Traveling around the world can open your eyes to so many things – different cultures, new experiences and unique ways of living. Yet there will always be a place in your heart for home. There are towns and cities all over the world that you hate to leave, and that is trumpeted around the travel-sphere as the best places to go, like London (Uk), Bangkok (Thailand), Berlin (Germany), and Denpasar (Bali). And there are American cities that are voted among the best to visit – like New York and California – yet there will always be places in your home country that you feel are far better than anywhere else.
Plus, as much as traveling is an amazing experience and you feel like you could do it for the rest of your life, there is something about being home that fills you with contentment. Like not having to check each coin you pull out of your pocket or knowing what everyone is saying no matter the dialect or slang being used. You know how the country works, from driving to the school system.
America has some of the most amazing cities, each with their individual virtues and faults – but sometimes it’s those faults that make us love them even more. America is known around the world for its patriotism, and with over 325 million citizens (at the time of writing this) it’s easy to see, in numbers, the love of living in the US.
Over 64% of immigrants living in the US have undertaken the process of becoming a US citizen. This sort of love for America just goes to show how amazing parts of this country really is.
Here are some of the top cities which will make you want to up sticks and settle down.
Denver is filled with art – from the galleries and museums to the buildings which stretch from stately Victorian homes, to art-deco stores, to ultra-modern skyscrapers. This city has plenty to offer in the way of restaurants and shopping outlets. It has a history of jazz which still shines through today.
New York City, Manhattan
New York is one of the most iconic cities in America’s history. It has strong links in history as being the most fashionable place in the US during the Victorian era, where anyone who was anyone had a home along 5th avenue. The enormous mansions now nestled in between some of the greatest shops, coffee house, and bars in the state. It has been immortalised throughout cinematography, with shows like Sex in the City, and, How I Met Your Mother. New York is high in tourists, but full of great places to see (outside of the tourist-sphere) that you only discover when you live there.
Austin is truly a hidden gem. Not many people outside of the US know of the many wonders this city holds. From the natural swimming grotto (Hamilton Pool) and the Barton Springs Pool to the historical museums and the delicious, hearty food of the south – what more could you want? Austin boasts some of the most luxurious apartments and sprawling homes in the state, and it’s definitely somewhere you could enjoy home life.
Let’s state the obvious – Disney World, there isn’t anything else to discuss. Not only does Orlando have Disney World and the Magic Kingdom, Orlando also boasts the Universal studio’s theme park. And not only does it have these fantastic attractions, but it also has amazing weather and plenty of lakes and the ocean for water sports. It really is a well-rounded city for those who love life outside.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is the festival capital of the country, with Mardi Gras as its crowning glory. It also has a rich history in magick, with voodoo queens and witches. The city is built on its extensive history and the french quarter is one of the best places to see the history of the place. With the bayou just down the road, there are plenty of opportunities to see the natural wild life, but be careful where you go and at what time of year. The unsuspecting can get lost, and there are the odd ‘gator attacks.
This city is perfect for everyone. It has hikes, parks, shopping districts and museums. There is plenty to do in this city. Indianapolis has a fantastic reputation to live in for new, and existing families. And with one of the largest children’s museum’s in the world, it is definitely geared towards benefiting children.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
A perfect blend of modern America and Native America, Albuquerque definitely has its roots in history. The annual balloon fiesta lights up the entire city, with crowds coming from all over to see it. The low cost of living is nothing to say no to either.
This city isn’t just for the history buff, with its artists’ row and the ease of access to the ocean and sailing the city is a diverse place to live. It does, however, have the morbid history of the Witch trials. This will either intrigue you or put you off – either way, it’s an important part of American history and with multiple museums dedicated to that time in history – it won’t be forgotten.
San Francisco, California
San Fran is one of the most cultural cities in the US – it centers around art, from performances to paintings, to opera, to sculptures. San Francisco is the place to be for art lovers and those looking for a chilled yet passionate pace to life. And of course the bridge is there just ready for those all important photographs. Tourists do tend to flock here for that one reason, but the city offers so much more that you won’t really mind.
Tulsa is a slower paced city, with locals who welcome outsiders with open arms. With ample museums, parks and a zoo, there are plenty of opportunities for days out. Tulsa does boast some unique boutique shopping. The fact that the locals love it does say something about its natural charm.
Boston has some great food – from chain restaurants to artisan and ethnic food. There are great places to shop and to see the city. With walking tours, parks and great venues for running – staying active in Boston is not a hard thing to do.
Get off the mainland and live in the perfect paradise that is Hawaii. Honolulu benefits both from the modern American influence, but the city, like the whole island, keeps its native roots firmly on show. You are never far from the beach in Hawaii, and even living in a city this remains the case – you can live in the metropolis bliss, then grab your surfboard and spend the day on the waves. Great food can be found across the island, and nowhere is too far to travel.
Love country music? Good because Nashville is full of it – there is music around every corner, and everyone is ready to sing along and click those heels to the next beat. This happy-go-lucky town is full of new opportunities and some fantastic bars to enjoy the music in.
San Diego, California
Apart from the internationally-known San Diego Zoo (which doesn’t mean dismiss it), San Diego offers fantastic beaches, parks, and shopping districts. The weather is great, and the city has sport at its heart. This city is great for couples, family and students alike.