If you have the money to travel, what places would you want to visit? The US has a huge number of great destinations scattered on its 50 states. One may not even get to visit all of them during his lifetime.
Still, make sure you get to see the famous places if you have the chance. If you can’t travel the world, at least, get to see what your country has to offer. We have listed ten of the most famous places in the US. Read on to see if your favorite destination is included.
Grand Canyon: The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest natural parks in the US. An estimated six million tourists flock to this destination every year.
The natural rock formations were carved by the Colorado River over millions of years ago. The spectacular view would make every visitor marvel at the sights.
Manhattan: The skyscrapers made this city famous. It has become a popular backdrop for television and movie scenes.
Tourists can also visit the iconic Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. They can watch a play on Broadway, or stroll through Central Park.
Yellowstone Park: Yellowstone Park is the first national park recognized by the US government in 1872. The recognition gave protection to the varied wildlife inhabiting the park, as well as its natural and rugged beauty filled with geysers, hot springs, and more.
Niagara Falls: Niagara consist of three falls that are located between Ontario, Canada and New York. The biggest of the three falls is Horseshoe Falls, with water depths estimated at 170 feet.
Kilauea: Mount Kilauea is the most active among the five volcanoes in the Hawaiian island. It had continuous eruptions between 1983 to 2018. It has become the center of attraction for many geologists and seismologists, as well as tourists from all over the world.
Las Vegas: Casinos anyone? No other place in the US offers the greatest number of casinos like Las Vegas. The latest casino count has been estimated at 104. Add to this the 150,000 hotel rooms that are available to the millions of tourists visiting the city annually.
The White House in Washington DC: The seat of America’s power, the official residence of the American president – a place everyone would want for an
Instagrammable photo they can boast off. The area is also home to numerous monuments and museums, most of which have free admissions.
Florida Keys: This archipelago located at the southernmost part of Florida is a favorite destination for fishing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving. It has 1,700 islands.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Wildflowers abundantly bloom on this park all year round. Its lush forest teeming with wildlife, and mist-covered mountains play a big part in the scenic vistas that can be viewed from Clingmans Dome, the highest peak here which serves as the observation station.
Walt Disney World Orlando: Young people and the young at heart never misses a trip to Walt Disney World when they’re in Florida. This Magic Kingdom attracts visitors with its numerous thrilling rides found on six differently themed parks namely:
- Main Street, and
- Liberty Square.
Several US landmarks have become representatives of what the country looks like to the world because of their amazing features. Anyone wanting to visit the US would surely want to see one or two of these landmarks.
Even Americans from the 50 states who have never been to these places would surely love to see these sights. We have listed ten of the most popular landmarks that you must definitely include in your bucket list.
#1: Times Square (New York)
You probably see this place on television every year – when America counts down every second in welcoming the New Year.
Yes, Times Square is the place where the countdown happens. Brightly lit billboards adorn this busiest area of New York City. It is the favorite destination of most shopaholics. Latest estimates count its annual visitors to 42 million.
#2: Central Park (New York)
This vast park gives the busy and stressed people of New York a place to breath and unwind. It has a zoo known for its red panda, as well as seals, penguins, mongoose, grizzly bears, and more.
#3: Union Station (Washington DC)
The movies have also made this iconic place famous. It is by far the most popular train station in the US.
It brings in an estimated 36 million visitors each year. And why not? Aside from its epic design, it also offers diners, shops, a huge food court, and even a movie theater.
#4: Las Vegas Strip (Nevada)
This tourist destination is popular as a casino joint. But that’s not all what Las Vegas offers. It is a place for various entertainment events like Cirque du Soleil, magic shows, boxing matches, and lots more.
#5: Grand Central Terminal (New York)
The Grand Central Terminal is probably the busiest train station for commuters. An estimated 21 million people come here every year. This century old terminal also has both high-end restaurants and affordable eating joints.
#6: Walt Disney Resort (Florida)
Families touring the US almost always plan a trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This massive theme park boasts of six different themes full of rides:
- Main Street, and
- Liberty Square.
#7: Disneyland Resort (California)
First time tourists to the US will not miss a trip to this theme park. The park rides are its biggest come on to 16 million tourists that flock here every year. People could not resist the joy the rides bring that satisfies the inner child in every adult.
#8: Golden Gate Bridge (California)
When it comes to iconic landmarks, give it to the Golden Gate Bridge. People visiting California would love to have a picture with this bridge as a backdrop. Yes, just a picture with this magnificent piece of construction.
Still, visitors could also opt for hiking and walking tours along the area, as well as eat in several cafes here.
#9: Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Massachusetts)
It is surprising that a marketplace made it to the list. However, there is no debate with this because it has welcomed 15 million visitors annually, and still growing.
People love what this place has to offer – shopping, dining, and entertainment, including physical fitness and outdoor classes.
#10: Golden Gate Park (California)
The Golden Gate Park offers various attractions to visitors, namely:
- The California Academy of Sciences (a natural history museum)
- De Young Museum (a fine arts museum)
- The San Francisco Botanical Garden (has 9,000 plant varieties)
- The Japanese Tea Garden (oldest public Japanese Garden)
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These places have earned high recommendations and votes from people who have been to these places, and would like to come back for more.
#1: Yosemite National Park (California)
The iconic massive granite rocks Half Dome and El Capitan are the main attractions of this national park. It is home to towering sequoia trees that are thousands of years old. It is also home to breathtaking views and waterfalls.
Visitors are mostly found in the Yosemite Valley where several waterfalls can be found – the Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Falls, Silver Strand Falls, and Horsetail Fall, to name a few.
#2: Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)
This famous crater lake formed in the mouth of Mount Mazama about 7,000 years ago when the said volcanic mountain erupted.
It has since then become a national attraction. Its blue lake offers scuba diving adventures for anyone wanting to explore what’s beneath the 2,000 feet deep lake.
During winter, the lake becomes a mirror-like reflection of the snow-capped cliff around the crater.
#3: Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
The Grand Canyon is a world-famous scenic attraction with jaw-dropping views. No photo could ever fully capture the natural beauty of this majestic place which can be visited via land transport, or viewed from above via helicopter tours.
It is a haven to trekkers, particularly, the less travelled raw beauty of the North Rim.
White rafter adventure can also be experienced at the Colorado River that runs through the Grand Canyon.
#4: Monument Valley (Arizona/Utah)
Are you a Wild West movie fan? If you are, you would definitely love to visit Monument Valley and its sprawling Wild West like scenery you see in movies.
Its iconic sandstone buttes stand proud at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. And yes, it is a frequent shooting destination for Western-themed movies.
If you want to get a closer look and take lots of pictures, bring a 4×4 or take guided tours.
#5: Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
Grand Teton National Park derived its name from the Teton mountain range. It’s a perfect destination full of wildlife and picturesque lakes.
Hikers can also enjoy this park to their hearts delight as they walk through more than two hundred miles of trails. It is also a favorite among campers who frequent the place.
#6. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
Bryce Canyon’s landscape is full of the most striking natural stone formations. The pinnacles found in this park have been formed from stream erosion and frost weathering.
The best time to get the perfect view is at dawn or dusk, when the flickering sun makes the hoodoos stand tall to display their red and pink colors.
Alaska is not just all about lots of snow that linger all year round. It is home to the most visited six million-acre Denali National Park & Preserve, as well as Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the Ice Caves of Mendenhall Glacier, among others.
#8. Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada)
Whether it’s summer or winter, Lake Tahoe is a great destination. In summer, visitors can go biking around its bike trails, or paddle boats at the lake. Hikers are also welcome to explore the granite mountains surrounding the lake. In winter, this destination becomes a haven for ski enthusiasts.
Montana is a great place to see glorious views sprawled along its vast mountainous areas. Tourists get treated to warm environments at the Boiling River and Mammoth Hot Springs. In winter, visitors head to Lone Mountain or Whitefish Mountain for ski trips.
#10. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
If variety is what you’re looking for – Yellowstone National Park can give you that. This sprawling park has 2.2 million acres of land area, most of which are still unexploited. It has mountain ranges, canyons, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls, and geysers. It is also home to elks and buffalos, and about 700 grizzly bears.
If you love seeing the wonders of nature, you definitely have to visit the best national parks in the U.S. that offers natural wonders you’ve never dreamed of or even imagined.
Travel experts and tourists have joined efforts to vote for the best national parks in the U.S., and this is what came up:
#1: Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
Tourists who flock to Yellowstone National Park annually is estimated at four million or more. But with its 2.2 million acres of natural surroundings, there might not be much of a crowd.
If you want to fully explore the park without the crowd, schedule you visit around April or May, or in September or October.
There is much to see and explore. A lot of the park’s vast area is still untouched – mountain ranges and canyons, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls and geysers. Be sure to pass by the Old Faithful geyser, and be awed by its eruptions that happen every one and a half hours at a height of 130 feet or higher. Walk among the elks and buffalos that inhabit the area, or watch grizzlies from afar.
#2: Yosemite National Park (California)
Yosemite never runs out of tourists all year long. If you want more peace and quiet to take in the beauty of this vast park, schedule you trip early.
Most tourists can be found hiking the vast granite peaks – Half Dome and El Capitan. The peaks are for the adventurous and strong because of the difficult terrain encountered on the way to the top.
You can also go on guided tours to see towering thousand old Sequoia trees, gushing waterfalls, and huge rock formations.
#3: Glacier National Park (Montana)
This park expands to three mountain ranges full of hiking trails. The most popular of which are the Trail of the Cedars and Iceberg Lake Trail.
It is surrounded by mountains and numerous lakes estimated at 700.
It is also home to a UNESCO world heritage site – the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
#4: Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
No photo could ever give justice to the amazing beauty and wonder of the Grand Canyon. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that is frequented by approximately six million visitors a year.
Rafters would be thrilled to experience the adventure at Colorado River. Visitors should not miss the beauty of Havasu Falls, touted as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Campers and hikers will surely enjoy the rugged terrain and unexploited North Rim which is home to its highest peak, the North Imperial. It also has Roaring Springs which is the only body of water in the area.
#5: Zion National Park (Utah)
This 146-acre national park is characterized by bright apricot-colored cliffs, and has seen an increased influx of tourists estimated at 4.3 million in 2016.
Hikers particularly love Angel Landing and the 10-mile long trail of The Narrows that passes through the Virgin River.
For those who just want to be awed by Zion’s famous landmarks, they can drive through the 57-mile long Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
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These locations have reinvented themselves to give tourists more attractions, and better things to do. Everyone is welcome to explore and have fun!
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale has transformed itself into a city where Millennials and Gen Z would enjoy, including the LGBTQ community. It has transformed itself to a luxurious and modern destination for young people.
It is also home to the first LGBTQ center where gay people live and do business.
New luxury hotels are also on the rise – the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences is expected to open in 2020. Fill your hunger with fancy restaurants like Valentino Cucina Italiana.
Beer drinkers will find a haven in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Ale Trail that is home to about 32 drinking pubs.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe continues to cater to people’s love for the outdoors. Its walking trails that go straight to the Santa Fe National Forest still attracts tourists year-round.
It also hosts the annual Santa Fe Century cycling event along the Turquoise Trail.
After a long day in the outdoors, visitors can dine at the numerous restaurants in Santa Fe like Geronimo – a centuries old restaurant with a romantic and rustic atmosphere, serving great tasting American food.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Being in Fort Collins makes you feel like you’re in a big movie set with all the fascinating art works surrounding this place. It’s a place ripe with artists and creative people. The artworks complement the magnificent landscape.
Fort Collins is also home to freshly made farm-to-table goodies. Visitors can participate in the cooking of nutritious local foods with the help of interactive cooking instructions.
If you love to ski, you will definitely love to go to Jackson, Wyoming. It is home to three great skiing destinations, namely:
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort;
- Snow King Mountain Resort; and
- Grand Targhee Resort.
If it’s not winter, tourists can enjoy hiking outdoors along the Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Then proceed to view the magnificent elks at the National Elk Refuge.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Winston-Salem’s downtown area received a facelift through a $1.5 billion revitalization fund. The development will surely attract tourists who will surely be thrilled with the things this place has to offer.
Visitors’ tummies will surely be filled with food from the 80 or so local cafes and restaurants of Winston-Salem. Live music playing from several establishments here also add to the festive atmosphere.
Wine lovers can also drink all night long at any of the seven breweries in the downtown area. Not only that, tourists can check out the 45 wineries within the Yadkin Valley Wine Region.
Charleston, South Carolina
This southern coastal town recently opened its doors to a second restaurant for the home of fresh, raw oyster – the 167 Raw oyster bar. Every food is a feast with their main attraction – fresh oysters – as well as other seafood like crabs and clams.
Charleston is a city of diverse heritage, and therefore, offers a wide array of sumptuous cuisine.
This former British colony is also home to the oldest museum in the South, The Gibbes. As well as the recently renovated art hotel – The Vendue – which exhibits for sale art works on its hotel walls.