Three states took the lead as the places U.S. travelers most want to see according to a hospitality and travel marketing firm. Each year MMGY Global surveys residents in the United States to learn more about their travel plans. These are the top two United States travel destinations named in the Portrait of American Travelers study. These are the states many people want to visit within the next couple of years.

California

Whether you fly or drive to California, this popular United States travel destination has a bucket list attraction in every corner of the state. Head north to the scenic beauty found in the Redwood National and State Parks. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails that hug the coast and others that climb to heights of 3,000 feet.

The parks where you find the towering redwoods have campgrounds, but hotels are a short drive away. Stay in Mckinleyville at the Arcata/Eureka Holiday Inn Express. A room or suite here puts you about 10 minutes from Patrick’s Point State Park and 20 minutes from the Gold Rush town Eureka. Eureka is home to a commercial area that dates back to the Victorian ages. Spend some time exploring the art galleries, historic monuments, and museums.

Make Sacramento your next stop. The capital city is packed with restaurants that offer the farm-to-table experience. It’s actually home to an annual Farm-to-Fork Festival where hundreds come to sample dishes made with local meats, cheeses, and produce. Sacramento is also a main attraction when it comes to local wines and beers. Farm-to-Fork is a free festival, so you won’t want to miss it. If you’re not around when the festival takes place in September, there’s still plenty to do. Head to a museum, ride a bike in the bike-friendly city, or spend a day shopping. With popular hotel chains like Holiday Inn and Quality Inn located within Sacramento, the range of room rates is exceptional.

San Francisco is a key attraction thanks to the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and often photographed cable cars. Head over Alcatraz Island and see where the prisoners were held before returning to San Francisco’s Chinatown for amazing cuisine. Spend a day at the wharf to sample chocolates, watch the sea lions, and eat plenty of seafood. When it comes to San Francisco hotels, you have a range from the affordable Days Inn San Francisco Downtown Civic Center Area to the luxurious Fairmont Heritage Place at Ghirardelli Square.

The beaches outside Los Angeles and San Diego deserve your time, but don’t miss Hollywood when you’re in L.A. Head south to San Diego and spend time in the Gaslamp District. These two cities are a distance from each other and well worth a few days of exploration. Spend the day at Disneyland and pick one of the resort hotels where you’ll be close to the fun. In Los Angeles, you’ll want to climb to see the famous Hollywood Sign, go to see the Hollywood Walk of Stars, and then head to Santa Monica Beach and explore the sands, surf, aquarium, and pier. Once you’re in San Diego, you’re close to the Mexican border. This is likely going to be your stopping point, if you started from the north. Book a room at Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station and rest up before you travel home.

Florida

There are a few things you don’t want to miss in Florida. Start in the northern part of the state. Tallahassee is the capital and home of both Florida A&M and Florida State University. There are shops to explore and foods to eat. Don’t overlook the golf courses in and around Tallahassee. There are many, including the picturesque Hilaman Golf Course on Blair Stone Road. Pensacola is another northern city, and this one is a must for beach lovers. Pensacola Beach is on a thin barrier island with some of the longest stretches of sand you’ll find. The northeastern side of the state is home to Jacksonville, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Catch a football game at EverBank Field during football season before heading south to other cities.

In the center of Florida sits Orlando. This is a must-stop U.S. travel destination as it is home to some of the nation’s famous theme parks. Not only is Orlando where you’ll find Disneyworld, but it’s home to Universal where you’ll find Jurassic Park Discovery Center, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Stay at Universal Orlando Resort and be in the heart of the entertainment.

Head southwest and arrive in Tampa. Tampa is home to Busch Gardens. It’s also a cultural paradise with historic neighborhoods, plenty of museums, and many nightclubs and restaurants. St. Petersburg is right across the bay if you want to visit the Dali Museum.

Miami Beach is known as being a spot for the beautiful beach-goer, but don’t let that keep you from visiting. This vibrant city has some of the greatest restaurants around. The Art Deco buildings in Miami are breathtaking. Use this National Geographic Art Deco guide to help you find the Art Deco buildings you don’t want to miss. The beaches are also some of the best in the world. Royal Palm Resort is an Art Deco hotel with ocean views and cheap Miami room rates. If you want something a little more upscale, the historic Fontainebleau Miami Beach is definitely appealing. It’s home to a spa, multiple bars and restaurants, and is incredibly close to the Miami Beach Boardwalk.
Each year, these two hot United States travel destinations see millions of visitors. Beat the crowds and book your California hotels and accommodations in Florida today. Reservation Counter helps you get the lowest possible rate by comparing prices across a number of pricing engines. This leaves more money in your wallet for sightseeing and souvenirs.