10 Places To Visit In The USA In January

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The year is going to end soon—have you planned your trip for the next year? If not, then you must start doing so, along with your career goals, so you can travel and relax for some time. Did you know there are many destinations in the USA that you must visit in January?—to ensure the best travel experience. These fantastic cities promote the vibrant culture of the country and celebrate the beginning of a New Year marvelously. In January, the USA doesn’t welcome many tourists as it is off-season during this time. Therefore, you can find cheaper flights and save a lot of money. So, check out these exciting places to visit in the USA in January, and make sure you book your travel tickets early.

1. Chicago, IL

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One of the largest cities in the United States of America, Chicago is known for its bold architecture and skyline. It is also known as one of the most populated cities in the country. When it comes to exploring downtown, there are many things to do if you know the right places and the right times. You can check out the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and have a thrilling experience. You can also visit Institute of Chicago to gather some critical information about the city. In addition, make sure to drop by Millennium Park Campus, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s observation deck, Chicago Riverwalk, the local zoos, and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. If you happen to visit in January, join Chicago Restaurant Week’s celebration. During this event, many food establishments promote their delicious specialty dishes.

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2. Palm Springs, CA

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One of the exotic places in the USA, Palm Springs is a city famous for resorts and mountains. It is located near Los Angeles, and here, people love to swim, play golf, ride bikes, hike, and ride horses all the time. If you are planning to visit Palm Springs, January is the best time. Palm Springs International Film Festival is held during this season. During the event, independent films are featured, as well as international films.

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3. Lake Buena Vista, FL

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Located in Orange County, USA, Lake Buena Vista is considered to be among the most attractive destinations. Plan your visit to this place in January, and get to experience something new. Participate in Walt Disney World Marathon, and bask in the satisfaction of finishing the race. You can choose to join the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and complete marathon, depending on your fitness level. The race series is organized by Disney Sports Enterprises.

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4. Aspen, CO

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Situated in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Aspen is a famous resort town, attracting many visitors from different parts of the world every year. Also, it is one of the most prominent recreation centers across the globe. You must visit the town’s high-end restaurants and Wheeler Opera House to get an unforgettable experience. Also, don’t forget that Winterskol is organized every year in this city—in the month of January. It is for everyone who lives a Nordic lifestyle and those always searching for places to have an eclectic weekend. So, have you booked your tickets yet?

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5. Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN
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Memphis is one of the best cities located in the southwestern part of Tennessee, USA. If you are fond of listening to music, then you must visit this place once in your lifetime. You can explore landmarks such as Sun Studio and Graceland Mansion in Presley. If you are visiting anytime soon, try to schedule your trip in January. The reason is quite simple. During this month, you’ll be able to witness International Blues Challenge—and perhaps participate if it’s right up your alley.

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6. Park City, UT

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Have you ever visited Park City in Utah? If not, then plan your trip for January. There are many reasons why visiting during this month is highly recommended. On top of the list, you can visit Valley Resort, which will blow your mind. Next off, explore Utah Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Olympics was held. Also, do not miss to see Sundance Film Festival. Independent films that have garnered great reviews from critics and audiences are released during this film festival.

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7. Steamboat Springs, CO

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One of the best cities in Colorado, Steamboat Springs is an ideal destination for every traveler, especially for winter tourists. When you visit, make sure to explore the local geothermal hot springs. One such location is the long-standing Old Town Hot Springs, which features an exotic swimming pool and excellent water slides. If you are fond of music, then you must time your trip to this place when Steamboat Springs Music Fest is held—which is every year in January. Prepare for grand entertainment from international popstars and famous rockstars.

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8. Mount Pleasant, SC

Mount Pleasant (South Carolina)
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Considered to be among the largest suburban towns across Charleston County, United States, Mount Pleasant is a place that must be added to your travel bucket list. It is known to be one of the fastest-growing areas across the country for many apparent reasons. Whenever you are visiting this place, you can explore the beauty of Fort Sumter National Monument, Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, Patriots Point, and Historic Charleston History Market. Also, don’t forget that one of the world’s biggest oyster festivals is held in this town—Lowcountry Oyster Festival. You shouldn’t miss this festival at all, so make sure to book your tickets well in advance for January.

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9. Philadelphia, PA

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If you have not yet visited the historic city of Philadelphia, then you must plan your trip this upcoming January. You will get a chance to explore places like Philadelphia Museum of Art, Liberty Bell, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Independence National Historical Park. Also, every New Year, this place hosts Mummers Parade, where the oldest folk culture of the USA is promoted on the streets. Do try to participate in this event and celebrate your New Year in grand fashion.

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10. Miami, FL

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Located in the southern part of Florida, Miami is known for its vibrant culture and economic status, and it is home to many financial institutions. If you plan to visit the city, try to book your tickets for January. Include in your itinerary trips to see Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Bayside Marketplace, and Jungle Island. During this month, you can also participate in Art Deco Weekend, a fun festival that lasts for three days. And the best part? The event is free!

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Your trip to the USA doesn't end here!

When you are planning a trip to the USA, make up your mind that you will see and try great things that you haven’t seen or experienced before. Also, remember to bring a camera along as you will get numerous opportunities to capture wonderful moments during your travels. Enjoy!

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