"From California to the New York island, From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, This land was made for you and me."—Woody Guthrie.
In a country of such beauty and variety, where do people pick for their vacation? Handily, TripAdvisor has named the destinations that most-frequently top travelers' wish lists.
The company said the rundown was "based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from Tripadvisor travelers for accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide over a 12-month period (December 1, 2019 through November 30, 2020)."
Here are its top 20 destinations for 2021...
1. New York City
New York City attracted a record 66.6 million tourists in 2019, according to NYC & Company, the city's tourism promotion agency.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city is the number 1 most popular place to visit in the U.S.
The energy, the people, the food, over 500 art galleries, more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations: the list is endless because New York has it all.
2. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is a natural oasis with stunning beaches, valleys, the Haleakala National Park, the imposing Haleakala volcano, or unique black-sand beaches such as Pa'iloa.
In 2019, the island received more than 3 million annual visitors, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported.
3. Las Vegas
Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, is home to some of the world's biggest casinos, as well as fantastic shopping, cuisine, entertainment and nightlife.
Author Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote Fight Club, once said the city "looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night."
4. New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana's largest city with one of the biggest ports in the U.S., is the perfect escape for culture and fun times.
Places on the not-to-miss list include: the scenic French Quarter, the elegant Garden District and the lively Bourbon Street.
5. Key West, Florida