Best Cities in USA
a vibrant culture with a lot of attitude, top class entertainment,
fantastic sights and skyline, great restaurants and one of the best
places to shop on the planet.
San Francisco, California
the hills, the quaint wooden houses, the cocktail of modern city
life stirred with bohemian cool, gay abandon and over-touristy but still popular Fisherman's Wharf make this
a city as unique and splendid as the iconic bridge and its nearby Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
for the incredible spread of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, White House and other much-filmed government buildings,
plus an extensive range of superb museums.
warm waters, white beaches and a colourful Art Deco buildings set off Miami's vibrant, mixed-culture lifestyle while it's just a short ride to the Everglades
or the Florida Keys (islands) for wildlife and watersports. Sun and heat are common but not guaranteed.
car oriented and careless but Venice beach is super cool, Beverly
Hills, Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica are super elegant, there are
movie associations galore, the weather, shopping and eating are
superb and tourists will certainly see people who look like stars
or think they should be stars. Superb museums, and easy access to great theme parks as well as great real green parks.
for almost everything you could ask from a state; cities like San
Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara; a beautiful coastline,
good beaches, surf, mountains, deserts, theme parks.
Double Arches, Arches NP, Utah
Utah, home of some of the world's most dramatic National Parks including Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
One of several massive and elaborate theme parks in Florida.
for fun in the sun in colourful, multicultural Miami; white beaches,
islands and brilliant blue seas; the swampy shrinking wilderness
of the Everglades; fantastic theme parks in Orlando and rocket science
Las Vegas - another astonishing must-see in the US, a fantasy city surrounded by desert, Las Vegas is variously billed as The Entertainment Capital of the World, The Gambling
Capital of the World, Capital of Second Chances, and The Marriage Capital
of the World. And if you were wondering how it might be living in this mad and glitzy city, when pension time comes around,
here's an article on The Best Things About Living in Las Vegas which may
satisfy your curiosity and tempt you to head for fun in the sun.
As a tourist the main attractions are the shows - which are world-class but not cheap, the incredible architecture along the strip,
a little gambling if only to see what all the fuss is about (our advice is don't start with more than $100 in your pocket!), and proximity to some wonderful sights outside the city, such as several spectacular canyons (including Grand Canyon), the epic Hoover Dam and more.
for outdoor sights and activities - the most mountainous of the
states, with superb ski resorts, great hiking and rafting.
for history lessons in cultured and classy Boston, quaint and historical
Salmon fishing in Alaska
for pristine wilderness , a massive expanse of stunning, peaky landscapes and glassy fjords with little but wild things for company, especially whales and bears in the summertime. The hiking is immense, but Alaska offers plenty of other activities too, including great driving or ship cruises for those of a less active persuasion. Tours are convenient as it's a massive state and transport or accommodation not necessarily easy to find.
Going with the lava flow, Hawaii, USA
for guaranteed sunshine, warm water, fabulous beaches, big waves and a hint of exotic colour
- flash islands in the middle of the Pacific. A popular, volcanic, tropical playground even if it is pricey to get to.
Yellowstone - the
first national park in the world and arguably the best and most
diverse in the country, Wyoming.
Canyon, Arizona/Utah- an
American icon and truly grand, though not very clever, well not compared to more complex neighbours such as Bryce Canyon or Zion.
Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef- all spectacular national parks with insanely shaped rocks. Utah
Everglades, Florida - alligators,
flamingos and other wetland life, with air boats to explore it.
Denali, Alaska - mountainous wilderness with bears, moose, wolves and other tough
Yosemite, California - one of the nation's most (over) popular parks for hiking and climbing.
Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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