The Best Greyhound Destinations

Despite its long distances, the United States features plenty of solid options for weekend trips. American mainstay Greyhound, having recently undergone a major website and fleet upgrade, is putting a spotlight on some of the nation’s top locales. Check out the following list to learn more about the featured Greyhound destinations.

New York, New York

Empire State Building New York City by Anthony Quintano (CC)
Empire State Building New York City by: Anthony Quintano (CC)

Why Visit New York

New York needs no introduction, as its name alone is synonymous with urban America. Tons of connections from surrounding urban hubs and nearby states make getting to the Big Apple a breeze; once you’re there, the public transport can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Despite the massive sprawl it’s actually surprisingly easy to find quiet green spaces, in addition to the organized chaos of Manhattan and the city’s central boroughs. You’ll be spoiled for choice with cuisine, too: New York is one of the world’s most diverse and culturally varied cities.

Things to Do in New York

A weekend alone certainly isn’t enough to cover all of New York’s attractions, but it can give you a great taste of what makes the city so appealing. The Empire State Building is an international icon and offers spectacular views, while the Statue of Liberty is perhaps even better known. Go for a stroll in Central Park, gawk at the electronic mayhem of Times Square, marvel at the halls of the New York Public Library, or cheer for a famous show on Broadway—take your pick.

Have a look at this sample New York itinerary for inspiration:

Nashville, Tennessee

Grand Ole Opry House -- Opryland Nashville (TN) July 2011 by Ron Cogswell (CC)
Grand Ole Opry House — Opryland Nashville (TN) July 2011 by: Ron Cogswell (CC)

Why Visit Nashville?

Few locales have enjoyed as meteoric a rise in popularity over the years as charming Nashville, Tennessee, a trendy urban center still bursting with good old southern hospitality. A host of beautiful districts full of excellent dining options has put Nashville on the culinary map, while its shopping streets and market halls overflow with boutique-style jewelry, independent art studios, and vintage apparel collections. Of course, the live music scene remains as legendary as ever.

Things to Do in Nashville

Catch a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, one of the city’s most famous venues, or explore the history of the country scene at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or RCA Studio B. Alternatively, explore Nashville’s impressive downtown and marvel at the recreation of the Parthenon. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage also offers an interesting glimpse into the life of the United States’ seventh president.

Check out this Nashville itinerary to help you brainstorm:

Southern Texas

the alamo by Davidlohr Bueso (CC)
the alamo by: Davidlohr Bueso (CC)

Why Visit Southern Texas?

Some of America’s fastest-growing cities lie in bustling Southern Texas, and perhaps the only thing increasing faster than the regional population is the number of fantastic foodie hotspots in places like Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and the small city of Marfa. In addition to killer barbecue and Tex Mex cuisine, you’ll find these places to visit in Texas packed with both food trucks and gourmet cooking.

Things to Do in Southern Texas

These South Texas gems offer an abundance of things to do and see during your time in town. Austin, the state capitol, has become known in recent decades for a quirky vibe all its own, amplified by the city’s thriving arts scene. San Antonio of course boasts the famous Alamo in the vicinity, along with the historical Mission San Jose Church, both remnants of Texas’ colonial past. Houston’s fabulous zoo is great for family vacations to Texas, while tiny, artsy Marfa boasts some mysterious light phenomena at a far-flung visitor center.

Try using this South Texas itinerary for some ideas:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Strip April 2015 by Anthony Quintano (CC)
Las Vegas Strip April 2015 by: Anthony Quintano (CC)

Why Visit Las Vegas?

Often crowned as the “entertainment capital of the world,” it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas has plenty to keep your entertained on a long weekend. “Sin City,” a nickname well earned over the years, certainly lives up to its reputation as a party hub and one of the finest nightlife destinations anywhere on the planet. Glitzy hotels, fabulous casinos, and a frenetic, no-holds-barred energy make Vegas one of the most popular places to visit in the United States.

Things to Do in Las Vegas

The Strip is the perfect start to your Las Vegas trip, where you can wander through the neon wonderland that includes Paris Las Vegas, the Bellagio and its stunning fountains, Wynn Las Vegas, Caesar’s Palace, and many more. When you’re tired of partying, head up to the Stratosphere Tower to check out the highest observation deck in the nation, marvel at the staggering views, and try braving the vertigo-inducing roller-coasters. Alternatively, head out for a walk in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Las Vegas.

Explore this sample Las Vegas itinerary for suggestions:

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago (ILL), Millennium Park, Cloud Gate : " the Bean " Anish Kapoor 2004-06 by (vincent desjardins) (CC)
Chicago (ILL), Millennium Park, Cloud Gate : ” the Bean ” Anish Kapoor 2004-06 by: (vincent desjardins) (CC)

Why Visit Chicago?

A pulsing metropolis in the heart of the Midwest, energetic Chicago occupies a picturesque spot along the shores of the vast Lake Michigan. Equipped with a major tourist infrastructure, plenty of attractions, and a packed schedule of goings-on, Chicago has more than enough to entertain on a weekend trip. Whether it’s the biggest food festival in the world, the Taste of Chicago, the legendary Chicago Blues Festival, or the Chicago International Film Festival, the city constantly draws attention to its wealth of cultural happenings.

Things to Do in Chicago

Chicago boasts one of America’s most impressive selections of educational institutions and museums: from the Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry to the Field Museum and Art Institute of Chicago, the Windy City has it all. You can also catch a game at historical Wrigley Field, snap a quick picture in front of the iconic Cloud Gate, or grab a panoramic view of Chicago’s impressive urban jungle at 360 Chicago.

Browse through this example Chicago itinerary to help plan your trip:

America’s Finest

Ex-Greyhound Bus 2 by Omar Barcena (CC)
Ex-Greyhound Bus 2 by: Omar Barcena (CC)

Weekend getaways are always a blast, and Greyhound’s new and improved services have certainly made grabbing one a much more streamlined process. A few days is often just enough time to get your finger on the pulse of a city’s culture and offerings, so try using Inspirock’s free itinerary maker to see and do more during your time in these great Greyhound destinations.

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