The United States offers a plethora of diverse cities perfect for a weekend getaway, each with unique charm and attractions. In this guide, we’ve outlined our four favorites and the reasons they top our list. Whether you want to explore American history, feast on local cuisine or experience awe-inspiring entertainment, there’s something here for every type of traveler.

Dallas, Texas

Combine cultural exploration with laidback leisure time on a long weekend in Dallas. As one of the world’s leading corporate centres, the city is well-placed to receive visitors: it’s easy to charter a private jet to Dallas or you can take advantage of the frequent commercial flights. 

Texas’ third largest city is decidedly modern but has a rich history, most famous as the place where JFK was assassinated in 1963. You can explore the conspiracy theories surrounding his death at the Six Floor Museum and get an aerial view of Dealey Plaza and the surrounding streets from the observation deck of Reunion Tower.

Do you have a passion for art? Lose yourself in the nation’s largest urban arts district: highlights include the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center. Shopping is also fantastic here, or you can use your time to chase culinary delights. Nearby Fort Worth is a hotspot for cowboy culture serving hearty dishes in authentic settings including the world’s largest honky-tonk.

San Francisco, California

A weekend is all you need to appreciate why San Francisco is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. This Californian gem boasts several iconic landmarks and is built on steeply sloping hills traversed by cable car. The must-sees include Golden Gate Bridge, the attractive Painted Ladies and the infamous disused fort and prison Alcatraz that came to represent justice and freedom.

Once you’ve ticked off the main sites, stroll the neighborhoods and soak in the electric atmosphere of this artistic city. Fisherman’s Wharf is a favorite with visitors, set on the waterfront and colorful in its attractions, cuisine and boutiques. 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Renowned for its vibrant music scene, rich history, and distinctive cuisine, New Orleans promises an immersive weekend experience. Flights are frequent or you can reach here by road via the iconic Route 66, one of the greatest American road trips.

Celebrate local music on Frenchmen Street where different jazz melodies mingle in the air cementing the city’s laidback atmosphere. A more lively atmosphere can be found on Bourbon Street.  Explore other aspects of the city’s culture at the historic French Quarter, or time your visit to experience one of the famous festivals such as Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  

Mouthwatering meals await at every corner: New Orleans is undeniably one of the best places to try the traditional dishes of the southern states. Sample beignets at Café du Monde, gumbo at Commander’s Palace and po’boys at Parkway Bakery & Tavern. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

Soak in non-stop entertainment at Las Vegas, America’s party capital which promises unforgettable experiences both on the strip and in the surrounding desert.

Seeing a world-class show during your stay here is a must. Music acts abound, or you can take in the spectacle of a magic or cabaret show or the body- and mind-bending Cirque du Soleil.  Precede this with an unbeatable meal at one of the innumerable incredible restaurants run by celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsey.

Seeking outdoor adventures? Sign up for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam or Red Rock Canyon where you can engage in exhilarating activities and enjoy breathtaking views and activities. Shopping is a rewarding slower-paced way to spend your days. The city’s nightlife is vibrant, so spend evenings exploring the casinos, clubs and bars on the dazzling Las Vegas Strip.