A Tale of 4 Cities: BUNAC's top cities in the USA!

New York, as the song says, is a hell of a town; which is why tens of thousands of people, including BUNACers, flock there each year. But as the third largest country in the world, the USA boasts plenty of vibrant cities aside from the Big Apple that are just perfect for a working holiday abroad. Here are just a few of our favourites:

San Francisco

No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz and North Beach. And for a great view of the city, San Francisco’s cable cars offer a breathtaking view from the heavens!

Go: A walk up Telegraph Hill takes you past idyllic cottages and flocks of wild parrots – or take stroll through the city’s hippy district, or past the street entertainers on Fisherman’s Wharf, to get acquainted with San Francisco’s more unique characters!

Eat: Go for a bite in Chinatown, Japantown or in the offbeat cafes on Valencia Street and you’re bound to find something to satisfy your taste buds.

** TOP TIP!** Davida from BUNAC spent two years living and working in San Francisco. For great food and friendly locals, she reckons nothing beats ‘Gaspare’s Pizza House’, while she recommends a wander down the tourist-free Marina Boulevard for the best views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.


Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Famous for neighboring Harvard University, The Athens of America offers some of America’s cultural highlights.

Enjoy the finer things in life: Boston’s Back Bay area boasts fine shops and fine dining, and is THE place to be seen in Boston!

Walk: The charming cobbled streets of Beacon Hill are lined with real gas-lit street lights, and are as old as the city itself.

Eat: A meal in Chinatown followed by a play in Boston’s nearby theatre district makes for an evening of class and culture!

Los Angeles

Listen: If the world were a jukebox, LA would be the speakers. Whether you’re into rock, jazz or hip-hop (LA is the second capital of hip-hop culture), Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood and the Walt Disney Concert Hall are more than capable of providing the soundtrack to any American adventure!

Watch: Cheerleaders, corn dogs and big foam hands are all part and parcel of American sport – check out an LA Lakers game and you’ll get to see a world-famous basketball team in action too!

Romance: Paris may be the city of love, but LA gives it a run for its money - many a first kiss has been smooched on Mulholland Drive!

The Great Outdoors: the perfect location for a lazy afternoon in the sun is Los Angeles’s Griffith Park - the second largest city park in the USA.


The Emerald City is green with trees and is nestled neatly in a breathtaking landscape!

See: The Space Needle at the centre is without a doubt Seattle’s most iconic building. But to gain another perspective on the city, look down! The Seattle Underground was constructed after 25 square blocks of Seattle were destroyed in a fire in 1889. When rebuilding, the streets of the city were raised one story – leaving us with a city under the streets!

Go: Seattle likes a drink, and boasts a number of breweries for you to check out. Cheers!

Party!: The Seafair festival is held in July and early August, and parades and street fairs run throughout. For music and arts, the Bumbershoot festival, held on Labor Day weekend, features local and world-class musical acts – and there are countless more festivals going on in this party town all year round!

Have these stories inspired you to head over to the Land of Opportunity? Why not head to the USA this summer? Check out our Work America programme today! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 033 3999 7516 or email us at workamerica@bunac.org.uk

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