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About The United States

The United States of America is so big that you could literally chop it up by state and many of them would still be the size of some countries. The diversity between states and regions is evident immediately and the varied topography, fantastic outdoor opportunities, excellent food, good shopping and wonderful quality of life makes it one of the most sought after destinations for both travel and for living.

The best way to travel around the US is by car or motorhome, but there are also an increasing number of affordable flights and public transport options all around the country. It’s also a great jumping off point for pretty much anywhere in the world as the major airports here are more connected than anywhere else.

Get your hiking boots ready and get ready to taste some fantastic regional cuisine. Give yourself time to travel around the US and if you don’t have time, simply pick a state and travel there for a while. You can always return.

Things To Do In The United States


With dramatic landscapes, delicious regional cuisines and some of the world's coolest cities, there's more than enough to keep you busy for a lifetime in the US. The United States of America gives travellers the convenience of Uber, great public transport and the best mapped roads in the world.

Explore the US with the confidence of roadside assistance and the enjoyment of cheap rental cars. Road trips and city breaks are a highlight, but that's only really scratching the surface of the things to do in the United States.

Below you'll find all of our posts of the best things to do in many of the major cities, National Parks and destinations in the country. Enjoy!

21 Best Things To Do in Asheville, NC

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and located along the French Broad River, Asheville just might be the most beautiful city in the United States. Take in the views of the city from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, and you’ll quickly see why it’s referred to ...

25 Best Things To Do in Chicago, Illinois

There are endless things to do in Chicago and the city surprised us (in a good way) with its bustling downtown core, expansive green spaces, modern art displays, Michelin-starred restaurants and charming neighbourhoods! No matter your age or travel style, you’ll find sights and activities in ...

15 Fun Things To Do in Austin, Texas

The capital of Texas, Austin is known for its live music, barbecue, tacos, and beer. This is precisely why I was in love with this city before I even traveled there! In this guide, we’ll dive into these and several more of the attractions and best ...

15 Best Philadelphia Attractions: An Insider’s Guide

While New York may be the most famous city and Washington D.C. may be the capital, perhaps no city has more importance in American history than Philadelphia. After all, it was here that the founding fathers broke free of the crown and established an independent nation ...

21 Fun Things To Do in Detroit: An Insider’s Guide

Whether you’re interested in cars, art, music, history, sports, or nightlife, there are plenty of awesome things to do in Detroit to satisfy your interests. Here you can spend a morning visiting a world-class art museum, cycle along the riverfront in the afternoon, and rock out ...

21 Fun Things To Do in New Orleans

The Big Easy, the Crescent City, NOLA. Whatever you decide to call it, there’s no denying that New Orleans is one of the coolest cities in the US! With a vibrant culture, fascinating history, and world-class culinary, music, and nightlife scenes, New Orleans is a fantastic ...

15 Awesome Things To Do in Portland Oregon

The City of Roses, PDX, Rip City, Bridge Town, or Portlandia. Whatever you call it, Portland is one of the best cities to visit in the USA. With several excellent parks, a thriving music and art scene, and an abundance of food trucks and breweries, there’s ...

15 Fun Things To Do in Nashville

If you’re a music lover, then a trip to Nashville is definitely in order. Known as Music City, the capital of Tennessee is one of the most fun cities to visit in the US. There are plenty of exciting things to do in Nashville, and we’ll ...

Seattle Attractions: 15 Top Things To Do in The Emerald City

Known as the Emerald City, Seattle just might be the most scenic metropolitan area in the United States. The largest city in the Pacific Northwest is surrounded by evergreen forests, mountains, and water. In addition to its natural beauty, there are also plenty of excellent Seattle ...

15 Things To Do in Boston: Top Activities and Attractions

Boston is one of the oldest and most famous cities in the United States. There’s no shortage of historic Boston attractions to visit, making this an incredible travel destination. If you’re planning a trip there but are unsure of what to do in Boston, read on ...

Top 10 Things to Do on Kiawah Island

Most travellers know Charleston, the darling southern gem just a stone’s throw from South Carolina’s coast. But few know about Kiawah Island, the naturally preserved escape that’s just a 35-minute drive from the city. Home to a nature sanctuary, championship golf courses, a sprawling open-air market, ...

15 Top Denver Attractions You Don’t Want To Miss

Known as the Mile High City, Denver is the capital of Colorado and one of the most exciting cities to visit in the US. Surrounded by mountains, Denver is the perfect base for those who love a bit of outdoor adventure. While you may be tempted ...

Chicago Architecture River Cruise: A Guide for Travellers

When the sun is shining and the weather is nice in Chicago, there’s no better way to experience the “City of Broad Shoulders” than taking to the river on a Chicago Architecture river cruise. This is one of the best things to do in Chicago. There ...

Things To Do in Hawaii: The Big Island Guide

The Big Island (officially named “Hawaii”) is one of Hawaii’s most fascinating islands. It’s not just beaches and sunshine, but an island filled with some of the most wonderful natural treasures in the world. It will catch you by surprise with its unbelievable landscape, created by ...

What To See & Do With 24 Hours In New York City

We recently headed to the Big Apple with big hopes of seeing it all. When we were researching the sights around the city, we had a hard time visualizing distances and weren’t sure what we’d accomplish in our short visit to the city before heading upstate. ...

Best Food & Drink in The United States


As far as restaurants go, the US pretty much has every other country beat. With every ethnic cuisine from Chinese to Chilean and more Michelen Starred restaurants than any other country on Earth, the US is a foodies paradise. There's a meal for every budget as well, so whether you're looking to get some quick eats at a hole in the wall, or sit down for a nice meal at a fine dining restaurant, you'll find something that suits your needs here. Don't miss the ever-expanding food truck culture either, particularly in Chicago, New York and New Orleans.

New Orleans Bars: 10 Best Places To Grab a Drink

There’s perhaps no city in the US that knows how to party quite like New Orleans. Now I know New York can throw it down, and I realize they call Las Vegas Sin City for a reason, but you just can’t beat the Big Easy when ...

New Orleans Food: Top 10 Must-Try Dishes

There are plenty of awesome cities in the United States, each offering something unique to visitors. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I have to then I’m going with New Orleans. While the Crescent City is most well-known for its massive Mardi Gras celebrations ...

New Orleans Cocktails: 7 Must-Try Drinks In The Big Easy

When it comes to the best cities for cocktails, it’s hard to top New Orleans. After all, the motto of the Big Easy is “Laissez les bon temps rouler” — “Let the good times roll.” Those good times are fueled largely by booze, thanks to the ...

Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago – A Guide to The City’s Nightlife

Chicago; a progressive city that celebrates diversity and creativity. Being a true melting pot of so many different cultures, Chicago offers an impressive variety in the realm of cocktails and cuisine. Some of the best bars I have visited in the United States have been in ...

21 Best Places To Eat in Chicago: A Guide For Foodies

Despite the reputation for calorie-ridden, deep dish pizza, Chicago’s food scene is really quite varied and surprising. Expect tasty brunch, lunch, dinner, small brews, farm-to-table, international cuisine, and off-the-beaten-track places to eat in Chicago. I’ve been to Chicago many times with my husband and friends and ...

Where to Eat in Meredith, New Hampshire: A Guide to the Best Restaurants

Eating is an elemental part of travel that connects us firsthand back to whatever part of the earth we may be visiting. It’s a reminder three or more times a day about where we come from and what powers us to explore the world, as well ...

United States Travel Tips & Advice


Even though we're Canadian, we haven't made the short trip down the the US all that often in our lives, but we have had some pretty amazing experiences travelling in our neighbour to the south. Here are a few posts about our experiences travelling in the US.

Weekend in Austin: The Perfect 2 Day Itinerary

If you’re headed to the Texas capital on a quick getaway, read on for the perfect itinerary for a weekend in Austin. Get ready to rock in the city that’s known as the Live Music Capital of the World! Two days in Austin is just enough ...

5 Best Road Trip Destinations in Arizona

Arizona is home to three national parks and some of the most breathtaking rock formations in North America. The 48th state is also steeped in the history of the Old West. What better way to explore than by taking a road trip in Arizona? If you’ve ...

Where To Stay in New Orleans: Neighborhood & Accommodation Guide

I fell in love with New Orleans immediately on my first visit. The energy of the city is just amazing— it really sucks you in. After a 2nd trip there, I’m already planning a third. There’s just no shortage of fun things to do in New ...

10 Best Hotels on Bourbon Street: Accommodation Guide to The French Quarter

Famous for its festivals, live music, cuisine, and raucous nightlife, New Orleans just might be the most fun city in the United States. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy and want to stay right in the thick of all the action, you’re probably ...

7 Best Swamp Tours in New Orleans

There are tons of fun things to do in New Orleans, but there are also plenty of great options for day trips outside of the city. While you’re there, be sure to check out a swamp tour in New Orleans.  Since the city is located in ...

Top 10 New Orleans Festivals: A Guide To The City’s Best Events

New Orleans is a city with many names, including the Crescent City, NOLA, and the Big Easy. Another nickname that deserves to be on the list is Festival Capital of the World. With over 130 New Orleans festivals throughout the year, that’s about one every three ...

Planning Epic Bus & Train Travel in the US

When you think of taking a road trip in the United States it is easy to imagine cruising in a convertible Cadillac or a motor home.  Very rarely would you consider thinking about taking a bus or a train to get from one U.S state to another.  ...

The Ultimate Guide to Spending a Summer Weekend in New Hampshire

This post brought to you by New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Goats on the Road. The northeast of the United States is an unexpectedly beautiful region, among the better kept secrets of this part ...

Our Travel Experiences In The US


Even though we're Canadian, we haven't made the short trip down the the US all that often in our lives, but we have had some pretty amazing experiences travelling in our neighbour to the south. Here are a few posts about our experiences travelling in the US.

Our Experience Working With The Chicago Tourism Board

We’re back in Grenada from a week away in Chicago. This was our first time in the mid-west city and honestly, we felt like it was a very approachable, welcoming, livable big city. Our first impressions of Chicago were extremely positive and as the week continued on, ...

Going Offline: Our Digital Detox Experience in Upstate New York

Through the windows of the comfortable coach, we watched as the gridlock traffic and hustle of the big city slowly gave way to the vastness and calm of the countryside. Our prior night in the iconic New York City was both fascinating and exhausting at the ...

THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT

When To Travel To The USA


Best Time To Visit Overall 

Spring (April-May) & Fall (September - October)

The United States of America is a massive country so the climate varies widely between elevations and latitudes. 

The north has a very similar climate from coast to coat but, like Canada a little further north, winter is a frozen snowy wonderland. Lakes here will freeze over starting in around November and you won't likely get a thaw until April or may when spring comes.

In the south, the US is a bit more temperate and enjoys a more consistent climate year-round. The winter here is typically dryer and warmer, while the summer can be roasting, but ideal for chilling on beaches or exploring shaded walks in national parks.

Peak Season

The summer months of July and August are peak season for travel in the US, mostly because the kids are out of school and Americans flock to national parks, beaches and cities for their holidays. During this time it's best to book ahead, particularly in places that are frequented by families.

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Shoulder Season 

Shoulder season (the Spring and Fall) is the best time to visit the US. The weather around the country is generally mild and comfortable and you can avoid the summer crowds. If you're planning experiences at popular tourist destinations however, it's still best to plan to visit during the week to avoid the  

Off-Season

Generally the winter is the off-season in the US, unless you're visiting ski hills. But that doesn't mean it's not a great time to visit, particularly in the south where the temperature is more comfortable than it is in the summer months.

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