The United States of America is home to some of the most recognizable iconic landmarks on the globe as well as to some of the most spectacular natural scenery. However, due to its vast area, it is almost impossible to explore all the attractions in a single trip. Depending on your interests, you can choose which part of the USA you want to visit and the attractions that you would want to tick off from your check list. In this blog, we will list a dozen of the most popular tourist attractions of the country — from natural to manmade wonders — that would make it to the must-see list of attractions, in any country anywhere in the world.
- Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney is certainly one of the biggest exports from USA to the world. Named after its creator, Walt Disney World Resort is one of the grandest theme parks in the world. In fact, it is the most visited vacation resort in the world, clocking over 52 million visitors annually! The place is ideal for the whole family, especially those with children. It will take you one whole day to explore and enjoy all the attractions in this resort. Opened in 1971, the resort presently covers an of about 110 sq km and includes within its complex: 27 themed resort hotels, 4 theme parks, numerous entertainment venues, several golf courses, and a camping resort. There are many restaurants, shops, as well as spas and fitness centers in the resort! Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, offers one of the most comprehensive vacation packages that one can ask for. Visit the magical place for a day, or stay overnight for a fairytale experience.
- Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park offers some of the most dramatic and scenic alpine landscape in North America. The park stretches over an area of nearly 4000 sq km and spills over 2 countries — Montana in the USA and Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. It is home to some of the most stunningly picturesque glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, and valleys that one can lay eyes on. Declared a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Glacier National Park is a must-visit attraction if you like nature and the outdoors. There are numerous hiking trails through which you can explore its beauty. One of the most popular is the Going-To-The-Sun Road which passes through the 7747 ft high Logan Pass. Camping grounds and hotels are available for those who want to stay overnight. However, if you are planning to hike or camp within the park, it is recommended to check the weather alert from the park authorities.
The romantic beaches of Hawaii are one of the first images many have when thinking of a vacation in the USA. And what better place to visit in Hawaii than the world-famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The Waikiki Beach is one of the 5 beaches in that oceanfront — the other 4 being Kuhio, Fort deRussy, Kahanamoku, and Gray’s. Originally a retreat for the Hawaiian royalty, this 9 km stretch of tropical paradise is one of the most popular beachfronts in the world, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe. With the tremendous growth of tourism, you can enjoy several water and beach activities in Waikiki. There are numerous hotels, restaurants, clubs, and stores in and around Waikiki to suit every pocket and interest.
- Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized bridges in the world, thanks to it being featured in numerous movies and television shows over the decades. This 2.7 km long bridge joins the city of San Francisco with the Marin County across the San Francisco Bay. For 27 years since its opening in 1937, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge rises to a height of over 227 m and one of the most unique images of the bridge is when it is covered with fog with only the two towers peaking above it. The bridge has cycling path as well as a walkway for pedestrians. The Bridge Pavilion on the San Francisco side of the bridge has a café, visitor center, and a gift shop.
- Times Square and Central Park
With over 40 million annual visitors each, Times Square and Central Park in New York are the 2 most visited attractions in the USA! Times Square is a commercial intersection in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. With its flashing billboards and famous neighborhoods like Broadway and Wall Street, Time Square has attained an iconic status to tourists. The New Year countdown celebration is also held at this site. Within walking distance from the Times Square is Central Park, 3.41 sq km of greenery amidst the jungle of Manhattan skyscrapers. The park was opened to the public in 1857 and has since featured in numerous movies and TV shows. It has gone through several renovations over the decades. Presently, it is very beautifully landscaped with walkways, ponds, flowering trees, fountains, gardens, as well as a zoo. It is also sprinkled with many beautiful statues and sculptures.
- Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the USA, especially for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. It was declared a national park in 1872, making it not only the oldest national park in the USA but also in the whole world! The park spans over 3 American states — Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The diverse and scenic landscape of the park is the result of a now-extinct volcano. Hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, and a rich variety of flora and fauna are the prime attractions of the park. There are 5 entrances to the park. Although there is no public transport within the park, several tour agencies offer various packages for visitors.
- White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or simply the White House, is undoubtedly one of the most recognized residences in the world. Home to the US President, the White House is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. The White House has been the residence of every US President except the very first — George Washington. The original building at this site was built in 1792,then burnt down by the British in 1814. The present Neoclassical building was constructed soon after in 1818. You can pre-book a free tour of the White House, but do make sure to follow the rules and regulations that are specified for visitors.
- US Capitol and National Mall
The US Capitol is the meeting chambers of the US Congress and the legislative branch of the Federal Government. It is one of the most impressive structures in the whole country and major tourist attraction. Pre-booked tours are available of the US Capitol. The building was completed in 1800 and is easily identified by its white-washed color, huge dome, and Corinthian columns. The US Capitol is part of the National Mall, which includes a number of iconic monuments, memorials, and museums of the country. Look straight from the US Capitol and you will be able to see the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in a perfect straight line. Other landmarks are on the two flanks of the mall.
- Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas, the original Sin City, remains one of the most visited attractions in the USA. Packed with the grandest of themed hotels and casinos, it is nothing less than an adult entertainment theme park that never goes to sleep. Even if you are not into gambling, a visit to Las Vegas is a must to see the opulence of some of the hotels in a long stretch of the main road, popularly called the Las Vegas Strip. Such is the grandeur and décor of these hotels, that it may take you well over an hour to walk through the lobby of each hotel, and there are over a dozen of them. Some of these hotels host entertainment shows featuring some of the top artists of the world.
- Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the most unique natural wonders of the world. The canyon was carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries over thousands of years. It is 400 km long and attains a depth of nearly 2 km at certain regions. Nearly 2 billion years of geological activity has been exposed in the canyon, which is now one of the major nature attractions of the world. The southern part of the canyon has the best views and is open all the year round. The northern part is open only from mid May to mid October. Apart from casual sightseeing and hiking, tourists can also try skydiving and rafting at the Grand Canyon. Helicopter rides are also available above the canyon.
- Niagara Falls
Located in upstate New York, the Niagara Falls is undoubtedly the most famous waterfall in the world. It is made up of 3 falls — Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil — that straddled the border of USA and Canada. While some of the best views are reserved for the Canadian side, tourists on the American side can still have a feel of the power and beauty of the falls. Those who want to enjoy the view of the falls from a closer range can take a boat ride to the base of the falls. The best way to get to the Niagara Falls is to drive or take a tour from the city of Buffalo in upstate New York.
- Statue of Liberty
Aptly named as this was the first view of the USA for those who crossed the Atlantic by ship in search of a better life. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic statues of the world and a symbol of the USA. This colossal copper statue is of Libertas, the Roman Goddess. It was a gift from the people of France to USA and was built by Gustave Eiffel, the man who also built the Eiffel Tower. The statue is 46 m high, but if you add the huge pedestal, then it adds up to 93 m. Presently a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was dedicated to the people in 1886. It stands on Liberty Island just off the New York City mainland and is accessible by ferry service. Visitors are allowed access inside the statue up to the crown but one has to buy the tickets through online pre-booking.
Originally posted 2017-03-24 07:13:40.