The United States is one of the largest most diverse countries in the world. From the national parks to the Statue of Liberty, there is an amazing number of tourist destinations to choose from. With so many attractions available, you could spend days if not weeks seeing what interest you. When planning your vacation, try to focus on specific attractions not the cities & states. In no particular order, here are some of the top places to visit in USA that may interest you.
New York City
One of the most popular cities in the world is the Big Apple or as it is commonly known New York City. This American icon has many attractions including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Times Square, making this a favorite destination among domestic and international travelers alike.
For the music-lover a visit to Memphis is a pilgrimage for those interested in exploring the birthplace of the Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll music. Come visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion that is now a museum; it is second only to the White House as the most visited home in the USA. How about a visit to Sun Studio. It was there Rockabilly legends Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins changed music forever. If you want to take a break from your musical pilgrimage Memphis has scenic parks, Casino gambling, amusement park and the Memphis Zoo. Another popular cultural attraction is the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; this is one of the oldest and largest art collections in the area. Other noteworthy places to visit include: the Stax Museum, Memphis Rock and Soul Museum and Beal street; this is the historic street that inspired Elvis as a teenager and gave B.B. King his name. Musically Memphis is one of the top places to visit in USA. When you arrive, relax enjoy your visit.
Chicago is sometimes referred to as New York City’s baby brother. In as Chicago is considered second to New York in size and population. With Chicago’s architectural structures, museums, restaurants, shopping and a skyline that rivals New York City, this is a must-see destination.
San Francisco is known for the red rafters of the Golden Gate Bridge. But there are many other attractions such as Chinatown, the Height-Ashbury district and the infamous Alcatraz Island. In addition to the attractions, San Francisco makes a great jump-off-point for trips to Napa Valley or Silicon Valley. Also, if you want to try new cuisines this is the place to go for diverse dinning options.
The Hawaiian Islands are one of the top places to visit in the USA. From its South Pacific culture, to the natural beauty of the Hawaiian beaches, this could be the location you desire to getaway-from-it-all. With six main islands to choose from, you will find something to enjoy.
Republic of Texas
Known for its wide-open prairies, urban centers and the mystique of the cowboy culture, Texas is one of the top places to visit in USA. Come experience Austin’s 6th Street area or visit San Antonio to see the River-walk or “The Alamo.” For the beach-lover consider spending a day on the beaches of Galveston, Padre Island or other Texas Beaches; how about a day at Moody Gardens? At the garden’s aquarium pyramid you will see a variety of species including: stingrays, sharks, seals and penguins; in the rain-forest pyramid, you will see and experience a replica of a rain-forest, while getting up-close with the endangered plants & animals. There is also a Paddle wheel boat available for a short cruise on the lake. If your interested is in space exploration, consider a visit to the Houston Space Center. When making your plans just remember this state is vast; you will need a rental car or consider booking a short flight to move around the state.
U.S. National Parks
Do you enjoy the beauty of nature? In the United States there are fifty-nine national parks that are among the top places to visit in USA. Yellowstone was the first to be signed into law back in 1872, soon to be followed by Sequoia and later Yosemite in 1890. Today many of the U.S. parks are internationally known including: Acadia, Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite and of course the Grand Canyon.
Known as the sunshine state, Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches and family friendly attractions such as Universal Orlando Resort and Disney-world. If theme parks don’t interest you there are other options including Kennedy Space Center, the Holy Land or Key West. For tourist, Florida is one of the top places to visit in USA. Once you learn more about what this state has to offer, you will want to visit Florida.
U.S. Virgin Islands
At the time of this writing the U.S. Virgin Islands are in the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Irma. This Caribbean destination were hit hard and hopefully in the months to come it will return to its former glory.