Odds are, you’ve heard of the most popular cities in the United States like New York City and Los Angeles. But have you ever considered visiting some of the lesser-known, yet equally interesting cities in the country? A user asked Americans in an online forum which city stood out as the most unique to them and here are some you can consider putting on your must-visit list.
1. Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City has a unique blend of nature, culture, and religion that makes it an interesting place to explore. Not to mention, it’s just a short drive from the mountains and to one of the only salt lakes in the country. “One thing that also sticks out about it is that it’s a crossroads. People going east or west stop there because it’s before you hit the Rockies or just after and it’s about midway between Canada and Mexico,” comments a user.
2. New Orleans, Louisiana
NOLA, as people affectionately call it, weaves its Creole spell over most people who make the pilgrimage. “Absolutely nothing like it in the world,” raves the first comment. “My wife is European, and we have both been to about 50 countries between us. Our happy place, both of us, is NOLA, we try to go back every year.”
3. Miami, Florida
Surprised nobody has said Miami yet,” ponders another traveler. “It’s a totally different vibe from anywhere else in the U.S. It’s essentially an extension of the Caribbean.” There are no comparisons if you put Miami next to any other city in the country. I would add that it is not just Caribbean culture; it’s Latin America and South America, too. “Miami is basically another country,” adds another fan.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
For smaller cities, I’d offer Charleston, South Carolina, as my vote,” suggests a New Jersey resident who enjoys heading due south. “The downtown/old part of Charleston feels more like a Caribbean fortress or something.” I will agree to disagree here; Charleston’s history is everywhere, but it doesn’t feel Caribbean to me.
5. Santa Fe, New Mexico
“One-hundred percent, Santa Fe,” posts a Land of Enchantment fan. “I haven’t seen any other region where Native-American culture is embraced and celebrated and became such a part of the region’s identity.” As I said before, the place leaves its mark — nothing will prepare you for the Pueblo architecture and otherworldly surroundings.
6. San Juan, Puerto Rico
“San Juan, Puerto Rico. It isn’t the food, language, or even the weather,” votes the next poster. As soon as we started driving, you could tell everything was different from the mainland — the way people drive, build, live, etc.” I am sure Puerto Riceños would agree that their culture is unique; the city certainly feels far from Pittsburgh.
7. Seattle, Washington
What used to be the serial-killer capital of America (I blame the low light) has gone through various stages in its evolution. From the days of the grunge scene to becoming the new tech-startup capital, Seattle is always a unique place — and dazzlingly beautiful.
8. Baltimore, Maryland
However judgmental some may feel toward Baltimore’s more crime-ridden reputation, one commenter says they should concentrate on the old quarter. “It has the Visionary Arts museum, everything John Waters, lots of great festivals, a growing artist scene, great local music scene, and friendly people,” says a list-loving commenter.
9. Honolulu, Hawaii
“Honolulu feels like a completely different world,” says a New Yorker. “People speak American English, and you see the national chains, but that hasn’t changed the culture. It is very much its own place.” The Hawaiian culture still lives strong, which makes me happy, and forms the basis for most people’s reason to visit.
10. San Diego, California
“You can go from sunny beaches to chilly mountains to scorching desert in just two hours of driving in total,” says someone who may need to visit northern Spain. “Where else in the world can this be done?” While San Diego sounds incredible, I am sure this combination exists in other lands.
11. New York City, New York
Of course, the Big Apple had to appear here, considering its unique geographical proximity, awe-inspiring skyline, and personality. New York City is larger than life and feels like the world capital to me; there’s only one.” Does he mean “world capital” or New York? Maybe he means New York wins the World Series of Cities.
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