United States Travel Guide - Tips for Visitors

Depending on what you want to see and do, there are many great places to visit in the United States. Choose from city getaways such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago where you can go shopping, visit museums and taste a variety of different cuisines at city restaurants. If you are looking for places to relax surrounded by nature, there are many getaways to choose from depending on where you live.

U.S. Cities

Some of our favorite East Coast getaways include New York City, romantic inns in Vermont and coastal hotels in Maine. There is little that you can't do in New York, whether you want to visit a museum, a national landmark, a beautiful park or a famous Broadway show. Stay in Times Square if you want to be in the middle of all of the action, surrounded by neon signs and thousands of people. Or pick a more quiet hotel near Central Park, such as the Pierre or the Mark. Spend a weekend in New York City dining out, going to see a play, and shopping.

San Francisco is known for its diverse dining, shopping and art. Head to Big Sur for spectacular views of the coast or to Napa and Sonoma for wine tasting and relaxing spas. The upscale Mandarin Oriental San Francisco provides a great base from which to explore the city. Guest rooms offer spectacular city views from floors 38 and up. Doubles from $349 per night.

There is always something new to see and do in Las Vegas, whether it's a hot new hotel, show or a restaurant by a famous chef. Trump International has luxury suites with kitchens and city views. The Bellagio is famous for its dining, shopping and the dancing fountains in front of the hotel. Spa Bellagio measures 65,000 square feet in size, featuring Zen-like contemporary architecture and spa treatments from Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Bali.

Country Inns

Vermont is quite famous for its beautiful fall foliage. There is a choice of smaller inns as well as larger resorts, such as the Woodstock Inn & Resort or the Equinox which has an indoor pool, a spa, golf course, tennis, an off-road driving school and more.

Winters in the Adirondacks, are very romantic. Stay at the Lake Placid Lodge where you can take dog sled rides, go ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Luxury rooms at the Pitcher Inn are furnished in unique style with relaxing jacuzzi tubs. Ask for one of the rooms with a wood burning fireplace. The Mountain Room features a mural with a 360-degree view of the Green Mountains which you can admire from your king-size bed. Room rates start at $375 per night. Read more about the Pitcher Inn, browse image galleries. and plan your weekend getaway.

Set on a 280-acre estate with three private lakes, Canoe Bay offers couples privacy and just 19 guest accommodations. Activities include snowshoeing, cross-country trails, and relaxing with in-room spa treatments.

For a weekend of fine wine and delicious eats, head to the Carneros Inn in Napa, California. Weekend rates from $520. Ask about seasonal specials in the winter.

Plan a weekend trip to the Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino, 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Enjoy scenic ocean views, and fireplaces in each guest room.

Fearrington House in North Carolina is a AAA Five Diamond getaway with a fabulous restaurant and individually furnished guest rooms. Canopied beds, original art and antiques contribute to a sophisticated romantic atmosphere.

Beach Getaways in the U.S.

Florida is popular in the winter months, featuring sandy shores and balmy weather. South Beach is famous for people watching, nightclubs and great restaurants. More secluded spots include private islands and smaller hotels.

The Hawaiian islands offers year-round warm tropical climate, beautiful sunsets and many activities. You can plan a secluded getaway in Hawaii, or pick a spot with shopping and many restaurants. Oahu has plenty to choose from, including surfing, diving, family-friendly and cultural attractions. Pick a hotel in Waikiki to be close to all the action, or stay at the Turtle Bay Resort on the more secluded North shore.Head to Honolulu if you are looking for a wide variety of activities, restaurants and beachfront hotels. Maui, the Big Island and Kauai are quieter than Waikiki, and offer beautiful scenery, a choice of accommodations and activities.

California offers many great getaway, from Napa and Sonoma to fun cities like San Francisco and San Diego. The Resort at Pelican Hill is a romantic spot with golf, spa and scenic views. Shutters on the Beach is set right on the shore in Santa Monica and displays a beautiful art collection throughout the hotel.

If you are planning a trip to Florida, choose from places like the Florida Keys, Miami and others. The state is home to many beautiful spas, golf courses and sandy shoreline. Check into the Sunset Key Cottages for a romantic trip with five star service.

Ski Destinations

Stay at the ski-in/ski-out Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Whether you like to ski, snowboard or soak in a heated outdoor pool, this mountain getaway is a perfect winter stress buster. Rates from per night $348. Ask about the ski-free winter special.

Plan a trip to Colorado this winter and stay at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, with ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is another great hotel in Beaver Creak, offering fireplaces in many rooms and a 21,000-square-foot spa. The St. Regis Aspen has a luxurious spa with 15 treatment rooms and a specially designed couples room. Warm up in the sauna after a day of on the slopes, take a yoga class, and work out in the fitness center.