Every year, millions of visitors flock to America’s many attractions spending millions of dollars on hotels, airfare, rental cars, dining and souvenirs. Here are just a few of the world’s favorite American attractions.
Grand Canyon National Park
One of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is a four hundred and forty-five kilometer chasm, up to twenty-eight kilometers wide at some points, which the Colorado River has been carved out of the Arizona landscape over several million years, exposing nearly two billion years of the earth’s geological history.
The strikingly beautiful ribbon hues of rock walls in shades of red, purple, yellow, orange and brown are awe-inspiring, but views of the canyon at sunrise and sunset are nothing short of spectacular. There are numerous areas along the rim where you can view the canyon, including the new glass bottomed skywalk. The more adventurous can view the canyon by helicopter, hike down into the canyon, or raft down the Colorado River.
The infamous “Sin City” with its acres of neon, rhinestone-encrusted showgirls and outrageously opulent casinos offers non-stop entertainment. You don’t have to be a gambler to enjoy the glittering Las Vegas Strip. Here you’ll find unique shows like Cirque du Soleil, world-renowned concert headliners, Broadway-caliber productions, amazing cuisine from some of the world’s top chefs, a vibrant nightlife and one of the best shopping experiences to be had in America.
Niagara Falls State Park
America’s oldest State Park has been a major attraction for decades. Sitting on the border between the US and Canada, Niagara Falls is a natural wonder formed over several millennia. It is actually three separate waterfalls, the American Falls, The Bridal Falls and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. The breathtaking views, the deafening roar and the shear power of the falls is something you won’t soon forget.
An observation deck, just eighteen meters from the top of the American Falls, lets you get a close view. Other ways to get a close-up experience are the Maid of the Mist Boat tours that take you to the bottom of the falls or the Cave of the Winds, a walkway at the bottom of Bridal Falls.
The Magic Kingdom, built on several thousand acres of former swampland in Florida, is a fantasy world that encompasses four separate theme parks, two water parks and the Downtown Disney entertainment district. Disney World has something for everyone; thrill rides, kiddy rides, high-end shopping, late night entertainment, championship golf courses, excellent dining, deluxe spas, wonderful Kissimmee villas, and beautiful beaches.
Universal Studios in Hollywood
You can immerse yourself in movie-making magic on a tour of Universal’s backlot. There you will visit actual movie and television sets including Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives, roam through the prop warehouse and maybe even spot a star or two.
The adjacent theme park features movie themed rides with in-your-face special effects, 3- D movies, live shows and much more. Universal CityWalk offers indoor skydiving at iFly Hollywood, a vertical wind tunnel where you can soar on a column of air in a simulated free fall.
These are only five of the unforgettable attractions that America has to offer. There are many more treasures in every state of this vast country.