United States of America (USA), beautiful land, full of freedoms and a model of democracy throughout the world.
Let me take you through a tour of top places you MUST visit when traveling to the United States.
There are pictures, guides, recommendations all for you! I highly recommend this article and definitely must say that you MUST visit them at least once before you die.
This list could become a top 100 list since there are so many beautiful places in America, but these are ones I truly feel deserve the “top 10” title.
Walt Disney World – Buena Park, Florida
The #1 most visited Disney site in the world!
For anyone traveling with kids, the number one vacation spot in the entire United States has got to be Walt Disney World in Central Florida. Walt Disney World opened in the fall of 1971 and quickly surpassed its sister theme park, Disneyland in California, as the most popular Disney owned property based on visitor traffic. The park has always been on the forefront of the ever changing resort theme park industry and regularly cycles its games and rides so that visitors going there can experience the newest and best attractions possible.
Over the years, Walt Disney World has added new features and attractions and is now known as Walt Disney World Resort. There are more than 30 on site hotels and resorts now that allow visitors to bring that Disney experience all the way back to their hotel room at night. The park has also expanded and now offers a number of themed areas, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Boardwalk, Downtown Disney, and Walt Disney World Speedway.
Walt Disney World even offers five different golf courses for its guests to enjoy. Families may come to Walt Disney World for the kids, but they quickly realize that this one of a kind resort theme park area really does offer something for everyone.
Glacier National Park – Montana
For the animal and nature lover in you!
Located just north of the community of Kalispell, Montana is the huge and impressive Glacier National Park. This national park in western Montana covers more than one million acres of land and is a great destination for anyone wanting to get out and enjoy some of the more rustic and remote outdoors areas in the United States. There are a number of fun activities that can be participated in while visiting the park including backpacking, fishing, bus tours, scenic drives, hiking, hunting, birdwatching, and more.
One of the most famous features of Glacier National Park is Going To The Sun Road, which is the only road that ventures out into the heart of the park. This bus can be driven by vacationers or passage can also be booked on one of the 1930s red tour buses that still operate there. The drive down Going To The Sun Road is an awe inspiring event that is also a great photo taking opportunity. Some of the interesting points along the road include Lake McDonald, Trail of the Cedars, heaven’s Peak, Weeping Wall, Logan Pass, Jackson Glacier, and St. Mary Lake.
Glacier National Park is home to a number of different species of wildlife, many of them viewable at different points by the vacationers that go there, they include grizzly bear, Canadian lynx, bighorn sheep, deer, coyote, elk, moose, and the harder to see wolves and mountain lions. A visit to Glacier National Park allows the traveler to see an incredible slice of America’s great outdoors.
The Grand Canyon – Arizona
Visit mother nature’s geologic work of art!
The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing natural pieces of scenery that anyone could ever see. This 277 mile long canyon was long ago considered a wasteland, but that was long before people began to appreciate its magnitude and beauty. This deep canyon was formed by the Colorado river through many years. Two billion years of geologic history are part of the walls of the canyon.
There are a number of activities that can be participated in when visiting the Grand Canyon including horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, camping, sightseeing, birdwatching, whitewater rafting, and more. There are also a wide variety of ways to view and experience the canyon including by air as part of a helicopter tour, from the canyon rim, hiking or riding down into the canyon, or even rafting on the Colorado River that is responsible for carving the canyon. Visitors going to the Grand Canyon definitely bring their camera and be ready for a phenomenal amount of picture taking opportunities.
Tip: if you have some money to spare, try the new Skywalk in the Grand Canyon. It’s a U-shaped platform suspended at the edge of a cliff with a glass bottom. See below!
The Florida Keys – Florida
A fisherman’s dream come true
One of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the entire United States is the Florida Keys which are located on the very southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The Florida Keys are a cluster of more than 1,700 islands, though only a fraction of those are sizable enough to be inhabited.
The Florida keys is a heaven for any fisherman! The warm Gulf Stream current makes it a heaven for all types of fish. There are more species of fish here than anywhere else in the Atlantic Ocean! Charter fishing trips and boat tours can be booked from a number of companies operating in the Florida Keys and this is a great way to see the area in a way that cannot be done from land. There are a number of great beach locations in the Florida Keys where vacationers can enjoy people watching, sunbathing, beach combing, fishing, beach games, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and personal watercraft riding. There are a number of wrecks on the bottom of the ocean so when you go snorkeling or diving you can experience these as well!
The islands were first made available to land access by the Overseas Railway in the early 1910s, though it would be almost completely destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Some remnants of this route were later used for the Overseas Highway, while others are still unused and visible today. Today, one of the best scenic drives that can be had in the entire country is the drive up or down U.S. 1 on the Overseas Highway which is a series of bridges stretching for more than 125 miles through the Florida Keys.
Some of the interesting sights to see in the Florida Keys include the Turtle Hospital, Harry S Truman Little White House, Mallory Square, Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Dolphin Research Center, Bahia Honda State Park and Beach, East Martello Museum & Gallery, History of Diving Museum, and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Spending some quality time in the community of Key Largo and the entire Florida Keys is a great way to have a fun and relaxing time in an incredibly beautiful and totally unique destination.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – New Mexico
Marvelous creation of tunnels under the earth!
Located in southeastern New Mexico is the incredibly interesting Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The key feature of Carlsbad Caverns is known as the Big Room. This natural limestone chamber measures in at 4,000 feet long and 350 feet high. This is the 7th largest cave chamber in the entire world. There are a great many other rooms in the caverns that can be visited too including the Balloon Ballroom, Bat Cave, Bell Cord Room, Bifrost Room, Green Lake Room, Hall of the White Giant, King’s Palace, Mystery Room, New Mexico Room, Papoose Room, Queen’s Chamber, Spirit World, and The Rookery.
One of the most impressive features is known as the Underground Lunchroom which is a complete cafeteria that was built underground in the 1950s and is accessible via elevator. There are a number of hiking trails that traverse the area around the entrance to the cave system, but the amazing caves and the relative ease in which they are able to be accessed by visitors of all abilities is what keeps people coming back year after year to see, experience, and explore this amazing natural wonder.
Las Vegas Strip – Las Vegas, Nevada
Shopping, gambling, architectural awe is all in Las Vegas!
When someone wants to visit one of the most exciting and vibrant attractions in the United States, there is no better place to head to than the Las Vegas Strip in incredible Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years, many luxurious casino and hotels have been built along the strip and the area does a great job of catering to the visitors that come there.
Some of the most famous casinos in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip, including Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, The Bellagio, Treasure Island, The Mirage, The MGM Grand, New York New York, and more. Great restaurants are also plentiful on the Las Vegas Strip, including many that have specific themes or even ties to famous celebrities. When it comes to live entertainment, the strip has that too, including big name concerts, comedians, stage shows, and more. There are also wonderful shopping opportunities on the strip, including malls, boutiques, and souvenir shops.
For those looking for nightclubs, bars, and dance clubs, the Las Vegas Strip is also the place for them too. With its round the clock offerings of fun and entertainment, it is truly a no brainer that the Las Vegas Strip is one of the must see places to travel to in the United States.
Yosemite National Park – California
Nature at its best behavior!
For the traveler looking for an amazing outdoors experience while vacationing in the United States, they need look no further than Yosemite National Park in California. This protected natural area offers a number of different things to do and see, as well as a number of different ways to enjoy them. There are some great scenic drives that navigate through the park including through Yosemite Valley and up to some of the more out of the way features of the park too. Visitors can enjoy these drives in their own vehicles as well as through booking passage on a tour bus. The scenery available to be viewed in Yosemite National Park is incredible and anyone going there should make sure they bring their camera.
Half Dome is a very popular hiking trail with up to 1,000 hikers per day during the summer. The trail is 8.2 miles. The views are spectacular.
Some of the amazing things to see and experience within the park include Sentinel Rock, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tuolumne Meadows, Merced River, Mount Dana, Clark Range, Cathedral Range, Mount Gibbs, Mount Lyell, and more. Likewise, there are a number of activities that are very popular in the park including boating, fishing, hiking, backpacking, and camping. The famous Pacific Crest Trail, a hiking trail that runs from the southern border with Mexico up into neighboring Canada also runs through the park. A visit to Yosemite National Park is an awesome way to experience the great outdoors in just the way it is meant to be experienced.
Puget Sound – Washington State
Love water activities, visit Puget Sound!
Puget Sound is a huge body of water located in the the state of Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The body of water extends from the state capital of Olympia in the south up to the San Juan Islands in the north. One of the easiest ways to experience Puget Sound is to board one of the many Washington State Ferries that go back and forth delivering commuters to and from different areas for work, pleasure, and any other reason.
The waters of Puget Sound extend right up to the waterfront area of Seattle, but also extend to other great communities in the area too including Tacoma, Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Port Townsend, Oak Harbor, Everett, Port Orchard, and more. One of the nation’s largest islands, Whidbey Island, also sits in the middle of Puget Sound. From beautiful natural scenery, including views of both the Cascade and Olympic mountains, to access to some of the great Washington communities in the area, a visit to Puget Sound can be a great experience.
Bourbon Street – New Orleans, Louisiana
If partying is for you, this is the place to be!
One of the most exciting cities in the United States, especially during the yearly Mardi Gras celebration, is New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, millions of people head to New Orleans to experience everything that the city has to offer. One of the focal points that people flock to while there, is Bourbon Street.
Bourbon Street runs the entire length of the French Quarter in New Orleans and is the hub of activity in that area of the city. The street is famous the world over for the businesses that are there, as well as the activities that take place there. There are a number of popular spots there including restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and adult entertainment clubs. This part of the city is also filled with a great many historic buildings and examples of the age old architecture that the city is famous for.
During the daytime, Bourbon Street is a fun location to take a relaxing and enjoyable stroll through the French Quarter, soaking up the distinct culture that is found there. During the nighttime though, Bourbon Street comes alive with social activity as locals and tourists alike head out to frequent the bars, nightclubs, and dance spots found there. For excitement and activity on a social level that cannot be compared to any other destination, a visit to New Orleans, with a specific eye towards spending some serious time on Bourbon Street is exactly what is needed.
Around January 6 of every year, this is the site for one of the most popular festivals in the world, Mardi Gras. For 12 days, there the streets fill with people dressed in elaborate costumes and have many festivities. Many activities involve drinking and other craziness so it’s not for children!
Cape Cod – Massachusetts
Come to where Hollywood takes a vacation
Known locally as The Cape, Cape Cod is a odd fish hook shaped peninsula that sticks out eastward from the southeast coast of the state of Massachusetts. This area has had a long history in the region with many ties to the fishing and transportation industries, as well as with the tourism and vacation industry. The Cape offers a nice mix of historic fishing villages, protected natural areas, and age old historic vacation homes. Some of the many great communities worth visiting on Cape Cod include Bourne, Sandwich, Provincetown, Truro, Mashpee, Barnstable, Falmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Wellfleet, Eastham, and Chatham.
Cape Cod is also conveniently located very near to a number of barrier islands that are popular and highly thought of vacation destinations themselves including world famous Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is a popular location for many celebrities. Locals have gotten so used to them and they consider it “impolite” to stare. Sometimes it is nicknamed “Hollywood East”. Among the many things to do while on Cape Cod are boat tours, nature walks, walk the Shining Sea Bikeway, charter fishing trips, ocean kayaking, beach combing, surfing, shopping, and general relaxing on the beach.
There are some very interesting attractions on the peninsula too including the Sandwich Glass Museum, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Cape Cod Rail Trail, Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum, Water Wizz Waterpark, Atwood House Museum, and of course the Pilgrim Monument. A visit to Cape Cod offers the traveler a great chance to combine some of the many popular things offered by many vacation destinations with a number of historically significant attractions and communities.