The United States of America is without a doubt one of the most diverse and interesting countries on the planet, it is absolutely huge and there is so much to see and do there that you would need to a lifetime to explore all of it. I wanted to make this guide to visiting what has become one of my most favourite travel destinations on the entire planet.
First things first
The first thing you need to observe about visiting the States is, of course, the entry requirements. Most people can apply for an ESTA or an Electronic System for Travel Authorization as it is formally known. This gives the person the ability to travel to the United States for trips of up to 90 days within a 2 year period. It is important to get your ESTA application in as soon as you can and if you are not eligible, to apply for the appropriate visa before going to the USA. You simply cannot get this when you land and a number of airlines will refuse boarding if you don’t even have this!
Best Ways To Experience It
One thing that is interesting about the United States is a lack of a unified transport system that exists in other countries. You really need a car to explore most cities, but some have great transport systems, such as New York City and San Francisco. Here are my two favourite ways to explore the USA:
- Flying – This is the best option when you have less time and want to focus on the cities that you came to see.
- Road trip – this is one of my favourite options because this is the classic holiday in the United States. If you have time I would highly recommend hiring a car, doing a little research then getting out onto your merry way. Personally road tripping through America was one of the greatest ways to see the States and it was extremely interesting to see how vastly different it was from state to state.
Great Things To See
As I mentioned above, there is quite a lot to see in this unbelievably big country. Here are just a few of my absolute favourite things to see there:
- New York City – The Big Apple is probably the greatest city on earth and it is certainly very beautiful. You can’t really understand how monolithic it is until you go there and you can see skyscrapers as far as the eye can see. The landmarks that we all know and love are all there, such as the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. It is quite a surreal feeling to see these things in person when you have seen them thousands of times on TV, movies and magazines. The cultural appeal of New York is absolutely huge with the best restaurants, shopping, theatre shows (think Broadway) and so much more. Don’t forget to try some pizza, it is amazing!
- Yellowstone National Park – When Yellowstone’s national park status was declared it was actually the first national park on the planet! This status as the first matches what there is to see there. The exciting nature with the mix of mountains, lakes, forest and wildlife make it an absolutely picturesque location that any person visiting America must see. The volcanic power of the park is also evident in the number of hot springs, geysers and mud pots there. The park is my favourite national park on the entire planet and that means a lot to someone that has traveled as much as I have!
- The Grand Canyon – Roughly 5 million people go to see the Grand Canyon annually, which speaks volumes for this amazing place and its status as one of the wonders . This huge canyon is about 1.6 kilometres deep, 450 kilometres long and 30km wide. The stunning natural formations here that have been carved out of the landscape by the California River over 6 million years are simply amazing and you simply cannot experience them anywhere else. I would highly recommend visiting this amazing place, you won’t soon forget it!