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From the towering tip of the Empire State Building in New York City to the dips and dunes of California's Death Valley, the USA is a land of extremes. Don't miss the country's splendid cities and monuments—San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, Miami's sun-washed streets, New Orleans' Creole accents—or the expansive national parks that welcome visitors all across the country. Guided private and small-group tours will help you take in everything you most want to explore, from sea to shining sea. Head west from the Great Smoky Mountains to see the dramatic landscapes of Denali National Park; watch native grizzlies and eagles in Yellowstone; and climb to the stars up a mountain in Yosemite. Delight in a helicopter ride over the incomparable Grand Canyon. Head down the East Coast from Maine to Florida, with stops to tour Niagara Falls, visit the quaint colonial towns of New England, and check out the booming city of Nashville. Take a West Coast trip to soak up the laid-back vibes of San Francisco on a boat, walking, or bike tour; or explore funky desert communities and art in the Southwest. Finally, head out to Hawaii and Alaska for unbeatable hiking, biking, and great outdoor adventure tours, like an early-morning hike to a volcano or a cruise through Prince William Sound, and get your fill of these areas' stunning beauty.
The United States is so large that there’s no such thing as a bad time of year to visit. Still, summer is probably your best bet, with many things to do. The Fourth of July sees festivities erupt nationwide; annual cultural festivals and events are at their peak; and the weather is often ideal for outdoor pursuits—whether you're on the beaches of California, exploring the country's wealth of national parks, or pounding the pavement in its culture-rich urban centers.
The United States is a vast country, with vast transportation options. Traveling by air is often the speediest option for getting from place to place. Nationwide Amtrak rail networks offer a slower and more scenic way to travel, and Greyhound bus services make for an affordable alternative. Most major cities have their own public transit options—hubs like New York City and Chicago are particularly well-served. Car rentals offer opportunities to experience the American cultural institution known as the road trip.
The bulk of federal public land—managed by government agencies but typically free for the public to explore—is located in the western half of the United States. For unimpeded time in nature, it's worth heading beyond the major destinations and prioritizing rural areas in states like New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada, all of which offer spectacular and varied landscapes.
The USA is a huge country—the world’s fourth largest. It contains mountains, deserts, plains, forests, and many cities. You can do almost anything you’d like. Experience history in Washington, DC, nightlife in New York, beaches in Southern California, and so many national parks covering all sorts of beautiful terrain....More
The USA is a big country with many cultures and cultural activities. Experience everything from feasting on dim sum in NYC to seeing a ball game in Chicago to attending a buffalo roundup in Wyoming to celebrity spotting in Hollywood to participating in Mardi Gras in New Orleans....More
The United States of America is one country with 50 states (each with its own capital) and one district, Washington DC. The USA claims 14 global territories, including Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam....More
Many people consider the most famous place in the US to be New York City, the country’s largest city. It’s home to some 8.5 million people, Broadway shows, world-class restaurants, and skyscrapers galore. Another contender is Hollywood, the world’s show-business capital and home to the glamour of American film....More
Many will say the USA is famous for its film and TV contributions, concentrated around Hollywood. Others will say the USA is famous for New York City, home to Broadway and the Statue of Liberty. Still, others might say the USA is famous for being the leader of the free world....More
What to do on your first visit to America depends on your interests—the vast country is nearly 4 million square miles. You could see world-class theater in New York; stroll the beaches of Southern California; go mountaineering in Colorado; see the Great Lakes in Chicago; or hit some national parks....More