Top 6 Cities to Visit in the U.S.

Posted on February 15, 2011 by

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.

New York Times Square

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.

Night lights of Las Vegas

3. Miami

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.

Miami South Beach

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.

Los Angeles sunset

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.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

6. Seattle

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.

Seattle skyline

Photo credit: All photos from Creative Commons Flick by Stuck in Customs except Miami (by wmiami) and Seattle (by mtoo).


About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

12 Responses to “Top 6 Cities to Visit in the U.S.”

  1. kerrinsheldon February 15, 2011 3:55 am #

    Totally agree on the New York front. Just moved here and I am loving it. Quick tip: Going to the top of the Empire State Building is awesome, but head up 30 Rock instead so you can get views of the Empire State Building itself! It's hard to do so when you're standing on it.

    I also really need to get to San Fran and Seattle…

    • Nellie February 22, 2011 7:08 pm #

      Thanks Kerrin – good tip! I definitely need to check out 30 Rock when I\’m back there again!

  2. SARAH February 15, 2011 5:51 am #

    I got 4 more to do. I only been to NYC & LA

  3. Alexis February 15, 2011 4:26 pm #

    Nashville is under-rated

  4. Webjet_US February 15, 2011 1:17 pm #

    Great post! San Francisco takes the cake for me :)

  5. Eurotrip Tips February 16, 2011 4:11 am #

    I think Boston is worth a shot too. Such a historic place! I have only been to NYC but I really long to visit SF, and California in general. Great list!

    • Nellie February 22, 2011 7:07 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! I spent New Years Day and several days after that in Boston and didn\’t find it all too interesting. But then it was the holiday season and most people were spending it at home so it\’s probably unfair to base my judgement on that. I definitely should return to Boston and give it another shot!

  6. Amelie February 22, 2011 1:48 am #

    Only Las Vegas is missing on my list, but that is planned for may. I did not like Miami too much, but totally agree on New York, San Franciso and Seattle!

  7. jenny hofesnstafen May 17, 2011 7:16 am #

    PSHH. dallas is awesome, definately needs to be on the list.

  8. andrea October 17, 2012 1:47 am #

    These six are excellent one … I think that Dettrote is missing . Any way thanks for providing information

  9. Phil September 11, 2013 6:49 pm #

    These are absolutely the best place to be when traveling to the United States. And I would highly recommend Miami as the first place to go to! She is right it's easy to forget you're in the US if you're in Miami. The people, the food, everything is just great! Especially having a condo in Miami that's for rent, awesome! I don't have to check on hotel rooms anymore.


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