The Bucket List: 7 Smaller Big Cities in the U.S.

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The Bucket List: 7 Smaller Big Cities in the U.S.

New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are often touted as the three must-see U.S. big cities. Their record-breaking skyscrapers, world-class museums, award-winning restaurants and general notoriety make them obvious placeholders on many bucket lists. Yet the U.S. is home to nearly 20 cities with populations above 800,000. This week’s Bucket List brings you seven smaller big cities just as worthy of a visit. They offer up iconic attractions, unique cultures, impressive relics of American history and so much more.

Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.