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The 7 Best City Breaks In The United States

Whether you want to soak up world-class culture, feast on regional specialities or discover iconic music scenes, there’s no denying that when it comes to city breaks,  America never lets the side down. Our pick of the perfect city breaks in the USA include legendary cities and up-and-coming destinations.

Bookmark this list to plan your weekend trips for the year!

Top City Breaks In The USA

1. San Diego, California 

What’s great about San Diego is that the crowds aren’t as big, the traffic isn’t nearly as bad (looking at you Los Angeles!) and the weather is always pretty darn great.

San Diego is one of those chilled out cities where life just feels easy, with friendly people, great food and beaches that stretch on for miles. It really is a city that has everything.

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2. New York City, New York 

New York is one of America’s most exciting cities. With modern architecture, world class cuisine and culture and more things to do than you could fit in one lifetime.

The city’s five boroughs all have special features; it’s almost impossible to narrow it down. From Chinatown in Queens to Brooklyn’s famed views of the NYC skyline, legendary museums and the most exciting food in the world, it’s easily one of the best cities in America.

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3. Austin, Texas

While traditionally most people would think of music as the main Austin attraction, there’s so much more to this exciting city. World-class culture, beautiful hikes, swimming spots and comfort food unlike any you’ve had before.

Austin is one of the most vibrant, exciting and unexpected places you’ll visit in America. It always takes visitors by surprise and keeps people coming back year after year.

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4. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston might not be among the biggest cities in America, but it’s certainly one of the buzziest, with world-class museums, fun bars and historic sights to see on every street.

The bustling city has endless opportunities for visitors, with historical cobblestone streets (including one of the most beautiful streets in the USA), exotic gardens and funky bars.

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

The lively American city known for its street music, festive vibe and a melting pot of French, African and American cultures is well worth the trip.

NOLA is a city packed with adventures at every turn and should be on everyone’s ‘must-visit’ list. There’s no other carnival like Mardi Gras! Party, eat, dress in costume and catch beads at parades as you soak up the incredible NOLA spirit.

6. Portland, Oregon 

Portland is a city that prides itself on being different as shown by the giant ‘Keep Portland Weird’ on the side of a building downtown. This is a city that sits between mountains and rivers. It’s well known for its cycling and craft beer culture, as well as its eco friendliness.

In short, it’s the sort of progressive American city that more places should try to emulate.

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7. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is known for being one of America’s most tourist-friendly cities. Whether you’re a Chicago native or simply spending a few days in the Windy City, you sure as heck won’t be bored. From tropical cocktail bars and world famed architecture to outdoor concerts and the Cubs, there’s plenty to do here.

It’s easily one of the top city breaks in the USA.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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