The Top Tourist Destination Cities in the US

From the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf, and from the Pacific to the Arctic—this great land of ours is made up of so many diverse cities, sprawling mountains hamlets, laid back plains, and great divides that picking top ten of the best of the best is a rather difficult and personal choice. However, regardless of if you want the laid back lifestyle of Napa, California, the hustle and bustle of New York City, or the glitz and sizzle of Las Vegas—there is definitely something for every type of traveler in the USA.

Here are the top 10 tourist destinations to visit in the US…

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Whether you’re a group of bachelors seeking a little debauchery or a high roller taking a change, this city has earned the slogan, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” for a damn good reason. Las Vegas has something to suit every decadence—be it abundant buffets, flowing liquor, world-class entertainment, all night poker games, the razzle-dazzle of a fancy hotel on the Vegas Strip, the kitsch of Fremont Street, a heated swim up pool bar, or a luxurious spa—there are no rules (well, barely) in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas

2. San Francisco, California

The City on the Bay is renowned for its wind-blown climate, scenic drives, wineries, open-mindedness, and art deco backdrop. Many a visitor ventures to San Francisco only to leave their heart in this world-class city, filled to the brim with tasty restaurants, lively bars, museums, opera, laid back music scene, and colorful neighborhoods.


3. Chicago, Illinois

This Windy City offers enough to catch any guest in the whirlwind of live music, modern art, fine dining, hilarious live comedy, sports, and architecture of the city. Chicago, the city on the water, beckons with culture galore and a city that is totally walk-able—from Millennium Park to the Buckingham Fountain and from the Sears Tower to Wrigley Field—Chicago buzzes with energy from morning until…the following morning.


4. New York City, New York

It should hardly surprise you that the Big Apple made the list of most popular US tourist destinations.  Any season, for any reason, New York has it all—world class restaurants, lively clubs, Broadway shows, Central Park, Times Square, shopping, and people-watching!

New York City, USA

5. Seattle, Washington

Seattle, with its futuristic Space Needle is one of the most iconic, panoramic skylines in the US. And, yes, tourists flock here for the laid-back scenery as well as for the modern architectural, the famous Pike’s Place Market, the live music scene, and we can’t forget the coffee (Seattle is serious about their java) all set against the stunning mountain backdrop of Puget Sound.

The Space Needle, Seattle

6. Napa, California

Napa, as the name suggests, promises a lazy and luxurious holiday for guests who come for the finest wine regions in the world. Like a secret Tuscany, Napa promises top quality cuisine to match the vino. Spoil yourself by checking in to a quaint Bed and Breakfast nestled between gently rolling hills and endless grapevines.


7. Portland, Oregon

Many people can attest to the fact that it’s hard to leave after a visit to Portland. The city is so laid-back, friendly, and eco-minded that you just want to grab a parka, get a facial piercing, and never get off the welcoming band wagon.  Sample the city’s craft wares, micro-brews, craft distilleries, parks that make you forget you’re in a major city, and surprisingly upbeat nightlife. And don’t forget a drive (or walk or cycle) to the city’s Pacific Northwest, where the Japanese Garden rivals those in Japan.


8. Honolulu, Hawaii

Endless sand and surf awaits you on the island of Hawaii, where the lull of the waves is as smooth and gentle as the sway of the Hula dancers’ hips. With so much sunshine, hospitality, nature, and fresh air at your disposal, you can’t help but take advantage of the excellent store of activities—from surfing, snorkeling and kayaking, to golf, horseback riding, shopping, and even attending a nighttime luau on the beach.

Lanikai Beach, Oahu

9. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a gem in the middle of the Arizona desert. This virtual “hippy” oasis is big on new age resorts and spas, however, it’s just as big as hiking and exploring the area’s red rock formations—such as Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. Just when you think the sunsets are some of the most breathtaking scenes on earth—Sedona’s night sky will explode in a plethora of planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and shooting stars that require no telescope, but that will make you gasp in disbelief and awe.

Arizona Roadtrip

10. New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana’s “Big Easy” suffered quite a setback after Katrina. However, not much can keep it down and it’s quickly regaining its status as one of the US’s most enjoyed cities.  Bursting with Creole music and food on every corner, this city undoubtedly has soul to spare—be it for the festivals (the famous Mardi Gras included), the live music (jazz, zydeco, blues, Cajun, and funk), the charming history, or the nightlife that just doesn’t take a breather.

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