The United States encompasses several beautiful mountains, rivers, valleys, and natural geographical landmarks. It is this diversity that makes America truly unique and beautiful. The country has several exceptional cities that are famous for their landmarks, natural attractions, and cultural diversity. Although the country has more than 200 major cities, they are all stunning and truly unique. If you are planning a trip to the US, you may not be able to visit all 200 cities, but you can and must visit the 10 best US places that we've listed here.
New York City is one of the most unique cities in the world. It is the largest city in the US and a major capital city for finance, fashion, publishing, advertising, arts, communication, and education. The port city also has constant traffic all through the year and this makes it one of the richest cities in the US. It is also the rightful contender as the first city you should visit if you are in the US. Attractions like Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Wall Street, Manhattan's Chinatown, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, etc. are some of the highly photographed attractions in the world and pull in millions of tourists every year. Apart from these attractions, the city is a melting pot of cultures with a variety of art, performance, foods, and fashion.
California has several large cities that have great weather but the crowning glory of the state is San Francisco. The city has a great micro-climate of cool summers and mild winters and tourists flock to the city all through the year. Attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, the prison island of Alcatraz, downtown Chinatown, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, etc. are very popular with locals and tourists. The city enjoys a solid nightlife and hosts some of the best performing arts companies in the US. Must-visits for music fans include the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet, the Fillmore, and The American Conservatory Theater. Museums like San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, the Morrison Planetarium, etc are a must visit while in the city.
We already know that Hawaii is pretty but Honolulu is like a tiny gorgeous pearl of a city located right in the middle of the stunning island. The city is host to a huge variety of cultures and exhibits a melting pot of East-West cultures, traditions, foods and religions. If you have the privilege of visiting the island-city, don't forget to see Lili?uokalani Botanical Garden, Hawaii's Opera Theater, Bishops Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, Iolani Palance, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. Hawaii is also famous for its nightlife, fine seafood and live music. Almost every club and pub will offer unique food and music festivals that are a must-visit during tourist season.
Washington D.C. may be the political capital of the most powerful country in the world but it is also one of the prettiest and historic cities in the world as well. Historical venues like the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the National Archives, the Smithsonian, and of course, the White House; are just a fraction of the attractions in the city. The Smithsonian alone can take an entire year to explore and it is truly one of the marvels of the modern world. The city is also a center for performing arts with the JFK Center for Performing Arts being one of the most coveted performing venues for emerging artists. The city is also famous for its food joints with popular restaurants like Ben's Chili, Old Ebbitt Grill, the Occidental Grill, and Martin's Tavern being popular joints for locals and tourists.
Miami is beautiful. The port city is famous for its year-long summery weather, vast green spaces, clear streets, and hopping nightlife. The city is also a nodal center for arts, music, education, fashion, and much, much more. Tourists to the city flock to the music festivals like the Calle Ocho Festival held at vast performing avenues like the Florida Grand Opera, the Gusman Center for Performing Arts, Jackie Gleason Theater, and Ring Theater. The city has pristine beaches, thousands of museums like the Frost Art Museum and a hopping nightlife dominated by Cuban, Colombian, French West Indies, and Brazilian musical influences. Miami is also home to a unique fusion cuisine called the Floribbean style of cooking.
Everyone knows about Las Vegas and its alluring attractions. The desert-based casino city has already been immortalized in print and TV media for its stunning casinos and associated attractions. If not for anything else, the city is a must-visit for its live music and theater shows, fine dining, and some of the best nightclubs in the world.
The Windy City is one of the most populous cities in the US with more than 9.5 million people calling the city home. If you are visiting the city, the waterfront area is one of the most beautiful areas with world-class restaurants and international-level musical establishments. The area also leads directly to little China, the Puerto Rican Enclave, Greektown, Little Seoul, Indian, and Little Vietnam with their own cultural and ethnic influences. Apart from local attractions, Chicago also has great ballet, theater, nightlife, and alternative art scenes.
New Orleans is seeing a revival that has not been seen anywhere in the US since the early 2000s. The city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina but a ton of effort has managed to bring back the beautiful city to at least 50% of its original beauty. The beautiful architecture of the city is a must-see and a quick visit to the Historic District Landmarks Commission will direct you to the right spots to stop and gawk. Of course, New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz and a visit to the city is incomplete without checking out the local nightlife, live music bands, antique shops, and the ethnic food. The French Quarter, in particular, is a must-visit for its unique atmosphere and beautiful architecture.
Boston is an educational hub with several large universities located in and around the city. This makes the city a hub for young adults and the city demonstrates this in the form of cutting-edge music, food, art, and dramatics. Try the beautiful local museums like Boston Children's Museum, the Boston Fire Museum, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the Commonwealth Museum. Visit the Freedom Trail that covers Colonial Revolutionary Boston or just enjoy world-class restaurants offering unique international and local specialties.
Philadelphia is a small city but it is responsible for creating the Philly cheesesteak and the soft pretzel. These two dishes alone are more than enough to warrant a visit to the city. Apart from cuisine, the city also has some of the best outdoor sculptures and murals in the US.