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The United States of America is a vast, vast country. From deserts to rolling green hills to rocky gray mountains, this country has an environment to suit everyone. It's the same way with cities, too. From modern marvels to charming, European-style gems, the United States is filled with diverse cities ready to be discovered by you.
Mobile, Alabama might not be the first destination on this slideshow that you think of, but it has a wealth of cultural significance. Fresh seafood and French influence make this a great place to eat food. Visit the city's many museums and historic parks to learn about art and history. Walk through the city's nine historic districts and bask in the verdant azaleas and French architecture. Come during Carnival and experience the country's oldest Carnvial celebration.
Take a trip to the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to view the Northern Lights in all their splendor. Fairbanks is a beautiful city to get active: go on a kayaking tour, fish along the Chena River and more. For a more cultural approach, visit the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, a stunning modern creation that holds exhibits on the state's culture, history, art, as well as its flora and fauna.
Nicknamed the "Athens of the Ozarks," Fayetteville is a cultural hub in Arkansas, with a great university and a cultural vibe. Visit Dickson Street Bookstore, which houses over 100,000 books, most of which are hard to find. Great outdoor activities and restaurants are also located around this historic city.
San Francisco, California
Victorian houses perched on steep hillsides and the famous Golden Gate Bridge are two main photo-worthy reasons to visit San Francisco. Hop onto a cable car for a tour around the city and don't forget to visit Alcatraz Island and the picturesque Lombard Street.
Denver is known for being an outdoorsy city, and it's no wonder why. The metropolitan area has many open-air activities, let alone parks and hiking areas. Visit the ultra-modern Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Art Museum and see a concert or performance at the stunning Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.
So many of Connecticut's cities are historical gems, but Hartford is especially unique, especially for book and art lovers. Here, you can tour Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe's houses, visit the oldest free public museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum, which houses artwork by mostly American artists, but also some Monet and Renoir. Historic Victorian and Gothic Revival buildings, like the state capitol building, are incredible photo-worthy landmarks. For a bit of a breather, visit the sublime Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, with over 800 varieties of roses.
Wilmington, Delaware is known for its entertainment. Whether it's craft breweries or museums you're craving, Wilmington has plenty of both. Its Riverwalk along the Christina and Delaware rivers is beautiful all year long, and many fun activities for children and adults can be found there, like ice skating in the winter.
Our nation's capital is an incredible place to visit: beautiful parks, lovely historic buildings and ample museums and restaurants make this a bright spot in any traveler's book. Visit the cultural landmarks, like the Lincoln Memorial, the White House and the Library of Congress.
Tallahassee is the capital city of Florida and is ranked as one of the top ten best cities to live in in the South. While you're there, visit the state capitol building and museum and check out a different side of Florida with the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, where you can experience one of the most biologically diverse regions in the U.S. The city also offers more than 700 trails to walk, bike, hike or ride a horse to your heart's content.
Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful historic city, complete with mysterious Spanish moss and cobblestone streets. Homes here date from the early Victorian era and feature charm and a romantic appeal. Great cuisine, historic landmarks and museums are plentiful here, too.
Honolulu is the best of both worlds: a city right on the beach in Hawaii and located near landmarks such as the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Diamond Head Crater. Outdoor activities in this paradise abound, with snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as surfing, being some of the popular options.
The state's capital of Boise is a great jumping-off point for many day trips to the state's incredible national parks and outdoor recreation areas. Shoshone Falls Park and the Craters of the Moon National Park & Preserve are a few of the most popular parks. The city itself has landmarks associated with the Oregon Trail and the pioneer days.
The city of Chicago is known for its incredible arts and culture. Visit the many museums, like the world-renowned Chicago Art Museum and visit the many famous restaurants, bars and nightclubs the city has to offer.
The capital of Indiana has quite a lot to do: visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, the gigantic Monument Circle and wander the parks, the canal and the surrounding city to experience the best of Indianapolis.
Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City is the only city in the United States to have receives UNESCO's Literary City designation. The city's vivid arts and cultural scene are definitely one of the major draws to this area, with plenty of cafes and bookstores offering events such as poetry slams and creative writing events.
Wichita is home to the state's most-visited attraction, the Sedgwick County Zoo. Museums, restaurants and nightlife abound in this city. Visit the city's iconic Keeper of the Plains statue along the waterfront for a beautiful picture of the skyline.
Known for its entertainment scene, Louisville is truly a marvel. The historic city is famous for its Kentucky bourbon, nightlife and as the location for the annual Kentucky Derby.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Far more than just a party destination, New Orleans is a cultural marvel, with many historic and cultural attractions. Great food and great music also give this city an artsy vibe.
Bar Harbor, Maine
This small town is the perfect place to capture the atmosphere of small-town life in New England. Whale watching and trolley tours, art galleries and Acadia National Park only scratch the surface of what this idyllic town has to offer.
Known as "the sailing capital of the U.S.," this city has an incredible amount of water activities to experience. Also located in this coastal city are many historic landmarks and museums.
Known mostly for its incredible American history and museums, Boston is also an incredibly multi-cultural city. Visit Jamaica Plane, China Town, or North End, home to Italian immigrants for a taste of the city's diversity.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan is a university town with a creative center. As a cultural and tech hub, Ann Arbor hosts a variety of local events featuring world-renowned celebrities like Yo-Yo Ma. Take a walk downtown and discover the sculptures scattered throughout the area. The city is nicknamed "Tree Town," for a reason: there are plenty of outdoor activities and hiking trails nearby. Both the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are free to the public!
St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul is one of the cities that makes up the Twin Cities, the other being Minneapolis. St. Paul's Cathedral, the Minnesota State Capitol Building and the Landmark Center are all beautiful photo-ops, but the real secret place to discover are the Wabasha Street Caves, which are an underground network of caves where Prohibition-era bootleggers hid their speakeasies.
Mississippi's capital, Jackson, is a great place to start your journey in Mississippi. Visit the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to learn about the state's past, and then wander around the Fondren District to discover the artsy side of the city. The city is nicknamed 'the city of soul,' so make sure to catch some live music while you're there.
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri has something for everyone. Don't miss out on the biggest landmarks, like the stunning and vast Missouri Botanical Garden and the Gateway Arch. Tour the Museum of Westward Expansion and explore the Forest Park to discover more about what makes St. Louis so special.
Montana's second-largest city is Missoula, home to the University of Montana. It's located along the Clark Fork River, offering ample water activities, like whitewater rafting. Stroll along the waterfront on the Kim Williams Trail. Discover the historic Victorian rail lines, the Caras Park Carousel, the Missoula Art Museum and the Roxy Theater.
Omaha is the most populated city in Nebraska. Visit Old Market, the historic district, with its brick streets and horse-drawn carriages for a glimpse into the past. Visit the Joslyn Art Museum to see some incredible art, featuring artists such as Renoir. For a great view of the skyline, visit the Gene Leahy Mall, which is actually an open-air park.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
While Las Vegas is certainly the most visited city in Nevada, Lake Tahoe offers a different, more relaxing side to the state. Straddling the border of California, the largest alpine lake in the country sits surrounded by beautiful mountainous forest. The cities of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline are good jumping-off points for visiting the lake.
Manchester, New Hampshire
This historic mill town has become the largest city in the state and is the perfect place to take day trips to the White Mountains National Forest and Lake Winnipesaukee. The museums are also excellent here: see pieces by Picasso and Monet at the Currier Museum of Art.
Princeton, New Jersey
While most notably home to Princeton University, this small, charming city is also home to the Washington Oak, a tree that was alive in 1787 during the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. It's also home to several Fortune 500 companies, Albert Einstein's residence and some of the best hoagies you can find.
Taos, New Mexico
Taos is a place unlike any other. It's really a collection of nearby pueblo towns that have long attracted artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, D.H. Lawrence and Dorothea Lange. It's home to world-class skiing at Taos Ski Valley, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Taos Pueblo, home to a much-photographed church, St. Francisco de Asisi and is near the Rocky Mountains and the Rio Grande Gorge. Taos is sure to be a magical trip.
New York City, New York
New York City has something for everyone. With some of the best museums in the country, as well as landmarks like Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building and Broadway performances, New York is definitely a cultural capital. Great food, nightlife and music all combine to make the Big Apple one of the most visited places in the country.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is home to one of the best aquariums in the country, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Not only that, but it's also home to some of the state's most popular beaches. Wilmington's Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River is a serene experience, while the Poplar Grove Plantation and the Bellamy Mansion will give you a glimpse into the city's past.
Medora, North Dakota
Medora is most known as the town you travel to to enter the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but this calming town is also home to great activities, too, like horseback riding and hiking. If you visit in the summer, you'll find the Medora Musical, a Western that celebrates Roosevelt himself. For a bit of history, check out Chateau de Mores, where a French marquis once lived.
The state capital, Columbus is a melting pot of culture, nestled in an area where the South meets the North. Walk through the charming streets of the German Village to get a taste of the history of the place, while the Columbus Museum of Art will give you a glimpse into the modern culture of the city.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City might not seem like a tourist destination at first, but there are plenty of things that make this state capital shine. The 7-story Myriad Botanical Gardens are stunning and definitely a must-see for those who love plants and/or photography. Stroll along the river and experience the beautiful parks and riverwalks for some fresh air. Little Saigon is perfect for trying out some new Asian cuisine, while The Paseo, a former artists' colony, is perfect for discovering art and architecture.
The first settlement on the West Coast created by the United States is the Victorian seaport of Astoria. The charming fishing town boasts the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which is shaped like a wave. The town is great for fishing and being outdoors. For a view of the entire town, climb up the Astor Column.
The "City of Brotherly Love" boasts an ample amount of historic landmarks to visit, most of which are located in the Independence National Historic Park, like the original copy of the U.S. Constitution. Also a noteworthy place to visit is the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Old Harbor, Rhode Island
Old Harbor is a quaint seaside town located on Block Island, accessible from the mainland by a ferry ride. One of the most popular boating destinations, this town is filled with seafood restaurants and quaint inns. The island's resort community of New Shoreham is also accessible for a day trip or two, and is known as one of the prettiest towns in New England.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is easily one of the most popular destinations in the South. It's a charming port city with a French Quarter, historic Fort Sumner, horse-drawn carriages and some of the most charming architecture this side of the Atlantic.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls is a city in South Dakota located near a beautiful tumbling cascade. In Falls Park, you can experience some fresh air activities near a beautiful, picturesque waterfall. Watch a performance at the Washington Pavilion, experience local sculptures in the downtown area, visit the Center for Western Studies and the Siouxland Heritage Museums for a look at the history of Sioux Falls.
Nashville is an arts and music cultural hub you won't want to miss. If you're a fan of country music especially, you'll love the live music that spills out of bars and cafes, like the Bluebird Cafe, where many famous artists were found.
Houston is one of the most vibrant and largest cities in the United States, and reasonably is one of the most diverse. Home to NASA, beautiful parks and unique neighborhoods that will fit anyone's preferences, Houston has it all. Visit the Mahatma Gandhi District, Chinatown or the Theater District to visit some incredible foodie and nightlife attractions.
Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah is an adrenaline junkie's dream. Major ski resorts offer incredible outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. Reservoirs, hot springs and forests are also major outdoor attractions, as are the biking and hiking trails. Take a rest from the activity at the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country.
Burlington is a charming city, home to Ben & Jerry's ice cream. It's also on Lake Champlain, so it's a great place to visit in the summer to swim, ski and enjoy the lake life. The Church Street Marketplace hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, so make sure to visit during one of these events to experience the community feel.
Seattle is a beautiful city. Located near St. Helena, an active volcano, and nestled into the Pacific Coast, Seattle is a cultural hub, great for foodies, art lovers, bookworms and adrenaline junkies alike. It's also the capital of coffee in the U.S., so if you're a fan of caffeine, chances are you'll love this historic yet modern city.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry is located at the intersection of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. The forested surroundings and beautiful rivers add a charming, magical feel to the city, which is steeped in history. Check out the many Civil War-era historical sites when you visit. It's also a great access point to the Appalachian Trail.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the perfect vacation destination for those who like to party. Home to the world's largest music festival, Summerfest, along with several smaller yet no less amazing cultural festivals held during the summer, you'll find a plethora of local independent breweries, incredible restaurants and small-city charm, mingled with great nightlife and a stunning lakefront home to the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is where many resorts have been built, offering close(ish) proximity to some of the most popular national parks and attractions Wyoming has to offer. Make sure to check out the local food, which ranges from dishes with wild salmon to buffalo burgers.
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Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. It is Indiana's largest city and is the 14th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest (behind Chicago and Detroit), the second most populous state capital (after Phoenix, Arizona), and the most populous state capital east of the Mississippi River. The city is also known as the "Racing Capital of the World" due to the proximity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (formerly known as the "Brickyard 400").
Largely desert and semiarid, Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America. It is the 7th most extensive, the 35th most populous, and the 9th least densely populated of the 50 United States. Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area where three of the state's four largest incorporated cities are located. It's capital is Carson City. Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" due to the importance of silver to its history and economy. It is also known as the "Battle Born State", because it achieved statehood during the Civil War (the words "Battle Born" also appear on the state flag); as the "Sage-brush State", for the native plant of the same name; and as the "Sage-henState". Nevada borders Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast and Utah to the east.
Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire "New England" region. The city proper had a 2009 estimated population of 645,169, making it the twentieth largest in the country. It is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called "Greater Boston", home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Greater Boston as a commuting region includes six Massachusetts counties: "Essex", "Middlesex","Norfolk", "Suffolk", "Plymouth", "Worcester", northern "Bristol" County, all of "Rhode Island" and parts of "New Hampshire"; it is home to 7.6 million people, making it the fifth-largest Combined Statistical Area in the United States.
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States of America and the largest city in the state of Texas. As of the 2009 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population of 2.3 million within an area of 579 square miles (1,500 km2). Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area—the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population of approximately 5.9 million. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, which pairs 19th-century architecture with trendy restaurants.
Boise is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho as well as the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River, this is the most populated city of the Boise City-Nampa metropolitan area and the largest city between Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon. As of the 2009 Census Bureau estimates, Boise's city population was 205,707, making it the fourth largest city in the American Pacific Northwest. The Boise metropolitan area is estimated to have 585,207 inhabitants, by far the most populous metropolitan area in Idaho. It is also the 98th largest US city by population. $$http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1MTOEIM3FU$$
Manchester is the largest city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is in Hillsborough County along the banks of the Merrimack River. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 107,219. The U.S. Census Bureau's estimated population in 2009 was 109,395. Manchester is near the northern end of the Northeast Megalopolis. As of the 2009 population estimate referred to above, Manchester is the most populous New England city north of Boston, including other Massachusetts cities. In 2009 CNNMoney.com rated Manchester 13th in a list of the 100 best cities to live and launch a business in the United States. In addition, Kiplinger voted Manchester the second most tax friendly city in the United States, second only to Anchorage, Alaska. Also in 2009, Forbes magazine ranked the Manchester region first on its list of "America's 100 Cheapest Places to Live." $$http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksul4AMKRcA$$
Savannah is the largest city and county seat of Chatham County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. Established in 1733, the city of Savannah was the colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. Today Savannah is an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport. Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel, and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America). Savannah's downtown area, which includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District and 22 parklike squares, is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States.
Philadelphia - Pennsylvania’s largest city, is notable for its rich history. It is the fifth-most-populous in the United States, with an estimated population in 2014 of 1,560,297. In the Northeastern United States, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill River, Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley, a metropolitan area home to 7.2 million people and the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. It is also home to many national historical sites that relate to the founding of the United States. Independence National Historical Park is the center of these historical landmarks being one of the country's 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell are the city's most famous attractions.
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a population of 114,024, of which 36,892 were university students. The 2009 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 112,920, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan. The city is part of the Detroit – Ann Arbor – Flint, MI CSA. Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, with one theory stating that it is named after the spouses of the city's founders and for the stands of trees in the area. The University of Michigan moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837, and the city showed steady growth throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, with a decline during the Depression of 1873. During the 1960s and 1970s, the city gained a reputation as an important center for liberal politics. Ann Arbor also became a focal-point for left-wing activism and served as a hub for the civil-rights movement and anti-Vietnam War movement, as well as the student movement. $$http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tmhk25Lh8k$$
San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. The only consolidated city-county in California, it encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles (121 km2) on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of about 17,179 people per square mile (6,632 people per km2). It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City. San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous city in the United States, with a population of 805,235 as of the 2010 Census. The San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont metropolitan area has a population of 4,335,391.
Milwaukee is the largest city in the State of Wisconsin and the fifth-largest city in the Midwestern United States. The county seat of Milwaukee County, it is on Lake Michigan's western shore. According to the 2010 census, Milwaukee has a population of 594,833. Milwaukee is the main cultural and economic center of the Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha Metropolitan Area with a population of 2,043,904 as of an official 2014 estimate. Known for its brewing traditions, major new additions to the city include the Milwaukee Riverwalk, the Wisconsin Center,Miller Park, an expansion to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Pier Wisconsin, as well as major renovations to the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena. In addition, many new skyscrapers, condos, lofts and apartments have been built in neighborhoods on and near the lakefront and riverbanks.
Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States. Located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River, it is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington has a very active and diverse ethnic population, which contributes to several very popular ethnic festivals held every spring and summer in Wilmington, the most popular of which is the Italian Festival.
Jackson is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is located primarily in Hinds County, serving as one of its two county seats. Segments of the city overlap Madison County and Rankin County. Jackson is on the Pearl River, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico, and it is part of the Jackson Prairie region of the state. Named after General Andrew Jackson, the current slogan for the city is "Jackson, Mississippi: City with Soul." It has had numerous musicians prominent in blues, gospel and jazz, and was known for decades for its illegal nightclubs on the Gold Coast; one site has been designated for the Mississippi Blues Trail.
Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of Douglas County. It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 20 miles (30 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. A stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, it's known for its pioneer history, museums and cultural centers. The modern economy of Omaha is diverse and built on skilled knowledge jobs. In 2009, Forbes identified Omaha as the nation's number one "Best Bang-For-The Buck City" and ranked it number one on "America's Fastest-Recovering Cities" list. Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series providing important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska as well as being named the best zoo in the world by Trip Advisor in 2014.
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the county seat of Chittenden County. The municipality is the center of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area and lies 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States (Quebec–Vermont) border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal. A regional college town, the city is home to the University of Vermont (UVM) and Champlain College, a small private college. Vermont's largest hospital, the UVM Medical Center, is located within the municipal limits. Burlington became the first city in the U.S. to run completely on renewable energy in 2015.
Honolulu, on Oahu’s south shore, is the main gateway to Hawaii and a major gateway into the United States. The city is a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions. The name Honolulu means "sheltered harbor" or "calm port".
Sioux Falls (/ˌsuː ˈfɔːlz/) (Lakota: Íŋyaŋ Okábleča Otȟúŋwahe; "Stone Shatter City") is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County, and also extends into Lincoln County to the south. It is the 47th fastest-growing city in the United States and the fastest-growing metro area in South Dakota, with a population increase of 22% between 2000 and 2010. As of 2015, Sioux Falls had an estimated population of 171,544. The metropolitan population of 251,854 accounts for 29% of South Dakota's population. It is also the primary city of the Sioux Falls-Sioux City Designated Market Area (DMA), a larger media market region that covers parts of four states and has a population of 1,043,450. Chartered in 1856 on the banks of the Big Sioux River, the city is situated in the rolling hills on the western edge of the Midwest at the junction of Interstate 90 and Interstate 29.
Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Leon County, and is the 133rd largest city in the United States. Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then the Florida Territory, in 1824. In 2008, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 172,574, while the Tallahassee metropolitan area was estimated at 360,013 in 2009. Tallahassee is one of Florida's most prominent college cities, and is home to several colleges and universities, most notably Florida A&M University and Florida State University. The Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering is a joint project of the two institutions. Other schools in Tallahassee include Tallahassee Community College and branches of Saint Leo University, Thomas University, Keiser University, Barry University, and Flagler College. $$http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQdY4RAkJOo$$
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States founded on July 16, 1790. The U.S. Constitution allows for the creation of a special district to serve as the permanent national capital. The District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state and is instead directly overseen by the federal government. Within the District, a new capital city was founded in 1791 and named in honor of George Washington. The City of Washington, along with Georgetown and outlying areas within the federal district, were placed under a single, unified government following an act of Congress in 1871. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington located on the country's Pacific coast.
Columbus is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio, center of the state's third largest metropolitan area behind Cincinnati and Cleveland, the fourth largest city in the American Midwest, and the sixteenth largest city in the United States of America. It is the county seat of Franklin County, yet the city has expanded and annexed portions of adjoining Delaware County and Fairfield County. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology. Modern Columbus has emerged as a technologically sophisticated city.
Louisville, the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 30th-most populous city in the United States, is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County. It was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France, making Louisville one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains. Sited beside the Falls of the Ohio, the only major obstruction to river traffic between the upper Ohio River and the Gulf of Mexico, the settlement first grew as a portage site. An important internal shipping port in the 19th century, Louisville is today most well known for the Kentucky Derby, the widely watched first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
Princeton, New Jersey is a community located in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. Princeton University has been sited in the community since 1756. Princeton was named #15 of the top 100 towns in the United States to Live and Work In by Money Magazine in 2005. Although residents of Princeton (Princetonians) traditionally have a strong community-wide identity, the community is composed of two separate municipalities: a township and a borough. The central borough is completely surrounded by the township. The Borough seceded from the Township in 1894 in a dispute over school taxes; the two municipalities later formed the Princeton Regional Schools, and some other public services are conducted together. There have been three referenda proposing to reunite the two Princetons, but they have all been narrowly defeated. The Borough contains Nassau Street, the main commercial street, most of the University campus, and incorporated most of the urban area until the postwar suburbanization. Borough and Township now have roughly equal populations, together approaching 30,000.
St. Louis is an independent city and the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city has a 2010 population of 319,294 and is the principal municipality of Greater St. Louis, population 2,892,874, the largest urban area in Missouri, the 4th largest urban area in the Midwest, and 15th-largest in the United States. The city was founded in 1764 just south of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in what is today the Midwestern United States by colonial French traders Cooper Hausmann and René Auguste Chouteau, who named the settlement after King Louis IX of France. The early wealth of the city was based on the fur trade. The city, as well as the future state of Missouri, became part of the Spanish Empire after the French were defeated in the Seven Years' War.
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2000 United States Census, it had a population of 344,284, growing to an estimated 372,186 by 2009. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area. As of 2009, the metro area had an estimated population of 612,683. The city was incorporated in 1870, based on the success of businessmen who came to hunt and trade with native populations. Its position on the Chisholm Trail made it a destination for cattle drives heading north to access railroads to eastern markets. In the 20th century, aircraft pioneers such as Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Bill Lear began projects that would lead to Wichita's nicknaming as the Air Capital of the World.
New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans metropolitan area, (New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner) has a population of 1,235,650 as of 2009, the 46th largest in the USA. The New Orleans – Metairie – Bogalusa combined statistical area has a population of 1,360,436 as of 2000. The city/parish alone has a population of 343,829 as of 2010. The city is named after Philippe d' Orléans, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the "most unique" city in America.
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. It was settled by European Americans along the Cape Fear River. Its historic downtown has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, originally developed as a tourist attraction, and in 2014 Wilmington's riverfront was named the "Best American Riverfront" by USA Today. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington, North Carolina, as one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. In 2003 the city was designated by the US Congress as a "Coast Guard City". It is the home port for the USCGC Diligence, a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter. The World War II battleship USS North Carolina is held as a war memorial; located across from the downtown port area, the ship is open to public tours. Other attractions include the Cape Fear Museum, the Wilmington Hammerheads United Soccer Leagues soccer team. The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) provides a wide variety of programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and adult learners, in addition to cultural and sports events open to the community. Wilmington is the home of EUE Screen Gems Studios, the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. "Dream Stage 10," the facility's newest sound stage, is the third-largest in the US. It houses the largest special-effects water tank in North America.
Saint Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the US state of Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the north bank of the Mississippi River, downstream of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. Known as the "Twin Cities", these two cities form the core of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.175 million residents. The city's population at the 2000 census was 287,151. Saint Paul serves as the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota.
Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The city also ranks as the eighth-largest city in the United States by land area (including consolidated city-counties; it is the largest city in the United States by land area whose government is not consolidated with that of a county or borough). Lying in the Great Plains region, the city features one of the largest livestock markets in the world. Oil, natural gas, petroleum products and related industries are the largest sector of the local economy. The city is situated in the middle of an active oil field and oil derricks dot the capitol grounds. Oklahoma City is on the I-35 Corridor and is one of the primary travel corridors into neighboring Texas and Mexico. Located in theFrontier Country region of the state, the city's northeast section lies in an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers. The city was founded during the Land Run of 1889, and grew to a population of over 10,000 within hours of its founding.
Hartford is the capital city of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is located in Hartford County on the Connecticut River, north of the center of the state, 24 miles south of Springfield, Massachusetts. Its 2006 population was 124,512. Hartford ranks as the state's third-largest city, after Bridgeport and New Haven, 40 miles to the south and the sixth largest in New England. Greater Hartford is also the largest metro area in Connecticut, and 45th largest in the country (2006 census estimate) with a metropolitan population of 1,188,841. Nicknamed the "Insurance Capital of the World", Hartford houses many of the world's insurance company headquarters, and insurance remains the region's major industry. Almost 400 years old, Hartford is among the oldest cities in the United States, and following the American Civil War, Hartford took the mantle of the country's wealthiest city from New Orleans. In 1868, Mark Twain wrote, "Of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see this is the chief."
Charleston is a city in the U.S. state of South Carolina and is the second largest city in the state. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, or, as is locally expressed, "where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean." Founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783, and is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts.
Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois. Its metropolitan area, commonly named "Chicagoland", is the 27th most populous metropolitan area in the world, home to an estimated 9.7 million people spread across the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second largest county in the United States by population. The city is renowned for its fascinating museums - including the Art Institute and its expansive collections, including noted Impressionist works; it is a city with an appetite for food, of course, but also for design, history, culture, finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications and transportation.
Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, music, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. Nashville is the home of the Country Music genre and is dubbed "Music City".
Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Washington. A seaport situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada – United States border, it is named after Chief Sealth "Seattle", of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. Seattle is the center of the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue metropolitan statistical area, the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the northwestern United States. Seattle is the county seat of King County and is the major economic, cultural and educational center in the region. The 2010 census found that Seattle is home to 630,320 residents within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. The Port of Seattle and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport are major gateways to Asia, Alaska, and the rest of the world.
The City and County of Denver is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Colorado. It is a consolidated city-county, located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is located immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12.3 miles (20 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the "Mile-High City" because its official elevation is exactly one mile or 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m) above sea level. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich passes through Union Station and is the temporal reference for the Mountain Time Zone.