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Vibrant cities, sprawling diverse landscapes and a melting pot of culture and history are just a few things that make the United States the third most visited country in the world. It’s home to many iconic cities like New York City, LA, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Boston – each more culturally unique than the last. And those aren’t even the half of it – how about the party-loving folks of New Orleans, the eccentric and free-spirited Portland or the music capital of the world, Austin?
Past the city lights, you’ll find a landscape like no other. The United States is home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world “from sea to shining sea.” From the otherworldly red rock deserts to the marshy swamplands; from the mighty Tetons to the lush rainforests of the Pacific Northwest; from the cliff strewn shores of Cali to the tropical waters of Florida Keys; the United States landscape is the total package.
Thanks to its well-developed tourist industry, the United States is home to every type of accommodation imaginable. From the Ritz in NYC to cosy mountain lodges in Wyoming to charming 18th-century boutique hotels in the French Quarter, the options are limitless.
From food to music to art to history, there is a kaleidoscope of culture in the US. Its centuries-long history as the “Land of Opportunity” has lent it a unique sense of pride and given way to the “American Dream.”
Not only that, the USA is constantly recognized as being one of the most ethnically diverse nations in the world. From Little Italy in NYC, Miami’s Little Haiti, Germantown in Frankenmuth, the Vietnamese Factors Row in NOLA, Little Ethiopia in Maryland and so many more, they all add to the nation’s unique patchwork of heritage and culture. Whether you explore the rich Native American history that spans several millennia; take to the charming villages of New England; dive into the South’s food and hospitality scene; or explore the bustling urban sprawls of NYC and the likes; you’ll be met with a new kind of local culture every step of the way.
When it comes to things do in the great US of A; the options are literally limitless. If you’re a history buff, you’ll certainly have lots to explore. The US is home to world-famous museums like the MET in NYC, the Smithsonian and many more. Moreover, there are plenty of cities that function as a historic site themselves, from the storied past of New Orleans to the 16th-century tales of St. Augustine and beyond.
One big pull of the United States is certainly its abundance of national parks perfect for once in a lifetime road trips. Head to one of the seven natural wonders of the world and explore the mindblowing depths of the Grand Canyon. Or how about the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone National Park; the mighty El Capitan of Yosemite; or the pristine ancient lakes of Grand Teton National Park? From the flowery meadows of Mount Rainier to the lunar-like fields of Death Valley, America’s natural beauty is one of the best things to experience while visiting.
American food goes way beyond the realms of the golden arches and triple XXL cokes. From east to west, the entire nation boasts a huge mix of international and local cuisines that have evolved into their own sub-genre of American cuisine over time. Foodies will love the incredible variety of cuisines from the hearty, country-style staples of Southern food to the countless Italian pizzerias in NYC to the fiery Mexican flare found in Texas and so much more. Highlighted cities to best experience America’s food and drink scene are New York City for the widest variety of international food; New Orleans for their plethora of Cajun and Creole staples; San Fran for its wealth of unique hole-in-the-wall eateries; Austin for a variety of Tex-Mex and barbecue; and Savannah for down-home southern classics.
What isn’t it famous for? First things that spring to mind include the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Hollywood, hotdogs, Krispy Kreme, sports, music, Statue of Liberty, and so much more.
More than 59 million people travel to New York City every year, making it the number 1 tourist destination in the USA. This is followed by Los Angeles, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Chicago.