What to See and Do in America?
Things to see and do in America
America is the fourth-largest country in the world, and one of the key trendsetters in global culture. This means there is an unlimited list of things to see, do and experience when you move to America. It would be almost impossible to list every sight to see, so the list below should be viewed as a starting point. Make your own discoveries about the natural and cultural wonders that the USA has to offer.
A resort city in New Jersey, Atlantic City is sometimes referred to as the Vegas of the East Coast. It is famous for its boardwalk, casinos, high-end shopping, regular performances by celebrities, and more than 10km of sandy white beaches.
Badlands National Park
One of the most famous national parks in America, at the Badlands National Park you’ll be treated to 244,000 acres of multi-coloured rocks, incredible formations and canyons that seem to stretch down to the centre of the earth. The park is home to an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live.
One of the oldest bridges in America, the Brooklyn Bridge is a cable-stayed suspension bridge over New York City’s East River, which links Manhattan and Brooklyn. More than 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York skyline carries over 150,000 cars and people every day.
Attracting more than 40 million visitors every year, Central Park occupies over 3km2 and is in the heart of New York City. The park is home to several attractions, including the Central Park Zoo, the Carousel, the Great Lawn, an Alice in Wonderland monument, Belvedere Castle, and Shakespeare’s Garden.
A New York City neighbourhood, Coney Island is home to an amusement park with more than 50 rides and other attractions. While the beach, boardwalk and the New York Aquarium are open all year round, the rides generally operate in the warmer months, from Easter until Labor Day.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Currently under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota, once complete, the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest mountain carving in the world at almost 200m long and 170m high. Created in memory of Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, it will be a fantastic monument to the culture, tradition and living heritage of the Native American Indians.
One of the most famous rivers in America, the Delaware River runs from New York through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to the Atlantic Ocean. The scene for many iconic moments in US history, this river delivers fun all year round, from ice-skating in the winter to fishing and canoeing in the summer.
If you want to experience frontier life, you must visit Dodge City in Kansas. This restored Wild West cattle town was where Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson ruled. The Boot Hill Museum gives visitors an authentic taste of what the cemetery and main street was like in the 1870s.
Empire State Building
An icon of modern architecture in the art deco style, the Empire State Building is in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, New York City. One of the world’s tallest buildings, it has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. With observations decks on both the 86th and 102nd floors, the 360 degree views of New York are unbeatable.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Gold Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge in San Francisco. Opened in 1937, the 2.7km bridge can be crossed on foot by pedestrians during the day using the sidewalks on either side. The bridge is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Almost 30km wide, 2km deep and 450km long, the Grand Canyon was carved from the landscape by the Colorado River in Arizona. The southern rim of the canyon is open all year, and visited by more than five million people each year. The sheer size of the canyon is awe-inspiring.
If you love Bob Dylan and 60s folk music, visit the place where it all started. A neighbourhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, Greenwich Village and SoHo have set the tone for art, literature and fashion for decades.
Located in central Los Angeles, Hollywood is the home of the US film industry, with several of the larger production companies operating studios in the area. The most famous landmark of the area is, of course, the Hollywood sign in the hills.
Jewel Cave National Monument
With 226km of tunnels, the Jewel Cave National Monument is the second-longest cave in the world. Once again located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, it is best to visit this nature wonder in the summer months, when you can book in a lantern tour.
Mall of America
Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, this is the biggest shopping mall in America. It has become a major tourist destination, with over 400 shops, more than 20 restaurants and 12 theatres. Celebrities regularly make special guest appearances at the mall, which is also equipped with a state of the art fitness centre.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (referred to as The Met) is undoubtedly home to one of the finest and most extensive collections of art in the world. Located in New York City, it’s exhibitions present over 5,000 years of art, from Ancient Egyptian to Modern, and everything in between.
Only in America will you find the faces of four presidents carved into the side of a mountain. Surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is a sculpture of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln that took 14 years to complete.
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Located in Cooperstown, New York, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum pays homage to all the greats of this popular national pastime. Discover America’s baseball history, and learn about the greats of the game, from Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron through to Cy Young and Lou Gehrig.
New York State Museum
Established in 1836, the New York State Museum is the oldest and largest museum in the country. Located at the southern end of the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, the New York State Museum features both permanent and visiting exhibitions every year.
Enormous, awe-inspiring and over 12,000 years old. It's no wonder that Niagara Falls, which sit on the border between the US and Canada, have become a must-see for all visitors to America. You can view Niagara Falls from one of the many lookouts. If you want a closer look, organise a boat or helicopter tour.
Palisades Interstate Park
Located just outside of Newark, the Palisades Interstate Park is a giant children’s fun park, and perfect for a weekend family adventure. There are hiking and skiing trails, a nature sanctuary, stunning views, and even an historical museum.
Treat yourself to the largest wilderness area on the east side of the Mississippi, where you can go canoeing, hiking, horse riding, or hiking. Almost every outdoor activity is possible at the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve.
The Rockefeller Centre includes 19 high-rise commercial buildings between 48th and 51st Streets in New York City. In winter, you can enjoy one of the world’s most famous ice skating rinks, while the incredible views of the Chrysler Building, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge are available all year round from the Top of the Rock observatory on the 70th floor.
One of the original America highways, Route 66 runs east to west across America, from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, ending at Santa Monica in California. The highway covers 3,940km.
If you like spas and horse racing, Saratoga Springs is the place for you. Bet on the horses by day and indulge yourself in one of the many spas by night. The town itself is also incredibly beautiful. You can take a walking tour through the Georgian architecture lined streets, and wander past the Victorian-era mansions.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is one of the truly iconic world monuments. A bastion of democratic ideals and the freedoms that America seeks to represent, at the feet of the statue lie the broken shackles of oppression and tyranny. There is nothing quite like the view from the 47m high observation deck.
A 1.5 million acre wetland in southern Florida, the Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in America. They are comprised of mangroves and marshes that are home to a huge variety of marine and bird life, including the manatee, the Florida panther, and crocodiles.
Located on Long Island's South Fork and the summertime playground of New York City’s rich and famous, The Hamptons are a series of beachside towns. Full of history and natural beauty, there are plenty of incredible beaches, restaurants and bars.
The Vegas Strip
Gaudy, opulent and, at times, tacky, The Vegas Strip is always a lot of fun. There's simply no place on earth like Las Vegas and its famous, neon-coloured strip. Almost anything goes in Vegas, and so long as you remember that the house always wins, you're in for a good time.
Standing in the middle of Times Square is like placing yourself amid a human beehive. It is a major commercial intersection, entertainment centre and tourist destination in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It is located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Street.
Wall Street is heartbeat of American, and global, financial markets. The eight-block long street runs north-west to south-east from Broadway to South Street, at the East River, in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. A walk through the Financial District allows you to come face-to-face with modern capitalism and all that it represents.
Walt Disney World
The flagship destination of the Disney Corporation, Walt Disney World in Florida covers over 110km2. It is home to over 30 hotels, four theme parkers, two waters, golf courses and a camping site. Visited by over 52 million people each year, it is one of the larges tourist destinations in America.
Yellowstone National Park
The world first national park, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho occupies over 5,500km2. It features a variety of natural phenomena, from volcanoes, hot springs and geysers, to forests, mountains and lakes. With 12 camping grounds, and over 2,000 campsites, visitors can even stay at Yellowstone.
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