Every traveller dreams of visiting the United States and spending some time in this vast and varied country. There is so much to see here and so many different types of experiences to be had here that it is difficult to choose just ten out of them. Here are ten of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States:
1. Niagara Falls:
None of the photographs of Niagara Falls really do justice to the grandeur of these falls. They cannot capture the thunderous sounds, nor can they give you a glimpse of the grandeur and magnificence of this place. Situated on the border between the US and Canada, over 12 million tourists visit these falls every year. If you have the time, do travel on the “Maid of the Mist” boat, to get a totally different view of the Falls.
2. Disneyland or Disneyworld:
Walt Disney’s gift to the nation, both these parks are among the most entertaining places to go to in the world. You do not need to be a child to enjoy the ambience, the joy and youthful exuberance of these amusement parks. The scary roller-coasters, the fairy tales brought to life, the array of Disney cartoon characters, and an overall atmosphere of an unbelievable fairyland are just a few of the reasons why this is a must-have of every tour itinerary.
3. New York – The Big Apple:
This amazing city is like no other in the world. The skyscrapers are a unique part of it’s identity but so is Greenwich Village on one side and Broadway on another side. Times Square is throbbing with life all through the day and night and you can just sit on one of the wrought-iron benches and watch the world go by. Visit Ground Zero to get a taste of history, albeit a recent one!!
4. Yellowstone National Park:
Located primarily in the state of Wyoming, this park is renowned for its many attractions ranging from fishing, hiking, camping, and boating. But above all the popular attractions remain the geysers and lakes and waterfalls. Old Faithful, their most popular geyser erupts at regular frequencies to spectacular heights.
If you are a movie buff – then this is your Mecca. Situated in Los Angeles, it boasts of such attractions as the Universal Studio and the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Even though most studios have moved away from here, yet Hollywood retains its glamour and sense of movie history.
6. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington DC:
Some of the world’s best museums are located here and so are America’s most famous monuments. Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson Memorial are a part of this vista and so are the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. The White House and the Capitol Building are all within walking distance, and all you need is time and energy to get a glimpse of America’s history.
7. Las Vegas:
The city that never sleeps – it just seems to light up and become even brighter as evening sets in – and all through the night there is something happening here. You can great deals to stay in the best hotels, all the best entertainers perform here, and of course, above all there is the gambling. Even if you are not interested in gambling your money away, you can just wander around the fabulous hotels, and spend time watching the people around you.
8. San Francisco:
This city has a character totally her own. She will charm you with her Golden Gate Bridge, her Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can get some of the best sea food this side of the Pacific, her trundling yet beautiful tram-cars and her undulating roads. Just taking a full day’s ride on the tram cars will show you the distinctiveness of this city, and the reason why many believe that she is the most beautiful of the larger cities in the US.
9. Grand Canyon:
Nature’s marvel, the Grand Canyon makes you realize how small you are when you look at the power of nature and time. The sheer scale of the natural steep-sided gorges can best be experienced by standing on the horse-shoe shaped Skywalk, or by taking a helicopter ride or by taking a boat ride in the river flowing below.
Even though it is a fair distance away from the mainland of the US, and the tickets may seem pricey, yet Hawaii is a great place to visit. It is one of the most beautiful parts of America and it’s fabulous beaches and amazing scenic splendours make it a divine tourist destination. A multicultural society, the food is great and so are the places to hike and wander around in.