In the United States, COVID-19 restrictions have slowly become less and less of a thing. Due to the overwhelming amount of citizens receiving their coronavirus vaccine, the U.S. has gradually started to open back up.
Whether you agree with that or not is beside the point, the real point is that you will be able to travel around the States more and more as vaccines are continually being pushed out.
But what does this mean? It means that you will be able to visit some of the top cities in the country very soon. To help you figure out where to start, here is a list of 9 United States cities you need to visit:
New York, New York
Despite not being the country's capital, New York City is one of the first places people think of when it comes to the United States. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and Times Square are just a few of the various views and places New York has to offer.
For example, if you wanted, you could go to Coney Island and go on some amusement park rides, hit the beach, or take a stroll along the boardwalk.
If that is not your cup of tea, you could also try your luck at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or by taking in a Broadway show. The possibilities are endless in the Big Apple.
Boston, Massachusetts, is the heart and centre of New England. Whether you agree or disagree with that, Boston is most definitely the city people think about when they hear "New England" or "Massachusetts". Heck, some people might even picture Boston if you just say, New Hampshire.
Regardless, some of the cool things you can do in Boston include going to the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, or taking in a baseball game at the historic Fenway Park that has been standing for over 100 years.
But wait! There is more!
You could also visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace or grab some famous New England clam chowder at a nearby restaurant. Whatever the case, Boston is a fun city that truly has an atmosphere like no other.
Los Angeles, California
There is a reason why famous rapper Tupac Shakur once made a song titled "California Love": California is just a fantastic place to visit, live in, and love. Now, you may have to use your most potent zinc oxide sunscreen when you are on the beaches out in Cali, but that should not dissuade you from taking a trip to the United States' west coast.
As well as hitting the beach, the things you can do in Los Angeles include going on a Hollywood sightseeing tour, visiting the Hollywood walk of fame, or going to theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios.
There are so many great cities to visit in Texas, but Houston is at the top of the list. By visiting Houston, you still get full access to that Texas barbecue while also allowing yourself to check out places like Houston's Space Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, and Houston's Lone Star Flight Museum.
This was said earlier about Boston, but Houston has an atmosphere that can not be matched. Well, maybe in other Texas cities, but whatever the case, Houston is a place you need to visit so you can grab some good old barbecue and learn how to square dance.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The city of New Orleans may be most famous for its celebration of Mardi Gras, but there is more to the city than just that. There is the very popular Bourbon Street, where there are always people roaming with drinks in their hands, but there is more than just that.
Some other things you can do down in New Orleans include going to the Audubon Zoo or taking a tour of the French Quarter, where the architecture may be old but is also mesmerizing.
Las Vegas, Nevada
¡Viva Las Vegas, baby! Go out and grab some drinks, gamble your money away, end up being on a bender for three days, whatever. Either way, a trip to Las Vegas will most certainly give you an experience you won't soon forget. There are just so many casinos, museums, hotels, and restaurants to go to.
Additionally, these grand hotels in Las Vegas love to host live shows with performers such as Usher, Chris Angel, and Lady Gaga. Even Elvis performed in Vegas during his heyday.
So go check out Vegas, but make sure you don't lose all of your money in the process.
We talked about the barbecue that Texas brings to the table, but they have some stiff competition in Nashville, Tennessee. Still, their barbecue is not what makes Nashville famous.
The calling card for Nashville is the fact that it can call itself the home of country music. First of all, Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Secondly, Nashville was the birthplace for country music artists such as Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and -Hannah Montana's father- Billy Ray Cyrus.
So if you love country music, Nashville is the place to go. Just don't go there for your bachelorette party if the National Football League is holding their yearly draft the same weekend of your trip.
Hawai'i is one of, if not the, most beautiful state that the United States has to offer. The Hawaiian islands are something like you have never seen, with extravagant beaches and oceans; travelers love to participate in surfing, snorkeling, skydiving, helicopter tours and more.
Of course, it is fun to go to places like the aforementioned cities, such as New York and Boston. Still, going to a place like Maui, Hawai'i allows you to really be one with nature. There are no skyscrapers, no buildings everywhere. There is just plenty of land and ocean for you to go out and explore.
Washington D.C., Maryland
Last but not least, we have Washington D.C. The capital of the United States of America, Washington is the home of so much of America's history. First, you have the Smithsonian, a museum that encompasses so many areas of history it is almost overwhelming. Second, you have the Lincoln Memorial, famous for its size and the power it exudes. The list could go on and on.
Still, the point is that D.C. is a great place to go if you want to get an in-depth understanding of the history of the United States. The city is covered with museums detailing the past while also being the home of current elected officials such as newly elected President Joe Biden.
And yes, if you are not a fan of American history, Washington D.C. may not be the place for you, but there are so many other cities for you to go to in America. The United States has so many places for you to explore, visit, and experience new things. Seriously, what other country in the world that you can go to has a 100-year-old ballpark, the opportunity to snorkel, a world-famous barbecue, and a street like Bourbon Street, where it is always full of people drinking and having a good time? There are not many, so when you get your chance, go ahead and take a trip to the good ol' U.S of A.
*Post contributed by peer travel writer, Shane Denson.*