Charleston and Asheville. But Greenville isn't a one-trick pony, past the adorable downtown and the myriad restaurants is stunning natural scenery and opportunities to work off all that food and drink. Explore the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy, kayak and raft and Lake Jocassee and hike the breathtaking Jocassee Gorges.
Everyone is buzzing about Bend. Bend is known for being a year-round outdoor paradise - enjoy world-class fishing, kayak the Deschutes River, strap on snowshoes and enjoy the silence of a hike through pristine powder. And when you've had your fill of nature, catch an art exhibit, enjoy award-winning restaurant while sipping outstanding Oregon wines, or tackle the legendary Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West.
Key West, Florida
Funky Key West sometimes gets a bad rap. Once considered a spring break party destination for college kids, Key West is emerging as a fishing mecca, an eco-adventure destination, a snorkeling and diving paradise. Throw in the clapboard buildings, delicious seafood, stretches of beach and hours of sunshine and it's a destination to savor. Skip the crowds in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami and drive (or take a sea plane) down to the Southernmost point in the US. You won't be disappointed.
You might be familiar with Savannah's Historic District and its ghost town reputation both of which are great reasons to visit Savannah. The architectural gems in the Victorian District are not to be missed, but neither is the quiet low-country or the artsy Starland District full of galleries, studios and funky shops. Savannah may be a small city but it's chock full of diverse experiences. It's a city where "art, architecture and history collide under a veil of Spanish moss."
Like Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Bozeman is a true western town. Unlike Jackson Hole, Bozeman has not yet reached the masses so you can experience world-class skiing in the winter, take in the breathtaking mountain views on a summer hike, hoot and holler at the rodeo, mountain bike, fly-fish, white water raft and indulge in delicious food without the crowds.
Santa Fe may be known as an artist's mecca but it is so much more. Sitting on the southwestern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains it is perfectly poised for long hikes, mountain biking, and long rides on horseback to admire stunning vistas. Closer to town, Santa Fe's melded Hispanic, Anglo and Native American roots are front-and-center from the decor to the food to the arts. In October, people flock to the area for the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and winter is full of festivals but you can find lots of time without the crowds in this jewel of a city.