A Swiftie’s travel guide to 10 cities on Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour
Hey, Swifties! 10Best has some tour stop recommendations for you — Photo courtesy of Nicole Hester / The Tennessean, USA TODAY Network
Hey there, Swifties! Did you manage to snag tickets to the highly anticipated Eras Tour, or are you, like me, still keeping a big Blank Space on the calendar just in case Karma decides to pay you back with The Best Day ever?
While missing out on the tour is certainly a Champagne Problem, that doesn’t mean I am able to Tolerate It easily. Alas, I must Shake It Off and get back to doing my job, where I am something of a Mastermind in finding great things to do.
If you plan to catch Taylor Swift in one of her remaining tour stops, I Know Places you can go! From Bejeweled art districts and delicious eateries to museums and Enchanted botanical gardens, each city on the tour is home to recent winners of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
And of course, Speak Now, if you have an extra ticket for Me! I’ve got the Getaway Car ready.
Philadelphia | May 12, 13, 14
Make time to relax in the park behind Independence Hall. This is a spot most visitors overlook — Photo courtesy of Sean Pavone / Getty Images
If your Eras Tour tickets broke the bank (no judgment!) and you’re looking for something budget-friendly in Philadelphia, spend the day exploring Independence National Historical Park. Independence Mall is where you will find Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, but don’t miss the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court — all free!
If you’re feeling lucky, head over to Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia, one of the country’s 10 Best Casinos Outside of Las Vegas. Live! is conveniently located one stadium away from Lincoln Financial Field. And when you’re ready to unwind with a drink and rehash every moment of the show with your friends, head over to a Readers’ Choice favorite, Love City Gardens. In addition to its brews, Love City offers cocktails, wines, ciders and spirit-free beverages.
Boston | May 19, 20, 21
Would Paul Revere have been a Swiftie? — Photo courtesy of jorgeantonio / Getty Images
Like Philadelphia, Boston is a city full of history and best explored on foot. Our readers love Boston’s Freedom Trail, a brick path that weaves through the city, telling the story of the American Revolution. Popular stops along the trail include the Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall and the USS Constitution. If brews are more your thing, take a tour of the Samuel Adams brewery, consistently named one of the 10 Best Brewery Tours in the U.S. And when you’re ready to fuel up before the show, head to the award-winning Boston Public Market, open all year and boasting products from food producers and artisans across New England.
Chicago | June 2, 3, 4
A boat tour is an absolute on a visit to Chicago — Photo courtesy of Mlenny / Getty Images
Chicago is one of the most walkable cities to visit and one of the 10 Best Cities for Street Art. The Windy City offers a wealth of cultural attractions, including the Field Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. For foodies, the Chicago French Market sells a diverse array of yummy artisan foods you can eat on the go, while 10Best readers’ favorite Forbidden Root Brewery offers nature-inspired craft beers paired with seasonal dishes. To see the city from a different perspective, hop on Chicago’s First Lady, an award-winning boat tour led by the Chicago Architecture Center.
Detroit | June 9, 10
Detroit International RiverWalk has been named Best Riverwalk for the past three years — Photo courtesy of Stephen McGee
From music lovers to art enthusiasts and science buffs, Detroit has something for everyone. Music lovers can explore the Motown Museum, a 2023 Readers’ Choice Award winner that showcases the city’s important role in music history. Art enthusiasts will not be disappointed, as this city ranked among the 10 Best Cities for Street Art in 2022. Take in mixed-media displays while riding along the Detroit People Mover loop. Marvel at the street murals along Grand River Creative Corridor.
Also, head over to the Detroit Institute of Arts, ranked first in the nation in 2023, according to 10Best readers.
Science buffs will enjoy the Michigan Science Center, named one of the 10 Best Science Museums this year. And don’t forget to check out Detroit International RiverWalk, ranked top in the nation by 10Best readers this year. Explore miles of shoreline along the Detroit River, with a number of parks, restaurants, splash pads and natural areas along the way.
Pittsburgh | June 16, 17
Don’t forget to take a ride on the funicular while visiting Pittsburgh — Photo courtesy of HaizhanZheng / Getty Images
Pittsburgh, the Steel City, offers a diverse range of activities for visitors. Art enthusiasts can explore the 2023 award-winning Andy Warhol Museum or the Mattress Factory. Those fascinated by history (or just with a fondness for Mr. Rogers) should check out the Heinz History Center, one of the 10 Best History Museums this year.
Pittsburgh’s thriving food scene offers a number of restaurants and food trucks, but I am partial to Federal Galley, an incubator-style food hall, featuring a rotating selection of local chefs and cuisines. For a more peaceful experience, check out Readers’ Choice favorite, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Lastly, Threadbare Cider and Mead is a must-visit for cider lovers, as well as their sister company, Wigle Whiskey — both past 10Best Readers’ Choice Award winners.
Minneapolis | June 23, 24
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a free attraction and makes for great photo ops — Photo courtesy of Mike Krivit / Meet Minneapolis
Because of its unique Skyway System, an elevated pedestrian walkway stretching for 80 blocks, Minneapolis is incredibly pedestrian-friendly. The Skyway System offers visitors easy access to a number of fantastic restaurants, shops and entertainment options. History buffs will enjoy the Mill City Museum, a 2023 Readers’ Choice Award winner located on the Mississippi riverfront, where you can learn about Minneapolis’s era as the flour milling capital of the world.
For a unique experience, check out award-winning Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a British-themed venue producing rum, whiskey and gin. Art enthusiasts may also enjoy the free Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, another Readers’ Choice favorite, displaying modern and contemporary works, including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry.
Cincinnati | June 30, July 1
Fiona is the star of the show at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden — Photo courtesy of Michelle Curley
If you like street art, you’re in for a treat in Cincinnati. More than 200 public murals can be found throughout the city. Keep an eye out for some of the most popular ones — Mr. Dynamite, The Golden Muse and Ice Cream Daydream. Worth a visit is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, named one of the 10 Best Zoos and Botanical Gardens in 2023. Here, you can meet the world-famous and always adorable hippo, Fiona, or stroll through the Butterfly Garden.
For a unique experience, check out the American Sign Museum, which has been named one of the 10 Best Pop Culture Museums of 2023. The museum covers over a century of American history and showcases a variety of commercial signs and sign-making techniques. And don’t miss the Best History Museum of 2023, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The museum tells the compelling and important stories of the Underground Railroad and Martin Luther King’s march from Selma. Other noteworthy museums include the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati Skirball Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Denver | July 14, 15
Enjoy a glass of cider on the patio or grab a cup of coffee and go explore some of Denver’s incredible street art — Photo courtesy of Kelley Dufresne
Colorado’s capital city offers visitors a chance to experience the charm of the Rocky Mountains with its fantastic art, culture, music and dining scene. Take a stroll through Larimer Square, visit the mansion of Titanic survivor Molly Brown and explore the Denver Art Museum. If you’re a fan of street art, you’ll find plenty of Instagram-worthy photo ops in the River North Art District, East Colfax and Confluence Park.
Additionally, the Art District on Santa Fe, among the 10 Best Art Districts in 2022, offers a glorious range of art studios and galleries you could explore all day. Deviation Distilling, currently in the running for the Best Spirits Tasting Room of 2023, is a perfect spot to enjoy handcrafted gins. And if you’re a cider lover, don’t miss award-winning Waldschänke Ciders + Coffee, a Swiss-inspired cidery. If beer is more your thing, Denver won’t disappoint. With roughly 100 craft breweries, brewpubs and tap rooms in the metro area, the beer scene has come a long way since the days of Coors.
Seattle | July 22, 23
Everyone knows about the Space Needle, but what about these three award-winning attractions? — Photo courtesy of roman_slavik / Getty Images
Seattle, also known as the Emerald City for its lush greenery, is a walkable destination surrounded by mountains, forests and bodies of water. While famous for coffee, Seattle is often honored as one of our 10 Best Beer Cities with popular craft breweries like Fremont, Georgetown and Reuben’s, as well as top-notch beer bars, such as The Pine Box and Brouwer’s Cafe.
Don’t miss the chance to take in the skyline and landscape by water with one of the Best Boat Tours of 2023, Canderé Cruising. Additional award-winning activities include the free Olympic Sculpture Park and Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the world’s largest independent nonprofit air and space museum.
Los Angeles | August 3, 4, 5, 8, 9
Explore the Grammy Museum and you just might discover something new about our girl and her inspirations — Photo courtesy of Rebecca Sapp
It’s no secret that there’s plenty to do in Los Angeles, but if you’re looking to get off the beaten path, our Readers’ Choice Awards winners are a great place to start. While the city is a hub for street art, The Arts District is an underrated neighborhood filled with galleries, creative boutiques and colorful murals. Museums are also popular attractions in Los Angeles, with the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live and The Getty Center — both Readers’ Choice Award winners. The former features exhibits that showcase the history and evolution of American music, while the latter is a stunning museum that houses a vast collection of art and antiquities from around the world.
Additionally, 10Best Readers’ favorite, the Original Farmers Market, is a must-visit landmark for its historical significance, offering over 100 grocers, shops and eateries. It is known for its people-watching opportunities. With so much to see and do, Los Angeles is an excellent destination for anyone looking for a mix of entertainment, culture and art.
Want to discover even more great things to do? Check out our archive of Readers’ Choice Awards winners.