With its rich history and diverse terrain, America is home to many amazing places to visit. To simply narrow it down to the top twenty is far from easy but if you’re a big traveler and you decide to get out there and make a cross country trip, we feel the selections chosen here are a great start to any journey. From real to manmade comes this list of 20 Must-See Places In the USA in 2019:
20. Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida
According to Travel and Leisure, there are all kinds of fun activities while at night there are fireworks shows. But according to the same article, there are two experiences – the Let the Magic Begin welcoming show with the Kiss Goodnight show, both lasting only a few moments. The first show is a replacement of the original welcoming show but allows visitors the chance to walk into the park much earlier than the original show with Mickey Mouse annoying the park is open. Though according to Trip Advisor reviews, the best times are seasons other than Easter or Spring Break since these times of the year are busy, and they state the Happily Ever After fireworks are amazing.
19. Time’s Square, New York City
Once upon a time, according to the Time’s Square segment of this article, Time’s Square was NOT a place to visit. Now its got lots to offer, with numerous electronic billboards, and there are shops everywhere. Time’s Square is a favorite of the tourists, accessible by many subway points and buses, and there are several fun activities to do – there is a waxworks where people can find waxwork figures of famous comic book characters, and there are events that take place in Time’s Square – just visit this website to see what’s happening at certain times with the help of the calendar cited on the right of the page.
18. Fenway Park, Boston
One of the best-known organisations of baseball in the USA and indeed the world, Fenway Park is the oldest baseball park in baseball. The park has seen many expansions over the years since it was opened in 1912, but it isn’t just used for baseball; the park has shown boxing matches, football games, hockey. Anyone who enjoys sports would love to visit The Cathedral.
17. Mount Rushmore – Keystone, South Dakota
Next to the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore is an icon, a symbol of America. As if seeing the carved faces of four great American presidents – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson – isn’t enough, there are a few good reasons why it would be great if you visited Mount Rushmore at sunrise, according to this article, but the most important one is you will see the golden rays of the sun grace the heads of the presidents at sunrise in the morning.
16. The Grand Canyon – Arizona
Another American Icon and one of the greatest seven natural wonders of the world where over 5 million people visit the natural park each year because of its breathtaking beauty where photographs and video clips of it do not do the wonder justice which stretches for miles and miles. According to this article from Holiday Bays, you can visit the Grand Canyon not just to look around – if you’re interested in rafting and kayaking, hiking and cycling, the Grand Canyon is a great place to have fun. You can visit it any time of the year to savor its beauty and according to this article there are great reasons to visit the Canyon during the winter, but one of the main reasons was you’d be able to enjoy the experience either on your own or with your partner. It’s also possible to visit the Grand Canyon and enjoy the experience from up above…. in a helicopter.
15. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Unlike our previous entry the next one on this list is a man-made icon. Built-in 1933 and finally opened in 1937 to connect San Francisco with its neighbors who had needed to cross in ferries, its no wonder the Golden Gate Bridge became so popular. If you visit San Francisco which is impressive enough with its famous tram system, make sure you visit this enormous orange suspension bridge which was designed to withstand ninety miles per hour winds and the chance of an earthquake in order to admire the beauty of the ocean. There are pedestrian walkways and cyclists could take advantage of the walkways at any time of the day or night.
14. Hamilton Pool, Texas
Outside Austin, Hamilton Pool is a natural spot where the dome of an underground river collapsed thanks to erosion. The pool is a popular spot for tourists and residents alike. According to this article from Free Fun in Austin, the best time of year to visit the Pool would be at around Spring time. Not only is the water warm enough to take a dip, but you can also enjoy a hike while avoiding unwanted crowds. And why shouldn’t you want a swim in the beautiful water while the fish brush up against your legs? And that’s not all to see. According to the same article, there is beautiful wildlife to see, flowers, and sights to see along the hike. Just make sure you take precautions when you visit such as life jackets for anyone who isn’t a particularly strong swimmer and don’t take anything like nets and rods for fishing since it is prohibited to fish; the wildlife is protected.
13. Niagara Falls, Border of Ontario, Canada, and New York City
One of the greatest natural wonders of the world thanks to the collection of three giant waterfalls, its easy to see why Niagara Falls is one of the greatest tourist spots between the US and Canada. However, according to this article from G’Day World, there is more than just boat tours to experience at Niagara Falls. Ontario has become an amazing city full of great attractions for tourism, with great hotels like the Hilton to stay in and fine upscale restaurants. There is a great nightlife in the city where there are nightclubs and restaurants and bars. But back to the Falls, it is possible to go up in a helicopter and watch the water crashing down the falls below. If you are looking for a great place to get married to your partner, its even possible to be married while you are overlooking the falls. It’s also possible, according to this Trip Savvy article, to visit the Falls during winter. Sure, it will be less crowded and cheaper to visit the Falls during winter, but the views of the icy landscape mixing with the frigid waterfalls are definitely sure to be stunning to watch.
12. The Wave, Arizona
A result of sandstone being eroded over the centuries, and according to this article from Sierra, best visited in Springtime and with only twenty permits given out daily by a lottery system, where you have to hike over a trail over rock and through sand dunes where it starts in Utah and ends in Arizona in a 5 mile walk through the harsh desert climate which has made people think the experience is the result of a drug-induced dream. This article from Bear Foot Theory, has great information about the trail – information about the permit, and what you should wear.
11. Sequoia National Park, California
Established by a man in 1890 by people who saw the park as a national and natural treasure, Sequoia National Park is one of the most beautiful sights in America. According to this article from Road Trippers, the park is mostly accessible on either foot or on horseback which makes it a great place to go riding. Tourists come from miles around to hike, especially to Moro Rock where they can see the Continental Divide or they can visit the immense General Sherman Tree, the largest living tree on the planet, and the eldest as well – protected from harm from greedy loggers, and a symbol of what nature can do without interference. Or what about…. the Crystal Cave where spelunkers can explore, and tourists can learn a great deal from experienced cavers.
10. Yosemite Valley, California
Another iconic national treasure in America to see, Yosemite Valley is a great place to visit with hundreds of different outdoor activities to enjoy, such as can be found at the Yosemite Zipline and Adventure Ranch where the staff are more than happy to help even the most anxious person at ease. According to this article there are numerous opportunities, while this article shows why you should visit the National Park in Yosemite. Here, tourists, hikers, mountain climbers, can visit the granite cliffs walk through the forest – but be wary, the park is home to animals like bears.
9. Thor’s Well, Oregon
A collapsed sea cave which has formed one of the greatest, most majestic natural wonders in America, Thor’s Well has formed a natural saltwater fountain that boils with whitecaps which crash down. It’s even more fantastic and impressive during high tide conditions where water from the Pacific ocean will just rush into a hole in the coast. See this video on Youtube to get an idea of what this natural wonder can do.
8. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
According to this article on Mindy On The Move, Badlands National Park has amazing natural beauty, a mix of steep canyons, and sprawling landscapes which look amazing at every hour of the day. And if you want to encounter American buffalo, Badlands National Park is the place you ought to visit. If you wish to find a place which seems to be cut off from civilization, this national park is the place to go. With 250,000 acres of land to hike through, the park is definitely for you if you love hiking. Cedar Pass Lodge is a place you can stay if you don’t wish to camp or you don’t want to be accidentally injured by wildlife.
7. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
A slot canyon in Arizona formed by erosion, which was caused by flash-flooding until the corridors of rock became deeper and the hard edges of rock became smoother. Tourists are guided through the canyon levels in case the canyon floods, which is still a danger. This article from Dangerous Business concerning the canyon shows that while its a popular attraction, there are downsides to visiting it – for instance its not cheap to pay for a ticket and the tours can sell out pretty quickly so its a good idea to get there ahead of time, and because its such a popular attraction don’t be surprised if you find it crowded.
6. Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
The glacier caves are ‘caves’ formed by ice which was created by flowing water which creates a smooth passageway, and like in conventional caves the passageway here can be too small or easy to pass through. Here in this article, the cave’s stunning blue ethereal beauty is described and features information about the tours through the glacier caves. Another great attraction is whale watching. The article also describes how, unlike the other natural wonders which continue to grow and change over the centuries, the glacier caves continually change as the ice moves.
5. Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
Anyone living in Portland, according to this article from Tree House Recovery PDX, will likely tell you this gorge is a great place for adventure as you hike towards the gorge – likely to have to wade through water to just get there. Another slot canyon on this list, Oneonta Gorge has pictures where moss and ferns cling to the sides of the canyon, creating a beautiful green shrouded wonder, though while the hike is tricky it is nonetheless rewarding, according to this iExplore article.
4. Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado
One of Colorado’s outstanding features, and located not far from Aspen, the Bells are, according to this Tomcat’s outdoor adventures article, one of the most photographed attractions ever, describing 180,000 acres which is a dream for backpackers the world over with scenic views everywhere with many parts to visit – lakes, hills, waterfalls, everything for adventurers.
3. Zion National Park, Utah
According to this Active Times article on the Zion National Park, the park has a lot to offer for adventurers. You can go hiking and view the cliffs made from sandstone. With three campgrounds to choose from to sleep for a night, the possibilities of what you can do there are endless. You can see the wildlife or just nature in general – the park’s service says the park is home to over 1,000 plant species and nearly seventy different species of mammal. With the Kolob Canyons and the Subway, and the Narrows to choose from, the park is a great adventure for all.
2. South Beach, Miami
Stretching along the Atlantic where people come from miles to bathe in the sun, South Beach is a great place to visit if you are looking for beach parties, nightclubs, and restaurants. People are encouraged to visit the various clubs in one night where they will experience dancing and top music tracks in the clubs which are upscale. The hotels are full of great and classic architecture with elaborate swimming pools, and in South Beach, according to this article, you can just check into one and join in the fun.
1. Hollywood, Los Angeles
A neighborhood unlike any other in the world, Hollywood is full of glamorous hotels and places where celebrities living in LA live. Visit the Hollywood sign sitting on a hill – did you know the sign was meant to only be standing for only a year, in 1923 – yet look at it now – its still standing upright, though visiting it might be a problem because of the homeowners nearby, but its still worth the chance to visit the sign. Then there is the Chinese theater where movies are premiered to this day, in a theater where the architecture harks back to Ancient China with a ceiling that was hand painted by artists where visitors can see the hands and footprints of stars – a tradition started by Norma Talmadge by sheer accident and then blossomed into a tradition where actors and actresses such as Judy Garland, some of them going back to the 1930s, imprint their hands and feet in wet cement and sign their names. But the magic is apparently fantastic when it comes to the winter months on the way to Christmas. According to this article on Disney Insider, you’ll find a Hollywood transformed with decorations hanging above Hollywood Boulevard, with the stores featuring displays for the season and the sounds of Christmas music filling the air.