06 January 2018
The United States of America is a nation built on discovery – a tradition which continues to the present day. Millions of travellers visit places all over the USA for fun, thrills and adventure each year, taking advantage of world class destinations and activities. America is a land of opportunity with millions of unique experiences for you to enjoy…
As the US’ third largest city, Chicago in the Midwest is jam-packed with things to do. Sitting at one end of the historic Route 66, the city held the first completely paved section of the famed road and its “Begin Route 66” sign is a photography hotspot. The Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum is situated in nearby Pontiac, where visitors can learn about the highway’s history and browse through related relics and memorabilia. One of Chicago’s most exhilarating attractions stands 94 stories in the air. The TILT viewing platform at the John Hancock Tower tilts visitors outward, giving them unique city views. Even higher and 103 floors above the ground is the Skydeck at Willis Tower, where those brave enough can step out onto a transparent platform with nothing but pavement below!
Take in the bright lights of New York with an itinerary of one-of-a-kind attractions. You can partake in one of the most American of past times – watching a baseball game – by seeing the Yankees knock it out of the park in the Bronx. Gain insight into the workings of the world’s largest economy by taking the ‘Museum & Gold Vault Tour’ of the Federal Reserve. If you head to the TKTS booth in Times Square you can attempt to buy half-price Broadway tickets on the day of the show and see world-renowned productions. Culinary enthusiasts should travel to the Smorgasburg food market in Brooklyn where you can find food-of-the-moment raindrop cake, or sample Greek dishes at Astoria in Queens. For unrivalled views of the city climb to the Empire State building’s 86th floor, or take in the ivy-covered Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins.
Delve into America’s Pacific cultural scene with a trip to Seattle. You’ve got to see the Museum of Pop Culture, an architectural marvel with exhibits devoted to everything from Star Trek to Jim Henson. Music lovers should travel out to 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East and see where Kurt Cobain died. You can check out a piece of contemporary history by stopping at Pike Place, where the world’s first Starbucks opened in 1971. Nearby you’ll find the iconic Pike Place Fish Market, where you can sample ‘flying fish’ and baked goods, or dine at the Space Needle’s 520-feet high revolving restaurant for panoramic city views. For something really unique visit oddity-filled museum ‘Steve's Weird House’ or the secluded Waterfall Garden Park with its man-made water feature.
Orlando is the most fun place on earth, with tonnes of family friendly things to do. Spark the inner architect in your kids by taking them to LEGOLAND which has a mini land where young ones can build with over 32 million Lego bricks. Tour Orlando with a jaunt along the ‘International Drive’ route which has souvenir shops, mini golf, go karting and helicopter tour providers. Enjoy one-of-a-kind culinary experiences at Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theatre where expert wrestlers will entertain you as you chow down on themed dishes like ‘body slam oven roasted chicken’. You can do some serious shopping at The Mall at Millenia, which has upscale fashion stores, while if you take a family trip to Old Town Kissimmee you’ll find old-fashioned carnival rides and entertainment.
Phoenix is a hidden gem with so much to see and do. It has 200 golf courses like the award-winning Raven Golf Club, where you can putt along lush greens with 18 holes. A must for nature lovers is the Desert Botanical Garden which has five trails and houses everything from cacti to Japanese sculptures. Take in spectacular views at the Casa Grande Ruins, a national monument composed of desert structures; or Dobbins Lookout, where the scenic South Mountain Park lies below. For families the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a must with hands-on activities like gingerbread making, while you can view over 4,000 artworks created by native peoples at the Heard Museum.
Tour America’s western reaches by including Denver and Salt Lake City on your itinerary. A highlight in Denver is the ‘Denver Beer Trail’ where you can stop at 20 craft breweries. Other things you’ve got to see in Denver include its oldest neighbourhood LoDo, known for its elegant Victorian buildings, bustling hub Larimer Square which has trendy shops and restaurants and the Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys which your kids will love. Visit Salt Lake City and learn about Mormon culture by checking out buildings like the Tabernacle, a centre of the faith, on Temple Square where you can often watch the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse. While you’re here enjoy activities like biking and kayaking on Great Salt Lake, which is so briny you can actually float on it!