Popular places to visit in the United States in 2022, according to tour operators

Jackson, Wyoming is a solid pick, even off season.

Snake River Overlook at Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming.

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Jackson, Wyoming is a place made for skiers and hikers, making it a top destination year-round.

Gavin Miller, executive vice president of luxury travel agency Travel Edge, said Jackson will be a hot destination in 2022.

“Jackson is an incredible destination to explore the outdoors, enjoy a day at the spa, savor delicious cuisine, or perhaps browse an art gallery any time of the year,” Miller said.

If you’re not looking to ski, he said, you can also take advantage of lower rates during the spring and fall off-seasons.

Consider adding Jackson to your travel list just before mid-November (ski season) if you want a winter getaway with more affordable rates and availability.

Yellowstone, Wyoming is home to the incredible Yellowstone National Park.

Mystic Falls in Yellowstone National Park.

Mystic Falls in Yellowstone National Park.

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Lauren Doyle, president of boutique travel agency The Travel Mechanic, told Insider that Yellowstone has been a well-known travel destination for years — and its popularity continues to grow.

Doyle said part of Yellowstone’s growing popularity can be attributed to the popular Paramount TV show of the same name and the location’s “picturesque” landscape.

“It’s definitely a fun place to visit, especially for those who love the outdoors and are more predisposed to adventure travel as activities such as fly fishing, ice climbing, horseback riding, there is no shortage of snowshoeing, camping, golfing, rock climbing, hunting, skiing and more,” Doyle said.

Travelers can have a great time in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans Saint Louis Church in the morning from above

Saint Louis Cathedral, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

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Henley Vazquez, travel consultant and co-founder of modern travel agency Fora, thinks a Southern city will rise to the top of travelers’ plans in 2022.

Home to Creole culture, jazz music, Mardi Gras, and 18th-century architecture, New Orleans is a city that Vazquez has recently seen in demand.

“NOLA offers a combination of food, culture and music, with better prices than you’ll find in some mountain towns, and it’s an easy weekend getaway from many other towns for more temperate weather. during the winter,” Vazquez said. .

Sea Island, Georgia has private beaches.

Cumberland Island Georgia boardwalk surrounded by greenery

A beach in Georgia.

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Sea Island offers 5 miles of private beach, luxury resorts and accommodations, and several outdoor activities, including golf, with PGA tournaments having been held on the island.

Maria Diego from Diego Travel has seen this place grow in popularity and expects to see more.

“One of my best-selling destinations throughout the pandemic has been Sea Island, Georgia. Located between Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, it’s an easy commute from Miami/South Florida and the east coast,” she said.

Sea Island offers hotel rooms and cabin rentals, and dogs are welcome.

“Since people are looking for an extended vacation, it’s a great option that offers lots of activities for families,” Diego said. There are also plenty of golf courses and tennis courts.

If you love the outdoors, Bend, Oregon might be on your list.

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Bend, Oregon, is crossed by a river.

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Bend, Oregon started out as a lumber town in the early 1900s, but today it’s home to many outdoor sports, including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and rafting.

Kendall Robertson, co-founder and tour operator at Ecco Travels, expects Bend to be a hot destination this year, especially as people continue to head out.

“The town of Bend itself is incredibly charming with a river running through the center of town that’s perfect for tubing and stand-up paddleboarding,” she said. “There is even a part of the waterway that can be used for surfing.”

Bend also has a river walk dotted with local restaurants, breweries and shops. Its surrounding mountain ranges are ideal for hiking and biking in the warm months and skiing and snowboarding in the cooler months, she added.

Crested Butte, Colorado is a hidden gem.

Field of wildflowers above Crested Butte at sunrise

A field of wildflowers above Crested Butte at sunrise.

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Crested Butte is located in the Rocky Mountains and is home to just under 1,500 residents.

“Crested Butte has a lovely main street, cute western bars, great food and amazing hiking/biking opportunities in the nearby mountains,” Robertson said.

The town has many local businesses and great winter skiing spots. In the summer it is known for its wildflower field.

Robertson told Insider that many compare the area to Switzerland because “it’s very lush and surrounded by mountains.”

Zion National Park in Utah can accommodate varying levels of activity.

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Zion National Park offers incredible views.

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Mandy Pullin, owner and trip planner at DPP Travel, told Insider that Zion National Park will be a popular destination in 2022.

“Zion National Park and the surrounding area offer vacation options for a variety of activity levels and budgets,” she told Insider. The park has short trails and more advanced trails, some requiring permits.

It is also known as one of the best places in the world for canyoning (exploring canyons).

She said her travel company had “seen a significant increase” in the number of customers wanting to visit US national parks, particularly those in Arizona and Utah, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Freeport, Maine is full of shopping and hiking opportunities.

Wolfe Neck's State Park with snow-capped cliffs and blue waters

Wolfe’s Neck State Park in Freeport, Maine in winter.

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Freeport, dubbed the birthplace of Maine, could be a popular destination in 2022, Barbie Mission told Insider Trip101.

“Freeport is a charming little town with natural attractions, parks, mountain trails and lots of shopping. It has so many shops and boutiques that it has become one of the most popular shopping spots in the state,” Mission said.

There’s plenty to do there, Mission said, whether visitors want to explore the sprawling Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, kayak in clear waters or take ice skating lessons.

The Hawaiian Islands are made up of several beautiful destinations.

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Hawaii is known for its beauty.

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As many travel restrictions change and ease, some travelers will be looking to visit warmer climes in 2022. Because of this, trip planner Gayle Hurst at IPTALY Luxury Travel expects to see a lot of Hawaiian vacations.

The Hawaiian Islands each have their own unique vibe, which means travelers can truly customize their vacation.

“The Islands of Hawaii will be a popular destination in 2022 because it has an international feel while being in the United States,” Hurst said. “The island layout allows you to experience more than one island whether you want to take a day trip or stay overnight. From high energy in Waikiki to chill out in Kauai, you can’t go wrong. “