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Enjoy the USA: Sightseeing from Sea to Shining Sea

Submitted by on 07/11/2012 – 11:06 amNo Comment

Photo from Flickr by Jim G

For travellers wishing to travel to a place that perhaps has more variety than any other, a trip to the USA is a must. With cheap flights USA, getting there is more affordable than ever. From the streets of San Francisco to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour, the USA is filled with attractions for tourists to enjoy. Of course, the only downfall to visiting what is undoubtedly one heck of a large country, you’ll most certainly be left pining for more!

West Coast Travels


One of the most beautiful cities on the American west coast to visit would have to be Seattle – especially in springtime. Known as the Emerald City, because of frequent light rain that keeps plant life vibrant year round, Seattle is home to much more than the Seattle Space Needle.

 

From the SeaTac airport, sightseers can climb aboard public transit into the city, where they can experience firsthand the diverse cultures that make up the Melting Pot of the USA. In downtown Seattle, visitors can enjoy life on the oceanfront from the world-famous Pike’s Market. Want something to do at night? Perhaps check out the many theatre and musical performances at the city’s numerous performance venues. For those who wish to spend some extra time in Seattle, day trips to Mount Hood or Mount St. Helens are great ways to enjoy the great outdoors at a slower pace.

From Seattle, getting around is as convenient as anywhere else…you can rent a car, take a bus tour, or board an Amtrak train for a trip down the west coast of the United States. Keep an eye out along your travels for sights such as the Columbia River Gorge, in Oregon, and the giant redwoods of California.

Farther south, you can dip into the region famous for some of the best wines on the planet – the Napa Valley. It is down here in wine country where the magic really starts to happen, and you can even sip on a red on the Napa Valley Wine Train! Of course, what trip down the coast would be complete without a stop to shop with the stars in Hollywood? You know you want to do it.

The Great American Desert


Head on east to get a taste of the Old West, where the red landscape and amazing views suck you in before you can say “howdy”! Arizona, Utah and Nevada hold both natural and historical wonders, many of which play important roles in local lore and legend.

And need we say, no visitor to these parts should miss a chance to see the Grand Canyon. This breathtaking destination in northern Arizona draws over five million visitors a year to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. After gazing into the mouth of this fissure, and measuring over 1,600 metres deep in places, there’s plenty of trails to take in the scenery. More athletic travellers might wish to participate in hiking to the bottom of the canyon – just be alert, take PLENTY of water and pace yourself – it’s not easy going!

Photo from Flickr by Jim G

The Midwest


From Arizona, make your way into the Rocky Mountains before moving onto the great plains. Western Kansas offers some of the greatest windows into the history of the American Wild West. An afternoon in Dodge City would be well-spent touring the Boot Hill museum and exploring Front Street – made famous by the 1960s television show, Gunsmoke.

Kansas City and Chicago, both northeast of Kansas, are two of the most happening cities in the Midwest. History buffs will enjoy such attractions as Chicago’s Untouchables Tour, a guided bus tour through downtown Chicago, featuring places like the site of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Those who prefer more peaceful entertainment will want to catch a concert at Kansas City’s new Kauffman Center or the Ford Center in Chicago. Both cities also boast a range of museums and parks that you should definitely have on your list.

New England


There’s no way to see everything in a single trip, but before heading home, visitors to the USA certainly need to visit New England. This is the birthplace of the United States and a major world cultural centre.

Boston and the surrounding area draw thousands of travellers each year. The extensive metro system, which reaches out to the suburbs, makes getting around easy. Visitors will enjoy taking one of several historical tours to nearby sites such as Plymouth Rock or Salem – home of the tragic Salem Witch Trials.

Farther south lies New York City, home of the iconic Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum and, of course – the New York Yankees! While the bustling pace of this city might jar some travellers, others will enjoy the energy of the city that never sleeps.

The USA has a lot to offer…perhaps too much, even! But no matter what takes your fancy, take the plunge and get that ticket on the silver bird! You’ll often find cheap flights to get you where you want to go, so you can put more money into what counts – your holiday.

 

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