Atlanta is the economic and cultural center of the south of the United States. A city full of traditional charm spiced up with a modern flair. Atlanta is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park and the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Gone with the Wind" - Margaret Mitchell - commemorated with a museum of where she used to live.
Baltimore is situated along the shores of the vast Chesapeake Bay, nearly 200 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 1600s, Baltimore waterways have given passage to ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens, making it the second most popular point of entry for immigrants next to Ellis Island. It is located approximately 35 miles northeast of Washington DC and 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA.
Long known for its “old world” charm, from the historic Faneuil Hall to the Freedom Trail that celebrates Boston’s preeminent role in the American Revolution, Boston has come a long way towards staking its claim in the 21st century. With the completion of the “Big Dig,” which buried Boston’s vast network of highways underground, Boston has hit the new century running. Attractions span the old and the new, including beautiful public libraries, fascinating museums and plenty of sports. With a collection of parks set to take the place of the ungainly elevated highways, the years to come promise to see Boston grow ever more beautiful.
As a metropolitan city of amazing proportions, Dallas is the primary destination for travel and excitement in Texas. Drawing those with an innovative spirit, Dallas possesses an uncanny ability to combine Southern charm with commercial finesse. Its citizens have christened the city “Big D” in fitting manner, for much like the state in which it resides, Dallas boasts of big style, from the endless entertainment and dining districts of its downtown, to sporting attractions spanning five professional teams.
Denver is a vibrant city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. With 300 annual days of sunshine, The Mile High City is a year-round destination that combines rich Western heritage and passion for the outdoors with urban excitement. The downtown features chef-owned restaurants, brewpubs, professional sports, shopping and family attractions. Denver is the premier gateway to the best of the Western USA’s national parks including Mesa Verde, one of four national parks in Colorado, as well as Yellowstone in Wyoming and the Canyonlands in Utah.
Memphis is a soulful mix where past and present blend, creating an authentic Southern experience. No trip is complete without visiting landmarks such as Graceland (Elvis Presley’s former home), Sun Studio, STAX, Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum, but don’t miss a chance to discover what’s happening today. Local musicians may have gotten their inspiration from the icons – Elvis Presley, Al Green and Justin Timberlake – but the musical results are original, soulful and a true taste of Memphis. Come feed your imagination with the sights, sounds and culinary flavors of Memphis.
Minneapolis is a city on the rise. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is rumored that iconic American writer Mark Twain was the first to assign the name ‘Twin Cities’ to Minneapolis and neighboring city St. Paul. It's a metropolis that can cater to all your wishes: spend an entire week shopping, finding all the popular brands and some local ones, or go on a pub crawl and discover high-quality bars the city has to offer.
The grind and glam of Nashville, Tennessee was well-earned. After all, it's known nationally and even worldwide as the "Music City." Serving home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and many major record labels, Nashville may trace the moniker back to 1874, when a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers for Queen Victoria of England earned her instant admiration and statement: "These young people must surely come from a musical city."
Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets in New Orleans. It is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnival to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. It is a city going through a kind of rebirth after the destruction of Katrina, reconstructing whole neighbourhoods, but it has lost none of its charm, its spark, its magic, its people's inextinguishable joie-de-vivre, none of what makes it a unique city in the United States and in the world. Steeped in cultural references, first-time visitors will feel somehow familiar with the city, and never want to leave.
As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia has endured centuries of peril, challenges and conquest, and remains one of the nation’s top attractions. Historical buildings, sculptures and murals line streets that were once walked by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Weather varies throughout the seasons, vacillating between mild springs, hot summers, and chilly winters, but people can always be seen out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.
Portlanders respond eagerly to the summons of the city's unofficial motto – 'Keep Portland Weird' – and although the real deal is miles away from the grotesque version famously portrayed by Armisen & Brownstein in "Portlandia," some of the TV show does ring true. There is a lot of whimsy mixed in with Portland's thriving food, beer and coffee scenes: the city isn't only the hometown of James Beard, after all, but a place where self expression and creativity culminate in gems like wedding ceremonies performed at a doughnut shop, “brew ‘n’ view” movie theaters, or a vegan strip club.
A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you'll feel enriched and energized the instant you're warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. Raleigh's bright minds head top-tier technology, education and life science institutions; its artists create a bevy of cultural and culinary touchstones; and its storytellers proudly carry on the collective heritage of a rich, historic capital city.
Ramona, known as "The Valley of the Sun" in San Diego County, lies along the foothills of the noteworthy Cuyamaca Mountains, giving way to warm summers and comfortably mild winters. Ramona has emerged as one of California Wine Country’s more popular regions, since numerous winemakers have chosen to establish themselves among the town’s hills. Vineyards pair with the fine restaurants and welcoming cafes of the town center, and agricultural treasures span farms that offer the best of fresh fruit, vegetables, and even eggs harvested that same day.
Home to the legendary Alamo and the world-famous River Walk, San Antonio hosts a vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, architecture and moving history. Explore the rich historical offerings, award-winning theme parks, championship golf courses, amazing shopping, innovative cuisine and interesting cultural events and museums.
San Diego is often called “America’s Finest City,” and it isn’t difficult to see why. The eighth largest city in the United States offers heaps of attractions, culture and an undeniable cosmopolitan vibe, but you’d never guess its size by the emphatically laid-back feeling you get from this Southern California city, its people and of course its famously wonderful weather. With year-round temperatures in the 70s (21°C) and almost constant sunshine, there is no such thing as the wrong time to visit it and enjoy world-class museums, 5-star dining, internationally famous beaches and an unbeatable hospitality.
San Jose is California’s third largest city and the tenth largest city in the United States. Deemed a “global city,” San Jose is the Mecca of Silicon Valley: high-technology and electronics industries have brought significant tourism and attractions to the city. The city also boasts a great proximity to all of Northern California’s areas of interest due to its position in the greater Santa Clara Valley. Over 300 days of sunshine and the kingdom-like panorama of the Santa Clara Mountains make San Jose a beautiful urban retreat.
Progressive yet laid-back, Seattle, also called 'The Emerald City', is the largest city of Washington State, and is home to the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market, and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. Noted as the birthplace of grunge music and coffee shops like Starbucks and Tully’s, Seattle is far sunnier than its reputation as a rainy city.
Still relatively unurbanized, Sedona immerges as one of America's natural masterpieces. Magnificent red rocks extend upwards as natural skyscrapers, while clear waters flow around them. Native Americans thrived in the area before the arrival of Europeans, and now both national and international visitors come to see the astonishing landscapes of the city. Sedona is commonly known for being a spiritual retreat destination.
Sitting near the confluence of two great North American rivers — the Mississippi and the Missouri — the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward discovery here in 1804. Dubbed the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis welcomes its visitors with the world’s tallest arch (630 ft.) which was completed in 1965 as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and the westward expansion of the United States.
Traverse City’s claim to fame is its position as the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. The Michigan city hosts annual events to celebrate the cherry harvests, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The land is also ripe for Traverse City’s numerous vineyards, which place it among the Midwest’s top centers of wine production. After touring the orchards and attending the wine tasting events, head to Traverse City’s freshwater beaches, the National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and verdant forests.
Visitors come to Tucson to take in the natural sunlit landscape of the Sonoran desert and the mountains that surround the city. They also endeavor to experience the cultural diversity of a city that boasts of Native American, Latin and European influences. Because of its unique geography, Tucson is a diverse outdoor playground, offering a serene landscape with a wide range of terrain for hikers of all skill levels, rock climbing, cycling, and more.
Think big in Washington–as soon as you arrive in D.C., you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface, while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants, and clubs around every corner. The principles of Equality, Justice, Life, and Liberty are still upheld, but D.C. is, above all, a trendy and international town.