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20 US Cities to Recommend to the International Traveler

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Got friends from afar itching to explore the US? Whether you’re mapping out their journey or just dreaming up destinations, here’s a list of 20 cities that capture the heart and soul of America. From the iconic to the unexpected, each city offers a slice of this vast country’s culture, cuisine, and charm.

1. New York City, New York

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The Big Apple’s skyscrapers, Broadway shows, and bustling streets make it an essential stop. Don’t miss the chance to recommend a bagel and lox breakfast.

2. Los Angeles, California

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Hollywood glamour, beautiful beaches, and hidden gems like the canals of Venice Beach. Suggest a stroll down the Walk of Fame to spot their favorite stars.

3. Chicago, Illinois

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Famed for its architectural marvels, deep-dish pizza, and jazz clubs. An architectural river cruise can offer a stunning perspective of the city.

4. San Francisco, California

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The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Alcatraz await. For a quirkier sight, direct them to Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world.

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

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A melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, known for its jazz music, Creole cuisine, and vibrant Mardi Gras festival. A ghost tour in the French Quarter could be an eerie yet fun activity.

6. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Bright lights, casinos, and unforgettable shows. Recommend a visit to the Neon Museum to see the old Vegas signs.

7. Miami, Florida

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Sunshine, art deco, and Cuban sandwiches. Advise a day trip to the Everglades for an alligator spotting adventure.

8. Seattle, Washington

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Home of the Space Needle and the original Starbucks. A ferry ride to Bainbridge Island offers stunning views and a quaint town to explore.

9. Boston, Massachusetts

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Rich in history and academia. Walking the Freedom Trail is a must, ending with a cannoli from the North End.

10. Washington, D.C.

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The nation’s capital is full of monuments, museums (most of which are free!), and cherry blossoms in spring. A kayak trip on the Potomac provides a unique view of the city.

11. Austin, Texas

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The live music capital of the world, great barbecue, and outdoor activities. A dip in Barton Springs Pool is especially refreshing.

12. Portland, Oregon

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Known for its eco-friendliness, coffee culture, and the quirky Portlandia statue. The International Rose Test Garden is a serene spot.

13. Savannah, Georgia

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Cobblestone streets, historic homes, and southern charm. Recommend a picnic in Forsyth Park for a leisurely afternoon.

14. Charleston, South Carolina

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A coastal city known for its well-preserved architecture and rich history. A carriage ride through the historic district is a charming way to see the city.

15. Denver, Colorado

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The Mile High City offers access to the Rockies, craft breweries, and a vibrant arts scene. A day trip to Red Rocks Amphitheatre is unforgettable.

16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The Liberty Bell, Philly cheesesteaks, and the Rocky steps. The Magic Gardens offer a mosaic wonderland for art lovers. For those seeking a perfect stay in Poconos, the region’s natural beauty and cozy accommodations provide an unforgettable experience.

17. Nashville, Tennessee

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Country music, hot chicken, and the Parthenon replica. A show at the Grand Ole Opry is a must for music fans.

18. Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Adobe architecture, a thriving arts scene, and New Mexican cuisine. The International Folk Art Market is a colorful feast for the senses.

19. Honolulu, Hawaii

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Beyond beautiful beaches, there’s history at Pearl Harbor and hiking up Diamond Head. A luau offers a taste of Hawaiian culture and cuisine.

20. Detroit, Michigan

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The Motor City’s revival includes the Detroit Institute of Arts, Motown Museum, and innovative dining. The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art environment worth exploring.

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These cities paint a picture of America’s diverse landscape, rich history, and boundless energy. Whether your home state made the list or you’re curious about other destinations, there’s always more to explore in this vast and varied country. Pack your bags, and let the adventure begin!

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