United States Travel Guide

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United States Overview

The United States of America is the most well-known and looked-to country on the planet. For decades it has stood at the pinnacle of achievement in both technological and economical standards, and has garnished a reputation for being the “land of the free” and a place where anyone can come to pursue the “American dream”. Boasting the world’s largest population after China and India, the country is a vast, sprawling country of extremes, from the wide open plains of the Midwest, to the coastal regions along the eastern, western, and southern coasts, to the Rocky Mountains and beyond. The cities are some of the grandest in the world, and the people are some of the most culturally diverse that you will ever find in your travels.

Experiencing the United States in its entirety would be impossible to do in just one lifetime. Even native residents could not possibly explore every single nook and cranny available for discovery, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Explore natural wonders like the Grand Canyon or the mountains of Hawaii, or head up into Yellowstone National Park or Alaska for some of the most pristinely untouched wilderness on the planet. Explore the urban canyons of sprawling metropolises such as New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles. Visit the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, or explore the mystical beauty of the Smoky Mountains. No matter what pursuit you follow, adventure and excitement awaits.

Cultural centers exist all over the United States. Places like New Orleans, a haven of Creole, jazz, and strangely French traditions that have been adapted over time, or the various Indian reservations, preserving a tragically reduced way of life that is but a pale shadow of its former glory. Visit the famous wharfs of San Francisco or the world-famous casinos in Las Vegas. Pick a spot and simply go, because you won’t be able to cram it all into just one trip.

New York #1 most popular location
If there is one city in the world that could be described as the pinnacle of achievement, showcasing the highs and lows of one of the greatest nations on Earth while at the same time epitomiz…
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Las Vegas #2 most popular location
Las Vegas is America’s real life Sin City. It’s the city where notorious rapper Tupac Shakur met his end in a brutal assassination; a city with a main strip so bright you’ll find yourse…
2,686travelers 1,066reviews 361blogs
San Francisco #3 most popular location
From the Victorian architecture to the notoriously steep inclines to the Pacific coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is one of the oldest, most beautiful, and amazing cities i…
4,769travelers 676reviews 345blogs
Los Angeles #4 most popular location
Thanks to Hollywood, perhaps no city anywhere on the planet will be so instantly familiar to first-time arrivals as Los Angeles. From its wide, sandy beaches to its mountain vistas, palm tre…
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Chicago #5 most popular location
Chicago is one of those great American cities that almost defies any sort of description you try to attach to it. Sure, it's a major hub in the Midwest, and between the blues and jazz festiva…
3,282travelers 511reviews 222blogs
San Diego #6 most popular location
The second largest city in California and the ninth largest in the entire US, San Diego is a melting pot of agriculture, tourism, telecommunications, ship-building, and more. Home to the worl…
2,462travelers 312reviews 133blogs
Washington #7 most popular location
Washington—more commonly known as Washington DC or the District of Columbia—is a city of possibilities. From its broad range of public museums detailing the history of not only America bu…
1,996travelers 471reviews 232blogs
Orlando #8 most popular location
When someone mentions Orlando, you probably already have Mickey Mouse wandering through your head, and an undulating rollercoaster shooting in one ear and out the other. This sunny corner of …
1,100travelers 193reviews 115blogs
New Orleans #9 most popular location
Fighting off the demons of recent times with a combination of indomitable community spirit and a shared love of local superstar Lil Wayne, New Orleans is fast overcoming the dark days of hurr…
997travelers 307reviews 131blogs
Houston #10 most popular location
Houston, we have a problem… overpopulation, namely, which is forcing the city out of its boundaries and across the surrounding countryside at an ever increasing rate. That does make for mul…
1,668travelers 127reviews 73blogs
Seattle #11 most popular location
Arty, alternative Seattle might rain like India during monsoon season at times, but there’s little else depressing about it. From the iconic Space Needle (only worth ascending should the we…
2,442travelers 324reviews 133blogs
San Antonio #12 most popular location
The city of San Antonio, Texas, is so heavily Hispanic that you could almost have drifted across the Mexican border already. In fact, had you come here a few hundred years ago, you would have…
588travelers 124reviews 46blogs
Miami Beach #13 most popular location
Technically a barrier island connected to the mainland by a series of bridges, Miami Beach is nevertheless a city all by itself. It has stood as one of the premier beach resorts in the United…
472travelers 175reviews 24blogs
Boston #14 most popular location
Having found itself at the heart of a number of cultural revolutions over the years, and a centre of anything from religious freedom to philosophy, Boston is nevertheless an averaged sized an…
1,982travelers 207reviews 107blogs
Miami #15 most popular location
The palm-strewn streets of the South Florida city of Miami are hardly the American norm. Miami, with its large Hispanic influences is a refreshing alternative and at times bizarre take on lif…
1,939travelers 180reviews 91blogs
Atlanta #16 most popular location
It might be becoming as noted for its borderline overpopulation, environmental issues and ever spiraling population as its attractions, but plenty are still steaming down the coast to check o…
1,519travelers 154reviews 67blogs
Honolulu #17 most popular location
Even the exotic name of this particular Hawaiian island, Oahu, conjures up images of grass hula skirts, beachside bars, surfing, cocktails and coconuts. You could happily drift away for weeks…
627travelers 200reviews 79blogs
Phoenix #18 most popular location
If American cities are humans of different ages and styles, then New York, Boston and Chicago are the older, established types, while Phoenix is the up-and-coming 20-something just out of sch…
884travelers 138reviews 57blogs
Dallas #19 most popular location
As the corner of Texas where modernity and a sometime tragic history bang their heads, Dallas is an odd mish-mash; an exuberant and bordering on brash city self-branded as ‘The Big D’, an…
1,207travelers 104reviews 44blogs
Kissimmee #20 most popular location
Kissimmee is a rural community located to the southwest of downtown Orlando. Until recently, Kissimmee was a rather residential community that bordered on St. Cloud, another rural central …
26travelers 27reviews 6blogs
Austin #21 most popular location
A bustling city that manages to give the impression of a tight-knit small town, the ever growing and heat-ridden Texan centre of Austin lives by the motto ‘Keep Austin Weird’, an off-hand…
1,130travelers 124reviews 51blogs
Philadelphia #22 most popular location
In many minds, Philadelphia comes across as little more than a historical day trip for residents of New York City and their children. Where could be more traditionally relevant than the sight…
1,204travelers 157reviews 67blogs
Fort Lauderdale #23 most popular location
Once renowned as the definitive party capital for students on spring break (at least for those not off to Mexico), Fort Lauderdale has shaken off its beer-swilling image and graduated into a …
416travelers 70reviews 53blogs
Denver #24 most popular location
Cleverly nicknamed as ‘Mile High City’ (Denver does in fact sit exactly one mile above sea level), and backed by the kind of mountain range that instantly justifies the arty name, Denver …
1,087travelers 87reviews 65blogs
Portland #25 most popular location
A victory for urban planning that hides countless green spaces and easy access to the country amongst a heavy populated center, Oregon’s capital is also known as the ‘City of Roses’, an…
1,204travelers 76reviews 42blogs
San Juan #26 most popular location
Dating back to the early 16th century, and home to one of the first ever European settlements west of the Atlantic, San Juan is now the last one still in American hands, and – being guarded…
258travelers 113reviews 52blogs
Key West #27 most popular location
The southernmost tip of the United States (okay, so we’re choosing to excuse islands such as Hawaii, but you get the point), Key West is pointedly quirky, full of the kind of characters tha…
258travelers 72reviews 33blogs
Indianapolis #28 most popular location
You’ll probably know Indianapolis as the self-proclaimed racing capital of the world. We can’t help thinking that Monaco, Le Mans and Bathurst and a few others might have something to say…
356travelers 70reviews 29blogs
Nashville #29 most popular location
An undeniable heartland of the American country music scene, Nashville’s reputation will arguably never escape from the country and western image, but recently the city’s headed in other …
464travelers 43reviews 43blogs
Memphis #30 most popular location
“I put on my blue suede shoes, and I boarded the plane”… sorry, we lost ourselves there for a minute. Memphis, hey? You must love your music. There could hardly be a more iconic city, t…
271travelers 75reviews 24blogs
Myrtle Beach #31 most popular location
The major hub for the surrounding beach towns and barrier islands stretching from Little River to Georgetown in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is a resort city in Horry County. While it was ini…
84travelers 27reviews 5blogs
Tampa #32 most popular location
As one of America’s biggest draws when it comes to beach holidays, Tampa Bay is a massive vacation hotspot, with plenty of sun and a party atmosphere that prevails throughout the year and k…
627travelers 41reviews 51blogs
Tucson #33 most popular location
An energetic and invigorating corner of Arizona with an unsurprisingly hefty hint of Mexico spilling over the border to it, Tucson is cupped amongst craggy desert mountains and has a slight w…
354travelers 158reviews 58blogs
Albuquerque #34 most popular location
Albuquerque: just another dot on a map, or something more? The answer to that question depends entirely upon the visitor. Where some see only a mid-sized city in the United States, others see…
203travelers 29reviews 24blogs
Charlotte #35 most popular location
Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the USA. The banking industry has brought many people to the area and it has grown tremendously in the past few years. Downtown Charlotte…
387travelers 22reviews 24blogs
Saint Louis #36 most popular location
Once the home of Chuck Berry, and known as the Gateway to the West, St. Louis is now most noted for that iconic archway, an ultra-modern metallic curve next to the Mississippi River that stre…
510travelers 139reviews 78blogs
Savannah #37 most popular location
Sometimes described as a beautiful lady with a dirty face, and reveling in a sense of adventure and somewhat-sinful and undignified behavior, Savannah is the 4th largest city in Georgia. Whil…
196travelers 48reviews 18blogs
Grand Canyon #38 most popular location
The Grand Canyon needs little introduction, but even knowing what to expect does little to prepare for you the breathtaking natural splendor of one of the world’s most famous sites. We’ve…
554travelers 48reviews 75blogs
Oklahoma City #39 most popular location
At first glance people might assume that Oklahoma City doesn’t have a lot going for it. After all, it’s in Oklahoma, and there just doesn’t seem to be a lot that the state has to offer …
183travelers 44reviews 20blogs
Anaheim #40 most popular location
Located in the Orange County region of Southern California, Anaheim is a city that is well known around the world not only for its various sports teams and convention center but for its colle…
133travelers 52reviews 21blogs
Kansas City #41 most popular location
Home to a strange combination of the US national tax headquarters and a heady, traditional dose of jazz, Kansas City is well remembered for the likes of Charlie Parker and his inimitable sax …
259travelers 62reviews 47blogs
Salt Lake City #42 most popular location
Sat in the void between two mammoth mountain ranges, Salt Lake City is something of a hill-lovers Mecca, having hosted the Winter Olympics back in 2002, as well as being famous as the heart o…
410travelers 51reviews 64blogs
Columbus #43 most popular location
Columbus is a melding of several unique aspects of American cultural and geographical convergences, and could be considered a literal fusion of ideas. The Plains, the Appalachia, the Bible Be…
379travelers 31reviews 14blogs
Santa Monica #44 most popular location
A Pacific Ocean beachside resort immortalized in the lyrics of countless music-loving beach bums and seemingly designed for the summer, Santa Monica is a holiday-focused corner of LA County t…
172travelers 110reviews 20blogs
Baltimore #45 most popular location
Baltimore hits a happy medium between the hectic frigidity of the Northeast and the lazy mugginess of the South. It has a homey, blue-collar atmosphere, much like Philadelphia or Boston, tha…
545travelers 67reviews 39blogs
Hollywood #46 most popular location
Check out the infamous 40ft sign propped up above it all. Check out the local burger bar and hang out with all the waiters – sorry, actors – at a pool party, talking celebrities between e…
200travelers 85reviews 30blogs
Branson #47 most popular location
Located in Taney County in the southernmost portion of the state, Branson is one of the most popular cities in Missouri, and for the surrounding region. Branson is a complex city in its own r…
23travelers 15reviews 16blogs
Colorado Springs #48 most popular location
As far as inspirational, unavoidably beautiful outdoor adventures spots go, Colorado Springs has to be pretty hard to match. Watch the US Olympic team train, spend an afternoon at the bottom …
254travelers 39reviews 33blogs
Scottsdale #49 most popular location
If there was a test to dictate cities that are somewhat of an anomaly, Scottsdale could apply for entrance into the club and pass without a question asked. Located in the eastern part of Mari…
178travelers 81reviews 13blogs
Virginia Beach #50 most popular location
An independent city nestled in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia along the Atlantic Ocean near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is the most populated city in Virg…
282travelers 35reviews 16blogs