100 Best Places to Visit in the USA

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From the breathtaking fjords of Alaska and the fertile wine-growing regions of California, to the white sunny beaches of Florida and the bizarre rock formations of Utah, the United States offers some of the most diverse landscapes on Earth.

With over 79.6 million tourists in 2018, it is the third most visited country in the world after France and Spain.

Whether by the ocean or in the heart of the desert, American cities are among the most exciting in the world.

Known for their architecture and modern engineering facilities, they are a complex mix of different cultures and lifestyles.

Although there are thousands of places worth visiting in this vast country, we suggest you take a look at 100 of the most iconic of them:

100. Joshua Tree National Park (CA)

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Joshua Tree National Park by Angel La Canfora/Flickr

Joshua Tree National Park is a deserted territory, located in the southernmost part of Mojave Desert, in Southern California.

Established on October 31, 1994, it has a total area of 790,636 acres (3,199.6 km²).

The park is named after a local species of tree, which is known as Joshua Tree or Yucca brevifolia and is quite common in the area.

The tree is well-known for its unusual appearance as well as for its resistance to prolonged periods of severe droughts and high temperatures.

The national park is easy to reach as it is located only 136 miles from Downtown Los Angeles.

99. White Sands National Monument (NM)

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Riding Horses at White Sands National Monument by Simon Foot/Flickr

Established on January 18, 1933, White Sands National Monument is a protected territory, which is located in Southern New Mexico, approximately 60 miles north of the Mexican border.

It covers a total area of 145,762 acres (589.88 km²) and welcomes about 600,000 visitors per year.

It is known for its extremely white soft sands.

Since it is located in quite a hot and dry deserted area, you can expect high temperatures for most of the year.

For this reason, the best time to visit White Sands National Monument is late autumn (November and December) and early spring (March and April).

On December 20, 2019, the national monument was declared a national park.

98. Aspen (CO)

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Aspen Highlands by Chris Ford/Flickr

Aspen is the most popular mountain tourist town in the U.S.

It is located in the Rocky Mountains, in Central Colorado.

It lies in a glacial valley, approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level.

The area enjoys a rare combination between heavy snowfalls and sunny clear days for most of the year, which attracts hundreds of thousands of winter sports lovers from across the country.

The city welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors per year, including a number of celebrities.

Dozens of cultural events, including music and film festivals, are held every year in Aspen, most of them during the summer season.

97. Death Valley (CA)

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Death Valley by PDPhotos/Pixabay

Death Valley National Monument was established on February 11, 1933.

Located in Southern California, not far from the Nevada border, it is known as one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world.

On July 10, 1913, it was measured 134°F (56.7°C), which is the second highest temperature on Earth ever.

The valley is known for its beautiful and unique landscape as well as for its sailing stones.

Since summers are unbearably hot, the best time to visit the Death Valley is the winter season between October and May.

Even in January the average daytime temperature is between 64 and 68°F (between 18 and 20°C).

96. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)

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Grand Canyon National Park by E Palen/Flickr

Located in Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon was formed approximately 5 or 6 million years ago.

It falls within Grand Canyon National Park, which was established on February 26, 1919.

The national park covers a territory of approximately 1,217,262 acres (4,926.08 km2) and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

The maximum depth of the canyon is 6000.7 feet (or 1829 meters).

Since summers and winters are quite harsh, the best time to visit the national park is spring and autumn, which bring the most pleasant temperatures over the year.

95. Dry Tortugas National Park (FL)

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Dry Tortugas National Park by U.S. National Park Service/Public domain

Florida is often described as being a true paradise for people and wildlife, and Dry Tortugas National Park is a perfect example of that.

Established on January 4th, 1935, it includes seven islands and an impressive unfinished brick fortress, called Fort Jefferson.

The islands are situated amidst turquoise waters and are known for their white sands and well-preserved shallow coral reefs.

The natural beauty of the islands, in combination with their year-round warm tropical climate, attracts tens of thousands of visitors per year.

The national park is located approximately 68 miles west of Key West, Florida.

94. Cape Cod (MA)

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Cape Cod National Seashore by Geoff Livingston/Flickr

Cape Cod is a 60-mile long L-shaped peninsula in Eastern Massachusetts, New England.

It is known for its scenic little towns and traditional villages as well as for its fantastic golden beaches.

Cape Cod National Seashore is the main tourist attraction in the area.

It is a protected territory, which covers approximately 40 miles of fabulous beaches, grasslands and ponds along the Atlantic coast.

Established on August 7, 1961, the area is very attractive during the summer months.

Another landmark are the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, which are located right next to the south of Cape Cod.

They are quite popular from the 1975 American thriller movie “Jaws”.

93. Waikiki Beach (HI)

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Waikiki Beach by Scott Cromwell/Flickr

Hawaii is well-known for its fabulous beaches and Waikiki is one of them.

It is considered the most beautiful man-made beach in the world.

It offers a 2 miles long stretch of soft golden sand and shallow turquoise waters.

Because of the incredibly good underwater visibility and shallow reefs, Waikiki attracts divers and snorkelers from around the world.

The weather is perfect, no matter the season.

The coldest months along the southern shore of Oahu are January and February with daytime temperatures of around 80.1°F (26.7°C) and the warmest is August with up to 88.7°F (31.5°C).

92. Monument Valley (AZ, UT)

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Monument Valley by Pixabay

Often mentioned as a national park, Monument Valley is actually a territory which entirely falls within the Navajo Nation.

It covers a significant area in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah.

The most iconic part of Monument Valley is Hunts Mesa.

It is known for its 984 feet (almost 300 meters) tall red-colored rock formations.

Shaped by millions of years of erosion, they dominate the surrounding landscape.

The area is one of the most highly recommended tourist attractions in the United States.

You should know in advance, however, that you can visit this place only by guided tour.

91. Emerald Coast (FL)

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Emerald Coast by Matthew Hurst/Flickr

Approximately 100 miles (161 km) long, the Emerald Coast offers the most irresistible beaches along the shore of the continental United States.

It stretches through 5 counties in Northwestern Florida and includes cities such as Destin, Niceville, Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach.

It is known for its extraordinary white soft sands and warm emerald waters.

Since it is located on the Gulf of Mexico, the best time of the year to visit the Emerald Coast is April (74°F/23°C), May (82°F/28°C) and October (79°F/26°C).

90. The Capitol Building (Washington, D.C.)

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The Capitol Building by Craig Fildes/Flickr

The Capitol Building, officially known as the United States Capitol, is located in Capitol Hill, which is one of the most beautiful historic neighbourhoods of Washington, D.C.

The construction started on September 18, 1793, and completed in 1800.

The name “Capitol” comes from Latin and was an idea of Thomas Jefferson.

The building was partially burned during the War of 1812 (an armed conflict between the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain) and was completely restored by 1819.

89. Denali National Park (AK)

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Denali National Park by Pixabay

Established on February 26, 1917, Denali National Park covers a territory of approximately 4,740,911 acres (19,185.79 km2) in the central part of Southern Alaska.

It welcomes more than half a million visitors per year, most of which coming during the summer months.

The northwestern part of the park is dominated by dense pine forests, deep rivers and wonderful glacial lakes, while the southeastern half is mostly occupied by the Alaska Range.

The highest peak in North America, Denali, is located in the heart of the national park.

Also known as Mount McKinley, it is 20,310 feet (6,190.5 meters) high and is covered in permanent snow and ice.

It is considered one of the most isolated mountains on Earth.

The best time of the year to visit Denali National Park is in July.

It brings mild weather with temperatures of 57°F (nearly 14°C) and plenty of sunshine.

88. Disneyland (CA)

Disneyland by HarshLight/Flickr

Opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland Park in California is considered the most popular amusement park in the world.

It is located in Anaheim, Los Angeles and attracts approximately 18.6 million visitors per year (as of 2018).

Initially created as a park mainly for children, Disneyland Resort (as it is officially called today) is even more attractive to adults.

It is known for its roller coasters, carousels, Ferris wheels, magical castles and famous fairy tales and cartoon characters, which create a really magical atmosphere.

87. Las Vegas Strip (NV)

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Las Vegas Strip by Tim Shields/Flickr

Also known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, Las Vegas was established on May 15, 1905.

As of January 1, 2020, there are 222 casinos in the entire county.

More than 50 of them are concentrated along the “Strip”, which is the nickname of the main central boulevard of the city and the biggest tourist attraction in Nevada.

The “Strip”, whose official name is Las Vegas Boulevard, is known for its hundreds of thousands of LED lights, so the best time of the day to come here is after sunset.

Full of restaurants, hotels and gambling halls, the street is always busy and crowded with tourists after dark, especially on public holidays and on weekends.

86. Three Pools (OR)

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Opal Creek Wilderness by Bret Vogel/Flickr

Established on September 30, 1996, the Willamette National Forest is known for some of the most irresistible swimming holes in America.

Hidden deep in the dense Duglas fir forests of Opal Creek Wilderness in Oregon, the Santiam River is a small and crystal clear mountain river, which offers a few wonderful small natural pools with emerald waters.

Every summer they attract thousands of visitors.

Located on the North Fork of the river, Three Pools are quite cold even in summer with temperatures of between 45°F and 55°F (between 7°C and 13°C).

85. Antelope Canyon (AZ)

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Antelope Canyon by Shawn Harquail/Flickr

Located less than 5 miles southeast of Page, Northern Arizona, Antelope Canyon is one of the most extraordinary natural wonders in the United States.

It is about 120 feet (37 meters) deep and consists of two parts Upper and Lower Canyon.

Since it falls within the Navajo Nation, you need a special permission to go there, and you can visit the area only as part of a tourist group.

As the canyon is very narrow and deep, it is considered very difficult to take a really good picture of it.

84. Alcatraz Island (CA)

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Alcatraz Island by Mariano Mantel/Flickr

Surrounded by the cold waters and powerful ocean currents of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island was listed into the U.S. National Register of Historical Places in 1986.

The main tourist attraction on the island is, of course, the building of the prison, which served as a maximum security federal prison between August 11, 1934, and March 21, 1963.

For the 29 years of operation, the prison gained the reputation of being the toughest prison in the United States.

Nowadays, the building of the prison serves as a museum and attracts more than 1.5 million visitors per year.

83. Walk of Fame (CA)

Located in Hollywood, the Walk of Fame is an extraordinary place.

Established on February 8, 1960, it covers a few blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Boulevard.

It is known for its ceramic tiles, traditionally designed in a black-and-coral color.

Every single star is decorated with the name of a celebrity from the world of show business.

Because of its cultural and tourist importance, on July 5, 1978, the Walk of Fame was declared a Historic-Cultural Monument.

82. Mammoth Cave National Park (KY)

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Mammoth Cave National Park by Kristen Bobo/Flickr

Located in the dense forests of Central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system on Earth.

Its galeries reach the incredible length of 400 miles, only a small part of which can be explored by tourists.

It falls within Mammoth Cave National Park, which covers a total area of 52,830 acres (213.8 km²) and was established on July 1, 1941.

In 1981 the cave was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is known for its impressive variety of rare species of animals, including a few species of bats.

81. Arches National Park (UT)

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Arches National Park by Víctor Sánchez Chumillas/Flickr

Located in the eastern part of Utah, Arches National Park is a popular tourist destination.

First established as a national monument on April 12, 1929, today it welcomes almost 1.7 million visitors per year.

It is known for its eroded rocks which form incredible natural bridges and arches in saturated red and orange colors.

Most of the rock formations are approximately 65 million years old.

They are scattered all over the national park, which covers a total area of 76,679 acres (310.31 km²).

The best time to visit the arches is late spring and early autumn.

80. Niagara Falls (NY)

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Niagara Falls by Peter Miller/Flickr

Located right on the border between the United States (New York) and Canada (Ontario), Niagara Falls is considered one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in the world.

Declared a state park in 1885, nowadays it welcomes more than 9.5 million visitors.

The waterfall consists of three drops and is 167 feet (51 meters) tall.

Being the oldest state park in the United States, it was added to the National Register of Historical Places on October 15, 1966.

The waterfall serves as an important source of fresh water and hydroelectric power.

79. The Gateway Arch, St. Louis (MO)

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The Gateway Arch by Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr

Situated in a very beautiful park on the west bank of the Mississippi River, the 630 feet (192 meters) Gateway Arch is one of the main attractions of St. Louis, Missouri.

It plays a symbolic role because the city has always been considered a door between the Eastern and the Western United States.

The construction started in 1963 and completed in 1968, 5 years later.

Being the tallest monument in the world, the arch attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

78. Key West (FL)

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Key West by Pom’/Flickr

Key West is a small and beautiful island in the western part of the archipelago of Florida Keys, in Southern Florida.

It is considered the most interesting of all islands in the chain because of its historical downtown and wonderful colonial architecture.

From 1931 to 1939 in one of the old houses (now museum) lived the writer Ernest Hemingway, the author of the famous novel “The Old Man and the Sea”.

Key West is known also for its wonderful year round warm tropical climate and coral reefs.

The best time of the year to visit this lovely place is between October and April.

77. Glacier National Park (MT)

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Glacier National Park by Tom Driggers/Flickr

Glacier National Park is located in an isolated and remote area in Northwestern Montana, right next to the Canada border.

The first thing you see when you visit this place for the first time is its out of this world natural beauty.

You feel like you are in the most secluded place on Earth and this is partially true.

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There are no big cities in a radius of 150 miles, and the closest one is actually Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta.

The national park is dominated by rugged mountain ridges, glacial lakes, dense pine forests and crystal clear mountain rivers.

The park covers an area of 1,013,322 acres (4,100.77 km²) and is a dream come true for experienced hikers.

In 1995, Glacier National Park was inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

76. Museum of Modern Art – MoMA (NY)

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Museum of Modern Art by Ray_LAC/Flickr

Established in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art “MoMA” is one of the most popular and visited contemporary art museums in the world.

Located on West 53rd Street in Manhattan, it is housed in an old but modern-looking building.

Here you can see a great variety of inspiring exhibitions as well as world famous works of Monet, Dali and Picasso.

75. Havasu Creek (AZ)

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Havasu Creek by Fred Rhoades III/Flickr

Located within Grand Canyon National Park, Northern Arizona, Havasu Creek is a tributary of the Colorado River and is known for its wonderful series of 6 large and a number of smaller waterfalls.

They are situated within a walking distance of each other.

Beaver Falls and Mooney Falls are the most famous of them.

Mooney is 100 feet tall (almost 30 meters) and is very impressive.

Beaver Falls is very different, unique and extraordinary looking.

It is known for its wonderful natural pools, irresistible for their turquoise color.

It reminds of a wonderful staircase of small drops.

The best time to visit Havasu Creek is spring and autumn.

74. Art Deco Historic District, Miami Beach (FL)

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Ocean Drive, South Beach by Valerie/Flickr

The Art Deco Historic District in Miami Beach is one of the most recognizable and popular spots in Florida.

It covers approximately 5,750 acres (2,330 ha) in the southern part of Miami Beach and is known for its bright and colorful buildings.

Most of them date from the period between the late 1920s and early 1940s.

On May 14, 1979, the district was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The main attraction in the area is the famous thoroughfare Ocean Drive where most of the hotels and restaurants are.

73. Mount Rainier National Park (WA)

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Mount Rainier National Park by JD Hascup/Flickr

Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899, and is one of the oldest protected territories in the United States.

Located in the Cascades of Central Washington, the park covers an area of approximately 236,381 acres (956.60 km²).

It is known for its old-growth untouched rainforests as well as for its variety of wild animals, including black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves, bobcats, marmots, elks, bald eagles and many others.

Here you can find wonderful tourist trails, and the best time to visit the park is in summer, especially in July and August.

72. The Glass Beaches of Fort Bragg (CA)

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The Glass Beach by John K/Flickr

Every year tens of thousands of people visit one of the most extraordinary places in California.

It comes to a group of three small beaches on the coast of the city of Fort Bragg, in the northern part of the state.

Between 1906 and 1967, they served as dump sites and were used for disposal of glass, metal and other waste materials.

After decades of attempts by people and organizations to clean the beach, today you can see only the smallest pieces of glass on the shore.

They were perfectly polished by the waves and now the beaches are covered not with pebbles but with small jewelry-looking pieces of glass.

71. Gulf State Park (AL)

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Gulf State Park by Dominik Dome/Flickr

The beaches of Alabama have always been underrated but they actually are among the most beautiful in North America.

Established in 1939, Gulf State Park is a very good example.

It covers 6,500 acres (26 km2) along the coast, west of Gulf Shores.

The area offers approximately 2.5 miles of extraordinarily white sands and emerald waters.

The climate in the area is very warm, so you can swim into the gulf between early April and late October.

With temperatures between 59 and 68°F (or between 15 and 20°C), the weather during the winter season is perfect for long walks.

Don’t miss to visit and explore the city of Gulf Shores.

Along the coast you can see very beautiful traditional beach houses, built on pillars directly on the sand.

They are one of the tourist attractions here.

Another popular landmark is the saltwater lagoon, where you can see sometimes even small alligators.

70. Cannon Beach (OR)

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Cannon Beach by Hollywata/Flickr

Cannon Beach is a small but very popular tourist city.

It lies on the northern coast of Oregon and is easily recognizable because of the emblematic coastal Haystack Rock, rising up approximately 235 feet (72 meters) above sea surface.

The city is well-known from the movies “The Goonies” /1985/ and “Point Break” /1991/ and is popular with people from across the country because of its annual sandcastle contest.

69. Space Needle (WA)

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Space Needle by chris tarnawski/Flickr

The Space Needle is an important tourist attraction and an observation tower in the heart of Seattle, Washington.

Completed on December 8, 1961, it is 604 feet (184 meters) tall and reveals the most spectacular 360-degree city panorama on the West Coast.

If you want to enjoy the best experience, you should visit the Space Needle at dusk when the combination of city lights and natural light is just breathtaking.

68. Savannah (GA)

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Wormsloe Historic Site by Y Nakanishi/Flickr

Without doubt Savannah is the most recommended historical city to visit on the East Coast of the United States.

Established in 1733, it is known for its long and rich history and lavish colonial architecture.

After being established, the city flourished rapidly because of its warm humid climate and very rich soils, which appeared to be the perfect combination for cotton production.

Today Savannah is an important tourist center with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels.

If you want to feel the spirit of the past, don’t miss to visit the Wormsloe Historic Site, also known as Wormsloe Plantation.

It is known for its 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long rural avenue, shaded by hundreds of beautiful oak trees.

67. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HI)

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Active Hawaiian Volcano by Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Established on August 1, 1916, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is really worth a visit.

It covers an area of 323,431 acres (1,308.88 km2) in the southern and southeastern part of Hawaii.

If you want to get a better idea of what it really looks like, the best option is to book a helicopter flight over the island.

The main attractions are Kilauea (the most active volcano on Earth) and Mauna Loa (the largest volcano on the planet).

In 1978 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

66. Atlantic City (NJ)

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Atlantic City by Eric Haake/Flickr

Established on May 1, 1854, Atlantic City is the most popular tourist city in the Northeast of the United States.

It is situated on the Atlantic shore, in the southeastern part of New Jersey.

Being only 98 miles away from New York, it attracts a number of visitors during the weekends and on public holidays.

Atlantic City is known for its 4 miles long stretch of golden sand as well as for its lively boardwalk with numerous bars, restaurants, casinos and shops.

65. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (MO)

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis by Gewel Maker/Flickr

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis was constructed between 1907 and 1914.

It is 227 feet (69 meters) tall and is the most important landmark in the city of Saint Louis.

It combines two very different architectural styles – Neo-Byzantine and Romanesque Revival.

The cathedral is very popular for its wonderful mosaics, which consist of the incredible 41.5 million pieces of glass tiles.

64. Flatiron Building (NY)

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Flatiron Building by SCPFFM/Flickr

You will find one of the most remarkable buildings in New York on 5th Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan.

Completed in 1902, the Flatiron serves as an office building and is well-known for its beautiful Renaissance Revival style architecture.

What makes one of the oldest skyscrapers unique and memorable, however, is its wedge-shaped structure.

The elegant skyscraper is 285 feet (86.9 meter) tall, and upon its completion, it was one of the most high-rise buildings in the United States.

63. Hollywood (CA)

Hollywood is a neighbourhood in the northern part of central Los Angeles and one of the most popular places in the world.

Being too noisy, crowded and expensive, it is definitely not to everyone’s taste.

At the same time, it is really iconic and acts as a magnet for people.

Established in 1886 as a ranch, today is the epicenter of show business and film industry.

Most of the major film studios are located here.

Some of the most popular museums in the city, such as Madame Tussauds and Hollywood Museum, are located in this part of LA too.

Not to mention the emblematic Hollywood Sign, created in 1923 and designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on February 7, 1973.

The best time to visit Hollywood is spring and autumn.

62. Empire State Building (NY)

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Empire State Building by Mal B/Flickr

With its 1,224 feet (373.1 meters) to the top floor and 1,454 feet (443.2 meters) to the tip, Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world until 1970.

The construction of the Art Deco skyscraper located on 350 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan started on March 17, 1930, and completed on April 11, 1931, one year later.

Being an icon of modern architecture, the 102-floor building is visible from different parts of the city.

It dominates the skyline of Manhattan and attracts more than 4 million visitors per year.

On November 17, 1982, Empire State Building was added to the U.S. Register of Historical Places, and on June 24, 1986, was declared a National Historical Landmark.

61. Graceland Mansion (TN)

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Graceland Mansion by Joseph Novak/Flickr

Graceland is a Colonial Revival style mansion, built in 1939 in Tennessee.

On March 19, 1957, Elvis Presley bought the property in the outskirts of Memphis and moved there.

He lived in the mansion with his family until his death on August 16, 1977.

The real estate covers a total area of 13.8 acres (5.6 hectares).

At the time when Elvis purchased the mansion, it was a few miles south of the city itself and was surrounded by a romantic rural landscape.

60. Hamilton Pool Preserve (TX)

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Hamilton Pool Preserve by Marcus Calderon/Flickr

Hamilton Pool is part of the Hamilton Pool Preserve, which covers a total area of approximately 232 acres (0.94 km2).

The protected territory is located nearly 20 miles west of Austin and in summer attracts thousands of sunbathers and swimmers.

Hamilton Pool is known for its reputation of being the most beautiful and also the most extraordinary swimming hole in the United States.

It was formed thousands of years ago when the sandstone ceiling of a cave collapsed as a result of erosion.

Nowadays, the huge hole in the rock reveals a very beautiful underground river.

The natural pool is additionally “decorated” with a beautiful 49 feet (almost 15 meters) tall waterfall, which in summer usually disappears completely.

The emerald pool is 25 feet deep (about 7.62 meters), and the water is only about 50°F (10°C).

There is a small and cozy beach in one of the corners.

59. Mount Rushmore (SD)

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Mount Rushmore by Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Completed in 1941, Mount Rushmore National Monument is located in Black Hills, not far from Keystone, South Dakota.

It depicts the U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

It took the workers more than 14 years to carve the 60-foot (more than 18 meters) sculptures into the granite rock.

Nowadays, the monument attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors per year.

58. Oneonta Gorge (OR)

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Oneonta Gorge by Michael Matti/Flickr

The Oneonta Gorge is a unique habitat of rare species of animals and plants.

It is located in the Columbia River Gorge and is well-known for its dramatic landscape.

The narrow canyon is considered to be approximately 25 million years old.

Being one of the most interesting hiking spots on the West Coast of the United States, the gorge offers some really scenic waterfalls to enjoy.

June and especially July are the best months to visit Oneonta Gorge, although it offers very good weather conditions until the end of September.

57. Field Museum of Natural History (IL)

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Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton by Evolutionnumber9/CC BY-SA 4.0

Established in 1893, Field Museum of Natural History is one of the most recommended to visit in the United States and in the world.

Located on 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, it is known for its amazing collection, which attracts more than 1.6 million visitors per year.

Probably the most interesting exhibit is Sue, the largest and most complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex ever found.

The skeleton was discovered on August 12, 1990 in South Dakota.

56. La Jolla Beach (CA)

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La Jolla Beach by Michael Foley/Flickr

With its natural beauty and charm, La Jolla Beach is one of the top destinations of San Diego and is considered one of the most recommended beaches in California.

Approximately 1 mile long, it offers a superb stretch of soft white sand and definitely smaller waves in comparison with other parts of California.

If you want to swim into the ocean, you should know that the Pacific along the coast of California is usually cold for most of the year.

With temperatures reaching up to 72°F (around 22°C), however, September is the best time to take a dip in the water.

55. Zion National Park (UT)

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Zion National Park by Thru My Shutter/Flickr

Zion National Park covers an area of 146,597 acres (593.26 km2) in Southwestern Utah.

It was established on November 19, 1919.

The area is dominated by the huge Zion Canyon.

Being approximately 2000 feet (almost 610 meters) deep, it is the second deepest canyon in the United States.

Its formation started approximately 150 million years ago.

However, the current shape of the canyon was acquired about 1.1 million years ago.

March, April and October are considered the best months to visit the area.

54. The Statue of Liberty (NY)

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The Statue of Liberty by Nathan Eaton Jr./Flickr

Officially dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty is one of the symbols of New York and one of the most famous sculptures on Earth.

It is located on Liberty Island at the entrance of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The huge neoclassical copper monument is 151 feet (46 meters) tall but together with the pedestal, it rises 305 feet (93 meters) above the ground.

Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the sculpture is a symbol of freedom and is a gift from France to the United States to commemorate the friendship between the nations.

On October 15, 1924, the statue was declared a National Monument.

In 1984, it was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

53. The White House (Washington, D.C.)

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The White House by David Mark/Pixabay

The White House is one of the most iconic buildings in the United States.

It is located on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Its construction started in 1792 and completed in 1800, eight years later.

It was designed by the talented Irish architect James Hoban.

The building is a mixture between Neoclassical and Palladian architecture.

It is known for its wonderful gardens and fountains.

The first residents of the White House were President John Adams and his family.

52. Apostle Islands (WI)

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Devils Island, Apostle Islands by David Schroeder/Flickr

The Apostle Islands is an archipelago of 22 sparsely populated islands, located in Lake Superior, in the northernmost part of Wisconsin.

They are known for their beautiful lighthouses, pristine beaches, ancient forests, unique ecosystem and rich biodiversity.

The most famous of all the islands in the area is Devils Island, which is one of the smallest and one of the most isolated as well.

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It is quite popular for its sea caves along its northern shore.

The islands fall within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which is a protected territory, established on September 26, 1970.

As the climate in Northern Wisconsin is quite cold for most of the year, the best time to visit this place is the summer season, from early June till late August.

51. Mesa Verde National Park (CO)

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Mesa Verde National Park by Lisa Redfern/Pixabay

Located in Southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906.

It covers 52,485 acres (212.40 km2) and is considered the largest archaeological preserve on the territory of the United States.

It protects more than 500 archaeological sites within its borders, the most popular of which definitely is the Cliff Palace.

The national park welcomes more than half a million visitors per year.

In 1978, the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

50. Beverly Hills (CA)

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Beverly Hills by Vincent Lammin/Flickr

Beverly Hills is one the most expensive cities in the world (yes, Beverly Hills is not a neighbourhood but a city!).

Apart from its multi million dollar villas and mansions, the community in northern Los Angeles is a luxury tourist destination which has a lot to offer.

It is a real paradise for shopping and having fun.

One of the top attractions is Rodeo Drive, which is considered to be the most prestigious shopping street in the world.

Another place not to be missed is the Greystone Mansion and Gardens, which serves as a prestigious background of various cultural and social events, Hollywood productions and many others.

49. The Pentagon (VA)

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The Pentagon by David B. Gleason/Flickr

The Pentagon is situated on the west bank of the Potomac River in Washington.

It is considered to be not only the largest office building but also one of the largest buildings ever built in the world.

The structure consists of 5 floors and is 71 feet (21 meters) high.

Its floor area is the amazing 6,636,360 square feet (620,000 m2)!

As you can see, the name comes from the shape of the building.

48. Washington Monument (Washington, DC)

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Washington Monument by Park Van Ness/Flickr

The Washington Monument was completed in 1884.

It is located in the heart of a beautiful park and is one of the biggest landmarks in the U.S.

Being 555 feet high, it was the tallest building in the world at the time of its completion and is still the biggest marble monument on the planet.

The obelisk is surrounded by 50 US flags, one for each state.

47. Central Park (NY)

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Central Park by Brook Ward/Flickr

With a length of 2.58 miles (4.15 km) and perfectly rectangular shape, Central Park is definitely one of the most famous urban parks in the world.

Often referred to as “the Lungs of New York”, the huge green space in the heart of the city is exactly what its residents need.

Here you can enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including walking, jogging, cycling, golf or just a relaxing picnic under the pleasant shade of the trees.

Officially, the park was established on May 23, 1963.

46. Mono Lake (CA)

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Mono Lake by RS2Photography/Flickr

Mono Lake is located in the eastern central parts of California, not far from the Nevada border.

Situated at more than 6,365 feet (nearly 1,940 meters) above sea level, the lake is slowly drying up.

Since the early 40es, it has been serving as one of the main supplies of freshwater for Los Angeles, which is the second largest city in the U.S. after New York.

The lake itself is very beautiful and is well-known for its dramatic colors, especially during the golden hour before sunset.

In the middle of the lake there is a large island, called Paoha.

45. Wailea Beach (HI)

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Wailea Beach by Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Wailea Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Magnificent and romantic, it is located on the west coast of Maui.

Because of its golden shades and fine soft texture, it is a favourite place for honeymooners and holidaymakers.

Right next to the beach you can enjoy the tempting shade of coconut palms and other tropical species of trees.

44. Fairmount Park (PA)

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Fairmount Park by Frederikto/CC BY-SA 3.0

With its 2,052 acres (830 ha), Fairmount Park is considered the largest urban green space in the United States.

It is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and consists of two sections – East Park and West Park.

Being much bigger even than the popular Central Park in New York, it offers a number of opportunities to spend your time outside.

Developed along the banks of Schuylkill River, the historical park offers hundreds of shady paths and trails to explore, a lovely Japanese-style garden, wonderful small ponds and fountains.

43. Isle Royale National Park (MI)

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Isle Royale National Park by Justin Sovich/Flickr

Located in Lake Superior near the United States – Canada border, Isle Royale covers an area 206.73 sq mi (535.4 km2).

It is known for its stunning natural beauty which takes visitor’s breath away.

The landscape is typical of North America and is dominated by lush evergreen pine forests but also by some broad leaf species of trees.

Its clean natural environment attracts tourists in all four seasons.

Here you can see a great variety of species of animals, including wolf, beaver, lynx and moos.

Beside the main island, Isle Royale National Park also includes the territories of 450 smaller islets in the area.

42. Mount Hood National Forest (OR)

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Little Crater Lake by Bonnie Moreland/Flickr

Mount Hood National Forest is considered the best place in the United States to hike.

Established on July 1, 1908, it covers a total area of 1,071,466 acres (4,336.07 km2) in the central part of Northern Oregon.

It offers hundreds of stunning tourist trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, gorges, rivers and snow capped mountain peaks.

It is a popular summer vacation spot.

Among the hundreds of must visit natural landmarks within the national forest, we should mention the wonderful Multnomah Falls and Little Crater Lake.

With a total height of 620 feet (189 meters), Multnomah Falls welcomes nearly 5 million visitors per year.

It is well known for its beauty as well as for the Multnomah Falls Bridge which reveals a spectacular view of the waterfall.

Little Crater Lake is another treasure within the borders of Mount Hood National Park.

With a max depth of about 45 feet (14 m), the spring-fed lake is known as the most clear in North America and in the world.

The sapphire blue water of the lake, however, barely exceeds the freezing temperature, even in July and August.

41. Dakota Building (NY)

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Dakota Building by Anthony G. Reyes/Flickr

The Dakota Building is a 10 floors high residential building, which is considered one of the most famous landmarks in New York.

You will find it at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in Manhattan.

It is an architectural masterpiece and is a mix of Gothic Revival, Renaissance and Victorian architecture.

John Lennon had lived here with his wife Yoko Ono until his death on December 8, 1980.

If you want to pay tribute to John Lennon, you can do that by visiting his memorial.

You will find it in Central Park, only a few minutes walk from the Dakota Building.

40. Crater Lake (OR)

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Crater Lake by Howard Ignatius/Flickr

Crater Lake is one of the most significant landmarks in the Western United States.

It is located in Southern Oregon, not far from the California border.

It falls within the Crater Lake National Park, which was established on May 22, 1902.

The national park covers approximately 183,224 acres (741.48 km²).

It is dominated by the huge 6 miles wide volcanic caldera of Mount Mazama, whose last eruption was in 2850 BC.

Inside the caldera itself is the wonderful Crater Lake, which is known for its unique deep blue color.

Being 1,949 feet (594 meters) deep, it is the ninth deepest lake on Earth and the second deepest in North America.

39. Madison Square Garden (NY)

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Madison Square Garden by ajay_suresh/Flickr

Located on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, Madison Square Garden is one of the most famous and emblematic buildings in New York.

The construction started on October 29, 1964, and the building was officially opened on February 11, 1968.

Often described as a wonder of modern architecture, MSG is a place where numerous sport and cultural events are being held every year, including concerts and important basketball tournaments.

38. Chimney Rock (NE)

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Chimney Rock by James St. John/Flickr

Mentioned for the first time in 1827, the Chimney Rock was formed approximately 25 million years ago.

Because of its historical importance, the Chimney Rock, Nebraska, was designated a National Historic Site on August 9, 1956.

It was described multiple times during the first half of the 19th century by pioneers traveling from New England to California and Oregon.

The closest town to the rock is Bayard, which is less than 4 miles north.

37. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC/TN)

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park by John Getchel/Flickr

With 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited protected territory within the United States.

It covers parts of Tennessee and North Carolina and is known for its beautiful mixed deciduous and coniferous forests as well as for its round-shaped mountains.

The most interesting feature of the national park is the thick bluish-gray mist which often covers the mountain valleys and peaks and can appear in any season.

In 1983, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

36. Lanikai Beach (HI)

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Lanikai Beach by Zoli Juhasz/Flickr

The islands of Hawaii have always been known for their outstanding beaches.

One of the most irresistible is Lanikai Beach, located on the east coast of Oahu.

Dotted with palm groves, it is considered the best beach in the United States.

It is popular with tourists for its soft white sands and crystal clear turquoise water.

Lanikai Beach is a relatively narrow stretch of sand with a total length of nearly one mile.

35. Montezuma Castle (AZ)

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Montezuma Castle by CaptSpaulding/Flickr

Created between 1100 and 1450 AD, Montezuma Castle is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the United States.

It is located approximately 3 miles north of Camp Verde, Central Arizona.

Carved into the limestone cliffs, Montezuma Castle was declared a national monument on December 8, 1906.

Since summers are quite hot here, the best time to visit this place is in spring and autumn.

34. Saint Augustine (FL)

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Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine by Om/Flickr

Saint Augustin is a small tourist town in Northeast Florida, which is known for its wonderful beaches.

It enjoys lovely warm weather with plenty of sunny and clear days for most of the year.

Except for its golden sands, the small coastal community is known also as an important historical town.

Established by Spanish settlers in 1565, Saint Augustin is the oldest continuously inhabited city founded by European settlers on the territory of the United States.

33. French Quarter (LA)

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French Quarter by USA-Reiseblogger/Pixabay

Established in 1718, the French Quarter is among the oldest neighbourhoods in the South of the United States and is also one of the most beautiful.

It is known for its charming squares, busy shopping streets, lovely gardens, jazz clubs and fantastic restaurants but mostly for its unique Spanish colonial (yes, Spanish) architecture.

Most of the buildings were completed during the 18th century and are characterized by richly decorated exterior facades, arched windows and elegant terraces and verandas.

32. Horseshoe Bend (AZ)

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Horseshoe Bend by wolf4max/Flickr

Located in Northern Arizona, Horseshoe Bend is an important tourist attraction, which welcomes more than 2.2 million visitors per year.

The 1,000 feet (305 meters) deep canyon was formed approximately 200 million years ago, and today it falls within the borders of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

It is known for the dramatic view of the 270° bend.

Autumn is considered the best time of the year to visit Horseshoe Bend, although spring and winter months have their advantages too.

Summer is beautiful but it is better to avoid because of the huge number of visitors and too high temperatures of between 90 and 100°F (between 32 and 38°C).

31. SeaWorld (CA)

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Orca – Sea World by Nathan Rupert/Flickr

Opened in San Diego on March 21, 1964, “SeaWorld” is one of the most popular oceanariums in the world.

Here you can enjoy close encounters with different species of fresh and saltwater creatures, including turtles and sharks.

The biggest attraction is the wide variety of show programs with dolphins, sea lions and orcas.

The park also offers an amazing aqua park as well as an exciting roller coaster together with many other entertainments.

30. Golden Gate Bridge (CA)

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Golden Gate Bridge by Bastian Hoppe/Flickr

Opened on April 19, 1933, Golden Gate Bridge is one of the symbols of the West Coast of the United States.

The total length of the bridge is 8,980 feet (2,737.1 m) and the clearance below is 220 feet (67.1 m).

The central span of the bridge is 4,200 feet (1,280.2 m) long.

What makes Golden Gate different and unique is its orange color with light reddish shades, known as international orange.

According to the initial plans, the orange color was intended to be only a temporary decision against corrosion.

It turned out, however, that it complements the surrounding landscape perfectly, and it also makes the bridge more easily visible in dense fogs, which are quite frequent in the area.

29. Redwood National Park (CA)

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Redwood National Park by Justin Kern/Flickr

Redwood National and State Park was established on October 2, 1968.

It covers a total area of 138,999 acres (562.51km²) along the Pacific coast of Northern California.

The old-growth forest is known for its redwood trees, which are considered the tallest on Earth.

Some of them are more than 328 feet (100 meters) tall.

The record belongs to a tree that was discovered in 2006.

It is currently 379.7 feet (115.7 m) tall but will probably grow even more in future.

According to scientists, it is between 600 and 800 years old.

28. Santa Monica (CA)

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Santa Monica Beach by Mike McBey/Flickr

Santa Monica is a symbol of the beach lifestyle in California and is the place where the popular Route 66 ends.

It has always been very attractive because of its 5 miles long stretch of soft golden sand.

Between 1989 and 1999, however, it gained additional popularity thanks to the well-known TV series “Baywatch”.

One of the attractions in the area is the Santa Monica Pier, which is known from a number of movies and TV series.

Here you will also find a great amusement park, which attracts thousands of visitors every day, especially after sunset.

27. Molokai (HI)

With a total area of 260 mi² (670 km²), Molokai is the fifth largest island in the archipelago of Hawaii and is one of the least popular with tourists.

Most of the island is rural and wild, dominated by lush tropical forests, deep and dark canyons, scenic waterfalls, dramatic coastal cliffs, vast and sunny savanna valleys and pristine beaches.

The island is known for its coral reefs, which are considered the longest and the most impressive in Hawaii.

Molokai attracts mostly hikers and adventurers, who want to explore the islands of Hawaii outside the beaten roads.

Don’t miss the tallest waterfall in the United States. Called Pu’uka’oku Falls, it is approximately 2,756 feet (840 meters) and is the eight tallest in the world.

26. Catalina Island (CA)

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Catalina Island by Rawpixel Ltd/Flickr

Located only 27 miles (43.5 km) from Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island is a popular weekend destination.

It combines great golden beaches, historical buildings and wonderful restaurants, so you can always find something interesting to do here.

Because of the casual and relaxed atmosphere of Avalon (the capital of the island), it has always been a popular spot for short romantic summer breaks.

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One of the advantages of the small tourist island is that 88% of its territory is wild and untouched.

25. Guggenheim Museum (NY)

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Guggenheim Museum by Tim Caynes/Flickr

Opened on October 21, 1959, the Guggenheim Museum is one of the most recommended to visit museums in New York.

It is housed in a very beautiful and recognizable building, right next to Central Park, between 88th and 89th streets, on 5th Avenue.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is one of the best examples of modern architecture.

Exhibitions on various topics are held here on a regular basis, so you will definitely find something to suit your taste.

The museum is free every Saturday between 5pm and 8pm.

24. Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)

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Lincoln Memorial by kaveman743/Flickr

Lincoln Memorial is located in Potomac Park, Washington.

Its construction started on February 12, 1914, on the east bank of the Potomac River and completed officially on May 30, 1922.

The Greek Revival style structure is 99 feet (30 meters) tall and 189.7 by 118.5 feet (57.8 by 36.1 m) wide.

Inside the Memorial you can see an impressive 19 feet (5.8 meters) Georgia marble monument of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

23. Napa Valley (CA)

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Hess Vineyards, Napa Valley by mat79/Flickr

Napa Valley is located about 50 miles north of San Francisco and 40 miles from the ocean.

As it is not situated directly on the coast, the weather here is quite different from San Francisco, especially during the summer season, which is much warmer and without fogs.

Because of the combination of mild Mediterranean climate and rich soils, Napa Valley is the top spot in the U.S. for wine lovers, and it offers a number of reputable wineries to visit.

The place is known for its high quality grape varieties, which are responsible for the excellent taste and aroma of the produced drinks.

22. Rocky Mountains National Park (CO)

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Rocky Mountains National Park by skeeze/Pixabay

Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountains National Park covers approximately 265,461 acres (1,074.28 km²) in the central part of Northern Colorado.

Dominated by sharp snow covered mountain ridges, it is known for its wonderful glacial gorges, dense pine forests and crystal clear glacial lakes.

As of 2019, the park welcomes more than 4.6 million visitors from around the world.

June, July and August are absolutely the best months to visit the park.

They bring temperatures of about 68°F (20°C) during the day and between 39 and 47°F (approximately between 4 and 7°C) at night.

The park is known also for its great variety of wild animals, including elk, grizzly bear, mountain lion, moose and many others.

21. Venice Beach (CA)

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Venice Beach by Roman Königshofer/Flickr

Venice Beach is a tempting 2.8 miles long stretch of white soft sands and is one of the most popular beaches with young people in the United States.

It attracts surfers and sun seekers even in winter.

The coastal promenade is a favourite place for skateboarding, jogging, cycling, walking and buying souvenirs.

Venice Beach is known for its multi color wall murals, which are one of the symbols of the emblematic place.

The city itself was established in 1905. It had been an independent city until 1926 when it joined Los Angeles.

20. Chrysler Building (NY)

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Chrysler Building by Pablo BM/Flickr

Known for its fine Art Deco architecture, Chrysler Building is one of the most emblematic structures in New York.

It is located at 405 Lexington Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd streets, in the East Side.

The construction started in 1928 and finished in 1930, 2 years later.

As of 2020, the 1,046 ft (318.9 m) skyscraper is still 11th tallest in New York.

Nowadays, almost a century later, the skyscraper with its pointed roof is still one of the most recognizable buildings in Manhattan.

19. Lahaina (HI)

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Old Lahaina Luau by Photog aka eddie penland/Flickr

Lahaina is a colorful and sunny tourist town but also an important historical settlement.

Located on the northwestern coast of Maui, it served as a capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii between 1820 and 1845.

Nowadays, you can find a number of architectural monuments and historical landmarks here, including the Old Fort, the Buddhist temple Hokoji Shingon Mission, the Baldwin Home (today museum) and many others.

18. Misty Fjords National Monument (AK)

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Misty Fjords National Monument by Christopher Chan/Flickr

Misty Fjords National Monument is a protected area, which is located in the southernmost part of Alaska, next to the Canadian province of British Columbia.

It occupies an area of 2,294,343 acres (9,246 km²).

It is the largest wilderness in Alaska and consists of hundreds of fjords, the largest of which is the Behm Canal (about 100 miles long).

Because of its geographic location, Misty Fjords National Monument enjoys a better climate compared to other parts of Alaska.

The place is a great opportunity to enjoy pristine nature and untouched pine forests.

17. Malibu (CA)

Malibu is a scenic and popular coastal community, which stretches along the coast northwest of Santa Monica.

On March 28,1991, it became an incorporated city.

Malibu is known for its affluent and famous residents, many of which are Hollywood celebrities.

One of the tourist attractions in the area are the luxury beachfront villas.

Malibu is known also for its surf culture, which has been flourishing since the summer of 1926.

16. Brooklyn Bridge (NY)

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Brooklyn Bridge by sama093/Flickr

With a total length of 6,016 feet (1,833.7 meters) and clearance of approximately 127 feet (38.7 meters), Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most impressive structures completed in the world during the 19th century.

Its construction was a real challenge because of the difficult terrain and the unstable bottom of the East River.

The bridge was officially completed on May 24, 1883.

Today it is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world and still serves as one of the most important transport connections between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

15. Olympic National Park (WA)

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Olympic National Park by Jan Tik/Flickr

Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1981, Olympic National Park preserves one of the most beautiful pine forests across North America.

It was established on June 29, 1938, and is located in a mountainous area in Northwest Washington.

The park covers an area of approximately 922,650 acres (3,733.8 km²) and welcomes more than 3 million visitors annually.

The main tourist attractions of the national park are the 2.6 miles long Blue Glacier, Lake Crescent, Hoh Rainforest and the Hurricane Ridge.

Olympic National Park is home to a huge variety of species of animals, including bears, mountain lions, wolves, deer, eagles, owls and many others.

14. Devils Tower (WY)

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Devils Tower by John B. Kalla/Flickr

Devils Tower is a unique and easily recognizable rock formation located in the northeastern part of Wyoming.

Even if being approximately 50 million years old, the rock emerged above the Earth’s surface only 10 million years ago as a result of erosion.

It rises approximately 1,267 feet (386 meters) above the surrounding landscape.

President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument in the United States on September 24, 1906.

13. 360 Chicago Observation Deck (IL)

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The view from the John Hancock Building by Jason Mrachina/Flickr

360 Chicago Observation Deck is located in John Hancock Center, on 875 North Michigan Avenue.

Constructed between 1965 and 1969, the skyscraper is known for one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the United States.

The observatory is situated at a height of 1,030 feet (310 meters) above ground level, while the tip of the building rises 1,500 feet (457 m).

The best time to visit the tower is shortly after sunset on a clear day (no matter the season), because even a light fog could ruin your experience.

12. Badlands National Park (SD)

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Badlands National Park by Len Saltiel/Flickr

You will find one of the most extraordinary places in the United States in the southwestern parts of South Dakota.

Established on January 29, 1939, as a National Monument and later, on November 10, 1978, as a National Park, the Badlands is known for its multiple-colored bizarre-looking eroded rocks.

Surprisingly, the labyrinth of rocks is “only” 500,000 years old.

Scientists believe that the rocks continue to change very fast even today, growing with about 2 to 3 centimeters per year.

The best time of the year to visit the Badlands is early autumn, more precisely September and October.

11. One World Trade Center (NY)

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One World Trade Center by Thomas Hawk/Flickr

America is the birthplace of the skyscraper so it is not surprising that you can find some of the tallest buildings in the world here.

One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and today it dominates the skyline of New York.

Located in Lower Manhattan, it rises 1,792 feet (546.2 meters) above the street canyon of the city.

The construction started on April 27, 2006, and completed on May 10, 2013.

10. The Wave (AZ)

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The Wave by DIVA007/Flickr

Located in Coconino County in Northern Arizona, the Wave falls within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.

It is considered one of the most difficult to visit places in the United States as you need a special permission to go there.

The eroded Jurassic rocks are very fragile, and at the same time, the number of people who want to visit this canyon is really enormous.

That’s why the Bureau of Land Management issues only 20 permits per day for people who want to visit the place.

The lucky ones are being chosen on the base of a lottery system.

The best time of the year to visit the Wave is in spring and autumn.

9. Valley of Fire State Park (NV)

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Elephant Rock – Valley of Fire State Park by Robert Shea/Flickr

Valley of Fire State Park was established in 1935 and covers a territory of approximately 45,937.88 acres (185.9040 km²) in Southern Nevada.

Because of its closeness to Las Vegas (only 50 miles / 80 kilometers), the park welcomes quite a large number of visitors.

It is known for its red-colored desert, and the main tourist attraction is the Elephant Rock.

Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, the park is also known for its numerous petroglyphs, which can be seen in different parts of the protected territory.

The best time to visit Valley of Fire State Park is spring and autumn, which bring the most pleasant weather conditions.

8. Beacon Hill, Boston (MA)

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Beacon Hill by Michael Krigsman/Flickr

Established in 1795, Beacon Hill is one of the most beautiful historical neighbourhoods not only in Boston but in the United States.

Its old red-brick buildings from the 18th century and narrow cobbled streets make you feel like you are in Europe.

On October 15, 1966, Beacon Hill was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

This is a wonderful place to walk around, especially if you love history.

7. Kauai (HI)

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Mount Waialeale, Kauai by Lauri Sten/Flickr

Kauai is considered the oldest of the six major Hawaiian Islands.

It is located in the northwestern part of the archipelago and is known for some of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth.

The scenery is a mixture of dense tropical rainforests, breathtaking waterfalls, shady canyons, fertile valleys and out of this world golden beaches.

If you love Jurassic Park, you should know that many scenes from the movie were filmed here, including the helicopter scene with the waterfall when Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler arrive on the island of Jurassic Park for the first time.

6. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI)

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by PicselPerfect/Flickr

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore covers an area of approximately 73,236 acres (296 km²) in Northern Michigan and stretches for more than 40 miles along the coast of Lake Superior.

The protected area was established on October 15, 1966, and is an especially attractive destination during the summer season.

The place is known for its crystal clear emerald waters.

Here you will find a number of fantastic little coves and beaches.

It is an attractive place for swimming, scuba diving, kayaking and boating.

Despite being quite cold for most of the year, the weather in summer is usually wonderful.

June, July and August bring a number of hot and sunny days, mirrored waters and clear skies.

5. Times Square (NY)

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Times Square by chensiyuan/CC BY-SA 4.0

Being equally bright, busy and lively 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, Times Square is the most iconic spot in New York City.

Limited between Broadway, 7th Avenue, 42nd and 47th Streets in Manhattan, its history started on April 8, 1904, when Longacre Square was renamed to Times Square soon after the influential newspaper New York Times moved into one of the buildings there.

Today the square is associated with its numerous bright LED billboards, signs and displays, and is a popular meeting point for locals and tourists.

4. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (TX)

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Mision Concepcion by Stuart Seeger/Flickr

San Antonio Mission National Historic Park covers a territory of 948 acres (384 ha) along the shores of San Antonio River.

Because of its historical importance, the site in the southern part of San Antonio, Texas, attracts visitors from all over the world.

It is known for its old missions from the 18th and 19th century.

One of the most recognizable and well preserved is Misión Concepción, which was completed in 1731.

Other well-preserved buildings within the park include Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo and Mission Espada.

In 2015, the historical park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Yellowstone National Park (WY)

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Yellowstone National Park by Niemand für Polyphemus/Flickr

Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the United States.

Located in the Rocky Mountains of Northwestern Wyoming, the protected area is not just one of the symbols of the United States but it is also the best place to spot wild animals in America.

On the territory of 2,219,791 acres (8,983.18 km²), you can see a wide variety of species of animals, including American bison, wolf, mountain lion, grizzly bear, coyote, moose, deer, bald eagle etc.

One of the most exciting tourist attractions is the Old Faithful, which is the most famous cone geyser in the world, erupting once every 90 minutes.

The national park was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1978.

The best time to visit the park is between early April and late October.

July and August are too crowded but they offer very pleasant temperatures of up to 80 °F (27 °C).

2. Everglades National Park (FL)

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Everglades National Park by Diana Robinson/Flickr

Established in 1934, Everglades National Park occupies approximately 1,508,976 acres (6,106.61 km²) in the southernmost part of Florida.

It is covered mostly by extensive marshlands, swamps and mangrove forests.

Because of its warm and humid tropical climate, the area is known for its impressive biodiversity.

The climate is also the main reason why most people prefer to visit the park in winter.

Here you can see a number of rare species of animals, including bald eagles, herons, mountain lions, alligators and sea cows (manatees).

In 1979, Everglades National Park was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

1. Yosemite National Park (CA)

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Yosemite National Park by Aftab Uzzaman/Flickr

Established in 1890, Yosemite National Park covers approximately 748,436 acres (3,028.81 km²) in the interior of Central California.

It is well-known for its diverse landscape and attracts more than 4 million visitors per year with its wonderful waterfalls, U-shaped glacial valleys, dense pine forests and crystal clear mountain lakes.

Most of the park lies at an altitude of more than 3900 feet (1188.72 meters) above sea level.

In 1984 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here you can see a wide variety of species of animals, including black bears, deer, squirrels, mountain lions, grey wolves, eagles and many others.