16 American Cities to Travel to for Vacation

16 American Cities to Travel to for Vacation

Can you say road trip?

Do you have plans for the summer yet? Are you itching for a new adventure in a new place that you've never been before? Well look no further, here's a list of great American cities you should travel to.

Austin, Texas

Austin is widely recognized as the live music capital of the country. But if concerts aren't your style museums, sightseeing, and nightlife can be found in this historic southern town.

San Fransisco, California

Some to this Californian city to see everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. They also have a flower conservatory and architecture you can't find anywhere else.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is full of history and if that's what you're after when you go on vacation this is a great pick. Going beyond history there's also an aquarium and museums to spare.

Savannah, Georgia

Another historic city complete with cobblestoned squares and horse-drawn carriages. Savannah also has a great riverfront.

Boulder, Colorado

This is a great city for people who love the outdoors. They have great parks and if you into cycling this is the place for you.

Oakland, California

Oakland is another great outdoors city. There's Angel Island for camping and hiking and Lake Merritt which is a lake (duh) and wildlife refuge estuary and plenty of other places to explore. When you're done with the outdoors you can enjoy some of the wine or the Chabot Space and Science Center. If you have children you can check out the storybook-themed amusement park called Children's Fairyland. If you don't have kids and just want to check that out, no worries, you'll probably see me doing the same.

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

This is an early 20th-century industrial capital with the unique history to prove it. It also has its own fair share of museums including the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburg, Andy Warhol Museum, and National Aviary.

Portland, Oregon

Portland is home to the Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Parks and plenty of other parks and museums to check out and wander about. There is also the Pioneer Courthouse Square also known as the cities living room. It sits next to the courthouse built in 1875 and hosts regular events. So be sure to check that out on your travels.

Charleston, South Carolina

This is another great city full of gardens and great architecture. There is also the Battery, the landmark defensive seawall, and promenade named for the civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site. There is also the famous Rainbow Row named for the beautiful 13 colorful houses in the historic parts of the city.

Seattle, Washington

This Northwest city is surrounded by water thanks to the Puget sounds and because of this along with plenty of hiking and sailing, you can also see killer whales in the sound. If you like salmon this is a city you should definitely visit. If you aren't that much of an outdoor person or you don't want to hike and sail for your entire vacation no worries. There's also the Museum of Pop Culture, an aquarium, the Seattle Great Wheel, the space needle, and the Bainbridge Island filled with historical sites and beautiful views.

Washington D.C.

This is the perfect place to see American history whether that is in the shape of monuments, government buildings, or Smithsonian Museums. It's a great city for walking and has a great food around every street corner. There is also the Georgetown canals to enjoy.

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Old town Alexandria is just a few minutes outside of Washington D.C. and is located on the Potomac River waterfront. This town is known for their boutiques, 18th-19th-century architecture, and amazing restaurants. One of the most unique things to do here is visiting the Torpedo Factory Art Center, this is the nations largest collection of artists working in an open studio. What used to be a fully operational munitions plant during WWII is now home to the studios of 82 artists.

Chicago, Illinois

This city has a delightful mixture of both modern and old architecture and plenty of landmarks. If you are a coffee and food connoisseur this city is a great place to go.

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado is a small town but it has a ski resort and is home to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. It has beautiful hiking trails, delightful parks, and museums and galleries all with that small town charm. You can check out the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Vail Adventure Ridge a snow park with a zip-line, tubing, among others. There's something in Vail for everyone.

La Jolla, California

This Californian town is a seaside town with a rugged coastline. It has everything from sandstone canyons to its world-renown Torrey Pines Golf Course that sits atop sea cliffs. There are boutiques and waterfront restaurants, and La Jolla village. It's another small town with everything you could ever want.

Kennebunkport, Maine

If you are a fan of hiking and bird-watching then with Northeast town is the right vacation place for you. Also any lighthouse fans? It has the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge complete with a large salt marsh. The neighboring towns have a lot to offer as well, Goose Rocks Beach, Biddeford Pool, and Wood Island Light that has an active lighthouse on Wood Island on Saco Bay. There is also First Families Kennebunkport Museum, that has guided tours through a Greek Revival Manion with period decor and Buch family memorabilia.

So there you go 16 cities and towns accross America. Ski resorts, museums, hiking trails, lakes, rivers, and beaches all waiting for you to discover then. I hope you all have a great summer!

What are your favorite places to visit over the summer?

What city in America do you want to go to?

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9 Things To Do In Nashville If You Have No Idea What To Do

Trust me, I was just as lost as you are.


Nashville is a great place packed full of lots of really cool smaller great places that all offer their own unique take on the city. If you're like me, though, and have a hard time ~planning ahead~, then this list is exactly what you need. I went around and got lost and tried all the coolest hidden gems in Nashville so you don't have to. Here are some of my faves.

1. Milk & Honey Nashville

Located in the Gulch, Milk & Honey is the coffee shop/cafe from my dreams. It's decorated perfectly for any cute insta story and y'all when I say their coffee is amazing I mean it. Try it. It's so worth it, and pretty easy to find, too! You can browse their menus here.

2. Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop

While we're on the topic of coffee shops, Frothy Monkey is a MUST try. Trust me, I've drunk A LOT of coffee in my lifetime, and theirs is up in the top 10 of the best. They have other good things too, but if you're a coffee person like me, this place is heaven, I promise. It's right off 12th Avenue and within walking distance of lots of other funky little shops.

3. Two Old Hippies

This is the coolest little shop you will ever go into. Tucked away in the Gulch, it's within walking distance of Milk & Honey, so stop by after you grab a coffee and browse. They have everything from handmade clothes to cool books to refrigerator magnets. This is one of my all time favorites and I know you'll love it too.

4. Baked on 8th


I fell in love the second I saw the cute sign. Baked on 8th has a great atmosphere and even better little pastries, cookies, and cakes. Their cookies were so good it took every ounce of self-control I had to not go back and order 2 dozen. 12/10 would recommend if you're into Instagrammable locations and bomb sugar-filled desserts.

5. Burger Republic

I get it, you've gotta eat more than just cookies and coffee. As far as restaurants go, this place is home to the best burger I've ever eaten, plus the atmosphere is pretty laid back and great, and it's an awesome place to go and watch pretty much any sporting event happening anywhere relatively close to Nashville. Browse the menu so you can know exactly what to order before you even get there here.

6. Fido

In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a HUGE fan of coffee shops and cafes. Fido was the most perfect little spot. It boasts about its gourmet coffee and great food, and rightfully so. It's also got the coolest funky vibe that makes you just want to sit and stay all day, and it's in a great location and decently close to Vanderbilt.

7. Go see some murals

Nashville is FULL of these bad boys. I know y'all have all seen the countless pictures of those people with big butterfly wings. Well, there's more and they're all around the city and on the side of pretty much every building. It's cliche, but tbh it's also kind of a must do while you're there.

8. Walk around Centennial Park and the Parthenon

This is a really nice place to visit if you're looking to spend a couple of hours away from the concrete of the city, and the Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the one in Greece.

9. Ride one of those little scooters around and explore


I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I did not ride the scooters. They seem kind of dangerous and I know without a doubt that if I tried to get on one it would not end well for me, the scooter, or anyone within a 3-mile radius. With that being said, though, I did see a lot of people riding them and it looked pretty fun, plus it's a great way to see the city without walking too much. So if you just want to explore, hop on one of these bad boys and pray.

Nashville is a great city full of tons of tourist attractions and amazing musical history, but if you find yourself stuck with nothing to do for a couple of hours before your next walking tour, you're sure to find something on this list that you'll love. So, you're welcome.

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