Despite the global challenges and extraordinary circumstances amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many places have found ways to build and innovate – and this year Time’s list of the world’s greatest places is paying tribute to those destinations.

To compile this list, Time solicited nominations from our network of international correspondents and contributors for locations, including countries, regions, cities and towns, that would provide new and exciting experiences, Time wrote in its article published Tuesday. We do.”

Result: a list of 100 unique destinations, 21 of which are arriving from the United States alone.

Here is a list of 21 US cities that have made the cut:

Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky, Montana is a premiere ski-country destination and popular among all outdoor enthusiasts. Last year, the luxury montage Big Sky, a ski resort with a private golf course and bowling alley, opened, adding to its appeal.


Denver is a beautiful destination reputed for the dramatic peaks of the Southern Rockies. The city is full of action, known for MLB baseball, local craft beer, and a thriving food scene.

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Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the American South. From exciting food options to concert venues, there is a lot to do in the city. In late August, a much-anticipated restaurant, led by Top Chef finalist Don Burrell, will open in the city’s new innovation district.

Hudson Valley, New York

The Hudson Valley is known for its country charm and is fast becoming one of the most popular places to visit in New York. Every year, people from all over the country flock to its vineyards, orchards and enjoy the region’s lush agriculture.


Indianapolis is a small city on the list, but it is packed with exceptional restaurants, museums, and sports centers. Its latest draw is the Bottleworks District, a $300 million reimagining of the historically significant location where the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant operated from 1920 to 1969.

People enjoy a sunny spring day and the city skyline along the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis Indiana, The Canal Walk is a large linear park and urban green space that connects to White River State Park in the downtown area of ​​the state of Indiana.

Hawaiian Islands

The large island is filled with diverse terrain, beautiful beaches and lush rainforests. Within Volcanoes National Park, there are two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Outdoor activities include snorkeling and biking are also very popular on the island.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas! Whether you want to take a dip in the pool, try your hand at blackjack, or visit one of the hundreds of performances available, there’s a reason Las Vegas is considered a popular place to visit.



Los Angeles is located in Southern California and is home to the nation’s film industry. From movie studios to the iconic Hollywood sign, the city screams for entertainment. Enjoy the beach, hiking and dining.


Memphis is a city on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, famous for its music and legendary recording studios. The city is also home to plenty of BBQ options.

Napa Valley, California

Napa County is about a two-hour drive north of San Francisco in California. It is known for the hundreds of mountain vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region. In addition, it is known for its food scene featuring dozens of farm-to-table Michelin-rated restaurants, including the famous French Laundry, as well as unforgettable farmers markets.

new Orleans

New Orleans is nicknamed the “Big Easy” and is known for its nightlife, live-music scene, and Southern food. It is home to the popular Mardi Gras festival, known for its costume parades and street parties.


Dusk falls on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, July 11, 2006 Credit: Robin Beck/AFP via Getty Images

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, West Virginia

The Nai River is one of the oldest rivers on the continent. The park covers more than 70,000 acres along the banks of the New River and is rich in cultural and natural history. The park offers an abundance of natural and recreational opportunities.

New York City

New York City consists of five boroughs, including Manhattan, which is one of the largest commercial and financial centers in the world. Its iconic landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park. The city is also home to Broadway, the largest theater scene in America.


Orlando is a city in central Florida and is commonly known for its dozens of theme parks. This includes the famous Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and Epcot.


General view of the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando on June 16, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)


Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and is rich in history. From the Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell, there are many historical sites worth visiting. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is also iconic.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is known for its huge art scene and pueblo-style architecture. Today, the unique offering of art, culture and ancient traditions make it a world-class destination, attracting over 1 million visitors every year. In 2005, Santa Fe became the first US city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City.

Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota is a city south of Tampa and was once the winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, it hosts several cultural institutions, most notably the Ringling Museum of Art. The city also has miles of beaches.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, a coastal Georgia city, is a historic district filled with stone squares and horse-drawn carriages. The city also has beautiful parks and well-preserved architecture and landmarks.


There are many things to do in this city in the Pacific Northwest. Located in the state of Washington, the city is surrounded by majestic landscapes, which include mesmerizing beaches and magical forests. It is also home to the Space Needle, an iconic landmark.


The downtown skyline and Space Needle are seen in a 2009 Seattle, Washington, late afternoon city landscape photo. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

St. Louis

St. Louis is a major city in Missouri, known for its 630-ft. Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s. The city is also rich in its food and music scene, known for its barbecue restaurants and blues music.

Talkeetna, Alaska

Located 115 miles north of Anchorage, Talkeetna is an artsy and outdoorsy city. Visitors can feel for the high thrill of climbing Denali – the highest peak in North America – at the Mountaineering Ranger Station.

TIME contributed to this story.