Top 10 All-American Trips - Brownell Travel

Top 10 All-American Trips


We’re taking you across the US with these 10 All-American Trips. These spots showcase all that America has to offer, from the glaciers in Alaska to the rugged Pacific coastline to the everglades. So pack a bag, and leave your passport at home—these trips are all in our very own U. S. of A.!

1. Alaska

Often referred to as “The Last Frontier”, Alaska is truly one of America’s hidden gems. The vast, unrivaled beauty of this state must be seen in person—photos simply won’t do it justice. Whether you experience Alaska by sea on a cruise or by land, the awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife will captivate you and leave you ready to plan your return trip.

Where to Stay: Plan an Alaskan expedition with Lindblad Expeditions 

2. New Orleans

The “Big Easy” may be known for Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, but this classic Southern city dripping with French-influence offers so much more. The cuisine and culture in New Orleans is unlike any others. Head to Magazine Street (after beignets at Café Du Monde, of course) for fabulous shopping and then dine at delicious restaurants like Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace and Peche. For family fun, check out the Audubon Park and Zoo, Jackson Square, and The National WWII Museum.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

3. New York

When you think of America, you can’t help but think of New York City. The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park—the list of landmarks goes on and on. With a myriad of things to see and do the Big Apple appeals to families, girlfriend getaways, couple’s trips, and more. The restaurant scene is on point (see our restaurant list here), there are plenty of sporting events to watch, and the shopping might just be the best in the world.

Where to Stay: Crosby Street Hotel, St. Regis New York, The Peninsula New York, The Whitby

4. Jackson Hole, WY

Combine the Old West cowboys with nature-lovers, fishing enthusiasts and billionaires and you get Jackson Hole. The rugged peaks of the Tetons jut out from the surrounding prairies, creating a photo-ready landscape wherever you are. For the adventure lover, go rafting on the Snake River in the summer or ski down some of the steep slopes in the winter. The summer also offers countless hikes, bike-riding through Teton National Park (stop at Dornan’s for pizza after your ride!), horseback riding, fly-fishing and the Jackson Hole Rodeo. And while you’re there try local cuisine, like a bison burger!

Where to Stay: The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Amagani

5. Nashville, TN

Nashville – home to the Grand ol’ Opry, honkytonks, and country music – is having a serious moment right now. With countless restaurants that range from fine dining to casual fare you can eat your way around Tennessee’s capital. Hot spots include Loveless Motel and Café, Arnold’s, Josephine, Margot, and Rolf & Daughters. Besides dining, tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, shop in the local boutiques, and explore The Parthenon. For the history buffs, visit the Hermitage, which was home to America’s 7th president Andrew Jackson. And no trip is complete without visiting the honkytonks and karaoke bars on Broadway (and who knows—you might have a celeb sighting!).

Where to Stay: Noelle Nashville, The Hermitage Hotel Nashville

6. California Coast

Grab a friend and take a drive down California’s rugged coast. Whether you start in San Francisco, San Diego, or somewhere in between, a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway showcases the beauty of the West Coast. Plan plenty of time to enjoy the sites and towns and don’t rush from one to the next. Highlights along the way include: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara.

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Post Ranch Inn (in Big Sur), Belmond El Encanto (Santa Barbara), and the Beverly Hills Hotel

7. Philadelphia, PA

We can’t mention America without bringing in Philadelphia—it was where the Declaration of Independence was signed, after all. Philadelphia is a perfect spot for a domestic family getaway, especially if there is a history buff in the group. Tour Independence Hall to see where the magic happened, and don’t forget to stop by the Liberty Bell across the street (you can’t miss it!). Less than half a mile from Independence Hall is the US Mint where you can do a free self-guided tour. After all that American history, treat yourself to a Philly Cheese Steak at Pat’s or Geno’s (just don’t mess up ordering it!).

Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

8. Florida Keys

For this All-American destination, we’re heading south…waaay south to the southernmost point in the United States: the Florida Keys. You can make a trip to the Keys as active (think: scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing) or as relaxing (think: spas and lounging on the beach) as you want. In Key West, you’ll find the actual southernmost point, Ernest Hemingway’s home, and the most authentic key lime pie (for the best, we recommend having a towering slice at Blue Heaven).

Where to stay: Casa Marina (A Waldorf Astoria)

9. Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA

Just 2 hours apart, these two historic cities radiate with Southern charm. Charleston’s vibrant food scene has put it on the map. Husk, FIG, Magnolias, The Ordinary, and The Hominy Grill are all musts. There are also great antique shops to search for a hidden gem, and the historic tours are not to be missed. To the south, the Spanish moss hangs from the towering live oaks welcoming you to Savannah. Broughton Street and the nearby streets are to go-to spot for shopping (don’t miss The Paris Market!). Savannah also boasts fabulous restaurants, like B. Matthews Eatery, Back in the Day Bakery, The Olde Pink House, and the Sundae Café. And a visit to the setting for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil wouldn’t be complete without a ghost tour.

Where to Stay: Belmond Charleston Place, Perry Lane Hotel (Savannah)

10. Washington D.C.

An All-American destination list wouldn’t be complete without our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. There are countless historic sites and museums to explore, so wear your walking shoes. Don’t miss the Newseum, an interactive museum covering news and journalism. In addition to history, DC has plenty of shopping in Georgetown and tasty restaurants throughout the city. Founding Farmers is a perfect spot to fuel up at brunch before exploring the monuments and museums.

Where to Stay: Rosewood Washington DC, The Hay-Adams