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25 Most Beautiful Cities in America

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When it comes to talking about the most beautiful cities in the US, there is definitely not a shortage of cities vying for that title. From sea to shining sea, we’ll uncover twenty-five beautiful cities in America.

Of course, not everyone has same definition of beauty.

Do you prefer a white sand beach with waters a multiple shades of blue? Or is it a snow-capped Rocky Mountain getaway?

A quaint, cobblestoned street or the rush of a big city?

In this list of the most beautiful cities in the United States, we have all of the above! No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find it here.

Travel bloggers from around the globe submitted their vote. See if you agree with them.

Without giving preference to any of the US most beautiful cities, this list is arranged in alphabetical order. Keep scrolling to see all the prettiest towns in America.

What are the most beautiful cities in America?

Alexandria, Virginia

Cobblestone, tree lined street with brownstone houses and cars on each side.
Alexandria

One of the prettiest cities in the USA sits right across the river from Washington DC, and you’ll find fun things to do in Alexandria Virginia for every age.

Old Town is a perfect base for enjoying all that Alexandria has to offer. Compact streets are lined with beautifully preserved homes dating back to Colonial times. Visit Captain’s Row and walk the cobblestone street past sea captain’s stately homes.

Then head to Queen Street to see the Spite House, the skinniest home in the U.S., said to be built to keep people out of a side alley. Wander the King Street mile and you can pop into the largest collection of local boutiques in the DC area. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and bars when you’re ready for a break.

Alexandria was once a bustling port, and today the waterfront area is a fun place to play, dine, and relax. Paved paths link a string of parks along the water, and waterfront restaurants offer a meal with a view. This is also the place to hop aboard the water taxi to DC or head out for a sunset or sightseeing cruise.

Visit in the spring when the city is especially pretty with cherry trees and gardens in bloom. You can easily reach the famous DC cherry blossoms by water taxi or metro.

Submitted by Julie at Fun in Fairfax VA

Breckenridge, Colorado

Cute street of shops in Breckenridge decorated with holiday decor and snow piles.
Breckenridge

Imagine an old Victorian town with one main street lined with dozens of colorful buildings from the late 1800’s. Now, envision this street adorned with holiday decorations, lighted walkways and tall Christmas trees all decked out in festive ribbon, bows and lights.

Can you see the snow lightly falling?

You don’t have to imagine anymore. This is Breckenridge. One of the most beautiful towns in America.

Whether you come at the peak of ski season to enjoy the winter wonderland of skiing and tubing or in the summer for white water rafting, hiking or fly fishing, Breckenridge is a year-round family friendly destination.

Meander through galleries, take the chair lift up to Peak 7 or spend a relaxing day on Lake Dillon, Breckenridge has something for everyone. Come find out why this charming town is one of the USA’s most beautiful cities.

Submitted by Christine of Treasured Family Travels

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Large, white basilica against a cloud filled sky and a large tree
Carmel-by-the-Sea

Gorgeous Carmel-by-the-Sea on the amazing Monterey Peninsula in California is one of the prettiest small beach cities in the USA.  

Extraordinary beautiful Carmel is a famed upscale destination in the USA and a top beach destination in the USA. Stunning Carmel is celebrated for the exquisite natural setting next to the Pacific Ocean with magnificent ocean scenery and lovely sandy beaches.

Scenic 17-Mile Drive starts in Carmel and ends in Pacific Grove, and awesome Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and spectacular Big Sur are just around the corner. In addition, idyllic Carmel features a uniquely romantic and artistic vibe, adorable tree-shaded walkable streets, amazing art galleries, exclusive fine-dining restaurants, excellent wine tasting rooms, luxury shops, cozy homes, incredible cottages, and fabulous Carmel Mission basilica.

If you are looking for one of the most beautiful US cities, you need to check out incredible Carmel! Relax, shop, wine, and dine in pretty Carmel, drive scenic 17-Mile Drive, hike Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and check out some of the fantastic Big Sur activities for your next very best vacation.

Carmel is 2 hours from San Francisco and about 5 hours from Los Angeles. It’s a year-round destination thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate. But, moderate Indian summer in September and October is the best time for visiting Carmel.

Submitted by Milijana Gabrić of World Travel Connector 

Charleston, South Carolina

Picture taken from standing in the center of a street with old town buildings on each side
Charleston

One of the prettiest cities in the USA is Charleston, South Carolina. Known as the “Holy City,” you’ll fall in love with this Southern city.

What makes Charleston so special is its elegant charm and history-rich past. It’s also a foodie’s heaven and you’ll find several dishes that are local to Charleston such as She-crab soup, shrimp and grits, Planter’s punch, and more. Moreover, Charleston has a booming art scene and there are several galleries you can explore. Lastly, the natural landscape around the city is gorgeous with marshes, tidal pools, palmetto fronds, and beaches.

Charleston is a beautiful destination no matter the time of year. But, the best time to visit is during spring. Not only is the weather great, but you’ll also get to see the magnolias in bloom. Fall is also a good time to visit because the weather will be cooler.

During your getaway in Charleston, there are so many fun places to explore and things to do. Be sure to walk around the Battery. You’ll see historic homes on one side and Charleston Harbor on the other. If you’re interested in learning about Charleston’s spooky history, go on a ghost tour. Some other fun things to do include seeing Rainbow Row, visiting Charleston City Market, watching the sunset by the Pineapple Fountain, exploring Charleston Museum, and spending a few hours at Fort Sumpter National Monument.

Submitted by Disha at Disha Discovers

Chicago, Illinois

Large curved mirrored 'bean' in front of high-rise buildings in Chicago's Millenium Park
Chicago

One of the prettiest cities in the United States, Chicago is an absolute must-see. Located on the southern end of Lake Michigan, this city is all about life on the water.

Check out stunning views of the lake and, of course, an impressive skyline. It also has the name “the windy city” which is definitely for a reason. Even during the hot summer months, the city is incredibly windy and the weather tends to change quickly. During the winter it gets very cold so visiting in the summer is definitely recommended.

Make sure to go on a boat tour on the river to get some of the best views of the city. If you also enjoy history, spend a day or two in one of Chicago’s magnificent museums.

The Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Science and Industry are great places to spend an afternoon or even a whole day if you’re up for it. Head up to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck to see the city from above and enjoy incredible views of the lake.

Of course, no trip to The Windy City is complete without a day spent at the Millenium Park and the famous bean statue.

Submitted by Victoria at Guide Your Travel

Cleveland, Ohio

Nighttime image of the Cleveland waterfront with a lit up white bridge in the foreground and several tall buildings in the back.
Cleveland

While Cleveland got a bad rap decades ago, the city has come a long way towards being one of the beautiful cities in US. With plenty of beaches on the shores of Lake Erie, to the highly acclaimed Emerald Necklace of the Cleveland Metroparks, to the world-renowned museums and art districts, there is something of beauty in Cleveland for everyone.

Meander around University Circle and enjoy the splendors of Severance Hall, the Cleveland Museum of Art or the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Then, take a short drive and stop for lunch in Little Italy.

Did you know that Greater Cleveland has 40 craft breweries? Take a brewery tour see which one is your favorite!

Is nature more your calling? Between the Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (the only national park in Ohio), relish in the beautiful grandeur of hiking trails, waterfalls, canyons and ledges.

Enjoy the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad in the fall and experience the autumn hues at their best. This is the perfect time to visit Cleveland. With so many fun things to do in Cleveland, you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.

Submitted by Christine at Treasured Family Travels

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Tall, red rock formation against a deep blue sky.
Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods)

Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Clearly, those people have never sipped a Colorado craft beer at 6,000 feet above sea level while gazing at the majesty of Pikes Peak. A true four-season city, Colorado Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods.

From nearly every one of Colorado Springs’ 50+ craft breweries in our city, you can see the snow-capped, granite peak. The eagle-eyed can spy the Manitou Incline—the old cog-railway that now serves as an epic outdoor staircase. But just below you’ll see the Garden of the Gods, a cluster of red rock formations slicing into Colorado Springs’ clear blue sky—and with over 300+ days of sunshine—that’s a lot of blue.

Gazing left, you might see the outline of the Colorado Springs Olympic and Paralympic Museum—a modern structure housing the timeless achievements of US athletes at the games. Pikes Peak inspired the lyrics to America the Beautiful. Olympic City, USA sits at the base of America’s mountain.

Come hike Colorado Springs’ many trails, taking in all her natural beauty. Eat and drink to your heart’s delight while basking in the rich Old West history and traditions Colorado Springs was built on.

Submitted by Melody & Tanya from Colorado Hikes and Hops

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

City of Coeur d'Alene situated on a lake with the mountains behind it.
Coeur d’Alene

Located in the panhandle of the mountains of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene is one of the prettiest cities in the Northwest. Located on Lake Coeur d’Alene, the city has embraced outdoor living and integrated green space into the heart of the community.

Beautiful lakeside parks, an authentic western town at the core, and, of course, sparkling blue waters reflecting the surrounding mountains add to the city’s allure.

With an abundance of water sports, hiking, biking, and skiing, there’s something happening all year round. Still, the best time to visit is in late spring when the thin mountain air allows the sun to heat up the day and the flowers and plants around the city are bursting with color. A second close is fall, but then both spring and fall are my favorite times of the year.

While visiting Coeur d’Alene don’t miss the enchanting lake cruise. For the most fun onboard, book a “Summer Concert Cruise”, or a “Yoga and Mimosas Cruise.” After that, rent a boat, jet ski, or paddleboard and get out on the water for a few hours.

Alternatively, get lunch to go from one of the fabulous eateries on Sherman Street and have a picnic in Coeur d’Alene City Park where you can also visit the small, but highly rated, Museum of North Idaho.

Coeur d’Alene is one of the prettiest cities in the Northwest and it’s loaded with activities that are sure to please everyone in the family.

Submitted by Jim Vail at Roving Vails

Hilo, Hawaii

Large waterfall falling into a pool of water surrounded by greenery and a rainbow in front of the falls in Hilo, Hawaii.
Hilo

If you plan on visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, there’s so many cool things to do in Hilo on the east side of the island to make a visit worthwhile. Hilo is one of those wonderful cities of Hawaii that doesn’t change much with the times and still has that wonderful aloha feel and genuine friendly nature.

A walk around the old downtown district gives you that sense of place and old town appeal that is both charming and lived in. Close by are beautiful, small pocket beaches, stunning waterfalls, botanical gardens and even Volcanoes National Park at a close commute to see nature at its very best.

The old town district is alive with gorgeous street art, a newly remodeled farmers market and fantastic local shops that sell local foods, arts and crafts, clothing and other boutique shops that espouse small business dedication to the local community and also to visitors.

Hilo is a special place that doesn’t feel over touristy and there are so many charming parts of the city area that are well used and loved by locals in the area including Coconut Island, Reeds Bay, Liliuokalani gardens and even the waterfront bay area that all feature the outdoors, bay and beautiful coastline of the Hamakua coast.

Stay a few days in East Hawaii to see all the unique features and fun things to do while checking out the wonderful things that makes life and living in Hawaii so attractive.

Submitted by Noel Morata from This Hawaii Life

Key West, Florida

Bright, pastel colored sign reading Welcome to Mallory Square Market with a listing of the stores.
Key West

The last of the beautiful Florida Keys, Key West is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the US.

All that beauty starts on the way to Key West. To get to the island, drive the famous Overseas Highway, which is one of the most beautiful and epic road trips in the country.

Once you get to Key West, you will find a small but busy island with typical tropical architecture, bright colors, and stunning ocean views. On top of that is the sky. Since Key West is located near Cuba and the Caribbean, it has amazing weather and blue skies all year round.

The best time to go to Key West is, surprisingly, winter. That is when the temperatures are the most perfect for enjoying the beach and walking around town. During summer it gets way too hot!

Some must-see places on the island include the Southernmost Point Buoy, Smathers Beach, Duval Street, and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Going on a day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park is also lovely if you have the time! There are so many things to do in Key West, so come see one of the prettiest cities in America and explore our gorgeous slice of heaven.

Rent a bike and just ride along the island, taking in all the beautiful views. Don’t forget to visit Old Town while you are here!

Submitted by By Camila Neves from Travel Cami.

Madison, Wisconsin

Lakefront view of downtown Madison, WI
Madison

Wisconsin’s capital, Madison is not to be overlooked as the most beautiful U.S. city. It’s well known for its vibrant culture, diverse food options and is one of the safest cities to live in or visit across the entire United States.

With Wisconsin being a cold state, Madison has some freezing weather. If you want to avoid the harsh cold weather, visit the city during the summer months, where it can reach warm temperatures of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. There are also plenty of festivals that occur during this time, like the Madison Early Music Festival and Sugar Maple Music Festival.

The city is famous for the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. It’s one of the most popular pieces of architecture in the area that you must see if you’re visiting the city. They have daily tours where people can see the interior. 

Monona Terrace is another must-see place if you’re looking for stunning views. It gives you an incredible view of Lake Monona as well as the downtown area. There is also a cafe nearby to grab a quick bite for lunch. 

There are plenty of museums and exhibits throughout the city. Some of the most popular ones are the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Children’s Museum, and many more.

Submitted by Martin at Travel Explorator

Morrison, Colorado

Rows of concrete steps looking down at a red rocks amphitheater.
Morrison

The cityscape of Morrison, CO is a joy to behold. Located just 10 miles from Denver and surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, this small town has plenty of natural beauty to offer its residents. There are many reasons why Morrison is one of the most beautiful towns in America. 

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater makes this city a special place to visit.  The view from this landmark is incredible with the natural beauty of the red rocks providing a backdrop for concerts and other happenings. Locals love to visit Red Rocks Park whenever they can, while tourists flock there for its awe-inspiring views. 

The city also has many wonderful and delicious restaurants to try when visiting.  Whether you are looking for a breakfast spot, lunch joint or dinner destination, Morrison has delicious options to choose from. For the best coffee in town, stop by A Cup of Silly!

The weather is sunny and mild – making Morrison a great place to enjoy at any time of year. Make it a day trip and visit the local shops, museums, and the cute tiny town that is a must-see hidden gem. You won’t want to miss this beautiful and unique city when visiting the state of Colorado.

Submitted by Cortney Edwards of Tincanliving.blog

New Orleans, Louisiana

Holiday decorations lining a grand hall on both sides with tall white, lighted branches and christmas trees decorated with red bows and bulbs
New Orleans

Not only is New Orleans one of the world’s most fascinating, quirky, and fun cities, it is also one of the most beautiful. While Bourbon Street bars and Canal Street casinos are popular, much of the “beautiful” New Orleans is found outside those areas.

An architecture and cemetery walking tour of the French Quarter is a wonderful way to see some of New Orleans’ most gorgeous houses, porches, and famous gravesites. 

Another way to explore the beauty of New Orleans is by riding a streetcar to St Charles Avenue and savoring classic scenes featuring majestic live oak trees and romantic wrought-iron porches.
The gumbo of cultures—historic and current—makes New Orleans unlike any other city in the world.

Visit the ultra-Catholic St Louis Cathedral and walk a block to the Voodoo Museum and then a few blocks to cemeteries with symbolism from both religions.

The best New Orleans restaurants are among the most memorable US dining experiences but amazing culinary delights can be found in all price ranges. That cultural gumbo led to the creation of Jazz—and listening to live jazz in New Orleans is a special treat.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the world’s most famous events. Tour Mardi Gras World to learn about Mardi Gras history while seeing floats and figures in various stages for the next Mardi Gras. Visit in December when houses and hotel lobbies are lavishly decorated to see one of the prettiest cities in America really come to life.

Submitted by Charles McCool of McCool Travel

New York, New York

View of New York City skyline at sunset
New York

It’s unlikely ‘pretty’ is the first adjective you think of when conjuring up images of New York City. But after you peel away the gritty concrete facade, NYC is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

An excitable buzz transcends relentlessly from the famous downtown Manhattan skyline, all the way up through Midtown as far as arguably the single prettiest place in New York City – Central Park.

The Mall and Bethesda Terrace are highlights of a romantic walk around Central Park, which is one of two free and best things to do on a visit to NYC. The other is an unforgettable walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset with extraordinary views over Lower Manhattan and the symbolic Statue of Liberty.

But, in order to truly appreciate just how uniquely attractive New York City can be, stand on top of the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock or Edge. Seeing the most recognizable urban landscape on the planet from above will blow you away.

New York City is a four season adventure playground for tourists. A case can be made for each but Winter – particularly around Christmas – brings a magical (and snowy if you’re lucky!) atmosphere to the city.

It may not be conventionally pretty, but New York City’s culture, diversity and iconic bucket list landmarks are unwaveringly attractive.

Submitted by Mark and Kristen from Where Are Those Morgans

Newport, Rhode Island

Dark red house with an American flag above the doorway and white and yellow flowers surrounding the house.
Newport

No visit to the East Coast is complete without visiting coastal gem Newport, Rhode Island. Founded in 1639, Newport is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., and is a history and architecture lover’s dream.

Its coastal location makes it more temperate than other parts of New England, making a trip possible year-round, but Newport truly is at its best in the summer, when everything is in bloom and the sun is shining.

Start your visit by exploring the historic neighborhood, The Point, for gorgeous houses dating back to the 17th century, and strolling around downtown for great local boutiques and window-shopping along Thames Street.

While you’re here, you absolutely can’t miss the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue– some of the most iconic real estate in the country, with manicured lawns, sprawling square footage, and unique architectural additions. Entry prices for the mansions can be steep, but if you’re interested in architecture you should prioritize touring one.

Some recommendations include Rosecliff (where the 1974 Great Gatsby movie was filmed) or The Breakers, which belonged to the Vanderbilt family. Behind these mansions is the Cliff Walk, a 3.5 mile long National Recreation Trail with gorgeous views of the water on one side and the back of the mansions on the other.

Submitted by Tegan + Alex of Why Not Walk Travel Guides

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Turquoise and purple doors of houses on Elfreth's Alley - the oldest street in America.
Philadelphia

One of America’s prettiest cities is also one of the oldest. Of course, we’re talking about Philadelphia. This city was The Birthplace of America and was also the first capital. And around every corner, history and beauty waits for discovery.

The city is full of beautiful Federalist buildings dating from the Revolutionary period, including the famous Independence Hall. But Philly’s Old City is much more than this one building. Visitors can see Benjamin Franklin’s old haunts (including the B. Free Franklin Post Office) and the home of flagmaker Betsy Ross. But some of the most charming buildings can be found in the side streets and alleys of Old City, including Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest street in America.

And while history is at the top of the list for many visitors, there are tons of other fun things to do in Philly. This city is also known as the City of Murals. While Philadelphia gave birth to the modern mural movement in 1967, this urban art form took off in the 1980s with the establishment of the Mural Arts Program. Today, there are over 3,000 official murals and tens of thousands of unofficial ones throughout the city – what is believed to be the densest concentration of murals anywhere in the world.

When you tire of sightseeing, head to one of the city’s gardens. Philadelphia is America’s garden capital and has 36 large public parks and gardens. Relaxing under a tree enjoying river views is a great way to spend some time.

Submitted by Lance and Laura Longwell from Guide to Philly

San Antonio, Texas

Old stone fort in San Antonio.
San Antonio

There’s no other city in the Lone Star state that receives so many visitors each year, and it’s not hard to see why.

From learning about history to hiking in San Antonio, visitors are pleased with the city’s long list of attractions and activities.

Beyond that, San Antonio is home to a long and storied history. Over the centuries, this great city has changed hands many times from Native Americans to Spanish explorers and German immigrants.

As you can imagine, the outcome is a unique blend of cultural influences and an unbeatable travel experience.

To get the most out of your trip to this lovely city, you will want to visit San Antonio between November-April when the hotel rates are considerably lower, and the weather is comfortable—the maximum average temperature is 72°F-81°F in this period.

Be sure not to miss the San Antonio River Walk, where you can explore on foot and sit back and relax under the bald cypress trees lining the banks of the river.

Also, the Alamo has over 300 years under its belt, and you can’t possibly think of visiting San Antonio without standing in front of this stunning fortress.

To top off your experience, head over to the famous San Antonio Missions. This national historical park is Texas’ only Unesco World Heritage Site, and there are multiple rest stops along the 15-mile hike trail connecting them.

But don’t linger too long–incredible architecture and beautifully preserved pieces of history await! Come visit one of the most architecturally beautiful cities in America.

Submitted by Katelyn from Roaming the USA

San Diego, California

Woman in red dress standing between two green bushes in front of an ocean with a view of the San Diego skyline behind her
San Diego

While San Diego may not spring to mind when you first think of the prettiest cities in America, you would be surprised once you get there. The city itself has palm tree-lined streets, gorgeous boardwalks with vintage post lamps, and of course the beaches themselves.

The outdoor beauty is what really takes the cake here. Within San Diego County you can be in the mountains or at the beach within minutes. There are some incredible hikes that will give you sweeping views of the city and the valley below.

You can also hike at cliffs near the beach or kayak the La Jolla Caves or at Lake Murray. There are plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy here that make this one of the prettiest cities to visit.

San Diego really is a year-round destination. Spring means all the flower fields are in bloom, Summer brings hot days at the beach and cool nights, Fall has gorgeous weather as well, and there are mild temperatures in winter also. Winter just brings a bit more rain.

Mission Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area with an iconic boardwalk but there are so many other hidden gems in San Diego. Be sure to check out the Sunset Cliffs Caves at Point Loma where you’ll find beautiful views of the city and ocean.

Submitted by Chelsey from Chelsey Explores

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Orange washed stucco water fountain in the side of a building surrounded by trees
Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico is a city unlike any other in the United States. Located in the Caribbean, the city is one of the oldest in North America, dating back to 1521. 

San Juan is home to colorful Spanish colonial architecture and has a rich history, including one of the oldest forts – El Morro. 

This giant Spanish-era fort has been guarding the city for hundreds of years. Similarly, Castillo San Cristobal is another fortification protecting the city, with gorgeous water views throughout. 

After stopping by the forts, explore San Juan’s narrow cobblestone streets by foot. The Paseo de la Princesa is a perfect introduction to the city. This tree-lined promenade will take you along the water through fountains, plazas, and the old city walls. Stop at the famous Umbrella Street, as well as the Capilla de Cristo – two great spots for photos. 

Tired from all the walking? Take a break at Barrachina – where the piña colada was created. And don’t leave San Juan without trying the mofongo, it’s Puerto Rico’s most famous dish!

Visit San Juan in winter or spring for the best weather, and to avoid potential hurricanes. San Juan is a magical place, and a must-have destination on any Puerto Rico itinerary

Submitted by Ale at Sea Salt & Fog

Santa Barbara, California

View of the top of a city with red tiled roofs and lots of stucco buildings.
Santa Barbara

Without a doubt, Santa Barbara is one of the prettiest cities you can visit in the USA. Located on the coast of Central California, the city has an enviable setting, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop and the Pacific Ocean at its feet.

Santa Barbara is famous for its Mediterranean-style red-tiled roofs, which have led to its being called “the American Riviera.” Its beautiful architecture and year-round great weather make it a compelling destination any time of the year. 

There are so many fun things to do in Santa Barbara! History buffs can visit the beautiful Santa Barbara Spanish mission, or the Presidio, the fort built by the Spanish. Garden lovers can head to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, or Lotusland in Montecito.

Of course, you have to spend time on the beach when you visit Santa Barbara. East Beach is right by downtown, but if you are willing to drive a bit, Butterfly Beach in Montecito has great sunsets. 

Downtown Santa Barbara makes for a fun stroll, with lots of shopping, art galleries, and dining. And for fantastic 360-degree views, head to the Clock Tower of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Go on a cruise or a kayaking trip to enjoy views of the city from the water. 

Whatever you choose to do in Santa Barbara, you will have a great visit, guaranteed!

Submitted by Dhara from Roadtripping California

Savannah, Georgia

Boardwalk at sunset with a bridge spanning a river in the background.
Savannah

Millions of visitors travel to Savannah each year to see the city’s beautiful Southern oaks — which are covered in Spanish moss — and to watch as horse-drawn carriages clippety-clop past stunning mansions throughout the Historic District. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as soon as you arrive!

Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Savannah, but fall and Christmas are also beautiful. Summer is the only “bad” time, thanks to the oppressive Southern heat and humidity.

A few must-see landmarks in the city include the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and Bonaventure Cemetery, which is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world! You might also enjoy snapping photos in front of the famous fountain in Forsyth Park, watching as giant container ships arrive into port along River Street, or going for an after-dinner stroll along picturesque Jones Street.

Since Savannah’s Historic District is so small, the best way to get around is on foot. You’ll notice more details that way, and it’ll help you burn calories from all the delicious Southern-style meals you’ll enjoy while you’re in town! Be sure to take plenty of breaks during the summertime by stopping to rest on a bench in one of the squares — just like Forrest Gump did in Chippewa Square. There are 22 charming squares to explore here in one of the most attractive cities in US.

Submitted by Erin Clarkson at Savannah First-Timer’s Guide.

Seattle, Washington

Large marina with boats of all sizes against a dark blue sky
Seattle

Seattle, Washington is nestled between three national parks and shines as one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. It is the stunning natural scenery that sets it apart. Aptly named the Emerald City, you will find trees and flowering plants are abundant. 

It is bordered by Puget Sound on the west, boasting forested islands and the mountainous backdrop of Olympic National Park. To the east is picturesque Lake Washington with the dramatic Cascade Range behind it. And commanding everyone’s view from throughout the city is majestic Mount Rainier rising over 14,000 feet above the city.

Every season offers unique opportunities to visitors, but early fall is the ideal time to visit Seattle. Summer crowds and high-season prices are both gone, but the famous rainy weather hasn’t yet obscured the views. 

As you plan your trip to Seattle, you’ll find there is something for everyone. To take in some of the scenery, get out on the water with a ferry ride on Puget Sound or a kayak rental on Lake Washington. Enjoy some of the best views in the city with beautiful walks through Lincoln Park and Volunteer Park.  Do some shopping and restaurant hopping at iconic Pike Place Market. Then choose between world-class museums like Chihuly Garden and Glass, The Museum of Pop Culture (MOPOP), the Pacific Science Center, and the Nordic Heritage Museum. 

Submitted by Erica at Trip Scholars

Sedona, Arizona

Red rock formations against a blue sky.
Sedona

One of the most beautiful places in Arizona—and for that matter, in the country—is the stunning small city of Sedona. Known for its striking red rock buttes, Sedona is a popular day trip from Phoenix

There’s plenty to do in Sedona to keep you busy for a day or as long as you have to spend. There are a lot of hiking trails with stunning views, and some favorites are Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, and the amazing natural arch, Devil’s Bridge. 

For something a little different, visit Oak Creek that peacefully meanders through the area. Or, tap into the spiritual vibe of this community and visit a vortex to see if you can feel the energy. There are a lot of great shops in Sedona including locally-made items, artist galleries, and crystals.

For some creative fun, see if you can find Snoopy Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Coffee Pot Rock among the buttes. No need to look up to the clouds to find shapes when the red rocks are available for that.

Spring, summer, and fall are all popular times to visit Sedona, though there’s something to be said for seeing snowfall on the brilliant red rock backdrop in the city. You really can’t find a bad time to visit Sedona!

Come check out one of the most beautiful small towns in America.

Submitted by Sam from My Flying Leap

Seward, Alaska

Marina with light blue water and lots of boats against a mountainous region in the background.
Seward

On the Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Alaska is known for its beautiful coastline, halibut and salmon fishing, and wildlife viewing. Located 2.5 hours south of Anchorage, it’s also the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. With snow-capped mountains and glaciers in the distance, Seward is one of the most beautiful US cities.

Summer is the best time to visit as the weather is mild and daylight is at its peak – up to 19 hours mid-summer.

Many travelers fly into Anchorage, Alaska’s capital, and then make the scenic drive from Anchorage to Seward on the Seward Highway. Once here, visitors can embark on a variety of adventures.

Fishing charters are popular and can last half a day or all day on the beautiful Resurrection Bay. Glacier and wildlife cruises explore stunning Kenai Fjords National Park. Wildlife viewing is impressive as whales, otters, orcas and sea lions are common sights.

Hikers will enjoy exploring Kenai Fjords’ Exit Glacier on foot. Easy trails lead almost right up to the toe of the icy blue glacier.

At the end of a full day exploring the picturesque surroundings, visitors to Seward can enjoy a variety of restaurants, shops and Seward’s own local brewery. 

Submitted by Deanne from Scenic and Savvy

Waikiki, Hawaii

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Waikiki

If you’re looking for the perfect blend of a bustling city atmosphere with serene ocean views, look no further than Waikiki, Hawaii.  Could this be the most beautiful city in USA?

Waikiki is a neighborhood in Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii, and it’s located on the island of Oahu. There isn’t a bad time to visit Oahu—the tropical weather makes for pleasant weather year-round. However, the best time to visit Waikiki is during April – June or September – November—when the peak tourist season has ended, but the weather is still beautiful.  

In Waikiki, visitors can enjoy access to a stunning tropical beach lined with tons of restaurants, shops, resorts, and activities—all within walking distance! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a rainbow arching across the ocean in the morning and a breathtaking sunset in the evening.  

Some of the best things to do in Waikiki include surfing, kayaking, or bodyboarding at Waikiki Beach, hiking the Diamond Head Summit Trail for phenomenal views of the island, and shopping for local and luxury items on Kalakaua Avenue.  

A few great places to eat in Waikiki are Duke’s Waikiki—an iconic surf ‘n’ turf restaurant and beach bar located in the lobby of the Outrigger Waikiki Bech Resort, or SKY Waikiki—a seafood and cocktail bar located on the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza. 

Submitted by Brittany Sawyer of Travel by Brit

Your Take

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