1. Palm Springs, California
An oasis of style, with an arid mountain backdrop, rows of towering palms and sleek 1950s architecture.
2. Charleston, South Carolina
America’s first museum and theater, historic plantation gardens and Southern dining at its best in subtropical Charleston.
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Miles of sand and surf to enjoy, heritage sites and state parks to explore, and a hotel-lined boardwalk to stroll along.
4. Ocean City, Maryland
Why visit? Busy boardwalks, an eight mile beach, amusement parks and an ice-skating rink.
5. Austin, Texas
Why visit? An outpost of alternative culture with an eclectic range of music venues, festivals, galleries and theaters.
6. New Orleans
Dixieland jazz, laid-back locals, cherished architecture and a distinctive French flair.
7. Washington, D.C.
National treasures, American history and international politics take center stage in the U.S. capital city.
Majestic mountains for skiing in winter and hiking in summer, outdoor adventures and cultural attractions.