Major attractions

The U.S. offers plenty of attractions that bring visitors from all over the world. Whether you seek outdoor adventure, man-made fun or fantastic scenery, you will find plenty of places to visit, sightsee and experience the United States of America. We have compiled a list and short summary of a few of the more famous places in the 50 states:

 

(listed in alphabetical order)

Alaska

More than twice as big as the next largest state, this vast wilderness frontier boasts incredible scenery, wildlife and culture. Several cruise lines offer trips that take visitors to the most common tourist locales, both along the shoreline, and further inland.

Chicago, Illinois

World-renowned museums and a vibrant cultural environment bring many visitors to this large mid-western city on the banks of Lake Michigan.

Colorado and Utah

Known around the world for excellent skiing, these two western states offer abundant outdoor recreation in both winter and summer, as well as beautiful canyons, arches and the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Many companies provide packages and vacation accommodations geared toward visitors.

Florida

Attracted by its warm climate, many visitors choose Florida as a vacation destination. Not only does it offer beautiful white sand beaches, the Everglades and Cape Canaveral Space Center, but tourists from around the world flock to the Orlando area, known as the largest family entertainment headquarters anywhere, including venues like Disney World, Epcot Center, Sea World and Universal Studios.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

One of the world’s greatest natural wonders, this canyon stands a mile deep (1,500 meters) and over 15 miles (24+ km) wide by 100 miles (almost 161 km) long. Besides its immense size, the play of colors, light and shadows across the rock formations leave visitors breathless. Adventure companies offer mule rides to the bottom of the canyon, as well river rafting through the canyon.

Hawaii

This string of beautiful islands in the Pacific Ocean attracts visitors from all over the world for its scenery, temperate weather, beaches and surf. Travel companies provide package deals for airfare, car rental, activities and accommodations.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Most people associate this large desert city with its gambling venues, glitzy entertainment and extravagant architecture. Because the gaming and show business draws so many visitors, food and lodging often costs less than in many other big cities.

Los Angeles, California

This metropolitan West Coast city draws tourists with a fascinating array of attractions, including Hollywood (the moviemaking capital of the world), Beverly Hills (where the movie stars live), Disneyland, beaches, surf, endless activities and a temperate climate.

Massachusetts

This New England state offers incomparable American history, scenery and culture with its ties to the earliest days in this country’s history, a beautiful landscape and diverse cultures.

Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota

Impressive sculptures of four U.S. presidents carved into a granite mountain bring many visitors to appreciate the scenic Black Hills of South Dakota.

New Mexico

This southwestern state blends cultural heritage with beautiful scenery and offers a distinct look at how American Indians and Mexicans have contributed to the way of life in that region of the United States.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Once a thriving cultural city, New Orleans now seeks to rebuild its exotic reputation in the aftermath of the destruction it suffered from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Tourists have long enjoyed the food and nightlife of New Orleans in particular.

New York City, New York

The largest metropolitan city in the U.S., NYC is famous for its museums, cultural events, nightlife and shopping, as well as landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

San Francisco, California

Not as mild a climate as L.A., this California city has a culture all its own with steep hilly streets overlooking the bay, cable car transportation, Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Seattle, Washington

In the lush Pacific Northwest, Seattle draws visitors to its famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle and the incomparable Puget Sound. Seattle also boasts a thriving independent music scene, often considered the birthplace of grunge. Coffeehouses also took off in Seattle.

Washington, D.C.

The capital of the United States, this beautiful and diverse city has numerous monuments, memorials, government buildings and public parks.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This vast collection of wildlife, wilderness, hot springs and geysers has attracted tourists to Wyoming for many decades.