Get Pinspired: 2016 All-American Travel Inspiration

This year, both Mil and I are trying to save money, which can cramp one’s travel plans. Rather than bemoan the absence of an exotic trip on this year’s agenda, I’ve set my sights on a few stateside destinations. There are so many unbelievable places to see across the country, some of which are woefully overlooked. Here’s my shortlist of must-visit American destinations for 2016.

Oneonta Gorge Oregon The Emerald Canyon American Road Trip

Oneonta Gorge is located in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. It’s close enough to Portland to make for a great add-on adventure to a visit to the city.


Grand Canyon Arizona American Road Trip

It seems like every year I pitch a trip to the Grand Canyon to Nick, but we never make a trip happen. This picture of Horseshoe Bend is enough to push me to recommit.


conde naste biltmore estate asheville north carolina american roadtrip

Asheville, North Carolina is home to one of the few American castles: Biltmore Estate. It’s basically as close to Downton Abbey as I may get this year, and I’m more than ok with that!


Charleston South Carolina American Road trip

Mil and I have been talking for a while about taking a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. She would fit right in amongst the historic homes and classic southern belles!


Santa Fe New Mexico American Road Trip

The Southwest has some unbelievable geology. So much red rock! Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument reminds me a bit of Cappadocia in Turkey – otherworldly.


New Orleans Louisiana American Road Trip

The French Quarter in New Orleans is probably on everyone’s bucket list, so no surprise here. As you know, I’m not a drinker so I’ll probably be avoiding Mardi Gras season.


What are your 2016 travel plans? Local road trips or long distance adventures? If you’re looking for travel inspiration, I suggest you check out our “Take me Away” Pinterest board with these ideas and more.


8 responses

  1. You have shown some amazing places! Good Luck with your travel plans. If you come North of the border, Vancouver and Whistler make for a great destination anytime of the year!

  2. I want to visit all of these ASAP, especially Charleston. And I didn’t realize Oneonta Gorge was so close to Portland! Nice!

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