10 must-see destinations in the United States to visit in 2022

Happy Thanksgiving, America! As the United States prepares to celebrate the official start of the holiday season next Thursday, thousands of travelers are boarding planes at Dublin and Shannon airports to join the party. America is finally back on the travel agenda! After an 18-month hiatus for one of Ireland’s most popular travel destinations, seats in the United States are now the most popular tickets in the city with Aer Lingus flights fully booked while people restart their seats. their transatlantic voyages. To mark the relaunch, this week I’ve combined 10 Aer Lingus catwalks and 10 amazing alternative destinations for your upcoming and highly anticipated party in the US!

Hudson Valley, New York

At its peak in 2019, more than a million passengers traveled from Dublin to JFK or Newark airports, ranking the Big Apple (and technically New Jersey!) As the most popular American destinations for the Irish market. Our love story with Manhattan knows no bounds, but we go beyond “The City” and the deceptively vast Empire State offers endless options to explore.

The Hudson Valley has had a great trend during the age of the pandemic, as young city dwellers migrate north to postcard cities such as Cold Spring, Woodstock, and Phenicia. Think of them as the cities where you clean your chakras in the morning, ski in the afternoon, and dine at a hot farm-to-table restaurant at night. To stay, visit the Hotel Dylan, a former motel converted into a boutique kitchen center in Woodstock, where you can relax in the Northeastern style playing vinyl in your room and roasting blackberries by the fire. from the pool. Upstate Living at its best!

Go to: Fly to Newark with Aer Lingus from € 300 round trip. The Hudson Line commuter train serves the region regularly from Manhattan; is a two-hour train ride to Cold Spring; about half if you take a road trip outside of rush hour.

Montauk, New York

Montauk Point Light

You may think the Hamptons are the luxurious residential land for affluent New Yorkers (and real housewives), but head beyond Long Island’s major dollar real estate and find a more affordable vacation scene. Located at the easternmost point of the island, Montauk is the old fishing village turned surfing paradise that has recently become the newest spot for city dwellers looking for a getaway to the beach. Forget Long Island iced tea, it’s definitely Manhattan on the Rocks turf!

Go to: Aer Lingus flies from Dublin and Shannon to JFK from € 360 round trip. Queens makes a practical springboard for Long Island; Public transport can take you to Montauk in two hours.

Mendocino, CA

Many road trips to California culminate in Big Sur, Monterey, or Carmel, but venturing north over the Golden Gate Bridge and California soon begins to feel, well, a little further north. If you’ve already enjoyed the bouquet of vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma Valley, head to the more remote Mendocino County, where more rustic wine lands flank a Pacific cliff coast.

Visit the town of Philo for a taste of the Roederer winery (also known as the Crystal House!), While the town of Mendocino is a dream village of NorCal that old school TV nerds will see as a place of Murder She Wrote.

Go to: Mendocino is located three hours north of the bay area. Aer Lingus flies directly to San Francisco from February from € 516 round trip.

Amish Country, PA

Visit Reading Market in central Philadelphia and sample the best of fresh Amish produce from Lancaster County. But make the one-hour westbound trip down the Pennsylvania freeway to savor it in real life. The region is home to the largest (and still booming) Amish community in the United States, and in cities like Bird-in-Hand, you’re as likely to see a horse and pram parked outside the local grocery store as a van.

Amish cultural tours are offered throughout the county, but they can feel a little voyeuristic, so check with friendly locals while shopping, from whoopie cakes to Amish blankets at authentic markets and furniture barns.

Go to: Fly to Philadelphia from April from € 548 round trip.

San Juan Islands, WA

Seattle from Kerry Park

Seattle from Kerry Park

Seattle may be the hometown of grunge culture, Starbucks and Amazon, but it’s also the backdrop to one of the state’s most stunning natural spectacles: killer whale watching. The world’s largest dolphins have one of their strongest habitats in the Pacific Northwest region and the San Juan Islands, an impressive archipelago on the Canadian border makes it an amazing place to see them.

Take a full day tour with operators like San Juan Safaris where you can see resident killer whales gobbling up Chinook salmon. To spend a night, stay in the charming island town of Friday Harbor.

Go to: Fly to Seattle from April from € 600 round trip. It is a two-hour drive from Seattle to Anacortes from where you can catch the Washington State Ferry to the islands.

Wine Country, VA

Cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge from Washington DC and you’ve already stumbled upon Virginia. But delve deeper into the countryside for another hour and you’ll find yourself in one of America’s most important wine-producing regions.

The state is home to over 220 wineries in total, but head straight to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, nestled along the Appalachians, to experience the most picturesque!

Go to: Fly to DC daily with rates starting at € 299.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

With the shortest coastline in the U.S., the New Hampshire coastline often gets hit by the freeway by travelers heading north to Maine. But as one of New England’s hidden urban treasures, its town of Portsmouth is worth anchoring for a night. Dating back to 1600, the Portsmouth postcard is a chocolate box with colonial-era properties and quirky urban attractions – a visit to the Strawbery Banke open-air museum has the feel of strolling through Little Women’s ensemble, while the MONA, recently opened, is the most popular place in the city. new modern art ticket.

Famolenc? For food, press Wild Valentine for coffee, Elephantine Bakery for cakes and Gino’s seafood shack for, of course, lobster buns. Climb to charming places like The Inn Downtown. And if you have a little more reach on the road trip clock, head further north to Portland, Maine.

Go to: Portsmouth is just 55 miles north of Boston Logan, where Aer Lingus flies daily from € 350 round trip.

29 Palms, CA.

Do you dream of Southern California but want to take a break from the big city? So why not prepare (for your car rental) for the most epic getaway, Joshua Tree National Park. In the heart of San Bernardino County, the quaint desert city oasis of 29 Palms is the perfect gateway to the desert.

Book a room at the city’s boho hostel, which offers accommodation in desert huts with individual hammocks spread out among the cacti. In the evening, head downtown to the local Edchadas taqueria to buy guacamole and margs, but don’t be late: a trip at sunrise through Joshua Tree National Park, where trees grow shadows in the light in the morning, it’s a really epic experience.

Go to: No connections required! From March, take the 12-hour direct flight from Dublin to LAX with fares starting at € 565. On land, there are three hours drive to 29 Palms.

St. Augustine, FL

Visitors to Orlando are often absorbed in Disney’s dazzle, but travel by road further and you’ll discover the city listed as America’s oldest city; St. Augustine. Founded in 1565 by Spanish Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, today the city preserves a rich colonial heritage where the gelatinous streets overflow with very vibrant architecture and the emblematic mossy oak avenues give a southern feel.

For an alternative road trip, and more of a Florida Nantucket vibe, head south to the coastal town of Vero Beach, where you can watch sea turtles and relax on the boardwalk before registering. at the popular Costa D’Este hotel by Gloria Estefan.

Go to: Fly from Dublin to Orlando from 365 € round trip.

Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin may not ring too many bells for the Irish summer vacationer, but any city named as the most livable city in America should be worth it. The walkable university town on the shores of Lakes Mendota and Monona is rich in its gastronomic, artistic and cultural scenes, and being home to the CrossFit Games for several years, it is also ranked as one of the most suitable places to visit. America.

But not everything is a clean life in the Midwest! Wisconsin is the cheese capital of the United States, so to fill up, head to Madison’s Old Fashioned Tavern, where you can pick up a slice of crispy cheese curd, Mac & Cheese smeared with aged local cheddar, or take a dip of definitive dairy. with some Wisconsin fondue.

Go to: Madison is 150 miles north of Chicago, where Aer Lingus flies from € 336 and back.

Information: All of the above fares are based on Dublin departures with JFK and Boston, both accessible from Shannon Airport from March. For a winter offer, check out Aer Lingus ’Black Flyday Sale, which offers a € 100 discount on all transatlantic fares booked before November 30th. For more information, see aerlingus.com

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