Five Must-Visit US Cities in 2018
By Kimberly Graf. Published on March 13, 2018
For many of the US’s most vibrant cities, 2018 is a year of anniversaries and festivals. The following five destinations are overflowing with events and attractions to make your stay extraordinary.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras might be over, but events are just kicking off for New Orleans’ Tricentennial festival. This historic city is always a favorite destination, but in 2018 there’s so much more to take in. There are several historic exhibitions opening this year, including “Recovered Memories”, an exploration of the city’s Spanish influence. Other topics and exhibits include the “Women of New Orleans”, and “New Orleans, the Founding Era”.
In April, the Tall Ships Gala and Fundraiser is an event that takes place entirely on the docks and the decks of tall ships in the harbor. In November, there’s a special version of the New Orleans cheese festival, the Fête des Fromages, focused on cheeses from around the world. This is just a sampling of the many events going on in New Orleans this year, making it a great destination for 2018. A full schedule is available at the 2018 New Orleans Tricentennial website.
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is also having a Tricentennial celebration this year. Fiesta, which takes place between the 19th and 29th of April, is a city-wide festival that boasts a myriad of events for all ages. The celebration of this benchmark year will include more parades and carnivals than ever before. Included during this ten-day spectacle are beauty pageants, dog shows, Alamo re-enactments, and dozens of other events.
Even outside of this event, San Antonio is a charming city to visit. The unique culture and respect for history makes the atmosphere in this city unlike any other. With many excellent cuisine options and things to do year-round, there’s never been a better time to remember the Alamo.
Cortez is a charming little town on the southern border of Colorado. It’s quaint and has excellent accommodations and cuisine options. Besides begin a great town to spend some time in, there’s also a wealth of history to explore in the area.
Mesa Verde National Park is only a fifteen minute drive from Cortez. A beautiful drive up the mountain brings you in viewing range of at least a dozen cliff-dwellings used by the Ancestral Pueblo people. During the summer months, there are guided tours through these amazing monuments to ingenuity. The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a little further away, but includes thousands of different ancient structures to see and learn about.
Cortez is a friendly town with a lot to offer surrounded by ancient historical sites, guaranteeing that there’s something for everyone. This unique cultural balance has never been more exciting.
Boston is gorgeous no matter when you choose to visit. The city is steeped in the rich history of the United States, and this year there are more places to visit than ever. Urban explorers will rejoice, as this is one of the locations of the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure, a city-wide, app-driven race to find specific buildings and monuments to explore. A less-technologically driven challenge is the Discover Quincy Path of Presidents tour, a selection of locations where presidents have been born, died, and lived in Boston.
And if touring isn’t your thing, Boston exceeds at both food and art. There are many marketplaces and dining options that combine shopping and eating, each with a different authentic cultural flavor. Cafes and coffee shops litter the area. The Institute of Contemporary Art sits right on the water and is home to a plethora of modern expression pieces.
St. Louis, Missouri
St Louis is known as the Gateway to the West, and in 2018 the Gateway Arch is reopening after some serious renovations. They have added and expanded the museum and informational areas, including new exhibitions on how the Arch was built.
If you enjoy going to shows, The Muny theatre is celebrating 100 years of presenting Broadway in an open-air theatre. They will be presenting several plays including musicals this year – a full schedule can be found on their website. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, on the other hand, is hosting the world-famous musical Hamilton on April 3rd through the 22nd.
St Louis also boasts a number of zoos, art museums and other activities to sink your teeth into in 2018. With the main attraction’s grand reopening, this is the perfect time to experience it.
With so much going on around the US this year, there’s never been a better time to travel. These five cities are timeless centers of culture regardless, but this year there are so many more memory-making opportunities. They’re rolling out the red carpet for travelers, so go check out some of the most charming and unique cities in the US!