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Subjective Review: The Best Cities to Visit as a Young Professional
As a young professional, you may travel often and the destinations can be diverse. Not all destinations are created equal and this has a direct impact on your overall experience. What follows is an entirely subjective review of the cities most worth seeing as a young professional.
Why it’s great: Boston is home to several universities as well as a thriving downtown community. This combination has created an incredible night life. Boston’s sports teams and famous arenas add to the fun. The city itself spirals outward from “the commons”, a large open park in the center of the city. Stay for 4 of 5 days and you’re sure to remain plenty busy with all that Boston has to offer.
Then again: Come armed with cash. Boston is not a cheap town, as is the case with many urban scenes. You’ll most definitely pay your fair share for drinks and transportation. Fortunately, Boston is fairly well connected with public transit to ease the pain.
Why it’s great: Denver is one of the few places where, within an hour’s drive, you can be in a dense urban setting, high in the mountains or deep in the desert. Denver is located along the edge of the Rockies which creates the perfect venue for a diverse travel experience. No matter what you enjoy doing when you travel, you will find the opportunity to do it in Denver.
Then again: If you’re not a fan of cold weather than Denver may not be your favorite place on earth. You’re sure to experience a decent amount of snowfall, though accumulation in the city is fairly limited. It’s not until you venture up the slopes that you’ll face many, many FEET of snow.
San Francisco, California:
Why it’s great: The weather alone makes California a great place to visit. San Francisco has the added benefit of a sprawling downtown district that sits on the bay. Sightseeing opportunities are endless and the steep sloping streets made famous by countless movies are even steeper when seen in person. Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghiradelli Square and the Disney Museum are just a few of the worthwhile destinations.
Then again: If you enjoy walking when visiting a new city then San Francisco will challenge you physically. The hills are seriously steep and can be punishing.
New York, New York:
Why it’s great: New York is a city that you just have to see. A visit to Manhattan should be on everyone’s bucket list and there’s no experience like it. The island is stacked from edge to edge with concrete structures where expansion occurs only in the vertical direction. 8 million people pack the city during business hours and nowhere else in the world are venues and attractions packed so densely into a small area. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who says that New York is not worth the trip.
Then again: It’s dirty, smells bad and everything costs a fortune. Still worth it, but don’t expect NYC to parallel a pristine island resort. It’s a huge, filthy metropolis offering more in terms of experience than you’ll find anywhere else.
Las Vegas, Nevada:
Why it’s great: Have you seen The Hangover? The Vegas experience really isn’t that far off from the scenes depicted in this film. This city is one big party with more to see and do than you could ever cover in one week’s time. Fortunately, if you’ve seen 2-3 of the big casinos, you’ll leave with a pretty decent overview of the total package. Still, for those with more time, Fremont street, the Hoover Dam and the famous “Pawn Stars” shop add to the experience.
Then again: Everything structure is larger than life and what looks to be a short 5-10 minute walk away is probably more in the range of 45 minutes on foot. If you can land a hotel room at the MGM, a tram is available that will save you a ton of time and walking up and down the strip.
While still worthwhile and enjoyable destinations, they don’t quite stand up to the appeal of those described above.
- Dallas, Texas
- Los Angeles, California
- Chicago, Illinois
- Orlando, Florida
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Do yourself a favor. Sign up for a frequent flyer number and hotel loyalty program now. The rewards are worth your while.
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