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While I’ve traveled pretty extensively through Europe and Asia, I’ve barely scratched the surface of my own country. I’ve always dreamed of taking an all-American road trip from sea to shining sea, but even a massive trip like that would leave out quite a few places. After sharing my list of places I’d like to visit in Europe, I thought it would be fun to do a similar list for the US of A. Here are the top 5 cities on my ‘Murica travel bucket list.
1. Austin, TX
I’ve wanted to visit Austin for as long as I can remember. It’s home to South by Southwest. My favorite yoga teacher lives there. I dream of working from one of the city’s quirky coffee shops where the barista knows your name. Okay, so maybe I’m concocting a bit of a fantasy, but as a lover of all things hippie-dippie, I have a feeling I would really vibe with this city.
2. Savannah, GA
After falling head over heels for Charleston last year, Savannah is next on my southeast hit list. It looks like such a cute, charming southern city that would be perfect for wandering—my preferred mode of transportation. I am also dying to take a ghost tour and see some of Savannah’s most haunted locales. Then I’d round out my trip with a few helpings of sausage gravy and biscuits, a dish that is objectively better south of the Mason Dixon line.
3. Seattle, WA
Is it weird to want to visit a city because they have an amazing market? Pike Place Market has been on my foodie bucket list for forever now, and I’d really like to spend a day (or two) eating my way through all of the stalls here. And since I’m big on cafes, I’d love to check out some of Seattle’s famous coffee culture as well.
4. Chicago, IL
One of my first big jobs as a travel writer was researching and writing about the best restaurants in Chicago. While I’ve never been, I sort of feel like I know the city already. I’d love to check out the Art Institute of Chicago, and I’d better get there soon because there’s a great Rodin exhibition going on right now. Then, without telling my beloved Rose’s Pizza in New York, I’d like to go on a citywide tour of Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza. Since there are so many great hotels in Chicago and it’s just a short trip from New York, I need to make it a priority!
5. Memphis, TN
I visited Tennessee very briefly in 2011 to see Nashville and attend Bonnaroo, but I never made it as far west as Memphis. I’m not a huge country fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it would be fun to tour Graceland and listen to some blues at the bars on Beale St. I also wouldn’t mind being blown away by some of the city’s famous BBQ (I’ve heard great things about The Rendezvous).
What are some cities in the US that you’re dying to visit?