Still planning your vacation for this year? Trying to get a jump on next year’s plans? Here are a few suggested must-see cities in the U.S., where you can count on plenty of worthwhile sightseeing opportunities, family-oriented activities, and great places to eat.
New York City
While some consider it to be crowded and expensive, it’s still one of the most fascinating and cultural cities in the world. New York has a wide range of theatrical and musical venues, art galleries, and museums, plus a huge range of restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing attractions.
Visit the renowned Desert Botanical Gardens, the Phoenix Zoo, or the Heard Museum (which hosts one of the finest collections of Native American art in the world). Phoenix offers hiking trails, beautiful vistas, bike paths, and some of the best golf courses in the nation.
Count on blue skies, a Mediterranean climate, and Mexican specialties; plus zoos, aquatic parks, and aquariums. Don’t miss the 70 miles of great beaches, which include fantastic surfing, snorkeling, and diving, with amazing sunsets.
Las Vegas is known for its nightlife—gambling, clubs, celebrities, shows, and amusement park attractions. Like a quieter night? Relax and enjoy the desert! During the day, tour the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam from the air; hike the trails at Red Rock Canyon or along the Colorado River; or take a road trip to Death Valley.
San Francisco has a rich history: Spanish settlers, Asian immigrants, the Gold Rush, and the earthquake of 1906. Don’t miss the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Muir Woods, and a cable car ride!
Seattle boasts a range of natural attractions and recreational opportunities, both on the waters of Puget Sound and in the nearby Cascade and Olympic mountains. City attractions include the Space Needle and Pikes Place Market, or tour Boeing’s aircraft manufacturing facility.
Home to the Smithsonian Institute, Washington hosts dozens of the nation’s top museums. Walk the mall and see the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the cherry blossoms (in season). Visit the National Zoo, the Capitol, or the White House. While hotels can be expensive, almost every major attraction in the city is free!