North America is full of splendid landscapes, mountains and hiking routes that delight nature lovers, but it cannot be denied that it also has some of the greatest metropolitan areas in the planet: concrete jungles filled with skyscrapers, iconic monuments and neon lights that have become the dream of urban travellers from all over the globe. If, after flipping through the pages of a catalogue of beach holiday packages, you still prefer to take a city trip in the United States, read our recommendations below so as to find out which the best cities in the USA for a tourist trip are.
You may already be dreaming of New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and all the clichés you have heard about them; however, we would like you to plan your city break as though you were an insider, from a local perspective, which is undoubtedly the best way to truly discover a new place. It does not matter if you travel solo, on a tight budget, for just a weekend, with your partner or with friends, or even if you are looking for a luxury experience in a big city, we will help you to make the most out of your trip to the United States according to the type of traveller you are.
The best cities for tourists in the United States
Visiting Boston, the capital city of Massachusetts
Boston is one of the cities in the USA with the longest history, and outstandingly rich in culture, arts and education. If you are a US citizen, it is highly likely that you take a trip to Boston to visit one of its University colleges – Emerson, Harvad, Hult or Roxbury-, yet even so you should make some time to enjoy the open-air concerts organised at its many parks, take a brewery or a food tour and explore the Beacon Hill neighbourhood to take some outstanding Instagram pictures. Feel already invited to join the local life, since Boston is a diverse city where you can meet people anywhere, whether it is a fitness gathering or a Gospel festival. Notwithstanding that, if you are a sports fan and want to live the tourist life as well, include spots like Fenway Park –the home stadium of the legendary baseball team the Red Sox- in your travel itinerary.
A trip to Atlanta in the state of Georgia
When looking for a United States city where you can disconnect from the world, relax and enrol in plenty of free activities, Atlanta might just be the right place. While visiting do not miss out on Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Centennial Olympic Park, the historical Fox Theater, Oakland Cemetery or Stone Mountain Park, which affords breathtaking city views. If you are travelling with kids, we advise you to go to the Georgia Aquarium and join walking or cycling tours around the city whereas, if you are a passionate foodie, we strongly encourage you to try the traditional fried chicken at Paschal’s as well as to stop by the popular Busy Bee Cafe.
Travelling to Chicago in the United States
Windy City –as Chicago is commonly referred to- has long been known as one of the major arts and entertainment hubs within the country. Today, it is the host city of the acclaimed Lollapalooza summer music festival, but in order to delve into the roots of the music scene of Chicago you should go to nightclubs such as the Green Mill, Blue Chicago, the Hideout, Empty Bottle or Reggies. Getting around town is easy thanks to effective network of CTA buses, although you may use Uber services as well. During the day, take a stroll along the Riverwalk, or hire a bike and explore the city from Humboldt Park to Lincoln Park.
Visiting Washington DC, the capital city of the United States
History students and scholars simply cannot miss out on the capital of the USA, which must not be confused with the state of Washington. For disambiguation purposes, this US city is officially called Washington DC, that is, adding the abbreviation for “District of Columbia”. The mandatory visit to the Capitol can be complemented by a trip through the underground passage that leads to the largest library in the world: the Library of Congress. Do not forget the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery of Art or the National Museum of Natural History, but if you really want to see Washington DC in a different light, take a ride on the Big Bus DC Panoramic Tour at night.
A trip to Seattle in USA
Often overlooked in favour of other big metropolises in North America, Seattle and its diverse urban culture awaits in the Northwest region of the Pacific Coast as part of Washington State. While in Seattle, you will feel like you blend in walking around Chinatown, or eating and shopping among locals in the Ballard neighbourhood; take the elevator at the Space Needle and get breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains, and if you want to commute to the downtown, ride the Seattle centre monorail. In case you are seeking trendy plans, we suggest going to the Museum of Pop Culture or spending an afternoon in the Pike Place Market.
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Also, bear in mind that visitors from many countries must apply for the ESTA travel authorisation when they travel under the Visa Waiver Program before they can be admitted into the USA for tourism purposes. Learn more about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.