There’s never been a better time to travel than now, especially in our own backyard – America the beautiful! With flights popping up every day, you can have an authentic getaway without even leaving the country. With the help of numerous travel review sites and blogs available at your fingertips, you can almost guarantee a flawless trip from start to finish. Whether you’re simply buying a coffee, or planning an extravagant night out, why not make sure every experience is a memorable one? Not to mention, you can scour the internet for the absolute best deals and pricing to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
Now that we’ve silenced the tiny voice in your head that is discouraging you from taking a trip (those emails will be there when you get back!), how do you decide where to go? There are so many unique places to visit that are often overlooked in the planning process. We’ve gone ahead and compiled some of our favorite American cities that you should travel to before those vacation days run out:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Situated on the Mississippi River, there is no shortage of history and culture in this fascinating city. While most people are familiar with Bourbon Street and its reputation for epic partying, the city is also known for its jazz music scene and iconic food. Whether you are interested in learning about the unique architecture or exploring the world of Voodoo, there are a variety of attractions to keep you entertained. If you’re looking for adventure and culture , New Orleans is the perfect destination for you.
This historical city attracts visitors looking to learn more about America’s rich history, as well as take advantage of its trendy present. You can spend your time exploring Faneuil Hall or visiting some of the most established breweries in the country, including Sam Adams and Harpoon. Boston is also home to some of the country’s finest institutions, so you may feel smarter just being there! Located in the Northeast, It’s safe to say Boston is home to some of the best seafood in the country so you won’t be disappointed by their “wicked good” cuisine.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a charming escape with some southern spice, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina. The iconic Rainbow Row offers a glimpse into the history and architecture of the city. Charleston’s beaches serve as a beautiful backdrop for the perfect photo opportunity – did somebody say #selfie? History buffs will fall in love with the the Civil War and Slavery tours, as well as Ghost tours. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the weather is warm, the people are friendly, and the food is delicious!
Located one mile above sea level, Denver is one of the most scenic and refreshing places to visit in America. If you’re looking to connect with nature, there are hundreds of hikes to choose from that will take your breath away. For all you sport fans, there’s no shortage of professional sports teams to cheer on during your visit. If you love crisp air and craft beer, there’s no better place to plan your next trip than Denver.
Known for its barbecue and thriving live music scene, Nashville has quickly become one of the world’s best destinations. Whether you’re looking to visit the iconic Grand Ole Opry or dance the night away at a Honky Tonk, you are sure to have an unforgettable time. Nashville has also been recognized as one of America’s most affordable cities, so that’s always good news for your wallet. Nashville’s food scene is reason enough to plan a trip here. Their iconic “hot chicken” will leave you wanting more and planning your next trip back to Nashville.
Providence, Rhode Island
Nestled in the Northeast, Providence should be a top contender for your next vacation. Providence may not be the biggest or most well-known city, but it certainly has proven to be a destination worth visiting. If you’re feeling sophisticated, take a trip to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and Art to explore both ancient and contemporary art collections. Foodies will not be disappointed by the diverse cuisine options available on Thayer Street. If you love art, food and coastal charm, Providence will be a great fit for your next trip.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
When most people think of South Florida, Miami immediately comes to mind but there is another city that is just as exciting and more affordable. Fort Lauderdale has proven to be a top destination with gorgeous beaches, happening nightlife and beautiful people. If you’re hoping for perfect weather and easy access to the beach, look no further. Dining options are endless and range from fancy steakhouses to authentic beach bars. From boutiques to outlets, you’ll experience some of America’s best shopping. When planning your next beach escape, definitely consider Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This funky city out west is known for its abundance of breweries and cool eats. I mean, who doesn’t love food trucks? Both entertaining and fascinating, Portland has a lot to offer. If you like to bike, there’s a thriving cycling scene, and if you simply like to explore, there are vibrant neighborhoods to get lost in. Filled with authentic bars, cafes, and bookstores, there really is no other place like it. While Portland may seem like a place for hipsters only, I think we can all agree that brunch is universally loved. Take a chance and bring out your inner “weirdo” by booking your next trip to Portland.
San Diego, California
When it comes to outdoor fun, there are few locations that outdo San Diego, California. With year-round beautiful weather and glorious beaches, this city offers the best of everything. If you’re looking for something fun to do with the whole family, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld are the perfect attractions. If you’re looking for a luxurious retreat, you can stay at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. No matter what type of trip you are planning, San Diego offers something for everyone. As if 70 miles of shoreline wasn’t impressive enough, San Diego is home to some of the best Mexican cuisine in the entire country. If you can swing it, make sure you plan your trip to include a legendary “Taco Tuesday.” From surfing to sunsets, this city needs to be on your 2017 travel list.
When most people think of Seattle, rain and coffee come to mind but there is so much more to be said for this enchanting city located in the Pacific Northwest. With the perfect balance of culture and nature, you won’t have a hard time creating an awesome itinerary for this trip. For starters, Pike Place Market is one of the coolest spots to try different treats and shop local merchants. The observation deck of the Space Needle is a must-do, as long as you’re not afraid of heights! If you’re looking for breathtaking scenery, there are several parks and waterfalls close by that you will love. Seattle’s wineries, grunge music scene, and hip coffee shops are just a few reasons this city is a great place to travel to in 2017.
Georgia’s oldest city is a magical place to visit characterized by southern hospitality and charm. During the day, take a trolley tour of the city to learn about its rich history. At night, embark on a spooky ghost tour to find out why Savannah is considered one of “America’s most haunted cities.” You won’t go hungry in Savannah with some of the best southern cooking you will ever taste. From the unique garden squares to the gorgeous oak trees, Savannah makes for a charming escape you won’t regret.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is a fantastic city to visit for many reasons. The first (and most obvious) being the fact that it’s guaranteed to be a good time. After all, it was nicknamed the “entertainment capital of the world.” A well- deserved title based on the world-class shows, luxurious hotels, and thrilling casinos located on the Las Vegas Strip. If partying isn’t your scene, there are 5 insanely gorgeous parks near Las Vegas that you can spend time hiking and exploring. Some of the country’s best restaurants are located here, as well as some of the most remarkable bars. If Las Vegas isn’t already on your bucket list, I think it’s time to add it!
Whether you’re at a dinner party or in an office meeting, someone recently went to Austin and absolutely loved it. Austin is quickly becoming one of the hottest places to visit. People are raving about the edgy music scene, the delicious trailer food, and all the outdoor activities to experience. Home to several festivals, parades, and conferences (South by Southwest), there’s always something exciting going on. The people are known to be very friendly and quirky, which always makes for a memorable trip. The creative culture and progressive atmosphere make Austin a happy place that’s worth a visit in 2017.
Asheville, North Carolina
Located in the majestic mountains of North Carolina, Asheville offers something unique for everyone. History buffs will fall in love with the Biltmore estate and all of its elegant wonder. Nature lovers will go crazy for the Blue Ridge parkway, known for its breathtaking mountain views. Beer connoisseurs will obsess over the distinctive breweries and bars. Epitomizing the perfect mix of romance and adventure, it’s no wonder this destination is at the top of every travel list!
When most people think of Maine, crashing waves and lobster are what instantly come to mind. While these iconic features are still reason enough to visit, Portland is known for so much more. With its sophisticated culture and hip waterfront, Portland is a hub of art, yummy food and vibrant bars. If you need to escape the trendy scene, there are nearby lighthouses that will make for an excellent backdrop. For those seeking outdoor fun and funky experiences, this spirited city has exactly what you are looking for!
As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing American cities to visit. Whether you’re seeking excitement or culture, there is a trip out there for everyone. Thanks to technology and social media, booking a trip is more convenient than ever before. Make 2017 your most memorable year yet and start planning your next great adventure. Happy Travels!