America. Where do we even start with this one? It is the third largest country in the world both on population and land mass. From the spectacular views from the Statue of Liberty in New York to sunshine filled adventures in California. Find out where Moa, our marketing assistant, recommends the places to see on a trip to America.
See the dramatic waterfalls of Yosemite National Park
Best known for its waterfalls, Yosemite is also home to deep valleys, grand meadows, vast wilderness and much more. Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it is voted one of America’s most beautiful national parks, soaring granite monoliths and cliffs surround you as you explore the park by either hiking on trails past Bridalveil or Lower Yosemite waterfalls or explore the beautiful landscapes by cycling on 19km of paved park roads that meander through Yosemite Valley.
Embark on the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, the City of Angels
Visited by thousands of people daily taking countless pictures, the Walk of Fame is paved with 2,400 pink stars honouring celebrities past and present. The first star was awarded in 1960 to American actress Joanne Woodward. Located on either side of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, it is centrally located and close to other popular attractions. Experience OUE Skyspace, a 310-metres high observation desk within the US Bank Tower, California’s tallest building. It offers panoramic views from the outdoor terrace and a unique attraction recently opening is an open-air glass slide joining the 69th and 70th floors of the tower.
Take an iconic picture at Horseshoe Bend
Being the most recognised and visited places in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Horseshoe bend is an iconic photo opportunity for posting on social media. Hike to the top of the canyon to experience the 1000-foot drop, the 270-degree bend, the rich colour of the Colorado river running below and the vast canyon that must be seen to believe. Best time to visit the area is sunrise and sunset where the heat will be less intense, and the crowds will be smaller.
See the bright lights of Las Vegas
‘Sin City’ is the epicentre for all things party and fun. Be mesmerised by the infamous fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel, these fountains are the most complex water feature that have ever been made. Be prepared to be wowed at the variety and the choreography of these fountains perfectly timed to music. Elevate your Las Vegas experience by visiting the STRAT Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA, at 1,149 feet it is an eye-catching addition to the skyline that includes a hotel and casino.
Marvel at the narrow orange and gold sandstone walls in Antelope Canyon
Experience the narrow passages, smooth curves, and the warm tones of this sandstone slot canyon, located a few kilometres from downtown Page, Arizona. Tall walls of sandstone rock surround you as you pass through the Upper Antelope Canyon, make sure to take your camera and get some shots of the sunbeams reflecting off the rocky walls, accentuating the vivid orange walls. Completely shaped by water erosion over years gone by, Antelope Canyon is also known by the name Tsé bighánílíní: the place where water runs through rocks.
See the spectacular views of Lombard Street, San Francisco
Known as the “Crookedest Street in the World,” Lombard Street is one of San Francisco’s most popular landmarks. Every year, millions of visitors walk or drive down its eight sharp hairpin turns, if you can take your eyes off the road, you can enjoy views such as Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge and the bay. Only a 10 minute drive away is the Golden Gate Bridge, its tremendous 746-foot tall towers and signature orange colour is a must do experience.
Visit South Beach, Miami
Home to art deco architecture, swaying palm trees and the pastel coloured lifeguard stands that have become synonymous with this iconic destination. The trendy and quirky neighbourhood is a nightlife hotspot, attracting the young, rich, and famous and there is plenty to do from enjoying oceanside fine dining to world-class art museums.
See the Statue of Liberty in New York
A must see for anybody visiting New York, this iconic American site is the symbol of New York and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. The statue is made of copper and originally it was a rich brown copper colour, throughout the years however, exposure to air, pollution and water caused a change in colour to what we know today. Either take a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty or get the Staten Island Ferry which is an independent option and also a free way to pass the base of the pedestal.
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