I am yet to explore the delights that America has to offer. I have visited Orlando, but I feel that other US cities would be better suited to my tastes. My partner and I want to go on an American road trip, it’s one of our life goals. I used to love lounging around on beautiful beaches on holiday, but these days, that just isn’t enough.
For me, each destination should tick something off my bucket list of things to do in life. I am drawn to each other these American cities for different reasons, and because they each offer something unique. The most obvious cities such as New York and Las Vegas are not on my list, because they just don’t appeal to me as much as some of the destinations below.
Sure, it would be nice to go to New York to see all the familiar sites and some of the filming locations from Friends, but personally, the desire to visit other US cities is stronger. Here’s why I specifically want to uncover the following American cities (in priority order), and why you should too.
- San Francisco, California
I desperately want to go to San Francisco, you will find it listed on my bucket list here. One big reason I want to go to San Francisco is to set foot in Alcatraz, which sounds like a life changing experience. I want to step into a cell, hear the stories, and imagine just what it might have been like to reside on this imprisonment island.
Then there’s the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which I am dying to get a picture of (and maybe a few selfies too). I am also drawn by the culture and way of life in San Fran, as I’ve heard the vibe is a bit like Brighton, where I used to live.
This is a forward thinking, relaxed city with distinctive and unique neighbourhoods to wander through. As if these reasons weren’t enough, San Francisco is also a wonderful place for foodies and wine enthusiasts. What’s not to love?
- Anchorage, Alaska
This city is set amongst a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, which signify the wealth of outdoor activities that the Anchorage has to offer. Alaska is also on my bucket list, mainly because I love the snow and alpine sports, and because I want to see some of the wildlife that calls this region home.
I mentioned about that each destination should have something to tick off my list of things I want to do in life, one of which is watching a dog sled race. Anchorage hosts an annual dog sled race every year. It is held in March, and according to the website:
“…pushes mushers and dog teams through the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer.”
Anchorage is also home to the country’s largest indoor waterpark and the Alaska Museum of Natural History. Anchorage mixes the benefits of an urban city, with the convenience of being within reaching distance of an unspoilt wilderness. There’s miles upon miles of walking, cycling and hiking trails where you can be at peace with nature.
- Seattle, Washington
Seattle doesn’t appeal to me because it’s the birthplace of Starbucks (I don’t drink coffee), but because like Anchorage, Seattle is an urban city surrounded by natural beauty. This enables you to benefit from the best of both worlds.
Upon arrival, I would head straight to the Space Needle to enjoy 360 degree views of the city’s high rise buildings, mountains and sea views. I would also book a trip to Mount Rainier, a volcano and national park that’s located 54 miles south-southeast of Seattle. I adore seafood, so I would make the most of the fantastic variety of fresh seafood in the Seattle restaurants.
Pike Place Market is also a must visit, it’s one of the oldest farmers markets in the U.S. I imagine picking out fresh local produce and tasty goodies to bring back to my apartment and enjoy cooking with.
I would also embrace my geeky side and visit Seattle Public Library to appreciate its architecture and browse through the selection of books. I really enjoy reading, so I would also appreciate the fact that Seattle has the most book stores per capita. Seattle is a very friendly city with a distinctive neighbourhood feel, which sounds very appealing to me indeed.
- Miami, Florida
I am impartial to a beach holiday, and Miami offers stunning beaches and also a vibrant, fun city to explore. Miami is a glamorous city that’s also cultural, creative and arty at heart. It has distinctive art deco architecture, with buildings on ocean Drive that will take you back to the twenties.
Miami Beach is also an obvious place to visit, but I would also like to test out some of the less crowded beaches. If you prefer a cultural holiday, Miami has plenty of museums and art galleries to discover.
There are also countless events held throughout the year such as the annual Wine and Food Festival on South Beach and the Latin Carnival. The main reason I want to go to Miami is just to soak up the atmosphere and experience the nightlife.
- Boston, Massachusetts
I have a friend who has been to Boston a few times, and after New York, it’s her next favourite city in America. I have also heard lots of good things about this patriotic, historic city. Boston is often called the “Athens of America” thanks to its many impressive sights and rich heritage.
Another thing on my bucket list is to catch an all American sports game, and Boston, being a city mad about sport, is the ideal place to do this. Boston is home to major teams including the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and The Celtics.
Some of the main things I would like to see include Harvard University which is just outside the city, Boston Harbour and the New England Aquarium. I would also stroll along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile long path that takes you through downtown Boston, and past many of the city’s main attractions.
Now I have my list of American cities, I am ready to start planning my trips. Hopefully I will be able to visit San Francisco in the not too distant future. It was difficult to choose just five cities, so here are some cities that didn’t quite make the shortlist.
- San Diego