From theme parks, to ball parks, to natural scenic attractions, and a vast collection of sunny beaches, there are a number of destinations one can choose from. Here are some of the “must visit” places when you happen to be in the United States of America:
1. Liberty Island, New York
The most easily recognizable American icon, “Lady Liberty” as she is fondly called, has been entitled to the unique honor of “Enlightening the World” and serves as a warm greeting for all visitors to USA.
2. Times Square, New York City, New York.
Widely known for her bustling streets, New York is known to be the cradle of many Broadway theaters, super signs, and cinemas. For the sports buffs, while in New York, one should not miss the chance to visit Madison Square Garden, or the New Yankee Stadium. You can choose from biking, walking, taking a bus ride, or a limo tour to go around the city. At an estimate, there are about 2,000 pedestrians around 7th Avenue during a 15-minute busy weekday.
3. The White House, Washington, D.C.
Home to the leader of USA, the White House has historically been the symbol of democracy. Several White House tour services are available wherein visitors, and tourists can see for themselves the East and West wings, the Executive Residence and the famous Oval Office.
4. Las Vegas Strip, Nevada.
At an estimate of about more than 39.2 million visitors per year, Las Vegas has been known internationally for shopping, gambling, and entertainment, Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada.
5. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
When in Washington, D.C. a trip to some of the oldest protected park lands is a must. Public landmarks such as the Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson Memorials, the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorials could be found within the 1,000 – plus acres of National Mall and Memorial Parks.
6. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Massachusetts
Amassing about 20 million visitors, four historic places (Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market) can be found all in one location, set on a cobblestone promenade where performers like magicians, jugglers, and musicians entertain visitors.
7. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
8. Disney Park, Anaheim, California
People of all ages alike are familiar with the Disney characters, and the genius that is Walter Disney effectively installed his legacy into the hearts of many. Disney World is the most popular among Disney’s Florida attractions after gaining a 17.1 million increase in visitors and guests in 2006 alone.
Disney Park, the original Walter Disney theme park features classic Disney characters, live entertainments and parades to name a few. For the record, there have already been more than 515 million guests to visit Disney Park since it opened (including heads of state, presidents, and royalties).
9. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California
Also administered by the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes the famous bridge that attracts an estimate of 14.3 million visitors annually.
10. Niagara Falls, New York.
Straddling the US-Canadian border, the Niagara Falls since the mid 19th Century have been a known tourist attraction. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission estimate the visitors to be around 12 million a year.
11. Universal Studios Orlando / Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, Florida 12. Universal Studios, Hollywood, California
Universal houses a “destination complex” likened to its rival, Disney where 6.2 million thrill-seeking tourists visit every year.
The stars come to the place known as Universal Studios, Hollywood or “The Coolest Place in LA” netting nearly five million star gazers a year.
13. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando, Florida
14. SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California
If you’re the type who likes a “watery” theme park, then SeaWorld’s the place for you. A fun-filled atmosphere entices families or an attendance of 5.8 million (SeaWorld Florida) and 4 million (SeaWorld San Diego).
15. Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York
16. American Museum of Natural History, New York
For the art, and history aficionados, the “Met” as the Metropolitan Museum is fondly called and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) are the places you must visit.
The Met, founded in 1870 has a permanent collection of more than two million works of art, and is home to collections of costumes, musical instruments and other antiquities around the world, which attracts at least four and a half million visitors a year.
AMNH features 45 permanent halls of vast records of world history, from the age of the dinosaurs up to the human genome.
17. Grand Canyon, Arizona
This steep-sided gorge is probably the most famous natural wonder in the USA and possibly in the whole world. A glass Skywalk in 2007, shaped like a horseshoe has allowed at least 4.5 million visitors to experience vertigo. The Grand Canyon National Park has been one of the first national parks in the USA, achieving that status in 1919.
A travel destination known for her great diversity and advancement, USA offers a whole a lot more than what has already been said. Whether for sheer leisure or great family fun, natural bounties and modern day spectacles would never cease to amaze any visitor.