40 CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES  AND  CANADA THAT YOU SHOULD VISIT PART ONE

The United States  and Canada  are two countries  with lots of big ,  small ,  and medium cities that you  should  visit  if you get the chance . 

You might think I’m talking about  Boston ,  New York ,  Los Angeles ,  San  Francisco ,  Chicago  or Miami ,  cities  that lots  of  tourists  want to  see when they come to the United States . 

I’m  not  talking  about  these cities though.

Nor am I talking  about  Nashville  or Memphis  either.

The cities  that I’m  referring  to  aren’t  the  ones that many of  you think about when you come to the United States  or Canada.

Some of  you might not have even heard of the states  or provinces that they’re  located  in . 

Some of  these cities you could definitely  do  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour in if you wanted to.

Other cities that are listed, no way, and they aren’t  even close to places where you can do a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Since they’re  40 cities on this list, this post is going to be in two parts.

Here’s  numbers   1-20.

1. AUSTIN, TEXAS

It’s  the  capital  of  the  state of  Texas, and outside of some good Texas barbecue ,  it’s  known  for  the big music  and arts festival  known  as  South by Southwest .  While  you’re  in town, visit one of the largest colleges in the United  States ,  the University  of  Texas.

2. VANCOUVER ,  BRITISH  COLUMBIA ,  CANADA

While you’re  on the west coast  of  the  United States ,  head  up to one of  the  most  beautiful  cities in the world .  Take a walk through the neighborhoods  of Chinatown ,  Gastown, the Waterfront ,  and of course take a walk through Stanley  Park and admire the totem poles. Take a ride on Vancouver’s public transportation ,  the Sky Train .  If you’re  really brave, walk on the Capilano  Suspension  Bridge.

3. ANCHORAGE ,  ALASKA  

Be really adventurous and say hello to  the  49th state, Alaska .  Anchorage  is a very cosmopolitan  city and by all means to fully appreciate  the state, visit in the summer months .  Take a cruise  or fly. Alaska will definitely  surprise  you.

4. PHILADELPHIA ,  PENNSYLVANIA  

Cheesesteaks, Revolutionary  War relics ,  Independence  Hall, Reading Market, and of course, the Liberty Bell. What else can  you  say about The City of  Brotherly  Love? Try walking on those cobblestone  streets  that you’ve  only seen in pictures .  Take a walk down to Penn’s Landing, even on a cool  fall say.

5. RENO, NEVADA  

It’s  “The Biggest Little  City in The World”, or at least  that’s  what  it calls itself .  Unfortunately ,  it sits in the shadow of  that  big glitzy city across the state .  Reno has more of   a western  feel to it than Las Vegas does .  Visit and see for yourself . 

6. PORTLAND ,  MAINE

It’s  the other Portland  in the country. This Portland  is all about the seafood. You know you want one of those mouth watering  Maine  Lobsters  so that you can brag to the folks back home that you actually  had one. How about some scallops ,  shrimp, or other fruits of the sea while you’re  admiring  the  view of  the  Portland  harbor ? 

7. OTTAWA ,  ONTARIO ,  CANADA  

Take a walk around  Parliament  Hill, see the buildings  that make up the capital  of  Canada .  If it’s  warm by all means  take a  picture  of  the  tulips in front, which were a gift from the Dutch Royal Family to Canada. Do some shopping at Byward Market or if you want to show off your skating  skills ,  join the other good citizens  of  Ottawa and go ice skating on the frozen Rideau  Canal.

8. ATLANTIC  CITY ,  NEW JERSEY  

Before  there was Las Vegas,”AC” was the place where people  went to gamble  and see all the big name entertainers .  It still is, but there’s  more to  the  city than that. If you’re in either in New York  City  or Philadelphia ,  you can do  a  day trip from either city. Take a walk along the  famous  Atlantic  City  Boardwalk  and see the Atlantic  Ocean ,  no matter what  time of  the  year it is. Make sure  to  get some salt water taffy as well . 

9. MINNEAPOLIS  AND SAINT  PAUL  , MINNESOTA  

These two cities are so linked together ,  that they’re  known  as  “The  Twin  Cities  “. St. Paul  is actually  the  capital  of  Minnesota ,  but most people  go into Minneapolis  more iften. It’s  the home of Prince, and many people  want to visit the studio where he made music. Do you want to visit one or both cities but don’t have a car ?  There’s  a rapid transit  train that not only  takes you to both cities, but the airport  and to one of  the  largest shopping  malls  in the country, The Mall of America . 

10. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA  

Please forget about what you  heard or read about this city in the news. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s  home, Monticello ,  as well as visit the school with most of the buildings  that he designed ,  the University  of  Virginia .  Get to know the good and decent people  of Charlottesville ,  who are doing many positive  things.

11. TORONTO ,  ONTARIO ,  CANADA  

It doesn’t  matter  if  you  refer to  it as “T.O.”, “The 416” or just “The Six”, this city has the second  largest film festival  in the world  next to Cannes, France .  You can’t  go anywhere  in town without  seeing one of the tallest free standing  structures in the world ,  the CN Tower .  Take a ride on the subway system  that has the third largest ridership in the world next to Mexico  City  and New York  City .

12. ST. LOUIS   ,MISSOURI  

It’s  known  as  “The Gateway City”, so make sure  to  visit the Gateway Arch which seems  to  dominate  the skyline  of the city. You can even go inside of the arch and take a ride. If you’re  claustrophobic ,  don’t  even think about  going on it. For a real St. Louis  experience, have some Toasted Ravioli  in Little  Italy.

13. WASHINGTON, DC

By all means visit the capital  of  the  United States .  Many tourists for some reason avoid this city like the plague ,  and they’re  missing  out on all those monuments ,  museums ,  and memorials ,  so many of them are free. See the Cherry Blossoms in the Spring and visit areas of the city that you didn’t  even know existed and that the travel guides  hardly  ever  mention .  Take a walk along Dupont Circle where all the different  foreign  embassies  are. Some of them have open houses.

14. DETROIT ,  MICHIGAN  

Forget all those doom and gloom  stories you heard  about this city. “The D” is back. You know it’s  famous for the Motown  Music sound, but it’s  also the home of Techno Music .  Take a walk around the International  Riverwalk ,  Greektown, Corktown, and a very vibrant theater district  as well as downtown .  Have a Detroit favorite, the Coney Dog while you’re  in town . 

15. SPOKANE ,  WASHINGTON  

Most people  know  that other city in the state, Seattle .  Spokane  doesn’t  have a Space Needle ,  nor is it the home of Grunge Music. What it does have is one of  the  largest  man made marvels ,  the Grand Coulee Dam, which visitors can take a tour of ,  if they wish . 

16. QUEBEC  CITY ,  QUEBEC ,  CANADA

It’s  a bit of France  in North America .  It may be the provincial  capital  of  the  province  of  Quebec ,  but many people  pass it by going to Montreal  instead .  Visit the Upper and Lower Towns of the city, get a little  history  at The Plains of  Abraham ,  and above all, practice  that French . 

17.NEW ORLEANS ,  LOUISIANA  

The food, the Creole  and Cajun culture ,  and Mardi  Gras .  There’s  more to “NOLA” than just these things. Take a street  car ride through the different  neighborhoods ,  or take a Hurricane  Katrina  Tour. Visit the National  World War I  I Museum .  Don’t  forget to buy some Pralines  and Beignets to bring home with you.

18. ATLANTA ,  GEORGIA  

Visit the capital  of  what’s  called ,  “The New South”. Take a ride on the big ferris wheel  that sits in the middle  of  town. See Coca-Cola  World as well as Doctor  Martin  Luther  King’s graveside  on the “Sweet  Auburn  ” section  of  the  city.

19. SANTA  FE, NEW MEXICO  

It happens to  be  one of  the  oldest  cities in the country ,  but more people  know Albuquerque  when someone  mentions  New Mexico .  Don’t  neglect  this city if you happen to go to New Mexico .  While you’re  in Santa  Fe, take in the history, the Spanish  and  Native American . 

20. CLEVELAND ,  OHIO

To see and visit this city now, one would  never believe that its nickname  was “The Mistake  on The  Lake.”Not anymore . It’s  not just two of their sports teams that’s  making the city rock  , but a few of their neighborhoods   , Ohio City , University  City, and of course the Downtown  Area that are rocking also .  Let’s  not forget  that big building  that sits right near Lake Erie  in the Downtown  area ,  the Rock and Roll Hall  of  Fame . 

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