Check out the best places to travel in the US

Whether you're planning a hiking trip through some purple mountain majesties or a tasting tour of local microbreweries surrounded by amber waves of grain, vacation destinations in the USA are always a great decision. Between Maine's rigged coastline and the sandy beaches of Hawaii's tropical isles, you can find big-city thrills in dining and nightlife hubs like New York City and Los Angeles, as well as plenty of wide open spaces and charming small towns like Asheville, NC, Lambertville, NJ, and Eureka Springs, AR. Whatever you're looking for, read on and get inspired for next great USA trip—no passport required.

Sunny Southern California is always a bright idea

With its world-class arts and cultural sights, vibrant dining and nightlife, and miles of broad, sandy beaches baked by the Southern California sun, Los Angeles is among the best places to vacation in the USA. Weekly rentals in Los Feliz will put you close to some of the city's trendiest bars and eateries, while West Hollywood vacation homes offer easy access to the concerts, comedy shows, and underground film screenings that the city's known for. In laid-back Santa Monica, on the other hand, you'll be just a hop, skip, and a jump from the sun-soaked beaches of the Pacific Ocean, all the while surrounded by upscale shopping and dining options.

Take a bite out of the Big Apple in nifty NYC

New York City also ranks highly on the list of the top places to visit in the US, with its top-notch museums, iconic architectural landmarks, and a rich cultural heritage that can still be seen today. Book a modern, light-filled loft in southern Manhattan and check out One World Trade Center—a soaring 1,776-foot-tall skyscraper with an observation deck—or dive into local history with an immersive tour at the Tenement Museum. Head uptown to visit the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Central Park, or explore the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens for trendy cocktailing and all manner of international dining.

Lively Las Vegas is a delightful oasis in the desert

Offering a totally different take on city living, Las Vegas is a desert oasis that's among the most popular places to visit in the USA for dining and live entertainment. The upscale hotel-casino complexes that line the famous Las Vegas Strip feature restaurants helmed by A-list celebrity chefs, as well as plenty of theater space for dance, magic, and music performances by some of the world's top acts. There's lots of gaming to be had, but you can also find family-friendly entertainment everywhere you look, in addition to museums—like the unique Neon Museum's "Neon Boneyard," a repository of classic Sin City neon sights—and guided excursions into the surrounding desert.

Alluring Asheville has plenty of small-town charm

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville is a year-round hub for nature enthusiasts of all sorts. You'll find plenty of hiking trails in the area's wooded mountains, and a number of popular ski resorts are a short drive away. Look for Asheville getaway cabins with hot tubs or decks, and admire the sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. When you're ready to explore Asheville itself, you'll find a charming downtown dotted with art deco-style architecture, along with funky shops, vegetarian and international eateries, artists' galleries and workshops, and a wealth of craft breweries. Not-to-be-missed sights include the Moog synthesizer factory and the nearby Biltmore Estate, a Gilded Age mansion that's now a museum.

Everything old is new again in Lambertville, NJ

Set on the banks of the Delaware River, Lambertville is a charming small town that's easily accessible by train from major cities like New York and Philadelphia. Along tree-lined Main Street, you'll find preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings that house galleries, artists' workshops, and cafes. Treasure hunters flock to the city for its wealth antiques stores. During the warmer months, you can take part in art and culture festivals that celebrate the area's heritage, or simply prep a picnic in the kitchen of your charming vacation home rental and enjoy a laid-back lunch against the backdrop of the Delaware River.

Eureka Springs is for nature lovers

If you're in the mood for plenty of outdoor activities and a bounty of things to see and do, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a great choice. Look for getaway cabins or cottage rentals just outside of town with breathtaking views of the surrounding Ozark Mountains—or stay closer to the town center and immerse yourself in the charm of the Eureka Springs Historic District. Here, you'll find preserved Victorian buildings like the Palace Bath House and the Basi Park Hotel, while the storied Crescent Hotel offers regular tours of its allegedly haunted grounds. The airy Thorncrown Chapel—a wood-and-glass church surrounded by forest—is worth a visit, as is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a 459-acre property that's home to big cats and other animals.