Travelers (and especially history buffs) take note: what’s about to follow is a list of the top nine cities in the United States for sights and landmarks.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. One quality readers voted on was a city’s sights and landmarks—and it turns out, you’ll have to pretty far west to see all of the cities on this list.
Coming in at the No. 7 spot was Honolulu, Hawaii, which scored points for having the only royal palace in the country. Readers also raved about the Bishop Museum (a vast collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal heirlooms), the botanical gardens, and the powerful experiences they had at Pearl Harbor.
A handful of cities are in the American South, including New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston (the No. 1 city in the world, in fact). Antebellum architecture, roots deeply set in America’s turbulent history, and new, more modern attractions (like Savannah’s College of Art and Design Museum) make these cities more relevant than ever.
And it’s no surprise that the charming New England city of Boston landed on the list. “Boston is small enough to walk,” said one World’s Best voter, “but big enough to include all the cultural landmarks that make a great city.”
Among the standout sights are the Freedom Trail, the historic Faneuil Hall marketplace (which dates back to 1743), and the New England Aquarium, where you can see the New England harbor seals for free before entering.
Chances are, a single trip to one of these top cities for sights and landmarks won’t be enough. But fortunately, you’re going to love them enough to return again and again.