Bold, brash and undeniably cool, the USA has a swagger that Aussies just can’t resist. Consistently rated as one of the top holiday destinations, it’s easy to see why everyone is flocking to American soil. Whether you want to witness the bright lights of New York, lie on the sun-soaked shores of Hawaii or stroll the celebrity-studded streets of Los Angeles, America will always leave you wanting more. Get your fill of fried chicken and key lime pie as you explore the country’s most beautiful cities. Here are eight reasons why we love the USA.
Pies, Doughnuts, Bagels and S’mores
The food, glorious food, is reason enough to visit the land of the free. America is the king of barbecue, burgers, pastries and pies. In the South, you can feast on succulent brisket and pulled pork and sample cherry pie and peach cobbler, while New York rolls out wood-fired bagels, ridiculously good pizza and the fluffiest donuts or even cronuts in the country. Unique flavour concoctions on the sweeter side of things include s’mores, red velvet and peanut butter and ‘pie shakes’ are the latest fad. Magnolia Bakery is a must for freshly baked goods or Sprinkles Cupcakes. And don’t forget to try every flavour of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, which is half the price.
Mountains, Canyons and Waterfalls
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate America’s impressive natural wonders and expansive national parks. Perhaps the most popular is Yellowstone National Park, home to the impressive Old Faithful Geyser and the magnificent Mammoth Hot Springs. Then there’s the breathtaking Grand Canyon in Arizona and of course, the world famous Niagara Falls. Hawaii has its fair share of gems including the spectacular Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, while California has the peaks of Yosemite National Park. Transformed to a white wonderland in winter, Lake Tahoe is also worth visiting or explore the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Roller Coaster Madness
Whether you love them or hate them, America has so many theme parks we lost count. Top of the list is Disney of course, whether you visit Disneyland in Anaheim or the mega Walt Disney World in Orlando. It doesn’t stop there though; Six Flags have theme parks right across the country and boast some of the most ground-breaking rides in the world. From the world’s tallest water slide in Kansas City to the tallest, fastest and longest wing roller coaster in Ohio. LA is home to multiple theme parks including Knotts Berry Farm, Disney California Adventure Park, Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Beaches and Boardwalks
California’s coastline is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, from the expansive shores of Santa Monica to the quieter waters of Laguna Beach. Many flock to the gorgeous beaches of LA to make the most of the city’s famous sunshine, while Hawaii is a hot spot for sun seekers from across the globe. Learn to surf at Waikiki Beach on Honolulu or retreat to one of Hawaii’s legendary black sand beaches. Hire a car and take the renowned California road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco for picturesque coastal views or join the bronzed bodies over at South Beach in Miami.
Legendary Monuments and Landmarks
America’s incredible history is evident at every turn, particularly in the country’s big cities. New York holds numerous treasures including the iconic Statue of Liberty, the Washington Square Arch and of course, Central Park. Washington DC draws political enthusiasts from all over the world with the chance to see the White House, National Mall, United States Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. There’s also the Space Needle in Seattle, the Alamo in San Antonio, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and the Trinity Church in Boston to name a few.
Every city across the States has its own unique design when it comes to architecture. San Francisco is famous for the glowing orange Golden Gate Bridge, while both the remarkable Flat Iron Building and the towering Empire State Building in New York appear in nearly every city postcard. Even the dramatic design of Union Station in Washington DC attracts visitors from all over the world, along with Grand Central Station in NYC. Other notable structures include the Gateway Arch in St Louis, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam and the Willis Tower in Chicago.
Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Retail therapy is a popular pastime in America with dozens of glamorous malls and fancy shopping strips to wander. Wherever you go, you will have no problems finding the latest fashions with department store giants at every turn. New York has Fifth Avenue, while Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive. Houston, Texas has the Galleria, one of the country’s biggest malls complete with an ice skating rink. Be sure to have a browse in department stores like Bloomingdales, Macys, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and also popular American clothing stores including Gap, J Crew, Forever 21, Abercrombie and Fitch and Urban Outfitters.
Bucket List Adventures
However your American adventure unfolds, you are sure to tick items off of your bucket list every other day. Whether it’s strolling down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, flying over the Grand Canyon, shopping in Times Square, relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii or standing outside the White House, America is a dream come true. It is home to incredible landscapes, towering monuments, natural wonders, fantastic food, great shopping and some of the world’s best theme parks. Whether you are a hungry foodie, a thrill seeker, a beach bum or a history buff, the USA has got it all.
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