8 Cities You Need to Visit Now That the US Border is Open

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The United States has finally reopened its borders to international travelers from a long list of countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, and European Union member states.

The border officially opened on Monday, November 8. After a whopping 18 months of coronavirus-related restrictions, the only remaining rule is that visitors must provide proof of a CDC-approved vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test before they board their flight to the country.

Even with the border open, the thought of visiting to the United States during the pandemic is bound to make some travelers apprehensive. Thankfully, there are some great tools out there that will make planning your trip much easier, such as the the newly-unveiled Launchtrip app (download it here), which streamlines the process of booking hotels and making restaurant reservations, allowing you to focus on getting tested and gathering the required documentation.

Of course, you'll first need to decide what part of the United States to visit, which can be a bit of a struggle, given the number of amazing destinations and attractions in the country.

If you're having trouble narrowing it down, here are eight cities we recommend checking out:

Orlando

Orlando, Florida, is famous for its theme parks, most notably Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. However, that's not all this Central Florida city has to offer.

In Orlando, you'll find a long and diverse list of amazing restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, and some incredible shopping opportunities. Perhaps best of all, you'll get to enjoy Florida's amazing climate.

Let's just say they call it "The Sunshine State" for a reason.

Miami

Most people visit Miami for its unbeatable weather and its postcard-worthy beaches. As anyone who's spent any time in the city knows, however, there's a lot more to it than that.

Miami is a hub for the arts, a culinary hotspot, a mecca for sports fans and lovers of the outdoors, and a melting pot of dozens of amazing cultures. It's the kind of city where it's impossible to be bored. There's excitement around every corner.

The palm trees and crystal clear waters are merely a bonus.

Los Angeles

From The Getty to Disneyland, from the Hollywood sign to Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles is full of world-famous attractions — all of which make it very much worth visiting.

Factor in the city's world-class food and drink scene, its decadent shopping hubs, and the high chance of running into the star of your favorite movie or TV show, and you're going to start wondering why you haven't visited already.

It's one of the world's great cities. Oh, and it happens to have one of the world's most pleasant climates.

Phoenix

Phoenix might not be the most famous city in the United States, but it's absolutely worth visiting.

The city is full of amazing restaurants, fascinating museums and attractions, and some of the best golf courses in the United States. Better yet, it's all surrounded by an expanse of rugged and pristine wilderness that is criss-crossed with hiking trails of all difficulty levels.

It's a bustling metropolis and an outdoor-lover's dream all wrapped into one. What could be better?

Las Vegas

Glimmering casinos, swanky night clubs, world-class shows, innovative attractions, and massive prize fights: all things you will find in "The Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas, Nevada. And that doesn't even cover the amazing attractions you'll find around the city, such as the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam!

Whether you're going for a bachelorette party, a bachelor party, a blockbuster boxing match, or just a weekend of partying, you're going to have the time of your life.

Viva Las Vegas!

Austin

They call Austin, Texas "The Live Music Capital of the World" for a reason.

The city is full of amazing music venues specializing in every genre under the sun. It also hosts some of the biggest festivals in the world, such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits.

Of course, there's a lot more to Austin than music. The city is wonderfully weird, full of innovative restaurants, offbeat bars, quirky boutiques, and lots more. It's also surrounded by beautiful parks, hiking trails, rivers and lakes, making it a great choice for anybody who loves the great outdoors.

Chicago

Chicago is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and there's a reason for that.

This beautiful city has something for everybody, from amazing sports teams like the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks, to Michelin-starred restaurants to incredible museums, to some surprisingly beautiful beaches. It's also a very easy city to get around in, with great public transit available.

As its "Windy City" monicker suggests, it can get a little breezy, but make no mistake: it's worth a visit.

New York City

Times Square. The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Central Park. All things you will find in New York City — and that's barely scratching the surface.

While these are the attractions the put New York City on the map, of course, there's way more to it than that — more than could ever be summed up in one article. The city is a trendsetting hub for food, music, fashion, film, sports, and just about everything else people take an interest in.

When it comes to planning the itinerary for your visit to New York City, you can really do no wrong. The important thing is that you go!

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