Top 10 cities to visit in the USA

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Spectacular national parks. Glorious, seemingly endless, sandy beaches. Cities filled with sky-high buildings…There are so many places in the USA to explore that it can be hard to choose where to head to first, can’t it?

Whether you’re thinking of spending a month touring the open roads of this incredible country or you only have a week to check out the highlights, the USA has so much to discover.

We’ve put together a list of our top 10 USA cities – destinations that offer not only an amazing tourist experience but that also have a few hidden gems that you weren’t expecting. Read on to find out the cities we think you should add to your USA holiday wish list.

 Los Angeles

Santa Monica Pier at sunset
Stroll along Santa Monica beach to the infamous pier and watch as the sun sets into the sea

Welcome to the glitz and glamour of L.A. where you can mix and mingle with Hollywood’s most famous! While this city is known for the Santa Monica, Sunset Boulevard and Malibu, you can also escape to some of the world’s best cultural venues, including the incredible Getty Centre. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, Los Angeles Zoo is a perfect day out. They even host events for adults from time to time, such as ‘Brew at the L.A. Zoo’ beer tasting. 

Chicago

Lake Michigan and Chicago's spectacular skyline
Lake Michigan and modernist architecture make up Chicago’s spectacular skyline

Chicago really is ‘all that jazz’ with live music, performances and theatre across the city at all times of the day. It’s especially well-known for its improvised comedy and, of course, jazz bars.

Known as the ‘windy city’, it’s also home to some fantastic museums, a beach, and stunning parks. Don’t miss the architectural boat tours and evening cycling tours around the city!

Dallas

The Dallas skyline at sunset
Sky-high and glistening, the sleek Reunion Tower offers an amazing view of the Dallas skyline at sunset

Big in size, big in stature, big in business, Dallas is one of the most economically influential cities in the United States. This impressive city is famous for oil, cotton and an excellent barbecue – if you love a good steak, Dallas is the city for you! Looking for something fun for the family? Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park is the perfect place to release some pent up energy!

 New York City

Gaze over Manhattan's West Side as you walk through the High Line park built on an old railway line
Gaze over Manhattan’s West Side as you walk through the High Line, a park built on an old railway line

The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Macy’s, Central Park…with so many incredible landmarks, New York City is one of those places we think everyone should visit at least once. Grab a hot dog from a local street vendour, shop for the latest fashions in Soho or stroll along the High Line and discover the city from above. 

 San Francisco

Hold on tight  as San Francisco's historic cable cars take you through the city
Hold on tight as San Francisco’s historic cable cars take you through the city

San Francisco is known as one of the coolest, hippest and friendliest cities in the United States, and it makes for a fantastic holiday destination. Bringing together a huge range of cultures, food, art and people in one seriously beautiful location, if you love healthy living and happy vibes then don’t miss San Francisco!

 Seattle

Seattle
View the sprawling skyline of Seattle from the sky-high Space Needle observation tower

One of the biggest port cities in the US, Seattle is a delightful mix of waterside views and green, forested areas with over 5,540 acres of parkland. Pop culture-lovers get excited – the Experience Museum Project is a new museum designed by architect Frank Gehry that is dedicated to contemporary popular culture. It’s well worth a visit!

Denver

Known as the 'Mile High City', Denver has
Known as the ‘Mile High City’, Denver is a charming mix of historic buildings, parks, and mountains

Positioned exactly one mile above sea level and just east of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is one of the highest major cities in the USA. It’s also one of the most culturally rich, with locals electing to dedicate a 1% sales tax to cultural and scientific endeavours in the area.

 Miami

Vibrant, colourful and
Glamorous, colourful and buzzing with excitement, Miami is a vibrant city with white sands and turquoise waters

Sunshine, pastel-hued art deco buildings and spicy Caribbean food are just a few of the things that make up the stunning melting pot that is Miami. This vibrant city is heavily influenced by Hispanic culture with great food, exciting nightlife and plenty of dancing at all hours of the day.

Boston

Set sail past Boston's histor
Set sail on the Charles River past Boston’s beautiful skyline, a delightful fusion of historic and modern architecture

If lobster and fresh seafood make your mouth water, it’s time to plan a trip to Boston! Located near to Cape Cod, this historic city is a central hub for New England and all things fish. It’s also known for its literary culture with many famous writers spending time in the area. Children can enjoy the vast indoor playground that is the Children’s Museum with plenty to learn along the way. Try the new Balance Climb, a three-storey climbing structure made of wires and plywood sails. 

Philadelphia

Nestled in Philadelphia lies Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed
Nestled in Philadelphia lies Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed

Philadelphia may be the fifth most populated city in the USA but its relaxed atmosphere makes it feel like a much smaller city. It’s home to the world’s largest landscaped park, Fairmount Park, and has more outdoor artworks than any other American city. Philadelphia was also home to America’s first zoo, hospital, library and stock exchange!

 

Which US city will you head to first? Contact your Travel Counsellor to plan your USA trip!

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