15 must-visit cities in 2015: Part two
A new year means it’s time for one of our favorite things – planning our must-see travel destinations for 2015! After hearing about where and why you want to travel this year, we compiled a list of 15 places we think you all will love visiting this year. It’s a pretty tall order picking only 15 great cities to feature out of the more than 3,800 we serve, but we did knowing there’s something for everyone here. Join us as we virtually travel across North America over three weeks. Last week we talked about some great locations along the West Coast, so next on list: Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta and Charleston!
No trip to the Mile High City is complete without taking in the beautiful outdoors – especially in the summer when the weather is perfect for renting a bike and touring the city. Music lovers know the city for another reason – its famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Park. Whether you’re taking in a concert, exploring the museum or hiking the trails around the renowned music venue, there really isn’t another location quite like this.
Many people think of Texas and associate the entire state with rolling tumbleweeds, longhorn cattle and cowboys on parade. These three locations will make you think differently. You can spend a weekend wandering around the galleries in the Houston’s Museum District, take in great views of the downtown skylines at Buffalo Bayou Park, or hang out with the locals around Memorial Park. You probably won’t see any cowboys roaming around – unless you’re in town for the Rodeo.
New Orleans may be known for Mardi Gras and its jazz clubs, but rather than seeing all the historic sites by land, trade in your walking shoes for a kayak! Spend the day paddling down the Bayou St. John to get a different view of the city and visit a number of historic neighborhoods and landmarks. Once you’ve worked up your appetite, there are tons of delicious Cajun food and beignets waiting for you around the city.
As we begin heading back up north, make a stop in Georgia. If you’ve ever fantasized about sitting behind the anchor’s desk, you’ll probably enjoy touring CNN’s Atlanta Bureau. Atlanta is also home to the World of Coca-Cola, where you can check out the bottling plant in the facility and see the vault holding the recipe to the secret formula before mixing up your own fizzy drink to bring with you when you get back on the road.
Once the weather is warm enough, the white sandy beaches in South Carolina cannot be missed. There are more than 50 beach-access points across the city so feel free to ask a local which they recommend – especially if you’re looking to get away from the tourists. Fort Sumter is where the American Civil War began and is just a quick ferry ride away from the city. When you’re done touring the monument, the small museum will take you back through time and immerse you in the history of the location that officially launched the war. The Charleston City Market claims to be the cultural heart of the city for more than a century and we believe it since it’s the city’s most visited attraction. Here you can shop the day and night time markets for local gifts like blown glass, sweetgrass baskets, saltwater taffy and much more.
Next week will be our last post in our 15 must-visit cities in 2015 series. We’re headed back up north and visiting two countries!