Top Cities to Visit

When you’re planning a city vacation, you’ll find a plethora of amazing ones to visit. Of course, large cities, like New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Orlando tend to top people’s lists. But plenty of other locations have a lot to offer as well. Check out these top cities to visit on your next vacation.

San Diego, California

San Diego is known for having wonderful weather year-round, so there’s little chance your trip will be ruined by Mother Nature. But the city has a lot more than a nice climate to offer. It’s home to miles and miles of white-sand beaches, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Seaworld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California. You’ll also find several San Diego tours available, which make it easier for first-time visitors to explore the city and frequent travelers to see the city in a new light. You can even take a historic tour of San Diego’s Old Town that’s hosted by a costumed tour guide.

Denver, Colorado

Denver, one of the largest cities between the Great Plains and the Pacific Coast, is definitely worth a visit. It’s known as the “Mile High City” because when you climb up to the state capital, you’re exactly 5,280 feet — one mile — above sea level. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to explore here. You can take a hiking tour of the Rocky Mountains, drive up Pikes Peak, or go rock climbing. If you want to spend time outdoors, but prefer a more laid-back activity, consider touring the city on a scooter. In the downtown area, you’ll find several restaurants and breweries, trending shops in Larimer Square, and the historic Denver Union Station. You can also tour the home of Molly Brown, the famous Titanic survivor.

Charleston, South Carolina

History and southern charm collide in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a place with contradictions around every turn — you’ll find old, historic buildings sitting next to their new, modern counterparts and feel the vibe of a glamorous city while keeping the beautiful Great Outdoors close by. While you’re there, you should consider taking at least one historic city tour. You’ll find historic harbor tours, carriage tours, and walking tours available. Also, don’t forget to take a photo in front of the houses along Rainbow Row — it’s Instagram worthy.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Often overshadowed by neighboring Miami, Fort Lauderdale has a thriving art scene and over 20 miles of beaches. FATVillage houses the city’s art district, where you can browse the galleries and shops run by local artists, and the city hosts an ArtWalk once a month. If art isn’t your thing, you can take a cruise on the Jungle Queen Riverboat or grab a bite to eat at Rhythm + Vine, an outdoor cafe that hosts local food trucks — when you aren’t at the beach, of course. You’ll find the city’s best shopping along Las Olas Boulevard, and history buffs can tour the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, the Stranahan House, and the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico ranked number two on Travel + Leisure’s “15 Best Cities in the United States” list, right behind Charleston, South Carolina. You’ll find summer activities for everyone in your family here. Take a curated Canyon Road art tour or spend the day hiking exploring the area’s hiking trails for amazing views of the city and the nature surrounding it. You can also go horseback riding, stroll through the Santa Fe botanical gardens, or visit the Georgia O’Keeffe museum.

Whether you’re taking a family vacation or a quick trip, these cities are great destinations. They all have plenty of activities for people of all ages, breathtaking views of the surrounding area, and fun, interesting sites to explore.

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