No travel bucket list would be complete without an appearance from the USA. And—newsflash—there’s so much more to America than New York. From the beaches of Miami to Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, there’s no shortage of things to see, do and—most importantly—eat!
To inspire your American getaway, we’ve teamed up with Flight Centre to let you in on seven spots that are low-key cooler than New York (sorry not sorry, Big Apple). The much-loved travel agent will hook you up with all the best flight and holidays—winning!
So, dig out your passport and start planning. Here are seven must-visit cities in the good ol’ U. S. of A.!
Seattle is a rainy city that’s got it going on. After touching down in the birthplace of Starbucks, you’ll wanna grab yourself an orange mocha frappuccino before heading to Pike Place Market. Don’t miss the market’s Gum Wall—it’s literally a wall covered in used chewing gum (icky or amazing?). Check out the indie stores and outdoor sculptures at Fremont and head Kerry Park for panoramic views of downtown Seattle. We’d recommend an umbrella.
Calling all rock’n’roll fans! Memphis—aka the home of Elvis Presley—is the city for you. Your Memphis bucket list should include Sun Studio (where Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded) and Graceland (the home and grounds where Elvis lived). Be sure to also visit the National Civil Rights Museum (it’s built on the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination) and cross the Mississippi River by walking (or biking) over the Big River Crossing bridge.
The bustling city of Chicago should be at the top of your to-visit list. Catch a show at the lavish Chicago Theatre and cheer on the Chicago Cubs at the famous Wrigley Field (hot dog and baseball cap mandatory, obvs). And remember: you can’t say you’ve been Chicago without eating the city’s signature deep-dish pizza. Sign up for a pizza tour (yes, it’s a thing) to devour the city’s best.
If you love all things music (especially jazz), New Orleans has your name written all over it. You’ll find world-class jazz any night of the week—not to mention funk, soul and rap—for less than $10 a gig. Music aside, you’ll also find a city brimming with history, art and—of course—epic food. The cuisine has countless cultural influences so you’ll be munching on everything from gumbo and jambalaya to oysters and po’ boys.
Los Angeles who? Miami is the only beachside city you need to visit in America. Think: sunny weather, golden beaches and a decent dose of glitz and glam. Your first stop will obviously be the iconic Miami Beach for a spot of sunbathing and swimming. Then check out the Art Deco district to feast your eyes on pastel-painted buildings with 1930s nostalgia—swoon!
In the heart of Texas, you’ll find the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth—both of which deserve top spots on your America bucket list. The area is the centre of all things cowboy-related and once home to outlaws and cowboys themselves. This culture can still be seen today with the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive down Exchange Avenue. We’re talkin’ Old West-style saddles, boots and hats—yee-ha!
Another musical gem, Nashville is known as Music City and the home of country music. Visit the Country Music Hall Of Fame before checking rocking the night away to live music. The bars on Lower Broadway—aka Honky Tonk Highway—pump live blues, jazz, rock and country until the wee small hours. The city is also brimming with quirky rooftop bars, ice-cream shops and some of the country’s best fried chicken.
America calling your name? We thought so. Get there with Flight Centre—they’ve got you covered with cheap flights and holidays.
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