The United States is not among the most touristic countries in the world but cinema has turned many American cities into world icons or dream destinations.
Although the country has plenty of natural beauties, the international tourism it receives is mostly concentrated in them, newer or older, but all with their own attractions. If you are wondering which cities should visit in the United States, here is my favorite list:
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Obviously it is in the first place. It is the tourist mecca of this country par excellence and a cosmopolitan city where you can and should do a little of everything.
Among the most popular attractions is the Empire State Building Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building St. Patrick's Cathedral, Times Square and Central Park.
There are internationally renowned museums such as the MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art o MET, American Museum of Natural History or Guggenheim, but there are also popular sites like Little Italy, Brooklyn Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, Lincoln Center, Broadway theaters and much more.
The incredible thing is that you surely know at least 90% of everything I just named. That's how famous New York is. You can buy the NY City Pass and visit the most iconic sites saving 40% for the six more attractions. The regular price is $ 193 but today, on the website, you buy it for $ 116.
Boston & Washington
Since we are in New York we can visit Boston and Washington, two of the oldest and most historic cities in the country.
From New York the most common way to get to both cities is by train, using the Amtrak service.
Thinking of Boston, if you plan the trip at least fifteen days in advance you can get good discounts on a fare that starts regularly at $ 49.
Boston it's a typical New England town, quaint and sophisticated. You may ride a trolley, there are sightseeing tours, and enjoy gastronomic and ethnic festivals. The coast is beautiful to walk, there are harbor cruises at sunset or at midnight and at certain times of the year you can even see whales.
El Arnold Arboretum, parks and public squares, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the enclosed garden of Trinity Church, the beautiful Public Library, almost a museum and the Italian Quarter and the Jewish Quarter are also good destinations. It is about walking.
If we talk about Washington we talk about visiting the Casa Blanca, United States Capitol and also many free cultural, natural and historical attractions. By this time, for example, the cherry blossoms begin and the city is colored in pink and white. If you like museums Smithsonians they are the first and best.
Washignton it's almost a four hour drive from New York. You can go by train, fast, in the Acela service that takes three hours, or in others that take a little longer. Also by bus, easy and cheap worse longer.
And of course, we can always sign up for excursions from New York to Washington and Boston.
It is a nice and beautiful city with its streets that go up and down. We have seen it in many movies so at this point we know that we cannot stop visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Cointower, its museums, the cable car and its trams.
The best views of the sea are from the Pier 39, with its restaurants and bars, in Fisherman's Wharf. Worth a ride by Lombard Street, with its houses and gardens, the beautiful park The Presidio and the Yerba Buena Gardens.
For museums there is the Exploratorium, Museum of Asian Art, Jewish Museum and Legion of Honor Built in memory of soldiers killed in World War I it has art dating back more than four thousand years.
This city for me has a lot of personality. The french imprint you feel it in the French Quarter, but you also feel it in the food. It is a green, lush, sunny city.
Has many museums related to the history of the country: The United States Custom House, the Backstreet Cultural Museum, The Presbytere, the Cabildo, the Longue Vue Residence, the San Luis Cemetery, the Hermann-Grimae Residence, several XNUMXth and XNUMXth century houses old plantations and various churches.
It is a city of many festivals, jazz, cuisine, literature, so there is always something to do. And at night, I won't even tell you: there are casinos, bars, jazz clubs and restaurants.
Frenchmen Street is a good place to start and if you go to carnival, the parade of Mardi Gras It is the best..
It is known as the Windy City and it is the third city in number of inhabitants in the country behind New York and Los Angeles.
You can visit the Willis Tower, the second tallest building in North America, with a glass box that seems to hang in the void, the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, with its color show and music, make a boat ride or ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier.
Chicago owns beautiful architecture too, between classic XNUMXth century skyscrapers and buildings. Outdoor spaces, if you go in good weather, are also recommended: the Millennium Park, 606, an old train line converted into a path that runs through different muds, the Maggie Daley Park and the whole coast with its 33 beaches and a long path that runs along the edge of the lake michigan.
This city is in california and dates from the end of the XNUMXth century. If you like Hollywood you can't miss it: the sign on the hill, Hollywood Boulevard with its theaters and museums, the gallery of the National Academy of Cinema and the tours through the houses of the famous.
Also do not leave out the Grammy Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the cemetery, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, Universal Studios, Disneyland and more.
Santa Monica It is another recommended destination (sea, beaches, carnival), the same Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles. There are amusement parks and you can also witness some of the tv shows made here like Ellen DeGeneres or The Tonight Show, for example.
Las Vegas, what can you say about the Mecca of the game? Although it concentrates a lot of tourism, gambling is not the only thing you will see or do in this city in the middle of the desert. There are shows in the casinos, there are bars, restaurants and a nightlife without equal.
But you can also go out of town and hiking, strolling through the Grand Canyon, and visiting the Hoover Dam. that fuels this city that never sleeps with energy, the Lake Mead and Grand Wash Cliffs
Among the museums I recommend the Atomic Testing Museum, Bellagio Botanical Gardens and its art gallery, the Torre Eiffel offering great panoramas, at the Paris Las Vegas Casino Hotel, the Aquarium with three shows a day and obviously, the famous city sign which is on Las Vegas Boulevard. The photo there can not be missing.
Of course, the United States has many other interesting cities, but it seems to me that these are the most touristy.