The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Visit in 2019

If you’re seeing for ways to squeeze more travel into your agenda this year, you only need to see around the U.S. With so many American cities reinventing themselves, explorers can see something thrilling right around the corner. And in more recognized cities, there are plenty of new gems for repeat explorers to find. Whether you go for a week or weekend stay, these are the best U.S. cities to travel in 2019.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
After the damage of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is prepared, excited and keen to welcome back holidaymakers to the island in 2019. And with the renewing and renovating of hotels like the San Juan Marriot and Stellaris Casino and new hotels like Serafina Beach Hotel, there are many more chances for holidaymakers to relish a tropical break that doesn’t need a passport. You can go clothes shopping along Condado Beach or visit the Santurce neighbourhood to eat San Juan’s rising cookery scene for yourself. At Lote 23, you’ll find a “cooking park” made up of lots of food stalls that serve the whole lot from grilled fish to tacos, pizza, and donuts.

Visitors in January can take part in a historical musical event—the San Juan production of Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the maker of the well-known Broadway musical, will recap his role as Alexander Hamilton in San Juan for the first time since he walked off stage in New York in 2016.

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Buffalo, New York
For an escape near the Great Lakes, look no further than Buffalo in upstate New York. In addition to being just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, Buffalo is in the centre of a revitalization worth viewing for yourself. Hot wing fans have long been drawn to the city before for its well-known Buffalo Wing Trail, but you might be amazed to find out that architecture admirers also have a lot to explore. Opening in spring 2019 is the Lipsey Architecture Center, displaying Buffalo’s architectural heritage—which comprises Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House. In the warmer months, you can get outside in Elevator Alley, a repurposed part that has changed the city’s industrial grain silos into somewhat more fun, with outdoor show airings and a zip-line.

Consider going in July for the Garden Walk, the biggest free garden excursion in the U.S. Every year Buffalo’s dedicated home gardeners open their backyards to holidaymakers for this city-wide event. It’s an amazing way to explore the city and make links with the locals.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Although it’s often outshined by its neighbour Miami, Fort Lauderdale has been rising into its personnel with a flourishing arts scene, expensive hotel options, and 23 miles of beaches. You can participate in classic Fort Lauderdale happenings like hopping aboard the Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise for the feast and a show, or pay a visit to FATVillage, an arts district that offers holidaymakers a chance to look galleries or shop from local artists. If you happen to be there on the last Saturday of the month, don’t skip the monthly ArtWalk.

If you want to explore some funky eats, check out eateries like Rhythm + Vine, an open-air garden restaurant with a rotation of local food trucks, so every single time you go you can try something different.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
This summer take a trip an hour south of New York City to the Jersey Shore’s most trendy and musical city—Asbury Park. Home of the Stone Pony, the historic melody site that launched native New Jersey superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Asbury Park is a must-visit destination for any typical rock fan. In 2019, the city is bursting with reinvention. Asbury Park’s once-decaying beachfront buildings are seeing new life, such as the ancient carousel building which has been changed into a theatre space and skate park.

Along the footpath, you can find the whole thing hip from craft coffees to Korean-fusion tacos, along with cafeterias where you can get your seafood fix, like the Langosta Lounge or the Asbury Oyster Bar. If you can’t visit in the summer season, you can still think a trip around cool events like the Music and Film Festival in April or the Sea Hear Now Festival in September.

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Berkeley, California
There’s plenty of adventure to be had in the redwood forests of Northern California, but for a city, you can settle into, skip San Francisco and head to the university town across the bay—Berkeley. You can discover the beautiful campus of the University of California, shop the independent boutiques on Fourth Street and Telegraph Avenue, or get some exercise with a side of amazing sights along the hillside path walks.

Berkeley also offers some amazing dining options, from upscale establishments like Japanese Akemi and Italian Rivoli to more casual spots like a cafe called Blue Willow Tea Spot or the organic small-batch creamery iScream. Want to take a deeper dive into Berkeley’s food scene? Check out the local food tours from Edible Excursions, where you can get your fill all over town.
Berkeley also offers some amazing dining options, from upscale establishments like Japanese Akemi and Italian Rivoli to more casual spots like a cafe called Blue Willow Tea Spot or the organic small-batch creamery iScream. Want to take a deeper dive into Berkeley’s food scene? Check out the local food tours from Edible Excursions, where you can get your fill all over town.

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Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville isn’t just the home base for autumn leaf-peeping in the Great Smoky Mountains; it’s also a town on the rise. Asheville has always fascinated an open-minded crowd with its fashionable shops, Friday night drum circles, and coffee bar and bookstores for hanging out, counting one that has its own Champagne bar. Though, there are plenty of new cafeterias in a town like Button & Co. Bagels, where you can try an “Appalachian-inspired” bagel made with local ingredients like winter wheat and country ham, or Benne on Eagle, which revels African-American contributions to Southern cuisine.

The year 2019 will also bring thrilling new advances to Asheville’s most famous attraction—the Biltmore. The well-known mansion-turned-museum of the Vanderbilt family will begin offering quirky happenings like falconry lessons and electric tricycle tours through the estate’s grounds. In February, the Biltmore museum will also reveal a new exhibit titled “A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas,” which will explore 20th-century fashion.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has been having a moment for a while now, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming to an end any time soon. Coming off the celebration of its 300th birthday in 2018, the city is keeping the good times rolling with thrilling new charms like the summer opening of Sazerac House, an exhibition hall devoted to the history of the iconic mixture. New cafeterias will also be making a splash, from the hotly anticipated Justine, which will serve contemporary French cuisine, to Warbucks, a classic American diner that holds “the spirit of 90s rap, skateboarding, and hip-hop culture.” And if you want one place to sample the latest in New Orleans’ food scene, stop by Auction House Market, a food hall where you can taste nearby sourced oysters from Elysian Seafood or New Orleans-inspired empanadas from Empanola.

After eating and drinking, make sure you check in with what’s going around the city. With an average rate of one festival every three days, you’re assured to find something going on whenever you decide to visit.

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Portland, Oregon
If want a no-pressure holiday where you can kick back and be yourself, put Portland at the top of your 2019 go-list. Portland is a hangout city, primary and foremost, so take the time to get to know its numerous neighbourhoods. From the indie boutiques of East Burnside to the Victorian homes of Nob Hill, there is plenty of diversity in Portland.

Whether you’re sitting down to pamper in an incredible hummus dish at Tusk or getting some reading done while sipping sustainably found Brazilian coffee in a cafe like Nossa Familia, it’s easy to find a way to make your Portland experience your own while enjoying some great flavours along the way.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Everyone can find something to adore in Scottsdale. Whether you go for the spa, the golfing, or the natural environments, Scottsdale also offers unbelievable chances for culture at places like the Musical Instrument Museum or Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school.

In May, you’ll want to check out the opening of Agave del Scottsdale, a fine dining eatery with a Mexico City chef at the helm. To get the best sights of the desert, get up in the air with a hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders.

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Nashville, Tennessee

No matter when you go or what time of year, there’s always decent music in Nashville. The year 2019 will be no exception, but you can make the most of it by scheduling your trip around one of the city’s approaching concerts or annual events. You can lookout emerging artists at the Musicians Corner in May or get your spice on at the Hot Chicken Festival in July.

You can also discover outside the city by taking an excursion along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail or do less drinking and more clothes shopping on a tour that takes you to meet the leathermakers and bootmakers of Tennessee.

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