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Welcome to New York City, one of America’s most visited mega cities. Like most mega cities, it is incredibly fast paced and a bit chaotic but it is one of the most exciting places to be in at any time of the year because it is a city that never stops.
Constantly changing with new attractions sprouting up at a quick rate, its attractions are very numerous and might take more than one visit to explore them all. Home to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge there is no denying that New York is a delightful place to visit.
Without a shadow of doubt, the Statue of Liberty can be considered a symbol to not only New York city but to America as a whole. Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the neoclassical sculpture was presented by France as a gift to the United States of America symbolizing all what the nation stood for. Designed by famous French Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi the statue holds a torch over her head and has an inscription which says “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. At the base of the Statue of Liberty is a broken shackle which depicted the country’s recent abolition of slavery.
Considered one of the most famous buildings in America, the Empire State Building is one of those buildings that seems to be loved by everybody. Its name derived from “Empire State” which is the nickname of New York – it is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper that stands at a height of 1,454 feet (443.18 m) with its antenna crowning it at the top. The building is mostly used for commercial purposes (office spaces) but it has an outdoor and indoor observation deck on the 86th floor where visitors can get to have a panoramic view of the city.
With its countless billboards and advertisements, Times Square garden is often said to be the best description of how life is in New York City. Referred to as “The Center of the Universe” and “The crossroads of the World”, it is the busiest part of the city and the location of the Broadway Theater Districts. The best way to experience Times Square, is to walk around while exploring its various attractions while taking in its fascinating advertisement signs.
Built to commemorate the September 11, 2001, attacks, that led to the death of more than two thousand people and the World Trade Center Car bombing on February 26,1993. The memorial and museum are located on the grounds of the Twin Towers (destroyed during the attack), and was inaugurated on the tenth anniversary of the incident. Its Museum features collections of artifacts, oral and video recording and more than 40,000 images - while its memorial has two reflecting pools with bronze panels that has the names of those who died during the attacks inscribed on them.
There are quite a number of museums that can be visited in New York, with each of them focused on different parts of America’s history such as arts, space and wars. The American Museum of Natural History located on the Upper West side of Manhattan focuses on exploring human cultures, the natural world and the known Universe. Considered the largest natural history museum in the world it consists of 45 permanent exhibition halls and 28 interconnected buildings including a library and a planetarium.
One of the many traditions of tourists in New York city is to go on the Staten Island Ferry which runs through New York City Boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. The Ferry system which was one of the major means of transportation has slowly gone unfashionable and the Staten Island ferry is one of the few remaining ones. The journey itself is just 25 minutes but it gives visitors a lovely new view of the city.
Famous for being the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by passing over the East River. Initially called the “East River Bridge” and “New York and Brooklyn Bridge”, its construction started in 1869 before it was completed fourteen years later in 1883. Shortly after the construction the Showman P.T. Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants across the bridge to cease doubts about the structural integrity of the bridge.
New York city might be recognized as the busiest city in the world and often gives the impression of being solely about the “business life”, but there are still several places to go for a bit of calmness. One of those places is Central Park - the idea for the park and several others began between 1821-1855 when the city’s population nearly quadrupled, there was a need to create spaces where people could escape from the city chaos. Central Park is the fifth largest park in New York with about 843 acres, it features gardens, a lake, a reservoir among other attractions.
Located at the tip of the Florida Keys, a string of islands stretching from the southern coast of Florida into the Gulf of Mexico, Key West’s isolation has seen it develop as a tolerant haven for a variety of alternative lifestyles and subcultures. The heart of Key West lies along Duval Street, a gaudy neon-lit parade of dive bars, art-deco burlesque theaters and artists’ studios that has scarcely changed since the 1950s. Beyond the main drag, Key West’s top attractions are undoubtedly the Spanish colonial style Hemingway House, where the famed writer lived and worked throughout the 1930s, and the eccentric Mallory Square, where the town’s subcultures party all night long. While Key West attracts thousands of tourists per year, the island’s Bahamian Village remains a hidden gem with its unrestored colonial houses, ramshackle churches and traditional Cuban restaurants making for an unforgettable experience.
Key West is where you’ll find the only living reefs in all of North America. While you’re there, you can bask in the beauty of nature as the warm sun caresses you from above and the clear waters below gladly carry your boat as you sail on it.
Many shipwrecks happened in the Florida Keys so the Key West Shipwreck Museum was raised to hold artifacts from the shipwrecks and movies are made to tell stories of these sad happenings.
The Key West Aquarium serves as a home to many fascinating marine lives like tarpons, eels, sea turtles, stingrays, barracuda, and many others. Also, the guides at Key West Aquarium are always ready to tell tourists about these species and their habitats.
Mallory Square is an interesting place that is popular for their nightly festivals, mouthwatering delicacies from their restaurants and nice looking souvenirs from their shops. This Plaza is located in Old Town and runs the entire length of wall street.
Key West is tagged as one of the most haunted cities in all of America, and rightly so. The city has houses that were built long ago in the 19th century. These houses are said to have bone-chilling stories and histories. In fact, it is rumored that some of these houses are still haunted. If you want to see for yourself, you can book yourself a tour around the place.
The Arizonan town of Page is little more than a collection of motels, strip malls and one-story houses located in the heart of the middle of nowhere. However, visitors do not flock to Page for its cultural attractions or buzzing nightlife. Rather, this small town is the gateway to one of America’s most spectacular natural wonders: the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The main draw to Glen Canyon is undoubtedly Lake Powell, which was created with the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. This man-made lake has filled the formerly bone-dry sandstone canyons creating a startling lunar landscape of plunging rock formations, emerald blue waters and a completely undeveloped coastline with a circumference of nearly 2000 miles (3,218.69 km). In nearby Page organized tours take groups into the unspoiled interior to see the world-famous Antelope Canyon while speedboats, kayaks and paddle boards can be rented.
Located in the southwestern part of the country is one of the most beautiful handwork of mother nature herself, the antelope canyon. The Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon that sits on the soil of Navajo, Page Arizona. This piece of beauty is divided into two parts with the first being the Upper Antelope Canyon which is also called “The Crack”, and the Lower Antelope Canyon which is also known as “The Corkscrew”.
Lake Powell is undoubtedly one of the many places in the country where the beauty of nature is put on an extravagant display. It is one of the country’s most visited vacation spots as it receives nothing less than 2 million people in a year. Featuring breathtaking sights of natural water, Lake Powell is perfect for individuals, lovers, and families. Although the lake can be said to be along the border between Utah and Arizona, most of the lake is in Utah. And as a bonus for those visiting the lake, they can take a tour to see the Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
One thing that the Horseshoe bend will spoil you with is the fascinating scene that unfolds before you when you stand on the edge of its lookout points. That is why those visiting Page Arizona for whatever reasons make sure to visit the place before they leave.
As you might have suspected from its name, the Grand Canyon National Park is where you’ll find the famous Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon that we have today is a result of millions of years of relentless work of nature. The canyon has many viewpoints which include Mother Point, Desert View Watchtower, Lipan Point, architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and Yavapai Observation Station. Both the sunrise and sunset are things to see from the observation points on the park while a very nice view of the Colorado river spreading down below you is something you won’t forget.
Built in the 1800s by the Navajo people themselves, the Navajo Village Heritage Center is where you’ll historical relics of Navajo while being entranced in the rich culture and history of the people. There are tours around the village and you’ll get to witness presentations of Navajo rug weaving. Later, the people of Navajo themselves will entertain you with their native American dance shows.
Set in the heart of Alaska, one of the world’s last remaining true wildernesses, Fairbanks seems an unlikely location for the state’s second largest city. Indeed, the city was founded by accident in 1901 when a steamship ran aground on the Chena River and the stricken passengers fortuitously struck gold. The historic downtown of Fairbanks sprung up not long after and today it is picture perfect with vintage neon signs, art-deco cinemas and clapboard houses. However, the main draw of coming this deep into Alaska is undoubtedly the surrounding natural wonders. Just south of the town is the Denali National Park, which encircles the behemoth Denali Mountain, the tallest in North America with a bigger vertical rise that Mount Everest. What is more, in the winter months Fairbanks is one of the best spots in the world for watching the ever-elusive Northern Lights.
Located in Fairbanks, the Museum features arts, science, and history from Alaska. Similarly, the Museum of the North is concerned with the development and use of geological, botanical, cultural and zoological collections to better investigate issues pertaining to the past and present of the North as well as the future.
Being as close as it is to the north pole, one can get to see natural occurrences that occur only at the north pole at this place. Out of many of such occurrences is Aurora Borealis. What’s more interesting is that this Aurora Borealis does not just happen in winter at the north pole, it happens almost all the time.
A tour around the Chena Lakes Recreation Area is a surprise package of many things. The place has beautiful trails, rivers, and lakes and is suitable for riding. Part of the surprise package is also the feeling of adventure that accompanies the touring of the place.
Chena Hot Springs Resort offers you to see one of the many wonders of nature and it was discovered in 1905. The Resort is also famous for its ice museum and the number of greenhouses that are there.
The museum features ice sculptures that were locally made and was built by a thousand tons of ice and snow that is always at -7C. For summer, the museum opens up in May and is totally dedicated to anything that has got to do with snow.
Just south of the Grand Canyon National Park and nestled in the vast pine forest of Coconino Forest, the small city of Flagstaff is the Wild West’s hidden gem. Flagstaff’s historic downtown is packed with Victorian era buildings, which sprung up following the arrival of the Continental Railway in 1882. Today, the buildings, some of which retain their original Wild West wooden facades, house boutique hotels, farm-to-table restaurants, microbreweries and the Northern Arizona University, whose students give the town a bohemian buzz. Beyond the town itself, hiking trails snake up into the surrounding pine-clad peaks and in the winter the nearby Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort has dozens of miles of runs that unfurl amidst unrivaled scenery.
A tour around the Grand Canyon can only be taken by the brave and will not be quickly forgotten. The Grand Canyon that we have today is a result of millions of years of relentless work of nature. It has a very steep side which is as a result of the action of the Colorado River which makes this tour, not for the faint of heart.
The native American that lived in what we call north-central Arizona (because that is definitely not what the native Americans called it) built many structures that have survived countless times and seasons. Although they are already in ruins, one will still be able to make out the structures and make guesses at what they might have been used for. This Monument was opened as a tourist attraction site by the Nation Park Service.
This may not be a necessarily big place but the Downtown and Visitors Center has many stories to tell. Every part of the place has served as a venue one time or another where lives were changed forever.
This astronomical observatory is among the oldest in all the United States of America. It was established in 1894 and was named as a National Historic Landmark in 1965. As a part of its history, this was where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto.
Los Angeles is another of America’s famous cities popularly known by its initials “LA”, it is United State of America’s second most populous city with over 4 million people.
Often regarded as the “home of Hollywood”, the city is the perfect getaway. From its awesome driveways to celebrity buildings, it is a must on the itinerary of every tourist. Some of its famous attractions include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Getty Center and The Hollywood sign.
One of the most visited tourist attraction in the United State of America, receiving over 10 million visitors annually. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a collection of more than 2,600 five pointed stars made of terrazzo and brass embedded on the sidewalks passing through Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Streets in Hollywood, California. The “stars” are put in place for people who have “recognized” achievement in the entertainment industry especially music and movie, it also features stars of 16 fictional characters.
If you are a lover of Hollywood movies, then taking a drive through Mulholland Drive would have memories flooding through your mind. Named after Los Angeles civil engineer William Mulholland, it is a 34-kilometers-long road along the ridge line of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains. There are so many attractions on the Mulholland Drive, which makes it a must for any one touring Los Angeles. Some of its main attractions include the Los Angeles Basin, the San Holly Wood Sign, the Sun Fernando Valley, Santa Susana Mountains, Burbank and University City.
The Dodger Stadium is the home of baseball team Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), the team is one of American’s most popular baseball teams. Located in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the stadium has 56,000 seats. Used as a venue for the 1963 World Series, it is known as the “pitcher’s ballpark” having seen many no–hitters. A visit would take you through the teams dressing rooms and dugouts.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Richard Meier, The Getty Center is located in Brentwood, Los Angeles. The center is one of Los Angeles major tourist attractions drawing up to 1.8 million visitors yearly. It star attraction is the Getty Museum that has exhibits of artifacts from the 20th century like sculptures, drawings and paintings. The center also consists of Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute and Getty Foundation.
Popular known just as Disneyland, the resort was established in 1955 by the well-known star Walt Disney. Located in Anaheim, the park is separated into two Parks; Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. It features various rides with different Hollywood movies themes, such as Space Captain and Pirate of the Caribbean. A fun place to visit with every member of the family.
Arguably America’s most famous landmark, there is hardly any lover of the American entertainment industry that is not familiar with this structure. The 45 ft (13.72 m) sign built in 1923 simply says “Hollywood” and it was designed by architect Fisk Goff. It was initially the “Hollywoodland Sign” before it was changed in 1949.
Beyond New York, San Francisco is undoubtedly America’s most iconic city with a host of attractions famous the world over. While most visitors arrive in this northern Californian city for the Golden Gate Bridge and the island prison of Alcatraz, they stay for its progressive attitudes and buzzing neighborhoods. San Francisco was where the hippie revolution of the 1960s began and its legacy is still visible in Haight-Ashbury, as the streets are lined with anarchist bookshops, marijuana dispensaries and tie-dyed locals. For LGBT travelers, the Castro district is a trip through the past, present and future of gay rights in San Francisco while the Mission neighborhood, famed for its street murals, is a melting pot of artistic creativity and Latino culture. What is more, San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of America’s oldest and biggest with its authenticity giving most visitors a surprising sense of culture shock. Beyond the droves of tourists that inundate San Francisco’s star attractions, it is a city of hidden gems that rewards exploration.
When the Golden Gate Bridge was named as one of the modern wonders of the world, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was open to the public as a tourist attraction site in 1937. The famous Golden Gate Bridge can be found between Marin County and San Francisco Bay.
Off the shores of San Francisco is the Alcatraz island. The island is not just an ordinary island as it has played important roles in the history of the country. It has a lighthouse, a military standard fortification, and a military prison. It even had a federal prison from 1934 to 1963. Today, Alcatraz Island is well visited by many people from all parts of the world.
The Fisherman’s Wharf is a very popular site for tourist attraction and it receives numerous visitors every year. At the site, you’ll find sea lions in their habitat and get tours round ships that have been that played important roles in history. Also, there are many stalls around the place where you can get souvenirs and the delicious crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls.
For those looking to treat themselves to a nice and relaxing time, the Golden Gate Park in the place to go. The urban park has 1,017 acres of land to itself and its development was started in 1871 by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.
A large part of the street was a part of the United States Route 101 but it is most popular for the way it was designed. The street features a steep one-block section that opens out to 8 different turns.
Famous for the huge redwood trees that grow there, the Muir Woods National Monument is a spot for tourists all around the world. The National Monument can be found in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In Muir Woods, there are trails that lead to Bohemian Grove and Cathedral Grove. Also, one can get a nice view of the tops of the trees in the woods by following the Ben Johnson and Dipsea trails. From these trails, one can also see the Pacific Ocean Mount Tamalpais which is all the way in Mount Tamalpais State Park.
This place flaunts America’s history and architectural prowess in its unique way. The Edwardian and Victorians buildings were repainted to in three colors to flaunt their architectural details. These buildings were later called the painted ladies.
This museum was raised in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area honoring Walt Disney. Here you’ll find bits from the life of the great man himself, Walt Disney. Also, you'll find out the origins of some of the greatest shows to have ever aired on TV today.
Situated between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, Miami is one of America’s top cultural, financial and economic centers. Covering an area of 150 square kilometers, it is the United states of America’s sixth most populated city.
The city usually receives a large influx of tourists yearly because of its vibrant culture and lifestyle, which is why it is sometimes called the “Magic City”. With its amazing weather there are no shortages of activities to engage in Miami, from its exotic beaches to its fascinating modern architecture. A trip to Miami will show you its uniqueness when compared to other cities in America and around the World.
Established in 1948, the Miami Zoo is one of Miami’s most popular tourist attractions. Located at the Miami-Dade County, it is officially known as the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens and it features over 3,000 animals from 500 different species, covering an area of 750 acres. The zoo is divided into different parts each with animals representing different regions of the world such as Africa and Asia.
Miami’s beaches are well-known around the world but there is probably none as famous as South Beach. Considered a must visit for tourists, the South Beach nicknamed “SoBe” is located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Beach and it filled with different activities to keep you engaged throughout. In and around the beach there are restaurants, night clubs and boutiques to explore as well.
Built in 1925 by architect George A. Fuller, the freedom Tower is one of the most significant buildings in the city of Miami. The building which served as the head office of the Miami daily, is known for the role it played as an immigration processing center for thousands of Cuban refugees who fled to the United States of America. Now the home of the Cuban America Museum the Freedom Tower is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Regarded as Miami’s number one attraction, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens formerly known as Villa Vizcaya is the former villa and estate belonging to Business man James Deering. Built in 1923 the building was designed by architect Paul Chiffin, it covers an area of 50 acres and has several attractions. One of which is its museum that has over 70 rooms with distinct interior and decorated with different antiques and decorative works from the 16th to 19th century. Around the main building are other side attractions like the garden, a maze, fountains and pools.
The Miami Science Museum is an exceptional place; it consists of a science museum, an aquarium and a planetarium. Located at the Museum park the museum is officially named the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The museum exhibitions cut across almost every field of science with it major attractions being a 31ft (9.45 m) aquarium which features different marine species such as sharks and rays and its 250 seats Planetarium.
Discover the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. It is considered the premier location to view a variety of reptiles, including the American alligator, birds, turtles, deer, wild boars, and even the elusive Florida panther.
Las Vegas is “the city that doesn't sleep”, the mere mention of its name alone invokes thoughts of neon lights, casinos, parties and fun galore. Often called “sin city” it undoubtedly one of the places that should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
The city of Las Vegas has often been stereotyped as a “party city” only and one that should only be visited at night which is definitely not true. For those who care to explore there are several other key attractions in the city such as The Mob Museum, Shark Reef Aquarium amongst others.
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement popularly known as the Mob Museum is dedicated to featuring the artifacts, stories, and history of organized crime in the United States of America, as well as the steps by law enforcement to prevent such crimes. Established on February 14,2012, the idea for the Museum came from former Defense Attorney Oscar Goodman. The museum features some fascinating exhibitions such as the brick wall where the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre took place and pictures of famous mobsters.
The United States of America is filled with Ghost towns; a ghost town is simply a deserted settlement or an abandoned town. One of such towns is Rhyolite, it became popular in 1904 after gold was discovered in the town which lead to a massive influx of people looking to benefit from the great discovery. But after the promise of Gold dwindled the population of the town dropped from about 7,534 to about 14 in just over a decade. The star attractions of the town include the Cook Bank structure and a small museum. Just two hours from Vegas, it is worth visiting.
The MGM Grand is a hotel and casino located on the Tropicana-Las Vegas Boulevard. It is the largest single hotel in the United States with an amazing 6,852 rooms. The MGM grand is unmissable due to the 45-foot bronze statue of a lion at the entrance. It has so many attractions that it could take up to a week to explore all the MGM Grand it had to offer. Some of its attractions include the glass-sided lion habitat, CSI area where visitors try to solve murder cases, restaurants and of course its Casino which is one of the largest in the country.
Situated in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, there is a public aquarium opened to the public on the 20th of June 2000 after a long construction period. Easily one of the favorite places in the city to visit, it has over 100 marine species. Covering an area of 95000 square ft (0.88 ha)., its main tank is 1,300,00 gallons (492.1 m³) making it one of the largest in North America. Some animals that can be seen include sharks, rays and other land reptiles.
Established in 1996, the Neon is 2.62 acres outdoor museum dedicated to displaying neon signs from old casinos and other businesses. The museum situated on the Las Vegas Boulevard, it features the defunct La Concha Motel which acts as its visitor center and a number of exhibits such as the Sahara sign, Stardust sign and Neo Boneyard Park Marquee.
If you love exciting cities, then you will love Washington DC. Unique in its way, the city is the official capital of the United States of America and like most American cities it receives millions of visitors yearly who are attracted to its beauty.
With its attractions suited for every type of person - whether you are the outdoor type or you simply want to relax at an art museum, Washington DC is a city that can provide both. Often described as “The American Rome” all the major buildings relating to the nation’s government can be found in the city including the famous White House and the U.S. Capitol.
Built in 1966, the Washington monument is an obelisk to commemorate the first president of the United State of America and once commander-in chief of the Continental Army George Washington. Standing at 554 feet (168.86 m), it is the world’s tallest obelisk and before the construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1889 it was the world’s tallest structure.
Its name speaks for itself, the White House arguably America’s most important and most famous landmark. Located at the famous 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, it is recognized as the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States of America – a function which it has held since the 1800 when it was established. Modelled after the Leinster house in Dublin, it was designed by Irish born architect. Access to the White House is highly restricted, so most visitors settle for admiring from outside its gates.
Featuring some of the best artistic works of all time, the National Galley is a mine of beauty. Located just beside the National Mall, it was established in 1937 by the United States Congress to preserve, exhibit and foster the understanding of the nation’s works for art. The museum which consists of two buildings name the West and East buildings is divided into several rooms and themes – one of its major items included is its Italian Renaissance collection featuring works from Fra Angelico and Leonardo da Vinci.
Perhaps the most important building in the country after the White House. Located on Capitol Hill, it is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of its Government. Built in 1800, the Neoclassical structure has played a crucial part in American history and has often been the location for country changing decisions. There are regular tours offered, which allow visitors to see its wonderful interiors and most of the rooms while getting to learn a little about the building’s history.
If you are fascinated by air crafts and space or you are simply looking for something different, then you should visit the National Air and Space museum. Established in 1946, it is one of Washington’s most visited attractions with millions of visitors yearly, it ranks fifth in the World’s most visited museums. Filled with artifacts, most of it collections are from items obtained from the US Army and Navy.