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25 Reasons Why Tourists Should Visit These Cities Instead Of New York

Arguably, one of the best countries to visit while on vacation is the United States of America, although for such a vacation tourists will need to save up some good money to truly have fun. As the name suggests, this country is made up of 50 different states, which are all beautiful and unique in their own ways. This means that tourists can have over 50 different experiences within the same country, something that's truly amazing.

However, when most people, especially those who've never had the privilege of visiting the United States, think about such a visit, the first place they think of is New York. Of course, New York is a wonderful city, arguably the best in the world, but there are so many other cities tourists can have as much or even more fun, visiting.

Even if someone's dream for so long has been to visit New York, they might be surprised just how much exciting and affordable, to some extent, it would be visiting these other cities. Here are 25 other amazing cities in the United States we will never regret visiting.

25 Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu, which means sheltered harbor, is the capital city of the State of Hawaii. The city made history after the Pearl Harbour US Navy Base, which is near Honolulu, was affected in 1941. Honolulu is now considered one of the safest cities in the United States, and it's a golden vacation spot.

Honolulu is home to a number of extinct and active volcanoes as well as exotic white sandy beaches. It's also known for its hula and fire dancers who entertain guests with fire at the same time swaying their hips and moving their hands. The food and culture of the Hawaiian people is a must experience.

24 Miami, Florida

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Miami is a coastal city, south of Florida and has been named as one of America’s cleanest cities. Miami is a major tourist getaway and is known for its beautiful sunny Atlantic beaches and eateries that are a mixture of Caribbean, American, and Latin American cuisines.

A vacation to Miami is not complete without a visit to the street markets, well stocked luxurious boutiques, lively bars, art galleries, and museums. Tourists can also engage in many other activities here, including deep sea fishing, windsurfing, snowboarding, water skiing, and even water tubing, which is reserved for kids.

23 San Francisco, California

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San Francisco is another ideal tourist destination. One of its major landmarks is the 1-mile wide suspension bridge known as the Golden Gate Bridge that sits on the Golden Gate waterway which connects the San Francisco water bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Another attraction is Alcatraz, which was operational from 1934 to 1963. Other memorable places to visit include Fisherman’s Warf, Chinatown district, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

22 Chicago, Illinois

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If you ever get to visit Chicago, one of the first places you should visit is the Millennium Park, which features a music and dance theatre, an ice skating rink, a cycle centre, a pedestrian bridge, a public square and a favourite for most people, the Cloud Gate, which is a stainless steel sculpture in the form of a bean that would make the perfect selfie background.

Another great spot in the city is the Chicago Riverwalk, which is a 1.2-mile walkway with restaurants and a park area. Other interesting places to visit are the Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Skydeck Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the many of museums in the city.

21 Las Vegas, Nevada

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Christened as The Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is located in the smallest desert in America and it's famous for its spectacular nightlife, social scenes, iconic colorful neon lights, and fountain shows. It is also home to the world’s best hotels.

There are other plenty of things to do while in Vegas apart from indulging in the high life. You can visit one of the historic museums, go to the Red Rock Canyon, or take a tour of the Hoover Dam. You can also take a boat ride in the Grand Canal and experience Italy right in Vegas.

20 Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston is internationally known for its higher education institutions that include Harvard University. Apart from taking a tour of the numerous colleges and universities, one can also plan to visit popular attractions like the Freedom Trail that passes through 16 locations significant to America's history.

One can also visit the Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Bunker Hill Monument which commemorates the famous Battle of the Bunker Hill. Mount Auburn Cemetery, which is a burial site for many famous people, is a great place to pass by, and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre are a must visit when you're in Massachusetts.

19 Seattle, Washington

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Seattle is located on the west coast of the State of Washington and is home to one of the most brilliant tech minds in the world, Bill Gates, and tech centers like Microsoft and Amazon. The city is also known for its expensive coffee and authentic foods like the chowder fries, dumplings, teriyaki, ramen, and delicious Seattle dog, a bun stuffed with cream cheese and fried onions.

If you want a tour of the city, you can board one of their famous streetcar lines nicknamed the SLUT (South Lake Union Trolley) or a seaplane that takes off and lands on water.

18 Washington, District Of Columbia

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Washington, DC is the capital city of the United States of America and is located in a district and not one of the 50 states in America. The district was formed in the 1790s using land donated by the States of Maryland and Virginia.

The various historical sights make Washington a popular tourist stop not just for foreigners but for schoolchildren and the locals.

17 Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston City lies midway along the coastal line of the United State of South Carolina. The residents of Charleston are known to be one of the friendliest people in America and are welcoming to tourists.

The city itself offers breathtaking architectural designs, historical sites, and delicious southern cuisines. Bourbon after dinner is a must for Southern folks so be sure to indulge. You can also visit one of the many beaches that the city has. However, when you make it to Charleston, make sure to visit the Angel Oak, a very old tree estimated to be over 400 years old.

16 Denver, Colorado

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If you live for adventure then you should make a point of visiting Denver. Situated in the South Platte River, the outdoor city is surrounded by plains and Rocky Mountains with spectacular views. There are plenty of activities to do while at Denver including hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

You can also attend an outdoor concert at the Red Rock Amphitheatre, have a taste of the local food, or visit one of the many art galleries in the Art district. Other places to stop by include the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the downtown stadiums for a game of football, baseball, basketball, or hockey.

15 Savannah, Georgia

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If you are looking to experience the best of US Southern Hospitality then you should definitely stop by Savannah. It is packed with historical attractions, restaurants, beaches, and river views. During the low tide season, you can walk up to a quarter mile into the ocean. It is also a popular destination for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations because of its local nightlife scene.

Another great sight to take in while in Savannah is the Spanish moss-draped oak trees covering Forsyth Park.

14 New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is popular for its blend in French and Spanish architecture as well as the annual festival known as the Mardi Gras. This festival lasts for two weeks and is part of the partying that continues all year long mostly on Bourbon Street, which has numerous vibrant nightlife spots.

New Orleans is also known for its delicacies such as the gumbo and beignet, which is a real dessert treat. If you go a little further off Bourbon street, you’ll meet the elegant French Quarter that houses the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral and the Moon Walkway along the Mississippi River.

13 Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, which is popularly referred to as LA, is home to a number of celebrities and the Santa Monica Mountains that hold the famous Hollywood Sign. It is also the second most populated city in the United States after New York City.

If you are a fan of the city life then you can still experience this while in LA. The metropolis is packed with skyscrapers and people busy with the hustles and bustles of the city. Be sure to also find time to check out the movie studios and Venice beach when in LA.

12 Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville is known as the music city as it showcases live music, free of charge throughout the year. Its other attractions include museums, art galleries, theatres, and recreational parks. One other place to visit while in Nashville especially if you have children in the Adventure Science Centre that shows interactive exhibits of biology, air and space, and physics.

You can also take a guided tour of the city, visit one of the many information centers, or catch up with one of Nashville’s home teams in a game of hockey, football, or baseball.

11 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh is at the heart of a river confluence, which is where two rivers, in this case, Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers join to form another river, the Ohio River. The natural occurrence has caused the city to build 446 bridges and is now referred to as the 'City of Bridges.'

This city has a collection of must-see parks, museums, libraries, and research centers. Pittsburgh is also very prosperous with high income generated from housing 1600 tech firms, 68 colleges and universities, and is the home to numerous fortune 500 companies.

10 Anchorage, Alaska

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Although Alaska is detached from the other states, it still is part of the 50 states in the United States. Anchorage in Alaska is almost halfway between cities like New York City and other cities like Frankfurt and Japan, which makes it a popular refuel stop for international cargo planes.

Some of the spectacular features of the city are the surrounding glacier covered mountains that are a sight to behold. There is also a lot of wildlife to see in Anchorage like whales, salmons, polar bears, moose, and wolves.

9 Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs, known for its palm-lined streets and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is the ultimate holiday spot. The resort city is located in a desert, which means it experiences sunny and warm winter weather almost all year long so you can engage in a number of outdoor fun holiday activities like swimming, golfing, horseback riding, and tennis.

You can also visit the areas spas, zoos, museums, botanical gardens, and boutique shops. There is also a wide range of meals and drinks to savor.

8 San Diego, California

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San Diego lies on the coastline of southern California and experiences almost perfect weather throughout the year. One great way to spend your day is by surfing in one of the magnificent beaches the city has to offer.

Spend some quality time at the beaches also soaking up some sun or stretching your legs on a leisure walk. When you’ve had enough of the sand, stop by San Diego Zoo or the museum packed Balboa Park. The buzzing nightlife is a must experience as well.

7 Kansas City, Missouri

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If you love eating meat then you should definitely head down to Kansas City for some of their famous barbecue, brisket, or streak. You can wash down your meal with a beverage of your choice.

When you finally get to settle down and eat, lend an ear to the jazz music playing in the background. If guilt fills you for overindulging, walk off the extra calories by visiting the National World War One Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

6 San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio was established during the Spanish Colonial era and much of its architectural design is similar to what you would find in Spain and Latin American cities. One amazing design feature here is the tradition of building churches at the center of the city.

San Antonio’s main attractions include the Tower of the Americas, which is a restaurant located 750 feet above the ground and the marine mammal park by the name SeaWorld. Also, you can visit Marriage Island, which is popular for weddings and make sure to visit the series of walkways lining the San Antonio River referred to as the Riverwalk.

5 Austin, Texas

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Austin, which is the capital city of the State of Texas, is considered to be the Live Music Capital of the World. This is mainly due to a large number of local musicians living in the city and countless live music concerts that are held all over the city.

Aside from music, Austin is also known for its delicious barbecues and historical sites. The most popular include the Texas State Capitol, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, and a number of museums and cultural centers.

4 Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison is a college town, a reputation it has earned judging by the number of schools located on a vast area on one side of the city. This also means that places to go out are plentiful and food joints are practically everywhere.

Madison is sometimes referred to as the City of Four Lakes because of the numerous lakes within its boundaries. This city also houses extensive parks, zoos, and bike trails. You can pretty much walk to any part of the city if you are up for it.

3 Orlando, Florida

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Sometimes it is important to indulge the inner child in us and one way of doing that is by visiting Orlando, the city dubbed as the Theme Park Capital of the World. It is also home to the renowned theme park Walt Disney World that attracts visitors from other States and the rest of the world.

Other tourist attractions in Orlando include the Universal Orlando Resort and the Orlando Eye, which is a 400-foot tall giant observation wheel and was recently renamed Icon Orlando.

2 Providence, Rhode Island

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Providence is located in the smallest state in America, Rhode Island and is just south-east of the state of New York. It is home to Ivy League University-Brown, one of the best art and design school known as RISD and Johnson & Wales, one to the country’s top culinary school.

It is no wonder that the city is full of brilliance and culture, and offers delicacies and dishes second to none. One of the most exciting things you will ever experience while at Providence is the Water Fires, which is a series of bonfires lit above the surfaces of three rivers that pass through downtown Providence.

1 Rapid City, South Dakota

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Located on the slopes of Black Hills, Rapid City gets its name from the Rapid Creek on which the city is built on. Just in the neighborhood of Black hills is Mount Rushmore, a popular tourist attraction.

If you are looking for the best place to experience American history, you should consider visiting Mount Rushmore. The landmark mountain has huge face carvings of four former American presidents on its rock faces. Other attractions in Rapid City include the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park.

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