Majestic mountains, serene beaches, delicious wine, historical cities… our nation is filled with unique and diverse destinations to satisfy every traveling style. With a new year ahead, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming where to visit in 2017. With seemingly endless options, the only challenge lies in narrowing down the search. To ensure your 2017 is filled with destination gems, we’ve compiled a list of six of our favorite destinations throughout the U.S. Our wish is to help inspire and guide your travel in the new year!
Santa Cruz, California
Why Visit: Featuring a quaint and funky city, miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, and magnificent mountains, Santa Cruz is an urban nature enthusiast dream. Santa Cruz is spectacularly beautiful, yet the vibe of the city is decidedly modest and down-to-earth. Spend your days strolling the shores of the pristine beaches, visiting craft breweries, wine tasting, dining, enjoying the rides at the iconic Beach Boardwalk and taking in spectacular vistas.
Where to Stay: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Why Visit: Without a doubt, Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and Colorado Springs is the perfect city to explore from. Downtown Colorado Springs is charming and eclectic, with pretty brick buildings and delicious dining. Magnificent mountains tower over everything, providing jaw-dropping vistas everywhere. Outdoor adventure abounds any season – white water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and more. Visit the top of Pike’s Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Seven Falls.
Why Visit: Napa might have all the wine country fame, but Woodinville takes the cake for the most relaxing and modest wine country on the west coast. Merely 30 minutes from Seattle, Woodinville features over 100 wineries and can best be described as a small slice of paradise. Spend your days sipping wine from winery to winery, all the while noshing on delicious delicacies such as prosciutto, artisanal cheeses, bread and more. The lush green natural surroundings will invigorate your spirit and the delicious wine will delight your palette.
Where to Stay: Willows Lodge
San Antonio, Texas
Why Visit: If you’re looking for a fun, unique, family-friendly and culturally rich city, San Antonio is your spot. With centuries of history and a blend of cultures, San Antonio offers a diverse array of activities, cuisine, and experiences. Visit the Alamo, stroll and dine alongside the iconic Riverwalk, spend a day at SeaWorld, and check out the natural bridge caverns. This is a year-round destination, and one of the most celebratory cities in the nation. The biggest event of the year is Fiesta, which happens every April, and is definitely worth experiencing at least once!
Where to Stay: Hotel Contessa
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Why Visit: Jackson Hole is a mecca for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Nearly all high-adrenaline sports are available in Jackson Hole as well as world-class wildlife watching. One of the best aspects of Jackson Hole is that it’s spectacular and different in each season. Winter brings epic skiing and snowboarding, while summer is the time for fly fishing, hiking, and climbing. Springtime provides some of the best wildlife sightings, and the autumn colors are magnificent. Oh, and let’s not forget that Jackson Hole is sandwiched between two of our nation’s greatest national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.The town itself features a diverse array of dining, plenty of craft beer, and the occasional sports celebrity.
Where to Stay: Snow King Hotel
Vero Beach, Florida
Why Visit: Take relaxation and serenity to the next level in Vero Beach, Florida. Off the beaten track of the typical spring breakers, Vero Beach is an elegant, artistic, and stunning Atlantic coastal town. Typical Vero Beach activities include relaxing, strolling along the soft white-sand beaches, shopping in the darling boutiques, taking nature and wildlife tours, and more relaxing. Vero Beach is a town where you can get away from it all while enjoying delicious libations and stunning natural scenery. Truly a Florida gem, and the perfect vacation destination for couples, families, or friends.
Where to Stay: Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa
We have a sneaking suspicion that 2017 will be one of the greatest travel years yet. Any one of the six destinations listed will make for a beautiful weekend away, family vacation, or romantic escape. From the east to the west coast, and everywhere in between, the U.S. has the perfect destinations for you and your loved ones.