These are challenging times, but is the end in sight? One day we'll be able to travel again. Where will you go? The United States is an exciting destination, with a choice of cities to suit any bucket list.
Seen as the key to America’s future, the skyline of San Francisco reflects its status as one of the world's most technologically-advanced cities but it has retained its individuality. Tackle its narrow streets and forty-eight hills by cable car, and don't miss the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and the buzz of The Haight and the Hayes Valley. Jazz lovers can head for St John Coltrane Church, while other highlights include the Museum of Modern Art and the country's first gay-history museum.
New Orleans offers something different. Situated by the Mississippi in Louisiana, and known affectionately as the Big Easy, this southern city is famous for its live music scene. The spicy cuisine reflects its mix of French, African and American cultures. Go for Mardi Gras in late winter, and join the beautiful people filling the streets with parades and colorful costumes. Bourbon Street is the liveliest stretch in town, with music 24/7 and decorations lighting up the night sky.
Art deco styling, fabulous beaches and a buzzing nightlife make Miami a magnet for holiday-makers world-wide - a great place to celebrate freedom! For a Latin vibe, head for Little Havana, or check out the art scene in the small galleries of Wynwood and the Design District. For a quieter side of South Florida, escape to the Keys. Explore the parks, cycle along the nature trails, or hire kayaks and paddleboards.
Think of Nashville and country music will start playing in your head. This Tennessee legend is home to the Grand Ole Opry House, host to the stage and radio show of the same name. Continue the theme at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum, or catch a spot of honky-tonk piano. Then enjoy the quiet of the city parks, linked by pedestrian and cycling greenways, or hire a canoe on the Harpeth river.
Salt Lake City
Go beyond Salt Lake City to discover Utah's natural beauty. Start with the Natural History Museum before getting closer to the Rocky Mountains. Hikes come in varying lengths for every ability, but they all have breath-taking views. Visit in winter to ski. Family history researchers can visit the city's Family History Museum for its genealogical records, amassed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and hearing the wonderful Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a must!
It's important right now to look to the future. While we wait for life to return to normal, we can use the time positively by researching destinations, and dreaming of travel. Treat yourself to virtual tours in the meantime, and finalize that bucket list