Guest post by Emma Grant
Looking for the perfect destination for a domestic group getaway in 2020? There are many places that you can visit in the US that provide everything you need to satisfy a range of interests and budgets, with a huge variety of landscapes to cater to a range of travelers. From sun-drenched beach days in Florida to wine-focused escapes in Northern California, the US offers a myriad of options that will spoil any traveler with the luxury of choice. Extra bonus? Staying ‘local’ means no worries about updating your passport or ensuring you have the right currency with you.
Napa Valley, California
1If a good glass of wine is calling your name, you’ll love spending time in Napa Valley. This part of Northern California is renowned for its world-class wines (and spectacular wineries) along with its bike tours of the region that mix in some activity and sightseeing into your tasting experience. For the more active lot, you can go for a hike or two or make your way into San Francisco to blend in a bit of city life. For accessing Napa Valley, look for flights into San Francisco, Sacramento, or Oakland for your closest options within driving distance.
You can expect to pay a little more for everything in California such as rental homes, food, and entertainment as the region draws in crowds from all over the nation, plus international travelers. Check out Napa Valley’s group guide to Napa Valley for more insight and inspiration.
2For the music lovers in the group, Nashville is a great destination if you’re in search of a getaway with amazing nightlife and great music paired with a buzzing food scene. Contrary to how most people initially envision Nashville, it’s not just home to world-renowned country music; the music scene extends far beyond that with concerts and shows throughout the city celebrating a variety of genres. Foodies will find a dining scene that has exploded in recent years with some Tennessee staples (the BBQ!) and some upscale takes on Southern fare. Check out the tourist board’s take on what to do with a group in Nashville.
3While Austin and Dallas come to mind for those traveling to Texas, Houston has its draws and continues to woo travelers from around the US. Museum and history lovers will love delving into Houston’s role in space exploration as the home of NASA. The Space Center, the official visitor’s center for NASA, will educate visitors interested in learning more about the US’ famous space missions which were controlled right across the street. The arts and theatre scene have bounced back post-Hurricane Harvey with options of a dozen theatres in the area to choose from. For food lovers (because what trip is complete without planning out some meals?), visitors will be spoiled with options ranging from hot new food halls to a host of James Beard-nominated hot spots.
For groups wanting to stay central, you’ll also find an apartment or two in Houston that can be affordable to rent if you’d prefer to share common spaces with your fellow travelers.
New Orleans, Louisiana
4Ready to indulge in a bit of jazz or delve into one of the US’ most distinct and unique cultures? New Orleans is a tried-and-true fan favorite that offers foodies, music lovers, and culture vultures each a bit to whet their appetite. The culinary scene in New Orleans is second to none with fan favorites like Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace, and Café du Monde making many first-timers’ hit list. The music scene is world-renowned with festivals taking place throughout the year, though an average NOLA day will still wow with music offerings throughout the city. Hotels abound in the city, but options for house rentals in strategic areas work well for groups as well. Is there a better combination for a group getaway?
The Hamptons, New York
5If you’re looking for an upscale escape during the summer months, an East Coast getaway to the Hamptons may tick all of the boxes. For New Yorkers, a drive out to Long Island (or a helicopter or short flight) means you’re seemingly worlds away within a short distance. Wondering which area in the Hamptons is right for you? Check out Jetsetter’s take on finding the right area of the Hamptons for your visit. Beyond getting a dose of dining and shopping (and maybe a bit of celeb-spotting), it’s also a perfect destination for travelers looking to lounge by the pool, spend some time on the beach, or explore some charming towns.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
6For a ski break, Steamboat Springs, Colorado draws in groups from around the US. If you’re traveling with a group of ardent skiers, this beloved Colorado destination could be the perfect destination to hit the slopes. With equipment rentals available, you’ll be able to pack light and pick up the equipment you need once you arrive. Plus, with adult ski lessons available, you’ll have options for novices and experts alike. Visitors from out of state can fly into Denver’s airport and drive about 90 minutes to reach Colorado Springs.
Summer or winter, north or south, there are some great group getaway destinations in the United States to cater to your group’s needs. If you’ve been more inclined to travel internationally than to scope out your options domestically, a group getaway may be the perfect way to kickstart your US exploration with your favorite people in tow.