As a relatively large country, there’s plenty to see and do during a trip to the United States. But which cities are really worth the effort? Here are just 11 places you’ll want to experience in your lifetime.
If you’re looking for a beach vacation, you can’t get any better than Honolulu, Hawaii. Not only does the island boast some of the most beautiful shores in the world, but it also offers a dizzying array of options in terms of swimming, surfing, snorkeling and hang gliding.
2. Las Vegas
Families might want to skip Sin City, but if you’re an adventurous traveler or a newlywed couple, Vegas will be your bread, butter and dessert. Casinos are only half of the draw, but you’ll need to actually visit the city to learn more. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Nowhere does barbeque like Memphis, Tennessee. If you’re hankering for sauce-slathered ribs or pulled pork sandwiches, make sure to stop by the corner of the state for a meal that’s finger-lickin’ good.
4. Washington D.C.
Hosting everything from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, the nation’s capital is a must-visit for anyone with the slightest interest in American history. You also won’t want to miss the National Mall, home to parties, festivals, and open-air concerts every month of the year.
If you like having a drink with dinner, Portland is the place to be. Studies have shown that Portland has twice as many happy hour events than anywhere else in the country, making the entire city well-loved and well-boozed.
More than 50 million people visit Orlando each year. If you’d like to join the throng and experience an entire city filled with zoos, aquariums, amusement parks and water worlds, contact a company like Bluegreen Resorts.
Stark desert landscapes make up the outskirts of Albuquerque. The city itself is quite modern, of course, but for those who are itching to get away from it all, the desert offers both beauty and relief.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the perfect backdrop for a nature-filled vacation. Even better, Minneapolis is filled with shops, restaurants and theaters to warm you up after you’ve toured its snowy landscapes.
Known as the hippie capital of the world, Asheville, North Carolina is famous for its friendly and laid-back atmosphere. Grab a cup of coffee from one of its many cafes; toss a coin to street musicians as you stroll through downtown; attend indie and blueglass concerts in the park.
Alaska is famous for its winters, but did you know that Anchorage also has a vibrant summer season? It’s actually called a “Bike Utopia” due to the prevalence of cyclists taking advantage of the nice weather while it lasts.
11. New Orleans
You haven’t visited the South until you’ve visited New Orleans. While it’s most famous for Mardi Gras, you can also find plenty to do in the Garden District and French Quarter every day of the year. The city is a veritable melting pot of food, fashion and fun!
These are just 11 destinations that you won’t want to miss during a tour of the United States. Whether you’re looking for drinks, deserts or dolphins, America will provide!