Where Americans Are Traveling Locally in 2020

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Yep, another ski town (three’s officially a trend). A beloved family-friendly destination, Steamboat is known for the smooth and dry snow—dubbed “Champagne powder”—that falls upon its slopes. In the summer, you can do all the traditional outdoor activities, and then some: just outside of town lies Strawberry Park Hot Springs, a collection of stunning natural mineral pools that are available to the public. Stay at this bohemian condo close to town, or this stunning ski-in, ski-out chateau.

Durham, North Carolina

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The Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

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One of the three points of North Carolina’s research triangle, Durham, North Carolina, is a hotbed for academics: it is, after all, the hometown of Duke University. Over 300,000 people visit the campus’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which offers 55 acres of beautiful, blooming flora—although sadly it’s closed through the end of the year due to COVID-19. A must-visit is Fullsteam, a southern experimental brewery which serves up sweet potato lager and an IPA with peaches. Speaking of the culinary scene: 30 minutes away is Raleigh, which is experiencing a foodie boom—local restauranteur Ashley Christensen won the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding chef.

In Durham, stay at the Washington-Duke Inn, which embodies Southern hospitality, or for Raleigh, Guest House, a quaint yet buzzy boutique hotel.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in America: surrounded by mountains and settled in the southwestern desert, the landscape is otherworldly. “The descriptor ‘magical’ is often overused. But, Santa Fe is magical,” wrote Alexandra Malmed in her travel guide for Vogue. “By virtue of its almost-mythical handsomeness, aridity, and eccentricity, it draws a distinguished multitude of people who seek solitude and who gravitate towards physical beauty.”

Stay at this charming adobe home, or perhaps this haute hacienda is more your speed. For hotels, you can’t go wrong with the Rosewood Anasazi, Bishop’s Lodge, or Inn of the Five Graces.

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