It is no secret that I am a fan of a big city. For me, nothing beats the buzz of immersing yourself in the hustle and bustle of a new city, and let’s face it, nowhere does this quite like the United States of America. I have been fortunate enough to visit quite a few states over the past couple of years and while I have many places I still wish to visit (Chicago, Denver, San Diego…) there are a number of cities which have captured me and I already cannot wait to visit them again.
3 American Cities I Cannot Wait to Visit Again
San Francisco, California
I am always so surprised when I hear people say they did not like San Francisco because it got me hook, line and sinker, so much so, that I would love to live there one day. I visited San Francisco around five years ago as part of an American multi-centre holiday to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
I instantly fell for the chilled vibes despite a busy city life as well as the contrast of dramatic steep hills against the calmness of the bay. There is so much to do in San Francisco, for quirky shopping and great tacos head towards Ashbury and Haight, enjoy learning the history of Alcatraz and then marvel at the truly gigantic size of the Golden Gate Bridge.
After taking in the top tourist attractions, make sure you allocate some time to visit Sausalito, also known as my dream home location. In Sausalito, you can sit on the docks and take in the skyline of San Francisco from across the bay. It was here, on a houseboat, that Otis Reading wrote the classic song ‘Dock of the Bay’.
When I do eventually make it back to San Francisco, the visit location on my list will be Muir Woods to see the Redwood Trees, a boat trip to spot Humpback Whales as well as an excursion to the Yosemite National Park along with Lake Tahoe.
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I made it Nashville last year during our epic road trip from Atlanta to New Orleans, where Nashville was my favourite stop by far.
Aside from the live country music flowing from every bar, Nashville offers something which I have yet to experience in any other American city, a sense of instant acceptance to anyone who visits. Nashville has the ability to make you feel like you are home, even though you are 1000s of miles away from your own, it is a very special city.
Nashville is of course known for its country music, and no matter the time of day you will always be able to find live music, making bar-hopping a must when visiting, my personal favourite was the Acme on Broadway but if you are looking for a classic, be sure to visit the world-famous Bluebird Cafe. If you are looking for the history of country music then head to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Aside from music, Nashville is also all about the food. You will eat incredibly well when visiting, I have a whole post on my favourite places to eat in Nashville but my two recommendations that you cannot miss is dinner at Pharmacy Burger and breakfast at The Sun Diner.
Nashville also has the bright, colourful wall murals scattered all throughout the city with the latest being the Taylor Swift Butterfly wall on the Gulch. All the walls make for great photo opportunities but my personal favourite is the ‘I Believe in Nashville’ Wall at Draper James.
New York City, New York
New York, New York, so good I have already visited you three times. New York maybe over-visited and known as a ‘cliche’ place to visit but you need to visit at least once. Activate full tourist mode, visit Times Square, take a bike ride through Central Park before taking the Staten Island ferry to get a free view of the Statue of Liberty. Take in the New York Skyline from the Top of the Rock, not the Empire State Building, in my opinion, it is a better view and experience. Have brunch at every possible opportunity and also take in a Broadway show. If Italian food is your thing, head to Little Italy for dinner at least once.
Despite already visiting numerous times, I do plan to go back to New York one day, preferably during the summer. On my next visit, I would like to stay in Brooklyn as opposed to Manhatten to take in a slightly less touristy aspect of the city and discover all the independent eateries there. In Brooklyn, you can also find Coney Island and the famous Luna Park.
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