A New Year means new travel plans for work and play.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in any of the top 7 travel destinations in the USA, you’re going to enjoy the nation’s best restaurants, finest shopping, nightlife and all the local color that makes these cities worth the journey.

1. NEW YORK

The “City That Never Sleeps” remains America’s premier travel destination. The Plazaremains a Big Apple legend, but other notables include the chic Bryant Park Hotel, with its Cellar Bar, and The Chatwal, a classy Art Deco haven on West 44th.

2. SAN FRANCISCO

The Fairmont, known for its stately grandeur, The Omni and the Stanford Court Renaissance all provide easy access to downtown and the Embarcadero. Don’t miss out on Golden Gate Park or Sausalito during your stay.

3. LAS VEGAS

Everybody knows “what Happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  Where you stay in Vegas, should be where it’s happening. This would put you at Mandalay Bay, in any of its fine hotels. The Bellagio or The Venetian are also sure bets offering the glamor of “Ocean’s 11.”

4. LOS ANGELES

The “City of Angels” features a revitalized downtown, built around Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment complex, directly adjacent to the lavish new JW Marriot. Hollywood style can be found at The W or Chateau Marmont. In Santa Monica, the Hotel Shangri-La has been a beachside fixture since 1939.

5. BOSTON

Catching a game at Fenway? Try the Back Bay Hotel. Feel more like a Tea Party? The Fairmont Battery Wharf, right by the water, is charming.

6. CHICAGO

A stay at The Drake Hotel or The Congress Plaza Hotel at Grant Park, keeps you downtown, in “The Loop,” at the heart of the city. For deep dish, go to Pizzeria Due on Wabash.

7. NEW ORLEANS

Having endured hard times the past few years, The Big Easy is once again welcoming travelers and offering the finest in Southern hospitality. The Hotel Maison de Ville is an excellent choice for an authentic French Quarter experience.

When planning your next getaway, to any of the cities comprising the top 7 Travel destinations in the USA, remember, when all else fails, you can always rely on a Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, or JW Marriot for spectacular service and exceptional value.