The Top Five Places in the U.S. to Visit Before the Year Is Over

The hustle and bustle of the busy summer traveling season can be overwhelming. Taking your vacation or weekend trip during peak vacation times can result in crowded airports, higher gas prices, and congested vacation spots. Scheduling your travel plans for after the busy summer traveling season can help reduce stress-related travel and allow you to enjoy your trip.

Whether you’re looking for some time on the beach, hiking and nature trails, or a weekend escape, here are some of the best places to visit before the year is over.

1. San Diego County, California

Located in Southern California, San Diego County is a great tourist spot for both children and adults. With an abundance of things to do, there’s something for everyone. Spend the day at the San Diego Zoo, catch a baseball game at Petco Park, take a hike in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve®, or soak up the rays at one of the gorgeous beaches nearby.

2. Lake Michigan (bordering Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana)

Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes in North America, is a great spot for those who enjoy the outdoors. Aside from taking in the picturesque views, spend some time on the lake fishing, explore the trails at Indiana Dunes National Park, or visit one of the small, boutique cities along the coast.

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3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

America’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park is a must-visit destination. Nestled in the northwestern corner of Wyoming, it’s home to geysers, hot springs, and a wide variety of wildlife. Hit the hiking and nature trails to enjoy the beautiful views, the geysers, and the local wildlife.

4. Kansas City, Missouri

Are you a barbecue fan? Take a trip to the city that’s known for its BBQ, Kansas City. Whether you’re sampling different types of barbecues, visiting the National WWI Museum and Memorial, exploring the Kansas City Zoo or the science museum, or catching a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium®, Kansas City makes the perfect weekend getaway for both couples and families.

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5. San Francisco, California

If you’re looking for a place to visit with a plethora of things to see, consider San Francisco. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island, PIER 39®, and the Ghirardelli® Chocolate Experience, there’s a lot to explore and see.

As you prepare for your trip, contact us to let us know you’ll be traveling, and don’t forget to take First Bank with you! Your First Bank Debit Mastercard® is accepted at millions of locations that accept Mastercard. Your debit card can be linked to your digital wallet, allowing you to tap your card at payment terminals when you see the contactless symbol. Plus, you’ll have access to over 55,000 surcharge-free Allpoint® Network ATM locations around the world.

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