Coming from such a small place like the UK, I forget how amazingly vast other countries are. And I still can’t comprehend how long it takes to travel from one side of America to the other. There are over 35,000 cities and towns in the U.S, so choosing just six for this post was no mean feat! Here are 5 cities you must visit in America.
1 / New York
Ahh The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. From walking through Times Square at night and shopping at Bloomingdales, to chomping on tacos in Brooklyn and strolling Central Park on a boiling hot day – there’s so much to do in New York City! The next time I visit this incredible place, I want to go in the winter so I can ice skate outside the Rockefeller Center and drink hot chocolate at Serendipity. Right. When’s the next flight out there?
2 / San Francisco
Another beautiful city with so much heart. And hills – oh, so many bloody hills! Climb the Coit Tower for beautiful views over the city, sail a catamaran under the Golden Gate Bridge, and visit Alcatraz for a spooky history lesson. We were only there for three days, but managed to fit so much into our short stay.
3 / Chicago
There’s so much stuff to see in Chicago, and so much history – Lincoln Park, the Riverwalk, the Art Institute, the infamous bean sculpture, Wrigley Field…the list is literally endless. See the city from 1,353ft high at the SkyDeck, take a tour of all the beautiful architecture in the city, spend a few hours perfecting your selfie in front of the bean, then treat yourself to an authentic deep dish pizza – yum!
4 / Portland
Portland, Oregon is the epitome of cool. I swear that’s where today’s ‘hipster’ officially began. If you’ve ever seen Portlandia, you’ll know how arty and eccentric this city is. Rent a bike and go for a ride along the Eastbank Esplanade, shop to your heart’s content at Powell’s Books, pick up some crafts at the Saturday market, and make sure you stock up on Voodoo Doughnuts.
5 / New Orleans
This city is right at the top of my wishlist. The food, the drink, the heritage, the culture – everything about it sounds like a holiday and a half. I’d love to stay in a cute hotel in the French Quarter, celebrate Mardi Gras, eat some traditional Jambalaya and Beignets, drink a hurricane cocktail on Bourbon Street, and stroll through Jackson Square on a lazy Sunday.
Agree with my 5 cities you must visit in America? Got your own top 5? Tell me in the comments!