Monday, 12 August 2019

Three Amazing Cities to Visit in the USA

Narrowing down the top spots to visit in the USA is pretty difficult, if not impossible. Made up of 50 states, the USA has something for everyone, whether you're looking for stunning landscapes, bustling cities, tropical beaches or stretches of desert. America is a place of wonder and a place of magic; from the glow of the world-famous Hollywood sign, the neon lights of Las Vegas and the soaring skyscrapers of New York, to the breath-taking mesas of Arizona, the mythical desert landscapes of the Southwest and the glorious Cascades of Northern America.


When you think of the US, a number of images may spring to mind: the twinkle of the sun bouncing off the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, the glint of the torch in the Statue of Liberty's hand, the faces of Presidents carved into cliffs in South Dakota's Black Hills, the gush of water at the Niagara Falls...
In short, America has something for everyone to dip their travelling toes into - whether you're on a solo journey, a family holiday or a couples retreat. The sheer size and diversity of the country makes it a melting pot of culture.

So, where are the top spots to visit in the US? The truth is, this would be a ridiculously long article that would take a good few hours to get through if I was to go through all of the best spots (trust me, there's so many) So instead, I've put together three amazing cities to get stuck into in America.

New York 



New York, New York... the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. As one of the world's leading metropolises for food, theatre, fashion and art, everyone should visit the bustling city of New York at least once in their lifetime. While you may simply think of the famous Manhattan skyline when you think of New York,  there is so much more to this incredible city (although, the Manhattan skyline is quite a sight to see and does look just like it does in the movies) With five boroughs to explore, all peppered with their own sights, famous foods and cultures, you won't be stuck for things to do.

Whether you take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge to try out those famous chicken and waffles in Brooklyn, get stuck into a baseball game at the Yankee Stadium in The Bronx or soak up the breath-taking views from the top of the Empire State Building, New York offers delights for every type of traveller. Other places to explore include Broadway, the Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Central Park, Madison Square Garden, Bronx Zoo and Times Square.

Los Angeles



Sunny and glamorous LA is on the bucket list of many, and it's not difficult to see why: glorious sunny rays, a vibrant cultural scene, a diverse range of foods and beaches that look like they've been sculpted specially for a travel brochure. Let's break each of those factors down:

Weather. LA is sunny pretty all year round, so if (like me) you're a sun chaser, the sunny skies of Los Angeles won't let you down. In the City of Flowers and Sunshine, you'll rarely need a warm jacket.

Culture. LA is an incredibly diverse city and when it comes to museums, art, shopping, festivals, theatre and galleries, you won't be stuck for things to explore. A vibrant nightlife, impressive art scene and beautiful architecture are just some of things that draw people to the enchanting city.

Food. If you're not looking to test your palate and try a range of different foods, you're wasting your time in LA. The food scene in this city is nothing short of a delight and there are lots of different cuisines to explore. Whether you fancy a traditional American breakfast, a flavoursome Korean lunch or an Ethiopian supper, there's something to suit every taste and budget.

Beaches. With over 70 miles of coastline, the City of Angels is not short of beautiful beaches. From the busy shores of Santa Monica to the more relaxed sands of nearby Malibu, there is a stretch of beach to suit every traveller.

San Francisco



Often regarded as one of the hippest and coolest cities in the US, San Francisco deserves a firm spot on your American travel bucket list. Full of friendly faces, diverse neighbourhoods, stunning views and a never-ending list of things to do and explore, San Francisco is the perfect city for any explorer looking for some fun.

For a magical view of the Bay, take a walk along the famous Golden Gate Bridge, where you can marvel the downtown skyline and Alcatraz. Escape the bustle of a city in the Golden Gate park, where you can find a lush woodland areas, a buffalo reserve and the Japanese Tea Garden. Chinatown is not to be missed if you want to soak up some art, culture and delicious Chinese food, whereas the Alemany Farmers' Market is the place to go for beautiful Northern Californian produce.

For the best views of the city, take a walk up the secret stairs that are dotted all around the city: from the narrow set of stairs that dot Bernal Hill to the enchanting mosaic-covered stairs that lead towards Grand View Park. San Francisco is well known for its fresh and tasty seafood, with its most famous waterfront community being Fisherman's Wharf. Don't forget that you can also take a boat ride over to Alcatraz Island to explore the depths of the world-famous prison.

Heading off? Don't forget your ESTA 
If you are lucky enough to be jetting off to the US to do some exploring of your own, you mustn't forget to sort out your ESTA before. An ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) is a mandatory travel authorisation that you'll need to travel to the US if you don't have a visa. Costing just £29.95 per person, you can easily and quickly apply for one online. Transportation companies will check before departure that your ESTA visa is valid, so make sure that you apply for one as soon as you know that you're taking a trip to the US!

Have you visited the USA? Where was your favourite place?
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