Most popular cities in America

Published: Feb 26, 2021, Updated: Dec 07, 2021 | Tags: ESTA for Tourism, COVID-19

The United States of America has thousands of cities, which are visited by millions of people from all over the world either for tourism or business purposes. However, there are a handful of cities that offer distinct character, scenery, history, economic growth, or unique features. Below are some of the popular destinations in America.

New York City, New York

New York is the most popular city in the U.S. Manhattan, also known as the Big Apple, is one of the largest financial and cultural hubs in the world courtesy of Wall Street and the Broadway theatres. New York is known as the city that never sleeps. It is home to several of the world's most iconic restaurants, shopping outlets, neighbourhoods, and museums. Sights include Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Central Park among others. New York continues to be a popular destination for tourists, investors, and even job seekers.

Los Angeles, California

Also known as the City of Angels, it's a widely renowned destination to travelers around the world. Los Angeles is the world's hub for entertainment and luxury property, not to mention home to celebrities, fame, and fortune. Much of its fame is because it houses several world-renowned museums and parks, beaches, and neighbourhoods such as Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Other tourist attractions include Hollywood Hills, the iconic Hollywood sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios Hollywood, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is the largest city in the Mojave Desert in Nevada. The city is recognized around the world for its casinos and bright lights, as well as world-class hotels, exhibits, theme parks, museums, and several other recreational centers. Las Vegas has been nicknamed the entertainment capital of the world due to its broad scope of entertainment options. It has long been a popular destination for gambling, shopping, nightlife, sporting events, bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, weekend getaways, and even family road trips.

Washington DC

This city is known by the fact that it's the capital of America. In addition to being a working federal city, it's also a picturesque tourist destination, an international metropolis, and has an unmatched treasury of America's history. Washington DC is home to many museums and monuments, which are a dedication to the founding fathers, presidents, and even citizens who have made a difference in American history. They include the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, several incredible Smithsonian museums, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the White House.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is another popular city in the U.S. Much of its fame is due to its eclectic food scene, cool maritime climate, steep hills, an easy-going artistic culture, the pastel Victorian homes, and Alcatraz Island. This city offers many outdoor activities that are in nearby suburbs. Millions of tourists and business people visit San Francisco every year.

San Diego, California

San Diego has 70 miles of beaches, making it a popular destination for millions of local and international tourists. It features world-class family attractions, which include the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, and the nearby LEGOLAND California. One of America's largest entertainment conventions, the San Diego Comic-Con International, also takes place in San Diego and draws a large following to the city every year.

San Diego has also become one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. with a thriving business environment. Start-up and high-tech companies are launching in the city, as there is a large highly educated workforce due to numerous universities and vocational institutions in the city. All these features make San Diego a popular destination for tourists, beach enthusiasts and young professionals

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is one of the largest and most populated cities in the U.S. The city is located on an edge of the Lake Michigan shores. The strong wind breezes from the lake of give the city its nickname ‘Windy City’. It's widely known for its jazz music and improvised comedy. There are live music performances at theatres across the city. Chicago also offers a varied restaurant scene, iconic skyscrapers and architecture, as well as several parks, and museums.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is one of the most historically significant cities in America. The city was home to the country's first hospital, zoo, stock exchange, and library. Philadelphia was also the first capital of the country. Philadelphia’s most historic sites include the Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell among others.

A lot has changed in Philadelphia over the years making it less of an industrial city. It currently features the world's largest landscaped park, Fairmount Park. It also has more outdoor artworks than any other city in the U.S. The city is also popular among job seekers with several large companies located in the area.

Seattle, Washington

This city is known to many as the Emerald City due to its lush evergreen forests. As one of the biggest port cities in the country, visitors experience a mix of waterside views and cruises. Seattle is also well-known for its coffee. Pike Place Market is one of the oldest and most famous farmers markets in America. Seattle also is home to the iconic Space Needle, and a lively music scene. It's also one of the top tech cities in the U.S. with a thriving environment for start-ups.

Miami, Florida

Miami is one of the most visited cities in the U.S. The city is known for its sunny weather, sandy beaches, palm trees, exotic lifestyle, and Latin culture. It's one of the well-known party cities in the world with several nightlife options for visitors. Miami is also a popular destination for car enthusiasts, especially in the summer when luxury and classic cars can be seen on the streets. All these features combined and it's a tourist destination that's worth a visit.


There are thousands of cities in America. However, some cities are likely to offer travelers more than others due to their climate, activities, landmarks, culture, food scene or other differentiator. Of the ten cities listed above, there should be at least one or two that would provide visitors with an enjoyable experience on their next visit to the United States.

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