Why Visit USA?
The United States of America, The US, USA, the red, white and blue, land of the free home
of the brave. A vast nation consisting of fifty states from the frigid lakes of Alaska to the sun drenched beaches of Hawaii. A land almost every human being on this planet is familiar with such is its influence. One of the world’s largest manufacturers and the world’s foremost military and economic power, a prominent political and cultural force, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations. A land never far from daily world news and a place which attracts visitors for many differing reasons, whether it be to ski in Colorado, watch a space launch in Florida, visit the most powerful man in the world’s home in Washington D.C, gamble in Las Vegas or celebrity spot in Los Angeles. So how do you give only a few good reasons to visit the USA when there are so many? Check out our guide to Why Visit USA?
New York City
Where better to start than New York City, one of the first places in the USA where thousands upon thousands of immigrants from Europe arrived over the years to start a new life. New York continues to have a strong relationship with us Irish especially as it was the place over 200,000 immigrants escaping the great Irish famine arrived in. It is simply impossible to sum up this city in a few paragraphs due to its diversity, sheer size and the fact it is the most populous city in the USA. New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world. Visitors in summer time can enjoy a sweaty ride on the New York Subway which is the busiest rail transit system in the western hemisphere, enjoy a stroll in Central Park and take in a game of baseball or simply kick back and relax in the peaceful oasis overlooked by glittering skyscrapers, enjoy the spectacle and noise of Times Square, take in a show on Broadway, shop along Fifth and Madison Avenues or check out the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty. In winter the fun still never stops with ice skating, festivals and the famous Times Square Ball Drop ringing in the new year. New York consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of New York State. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island all possess their own unique character which has to be seen to be believed. Being the most popular destination in the USA for international travellers we don’t need to promote it any further, just let the I Love New York T-Shirts do the talking.
Hollywood, Los Angeles
If you are living in Tahiti or Tristan Da Cunha chances are you have seen a Hollywood produced film at least once in your life. Love or hate the film industry there is no doubt that Hollywood is the place to be for those seeking fame or wishing to catch a brief glimpse of celebrity life. The neighborhood located in the central region of Los Angeles is notable for its place as the home of the U.S. film industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States. In reality much of the area is rough and gritty far from its Tinseltown and glamorous reputation. Must see are the Hollywood sign, celebrities homes in Beverly Hills, including Hugh Hefner’s famous Playboy Mansion, and a visit to one of the many museums such as Hollywood Bowl Museum, the GRAMMY museum and Hollywood Museum. For millions of visitors, Hollywood is an essential part of the Los Angeles experience. Other things to do in Hollywood include must-see shows and attractions, celebrity-frequented restaurants, and world-class hotels. Experience Tinseltown glamour at TCL Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has honoured celebrities for over 50 years. The state-of-the-art Dolby Theatre is home to the Academy Awards. Universal Studios Hollywood is a world-famous theme park that includes the mind-blowing “Transformers: The Ride 3-D.” Other things to do in Hollywood include the shops and restaurants at Hollywood & Highland Center, or the delicious multicultural cuisines of nearby Thai Town and Little Armenia.
Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas as the saying goes”, how many times have we heard this on one of the many movies featuring Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial, commercial, and cultural centre for Southern Nevada. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino–hotels and associated entertainment. The bright lights, partying and excess of the Las Vegas strip may not be everybody’s idea of a good time but it is hard to deny its national and global appeal. If you wish to take a break from all the glitz and glamour then a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the world’s premier natural attractions, is a welcome escape which attracts about five million visitors per year. Overall, 83% were from the United States: California (12.2%), Arizona (8.9%), Texas (4.8%), Florida (3.4%) and New York (3.2%) represented the top domestic visitors. Many people consider it to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometres) in length, stretches 18 miles (29 kilometres) across at its widest point, stretches 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) across at its narrowest point and is around 6000 (1800 metres) feet deep. The Colorado River, which runs through the Grand Canyon, has been eroding its steep sides for millions of years making it a top class destination for hiking and rafting. In addition the different types of rock visible in the Grand Canyon make it an important site for geological research. The rock found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon (schist) is around 2 billion years old with rock found on the upper rim (limestone) being around 230 million years old.
Get Spaced Out in Florida
Most of us who love to travel frequently constantly strive to add to our bucket list of dream destinations. Some like to visit the same place year in year out but others love to try off the beaten track destinations. One place which holds a fascination for many is space, how many of us dream of going to space or landing on the moon? The reality is in this day and age that it won’t happen for the vast majority of us, but you can experience the nearest thing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Whether touring the Rocket Garden, or boarding a full-scale replica of the Space Shuttle Explorer, visitors are guaranteed to gain a new perspective on the incredible feats accomplished by the space program. Worlds apart from Orlando’s Theme Parks – but only 45 minutes away, you can plan a full day to explore NASA’s launch headquarters, located on a huge island wildlife refuge eight times the size of Manhattan. Each year, millions of visitors from across the world make the trek to this hub of technology and discovery, where many of mankind’s greatest accomplishments take place. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour – up close – NASA’s launch and landing facilities. Experience interactive simulators, live shows and jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets. As well as having the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps. It’s all what you can expect from an inspiring day at Kennedy Space Center, simply out of this world!
Visit an Indian Reservation
Unfortunately, many foreign visitors to the USA and even some US citizens, share some common misconceptions about Native Americans. When the European colonists arrived on the American continent, there were nearly 12 million Native Americans living within the confines of the present United States. They were divided into more than one thousand different tribes or kinship groups. Many of those original inhabitants died from the European diseases introduced into their homelands by the colonists. The surviving natives were steadily pushed from one place to another as the invading colonists constantly appropriated more and more of the Indians’ lands for farming, ranching and mineral development.
Eventually, the US government allocated parcels of land, known as Indian Reservations, to each of the Indian tribes. Most of the lands ceded were unsuitable for cultivation and devoid of any valuable resources. Today, there are one or more Indian reservations in every state. You can visit any of the Indian reservations, but there may be little for you to see. Most Indian families live in homes that are not very different from any other houses in the USA. On the wealthier reservations, the natives live in nice modern houses or on large ranches. On the poorer reservations, the natives live in small older houses or trailers. Very few natives live in the traditional dwellings of their ancestors. The Indian pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona are the rare exception where some of the natives still live in the ancient adobe communal buildings of their ancestors. Some tribes have built special visitor centres, museums, stores or casinos on their reservations, and they invite tourists to come to visit these places. Moreover the Indian reservations are actually sovereign nations within the United States of America, so you can add to your list of visited nations while in the USA. The reservations govern themselves; maintain their own police force and their own system of justice. When you visit a reservation, you are under the laws of the tribe. Some Indian tribes have taken advantage of this independent political status by allowing gambling on their reservations while the states around them prohibit it. Indian casinos now attract many tourists from the surrounding no-gambling states. On some reservations, the tribes also sell cigarettes, alcohol or gasoline at reduced prices due to their exemption from state taxes.
So five great reasons to visit the USA but there are so much more. If none of the above reasons float your boat then you could take in a game of American Football, baseball, basketball or ice hockey. You can take in the awe-inspiring nature of Colorado and Alaska, lie on a golden sand beach in Florida or Hawaii, travel the famous Route 66, visit the former homes of music greats such as Elvis and Michael Jackson and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of New Orleans, take in magical cities such as Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, the list is endless. Fifty states all offering visitors something special and memorable which makes frequent return visits an almost certainty. So what you waiting for? Have a nice day y’all!
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