The land of the free and home of the brave is one of the most powerful nations in the modern world, but it’s also a great destination for all kinds of travellers, especially for people whose only knowledge of the country comes from Hollywood movies. It’s a must-visit country because of the sheer number of tourist attractions it possesses, which range from beaches, historical monuments, beautiful mountains, ski slopes, ranches, forests, nature parks, theme parks and famous cities. Hopefully a tour of some of the most worthy places will give you a broader insight and perspective into the real United States of America. Remember, the legal age for drinking alcohol in the States is 21, but that shouldn’t stop you from having under the star spangled banner!
Places to see and things to do in the USA
Everyone knows about Los Angeles thanks to Hollywood, and you do have to see the sights that are talked about so much. If you’re staying in town, check into an East or Central Hollywood hotel if you want to stay up-market and a little safer in some people’s view. If you want the seedier side, go downtown or West Hollywood. Anaheim is another option, but there’s nothing there but Disneyland. The easiest, quickest and cheapest way to do it is actually to jump on a tourist excursion to see all the main attractions around town, like Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, the Chinese Theatre, Beverly Hills mansions and the Hollywood sign. After that, there’s Disneyland and Universal Studios. It will be hectic! Once you’ve done all that though, try getting out of town to the Santa Monica Pier, get an ice-cream, sit by the ocean, stroll on the boardwalk, check out the murals and the people. It’s fascinating and it doesn’t cost much at all! If you want to explore further afield, get a bus south to San Diego Zoo, or do a day tour to San Francisco.
Like the song says, you gotta get your kicks on Route 66! This is the legendary road which crosses the country from Las Vegas in the west to Chicago in the east, and if you’re a rock n’ roller, this is the ultimate road trip! Hire a car or jump on a bus, and begin by hitting the Vegas strip. You don’t have to be a high roller, or even care for a flutter. The casinos are just awesome sights to look at, and photo-worthy. Everything’s over the top here and there are games and entertainment for everyone.
Leaving Las Vegas, Nevada, you’ll pass through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, with so many truck stops, bridges, roadhouses and kitsch motels on the way that your mind will boggle! There are also museums, monuments and artworks with a twist, tributes to some of the most famous people in the world, and some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever see, with rivers, deserts, hills and plains to inspire you on your ride. There’s too much to mention, so just pull over when you feel like it, or when your bus driver decides to! Once you reach Chicago, Illinois, get your rocks off on the Blues Brothers Tour of the city, walk down Michigan Ave, do a Foodie’s Tour (some of the best food on the planet!), and at night, do a pub crawl and shake your tail feather in Chicago’s famous jazz clubs and blues bars.
It doesn’t matter which side of the country you start your engine, it’s gonna be a massive!
New York City
N.Y.C is one of the most expensive cities to stay in, so two or three nights might be the best you can do, but you can cram a lot into a couple of days here because everything’s so close together. Activities are endless. The best value way to do it is grab an all-day or 2-day city pass, then do the rest after that on your own. Climb the Statue of Liberty, play giant chess in Central Park, view the city from the Empire State Building, window-shop down Fifth Ave, walk Wall Street, visit the World Trade Centre Monument, go to the Guggenheim Museum or Museum of Contemporary Art, and Times Square. Be a big kid in Schwartz’s, the biggest and best top shop in the world! While you’re in the ‘Big Apple’, you have to go native and buy a pretzel and a hot dog from one of the many street vendors. Get off the beaten tourist trail after that though, and venture by foot, bus or subway (if you’re game), into the West Village of Manhattan, funky Greenwich Village, or a ferry across the Hudson to Brooklyn, for some of the best markets, shops, bakeries, pizzerias and architecture on the East Coast.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. Everyone ‘s heard countless wild stories about this make-believe land where no one ever sleeps, casinos never close, everything you could wish for is literally within reach and where streets are filled with as many clubs as the eye can see.
If you’re planning a trip here, don’t hold back; prepare some extra cash.
Stay at Caesars Palace, Aria, The Cosmopolitan or The Venetian.
Go clubbing at Hakkasan, Marquee, XS and TAO Las Vegas.
Bet black and try your luck at the endless amounts of casinos.
If you’re trying to recover from the never-ending days, there are also plenty of things to do in Vegas that won’t be leaving you feeling like a cast member of The Hangover.
Take a break from the strip; rent a luxury car for the day and take it for a drive out to the Red Rock Canyon instead. A must-see while visiting is also the Bellagio Fountain- 15minutes water show orchestrated to perfection. Those seeking a cheap thrill can opt for trying out their aim at a shooting range. Feeling young and dumb? There’s also Chapels everywhere- just sayin’.
Do, see, taste, try and experience it all.
Viva Las Vegas!
California has always been known as the sunshine state of America. Home to cities such as San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, this state is filled with countless things to do and see. Its coastline stretches alongside the whole state, including many infamous beaches such as Santa Cruz, Venice beach and Malibu.
Spend your days learning to surf and soaking up the sun on the beach. Drink cocktails at midday without any regrets!
California isn’t all about sand and beaches; SeaWorld (San Diego) and Disneyland (LA) are both fond within this state. Taking a car for a cruise is also a great idea. Driving by the Big Sur Coastline, or over the Golden Gate Bridge and maybe even to Lake Tahoe is the perfect way of seeing everything.
There are countless landmarks to visit while here: Redwood National Park, General Sherman, Death Valley and Yosemite National Park are all definitely a must.
With so much to see, make sure you give yourself enough time to fully enjoy all that California has to offer.
(I know that the website already had LA, but I thought California as a state is an important thing to mention. Maybe these 2 can be merged?)
Everything is bigger in Texas. This is the place where real-life cowboys live; the place where it always seems to be ridiculously hot; and the place where any and every type of food that the heart desires can be found.
If you intend on visiting Texas, you have to do the typical tourist things first. Go to a real Rodeo Show, jump into a swimming hole, hunting, camping, watch a local football game, visit scenic drive and go stargazing. It’s so cliché, but how many people can say they’ve done all of that?
Now time for the best part of Texas: food, food and more food. Anyone familiar with Adam Richman from Man v. Food has attempted crazy food challenges in Texas. Amarillo, Austin and San Antonio are the hotspots for food.
Amarillo is home to the Big Texan: a72-ounce Big Texan challenge which includes the 4.5 pound (2 kg) steak, a bread roll with butter, baked potato, ranch beans, shrimp cocktail.
Copious amounts of BBQ and soul foods are enough to tempt anyone. Prepare to pack a few kgs, but don’t worry, it’s all for the love of food.