Visiting Parents

Top 50 Places to Visit in USA for Parents


(Last Updated On: October 31, 2018)

Are you creating a travel itinerary with your parents who will be visiting US for the first time?

Here is a list of fifty best places in US for parents to visit:

  • Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is the oldest city and one of the original 13 colonies in the state of Georgia. The city boasts of a rich culture and a fabulous architecture. Plan a day in the well-manicured parks and enjoy horse-drawn carriages, to get that old-world feel. You could also target the Savannah Music Festival.

  • Boston, Massachusetts

A city that played a pivotal role in the American Revolution that led to the freedom of 13 North American colonies from the British Empire, Boston has to be in your travel list. Take a stroll in the famous Museum of Fine Arts or plan a visit to the Boston National Historical Park.

  • Miami, Florida

With plenty of spectacular beaches, amazing restaurants, unique culture and rocking nightlife; who can say no to a visit to Miami, Florida. You can enjoy sun-bathing or just laze around.

  • Los Angeles, Southern California

Time for some shopping in Beverly Hills and enjoying fusion food on the LA streets. This is the city where you might get to spot some famous Hollywood stars around. Have a look at the marvelous Hollywood sign or plan a visit to the Walt Disney Concert Hall or The Dolby Theatre. Take a majestic view of the LA Basin on the Griffith Observatory.

  • Yellowstone National Park

One of the oldest national parks in US; Yellowstone is located on the Yellowstone Caldera, the continent’s largest active super volcano. The park features more than 450 fantastic geysers, unmatched wildlife and mesmerizing landscapes and mountains. A kaleidoscope of colors at the Grand Prismatic Spring is a breath-taking view.

  • Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is one of the oldest and largest cities of South Carolina. The town is known for its well-preserved architecture and warm and hospitable people. Visit the beautiful Huguenot Church or be a part of the vibrant theatre scene in the city.

  • San Francisco

You simply can’t miss the iconic sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Visit San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or simply enjoy the beautiful view of the bay and sun-bathing seals.

  • Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. This place is famous for its Glacier Points, Half Dome and John Muir Trail. There are many organized tours, photography and art classes which attract tourists from around the world. A place to tick off from your bucket-list would be the 3000-foot granite rock El Capitan

  • Seattle

A city with a laid back vibe; Seattle boasts a diverse population. Here, you can enjoy peaceful moments at a large number of restaurants and coffee shops; especially the Pike Place Market.  Active seniors can find a lot of outdoor activities too.

  • Big Sur, California

How do you like the idea of a road trip in US? If you do, then there cannot be a better place than Big Sur; a scenic driving stretch between San Simeon and Carmel in California.

  • Las Vegas

Situated in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is world famous for its hotels, casinos, food and drink options and vibrant nightlife.  Enjoy the beautiful fountain shows with music and lights.

  • Hawaii Islands

The state of Hawaii flaunts eight islands Niihau, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii. The place is known for its exotic flora and fauna. Enjoy the multi-cultural cuisine or a plan for the Hawaii International Film Festival.

  • Alaskan Cruise

Alaska is popular for its gushing streams, rugged hills and undisturbed wildlife. Be part of an Alaskan cruise which runs from late April to September to have a thrilling experience.

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital of the US state of New Mexico. It is famous for its farmer’s market, Santa Fe plaza, Canyon road and more. Experience one of the Santa Fe Opera productions, held between the late June and August each year.

  • The Island of St. John, Virgin Islands

One of the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea in US, the island of St. John is a perfect destination for diving, hiking, snorkeling and fishing. But you can enjoy beautiful sunsets at Turtle Bay or opt for one of the day excursion trips to neighboring islands.

  • Green Valley, Arizona

Visit Titan Missile museum, Desert Meadows Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Quail Creek Country Club in Green valley area of Arizona.

  • Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada valley in California. Spend your time appreciating the majestic peaks of the surrounding mountains. If you are interested in learning skiing, it is an ideal place to do that in the winters.

  • Key West, Florida

Key West is an island city in Florida with the cleanest beaches where you can enjoy amazing boat tours. Do not forget to visit famous author Ernest Hemingway’s house, where descendants of his seven-toed pet cat still roam around.

  • Sedona

A desert in Arizona; Sedona is a spectacular place worth visiting. The area is known for the spectacular arrays of red sandstone formations that glow in sunlight.

  • Denver

The mile-high city boasts of a very interesting combination of outdoor adventure and urban sophistication. See the famous art districts and experience the active pop, jazz and classical music scene.

These were 20 of the most attractive destinations in the US. Some other worthy destinations include:

  1. Asheville
  2. Breckenridge, Colorado
  3. New York City
  4. Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim
  5. San Diego, California
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Washington DC
  8. Sonoma, California
  9. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
  10. Philadelphia
  11. Calgary, Alberta
  12. Plant City, Florida
  13. Ashland, Oregon
  14. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  15. Springdale, Utah
  16. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  17. Bar Harbor, Maine
  18. Montreal, Quebec
  19. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  20. Powell’s City of Books, Oregon
  21. Millennium Park, Chicago
  22. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
  23. Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
  24. Balboa Park, San Diego
  25. Glacier National Park, Montana
  26. Zion National Park, Utah
  27. Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
  28. Honolulu, Oahu
  29. Cadillac Mountain, Maine
  30. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia

Always remember to check the temperatures and weather conditions of the places you plan to visit. Some of these destinations have harsh winters, where temperatures can plummet as low as -10 degrees Celsius.


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