Why We Love United States of America

The grandeur of a caliph’s palace, sybaritic sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, the staccato stamp of a flamenco dancer’s heels, the awed hush of pilgrims entering the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela after weeks of walking El Camino. You can find the soul of Spain in tourist attractions such as these, which represent the country’s tumultuous history, rich culture, and enchanting natural beauty. From the sunlight playing endlessly off the “scales” of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum and the throbbing street life of La Rambla and Plaza Mayor to the forest of columns and Moorish arches disappearing into the silent expanse of Cordoba’s Great Mosque, Spain exudes a vibrant energy and a captivating blend of past and present.

Top Destinations in United States of America

Washington, D.C.

Though it's not easy to visit the White House, which serves as the President's official residence, there are plenty of monuments and historic sites to see in the nation’s capital. And George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Virginia, is not too far away.

New York

The city that never sleeps is always a joy to visit. From the cacophony of Times Square to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building to the WTC memorial near Wall Street, the shops of Fifth Avenue to the shows on Broadway, there is always something to see and experience, and an electric vibe that never ceases.

Boston

The “home of the bean and the cod” is also where the American Revolution began. Walk the Freedom Trail to revisit the special places and events of the 18th century, while enjoying this modern and vibrant city of education and culture.

Los Angeles

The City of Angels is an amazing and sprawling urban scene bathed in almost constant sunlight and which thrives on storytelling of all sorts. Sights, sounds and places to explore are everywhere, from Hollywood to Beverly Hills to Malibu to Santa Monica to Long Beach and beyond.

Chicago

Perched on the shore of Lake Michigan, this beautiful city offers great shopping, the arts, an effervescent food scene, great sports and a Midwestern vibe that makes it unique.

New Orleans

World famous for its annual Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans is a city that always knows how to throw a party. Its restaurants and the Cajun cuisine are world famous, yet time passes as slowly as the Mississippi current flowing ceaselessly past.

San Francisco

San Francisco is a city that resists being put into any kind of descriptive box. Certainly scenic, framed by the Golden Gate bridge, the bay and the mountains beyond, it is the spirit of the place, wildly hedonistic and nonconformist, that really makes this unique among all American cities.

Miami

While it’s true that this is the city that air conditioning built, Miami is truly an international destination, where several languages are heard on the streets. And everyone who lands there comes to love the semi tropical weather, the beautiful ocean, the glistening skyscrapers and the swaying palms.

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Beale Street Blues

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Beale Street Blues

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High Altitude Golf

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High Altitude Golf

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If you’ve got a dozen friends, family or business associates who all love golf, the tropics and luxury, this might be the trip for you. Oh, it helps to... Read More

Flail to the Chief

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Flail to the Chief

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Overview

From sea to shining sea, as the song goes, the USA is large, diverse, exciting, action-packed and full of things to see and do. It’s got huge cities (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) filled with people. culture, history, nightlife and shopping; medium-sized cities full of all that plus regional appeal; and thousands of small towns and rural byways for those seeking backroads America.

It’s impossible to experience all of the USA in one visit. Indeed, most Americans never get around to visiting every corner of this large and endlessly fascinating country. The best advice for potential visitors is to pick one or two destinations or points of interest and budget enough time for in-depth exploration and adventure.

Americans are, for the most part, a friendly lot. Proud of their country and proud of the part of the country where they live, people will never be shy in recommending places “you’ve got to see,” be they historical monuments, excellent local restaurants, scenic beauties or a good shop.

The American people love to show off their country, the “land of the free,” a place that’s simultaneously laid-back and hard-charging, easy to get around yet so large that getting around takes time, urban-centric yet rural in attitude. Yes, the USA is a mass of contradictions, which is what helps make it the premiere travel destination in the world.

Quick Facts

The official language of the United States is English, but Spanish is increasingly a second tongue. Unlike other international destinations however, few people will understand anything but English, even in big cities.

The official currency is the US dollar, which is divided by 100 cents.

Voltage is 110-120V, 60 Hz.The electric plug has two flat pins, sometimes with a round ground prong.

Internet connections and WiFi spots are found throughout the country. Most major hotels provide good accessibility.

The United States requires a valid passport and a travel visa for all non-residents entering the country. Contact an official U.S. consulate or embassy for information.

Tap water throughout the United States should be considered safe for drinking or washing.

There are four time zones in the USA: Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific. The USA observes daylight savings time from mid-March to early November.

Although visitors arrive year-round, the USA’s peak tourist season is in its summer months: May through October.

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Things To Do in United States of America

Grand Canyon National Park

One of the most impressive natural wonders in the world, this national park in Arizona attracts more than 5 million visitors a year to gaze into the canyon that’s up to a mile deep and up to 18 miles across. Most visitors approach from the South Rim--the North Rim is more rugged. And it is still possible to hike down, ride a mule, or even raft through the canyon.

Independence National Historical Park - Liberty Bell Center

This national park, located in Philadelphia, celebrates many aspects of the country's founding in the place where the Founding Fathers debated the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The famed cracked Liberty Bell is also on display here.

Niagara Falls

The 12,000 year old falls straddle the Canada-US border in upstate New York and are accessible by both sides. Various look-out points offer birds-eye views of the falls, though tour operators are also available to provide closer access by boat or helicopter.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Not to be confused with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial that opened in Washington, D.C. in 2011, the National Historic Site, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is where visitors can see the civil rights leader's birth home and his tomb, as well as a museum.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is home to a huge ancient volcano which has resulted in a dramatic landscape and awesome natural phenomena. Geysers and hot springs, along with incredible waterfalls along the Yellowstone River are just some of the attractions drawing in huge numbers of tourists each year. The park, the oldest national park in the USA, is also home to all kinds of wildlife, with free roaming bison, bighorn sheep, antelope, black bears, and grizzly bears.

Theme Parks

Love them or hate them, America’s theme parks are a major tourist draw all across the country. Walt Disney’s Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., set the stage, which is now crowded with Walt Disney World in Orlando, several locations of Universal Studios, a number of Six Flags parks and other more localized facilities.

Hawaii

The 50th state is a destination unto itself. From the famous beach at Waikiki to the scenic beauties of Maui, Molokai, Kauai and the Big Island, these volcanic islands feature magnificent beaches, beautiful weather and an endless supply of activities that attract everyone from honeymooners to retirees.

Las Vegas

Legalized gambling can now be found almost everywhere from coast to coast, but nowhere is there the same snap and crackle as found in the Nevada desert. The spectacular sight of the Strip, the nightly entertainment extravaganzas and the round-the-clock games of chance all make this place one of a kind.

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