Updated: Mar 3
As a person of color, you know you can travel anywhere within the United States. However, did you know there are a few destinations that will offer you better experiences? While you may have an amazing time in Orlando with your family, destinations like New Orleans or Baltimore can enhance your travel experiences even more. So, let me share with you the best US destinations to visit as a person of color.
Best US Destinations to Visit as a Person of Color
Every Hawaiian Island is gorgeous, but you may discover that Kauai offers the most breathtaking experiences and views. Up on the northern shore, you will find massive cliffs that lead down to the crashing waves of the ocean. The rushing Wailua Falls is a must-see, especially when you choose to take a picnic lunch to enjoy while you are visiting. This island is also known for its blessing ceremonies. If you think you are blessed quite a bit at church back home, just wait until you experience the blessings on this Hawaiian Island!
New Orleans, Louisiana
History is everywhere down in New Orleans, so you must wander away from Bourbon Street if you want to experience it all. Frenchmen Street is one of the best places to listen to jazz music, but it is also where you will discover the most black history within the city. The party never seems to end at this street when you are at the Blue Nile. When the doors to this bar close, the party simply heads outside to the streets.
While you can visit New Orleans at any time of the year, most people will say Mardi Gras is the best time to vacation there. Mardi Gras isn’t New Orleans's only festival though. I know you would also love to be in this city when the Essence Festival, Voodoo Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are taking place.
There is quite a diverse black population living in the city of Baltimore, but that isn’t the only reason you must vacation in this area of the East Coast. I prefer to vacation in Baltimore during the summer months because that is when AFRAM is held over in Druid Hill Park. While you will find many areas to explore in this city, Lexington Market must be near the top of your list. This market has been open since 1782, so you never know what you will see and experience when you are there.
Learning about the history throughout this country is easy when you choose to spend a week in Philadelphia. Quite a few historical movements began in this city. On a cultural level, too many artists started their journey in Philly. If you have ever listened to Pattie Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, or Meek Mill, you know that even the up and comers in the music industry will be found down in Philadelphia. A couple of attractions you will want to make sure are on your itinerary include the Spring Arts District and the African American Museum.
The roots of black America can be found almost anywhere down in Atlanta. Many of the local businesses in this city are owned by people of color, so you will want to add them to your list of places to visit. One of your days in Atlanta should include a long walk through the Martin Luther King Jr District. There are many monumental sites in this district, but you will want to pay close attention to Freedom Hall, Dr. King’s Birth Home, and the final resting place of both Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King.
These are only some of the best US destinations to visit as a person of color. There are many others, but if you are looking to enhance your travels, I recommend you begin with one of these destinations.
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