6. Miami, Florida
If you're even thinking of being in Miami, check out our DestiNATION: Miami guide. It's stacked with expert advice from locals on what to eat, where to drink, and what to do.
Must eat/drink: Croquetas, stone crabs, frita burgers, Cuban coffee, Cuban sandwiches... let this list be your spirit guide.
Don't leave without: Spending as much time as you can on the beach, or at the very least going out on the water. You can, by all means, do the South Beach thing, but there are plenty of worthwhile things to do here besides party: In a weekend, you can see some of the best street art in the world in Wynwood, feel like you're in another country in Little Havana (or, if you're adventurous, Hialeah), and get a big-city experience among the steel-and-glass towers of Brickell.
Weekend highlights: The Miami you know from rap videos isn't really accessible unless, well, you're a rapper. So don't think you'll be making it rain at strip clubs and rolling around in a Bugatti all weekend. Come to Miami to enjoy some of the best food, nightlife, and beaches in America -- not to mention one of the country's most vibrant gay scenes -- and absolutely pack your wallet. Next to Manhattan, it's the most expensive place in the country to party; next to Vegas, it's probably one of the easiest places to get scammed, so know what mistakes to avoid before you go. All that said, you can still experience Miami like the locals do, and hey, at least the beach is free. -- Matt Meltzer, Thrillist contributor