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The 5 Most Epic US Travel Destinations of 2018

This is a Guest Post from Kyle Rutten.  I will have more updates this week!

The United States has a wealth of world class travel destinations fit for any personality. There are stops with amazing history and culture, jaw-dropping protected wilderness reserves, and completely unique and quiet getaways spots. Whatever your sensibilities, you can find an amazing vacation without having to leave the country. In this article, we’ll break down some of our favorite spots of the year to help get your gears turning on your next adventure. Let’s dive in.

1. The Rolling Destination: Colorado RV Trip

If you want to maximize novelty, an RV trip is the perfect way to do so. In fact, putting ourselves in a novel environment trips a circuit in our brain that evolved to increase focus and creative thinking in order to improve survival when we’re on the move. It’s this effect that makes so many of us love travel, because of the “feeling” we get. The best way to maximize that feeling is to maximize the novelty we experience.

Hence, an RV trip. You can fly into Denver and rent a rig from one of the premier, privately owned Colorado RV dealers in the area. From here, head west for the trip of a lifetime. About an hour up I-70 you’ll find yourself surrounded by countless adventure options.

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Hiking, camping, rock climbing, rafting, zip-lining, fishing, kayaking, and so on. If you are looking for the most action in one trip, this is the way to do it.

2. Take a Retreat in a Tree House

If you’re looking for some quiet time to recharge rather than nonstop action, go chill in a treehouse for a few days. Treehouse Point in Fall City, Washington is one of several tree house getaways in the United States.

There are yoga classes and numerous hiking trails to enjoy. Or you can cozy up with a book and let yourself decompress. The area is surrounded by pacific northwest greenery that will calm the worst of nerves. If you’re looking for a reset in your life, this is the place to be.

3. Rad History: Dry Tortugas National Park

On a tiny island off the coast of Key West Florida you can find Dry Tortugas National Park. Within the park is the extremely unexpected Jefferson Fort. A massive, 16 acre brick fortress that takes up the entire island it resides on.

The fort was a controversial build during the early days of our country, with some experts seeing the location as completely unfit for a naval installation. However, the decision was made to construct the base in order to secure the area for merchant vessels. It was believed that merchant vessels in the area were mission critical to the survival of the union at this time.

Whether you are into history, or just want a bit of the island charm, the Florida Keys are a must see.

4. Every Night’s a Party in New Orleans

If nightlife is your thing, it’s hard to find a better place than The French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Every night, Bourbon Street comes alive with jazz, blues, hip hop, folk and other genres of high-energy live music. Drinks are always at the ready, and the open container laws of the town make the place feel like the party simply never stops.

During the day, there is also plenty to take in here, including some of the best food you will ever put in your face.

Pro Tip: Forget about your diet in New Orleans and eat as much as humanly possible.

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5. Nature’s Grand Finale, Autumn Colors in the San Juans

Every year as the Rocky Mountains make their preparations for winter, millions of Colorado aspen trees turn a vibrant gold. The spectacle attracts tourists from all over the world and is truly a sight to behold.

The perfect hidden gem for witnessing this phenomenon is taking a ride on the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Enjoy a charming ride in an enclosed rail car, with food and drink available. The train winds through 45 miles of some of the most stunning wilderness Colorado has to offer. Time the trip right, and you’ll get to see a sea of aspen trees bursting with their seasonal gold. It’s a ride you will not soon forget.

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The United States is a difficult place to top in terms of travel options. No matter what kind of activities you enjoy, there is always a place you’ll love. Travel is an important way to gain a fresh perspective in life and touch that ever-elusive feeling of joy and meaning.

It’s for this reason that we are firm believers that you shouldn’t wait to “find” time to travel, but rather “make” it. Hopefully this article has inspired you to get out there and have an adventure, the world is waiting!

Kyle Rutten is a freelance content creator for B&B RV located in Denver, Colorado.  In his free time, he enjoys hiking, exploring the wilderness and taking advantage of the active lifestyle that Colorado’s mountainous terrain offers.