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The Most American Cities in the USA
Looking to make an Independence Day getaway? Why not swing through one of our five picks for the most American cities in the USA?
Need to get in the spirit for your next patriotic party? Why not visit one (or all) of the five most American cities in the USA? From a night on the town in the Big Apple to a walking tour of Beantown, there’s something for everybody on our list.
The City of Brotherly Love was home to the federal government long before Washington, D.C. claimed its capital status in 1790. Several of the most important buildings in our nation’s history still stand there, like Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was written¹. After you’ve checked it out, swing by the Liberty Bell. In the mood for even more history? Take a stroll through history in Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential neighborhood². Then, after the sun goes down, wine and dine at one of more than 80 restaurants and bars in Old City, regarded as America’s most historic square mile³. Few things get you in the spirit to celebrate our nation than being in the place it all began!
Nashville, Tennessee’s perfect marriage of rich history and contemporary culture made it an easy pick for our list. Dating back to 1779, Nashville became a prosperous and significant shipping port, which made it a valuable asset in the Civil War. Following the war, the city boomed, eventually giving birth to the only genre of music that America can claim its own: country music. Today, Music City, USA is a bustling metropolis teeming with things to do. And if you thought Nashville was great during the day, wait until you experience its nightlife! Regularly ranked among the foodiest cities in America, there’s no shortage of fine wine and dining (or bars and clubs to hit up after dinner)⁴. It’s well worth the drive no matter where you’re coming from!
If America is a melting pot, then no city is more American than Houston. Despite its international status, Houston has a number of all-American activities for you to enjoy. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest of its kind, rides into town each March for a month-long good time⁵. In the mood for a Major League Baseball game? Catch the Houston Astros — originally called the Houston Colt 45s after “the gun that won the west” — at Minute Maid Park⁶. Not into baseball? Visit NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, one of the United States’ proudest institutions. If all that walking around is making you hungry, sit down at one of Houston’s famous barbecue joints. Wash it down and find inspiration with a cocktail at Julep, an all-American cocktail bar that’s steeped in southern charm and is regularly ranked among the best Houston has to offer⁷.
Anybody who’s ever heard of the Boston Tea Party will understand why Beantown earns a spot on our list. Founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers, Boston is old — really old⁸. In fact, it’s one of the first cities in the United States. Diving into Boston’s rich history is easy on The Freedom Trail, a walking tour that hits many of the city’s most historic sites. Stops include Old North Church, where Paul Revere’s two lanterns warned of the British invasion and the Bunker Hill Monument, commemorating one of the most infamous battles of the Revolutionary War⁹. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll find a city that knows how to have a good time. Stroll through the campus of Harvard University, one of the world’s most prestigious colleges. Stop for a bowl or two of the best clam chowder on earth. Treat yourself to a box seat with the world-famous Boston Symphony Orchestra. Go whale watching on the Atlantic Ocean. And if all that has made you thirsty, take a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery before sitting down to a pint.
New York City
If there’s anybody with more hometown pride than a Bostonian, it’s a New Yorker. No list of the most American cities would be complete without the one that’s first to everybody’s mind: the Big Apple! Perhaps the world’s most internationally known city, NYC features some of America’s (and the world’s) best-known landmarks: the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, the Guggenheim, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square — to name a few of its hundreds¹⁰. Take an afternoon nap in Central Park before stopping by Rockefeller. Seen all the sights? Stop for a slice of famous New York City pizza and then catch a live show on Broadway or walk down Madison Avenue, home of advertising¹¹. If you need a little more excitement, stop by American icon Coney Island for a hot dog and a roller coaster ride. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s no exaggeration to say that you can find it in NYC.
There you have it: Our top five most American cities in the USA. Each of them should have just what you need to spark an idea for your next Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Veterans Day celebration. Still feeling uninspired? Head over to our DIY section for even more patriotic inspiration!
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