5 Amazing Blogs to Know Before Your Next Big City Trip

Wouldn't it be great if you knew someone in every city? You'd get the local's perspective on what to do, what to see, where to eat, and where to stay. Instead of going to the usual tourist traps, you can discover all the secret hidden gems that make each U.S. city unique. While we'd all love to know someone in every major city, it's usually impossible. That's where bloggers come in. I've got five amazing blogs you should be following if you're planning your next trip to one of these American cities. 5 Amazing Blogs to Help You Plan Your Next Big City Trip // blogs that will help you discover the hidden gems in 5 U.S. cities

Philadelphia

Five amazing blogs to help you plan your next big city trip // Philadelphia's Emily Tharp of Her Philly

While I've got some pretty stellar blog posts about my favorite city, you'll also want to check out my friend Emily's blog Her Philly. Her blog is all about that Philly girl life with recommendations for everything from brunch to shopping. You'll also get a heavy dose of Emily's practicality and friendliness in each post.

Start with these posts to plan your Philadelphia trip:

29 of My Favorite Places in Philly // 5 Things I'd Rather Be Eating Right Now // 11 Philly Ladies Share Why They Love Their Neighborhoods

New York City

Five amazing blogs to help you plan your next big city trip // NYC Upper East Sider Jackie of York Avenue

There are blogs a-plenty telling you how to plan your next big NYC trip. Believe me, I've scoured through them all. But luckily for me I stumbled upon Jackie's blog York Avenue. She lives on the Upper East Side and her focus is on the beautiful, artistic side of New York City. It's easy to get lost exploring her posts on dusty book shops and cozy tea rooms. Jackie showcases the things that make NYC a great place to get lost in.

Start with these posts to plan your New York City trip:

New York City Guide (round-up page of all NYC posts!) // The Best Bookstores in NYC // A Met Museum Tour with Museum Hack

Other NYC fabulous blogs: Love Taza|Rockstar Diaries is perfect for kid-friendly NYC trips, As Told By Ash and Shelbs has GREAT neighborhood guides along with superstar recommendations

Los Angeles

Five amazing blogs to help you plan your next big city trip // Studio DIY's Kelly Mindell shares great spots to visit in LA

Last month Nick and I took our big trip to Southern California with a short stop in Los Angeles and adventures in San Diego. Los Angeles is a BIG city and guides to the city stretch from the gritty downtown to the easygoing beaches. While I picked up tips and tricks from all different places the blog I kept returning to over and over again was Studio DIY. Nope, Studio DIY is not a lifestyle or travel blog about LA; it's the most colorful craft blog! But creator Kelly Mindell regularly publishes guides to get you around the city of angels and you better believe they're colorful! From the best pies to wall crawls, Studio DIY is going to help you experience LA in the most unique way possible. (Also check out their travel tab as they often feature cool spots in other cities around the U.S.!)

Start with these posts to plan your Los Angeles trip:

24 Hours in Downtown LA // The Ultimate Los Angeles Guide to Donuts // Studio DIY Wall Crawl: The Best Walls in Los Angeles

Chicago

Five amazing blogs to help you plan your next big city trip // Chicago and NYC style blogger Kelly in the City shares great spots in both cities

Instagram for me is a 50/50 split between style and travel accounts. When an Instagram profile can do both, I'm hooked. Kelly of Kelly in the City was found the "old-fashioned" way of endlessly jumping from one beautiful instagram account to another. Kelly manages to balance beautiful home and style posts with serious city love for Chicago (and NYC on the side!). Her photos are beyond beautiful and I'm dying to head to Chicago ASAP.

Start with these posts to plan your Chicago trip:

My Favorite Spots in Lincoln Park // Chicago Eats (And Drinks) With Gilt City // Five Places to Find Paris in Chicago

Washington DC

Five amazing blogs to help you plan your next big city trip // My favorite DC instagram account to follow is DCCityGirl

Washington DC is so much more than the White House and the National Mall. Though it's certainly worth visiting the nation's capital to explore the museums, monuments, and historic sites, there's plenty of arts, culture, and food to explore. The mom-and-daughter run blog, The DC Ladies, shares both lifestyle posts and what to see and do in DC. It's got a good split between visiting DC to things locals will love.

Start with these posts to plan your DC trip:

5 DC Museums Off the Mall to Keep Your Summer Cool and Crowd-Free // The Best Bakeries in DC // DC Food Trucks with Brick and Mortar Locations

Other DC-lovin' blogs: DC Girl in Pearls has some unique spots in DC and DCCityGirl on instagram for DC travel lust

Now I'm so ready to plan my next trip to a big city! What are your favorite city or lifestyle blogs?