10 popular cities to visit in USA
With 50 unique states and almost four million square miles of mainland, it’s hard to narrow down the very best places to visit in the USA. The United States has so much to offer in terms of bustling cities, cultural landmarks, innovative cuisine, and breathtaking countryside. From craggy coastlines and lush forests to red rock deserts and snow-capped mountains, you can see the wide variety of landscapes all in one country.
Whether you decide to take a short weekend trip or take a full cross-country road trip, you could spend years visiting new places in the USA and still not see everything. Where do you start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our curated list of the 10 best places to visit in the USA.
10 popular cities to visit in USA
- -Sedona, Arizona
-Yosemite National Park, California
-Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
-Outer Banks, North Carolina
-Cape Cod, Massachusetts
-Key West, Florida
-Arizona red rocks at sunset
1. Sedona, Arizona
The stark contrast between the deep orange ‘red rocks’ and the evergreen brush makes the landscape of Sedona truly unique. Whether you prefer adventure sports or taking a walk along the 400+ trails, you’ll be able to get up close to the stunning topographical features. Clamber to the top of Cathedral Rock for sunset or have a picnic at the Sedona Airport Overlook to appreciate some of the best scenery in America from above. These two spots are also regarded as vortex sites, areas that have uplifting and healing energies.
If you want to make your visit to Sedona part of a longer trip, drive through Arizona starting in Phoenix and ending at Grand Canyon National Park (the South Rim is only 2.5 hours from Sedona!).
We recommend booking Sedona Pines Resort if you plan on staying overnight.
2. Moab, Utah
It’s easy deciding to visit Moab, Utah when you find out its central location to five incredible national parks: Zion National Park, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef. Known as the ‘Mighty 5,’ the national parks in Utah are some of the best places to visit in the USA for their outdoor activities. Visitors can go hiking, biking, river rafting, ATVing, canyoneering, horseback riding, stargazing, and so much more. To fully experience the parks, their respective landmarks, and the city of Moab, visit anywhere from three days to a week. Rent a car in Moab, then follow this Utah road trip guide to make sure you hit all five parks!
3. Fredericksburg, Texas
Dubbed as one of ‘6 of America’s most romantic small towns‘ by CNN Travel, Fredericksburg is about an hour and a half drive from both San Antonio and Austin. This charming US town is best known for its German heritage. The first immigrants settled in Central Texas in 1846 and much of their legacy remains. You can eat a bratwurst at Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn, stroll through historic buildings on Main Street, and end the evening with a stein at Artdolf Biergarten. However, beer isn’t the only drink of choice here. Fredericksburg is home to over 50 wineries, 10 of which have tasting rooms along Main Street that you can enjoy with your loved one.
4. Breckenridge, Colorado
Although most commonly associated with skiing and snowboarding, Breckenridge has so much more to offer. Spring brings colorful pops of purple lupines, marsh marigolds, and scarlet gilia across the meadows and hills. The fall turns the trees golden and the air crisp. Whether you prefer hiking through the Rocky Mountains, cooling off at Higgles Ice Cream from the summer heat, or getting cozy in the historic downtown, Breckenridge is one of the best places to visit in the USA year-round. If you want to see more breathtaking views, you can extend your stay by taking a road trip through Colorado. Fly to Denver International Airport, then rent a car to get to Breckenridge and around.
5. Yosemite National Park, California
Another must-see place in the USA is Yosemite National Park in California. With over 760,000 acres to roam, this park is brimming with natural landmarks — take in the view of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point, feel small under the towering sequoias of Mariposa Grove, and, if you’re really adventurous, climb Half Dome. The 17-mile trek isn’t for the faint of heart though, with 5,000 feet of elevation gain and just cables to keep you from falling for the last 400 feet of the trail.
6. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
About half an hour from Portland, Oregon is an incredibly scenic area known as the Columbia River Gorge. Approximately 90 miles long, the gorge creates a natural border between Oregon and Washington states. On either side of the river are lush landscapes of Douglas fir and overflowing waterfalls. The most notable one, Multnomah Falls, is the tallest waterfall in Oregon towering at 620 feet. Its two tiers are marked, not by a natural landmark, but by a man-made one: Benson Bridge. The view of the bridge and Multnomah Falls is iconic, and a place that needs to be visited at least once during your lifetime!
7. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
If you’re looking for a relaxing staycation in the mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the top contender. A little over three hours from Nashville–and known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains–Gatlinburg is full of striking landscapes. You can see the mountains in every direction from the Gatlinburg Space Needle, a ride on the SkyLift, or the SkyBridge. You can also explore the historic side of the mountain town, with preserved cabins from the 1800s, an old mill, and a one-room schoolhouse. Otherwise, spend your time on countless hiking trails, with bubbling streams, waterfalls, and wildlife (like black bears!). However, you can also escape the need to see and do anything — stay at your own cabin, cozying up inside next to the fire, or sitting in your hot tub under the night sky on your deck. Take a deep breath in, smell the mountain air, and feel yourself relax.
8. Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks (OBX) in North Carolina is one of the best beach destinations in the USA, not just for friends or couples, but also for families. These barrier islands have over 100 miles of pristine beaches, not yet overdeveloped for tourism. So much so, that you can even see wild horses in Corolla. You can take an official 4WD tour to find these untamed beauties, or enjoy the other family-friendly activities such as surfing, camping, swimming, watching for dolphins, visiting historic lighthouses, and seeing the Wright Brothers Memorial. This is where the Wright brothers had their first 12 seconds of flight!
9. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod is a narrow 70-mile peninsula in Massachusetts that’s dotted with beach towns. Each one has its own charms, gorgeous beaches, and some of the freshest seafood in the US, making it a must-visit destination for foodies. It’ll be hard to find a restaurant without at least one seafood item on the menu, so prepare to have your fill of fried clams, tender lobster tail, and fresh fish prepared in any way imaginable. Indulge in outdoor eateries with views of the water, explore the beautiful architecture of New England homes, and kayak or boat through sparkling Cape Cod Bay.
10. Key West, Florida
Celebrities, authors, and visitors alike are drawn to this sunny paradise. With its indescribable sunset, laid back attitude, and turquoise waters, it’s no surprise Key West is one of the best places to visit in the USA. You can visit Ernest Hemingway’s home which has been turned into a museum, stand at the southernmost tip of mainland USA, and spend endless days at the best golden sand beaches. Plus, to get to Key West, you have to drive through the rest of the Florida Keys, allowing you to satiate your desire for tropical weather, good food, and crystal clear waters all along the way.
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