Culturally Immerse Yourself in These American Cities

You don’t have to travel outside of the country to get a big dose of culture. Visit any one of the below American cities on Travel + Leisure’s list to see each city’s distinct culture.

Taos, N.M.

Taos, New Mexico

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The no. 10 pick, the city of Taos, is a mountain town full of culture. For those who don’t like skiing or snowboarding, the city has other attractions to offer. Taos is home to “the oldest intact dwelling in North America,” the city’s website says. Festivals are held regularly, focusing on arts, music, and more.

Santa Fe, N.M.

Santa Fe, New Mexico church

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Taking the no. four spot is the city of Santa Fe. Take a long trip to New Mexico and visit Taos and Santa Fe. Popular events in Santa Fe include the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Santa Fe Film Festival, and Bike Weekend, according to the city’s website. In addition to events, there are at least eight cultural sites in the city and eight museums.

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Taking the no. nine spot is Honolulu. The capital of Hawaii is full of treasured historic landmarks. Visit Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and the U.S.’s only royal residence, Iolani Palace. Vacations to Hawaii can be costly but with a few money-saving tips, the trip is manageable.

Boston, Mass.

Boston in the Fall

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A city full of history takes the no. eight spot. Boston is a city that sees many students on field trips from neighboring schools. In addition to the popular stops covering the history of the nation, there are walking tours, the Museum of Fine Arts, and restaurants. There’s so much to see in Boston, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Use our guide to plan a trip.

Washington, D.C.

Washington DC in Spring

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It’s no surprise the country’s capital is a culture hub. Washington, D.C. is home to museums, monuments, restaurants, and other sites unique to the district. The no. seven spot offers sites that are uniquely American like the Smithsonian and Capitol Building. The top three tourist destinations in the city are the Lincoln Memorial, National Gallery of Art, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, according to TripAdvisor reviews.

San Francisco, Calif.

Cable car in San Francisco County

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This city by the bay takes the no. six spot. San Francisco is home to trolley cars, a wide variety of food, fog, and many things that separate the city from others. Visit Alcatraz Island, the most popular destination in the city, according to TripAdvisor, with more than 44,000 reviews. If seeing a prison sounds like being in a prison to you, walk around downtown or snap a picture with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. While San Francisco is overflowing with sights, the city is expensive. Before booking a trip to the California coast, read our What to Know Before You Go on San Francisco.

Savannah, Ga.

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Head down south to the no. five spot, Savannah, Georgia to experience southern living. Visit the city’s historic district, the American Prohibition Museum, and Tybee Island. Live life at a slower pace, taking in the charming scenery. Before visiting this southern gem, visit the city’s website for coupons.

New York, N.Y.

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If the pace of a small town isn’t your speed, put the pedal to the metal in New York. After all, New York minutes go faster than the typical 60 seconds. New York is uniquely its own, earning the city the no. three spot. The city’s neighborhoods have their own cultural identity. Visit any to get a distinct New York vibe. You’ll instantly understand why New York is known for being one of the best cities in the world.

New Orleans, La.

In New Orleans on Bourbon St. on August 7, 2013 a jazz band plays jazz melodies in the street for donations from the tourists and locals passing by on this hot summer evening

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Taking the no. two spot in New Orleans. New Orleans, or, ‘the big easy,’ is known for nightlife, seafood, and vibrancy. The city’s energy is contagious, with everyone celebrating nearly round-the-clock. Visit Bourbon Street for jazz and drinks. The city has family-oriented destinations too. Check out the zoo, aquarium, and nature center at the Audubon Nature Institute.

Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

The colorful streets are enough to draw anyone in. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

Topping Travel + Leisure’s list is Charleston. “Life is different there” is what a friend told me about living in Charleston. This statement couldn’t be truer. Charleston is full of colorful historic homes dotting the historical district. The city offers food tours, carriage rides, and beach destinations.

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