329 million people call the United States of America home. And why not? The United States is diverse and offers a number of different experiences depending on which state you decide to settle into.
As a matter of fact, it’s those various experiences that make the USA one of the best places to live if you’re into weekend getaways.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to spend the next long weekend that pops up on your calendar, look no further than our list below. In it, we outline what we feel are the most fun cities in the US that absolutely need to make it onto your itinerary.
While the city of San Francisco tends to make headlines for its outspokenness on political issues, what’s special about this city isn’t its willingness to debate your world views. What makes this city awesome is its unique atmosphere, plethora of attractions and iconic backdrops.
Whether you spend the weekend picnicking in Golden Gate Park or biking around Fisherman’s Wharf, know that you’re a shoo-in to have a blast in this fixture of a town.
The moment that you step into New York City, you’ll find yourself flanked by skyscrapers and fully cognizant of just how small you are. Once you get past the initial shock of just how “city-esque” New York is, you can start enjoying its iconic culture by watching live theater, touring the statue of liberty or going Ice Skating at Bryant Park if you’re passing through during the Winter.
Are beaches your thing? Then grab a flight over to San Diego and spend the weekend sunbathing in La Jolla! Once you’re done enjoying San Diego’s most iconic beach, mosey on over to the Gaslamp Quarter and grab a world-class bite to eat.
Or don’t do any of that stuff!
You can instead explore the San Diego Zoo (one of the most iconic Zoos on the planet) or mosey on into Mexico which flanks San Diego’s southern border!
Boston is a city that’s drenched in history, sports, and delicious seafood.
Our recommendation if you have a couple of days in this town is to hang out around the Seaport District to enjoy some food and fun. Then, take a walk down Boston’s “freedom trail” to soak up some history and finish your day(s) at Boston Common, where you can find a nice bench to enjoy local wildlife from.
Most people that visit Los Angels have a love/hate relationship with the city. on the one hand, the city is overcrowded, polluted and congested. On the other hand, the city hosts iconic theme parks, beaches and boasts a rich history of cinema.
We think that if you give LA a chance, you’ll definitely rank it on your fun cities in the US list. Just don’t plan on hanging out for too much longer than a few days if you get anxious easily.
Starbucks was born in the great North Western City of Seattle. As a matter of fact, you can go to the original Starbucks over at Pike Place Market if you’d like to take a sip of history.
Beyond Starbucks, you can enjoy other fun activities in Seattle including touring the Space Needle, enjoying the city’s iconic beer scene or catching a Mariners/Seahawks game which you can access on foot from the city center.
Speaking of iconic beer scenes, a town that edges out Seattle in this regard (and is only 3-hours south) is a place called Portland. Portland is a hipster beer and food enthusiasts dream city that has actually grown exponentially over the last decade.
If you get tired of the hustle and bustle of Portland, take a quick drive to its nearby superb Beaverton which houses Nike’s world headquarters.
There’s nothing quite like stopping into Pittsburgh, grabbing a cheesesteak, enjoying Breakout Games and ending the evening by watching baseball at PNC Park.
Fun Fact: If having an incredible bike museum is a must for your fun cities in the US list, Pittsburgh’s Bicycle Heaven has you covered.
If you’re over 21 and haven’t been to Las Vegas, stop reading this post and go. We’ll admit that Vegas isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. For 90% of people that are looking for a weekend getaway though, no city in the world can accommodate a better 2-day experience than this city can.
Vegas is a city that was built on the idea of providing people with a ton of fun in the least amount of time possible. To that end, 12-hours in this desert town could mean watching 2-shows, enjoying 2 or 3 buffets and stopping into a virtually unlimited amount of bars.
Add all of that to a hand of blackjack or two and you’ve got yourself a weekend to remember.
Hopefully, we’ve turned you onto at least a couple of fun cities in the US that could make for outstanding weekend getaways. If you’re feeling inspired, our advice is to take the leap and book some tickets to any one of the places that we’ve mentioned.
While getting away for the weekend takes more effort than vegetating on your couch, we can just about guarantee that you won’t regret making the trip!
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