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More to the USA than New York! Lonely Planet top US desinations

I may be a little biased since I live in the country, but the United States has some pretty neat places to see. And I am not just talking about Disneyland and Times Square. Though, I’ve been to both places and would go back in a heartbeat. There are other hidden gems in the U.S. that are worth a visit and those gems are also listed on the latest ranking from Lonely Planet.
A few months ago, I wrote about Lonely Planet’s rankings for the top travel destinations for 2016. Number 3 on that list was the United States (USA! USA! USA). Now, the same company has released its top recommendations of must-see places in the U.S. And no, Disneyland did not make the list. Either did Times Square, Hawaii or Miami. In fact, I was surprised with Lonely Planet’s recommendations initially. You would think that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida would be at least #10 on the list. Instead, Lonely Planet selected places that are off the beaten path so-to-speak. But the more I looked into these places, the more I loved Lonely Planet’s recommendations. 
Number 1 on the list is the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia is rich in history and cheese steak sandwiches. And who doesn’t love philly cheese steak sandwiches?  The city will also host the 2016 Democratic National Convention and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original “Rocky” movie. Visitors can also check out the National Constitution Center, the famous Liberty Bell, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum.  
Just outside of Philadelphia, International Vacation Home Exchange members can enjoy an adorable cottage about 50 miles west of the city. The cottage is in the historic Lancaster County. This area of Pennsylvania is also worth the visit.

Here is the Lonely Planet’s Best in the United States for 2016.
Natchez, Mississippi
San Antonio, Texas
Southern New Mexico
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
International Vacation Home Exchange has properties in many of these locations, simply contact us for more information. As always, safe travels.

Thank you to travel writer Carla Pruitt. You can follow Carla on Twitter at @crobscarla 


  1. Carla - It's nice to see a list of some of the out of the way places. I must add a resounding Yes to Yellowstone--it's somewhere everyone should visit at least once.

  2. Hello carla-- Thanks for sharing this useful list. i saw San Antonio, Texas and its a very attractive .i would give a suggestion to all that everyone should visit.

    1. I know personally, San Antonio is on my travel wish list. My husband has been and loves the city! :)


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