- As COVID continues, domestic getaways remain one of the best travel options for US travelers.
- If you want to plan a trip in 2022, we found 22 places worth visiting that won’t require a passport.
- Here’s where you’ll find pretty scenery, exciting events, hotel and restaurant openings, and more.
However, with a new COVID variant and ever-changing border constraints, it may be easier to keep those passports at home and stick to exploring the United States.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of worthy destinations. From world-famous cities making a comeback to remote paradises, national parks, and dreamy islands, several places in the US are poised to make a big splash in 2022 thanks to new venue openings, milestone anniversaries, special events, and more.
But 2022 will be extra special for the city when Walt Disney World Resort celebrates 50 years in Orlando. The golden anniversary festivities will span 18 months through spring 2023, but when you visit the parks in 2022, expect special lighting and projects, commemorative statues and character costumes, and much more.
If you prefer luxury versus overly theme-y accommodations, stay at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the only Five Diamond-rated property in Central Florida.
The $US2.7 ($AU4) billion renovations of Orlando International Airport are also slated for completion in early spring 2022. Costing more than any other single investment in Orlando, the overhaul includes the introduction of Brightline, Florida’s high-speed passenger rail service.
The Strip recently opened its first new ground-up resort in more than a decade with Resorts World Las Vegas that’s worth checking out. And part of Wynn Las Vegas’ $US200 ($AU285) million revamp was the debut of the sumptuous and star-studded supper club Delilah, also known as the no-photos-allowed Kylie Jenner favorite venue, in partnership with The h.wood Group.
Or, try the new FlyOver in Las Vegas, a first-of-its-kind attraction on the Strip, and plan to buy tickets to any of the new artist residencies planned for 2022 that include Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood, who both kick off in December with dates into the new year.
For laid-back luxury, check in to the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa, a hacienda-style retreat situated on 10 acres between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar.
Summer will also make for steamy outdoor hangouts at the 166-year-old Centennial Park, which is undergoing a major renovation and recently unveiled the first statue of women’s rights pioneers Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Also opening in May in Music City is Conrad Nashville, centrally located in Midtown and billed as the city’s first ultra-luxe property. Don’t leave without a visit to a joint like Party Fowl to try the famous Nashville hot chicken.
Stay in the center of it all at the new Hyatt Place Houston/Downtown for easy striking distance to sightseeing.
Stay at Virgin Hotels New Orleans, set to open reopen in the trendy Warehouse District.
With spectacular beaches, dramatic mountains, and active volcanoes, it offers all the natural beauty you’d expect from an island paradise. But there are tons of things to do, too. Unlike some of the less built-up islands in the state, Maui offers a lively atmosphere along with the sophistication of a major urban destination.
Come in April for the Maui Marathon, or in June for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Stay at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, which you may recognize as the filming location for HBO’s “The White Lotus.”
Toss in the return of indoor dining and drinking, and there’s much to celebrate in the Big Apple going into 2022. Spend a day reading at the New York Public Library, visit the Bronx Zoo, and indulge in any style of cuisine from street food to the ultimate in elevated dining. Or, catch some of the best city sights from the water on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise.
The city’s popular culinary festival, Charleston Wine + Food Festival returns in March. The anticipated International African American Museum, which explores the city’s role in the history of slavery, is also set to open early in the year.
Book a stay in the heart of the Historic District, in close proximity to the city’s top boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Try the 52-room HarbourView Inn, which recently unveiled a $US1 ($AU1) million refresh with designs from local artists and a refurbished rooftop.
In 2022, come for Formula 1’s first-ever Grand Prix in May, or any time for beaches and nightlife. If you need a place to stay, W South Beach recently unveiled its $US30 ($AU43) million design renovation, new spa, and a $US100 ($AU143) million art collection with dozens of Warhols in the lobby.
To celebrate, the blue cobblestone city will bring events, festivals, tours, and more through June. A quick drive away, the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico on a private peninsula makes a nice base, with the island’s largest lagoon-style pool, and its first floating waterpark over the ocean.
Logan Circle, which is well-placed for sightseeing, offers two new lively spots that have become neighborhood favorites: Hotel Zena and Viceroy Washington DC. Both hotels are conveniently centered around 14th Street NW, a trendy spot for taking in the city’s attractions, eateries, and nightlife.
Here, you’ll find nearly private white sand beaches, plus a top-ranked golf course.
On the island with no bridge, visitors stay at Haig Point, the island’s only private, residential community in historic accommodations — the Strachan Mansion or 1873 Lighthouse.
The famously LGBTQ-friendly destination also packs an impressive annual event calendar, from an international film festival in January to Modernism Week in February, and music festivals in the spring, including the long-awaited return of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals.
Casa Cody, the oldest operating hotel in Palm Springs, has standalone cottages for travelers seeking privacy and space.
The region comprises a sprawling landscape of bucolic vineyards, world-class restaurants, plus culture and shopping aplenty. Bring your wallet to dine at Thomas Keller’s Yountville restaurant, The French Laundry. And if you visit in 2022, you’ll be one of the earliest visitors at the new Four Seasons Napa Valley, set upon a working winery.
Fly into Phoenix, which is surrounded on all sides by mountains, and visit the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which includes thousands of acres of stunning hiking and biking trails through desert scenery. Or, head east to hit the Superstition Wilderness and the trail in Lost Dutchman State Park.
Complete the wellness experience with a stay at Castle Hot Springs, which was Arizona’s first luxury resort, originally founded in 1896. Its mineral hot springs date back 13,000 years, and the 30-room resort has a digital detox philosophy. Newly added this year on property is Arizona’s first-ever Via Ferrata cable climbing course.
If you want to see stars of another sort (and money is no object), stay at Amangiri, a favorite among the Kardashians and Real Housewives where lodgings cost thousands nightly.
Book ahead and stay at Old Faithful Inn, a national historic landmark and the most-requested lodging facility in the park. Its building began in 1903 with local logs and stone.
Be one of the first visitors to the stunning new 60-acre outdoor park, Unity Park, right along the town’s 22-plus mile Swamp Rabbit Bike trail, set to open in the spring. That’s right around the same time as NCAA March Madness comes to town, too. Visit in May to stay at the new Grand Bohemian when it opens.
The East Coast Surfing Championship will celebrate its 60th anniversary in Virginia Beach in August, a weeklong celebration on the beach. The seaside city also offers 293 parks and park facilities, 29 miles (47km) of scenic waterways, and 300 miles (483km) of bike ways and trails.
Art appreciators will want to visit the ViBe Creative District or check out the Maya Lin solo exhibit coming to Virginia MOCA in 2022. Stay at the iconic, and newly restored, Cavalier Virginia Beach, which has welcomed travelers for almost a century.
Plus, look out for budding developments and cultural districts including Harbor Point, the city’s newest luxury waterfront neighborhood, and a truly sustainable one, with walkability, environmentally conscious buildings, an urban vegetable farm, smart irrigation systems, 9.5 acres of green space, and more. The new year will also bring the highly anticipated reopening of the iconic Lexington Market, the oldest public market in America.