Top 16 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2016


According to a recent New Year’s resolution survey conducted by GOBankingRates, the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2016 amongst the survey participants is to “Enjoy Life to the Fullest”.  The two least-popular resolutions were financial in nature:  “save more, spend less” and “pay down debt”.

When I think of enjoying life to the fullest the word travel comes to mind.

Travel affords us the opportunity to venture from the day-to-day routine of home, work and school and make new discoveries, experiences and at times new friends.

Travel can clear our minds and give us a new perspective on life. It also reminds us how big and diverse the world is… from culture to amusements, and landscapes to seascapes. And of course, one of the best parts is when we return home, to our day-to-day routine. It is then that we’ll hopefully feel rejuvenated and ready to enjoy our every day life and routines to the fullest!

So, in honor the most popular New Year’s resolution of enjoying life to the fullest, below please find 16 U.S. travel destinations to consider visiting in 2016.

The list appears in alphabetical order by city or town.

1. Avon, Colorado

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek MountainWhere to Stay:

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain

Area Attractions: Skiing, Hiking, Outdoor Activities, Vail Mountain


2. Cape Coral, Florida

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

Where to Stay:

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

Area Attractions: Boating Marinas, Golf, Fishing, Water Sports, Key West  ferry from Ft. Myers Beach to Marco Island & Key West


3. Emeryville, California

The Marriott Courtyard Oakland Emeryville


Where to Stay:

Marriott Courtyard Oakland Emeryville

Area Attractions: San Francisco Bay Area, Alcatraz, Muir Redwood Forest, Napa Valley


4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Where to Stay:

W Fort Lauderdale

Area Attractions: Beach, Intracoastal Waterway, Las Olas Boulevard


5. Hilton Head, South Carolina

Sonesta Resort - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Where to Stay:

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Area Attractions: Beach, Biking, Walking


6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Alpenhof Hotel - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Where to Stay:

The Alpenhof Hotel

Area Attractions: Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park


7. Key West, Florida

Sunset Key Cottages Resort - Key West, Florida

Where to Stay:

Sunset Key Cottages Resort

Area Attractions: Mallory Square, Key West Butterfly Conservatory, Hemingway Home & Museum


8. Memphis, Tennessee

The Westin Memphis Beale Street - Memphis, Tennessee

Where to Stay:

The Westin Memphis Beale Street

Area Attractions: Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Beale Street, FedExForum


9. Miami Beach, Florida

Mandarin Oriental Miami- Miami, Florida

Where to Stay:

Mandarin Oriental Miami or Grand Beach Hotel

Area Attractions: South Beach, Art Deco Historic District, Ocean Drive, Villa Vizcaya


10. New York, New York

Marriott Marquis - New York, NY

Where to Stay:

Marriott Marquis

Area Attractions: Times Square, Broadway Shows, Restaurants, Museums


11. Palm Harbor, Florida

Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort - Palm Harbor, FL

Where to Stay:

Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

Area Attractions: Copperhead Golf Course, The Ringling Museum of Art, Busch Gardens, St. Petersburg Beach


12. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Water Color Inn & Resort - Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Where to Stay: Water Color Inn & Resort

Area Attractions:

Gulf of Mexico, Kayak & Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Tours, Hiking, Biking, Golf, Beach Relaxation & Quiet


13. Scottsdale, Arizona

The Boulders Resort & Spa

Where to Stay:

The Boulders Resort & Spa

Area Attractions: Grand Canyon, Sedona, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Annual Auction


14. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront  - Virginia Beach, VA

Where to Stay:

Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Area Attractions: Virginia Beach Boardwalk *Best time of year: Labor Day Weekend during the American Music Festival


15. Arlington, Virginia; Washington, District of Columbia

George Washington’s Mount Vernon  - Mount Vernon, VA

Where to Stay:

Hampton Inn & Suites Crystal City

Area Attractions: Museums, Monuments, Arlington Cemetery, George Washington’s Mount Vernon


16. Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Orlando area)

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge  - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Where to Stay:

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Area Attractions: Disney Amusement Parks & Attractions, Universal Studios Theme Park, Premium Shopping Outlets



Honorable mentions:

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Area AttractionsSt. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - Holland America Line Cruise Ship:

Magens Bay, Scuba & Snorkeling, Coral World Ocean Park, Mountain Top

Best way to get there: Cruise Ship (Princess Cruises, Holland America Line)

Best time of year to visit: Winter and spring months


Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Juneau, AK)

Area AttractionsGlacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Juneau, AK):

Wildlife, whale watching, Macaulay’s Salmon Hatchery, Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier

Best way to get there: Cruise Ship (Princess Cruises)

Best time of year to visit: Summer months (July & August in particular)


Here’s to a life enjoyed and lived to the fullest. Wishing you a joyous New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Best wishes,


Ms. Dakar is the author of The Busy Person’s Guide to Personal Finance, a primer to help consumers manage their finances so they can build a substantial nest-egg. She also conducts personal finance seminars where she provides concepts to attain overall financial health.