Are you looking for ideas for your next vacation? Want to go somewhere, but can’t decide exactly where?
Perhaps you should check out one of the Top 10 US Cities to Visit. Of course, whether or not a city is the best is a subjective opinion – but Conde Nast Traveler has taken a poll of its readers collective subjective opinions and come up with 10 American Cities that you’re most likely to enjoy visiting. With cities from across the country highlighted, there should be a great vacation destination for everyone.
Top 10 Best Places To Visit In The Us
1. San Francisco, California
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of San Francisco, California is The Golden Gate Bridge. Residents rave about the culture and the year round mild weather that’s never too hot or too cold. Visitors to San Francisco can stay in some of the country’s most eco-friendly hotels and enjoy organic dining. UpTake’s own Cat Lincoln shares insider information on San Francisco via podcast.
2. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina offers a slow paced, historic vacation opportunity. The city is filled with old buildings and homes closely monitored by an attentive Historical Society. The best way to see Charleston is by taking advantage of a carriage tour.
3. New York City, New York
It should come as no surprise that New York City makes the list of one of the best places to visit in the United States. While there may be arguments about living in The Big Apple, the city is jam packed with tourist attractions. Visitors from all over the world flock to experience everything from world class theater to the Statue of Liberty. The best of the best – in any industry – can be found in New York City.
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Travelers looking for a genuine Southwest experience will be happy to see Santa Fe, New Mexico make the list of best American cities to visit. While Santa Fe isn’t known for an exciting night life, it offers an extraordinary amount of excellent restaurants. Santa Fe is a great place for photography enthusiasts to capture sights unseen in other parts of the country.
5. Chicago, Illinois
I love Chicago. I think the best time to visit Chicago is during the winter holidays when the city is decked out in white lights and holiday displays. Of course, during the summer months you can find a festival or free concert on any given weekend. Chicago offers almost as many entertainment options as New York City, at a (slightly) lower price.
6. Carmel, California
Visitors to Carmel, California will find a relaxed community and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. From Point Lobos State Reserve you can watch migrating whales for just $10 per car (or free, if you walk in). Carmel is a great vacation destination for pet lovers, offering pet friendly beaches and shops.
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
Do we really have to make the case for including Honolulu, Hawaii on this list? Reason number one: It’s in Hawaii. As Hawaii native Stefani Pomponi Butler describes it, “Honolulu is much-maligned for being touristy and crowded, but if you love the energy of big cities combined with a tropical locale, this is the place for you.” It certainly has to be the prettiest metropolitan center on the list!
8. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, much like Charleston, offers a slow, Southern vibe to travelers. But Savannah does it with a gracious smile and a reputation for a heck of a party. No trip to Savannah, Georgia is complete without a stroll and lunch along River Street.
9. San Diego, California
There is an endless supply of things to do in San Diego. Whether you prefer amusement parks or museums, you’ll find something that tickles your fancy here. And chances are, the weather will be perfect for whatever you plan.
10. Sedona, Arizona
While listed as one of the top cities in the United States to visit, odds are that most of the photographs you come home with will be of Mother Nature in and around Sedona. A Sedona vacation is perfect for someone into horseback riding and off roading tours. It’s also a great place to visit if you’re traveling on a budget.
Choosing which of the Top US Cities is right for your vacation is about deciding what kind of travel experience you’re looking for. Are you looking to relax or enjoy the thrill of big city night life? Do you prefer a beach to a Broadway play?
Do you think there’s a great American city that the Conde readers missed? Share your suggestions in the comments!
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