Not everyone has the budget to travel abroad. Fortunately, the US is flush with an abundance of eclectic and diverse vacation destinations that will truly make you feel as if you have stepped into another country. From amazing scenery to unique cultural offerings to mouth-watering ethnic foods, it is easy to suspend reality and feel as if you are a world traveler if you choose the right destination. Here are three places that are perfect choices when wanting to feel as if you have left the country.

New Orleans, LA

Let’s start with the obvious. New Orleans is a foodie’s dream destination. From pillowy beignets to spicy crawfish etouffee to the freshest seafood offerings, a trip to New Orleans will tickle the taste buds. The rich history and culture of this region are unlike any other city in the US. It is easy to feel as if you have been transported to another time and place as you take a walk through the haunting graveyards or visit the unique landscape of the bayou region.

Miami, FL

The Magic City boasts a bevy of South American and Caribbean cultures that add to its diverse landscape. The area of Miami known as Little Havana boasts a heavy Cuban influence that can be experienced through the food, attractions, and nightlife. The Cuban flavors explode at restaurants such as the iconic Versailles Cafe or at the many espresso and pastry strands. Or experience the culture and flavor of Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Haiti, Jamaica, and much more. The melting pot of nationalities is the perfect complement to the stunning coastline and natural beauty of this tropical destination.

Vail, CO

This snowy paradise will make you feel as if you are high above the Alps of Switzerland. With more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, Vail is proud to be one of the largest ski resorts in the world. The magnificence of the towering Rocky Mountains cannot be overstated. In addition to the natural beauty, the town of Vail also features a quintessential village area with great places to shop. You will feel as if you are in another country as you take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of this charming European-style mountain village.

You do not need to have your passport ready to feel as if you have traveled the world. Satisfy your wanderlust by planning a visit with Genie Traveler to any of these vibrant domestic destinations.

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