April is a great month to plan spring and summertime vacations. Skipping customs and extremely long flights are some pros with traveling domestically, and for some of us nothing beats being able to experience breathtaking views so close to home!

From coastlines to big cities, the United States is made up of so many diverse destinations that it’s hard to decide. There’s one of the deepest, most pristine lakes in the world (Crater Lake in Oregon), the world’s largest volcano (Mauna Loa in Hawaii), iconic skylines (San Francisco and New York) and monuments (Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty) recognized throughout the world.

And of course, nature runs wild across America’s varied landscapes, much of which are protected as National Parks and other reserves. Beach lovers will find beautiful stretches of sand up and down all of the USA’s long coastlines – places to soak up some sun, enjoy a refreshing ocean dip, peek into tide pools or simply admire some of the world’s finest coastal views.

The United States’ sheer scale and diversity is enough to awe any traveler. For inspiration, we asked some of our Friends of the Whittier Public Library Volunteers their favorite U.S.A. vacation destinations:

Aileen – Chicago

Andy – Northern California

Bruce – Death Valley, Joshua Tree

Dolores – New York, Oregon

Jackie – Glacier National Park

Jacqui – Washington D.C.

Jean – New England

Linda – Muir Woods, Disneyland

Mona – San Francisco, Morro Bay

Ron – Boston, Washington D.C.

Ronnie – Yosemite, South Dakota

Susan – Sedona, Las Vegas (Pinball Hall of Fame)

Virginia – Savannah, Georgia 

Yolanda – New York (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Stop by and pay us a visit to browse our travel guide section – our volunteers are more than happy to share tips about their travels and answer any questions you may have!

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