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Top 5 US States To Travel To In 2020

by Team 76th & Newbury |

You can travel all over the USA and still not see any of it at all!

The world’s third-most populous and fourth-largest country offers every opportunity for travelers. You could see the beaches of California or the mountains of Colorado, the farmlands of the Midwest or the cities of the East Coast.  There is so much to see and it helps to have a plan! Pairing some of the country’s most iconic 2020 events with each of the major regions across America.

 

  1. California

 

From rural villages to cities and mountains to the ocean, you can discover America within the borders of California. There's almost 40 million people spread out across a diverse landscape more than twice the size of Great Britain. The Golden State offers travelers a miniaturized version of America with some of the best year-round weather in the country.

Start your excursion in sunny Los Angeles before road-tripping into the desert for the iconic Coachella Festival in April. Or, make your way south to the beautiful beaches of San Diego for the world-famous Comic-Con fan convention 23-26 July.

For one of the best drives in America, cruise with the windows down along the Pacific Coast Highway all the way from Southern California to the heart-stopping romantic city of San Francisco. Then, head inland to taste some of Earth’s finest wine in Napa Valley. Travel further east to experience the peaceful beauty of the mountain-rimmed Lake Tahoe before ending your journey in the adventitious Yosemite National Park, celebrating its 130th birthday in 2020.

 

  1. Colorado

 

Few states are as beautiful as Colorado. The Centennial State has long been known for its stunning natural beauty – with 53 mountains rising up at elevations beyond 14,000 feet across the state.

Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in America – in 2020 one of the best places to travel. It's packed with cultural institutions such as the Denver Art Museum, which is currently showcasing the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Claude Monet paintings in more than two decades until 2 February.

Meanwhile, the Aspen Art Museum is helping to prove there is more to the world-famous town of Aspen than skiing. Of course, the skiing there continues to be amazing. Year-round festivities continue in smaller towns across the state such as the Montrose Wine and Food Festival 30 May and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival 18-21 June. Don’t forget to check out the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver. 

 

  1. Florida

 

One of the most beautiful states in the USA, especially in winter when most of the country is frozen yet South Florida remains tropical. A wildly popular winter getaway for “snowbirds” across the country. Many tourists head to the theme parks of Orlando to experience American commercialism at its grandest.  Miami remains one of the most interesting cities in America, with lots of global flair. The city's packed slate of events in 2020 includes the grandeur of them all: the Super Bowl.

This American sporting event will be held 2 February 2020 in Miami Gardens, yet the city is worth a visit any time of year. Enjoy its magnificent beaches and stunning dance parties (check out the Winter Music Conference 16-22 March and Ultra Music Festival 20-22 March.) The Florida Keys are another popular party spot, with a thriving LGBTQ scene. For a calmer experience, head across the alligator-filled everglades to Florida’s lesser-visited west coast. Layback on the beach in the quiet coastal communities of  Marco Island and Sanibel Island to bask in the full serene beauty of the Sunshine State.

 

  1. Massachusetts

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2020 marks the 400th year since the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the state remains as integral to the fabric of American life as ever. In terms of historical significance, it's undoubtedly one of the best states to visit in the USA.

History is everywhere you look in Boston, founded in 1630 as one of America’s oldest cities. Today it's a thriving coastal metropolis that continues to push forward as a leading engine of cutting-edge technology and higher education. The sports-crazy town (home to the iconic Red Sox and New England Patriots) has also become something of a craft brewing powerhouse.  Boston is home to signature American events such as the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 15 March 15 and the Boston Marathon – one of the "Big Six" races – on 20 April.

Be sure to get out of the city and explore the coastal area of Cape Cod, home to beautiful island retreats such as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Cape Cod offers an endless assortment of charming small towns such as Provincetown (or P-town, as the locals call it.)

 

  1. Wisconsin

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To truly 'get' the USA, you must experience all of its regions. And while the Midwest isn’t high on most international traveler’s agendas, it's as essential to understanding America like New York City or Washington DC.

Wisconsin is one of the region’s most beautiful states (most notably in summer), bordering lakes Michigan and Superior. The largest city, Milwaukee, is ready for its close-up on the world stage as host of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on 13-16 July. Long known for cheese and beer, the state has taken on an increasingly important role in American politics in recent years, but that doesn’t mean the Badger State isn’t ready to have fun. Quite the contrary. Milwaukee’s Summerfest – the world’s largest music festival – returns 24 June-5 July, and the Wisconsin State Fair offers a family-friendly taste of American agriculture from 6-16 August. 

Get out of the cities to enjoy a true slice of Americana by fishing, hunting, or snowmobiling in small towns like Eagle River. Or, relax lakeside with a cold drink in hand at resort communities like Lake Geneva and Door County. Then keep the party going in the state capital of Madison, one of the best college towns in America.

 

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From, The 76thandnewbury Marketing Team

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