Top United States Cities
Our favorite guides ordered by popularity.
Charlotte (North Carolina)
Kansas City (Missouri)
Hilton Head Island
Salt Lake City
Columbia (South Carolina)
Panama City Beach
South Lake Tahoe
Greensboro (North Carolina)
San Jose (California)
Charleston (South Carolina)
Durham (North Carolina)
United States Travel Guide
The United States of America also known as the US, USA or America is best known as one of world’s leading country and tourist destination. The country includes 50 states and a federal district which include the Hawaiian Islands and the state of Alaska. The United States is located on the Continent of North America and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean in the west, the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Central American and Canadian mainlands in the south and north respectively. The country also possesses several territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.
The United States is the world’s richest and most powerful country, with a fascinating melting pot of cultures and traditions. The country comprises of huge plains, beautiful snow-covered mountain ranges, forested rolling hills, deserts, unique rock formations, towering skyscrapers, beautiful coastlines, remarkable national parks and a booming cultural scene. The country has an unmatched blend of sprawling urban areas, sparsely inhabited beautiful natural sites and an intense and diversified culture featuring people of all nations.
America has three major breathtaking mountain ranges; the famous Great Lakes which define its northern border with Canada as well as famous rivers like the Mississippi. Overall, the United States of America offers paradise to nature lovers - fun, excitement and drama to pleasure seekers - ultimate modernisation to trendy folks and some of the best educational facilities in the world. The US is also home to a lot famous people in the world, including actors, sports stars and influential musicians.
United States Attractions
Each state in America is well equipped with multiple attractions for both business and leisure seekers. The offshore islands of Hawaii represent the ultimate tropical paradise of the county, offering dynamic beaches, an exotic island culture, vibrant nightlife, and a paradisiacal natural setting with its active volcanoes, jungles and natural springs with their medicinal values. In America, you can enjoy swimming and water sports such as surfing, boating, kayaking, jet skiing, diving and a multitude of others on the coast of Florida, the west coast of Los Angeles or in Hawaii among other places. There is also many opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, biking, cycling, bowling, ice skating and other winter sports activities.
Attractions in America are wide and many, these include New Orleans' French Quarter which covers 98 square blocks stretching back from the Mississippi River to downtown New Orleans; Death Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park, Venice Beach, Alcatraz, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Times Square, Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the White House. Other attractions are Central Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Statue of Liberty which is a monumental landmark in New York City; SeaWorld Orlando and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Top destinations in the US include Las Vegas where fun and wild nightlife takes on a whole new meaning; Los Angeles with its Hollywood glamour and hype; San Francisco, Orlando, Miami with its beautiful beaches and the multi oriented New York City which is a major business and entertainment centre. The Disneyland Resort is a major family attraction in the US and one of the most visited adventure parks in the world. Here you can meet your favourite cartoon characters and Disney stars, while enjoying rides on roller coasters, slides and other fun facilities.
There are several amazing museums in the US, including those found in the country’s universities. Science lovers can enjoy the Anniston Museum of Natural History in Alabama with its wonderful exhibits, the 1950s Park Forest House Museum in Illinois, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village for children in Orlando and the Abbe Museum which focuses on Native American history, art and archaeology. Also worth visiting is the African Art Museum in New Jersey, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in California, American Museum of Photography, the impressive Historic New Orleans Collection and the Texas Memorial Museum. Each state has several museums highlighting one aspect or another of the country as well as several historical, archaeological sites and churches, which include the birth places of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King.
Nature enthusiasts and earth scientists should not miss the dynamic and unique landscape of the Grand Canyon which is home to a stunning geological landscape unmatched anywhere else in the world and Indian reserves. The famous Yellowstone National Park is a major volcanic landscape whiles the Grand Teton in Wyoming, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, the Monumental Valley within the Navajo Indian Reservation, Kings Canyon; Sequoia in California and the Rocky Mountain in Colorado among other notable wildlife reserves should not be missed. The Appalachian Trails, Braddock Expedition, Santa Fe Trail and Lewis and Clark Trail are there for you to explore.
Each state in the USA is well endowed with a variety of entertainment options from music, cinemas, theatres and casinos to indoor and outdoor sports complexes, spas, restaurants, bars and clubs. The intense nightlife at the casinos and gambling houses in Las Vegas makes it a major entertainment venue. The trendy shops, high profile actresses and actors and film production sites in Hollywood make it another major entertainment strip. The skyscrapers and remarkable architecture in Chicago should not be missed.
The country has several exciting annually events and festivals which range from music festivals to art and crafts and alternative festivals. These include Great American Beer Festival in Denver; Coney Island Mermaid Parade; Whitesburg Octoberfest Arts & Crafts Festival in Georgia; International Folk Festival; North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Performance Festival; and Salt Lake Family Christmas Gift Show. Major fireworks, concerts and outdoor cooking are done on Memorial Day in November, Independence Day, Labour Day and the Fourth of July. Thanksgiving and Halloween are favourite holidays in the states as well. The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is another great event which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country.
United States Weather
Due to its large land size, the United States boasts several climatic types. There is the tropical maritime environment of Florida and Hawaii making them ideal summer destinations while in the east, the climate ranges from humid continental in the north to humid subtropical in the south. The Great Plains and Basin display an arid climate, California and the west coast have a lovely Mediterranean atmosphere and coastal Oregon and Washington, southern Alaska enjoy an oceanic climate. An alpine environment persists in the Western Mountains which facilitates skiing in winter, while the states near the Gulf of Mexico are prone to hurricanes from June to November.
United States Hotels
The US has several world class hotels, motels, inns, guesthouses, holiday homes, forest hide outs and many other forms of accommodation. The Las Vegas Hotel Casinos is a favourite among fun seekers, while the rich and elite enjoy the five star services of places like the Peninsula in Chicago and Beverley Hills and New York; the classic luxury appeal of the Carlyle in New York, the Tides South Beach in Florida and the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas which is a lovely Mediterranean type hotel. Other quality hotels include Encantado in Santa Fe, the Whiteface Lodge on Lake Placid, the Aqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, the Four Seasons’ chain of hotels, Hotel Grandouca in Houston and the Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach House. In the US, you can enjoy seaside abodes, hotels in a natural setting and city scrapers. USA offers an exceptional integration of history, culture, nature and people.s
United States Links
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Travel_Tourism/State_Tourism.shtml : Official Travel and Tourist Website of USA
http://www.usa.gov/ Official U.S. Government Web Portal
http://icom.museum/vlmp/usa.html : List of All Museums in America