When you think of some of the best places to travel in the United States, what places do you think of?  One of the places on a recent list was right here in Western New York.

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Let's be honest, when people mention visiting Niagara Falls, what do you normally tell them?  A lot of people here in Western New York will say, "But you should probably visit the Canadian side.  It's a lot nicer."  Because for quite a few years, it has been, right?  But maybe that's beginning to change at least a little.

Niagara Falls makes Forbes' "Best Places To Travel In The United States" List

Laura Begley Bloom is a senior contributor for Forbes.  She wrote an article where she mentioned that the pandemic has changed people's minds when it comes to traveling in the United States.  While borders were closed to many countries during the pandemic, people chose to rediscover states and parks here in the United States that they haven't visited in years.  Then she put together a list of some of the best places to visit right here in the United States.  It was compiled by her own choices along with some of the leading women travel experts and influencers in the country.  Niagara Falls made the list.

Why is Niagara Falls one of the best places to travel?

Niagara Falls was the choice of Michelle Herrmann.  She's a travel, culinary and lifestyle freelance writer and content creator.  She adds that not only is Niagara Falls a bucket list destination for a lot of people, but that it's undergoing a lot of changes with the $46 million Welcome Center that is set to open later this spring.

“The New York State side of Niagara Falls has really seen a lot of growth and revitalization. From establishments such as Wine on Third, to the new Visitor’s Center, there’s a lot going on. Other sites to visit include the Aquarium of Niagara and the Niagara Power Vista.” - Michelle Herrmann

She loves that nature is the focal point of Niagara Falls but that there are so many other things to do in the area.  See all that she has to say about Niagara Falls here.

What other areas made the list?

Other places that made the list include:

Phoenix, Arizona

Central Coast, California

Vail, Colorado

San Francisco, California

Bailey, Colorado

Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

St. Pete, Florida

and more...

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