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Top 7 U.S. travel destinations of Upstate residents

Whether by plane, train or automobile, Upstate residents love to travel.

In a previous article, we talked about the many one-tank trip options that we enjoy from the Upstate. Now, let’s explore the Top 7 U.S. travel destinations of those who live in the Upstate.

Orlando, FL
The most magical place on Earth, Orlando, FL is the top requested trip by those living in the Upstate.

Disney World’s on-site packages include value, resort and exclusive options to accommodate any size budget, and Allegiant’s discounted and direct flights from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport help make the trip even more attractive.

National Parks
Senior adults across the Upstate enjoy taking bus tours to national parks such as Yosemite, Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.

These seven- to 12-day trips are perfect for those who don’t like driving long distances. Upstate families with young children are enjoying national parks packages, as well, but many of them are renting RVs for the scenic, cross-country trek.

New York, New York
Broadway is the biggest draw for Upstaters traveling to the Big Apple, with two- and three-night weekend stays the top sellers.

Cruises leaving from New York Harbor are another draw. The Fall Foliage Cruise with stops in Boston, Portland ME and Nova Scotia rank number one.

Las Vegas, NV
If you guessed gambling as the reason for this top destination, you’re partially right.

But just as popular are the themed Vegas hotels that are attractions themselves, such as The Venetian Resort with its gondola rides and the New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and its rooftop roller coaster. Many travelers to Las Vegas also enjoy taking a day trip to Hoover Dam.

Washington, D.C.
We’ve seen an increase in trips to D.C. lately among grandparents who are taking their grandchildren to the Nation’s Capital for a history lesson.

Another great reason to visit is that many of the museums and attractions, including the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, offer free admission.

New Orleans, LA
Food and the French Quarter are the primary reasons Upstate residents say they want to visit New Orleans.

Experiencing the timelessness, beauty and culture of the French Quarter is a bucket list item for many. And for foodies, New Orleans offers perhaps the most distinctive regional fare in the country with its Creole and Cajun cuisines.

Amtrak Trips
Train stations in Greenville, S.C. and Spartanburg, S.C. make Amtrak a transportation option for those wishing to head north to Washington, D.C. and New York or south to Atlanta and New Orleans. Amtrak’s fall foliage train vacations are especially popular among Upstate residents.

About the Author
Deb Metcalf has worked in the travel Industry for more than 20 years. After a 12-year stint in advertising and media sales, she now is co-owner of Travel Agents International where she began her professional career. Deb loves the excitement of helping Upstate residents take their “fantasy trip.” She and her husband, Barry, reside in Woodruff, SC.

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