Where Would You Take Your Foreign Exchange Student? Top 5 Iconic U.S. Cities

Note from the editor: I’m still traveling in Europe, so I may not be responding to comments immediately.

Recently, some neighbors were discussing foreign exchange students. Host families are encouraged to show visiting students local points of interest (or even not-so-local points of interest). The discussion got me thinking about where I would take a foreign exchange student living in my house. If the student had never been to the U.S. before, these are five cities I would visit with them.

New York City

New York City, the city that never sleeps. We’ve taken our kids there twice. It’s exhausting, dirty and overwhelming. But it’s still fabulous and a must-see!

San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful city! The hills, the cable cars, the food….

I went to San Francisco with my kids a few years ago. We had a blast.

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

Los Angeles

Hooray for Hollywood, right? Los Angeles has mountains, the ocean, and SO MANY THINGS! I lived in the area for almost 5 years in my 20s. Aside from the horrendous traffic, it was almost like being on a perpetual vacation. (Also see my son’s guest post about his trip to Hollywood last year).

Griffith Park–one of my favorite places in LA. Photo by Ryan De Hamer on Unsplash

New Orleans

New Orleans has unmistakeable architecture and ambiance. I visited when I was a teenager, and again five years ago. I’d love to take my kids.

Photo by Stella He on Unsplash

San Antonio

San Antonio may not be on everyone’s radar. But as a Texan who has visited several times, I highly recommend it. The downtown River Walk is lovely, plus the historical landmarks in the area are interesting. See my hotel review from our recent trip.

Photo by Shelly Collins on Unsplash

What city would you add or take off from this list?

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