From the monumental Statue of Liberty to the stunning Grand Canyon, the United States is blessed with countless attractions, natural wonders and a mixture of cultures and ethnicities. But most of all, it’s home to some of the greatest cities in the world. Some of these cities are well-known for their urban culture, while some boast the most vibrant beach culture. Whether you’re a culture vulture or a holidaymaker, there is a city for every type of traveler. Let’s take a look at some of the best cities to visit in the United States (based on my own opinions).
1. New York City
The Big Apple is America’s pride and joy – a massive metropolis chocked full of ethnic districts, charming restaurants and attractions. New York is perhaps the most photographed and filmed city in the world, with its sprawling skyline appearing in thousands of movies and series. Sometimes known as the capital of the world, New York has also inspired countless classic songs. When in New York, the first thing that most tourists do is climb to the top of the Empire State Building for a 360degree view; then wander through the nightlights of Times Square and mourning the loss of lives at Ground Zero.
2. Las Vegas
A city designed for hedonistic pleasures, Las Vegas is a giant entertainment centre packed with the best casinos, resorts, spas and restaurants. Sin City is a fantasy land for many and a perfect weekend escape destination where you can while your time away on slot machines and shopping malls. But Las Vegas is not all about casino games. Las Vegas’ proximity to unique national parks such as Grand Canyo, Red Rock and Death Valley makes it an attractive travel destination not only for party goers but for nature lovers as well.
Boasting rich Latin American flair, Miami stands out for its unique ethnic districts and exotic flavors. Some say that amidst its colorful Art Deco architecture and laid-back atmosphere, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the United States. The miles of sandy beaches in Miami are lined with trendy hotels and chic restaurants, making the city one of the sexiest in the country. If you’re looking to party like there’s no tomorrow, you can’t go wrong in Miami.
4. Los Angeles
Best known as the City of Lights, Los Angeles is a multi-faceted metropolis that springs one surprise after another for regular visitors. For first-timers, it may appear flamboyant, flashy and charismatic thanks to the snazzy Hollywood district and Sunset Boulevard. But explore a little more and you’ll find the true Californian spirit bursting out from every corner of LA – the sun-kissed beachside boulevards of Santa Monica and the bohemian enclaves of Venice Beach.
5. San Francisco
Packing both picturesque countryside landscapes and groovy urban culture into one city, San Francisco is a perfect travel destination for everyone, whether you are a city girl or an outdoors-lover. The cosmopolitan city is home to the lively Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge and numerous gardens and parks. Let’s not forget the city’s trademark steep hills and vintage trolley cars. What’s best is the city’s dramatic location along the bay. Almost every point along the coast of San Francisco offers astonishing views of the area.
Charming and aloof, Seattle has an air of mystery and subtle charisma – a characteristic that gives it an edge over its rival cities. Flanked by the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Olympic mountains to the west, Seattle stands at the base of Mount Rainier and is surrounded by stunning landscapes. Driving through Seattle on a clear day has been compared to floating on a cloud in an emerald sky. Seattle has been voted by many as one of the world’s best cities to live in, it’s easy to see why with its friendly atmosphere and easygoing vibes.