As a young traveller, you’ll want to experience the best that America’s got to offer, whether you’re into nature or you love to immerse yourself in local culture. Thankfully, America is home to an abundance of diverse cities that offer a whole host of activities, interests and experiences that’ll help you create long-lasting memories.
The best places to holiday in America if you’re a young traveller include:
Austin – Texas
If you love music, you’ll love Austin, Texas. The city is constantly buzzing with live events, most of which are affordable, and even hosts its own summer music festival. You can see all of the best local performers at the Continental Club, which also offers a throwback to the 1950s. Your trip wouldn’t, of course, be complete without experiencing Tex-Mex food either.
Birmingham – Alabama
In 2016, Lonely Planet called Birmingham in Alabama one of the most unexpectedly exciting locations to visit in America, and it’s not hard to see why. Alabama’s most populous city caters for all tastes and preferences, whether you’re a foodie, a music-lover or a history buff. There’s even a 24-hour bar that’s adorned with Star Wars memorabilia and comic book art – what more could you ask for?
Boulder – Colorado
Outdoor fans will love Boulder because it has many parks, plenty of cycle routes and its own national park (Rocky Mountain National Park). You might also want to take some time to explore Pearl Street Mall which boasts plenty of cafes and shops. There’s a great nightlife on offer too, particularly if you venture near to the campus of the University of Colorado.
Home to one of America’s most historic theatres, The Boulder Theatre has been featuring the latest music and film releases since the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Opened in 1906 by wealthy billboard sign owner James Curran, the venue first featured opera, musical productions and silent movies as well as the first talkie, “The Jazz Singer” in 1927.
Jacksonville – Florida
Jacksonville is situated on St. John’s River and is jam-packed full of exciting attractions. You can choose to walk through the neighbourhoods of San Marco and Five Points where you’ll find plenty of bistros, boutiques and bars, while the nearest beaches are just under an hour away in the car.
As the largest city in continental U.S., Jacksonville is the perfect place to experience a side of Florida, independent from theme parks and pleasure grounds. The many waterways and ecological areas surrounding the city provide visitors and residents the opportunity to escape city life and relax. This natural beauty is complimented by a young and vibrant city that offers authentic dining experiences, thrilling attractions and some of the nation’s finest museums, successfully appealing to visitors of all ages.
New Orleans – Louisiana
Arguably one of America’s most fascinating and diverse cities, New Orleans attracts visitors from the all over the world due to its abundance of culturally, culinary and musical experiences on offer. Perhaps most commonly associated with the spring time Mardi Gras celebration, it’s no exaggeration to say there are similar festivals or parades taking place every week of the year.
The French Quarter is the oldest and most visited area of the city. With a unique blend of architecture that combines Spanish, French and Creole styles together, the “Quarter” has inspired some of America’s most prominent writers and artists such as Mark Twain and Arthur Miller
Las Vegas – Nevada
No list of America’s finest cities would be complete without a mention of Las Vegas. To visit ‘Sin City’ is a unique experience everyone should experience in their lifetime, and the best thing is a trip here doesn’t have to cost a fortune. As well as the casinos, you’ll want to explore the CityCenter complex, which contains the Aria casino, hotels and a shopping centre, and don’t forget to make a trip to Hard Rock Café too, where you’ll get to see lots of rock memorabilia.
From outdoor lovers, cultural enthusiasts, foodies or architectural admirers, America’s cities have something for everyone and is where your next adventure should start.