Is private jet charter really only for the ultra-rich? The answer is no. Charter flights are becoming more affordable and the interest in private jet travel is on the rise, particularly with the current circumstances. There are over 4,000 private jet airports in the U.S., which certainly indicates that many people are taking advantage of this luxury way to travel.
So where are private jet travelers going? Here are the most popular private jet travel destinations in the U.S.!
1. New York City
As a huge center of culture, art, fashion, food, theater, and nearly everything else, it’s no wonder that private jet flyers love to visit. In fact, the route between Washington D.C. and New York is the most popular route for private jet aficionados. In 2017, 5,106 flights made the trek between the two important metropolises.
Why is it so popular? Well, for one, JFK airport is extremely crowded and located far from the city, adding stress and hours to your travel time. The private airport, TEB, is much more convenient.
Rather than wondering what there is to do in New York, it might be better to ask what you can’t do — it will be a much shorter list. Visitors can marvel at the incredible skyscrapers, and visit the five boroughs that each have their own sense of flair. When hunger strikes, you can chow down on international delights from every corner of the globe.
For a bit of history and art, explore the plethora of museums including the Staten Island Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Sea, Air, and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and even the Museum of Sex. Keep in mind this is a short list of the many museums this wonderful city holds.
For a touch of culture, choose from 41 theaters on Broadway to catch a show (or a few!) Or listen to live music of all different types at venues across the city.
For a surprising bit of nature and wildlife in the midst of the city, enjoy a visit to the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, or Central Park.
We could go on, but we’ll stop there.
2. Los Angeles
Like New York, Los Angeles is another bustling city full of life, activities, and fun in the sun. The city offers several private airports including Van Nuys, John Wayne Orange County, Long Beach, and the Bob Hope Airport, all of which allow private jet travelers to avoid the crowded and crazy busy LAX international airport.
Vacationers can come to enjoy a walk along Santa Monica Pier, enjoying shopping, people watching, and the nightlife in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
During the day, visit some of the best beaches in the US including Venice Beach and Muscle Beach where all the body-builders hang out.
Families will love a visit to the theme parks including, of course, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farms, Legoland, and more. Harry Potter fans will love the addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Hollywood.
With the constant sunshine, outdoor activities are popular in Los Angeles and you can find gorgeous seaside routes for hiking and biking. Yogis will love the opportunity to stretch and bend with the locals by joining a yoga class right on the beach.
Again, we could go on. We haven’t even gotten to all the museums, TV and movie production sites, or exploring Beverly Hills, but we just don’t have space.
3. Las Vegas
As a major city for hosting conventions, Las Vegas is a popular destination among business professionals who make up a large percentage of private jet travelers. Business people prefer private jets because “time is money” and commercial flights to Las Vegas may not be running at their preferred time. The city’s reputation as a playground for adults certainly helps to draw a crowd as well.
High-rollers love to visit the casinos, watch the extravagant shows, and take part in the other delights that the Las Vegas Strip has to offer. History buffs will enjoy a walk down Las Vegas’ memory lane with a visit to the Neon Museum where the story of Las Vegas’ rise to fame is on display.
Aside from the city, the weather is gorgeous and there are many breathtaking sights to see nearby including the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley National Park, and Zion National Park.
4. Northern California
Stereotypically, wine is the drink of choice for wealthy, sophisticated individuals. Thus, it should come as no surprise that private jet travelers love to visit wine country in Northern California — Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, in particular. With famous wineries all over the region, there is plenty for avid wine drinkers and beginners alike to enjoy.
The nearest large commercial airports are about 1.5 hours by car away from Napa Valley whereas the small Napa County private airport is a mere 10 minutes, making it easy to see why people prefer to charter a flight.
Beyond wine, just taking a drive around the area is a delight. From the acres of vineyards to the epic redwood forests, there is a lot of natural beauty to take in.
Though California is famous for sunny skies, Northern California offers visitors a treat. At the right time of year, you can go snow skiing in the morning and head to the beach for some afternoon fun.
This year some unconventional destinations like Colorado are getting more attention. While many people have enjoyed visiting Colorado for its plethora of outdoorsy, adventure activities, this year its popularity has soared. In fact, mountain destinations, in general, have become more popular this year. This can probably be attributed to the fact that it is easier to maintain social distancing in the mountains than in the middle of a city.
Winter ski destinations like Aspen, Eagle, and Vail are just as delightful to visit. While skiing may be off the activity list depending on the season, visitors can still enjoy hiking and biking miles of beautiful trails with epic vistas. You can also go fly fishing in some of the best rivers in America, hunting, camping, and take advantage of a number of water activities in the many rivers and lakes.
Colorado also has no shortage of incredibly beautiful national parks. Visitors can take in the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park with its remains of the Ancestral Pueblan cliff dwellings, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
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