Have you made your summer vacation plans yet? I got to thinking about what we might do and it turned into my Top 10 List this week – the Top 10 U.S. Cities To Visit. Check out my choices and vote for your favorite.
One “gets around” while following a radio career! On my list of the Top 10 U.S. Cities To Visit, I’ve actually lived in six of them! But honestly, my favorite city is the one I live in now – Detroit! I know, call me crazy but it’s true.
When thinking about my favorite U.S. cities to visit a number of factors come into play. Things to do, history, fine dining, climate and more.
I don’t know if it’s still true today but when we lived in San Francisco, the City by the Bay was second only to New York City when it came to foreign visitors. It does have a ton to offer including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge (I used to commute over it daily), Chinatown, Alcatraz, the only moving national monuments—cable cars, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street and on and on. And it’s within striking distance of Napa Valley wine country.
We used to call New Orleans home, too. My radio station was in the heart of the French Quarter on Bienville Street. New Orleans offers some of the best restaurants in the nation. Touring the French Quarter is always a blast and what many don’t realize is that there are some nice sugar sand Gulf of Mexico beaches nearby in Mississippi. If you like fresh shrimp and oysters and bars that are open 24/7 then this is your kind of place!
Who can deny that Chicago is one of the best U.S. cities to visit? It’s a pleasant train ride from Detroit and offers outstanding hotels, restaurants, shopping and museums.
Another favorite city to visit is another one we’ve lived in – Boston. The drivers are the worst in America and locals are full of themselves but once you get past that, this is truly a unique city. Boston packs in great historical areas and has a wonderful Italian section known as the North End. Seafood lovers are in heaven in this town with lobsters, rock crabs, Jonah crabs, steamer clams, cherry stone clams, razor clams, oysters, and various fresh fish all in good supply. I promise the drivers will scare the “you know what” out of you. Just hold on tight to the steering wheel and pretend you’re at war with other drivers because that’s the way they’re going to view you in Boston. And they say there are two types of pedestrians in Boston – fast and dead!
Obviously New York City made the list for it’s incredible offerings. When I first started attending radio meetings there a long time ago, the place was nasty. Now it is clean and very safe and despite what you may have heard, New Yorkers are a sweet, polite bunch compared to their egomaniac pals in Boston!
Dallas makes the list for a number of reasons. I think the people of Dallas are some of the friendliest in the country. The city has absolutely exploded. When I worked there in the 70s it was radio market #20. Now it’s #4! You’ll find, I think, the best Mexican food on earth in this big town.
We’ve actually lived in the Tampa Bay Area two times. My favorite thing to do is to HQ at a nice Gulf beachfront hotel along the barrier islands that span from just south of Clearwater Beach down to St. Pete Beach. Indian Rocks, Maderia Beach, places like that. You’ve got Busch Gardens for the family in Tampa, great beaches, the Florida Aquarium in Tampa plus some great ethnic pockets like the Greek community of Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County and the Latin Quarter of Tampa known as Ybor City. You’ll also find great golfing opportunities and terrific deep sea fishing. I know about that since we had a fishing boat based out of Tarpon Springs and we hooked ’em and cooked ’em like crazy!
When we lived in San Antonio we always had plenty of visitors. They had to see the Alamo and River Walk to begin with. Many wanted to head a few miles on down the road to Cowboy and Dude Ranch country – Bandera.
Okay it’s your turn. Vote for your favorite Top 10 U.S. Cities To Visit!
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