Winter is slowly but surely drawing to a close and that means that many of us will be looking for someplace to travel to as soon as possible. Especially after spending so many months cooped up at home. While many of us would thoroughly enjoy a trip to Scotland, reality dictates that we’re likely to have to stay closer to home.
At least for the time being.
With that in mind, we came up with a list of cities here in the U.S. that simply can’t be missed. In no particular order and with some quick facts about each, here are 15 places you should definitely visit.
Top Picks Down South
Texas is huge, to say the least, so it’s no wonder that it has two cities on this list.
Austin – The music capital of the world that likes to stay weird has the state capitol, great museums, and of course plenty of concerts of all genres.
Dallas/Fort Worth – The Stockyards, famous venues, and museums of Fort Worth combined with the shopping, glitz, and glamor of Dallas is almost always a winning combination.
Technically that gave the Lone Star state three spots but luckily, there aren’t any rules on this.
New Orleans – The French Quarter, Marigny (pronounced locally as Mer-in-knee), The National WWII Museum, Jazz Museum, parks, festivals, the New Orleans Saints, and more, not to mention Mardi Gras, make New Orleans a definite must-see.
Head Out West
While a lot of people may visit California for legal recreational marijuana, there are a couple of cities that draw crowds for completely different reasons.
Golden Gate City – With so much to see and do in and around this great city including those famous giant Sequoia trees and the fact that you can get some fantastic San Francisco hotel deals almost any time of year, this one seems to make it on almost every list like this.
Big Sur – Take a drive along the historic Pacific Coast Highway and experience the spellbinding beauty of central California.
Other Western Cities
Vail – This Colorado ski resort located at the base of Vail Mountain has traditional Bavarian-inspired architecture, cobblestone walkways and bridges, and plenty of on-theme amenities.
Tombstone – The entire town is a National Historic Landmark and of course has a museum, historic buildings, and even a re-enactment of the famous O.K. Corral gunfight.
Some More Great Cities
While we know that there are plenty of people that would prefer a relaxing outer banks vacation, this article is for those looking to enjoy some city life. With that being said, here a few top contenders for you to consider.
Charleston, South Carolina – Close to the beach and with plenty of great culture, extensive history, wonderful architecture, gracious locals, and fantastic weather.
Chicago – Features innovative restaurants, awe-inspiring skyscrapers and hotels, world-class museums, and much more.
New York City – Simply too many great features to list but the Big Apple is a city that shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
Asheville, N.C. – A cultural and culinary delight nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Washington, D.C. – The capital of the United States has much too much to list but you’d be remiss if you never visit the vast monuments, museums, and historical sights.
Honolulu – If you need any reason to visit other than the beauty that is Hawaii, just think about all the wonderful souvenirs you can bring home to friends and family.
Lexington – The “horse capital of the world” is one of the best U.S. cities to visit thanks to its beautiful foliage and seasonal changes combined with 400 thoroughbred farms,14 of the biggest bourbon distilleries in the state, and over 120 restaurants that are well worth a visit.
Choosing a vacation destination can be a bit of a challenge in the best of times but can be even more so these days. With helpful lists like this, we hope we can help narrow down your choices but no matter what, we truly hope that you have a safe and wonderful time on your trip.