What are the best cities in the USA? You might be asking yourself this question if you’re planning a trip to the USA. The North American country has incredible national parks, beaches, theme parks, and epic travel routes, but which cities are worth visiting? At IATI, experts in travel insurance for the United States, we’ve decided to tell you about the best cities in the USA so that you don’t forget to include them in your next adventure’s must-visit list. Let’s go!

Los Angeles

We begin this journey through the cities of the USA with one of the most well-known: Los Angeles. The birthplace of cinema will surprise you with places as familiar as Hollywood Boulevard, home to the famous Walk of Fame, the mansion-filled neighborhood of Beverly Hills, and the beach huts of Santa Monica made popular in the movie Baywatch. If you’re in the mood for the beach, Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the USA for a dip, with Venice Beach and Santa Barbara nearby – there’s so much to do in Los Angeles!

On the other hand, whether you’re traveling to the United States with children or you’re a bit older but still a fan, there are several theme parks in Los Angeles that are already waiting for you.

view at sunset of the hollywood sign in los angeles, USA

San Francisco

San Francisco is not only a good starting or ending point for the fabulous Route 66, but it’s also one of the cities in the USA that you must visit. Since there’s so much to see and do in San Francisco, we recommend spending at least 3 days there. Known for the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Fisherman’s Wharf area and greet the colony of sea lions at Pier 39, learn about the history of Alcatraz Island (book your ticket in advance, they sell out months ahead!) and ride one of the traditional cable cars to conquer the steep hills of San Francisco while falling in love with its Victorian-style houses. Furthermore, out of all the cities in the United States, San Francisco has, in our opinion, the most interesting Chinatown of them all. Get lost in the streets of Chinatown and, when you get hungry, make sure to stop by places like Good Mong Kok Bakery or Great Eastern – you’ll be thankful!

By the way, if you want to venture off the beaten path, visit Sausalito on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. This relaxed residential area is a charming spot to dine with a view of the sea – don’t miss it!

Marshall's Beach, San Francisco, USA

New York

It would be a true sin not to include one of the most visited cities in the USA in a list of the best: New York. You will never have enough days to make the most of the Big Apple – there’s just too much to do in New York! That’s why we advise you to reserve at least 5 days so you don’t leave with the feeling of having seen only a quarter of what it has to offer. A good way to start your visit is by exploring some of the best viewpoints in New York, so you can get an idea of where the places you’ve seen so many times in the movies are located. After that, there are iconic sites like the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Central Park, but don’t strictly follow the guides – the best of New York is in its neighborhoods. Take a stroll through Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Meatpacking District, for example, and let yourself be surprised by life in New York.

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Boston is one of the most historic cities in the USA. The birthplace of American Independence awaits you to learn a great deal about the country. Whether you’re coming from New York or staying overnight, don’t underestimate the city – there’s a lot to do in Boston! The best way to take a historical tour that covers all the main sites is to follow the Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail. These are marked routes where you’ll find explanatory panels that will help you understand the historical significance of Boston. On the other hand, this American city is known as the capital of knowledge. Apart from being the headquarters of many tech companies, it’s home to two important and prestigious universities: Harvard and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). If you’re curious, don’t miss the chance to visit their campuses!

downtown boston at sunset, USA

Washington D.C.

How could we make a list of the best cities to visit in the United States without including its capital? Washington D.C. hosts some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, including the Capitol, the White House, and the Washington Monument. Many travelers visit them on a trip starting from New York. Considering everything there is to see in Washington, we encourage you to stay for at least one night and enjoy the Smithsonian Museums, which we promise you won’t be disappointed with.

Washington, DC, USA


They say Miami is the most Latin city in the USA, and they’re not wrong! It’s not uncommon to hear Spanish wherever you go. We recommend reserving at least three nights to enjoy the city. You’ll appreciate the street art in Wynwood, major museums like the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Art Deco buildings of Ocean Drive, and of course, beautiful beaches that have little to envy to those of many Caribbean islands.

miami beach in the usa

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is, of all the cities to visit in the USA, the wildest of them all. It’s the capital of gambling and you’ll see for yourself that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Walk along the Strip and you’ll be amazed by the extravagant architecture of its resort casinos, but when you step inside, you’ll be awestruck by the grandeur of its casinos, shops, and food buffets. The options for entertainment and hospitality are enormous, and you could spend several days enjoying the best things to do in Las Vegas. However, don’t hesitate; take advantage of being close to the Grand Canyon to make a trip to one of the most impressive tourist attractions in the United States.

Valley of Fire State Park, USA


To wrap up this selection of American cities to visit, we present you with Chicago, the “Windy City.” Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is considered a landmark in architectural history as the first skyscrapers were built here. Thus, we encourage you to ascend one of its observation decks. The 360 Chicago and Skydeck Chicago are the best, and the sunset views are simply epic.


Are you thinking about visiting any of these cities in the United States? With all the tips we’ve just provided, we’re sure that choosing will be a bit easier for you. And because we want your trip to be perfect, we’ve prepared these 2 guides that will be essential for you to organize your journey. Don’t miss them: