6 Must-Visit Transformational Destinations in the USA
There’s a lot of questions about what “transformational destinations” are exactly. And to be honest, there is no straight answer. A traveler plans out the destinations they go to. And wherever travelers go, every place will always have an impact on them.
Whether it’s a museum, ruins, park, or local fast food chain, the impact can either change you or do nothing. And while there is no clear definition any destination that can change your life forever can be considered as transformative if you follow the right guiding practices according to the Transformational Travel Council.
Travel enables you to meet people, try new things, push your limits, and discover new things about yourself. And these are the factors that revolve around transformational destinations. In a nutshell, the transformation lies within the person traveling to these places, not the destination itself. However, going to the most beautiful destinations will definitely have a more meaningful impact.
That’s why it’s recommended to choose the destinations carefully to truly experience an eye-opening transformation. If you don’t know where to start, here are six transformational destinations you should look into for your next USA trip.
1. Aspen Snowmass
Location: Aspen, Colorado
People come to Aspen thinking that the city only offers the man-made glitz and glam that you see on upscale destinations. However, what they don’t realize is that Aspen is home to the most breathtaking natural wonders your eyes can ever feast on. One of those breathtaking, which is considered a must-see in Aspen is Aspen Snowmass.
Aspen Snowmass is composed of four mountains that is perfect for both novice and expert adventurers. It is a total of 5,527 acres, with around 362 trails, two amazing towns, 41 lifts, and finally one lift ticket. It is named as Snowmass due to the deep snow and terrain that comprise 94 trails. Adventure seekers will also enjoy this as it has the largest vertical descent in all of North America.
Other little sections to watch out for in Aspen Snowmass are the Aspen Highlands and the Buttermilk. The latter being home to the Winter X Games for ESPN.
2. Jungle Island
Location: Miami, Florida
If you want to truly immerse yourself in nature with the world’s rarest animals, then Jungle Island in Miami, Florida should be at the top of your list. It is a lush oasis that has over 300 species of birds, lemurs, kangaroos, sloths, orangutans, and more.
It’s a place for all visitors in any age range. Aside from enjoying the lush forests, and rare animals, you can also enjoy some thrilling rides inside. For instance, you can try the zip lines or wind tunnel. Better yet, experience the exciting jungle-themed escape rooms.
Jungle Island is a Miami tradition for over 80 years. It was built in 1936 as a place where birds can fly freely. The other attractions are:
- Joia Beach
- Sloth Encounters
- Lemur Interaction
- Flamingo Experience
- Flying Squirrel
- Capybara Encounter
3. Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Deemed as the state’s most memorable trail because of its length, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is one you should check out if you’re into trekking. Also known as “N.C.’s hiking trail,” the Mountains-to-Sea or MST can undeniably transform you as you hike along Raleigh’s most beautiful natural and man-made wonders.
Some of the stunning gems you’ll see along the way are:
- Rolling Piedmont farms
- Mountain vistas
- Colonial towns
- Coastal swamps
- Mountain streams
- Country churches
- Pine forests
- Sand dunes
If you want to trek all 1,175 miles from Great Smoky Mountains up to the Outer Banks, you may do so. However, if you want the shorter route, you can start from either Wilkerson Nature Preserve or Blue Jay Point County.
4. Duke Lemur Center
Location: Durham, North Carolina
The Duke Lemur Center is inside the Duke Gardens, a 55-acre garden that houses the most diverse species of lemurs in the world. It has over 240 animals with 17 species of animals. The Duke Lemur Center garners over 300,000 visitors yearly.
Founded in 1966, Duke Lemur Center’s mission is to innovate science, research, and conservation. Come here if you want to help save the lemurs from extinction – maybe this is the transformation you need in your life.
5. Cliff Walk
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Newport has always been associated to the sea. And this is why it’s considered as America’s yachting capital. Aside from riding a luxury yacht, you can also experience Newport in a more astonishing way.
Take a walk at Newport’s Cliff Walk. It has the most exquisite backdrops unimaginable. Imagine yourself walking along a cliff with lush forests below and the crystal blue sea underneath. However, walking at Cliff Walk means walking at your own risks as the drop can be deadly, which is about 70 feet. Also, if you go during summer, watch out for Poison Ivy along the paths.
6. National WWII Museum
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
If you want to know the whole American story during World War II, then visit the National WWII Museum. Its mission is to let everyone know everything behind WWII – the cause of the war, how it ended, and the impact it has today. This is so everyone, regardless of generation will understand the sacrifices and pain people go through to achieve freedom.
So if you want a trip that is both educational and transformational, then drop by National WWII Museum.