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

In the first part of this blog, I mentioned some cities that you should visit  if  you  come to the United States  or Canada. 

Some of the cities 1-20 you can do a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  many of them no.

Here are the rest of  the  cities that you should  visit  starting  with  number  21.

21. QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS  

This city isn’t  pronounced   QUIN-CEE, but QUIN-ZEY. It’s  a  subway ride away from Boston ,  so you can definitely  do a day trip from the city. It’s  the city that gave the country two presidents ,  John Adams  and  his son, John Quincy  Adams.

22. NEW HAVEN ,  CONNECTICUT  

This city is a train or a bus ride from New York  City .  It has  many museums  and art galleries  that are either free or very inexpensive .  What’s  the  main reason  to visit  the  city? It’s  the home of the  third oldest  college in the country ,  Yale University .  Many of  the  art galleries and  museums in the city are located  right on the Yale campus . 

23. BOISE, IDAHO  

When most tourists  come to  the  United  States ,  the state of  Idaho  isn’t  one of  the  states they’re  thinking  of visiting .  Same thing with most Americans .  Idaho isn’t  on the radar. The closest most Americans  get to Idaho are the  Idaho potatoes  that we buy in the supermarket . Boise has the largest Basque  population  in the world next to Spain  and  France .  There’s  even a Basque  Museum  and Cultural  Center in town.

24. MONTREAL ,  QUEBEC ,  CANADA  

Like  Quebec  City ,  this is another  place to  practice  your French ,  but you can get by with English .  Visit another one of  the  most  beautiful  cities  in  North  America .  Have that comfort  food ,  Poutine, which is French Fries with Gravy and Cheese Curds. You can even find it at McDonald’s  in town. For another  taste of the city, have a smoked meat sandwich  at one of  the  many delicatessens .  If you happen  to  go to Montreal  in the colder months, do what a lot of Montrealers do- go to and fro via Montreal’s  Underground  City.

25. PITTSBURGH ,  PENNSYLVANIA  

This underrated  city on the Three Rivers (the Ohio, Allegheny ,  and Monongahela  )might not  be  a choice for a visit, but surprised  yourself  by taking a bus, train, or plane ride there. Not only are there  museums ,  and “The Nationality Rooms”, at the University  of  Pittsburgh ,  I would  advise  you to  take a ride on one or both of the two working inclines  in town, the Duquesne  and the  Monongahela. They start running  at 5:30am and a lot of locals ride them to work, so get to know the city and it’s  people  by riding either one of  them. Pittsburgh  is all about their three sports teams, so be sure to pack something  black and yellow with you . 

26. ANNAPOLIS ,  MARYLAND  

It’s  the  capital  of  the  state  of  Maryland ,  the home of the  United States  Naval Academy, which you can visit ,  just bring some identification  with you. It’s  also the sailing  capital  of  the  country as it sits right on the Chesapeake.

27. CHARLESTON, SOUTH  CAROLINA  

It’s  old world  charm in the country with all the horse  drawn carriages, and their style of food called “Low Country”, which is a lot of good quality  seafood and of course lots of barbecue  since this is the South. Shrimp and Grits, Pulled Pork sandwhiches, anybody ?  This is also the place where the first shots of the Civil War  were fired ,  so make sure to visit Fort Sumpter as well.

28. BALTIMORE ,  MARYLAND  

It’s  down the road from Washington  DC  and Annapolis ,  Maryland .  You could do a day trip by public transportation  from DC if you wanted to ,  but visit “Charm City” for a few days without going to DC. Visit  the Inner  Harbor , Little  Italy ,  Fells Point, and just do some shopping  at  Lexington  Market, one of the oldest markets in the country .  Learn about  the story of the  American  National  Anthem  at Fort McHenry .  The city is famous  for  its  crab cakes ,  so be sure to have some no matter where you go in B’more.

29. BILLINGS, MONTANA  

This is definitely   “Big Sky Country ” . You’ll  see a skyscraper  or two, but you’ll  mostly  see people  driving  way above the 55 MPH speed limit. (Most people  do 75 here.) Since it’s  so close to  the Canadian  border ,  don’t  be surprised  if  you see just as many Canadian  license  plates as you do American  license  plates. If you travel a little  bit  out of town, you’ll  come to another  part of U.S. history .  It’s  the location  of  the  Battle  of  the  Little  Bighorn ,  which many an American  knows as , “Custer’s Last Stand.”, in which  268 U.S. Calvary soldiers  led by General  George  Custer were killed by an army of no less than 2,000 Lakota and Cheyenne  Indians.

30. PROVIDENCE ,  RHODE ISLAND  

It’s  one of the smallest  states in the country. Boston and New York  City  are about less than two hours away. You can do a day trip here and be sure to visit  Federal  Hill, which  is the city’s ,  Little  Italy. Take a stroll not only around the waterfront, but also around the transportation  hub, Kennedy Plaza. Providence  is also the home of another Ivy League  school ,  Brown  University . 

31. CHEYENNE ,  WYOMING  

Cowboys ,  Cowboys, and more Cowboys, that’s  the state of Wyoming .  It was, however ,  the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869, long before the rest of the country did in the 1920’s. They elected their first female governor  in 1924. If you’re  thinking  about  visiting  in July, you’re  just I  time for a part of Wyoming’s history ,  the Cheyenne  Frontier  Days. It’s  not just about cowboys,chuck wagon  races , and rodeos .  Oh no .How about going to Cheyenne  Frontier  Days and a Keith Urban ,  Jason Aldean or a Carrie Underwood  concert breaks out? One or all of these Country and Western  music superstars  just might be there . 

32. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA  

It’s  the  home of the Girl Scouts of America  and during the Civil War ,this is the city that the Union Army DIDN’T  burn down because it was too beautiful  a city . It still is. Take a trip for yourself and find out.

33. WILLIAMSBURG ,  VIRGINIA 

Do you want to get an idea of  how Americans lived before the Revolutionary  War?  Take a trip to Colonial  Williamsburg .  Basically  most of the town is a step back  in town with the majority  of the people wearing period  clothes  from the 19th Century .  If you take a guided tour  or self guided tour of the town, you’ll  see the blacksmith  shop, the governor’s  palace, and even slave quarters. Do you think that you or especially  the little  ones might get bored ?  Busch Gardens  amusement  park  is also located here.

34. BURLINGTON ,  VERMONT  

It’s  the  largest city in the Green  Mountain  state of Vermont .  The city’s  waterfront  is right near Lake Champlain ,   which is on the border of  New York  state and Vermont .  You’ll  also see where Ben and Jerry’s  ice cream comes from. If you want to get really adventurous ,  grab your passport  and  head up to Montreal .  It’s  not that far either.

35. NEWPORT ,  RHODE ISLAND  

The city isn’t  far from New York  City  and Boston .  However , it’s  even  closer to Providence .  You can  take public  transportation  at Kennedy  Plaza and within no time you’ll  be at the summer homes of the  Vanderbilts  and Astors, as well as the fictional  home of Jay Gatsby , as F. Scott Fitzgerald  set one of most famous  novels here .  You are allowed to visit  the summer  mansions  of New York  City’s  rich and infamous  for that ,  “oh my God, did they really live here!?”moment as you walk along the area known  as   Cliff’s  Walk.

36. PRINCETON ,  NEW JERSEY  

This town may sound  very familiar  to  many of  you ,  even if you don’t  know that much about  the  country .  It’s  the home  of  the  fourth  largest  college  in the country ,  Princeton  University .  For four months ,  it was the capital  of  the  United  States .  It was also the  scene of  one of the battles of the Revolutionary  War, the Battle  of  Princeton. You can get there by a New Jersey  transit bus from Port Authority  bus terminal  in New York  City . 

37. BUFFALO ,  NEW YORK  

It’s  the  second  largest  city  in New York  state, and it’s  the  city that gave the worod, “Buffalo  Chicken  Wings”. You can visit Anchor  Bar, the place where they were supposedly served first .  If you want to visit the American  side of Niagara Falls ,  it’s  not that far. Neither is the Peace Bridge, which separates Buffalo from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Toronto  isn’t  that far from Buffalo  either.

38. GETTYSBURG ,  PENNSYLVANIA  

This town isn’t  that far from Baltimore ,  and I would advise  you  to  visit when you come to the United  States .  During the  Civil War ,  the whole  town was a battlefield . For three days it wasn’t  only the troops from the North and the South who were fighting  each other, it was neighbor versus  neighbor .  Take a tour of the city and be sure to visit the battlefields  with tour guides  who will give you a better understanding  of  what  life was like during this time . 

39. HARRISBURG ,  PENNSYLVANIA  

This is the capital  of  the  Commonwealth  of  Pennsylvania .  While in town, be sure to visit  the  state capital  building  as well as the Civil  War  Museum  if you can’t  get to Gettysburg .  While a visit to Gettysburg  will only tell you about the Battle  of  Gettysburg, this museum tells  you  the entire history  of this dark  time in American  history .  If this is a  little  too much for you and the family ,  go an hour or so from town to the place known as “Chocolate  City  “. You got it, Hershey, Pennsylvania . 

40. LAS VEGAS,  NEVADA  

No visit to  the   United States  would be complete without  a visit to Sin City .  Everyone  who visits here should  have this city on their bucket lust, just to see the neon lights at night, eat like crazy at one of the many buffets in town that seem to try to outdo  each other with the amounts of food they serve ,  see the shows , or just  dance the night away. You can even gamble, but guess what, you don’t  have  to .  There’s  so much else to do here. Where do you start ?  Like everyone  else, you start on the Las Vegas Strip just to gawk at all those hotels that look larger than life .  Don’t  neglect the Fremont  Street  Experience  in Downtown  Las Vegas. You can even get out of town to Hoover Dam or even the Grand Canyon .  There’s  something  for everyone ,  but please try to leave the  little  ones at home.
These are some ideas of what cities to visit if you come to  the  United  States  or  Canada . 

If you’ve  been  to either country before ,  what cities would you suggest that might or might not be on this list ? 

Drop me a line in the comments  section  and as always , thank you for your  support  of my little  blog.

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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 .