So many destinations, so little time. For most travelers, it’s not a case of if you’ll; it’s not a case of when you’ll go; it’s only a question of: where?
Where do you choose for that dream holiday? Where do you select for that once-in-a-lifetime adventure, that relaxing getaway, that ski trip, that road trip?
For cities to visit in the United States in 2017, Weekly Hotels team has put together a few answers. This year, it will be all about great experiences, all about immersing yourself in a destination, living like a local, of “doing” rather than just seeing. Here are top five of the cities to visit for those wonderful moments this year.
Downtown Denver has the urban muscle and the Rocky Mountains have the outdoor might, making Denver one of the country’s most desirable and exciting places to visit. Visitors can spend the morning skiing, lunch in the afternoon in trendy LoDo and see a live performance at night in one of Denver’s many live music venues—all in one day. There are different attractions one can’t just resist in Denver, from Denver museums to Denver ski resorts, from Denver’s State Capital to Denver’s famous museums. For a museum unique to Denver, Capital Hill’s Molly Brown House Museum (the “unsinkable” Titanic survivor) pays homage to the raucous Denver woman’s life with docents in period costume and is one of the many must-see Denver attractions.
Throw a vibrant economy into the mix, and you get artsy districts like RiNo (River North) and LoHi (Lower Highlands), where you can replenish your calories in slow-food market halls, bookended by gallery hopping and a night out with some rootsy, denim-clad rockers. Take your time, because you will never run out of things to do in Denver, or find that there are no Denver activities to partake in.
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This city can’t but be included in our list of cities to visit this year based on its wide range of attractions including top quality water sports, marine parks, adventure parks, amusement parks, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises and performing arts. Located in northwest Florida on the Emerald Coast, Destin is a popular vacation destination, renowned for its sandy white beaches and beautiful green waters. It’s a great place to relax and unwind by the water or play a round of golf at one of the award-winning courses in the area.
Often called “the world’s luckiest fishing village,” Destin is home to an abundance of underwater inhabitants guaranteed to delight fishermen of all skill levels. Easily accessed thanks to the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, the city is filled with excellent resorts and vacation rentals as well as a wide range of premier shopping and dining options.
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Austin is the Bermuda Triangle of the Lone Star State. People from all over the world visit the laid-back Texas capital, never to return home again. With offbeat attractions that can’t be found anywhere else under the Texas sun, it’s easy to see why a one-time visit can turn into a lifelong stay.
Are you wondering why Austin is included in our list, there are some amazing attractions you would never find anywhere else, such as Zilker park, Mount Bonnell for lovers, Lake Travis, Alamo Drafthouse downtown, Congress Avenue stretches all the way from downtown to south Austin, showcasing everything that makes the city so special, from Tex Mex restaurants to the capitol building to bats, East sixth street, Lyndon B. Johnson library and museum etc.
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
This city can’t just be left out of our list. Vegas is the perfect holiday spot for those enthusiastic travelers who keep looking for throbbing entertainment as they travel. Vegas is like a breath of fresh air in a monotonous routine. The city is replete with attractions to lure its visitors. With laudable theatre performances, the bliss of nature which includes the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sightseeing tours and wildlife tours, and so much more, the city leaves its tourists with a heap to explore.
Needles to say, the casinos flood Vegas and hence the city is no less than a gambler’s paradise. Whether you’re zealous traveler with the passion to take on a new expedition every day or the curious explorer wanting to get to the depths of every city, Vegas is a must visit for you.
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Nashville exudes a modest, down-to-earth vibe. It’s been characterized as a big back porch, teeming with storytellers and old timers picking on six strings. But one look at Hillsboro Village’s trendy boutiques and hipster bars proves that Nashville is not only for graying country crooners. Music City affords visitors a mix of grandstand glitz, down-home Southern hospitality and an energetic collegiate populace.
Melodious attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musician’s Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry draw in plenty of tourists, but Nashville is also proud of its history. You should spend a day sightseeing — the Parthenon, a replica of the famous Greek structure that represents Nashville’s role as the Athens of the South, is a pretty good photo op. For those traveling with kids, the Adventure Science Center is a great place to spend an afternoon.
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