6 rocking music festivals in the United States

When it comes to outdoor music festivals, there’s not a country out there that compares with the US of A. Tons of great music and epic experiences make them moments you can’t afford to miss. They make for great getaways and road trips that will supply you with stories for the rest of your days. We’ve put together a list of festivals that offer up killer music in awesome destinations. 

United States

1. South by Southwest – Austin, Texas

South by Southwest

The hometown of the University of Texas has one of the best music scenes in the land. And SXSW amplifies that by a thousand. This is the place to be to see future stars before they hit it big. Acts like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, CHVRCHES and Kendrick Lamar are just a few of the names to perform in the past. The mix of music fans and people in the “industry” is a different experience. And getting to town is easy by plane or just driving in from San Antonio (less than 90 minutes) or Houston (less than 3 hours).

2. Coachella – Indio, California


Hypnotic music and stargazing clash when it comes to Coachella. Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles lies the desert town of Indio. It’s a festival that constantly boasts one of the best lineups every year. Arcade Fire, Skrillex, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse have all performed previously. If that wasn’t enough seeing stars like Selena Gomez, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry partying with the masses is pretty cool.

3. Ultra Music Festival – Miami

Ultra Music Festival

Miami’s already a hot city to spend a vacation in, but add some of the biggest names in EDM (electric dance music, to those that may not know) and you’ve got the makings for greatness. Artists like Afrojack, Steve Aoki, David Guetta and more have performed on stage at Ultra. Travelers can drive into town with little issues, but you may want to fly into Fort Lauderdale to make it a little easier on yourself. 

4. Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas
I realize that you can catch EDC in New York City and London, among others. But they simply don’t hold a candle to the raucous event going down in Vegas. From the carnival rides and special effects to the likes of Calvin Harris and Diplo performing this is one crazy party. And that’s saying something considering all the stuff you can do in Sin City already.

5. Lollapalooza – Chicago


In terms of getting in some awesome sightseeing and listening to incredible artists, Lollapalooza is hard to beat. They get some of the biggest names in music to perform at night and not feel like you have to dress to impress everyone in sight. And since you’re in the Chicago area you can see all sorts of cool things, like Navy Pier, Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field. 

6. Bonnaroo – Manchester, Tennessee
Brave the heat during Bonnaroo and you’ll earn your street cred as a fan of music festivals. Take the short drive down I-24 from Nashville to Manchester for one hardcore experience. People camp out at the site – you can also easily find hotels & shuttles from Nashville – as you see the likes of everyone from Paul McCartney to Kaskade on stage. All this for four days in temps that usually stick in the low 90s. Yeah, it’s pretty intense.

What music festivals do you want to experience in person? Let us know in the comments section.