I first picked up my backpack, passport and sense of adventure when I was 21. Your 20's are the best time to travel, as we don't have the commitments of a mortgage or children, therefore you can prioritise what you spend your well-earned savings on.
If you're like me and have no idea where to start then maybe this will help. The team and I have rounded up our favourite cities in North America that we think would be a great place to start your American adventure.
I should warn you, if you don't have itchy feet now, you definitely will after reading this.
10. Seattle, Washington
If you're anything like us here at Trek Towers and you can't get through the day without copious amounts of coffee, then Seattle could be the city for you. Seattle is actually the birth place of that little coffee shop we call Starbucks. Most people looking for a great and most importantly, cheap night out, head over to Capitol Hill; the hip and urban side of town. Our scenic Pacific Coast tour ends in this beautiful city in the heart of Washington State.
9. Omaha, Nebraska
Now I'm sure you're thinking, why on earth would I want to go to Omaha? But, take our word for it, it is a pretty cool place to see. Once named the 'most hungover city', that can only mean one thing – these guys know how to party! With a growing indie scene, award-winning museums and some pretty cool underground caves at Henry Doorly Zoo, it's well worth a visit.
8. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rich in culture and heritage, this city has recently been made famous through the likes of 'Breaking Bad' and the recent Hollywood film 'The Lone Ranger'. If its sunshine you want then Albuquerque is the place for you, with 310 days of sunshine a year. If you're travelling in the southwest, make sure you stop by during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; the largest ballooning event in the world, such a magnificent sight!
7. Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage has the perfect combination of adventure and urban lifestyle; a bustling and lively city, with the beautiful Alaskan wilderness in its back yard. Anchorage's unique location has something for everyone, with 60 glaciers in a 50-mile radius of the biggest Alaskan city, it should definitely be on your list of places to visit in the near future. Start and end our Alaskan Wonder tour in this wild and wonderful city.
6. Ocean City, Maryland
Known to the locals as the 'Eastern Shore', this All-American city offers something for everyone. Take a nostalgic stroll along the three mile long boardwalk, that comes alive with arcades and street entertainers or simply chill out on the beautiful beaches and watch the sun going down on a perfect day.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, 'the city of music' has been voted the best place to listen to live acts, so for all the music lovers among you, Nashville could be the city for you. With an eclectic mix of rock, pop, bluegrass, gospel and Americana, Nashville will have your toes tapping around every corner. Our most epic tour yet, the Great 48 makes a stop here so you can take in all this musical city has to offer.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
Time your visit to New Orleans right and you could be in for some serious celebrating. With events such as, Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz Festival taking place throughout the year, there is always an excuse for a party. Steeped in history from a mixture of cultures, from Europe to Africa, New Orleans really is a fascinating city, full of yummy food and wicked music. Check out our Southern Sun tour and spend a couple of nights in this exciting city.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is known for its partying and gambling, and as the old saying goes, 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.' If the bright neon lights are calling you and you're not quite at the legal age of 21, fear not, Las Vegas offers a whole range of other activities such as a shooting ranges, go karting, insane rollercoasters and lots of shopping. The majority of our western USA tours make a short but extremely sweet stop here.
2. Portland, Oregon
Portland has an awesome bar scene and has long been popular with the young and the artsy. For those over the age of 21, why not visit a movie brewpub; watch a movie on a comfy couch, with an awesome meal and an array of house-brewed beers. You don't have to venture far to find a secluded trail for observing native wildlife, it's the quiet life you're after.
1. San Diego, California
San Diego is California's second largest city and as you know, my favourite of the American cities. There are endless amounts of activities to take part in, from relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches to hiking in the San Diego County Mountains. Another must see whilst in Southern California is the famous San Diego Zoo, with an array of wildlife and different species of animals. Our 14 day Westerner 2 takes in the best of Western America, starting in San Diego.
See, I told you you would have itchy feet after reading this!!