The U. S. is a Mecca for tourists and home to some of the world’s most popular attractions. Whether seeking fun in the sun, or marveling at geological wonders, U.S. tourist destinations can satisfy virtually any vacation.
But, choosing the top five tourist attractions in the USA is not easy, especially for those with diverse interests. So, I’ll make it easier by listing them by category. Either of these attractions alone would make a wonderful vacation, but combining a few would make your make your vacation much more enjoyable.
Entertainment: Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Disney is the most popular brand in theme park vacations, and Walt Disney World is my personal pick as the most fun place in the world! The resort is huge, and offers fun and excitement for kids of any age.
Covering 40 square miles, every inch is covered with something to do. There are four theme parks, three water parks, eight golf courses, and countless restaurants, attractions and overnight accommodations.
Attractions include Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and my favorite, Epcot. Epcot is divided into Future World and World Showcase. I love Future World because it is filled with dazzling “Oh Wow” technological innovations, as well as rides and futuristic attractions.
Disney World provides anything you could possibly want in one place, but it’ll take more than one day to see it all.
History: National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
Washington is filled with historical landmarks, but to gain a greater perspective of those who established and fought for the demographic principles U.S. citizens enjoy, there is no better place to visit than the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks includes The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is also designated as the future home of the Martin Luther King National Memorial.
Educational: Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
If you enjoy history, you’ll love the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian is a collection of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. It houses the greatest collection of cultural and historical artifacts in the U.S., and is an educational experience unlike any other. Artifacts range from presidential papers, to Judy Garland’s ruby slippers. The Smithsonian also houses such geological treasures as the Hope Diamond.
Geological: Niagara Falls, NY/Canada
One of the world’s natural wonders, Niagara Falls is a combination of geological beauty and awesome hydraulic power. It is the world’s “honeymoon capital”, and the area is saturated with restaurants, casino’s and spectacular views. My favorite attraction is “The Cave of the Winds”, where you can walk out on a deck just feet from the bottom of the falls.
Cultural: French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is best known for Mardi Gras, but there is always a festival or event going on there. The city is filled with a history which combines French, Spanish, African, and American cultures, making it the most culturally diverse city in the country. The French Quarter, once a part of the city’s red light district, is still a melting pot of fun and debauchery.