U.S. travel is as old a pastime as the country itself. Perhaps more than any other nation on the planet, the United States was built on mobility.

With 50 states and 16 territories made up of countless counties each with their own history and cultural makeup, the U.S. provides endless opportunities for exploration, many of which you will find in our GET.com travel guides.

Here's our pick of 20 U.S. Travel destinations which we think everyone should add to their bucket list:

  1. Key West, Florida

    Yes, Margaritaville does exist, and it's in the Florida Keys. If you crave pastel houses set against azure seas and skies, coral reefs and the good life, it's waiting.

  2. Washington, D.C.

    Washington D.C. is an obvious candidate for the top 20 list. Touring the memorials or exploring the Smithsonian, you'll succumb to the thrum of our nation's capital and all that embodies the American Dream.

  3. Branson, Missouri

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    Live Music Show Capital of the World, Branson's also a family-oriented entertainment destination for natural attractions and theme parks.

  4. Charleston, South Carolina

    Modern Southern hospitality among the camellias blends with pre-Civil War life, carriage rides, savory regional specialties and sweetgrass baskets.

  5. Williamsburg, Virginia

    A Christmas homage for many, the brick-and-boxwood landmark city is part of the Historic Triangle with Jamestown and Yorktown.

  6. Mystic, Connecticut

    Take your fill of maritime history, sailing and even submarines as well as a taste of antiquing, shopping, gaming and lobster rolls.

  7. Watkins Glen, New York

    Count all 19 waterfalls as you pass through breathtaking limestone-sandstone cliffs, or sample the Finger Lakes wineries and artisan beverages.

  8. Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Spa City's bucket list includes mineral baths, hot springs, horse races, Garvan Woodland Gardens' tulips, an alligator farm and craft beer just for starters.

  9. Sedona, Arizona

    Sedona embodies well-being and an unplugged lifestyle. Its red-rock shadow-shifting, instantly recognizable buttes rank it one of the United States' most beautiful places.

  10. Taos, New Mexico

    The Soul of the Southwest is host to a long-standing artist colony, historic adobe Taos Pueblo and numerous ski areas.

  11. San Antonio, Texas

    San Antonio is a smooth blend of Texas flavors. Home to the Alamo, Mission City has the Natural Bridge Caverns, Tower of the Americas, River Walk, gardens and theme parks all set amid Southwestern culture.

  12. Las Vegas, Nevada

    Sin City is now known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, with something – including the Mojave – for everyone. Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind experience.

  13. San Francisco, California

    The Golden Gate Bridge leads to delights like Painted Ladies and cable cars. Rent an electric bike to explore San Francisco, but don't overlook Monterey Bay.

  14. Newport, Rhode Island

    Eat, drink, shop, play, fish, sail or tour. You've got seaside, cliff views, restaurants and shopping amid historic sites and landmark mansions.

  15. Orlando, Florida

    In The City Beautiful, your problem won't be what but which activity to do. Pick your favorite theme park, or sample them all. Orlando is a city built for fun.

  16. Gatlinburg, Tennessee 

    Enjoy live country and western traveling bands – or get married – at the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.

  17. Boston, Massachusetts

    Retrace our nation's birth in Bean Town. Immerse yourself in history and culture by day and world-class food and entertainment by night.

  18. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    Experience the West in technicolor, from geysers, waterfalls and mountains to bison, elk, antelope and wolves.

  19. New York City, New York

    The Big Apple is also the City That Never Sleeps thanks to Broadway, 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center, the Met, the World Trade Center . . . and the list goes on. New York City is an American icon.

  20. Rapid City, South Dakota

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is actually in Keystone, but surrounding areas boast a Mammoth Site, caves and outdoor adventure.

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