The United States is one of the most diverse countries to visit in the world. Maybe due to its size or peculiar residents make the country a haven for pretty much any interests a tourist can have.
Big cities like New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco always secure a spot in the wishlist of most travelers, but the country has a lot of alternative options that can make up for an unforgettable getaway.
So buckle up, and get ready to explore some of the destinations that are overshadowed by the big metropolises, but has equal or more to offer for visitors longing to emerge themselves in the real America.
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
This lively city in the state of Louisiana can give a great insight into the life of the deep South of the country. From the crowded and wild nightlife to secluded bayous that can be visited by airboat, this is a city of contrasts. The cuisine also offer visitors a wide selection of French food inspirations and a mix of Cajun and Creole delicacies, which can be tasted in the picturesque French Quarter or in the bustling Arts District. Make sure to try alligator sausage pistolettes, crab claws remoulades and duck spring rolls. Also, if you are a wild party-goer, make sure to pay the city a visit during the world famous Mardi Gras parade in the first week of March.
6. Seattle, Washington
Home to the grunge movement and a passion for alternative arts make up for the constant rain in the city. The rain has also its good influences in the city as their coffee is considered one of the best in the country, the city is the birthplace of a small coffee chain named Starbucks, moreover it is the city with most bookstores per capita. While in the city, make sure to visit Pike Place Market, a visual riot of vegetable, seafood, cheese and flower stalls along with handicrafts and tourist-friendly knickknacks. And, of course, the flying fish!
5. Portland, Oregon
If your idea of a good time includes venturing hot spots dedicated to young artsy people, Portland is your place! The city, which has been named the best city in the U.S for happy hour, is a great place to kick back relax and taste some of the many craft beers available in the many breweries sprawled around the city.
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you are a physical activity fanatic, this is the city for you. The city is considered the most bike-friendly city in the country and one of the fittest cities in the U.S. The city has a large amount of green areas, with more than 15% percent parkland in total to be explored. The city also sports many artistic havens, such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center make a great afternoon affair.
If you love music, Austin is definitely the place for you. From a large array of live music bars and venues to a plethora of quirky restaurants and food trucks. Like to party, you can join most of the University of Texas students that are avid regulars to the tons of bars that make up for a vibrant nightlife. Did not have enough reasons? Austin’s unofficial motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” which wins for best unofficial motto ever.
If you are the adventurer type this city caters to your every dream. The city has the appeals of a big city, but also the best natural beauty. You can rent a bike and explore the city for all the great sights or you can head to Chugach State Park. The perfect place to ski, raft, camp or climb depending on the season.
1. Napa, California
Known as one of the finest wine regions in the world, the city also has one of the greatest cuisines to match. After wining and dining, head to the Uptown Theatre to experience a jaw-dropping architecture with top notch line-up which including music, comedy, dance much more. The city also sports breathtaking vineyards as well as in incredible Wine museum, Opera House and outdoor museums. Also make sure to visit the “Mini Tuscany”, considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
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