States you can’t miss when you’re in the USA
The United States of America is a great country to visit, but it’s also a very big place. To see everything America has to offer would take a lifetime, so when planning your trip, even if it’s going to be a long one, you will need to be selective. Make a list of the things you really don’t want to miss. Here are some ideas for the top of your list.
California is an obvious choice, but there’s just so much to see. Everybody loves to ride on a cable car, or cross the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco; or visit Hollywood film studios, and stroll along Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles. However, there are also amazing natural sights such as the giant trees of the Redwood National Park. It’s a great state to explore by car; a coastal drive can take in rolling surf, sandy beaches, caves, forests and resort towns. The wineries of the scenic Napa Valley welcome tourists and a Napa tour can take in both sight-seeing and wine-tasting.
In Texas you can eat the world’s best BBQ food, and maybe ride a horse with a cowboy saddle (wearing a cowboy hat, naturally). The Alamo in San Antonio is the old mission building where, in 1836, the famous last stand against invading Mexican troops took place. It’s a place where you can learn a lot about the early history of the United States.
Arizona is the state for amazing landscapes such as the Grand Canyon, an amazing experience, and Monument Valley, which will probably seem strangely familiar because you’ve seen it in so many movies. A drive along Route 66 passes fascinating sights including Walnut Canyon and the giant meteor crater near Flagstaff. Arizona has little towns which still retain a flavour of the old Wild West.
Even if you only stay for a weekend, you can’t really travel to America without a visit to see the New York attractions. The Empire State Building is one of those experiences which lives up to your expectations. It’s fun to take a boat trip right round Manhattan, or to take a ferry out to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty. There’s more to New York State, though; Long Island is the place to see beaches, lighthouses, and the famous Gold Coast mansions of the super-rich.
Florida has great weather at almost every time of year, and there are attractions for everybody. Walt Disney World Resort is an obvious one, and so is Universal Studios, but there are other theme parks – consider Busch Gardens in Tampa, or smaller places such as Old Town in Kissimmee, which has a wonderful parade of classic cars on Saturday nights. The Everglades are a fascinating place where you can see unique wildlife.