06 April 2018
Gleaming skyscrapers, sandy shores, spectacular national parks and cool night spots; the USA’s cities have all this and more, making them ideal destinations for your 2018 getaway. Here are ten American cities to visit in 2018.
An array of memorable experiences await in Boston. Check out important historical monuments by doing the ‘Freedom Trail’, where you’ll see Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Immerse yourself in academic excellence by visiting Harvard, the US’ oldest and most illustrious University, or watch a baseball game at the iconic Fenway Park. Boston is great for foodies as it’s famous for delicious seafood dishes like ‘fried oyster sliders’, while cultural enthusiasts will feel at home here too, as the city hosts the Museum of the Fine Arts which displays Ancient Egyptian artefacts.
The Big Apple should feature on anyone’s bucket list, as it hosts some of the world’s best attractions. Climb up America’s defining landmark the Statue of Liberty, ascend the 103-storey high Empire State Building for amazing views of the city, skate on the ice rink at Rockefeller Centre in winter or people watch on hectic Times Square. For a delightful evening head to the theatres of Broadway and take in shows such as Wicked or Les Misérables, stroll through Central Park with its idyllic lawns or view masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can even live the life of a real New Yorker by walking along the historic High Line, taking the ferry to Staten Island or grabbing a cronut from a local street vendor!
The ghosts of history lie around every corner in Philadelphia, the cradle of American civilisation. Witness the birth of a nation at the iconic Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and constitution were signed and which also houses the Liberty Bell. Dive into Philadelphia’s culinary scene at the historic Reading Terminal Market, known for selling an array of seafood and cheeses, or try a tasty ‘Philly Cheesesteak’, a sandwich made up off succulent beefsteaks and melted cheese wrapped in a hoagie. From the vast, landscaped Fairmont Park to science museum the Franklin Institute and the famous ‘Rocky Steps’ from a certain movie franchise, there’s so much to see and do here!
Glamorous, colourful and buzzing with excitement, Miami is a vibrant city with white sands and turquoise waters. Sunshine, pastel-hued art deco buildings and spicy Caribbean food are just a few of the things that make up the stunning melting pot that is Miami. This vibrant city is heavily influenced by Hispanic culture with great food, exciting nightlife and plenty of dancing at all hours of the day.
Immerse yourself in the French-Creole vibe of New Orleans, where a good time is never far away. A highlight for any New Orleans itinerary is the French Quarter, known for its colonial buildings, bustling open-air French Market, where you can buy everything from African coffee to French spices, and lively jazz haunts on Bourbon Street. Some of the city’s must-see landmarks include the impressive St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square – where you can often catch painters working out in the open – and Mardis Gras World, which houses floats from festivals past. While you’re here you can meet penguins at the Aquarium of the Americas, tour antebellum mansions and go sailing on Lake Pontchartrain!
Prepare for a memorable holiday in Houston. Learn more about the US’ space programme at the Space Centre Houston, which is hosting an exhibit on the Mars missions. Immerse yourself in local culture at the annual Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show in August, or by sampling the local cuisine, which draws on Latin American, Asian and Mexican cookery, with a culinary tour of districts like Montrose. Go to The Heights to find amazing vintage clothing stores, while Travis and Preston Streets feature vivid murals!
You can experience the A-List life on a trip to glamorous Los Angeles, the traditional home of the US’ mighty movie industry. Some highlights for your itinerary include the ‘Hollywood Sign’ in Beverly Hills, the ‘Walk of Fame’ on Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, where you can glimpse famous peoples’ homes via bus tour! Head to Malibu for a beach holiday, as this area is famous for its golden shores, while the Getty Centre is a must for cultural enthusiasts, as it houses iconic American and European art. Other must-sees include the Los Angeles Zoo, Sunset Boulevard and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre!
Anything goes in San Francisco, providing you with unique getaways. The city is home to one of the US’ most recognisable landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge, which is a true triumph of engineering. Immerse yourself in the city’s cool, hip vibe by riding San Francisco’s historic cable cars across various colourful districts. Some areas you might want to check out include Pier 39 with its fun fair and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can dine on seafood delights at crab stands. You can also take a boat out to the infamous Alcatraz Island, whose notorious prison housed Al Capone!
One of the biggest port cities in the US, Seattle is a delightful mix of waterside views and green, forested areas with over 5,540 acres of parkland. Pop culture lovers get excited – the Experience Museum Project is a new museum designed by architect Frank Gehry that is dedicated to contemporary popular culture. You can even check out the world’s first Starbucks at Pike Place, a market where you can buy everything from vintage posters to pop culture paraphernalia! Cap off your trip by travelling to the sky-high Space Needle observation tower, which provides you with panoramic views of the sprawling city below!
Chicago is a worthy destination for any intrepid traveller. The minute your plane descends, glance down and you’ll see the city’s iconic skyline, composed of grand modernist structures sitting alongside vast Lake Michigan. Do not miss the chance to sample the city’s world-renowned deep-dish pizzas at restaurants in the Old Town and Lincoln Park. After dinner head to one of Chicago’s jazz bars at places like Hubbard Street to hear talented musicians play, or watch a comedy show at haunts like the Laugh Factory which attract some of the genre’s biggest names. Cap off your time here by visiting attractions like Millennium Park, where you can skate on an ice rink, and the towering Willis Tower skyscraper!