Traveling is a great way to explore and expand your horizons. Whether you plan to travel solo, with friends, or family, the United States has some incredible travel destinations. Regardless of whether you travel from abroad or within the US, there are some can’t miss cities that you should add to your itinerary. Keep reading for the ten most popular places to visit in the country.
10. San Diego, California
This laid-back Pacific Coast city boasts all kinds of great activities. San Diego is home to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld. It is also lined with gorgeous beaches and great parks. The weather is nice, almost year round, which makes this destination a delight to visit. You can take in a baseball game or dine at some fantastic restaurants in the historic Gaslamp District. San Diego is a great place for visitors of all ages.
9. Palm Springs, California
Another Southern California treasure, Palm Springs, is a beautiful desert town tucked near the San Jacinto mountain range about 2 hours east of Los Angeles. The sun shines almost year round in this desert city, but it can be quite warm during the summer months. Palm Springs is known for its stunning hotels, amazing restaurants, vintage shopping, and great nightlife. Spend a day by the pool soaking up the desert sun and then head downtown for a delicious dinner and lots of fun. Another great attraction, is the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This tramway hosts the worlds largest rotating tram car. It glides up over 2 and a half miles along the mountainside and gives travelers a stunning view of the Coachella Valley. At the top, you’ll find hiking, a museum, and restaurants. This is a must-see when visiting Palm Springs.
8. New Orleans, Louisiana
Deep in the South, New Orleans is a lively city full of fun, history, and culture. New Orleans is a great destination if you love live music and great food. The French Quarter is an adult playground with bars, live music, and southern comfort food everywhere you turn. There are also many historical sites and museums to visit in the Big Easy including, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cathedral, and Preservation Hall.
7. Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital is a must see for US travelers. It is home to many monuments, museums, memorials, and of course, The White House. Spring and fall are the best times to visit Washington, D.C. to avoid the sweltering summer heat. D.C. is home to the Smithsonian Institute with its 19 museums and research facilities. The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are can’t miss attractions when in D.C. However, the capital is not just museums and memorials, you are also sure to find great restaurants and nightlife if you choose to travel there.
6. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is home to some very iconic sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge. There is so much to do in San Francisco, so make sure you allot plenty of time. Points of interest include Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, cable car rides, and Alamo Square, home to the “Painted Ladies” homes made famous by over 70 movies and TV shows.
5. Seattle, Washington
Seattle, sometimes called the “Emerald City”, has a multitude of sights and activities to keep you and your travel companions thoroughly entertained. The city is surrounded by water on three side and many islands are just a ferry ride away within the Puget Sound. While most famous for the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, Seattle is also home to the MoPop, or Museum of Pop Culture, which houses a massive Nirvana exhibit, horror film exhibit, and a sci-fi/fantasy hall of fame. You can also take a Duck Boat tour of Seattle and Lake Union to see the amazing floating houses made popular by the movie “Sleepless in Seattle.” With restaurants and bars galore, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful city.
4. Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City is a major adult playground, and it’s no wonder people love to visit so often. According to the Nevada Gaming Commission, there are 40 casinos in Las Vegas, so if you love to gamble, this is the place for you. Moreover, Las Vegas is more than just casinos, it is also home to amazing shows, restaurants, shopping, and spas. You can also take a short 45 minute drive to visit the magnificent Hoover Dam that sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona.
3. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a city that has miraculously withstood the changing times. It is a stunning southern city that still boasts cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful pastel mansions with their iconic verandas. South Carolina is home to stunning plantations, parks, and the Ravenel Bridge which crosses the Cooper River. This preserved city will enchant you with it’s charm of yesteryear.
2. Chicago, Illinois
Located on Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to many popular and recognizable attractions. Visitors to the Windy City love to visit the Cloud Gate statue at Millennium Park for a sweet photo op. There are also many museums and theaters that make entertainment very accessible. Chicago is also famous for it’s deep dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs, so make sure to get one of each while you’re there!
1. New York, New York
New York City is one of the most diverse and bustling places in all of the United States. It is also the most densely populated. While NYC is comprised of 5 boroughs, tourists tend to think of Manhattan as the one stop destination for all things culture, history, and fun. In 2017, nearly 62.8 million people visited New York City’s 5 boroughs. A few of the most popular sights include, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. New York is home to a great public transportation system which makes traveling to all the different locations very easy. You can’t go wrong with a trip to NYC.
Are any of these destinations on your bucket list? Or have you visited them already and want to go back? The United States is comprised of so many amazing cities full of history, entertainment, and culture. It’s no wonder these ten cities are at the top of the list considering they have all of theses attributes and more.