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There's something for everyone in these 10 US cities.
Which US city is best for you?
We all have our likes and dislikes while traveling, but thankfully the United States is full of places to choose from! Find out which American city is (or is not) for you based on our list.
The city person
If you love the atmosphere and bright lights of a big city, where to go but New York? The City That Never Sleeps, the Center of the Universe...The Big Apple has earned its nicknames. If you can't get enough concrete jungle, then you've come to the right place. While New York does have plenty of green spaces and upstate is never too far away, the main attraction is the sheer number of things you can do. There are 32 museums in Manhattan alone and around 83 in total across the whole city. The list of bars is endless, as is the list of restaurants, and no two locals have the same favorite. You'll never run out of things to do and see, as it would take a lifetime to see it all.
The beach bum
San Diego or Santa Barbara might've been a more obvious choice, but let's stay on the East Coast for now. Despite what residents of the "best coast" might tell you, Sarasota, Florida and its surrounding area have the best beaches in the country. Siesta Key, located just off the coast, has been consistently named American's best beach by TripAdvisor users since 2015. And it's far from the only one. Lido Key, Longboat Key, and many others offer beautiful swaths of sand for visitors to enjoy. Mote Marine Research Aquarium is also located in Sarasota, but other than this there's not much else to do. Just beaches, beaches and more beaches.
Pittsburgh's renaissance is no longer a secret, and the City of Bridges is attracting more and more attention from East and West Coast dwellers alike looking for something different. Criss-crossed by three rivers and surrounded by rolling mountains, Pittsburgh is an urban oasis amid the greenery of western Pennsylvania. It's got a vibrant arts and theatre scene to rival any larger city, and as the birthplace of Andy Warhol it shouldn't come as a surprise. While its moniker, the Paris of Appalachia, might be a bit of a stretch, it certainly won't disappoint those looking for something different.
Sometimes it seems like the whole world has left its culinary mark on New Orleans to create a cuisine that's completely unique. Cajun and Creole cuisine can be found everywhere in the city, with both incorporating elements from African, Native American, French, Italian, and Spanish cooking. The simplest difference between the two is that Cajun food generally uses fewer dairy products and tomatoes, whereas Creole cuisine uses both more freely, although this isn't a hard and fast rule. Both cuisines evolved differently: Creole cuisine grew up in the city of New Orleans, surrounded by influences from the busy port, while Cajun cuisine was born out of the Louisiana countryside with fewer outside influences. Food tours of New Orleans and cooking classes are offered by a variety of local establishments and chefs.