Beyond New York: A guide to the USA's best urban escapes

Anchorage, Alaska

Although Anchorage is more practical than beautiful, location is what counts in this case.

Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage is a great place to spend some time learning about the state's indigenous cultures.

Sacramento, California

A curious mix of small-town courtesy and leafy, artsy escape, it flies low under the radar, despite being the state’s oldest incorporated city.

Sacramento, California

At South Yuba River State Park follow the Independence Trail, part comprised of old gold-mining flumes converted into boardwalks leading into the hills.

Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tucson, Arizona

Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the United States, has mastered the art of living well; it is not a place of strong declarations. 

Honolulu, Lahaina & KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii

Instead of going to the beach, explore Hawaii's culture.

San Diego, California

Around San Diego's perimeter, there are more than 30 beaches, ranging in color from sugar white to cliff-backed to surfy.

Charleston, South Carolina

It isn’t hard to see the appeal of Charleston, a city that is equal parts beauty, history and tragedy. 

Charleston, South Carolina

The oldest town in South Carolina is surely attractive. Grand antebellum mansions on the water's edge with grounds bursting with magnolias give the area a refined appearance.

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