Within the United States lie an incredible range of natural attractions, from beautiful coastlines to majestic mountain ranges. It’s an expansive country comprising 50 states, so to make life easier, below are suggestions for five that stand out as top tourist destinations. It’s easy to see why the country’s so popular, but its important for every foreign visitor, whether stopping for a vacation or connecting with another flight, to first remember to apply for an ESTA visa. This will ensure a smooth passage through border control.
Florida isn’t short of attractions and a trip to this state promises to be packed with fun activities. It holds special appeal for party goers thanks to the wide range of exciting bars and eateries in Miami. Meanwhile, families can rest assured that Orlando’s Disney Land, Universal Studios, MGM Studios and other adventure parks will keep their kids entertained. Florida’s weather is another draw, with hot and sunny days to make sure its many beaches don’t go to waste.
The main draw of Arizona is its varied and attractive landscape. est known for its mile deep Grand Canyon, other top sights of interest include Flagstaff, the cactus-filled Saguaro National Park and a number of ski resorts. The northern part of the state also holds the largest number of ponderosa pine trees in the world.
One of the top attractions in Arkansas is the Hot Springs National Park. Now home to bathhouses, this area was once believed by native American Indians to have healing powers. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the trails that run alongside the Buffalo National River and may be lucky enough to spot a bobcat. The state is also home to the largest natural springs in the country and a diamond mined crater that’s open to the public.
Just northwest of Canada, Alaska is the most sparsely populated state. It’s also the largest. Here, you’ll find wide expanses of pristine forest, imposing mountain ranges and quaint towns. This is one for the serious adventurer. Top activities include skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing and hardcore hiking. Avid readers of travel literature will recognise the landscapes described in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 non-fiction book ‘Into the Wild’. Catch a glimpse of North America’s highest peak and see if you can spot some of the native wildlife including the moose and grizzly bear.
Connecticut’s Long Island Sound shoreline and numerous inland lakes make fishing a popular hobby. It’s a state with a slower pace of life and a popular spot for family day trips and romantic getaways. Home to a railroad museum, an air museum and the nation’s leading maritime museum, there’s plenty to learn about the state’s history. You can also take sleigh rides at Allegra Farm, experience waterfalls in the Litchfield Hills or relax while tasting the produce of a local brewery.
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