Best Places to visit in the USA

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  • Author Salman Azhar
  • Published August 10, 2021
  • Word count 2,198

The United States is a cultural mix in modern times with magnificent natural landscapes from the ocean to the sparkling sea. It is a country built based on immigration and pioneering. Some might say a stronghold of modern popular culture, freedom of thought, and an insistent pursuit of the American dream.

In this vast country, you will find various natural landscapes, urban landscapes, people, and cultures, from the tropical islands of Hawaii to the desert landscape of the Grand Canyon. From outdoor activities like hiking to sightseeing transnational and global cities like Chicago and New York—the United States is an endlessly fascinating place. You can use this list to plan your next vacation, there are endless intriguing possibilities to discover and visit in the USA.

Here are some of the best places that you could explore on your next trip.

  1. New York City

The crown of the United States, New York, is a metropolis full of iconic locations, communities, and buildings in urban areas. New York is world-famous for its collection of skyscrapers and famous landmarks. Yet, between iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you can experience the vibrant culture that permeates every unique neighborhood of the city.

For first-time visitors, it can be like a movie set, where you can walk down the street and enjoy the boutiques, iconic bakeries, and trendy cafes in East Village and Brooklyn. Then browse the elegant Fifth Avenue shops' shelves and admire modern art and the Metropolitan Museum’s cutting-edge art collections. Finally, watch unforgettable shows on Broadway.

You might know New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has “five counties.” (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island). Its famous attractions are the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center.

You want to re-visit the city's history. But, of course, you can not miss the most famous museums and art galleries globally, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History.

It is also a pioneer in food, fashion, and art and requires perseverance to see it all. But don’t let the Big Apple make you go crazy. The sights and sounds may scare you so much that you will not absorb their size. Instead, get help from locals to help you navigate. Wander through the concrete jungle and see roaring taxis winding through busy streets, fast-paced paths leading to fashion galleries and cocktail lounges, and the neon lights of Times Square that flash 24 hours a day. For those who want to get away from the fast-paced life of New York City, the answer is Central Park, with its vast green spaces, gardens, and forest trails.

  1. Grand Canyon

No wonder the Grand Canyon has been at the top of the wish list of travel enthusiasts and families for so many years. Whether you are looking for a challenging hike or more interested in stargazing. The Grand Canyon attracts millions of visitors every year. It is one of the most significant tourist attractions in the United States. This vast natural wonder in northern Arizona was created by the Colorado River over millions of years and is now 277 miles long, over 1 mile deep, and 18 miles wide. It is not the deepest or longest canyon globally. Still, its colossal scale and colorful landscape provide visitors with unwieldy vistas. The Grand Canyon National Park Service manages it and is officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Plan a trip with your family or partner for breathtaking scenery, wildlife viewing, historical sites, and adventure activities are just a few reasons why the Grand Canyon has become an absolute natural wonder. It is managed by the National Park Service and officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

However, suppose you are looking for a secluded place away from nature. In that case, you need to be prepared: the Grand Canyon can be very busy. And the inaccessible roads of Bright Angels are especially popular with walkers and travelers. Still if you want to avoid the crowd, head to the North Rim.

To get an unforgettable view of the canyon, you also sign up for a helicopter tour.

  1. Yosemite

Yosemite National Park, which is nearly 1,200 square miles, is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. The park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central-eastern California

Do you value breathtaking beauty, including magnificent granite boulders, mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, and glaciers, then this is the place for you. It has various wildlife and colossal redwood forests, and you will find some of the tallest and oldest living trees in the world.

Although it is impossible to see all of them in one day due to their size, one of the must-see places in the Yosemite Valley. The most visited part of the national park is known for its extraordinary landscapes and incredible granite formations, such as the Half Dome and the famous climbing area El Capitan. Some of the many spectacular waterfalls, including Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls, one of its highest waterfalls.

Other places not to be missed are the huge mahogany forests found in Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne Grove. Four million people come to visit each year. Still, suppose you arrive at the right time (and start a new day earlier than usual), you will witness the miracles of nature peacefully.

  1. Yellowstone National Park

With picturesque peaks and clear lakes, Yellowstone National Park is a paradise for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Colorful pools surround the hot springs; green forests are intertwined with broad grass, as expected when John Coulter (the explorer of Lewis and Clark explorers) first described the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone Park in 1807. The park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central-eastern California

Undoubtedly, the park is unusual as it stretches over 3,000 square miles of mountains, canyons, geysers, and waterfalls. If you like wildlife adventure, be prepared to share the trails with residents such as buffalo, moose, and sometimes brown bears.

There are more than 4 million tourists every year, and unless you take the entire journey to Old Faithful, you may not see many people. Yellowstone Park extends from the northwest corner of Wyoming to the suburbs of Idaho and Montana. It covers an area of 2.2 million acres and provides exotic wildlife waiting for you to explore. Reserve a day or two to enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone Lake and Mammoth Hot Springs. The Lesser-known areas, such as the hot springs of the West Thumb Geyser Basin and the wildlife of the Lewis River and Dogshead Loop. Although many trails and wildlife viewing opportunities may seem daunting at first, just remember that you can return at any time.

  1. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls world-famous waterfall is situated between Ontario, Canada, and New York State, USA. It connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario through these borders. It is commonly known that the waterfall is located on the Niagara River and is the apex of the following water from the Great Lakes top.

Suppose you are looking for a honeymoon destination or even a family trip. In that case, you will remember the rest of your lives your visit to the magnificent creature of nature. The sheer size of this waterfall attracts millions of people from all over the world. It is enormous because it comprises 3 waterfalls around 6400 cubic meters; American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.

With a volume of 6 million cubic feet, water flows down every second, making it an awe-inspiring place. There are many scenic places which can be enjoyed with families, one area which is not to be missed is the Queen Victoria Park. One has not fully lived without visiting Niagara Falls in the summer, like fireworks and the waterfall are lighted up. You can also enjoy numerous activities like experiencing the gurgling waterfall up close throughout the year; visitors can take cable cars and speedboats.

  1. Maui

From beautiful beaches to magnificent natural marvels, Maui indeed is a magic island. Situated in Hawaii, it is the second largest island. It is the perfect spot for holidays where anyone can enjoy the outstanding wildlife, fascinating history, and experience the culture. One can say it is the ideal spot for everything a holiday requires.

Activities that you can enjoy are limitless, like dancing with hula dancers, playing golf with friends on the coastal road, swim with turtles, or just enjoy sunbathing or walking on the sand of the beaches. It is situated as a valley between the big and small islands of Molokai. This is an island not to be missed, and along the way to Hana, enjoy the splendid coastline of Maui. Interested in some history, then not far lies the world’s largest inland dormant volcano, waiting to mesmerize its visitors.

  1. Glacier National Park

Founded in 1910 between Canada and the United States is a Glacier National Park, named after ice age glaciers. The park is over one million acres and includes two mountain ranges, over 700 lakes; and is home to more the 100s of animals and plants. Due to this vast untouched ecosystem is referred to as the “Crown of the Continent.”

Want to experience hiking to another level? Then plan your trip to the trails of the park famous for hiking and offers many different levels of difficulty, from relaxing Cedar trails to the more difficult Grinnell Glacier. In addition to its impressive geological features, it also has a rich history. It is a masterpiece historical landmark, which can be visited to enjoy the stunning beauty while staying in the many hotels and cabins that were designed earlier, giving a unique historical touch to the place.

  1. Grand Teton National Park

The rugged, snow-capped Jackson Hole Valley in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is the majestic and high-landed Teton Mountains of Wyoming.

The park is suitable for climbers, from 4,197 meters of Grand Teton to the sparkling Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake reflecting the mountains (over 200 miles of trail). During peak season, the area’s hiking trails attract visitors of all skill levels, discover hidden gems such as waterfalls and stunning views of this remarkable place.

Home too many various animals, like grizzly bears, antelopes have stretched almost to 500 square miles. Visitors worldwide come in the autumn to watch the illuminated view by the golden aspen trees. The park shares a border with another magnificent wonder the Yellowstone Park, which means it is just a drive away to be discovered.

  1. Zion National Park

The National Park in the southwest corner of Utah is named after the Hebrew refuge and is nowhere close to the quiet sanctuary as it was back in the time. A record shows that it had 4.49 million visitors in 2019, and in 2020 it was 3.59 million due to the COVID-19. It is a unique landscape with enormous cliffs, narrow valleys, and beautiful landscape.

Hike on the path where the ancient people and forerunners once walked and experience the rich culture. While hiking, you can gaze upon the multi-colored (cream, red) massive sandstone cliffs which ascend into the blue sky. The numerous unique plant and animal species will enlighten you about the rich ecosystem this world offers.

  1. Lake Tahoe

Known as the largest mountain lake in the North of America and the most unbelievable, extraordinary lakes in the United States. No matter how hard you try, it is difficult to find words that reflect the charm of Lake Tahoe. Visited by more than 2.5 million travelers each year, it is a holiday destination. It is located on the border between California and Nevada, with an altitude of 1897 meters. Tourists are attracted by the rocky mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada, which is memorizing.

Lake Tahoe is considered one of the most beautiful crystal clear waters in the United States. This is a perfect holiday destination if you are looking for breathtaking views while hiking your way to the top. There are dozens of outdoor activities in every season that can be enjoyed. In summer, hiking, golf, a range of water sports (kayaking), and skiing. Besides these cable cars and hot air balloon trips, a panoramic view can be enjoyed with family and loved ones.

Bonus Travel Tip

Do you love to travel? Want to know places you can visit in the U.S.? Do you want experiences like hiking, long beach walks, and exquisite food? I have put together some of the best wekkend getaways of U.S, to get that experience.

You must be thinking that traveling is expensive and how you will budget for it. I have seen people tell me that they cannot travel more due to many excuses. Well, there are some ways to save money for the travel of your dreams if you are willing to, and it is super easy.

Also, in today's time, there are endless opportunities to find affordable things. For instance, parking was and is still expensive on the budget, but not anymore because of companies like Parkobilty, who offer cheap off-site parking. A new iPhone can wait if you really want to travel more and the companies are more considerate about work-life balance.

There are numerous beautiful places to visit and explore, sooner rather than later.

I am Salman Azhar. Currently working in Parkobility as a content manager and writing about different topics for travel.

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