Here we’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the 10 best places to visit in the United States from a tourist standpoint. This is a list of prime locations that has sights and landmarks that should be seen by everyone.
1. Venice Beach, California
Venice beach is a beautiful beachfront neighborhood On the Westernmost side of the city of LA in California. Venice is known for its weaving canals, gorgeous beaches and views, and an awesome two and a half mile boardwalk with vendors, performers, and artists scattered across it.
Venice is a hangout for creative people and artistic people. In the 1950s and 60s, Venice was known as the center of the Beat generation where an explosion of poetry and art occurred.
2. New York City, New York
New York, the “City That Never Sleeps”, AKA the “Big Apple” is a city of superlatives. According to most Americans, it is the most exciting city chocked full with business and culture centers. It is a trendsetter across the entire country.
The city’s ethnic flavor is fueled by its location. The Statue of Liberty is worth seeing. New York is a city of neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are much cleaner and much safer than they were 20 years ago. The city is now attracting people from all around the world who are enjoying the city’s buzz and beauty.
3. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is an experience that those who have witnessed, will never forget. Seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time may be life-changing, according to some who have done it. Its size is not comparable to anything in the entire United States. The deep colors and rock layers will blow you away. It is definitely something that is worth putting on your to-see list if you have one.
If you’re lucky, you’ll see a bighorn sheep walking casually up a steep, nearly vertical grade cliff. The wildlife in the Grand Canyon is diverse because of the many different habitats throughout the canyon.
Hawaii, also known as the Aloha state in case you didn’t know, is made up of 132 chain islands. There are 8 main islands that we think of when we are thinking about Hawaii. The other 124 pieces of land only add up to about 3 square miles of area, so we generally do not consider these when talking about geographical locations and points of interest.
Hawaii has the world’s most active volcano, known as the crater of Kilauea. It is found on Mauna Loa. Thousands of tourists each year are drawn to Hawaii because of its beautiful towering volcanoes and gorgeous lush valleys spread across a tropical paradise.
5. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois is home to almost 3 million residents. It is the biggest city in Illinois and the third largest city in the United States. There are endless things to do in Chicago including spending some time at Millennium Park sightseeing, shopping on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue), and visiting the various museums seeded across the city.
There is great food everywhere in Chicago. While you’re there, you have to have a deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s or Uno’s Pizzeria (or its neighbor Pizzeria Due).
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is a perfect spot for someone’s 21st birthday party and it’s an even better spot for a bachelor’s party. All of the rumors and whispered secrets that you can’t believe happen, actually happen in Las Vegas. If you’re going with your wife, stay away from the adult venues.
If you’re in Vegas to sightsee, try and limit your gambling. You can get lost in a poker table for hours and not even realize how much time has gone by. Gambling also takes a toll on you and you may find yourself tired or in a bad mood later in the day if you’ve lost money. Those who are experienced in Vegas trips will tell you to save your gambling for later in the day, and do all of your sightseeing and things during the day time. Be careful in summer though because temperatures in Vegas can be brutal.
7. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was actualy the first National Park in America. Since its inception, it has been drawing in more than three million visitors each year. The United States congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872 as a park “for the enjoyment of people.” It now adds up to over 2.2 million acres of gorgeous landscapes and natural landmarks.
You can enter Yellowstone National Park through one of its five entrances. There is no lack of road for bicyclists and those who want to drive. There’s over 370 miles of paved roadway in this National Park.
8. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder is much more than just a college town. It is home to the University of Colorado students, but it is also a very sophisticated and artsy town, home to a number of research facilities and tech companies. Boulder’s beautiful climate and open land attracts outdoors enthusiasts from across the nation.
Boulder is set just at the bottom of the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains, 30 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado.
9. Glacier National Park
In Glacier National Park you’ll see stunning mountain peaks (covered all year with glaciers), impossible-to-resist hiking trails, and diverse plant life. A road exists for those who are in a rush when viewing Glacier National Park called Going-to-the-Sun Road. On this road you’re able to view dramatic glacier and mountain scenery. We recommend spending a little more time and effort into your trip to Glacier National Park, though.
10. Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore is one of the man-made wonders of the world. It is a landmark that must be seen by all citizens of the United States before they die. At Mount Rushmore you’ll see 4 of America’s most revered leaders, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. Mount Rushmore is an icon of America.