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10 of Travel Writer Margie Goldsmith’s Favorite U.S. Cities

Including a few surprises.

Long-time BJT travel writer Margie Goldsmith has traveled to more than 130 countries but she also likes to spend time exploring her American homeland.

Here, she picks 10 of her favorite U.S. cities and notes the reasons why each one made the list.

1. San FranciscoDrop-dead views, delicious food, soothing foghorns.

2. New YorkTheatre, museums, nightlife, restaurants galore.

3. Austin, TexasFunky charm, nonstop music, yummy food trucks.

4. New Orleans. An endless party of music, parades, and Southern cookin’.

5. Scottsdale, ArizonaGorgeous desertoutstanding museums, foodie heaven.

6. ChicagoRiver cruises, unique architecture, deep-dish pizza. 

7. Charleston, South CarolinaGreat walking citysoothing plantations, Southern charm.

8. Durham, North CarolinaEndless barbecue, gorgeous gardens, and Duke University.

9. Boulder, ColoradoMagnificent hiking and biking trails, friendliest people.

10. Clarksdale, Mississippi. Funkiest birthplace of the blues with live music nightly.