Attractions in the US
New York City is also known as the Big Apple and is the ‘city that never sleeps’. NYC is home to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, Central Park, Broadway, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim and Metropolitan museums, Ground Zero, the Bronx Zoo and the Rockerfeller Center plus plenty more so you’ll always be entertained. But any Sex and the City fan will know that already…
The ‘aloha’ state is one that attracts visitors to its sunny shores year after year. Sun yourself on the gorgeous beaches, or tackle the waves with a surfboard. Head to Shipwreck Beach to see the hulking Liberty ship beached in the bay, and discover treasures while beachcombing. Don’t forget to join in a luau, visit Pearl Harbour, or go on a Hawaiian Volcano tour - which is a must-do for every visitor to Hawaii.
Los Angeles – home to the Hollywood sign, Paramount studios, and heaps of actors (both budding and big!). Set your priorities in this city – movie and TV fans should head to Hollywood, Universal Studios, and go to a taping of a TV show. Beach and outdoors lovers will thrive in Santa Monica, Venice or Malibu. Those into culture should visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the Norton Simon Museum.
Miami is a real melting-pot of cultures with over 59% of its residents born outside of the USA. The scenery is also diverse – from the skyscrapers of downtown Miami to the white sands of South Beach. Soak up the rays or head to one of the many attractions – the Coral Castle built amazingly by only one man, the Bass Museum of Art housing Picasso other famous works. You could also check out the Miami Metro Zoo or head over to Coconut Grove.
New Orleans mixes Caribbean and Cajun with French and southern flair and attracts visitors year round, but mostly during Mardi Gras in February or early March and the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late April. The most-visited part of town is the French Quarter, where the French settled the city in 1718. You’ll find many restaurants, music clubs, museums, shops and bars.
Check out Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, or a take a cable car ride over Nob Hill. Drivers should be careful of the streets, which often go straight up, and down hills. If you’re walking it prepare to huff and puff your way to the top, but enjoy some great views when you get there. There are many stairway walks to take when the streets are too steep and can be a fun way to see the city.
Washington DC is the country’s capital, and a beautiful city where you can see the Washington Monument, the White House and the FBI Headquarters. A height restriction means that federal monuments aren’t overshadowed by commercial construction and skyscrapers don’t dominate the city skyline. In Washington you’ll find world-class museums (many free), tons of parks and gardens, and bars, restaurants and nightlife to keep you occupied.
Viva Las Vegas! No USA trip would be complete without a visit to the casino capital. Mind-boggling, out-of-this-world, oversized casinos come in every size, shape and theme. Eiffel towers, Roman palaces, Egyptian Pyramids, even Mardi Gras and the Brooklyn Bridge! The sights of Europe, Africa, and the United States come to you - in one destination. If you’re up for getting hitched there are plenty of wedding chapels offering packages for 2 to 200 people…how romantic
Often referred to as the ‘cradle of modern America’; Boston is the place where, with the incident of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Revolutionary War against British colonial rule was ignited. You can walk the Freedom Trail to learn more about this point in history or take the Black Heritage Walk for an insight into Black American history. With a high student population there’s always something happening in Boston, especially at the bars!
Cosmopolitan Chicago has plenty to seduce the visitor, world-class museums of art and science, miles of sandy beaches, huge parks, open air art displays and modern architecture that is out to impress. A center for culture you’ll find a schedule of festivals, exhibitions, parades and other events happening in the city year-round. Head to Millennium Park to see the outdoor art and if you’re there in winter have a skate on the outdoor rink.
*The small print
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