By: Gelsey Brizo
5 Places in the U.S you absolutely have to Visit
Choosing just 5 places to visit in the United States seemed almost impossible at first, but after researching countless “must see” places in the States I came up with a list that blends both the big city attractions and natural wonders of the great U.S of A.
1. New York City, New York
Other than being one of the most iconic places in the United States, New York City has about a million things to do and see. From historical landmarks like The Statue of Liberty to pristine landscapes like Central Park, there’s something exciting for everyone to experience. You can check out Grand Central Station, see the amazing view from the Empire State building or take a selfie in the iconic Time Square. And if you want something to do at night, you have to watch one of the fantastic Broadway Shows, which are offered year-round. In between all the hustle and bustle of this incredible city, there’s never a dull moment in the Big Apple.
2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Changing pace, now, from man-made marvels to natural ones, we have Yellowstone National Park. The park itself was established in 1872 and was America’s very first national Park. It is home to the famous geyser Old Faithful, as well as most of the geysers in the entire world, having about 3 million visitors a year. Not only does it house Old Faithful, one of the most predictable geographic features on earth, it also has the picturesque Grand Prismatic Spring. Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world, but that only explains half its name. The way in which the sun reflects on the water in the geyser creates a shining, rainbow effect that surrounds the entire geyser. It truly is an incredible sight and you really have to see it in person to appreciate just how beautiful the prismatic effect is. So, whether you’re waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, or taking pictures of the large and beautiful Grand Prismatic Spring, or simply enjoying the vast forests and history of Yellowstone National Park, this national treasure will never cease to amaze you.
3. Washington D.C
Between Virginia and Maryland lies the United States Capitol of Washington D.C. This city is so rich in American history and culture it would be a crime not to visit it at least once in your life. With countless memorials that represent significant instances in American history, to dozens of museums that teach and tell the American story, it is full of historical and architectural wonders. I mean, who doesn’t want to visit the Lincoln memorial or the Smithsonian Museum? Talk about a great photo-op right next to a 19 foot tall honest Abe. With the amount of museums and monuments in D.C’s National Mall, where most of the monuments and museums are held, you’ll learn and see so much more than you thought you ever could and you’ll definitely want to take your time absorbing it all. The memorials will move you, the museums will fascinate you, and the rich history will captivate you.
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
Coming back to the U.S’ natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is definitely a sight to behold. You thought 19 foot honest Abe was tall? Try a mile deep canyon. The Grand Canyon astounds and amazes about 5 million people a year with its sheer size and magnitude. Being an enormous 18 miles wide and 277 river miles long makes the Grand Canyon a vast and enthralling piece of natural beauty. Aside from being visually astonishing, the canyon also holds about 17 billion years of geological history within its exposed and weathered walls as well as an extensive Native American cultural history. Scenic and awe-inspiring, simply standing at the South Rim (a popular Grand Canyon viewing site) and looking out at the vastness of the canyon is enough to take your breath away.
5. Maui, Hawaii
Some people tend to forget that Hawaii is a part of the United States, but Hawaii itself is an unforgettable destination. Maui in particular has been voted the most must see location in the United States by countless travel magazines and news networks, including CNN, CBS and the U.S. News’ Travel section. Great food, great surf and great scenery make Maui the vacation paradise of everyone’s dreams. It’s not just the picture perfect beaches and exhilarating activates available in Maui that make it such an amazing place to visit, but also the friendly atmosphere created by the locals there. In addition, Maui has a wide range of aquatic activities as well as its own National Park and historical district. This Hawaiian paradise has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of personality.
I hope that all these incredible places have at least piqued your interest, or maybe even inspired you to visit them as they have me. Safe travels, and may your next vacation be a great one!
About the Author:
Gelsey Brizo. A senior at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in English. Born and raised in Miami, Florida she speaks both English and Spanish fluently and loves to watch and play soccer. A book fanatic who enjoys to read and write, she can’t go a day without a cup of coffee, a good read or her favorite music.
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