The St. Louis airport provides nonstop flights to over 70 destinations and with the new interline agreement that was recently put into place by Contour Airlines, air travel from the Fort Leonard Wood Region has never been easier! If you’re wanting to explore our great country a little more in the coming year, check out our top five recommended destinations for 2020 and book your tickets now!
New York City (St. Louis has flights to two NYC airports)
New York City is number 12 on the US News Travel list for the World’s Best Vacations for good reason. The city that never sleeps will keep you entertained with Broadway shows, exhibits at multiple museums, incredible architecture, and beautiful walking paths through the world-famous Central Park. Don’t forget to sample all of the food, including a huge slice of pizza!
There are a thousand reasons to visit San Francisco, but we’re just going to hit the highlights. If you love to be outside, San Francisco is the place for you. Enjoy a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge or meander through Fisherman’s Wharf. If you’re staying in a VRBO or AirBNB and have access to a kitchen, grab some local ingredients at the stalls at the wharf and enjoy a local, home cooked meal. You’ll also want to leave time to explore Alcatraz Island and Chinatown and take a ride on one of their historic cable cars.
If the beach scene is more your thing, a direct flight to Ft. Lauderdale has your name on it. Recently, the city has seen a big transformation take place that includes sophisticated hotels, an impressive foodie scene, and serene, crowd-free beaches. Of course, there’s more to do there than just enjoy the sun and sand. The arts scene is booming; you’ll want to explore the local museums and galleries. Additionally, the excellent shopping will make you wish you had more room in your suitcase.
If you visited Nashville 20-30 years ago and are thinking about skipping this option, know that the Music City has changed! Nashville has expanded beyond the music industry and is now a huge hub for art and fashion. Their restaurant, bar, and hotel scene has definitely grown up and has found a way to merge Southern hospitality with rock and roll. Though it’s a popular spot for bachelor and bachelorette weekends, there’s also plenty for families or retirees to enjoy, including the Tennessee State Museum and the Nashville Zoo.
The City of Brotherly Love is calling your name in 2020. Philadelphia provides the perfect mix of history, culture, and entertainment for all ages. Stop by the Liberty Bell and take a tour of Independence Hall. If you’re a pop culture fan, you’ll definitely want a picture in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum, or as many people call it: the Rocky steps, and the iconic LOVE sculpture. After all of your walking and exploring, make sure to satisfy your hunger with a Philly cheesesteak from Geno’s Steaks or Pat’s King of Steaks.
If you have a fun trip you’re planning for 2020, tell us about it in the comments below or leave some additional tips on the five cities we mentioned in this post!