What to see in the United States: places, parks and attractions not to be missed

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You too want to live the American dream, but you don't know what the places not to be missed and what to see in the United States? In this guide, learn about all those incredible places, which have created the myth and which make millions of tourists and travelers dream.

Get ready to live one of the best trips of your life! You will be amazed by the incredible diversity of the landscapes, the immense panoramas and the breathtaking wild nature. The territory of the United States is the country for on-the-road travel par excellence.



With 6 million kilometers of roads, you will be transported to Far-West scenarios, red rock canyons, lush rainforests, boundless swamps, towering peaks and beautiful sandy beaches. The US nickname and patriotic anthem "America the Beautiful”Is well deserved.

What to see in the United States

The Grand Canyon

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Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park è one of the most famous national parks in the country and the image par excellence of the American West. Founded in 1919, the park includes nearly 5.000 km² of protected space and sculpted geological wonders from the Colorado River over several millennia.

The Grand Canyon, with its superb layers of red rock, bears witness to the Earth's long history of geological development and is one of the main attractions to see in the United States. The landscapes and nature that surround the area are very suggestive and typical of the mountainous areas in the States.

The best way to contemplate the canyon is to stroll along the trail called the Rim Trail, which gives access to several scenic areas overlooking the canyon, or you can discover it flying over the area by plane to realize its immensity.



New York

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Commonly known as The Big Apple, New York it is one of the most attractive cities in the United States. This eclectic megalopolis is full of historical, tourist and cultural sites such as the Statue of Liberty,Empire State Building, Times Square e Central park.

Lo unmistakable skyline of Manhattan it is one of the most romantic and fascinating sights in the world. L'atmosphere that you breathe in its streets is something unique and incredible, absolutely to be experienced both day and night.

To fully immerse yourself in the culture of New York, book tickets for a Broadway musical. The most beautiful walk to do is instead the one on the Brooklyn Bridge, which crosses the East River and connects the island of Manhattan to the borough of Brooklyn.

Monument Valley

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Lovers of the American West and western films cannot miss a visit to the Monument Valley, one of the most iconic landscapes in the United States. On the border of Arizona and Utah, this is the legendary site they've been to more than a hundred films shot and became the symbol of the West.

You will be able to discover it in car, driving along Valley Drive, a 27 kilometer route between sandstone mounds, geological formations called Mesas and panoramic views. To visit preferably at the end of the day, to see the wonderful sunset.


Route 66

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La Route 66 it's a monument of American history. By connecting Chicago a Los Angeles, the road crosses US territory from east to west for almost 5.000 kilometers.


Although much of the road has been replaced by modern highways, some portions have been preserved as testimony of the spirit of the American dream. Whatever way you travel, by car, motorbike or camper, it always is a unique and incredible travel experience.

If you are looking for a road trip in the US, it is the perfect way. Along the historic route there are villages, old gas stations, motels, historic signs and typical restaurants and fast food restaurants.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic – Yellowstone National Park –

Founded in 1872, Yellowstone Park it was the first park in the world to be named a national park and is one of the top attractions to see in the United States. Located in the volcanic highlands in the western state of Wyoming, it is an incredible destination for lovers of nature and landscapes.

It covers nearly 9.000 square kilometers of breathtaking landscapes and is famous for its wildlife, waterfalls, rock pools, rainbow-colored hot springs, and legendary geysers that regularly erupt, such as Old Faithful.

The Golden Gate Bridge

 


Located at the mouth of the bay of San Francisco, the famous red bridge has become the emblem of California. Opened in 1937 to connect San Francisco and Marin County, this bridge still stands today fascinating for its modernity and elegance.

Almost 3 km long and built 67 meters above the waters of the bay, it is possible to walk the Golden Gate by car, bike or on foot. It is one of the largest suspension bridges in the world as well the most admired and loved symbol of the city.


The Everglades

Le swamps of the Everglades undoubtedly constitute an important destination to see in the United States. Located on the southern tip of the Florida, the visit of Everglades National Park, allows you to observe the incredible floral and faunal diversity of the area.

Withholding the largest subtropical wilderness area of the North American continent, it is certainly one of the most fascinating terrestrial landscapes. The visit of the marshes is carried out aboard an airboat, which allow you to see protected species of animals such as alligators, manatees or turtles up close.

The United States Capitol

Symbol of the power of Washington, the country's capital, the Capitol hosts the United States Congress. Built in 1793, the building is inspired by the colonnade of the Louvre and the Pantheon in Rome and has become theemblem of US legislative power and democracy for over two centuries.

The visit of this extraordinary American place and monument is certainly not to be missed, especially for the proximity to the White House, only 2 kilometers away. The visits to the Capitol are free. To be able to visit it advance booking is required online or by telephone.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon –

Located in northern Arizona, in the lands of the Navajo, Antelope Canyon is the most photogenic place in the country, with its rocky canyon that seems to sink into the center of the Earth. Its name is due to the antelopes that once flowed freely in the canyon.

Le throats of orange chalk, with incredible shades, they are a joy for all photography lovers. This geological wonder, sculpted by the wind and torrential rains, can be admired only with guided tours.

The French Quarter of New Orleans

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A trip to the United States is not complete without having traveled the atypical and picturesque streets of the French Quarter of New Orleans, founded in 1718. Nicknamed The Big Easy, the city reflects French and Spanish influence in its architectural and culinary heritage.

Enjoy a unique experience walking the cobbled streets of the French Quarter to find colonial houses with wrought iron balconies and flowery courtyards. One of the most beautiful and interesting times to visit the city is during the Carnival, between late February and early March.

Yosemite National Park

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Absorbed in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, lo Yosemite Park it was founded in 1890 to protect the wilderness of the area, which extends over almost 3000 km².

Along the 1.200 kilometers of marked trails, it is possible to admire incredible landscapes: granite peaks like Half Dome, breathtaking waterfalls like Bridalveil Fall and majestic cliffs like El Capitan.

Yosemite Park è one of the favorite parks for hikers and climbers. Nature lovers will find it very pleasant to walk between ancient trees and giant sequoia. There are shops, restaurants and accommodations in Yosemite Village.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park –

Located on the border of Colorado and Utah, this beautiful and extraordinary place in the States has the largest concentration of natural arches in the world. More than 2000 arches rise within the National Park, creating a magical and mysterious environment.

Discover the largest natural arch in the world, Landscape Arch, and admire its incredible natural beauty. The visit of this park is absolutely not to be missed if you are traveling in the central area of ​​the American West.

Pacific coast highway

Pacific Coast Highway –

Considered one of the most scenic and most beautiful roads in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway runs along the Pacific Ocean for over 1.000 kilometers. Taking this road is possible admire a multitude of landscapes, traversing the redwood forests, coastal villages and wine lands of Napa Valley.

To make the most of the ocean view, it is advisable to take the Pacific Coast Highway from north to south, or vice versa, to also admire all the scenic beauties that the Californian coast offers.

Lake Tahoe

Lago Tahoe –

Located at over 1.867 feet above sea level in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe is a natural jewel with transparent waters and beaches lined with pine forests.

This natural wonder, which stretches over 500 km², is the largest alpine lake in North America. The scenic drive around the lake passes through beautiful alpine forests with snow-capped peaks.

The Wave

The Wave – Arizona –

Located in the Vermilion Cliffs National Park, near the northern border of theArizona, The Wave (l’onda) is a sandstone rock formation considered to be one of the most unique and harmonious geological formations in the American West.

To protect this extremely fragile area, admission is limited to 20 people per day. A special permit will be issued to the lucky ones to access this site of unforgettable beauty.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach –

The famous neighborhood of Los Angeles è a must to do in the United States. On the waterfront that runs along the Pacific Ocean, you can't miss the Sports he artists that entertain tourists and non-tourists with their artistic and sporting skills.

Venice Beach is renowned for its liveliness and dynamism. Strolling along the canals, reminiscent of those of Venice, offers aromantic and relaxing atmosphere. If you want to take it home beautiful photos and videos of Los Angeles, this is an area not to be missed.

Le Keys, Florida

Le Keys, Florida –

What to do in the United States if you are looking for an original destination? The Archipelago of Keys, located at the southern tip of Florida, is a perfect destination for scuba diving enthusiasts.

This chain of islands in the Atlantic Ocean is known for its seabed, among the most spectacular in the world. The five main islands, which make up the archipelago, are connected by a series of bridges offering one exceptional ocean view light blue.

Zion National Parl

Zion National Park, Utah –

In southern Utah, extending over more than 593 km², is Zion National Park. This amazing national park delivers an exceptional variety of landscapes and routes characteristic of the American West.

Inside the park they can be done wonderful excursions, among the most beautiful paths and tracks we find The Narrows and Angel's Landing. As you enter the heart of the park, you will see canyons covered with ash and poplar trees, beautiful waterfalls and cliffs of red sandstone.

Universal Studios Hollywood

If you're looking for something to do in the US to entertain young and old alike, take a detour to Los Angeles to discover the Universal Studios Hollywood, theme park on the world of cinema and television.

Visitors will find themselves immersed in the historical film studios of Hollywood and the iconic universe of the Simpsons and Harry Potter. It will be a fun journey to discover iIncredible attractions related to cinema and his most legendary films.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Located on the Big Island in the Hawaiian archipelago, this national park is one of the few places in the world where one of the most active volcanoes, Kilauea, has been observed since 1916. Frequent eruptions have created an almost lunar environment, consisting of wild lands, craters and deserts.

Hotel Casino in Las Vegas - Nevada

Located in the middle of the desert, the city of Las Vegas, entertainment capital of the world, is a totally quirky urban mirage in which casino hotels compete extravagantly to attract more and more tourists.

La city ​​of casinos it has become so mythical that the sign indicating the entrance to the city is classified as a national historic monument. Much of the magic of Las Vegas comes to life in the evening, when the city is lit up by millions neon lights and signs.

The Frescoes of Philadelphia - Pennsylvania

In addition to its Park of Love (officially called "JFK Plaza"), symbolized by the flamboyant "Love" sculpture by artist Robert Indiana, the city of Philadelphia is a real open-air museum with its numerous murals (more than 5.000). Guided tours are also offered to visit the central area of ​​the murals.

La Hollywood Walk of Fame a Los Angeles – California

Located along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the gateway to the city of angels. From Neil Armstrong to Charlie Chaplin, over 2.200 artist names the world of cinema, but also of music, television, radio and theater, have been honored with a star upon which their name is set on fire and positioned on the sidewalk of the most famous American avenue.

What else to see in the US

What we have described so far are just some of the incredible destinations, places, parks and attractions that the United States offers. There are many other very interesting destinations, some of these are:

  • Sequoia national park, in California, famous national park with its millennial and gigantic sequoia
  • Death Valley National Park, between California and Nevada, one of the most fascinating and evocative places
  • Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls), on the border between the United States and Canada, the most spectacular waterfalls on the planet
  • Monte Rushmore, in South Dakota, the 4 faces of US presidents printed on the rock of the mountain
  • Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida, the largest and most famous amusement park in the world
  • Rocky Mountains (Rocky Mountains), the mountainous area par excellence in the United States, the best place to ski too
  • Alcatraz, in San Francisco California, a prison in the heart of that Bay
  • Times Square in New York, the most famous square on Earth, as well as the most visited place

 

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