There are many things to do in the USA, particularly if you’re looking for group vacation travel ideas.
With the broad diversity of vacation destinations across the nation, both that are ideal for solo travelers and a group of friends/family members, it can be a bit overwhelming locating that perfect place to take a holiday.
Luckily, with my broad experience road tripping across the country on numerous occasions, I’ve narrowed down a few of the best places I’ve stumbled across as well as some vacation ideas that can be virtually accomplished in any state.
Take a look at the following group vacation travel ideas and weekend getaways that you should plan to travel to in the very near future – I promise you won’t regret it!
Best Group Vacation Ideas in the US
1.) Camp at a National Park
With 58 national parks in the United States, as well as over 6,600 state parks, there is literally a destination around every corner of this beautiful country that you can travel to and explore.
Obviously best for those who like to take an adventure in the great outdoors, places like Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Florida Everglades, and Arches National Park are just a few of the many hot spots that would make a great place for family and/or friends to go on holiday!
2.) Visit a Theme Park in Florida
It’s no secret that the state of Florida is easily the theme park capital of the America. After all, you can find more theme parks in the city of Orlando alone than most other places around the US.
This allows the perfect destination for thrill seekers to gather and create group travel memories to last a lifetime. Between Busch Gardens, Disney World, and Universal Studios, the options vary widely. So get those tickets for Universal Studios Orlando, and have the time of your life with the closest group of friends you love most!
3.) Road Trip Around the USA
Taking a road trip across the United States is something I’ve done on various occasions…and would totally recommend as a group vacation idea. Between adventures like jet skiing in Florida, caving in Virginia, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending the Winter X Games in Aspen, you will always find plenty of things to do!
4.) Take a Cruise to Hawaii
Coming from first-hand experience (after all, I used to work on a cruise ship in Hawaii), take a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands.
With room & board already covered along with your meals, you can focus on creating unforgettable memories discovering the Spirit of Aloha at a Luau while exploring places like Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and of course the Big Island.
5.) Go to the Beach
Three out of the four borders of the United States is surrounded by water. With this in mind, planning a group vacation at the beach is always a great idea.
With the vast number of coastal states, the majority of the population in the U.S. can easily make it the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes. For those in Alaska, you have the Arctic Ocean to rely on but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going for a swim there; but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to go fishing!
6.) Visit the Nation’s Capital – Washington D.C.
There is a lot going on in the nation’s capital. Between the memorials, monuments, and Smithsonian, you could easily take the group for a patriotic tour learning the history of our great country.
Want something a little more exciting? Research the several different urban adventure tours, go around and eat at the local hotspots, or book one of the many city tours to get in-depth information from the people who know the city best!
7.) Become a Foodie in the Big City
Places like the Big Apple of New York City, San Francisco, or New Orleans offer many hidden culinary secrets – what better way to explore the food scene of a new city than with a group of your closest friends or family members?
Depending on where you go, you could easily stumble upon the Chinese, Italian, or Jewish district (amongst many others) giving you the opportunity to essentially try a variety of different foods from all around the world…virtually in your own backyard!
8.) Enjoy a Piece of Italy in San Antonio, Texas
Texas is literally the last place I would’ve considered traveling to when trying to get a piece of Italy until I visited that is.
The Riverwalk in San Antonio is lined with riverfront cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops, and even an outdoor theater. Take your group on a boat ride and learn the areas captivating history, enjoying a theater show, visit the Alamo to relive the story, or simply get a drink at one of the oldest bars in town. Either way, your group is certainly going to have a good time here!
9.) Enjoy the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in Alaska
Alaska is known for many things to adventure seekers. Between ATV’ing, eco tours, kayaking, rafting, fishing, and zip lining, I could go on and on featuring adventurous things to do in several of Alaska’s regions.
But have you considered adding the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) to your bucket list? Enjoy getting a group of your friends together and watch the night sky dance away as charged particles from the sun enter the atmosphere and create vibrant colors.
Not able to make it all the way to Alaska? Then other states such as Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, and Idaho offer a seasonal show that’s just as visually pleasing!
10.) Embark on an Outdoor Adventure
Last but not least, take your group vacation on an exciting outdoor adventure!
Our country offers a plethora of natural backyard playgrounds for you to try out new sports and pick up a new hobby. Between surfing at the beach, skiing in the Rocky Mountains, or ATV’ing in the desert, you can easily schedule some time to embark on an outdoor adventure and create memories for you and your group to remember for a lifetime!
What best group vacation ideas come to mind for you when traveling domestically in the USA?