Best Backpacking Cities in the USA

The open highways of the USA are the perfect backdrop for backpacking holidays. Once you’ve got your saving and sat on your suitcase, there are so many things you can see and do. But where do you go when the world is your oyster?

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You might think of heading straight to the Big Apple, spending your first dollar on a bagel, or maybe your heart’s set on Hollywood. But TrekAmerica knows some places you might not have thought to set your sights on:

New Orleans: The Big Easy

Filled with rich history and home to the world-famous Mardi Gras, this southern city has so much to offer. Why not sample some real local culture: jazz bars are always thriving with the Arts District being a vibrant area to meet people from all walks of life.

It’s good news for those on a tight budget: New Orleans tops the polls in cheap food and places to stay. Cajun cuisine is very popular, with seafood dishes being part of a Louisiana staple diet.

For bargain nights out, the Bourbon Street area is the place to be. But if you want to head off the beaten track, then Maison and Blue Nile on Frenchman Street offer a more authentic New Orleans feel.

‘Keep Austin Weird’

Staying in the south, Austin is known as the live music capital of the world so every day is festival season. Sixties star Janis Joplin started her career right there in the Texan capital. If music is your passion then head down to 6th Street to work your magic on the microphone.

Make the most of its borders: you’ll expect to find plenty of quality Mexican food to set your taste buds ablazing. Try The Drag restaurant up by the University of Texas to see what the students are having (it’s a great way to save money too).

If you’re there for the weather then Austin boasts 300 sunny days every year. Austinites are proud of their quirky, lively city and you’ll hear the city’s motto is ‘Keep Austin Weird’.

Viva Las Vegas

If you’re looking for the best nightlife around then – where else? Las Vegas is your number one stop. Entertainment is unlimited, unbeatable, and it certainly doesn’t sleep.

Surprising it’s one of the cheapest USA cities to sleep. Try Hostel Cat Las Vegas for some great deals. If you’re staying Downtown or north of the Strip then expect to find some bargain diners to get a taste of some traditional US grub.

The main Las Vegas attractions like Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio Fountains are definitely worth a look, but might be a bit pricey. Partying isn’t the only thing to do in Vegas – with the desert on its doorstep, Las Vegas is a popular hiking and climbing destination. So if you’re a daredevil then you can suit up and abseil down the Red Rock Canyon.

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Many Brits want a flavour of the USA and wherever you go there are plenty of ways to get value for money. TrekAmerica is full of useful tips and handy fixes if you want to explore as many cities as possible.

But don’t worry too much about the details. Chat with the locals, soak up the sun and see where the road takes you!