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    What are the must see places in the US?

    I'll be going to America at the end of the year, and of course I plan on seeing the main cities like Los Angeles and New York. But where else should I be going? At the moment I'm thinking San Francisco, Boston and San Antonio. Where else is nice to see? Thanks.

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    Orlando's very touristy, but it's also alot of fun, a lot of things to do for people of all ages! There's alot of places in LA that you'd miss if you weren't paying attention, make sure to make it to Venice Beach, and head into the Malibu Mountains for some hiking, the Topanga National Park is great for that, have fun!

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    If you like skiing, Lake Tahoe was amazing to see. Being up in the mountains with a view of the lake was breathtaking. I'm sure it's good hiking in the summer months too, although I can't speak to that personally. Vegas is fun to see at least once, for the novelty of everything. And the Grand Canyon isn't too far from there. Seattle, New York City, and San Francisco were also cool cities to visit that I can personally recommend.

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    Philadelphia is a great place to visit. It is the birthplace of the nation. You have Betsey Ross's house, Ben Franklin's house, the Liberty Bell, the original capital of the United States, and the Constitution center just to name a few of the historic places that you can visit.

    There is also a great arts scene in Philadelphia as well.

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    Atlanta is an amazing place to visit! The olympics were held there back in 1996 and they have a beautiful park there. It's also where Coca Cola was started and there is a really fun World of Coke museum. The zoo is wonderful too! If you do go to Atlanta be sure to eat at The Varsity, their hotdogs and F.o. (Frozen Orange) are greasy perfection! LA is nice, but San Diego is nicer in my opinion. It's beautiful year round and there are SO many fun free things to do here. Balboa Park is gorgeous and the nightlife in the gaslamp district is so much fun. Be sure to go to In n Out burger when you're in California, order a double double animal style. You won't regret it!

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    Personally, I don't like Los Angeles and would take San Francisco as an alternative. Los Angeles is just too much of a concrete jungle to me... I think SF has much more personality and is a lot easier to get around if you won't be traveling with a car. If you do make a stop at San Francisco, I would highly recommend setting aside a few days (two or three is enough) to see Yosemite National Park. It's by far one of the most jaw-dropping travel experiences I've ever had.

    Washington, DC is a great city to visit to get a glimpse at the country's history. It has some stunning national monuments like the Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington monuments. It also has the renowned Smithsonian museums - my favorite is the Natural History museum - and many excellent others like the Holocaust Museum and the Newseum. And of course it has Capitol Hill, which is definitely worth a visit. Eastern Market and Georgetown are also lots of fun to walk around and do some eating/shopping.

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    I would recommend the Grand Canyon.It was one of the best trips I ever made on a budget,no less! We stayed mostly in motels and just seeing the reddish landscape everywhere was a welcome sight from the cityscape I am used to. We drove from the south rim to the east rim and also attempted to go on the trails. It was totally exhausting coming back up. We also went to the Horseshoe bend. I made the mistake of having sandals on in the hot summer and my feet were burning as I walked on the sand however the view is absolutely wonderful. I remember being throughly exhausted partially from the burning of my feet and also the heat in the summer(I recommend going in winter) and there was honestly nothing for miles when we were driving there but there was a Walmart and Mcdonalds there where we stopped for meals. You can also buy beautiful handmade pottery on the way there from the Indians.

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    Philadelphia and Gettysburg are great if you're into that type of history...there are a lot of little places to discover throughout each as well, and you absolutely *need* to have a real philly cheese steak at least once . I went to New Orleans years ago and am still dying to go back- it's so beautiful and has a vibe like nowhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jules View Post
    I would recommend the Grand Canyon.It was one of the best trips I ever made on a budget,no less! We stayed mostly in motels and just seeing the reddish landscape everywhere was a welcome sight from the cityscape I am used to. We drove from the south rim to the east rim and also attempted to go on the trails. It was totally exhausting coming back up. We also went to the Horseshoe bend. I made the mistake of having sandals on in the hot summer and my feet were burning as I walked on the sand however the view is absolutely wonderful. I remember being throughly exhausted partially from the burning of my feet and also the heat in the summer(I recommend going in winter) and there was honestly nothing for miles when we were driving there but there was a Walmart and Mcdonalds there where we stopped for meals. You can also buy beautiful handmade pottery on the way there from the Indians.
    As an Arizona native, I definitely have the echo the sentiment about the Grand Canyon. It's a breathtaking site, and it's really a one of a kind experience. The minimal cost is definitely a plus. If you do opt to visit the Grand Canyon, you should definitely be prepared to go hiking down the actual valley as it's a lot of fun. I try to make an annual hiking trip up to Grand Canyon, but the last year or so i've been a bit busy. The highlight of the trip is definitely always the hike down the mountain (And we camp at the base overnight).

    As for places outside of that, I really think you should visit New York. There's no other city quite as big or busy as New York, and I was personally amazed when I went there. It definitely wasn't the city for me, but i'm still glad that I was able to just check it out for a little bit.

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    I second the Grand Canyon. I have never visited myself, but it is definitely very high on my bucket list. As an American I almost feel obliged to if I am able. Another site to check out would be Hoover Dam. It is American engineering at its finest. The sheer magnitude is outstanding and it was built during unprecedented circumstances. Vegas if you are single has to be a hot spot for obvious reasons. The pinnacle of glamour and glitz. I'd also like to check out Mt. Rushmore,Hollywood, and Charleston (South Carolina) just to name a few. The United States definitely has its own unique attributes of in terms of travel appeal I would say.

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    I recommend DC, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore/Black Hills. Also Nebraska is often overlooked as a tourist area, however there is an amazing zoo in Omaha and many beautiful lakes and camping areas to visit.

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    I've done 2 roadtrips around the US, and these are my personal favorites:

    Cities: New Orleans (amazing culture, music, and food... my favorite city in the US), San Francisco (interesting liberal hippie culture), Portland (quiet indie city, fun to explore), Chicago, New York City

    Natural Landmarks: Grand Canyon (does not disappoint... this is spectacular and a must see), Yellowstone National Park (hot springs, geysers, etc, and a vast wilderness to explore beyond that if you're game), The Badlands, Big Bend National Park, Zion National Park

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    You should definitely go to New York City. It's an amazing place! You can do so much such as seeing a Broadway play, going shopping, and much much more! I also recommend Washington DC because you can see our nation's landmarks. You should go to the Grand Canyon too, I have always wanted to go there.

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    I live in the US, but have not gone on a vacation in years. I plan to see every state on my honeymoon on a month long road trip. There is so much to see. If/when you go to Boston, you can take tours of Paul Revere's house. If you go to Vegas, I highly recommend seeing the Blue Man Group. If you go to New York, there is a lovely French restaurant called, "Les Halles".

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    New Orleans! The food is amazing and you will get that Southern hospitality. If you are into alcohol, there are great drinks and you can indulge freely indoors or outdoors. It's easy to catch live music and the city just feels so alive. You really have to be there to understand the allure. Also the architecture is gorgeous. There are off the wall attractions like tours of voodoo homes, haunted houses, vampire tours and swamp tours. It's just a really cool city with really cool people.

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    Grand Canyon, definitely! The one thing of many others that I missed out on when I still lived in the US. The southern region is quite charming, from the Carolinas to Louisiana. Washington DC is quite nice, and of course, very educational. Boston is very charming, and very historical. New York City, because there is no other city in the world quite like it. The energy, the diversity, the grit, the lights, the flavors, the sounds are incredible!

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    For an American, Washington DC is the place to be. Not only is it the seat of our government, but the history, museums, culture, opportunity, and vibrancy in the city is like none other. Plus, they have Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which is quite possibly the best hamburger place in America.

    For foreigners the place to go is NYC. After you check out the big tourist areas such as the Met, MoMA, Museum of Natural History, Times Square, Broadway, Empire State Building, Liberty Tower, Highline, walk through 5th Ave/Meatpacking District, try local restaurants and bars. A favorite of mine is Artichoke Pizza either on the Lower East Side or Meatpacking District. Also, the Village and SOHO are filled with unique stores and restaurants that are within a reasonable travel budget.

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    I personally have traveled all over the U.S. as a truck driver for nearly a decade, and I've seen just about ever major city. But I have to say, the thing that impressed me the most when I first started traveling was Wyoming. Coming from Atlanta, where a 25 mile trip can take you up to 3 hours to drive in traffic, I was astonished to find a place in our country where there was literally nothing! Wyoming surprised me! It was quite beautiful and very remote. As a matter of fact, despite the size of their state, they actually have a smaller population than Rhode Island. There are times where you are out there driving for hours down a straight road, as far as the eye can see. The scenery barely changes and you get this eerie feeling like you're not going anywhere. There were no towns, radio towers, planes over head, power lines, or even cars on the road!! The only way you'd ever know humans existed is the fact that their is a road you're driving on. So personally, coming from a big city, I think Wyoming is definitely a must see place. Especially for those who don't believe there's any remote areas left in this country. You might think it's boring, but once you see your first sunset there with the air brushed painted skies and the aero-pastel colored plains, you'll fall in love and never want to leave for a big city again.

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    Re: What are the must see places in the US?

    Another vote here for the Grand Canyon and, for that matter, most of the great National Parks in the Western US. We are fortunate to have so many beautiful National Parks in this country, with such a diversity of environments.

 

 

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