10 Must Visit Cities In The United States

The Statue of Liberty and White House, Disney World and Hollywood, Broadway and Wall Street – these images come to mind when thinking of the United States. The third largest country in the world has many amazing cities and plenty of natural attractions to put on must-see list. And this list could stretch on forever. There are a huge number of unique fabulous cities in America that absolutely worth a trip, but just don't get their fair share of the limelight. Have you ever been to Bar Harbor Maine or Savannah Georgia or Portland Oregon? If the answer is No, then you should! But if I have to choose top ten must-visit cities in America, I have to stay with the usual suspects. After all, you haven’t been to America if you haven’t seen cultural icons like the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge, or natural features like Grand Canyon and Lake Tahoe. So, here you are 10 Must Visit Cities in the United States.

New York Skyline, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges
New York Skyline, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges

New York

I think everybody would agree that New York is one of the most fascinating cities not only in the USA but in the entire world. Therefore it HAS to be on must-see in America list. What makes it so fascinating? First, of course, its architecture – Manhattan skyline is absolutely incredible. Second, its multicultural personality – New York is a true melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. And finally, nowhere else in a world you would find that many best restaurant, best hotels, museums and theaters concentrated in such a small land area of 23 square miles - that’s how small Manhattan is. And whatever your passion in culture, entertainment or food is, you’ll find it here. Don’t forget that besides Manhattan, there are four other boroughs in New York with plenty of things to do and to see.

Well, if New York has everything, then maybe the must-visit cities in America list should has only one city – New York?  Not quite right. There are much more in this incredible country than just New York.

Boston Common
Boston Common

Boston

While New York is defined by its skyline, Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods. From the fashionable Back Bay to oldest Beacon Hill to colorful Chinatown to historic North End – all neighborhoods of Boston has its own personality and distinct appeal. A stroll around this old city is like reading an American history textbook. Follow the red line marking the Freedom Trail and come across Boston Common, the Old North Church, Paul Revere's house and Bunker Hill. Each stop represents a chapter in American history. Being cultural and commercial hub of New England, Boston absorbed all best from the region, including best food such as Maine lobster and New England clam chowder. Try them when in Boston, they are best you can find in all country.

The Washington Monument and Cherry Trees in bloom
The Washington Monument and Cherry Trees in bloom

Washington DC

The city is particularly glorious in spring, when its many gardens and park are in bloom. While visiting the White House, take the White House Garden tour and view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden and Rose Garden – they are absolutely splendid. Sightseeing in Washington DC wouldn’t cost much – most of Washington DC museums and memorials are free. Take a ride to the top of the Washington Monument to see spectacular views of the city and surroundings. Stroll cobblestone streets of Georgetown, the city’s most beautiful neighborhood with great restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops. Relax at Dumbarton Oaks gardens, one of the loveliest spots in the city. And if you have time, explore surroundings - Maryland has plenty of things to offer to a curious traveler. Of course, to try Maryland Blue Crab is a must, when you are there!

South Beach Miami
South Beach Miami

Miami

America’s Riviera with 10 miles of wide white sandy beaches, delightful art deco architecture, trendy hotels, chic restaurants and hot party scene – this is Miami. Plus, a huge Latin American cultural inheritance – in some Miami neighborhoods you could easily forget that you are in the United States. If you don’t have a chance to go to Cuba, a short trip to Little Havana in Miami could give you a little glimpse of the Caribbean jewel: aroma of Cuban coffee and cigars, pulsating Cuban music, art and craft, very authentic restaurants and colorful storefronts. But, if you are really adventurous, rent a car and go to Key West for a couple of days. Not only because Key West is absolute paradise, but also because the road from Miami to Key West is really stunning.

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

Las Vegas

A gambleville with luxury resorts and five star hotels, outstanding dining and acclaimed shows, exclusive spas and world-class golf courses – you have to party in Vegas at least once in a lifetime. Las Vegas’ proximity to unique treasures of nature such as Red Rock and Grand Canyon, Colorado River and Death Valley makes Sin City attractive travel destination not only for party goers but for nature lovers as well. Take a road trip to Death Valley National Park, just a couple of hours away from Vegas, and enjoy the hottest place in the country. Or drive a little bit further to Grand Canyon, the most famous natural feature not only in the area but in the USA. Or visit Lake Mead, a large man-made lake, one of the largest in the world. And you will see that there are more of Vegas than just parties.

Walt Disney World Top 7 Must Sees

Orlando

Orlando being home to the largest amusement park in the world has to be on a list of must-visit in America. Walt Disney World is the most visited recreational resort in the world, and don’t be mistaken it is not only for children, adults have plenty of fun in Disney World as well. Besides famous Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld, Orlando offers plenty of different entertainment, great dining and even museums – the most comprehensive collection of Tiffany art is in Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Orlando.

La Jolla, San Diego
La Jolla, San Diego

San Diego

Blue skies and 70 miles of great beaches, Mediterranean climate and Mexican specialties, aquatic parks, aquariums and zoos – the jewel of South California have it all. For beach lovers a visit to La Jolla is a must. The most magnificent beach on the West Coast offers fantastic surfing, excellent snorkeling and diving, amazing sunsets and beautiful sands. San Diego Old Town, the historical heart of the city, is the "birthplace" of California - San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. The Spanish and Mexican heritage of the city is celebrated throughout Old Town, including best Mexican food and Margaritas.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Malibu and Sunset Boulevard – these places have to be on must-visit in America list, and all of them are in Los Angeles. Who wouldn’t like to take a ride down Sunset Boulevard in a convertible or watch sunset on Malibu beach with a glass of California Pinot? If you’ve never done it, you should! Besides famous attractions and intensive nightlife, Los Angeles has great surroundings to explore. Just take a road trip to Santa Barbara and you’ll witness a breathtaking beauty of South California.

Seattle Skyline and the Space Needle
Seattle Skyline and the Space Needle

Seattle

If you think that Seattle is only about rain, you are absolutely wrong. The Emerald City is a real green gem, with a wealth of evergreen trees throughout, and breathtaking views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west. Mt. Rainier looks down on Seattle from its majestic heights. Driving through Seattle on a clear day has been compared to floating on a cloud in an emerald sky. Go to the top of the Space Needle and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, have a lunch at a sidewalk café in Pike Street Market and embrace best of what Seattle can offer – splendid views and great freshest seafood.

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

San Francisco

The city's famous steep hills and trolley cars, astonishing bay views, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, lively Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown, numerous beautiful gardens and delicious food make San Francisco very unique and, from my point of view, the most beautiful city in America. When in San Francisco, take a trip to Napa Valley for a glass of wine or two while enjoying breathtaking scenery of a wine country. Or go to Lake Tahoe, to see “the jewel of the Sierras”, one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

wow reading this hub felt like an armchair travel! thanks for sharing this. I haven't been to the US but I still voted nonetheless based on your description of each city. :D


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Glad even my city seattle made it to this list. I agree most of these cities are wonderful places. But my friend Chicago is another wonderful city with great skyline and beautiful lake front views.


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Jerry G2 7 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

Another great hub, but I wonder if Austin, TX, shouldn't have made it (amazing city, great night life on 6th Street, and the Live Music Capital of the World) and I personally prefer Tampa Bay over Miami, but admittedly Miami is the "sexy" pick. Good hub.


Passatempos 7 years ago

One day I would like to visit the U.S.A, this post helps a lot to choose what cities can visit.

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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City Author

Chris, I am glad you liked the trip :) I hope one day you will visit all these beautiful cities.

Countrywomen, I agree that Chicago is a beautiful city also, but for me Chicago is very simular to New York. I wanted to show a variety of our fantastic country.

Jerry, thank you very much for stopping by. I think ones one covers the basic of the USA, Austin TX is next on a list! I personally like Austin very much.


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FunFacter 7 years ago from Canada

This would be my tour guide for sure when i visit USA as i am planning in near future. Thanks for this guide and i would really appreciate for the photos as they are really cool and attracting.


bhajans 7 years ago

I my view its only Las Vegas!!!


Bryan 7 years ago

I still don't understand a city like Chicago doesn't make it on anyones top 10 list... It should easliy be on someones to 2 or top 3 list....


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I better get busy. I still haven't seen Boston, New York or Washington and have just driven through Miami on my way to the Keys. (I have been to Toronto was told like NYC only without the trash.) New Orleans and Portland rate right up near the top.


Hammster 7 years ago

Why is San Antonio not on this list? :-P


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

great hub...amazing pics and explanation...i have really enjoyed reading it...great job done...i like newyork the most one...have a look for this one i am sure you will love it....

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raguett 7 years ago

great hub, and great pics... love the choices, thanks for letting m know about this hub...r


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linjingjing 7 years ago

Writing good


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kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

Great hub! I've been to all ten of these cities, and I'd have to say Orlando is the least impressive. It's really the parks that make the city, if that's your thing. The downtown area of the city isn't so vibrant and top 10 worthy. New Orleans, San Antonio, Austin, and Chicago are some of the best I've been to that weren't included (in terms of major cities).


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johnb0127 7 years ago from TX

Great Cities! I would love to travel to each and every one of these. Thanks for the interesting hub.

--John


Loller 7 years ago

Chicago doesn't make it to the list because it's mostly a business city. It does not have much attractions, besides Navy Pier. But LA's Santa Monica Pier takes over. Mirical Mile is taken by Las Vegas Boulevard. Good foods are taken over by NY. Chicago is just what you call a skyscraper fan. Not much to do. No offense, but just going inside a skyscraper and looking at views is pretty much what you can do in every city. I'd say going to Empire State Building or going to Hollywood gets much of a better view.


Gerl72 7 years ago

Chicago is a bad, boring place. Waste of time. I was shopping and the winds blew my $100 purse away!


JimmyJim 7 years ago

LA and Las Vegas should be the top 2.

The reason why LA should be on top is because of their closing attractions, and disasters. You must visit LA before their attractions gets destroyed.

Las Vegas should be here because the casinos are running out. Though you should go Las Vegas about a year later, it is still important to go right now. Casinos aren't doing so good, and some casinos are still being built.

Washington DC is a pretty boring city for kids. People do not enjoy history now, and don't care about history.

Miami is a bad place to visit during the summer. It is unbearable and deadly. Everything you see is a building under construction. I perfer California for the beaches.


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Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

Great hub and I agree with you about Boston. I was amazed at the difference in neighborhoods and also the overall history of the city. Thanks for this!


Big Ed 7 years ago

To say that Chicago is a boring city is like saying that Orlando is not full of activities. What a stupid comment. I live in Brooklyn, and Chicago has its own charisma and charm. Moreover, there is food in Chicago that is hard to either replicate and or imitate. What a stupid comment. I agree NYC, San Fran, and MIami are about as good as it gets. But to eliminate Chicago is like eliminating Paris and or London from the world's best cities. Stupid morons on this site.


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City Author

Well, Big Ed, we got it - you love Chicago! But let's be civilized people, everybody is entitled on his/her personal opinion. I love Chicago, but as I mentioned above it is quite similar to New York, of course with its own Midwest charm and beauty.


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Research Analyst 7 years ago

San Diego is one of my favorite places to go for the weekend, the weather is always perfect and the downtown gaslamp quarter always has plenty of shops and places to eat and listen to music. One of the best bars for nightlife is "The Bitter End.


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Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

Thanks for this wonderful help dude .....


Allison 7 years ago

wow!! i luv this list! thank you!


World Traveller 7 years ago

San Francisco, No doubt the most beautiful city in America!


jonty 7 years ago

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.


shah kamal 7 years ago

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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

This is fantastic. I am a great lover of America Las Vegas being my fav.I have created a hub on money saving tips which would tie in nice.Thinking of going to Washington next as I have never been.This article has helped me decide where to go next.


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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

Marvelous hub, I have been to everyone of these cities, love the recap.


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Yangtze 7 years ago

Quite resourceful and informative hub.It becomes a wonderful guide to the US travel.


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MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

There are actually very few 5 star hotels here in Vegas.


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City Author

Well, MikeNV, "very few 5 star hotels in Vegas" is definitely a wrong statement. Bellagio, Four Seasons, The Venetian, Wynn, Encore at Wynn, The Palazzo Resort, Ritz-Carlton, Trump International, Vdara Hotel, Skylofts at MGM Grand, Signature at MGM Grand, Aria resort and etc - all 5 star hotels! And plus several 4.5 star hotels and resorts. Barely very few !


aditya 7 years ago

useful guide ....

keep the good work up ....


Kristie 7 years ago

I feel like such a traveler! I have been to 8 of the 10 cities on your list! Only missing Washington DC and New York!


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Lalynn 7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I have visited every single one of these cities...even lived in some of them. I have to agree with you about them. My personal favorites, however were not on the list: Chicago and Atlanta!


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knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Great hub, I found them all compelling, it was funny too reading all your compatriots fighting for their square mile of the USA, you can't beat a little home pride. I would have to agree NY has to be top of the list and hopefully one day I will get a chance to visit.


Oticketc 7 years ago

Great listing. US for me is unique and I love to visit all cities.


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EWealthGuide 7 years ago from Vancouver

NYC, Las Vegas and LA are my fav cities. Can't choose a favorite, but they are all at the top of my list!


Rafael 7 years ago

Thanks for the help, i grew up in san diego but currently living in cancun and still like to travrl to the U.S and its pretty hard to choose where, Im missing Boston, Washington, and chicago out of this top ten list. I have vacations the last 2 weeks of october, where would you recommend?


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City Author

Rafael, thank you for stopping by. Last two weeks in October is a great time to visit New England to see last days of fall foliage, so Boston and surroundings is a good choice. Chicago is a great city at any time of the year. And of course New York is always a perfect destination!


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juneaukid 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Great choices, great photos! Thanks for sharing this.


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jimmyred 7 years ago from Brisbane

awesome wrap up. i'm planning my states trip next year, can't wait!


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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

thanks so much for the new addtions on my list


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magdielqr 7 years ago

great hub, and great pics. Thank you for this informative Hub.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Beautiful places. I only went to San Francisco and Las Vegas (although I did not see the Grand Canyon), but I'd go back in a heartbeat (and if I have the money). Too bad I did not go to the other cities. Your hub made me see what I missed. =)


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Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

I can understand Jimmy Jims' comment about Washington D.C. being a boring place for kids but for my husband and I now the kids are grown we can't wait to get at all the museums.!!! History is fascinating. This hub very helpul


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks everybody for comments and suggestions! For Dim Flaxenwick and other history and museums buffs please check my hub 10 Must See Museums In America

http://hubpages.com/travel/Must-See-Museums


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Miss Belgravia 7 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

I might take Orlando off the list and replace it with New Orleans, Chicago, or Santa Fe. But otherwise, I have to agree with your picks. And wow -- Washington DC boring for kids? My daughter loved the National Zoo, the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the White House -- and just outside of DC, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, Jamestown, etc. I think she enjoyed DC more than Disneyworld -- and I certainly did.


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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities, and if anyone who visits gets a chance, they should go to the Grand Canyon via helicopter ride. It is a lot of fun.


Apoio Domiciliário 7 years ago

I'm portuguese... I went once the US and already visit 3 of the "10 must visit cities in the US": NY, Boston and Washington.

Next time it will be Miami and Orlando...


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Emme West 7 years ago

I think Portland should make the top ten list, but I'm partial! ;-) Nice hub!


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kingis 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

Where is Chicago on the list?


Jerry Garcia 7 years ago

I sure would love to visit NY. I'm from Houston and I have only been to Louisiana, I would love to get out of TX for a change.


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cuts73 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great list. I don't know about Orlando though. Orlando has always been one big, humid, amusement park. Really no natural beauty to speak of.


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KarenCamille 7 years ago

I live in New York so I guess I am bias. I have travelled to most of the cities on your list such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Vegas, Miami, Boston and Washington. NY is very multi-cultural and there is so much to do and at least most of the places are still open the city don't shut-down at 1 am. L.A. is my second favorite spot similar to NY but is more laid-back and is much slower.


Ruth 7 years ago

Thank you so much. I am from Africa and this really helped!


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Travelers way 7 years ago from Midwest

Nice blog. I would say San Diego and Las Vegas are nice places to see. Chicago is left off for all the right reasons.....lol. I am partial to St. Louis sometimes but it can be a dirty city. The city of Orlando itself no but the surrounding areas are very nice.


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chelamarie 7 years ago

You say that you want to show a variety of the country, but there are no cities in the South! Sure, Miami is technically here geographically, but what about true southern cities like Charleston? And that's only me being a little biased. ;] haha.


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks everybody for comments !!

chelamarie, yes Charleston is absolutely charming, I totally agree with you. But the question was TEN MUST visit cities in the USA. I personally like a lot of cities in US and Charleston is one of them along with Portland, New Orleans, Austin, Houston and etc. But if I have to choose top ten must-visit cities in America, I would stay with the list above :)


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lchris7 7 years ago

Great hub. I have been to six of the ten cities. Washington DC - plan to spend at least a week to ck out the Smithsonian museums. Miami - The drivers are crazy! Ck out South Beach, Yowza! Vegas - A short trip to Sedona is well worth it. Orlando - Home sweet home. Book a Vacation Home at http://www.VillaGorillaVacationHomes.com. Don't forget to ck out the beaches an hour drive either east or west on I-4. San Diego is home to the best Zoo in America. LA - best surfing waves and I understand the smog is much better than it used to be.


TheBestHomes 7 years ago

Great Hub! Nice pictures. Quite informative. Thanks


giimasterone 7 years ago

i like nyc so much.


Thea 7 years ago

San Francisco is must-visit and travel beyond the city itself, it is where the real gems are.


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BriGuy707 7 years ago from Oceanside, NY

I like the list. Kind of surprised that St. Louis didn't make the list being that was where the westward gates to the west coast was opened and one of the biggest landmarks there is the Arch. From living in NY I gotta say it's never a dull day here, with all the hustle and bustle of the city. One of the greatest days to be in NYC is when it's around Christmas and people are window shopping and the Christmas lights are on


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itcoll 7 years ago

I love visiting Las Vegas.Its so exciting there.


somerandomtraveler 7 years ago

all these are great but the black hills and badlands in South Dakota are beautiful! if you can go camping in the black hills i highly recommend it! Great for the entire family!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

As a local I am kinda partial to San Diego


miggs 6 years ago

How can this list be taken seriously if it does not include the city of Chicago?

Have you never seen its skyline or the views of the Chicago river? Have you looked at a Lake Michigan sunrise? It is all breathtaking.

Chicago needs to be added for this list to be taken seriously. Chicago is not "very similar to New York." It has its own very distinct midwestern character and a much friendlier populace.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

nice article, and I do have to agree that these are must see cities, although I haven't seen Seattle yet, but I'm going to add Chicago also, an amazing great city of the midwest~~

it must be hard to put a list like this together because there are many must see cities. I think out of the entire list, I would have to say Boston is my favorite. :]


Christian 6 years ago

San Francisco is by all the best city! I love it here


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starrwriter 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Wow, this is a great hub with plenty of wonderful cities. Thank you for sharing.


aussieinnewyork 6 years ago

New Orleans is one of the best cities I have been to. The food, activities and culture


jojo 6 years ago

Ive lived in half these cities, and all of them are great in there own ways. San Francisco though is my favorite, whether its going to a ballgame on King street or walking down haight-ashbury its an amazing city.


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rdelp 6 years ago

I've always wanted to visit San Diego.


Tommy Gunn 6 years ago

NYC & San Francisco are the top two cities to visit. The rest of the list is soid except I would replace Orlando with New Orleans. Orlando does have great theme parks but has no business being included on this list. Savannah, San Antonio & Charleston are also incredible and just miss this list.


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jodysmith 6 years ago from California, US

This page gives a glimpse of the United States, the country that determines the fate of billions. People here know how to make the best use of available resources.


Alison 6 years ago

Excuse me but where is CHICAGO!????


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hhdmy01254 6 years ago

it's great ,thanks so much,??


kristalkitty 6 years ago

You forgot New Orleans


Brian 6 years ago

hmmmm no Chicago. . . what a joke list.


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healthgoji 6 years ago

Great hub - it's hard though to pick just 10


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Fresh_Flower 6 years ago from London

I suppose I'd go for New York. After playing Grand Theft Auto 4 it feels like I already know the city... Great Hub!


Final Phase Fat Loss 6 years ago

Hi! I'm portuguese... 2 years ago I visit New york, Boston and Washington... I must say that, although I've enjoyed visiting Boston and Washington, my favorite is New York. It is the most international city in the world but it's where I felt less as a foreigner... odd, isn't it?


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askjanbrass 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm so glad Boston was included on this list! What a wonderful city, with such a vibrant history. It's a great place to visit with kids as well since there are so many great activities--like checking harbor, aquarium, etc. Sturbridge Village, though not necessarily in Boston, is definitely worth a visit as well.


bassreeves 6 years ago

Chicago is the best big city in the United States! New York was OK and LA just stank! Try getting around in LA and you will find that there is really no good public transportation.

New York definitely is in the top and Chicago, well, sorry folks....Chicago is number 1....and to say that there is nothing to do in Chicago is just STUPID!


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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I have never visited the United States but it is very much on my, "To do," list. You have given me even more food for thought than I had already!


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

I came back to see this again and voted this time. although Boston is my favorite, I think San Fran is possibly the most beautiful! great work, I really want to get back to see D.C. in the spring and visit the museums. :]


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Jersey Jess 6 years ago from USA

Wow, great hub! I bookmarked it for later even ;] I loveeee New York, and I wish to travel to Boston and San Francisco soon! :D


anne 6 years ago

las vegas is simply beautiful!!!


Bjorn 6 years ago

Charleston S.C is beautiful because it reminds me of my beloved Europe .


PRANEETI BARUA 6 years ago

FOUND TO BE A WONDERFUL PLACE . REALLY A DREAM WORLD


MELIVEINLA 6 years ago

I think this list is incomplete without Chicago.


Drew 6 years ago

I've lived in both Europe (Sweden and Austria) and the US. I haven't been everywhere I want to go, but I've visited many of the major cities on both continents. If your looking for great shopping and the conveniences of a major tourist area, go to NYC or Orlando. Both have a lot international visitors. You'll fit in and probably won't have to have a real conversation with a single American. However, if you're looking for a real cultural exchange or to come back home different than you left, I'd consider going somewhere else. In my opinion, the most unique cities in the US are New Orleans, Portland (West), Austin (Texas/South West), Chicago (Midwest), Philadelphia (East), and Denver (Mountain West). None of these appear on the top ten list. New Orleans has an outgoing and friendly attitude you can't understand until you've been there. Actually, I'd say the entire South is far different than Europeans imagine it. I've never been to a friendlier place than Nashville, Tennessee, for instance. Who'd have thought? Also, consider visiting Texas. Austin, the capital of the state, is a liberal-progressive music wonderland. People aren't waiving pistols out of Ford Excursion SUVs on their way between all you can eat buffets and right wing fundamentalist churches. Well, at least not many. The sterotypes made--especially those made by Americans from other parts of the country--are just wrong. A lot of this is due to infighting between Americans. I've witnessed a similar thing between Austrians between the Viennese everyone else. Unfortunately, Americans tend to not realize our bad TV shows and bad music is being aired all over the world and impressions are being formed. San Antonio is worth it for the food alone. Tejano culture is actually far more sophisticated than its most famous representatives would lead you to believe. Portland, my favorite US city, has got to have more environmentalists per capita than any city in the world save maybe Copenhagen. Plus, it's not too far from Seattle and Vancouver in Canada to the north or San Francisco to the South. Chicago, in my view, is probably the closest thing to a microcosm of the US. It has great theatre and culture like NYC, but doesn't have the dazed, tourist-focused glaze. Philly is just underrated. It's at least as good as Boston in terms of history and deserves a mention. I'd also consider visiting Denver in the Mountain West. The trouble is that it is fairly isolated and not quite enough by itself to justify a separate flight, less you want to rent a car and checkout the national parks in the Mountain West or go skiing in the winter.


Rachel B. 6 years ago

This is a great list of places to visit. I'm very fortunate that I've been to seven of your top ten cities; I just love to travel. Now I need to hit up the other three when I get a chance!


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fiona_33 6 years ago from UK

Terrific hub. Really useful information. I'm going to Seattle in September for the first time.


ksh 6 years ago

i'm glad Seattle made the list, such a beautiful city!


Bellevue carpet cleaner 6 years ago

Glad to see my hometown of Seattle made the list. I've been around the world and still think a sunny day in Seattle is as beautiful a place you can find anywhere.


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Gerl72 10 months ago

Chicago is a bad, boring place. Waste of time. I was shopping and the winds blew my $100 purse away!

What a stupid comment... And a 100 dollar purse? You must be rich LOL My GF carries a 3k purse and we love Chicago. Even "Time Out" ranked Chicago as one of the top 5 cities in the world. Great list btw with the exception of not including Chi-town.


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Cannot wait to visit sometime !


monica hugo 6 years ago

New Orleans needs to be on the list for sure! It's not because I am from there, well, ok yeah it is but that's not the only reason. ;)

NOLA is a great city with so many things to see and do. It's unique for its many different types of music, food, festivals, and people!

No matter what time of year you visit you will have an experience like no other!

I wouldn't suggest visiting in the middle of summer unless you like hot muggy humid days and mosquitoes!

A few Great times of year to visit:

Mardi Gras in February/March two weeks of parades, music, food and good times.

Going to Bourbon street during Mardi Gras is like signing up to be a cow in a herd...unless you like that sort of thing stay away from Bourbon. And if you do go I suggest not wearing anything that can easily be taken off of you. For example, nice jewelry or a purse. If it's easy to slide off, then the odds are it will be gone at the end of the night. Also, I would not suggest wearing open toe shoes to Bourbon street for many reasons. Another thing if you only go to Bourbon you can not say you have been to Mardi Gras! Bourbon is the same all year long with people drinking, throwing beads and showing body parts therefore, this does not count as seeing or experience Mardi Gras. If you want to experience Mardi Gras you must see the parades and all they have to offer, which is a great time:)

St. Patty's day March 17th - we have parades for this too! we have a few Irish parades but also an Irish Italian parade! We throw all the fixin's you need for your irish stew - onions, cabbage, carrots etc.

Second weekend in April French Quarter Fest - Good music, food and people

Jazz fest - last weekend in April and first weekend in May- once again Good music, food and people oh and more parades but much smaller type parades with bands marching and second line dancing. Some may be dressed up like the Mardi Gras Indians! Its a fun experience for sure!

Halloween is a very fun time to visit as well! you just might get dizzy trying to take in all of the wonderful costumes! Mardi Gras and Halloween are great times to dress up in costume and parade around town.

Laissez les bon ton roulet!


Brent 6 years ago

I have been to several of those cities, each has its appeal, Chicago should be on the list. Memphis ain't bad either.


Mark 6 years ago

I was looking through the list and see that there was no Chicago. I read through all the comments and people have complained, but the author's best defense was that it was too much like New York. Are YOU kidding me? You have obviously never been to Chicago. The SKYLINE of Chicago is the BEST in the US, 2nd in the World, there is UNIQUE food here, Midwestern culture, baseball games, activities, free concerts in the park, amazing museums, Lake Michigan? Musical theaters, not to mention the CHICAGO CULTURE ALONE. There is so much history in Chicago. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW. You have OBVIOUSLY never experienced Chicago. I am REALLY disappointed. Pathetic.


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Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City Author

Hello Mark! I spent a lot of time in Chicago and you did take me wrong - I love the city. As for your comment about skyline - Chicago can not compare to New York. As for your comment about food - I, personally, love food in Portland Maine also, but it doesn't mean it has to be in 10 MUST Visit Cities in the United States. In any case, I would put Chicago on a list if it is 11 Must Visit Cities in the USA. I am sorry about your disappintment, but do appreciate your opinion!


Douglas 6 years ago

I have been to them all on multiple occasions, excluding Seattle. I just conversed about cities last evening with a friend, so this poll was fascinating. Seattle, from what I have heard, is amazing, but can be dreary for those who relish in the sun. I say that San Francisco is my all time favorite due to its terrain, sophistication, skyline, museums, dining (truly a foodie's delight), as well as the fact you can cover the city primarily on foot or public transportation. Moreover, there are excursions that are amazing (Wine Country, Carmel/Monterey). New York has become gentrified over the decade (Gap purchased every hip corner and Soho became a strip mall), but still reigns as a must-see. I think mostly of South Beach with the mention of Miami. Basically this is a resort, though Collins and Ocean Drive have a collection of art deco buildings that are amazing. If we are including resort towns, Palm Springs is incredible due to the collection of mid-century architecture present in the desert town. Minneapolis was not on the list, nor is it thought of often; but summer in Minneapolis is awesome. Furthermore, it has incredible museums, lakes, dining, theaters, etc.


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pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

I like the way you did this hub. Good job!


Sarahb. 6 years ago

How about my hometown Minneapolis ? It's pretty amazing . Great arts culture, scenery & lots of history . also lots of places to visit .


Spinelli 6 years ago

I have many residents who live in or around intersting cities so I've been to most of these places, but my family doesn't care much to do the "touristy" activities. I've been to las vegas, Washington d.c., Atlantic city, new Orleans, orlando, Austin, Dallas, San antonio, new York city, Chicago, rhode island, Galveston, houston, Paris, London, Wales, Miami, and los angeles. This summer I plan to go to puerto rico, the carribbean, Atlantic city again, las vegas again, los angeles and Hollywood, and maybe rhode island again! Then in highschool I'll go to instabul, Greece, Italy, Frace, and china, since I am moving to Europe with my mom when I turn 15.


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hypnosis4u2 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Enjoyed this hub and you certainly included the most popular cities.


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MCL 6 years ago from Indiana

A great list will spark huge debate and this, is a great list. By the way, I'm from Chicago and I agree with those that have said it belongs on this list. I'm currently residing in a meca of transients (me included) down here in Florida and must say that it is a great place to visit but living here is quite different.


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emmett24matthews 6 years ago

Where is Wisconsin Dells on the list? LOL - Yes, it's a small town but we do get visitors in millions.


llm 6 years ago

This entire article would seems fairly useless considering that Chicago, the most architecturally relevant city in the country has been left off the list. Orlando? Really? Not really a city in any sense of the word.


ScottD 6 years ago

San Francisco is the most over rated city on earth. It is nice if you like aggressive homeless people and drug users. There are many part of SF that are pure squalor.


Tosca 6 years ago

NEW ORLEANS should be on this list! It's great for the young and the hip, it's great for the family, it's great for old jazz/blues lovers... it's just great. The most unique city I've been to, and I've been to them all!


mppa 6 years ago

This list includes boutique cities like Orlando which do not arouse thoughts of must visit cities. LA is too sprawling, has no core to it, etc. Las Vegas is fine for a 2 day trip, but when I think of must visit cities this calls up images of cities with at least a weeks worth of art, culture, and sites to experience, which Vegas does not offer. Chicago is a must visit, and is not too similar to NYC. It it the best example in the world of modern architecture (1860's-present), and yes is superior to NYC in this aspect. It is arguably the city with the best utilization of its bodies of water in the country -- a public park system that spans most of lake Michigan and a beautiful array of riverwalks, San Diego is nice, but mainly because of the weather. In addition to Chicago, I think Philadelphia is worth visiting as is Washington D.C.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

This is a fascinating and an absorbing hub. You have pointed out ten outstanding places out of few of them I could have scope to visit. But your writing presentation will attract many more to revisit the places. I convey my thanks for sharing with us with the beauty of beautiful hub.


NOLA 6 years ago

I agree with Tosca. I currently live in New Orleans and I see these " the top cities you have to see" lists, and New Orleans is never on there, but through my experience (if you do things right) is way better than any of these 'wanna be the coolest' hip-pop-materialistic cities. Go old school fellas


irene ang 6 years ago

I am from an Asian counrty & planning my trip to US next month.This blog comes with valueable comments which certainly helps me to decide my next destination after visited NYC,LA,St.Louis,Virginia in the past.Guess,it will be San Francisco,Las Vegas & San Diego for the coming trip,but they seems too far apart to drive from one to another...


besfort 6 years ago

i love usaa sooooo muchhhh be there


stone 6 years ago

irene, the drive from las vegas to san diego is not bad, but I would suggest either flying or traveling by train to San francisco. If you book flights on Southwest, you could really fly between all three for very reasonable prices, with flexible tickets. I myself live in San Diego and part time in Las vegas, and the drive gets a little tedious, it takes me about 4.5 hours.


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pharmacist 6 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

I grew up in Los Angeles and now live right near Boston...but I still haven't been to some of these places. Lord willing, I'll get there some day! Great hub!! Thanks!


Engineer 6 years ago

Very nice one


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molson5070 6 years ago from State College, Pa

between boston and new york i would have to pick boston. new york is too busy for me. nice hub though!


David 6 years ago

where is philadelphia in all of this? The birth place of our great nation is not even in this list? Ben Franklin left boston for philadelphia and founded our great nation. The painter Thomas Eakins moved from england back to philadelphia because he missed the charm and the beauty of the city, especially the schuylkill river.


chris 6 years ago

what about new orleans?


Derek J 6 years ago

Portland is a great city, it is very similar to Seattle and has gorgeous scenery.


Dale 6 years ago

It's small but it is the most beautiful, Sedona, AZ.


aray 6 years ago

yeah, so make sure when you go to Orlando, FL and conntact Here's Life Inner City, and see the side of Orlando the city does a pretty good job and covering up. Don't get me wrong, Disney World, Universal Studios, etc. are amazing! HOWEVER, don't forget that Orlando is a city, and it has poverty--A LOT more than most know. Take if from me, I saw it first hand.


Q.legon 6 years ago

I think New Orleans should be in that top 10 its such a unique city


Mike 6 years ago

Chicago should be on this list, Orlando should not. Orlando has no character at all, just theme parks.

The best overall US city has to be San Francisco. It is amazing how much there is to do and see in that tiny place, and the day trips are spectacular.


Maya 6 years ago

How is Chicago not on this list? Im from Chicago, and it is a very fun place, might not be NY, but its what i call home,!! Would recommend coming here!!??


Steph 6 years ago

Ok list but Chicago should definitely be on top or near the top of anyone's must visit Cities. I moved out to the Bay Area and visited cities all over the country and still miss Chicago. I'm going back next week... Can't wait! Taste of Chicago here I come :)


Maria 6 years ago

I live in Miami and on the ocean and there's no doubt this is one beautiful city but I just got back from San Francisco last week and it is stunning... so much natural beauty everywhere, great weather, and not to mention, there's so much to do there! Hiking, running, cycling, sailing... Close by you've got Napa (that was heaven) - can't beat that! And the people are so nice! Austin, TX is a pretty cool city too..


k.Jyothirmi 6 years ago

San Franscisco is very beautiful


NurseinChicago 6 years ago

Chicago should definitely be on this list!! I have visited alot of these places and none of them feel like home to me besides Chicago. The cultural diversity here is just amazing. There is TONS to do. I am NEVER bored. From Lake Michigan to downtown shopping and dining, the amazing sky lines and window shopping during Christmas, this place is the best!AMAZING food and how can you not mention Wrigley Field?? It is a historical monument!! The nightlife is amazing and HELLO-it just does NOT get better than Chicago summer!!! There are tons of neighborhood festivals, movies in the park and it doesn't end there!! This list is 100% not complete without Chicago!!!


jj 6 years ago

Glad to see SF got the highest number of votes. If the criterion is "beauty", SF really takes the cake!


Brady 6 years ago

I would think Chicago would be on here. That is a very beautiful city.


baduker 6 years ago

san diego is the most beautiful city in america from haciendas to contemporary beach houses


QuickStudy 6 years ago

NYC is obviously a great world-class city, but it is also a city of tourists, and shops and attractions geared toward tourists. Chicago is the real deal, without so much of a touristy facade. Therefore, as far as an icon of genuine USA culture, Chicago beats all. However, the best city in the USA overall is Portland, Oregon. This is a city that is located in a region that provides breathtaking natural scenery (white-capped mountains, rainforests, rugged coastline, pristine beaches, etc.) along with environmental consciousness (recycling, mass transit, biking etc.), interesting historical neighborhoods, livability, arts, modest commute times, kid friendliness, few tourists, healthy lifestyle, moderate 4-season climate, educated populace, lush forests within city limits, good (if not great) restaurants and shopping, relatively low crime, progressive city planning, etc., etc., etc. all rolled into one. It also rains all day in Portland, everyday of the year (including all summer), so please do not move there.


Justin 6 years ago

Chicago is just a cleaner, less crowded, less polluted, safer, and friendlier New York. They should definitely be on here.


Emil 6 years ago

La Jolla in San Diego has got to be the most beautiful place I have seen. It isn't what it was in 1982 when I first saw it, and it's got a bit crowded, but Scripps Park by Prospect St. is beautiful beyond words.


Janine 6 years ago

I must agree, to not include New Orleans or Chicago is just absurd.

New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in not only the USA but of the world.

Chicago is one of the best cities in not only the USA but the world. And it is not just like NYC!!! Nor does it try to be. Chicago is nicknamed the "second city" from the Chicago Fire where the city rebuild it to the "second city"

Chicago's skyline is much more interesting than NYC. The lakefront is like nothing in any other city. Truly a mini ocean, where the locals swim, boat and party IN THE CITY....very unlike NYC.

AMAZING ARCITECTURE, period.

Home of the blues, brithplace of House music. Unique food, charming neighborhoods, great residents.


Monica 6 years ago

Virtually no cities in the midwest or south listed? This is all a matter of opinion of course, but this is my agreed and disagreed with this list as follows:

1. NY...of course (agree)

2. Boston...yuck, such hostile residents (disagree)

3. D.C...yes, it is the nations capital (agree)

4.Miami (agree)

5.Vegas (agree)

6.Orlando...really?? disneyworld and that is it.(big disagree)

7. San Diego...most boring city I have ever been to (disagree)

8. L.A.(agree)

9. Seattle (agree)

10. San Francisco...extremely over-rated city, but still a must see (agree)

Replace Boston, Orlando and San Diego with Chicago, New Orleans and Austin.


Jordan  6 years ago

My hometown...SEATTLE all the way!!! The Great Pacific Northwest is a must see place


Brian Evans 6 years ago

im from england and have gone to D.C., New York City, and Boston, I have to say that Boston was the best.


Melanie 6 years ago

Monica - no one cares about the midwest or south. Poor dear.


john 6 years ago

i think that there should have been texas city in that list.


Jonathan Krabbenschmidt 6 years ago

People who are saying "i think that (enter city name here) should be on the list" need to stop, and look what this is. It's a top 10 must see cities in the US based on Wanderlust's opinion. If you disagree, it's not the end of the world. Make your own list and include Chicago or New Orleans if it matters that much to you. As for this list, San Francisco is my home and the best city too!


TheDisneyVacation 6 years ago

Viva Las Vegas!!! Sin City to Death Valley National Park are way to go!


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Olivier 6 years ago

Boston and NYC are the best cities in the USA. The street layout is really neat to see in Boston from a walker's perspective, because the roads wind, wind, and wind and everything is a maze...it's a nightmare for drivers, but one shouldn't drive if they want to live in Boston. Boston seems very European...you can stroll anywhere, it's a very safe city...you dont need a car, you just wander on some random magical street and you end up in a really cool neighborhood. I need a walking city to stimulate me...plus lots of restaurants outside my apartment are necessary. I hate suburbs and too much open space(like LA, CHI, or MIA)

Everywhere else in the US is boring in my opinion. BOS and NYC are the only relevant places for me in the USA, everything else is Siberia


jonathan  6 years ago

californ is the best state out there forever it has great weather and its beautiful and it has alot of things to do in many great city in california


micheal 6 years ago

California is the state not like new york is crowded too much people Cali you have a lots of places to be in new york only two places to visit Cali is nice to be in beaches with the great weather HOLLYWOOD is nice in going to live there im living in beautiful LOS ANGELES city of angels


Dan R 6 years ago

Wheres Traverse City? everyone knows it is by far the most beautiful place in the world.


tony 6 years ago

what is Traverse City i dont know it sorry but i dont i know los angeles San Francisco San Diego i know new york i know california is the best state in the universe


Joe 6 years ago

Chicago is the most architecturally significant city in the USA. Period!

And I'm from NYC.

Orlando!?!?!?!?!?!?


hector 6 years ago

thats right San Francisco is the best city in the world its cool when you go up the roads and see the view is amazing the bridge is beautiful next to it is los angeles and san diego go california


naja 6 years ago

Wow from what I read on here a lot of chicago people are pissed that there city wasn't added... maybe its because of the stinky attitude! And I lived in most of these states and by far FRISCO is the most beautiful city you can ever visit in the u.s


Kelly 6 years ago

I find it hard to believe Naja lives in FRISCO. Nobody who lives in San Francisco calles it Frisco. Even people who don't live there usually know enough not to call it Frisco. I've lived in SF and think it is full of gloomy uptight people, homeless, drug addicts and because of all this it is polluted and smells. Best thing I did was leave that hell hole. People in SF get brainwashed into thinking it is the "best place on the planet" like the news anchor arrogantly announces. Please its a tiny peninsula full of lost souls


Nick 6 years ago

Poor Melanie is so closed minded she doesn't care about half of the country.


David Astvatsaturov 6 years ago

I was born and lived in Seattle, WA for 12 years. Then I moved to Boston, MA. Seattle is so breathtakingly beautiful. The Cascades is as good as you're going to get. The mountains and passes are so amazing, you instantly connect to nature. And from me, one who is from Seattle, I would highly recommend you go there and partake in everything it has to offer. Boston is okay, but Seattle is much prettier, it is nature and the city combined. Highly recommend.


naja 6 years ago

Ya kelly, we are "lost souls" that have a great time! And your right, judgemantal people don't belong in FRISCO! Its too free spirited and I love it for all the beauty it is.


Matt 6 years ago

Naja I believed you judged Chicagoans on their attitude and then claim judgemental people don't belong in San Francisco. Yup, you sound like a confused San Franciscan


Susie 6 years ago

Not a bad list.

My top 5 are NYC, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and SF.

When did opinions turn into judgement? What is so wrong with having an opinion. Fortunately we live in a massive and diverse country where it is normal for people to favor some places over others.


oscar 6 years ago

Twin Cities are an underrated gem


Steve 6 years ago

Europe is a bizillion times more beautiful. The U.S. is all made of cookie cutter homes. no soul. no walkable cities. only nyc and san francisco, the rest is car dependant.


nunya B.I. business 6 years ago

uhh, you forgot philadelphia! the most historic city in the united states. take off san diego ?.


Chris. 6 years ago

I live in Vegas. Hit me when you visit.


moylynn 6 years ago

New Orleans baby!Who dat!


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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

I get really torn when I try to pick my favorite city. It is between a few and only one of them was on your list. I have lived in all of them for at least a year or more each. Las Vegas, Dallas, Phoenix and Atlanta. They are all great in their own right.


jollykyte 6 years ago

Hi! I've visited Miami and I think is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. Wild nature, endless beaches and skyscrapers all together. In my opinion this is a little piece of Haven. I'm sure that the other cities you've presented here are interesting too. I hope to see them all. By the way, I'm from Romania (East Europe)and I love European culture and heritage but I love USA too because as a nation you think big and go fast... keep it up guys !


Taylor 6 years ago

I think Orlando in no way should make this list, maybe New Orleans should replace it instead? But that's just an opinion


john 6 years ago

penn state is beautifull state in usa .


Me 6 years ago

I like your list. I've been to all of them and think its a good list. Los Angeles is guaranteed to disappoint and I would not recommend it to anyone on one of their first trips to the United States. While Orlando the city isn't a must see, I do think everyone should get to experience Disney World at least once. Cities I'd have included New Orleans, Chicago, and probably San Antonio. Replacing LA, San Diego, and Orlando (no kids) or Las Vegas if you're bringing kids. San Francisco is number 1.


DONT FORGET 6 years ago

Having thought about it, Honolulu probably should be on this list as well for showing the diversity of the United States. Hawaii is amazing.


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JosephRanseth 6 years ago

Wow, this is probably the most commented on hub I have seen.

No surprise, though, because it is great content. I love to travel, and though these aren't all my favorite locations, they are definitely important ones to see. :)


uhhh...? 6 years ago

ok stop complaining that chicago isn't on here ! it may be a pretty well known city but it duznt mean its a "must see"...its mainly just a business city, there isn't much to do in chicago that you cant do in any other cities. it seems pretty boring.

my top 3 are

NY

LA

&

SF

those are probably the most popular & funnest cities


AM 6 years ago

Add Minneapolis to your list. The healthiest and 2nd most educated city in the country. Having been all over the US, I am happy to have settled in Minneapolis. It's safe, friendly, full of excellent restaurants and laid back attitude! Winter can be harsh but it keeps bad people from moving in! :)

San Francisco definitely takes the cake as the best place to visit in the US.


christina 6 years ago

its really amazing seeing all that. it gives me great insight to the great nation USA is. hope to see all that in my life...


Ted 6 years ago

Uhhhh. Where's Chicago and/or ANY Midwest cities. This is a completely illegitimate list. Chicago is the quintessential American city, has innovative architecture, some of the best food in the country, the best improv groups in the US, great theatre, blues and jazz scenes, ethnic diversity, and is at the core of turn of the century American history. What are you doing?


Holly 6 years ago

To say that Chicago is just a business city is an extremely ignorant statement.

Bars and clubs stay open til 5am.

A hugely popular music genre was developed in Chgo: House music

The largest free Blues fest in the world.

Jazz Fest, Lollapalooza, Millenium Park, neighborhood fests galore.

Historical ballpark right in the middle of the city.

Chgo has FIVE major sports teams.

Ethnically diverse hip neighborhoods such as Rogers Park and Wicker Park.

World renowned museums such as The Art Institute, The Field Museum, The Shedd, etc.

Great shopping, excellent and unique food.

Not only is Chicago a ton of fun, it is one of the most historically significant cities in the USA and the world.

Chicago Rocks!

Orlando?? what a joke this list is.

Philly should definitely be on this list too!


Scott 6 years ago

Yes, Honolulu should be on this list!

Chicago has recently been named the 2nd most fun city in the USA.

I live in Chgo(and have lived in many other cities, including ones on this list), not once have I gotten bored in Chicago. Not once.

As you can tell from lots of these comments, Chicagoans have city pride!


Bob Marten 6 years ago

This is an interesting post.

Is this an itinarary for americans of foreigners?

If for Americans, after a few big destinations such as NY and LA, I suggest smaller cities such as Sedona and Santa Fe.

If this itinarary is for foreigners then I think it should show more variety in our land and people. For instance, SF and Seattle are too similar.

1.Honolulu

2.SF

3.Las Vegas

4.Salt Lake City

5.Austin(or some city in the biggest state of Texas!)

6.New Orleans

7.Miami

8.Savannah

9.Chicago(for those that think it is too similar to NY, then Minneapolis)

10. NYC


hi 6 years ago

chicago is just a wanna be new york, i mean if u go to new york, which im sure ppl prefer way over chicago, then chicago wont be so exiting. and chicago has a lot of land but once u leave downtown it SUCKS ! just endless fields n suburbs. its just like an ordinary town. chicago just seems like a city where people work and live, and go elsewhere to have fun. and cities like SF, LA, NY, miami is like a place where ppl hav fun and live elsewhere :P


Don Olsen 6 years ago

chicago is not a wanna be new york. only new yorkers and I soppose some people out of new york...but definitely not chicagoans. chicago has its own soul and pulse and DOES NOT try or want to be NY. That ppl think that is quite funny to chicagoans. We could care less about NY.

Fortunately, Chgo does not have as many tourists as NY or SF, it is a city full of real people who live here. We like it that way. It is a city that grows on you and the more time spent in Chgo the more of a gem you realize it is.

P.S. one of chicago's nicknames is the second city. contrary to what arrogant new yorkers think, this nickname has NOTHING to do with NY. second city is the name chgo was given when it rebuilt the city after the Great Fire.


Jack 6 years ago

Chicago is a wannnable New York? If I recall, the skyscraper was invented in Chicago not NY. And doesn't Chicago get like 44 million vistors a year vs 15m from SF? I think NY only gets 45 Million vistors a year so I don't know what half of you peeps are talking about. I visited all over the country. Miami? what's so good about this place? I like the weather but come on. Same with Orlando. Seattle? Meh visited last summer and enjoyed Vancouver much more. It's obvious most people agree that Chicago should be on this list. (top 3) I live in SF and no way in hell this city compares to chicago in terms of food, shopping, skyscrapers, lakefront, museums, parks etc. SF is what I call the most overated city in the USA. At least the Giants are good this year :)


Mimi 6 years ago

I'm from DC and I agree its a great city to come visit but living here...so so. I guess after being here so long, I just got tired of constantly going to the museums and stuff. Now that I've had kids though, I'm getting to enjoy it all over again because my son (3 yrs old) absolutely LOVES the museums, zoo, and parks here in the city. I love to travel and came to this hub to see where me and my hubby should go for our anniversary coming up in January and after reading all the comments about each place, IDK where we should go!!! LOL

I've seen a lot of comments about Chicago needing to be on this list. Well, to the residents of Chicago, what is there to do there other than look @ hills and fields? I'm not a history buff, I don't do thinkgs like hiking, cycling, camping, etc. I enjoy PHYSICAL ACTIVITES such as going shopping, to amusement parks, and overall just chlling. Don't get me wrong...I like to look at beautiful scenery but that's not what I want to do the whole time on my anniversary trip. I don't want to see any skylines, rolling hills, etc. That sounds EXTREMELY boring to me. Also, when is the best time to go to Chicago because I HATE the cold and my cousin who was breifly stationed there told me it is absolutely unbearable weather. If sightseeing is all there is to do in Chicago then I agree with leaving it off this list. I agree with the comments about Orlando too because unless you have kids, it gets really boring really fast!


vic 6 years ago

I visited all these cities, San Francisco, new York are great, but Miami its number one. Reasons are :

the Hispanic non Mexican heritage and cuisine, the best night life in the world, cheap prices, best beaches, key west,south beach, the Everglades, friendly Hispanics girls all over.


Shannon 6 years ago

I've been to Chgo and NY and have enjoyed both. They are different, especially the people, and both are fun. Mimi..hills and fields in Chgo?? where? I don't know how to relate to someone who calls shopping and amusement parks physical activites!

But, anyway, the real outrage of this list is not including New Orleans!!! There is no place that even resembles New Orleans. And if we are talking about fun...it is second to none!!


VV 6 years ago

i think anyone will choose SF LA n NY over chicago anyday, reason why bcuz ppl enjoy the COAST and oceanside not....lake -.- n telling someone your going to california or NY is so much more exiting than saying ur going to illinois


yuhhh 6 years ago

Chicago does have a real powerful skyline, its really underated. have to say its more impressive than SFs but SF's is more famous worldwide because its a popular international tourist destination. and chicago is a pretty well known city in the US but in terms as worldwide, its not that popular.


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uykusuz 6 years ago from England

I love Washington DC :)


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henrykasan 6 years ago from UK

Great Hub!!!!!!

It is absolutely true that the images of The Statue of Liberty, White House, Disney World, Hollywood, Broadway and Wall Street immediately comes into the mind when we think about the United States. The short description of cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles,San Diego, Arlando,Las Vegas,Miami,Washington DC, Boston and New York is really great. Thanks a lot for sharing such an enjoyable peace of text.


mw 6 years ago

surprised new orleans didn't make it


Debra 6 years ago

I'm a born and bred New Yorker. I've been to Chgo and absolutley LOVED it! Very clean, charming and friendly people.

I work in the entertainment industry and have also spent a considerable amount of time in LA (months at at time). Yuck, I definitely would not want to live in LA. I would choose Chgo over LA anyday.


Sheldon 6 years ago

Dear Mimi,

Chicago has 4 distinct seasons. Summers can be hot and humid, but usually are pleasant. Fall is temperate, spring is unpredictable and winters are cold. Chgo winters are not as bad as people think though, typically Chgo gets less snow than the east coast,but may be a bit colder. Summer has the most activity with tons of festivals and people boating, swimming, biking, skating and rollerbladding at the lakefront.

There are activities to suit any visitor in Chgo. Consider:

Chicago is home to...

Dozens of cultural institutions, historical sites and museums

More than 200 theaters

Nearly 200 art galleries

More than 7,300 restaurants

77 community areas containing more than 100 neighborhoods

26 miles of lakefront

15 miles of bathing beaches

36 annual parades

19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths

552 parks

Shopping? Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue can fulfill everyone’s retail fantasy.

Amusement Park? Six Flags Great America about 45 minutes outside the city


lol 6 years ago

Yay Orlando! hahahaha


Mimi 6 years ago

@ Shannon...your definition of physical activities is obviously different than mine. And yes...hills and fields. I've heard so many people talking about going hiking up hills and seeing the beautiful fields/flat lands, whatever you all call it and that's not the kind of person I am. I could care less if you can relate to me or not. I asked for some more information so I could decipher between going to Chicago or New Orleans and no thanks to you, I still am not able to make a decision. If you think my definition of physical activities is wrong than by all means tell me what yours is because I'm dying to hear it!

@ Sheldon...thank you very much for your feedback, it is much appreciated. You have certainly opened my eyes more to going to Chicago instead of other places like LA, Boston, San Fran, etc. You are my savior. Thanks again Sheldon!!! :-)


imane 6 years ago

it's my dream to visit america !!!


Sean Liven 6 years ago

I have been to 6 out of 10 of your cities and must say that SF is without a doubt the most beautiful. This city will make you want to move there. It is truly well rounded, metropolitan but not too hectic like NY, friendly but not too fake like LA, glamorous but not cheesy like Vegas, has beautiful neighborhoods that rivals those of Boston and perfect weather all year round. The skyline is 2nd to only Manhattan and this is arguable. Although I have to agree Chicago was awesome and should replace Orlando on this list. Based on the merit of theme park rides, LA is just as good with Disney also, so Orlando is unnecessary. If this was top 10 cities in North America (including Canada), I would replace San Diego and Miami with Toronto and Vancouver. Don't get me wrong SD and Miami are beautiful cities, but I would not consider them 10 must visit world class cities in The U.S. And although there is no arguing DC 's inclusion, I found the city quite boring unless you are into museums and history.


America 6 years ago

Even though Orlando has taken quite a hit from posters, it has more business on this list than San Diego. Orlando is a very popular family destination with all the famous theme parks. San Diego does not have any attractions. Unless you are retired or an avid surfer, no reason to go to boring San Diego


Dwight 6 years ago

A real hidden gem,the history,the beaches,the shopping,

the dining,the plantations and gardens,the southern

charm and friendliness of it's people-You will find all

of this and more in the wonderful city of Charleston, SC


USA 6 years ago

i've been to san diego & its not boring, if you say its boring then u must be a boring person with no sense of fun. theres lots we did there, but i have to say san francisco was my favorite city to visit. its the most unique city in the US it feels like a different country with its unique houses n hills! I LOVE CALIFORNIA and all it has to offer, SD LA SF santa cruz santa monica lake tahoe....BEAUTIFUL! yosemite amazing.....and the best mountain scenery i've ever seen. california has got it goin onnn! :-)


Lynnee 6 years ago

To state that Chicago must be on the list is quite a contray statement. Yes, the views are great, and with the exception of Navy Pier and the midwestern charm, it is very similar to NYC. And to the person who stated that it is a beautiful city... That must be the person who stole my car while I was there on a business trip in downtown. :-)


Angelo 6 years ago

Great post, very helpful for someone like me who is visiting next May from Melbourne, Australia. I have visited most of these - have only spent a few days in NYC 15 years ago which is not enough, so i will be spending two weeks there, 4 days in Vegas where i've been 3 times before but absolutely love and wanted to spend 3 or 4 days somewhere a little different. Was thinking of Austin, Savannah or Denver - any suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks


Brollik 6 years ago

You should have mentioned while in cali to visit the redwood trees!! I know its a national park or somethin....the LARGEST trees in the world! 200 feet tall! some are up to 300 and almost 400 feet! 8 to 24 feet in diameter....I haven't seen em but I want too! or go to hawaii....the paradise islands lol...and SKI! on Mount Mauna Kea/Loa...then back to the beaches...where they do that at?! lol


ortega 6 years ago

houston, dallas, chicago, atlanta???


Moch 6 years ago

Mimi where are you from? If I was going to visit any city in the USA it would be Chicago, NY and SF. These cites are IMO the best cities in the USA. Other great cites include: Seattle, Miami, Boston, DC, SD, LA i guess lol. Otherwise you really can't go wrong with the 3 cities I've mentioned. There Top tier cities that offer great food, shopping, theater,museums, parks etc. Chicago believe it or not has nice beaches, skyscrapers and is probably the most balanced and best city in the USA. By far the most underated city in the USA and overshadowed by the coastal cities because it's in the midwest.


karen 6 years ago

Seriously chicago is not here!!!! I'm from chicago n We are nothing like new york. Chicago is not boring at ALL!!! We have great things to do in this city like the skyscraper, navy pier, millenium park, great stores tall building, taste of chicago, lake michigan, air n water show n much more.a lot of people from around the world come jzt to eat and we are not on the list? Lake michigan may not be an ocean but its the biggest lake. The lake is in 4 states. We could see the city from all the way in indiana. Chicago is home of the white sox n cubs. Chicago is known as the windy city ofcourse there's a lot of wind. Chicago is a great city n illinois is a great state n there's a lot of things to do its not boring at all!!! N I think new orleans should have been on the list instead of seattle


Paul 6 years ago

Seriously, a beautiful skyline is one full of office buildings?!!!!!!!! Typical americans.


Jondon 6 years ago

Paul, what do you consider a beautiful skyline? I don't like office buildings but isn't that what most skylines consist of?

San Francisco looks nice on a postcard, but in reality it is cold, damp, windy, filthy,expensive with far too many homeless people assaulting tourists.


Russian Boy  6 years ago

SEATTLE IS CLEARLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD I LIVE IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND I'VE BEEN TO LIKE 5 OF THOSE SHITIES AND I GOT TO BE HONEST YOU CAN'T COMPARE ANY CITY TO THE WONDERFULL SEATTLE!


75 South 6 years ago

I usually don't post comments but I came across this phenomenal thread w/ so many passionate and educated people about US Cities. I have lived and/or visited all of these cities except Seattle. There are a few cities that are left out that 'have' to be added: New Orleans, Philadephia and Chicago. These are three of the distinct places respectively in the US. Now, with that being said, here are my top 10 in this order and why.

1 - NYC (lived there for 7 years) the ulitmate playground for kids and adults. The Capitol of the Western Hemisphere.

2 - BOS (visited 10/30-31/2010) the best kept secret in the US. Great history, surprising diversity (due to location) and awesome vibe between a big city with energy of a college town.

3 - SF (visited 5/10/2009) landscape, scenery and culture are unmatched in traditional American big cities.

4 - NO (lived nearby for 6 years) best food, best party atmosphere (outside of Vegas) and best music scene in the country.

5 - DC (visited for the inauguration and again May 2009) has the best museums, best attractions for cultural and historical relevance).

6 - CHI (lived there for a year) has everything that is good but nothing great. You get a piece of history, culture, and energy.

7 - MIA (visited 8/25-27/2010) has the weather, water, and party atmosphere of no other place in the US.

8 - LV (visited 8/1/2008) the ultimate party destination.

9 - Atlanta (currently live here) is a major part of the American culture. Capitol of the south. A lot like Dallas, Houston and Chicago (meaning it offers a lot of very good things but nothing great).

10 - Philadelphia (visited 6/26/1010) is second to only DC in history, museums and cultural attractions.

* I know I left off LA, SD, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Portland and some other great city. This is all opinion based. I'm blessed to travel alot. I have personal preferences in cities. I prefer planned cities vs urban sprawl (e.g. houston, la, dallas, atlanta, etc). I enjoy being able to walk for 2 miles and not realize it.


kevin nelson omondi 6 years ago

i think i like BS,NY,SEATTLE,ATL,CHI&PHI but i've not been there.but i plan to study in BS most english us city & live in ATL,Georgia.


Abir 6 years ago

I have never seen any of them on the real world, but really thanks to the writer who gae me the key to think in visiting which of these amazing cities before the other, or Inshalah, I will isit them all!


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clearblue99 6 years ago from Clear Blue Sky

Excellent hub. I personally love all the west coast cities.


jonathan  6 years ago

i think no it is the best city in the world its LOS ANGELES of course its a nice place to be in and the nice weather many people around the world come here its all about WEST COAST


xavi 6 years ago

this list is very useful. I found it hard to find any detailed list of information on the cities in America. I needed to know as it's helpful for a project im doing. My favourite city in the United States has to be New York. ALL THE WAY! Cheers, :)


SEMIR 6 years ago

1.SAN FRANCISCO 2.NY 3.MIAMI 4.SAN DIEGO


MIKE 6 years ago

you missed a realy big city. PHILADELPHIA


MIKE 6 years ago

1.PHILADELPHIA 2.LOS ANGELES 3.NEW YORK 4.ATLANTA

5.CHICAGO


Katie 6 years ago

ATLANTA????? I MEAN COME ON UGA IS THE NUMBER PARTY SCHOOL AND ATLANTA HAS ITS PLACE ON A BILLION LITS OF MOST VISITORS!!


nick 6 years ago

lol LA is SOOOO not the best city in the world ^^ too much smog, crime, drugs, it does have nice beaches though but the water is FREEEEEEZINGGG.


Alex 6 years ago

Ok I know Miami is viewed by outsiders as this tropical-like place but if you lived here it is really the pits. Tons of crime, nasty people.. everything outside South Beach is gross. I think Chicago should replace it.


OOOO 6 years ago

Thanks,

I greatly enjoyed reading this guide.

P.S. My Fave SanFran, though I want to go to NYC.


Rajat 6 years ago

Have been in NY, LA, LV and SFO...no doubt they are great cities. Planning next trip to Miami and DC. I am from Chicago and would like to see my city in list.


Andy 5 years ago

Some cities MUST be included and no one can argue against:

1. New York (largest most dynamic city)

2. San Francisco (arguably the most beautiful -though I haven't been there since the 70's and I keep hearing stories about it now being overrated)

3. Washington (significance as U.S capital is difficult to argue against)

Beyond those three, you can argue all day.

The top 10 cited form an interesting list but I agree with many of the critiques:

Orlando is not a city per se; it is a theme park destination - if you like that sort of thing. My wife loves it, so every so often I have compromised and gone but now that the kids are grown I am done. Thank God.

I must say I have never been to LA or LV but have a prejudice against both (too glitzy sprawling, plastic and in the case of LA smoggy). I would like to experience LA at least once - if only because of the enormous influence upon american culture and the world of entertainment.

I would love to visit Seattle and I suspect it would easily end up on my top 10 if I did.

I went to medical school in New Orleans which makes me biased but I would almost place that with the top tier of three cited above because of it's unique character, history, culture, music-scene. Unlike Charleston and Savannah which are also cultural/visual southern gems, New Orleans is a larger more significant city (though reduced somewhat by the Katrina). One measure of a city being a larger player is the presence of major sports franchise. New Orleans has the Saints and Hornets.

Boston is a great city. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation and has a lot to recommend it - but will always suffer in the shadow of NY. If Philly with all of it's history, architecture and surprising beauty were located in another part of the country it might have a chance to make the top 10 list.

I have not visited Chicago, America's 2nd larget city, but do not feel particularly drawn to it.

There are numerous small cities worthy of mention but not deserving of top 10 status:

one of my personal favorites is Providence RI.


franch 5 years ago

bcareful in miami's little havanna. turn into a wrong street and u see the real little havanna.


John 5 years ago

VEGAS is my absolute favorite! I've traveled to over 40 countries, and the majority of US states. I've never had more fun than when I travel to Vegas! As another poster said, it truly is the ultimate party destination. Nothing on earth compares. It's certainly not the most "beautiful" city, but that's not the point. It's just a freaking fun time. And I don't even gamble. Gambling is an afterthought. Visiting all of the clubs, bars, and party spots is enough reason for me to go back! Ibiza, Corfu, London, NYC, Miami, Tokyo...all of them combined still don't compare to Vegas as far as nightlife is concerned. The restaurants and shopping are also amazing.

I agree with all the others on the list, except for Orlando. That place blows. Florida is a boring dump in general, apart from Miami Beach, and Key West. Just my opinion though.


nikki2 5 years ago

I would love to visit San Diego and San Francisco. - would love to visit Chicago also, but New York is New York. There are no comparisons. That's why its called the best city in the world! Who ever hasn't been to ny definitely has to go. By the way I am from miami, just in case anyone thinks I'm being biased


Kevin Maxwell 5 years ago

this is my list of top the top ten MUST SEE cities in the USA.

I. OGDEN, UT

Beautiful mountains, friendly people, and, best of all, best snow ON EARTH.

II. Colorado Springs, CO

Everything is beautiful here.

III. Taos, New Mexico

Friendly people, mountains, and legendary Indian dances.

IV. Anchorage, AK

Snow, mountains, wilderness.

V. St. Augustine, FL

Warmth, sandy beaches, and, best of all, over 600 years of history, including Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Fort Matanzas, and the famous Lions Bridge.

VI. Oahu, HI

Tropical climate and sandy beaches.

VII. Boone, NC

The Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

VIII. Memphis, TN

Elvis's home, Graceland.

IX. San Antonio, TX

REMEMBER THE ALAMO!

X. San Francisco, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge.


MeBMe 5 years ago

Dude, Austin sucks. Texas sucks more, but Austin takes it in just as well. And yes, I was born in this craphole.

Austin is an overrated hipster mecca filled with crappy wannabes all playing in crappy bands until they're 60. The few bands or musicians that did ever play here got the h*ll out. Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, Spoon (notice something? Yeah, Austin has no soul. None. It is Gringolandia sprinkled with a splash of hipster douche).

Liberal and progressive, huh? Tell that to the African Americans who came to Austin two years ago and found that store owners had closed their shops and that an ENTIRE mall had closed to avoid "undesirable" traffic. It happened. Look it up. Texas Relay Weekend 2008. Austin is segregated, limited, and obsessed with itself. It shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York, Chicago, or Seattle. Austin is Madison, or Columbus (but truth be told those cities might very well blow this little waste out of the water), it's not a true world-class city.


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suejanet 5 years ago

I have been to all of them except for Seattle. I would aded Chicago, New Orleans, and Minneapolis to the list.


jon 5 years ago

boston is an amazing city 9 months of the year. it has great nightlife, amazing restaurants and really cool neighborhoods. but the winters?????? not so good


jt 5 years ago

People the twin cities SUCK. Madison and milwaukee are awesome.


Jesse 5 years ago

Everything is bigger and better in TEXAS!..im from Houston(.the 4th largest city in US) and it should really b one city which should b on top f d list...cuz everything is so open..great people who r always lively..best roads..great food..and everything is so affordable... .but no doubt NYC and Vegas r just spectacular!


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

I've been to all except Boston. In looking at suejanet's comment, I would trade out Orlando for Chicago, or New Orleans. Nice read.


peter 5 years ago

san francisco, new york, chicago, dc, la, new orleans, boston...these are the great american cities that changed the world, and still matter, still have an energy all their own. the next up-and-comers to watch are portland, seattle, denver, austin and (no joke) pittsburgh. i'd like to see philly, baltimore and oakland added: but they still seem doomed to live in shadows of greater cities too close by to let these places truly breathe on their own. kansas city, milwaukee and minneapolis are appealing, with a soul that indianapolis just seems to lack. st louis and detroit have faded cruelly, but at least they have a soul. playground cities like miami, las vegas, phoenix and san diego are fun to visit but hard to take seriously (miami's unique latin-american buzz lifts it above the others, to be fair). atlanta is interesting but never really gels as a place, and cleveland tried too hard to re-invent itself. my only real urban disappointments were texan -- i can't work up excitement about dallas and houston, and san antonio is redeemed by a rich mexican history it spent the last 70 years seemingly trying to reject. strange place, that lone star state.


JJ 5 years ago

I live in Miami and I have visited both Chicago and New York and I wouldn't care if I never go to New York again.I think Chicago is a MUST on the list.I would move there in a heartbeat! And if you think the skyline is old office buildings then maybe you should take a trip and see for yourself and maybe take one the architectural tour while you're at it!


waymon 5 years ago

y isn't atlanta on the map? San Franciso should be replaced with ATL. The only reason people go to SF is to see that red bridge....come on people you've never seen a red bridge b4?


Zezoo 5 years ago

i left my heart in San Francisco


Bob Stinson 5 years ago

Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans should all be on this list. Seattle and Orlando are really boring.


Anthony 5 years ago

Ok I have been to nyc and I would LOVE to live there! problem is I am in college and it is really hard and expensive to move there. anyone from nyc have any recommendations for a wisconsinite on how to make a move eventually. i have no connections so any information on places to live, etc would be helpful. Also everyone says people are really mean there, so just wondering how true that is.


Brian 5 years ago

San Diego is nice, but definitely not a top ten desitnation in my book, take that off. Chicago really needs to be on this list, a huge ommission, so add that in instead of SDO. New Orleans is really quite unique, so if you aren't an amusement park person, eliminate Orlando and add New orleans.


E M 5 years ago

Seems more than a little predjudiced toward the coasts. Hard to respect someone who considers the majority of the country "fly-over" country and thinks San Diego is interesting for tourists, or that Orlando (seriously?) is a real city.


GB 5 years ago

I am all for opinions, but why bash Chicago? why cant there just be better instead of something either being good or bad? Chicago isn't bad. If anything, say its not as good as fill in the blank. but since yall want to make generalizations against chicago, why not do it to all the cities mentioned to be fair? saying chicago is too much like NYC? well, Orlando is too much like San Deigo and yet it kissed enough butt to get on the list. Chicago is boring? name something fun you cant do in Chicago and get back to me. The skyline is a bunch of old offices? what you think skylines are? housing for the neighborhood superheroes? lets be serious, chicago has all the good qualities of every city listed here, just watered down. if anything, bash us cuz of our winter weather. other than that, stay out our city if you dont know how to appreciate it!


Dean 5 years ago

Thanks for the list. It is very helpful, but I very much agree that Chicago should be on the list.


Susan 5 years ago

This was a great read...nice photos...and great comments from other readers. I have to agree with Peter from 2 weeks ago. I have visited all of the cities except Seattle but I'd say I'd trade out Washington DC for Philadelphia or even trade out Orlando. It really does depend on what you're "into." There is no culture in Orlando, trust me I used to live there. Miami is very sexy....and New York...come on people...New York where you can have tapas at a Spanish bar/restaurant walk down the block and eat authentic Thai food, go across the street and have Italian gellatos for dessert and wind down your night with a cup of Cuban coffee...all in the same block....and all after 10 pm on any given night! That's my city...just not to live in it!


Save_R_Species 5 years ago

Chicago has culture. From Gangsters/Bootleggers, and decades of corrupt politicians to the Blues & Jazz scenes & where house music was born. Historic music venues, Historic Museums. Along the lakefront you've got the Art Museum, The Field Museum, McCormick Place (+ or - depending on event) , Shed Aquarium, The Planetarium and my all time favorite The Science and Industry Museum.

- When marijuana use was under fire in New Orleans Blues & Jazz went north (ie KC, St. Louis, Motown to Detroit) Chicago may have benefited most. See the Green Room or Checkers (as in Chubby)

- Great sports town with Wrigley-ville as a great place to spend a summer day. Harry Carray's Restaurant, The Cubbie Bear for some possible music or the Metro

- Architecture Frank Loyd Wright Buckingham Fountain...more than just skyscrapers although it has quite a skyline. Millennium Park, Grant Park, Lincoln Park.

Festivals and gatherings all summer long.

Shopping the Miracle Mile, State Street, Bell Tower Mall across from WGN's live glass studio.

More than anything else it's getting away from the crowds and experiencing the neighborhood feel.


Amsterly 5 years ago

The nicest city of the world is Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the second one is Jacmel,Haiti.


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Wanderlust 5 years ago from New York City Author

Amsterly, we do appreciate your comment but Haiti is not the United States :)

Thanks everybody for commenting and for an information on Chicago and other cities in the USA.


Justin 5 years ago

Look at all the sore Chicago homers! LOL! Chicago is ok for a weekend, then it's time to go. Once you've seen everything in the downtown area/neighborhoods, you've seen it all. 2 Days is good there. San Diego? Learn to surf, hike, party with attractive people (unlike Chicago, which is full of dull looking, uninteresting Midwestern girls), Mexican food, etc. So much more enticing than the flyover city of Chicago.


Michael Ramsey 5 years ago

im sad that Salt Lake city didn't make it to the list .. it's a wonderfull place to live, and my home city Denver should be on the list to.


Amanda 5 years ago

As a native Chicagoan who moved away a few years ago, I used to think that Chicago was the end all.....well, it isn't. I guess if you are coming from Des Moines it would be exciting, but under all the tall buildings is a giant Cleveland on steroids. People aren't as well travelled and cosmopolitan as those in NYC, LA, SF, Boston. As someone said a few posts above mine, it's just kinda boring. Architecture - great. Parks - great. Also mentioned already is that once you are out of downtown, there isn't anything going on. I apologize for my fellow Chicagoans for boasting about my hometown so much. There is a reason why people just don't get excited or giddy when Chicago is brought up in conversation. Where I live now, it just gets a low key "meh". Not a bad thing, but certainly not enough to get people interested in visiting.....again, unless you are a from a place like Omaha or Dayton. Cubs fan for life!


unofficial chi guide  5 years ago

Oh sigh Chi town residents...as a Chicago native, I sometimes wake up and realize what a magnificent city I live in! Our music is unbelievable (blues and house music will have you dancing til the wee hours), live theater, beaches (the doggie beaches are the greatest), the best festivals in the nation (there are at least 2 or 3 every weekend in the summer), sports, shopping, boating on lake michigan, dancing the night away, and people of every walk of life and nationality...When you are bored with that, head over to one the the most crazy and fun gay communities in the country, or Greek town & Bucktown for authentic food and warm Chi welcome. I would be more than happy to set up an itinerary that will blow anyone's mind!

New Orleans is an amazing city as well, this is my second home! Both cities will bring you back in time in a way that not many cities can do...it's authenticity thing, I suppose.

You have to look past skyscrapers and the mag mile to fully appreciate Chicago. No need to bash any city on this list, but it's obvious just how many have fallen in love with both of these great cities, by the out cry to have seen them ranked!


Grady Dorsey  5 years ago

I LIKE NEW ORLEANS YO HEARD ME.. THAT'S THE PLACE TO BE


canovsp 5 years ago

From reading most of these comments, a more "objective" list for people visiting the US, or Americans themselves for that matter, would be to replace San Diego and Orlando with Chicago and New Orleans


tyler 5 years ago

Why is Philadelphia continuing to be left off lists like this. People continue to ignore this great city for no reason at all. It is the perhaps the most historic city in America and it doesn't even get a mention?


Amante 5 years ago

Sf is the best n I know that because I live here and been to one of da big cities in the us and it no place like home


Sam 5 years ago

I'm european, but I think that the most beatiful cities in the United States are:

Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.,

San Francisco and Chicago,and then

Los Angeles.

I think that thats are the best and most beautiful cities in the USA, but I enter in this Site/Forum for to know what is THE MOST beatiful city and not What ARE the most beautiful CITIES in your country. I think too that Vermont in New England is a very very very nice place and I would to know what's the most beautiful city or village in Vermont. Thank you very much to all.

Sincerely,

Sam.


karen 5 years ago

I have been to all but san diego. I live in florida and Orlando is nice to visit with all the theme parks but no natural beauty. I prefer alot of the small quait places to viist like Lake tahoe, and Gatlinburg, big Sur to name a few. The two most overrated are San Fran And LA both very dirty nasty crowded disquisting cities...love Seatle, Miami, Boston, New york. The beaches in Florida totally blow away the west Coast, the water is so rough ya cant even swim, the beaches are run down with no nice hotels and the sand and water are nasty!


chicagzzz 5 years ago

san diego.. you're kidding right?

and orlando?

this is such a joke.

CHICAGO ALL THE WAY!


Vic 5 years ago

Been to San Francisco last Fall and I have to say that I immediately fell in love. It is truly America´s most beautiful city. Can´t wait to go there again one more time :D


Mike 5 years ago

Anyone interested in coming to the US should stop by Chicago in the Summer!!! It will be your favorite stop.


U.S. Traveler 5 years ago

I have been to a good number of these cities and I have to say that for the most part I agree with it. However, I would put Chicago over Orlando. Boston is amazing, New York is New York and should be visited by all. Washington D.C. is the worlds largest museum. Vegas is a regular vacation hot spot for me, and LA, though I did not like LA, I agree that it still should be on the list of places to see. As for SD, SF and Seattle, I have not been to any of them but have only heard good things.


44777 5 years ago

take off washington,dc and put chicago :D


DHARAM SINGH 5 years ago

Thanks for the information, it was really good to know....Thanks again

-Dharam singh


dtyuk 5 years ago

chicago is really cool....but it aint all that :P i cud see why its not on here. its really not as popular


sonny 5 years ago

chicago is one of the best. i'm a consultant and i travel a lot. only thing in vegas is that 2 mile stretch of the strip other than that it's bad bad bad. orlando sucks big big time. miami is good only around south beach other wise you'll get shot. seattle and san diego will get boring. really really boring. my top 5 are nyc, san fran, la, chicago, and then south beach.


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Linda Tadlock 5 years ago from Atlanta

Absolutely agree with the list though haven't been to all of the mentioned cities. Great hub.


Colleen  5 years ago

Seattle and Boston are not big cities. They both have about 600,000 people. Chicago is the cleanest and prettiest of the big cities. The high crime rate is on the south side in the neighborhoods riddled with gangs, its not downtown or in the northside neighborhoods that make Chicago stand out. You can't compare a city with 3million people to a city with only half a million. its apples and oranges.


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SummerSurf 5 years ago

Where's Chicago?! It's one of the best! Great place! Preferred it over Washington DC.


delaware1ststate 5 years ago

Very good stuff on here!!! I started a list of cities I want to visit for the 1st time or re-visit & there are some great ones listed on here. I live in Delaware & my family traveled a lot but there are still so many places I have yet to see. Reading everyones post has been very helpful. There are so many beautiful places in this country & cities w/ so much history that should be visited. I'm fortunate to live close to some of the best ones-Philadelphia, Baltimore, NYC & so on!!! I can say this... one state I have no desire to ever visit is Cali. It's really hard to keep the list limited to 10. My list is now up to 30+ after reading all this lol. Thank you everyone for the helpful info!!


San Fran Giants Fan 5 years ago

I totally agree with you on San Francisco being the most beautiful city because it is. I have been to all of these cities and I have to say San Francisco is the best even though I live there, but even if I didn't, I would probably still say this. It's got the rush of a city that never sleeps and the relaxing sensation of a rural gas station town. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS BLOG!!!!!!


gurdaspur Bains 5 years ago

Boston is wonderfull, Its city one should visit. Strongest education and historical city of USA.


Aussie dan 5 years ago

coming from Australia, and i could have picked anywhere to stay in the US, i based from denver,CO and spent time travelling in and around colorado. AMAZING state let alone just a city.


jonathan 5 years ago

chicago is definitely in the top 3


Khanal 5 years ago

where is Providence, Rhode Island- state that started industrial revolution in US.


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Nj17 5 years ago from Peterborough, England

I have had thoughts of going to the Unites States but to visit New York, but after reading this I now have thoughts about going to San Francisco or Miami.

Good, useful hub Wanderlust


Emanuel 5 years ago

Atlanta and Portland are great


elvis says 5 years ago

someone really missed it. i've been all over the us and missing chicago is just incredulous. i love that city.

the people , neighborhoods, best museums, best bike path in the world on lake michigan. where you been man ??

also new orleans , man what a city , like no other city in the world.music food the old south .

take orlando, miami and boston off if you have to. but you missed two great cities.

i can see if this is for visitors from overseas maybe.

but this is not a list for americans.


Andy 5 years ago

I have had the pleasure of traveling the world over!!! Been to several European countries, visited Several American cities, Canada, all over Latin America, I've been to the North of Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New guinea, Israel, India, Dubai (you get the point)

From American cities, the USA has a huge list of big cities with several million people, now a lot of them are places not worth visiting like Phoenix (big city, nothing to do other than being a victim of the scorching sun and heat, 0 cultural activity, suburbia nightmare, 0 arts, not an artsy place, horrible in fact) but you also have memorable American cities that are worth visiting and spending time in them..... so here is my list.

Starting from the west going East.

SEATTLE (Gorgeous city)

SAN FRANCISCO (the best city in the Americas)

LOS ANGELES (Once you've seen LA you've seen San diego, to me San Diego felt like a mini version of LA except more boring, smaller and even more plastic and pointless)

LAS VEGAS (If you're not into gambling then you won't find much to do, the casinos are cool and the buffets magnificent but that's about it, after 3 days I felt I had enough of Vegas)

AUSTIN (very college artsy type place)

NEW ORLEANS (Don't go during Mardi Grass, that's New Orleans at its worst.... Mardi Grass translates into a trashy recollection of drunk ugly people.... Other than during Mardi Grass New Orleans is worth a visit, it's the most colorful, gastronomic and artistic American city)

CHICAGO: big old dirty city with a LOT OF PERSONALITY, that makes it great in my book.

DETROIT: just to see what rampant no-limits capitalism can do to a society, it's like the American chernobyl! very interesting.

MIAMI: A very latin city but not in the mexican sense of the word, unlike dumps like san antonio (a shit hole)..... Miami is the only place in the USA that in fact has been vastly spared of the massive "mexicanization" that has occurred since the 90's, Miami is another type of latin (Colombian, Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean).... that's what makes it interesting... it is an alternative to the overwhelming mexican influence in America.

WASHINGTON D.C.: multicultural, political, the capital... always interesting.

NEW YORK CITY: the largest city in the USA.... in a way overrated but still worth a visit.

BOSTON: nice sea food, a smaller, slower paced NYC... I liked it.

I would add the other American cities (I hope not cannucks are offended) of TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER to the list.....


Uku Raynald 5 years ago

I look forward to seeing these places soon.


ranabhat 5 years ago

after seeing this page and visiting this page SURELY AM GONNA VISIT THESE ALL PLACES ...i love to visit LOS ANGELES ...its my dream ...i wanna go to CASINO at LOS ANGELES and LAS VEGAS .HEHE


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talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

I went to NY and Orlando! I live an hour from the latter and it has a lot of dandy things to do! If you are a Catholic traveling that city, check out the Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe!


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applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

live in and san diego and traveled to seattle but the rest of the list are still on my to-do list. this makes me very excited to see the rest!


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Web World Watcher 5 years ago

I would add chicago and denver to my personal favorite list. As well as Austin texas


Holiday Inn near Disney World 5 years ago

Certainly, those are on my most wanted place to visit list. This is exactly what I was looking for. Awesome Post! I am so glad I found this. Thanks for Sharing. I’ll definitely visit again!


Ben 5 years ago

I really like Tennessee with Memphis and Nashville. Houston TX is actually a pretty awesome city with a lot of cool stuff.


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SummerSurf 5 years ago

There's a lot of people going for Chicago! Including me :-) bobby bike tours.. Class!!


warren Shew 5 years ago

Orlando a must see city? Comeon....Chicago not being on the list should be a crime.....it's likke going to Italy and not going to Florence.....There's nothing to do in Chicago? What? It has one of if not the nest food scene in all of North America, unlimited music scene (lollapalooza every summer), tons of clubs and bars, sports....etc.....if you pick orlando over Chicago you should probably stop making lists


CONOR R 5 years ago

Good choices but Chicago has go to be on there, one of the best cities in not only the USA but the world.


Fedia 5 years ago

Yes, Downtown of Chicago is very nice to see. But the rest.... nothing especial. I live here for 7 month (of course not in beautiful downtown :))


Ben 5 years ago

I recently went to Chicago for the first time, and to say Chicago and NYC are too similar is pretty nuts. I mean other than big sky scrapers, they are TOTALLY different. If anything, I feel that if you have LA, than San Diego shouldn't be on here- no disrespect to SD, but to take a spot from Chi Town? But when I was in Chicago, we went to Lake Michigan and it was really something to see! Wrigley Field was really cool as well. And then walking around downtown and eating there was so exciting! Chi Town baby!


Jeff_McRitchie 5 years ago

This is a good list but I would add Portland, Oregon to it. The scenery is great, there are tons of great restaurants, and it has Powell's, one of the largest bookstores in the country. Good times.


Sozi 5 years ago

I like the list. Kind of surprised that St. Louis didn't make the list being that was where the westward gates to the west coast was opened and one of the biggest landmarks there is the Arch. From living in NY I gotta say it's never a dull day here, with all the hustle and bustle of the city. One of the greatest days to be in NYC is when it's around Christmas and people are window shopping and the Christmas lights are on


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Jason Matthews 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great Hub! I love the pics!


somedude 5 years ago

I don't agree with Seattle being there. And San Diego is nice but not a "must-visit" city for sure. Beaches in the west coast are overrated imo.

The water in Florida's beaches is warmer, and it has that light blue color from the Caribbean Sea which is just stunning. That's what makes Miami a must-visit, not to mention that it has that non-mexican latin flavor that people love.

So if u get the chance to go to Florida then go to Orlando, the parks make it a fantastic experience and you never stop doing something, whether it's riding the attractions at the parks, eating at the amazing themed restaurants they have there, or shopping.

New York, what can I say? It's New York! It's one of the places you have to visit before you die. The cosmopolitan lifestyle and the melting pot that it is makes for a wonderful visit, and also there's that amazing NY skyline...

Boston is all about its history. It's a beautiful city to walk and the Boston Common is like the city's version of a Central Park. Oh yes, and if you wanna visit Harvard, M.I.T, B.U, etc. you can do it there.

As for Vegas, it's just amazing. It's different from everything else in the U.S. The nightlife there doesn't stop, so whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

L.A. is pretty cool too, it's got Hollywood and the West Coast feel with the amazing sunsets. The mountains that surround the city are very nice to look at, the bad thing is that the city is just sprawling and not very compact, but other than that it's still a must-visit in the U.S.

I've yet to go to San Francisco, I hear it is absolutely stunning and very walkable. I will go there as soon as I can.


Rory 5 years ago

Boston is completely the best......sorry I grew up there so I'm biased. Although I think that you should have put one city from each state and not wasted your time with two from California.


John 5 years ago

"New York where you can have tapas at a Spanish bar/restaurant walk down the block and eat authentic Thai food, go across the street and have Italian gellatos for dessert and wind down your night with a cup of Cuban coffee...all in the same block....and all after 10 pm on any given night! That's my city...just not to live in it!"

Um, Chicago. It may not be a 24/7 city (NYC isn't a 24/7 city contrary to belief) but it does offer those opportunities if you know where to look. It's just people are too lazy to look.


John John 5 years ago

Obviously this list isn't valid, no Chicago......

If Chicago is like NY, then Miami is like Vegas, what ignorant Americans. Apparently the majority of ppl looking at this list agree. Luckily for Chicago, this joke of a list means nothing and it's true place in America speaks for itself.


Hafith 5 years ago

I have been in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and DC. all of that was awesome places! every city have different something to take a look! I love NYC because a lot of Skylines building and the city so happening especially at Times Square!! Boston more look like old town in my opinion! I love the people!! they are like eastern people!hehehe... and you can see the city by taking a cruise! that was worth for me!!and don't forget to visit Nantucket! I love that island ( I have been living there for 8 months)..

and for DC..this city to be so special for me because a lot of Museum and u can get it for free!and of course because there is white house!

and the last city that I have been visited, was Philadelphia! This city actually beautiful but really not safe in the night! a lot of "gangster" everywhere!hahaha..probably because this city is industrial city and a lot of immigrant!

I'm really wanna come again to USA! to see another part of America especially west coast! hope one day that dreams come true..

Hafith

Indonesia


cosmoguy 5 years ago

- I've been to all these cities, and from a foreigner's perspective, I'd say that many would want to choose places with unique, vibrant urban core where car rental isn't completely necessary for the entire trip. So, for this, I'd say:

1. NY (take the train to Philly for 2 birds one stone)- there's a reason it's the most populous city

2. San Fran - I'd live here if it were cheaper and warmer

3. DC - duh, it's our nation's capitol

4. Boston - cool city (not my fave, but it should be at the top)

5. New Orleans - Feels like a different country, full of vibrancy

6. Portland - Best planned city in the US

7. Austin (with a day trip to San Antonio) - currently live here, and it represents counter-culture with Texas flare

8. Miami - S. Beach is the only place you need to stay IMO

9. Nashville - represents "Americana" and our US-created genre of music

10. Las Vegas - lived here and would only go back for 3 days or less

Ohhh...and LA is my least favorite city in this fine country of ours.


Alex 5 years ago

Atlanta? Hell No! Maybe in the top 20, but not top 10

My top 10:

1. NYC - it should be #1 above all

2. Washington DC

3. San Francisco

4. Chicago

5. Miami

6. Philadelphia

7. Los Angeles

8. Seattle

9. Orlando (or Lake Buena Vista a.k.a. Disney World)

10. Charleston SC


norma 5 years ago

Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. are the best cities. THE thing with New Orleans is it'll go under water before miami does.


Matt 5 years ago

Great discusion. Orlando is a stretch. It is what everyone from somwhere other than the the US thinks of the US; theme parks, stip malls and fat people. As much as Chicago has to offer, I agree with many of the critics. Other cities do what it does well, better. San Fran has micro climates that are either great or perpeutually foggy. Rambling now, got to go.


Dre 5 years ago

For foreigners to think about: Many of these cities have terrible wheather at certain times,(San Fran and NYC pretty much have it all), some cities are easy to visit on one visit (Boston and NYC, while San Fran is tough to visit if you're going to the east coast), the South offers interesting old school Southern cities, but some aspects of the culture can be off putting.

If you like outdoor activities, Denver is tough to beat as a hub.

Other random small cities that are cool: Boulder, Co, Ashland, Or (phenomonal theater town), Chico, Ca, Chartottesville, Va.

I don't see a lot of midwestern cities on the list. Chicago obviously gets a lot of votes (one of the great cities, but it qualifies as one of the ones with lousy wheather). A few mentioned St Louis and Minneapolis. Any others?

I've only visited Florida once, without going to Miami or Orlando. Miami seems to offer a lot, but Orlando? Seems like plasticville. I can't imagine going to Florida without going to the beach. Any city can build an amusement park.

LA has a lot to offer (always good wheather, solid beaches, nightlife, people watching), but a lot of drawbacks (it seems like everything is a long treck, limited high brow culture for the size of the area, the beaches, like Hermosa, Manahatten and Redondo, are solid, but don't have the really warm turquoise water of Florida or Hawaii).


Orde 5 years ago

I have been to many cities in the world (including Chicago, Boston, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle,etc) and NOTHING and I mean NOTHING comes even close to San Francisco. San Fran is by and far the most beautiful city there is in USA. A distant second would be NYC and Seattle.


Sean Plumb 5 years ago

I have never been to the USA but i think the 10 best cities in order of 1st to 10th are New York City for the Fantastic Skyscrapers and outstading bridges and for the Statue of Liberty and Times Square.Los angeles would be my second for being the home of the filming industry and Hollywood,Bevery Hills and the beautiful beach of Santa Monica and for the big freeways.Then San Francisco for the Golden Gate Bridge,Steep Hills,Cabs and a city that no other city in the USA can offer.Chicago would be the 4th for Sears tower,Lake Michigan and been able to travel to the beautiful state of Wisconsin.Next I would say Las Vegas for its casinos,huge Hotels and the fantastic 24hr vibe,The Grand Canyon,Colorado river and the gigantic Hoover Dam and the deserts surrounding it.Next I would rate Orlando florida as my sixth for being the home of Disneyland and other huge resorts and also for the beautiful weather and being close to the beautiful beaches of Florida.Atlanta would be 7th for its super highways and impressive skyline and being not too far away to visit the deep south states of alabama and Lousiana for the swamps and alligators and also for the laid back feel that is in the deep south and also the country western music.Next would be Washington DC for being the capital,Home to the white house and the washington monument and also the many museums that are there.Houston would be 9th for being in texas,home of the cowboys,Country western films and the impressive countryside in texas and also houston offers a nice skyline and huge highways.10th would be Boston for its history and being able to visit new england and cape cod.Hope you agree with my 10 favourite cities in the USA.


Jabroni 5 years ago

Chicago? Where is it?


me 5 years ago

Great article its given me the insight i need to cross the great pond


steve 5 years ago

it looks as if i should cancel NY and head for san fransisco which is crazy with all the hills but i like advise so thanks


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cowtowngirl77 5 years ago

I have been to all of them and they are all beautiful. So much of American is beautiful.


Geoffrey 5 years ago

You guys forgot about Pocatello, Idaho


Don 5 years ago

LOS ANGELES is by far the greatest city in the whole damn universe.. u all r kinda disappointing and to hear that u guys say LA is ur least fav city. im 13 years old and i went to downtown Los Angeles at 1:00 am and i survived i mean in 2011 they hav taken all gangs out of downwtown as well as cleaning the litter. I was born in Los Angeles. I am so proud to be born as a Los Angeles dude. I mean i was very excited to go to NYC but it broke my dreams. I expected it to be awesome. Los Angeles down town far better then New Yorks and for all of u peeps who say that LA has less buildings get a life we live on a bloody earthquake zone so smart people from Los Angeles aint gonna kill the city. and its not smoggy anymore. Think about the population and y so many people live there. Its gonna beat NYC population and wealth in 5 to 10 years. population is about 19,200,000 and New Yorks is 19,500,000 im moving to LA and im excited as hell. If any city in the world i would choose to replace New York in the world would be Dubai U.A.E check it out on google. Chicago, Boston, Philidelphia, San Fran, New York, Vegas all r shit compared to LOS ANGELES BABY!!! All well 90% of famous actors live here and also the greatest actors. Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, etc. SNOOP DOGG!!! and obviously the legendary and greatest rapper 2 PAC!!! CALIFORNIA LOVE!! IN THE CITY OF LA LOS ANGELES FOR LIFE PEOPLE!!!


jim 5 years ago

CHICAGO has one of the best "skylines" in the WORLD!

CHICAGO has "everything to offer to visitors"!

CHICAGO has ALL the major sports.

CHICAGO has great Pizza.

CHICAGO has the Museum of Science & Industry

CHICAGO has the Adler Planetarium

CHICAGO has the ART Museum

CHICAGO has the Shed Aquarium

CHICAGO has Brookfield Zoo

MOST of ALL "CHICAGO" has a Great Tradition


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Dr Rockpile 5 years ago from USA

10 great cities indeed. I can't pick a favorite.


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DDS 5 years ago from Toronto

Nice list, but think a list of 'hidden gems' might be cool and appreciated. i mean, I don't think NYC need advertising. ;-)


howser 5 years ago

I have lived in the miami -fort lauderdale area far too long,and believe me,it has no reason being on this list.Very rude nasty populace and a plethura of crime along with very ugly terrain and intolerable heat and humididity more than three quarters of the year.That,my friends is the true reality of miami and southeastern florida.


michelle 5 years ago

what about chicago...?


JC 5 years ago

Minneapolis belongs on this list, but Orlando?


eddy 5 years ago

New York is the greatest city in the world, so I am glad that was a common thread with all these comments. New York is the World's city. Everything after NYC in comparing American cities will be of strong opinion (yes, I get it, that NYC as 1 is an opinion as well). Don't forget too that New York City isn't just Manhattan...its all five boroughs which really exemplifies the melting part that anyone across the globe should appreciate.

After NYC, I personally would have San Francisco in the mix for American Cities. No city has a more beautiful backdrop then SF with great complementing architecture.

Las Vegas is the second most unique city in the WORLD, and I loved it there but can see where people may not LOVE it.

Boston is a great American city. It's not a WORLD city like New York or probably LA, but is a great American city with rich tradition.

I am not a large fan of Washington, DC but it obviously has to go on the top 10 list.

Not sure if you can put Orlando in that mix...but I guess when it is "must visit cities" you can make a case for it in the top ten.

I see some people complaining about Chicago not getting on the list. Very Fair Argument. Great city but not sure where it stands in uniqueness factor and if I only had 10 visits to America, not sure if the second city makes it. Skyline, amazing (all together, if NYC didn't separate their downtown and midtown skylines, then I think NYC would trump it)- food, sports,business- great...Just don't where the uniqueness factor snatches Chi-Town away from a NY, Miami, SF, Vegas, etc...


Karla Ulloa 5 years ago

Boston is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


OLIVER 5 years ago

I'm from NYC and I must agree there is no city like my hometown.

These are my top favorite American Cities.

1. New York (The center of the universe, everything happens here!! A truly exciting place to live or visit)

2.Miami (Beautiful warm water, Art Deco, exciting city with a great skyline)

3. New Orleans (For me New Orleans is the most haunted place in the world, the city is filled with so much history and culture, I felt like I was back in time while visiting the French Quarter)

4. San Francisco ( Beautiful city filled with culture and class)

5. Los Angeles ( I love the vibe in LA just a care-free and great party scene)


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Figlia Di Ali 5 years ago

Thank you for this post. I have been planning our trip in the US for next year. This page really helped a lot. It's confusing though for the many comments and reactions but I do believe that USA is a great country and I'm looking forward to seeing all the great cities in it. I've already visited San Francisco, LA and Vegas. I love SanFo, it's really beautiful.

I'm excited to visit the other cities especially New York.


John 5 years ago

For the posters that said Chicago isn't unique or offers a lot but others do it better I would like list of those "better" offerings. It seems either those who said it have never been to Chicago or visited for a month or two. Try actually living in the city without a work permit and fully immerse yourself with the North, West, and South Sides aka the ENTIRE Chicago, not just the tourist spots.

Some of these comments may be opinions, but they're opinions that embarrass those that hold them. What a shame, really.


Hvladis 5 years ago

Of course San Francisco is the highest in this poll... Ive been to alot of places in the world...it is by far the most beautiful city in America.


Hvladis 5 years ago

Of course San Francisco is the highest in this poll... Ive been to alot of places in the world...it is by far the most beautiful city in America.


deepti ahuja 5 years ago

Wonderful write up! Thanks for sharing! I must say America is such a gorgeous country. I am planning to visit it soon via yatra.com as my experience with yatra.com has always been great. Each trip with it has been memorable :)


buddygem 5 years ago

I think LA is the most awful disappointing place to visit.... Vegas is fantastic, including a trip to the Grand Canyon. San Francisco is wonderful. Orlando has no soul. Do not go there unless you want theme parks!

Aspen... is beautiful! I love America and want to return and explore more.


chazze 5 years ago

I nominate Chicago.


Steve 5 years ago

Where is Chicago on this list???? It should be on here!


Kag 5 years ago

1. Chicago

2. Portland (oregon)

3. Seattle

4. Philadelphia

5. NYC

6. Buffalo/Niagra Falls

No other city makes it on here that I have been to. LA is a big dump. People only live there because of the warm climate. Move to Chicago of Boston or Denver or SOMETHING


Fredrik 5 years ago

I'm probably not the one who am able to pick the best US cities as I'm not even American. But of course, after a great trip this summer, I've made my list. I must admit that two or three Canadian cities would make it to my list (Vancouver, Toronto and perhaps Niagara Falls). I've included some keywords on those I know best:

1. San Francisco (The cable cars, location, hills and so on)

2. Seattle (climate, Mount Rainier, Space Needle)

3. Washington, D.C. (parks, monuments, White House)

4. New York (Central Park, view from Rockefeller, so much to see)

5. San Diego

6. Boston

7. Chicago (View from Willis Tower, mix of old and new skyscrapers, Millennium Park)

8. Miami

And when it comes to experience of a lifetime:

1. Las Vegas (Las Vegas is Las Vegas...)

2. Memphis (A taste of the south)

2. Los Angeles (Movie city #1)


Amina 5 years ago

Well then I see a LOT of pople seem to like Chicaho ive never been there before but it sounds very similar to ny I dont know why very many people dont seem to like boston all that much but I think it is the best out of this list it has spectacular views, great restaurants, different cultures and its so historical! I would have to say its enjoyable for every type of person. In my oppinion it is nixest in the fall


jonathan 5 years ago

california is the best state to visit it nice with major cities very nice state to be


jade and kelly 5 years ago

we both think that the mst beatiful citie is miami. the reason why we think this is becase the beach and the trees go with the beach. and the way the sun hits the water and the sky is mre clear then new york


Angie 5 years ago

Yea they should have put New Orleans and Chicago on the list. :/

Im from Miami and I love it here. The beaches are fun and clean and so so blue. And we have that Latin flare not that Mexican shit in Texas. We may have some construction going on but that doesn't mean it all went to hell. Either way if you visit Miami you'll never get bored :)


PETER NICHOLSON 5 years ago

I have never been to USA and I am planning to fly to NYC for 5 days next year in Spring. Do you think the best things for me to see the real USA would be spending 3 days in NYC, one day in Boston, half day in Washington and half day in Philadelpia ???

Peter Nicholson (United Kingdom)


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Wanderlust 5 years ago from New York City Author

Peter, if you only have 5 days, I wouldn't suggest to spread it too thin. You can do 3 days in New York and 2 days in another city, either Boston or Washington or Philly. Or 3 days in New York, 1 day in Washington and 1 day in Philly, as long as Washington and Philadelphia are not far from each other. Have a great trip!


jdwpalaw 5 years ago

Pittsburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Worth the visit. You'll be very pleasantly surprised.


SATX 5 years ago

San Antonio???


Jon 4 years ago

Boston wins


george 4 years ago

I've traveled to every major city in North America and here is my list:

1. Chicago- by far the best use of waterfront land and best architecture.

2. San Francisco

3. Vancouver

4. New York- least friendly people (even waitstaff are rude here!) and garbage all over sidewalks in Manhattan two days per week, but there is an exciting energy here and central park is incredible in the middle of the canyons of skyscrapers

5. Montreal- nice blend of north american and european culture

6. Seattle

7. Boston

8. Toronto- the cleanest of the big cities

9. New Orleans

10. Pittsburgh/Milwaukee/Baltimore- everything looks old in these towns, but i like that. it's like travelling back in time when you're there.

overrated: Los Angeles (giant suburb- no cultural core), Atlanta (see Los Angeles), Miami, San Diego. Washington DC

pitiful places: Houston, Detroit (an embarrassment to the US), Las Vegas


EvertonFan 4 years ago

Wanderlust, you claim Chicago is too similar to New York City to make it onto your list. But why then do you put both San Diego and LA on your list when they're MUCH more similar than Chicago and New York. And the same goes for the similar cities of San Francisco and Seattle.

Here's a Top 10 with a bit of variety:

1) New York

2) Washington, DC

3) San Francisco

4) Chicago

5) Boston

6) New Orleans

7) Charleston, SC

8) Santa Fe, NM

9) Honolulu, HI -- not that great of a city, but Hawaii is definitely a "must visit"

10) Las Vegas + Grand Canyon


EvertonFan 4 years ago

Both "Travel & Leisure" magazine and "Conde Nast Traveler" magazine conduct annual surveys to see which cities their readers like best.

The results:

Conde Nast Traveler's Top 10:

1. Charleston, SC

2. San Francisco

3. Santa Fe, NM

4. Chicago

5. Honolulu

6. Savannah, GA

7. New York City

8. Carmel, CA

9. Seattle

10. Boston

Travel & Leisure's Top 10 (U.S. and Canada):

1. New York City

2. Charleston, SC

3. Chicago

4. San Francisco

5. Santa Fe, NM

6. New Orleans

7. Savannah, GA

8. Vancouver, BC

9. Victoria, BC

10. Quebec City


oscar707 4 years ago

Wanderlust,

Why are New Yorkers like yourself so provincial when it comes to discussing the merits of other cities? You can't even bring yourself to list Chicago as one of the best places to visit in the U.S. because, "it's too much like New York"? Is that a serious comment from someone who writes about travel for a living?

Chicago is not "similar" to New York at all. What a dumb thing to write. That was a lame reason because you knew you looked like a "homer" for New york and couldn't think of a better excuse. New Yorkers can't stand it when Chicago is brought up as the epitome of American cities because that would mean their own beloved home is not talked about 1st, 2nd, 3rd, -go as high as you'd like to count.

New york is a great place to visit, but the people who live there like you are the real the hicks as your type always refers to those of us peons who live between the coasts.

You have zero credibility as a travel writer after this article's ommission of Chicago.


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texasgirlfw 4 years ago

Basically good list. Orlando, not so sure, other than Disney.


CJ 4 years ago

Moved to Chicago about 3 years ago. Absolutely love it. So much to do, bustling metropolis, breath taking skyline, wonderful museums, great food, diverse people and neighborhoods and of course Lake Michigan(Sea)-which warms up to 80 degrees in the summer and has no lurking sharks, baracudas, jellyfish, octopus, etc. Just friendly fish. It does have a bathtub feel to it in the summer, because it's warm, has fresh not salty water and the state of Michigan is on the other side, although we can't see it. It's truly ours (USA). For all you ocean loving city dwellers that put down our city and Great Lake(Sea), what's on the other side of your ocean? Couldn't go out for a swim without thinking about your leg stuck in Shamus's mouth, could you?. All your ocean has is bigger waves, but we have that too in the fall and winter. If it wasn't for the cold weather and if Chicago was further south it would have 3 times the population. It would be the top city and resort destination in the world.

I also like NYC, LA, Philly, DC, Boston and SF

Detroit-Please do the world a favor and start over


Chris 4 years ago

Where's philly on this list! It's a city with history and most of all a special kind of heart. It has

Way more life in it's streets than any of those cities except maybe boston! Show some love for philly


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villasandhomes 4 years ago

The places in United states was beautiful.. Hub mentioned places are attractive and beautiful... Thanks for sharing this..


Lesley 4 years ago

Need a little advice from some fellow Americans here who may be able to help me out...Can anyone tell me what Vienna, Virginia is like? Is it a modern city with attractions? Is it a big city? Is it more country as you can see I have no idea! Bt am planning to visit there for some business and just want to get an idea what to expect.. Also will be visiting the cities listed above including Chicago can't wait!! Thank you for the informative information!!


EvertonFan 4 years ago

Lesley, I've visited Virginia a number of times, but didn't recall hearing of Vienna until you mentioned it here. Checking out a map, I see that Vienna's near Tyson's Corner, which is an upscale suburb with good shopping.

I've spent a bit of time in that area, and to be honest, other than Arlington National Cemetery, I can't think of any major sight to see in Vienna's immediate vicinity. The Cemetery itself makes for a nice visit provided the weather's good. If you go there you'll want to be sure to catch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

If you're into museums its certainly worthwhile to take a short trip over to Washington, DC. Of course Washington also offers many worthwhile sights besides its outstanding museums, and some of the must-see highlights are the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Capitol.

If you head away from Washington DC, there're a number of Civil War sites that are very interesting. In particular, I found Fredericksburg to be quite fascinating. And if you have a free day, Colonial Williamsburg is well worth visiting.


Lesley 4 years ago

Thank you EvertonFan for the advice! The sights you mentioned sound very interesting and I will definitely pay them a visit while I am in Vienna! thank you again you were very helpful. :)


CRITIC 12345 4 years ago

I think this website was helpful but i think PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA should have been included as one of the top ten places to visit becasue it has the most history of our country and it's the 5 state in population


Senorita Bance 4 years ago

definately philly should be included it has great tourist attractions and roaring skyscrapers also itz where the declaration of independence was written and founded


VACATIONISTA 123 4 years ago

My Top Ten List In the United States

1.New York City,New York

2.Philadelphia,Pennsylvania

3.Los Angeles,California

4.Malibu,California

5.Seatle,Washington

6.Chicago,Illinois

7.Las Vegas,Nevada

8.Honolulu,Hawaii

9.Miami,Florida

10.Phoenix, Arizona


Vacationist123 4 years ago

My Top Places To Visit In The World

1.Tokyo,Japan

2.Toronto,Canada

3.Philadelphia,Pennsylvania

4.Los Angeles,California

5.Rome,Italy

6.Madrid,Spain

7.Florence,Italy

8.Giza,Egypt-Pyrimads

9.Kingston,Jamaica

10.Tahiti,French Plynesia


Expat from OZ 4 years ago

USA is beautiful. I have come here to work for 6 months and I wanted to make sure I visited some of the most popular cities, so I went to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Washington DC. Ask me which city was the best? All of them!! New York is top when you want to see a real city, but trust me, all the above mentioned cities wont fail to impress you.


Traveler1976 4 years ago

Orlando in the top 10 but not Chicago? I am all for including cities for their uniqueness but how can you include a city that has a big theme park and not much else while excluding the second city of the nation, the birthplace of the skyscraper and a cultural force like Chicago. Chicago has some of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the world and is probably the second most important cultural center in the nation. It should appear in any top 5, let alone top 10.

And what about Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation that has the greatest concentration of colonial architecture in the country, and New Orleans, often referred to as the most unique city in the US?

So I would take out Orlando, San Diego (which is just a smaller and prettier version of LA) and Seattle (a nice town but lacking in historical pedigree and world class cultural attractions) and replace them with Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans.


Traveler1976 4 years ago

Having read the other comments, I wanted to offer a few more observations:

1. Saying that Chicago is too similar to NY and therefore Orlando is more deserving of a top 10 spot is like saying that Paris is too similar to London and therefore Euro Disney is a more interesting destination for a visitor to Europe.

2. Chicago is not really all that similar to NY. It has its own unique Midwestern flavor, is on a lake, and is hugely significant architecturally and culturally. Wanderlust, do you realize for example that Chicago has the best symphony orchestra in the US and some of the best art museums? Do you really think that a city that has virtually nothing to offer but a large amusement park is a more interesting tourist destination even for one who has already been to NY ? Think about it.

3. By omitting both Chicago and New Orleans the author did not deem a single city in the middle 2600 miles of the country to be interesting enough to be included in the top 10.

4. I am a New Yorker.


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wonderingwoolley 4 years ago from Madison, WI

I haven't visited most of these cities, so it was great for me to learn a little bit more about these cities. You really brought them to life. Thanks for sharing!


jmurph 4 years ago

Orlando and Vegas(downtown not including LakeMead,etc..), two plastic cities that are absolutely boring unless you like overweight american tourist who are stupid..and you choose these 2 places over Chicago...with all the museums and the lake front...wow, how can anybody believe anything you say..


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birdslover 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

I don't know about top 10, but Chicago is also a beautiful place, I have been to there many times.


dstaley531 4 years ago

CHICAGO is a must!


aliceciangpumvung 4 years ago

This is fantastic !

I can't wait to go!


msware0104 4 years ago

The Grand Canyon is in Arizona, not Las Vegas.


Abby 4 years ago

Great information, I would agree with most of this except for Orlando. The parks in Orlando are good,but the city itself is not special. Chicago is my favorite city in America because it is big, nice, clean, beautifull, and should defenitley be at the top of this list


midwesterner 4 years ago

If you're going to Chicago, expect to do a lot of walking so please go in the summer. Great place. However, winters are brutal(accept this year). Other cities that are kind of below the radar but are pretty cool are Minneapolis, nice parks and lakes, Mall of America, clean downtown. Pittsburgh, river city, beautiful views. Indianapolis is pretty cool, everything is centrally located downtown, great place for sporting events, ie SuperBowl, Final 4.


Vladimir 4 years ago

I've been to NYC, Miami, LA and Las Vegas and i must say that nothing beats Miami in winter, autumn and spring. It's in a league of it's own, LA is a 50% ghetto city, Las Vegas is only impressive on the main road - LV Boulevard, NY is dirty and run-down, while Miami is a glamourous city, the playground of the rich and famous.


Rod 4 years ago

Vladimir, I've never been to Miami myself, but most of what I've heard is negative. Apparently the natives aren't too friendly to out-of-towners, and the young people seem entirely preoccupied with looking great. And if you're not super fit and good-looking, they tend to look down on you. But maybe those experiences are the exception and not the rule.


kim 4 years ago

thanx 4 information......


jitterbug 4 years ago

San Diego lol, there is nothing like Miami.


RMW 4 years ago

Edmonton Alberta is the nicest city in North America.Garbage strewn streets and abandoned buildings with a nice blend of unpaved dirty parking lots...Its sooo beautiful.


Jay 4 years ago

Most beautiful cities: San Francisco (probably best city overall,) Seattle (on a sunny day it is exceptionally beautiful.)

Most exciting and generally interesting cities: New York and Los Angeles.

I like Chicago for the architecture. Too bad they destroyed the worlds fair buildings.

Miami south beach is very unique and worth the visit. Service industry there is horrible however, lots of incompetent people.


Joe 4 years ago

I live in Honolulu and love it!! It's scooter friendly (no big gas bills for me), shops are beautiful, and every way you turn, you have breath taking views.


Mario 4 years ago

What about Chicago????


FY 4 years ago

Great list!! NY definitely is number one. Went there for the first time and it was amazing. Endless things to do, see, places to eat. Such a different vibe. The rest of the list is awesome as well...I just think people need to take things a little less personally. Why must everything turn into contro or hate. Just because your city didn't make the list doesn't mean it's not a good place. Top 10 means 10 cities, every city can't make the list ;)


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louromano 4 years ago

I greatly enjoyed reading this guide.


Jim USA 4 years ago

This list is pretty good. I would take Orlando off the list and include Chicago. From an American perspective, Boston is the most historic (founded in 1630) and the most interesting architecturally. It is definitely the most European of the American cities. It is a big metro area, over 4 million souls. Lots of university students, rich culture, and gorgeous neighborhoods. Winters are brutal; go May thru Oct. New York is world class, San Francisco has the most beautiful natural surroundings, but the city proper is a haven for homeless. Great hilly streets to work out those calves! Charleston, SC should be on the list too.


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Reves-diary 4 years ago from Dhaka

I do have a wish of visiting USA someday, but I am not sure when it is going to be possible. In New York, one of my best friends live. In Pennsylvania, another friend of mine lives, and she is a psychiatrist. I have heard hell lot of things about two cities.

Thanks for your amazing hub. Looking forward to read out more :)


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

Wanderlust, I couldn't begin to pick 10. New Orleans and Austin and several in Hawaii and a couple on the East Coast..... I admire your decisiveness. You are a great writer. I've been to most you've named and agree they are awesome. Still haven't made New York. You made me yearn.

Lisa


Ted 4 years ago

Where the heck is Chicago? Birthplace of the skyscraper, food mecca, host of two world's fairs, historic industrial and agricultural hub of the U.S... Beautiful lakefront, world class museums, extremely walkable and clean... Seriously?


Justin 4 years ago

Funny to read of the Chicago homers getting all upset because their city was dissed on this list. Newflash: Chicago is in flyover country. Boring culture and people make it unattractive to most people. Chicago might be the capital of the Midwest, but the the rest of the country, it's the red headed stepchild among the major cities.


Tommyg 4 years ago

Traveling to the US soon and I'm really looking forward to it, California (excluding LA) looks gorgeous. I'm not really fussed about seeing any cities, most modern cities these days are populated by foreigners, so they're not exactly unique.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Beautiful hub! I've always wanted to travel to the States, now I know where to go!


Peter 4 years ago

Boston has a unique nobility which can not compare with diferent city. Has something!!!!


timmy 4 years ago

nyc is the best city in the world


A person 4 years ago

awesome but idk to much for boston ewww


Rob147mz 4 years ago

Shut up about Chicago. We get the point. It's a great city. Enough!!! Everyone have thier own opinions. For me, I really want to visit the planet Mars. Great mountains, red desert, and two moons. ,:-J


EvertonFan 4 years ago

Rob147mz, If Wanderlust had omitted New York City or San Francisco instead of Chicago would you feel the same way? To me, the biggest problem with Wanderlust's list is that it only contains cities on the East or West coasts (Las Vegas excepted). Apparently he thinks the middle of the U.S. is deservedly called "fly over" country.


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

You chose a number of the same cities I would place on my top 10 list. I absolutely agree with Key West being an awesome place to visit --so unique-- I agree with the person who preferred Tampa Bay to Miami because Clearwater Beach is closer to Tampa and it is so beautiful. Destin is in my top 10. I found it interesting you didn't place any cities in Hawaii on your top 10. Voted up and interesting. and I'm following. great discussion in the comments... Kudos

take care,

Lisa


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Lita Chi-Town 4 years ago

ADD Chicago NOW!!!!!!!!!


Angie 4 years ago

Just came back from a 5 day trip from Chicago last night... I miss it already! What an amazing city with awesome food, museums, skyscrapers, theaters, lake front , shopping... I can go on and on. I'm from SF and Chicago in my book one of the greatest cities in the USA and is highly underrated. I'm glad most people here also agree it should be on this list. Add it now! Or your just a hater :)


Ryan 4 years ago

You are missing philadelphia


vbb 4 years ago

Where is Honolulu.? Some people forgot Hawaii is part of USA? And I agree, Chicago should be up there..instead of LA


John 4 years ago

@ Justin: Your opinion about Chicago and the Midwest/Great Plains region says more about you than the place(s) you're maligning. Actually, your opinion is so uneducated and so thoughtless that I am glad you exposed yourself - the entire world can see your "enlightenment."


Johny 4 years ago

I just got back from d.c. Loved every second. Lots to visit during the day, great places to eat and really great bars and nightlife.

Classy city.


Claudia 4 years ago

Where is Atlanta??


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Purely for archetecture, Washington D.C. is hands down America's most beautiful city - but you haven't given me the chance to vote for it! Traffic and humidity not withstanding, there is not a city in the country that can rival Atlanta in the Spring when the dogwoods and azaleas are blooming. Otherwise, I think you've selected a wonderful group of cities. Seattle is the most under appreciated city in the U.S. and the only place I'd recommend going in the month of August. I agree that Orlando is only the Disney park. St. Augustine is the city in Florida to put on a most beautiful list. Thanks for recognizing Savannah - one of America's prettiest towns - not really big enough to be a city.


AKSHARA 4 years ago

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY OF MANY GOOD PLACES.I LOVED IT TOO MUCH WAS DISNEY PARK. THIS WEB SITE HAS MANY GOOD PICTURES.


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DDS 4 years ago from Toronto

Add Your Comment..

Lot of pretty popular places that didn't make the list!


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Wanderlust.

Thank you for this wonderful hub. I shows the rest of us how it should be done. First class.

Voted up and all.

Graham.


San Fran is gorgeous 4 years ago

New Orleans absolutely belongs on the list--especially with its history, culture, music, food, people, weather, events. As for Orlando- I can see why it would appeal to some but not me. Ashland, Oregon is another great town, maybe not an absolute must see but worth a mention.


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Esmeowl12 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

What a difficult task to only choose 10! I've only been to 4 of these cities and loved them all. My favorite, however, isn't listed. New Orleans, LA is a unique city full of culture and creativity. A definite must see - if for nothing but the food!!!


johnny 4 years ago

SEATTLE = best coffee, freshest seafood , Pike's market, rock music museum, great outdoor activities, food from many countries, Space Needle, beautiful scenery, friendly and educated people..


Lisa 3 years ago

I am looking to travel for my anniversary during June. I was looking at a cruise to new england states or carribean. Also thought about travel to Washington State, San Francisco and Savannah GA. Any thoughts for this time of year.


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain

I had 3 days in New York & 5 days in LA with my daughter & wished when in LA it had been the other way around as I liked New York more .I had 24 hours in San Francisco which I loved . Now I am keen to see places like New Orleans. Little Rock. Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta etc as well as smaller towns .


khloekardashian 3 years ago

ILOVEUSA


Michelle 3 years ago

I live in New York and have been to all of these cities, but above them all I would put NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS!


Carla 3 years ago

Lists like this are so subjective, and I agree with some of the cities, but not all. If you're coming from outside the United States and want a variety of interesting cities in different parts of the country, here's what my list would be:

Boston

Washington, DC

New Orleans

San Francisco

Seattle

Santa Fe

New York City

Key West

Chicago

Philadelphia

Each of those cities has something wonderful to recommend it, and they don't always show up on the "best" lists people compile.


robert 3 years ago

hey guys i like new york!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From the Statute of Liberty to Ellis Island to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City never sleeps because its residents have so much to do on a daily basis. Even nature lovers aren't left out of New York City's allure. An afternoon stroll in the 25-acre Central Park should fill their need for trees. Don't leave out visits to Carnegie Deli to eat huge roast beef sandwiches. http://vacationxtravel.com/


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single pringle 2 years ago

Thanks this list was really useful!!


somebody 2 years ago

Los Angeles has some pretty bad p laces

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