From sea to shining sea, the United States of America has some of the world’s most beautiful, picturesque and memorable destinations to live and visit. As a traveler, you’re all about exploring the unknown and immersing yourself in a new place. You live for adventure, discovery and experience. As for us at Drive The Nation, we are a lot like you and took the time to find the 10 most anticipated travel destinations of 2013 in the U.S.A. Take a look at our round-up. Will you plan a trip to one of these locations? Have you been already? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience.
10. Louisville, Kentucky
There’s much more to Louisville than a slugger – there’s a whole cultural mecca out there waiting for you to explore it. As our 10th pick for best U.S. Travel Destination of 2013, Louisville, Kentucky takes it for the win. With featured local breweries, antique shops and some of the best restaurants in the state, Louisville has so much to offer. If you really want a true Louisville experience, try to head out there the first Saturday in May to witness the ‘greatest two minutes in sports,’ the Kentucky Derby.
9. Fairbanks, Alaska
Our ninth destination to visit for 2013 is none other than beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska. If you’re into picturesque mountains, cold weather and skiing, Fairbanks is just the place for you. Fairbanks is a great place to bring the family any time of the year for a great getaway.
8. Northern Maine
Aside from it’s delicious world-class clam chowder and lobster rolls, Northern Maine has made the list for it’s breathtaking Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Moosehead Lake, rafting on the Kennebec River and multi-day canoe trips. There’s so much of Northern Maine you haven’t seen yet and 2013 is the year to do it!
7. Verde Valley, Arizona
Red rock and mountain tops help Verde Valley, Arizona land it’s place as the number 7 top travel destination for 2013. Once you get the feeling of a pure and revitalizing destination such as Verde Valley, you’ll never want to go back to your normal routine.
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
As a fast-paced, trendy and upbeat city, Philadelphia has made its mark on the list at number six for the best in U.S. travel for 2013. Whether you’ve been to Philly or not, there’s a lot of attraction within this city, and it’s a perfect place to visit when planning a trip this year.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
For the love of country music! Nashville, Tennessee is known nationwide for being the home of country music. Some of the best musicians in American music history came straight from Nashville and now, we chose this boot stomping city as our fifth pick for the best U.S. travel destinations of 2013.
4. Twin Cities, Minnesota
Just when you thought there wasn’t much of anything in Minnesota to get excited about. With beautiful sites to see among it’s exquisite dining, shopping and culture, Twin Cities lands the number four spot on the top 10 U.S. travel destinations in 2013. Very few experience the unique beauty of Twin Cities, so make sure you make this a vacation must.
3. San Juan Islands, Washington
There is another San Juan and it’s not in Puerto Rico. San Juan Islands, Washington is one of the hottest travel destinations in 2013 for it’s outstanding whale watching, hiking, fishing and natural beauty of the outdoors in general. There is no better place to experience everything that the outdoors has to offer.
2. Eastern Sierra, California
In 2013, natural beauty is what travel is all about and there’s not many better places to experience that other than Eastern Sierra, California. If you haven’t paid a visit to this mountain paradise yet, than you’re missing beautiful landmarks like Travertine Hot Springs, Devil’s Postpile National Monument, the ghost town of Bodie, the scenic landscape of Mono Lake, and so much more.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
As you may know, the Super Bowl is kind of a big deal in the United States. So therefore, the city that hosts the Super Bowl always makes it’s mark on the list as one of the most frequent traveled-to cities for that year. It just so happens that the Super Bowl is in good ole’ New Orleans for 2013; the Mardi Gras capital of the world!