US cities for every kind of traveller

The USA really is unique. From one state to the next, you’ll find different landscapes, cultures, cuisines and interests. Every part has something different to offer and whatever kind of traveller you are, there’s a place for you. Here are our top cities across the US for foodies, sunseekers, couples, wellness travellers, adventurers, families, cultural explorers, solo travellers and everyone in between. 

1. Foodie: San Francisco

The best way to experience San Francisco is through your belly. 

While San Francisco is famous for many things – Victorian houses, hippie culture and cable cars – it is particularly known for its impeccable food.

For the most mouth-watering ramen and sushi, there’s Japantown. And of course there’s Chinatown for all your chow mein and dumpling cravings. Fancy Mexican? Visit Mission, a neighborhood full of taquerias and world famous for its style of burrito.

We won’t even get into the burgers. Or the pizza. Or the ice cream. You’ll just have to take our word for it. Put on your elasticated jogging bottoms and get ready for a feast. San Francisco is a dream for any foodie.

2. Adventurer: Denver

Colorado’s capital is a great place for adventures, offering the perfect combination of the great outdoors and city life. Denver has over 200 parks, over 100km of bike trails and around 300 days of sunshine every year –  that's right, it’s one of the sunniest cities in the USA, meaning that there’s plenty of time to embrace the outdoors.

With mountains and lakes nearby, there are also plenty of activities to get you excited, whether that’s hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, swimming, skiing or camping. If it’s outdoors and gives you an adrenaline rush, you can believe it will be in Colorado.

3. Sunseeker: Honolulu

Looking for some sun and want to go a little bit further afield this year? Hawaii’s capital is a great place to start. Honolulu is the perfect combination of city and sea. The natural scenery is also incredible - Manoa Valley’s jungles, bamboo forests and waterfalls are all within the city’s borders as are Diamond Head and Koko Head, two volcano hiking trails. 

If you fancy some island hopping, Honolulu is also a great place to start. From here, you can make your way to Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai.

4. Cultural Explorer: Chicago

In many ways, Chicago is the perfect city. With a stunning skyline, a bustling city centre, beautiful green spaces and not one, not two, but 24 beaches, there’s not much it doesn’t offer.

For art buffs, there is the renowned Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art. For science lovers, the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Thought you needed to go to New York to get your Broadway fix? Think again - Chicago has one of the best musical theatre scenes in the world.  If you’re a foodie, you’ll also love it here - deep dish pizza anyone?

5. Wellness traveller: Los Angeles

Los Angeles and wellness go together like mac and cheese (or some healthier alternative). From juice bars to yoga studios to farmers’ markets, the city of dreams lives and breathes self-care. 

You’ll find hundreds of spas for that much needed holiday pamper and thousands of restaurants that cater to the health-conscious and every dietary requirement you can think of. 

And the cherry on top? A great selection of beaches where you can practice your downward dog (or take the day off).

6. Families: Orlando

Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. Need we say more?

If Disney World, Legoland and a Harry Potter theme park aren’t enough to convince you, there are a plethora of other kid-friendly outdoor activities. Tubing at Kelly Park, paddleboarding at Orlando Watersports Complex and canoeing on Shingle Creek. 

For quieter days, there’s also plenty of educational museums. Orlando Science Centre and WonderWorks are great for children interested in STEM. This is the kind of family holiday your kids won’t forget.

7. Solo Traveller: New Orleans

Now here’s a vibrant city for the solo traveller. Known as the ‘Big Easy’ because of it’s relaxed, laid-back feel, New Orleans has so much heart, so much soul, without feeling overwhelming. With African and French influences, it feels unlike any other part of the US. New Orleans is certainly at its liveliest during Mardi Gras, but there is plenty to see all year round.  

One of the best things you can do as a solo traveller is get a feel for the city through the French Quarter – here you’ll find talented street musicians, dancers and entertainers. There are also plenty of tours to keep you busy, from jazz cruises to ghost and voodoo walking tours.  Be sure to taste some of the locals cuisine as well - po’boys to jambalayas are two of our favourite dishes.

8. Couples: New York City

Known as the city that never sleeps and the backdrop of many romantic comedies, New York is one of the best places in the world for couples.

From row boats and horse-drawn carriages in Central Park to incredible skyline views of Manhattan on a starry night, the city is made for romance. (Don’t even get us started on the planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History).

Top that off with incredible art galleries and museums, fancy restaurants and the jazz bars of Harlem and you’ve got yourself a pretty incredible romantic getaway.

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