What American cities are worth visiting in 2023 (and maybe 2024) in terms of sightseeing, cultural venues, dining, and general fun stuff? Is New York City still fun, or has that been overpoliticized and all of the normal people left after 2020? Have American cities seen "normal flight" since 2020 or are there still otherwise sane people in these places?
Is America still hypocritically requiring foreign visitors to show proof of vaccination while said requirement has been dropped elsewhere in the West (and even East Asia), including for American travelers?
I was thinking of these cities in mind, based on cursory readings of their histories and cultural staples, in order listed:
Tier 1 (from an international perspective):
New York City
Bonus tier (largely considered irrelevant internationally, in no particular order):
Detroit (car factories, museums, 'ruins', etc.)
Memphis (Elvis Presley stuff, apparently)
Would you recommend solo travel, going along with someone, or just forget American cities altogether? Any good industrial tours, like Boeing factories, General Motors plants, etc. or is it not worth it?
And lastly, do any of these cities feel at all like the movies portray them? Do NYC, LA, and Chicago in particular have the charm of their late 20th century TV and movie depictions, or is that all gone (and maybe never existed in the first place)?