From coast to coast, the United States of America is filled with different cultures, flavors and breathtaking landscapes. This North American country is called the melting pot for many reasons. Americans come from many lands, and each state and region has its own dialect, favorite foods, music and norms.
Scattered throughout the USA are some of the most famous cities in the world, including New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, Denver and Seattle. Outside of the bustling cities, there are majestic National Parks, sprawling farmland, gorgeous mountains, renowned theme parks and iconic beaches.
The USA is a big country with a lot to offer, especially if you know some of the most exciting places to visit in America.
Here’s our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in the USA:
1. Visit a Beach in Florida
Some of the most beautiful and pristine stretches of beaches in the USA are in Florida’s southeastern region.
Nicknamed The Sunshine State, Florida has, on average, over 230 sunny days a year, and sunsets in the Florida Keys are a sight to behold. Florida is also home to Miami’s vibrant South Beach and famous amusement parks such as Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios and Sea World located in Orlando, FL.
2. Learn about American History and Politics in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the USA, located in the Northeastern part of the USA. Visitors can learn about George Washington, see the National Monument, visit the Lincoln Memorial or take a tour of the White House.
There are excellent museums such as the International Spy Museum, Smithsonian Institute and the National Portrait Gallery. Many travelers like to visit during the spring when it’s the peak time for the cherry blossoms that line the city.
3. Take a Road Trip in California
California’s enormous size and its variety of climates and landscapes provide endless opportunities for road trips, hiking, and outdoor activities, not to mention top American landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The Pacific Coast Highway (or Hwy 1) hugs the Pacific Ocean’s spectacular coastline with its rocky cliffs and foamy shores. In Southern California, visitors can see the home of the stars in Hollywood and Los Angeles and, of course, Disneyland.
4. Visit New York and New York City
New York is home to the National Park of Niagara Falls and the bustling city of New York City, otherwise known as the Big Apple. In NYC, you can see the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island, Broadway shows, the Empire State Building and experience some of the best restaurants and shopping.
5. See the Grand Canyon
Located in the Southwestern part of the United States, Arizona’s arid wilderness has plenty of National Parks, including the top attraction in Arizona, the Grand Canyon.
One of the best road trips in the USA is the Historic Route 66 route, which runs through the state offering views of red rocks and alpine forests. Be sure to visit Arizona’s lesser-known National Parks, such as the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.
6. Explore the Rocky Mountains in Colorado
The Rocky Mountains are a top draw for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who loves nature. One of the best places to see the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, a mountain state in the Western-American region. There are several top national parks, as well as mountain towns, top alpine resorts and more.
Colorado’s rocky terrain and mountain ranges are known as a skier’s paradise, but Colorado is a must-see state during the summer months. There is no better place to adventure than the Colorado valleys covered in wildflowers. You can go hiking, soak in natural hot springs or stay at one of Colorado’s popular camping spots.
Denver, Colorado’s capital city, is home to modern shops, restaurants and a bustling nightlife. From Red Rocks park to white water rafting, this state is a haven for those seeking adventure.
7. Visit an Island Paradise in Hawaii
The islands of Hawaii are part of the USA, but are about a six-hour flight from California. This archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean has eight major islands, with four open to visitors, including O’ahu, the Island Hawaii (AKA, the Big Island), Maui and Kauai.
Hawaii is a tropical paradise has numerous waterfalls, spectacular beaches, and landmarks such as the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on Oahu’s island.
Also located on the island of Oahu is the famous Waikiki Beach. On the island of Maui is the Hawaii Haleakala National Park has a dormant volcano that visitors can hike and breathtaking views and sunsets.
8. See Yellowstone National Park
Perhaps one of the most famous national parks in the world, Yellowstone National Park spans across three Western states in the USA— Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Yellowstone National Park spans 2 million acres with iconic natural wonders, including the Old Faithful geyser, Lower Falls and Yellowstone Lake.
Yellowstone National Park is also home to several wildlife species, red rocks, and some of the most photographed landscapes as made famous by Ansel Adams.
9. Soak in Las Vegas’ Vibrant Nightlife
The city of Las Vegas, located in Nevada in the Southwestern part of the United States, is known for its over-the-top casinos and resorts. Las Vegas also offers plenty of live shows, including Cirque du Soleil, magic shows, and restaurants like Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.
At night, the opulent Bellagio Resort lights up with a fountain show every hour, or you can hop a ride on a gondola at the Venetian Resort.
10. Explore Boston’s History
The Northeastern part of the USA, also known as New England, features Maine and Massachusetts’s historical states.
Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusettes and is a very patriotic city with a deep history of the forming of the United States.
Take a step back in time while walking the Freedom Trail, and be sure to visit the famous Boston Harbor where you can also grab a favorite sandwich in Boston, a lobster roll.
If you are lucky enough to also drive to Maine, the winding roads are best to visit during the Fall, where brilliant pops of changing foliage colors are throughout the state.