TOP FIVE BEST U.S. CITIES FOR TOURISTS
The U.S. has many beautiful cities but if you are coming to the U.S. for the first time or if you are from the U.S. and want to get out and see something new, I recommend visiting one of these five cities. Everyone should have the opportunity to visit these five cities at least once in their life time! I chose these five, because they are full of life, full of great experiences and will allow you to explore until your heat is content.
#1. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
The city of Chicago is definitely a city to see if you are an explorer! It’s also a great place for Business Travelers, especially if you are looking for conference rooms or places to hold company meetings! The city’s the north side, south side, west side and downtown all seem like they are separate cities of their own. Chicago is a great place to visit during the summer due to all of the events that take place, I call Chicago the “City of Festivals”. During the summer you can experience, the Taste of Chicago, the rib fest, beer fest, Puerto Rican fest, Greek, fest, Polish fest, the Pilsen fest, a House Music fest, Caribbean fest, Sangria fest, African fest, Reggae fest, Gelato fest, Hot Dog fest, Thai food fest, Polonia fest, North Coast music fest, and Riot fest just to name a few.
The Chicago River is also a sight to see with many things to do. After you walk and shop on the Magnificent Mile, make sure you head over to the Riverwalk to walk along the Chicago River that runs through the center of Chicago. I suggest taking an Architecture tour which sounds boring but is actually really interesting. The best time to take a water tour is at night when all of the buildings are lit up. There’s also a few dinner cruises, cocktail cruises and boat club cruises you can take on the water that are well worth the time and money.
Chicago is a great place for the foodie who loves to taste different types of food. Chicago’s Chinatown, Greektown, and Ukrainian Village can offer many new foods for the foodie not to mention all of the Polish, Italian, Mexican, Irish and Jamaican restaurants that are also all throughout Chicago. When you visit Chicago, make sure you make your way to one of the roof top restaurants or bars that sit on top many of the cities beautiful sky rises and one of the best views can be seen from driving along Lake Shore Drive at night time which wraps itself around the cities downtown loop area.
#2. Manhattan, New York
The Big Apple is another place you do not want to miss if you are an explorer and another great place for the Business Traveler! If your a die hard people watcher, this is the place for you! One whole day can be spent just walking the streets of downtown Manhattan. Broadway shows, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Chinatown, SoHo, Koreatown, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park and the Botanical Garden are just a few things to see and experience while you are in New York!
Manhattan will be your starting point because there are so many places to go. When I’m in New York, I like to get on the train and visit different neighborhoods, this place is one of the most diverse places I’ve ever been to. This is also a great place for shopping and fashion, you may even be able to find a few fashion shows to attend while you are in the city. If your a person who loves music, you can find many different music festivals that take place in this city as well.
Manhattan is a great place for fine dinning and is well known for its Manhattan Clam Chowder and New York style Cheesecake so make sure you try both of them. The street food can also be quite tasty along with the flavorful Italian ice that you can find on many corners in the city.
#3. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
San Francisco is a very beautiful city with some of the steepest hills you will ever see. The city also has old style cable cars that travel through the streets that are very cool to see and ride on. I wouldn’t recommend renting a bike in this city unless you have some really strong thighs but you will definitely want to rent a bike to travel across the Golden State Bridge.
San Francisco is also another dream vacation for a foodie, especially a Vegan or Vegetarian foodie! I would also recommend a day trip to Alcatraz Island and the Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco has some of the best Seafood restaurants and wine tasting locations on the West Coast. A trip to the Redwoods can also be very eye pleasing.
One of the things I like about San Francisco is that it’s very calm, even in the downtown region. You don’t hear as much honking inside the city as you would in Chicago or New York. This is a great place for the vacationer who loves to explore a little and relax. You can also visit Oakland which is just a 30 minute drive away but a lot of crime happens in Oakland so I would take precautions while visiting different parts of Oakland.
#4. Las Vegas, Nevada
It’s time to dress your best and hit the town when you visit Las Vegas! The nightlife is the highlight of the city with it’s many clubs and casino’s that you can explore. There are so many things to do in Las Vegas that you will NEVER be bored! Almost all of the casino’s are connected to hotels so there’s many different places to stay. I like to stay in Old town Las Vegas because you can get a nice place for half the price. Another great way to visit Las Vegas is to take a group of friends and rent out one of the many beautiful Mansions Vegas has to offer with a swimming pool.
Cirque du Soleil can be a little pricy but they put on some of the best shows! Vegas also has Comedy Clubs, Magic shows, helicopter tours, a wax museum where you can take pictures with Your favorite stars and more.
I’m not big on gambling but if you are looking to gamble, there’s no shortage of places to go, Vegas casinos are truly some of the best casinos. The Venetian is one of my favorites and the Gondola ride inside of the Venetian is pretty cool as well! If your a people watcher, you can just walk the strip and be entertained by all of the people who come to visit from all over the world and if you find the time, make sure you go on a Grand Canyon Tour.
#5. The Island of Maui, Hawaii
Maui is the vacationer’s paradise! The best part about Maui are the beaches and views, this is one of the most relaxing places inside of the U.S. If you love being on the water, this is the place for you! This can also be a great place for the Adventurer who likes to zip line, hike, ski and deep sea dive. You also don’t have to go far to snorkel and you can see large sea turtles and dolphins from any sea shore.
This is a great place for a photographer looking to take beautiful pictures of nature and I loved taking public transportation around the city. Horseback riding and live luau’s are also big in Maui so make sure you do both.
This is one of the best places to rent a condo on the beach and be lazy or go explore the many waterfalls this place has waiting for you to see. The Hawaiian culture is a very beautiful culture with a lot of music and dancing. The food is amazing, some of the freshest ingredients can be found in Hawaiian cuisine. Pineapple, coconut, papaya and mango can also be found in many dishes and roasted pig is very big in Hawaii. If you have the chance to order “The Hawaiian Plate”, make sure you do, if you are a meat eater, you won’t be disappointed!
This concludes my list of the “Top five best U.S cities for tourist” but by no means are these the only cities in the U.S that are great. The U.S has a lot of great cities but anyone who is new to the U.S or who doesn’t get out and travel much, should definitely put these five at the top of their list.