Forget Globetrotting. Here Are 6 Compelling Reasons to Vacation in America.

This is a big, beautiful world, and if you like to take vacations (and who doesn’t?), there’s no shortage of exciting destinations to explore. If budget and time were no object, many of us would spend all of our days exploring the globe. The romance of eating a baguette on the Seine, hiking in the Andes, or laying on the beach sipping drinks from a coconut in a tropical island paradise are all very appealing.

Often, when considering our next getaway, our thoughts head to exotic, globe-hopping destinations. There are a lot of compelling reasons, however, to consider a vacation closer to home. Here are some:

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1. America the Beautiful

We can lose sight of the fact that the Unites States has some of the most breathtaking and diverse geography in the world. We really do have it all – from tropical beaches to frozen tundra, and everything in between, including the Grand Canyon, one of the true natural wonders of the world. We have both unspoiled wilderness and sophisticated cities with world-class culture, shopping, and dining opportunities, often only a few hours’ drive apart.

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2. Culture

Just because people live in the same country as you do doesn’t mean they’re the same. You don’t have to travel to another continent to find a vibrant regional culture to immerse yourself in. As a nation of immigrants, the US is a great cultural melting pot. The world’s cultures have brought their best here, and you can experience it without having to go to far from home.

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3. Budget

Domestic flights are far cheaper than international ones, and seat sales are far more common to destinations in the US. You can travel more cheaply by car, and American public transit (buses and trains) is economical, reliable, and safe. Because you’ll be paying in US dollars, there are no currency conversion costs, and no fluctuation in the value of your money.

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American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.

Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.