It is hard to predict anything in 2020. Still, with the first signs of relief in several European countries and plans to revive tourism from Australia, hopefully, we could expect a similar trend in the U.S. sometime soon.
Tourism is essential in the United States, with millions of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue. But we are looking from the visitors' standpoint. The U.S. is a large country with a great variety of natural wonders and iconic cities like New York, Chicago, LA, Miami. Legendary Route 66 is on the bucket list of many world travelers, just like Las Vegas and his world of glamour, gambling, and extraordinary nightlife.
There are around 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with over 85,000 deaths. But the good news is, not all the states are hit hard. U.S. Coronavirus Cases by States show that the worst situation is in the New York area that along with New Jersey accounts for almost a third of the cases. Some famous tourist destinations like Hawaii and Alaska, or Montana and Nevada, have a small number of cases.
With hope, the situation will improve in the next few weeks we made a list of top 10 places to visit in the U.S. after the pandemic.
Maui is for many Hawaii visitors the sweet spot between crowded Oahu and laid down Kauai island. Stunning nature, wildlife, beaches, and exciting history and culture are combined in this Pacific tropic paradise. Whether your thing is surfing or swimming, there is a sandy beach for every taste. Most famous are Wailea and Kaanapali beach, but there are other divine spots for a perfect beach vacation. Maui is home to Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano. You can ride along the Road to Hana and explore the exciting coastline. Hawaii also has a low number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and are among the safest states in that regard.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a masterful piece of natural wonder crafted and carved by the Colorado River. The impressive 277 miles in length and 18 miles wide and in some spots as deep as 6,093 feet, the Grand Canyon is one of the World's biggest attractions and a must-see if you are visiting the U.S. It is accessible from Las Vegas and Phoenix. Since it is outdoors, the risk of contracting the virus is significantly lower, even if there are crowds of tourists.
San Francisco is a vibrant city close to Silicon Valley and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Look at iconic Golden Gate Bridge, visit infamous Alcatraz prison, or just enjoying charming streets and extraordinary cuisine in the city. Ride in a Cable Car that dates to 1873 is a must, and you could visit Chinatown or Fisherman's Wharf.
City of lights, fun, and gambling in the middle of the Nevada desert is a mix of world-class accommodation and cuisine, best casinos, and some of the greatest music shows. Do not miss on adrenaline attractions like the ride on the Stratosphere Tower or the High Roller observation wheel. You could just stroll through the strip, play slot games, or try your luck in poker or blackjack. Options are endless, and a visit to the Las Vegas comes with an asterisk "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. "
Savannah is a smaller, laid-back southern town with old-style architecture. You can explore southern mansions, take a walk on a waterfront, or walk under giant moss-covered trees in many of the town's parks. Savannah is a trendy tourist place with a rich bar and restaurant offering and a special atmosphere.
The Rocky Mountains are home to some of the most exciting natural wonders. Magical landscapes in Moab, Utah, are the perfect getaway. You could enjoy a sunset in Dead Horse Point State Park, see giant stone Arches in organized jeep tours, or visit Canyonlands on a raft. The landscape is fantastic, and you will be in awe of nature.
Florida is a sunshine state with endless beaches and a warm climate throughout the year. Miami is the capital city. The clash of cultures reflects on a vibrant nightlife and rich cuisine. Miami is more than that. It offers a rich cultural heritage, museums, and arts. You can also use the city as a hub for a visit to other parts of Florida like Everglades, Orlando, Tampa, Key Biscayne. Disneyland is also a significant attraction in Florida.
If you like to eat, New Orleans is a place to visit. The best time to visit is from December to May, but all year-round city offers street music and performers, extraordinary Creole, and Cajun cuisine. Walk around the impressive French Quarter or come in February and enjoy Mardi Gras festivities.
Yosemite National Park is one of the country’s most immense natural treasures. Yosemite Falls and Half Dome are perhaps the biggest attractions. El Capitan is a massive 3,000 feet rock on the north side of the valley, while Tunnel View is probably the most memorable sight where high rocks surround the valley from both sides with Bridal veil Fall enhancing the view on the left.
Glacier National Park
More than 700 lakes, many waterfalls and mountain ranges cover enormous national parks on the border of Canada, and the U.S. Spectacular views, historic Going to the Sun Road, and rich wildlife are among the top attractions of this remote and spectacular place.
Getting a Visa
For touristic visits to the U.S., you will need to get the ESTA approval, or electronic system for the travel authorization, and there is a straightforward application process you must satisfy. But, since the outbreak of COVID-19, this process has been suspended. For now, there is no possibility of international travel to the U.S. unless you are a U.S. citizen. Still, hopefully, this will change in accordance to the weakening of the pandemic.
Our Top 10 list is just scratching the surface. The United States has so much more to offer to the visitors, whether you want to explore vibrant cities or remote wilderness. You could visit some of the 62 national parks, have breakfast at the diner, sleep by the road in the motel, or find your own itinerary beyond notable attractions and famous places.