Millions of people come from around the world to visit the US each year. It’s easy to see why when you take into account the countless picturesque locations that America has to offer. Here are the top 5 tourist attractions that everyone should see at some point in their lives that can be equally enjoyed by the individual or by families with children in tow.
Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
Leave behind the demands of the office to experience the peaceful tranquility of New England’s coastline. You are not limited to strolling along the numerous sandy beaches what with the historic tours of 19th century lighthouses and shipwrecks, cycling and walking trails for nature enthusiasts and excellent fishing for the avid fisherman. The salty Cape Cod breeze will rejuvenate you, and the Cape’s exquisite beauty will leave you in lasting harmony.
A city steeped in history and culture at every turn, the capital of our nation draws millions of tourists each year. You can visit iconic landmarks such as the Lincoln and Vietnam War Veterans Memorials or stop by the famed Smithsonian for a learning event unlike any other. However, if stuffy museums are not your forte, join one of the many walking tours that pass through acres of parks like Rock Creek, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Whatever your preference, DC will surely find a way to accommodate you.
For breathtaking views of nature at work, a trip to the Grand Canyon is a must. For millions of years the declining Colorado River has gradually cut a gorge spanning as far as the eye can see, resulting in gorgeous rock formations that are jaw-dropping. Whether you choose to walk through the horseshoe-shaped glass Skywalk that extends out above the river, take a helicopter sightseeing ride, join a guided walk through select trails or ride mules to the bottom, you are guaranteed to witness the most majestic natural phenomenon in existence.
Aloha! If you’re looking for glorious beaches, grass skirts and great surfing, Hawaii is your obvious choice. But what draws just as many crowds is the five-star rated Volcanoes National Park affording tourists with magnificent views of the Kilauea volcano. Guided trails along Crater Rim Road weave through lush rainforests and lava flows with a museum, art and visitor center situated along the way. The park also makes for great hiking for those travelers interested in hot springs, geysers and mud pots.
Hollywood, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills. The possibilities for fun are endless when it comes to The Golden State, but as Lucille Ball proved with her crazy antics, it’s the star appeal that brings people out to the West Coast in droves. Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater are just a few of the attractions open to the public in addition to celebrity tours. And when you think you can’t go another step, make time to soak your feet in the waters of one of California’s picture perfect beaches.