With 50 states to choose from, all with a different feel, the United States offers something for everyone. From rugged mountains to sandy beaches to vast farmlands, each state has its own beauty.
In this list of the best states to visit, we have compiled 15 great states (in no specific order). With so much to offer, the states on this list are perfect for a first time visit, or a visit for the umpteenth time. Who knows, your perfect trip might be just around the corner!
Home to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is known for being progressive and outdoorsy. Visitors can enjoy fantastic skiing, fresh air, great hiking, a happening nightlife in Denver and Boulder, and year-round sporting activities.
An off the radar location until recent years, North Dakota is more than just oil. Located just east of Montana, North Dakota offers excellent hunting and fishing, as well as funky towns full of unique boutiques and eateries. A vibrant Native American culture also adds to the appeal.
Virginia is for lovers, and it should also be for you as well. Filled with history, the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, caverns, theme parks, and so much more, it is a must visit. Along with having so many great sites and attractions to visit, it is also right next to the nation’s capital. This means that you will be able to hop over there for a day or two as well.
Quintessential New England, Massachusetts offers quaint seaside towns, as well as bustling city life. With seafood, beaches, greenery, and history galore, the small state of Massachusetts is big on personality. History buffs will especially love all the colonial history that Massachusetts offers.
With six unique islands to choose from, Hawaii is an exceptional state. From world-class beaches to volcanoes to lush rainforests, Hawaii offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking for peace and tranquility or fun and adventure, Hawaii is perfect for visitors of all ages.
Montana is the land of open spaces. It is the fourth largest state but only has the 44th largest population. This leaves open opportunities for exploring a land that is still untouched by civilization. With some of the most breathtaking views in the 50 states and even the world, Montana is absolutely worth a visit.
Famous for its rolling hills, bourbon, and horses, Kentucky is perfect for families and individuals. The adventurous types will really enjoy Kentucky – top-notch caving, hiking, and biking abound here. In between all the activities, be sure to check out some of Kentucky’s stellar food and sports scenes.
The fact that the Grand Canyon is located in Arizona makes it worth a visit all on its own. Outside the Grand Canyon though, there are still so many amazing places to visit. There is the Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, and a more civilized option in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
With rolling hills and a temperate climate, North Carolina makes for an ideal getaway. The Biltmore Estate is located here, but if mansions aren’t your thing, North Carolina also offers a number of private and picturesque cabin rentals. Add in happening cities like Raleigh and Charlotte, and there is something for both the country lover and city lover.
Rugged and unspoiled, Wyoming is the perfect place to get away from it all. Famous parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton allow visitors hours of enjoyment. Additionally, a host of outdoor activities, as well as lodging, make Wyoming an ideal spot to visit.
The Oregon coast is one of the most breathtaking places in the world. Throw the quirky and fun city of Portland into the mix, and Oregon is the perfect place to get breathtaking views, great food, an eclectic shopping scene, and stellar hiking trails.
Boasting some of the best beaches in the world, Florida is a haven for sun worshipers. Popular attractions like Disney World and Busch Gardens also make Florida a very family friendly spot to visit. World class dining and shopping also add to Florida’s appeal. For a more in-depth look at the beaches in Florida, checkout our list of the best beaches in Florida.
With a great climate and range of topography, California has something for everyone. Iconic sites like Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Coronado Island offer something for every member of the family. And, don’t forget about scenic Highway 1 which is one of the most picturesque drives in the world.
New York is a must-see, not just for NYC, the largest city in the United States, but also for its idyllic countryside and wineries. For both the city and the countryside, check out New York in the early fall where colorful fall foliage is sure to awe and inspire.
The largest state in the continental US, Texas is home to great sports teams, fantastic food, and a surprisingly diverse culture. Be sure to check out coastal Texas, especially multicultural Houston which boasts a space program and great nightlife.
Best States to Visit Conclusion
We could’ve found something in all 50 states that would be worth visiting, but unfortunately, we needed to narrow the list down a little more than that. We hope that this list of the best states to visit will inspire you to travel and visit some of these great places.
If you take a trip to one of these great states, we would love to know how your trip went in the comments below!