There is so much to be said for overseas travel. Traveling outside of your comfort zone gives you the opportunity to explore a different culture; the air somehow smells different, the vibrancy of different countries can delight and inspire you. In comparison, the idea of traveling within the US can feel a little… pedestrian.
The reality is somewhat different. One of the best things about the US is how it is less of an overall country, and more 50 individual countries loosely locked together. From the wilds of Alaska to the heat of Arizona, there is something to be discovered wherever you happen to go.
So the next time you feel yourself itching to travel, but your finances insist you don’t venture far from home, where could you go? Where in the US is good enough, bright enough, exciting enough, to entice you? If you’re stuck for answers, then here’s a few options that might appeal…
The Floridian Gulf Cities
For many people, Florida just means Disney and very little else– but you’d be surprised how much the state has to offer. While everyone knows about the wonders of Miami, you can be a little more adventurous and venture to one of the Gulf cities. If you go to this site, it becomes clear the Gulf offers a range of choices from Panama City and its famous boardwalk, through to the quieter Destin and its natural reserves.
If you like glitz, a little glamor, and want to try something off the beaten path, then the cities along the Gulf of Mexico are a fantastic choice.
One of the great delights of exploring foreign countries is being able to immerse yourself in the history of the place– so why not spend some time learning about US history? There’s no better place for a journey back in time than Philadelphia, one of the oldest cities in the US. There’s the famous Liberty Bell to visit, and you’re near enough to daytrip to Gettysburg, where you can browse the museums and display pieces from the infamous Civil War battle of the same name. Philadelphia is the cradle of US history, and could make for an interesting trip for even the most experienced of world travelers.
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina
There are times in life when you just want to get away from it all, escape back into nature, and destress yourself from the busyness of everyday life. On the US mainland, there’s nowhere better to do this than with a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. This subrange of the Appalachian mountains is the perfect place to relax and recuperate. There’s plenty of activities to enjoy, or you can take your time to explore the wildlife before returning to one of the many wood cabins available for rent. You’ll also be treated to some of the most spectacular sunsets that the entire US has to offer.
So when your heart says “travel” and your budget says “not far, though”, then hopefully the above will give you some ideas. The US has plenty to offer, and while it may not be quite as exotic as travels overseas, experiencing the country can help to satisfy your wanderlust— for awhile, at least.