There’s no shortage of US destinations for a city break but where would you go if you have an extra day or two including the weekend?
Take a break from the norm and expand your horizons – go to these seven cities that have lots of flight options, delicious foods, and iconic sights.
Enjoy the “city that never sleeps” with a gorgeous view of Empire State Building, Central Park and Manhattan’s downtown and midtown skyscrapers at the Top of the Rock – observatory on top of Rockefeller Center.
Midtown Manhattan has several iconic landmarks within walking distance to Rockefeller Center. Check out Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Grand Central, Empire State Building and Museum of the Modern Art (MOMA).
You can walk the High Line or Brooklyn Bridge and take the Statue of Liberty Cruise the next day.
End your day at a rooftop bar, either at 230 Fifth or Henry’s Rooftop Bar at Roger Smith Hotel.
2. San Diego
For a slower pace and beach scene, head over to San Diego – known as “America’s Finest City.” Stay at the Hotel del Coronado at Coronado or the Grande Colonial La Jolla in La Jolla. Experience the Southern California laid-back lifestyle, 70 miles of coastline and perfect year-round weather.
One must not leave San Diego without visiting the San Diego Zoo, home to 3,700 animals including the three famous pandas.
Join the party in one of the nightclubs in Downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter. If you prefer a quieter scene, go to Level 9, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar for sunset and tropical cocktails.
If you’ve never been to DC, you must! Get to know the nation’s capital by visiting the Smithsonian museums and the national monuments. Admission is free for all Smithsonian museums, the National Mall and Memorial Parks, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, FDR Memorial, US Botanical Garden, and the National Zoo.
The capital is replete with exceptional dining options. Read Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants in Washington before leaving for DC.
No other city can offer visitors the brilliant mix of Cuban and American cultures that Miami does. Little Havana in Miami is a great place to discover Cuban-inspired cafes, restaurants, and galleries.
Head over to Miami Beach and take a tour of the Historic Art Deco District and see over 800 architectural landmarks from the 1920s and beyond. Also, enjoy handcrafted cocktails at Radio Bar, and if you like to try Florida stone crab, go to Joe’s Stone Crab.
Besides the iconic cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, San Francisco has world-class restaurants, independent bookstores, and the North Beach.
The city’s Italian quarter, North Beach has European-style sidewalk cafes, gelato parlors, and family-style restaurants. There’s the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the Telegraph Tower. Go to Telegraph Tower’s Coit Tower for views of the Bay and the bridges.
Charleston is the city to be if you long for a dose of history and southern hospitality.
Here’s a list of plantation homes and gardens to visit:
- Boone Hall Plantation
- Middleton Place – America’s oldest landscaped gardens
- Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
- McLeod Plantation Historic Site
- Drayton Hall – America’s oldest preserved plantation house
- Charleston Tea Plantation
- Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
- Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
- Magnolia Cemetery
- Mrs. Whaley’s Garden
- Sculpture in the South
Atlanta’s culinary scene continues to grow by leaps and bounds since 1996 when the city hosted the Olympics in 1996. The city’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the country, offering many options for last-minute travelers from around the country to fly into Atlanta.
Those who love fast luxury cars may want to try a wild ride on the 1.6-circuit at the Porsche Experience Center.
Check out the following places for unique experiences in Atlanta:
- Delta Flight Museum
- World of Coca-Cola
- CNN Center
- Birth home of Martin Luther King Jr.
- Hapeville Dwarf House – the first Chick-fil-A restaurant