7 Places In America With Amazing Food & Stunning Views

7 Places In America With Amazing Food & Stunning Views

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Are you planning to spend your vacation on a road trip across America and are interested in trying delicious dishes with a side of stunning view?

The list of places that fulfill both requirements is incredibly long, and choosing which ones to visit can be overwhelming.

To save you from all that headache, this article brings you 7 unique places in America where you can savor mouthwatering food and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The list includes locations suitable for different tastes and budgets so everyone can find their favorites.

San Francisco, California

The “city by the bay”, as it's commonly known by locals and tourists alike, San Francisco is a city that has it all.

When it comes to food, here, you'll find everything from food trucks to fine dining establishments.

The former offers a great variety of street food and is the perfect alternative if you have a tight budget.

While restaurants can be a little expensive - especially compared to similar establishments in other states - the vast choice of dishes they offer more than compensates for their prices. 

Combining small-town charm with the buzz of a large city, San Francisco offers some of the most stunning views in Northern California.

Apart from the ever-familiar Golden Gate Bridge, you can also visit the Twin Peaks, which showcase a breathtaking overview of the city.

The Fisherman's Wharf area is another popular destination, with a view of Alcatraz. 

Heading to the Mission District, you will have a glimpse of an eclectic mix of different cultures.

By the outskirts of the city, you'll have the opportunity to tour the gorgeous vineyards and sip some of the best quality wines you'll find in the country.

Panoramic picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, USA.

Sarasota, Florida

Florida is mostly known for its endlessly stretching beaches, populated by bars, restaurants, and shops offering a variety of products.

Whether you want to enjoy the technicolor sunset or party ‘til the morning to the music of famous DJs, you'll be able to do it in one of Sarasota's roof or beach bars.

Apart from the many private beaches and their clubs, tourists can also enjoy the colorful culture of this beach town showcased by numerous galleries and events.

Another attribute of Sarasota is the fresh food offered by both the produce section and the restaurants.

While you can also find plenty of seasonal produce in the local markets if you don't miss out on them even if you don't get to buy them there. 

Many restaurants source their ingredients directly from where they are produced - and this is true for every type of product, from mushrooms, to seafood to fruit and veggies.

And if you are in the mood for something more refined, you can dine in one of the city's fine establishments or visit one of the bakeries for crepes and croissants.

Sarasota, Florida, USA skyline on the bay at dawn.

Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City is one of the most foodie-approved places you'll find in Michigan.

The number of restaurants offering mouthwatering dishes in this sleepy town is incredibly vast.

And the city isn't falling behind in the view department either.

The Traverse City State Park alone is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. 

There is also The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park, not to mention the stunning view of the town port.

All these locations are well connected to the major highways and easily accessible.

If you get tired after your explorations, you will be able to dine in any of the fine establishments offering local and international dishes. 

You can also visit several wineries in the vicinity, and some of them also cater to local restaurants.

Most restaurants in Traverse City work until late evening and start very early in the morning.

So if you are looking for the best breakfast in Traverse City, you will have no trouble finding a place showcasing tasty dishes that'll help you start your morning.

Whether you need fuel for your next adventures or want something easy and convenient, you'll discover your favorite place soon enough. 

Scenic Lake Michigan overlook

New Orleans, Louisiana

Well-known for oozing music from its every nook and cranny, New Orleans is the ultimate city to have a fun-filled holiday.

Visiting the Mardi Gras, you'll be surrounded by everything carnival-related, from floats to colorful masks to people basking in merriment. 

If you are looking for a more grounding scenery, you can explore the European-style architectural sites throughout the city.

Most of this you'll find in the French Quarter, which stands to preserve the colonial traditions - in life and death.

If you are interested in the latter, you'll always find someone ready to share some ghost lore while you explore the buildings and their surroundings.

After all those explorations, you can enjoy delicious Creole cuisine, including the ever-popular jambalaya.

If you opt for an evening out, you'll still have plenty of places offering filling snacks such as shellfish-stuffed sandwiches or fried chicken.

For those who prefer the full dining experience, it's recommended to start with a plate of Oysters Rockefeller for lunch, followed by a meaty dish made from locally raised farm animals.

You can wash it off with a sensational gin fizz you can only enjoy in this city.

New Orleans Houses

Seattle, Washington

Another city known for its diverse scenery and even more colorful neighborhoods.

While the weather is not always kind to outdoor enthusiasts, when the weather is nice, there are plenty of activities you can enjoy and places to see.

Seattle is surrounded by Lake Washington and Puget Sound, the home of whales and orcas - as well as the Olympic Peninsula and Mount Rainier National Park.

Since these are also in the general vicinity of the city, you won't have to go too far to partake in a range of outdoor activities, including whale watching, hiking, kayaking, or camping.

Those who prefer less strenuous activities during their vacation can enjoy the thriving art scene featuring glass-blown pieces - some of which have even found themselves in the city's museum.

Here culture and history are combined in the same way as it's in local dishes. 

There are also plenty of food markets, coffee, and other craft breweries to explore in this city.

Offering the best coffee in the country and stunning views in all parts of the town, Seattle has an incredible way of waking your senses, regardless of the time of the day.

Mount Rainier Seattle USA

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is famous for being settled in the mountains, surrounded by breathtaking views and slopes where you can enjoy skiing all day.

And if the stunning view of the mountains wouldn't, the fresh air is guaranteed to invigorate your senses.

And if you are tired of skiing, you can head over to any other hotel, saloon, or bar to have a tawny port or an eventual cocktail.

You may even come across a few celebrities enjoying themselves at apres ski parties as part of their retreat from publicity.

Truffle fries are a unique specialty, but you can also use other dishes to deplete your resources.

In this city, you'll find incredible fusion dishes, such as lobster carbonara and sashimi with jalapeno.

That said, after a full day of skiing and plenty of other fun activities, all food will taste better, no matter where you eat it.

If you prefer to spend your days skiing and doing other outdoor activities, you'll probably have your meals prepared by the ski resort you stay in before you head out and after you head back.

If not, there are still enough establishments to visit, including restaurants near the city's most famous educational institutions.

Aspen grove at autumn in Rocky Mountains

Napa Valley, California

If you want to visit a place that inspired hundreds of poets over the years, Napa Valley should definitely be on the top of your list.

The booming wine business is only part of the lure in this Californian wine town.

Rivaling any French wine, the ones growing here can be inspiring even before the fruit is harvested.

Whether you are a fine brew connoisseur or a newbie, the miles of wines you'll see on the guided tours provided by the wineries are something you don't want to miss.

Besides wine, the hillsides of Napa also boast plenty of hotels, resorts, and restaurants ready to pamper their guests in every way possible.

The place isn't called the ultimate vacation spot for no reason.

You can indulge in golfing, fine dining, and any other relaxing activity you can think of.

All while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. 

While a trip to the valley can be an expensive trip, all the experience that awaits is definitely worth it.

Besides wine tasting, you can also shop at charming local boutiques, go for walking tours and other organized activities, soak up fine arts and enjoy the eco-luxurious, laidback culture on your own.

Vineyards in California, USA

Wrapping Up

So here you have the list of 7 places in America you should visit as a foodie who also likes to enjoy a stunning view with their meals.

Whether you choose to explore one or more of them, will be up to you.

Whichever destination you visit, you won't regret it.

After all, each one of them offers plenty to see and even more delicious food to eat.

Most of them are perfect for families - as well as solo travelers, so the only thing you have to be concerned about is having a good time and creating memories.

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Baptiste is an adventurer with a passion for urban and wilderness exploration and adventure, and a lover of vintage objects with timeless charm. As a Founding member of the Eiken team, he tries to share his passion and expertise for travel and vintage fashion through his articles.

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