The year is almost to a close, which means it’s time to start planning next year’s travel itineraries. With so many places to choose from, knowing where to begin is usually half the battle. Here in the United States, major cities like New York, Los Angeles or Miami are likely to remain some of the most popular destinations, but if you want a more cultural and less touristy experience, take a leap and check out these 2018 must see places in the USA instead.
2018 Must See Places in the USA
The city of Nashville has always been a prominent destination, thanks to its popularity as the capital of the country music scene. Country musicians and their fans come in throngs, driving their rental cars to visit museums dedicated to artists such as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Nashville also hosts a number of live music events as well as festivals. As of late, the city is also becoming a family destination. The city contains parks perfect for scenic hikes or bicycle rides, as well as a robust culinary scene making it one of the 2018 must see places in the USA.
Must see attraction: Country Music Hall of Fame, 222 5th Ave S, Nashville; $26.95 for adults, $17.95 for youths
It’s been a long road ever since the 2008 financial crisis for Detroit, but Motor City saw a revitalization and transformed itself to one of 2018 must see places in the USA. The addition of boutique hotels such as the Detroit Foundation Hotel and Shinola, coupled with new restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs, give the city a more hip vibe. It attracts businesses and travelers who are looking for experiences from places on the up and up. Detroit also made significant improvements into its infrastructure, repurposing abandoned buildings and turning them in distilleries or art galleries. Finally, the city recently launched the QLine streetcar, which gives visitors easy access to the city’s hot spots.
Must see attraction: Heidelberg Project, 3600 Block of Heidelberg Street; free
Quirky and weird is Portland’s unofficial designation and for many years, the northwest city has lived up to its title. Up and coming culinary creations, a buzzing nightlife filled with live musical performances and plenty of activities suitable for the great outdoors make Portland one of the 2018 must see places in the USA. Rent a bicycle and explore the city’s infamous breweries and parks. Come nighttime, head towards Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park for great views of the city skyline.
Must see attraction: International Rose Test Garden, 400 SW Kingston Avenue; free