Which city do you think is better to visit for your first time in the USA? I'll go first. Huntington Beach, California. It's beautiful, the food is incredible, the nightlife is lit, and the people are friendly. I loved the street performers and shopping. After someone asked which cities you should visit first in America, these are the top-voted responses.
1. Denver, Colorado
One Redditor shared, “Denver is a great city, with a heavy emphasis on music with some good restaurants, awesome people, and easy access to almost every kind of nature situation you could want. It's small enough to get around easily but big enough to offer variety.”
2. Los Angeles, California
“LA gets a bad wrap,” another suggested. “But it isn't some wasteland. It's massive, so there are dirty parts, unsafe parts, and a homeless problem – but if you know where to go, it's one of the best places in the US. I loved Long Beach the most.”
3. Spring Green, Wisconsin
“They love cheese so much in Wisconsin that I didn't see one single GAS STATION that didn't have a fresh cheese fridge stocked with the product of local farmers,” answered a third. “I can't even imagine how many amazing cheeses you could find if you went to an actual cheese shop. They have awesome beer fests too!”
4. Boston, Massachusetts
“The answer is Boston,” one shared. “That place has a great history, parks on the emerald chain, and many historical sites. Also, you can go any direction and find a ton of beautiful natural outings within an hour or two. Boston also has a ton of great restaurants.”
5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Another suggested, “This will probably not be a popular response, but the Milwaukee metro area provides a great balance of nature and urban. In addition, Milwaukee County has one of the USA's oldest and largest public park systems. Surprisingly, the city's restaurants are also well-regarded, and you can eat well at every price point!”
6. Raleigh, North Carolina
“Raleigh, North Carolina, is a city you can't even see with all the lush greens and beautiful roads paved with recycled glass mix,” one replied. “I've been all over the country, but the Raleigh area takes the top for cruising.”
7. Seattle, Washington
“Seattle is great! It's close to a TON of nature things (mountain ranges, oceans, rivers, woods/forests, etc.) and has lots of urban things to do. In addition, downtown Seattle can keep you busy and very well-fed for a while.”
8. Savannah, Georgia
“Savannah, Georgia! Full of history and beauty. Everyone is friendly,” said one. A second confessed, “Came here to suggest this.
Some of the oldest architecture in the country, excellent food if you know where to look, 20 minutes from Tybee Island (and other barrier islands and beaches), beautiful Spanish moss arching over the roads, and plenty else to do on a visit.”
9. New Orleans, Louisiana
One Redditor volunteered, “I recommend strolling around the French Quarter during the day, getting some gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, or a muffuletta. All the food is good down there. Also, see the art in the cathedral. There are also swamp tours if you are okay with gators.
If you like partying, there's Bourbon Street. Something's always going on there. There are also a lot of museums, like the WWII Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of Death.”
10. Chicago, Illinois
“Downtown Chicago during winter is the most beautiful place I've ever been,” one noted. “It's the only place that still gives me that holiday feeling I had when I was a kid.”
Another confirmed, “My husband and I spent Christmas there on a whim to escape family drama one year, and it was my favorite Christmas ever.”
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11. San Francisco, California
“It depends on the time of year, but I would visit San Francisco almost any day, anytime,” one shared. “I can't think of a city in the US that looks similar to San Francisco.
There is lots of Victorian architecture on the hills. Once you've been there, you'll recognize it whenever you see it on TV. Nature is not too far away, with a big art scene.”
What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or are there other best places to visit in USA for the first time? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Impulse Traveler.
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