Comprising of 50 states, the United States of America has majestically diverse landscape, world-famous skyline, a myriad of people and cultures. With such a huge area, it is often difficult to decide which places to visit. On one side there is the fast paced opulence of cities like New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, & San Diego. On the other hand, there are amazing natural wonders like Grand Canyon, Denali National Park, Niagara Falls, etc.
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Established in 1872, Yellowstone is one of the oldest and most popular national parks in the United States of America. It houses some of the most amazing natural wonders in the world. Millions of people each year visit the park to see ‘Old Faithful’, the enormous hot spring that erupts once each year. In fact, there are webcams all around the park that live stream the eruption each time it happens. The park has a huge variety of wildlife like grizzly bears, bison, bighorn, mule deer, wolves, elks, moose, etc.
The park is famous for housing over 150 species of fossils of plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates dating back to 540 million years. You will also see body fossils here like shells, bones, teeth, etc. Fishing, boating, and swimming are popular activities here.
The best time to visit Yellowstone is in the summer months i.e. mid-June till Early September. The park is closed during the winters, but one can indulge in skiing from November-February.
Grand Canyon tops the bucket list of anybody travelling to the United States of America, as one of the most popular USA destinations. This enormous larger than life natural wonder is carved by the Colorado River in Arizona. Spread over a whopping 1.2 million acres area the rocks here date back to around 2 billion years.
Visit the North Rim, famous for its rugged trails and viewpoints like Bright Angel Point. This viewpoint allows magnificent views of Roaring Springs, which is the only water source of the North Rim. Visit Point Imperial, which is 8803 ft. vantage point here. The entire North Rim is secluded and not too crowded, which lends peace and quietude to the visitors.
Another magnificent site is the Havasu Falls. The huge waterfalls with a crystal blue plunge pool framed by the brown rocks make an amazing sight. These falls are reachable after a 10-mile hike that begins from Hualapai Hilltop. One must not miss the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is a transparent bridge extending 70 feet over the canyon allowing for breathtaking views from its floor.
Surprisingly there is a small village located inside the Grand Canyon known as Supai Village. It is a remote community with only 208 residents.
Las Vegas, located in Nevada, is much more than just psychedelic lights, casinos, and bars. The city has plenty of other attractions that must not be missed while travelling to the United States. One of the most popular places is the Grand Canal. It is a beautiful replication of the waterways of Italy complete with Grand Canal gondola rides. The whole atmosphere, with live statues, street singers, and stilt walkers, of the place, will transport you to Italy. Don’t miss indulging in delicious Italian food while here.
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Another great place to visit is the Strip. Visited by people from all over the world, Strip has replicas of the most famous landmarks around the world. You will see the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio Fountains, and the pyramids and sphinx of the Luxor, etc. The best time to see these attractions is during the evening when all the buildings and landmarks come alive with resplendent lights.
Orlando, located in the state of Florida, is famous for its theme parks, beaches, dining options, museums, clubs, and parks.
Orlando’s most popular landmark is Disneyland, which needs no introduction. You can enjoy amazing rides like Aerophile, Avatar Flight of Passage, The Barnstormer, Bay Slides, etc. Enjoy animal encounters with Coral Reefs, Cotton-Tops, African Birds, Lions, & Elephants, etc. Don’t miss to visit the Haunted Mansion, House of the Whispering Willows, ImageWorks, Impressions de France, Innoventions, etc. Meet your favourite characters like Goofy, Minnie & Mickey, Pluto, Donald & Daisy, Tinker Bell, Iron Man, and Hulk, etc.
Another attraction in Orlando that should not be missed is Discovery Cove, a water park, zoo and aquarium located in Westwood. This is the best place to indulge in interesting watersports and fun activities with your family. Enjoy close encounters with bottlenose dolphins, the huge & elusive manta rays, and exotic birds. There are pristine beachfront here, which are perfect to relax after a day of thrill and adventure.
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Lying between Ontario and New York, Niagara Falls are the tallest waterfalls in Northern America. They are actually three different waterfalls namely Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls. The tallest is Horsehoe with an average drop of around 188 ft. Experience the beauty of the falls as they spray with you with cool mist by travelling to their base in the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat. Be prepared to be drenched, as the boat will take you right beneath the falls.
One must not miss seeing Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory. See the beautifully manicured gardens here and thousands of species of plants that grow here. See thousands of fluttering butterflies on colourful flowers of the conservatory. This is one of the quite spaces in Niagara Falls where you can hope to spend some peaceful time.
These are some hand-picked attractions in the USA It is the perfect place for people to enjoy myriad of adventures ranging from seeing geological wonders to watersports, world-famous casinos, theme parks, and much more. Each place promises to leave you with memories of a lifetime.
Los Angeles has so many world-famous attractions that it becomes difficult to choose which ones to visit.
One place that is a must-visit is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is a surreal feeling to see the names of over 2,600 legendary Hollywood actors embossed in gold. If you are there at the right time, you might even catch a film’s premier or your favourite star strolling by!
Moving beyond movie stars, for those who like the actual stars in the Sky, Griffith Observatory is a must visit on your visit to the United States. Dating back to the 1930s, the six-section observatory houses a solar telescope, a planetarium, scales and models of the solar system, and even a 38 foot high model of the moon’s north pole region.
The city of New York and its world-famous attractions need no introduction. It is said that even two lifetimes are less to cover all the astounding things that one can experience here.
Still, if you need to choose, you must see New York Philharmonic, the city’s only and the oldest symphony orchestra that plays at the David Geffen Hall. It was founded in 1842 and has since then played a major role in defining the culture of the city. It has featured some of the best music directors like Zubin Mehta, Gustav Mahler, Emil Paur, Carl Bergmann, etc.
See the amazing structure of the world’s longest suspension bridge when you visit the Brooklyn Bridge. This 18th century marvel connects Brooklyn Heights to lower Manhattan. Indulge in delicious seafood, see the local art scene, and explore the majestic heights of the bridge.
One of the most popular destinations in the USA, San Francisco is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It is famous for the amazing experiences that it offers.
One of the best things that you can do is visit the sea lions at Pier 39. You will be amazed at the range of things on offer here. See a laser blasting game in a 7D experience, charter a catarman, see over 20,000 sea creatures at Aquarium of the Bay, etc. One of the most popular things to do here is to visit the Sea Lion Centre and spend time with these lovable creatures as you feed and pet them.
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Visit the Golden Gate Bridge and marvel in the grandeur of its massive orange arches that frame the San Francisco. The best way to experience this bridge is to cover it on foot or bike across the 1.5 miles of its magnificence. Indulge in delicious American classics like hotdogs, burgers, milkshakes, and pies at the eateries around the bridge.