7 Top Places to Visit in America
America is a terrific place to explore. When you’ve got a bit of wanderlust, it’s one of the finest countries in the world to satisfy that craving. The States are home to some of the most spectacular cities, music scenes, landmarks and more, so get your digital cameras, tablets and cell phones ready. You’ll be wanting to capture all your adventures there, for sure. Here are seven of the top places to visit in the USA:
New York City
“The Big Apple” boasts the Empire State Building, Times Square and, of course, the Statute of Liberty (on Staten Island), to name but a few of its most famous attractions. That doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all when you’ve ticked those cultural musts off your bucket list. You can catch a show on Broadway or indulge in some further culture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim Museum, or take a leisure stroll through Central Park. There’s no end to the variety of attractions in the city.
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” they say, but visit this city, and you won’t be able to keep it a secret! It’s all glitz and glamour, and if you’re a fan of casinos or the poker world, you’ll fall in love. Whether its playing poker in Vegas for the first time or returning as a more experienced poker player returning for a tournament. If you’re in Las Vegas long enough, you can take a day trip out to the Grand Canyon and also stop off to take a few photos of the Hoover Dam. At around 4 to 5 hours away, the canyon is a bit of a trek, but just picture that view, especially if you take a helicopter ride over it.
Think San Francisco, and you think of the Golden Gate Bridge, the red rafters of which have come to symbolize this gorgeous city on San Francisco Bay. It’s not all just about the bridge, though; “San Fran” charms visitors with its Chinatown and hippy Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods. Fans of viticulture can head out on day trips to the wine regions of Napa Valley and techies can head out to Silicone Valley campuses. There’s never a dull moment in San Fran.
New Orleans, or the “Big Easy” as people commonly call it, has visitors flocking to it to soak up its music scene. The city has its own personality and lays a solid claim to being the home of blues while also challenging Chicago, too, with one for being the home of jazz. What’s not in dispute is that this city will endear you.
Historic neighborhoods such as the French Quarter and festivals, including the city’s famous Mardi Gras, leave every visitor coming away with fond memories of the city.
If you’re going to do a tour of the U.S, you can’t not call in at one of the most famous capital cities in the world. It goes without saying that you can take a walk past the White House. You can even take a tour of it if you submit a request through your country’s embassy in the city, or through a Member of Congress if you’re a US citizen. You could also visit the Abraham Lincoln memorial in the west of the National Mall. On the steps, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his “I have a dream” speech here, too.
Chicago vies with New Orleans for the claim to being the home of jazz, and many see the “Windy City” as the genre’s home. Some also call Chicago the “Second City” because of its size, with only New York being bigger, but the Chicago skyline is something else. You can also see some of the city’s most important buildings from a boat on beautiful Lake Michigan. The Millennium Park, which covers 24.5 acres, is considered the city’s “front yard” and serves as a venue for various concerts and other events, while the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the city’s most important cultural institutions.
Seattle, the home of the grunge music scene, is something of an epicenter in America for coffee and is the place to go to get your caffeine hit. The 605 ft tall Space Needle, which has become an icon of the city and was built for the 1962 World Expo, is one of Seattle’s main attractions. The Seattle Center monorail is also something of a showpiece when it comes to catching a view of the city and weaves in and out of skyscrapers.
Somewhat in line with Seattle’s grunge past, there’s is also the interesting Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). The museum looks like a smashed guitar from above and, inside, displays exhibits covering the history of indie video games, horror films, Nirvana, the Seahawks and more.
America is awesome. Cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago spoil visitors with culture. Washington D.C. offers them a powerful sense of history while Las Vegas tempts them to visit and enjoy all the thrills and spills, all the glitz and glamour. New Orleans invites them into soak up the music scene and the festival spirit, and Seattle welcomes them with a chilled vibe, good places to get a coffee and a chance to get a little nostalgic. What a country!