The U.S. is packed with adventures that will broaden your horizons, lift your spirits and teach you invaluable lessons. From the West Coast to the East we’ve got you covered.
Northeast: The Hudson River Valley, New York
When you think of New York, bright lights and the big city might flash before your eyes but there’s a lot more to New York state than a bustling city. Think mountains, orchards, and the mighty Hudson River.
New York is riddled with history. In fact, it’s the state to head to, to learn about the vast network that made up the Underground Railroad. From the city to the farm, there are dozens of secret stops from churches to shops to homes. Stop in Peru, New York for a look at one of those stops on the Underground Railroad. Plus, while you’re there you can walk through the museum to learn a thing or two. While you’re in the area, just outside the Adirondack Mountains, be sure to see Ausable Chasm, known as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, for hiking, floating, and rock climbing.
Looking to really take a bite? The Hudson River Valley is rich in agricultural history, which means produce bursting in flavor. If you want apples with a kick, go on one of the many cidery tours in the state, or, create your own self-guided adventure.
Midwest: Saint Louis, Missouri
Before you pass over the flyover states of the Midwest, consider taking a stop in Saint Louis, Missouri. It’s the gateway to the West, where settlers set up trading posts on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi River. The Gateway Arch stands as a remembrance to the river ports that made trading easier and more accessible, plus did you know you can head up to the top for a killer view?
Saint Louis is the perfect place to experience with family, especially small kids. It’s home to the Anheuser Busch Brewery and the famous Clydesdales. The Saint Louis Zoo is a free attraction (yes, FREE!) for the whole family. Not to mention, one of the world’s most unique interactive museums resides here. Just like My World Registry promotes, “always learning,” the City Museum is “always building.” Built in a former shoe factory, artists and architects took over the space and built a museum that is beautiful, eclectic and interactive for kids and adults. That means you can play IN it.
Southeast: Charleston, South Carolina
From afar, you can’t miss the Holy City with its countless steeples dotting the skyline. Once you start exploring its cobblestone streets, it won’t take long for you to feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
Charleston, South Carolina’s places of worship are just the start of its incredible historical architecture. Take a stroll down Rainbow Row – 13 pastel-painted Georgian rowhouses dating back to 1740. Continue on to feast your eyes on the stately homes that comprise the Battery, maybe stopping to tour the Edmondston-Alston house.
If it’s a clear day in the bay, you’ll spot Fort Sumter – the site of the shots that started the Civil War. Hop on a ferry to go explore the island fortification and get a look at Chucktown from the water.
For the ultimate sensory learning experience, drop into any of Charleston’s world-class restaurants to fill up on fresh and inventive food and drink.
Southwest: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Do you know the way to Santa Fe? It’s a road that’s lined with desert reds and mountain peaks. Once you get there, the beauty doesn’t stop.
The city is an artist’s haven. There are more than 200 galleries and dozens of museums. Native American and Hispanic art abound, allowing you to truly soak in the different cultures. Once you’re finished at the art gallery, head the mud bath, for a different kind of soak. Santa Fe is also known for its offerings of spiritual healing and it’s considered to be a spiritual vortex location that attracts spiritual seekers and leaders. Here you’ll find yoga studios, mineral soaks, healers and one-of-a-kind spiritual centers such as The Light Institute in Galisteo, NM.
Feeling cultured and zen, head for the hills to be one with nature on one of the dozens of gorgeous hikes surrounding the city.
West: Bend, Oregon
Central Oregon sits high above sea level. The high-desert air is dry and the sun is always shining. Bend, Oregon is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, whether you’re an adventure junkie or someone who loves the land you live on.
Come to Bend to learn how to use nature to heal and recover. Treat yourself to a healing farm to table facial. Once your spirit is settled, head to Smith Rock State Park, hiking to high places for a view that will stun. Get your adrenaline pumping on one of the many world class mountain biking trails at Mount Bachelor or the iconic Phil’s Trail. Central Oregon is jampacked with hikes, mountain lakes and hidden vistas. Everywhere you turn, there is a chance to settle into the outdoors and let it calm your spirit.
Don’t forget Bend is a micro-brew haven. It’s home to the famous Deschutes Brewery, Ten Barrel Brewery, Crux and dozens more. Make sure you check all of the brewpubs off your list with the Bend Ale Trail passport.