While we often talk about states we’d like to visit, how often do you focus in on USA cities? And if you do do that, how often does it get any further than a someday dream, without a real structure or plan?
Now is the time for all of that to change, because we’re exploring five USA cities to show off their best bits and help you plan your must-visit lists!
Live the high life in Los Angeles, California
Shop on Rodeo Drive. Strutt your stuff on the Malibu beaches (I recommend Malibu Surfrider). Go celebrity spotting in Beverly Hills. And when you’ve finished all of that, add a trip to see the iconic Hollywood sign, plus tours of all the best film studios, not to mention the glamorous drives in between, to your itinerary. Los Angeles is a vibrant Californian city, guaranteed to keep you busy!
Ready to relax? Check out the national parks in California for a wild retreat. Or, head north from California to the city of Seattle. It’s the perfect place for whale watching.
Embrace fast-paced fun in Las Vegas, Nevada
Not many USA cities stand amid vast deserts, but Las Vegas counts itself as one of them. While the dramatic Grand Canyon is just a short hop over state lines away, there’s also plenty to see, do and experience within the Las Vegas city limits.
The cacophony of casinos need no introduction, but don’t dismiss the street entertainers and nightly shows that give the iconic strip some serious excitement, too. And then there are the modern masterpieces, like the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, with a futuristic crumpling shape that has to be seen to be believed…
See the sights into New York
If you didn’t visit the Big Apple when you visited USA cities, where on earth did you go?! Visiting the landmarks – we’re talking The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Central Park to name a few – may be tourist traps, but they are for good reason!
And there’s nothing quite like taking a moment to pause in the bustling buzz of Times Square, taking in the bright lights and busy lives whirling around you. We’re not saying your entire time in New York should be spent visiting landmarks, but do make time for them before discovering your own hidden gems. Downtown New York is calling!
Get your culture fix in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is nothing short of awesome, and don’t let any traveller tell you otherwise. Boasting a lake-side location that ensures tranquillity is never far away, this city soars high into the sky with towering buildings. Find a rooftop bar or a top-floor restaurant to soak up the chic vista with a bird’s eye view. And while Chicago feels like one of the most modern USA cities, it’s also home to plenty of history. So, when you’ve had your fill of fine architectural views, make your next stops at the many art galleries for views of an altogether different kind.
Party in Miami, Florida
Miami is a melting pot of cultural fun – from Little Havana to the elite and ultra trendy hotels and clubs. Stay in Miami and you’ll have the fantastic Florida beaches, plus some of the hottest pool parties, to pick from. You’ll also find all the big (and luxurious) resort names, as well as the achingly cool and contemporary oceanfront W South Beach.
Whether you visit for a week or weekend, glamorous attire is essential, so get your heels and LBD ready! It might be worth throwing in a white dress too, because while white parties are a little done, they are super fun…
Find out why I fell in love with Latin food in Miami right here.
Want to explore more than one of these USA cities? Then why not roll them into a road trip! You can find out how I did it during my drive through California. Just make sure you know plenty of places to fuel up – and we’re not talking about the car! This guide to eating out in the USA will come in handy.
Have you visited any USA cities? What tips can you share?
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