“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.” John Updike
Planning a vacation in America can be a challenging task. The country is vast and diverse and each of the fifty states offers unique sights and experiences. The itinerary, of course, will depend on the ages and interests of the prospective travellers, but listed below are the top five tourist destinations in the United States. If you include as many as possible on your holiday itinerary, you are sure to amass enough captivating memories to last a lifetime.
New York City, New York
The “Big Apple” is the largest metropolitan area in the country. It plays host to millions of tourists every year and offers a wealth of attractions which will be recognizable to travellers from around the world: the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park and Broadway. New York is known as “the city that never sleeps”, because of the wealth of entertainment available at nightclubs, theaters, sports bars and various other locales around the clock. Times Square at midnight is just as crowded and vibrant as it is during the daytime hours. It’s impossible to see everything New York has to offer in one visit.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and is known as “the adult entertainment center of the world”. The proliferation of casino-hotels constructed on different themes give the city a fantasy-like atmosphere. There are replicas of the Eiffel Tower, a fairyland castle, a gigantic glass pyramid, an continual circus setting, and a hotel modeled on a Venetian theme with a real, working gondola. There are usually famous entertainers performing live shows and the accommodations and dining facilities are elegant. While there, a visit to the nearby Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon are worthwhile.
Florida, the Sunshine State, and the city of Orlando in particular, is the ideal vacation spot for a family wishing to escape the cold northern winter. The children will enjoy “Disney World”, the largest entertainment complex on earth, as well as visits to Universal Studios, Sea World and their choice of two wet and wild water parks. Nearby, there are sandy beaches, golf courses, motels and hotels, where management and employees are anxious to ensure that every family enjoys a fun-filled and memorable holiday. There are tours available from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center for any Science enthusiasts in the group.
Los Angeles. California
Would you like a chance to see your favorite movie star in person? Then Los Angeles may be your chosen holiday destination. There are no guarantees because, in this, the second largest city in the country, and the stars can be hard to spot. However, there are bus tours of their homes in Beverly Hills and you just might see one out gardening in his or her yard. Los Angeles has a subtropical climate so you can visit Hollywood and soak up the glamorous aura of the film industry any time of year. Nearby, there are a variety of landscapes: white sand beaches, the arid Mojave Desert and the majestic heights of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
No American holiday would be complete without a visit to the capital, Washington, D.C., a city steeped in history. News stories on television will assume a new relevance for each family member once the actual locations have been viewed in person. There is much to see: the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. The youngsters will enjoy the National Zoo, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Madame Tussuad’s Wax Museum where famous political figures and outstanding personages are displayed in lifelike detail. For educational value, this vacation destination earns top marks.
This is only a small sample of the vacation possibilities available in the United States of America. Whether you enjoy the mountains, the seashore, the woods, the bustle of large cities, the friendliness of small towns, the chill of the Arctic region, or the heat of the desert, it’s all here, awaiting your arrival. Don’t delay; it would easily take a lifetime to experience all the pleasures America has to offer.