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50 in 50: Most Popular Destinations In Each State

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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Oftentimes, when people think of traveling, the first places that come to mind are international destinations. However, the United States is full of iconic destinations and landmarks to suit every type of traveler. If variety is what you are looking for, check out this list of the most popular destinations in each state and start planning your next getaway.  

Alabama

Gulf Shores consists of 32 miles of white sand beaches made almost entirely of fine, quartz grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago. Its Gulf State Park has beaches, trails, a pier, golf course, and zip lines over dunes.

Alaska

Denali National Park is six million acres of wildland, bisected by one road. From tundra to snowy mountains, the landscape is home to diverse wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities.

Arizona

Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate Grand Canyon National Park that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep.

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Arkansas

Hot Springs offers art, music, and natural wonders including naturally heated springs.


California

Yosemite National Park | Rakshith Hatwar | Unsplash

Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments.

Connecticut

The capital of Connecticut, Hartford is home to fine dining, seasons events, museums, and much more.

Delaware

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Rehoboth Beach is a one square mile community located in the mid-Atlantic and is the largest beach resort in the State of Delaware.

Florida

People flock to Florida from all over the world to experience the magical sights and breathtaking attractions at Walt Disney World.

Georgia

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According to the website, in Atlanta, fine dining, shopping, and rich history combine with inspiration-inducing attractions to create a city with Southern charm and world-class sophistication.

Hawaii

Honolulu is said to be the racing pulse of Hawaii. In this cosmopolitan capital city, you’ll find everything from historic landmarks to fine dining to world-class shopping. 

Idaho

The western edge of Yellowstone National Park and the western slope of the Tetons are located in the naturally beautiful state of Idaho. 

Illinois

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Chicago offers architectural marvels, world-class museums, dynamic entertainment, and an award-winning dining scene you’d expect from one of the world’s greatest cities. 

Indiana

Indianapolis, a city known for fast cars and blockbuster events, has also gained acclaim for a flourishing culinary and brewing scene, thriving cultural institutions, cool neighborhoods, and so much more. 

Iowa

Des Moines is the fastest growing city in the Midwest. Visitors rave about the city’s iconic festivals and events, farm-to-fork cuisine, and 800 miles of hiking and biking trails.

Kansas

Explore art museums, hands-on exhibits, Old West and Indian artifacts – even a T. Rex skeleton in Wichita.

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored.

Louisiana

History, art, music, and culture make up New Orleans’ iconic scene that draws visitors from around the globe.

Maine

Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage.

Maryland

With the world-famous Inner Harbor; renowned museums and attractions; award-winning restaurants; a locally loved music scene, and hip and historic neighborhoods, Baltimore is a truly authentic American city.

Massachusetts

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Boston is a quintessential blend of colonial history and cutting-edge innovation. Explore diverse neighborhoods, visit civic landmarks along the Black Heritage Trail and Freedom Trail, and see the iconic grounds of Harvard University and Fenway Park.

Michigan

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Detroit is the comeback city that everyone is talking about. The city is home to risk-taking entrepreneurs, creative incubators, edgy restaurants and spaces, funky hotels and three high-energy sports arenas.

Minnesota

In Minneapolis, you can expect to find a dramatic riverfront skyline, three professional sports stadiums within 1.3 miles, so much art you’re literally surrounded by it and a theater on almost every corner.

Mississippi

Millions of visitors are drawn to the Gulf Islands National Seashore for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish.

Missouri

Urban explorer, die-hard sports fan, aficionado of family fun…no matter what type of traveler you are, you’ll find what you’re looking for in St. Louis.

Montana

With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude.

Nebraska

In recent years, the Omaha riverfront and downtown area have experienced tremendous growth with over two billion dollars in new development

Nevada

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Las Vegas is a destination that can be whatever you want it to be. If you are looking for a relaxing, spa weekend or non-stop party, this city has it all.

New Hampshire

The White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire ranges from mountainous hardwood forests to majestic alpine peaks where you can experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities year-round.

New Jersey

Atlantic City is the center of entertainment and always has an impressive lineup of year-round events and festivals to keep you coming back time and time again.

New Mexico

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According to the website, Santa Fe has legendary history and culture around every corner, an art scene that spans from traditional to contemporary, accommodations with a local feel yet world-class status, award-winning cuisine that’s as eclectic as it is sumptuous, and countless experiences to encounter.

New York

There is always something to do in Central Park. At more than 750 acres, the park is as iconic to New York as the Statue of Liberty.

North Carolina

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

North Dakota

In honor of President Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is home to rugged landscape and stunning natural beauty.

Ohio

Cleveland is home to passionate people who love their city and the world-class experiences it has to offer.

Oklahoma

From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won’t find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.

Oregon

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Fed by rain and snow, Crater Lake National Park is home to the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on earth.

Pennsylvania

Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, offers visitors fascinating museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites, and famous food.

Rhode Island

“Best city for foodies,” “No. 4 quirkiest city in America,” “No. 3 favorite U.S. city…” you may be surprised by the accolades that Providence has received.

South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach has 60 miles of pristine coastline that can be enjoyed nearly all year-round.

South Dakota

Badlands National Park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

Tennessee

Nashville is the country’s Music City with renowned live music ringing from every corner. You can also enjoy some of the best food in the south.

Texas

From a night out in Deep Ellum to lunch in Trinity Groves and a day trip to The Star in Frisco, there is so much to discover in Dallas.

Utah

Zion National Park’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

Vermont

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Lake Champlain is a natural, saltwater lake. If it’s campgrounds and bonfires that you are looking for, this is your spot.

Virginia

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, and quiet wooded hollows.

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Washington

Olympic National Park | Jachan DeVol | Unsplash

With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems.

West Virginia

Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields in Harpers Ferry.

Wisconsin

The Brew City. The Cream City. The City of Festivals. Whether you know it as America’s Third Coast or the Bloody Mary Metropolis, Milwaukee is a friendly, vibrant city filled with things to explore.

Wyoming

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, Grand Teton National Park stands as a monument to the p

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