Being one of the largest and most diverse nations of this world, United States of America boasts of an amazing number of attractions that range from skyscrapers to natural wonders to sunny white beaches perfect for families. Some of the most iconic sights of the country that tourists regularly throng may be listed as follows. This list pits natural spectres with man made wonders.
Times Square: One of the major commercial neighbourhood and intersections of Manhattan, Times Square is said to be one of the most visited tourist destination of the world, what with it hosting over 39 million tourists every year. The place is iconified as ‘The Crossroads of the world’ as well as the ‘Center of the Universe’ while also being the hub of the world’s entertainment industry in the form of Broadway Theatre District. Formerly known as the Longcare Square, the place was renamed as the “Times Square” in 1904 when New York Times publishers moved their newspaper operations to a new skyscraper on this 42nd street. Though these were later shifted to plusher area, the old building retained its charm, still known as ‘One Times Square’ , famous for holding the annual “Times Square Ball” on its roof.
Las Vegas Strip: Considered to be the gambling mecca of the world, this stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South contains the best and most number of Casinos. These lavishly decorated mega casino hotels create a fantasy like atmosphere that evoke feelings of romance, mystery, adventure, or long lost lands with their themes. Also popularly known as the Neon Trail, some of the most famous crowds of this four mile long area can be found at the Bellagio and Caesars Palace Fountains, the City Centre and the M&Ms world.
Disneyland: Drawing nearly 15 million visitors every year, Disneyland, located in Anaheim California, is a well known stalwart tourist destination that has remained on top of the tourist lists since 1955. The place has something for everyone from adults to young ones such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Country Bear Jamboree. The place has two theme parks, three hotels and a complete shopping district where you can shop till you drop. Another similar farnchisee of Disney known as the “Magical Kingdom” is located in Florida that is quite similar to its California counterpart in terms of layout and design. Dedicated to fairy tales and characters, the place is home to six themed lands all designed like a wheel with the hub in front of the Cinderella Castle. These themed lands are- Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
The Grand Canyon: considered to be one of the famous natural wonders of America, this massive attraction measuring 277 miles long a mile deep and around 18 miles wide was actually carved by the Colorado River over a course of a million years. Though the place hardly qualifies to be the deepest or the longest canyon, the sheer size and colour of the same is unmatched by any other natural wonder. You can indulge in wildlife viewing, take in some of the most awe inspiring landscapes, or get into some adventurous activity as these are the things that make the place one of the most famous natural wonders of the world. Divided into two parts- South and the North Rim, the South Rim is the more accessible part what with various historical sites and lodging located in the area. However, another popular attraction of the area is the Havasu Falls, a magnificent waterfall plummeting from a height of 120 feet into a turquoise blue natural swimming pool. In addition to these, there are various delectable cafes, restaurants and pubs to satisfy those unexpected hunger pangs.
Yellowstone: One of the first national parks of the world, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 to preserve the vast number of hot water springs, geysers and other thermal areas as well as the incredible wildlife present in the area. There is also all the rugged beauty that just blows your mind off with its sheer color and diversity. In fact, you may have not heard of this fact but Yellowstone is situated over a gigantic hotspot of the Earth where hot molten rock mantle rises towards the surface. It is because of this unique feature that the park contains half of the world’s most well known geothermal features including hot geysers and springs. Te park also offers an opportunity to do a lot of wildlife viewing what with grizzly bears, black bears, elk, deer, bison and wolves present in the area in ample numbers.
Niagara Falls: Located right in between New York and Ontario, Niagara Fallas is one of the most spectacular and amazing natural wonders of the world present in America. Straddling the US- Canada border, the place has seen tourist influx since mid 19th century that now amounts to over 12 million every year. In fact, this fall is actually a combination of three different falls that combine to make this one huge. These include the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The place, popularised as the ‘Honeymoon capital of the world’, is a premier tourist spot teeming with observation towers, Mist boat tours, souvenier shops, ddinner theatres, casinos and high rise hotels.
White House: Popularly known as the ‘Residence and office of the President of United States of America’, White House is quite famous among tourists who want to take a look at the building where the most powerful man of America sits. Built between 1792 and 1800, the place was first used by President John Adams followed by all the subsequent presidents. Though the place figures high on tourist lists, booking has to be done six months in advance through a Congress member or your country ambassador. This is because security has been considerably upped after the 9/11 attacks.
Florida Keys: Curving around the base of Florida peninsula, Florida Keys are a 120 mile long chain of tropical islands that are connected to the mainland by a series a bridges. The place with its view of vast blue sea and sunny white beaches is quite popular among people looking for someplace beachy. In fact, the beauty of the place is such that the keys have been a part of a number of Hollywood movies. One of the most spectacular of all bridges is The Seven Mile Bridge in the lower Keys area which has been used as the location for several movies such as True Lies and 2Fast 2Furious.The place is also quite popular among the water sports enthusiasts too.