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Old 10-12-2017, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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To take another approach here...a good travel agent will ask a lot of questions before offering an itinerary. The first question is "where have you been in previous trips?". This is important and leads to the next obvious question, "do you want to go back, or to go to similar places, or places much different?" ( I understand the OP is insinuating that this may be the first trip to the US for the client), so with that being said:

If it is their first trip to the US, then you need to find out what is important to them. They should never ask which cities they want to see, they need to ask what are the important elements of US culture you want to see. I know this seems like parsing the details, but it really helps narrow down where they should visit.

Like most professionals, the best are able to ascertain what their clients want and/or need. Too bad travel agents are becoming few and far between today, because good ones will be able to take this approach and offer a good itinerary and suggestions.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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Actually I think that the National Parks are much more interesting than our cities:
1) Yosemite
2) Yellowstone
3) Glacier
4) Grand Canyon
5) Hoh rain forest
This 110%. Our cities are not all that great compared to other countries IMO (there are a few exceptions). BUT, we have some of the most amazing parks and natural settings in the world. Especially when you include Alaska, Hawaii and the West.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I would have to do a few different tours.

Tour 1: the America you know
- New York City
- Washington DC
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas

Tour 2: Beyond the movies
- Chicago
- New Orleans
- Seattle
- Nashville
- Denver

Tour 3: The Unknown
- Detroit
- Minneapolis
- Boise
- Salt Lake City
- Louisville

Tour 4: Southern Excursions
- Charleston
- Savannah
- St Augustin
- Natchez
- San Antonio

Depending on the visitor, some might prefer some over others.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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I'd take tour 4. I would recommend tour 1 to foreigners though.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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I would pick:
NYC
Miami
Houston
Chicago
LA
All major cities with a completely different vibe
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:49 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Las Vegas, DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles.
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Southeast TX
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I would have to do a few different tours.

Tour 1: the America you know
- New York City
- Washington DC
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas

Tour 2: Beyond the movies
- Chicago
- New Orleans
- Seattle
- Nashville
- Denver

Tour 3: The Unknown
- Detroit
- Minneapolis
- Boise
- Salt Lake City
- Louisville

Tour 4: Southern Excursions
- Charleston
- Savannah
- St Augustin
- Natchez
- San Antonio

Depending on the visitor, some might prefer some over others.
I was thinking the same exact thing. You got to have several tours to choose from. Like the lists for sure. Ive done serval trips like this for clients and I always book them in Los Angeles, New York, Philidalipha, Charleston/Savannah (which ever one they would like, though Savannah has better attractions and the food is better IMO) and New Orleans. Always get great feedback.
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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I like the idea of an Adults Only Tour:

New Orleans
Miami Beach
Las Vegas
NYC
San Francisco
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Old 10-13-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Memphis, Gary IN, Baltimore, Camden NJ, Compton CA, see how the other half of America lives.
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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Mud in your eye, dixie!

A more reasonable list:

1. Washington
2. New York
3. Los Angeles
4. Chicago
5. Miami? Houston? S.F.? I don't know.
I actually liked their list. It's interesting, not the kind you'd usually see. We Americans always seem to expect travelers will want to see NYC and Chicago, but in my experience, a lot of them would rather see our smaller and lesser known metropoleis. Texas in general is more popular overseas than you'd think, considering it seems to embody some of the worst stereotypes about America.
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