The United States of America, a country so diverse in its geographical features that it provides the right conditions for you to engage in almost any fun and adventurous activity you can think of. This holiday season is the perfect time for you to backpack across the country and tick off a few things from your bucket list. Here are the most amazing things you can do during your travels.
1. The Grand Canyon National Park
One thing you need to do, at least once in your life, is to stand at the edge of a cliff in the Grand Canyon and feel its magnificence. The vast expanse in front of you, silent yet strong, makes you realize of the place you hold in this world. Located in the state of Arizona, this much-celebrated landmark is around 18 miles wide and 277 miles long. The jagged rocks with the Colorado River flowing through enhance the beauty of the Grand Canyon.
2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This place is definitely a dream come true for Potterheads. For those who have grown up with steady doses of the Harry Potter books and movies, this in one place you can’t afford to miss. Situated in Orlando, Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is sprinkling some much-needed magic and wonder at its visitors. Watch your favorite fantasy land come alive in the replicas of Ollivanders, the Three Broomsticks, Diagon Alley and many more.
3. Golden Gate Bridge
The red bridge taking a golden hue just as the sun rises; the blue waters below and the fluffy white fog at the back disappearing slowly, is a sight that stays with you long after your vacation is over. One of the most recognized landmarks of the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is located in San Francisco, California.
4. Disneyland Park
Nicknamed as ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’, Disneyland is a theme park with exhilarating rides, themed resorts, restaurants, light shows and Disney characters in costume performing live shows all through the park. When it comes to Disneyland, age is just a number and you’re bound to have fun regardless.
5. Central Park
Sitting pretty in New York City and breathing life into the concrete jungle it’s surrounded by, is Central Park. This refreshing piece of greenery is exactly what you need after an exciting day of sight-seeing at the biggest city in the country. Spend some uninterrupted quality time with your loved ones, lounging at the huge lawns of the park. Go for an energizing jog around the lake or simply sit by the lake and watch the inline skaters and bicyclists go by.
6. Yosemite National Park
The charm of the bright blue sky speckled by white candy-floss clouds can only compete with its reflection on the surface of the water below. The different shades of green all around add value to the beauty of the place. Winter, summer, spring or fall, absolutely any season provides stunning views of the Yosemite National Park. Go for a stroll in Mother Nature’s arms and feel connected to your soul at this gorgeous park.
The geological features of this Hawaiian island allow you to go for a host of different adventurous activities. Ride the waves at Honolua Bay, go snorkeling with your travel mates and swim with all the exotic marine species or go hiking at the picturesque Twin Falls or Sliding Sands trail; whatever you choose, you’re bound to have a memorable holiday.
8. Mammoth Cave National Park
A beautiful intriguing cave that gives off other-worldly vibes, exploring this marvel of nature is one of those experiences that gets engraved in your heart and mind. Located in Kentucky, it holds the prestigious record of being the world’s longest cave system known to mankind.
9. Las Vegas
The name itself creates enough excitement to attract a large number of domestic and international travelers all through the year. Known as ‘The Entertainment Capital of the World’, this glittering city has a number of casinos, resorts, live-entertainment venues and adventure sports facilities. It is also pretty famous as a destination for crazy adventure weddings. Las Vegas is the city where couples go to recite their nuptial vows underwater or in the air after jumping out of an airplane.
Yes, there are a number of water sports you can engage in but surfing is a classic that never goes out of style. Carrying your surfboard across the country would not be very practical. There are surf- shops at almost every location where you can rent out a board and have the time of your life. Many of these beaches also come with surf-shacks (a sensible form of accommodation) for you to rent out during your stay. The surfing spots you need to check out are Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, La Push in Washington, Rincon Point in Santa Barbara, New Smyrna Beach in Florida, Virginia Beach, Hampton Beach in New Hampshire and Punalau Beach, Maalaea Bay & Hanalei Bay in Hawaii.
11. Albuquerque Balloon Festival
One of the most beautiful festivals on the planet, the Albuquerque Balloon Festival is a mixture of brightly colored hot-air balloons, people, laser shows, live music and other events that delight our senses. Hosted in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the festival is a nine-day affair that comprises of more than 500 hot-air balloons and welcomes a massive crowd each year. If you don’t want to participate in the competitions, you can still be a part of the festivities by going for a memorable hot-air balloon ride.
Isabella Jones is an inspired travel writer. She is an avid traveler from New York whose soul is infused with vivid imaginations and the passion of writing. She leaves no stone unturned for exploring new places and enjoying them to the fullest. She dreams to travel the whole world and pen down her experience for LookUpfare.com, so that all who reads her stories can go on a virtual journey with her.