When you want to take your vacation in the States it’s always hard to choose a place where to go. Because the US has a lot of impressive and we can honestly say spectacular places for every taste: from lovely beaches to megalopolises, casinos and waterfalls. Sometimes it’s impossible to believe that all these destinations are in one country! Take a look at the best Stateside travel destinations and choose the one you like the most.
1. New York
The most popular city in the world and it’s a must visit! It’s a crazy and at the same time an extremely attractive city. NY is particularly impressive at night and during the day as well. But if you’re going to New York, you need more than one week. This city is pretty big and you need time to see all the attractions.
– Statue of Liberty
You may think it’s a kitsch, but it’s not. If you’re in NY, come and visit the Statue of Liberty because pictures can’t show all the beauty. You can take a ferry and go to the statue and make your photos. Lady Liberty always strikes the perfect pose for you regardless of where you are to click the moment. Another variant is to use a commuter ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island, it’s free and you’ll see a statue close and also there is a great view from Manhattan.
– Top Of The Rock Deck or Empire State Building
One word – the view… A huge queue but it’s worth the wait! The view is breathtaking from both buildings, but what’s good about the Top of the Rock Deck is that you can see Empire State Building.
– Central Park
You can spend a whole day there! This park is 843 acres so be ready to walk a lot. Or you can rent a bicycle and have the best ride in your life. Then you can have a lunch on the grass with a Manhattan view. Then visit Metropolitan Museum of Art even if you don’t like museums. You can visit MMA’sroof top cafe, sip a drink and enjoy the view of Central Park.
– Times Square
There is no need to say a lot about this place. You just need to see these massive digital billboards (it’s better in the evening) and feel the real power of advertising.
– Brooklyn Bridge
This bridge is an engineering masterpiece. Just walk across this bridge to enjoy the view. On the Brooklyn side you can take in an impressive view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.
These destinations are a must see! But there are more places to visit, it depends on your taste. You can visit Yankee Stadium, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Bronx Zoo, Downtown Manhattan, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Prospect Park, Coney Island, Rockefeller Center and of course Grand Central Station. And for those of you who want to really hit the neighborhoods and feel more like a local, take the advice of a “native New Yorker”. Find your perfect place to open your suitcase on AirBNB. A great hood to hang your hat is the West Village. WV has cool little places to eat, great shops, and less tourists than other locations. If you want to stay touristy, you may want to stay in mid-town.
You can have pretty much whatever you want, when you want it in NYC and with the help of websites like “yelp”, you can’t really go wrong. You’ll always know more or less what you’re getting into.
NYC is a museum city – here’s a few more to go along with the MMA:. Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the New Museum, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Natural History.
More Parks: If Central Park doesn’t offer enough walking, go to the High Line which is a great park. Washington Square Park is also charming.
The Subway lines take you everywhere if you are exhausted from walking. Here’s our native’s tips on what you uncover when visiting the neighborhoods:
Lower East Side for good Chinese food.
West Village is for cozy chic places to eat and drink.
East Village for strange bars/characters.
Chelsea is for art galleries.
Soho is for shopping.
Harlem is for jazz.
Brooklyn is for hipster wannabes.
Wall street/financial district is where you go to look the devil in the face/admire the tall buildings.
This place is perfect if you love beaches, especially with a view of skyscrapers, if you’re a fan of clubs and really enjoy night life, Miami is nightlife heaven. Miami is a city for people who want to have a rest and who loves to spend time in a spa.
It’s a great destination even if you’re going with children. You can visit the zoo (there is a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa), Seaquarium, Jungle Island and the Monkey Jungle, Miami Museum of Science and Miami Children’s Museum. And, of course, don’t forget about shopping!
3. Las Vegas
Like the old Elvis song says: “Viva Las Vegas!” Vegas is a 24 hour town that won’t let you down with lots of top-flight shows, any type food you can imagine and any type game that you want to play – black jack, craps, slots – you name it. It’s a great place for a birthday party, for a bachelor party or even a wedding! So what are the advantages of Las Vegas vacation?
– Prices for hotels. You won’t believe, but prices are really low. You can have a rest in the best Las Vegas hotels at amazingly low prices.
Even Themed Hotels. You can be in Paris and see an Eiffel tower, take a gondola ride in Venice, take a look at Egyptian pyramids, visit New York and the Statue of Liberty. Looks like you will have some good options if you like to book your stay based on a theme.
– Casinos 24 hours and there are no clocks, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s night or day. And a little bonus: if you’re playing casino games, you get free drinks. Also you can visit any casino you want, in every hotel you want.
– Entertainment. Vegas isn’t just about casino and alcohol. There are a lot of entertainment shows and concerts (Cirque Du Soleil shows, musical shows, adult shows and magic shows etc.). Stratosphere Tower has a great view from its Observation Deck where you are treated to a spectacular panoramic view of Las Vegas. Also there are the scariest thrill rides. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t even think twice about going near one of these rides! But then again, it’s Vegas and ya need to let loose a bit!
4. Los Angeles
Oh Hollywood…A perfect place where you can meet a celebrity. It is a city where you can feel rich: expensive cars, glamorous restaurants and shops featuring the best designers in the world. LA is great for those who like beach rest and for people who like to spend time enjoying city views.
So how can you spend time in LA?
– Spend a day on Venice beach
– Take a photo with the Hollywood sign as your backdrop
– Visit Disneyland or Universal Studios theme park (no, you’re never too old for this)
– Visit Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park (what a view!)
– Take a walk on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
Hawaii is an amazing place with a special atmosphere. It has the well-deserved reputation of being the most laid-back of all of the States. If you like surfing-this place is for you! Hawaii is a beach paradise, but it has a diverse ecology, so you can see active and dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, canyons, rainforests, coral reefs etc. Just for nature lovers. You can rent a helicopter and see Hawaii from the air, the view is just impressive. Or rent a bicycle and take a ride around any of the islands.
6. The Grand Canyon
It’s a canyon carved by the ancient force of the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. Every person needs to see it once in a lifetime. The easiest way to get to the Grand Canyon is to rent a car in Las Vegas or Los Angeles and take a ride for a day or two (you can book a room in one of the hotels near the canyon and spend more time near this natural wonder). You can take a bus tour and get some interesting info about Grand Canyon from a guide. Also you can get a helicopter tour and see Grand Canyon from the air.
7. San Francisco
This city is geographically small, but there are so many things to see. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed man-made structures on earth. And it’s one of the main attractions in San Francisco.
Take a ride on the cars, go all around the city but don’t look “down” Powell-Hyde Streets as you descend – you might feel a bit uneasy! If you want to see all of the city- you can ride to San Francisco’s towering Twin Peaks. It offers a great view. Alcatraz is also a popular attraction among tourists. It is a former penitentiary where you can see how prisoners lived. You can take a walk on Fisherman’s Wharf. It is a well-known attraction because of setting along the waterfront, restaurants, bars and shops.
You’ll surely like the green heart’ of San Francisco- Golden Gate Park. There are more than 5,000 different kinds of plants and trees and lakes as well. You can rent a bicycle and explore this park, because it’s pretty big.
8. Niagara Falls
I guess everyone has seen photos of Niagara Falls, so there is no need to tell how beautiful it is. There are different ways to see this tourist attraction:
– Maid of the Mist boat tours
– From the sky hovering in helicopters
– From observation towers
– From behind in caves accessible by elevators
It’s really worth seeing, but if Niagara Falls isn’t enough for you, you can visit Niagara Fallsview Casino and have a rest with a glass of wine. Or visit Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory or the Aquarium of Niagara.
9. Yellowstone National Park
If you’re tired of big cities and want something more ‘natural’- visit Yellowstone Park. You’ll be surprised how many attractions it proposes. Warning! Some of these attractions may look unreal and after this you’ll surely want to see these wonders with your own eyes.
– Grand Prismatic Spring
– Old Faithful geyser
– Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
– Hayden Valley
– Yellowstone Lake
– Lower Geyser Basin
– Mount Washburn
– Mammoth Hot Springs
– Mud Volcano
Singing legend Frank Sinatra couldn’t have said it better… “It one town that won’t let you down…my kind of town, Chicago, Is…” Chicago has a lot to offer for a traveller. For some people this city is even better than New York. You can visit both and decide for yourself. Chicago has Lincoln and Millennium Parks for those who like walking and having a lunch on the grass. The view will impress you as much as Central Park.
The most popular attraction is Skydeck Chicago. There is an eye-popping view of Chicago. You need to get to the 103rd floor observation deck and what’s interesting about this deck is that it has a glass-enclosed balcony!
Navy Pier will be interesting for children and adults as well. Museums, shops, restaurants, boat tours, carousels, miniature golf- all you need is here. Lincoln Park Zoo is also worth a visit. More than 1200 animals are presented there.
Well, that’s our run down on the top 10 cities in the States. There are other cities to be sure that offer allure and uniqueness, but that’s for our next list – Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, Baltimore and “the District” – Washington, D.C. Stay with us for more travel dreaming!