America is home to many of the world’s most famous cities, including Manhattan, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. While each of these cities deserves a visit on your first trip to the US, if these are the only three metropolitan centres you have seen, then you are sorely missing out!
Lesser known cities can provide travellers with a more affordable unique vacation than typical tourist destinations. On your next holiday to America, consider these alternatives.
Those who wish to learn about the history and culture of the United States should make sure they visit a city that embodies Americana. Louisville, Kentucky is one such place.
For example, this beautiful southern city boasts a rich sports history, which you can take in at the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Visitors can also enrich themselves in Louisville culture by attending a college sports game – baseball, soccer, American football or basketball depending on the season – featuring the University of Louisville Cardinals. Those interested in horse races may also want to visit Louisville’s Churchill Downs, which is home to the Kentucky Derby, America’s version of the Melbourne Cup.
Kentucky is also famous for bourbon, which is easily found in Louisville. The state’s famous Bourbon Trail, covers 255 miles of highway extending beyond the city. Within city-limits, spirit-loving travellers may enjoy visiting the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience or Bulleit Bourbon at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Just outside the city are Jim Beam’s American Outpost, Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center, Maker’s Mark Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Wild Turkey Distillery, Four Roses and Town Branch.
Travellers who would like a taste of the mountains will enjoy Boulder, Colorado. The city is surrounded by the beautiful Flatiron Mountains and Boulder Creek. The down town area consist of more than 1,000 businesses, 85 percent of which are locally owned.
The clean, well-maintained city features a flower-filled pedestrian mall, nationally renowned restaurants, and historic buildings such as the Hotel Boulderado, which celebrated its Centennial in 2009.
Boulder is also a great city for visitors who wish to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities alongside the pleasures of city life. Hiking, kayaking, climbing and fishing are just some of the ways to enjoy Boulder’s beautiful scenery.
Many Aussies have visited New York, but often they stick to Manhattan – and occasionally venture all the way out to Brooklyn. However, Queens is perhaps the most up-and-coming and interesting place to visit in this bustling town. The city boasts Citi Field, the home of the baseball team the Mets; MoMA PS1, a museum specialising in experimental contemporary art and outdoor DJ sessions, and some of the best Greek food outside Athens. Visitors who have children can bring them to the New York Hall of Science, which includes The Science Playground. Here, kids can enjoy slides, sand pits and wind pipes.
Those who wish to enjoy NYC’s best Asian cuisine won’t it find in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In fact, the Chinese population in Flushing, Queens surpassed that of the other boroughs’ years ago.
Astoria, a traditionally Greek neighbourhood in Queens, is only a 20-minute subway ride from Times Square. Astoria has also become home to younger, more creative residents who seek the neighbourhood’s affordable housing and cultural diversity.