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Top 50 US Cities To Visit From Each State

The best places to visit in the U.S. are as spectacular as they are diverse: the glaciers of Alaska, the canyons of Arizona, the Ozarks of Arkansas, and this is just the first letter of the alphabet. Add to that a fascinating history, world-class museums, and a plethora of resorts and restaurants, and you’ve got a list of must-visits that’s almost impossible to cover. Here we have compiled 50 cities to visit from each 50 states.

50. Alabama :


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The city named after Birmingham, England, was founded during the Civil War. Today, it is Alabama’s largest city. Because it was once the south’s main industrial area, it was given the nickname of “the Pittsburgh of the South.” Birmingham is the cultural capital of Alabama, with the largest art museum (Birmingham Museum of Art) in the southeastern United States. You’ll also find ballet, symphony, and opera companies here as well as several theatres for the performing arts. Birmingham is host to several music and film festivals, including the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival that draws filmmakers from around the world.

Must-see attractions in Birmingham:

Some of the must-see attractions in Birmingham are as follow.

1. Civil Rights District.
2. Birmingham Railroad Park.
3. Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
4. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
5. Birmingham Museum of Art.
6. Red Mountain Park.
7. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge. …
8. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

49. Alaska

Glacier Bay

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, large natural area in southeastern Alaska, U.S., on the Gulf of Alaska. It was declared as a national monument in 1925, established as a national park and preserve in 1980, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. The park is best known for its massive glaciers but is also an ideal destination for those seeking wildlife, kayaking, or simply a chance to getaway.

Must-do things in Glacier Bay:

  • Hiking rafting
  • Sail a cruise ship
  • Kayaking

48. Arizona

Whitaker Point:

Arizona, 50 US States
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Whitaker Point is a stunning Arkansas that has appeared in Disney movies, as well as a journalist’s article regarding the best places to be kissed! No wonder. It offers views that will leave you speechless. Beware, though, for Whitaker Point is as dangerous as it is beautiful. The edge of the rock is steeper and narrower than you’d first think, and this beautiful spot has seen tragedy in its time.

Must-see attractions in Whitaker Point:

Grand Canyon

This massive natural wonder gives Arizona its nickname as The Grand Canyon State, and it’s understandable why the attraction is a source of pride for the state. Former President Theodore Roosevelt was right when he said, “In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.” Travelers can hike or ride mules around the North Rim or raft the Colorado River to explore this national park.

47. Arkansas


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Fayetteville is located in a region that’s experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale – has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce, and entrepreneurialism. The area known as Northwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Walmart, the headquarters of Tyson Foods, and the home of the University of Arkansas.

Must see attractions in Fayetteville

  • Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens
  • Baum Stadium
  • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
  • Theatre Squared
  • Lake Fayetteville

46. California

San Francisco

San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and colorful Victorian houses. The Financial District’s Transamerica Pyramid is its most distinctive skyscraper. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison.

Must-see attractions in San Francisco

  • Golden Gate ParkUnion Square
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Lombard Street

Reasons to visit San Francisco

  • Cable cars
  • Liberal culture
  • Bay views
  • Hippie culture
  • Art museums
  • Mission District

45. Colorado


Denver , 50 US States
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Denver , Colorado, The Mile High City is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Denver is an outdoor city known for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving craft breweries, chef-driven dining and red-hot music scene, all within easy reach of the Rocky Mountains.

Reasons to visit Denver

  • Outdoor activities
  • Breweries
  • LoDo
  • Parks & gardens
  • The Old West
  • Outdoor dining

Must-see attractions in Denver

  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Trail running

44. Connecticut


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From its origins as a Connecticut River trading post in 1633, Hartford has become not only the state capital but also the insurance capital of the world, with beautiful historical attractions, thriving arts and entertainment centers, a revitalized riverfront and beautiful parks and public gardens. It was here that the lovable Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were born in the imagination of celebrated author Mark Twain and immortalized on paper during the writer’s Hartford years.

Must see attractions in Harford

  1. The Mark Twain House & Museum
  2. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts Park
  4. Connecticut State Capitol

43. Delaware


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Wilmington is a vibrant riverfront city and the most accessible coastal area in the state. The pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk winds along the Cape Fear River, connecting many of the city’s shops, cafés, and nightlife with waterfront hotels, parks, and the Port City Marina. Annual festivals, such as Riverfest, Wilmington Beer Week, and the world-famous North Carolina Azalea Festival, attract crowds year-round. Three nearby island beaches offer even more dining, attractions, and water sports.

Must-see attractions in Wilmington

  1. Battleship North Carolina
  2. Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown
  3. Riverwalk
  4. New Hanover country Arboretum

42. Florida


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Miami is known as the ‘Magical City’ and, for once, the nickname perfectly suits its subject. There’s nowhere as interesting as Miami.

Wherever you go, from the Art Deco condos of Miami Beach to the beautiful-people populated clubs of South Beach, Miami transports its visitors to another world, a world of glamor, decadence, and pure pleasure.

Part of the magic is Miami’s role as a meeting point for cultures. With everyone from Cuban exiles to elderly New Yorkers, European surfers to Venezuelan dancers, Orthodox Jews, and Caribbean musicians to college party animals, the people of Miami are half the show themselves.

What to do in Miami

  1. Take a Trip to the Everglades
  2. Go to Monkey Island
  3. See All of Miami’s Beaches
  4. Tour Miami’s Museums
  5. Visit South Beach

41. Georgia


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Savannah is one of the most romantic cities in the United States. Its historic downtown district is filled with towering live oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, and dramatic antebellum mansions that survived General William Tecumseh Sherman’s fiery march to the sea during the Civil War. Savannah has maintained a storybook look, thanks to painstaking restorations. But its creative center the Savannah College of Art & Design has helped spur forward-thinking urban-renewal projects.

Must-see attractions in Savannah

  1. Savannah Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise
  2. Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
  3. Historic Savannah Guided Walking Tour
  4. Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Walking Tour

40. Hawai’i


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The fact is, almost all of Oahu is worth a visit. Some sights and attractions, however, are considerably more common because they deliver an experience that truly captures Oahu ‘s essence.

Must see attractions in Oahu

  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial
  • Diamond Head
  • Iolani Palace
  • Kualoa Ranch
  • Honolulu Zoo
  • Hanauma Bay

39. Idaho


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The town was established in 1891 on the Osweiler farm north of the present site and was called Hunter. Two years later an I.O.O.F lodge was organized and called itself Meridian because it was located on the Boise Meridian and the town was renamed. The Settlers’ Irrigation Ditch, 1892, changed the arid region into a productive farming community which was incorporated in 1902. Meridian was incorporated in 1903.

Must see attractions in Meridian

  • Roaring Springs Water Park
  • Wahooz Family Fun Zone
  • Settlers Park
  • Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park
  • Meridian Idaho Temple
  • Tully Park

38. Illinois


Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness.  This city is second to none, and definitely don’t try comparing it to New York City. “Chi Town” is one of a kind with big-city thrills and metropolitan luxuries slow churned with a sincere Midwestern charm. With a wealth of iconic sights, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods to explore, there is plenty Chicago to go around.

Must see attractions in Chicago

  • Millennium Park
  • Willis Tower
  • Navy Pier
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • 875 North Michigan Avenue
  • Wrigley Field
  • Chicago Riverwalk
  • Skydeck Chicago

37. Indiana


Indianapolis, 50 US States

Vacationers overlook Indianapolis at their peril. That’s because the capital of the Hoosier State is conveniently located, packed with sporting attractions, a great place to eat, drink and party – and blessed with some exceptional family attractions as well. What’s not to love?

Must see attractions in Indianapolis

  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Soldiers & Sailors Monument
  • Eiteljorg Museum
  • Fort Harrison State Park
  • Monument Circle
  • Great Times Family Fun Park

36. Iowa

Des Moines

Iowa, 50 US States

Des Moines is a Midwestern city that punches well above its weight (and not just during election season when Iowa stages the first party primaries). This city of just over 200,000 people has so much to offer visitors, whether they want family fun, major events or cultural attractions.

If you want to spend your time learning about history or gazing on artworks, institutions like the Des Moines Art Center will have everything you need. However, for others, the rides, shows and sports contests available at the Iowa State Fair are the real attraction.

Must see attractions in Des Moines

  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • Gray’s Lake
  • Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack
  • Salisbury House & Gardens
  • Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers market

35. Kansas


Wichita, 50 US States

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas – since Kansas City is divided between the states of Kansas and Missouri. It is not the biggest or flashiest city in the US, but it remains a medium-sized city with a small-town feel. It offers much to tourists from both near and far with its variety of attractions.

Must-see attractions in Wichita 

  • Sedgwick County Zoo
  • Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
  • Old Cowtown Museum
  • The Keeper of the Plains
  • Field Station: Dinosaurs
  • Sedgwick County Park

34. Kentucky


Sports lovers might experience a bit of overload in Louisville. This north-central Kentucky town claims a lot of legends. It’s the hometown of the greatest baseball bat (the Louisville Slugger), the greatest horse race (the Kentucky Derby), and the Greatest, period (boxer Muhammad Ali). But there’s more than just a competitive spirit, as this Ohio riverfront city also has a lot of Southern charm and history.

Must see attractions in Louisville

  • Louisville Mega Cavern
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium
  • The Speed Art Museum
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Cherokee Park
  • Louisville Water Tower Park

33. Louisiana

New Orleans

New Orleans, 50 US States

New Orleans’ reputation looms large for a small city. Its music, food, history, and culture are known all over the world—so most visitors have an idea about the place before they ever arrive. It’s a city that has been marinated in its own traditions for centuries, the French, Spanish, African, and American influences all apparent in the fabric of everyday life here. It feels like an independent Republic that’s overcome decline and tragedy with a decadent resilience that has come to define it.

Must see attractions in New Orleans

  • Jackson Square
  • St. Louis Cathedral
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • French Quarter 
  • Preservation Hall
  • Harrah’s Casino New Orleans
  • Shops of the Colonnade – French

32. Maine


Portland, Maine, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Portland

  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Oregon Zoo
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  • St. Johns Bridge

31. Maryland


As Maryland’s biggest city and one of the USA’s busiest ports, Baltimore’s position at the end of the Patapsco River that feeds into Chesapeake Bay gives the city easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and it became an important port and shipbuilding centre.

It was home to a large number of US Navy vessels as well as the famously swift Baltimore clipper ships that destroyed or captured many of the British merchant ships during the war of 1812.

Must see attractions in Baltimore

  • National Aquarium
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Patapsco Valley State Park
  • George Peabody Library

30. Massachusetts 


Boston’s history recalls revolution and transformation, and today the city is still among the country’s most forward-thinking and barrier-breaking cities.

Must see attractions in Boston

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Fenway Park
  • Boston Public Garden
  • Museum of Science
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

29. Michigan


Detroit is the largest city in the midwestern state of Michigan. Near Downtown, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, and inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname “Motor City.” Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records, whose chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A.

Must see attractions in Detroit

  • The Henry Ford Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Belle Isle
  • Comerica Park
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Michigan Science Center
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel

28. Minnesota

Saint Paul

St. Paul and Minneapolis jointly form the Twin Cities, but St. Paul is the state capital and very different in character from Minneapolis. St. Paul is spaciously laid out, built on terraces above the Mississippi, with more of an old frontier town atmosphere. It began as a military post, established in 1807 at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, and later became Fort Snelling. This port soon became a major stop for river boats, and the area quickly grew into a major center for fur traders and other commerce.

Must see attractions in Saint Paul

  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  • Minnesota History Center
  • Cathedral of Saint Paul
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation
  • Minnehaha Falls
  • Science Museum of Minnesota

27. Mississippi


Jackson is the capital city of Mississippi. The statewide Mississippi Freedom Trail runs through the city, encompassing a number of historic sites that were significant in the civil rights movement. 

Must see attractions in Jackson

  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
  • Old Capitol Museum
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

26. Missouri

Kansas City

Must see attractions in Kansas City

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Worlds Of Fun
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Union Station Kansas City
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial
  • Jacob L. Loose Park
  • Longview Lake

25. Montana


Must see attractions in Billings

  • ZooMontana
  • Pictograph Cave State Park
  • Moss Mansion Museum
  • Yellowstone Art Museum
  • Lake Elmo State Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Wise Wonders Science and Discovery Museum

24. Nebraska


Must see attractions in Omaha

  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • The Durham Museum
  • Lauritzen Gardens/Kenefick Park
  • Omaha Children’s Museum
  • Fun-Plex Waterpark & Rides

23. Nevada

Las Vegas

Must see attractions in Las Vegas

  • Bellagio Hotel and Casino
  • Las Vegas Strip
  • MGM Grand
  • The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino
  • The Mirage
  • Fremont Street Experience

22. New Hampshire


Must see attractions in Manchester

  • Currier Museum of Art
  • McIntyre Ski Area
  • Livingston Park
  • Massabesic Lake 

21. New Jersey


Trenton, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Trenton

  • Trenton City Museum/ Ellarslie Museum
  • Cadwalader Park
  • Sesame Place
  • New Jersey State Senate
  • 1719 William Trent House Museum

20. New Mexico


new Mexico , 50 US States

Must see attractions in Albuquerque

  • Cibola National Forest
  • Cliff’s Amusement Park
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • ABQ BioPark
  •  Sandia Peak Tramway

19. New York 

New York City (NYC)

NewYork, 50 US States

Must see attractions in New York City

  • Coney Island
  • The High Line
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Times Square

18. North Carolina 


Charlotte, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Charlotte 

  • Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  • Billy Graham Library
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Carowinds

17. North Dakota  


Fargo, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Fargo

  • Fargo Air Museum
  • Children’s Museum-Yunker Farm
  • Roger Maris Museum
  • Fargo Air Museum
  • Red River Zoo
  • Bonanzaville USA

16. Ohio


Ohio, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Columbus

  • Inniswood Metro Gardens
  • Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
  • Highbanks Metro Park
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • Center of Science and Industry
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and

15. Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

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Must see attractions in Oklahoma City

  • Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City
  • Science Museum Oklahoma
  • Frontier City
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage

14. South Carolina


Must see attractions in Charleston

  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Joe Riley Waterfront Park
  • Historic Charleston City Market
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

13) Rhode Island


Must see attractions in Providence

  • The Providence Athenaeum
  • India Point Park
  • Waterplace Park
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • WaterFire
  • RISD Museum
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo

 12. South Dakota


Pierre, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Pierre

  • La Framboise Island
  • South Dakota National Guard Museum
  • South Dakota Discovery Center
  • South Dakota State Historical Society
  • South Dakota State Capitol

11. Tennessee


Nashville, 50 US States

Must see attractions in Nashville

  • Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery
  • Centennial Park
  • The Parthenon
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

10. Texas 


Houston , 50 US Cities

Must see attractions in Houston

  • Hermann Park
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • NASA
  • Houston ZooSpace
  •  Center Houston

9. Utah

Salt Lake City

Must see attractions in Salt Lake City

  • Liberty Park
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Salt Lake Temple
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Utah State Capitol Building
  • Temple Square

8) Vermont 


Must see attractions in Burlington

  • ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
  • Church Street Marketplace
  • Waterfront Park
  • North Beach Park
  • Church Street

7. Virginia


Must see attractions in Richmond

  • Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  • Hollywood Cemetery
  • The Poe Museum
  • American Civil War Museum- Historic Tredegar
  • Maymont
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

6. Washington


Seattle, 50 US Cities

Must see attractions in Seattle

  • Gas Works Park
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • The Gum Wall
  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Seattle Center
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Pike Place Market Foundation
  • Space Needle

5. West Virginia


Charleston, USA

Must see attractions in Charleston

  • Rainbow Row
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Joe Riley Waterfront Park
  • Historic Charleston City Market
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

4. Oregon


Portland, Oregon 50 US Cities
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Must see attractions in Portland

  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Washington Park
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  • St. Johns Bridge
  • Mill Ends Park
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron

3. Pennsylvania


Must see attractions in Philadelphia

  • The Franklin Institute
  • Philadelphia City Hall
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Independence National Historical
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Liberty Bell
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

2. Wisconsin


Madison , Wisconsin

Must see attractions in Madison

  • Chazen Museum of Art
  • Madison Children’s Museum
  • Lake Mendota
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens

1. Wyoming


Must see attractions in Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Nelson Museum of the West
  • Wyoming State Museum
  • Wyoming State Capitol Building
  • Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
  • Cheyenne Depot Museum

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