There’s no denying that the U.S. is a country which makes for some fantastic excursions, whether you’re a domestic or an international explorer. Of course, it’s such an expansive place that it’s very difficult to decide which places to see. If you travel for enough decades then you might see it all, but perhaps you’re just looking for a good place to begin. If that’s the case then the suggestions in this article should help you out. These are the greatest of the great American states. Let’s talk about what you should do if you visit each of them.
The state of New York is a vast place, and it’s mostly covered by the world-famous New York City. Obviously, on a trip to NYC, you have to start by seeing the iconic landmarks you’ve seen plastered all over films and heard in music for decades. Make sure you ascend the spectacular Empire State Building first. It might not be the tallest skyscraper in New York anymore, but it’s an important piece of the city’s history, and it’s still one of the most incredible pieces of architecture in the entire city. You also need to stroll through Times Square and Central Park at some point during your visit. Both spots make for some increidble photos.
It might not be as high up on the list as iconic international destinations such as New York or California, but Ohio is certainly a state with a lot to offer. It’s a real hidden gem, so you wouldn’t regret stopping off here if you were looking to travel across the United States in the future. Make sure you check out Hocking Hills. This stunning region offers spectacular vistas. You’ll find spectacular trails that take you through mesmerizing forests and caves. Hocking Hills State Park is home to shelf caves and exhilarating overlooks. You won’t find sights like this in any other state.
It’s also worth heading to Lake Erie in Cleveland if you’re going to visit the state of Ohio. Not only is it a serene and soothing natural spot but it’s also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s quite a spectacle before you’ve even stepped inside; this gargantuan glass pyramid has made the city very popular with visitors from all over the country and the world. You’ll find John Lennon’s report card, Bono’s first guitar, and many other iconic mementos from the rock legends of history.
This beautiful state is the west’s answer to Florida, and it certainly stands up well in the face of the challenge. In particular, you’ll want to head to many of the fantastic cities and natural spots in the south of the state. There’s more to see than SoCal, of course, but it is a huge state; you might as well start there. Cities such as San Francisco are well worth seeing. As pictured above, it’s a tranquil and ethereal place. Make sure you ride the cable cars through the city. Stop off at Lombard Street; this iconic zig-zagging road is impractical, but it’s also a vibrant multi-colored wonder. And you should definitely take a ferry to Alcatraz Island. It’s not just the home of intriguing history with regards to the old prison; it’s the home of beautiful scenery. Lush green gardens grow around the island, and it’s home to a fascinating ecosystem. It’s just one example of things being more than they seem in this small but vivid city.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to California without seeing Los Angeles. Make sure you head down to Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier to relax on sandy shores and have fun on the crazy rides you’ll find there. A trip to Hollywood is necessary too. Head up the hills and stop off at the Griffith Observatory. It’s a fantastic piece of architecture, and it provides magical views of the entire city. You should also head to San Diego. It’s a great city with a lot to offer. Little Italy is a particularly great spot for authentic Italian cuisine in very authentic Italian restaurants; you’ll think you’ve taken a quick trip to Europe. Whilst you’re in the San Diego area, you might want to check out some things to do in Carlsbad. It’s home to Legoland and many other great attractions.
If we’re going to talk about fantastic southern states then it’s only fair that Texas gets a mention. This vast state is unlike any of the others mentioned in this list. American states are all huge, but Texas almost views itself as an independent country in its own right. And it’s easy to see why when you visit the place itself. This incredible southern state has a culture and an aesthetic of its own. If you don’t know where to begin on an adventure in this ginormous state then start by trying out the burgers. Texan food really is something else, and this is definitely the case when it comes to the burgers that the state has to offer. Try the Bowling Alley Burger at Swift’s Attic in Austin and the famous Bean Burger from Tookie’s; there’s something delicious for meat-eaters and vegans alike.
Still, there’s more to do in Texas than eat plenty of food, believe it or not. That might be enough for you, but you can treat yourself to incredible sights too. You should really head up to the iconic Enchanted Rock if you get the chance. It might not seem like much more than a huge piece of granite, but you’ll understand the beauty of the place when you get up there on a warm summer’s evening and gaze up at the stars above. There are many intriguing legends surrounding the place, such as its ability to grant the power of invisibility to anyone brave enough to stay the night. It’s hard to see any physical evidence of that, of course (excuse the bad joke).