Where I’ve been in the U.S.:
The United States is my home country, and one that I really do love traveling in. The U.S. is so large and so diverse that you could travel here for years and still not see everything. From incredible national parks to cool cities to some of the best road trips in the world, the United States has it all.
I make it a point to plan at least one or two big trips in the U.S. each year in order to explore more of my own country, which is why you’ll find so much USA content on my blog!
United States quick facts
Population: 323 million
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Capital city: Washington, D.C.
Country size: 3.8 million square miles
High season: Summer, especially in national parks and large cities
Getting around in the United States
The best way to fully experience the USA is by road trip. There are so many places to visit outside of the major cities, and having a car gives you the freedom to stop as often as you want. The highway system in the US is very good; all cities are well-connected, and the condition of roads is generally good.
If driving isn’t something you feel comfortable doing in the United States, flying is probably the second-best way to get around. Multiple airlines service every corner of the country, including budget airlines like JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier, though flying within the U.S. is still pretty expensive.
The U.S. also has a train system (Amtrak) and long-distance bus options like Greyhound and Megabus, but trains can be expensive and buses give you very little flexibility.
Where to stay in the USA
The good news about accommodation in the U.S. is that there’s a LOT of it. You can find hotels, motels, and B&Bs of all types and in all price ranges. The only things you won’t find many of in the United States are hostels – they exist in larger cities, but not usually in smaller ones.
If you like staying in Airbnbs when you travel, be sure to check on the legality of it in the city you’re visiting. Airbnb is illegal in many large US cities (like New York and San Francisco), even though you can still find listings on the site.
United States content
Here are all the posts I’ve written about traveling in the U.S., arranged by state. Below, you can find posts listed from newest to oldest.
DOs and DON’Ts on a Great American Road Trip
25 Awesome Photos of the United States
The Amazing American Southwest in Photos
A Perfect 10-Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary
13 Adventures to Add to Your U.S. Bucket List
Road Trip ’11 — My 10 Favorite Road Trip Stops
6 Alternative Stops on a Road Trip in the American Southwest
My Favorite National Park Service Sites (That Aren’t National Parks)
Highlights from a Week in the Old South
A Weekend Getaway to Niagara Falls
Flying High Over Niagara Falls
In Photos: The Glaciers of Alaska
I Kissed a Moose and I Liked It — Animal Encounters in Alaska
Ice, Ice, Baby — Glacier Hiking in Alaska
The Legend of Kaats and Why Ketchikan is so Rainy
Photo Essay: Wild Alaska
Highlights of Juneau, Alaska
Visiting Skagway on an Alaskan Cruise
An Ode to San Francisco Street Art
The Neighborhoods of San Francisco
The Best Views of San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge: Still Awesome at 75
The Lazy Person’s Way to Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
Go Wild on an Urban Safari
Photo Essay: San Francisco Chinatown
The Two Sides of Alcatraz
Photo Essay: Yosemite National Park
Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park in One Day
Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
Universal Orlando: Which of Its 3 Theme Parks Should You Visit?
A Couples’ Long Weekend Getaway to Orlando with Spirit Airlines
Holidays at Universal Orlando: 3 Things You Can’t Miss
5 Awesome Things to do in Crystal River, Florida
Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River
Up Close With Dinosaurs in the Everglades
A Complete Guide to Ocala, Florida
Finding Old Florida in Apalachicola
The Beach I’m Not Supposed to Tell You About
The Best Things to Do in Panama City Beach
The Things I Learned in Hawaii
10 Beautiful Hawaiian Beaches — Oahu
A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Pearl Harbor
Paying My Respects at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
The Best of Oahu, Hawaii in Photos
The Day I ALMOST Swam With Sharks
Under the Sea: Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, Hawaii
Ka’a’awa Valley: Where the Cows and the Dinosaurs Roam (A movie sites tour)
A Hint of Asia in Hawaii — Byodo-in Temple
Does it Have to be Authentic to be Educational? — Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center
Using the Bus to Get Around Honolulu
A Couples’ Weekend Getaway to Chicago
3 Reasons Why Buying a CityPASS in Chicago is Worth It
Chicago Pizza Smackdown: Gino’s East vs. Giordano’s
Pizza, Pizza Everywhere – An Outing with Chicago Pizza Tours
Chicago Tower Smackdown: Willis Skydeck vs. Hancock Observatory
A Fall Photo Tour of Chicago
Chicago From the Water
Put-in-Bay: Wait, This Place is in Ohio?
Biking the Lake Erie Islands
Cuyahoga Valley: Ohio’s Only National Park
How to Spend 48 Hours in Cincinnati
A Butler County Bucket List
A Day in Yellow Springs — Ohio’s Hippie Enclave
5 Reasons to Visit Ohio in the Fall
Weekend Travel Guide to Northwest Ohio
The Hocking Hills: The Prettiest Part of Ohio You’ve Never Heard Of
21 Photos That Will Make You Want to Plan a Trip to Oregon Right Now
Hiking a Ridge Called Misery (Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock State Park)
Which of Portland’s Top Attractions are Actually Worth It?
The Mighty 5: Utah’s Stunning National Parks
A Foggy, Soggy Day at Bryce Canyon National Park
I Hiked to Angels Landing and Didn’t Die!
5 Things to Do in Zion National Park That Don’t Involve Hiking
Iconic Utah: Delicate Arch at Sunset
Photos From Arches National Park
Monument Valley: A Must-Visit in the American Southwest
Travel Guide: See, Do & Eat in St. George, Utah
Utah: America’s Most Beautiful State?