Legendary highways, bustling cities, national parks, surf-strewn coastal roads and tumbleweed deserts - the USA was built to be explored. Discover the sun-kissed west coast or historic east coast, the lakes of the north or the plains of the south - all you need to bring along is a sense of adventure and let the good times roll!
Everyone knows about The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State, the Hollywood sign, Las Vegas neon, Golden Gate and the White House which have long been global icons, but there are still parts of USA that are explored but only by few. So check out the below listed places and pick your favorite ones to visit.
Epicenter of the arts, dining and shopping capital, New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all. When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theaters of Broadway as world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. This is the city of experimental theater, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet, and poetry, burlesque, jazz and so much more.
There are not many places in the USA that wear their history as openly on their sleeves as New Orleans. This city’s very facade is an architectural study par excellence. And while Boston and Charleston can boast beautiful buildings, New Orleans has a lived-in, cozy feeling that is easily accessible. As a result of its visible history you will find a constant, often painful, dialogue with the past, stretching back hundreds of years. It is a history that for all its controversy has produced a street culture that can be observed and grasped in a very visceral way.
Unearthly in its beauty, Antelope Canyon is a popular slot canyon on the Navajo Reservation, a few miles east of Page, and open to tourists by tour only. Wind and water have carved sandstone into an astonishingly sensuous temple of nature where light and shadow play hide and seek. Less than a city block long, its symphony of shapes and textures is every photographer’s dream.
One of the many wonders of the National Scenic Area, Oneonta Gorge is however not accessible by trail because the creek is the trail. To reach lower Oneonta falls, one must walk up the creek bed, over a large and perhaps unstable log jam, through the incredible slot canyon until one reaches the waterfall.
Deemed to be the official waterfall of Washington State, Palouse falls is one sight not to be missed. There are trails aplenty at Palouse Falls State Park with outstanding views of the waterfall for the whole family. At the end of the last ice age, repeated glacial floods, known as the Missoula Floods, swept across eastern Washington carving out the unique scablands landscape we see today. Among the coulees, potholes, buttes, and plateaus, Palouse Falls remains as one of the magnificent and lasting remnants of these glacial floods.
Also known as the drainpipe of the Pacific, the well is actually a hole in the rock that only appears to drain water from the ocean. In reality the huge hole is likely only around 20 feet deep. Even if the well is not quite as magical as it seems, it still manages to produce amazing sights, but is not for the faint of heart. The site is said to be most spectacular at high tide, or during storms when water washes violently over the rocks and falls back through the hole. Photographers and nature lovers continue to flock to the stunning fountain in the hopes of getting that perfect shot of the aggressive waters.
Grand Prismatic Spring
The largest hot spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world, Grand Prismatic Spring is a must-see. The spring was given its name by the Hayden Expedition in 1871, when artist Thomas Moran captured the vibrant tones in watercolors.
Yellowstone National Park
America’s first national park and Wyoming’s flagship attraction, Yellowstone National Park boasts the lower 48’s most emblematic concentration of wildlife. Throw in half the world’s geysers, the country’s largest high-altitude lake, and a plethora of blue-ribbon rivers and waterfalls, all sitting pretty atop a giant super volcano, and you will quickly realize you have stumbled across one of Mother Nature’s most fabulous creations. The park is divided into five distinct regions: Mammoth, Roosevelt, Canyon, Lake and Geyser Countries.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Beneath the rugged desert, rocky slopes and deep canyons that make up Carlsbad Caverns National Park, lies an underground treasure including more than 117 known caves. Carlsbad Caverns, tucked underneath the scenic Guadalupe Mountain ranges in the Chihuahuan Desert of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas, contains some of the largest and most visited caves in America. More than 300,000 visitors travel to Carlsbad Caverns each year for a rare glimpse of the underground world preserved beneath the desert.
Watkins Glen State Park
The Watkins Glen State Park features a series of waterfalls and gorges that are sure to amaze anyone. An almost two mile hike will take you past 19 waterfalls and up over 800 stone steps.
There are a number of small trails leading off of the Gorge Trail, giving way to a number of other outdoor activities. There are tent and trailer camp sites, swimming pools, picnic facilities as well as guided tours of the local topography.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
This sprawling encyclopedic museum, founded in 1870, houses one of the biggest art collections in the world. Its permanent collection has more than two million individual objects, from Egyptian temples to American paintings. Known colloquially as ‘The Met,’ the museum attracts over six million visitors a year to its 17 acres of galleries – making it the largest single-site attraction in New York City.
Ringling Museum Complex
The 66-acre winter estate of railroad, real-estate and circus baron, John Ringling and his wife, Mable, is one of the Gulf Coast’s premier attractions and incorporates their personal collection of artworks in what is now Florida’s state art museum. Nearby, Ringling’s Circus Museum documents his theatrical successes, while their lavish Venetian Gothic home, Cà d’Zan, reveals the impresario’s extravagant tastes.
No other place evokes a more poignant sense of Hawaii’s history. The palace was built under King David Kalakaua in 1882. Although the palace was modern and opulent for its time, it did little to assert Hawaii’s sovereignty over powerful US-influenced business interests who overthrew the kingdom in 1893.
Visiting here, one must take a docent-led or self-guided tour to see Iolani’s grand interior, including re-creations of the throne room and residential quarters upstairs. Every bedroom had its own bathroom with flush toilets and hot running water, and electric lights replaced the gas lamps years before the White House even installed electricity.
Visiting Devils Tower promises natural wonder and Native American discovery. Rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, just across the South Dakota border in Wyoming, Devils Tower National Monument was proclaimed the nation’s first national monument in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
A place of great spiritual significance to American Indians, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other Plains Tribes. One American Indian legend holds that the rock sprang up just in time to save two boys from a bear. Traditional ceremonial activities continue here, including prayer offerings, vision quests and the Sun Dance.