Are you planning to explore more places in the United States?
Me too! I arrived in the US 14 years ago, and so far, I’ve visited 20 out of the 50 states. I have a full-time job, so I only get to travel on the weekends or during my vacation.
I was looking at my old travel photos, and I got inspired to write about these exciting places. Here are the 7 Must-See Places in The USA.
1. New York, New York
The first time I set foot in NYC was on a cold winter night at Times Square. I was a bit overwhelmed by everything – the sights, the sounds, the traffic, and the massive crowd. I didn’t know where to go or eat. I end up buying the worst thin-crust pizza ever!
It wasn’t until I visited the Big City several times that I fell in love with NYC. I paid homage to Lady Liberty, watched my first Broadway show, and found a resto with fresh, coal oven-baked pizza at Little Italy.
Travel Tips: Choose what NY sights you want to see and plan your itinerary. Research where to eat. Book your hotel room ahead of time. If you’re doing a lot of walking, wear comfy shoes or sneakers. For more NY travel stories and tips, click here.
2. Washington, DC.
One of the most unforgettable 4th of July Celebration I ever had was in the nation’s capital. I can still remember waving the flag as the marching bands and floats passed by. The fireworks display against the DC skyline of monuments and memorials was spectacular!
Travel Tips: Stay in a hotel within walking distance to the National Mall. During the day, check out the free museums ( National Air & Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, etc. ). Fireworks start around 9pm, arrive early, and find a good spot. For more info, check out the National Park Service’s website.
3. Disney World in Orlando, Florida
When I moved from the Philippines to the US years ago, the first item on my travel bucket list was Disney World. I was lucky to find a $500 airfare + hotel promo. My wish came true when I finally saw the various attractions and met my favorite Disney characters.
Travel Tips: Lookout for great vacation packages. Go during the off-season. The parks are much bigger than you think – don’t expect to do, see, and ride everything in a single vacation.
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is known to be one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. All I can say is… YES… the view is so breathtaking!
Travel tips: Spring and Fall are the best times to visit because daytime temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold. There are several ways to get there, I took the guided tour from Flagstaff, AZ to the South Rim. The day tour includes multiple stops along the rim and historic buildings. It was a fun and stress-free way to see the awe-inspiring beauty of the canyon.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
Ok, I know this photo really looks vintage. I can’t recall what year this was taken. But, I remembered that I had an awesome birthday at the US party capital… Vegas Baby!
Travel Tips: If it’s your first time in Vegas, I strongly suggest that you pick one of the strip hotels that put you in the heart of the action. You can find the best price by shopping around and choosing your dates (midweek rates are usually lower).
6. Arches National Park, Utah
The Arches National Park is located near Moab, UT. It is known to have the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. As I walked through the red rock wonderland, I felt like I was transported into another world.
Travel Tips: Choose from a variety of 10-minute to 4-hour hikes. Bring food and water. For more details about the park’s hiking trails, click here.
8. Oahu, Hawaii
Take me back to this beautiful tropical island. Aah… Hawaii! I miss the tranquil skies, the cool sea breezes, and the emerald-blue waters.
Travel Tips: Here are some of the things I highly recommend: attend a Hawaiian Luau, stroll around Waikiki beach, explore the Oahu North Shore and Dole Pineapple Plantation, visit Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial.
Have you visited any of these places? Which one is your favorite? Any other tips you would like to add? Feel free to share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!