It is not necessary to be in a couple to celebrate Valentine's Day: February 14 is the day of love, and also of friendship. We present five destinations in the United States that have everything to have a good time romantically, but also with a group of friends. And it is precisely that data released by the Google search engine show that, in 2022, the phrase "the best places to travel alone" had an increase of 81%, compared to 2020. So these destinations will meet all the requirements for the best trip.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: much more than the beach
Also called “the Venice of America”, Fort Lauderdale and its surroundings have eight beaches: from Pompano Beach, which attracts fishing enthusiasts, or Hollywood, if you visit this part of South Florida, there will be a beach for everyone. mood, even in February, as the temperature is pleasant all year round. Ideal for long walks, sunbathing as a couple or alone, the Fort Lauderdale region has 37 kilometers of golden sand coastline.
For a more extreme experience and contact with the local fauna, you can see the alligators while navigating the famous River of Grass, in the Everglades. You can also visit the butterfly garden and hummingbird aviary at Butterfly World. At night, it is ideal to join a guided walk to spy on baby turtles migrating towards the sea.
Moab, Utah: glamping and adventure in a landscape like no other
Located near Moab, in the state of Utah, which due to its proximity to canyons and national parks could well be a paradise for hikers and outdoor sports in Under Canvas Moab, you will be able to stay in a teepee, a Conestoga wagon -wagons with the fabric roof that was seen in the television series The Little House on the Prairie- or a yurt -circular tent originally from Mongolia-. Whether in a group of friends or romantically, this unique experience combines the fun of a camp with the amenities of a five-star hotel. And for those traveling with their four-legged best friends, this is a pet-friendly and environmentally friendly glamping site as it runs on solar energy.
Providing easy access to thousands of square miles of incredible red rock scenery just waiting to be explored, Moab offers limitless fun and excitement. As you explore the landscapes of the American Southwest, you can relax and enjoy the country hospitality the city offers, a world-renowned central base for mountain biking, hiking, 4WDing or river trips of any length and difficulty level.
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: Relaxation in the Caribbean
Powdery sand, crystal clear waters and year-round warm weather are just a few of the reasons why the US Virgin Islands, a series of islands in the Caribbean Sea, continue to top the top 10 Caribbean destinations. Each island has its unique touch, the perfect excuse to go from one to another and enjoy them to the full. Packing recommendations: swimsuit, lots of sunscreen and an open heart for adventure.
You will be able to stroll through the city of Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands and whose steep, cobbled alleys and colorful colonial buildings evoke its founding in the 17th century - until 1917, this group of islands belonged to Denmark. The shops and the busy bars and restaurants of the town will give you an idea of the busy commercial life of the island. Also walk through Blackbeard's Castle, a monument that dates back to 1679. And no trip to St. Thomas would be complete without a day at the beach at Magens Bay, with soft sand and turquoise waters, and the ideal spot for water sports like snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding.
Sheridan, Wyoming: Old West Charm
The vast West of the United States is divided between the states that face the Pacific, and the mountainous ones. Among the latter is Sheridan, a town in Wyoming that seems to be taken from a fairy tale. Thus, many who only consider it as a stop for a few hours on the way to Bighorn National Forest or Yellowstone National Park, end up staying for up to a couple of weeks. In fact, Sheridan is home to ten sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, some in its downtown, packed with shops, galleries, and restaurants.
For nature lovers, this town of inhabitants is just 20 minutes from the Tongue River Canyon. As you explore this impressive location, you'll get an up-close look at local wildlife such as black bears, elk, deer, elk, and various species of birds. If you can, time your visit to Sheridan to coincide with May 22, when each year its residents celebrate its history with the Eaton's Horse Drive parade. In it, hundreds of horses walk through the heart of Sheridan, past its Tourist Office, 5th Street, the historic Sheridan Inn, and then towards Eatons' Ranch. The latter, founded by three brothers in North Dakota and erected in its current location in 1904, offers horseback riding and activities such as swimming and fishing on a farm with hills and meadows where there are also 51 cabins to stay.
Traverse City, Michigan: Natural Beauty and Hedonism
Nestled among the deep blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay, picturesque Traverse City is one of the most popular destinations in the United States' Great Lakes region. This is a charming "true American town" that serves as a social and cultural center of northern Michigan. Traverse City has grown from a rustic vacation community to a sophisticated city with streets, parks, and public spaces that are in perfect harmony with their surrounding landscapes.
Surrounded by a glacier-sculpted landscape of deep freshwater lakes and rolling foothills, the Traverse City area boasts 230 continuous miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that attract swimmers, sailors, boaters, prospectors and kayakers.
Known primarily as a fruit-growing region, and as the leading producer of tart cherries in the United States, it is also a top destination for wine and craft beer lovers. Spanning the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, the Traverse Wine Coast has more than 40 vineyards and wineries. Along with microbreweries and microdistilleries, regional cuisine is also putting the city on the map, thanks to a new generation of talented chefs using fresh, local ingredients sourced from surrounding forests, farms and waters.