20 Cities You Should Visit In The USA While You Are In Your 20s

(Last Updated On: December 18, 2017)

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There are so many reasons why traveling in your 20s should be your priority. This is the time when you have to decide your career and enter the workforce, a decision which is not easy to make, since it is going to follow you throughout your whole life.

On the other hand, there are certain things that are better weathered while you are still young, like meeting new people, staying in a hostel or getting rid of a hangover.

Your 20s are the perfect years to try new things, make mistakes and bounce back in the right direction. Travel as much as you can as often you can in your 20s.

At some point traveling can be challenging in your 20s because you will find some obstacles like finances for instance.  But there is a solution for this, you just have to learn how to stretch your money by using cheap flights. The best accommodation and cheap one at the same time can be found thanks to Couchsurfing and Airbnb. So, the only thing that is left to you is to go and explore the world.

Consider this list as a bucket list and we hope that you will manage somehow to make to all the places that are on this list.

1 | Philadelphia

Not many would consider Philadelphia as key destination in the USA but we would advise you to visit it while you are still youngish. The city has the same charm as New York city and at the same time it has the glamour of a small city.

2 | Miami

Miami is a place where you can find all those trendsetting nightclubs, beautiful neighborhoods that have Cuban influence and the best coffee and cigars.

Read more about 10 Things to See in Miami

3 | Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the best place to go clubbing while you are still young and still have the strength to go outside the next day on the scorching sun.

4 | Boston

Boston is popular city with lots of colleges, rich history and culture. You have to visit one of the oldest cities in the USA which was founded in 1630.

5 | Hawaii

Hawaii is the perfect destination, some would say a dream destination to visit. Just enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.

6 | New York

New York is probably on top of my list and my favourite city, so I hope I will have a chance to visit it again in my 30s, 40s, 50s…

Read more about My New York State of Mind: 10 Things to See and Do in NYC

7 | Austin, Texas

Austin is a city that has many things to offer like shopping, sightseeing and nightlife.

8 | Portland, Oregon

Portland is known for its microbreweries and coffeehouses on the one side and for its parks and bicycle paths on the other side.

9 | Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is a beautiful city that you should visit not only for celebrity spotting but to enjoy the endless list of beautiful restaurants and cafes.

10 | San Diego, California

San Diego is heaven on Earth. It is known for its beaches and theme parks. Great place to visit if you are into surfing.

11 | Denver, Colorado

Denver is a metropolis that dates back to the Old West era. The city is so diverse so every kind of traveler can find something to enjoy doing.

12 | Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is a must visit location. There are many National Parks in the USA and you should try to visit at least one of the many.

Read more about Grand Canyon National Park: Getting the Most from a Short Trip

13 | Nantucket, Island in Massachusetts

Nantucket is a summer destination. This is a small island with great restaurants and boutiques.

14 | New Orleans

New Orleans is a city that is always lively and you should try to visit it during the Mardi Gras.

15 | Chicago, Illinois

This city is great. It is known for its bold architecture and it has the best view of the city in the Willis Tower.

16 | San Francisco, California

San Francisco is an awesome city with cable cars and Victorian houses.

17 | Seattle

The most popular landmark is the futuristic Space Needle and it is the home of some of the largest tech companies. Even Microsoft and Amazon have their headquarters there.

18 | Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is a beautiful city that I chose for a weekend getaway. We have spent a day in the 6 Flags and had a blast.

19 | Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is also known as the Motor City thanks to its close ties with the auto industry.

20 | Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is another city that is overlooked but it has so much to offer. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded albums in the famous Sun Studio. There are many music landmarks to be seen such as Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.

So, find a cheap flight on TripAdvisor and book your ticket today to one of these magical places and see it for yourself because as the Asian Proverb goes it is always: “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

Where to stay while in the USA

If you are planning a trip to one of these beautiful places you can check availability on Booking.com since this is the best and the most reliable website that I always use for finding accommodation.


Another great option is to rent a place through Airbnb. You can find great rooms and apartments since there are a lot of great options. You can use this code to get $27 free AirBnb credit.

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Author: Elena

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