Top 10 lesser known cities in North America you just have to visit

  • Cities to visit in your 20s

Sure, we've all dreamed of rolling the dice in Vegas or strolling across Times Square in the Big Apple. But beyond the biggest and brightest, there are plenty more cities in the Americas that have a whole world of awesomeness to offer. Here's a run down of some of the lesser talked about places that the Trek team love to visit!

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. 

Visiting Seattle

 

9. Vancouver

Before you head off into the Canadian Rockies with your backpack, walking boots and thirst for adventure, take some time to explore Vancouver. If you're a sushi lover, get your chopsticks at the ready - Vancouver has some of the best sushi restaurants! Then work it off with a cycle around Stanley Park or hike up to Grouse Mountain, one of the most hiked mountains in the world.

Vancouver

 

8. Santa Fe, New Mexico

The oldest state capital city in the United States, Santa Fe is a multicultural hub, with its arts in particular reflecting this. With plenty of galleries, as well as music, dance and opera, arty types won't be disappointed on a visit!

Visit on our Great 48 tour

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.

Anchorage, Alaska

6. 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. 

Nashville, Tennessee

Visit on our Deep South BLT

5. Cleveland, Ohio

Not just a character in Family Guy! Cleveland mixes grit and sophistication - offering fantastic nightlife and dining options. Plus, make sure you drop by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to check out memorabilia from some of your favourite musicians.

Cleveland Ohio

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. 

New Orleans, Louisiana

3. 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.

Portland, Oregon

Visit on our Pacific Coast tour

2. Memphis, Tennessee

Go 'walking in Memphis' to soak up some fantastic blues music and beyond incredible food! Don't miss the iconic Sun Studio, which spawned recordings from the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison.

1. San Diego, California

San Diego is California's second largest city, and 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.

San Diego, California

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