USA

→ Full of thousands of recreation areas and museums
→ Is the land of liberty
→ Is the trip of a lifetime                                        

The USA is a land of diversity having iconic landmarks to staggering landscapes, enchanting national parks, hot beaches, incredible outdoor activities from simple to an extreme with thousands of recreation areas.

The main reasons you should be visiting the USA are architectural iconic man-made sights, unparalleled landscapes such as 'the Grand Canyon', beautiful national parks and pretentious beaches with lots of outdoor activities.

Skiing and Snowboarding, Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, Rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Paragliding, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding, Sea cruising

Beaches, Lakes, Canyons, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Wildlife

Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

For Northern USA, the best months to visit are May and June. July-September is OK.

For Southern USA, you can visit throughout the year, though there can be storms and hurricanes in Florida from June onward.

top destinations in USA

This is the list of top destinations in the USA where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

new york

city that never sleeps

new york

City With Famous American Icons

  • New York is an amazing place for art and architecture lovers, museums, theaters and restaurant lovers with the enticing skyline.
  • New York is a favorite because of its famous landmarks.
  • It is one of the best places to shop. 
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • The Empire State Building and Rock Feller Center
  • Times Square
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art and Broadway and the Theater District
  • Brooklyn Bridge and Coney Island
  • Central Park and Wall Street
  • Niagara falls
  • Walk on the High Line,
  • Walk or ride across the Brooklyn Suspension Bridge
  • Drink cocktail in Manhattan
  • Visit Rockefeller Center for the view of Empire State building,
  • Stroll around Central Park
  • Shop on 5th Avenue
  • Visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Enjoy some unique cultural scenes and lively nightlife
  • Buy toys at FAO Schwarz, the toy shop.

las vegas

City of Fantasy

las vegas

Entertainment Capital

  • Las Vegas is famous for its casinos.
  • Las Vegas offers you great shows, great food with endless fun and excitement
  • Las Vegas is at Easy day-tripping distance to Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam
  • MGM Grand
  • Caesars Palace Forum Shop
  • The Grand Canyon and Red Rock Canyon
  • The Stratosphere Tower and the world’s highest roller coaster
  • Lake Mead
  • Just stroll around the city
  • Gamble in MGM Grand
  • Go to the neon museum
  • Adventure ride to the sky
  • Eat in a top-notch restaurant
  • Day trip to Grand Canyon

los angeles

Best Nightlife Scenes

los angeles

Great Beaches

  • It is within range of some of the USA’s great beaches, from Venice Beach to the Malibu Beach.
  • Shopping and eating are mesmerizing
  • Los Angeles is topped off with superb museums, art galleries
  • Los Angeles’s great theme parks and green parks offer visitors with unlimited fun and excitement.
  • Beverly Hills
  • Disneyland
  • Walk of fame
  • Venice Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Museums
  • Cruise Beverly Hills
  • Stroll around Venice Boardwalk
  • Visit Hollywood Boulevard’s concrete hands
  • Visit Universal Studios
  • Visit the Hotel California
  • Shopping on Rodeo drive
  • Visit Museums
  • Check out the ‘Mexican Village’ market on Oliver Street
  • Take part in open-air summer concerts in the Hollywood Bowl

san francisco

Best Foodie City

san francisco

Best California Vacation

  • An ideal city for a natural lover
  • Basepoint for the trips of wine country (Napa Valley and Sonoma County)
  • San Francisco offers adrenaline tours.
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • The wine country of Napa Valley
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Silicon Valley
  • Walk around the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stroll at Golden Gate Park
  • Take a cruise/tour by cable car
  • View the city from the Twin Peaks of San Francisco
  • Tour Alcatraz

orlando, miami (Florida)

Great Vacation Spot

orlando, miami (Florida)

Beautiful Beaches

  • Great vacation spot
  • Sea world, beautiful beaches with refreshing water sports
  • Proximity to the Everglades National Park
  • Miami Beach
  • Emerald Coast
  • Universal Studios
  • Disney Theme Parks
  • Everglades National Park
  • Devil’s Den Natural Springs
  • Morrison Springs
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Art deco style of Miami 
  • Boating and canoeing at Everglade National Park
  • Stroll around Miami beach
  • Bird watching in Florida
  • Experience zero gravity in NASA
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Visit Disney theme parks
  • Scuba diving, snorkeling at Miami beach

Hawaii

Island Paradise

Hawaii

Surfing Paradise

  • Islands in the middle of the Pacific with stunning beaches and tropical fish and turtle to watch.
  • Popular volcanoes to see.
  • Best  beaches in the world for Surfing and Snorkeling
  • Honolulu, Hawaii’s biggest city
  • Maui, the second biggest Hawaiian island
  • Waikiki beach, Hanauma Bay, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach
  • Historic harbor
  • Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving at Hanauma Bay
  • Swimming, windsurfing, and kayaking at Lanikai Beach
  • Windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding, swimming at Kailua Beach
  • Dolphins and whales watching, kayaking, tour in glass-bottom boats, submarine trips at Maui
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Ziplining
  • Golfing
  • Skydiving

Alaska

Largest State Within the Arctic circle

Alaska

Explore the Wilderness

  • Majestic mountains, glaciers, sparkling lakes views
  • Dense Forests with rich wildlife
  • Lots of outdoor activities, mainly watching northern lights and whales
  • Northern Lights
  • Mendenhall Glacier Caves
  • Denali National Park
  • Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Anan Wildlife Observatory
  • Harding Icefield Trail
  • Hiking and bear watching tour
  • Cruising and observing glacier crash into the ocean
  • View the Northern Lights
  • Whale watching and Steam train ride
  • Scenic day drive on highways
  • Flying over Alaska Mountain Range
  • See Alpenglow at midnight
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Fishing

top activities to do in USA

There are lots of outdoor activities from simple to an extreme you can enjoy in the US. The list can goes on and on. But we have curated some top activities to do in the USA on the basis of its popularity and uniqueness, and that you may not get to experience these activities better in any other countries than the USA.

Note: Experiencing Zero Gravity is costly. If you can afford it, then you can have this once in a lifetime experience in ;

  • Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • San Francisco, CA

Those who don’t fall under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and those who don’t have a US Permanent Resident Card should apply for a visa from the nearest US Consulate/Embassy.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is required for visitors to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The US Customs and Border Protection recommends you to apply for ESTA at least 72 hours before travel. Travelers traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA. 

Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of 2 years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and multiple trips to the United States without the traveler having to re-apply for another ESTA. When traveling to the U.S. with the approved ESTA, you may only stay for up to 90 days at a time – and there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits (no set amount of time).

Visa Waiver Program permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the US for business or tourism and can stay up to 90 days without a visa.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program called “Global Entry” allows speed up clearance for pre-approved travelers upon arrival in the US.

You can go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website to get more information on the US immigration rules.

It’s better to check visa requirements with the embassy well before you travel.

Master cards, Visa card, American Express are widely accepted. Changing cash or traveler’s check is not that hard. It is better to take a traveler’s check in Dollar.

You can draw cash from widely available ATMs.

Since there are lots of international flights to the US, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.

Since the major attractions are well scattered across the US, domestic flights are convenient for traveling long distances. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. City buses/coaches are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider. Hiring/renting car/recreational vehicles (RVs) or picking up a taxi can be the other alternatives too. Some vehicle rental companies provide pick up and drop off services.

Traveling by railways might not be a good option for traveling a long distance since trains can be slow and expensive. There is the USA Rail Pass (within the nation) and the California Rail Pass (within California) available to travelers.

Subways are the other way of transportation in some cities like New York, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago etc.

You should be aware that rules and regulations may vary from state to state in the US.

Travel Tips:

Be aware and take precautions against street crimes. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.

Weather Tips:

Always check the weather conditions before traveling to the mountainous regions.

Health Tips:

You should make an appointment with your health professional at least 4-6 weeks before your trip and check whether you require any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries.

The USA being a vast country and with so many sights to see and activities to do, it is difficult to choose the best places to visit in a single trip. Still, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of must-see places.

Must-visit destinations in USA:

If you are city and recreation lover:

  1. New York City
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Orlando, Miami (Florida)

If you are architecture and history lover:

  1. London
  2. Chester
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Stonehenge
  5. Antrim, Northern Ireland

If you are adventure and outdoor activities lover:

  1. Orlando, Miami (Florida)
  2. Denver, Colorado
  3. Hawaii
  4. San Francisco
  5. Las Vegas

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Yosemite National Park
  4. Alaska
  5. Hawaii  
  6. Orlando, Miami (Florida)
  7. San Francisco

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. New York City 
  2. Washington
  3. Los Angeles

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. New York City 
  2. Orlando, Miami (Florida)

   

From the above list, you can see that New York City, Hawaii and Las Vegas overlap in two categories whereas Orlando and Miami (Florida) overlap in four categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary accordingly and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick: If you are not much of that city lover and if you want a unique experience that is not available in other countries then our pick would be Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaii, Alaska.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to theUSA and


If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to have the following itineraries:

Either,

San Francisco, Yosemite National Park (Day 1-2)→Las Vegas (Day 3-4)→ Grand Canyon National Park (Day 5)→Route 66, Colorado River (Day 6)→Laughlin, Los Angeles (Day 7)

Or,

New York (Day 1-2)→Chicago (Day 3-4)→Orlando, Miami (Day 5-7)

Or,

Los Angeles/Las Vegas (Day 1)→Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, Yellowstone National Park (Day 2-3)→Grand Teton, Jackson Hole, Pocatello (Day 4)→ Bruce Canyon National Park, Lower Antelope Canyon (Day 5)→Grand Canyon (Day 6)→Las Vegas (Day 7). (Note: Due to the vastness of Yellow Stone National Park, it takes several days to get around Yellowstone. At least 3-5 days is required to get most out of your Yellowstone trip)

Or,

Hawaii Island (7 Days): (Note: If you want to really enjoy an island, then you should spend at least 3-5 days per island.)

Or,

Alaska tour (7 Days): (Note: It can take longer if you want to make most out of the Alaska tour by land and sea.)


If you have 14 days, you can combine any other itinerary to have better experiences on your trip.


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout the US can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime. 

Adventure and outdoor activities lover

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: 

Makena and Molokini Crater are the major sites for snorkeling in Hawaii Island. You can also do Manta Ray Night Snorkeling on the big island of Hawaii. There are lots of options to do scuba diving in Hawaii or Florida.

River Cruising and Sea Cruising: 

You can cruise the Mississippi River, the Columbia River, and Alaska.

Trekking/Hiking: 

You can have a hiking trip through the Appalachians or Yosemite National Park in California or Colorado.

Surfing: 

You can go to Hawaii

Rafting and Kayaking: 

You can do rafting in the Salmon River in Idaho or Colorado. Boating and canoeing at Everglades National Park (Florida).

Skiing: 

Skiing in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches: 

Hawaii: Waikiki beach, Hanauma Bay, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach
Los Angeles: Venice beach, Malibu beach and Santa Monica
Miami:  Miami beach

National Parks: 

Hawaii Big Island: Volcanoes National Park
Wyoming/Montana/Idaho: Yellowstone NP
Wyoming: Grand Teton NP
Montana: Glacier National Park
California: Yosemite NP
Arizona: Grand Canyon NP
Denver: Rocky Mountain NP

Forests and Mountains: 

Alaska:
Denver:
Asheville (North Carolina): The Appalachians, proximity to the great smoky mountains

Lakes: 

California/Nevada: Lake Tahoe
Oregon: Crater Lake
Minnesota: Lake Kabetogama
Alaska: Lake Clark
Michigan: Lake Michigan

Scenic Landscapes: 

Asheville (North Carolina): The Appalachians, proximity to the great smoky mountains
Wyoming/Montana/Idaho: Yellowstone NP
California/Nevada: Lake Tahoe
Alaska:
Utah: Bryce Canyon NP

Geological Sites: 

Hawaii Big Island: Volcanoes National Park is the best place to see amazing volcanic sites. You can hike to the dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii.
Wyoming/Montana/Idaho: Yellowstone NP
Alaska:
Arizona:

art, culture and recreation lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries: 

New York City:
Washington:
Los Angeles:

Cultures and Traditions: 

New York:

Festivals and Events: 

Coachella Music and Arts Festival:
Food Festivals

Theme Parks and Fun Parks: 

New York City: Visit Coney Island
Las Vegas:
Los Angeles: