If you are looking for ways to add more travel to your calendar this year, all you have to do is look around the US. With so many American cities reinventing themselves, travelers can discover exciting things just around the corner. And in more established cities, there are always new gems that the repeater can find. Whether you're here for a week or a weekend, these are the amazing US cities to visit in 2019.
After the damage of Hurricane Maria in 2017, Puerto Rico is ready and wants to welcome 2019 tourists on the island. And with the reopening and refurbishment of hotels like the San Juan Marriot and the Stellaris Casino, as well as brand new hotels like the Serafina Beach Hotel, there are many more options for travelers to enjoy a tropical vacation that does not require a passport. You can shop at Condado Beach or visit the Santurce neighborhood to sample the emerging culinary scene of San Juan. At Lot 23 you will find a "gastronomic park" consisting of dozens of food stalls that serve everything from grilled fish to tacos, pizza and donuts.
Visitors in January could also have the opportunity to attend a historic music event - the San Juan production of Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the acclaimed Broadway musical, will repeat his role as Alexander Hamilton in San Juan for the first time since leaving the stage in New York in 2016. Take a look at Puerto Rico to search for travel packages with tickets to the production of San Juan.
Where to stay: At the Olive Boutique Hotel, located in Puerto Rico, in the heart of the Condado district, you will find a spot of refinement with a rustic touch.
For a getaway near the Great Lakes, Buffalo in northern New York is just the ticket. Buffalo is located just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls and is in the middle of a worth seeing renovation. Devotees who have long been interested in the famous wing of the Buffalo Wing have long since moved into the city, but you'll be surprised that even architecture fans have much to discover. Opened in the spring of 2019, the Lipsey Architecture Center displays the architectural legacy of Buffalo - including the Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright. During the warmer months, head out to Elevator Alley, a converted area that has made the city's industrial grain silos more fun with outdoor filming and a cable car.
In July, visit the Garden Walk, the largest free garden tour in the US. Each year, Buffalo's dedicated home gardeners open their backyards for visitors wishing to visit this city-wide event. It's a great way to explore the city and connect with the locals.
Where to stay: The spacious Henry Hotel is located on Richardson Olmstead Campus, a historic landmark, just a short walk from the city center.
Although Fort Lauderdale is often overshadowed by Miami's district, it has 23 miles of beaches. You can take part in the classic Fort Lauderdale activities, such as boarding the Jungle Queen's Riverboat Cruise for dinner and a show, or visiting FATVillage, a bohemian district where you can visit galleries or shop with local artists. If you are in the month of the month, do not miss the monthly ArtWalk.
If you are looking for delicious food, check out restaurants like Rhythm + Vine in the garden restaurant with local food truck rotation. So try something different every time.
Where to stay: Enjoy the beach at B Ocean Resort, a modern hotel with vintage flair. Check out the Shipwreck Bar in the lobby to see the unique mermaid show.
One hour south of New York City, make an excursion to the most musical town on Jersey Shore - Asbury Park this summer. Asbury Park is home to the Stone Pony, the historic music venue that created local New Jersey superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. A must for every classic rock fan. In 2019 the city bursts with contravention. The once dilapidated waterfront buildings of Asbury Park are experiencing a new lease of life, such as the old carousel building that has been converted into a theater and skate park.
Along the promenade you will find everything from craft coffees to Korean fusion tacos, as well as restaurants where you can find seafood, such as the Langosta Lounge or the Asbury Oyster Bar. If you can not visit in summer, you can Still, you're planning a trip to cool events like the Music and Film Festival in April or the Sea Hear Now Festival in September.
Where to stay: The Asbury Hotel is a boutique hotel that not only has a rooftop bar, but also a rooftop cinema.
There are many adventures in the redwood forests of Northern California, but for a city to settle in, you can skip San Francisco and head to the university town across the bay - Berkeley. You can explore the beautiful University of California campus, shop in the independent boutiques of Fourth Street and Telegraph Avenue, or go for a walk along the rolling hills.
Berkeley also offers some fantastic dining options, from upscale facilities like Japanese Akemi and Italian Rivoli to more casual places like a coffee shop called Blue Willow Tea Spot or the small Bio-Creamery iScream. Would you like to go deeper into Berkeley's food scene? Take a look at Essible Excursions's dining outings, where you can fortify yourself throughout the city.
Where to stay: Stay close to the Graduate Berkeley campus for a luxurious stay in the immediate vicinity of the university.
Asheville is not just the starting point for fall foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is also a city on the rise. With trendy stores, Friday drum shingles, cafes and bookstores, Asheville has always attracted an open-minded public to relax in, including one with its own champagne bar. There are, however, many new restaurants in the city, such as Button & Co. Bagels, where you can taste an Appelachian bagel with local ingredients such as winter wheat and country ham or Benne on Eagle, which celebrates African-American contributions to the Southern cuisine.
The year 2019 will also provide Asheville's most popular attraction - the Biltmore - with exciting new developments. From time to time, the famous Vanderbilt manor house will offer quirky activities such as falconry lessons and electric tricycle rides through the grounds of the estate. In February, the Biltmore Museum will also unveil a new exhibition titled "A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas" exploring 20th-century fashion.
Where to stay: The Omni Grove Park Inn offers the best view of the city. The hotel is built for the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains and a drink on Sunset Terrace is the perfect way to end your day in Asheville.
New Orleans has been around for a while and it does not look like it's going to end soon. The celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of 2018 keep up the good times for exciting new attractions, such as the opening of Sazerac House, a museum dedicated to the history of iconic cocktails. New restaurants are causing a stir, from the much-anticipated Justine, who serves contemporary French cuisine, to Warbucks, a classic American diner that encompasses "the essence of the '90s rap, skateboard, and hip-hop culture." And if You Want A place to sample New Orleans's newest food, visit the Auction House Market, a dining room where you can sample Elysian Seafood oysters or Empanola-inspired New Orleans empanadas.
After eating and drinking, make sure to check out the city. With an average rate of one festival every three days, you will find something with every visit.
Where to stay: Just outside the French Quarter, the Eliza Jane is a new hotel on the scene, with its sophisticated design, steeped in the history of New Orleans, already waves.
If you're looking for a print-less vacation where you can sit back and be yourself, put Portland at the top of your 2019 go list. Portland is primarily a meeting place, so take the time to get to know the different neighborhoods. From the indie boutiques of East Burnside to the Victorian homes of Nob Hill, Portland has a lot of variety.
Whether indulging in an incredible Hummus dish in Tusk or sipping Brazilian coffee with sustainable use in a cafe like Nossa Familia, you can easily find a way to make your Portland experience your own while enjoying great food enjoy flavors along the way.
Where to stay: To feel at home during your stay, visit the pet-friendly boutique hotel The Jupiter for its artistic design and affordable rates.
In Scottsdale, anyone can find something they love. Whether you choose the spa, golf or nature, Scottsdale also offers incredible cultural opportunities in places such as the Musical Instrument Museum or Taliesin West, the Winter Home and the architecture school of Frank Lloyd Wright.
In May, check out the opening of Agave del Scottsdale, a fine restaurant with a Mexican chef. To get the best view of the desert, hop on a hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders.
Where to Stay: At Mountain Shadows Resort, a modernist-inspired complex with incredible views, everything is there.
No matter when you go or what time of year, in Nashville there is always good music. The year 2019 is no exception, but you can make the most of it by planning your trip to one of the city's next concerts or annual events. At the Musicians Corner in May, you can explore aspiring artists or get your spice at the Hot Chicken Festival in July.
You can also explore out of town by taking a tour along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail or drinking less and shopping more. This tour takes you to Tennessee leather manufacturers and shoemakers.
Where to Stay: For an intimate experience in Nashville, check in at Germantown Inn, a 10-room boutique hotel housed in a historic building, within walking distance of Bicentennial Park.
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