The US welcomed more than 77.5 inbound travelers to our shores in 2015, here is a breakdown of our most visited cities by foreign visitors. Right in our own backyards, we can easily plan a getaway to enjoy what international tourists travel a long way to experience. All of these cities have smaller towns a quick car ride away: small towns or big cities. Take your pick, plan a trip close to home, these cities and charming small towns are ours!
San Francisco, California
The city by the bay is surrounded by loads of charming small towns, go for a city getaway or a more laid-back vibe in Tiburon. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the largest outside of China, authentic dim sum can be had without the long plane ride. From Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood and Union Square for world class shopping, be sure to book your hotel in advance as conventions often sell out hotels throughout the city. Check neighboring small towns within shouting distance of San Francisco to save considerably.
Los Angeles, California
It’s sprawling and has many smaller, lesser known cities within easy reach. Choose Westlake or Calabasas if you want to be close to very spendy Malibu or Santa Monica. Stay in Riverside, a short freeway drive from downtown Los Angeles and Disneyland for a lot less than Los Angeles or Anaheim hotels. The City of Angels has something for everyone from hipsters to families, stay in smaller adjacent towns and save considerably on more well-known hotels located in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood or West Los Angeles.
Some might say it is the Latin American capital of the US, Miami offers everything from white sand beaches, salsa clubs and Cuban food to off-shore islands and world class diving. Check Hollywood Beach for a small town beach vibe, it is only 30 minutes or so north of Miami. Also explore the Everglades, which are within easy reach of Miami, with several small towns close by to base yourself from.
New York City, New York
Of course it made the top five most visited US cities, it never sleeps and offers 24/7 bright lights, big city vibes. If not wanting to spring for Manhattan digs, look a little further afield to other New York boroughs to save on hotels. Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are top choices for easy public transportation to Manhattan, allowing visitors to take a big bite of the big apple without spending a hefty portion of their travel budget on a hotel. Each of these boroughs offer loads of charm, diversity, culture and are destinations in their own right.
Home to Mickey Mouse, if staying on the doorstep Universal Studios or Disney World is important to you, Orlando can range from reasonable to ridiculously priced. Branch out a bit and discover a wide range of small town options that not only cost substantially less, but are less trampled, offering a welcome respite after a long day of amusement park touring. Look into Mount Dora for a New England feel in Florida, Deland, which has a lot of historic charm or even Celebration, the master community planned by Walt Disney. It is a small world after all, be sure to look into small town options when considering a stay in a big city that attracts millions of visitors a year.
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