Ah, the United States of America. It's a country that, somewhat unnecessarily sometimes, receives a lot of criticism, although some points are certainly much more valid than others. Whichever way you look at it this is a powerhouse nation from top to bottom, and as such, millions upon millions of people visit the States every year whether it be due to a business trip or for a holiday.
There are undoubtedly some cities that are more popular than others for trips away, though, and in equal measure, there are some which are on the rise and have been for quite some time now. Therefore, we thought it'd be interesting to run through a list of cities that not only rule the tourism market but are also on their way towards the summit.
We obviously talk about America quite a lot here, and the reason is because it's just such an unbelievably fascinating place - and we'd challenge anyone to say differently. The diversity from one side of the country to another is utterly staggering, and we often wonder how some locals are able to even function.
Don't get us wrong, we absolutely love the place in a lot of ways, but we can completely understand why some folks are slightly worried about the direction that things are going in.
Either way, we'll try and take our serious hats off every now and again in favour of a more lighthearted approach to things*.
*Let's see how this one goes then, shall we?
20 OVERRUN: New York City, New York - Start Spreading The News
The Big Apple is going to draw you in just as it will with anyone else who is even remotely interested in travelling, and it's okay to admit that. It's the hub of many different things in the States, and it truly does live up to its reputation of being the city that never sleeps.
You'd need at least a week there in order to experience everything that it has to offer, because from the first minute until the very last, you'll be swept off your feet. Of course, that can lead to some overpopulation more often than not, which must be pretty frustrating for those who actually reside there.
19 OVERRUN: Chicago, Illinois - Pizza Town
Chicago is home to many different people from all walks of life, and while that may seem like the headline in this particular entry, it really isn't. It's always been viewed as a city that serves as an 'alternative' to the likes of NYC, and that can only be a good thing - until more and more people start recognising that.
It is a great place to visit and there's no denying that fact, but unfortunately, it has fallen into the same trap in terms of just how many people are heading there on a day to day basis. The Illinois city still comes highly recommended, as you can probably imagine, but just be a little bit cautious.
18 OVERRUN: Honolulu, Hawaii - Not So Hidden Beauty
If someone tells you enough times that Hawaii is one of the most relaxing places on Earth, soon enough you're going to start believing them. Of course, it can often be viewed as more of a stereotypical location to visit than anything else, but that hasn't detracted millions of people from heading over there.
It gives you the opportunity to experience both a beach holiday and a city getaway all rolled up into one, and that's a nice position to be in. It may be recognised as an official state by some but it really does feel like its own entity, kind of like Cornwall in the United Kingdom.
17 2019: Denver, Colorado - Expensive But Gorgeous
As expensive as it may seem on the face of it, Denver is more than worth the price of admission in more ways than one. From the great weather to the friendly people to the many great hiking trails, there's something for everyone here.
It's one of those places that allows you to escape your issues, as well as the general public, but we fear that may no longer be the case in the weeks and months to come. Sure, it'll still be a bit alternative, but more and more folks are going to start realising what they've been missing all these years.
16 OVERRUN: San Francisco, California - What A City
How can you not love San Francisco?
They never hit too high and they never hit too low - they always seem to be just right. It's the true traveller's equivalent of Los Angeles because while LA may be pretty cool to visit, there's nothing quite like taking a look out onto the gorgeous San Fran sights.
Alas, you'll really be able to grasp just how many tourists there are if you decide to take a trip to Alcatraz. The place is the living, breathing definition of an overpopulated attraction, and the same kind of thing goes for much of the city. That isn't necessarily a critique, just an observation.
15 OVERRUN: Los Angeles, California - Hollywood Central
Speaking of LA, we thought we'd knock two of the Cali favourites out in two straight entries. Los Angeles is known for being the home of Hollywood, and as such, it's not uncommon to see people scouring around the city in search of big stars - both literal and figurative.
Because of this you're able to spot the tourists from a million miles away, which can sometimes put things into perspective. Look, we appreciate that they're just trying to have a good time, but the traffic in the city is bad enough without more and more people requiring taxis or Ubers every single minute of every single day.
14 OVERRUN: Sedona, Arizona - Absolutely Stunning
Sedona may not initially seem like somewhere that would be particularly crowded, but you'd be surprised. The number of people who like to escape to the desert in order to 'find themselves' for a few days has risen dramatically, and we can only see that trend continuing as the months and years go on.
It doesn't matter if you're young or old because heading to Sedona is a really soothing experience one way or the other, and unfortunately, that thought process has become pretty popular. You should definitely still go here, but keep what we've said in mind when you do.
13 2019: Boise, Idaho - Cute And Cheerful
Boise is a dramatically underrated city, but somehow, we don't think it's going to stay that way for very long. The entire state of Idaho is often quite 'forgotten about' in the realms of US culture, and when you consider just how beautiful it is, you soon realise what a crime that truly is.
Boise, in particular, feels like somewhere you could call home within just minutes of arriving. It's almost as if someone has transported the city over from some exotic European country because that's the kind of vibe you get throughout your entire stay. Maybe we're over-exaggerating, but that's how we see it.
12 OVERRUN: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Fighting City
The heart of Philadelphia beats stronger than ever in the present day, with the Eagles' Super Bowl victory earlier this year breathing new life into what it means to be from Philly. It's always been an iconic city in more ways than one, but now, they have the proof to back that up.
They've always been viewed as underdogs over there, and while that may be true for sports, it certainly isn't true within the wider spectrum of the city. It's a really popular tourist destination and given the nature of their main attractions, we can't imagine that'll change anytime soon.
11 OVERRUN: Las Vegas, Nevada - Sin City
We all need to let loose once in a while because otherwise we'll just go insane. If your entire focus from the minute you wake up until the minute you fall asleep is to play by the rules and put everything into your work, then we can tell you right now that your perspective probably needs to change.
So then, where do you go if you're in desperate need of a crazy weekend? Vegas. Oh, and that doesn't just go for US folk, because people from around the world will fly over in order to enjoy Sin City and everything that comes alongside that.
10 OVERRUN: Napa, California - Wine O’Clock
Napa is a really beautiful place, which is probably why more and more people are deciding to pick up and move there. Of course, these individuals are a little bit more wealthy than your average citizen, which is why they're able to afford luxuries such as regular visits - or stays - in Napa.
Still, there are more of these people than you may initially have realised, which often leads to a frustrating experience if you're heading to Napa for something different. The majority of people who go there are quite pretentious, meaning that if you don't fall into that category, you may have to bite your tongue once or twice.
9 2019: Portland, Oregon - On The Rise
The eco-friendly Portland is finally being recognised as a truly great US city, and not a minute too soon. It's as eco-friendly as it is diverse with there being something for everyone to enjoy, as long as you're able to deal with the quick wit and banter of the locals.
They don't try to be anything more than they actually are over there, because they allow the roots and history of their city to speak for itself. It may not be the biggest and it may not be the baddest, but in truth, those are traits that can often make a city feel 'too much' to some.
8 OVERRUN: Miami, Florida - Style Personified
Nothing that we say or do is going to detract you from wanting to visit Miami, and that's exactly how it should be. There's a certain sense of style over there that goes back over dozens of years, dating back to the big boom in fashion that seemed to stem from the Florida-based city.
As long as you know the right places to go to then you should be in for a great trip, but avoiding the major tourist spots could be absolutely vital for having an enjoyable time. Otherwise, you'll find yourself not being able to relax in the way that you'd initially intended.
7 OVERRUN: Washington D.C. - The Hub
When you put the politics of the current landscape to one side, you'll soon realise that Washington D.C. really is a remarkable city. From the centre to the surrounding areas it's absolutely beautiful, and contrary to many of these entries, it's actually very clean.
You may think that it's quite corporate but in actuality, it's one of the nicer areas to be explored around the States. Some view it as a dull place to live or visit but that couldn't be any further from the truth, and all it takes is a few hours walking around there to notice that.
6 OVERRUN: Boston, Massachusetts - The Stereotypes
From the accent to the food, it seems like everything that's great about Boston has been stereotyped to within an inch of its life. Don't get us wrong, it's a fantastic city full of character and heart, but you could easily risk falling into the 'Paris effect' trap of thinking it's even better than it actually is.
One of the best things that you could possibly do is take a trip to Boston when you're already over in NYC, because that way, it's just an added bonus. You get the chance to have a look around and see if you like it, and then if you don't, you can always head on back to The Big Apple.
5 2019: Charleston, South Carolina - Perfection
The word 'perfect' is thrown around a lot in the present day, and we're guilty of falling into that trap, too. In truth, there's probably no such thing as a perfect destination or location for someone to travel to, but if there was, then Charleston is as close as you're going to get.
The South Carolina city is going through something of a boom period right now and it's not exactly hard to see why. It's just so damn beautiful over there, and it really does feel like even spending 24 hours in the city's presence would make you feel a lot happier.
4 OVERRUN: Orlando, Florida - Home Of The Tourists
Ah, Orlando. The true hub of families wanting to have, in many respects, a stereotypical USA experience. The only reason we say that is because of all the parks and the great weather, of course, because in truth, Orlando is a damn fine city that we'd thoroughly recommend to anyone.
It truly does serve up fun for all the family, and really, what more could you ask for? There's a sense of adventure when you head over there, and the best part is that it's completely different to somewhere like Miami which is just down the road.
Even though it's crowded, it's easy enough to navigate through it all.
3 OVERRUN: New Orleans, Louisiana - Too Many Good Times
Have you ever been on Bourbon Street late at night when you're sober? No? Good. Keep it that way.
When New Orleans is at its busiest you could argue that it's utterly unbearable, if only for the sheer volume of individuals that are roaming the streets. Don't get us wrong, the close proximity of everything is great and all, but that doesn't always translate into a good time, no matter how hammered you may be.
You have to be smart about a trip to NOLA because otherwise, you won't be able to separate it from a lads holiday to Magaluf.
2 OVERRUN: Seattle, Washington - The Hipster City
Picking up and moving to Seattle is a big decision for many, but there are just so, so many positives associated with it, that we'd recommend doing so even to people who only want to make a fleeting visit. On one hand, you've got a fun twist on the 'hustle and bustle' of city life, and on the other, you have so much nature surrounding you to explore.
Oh, and in case that isn't good enough, it also happens to be just a short two hour drive away from Vancouver, which is also one of the better cities in North America. So with all of this to offer as well as Canada being right there, it begs the question: why haven't you already booked your plane tickets?
1 2019: Nashville, Tennessee - Time To Party
Oh, Tennessee. The entire state feels like it has so much personality from top to bottom, and we'd love to be able to explore it in more detail. Alas, we'll stick to the major cities for now, with our favourite of the bunch being Nashville.
It has that aura of 'let the good times roll' that we associate with Vegas and New Orleans, but at the same time, it feels a little bit more controlled - as if everyone is as chilled out as they've ever been in their life. Nobody judges anyone there and nobody wants to restrict you, because they just want to give people the chance to be themselves.