As such a vast country, America certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to holiday destinations however, with 50 states and untold areas of natural and man-made sights to see it’s a job to know where to start.
Having been to both coasts and spent time travelling around, I found that aside from all the iconic statues and impressive landmarks there were just some quintessentially American things to do that will stay with me for years to come.
If you’ve never been to the states before or even if you have been and long to go back, check out the top ten things to do in the USA list below that will whet your appetite until your next visit across the pond.
Eat at a roadside diner
This is your chance to snuggle into a cushioned booth and ask for eggs over easy and a side order of gritts. There’s something really romantic about eating in a diner and no matter what the time of day you can’t get a more American experience as you enjoy a never-ending mug of Joe and darn fine slice of mom’s apple pie.
Stroll through Central Park
American cities feature some of the best parks in the world however, there’s one east coast favourite that stands above the rest. Central Park, in NYC, combines leafy pathways and river crossings with food vendors and picnic spots and if you’re looking to rest away from the skyscrapers and cars of the city then right here’s where you do it.
Surf the Pacific
The Californian Pacific coastline is blessed with some awesome locations for surfing and towns like: Santa Cruz and Long Beach, are up there with the best of them. Even if you’ve never surfed before this is your chance to rent a wetsuit and a board and get some lessons on one of the world’s most legendary stretches of shoreline.
Gamble in Vegas
The Strip runs through the Nevada city of Vegas and gives you infinite opportunities to win, lose and break even but just beware that gambling can be seriously addictive and you should only spend what you can afford to lose. Although, as an awesome box ticker, gambling in Vegas has got excitement written all over it and if you’re a fan of neon, fountains and bright lights then you’ve made the right decision.
Watch a Grand Canyon sun-set
America’s natural landmarks are famed throughout the world and none more so than the legendary Grand Canyon in the Arizona desert. This is a truly magical place at the best of times but at sun rise and sun set the canyon and surrounding land take on other world properties that need to be seen first-hand to really be believed.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Every January the good people of New Orleans don their costumes and polish their instruments in readiness for the start of Lent. Mardi Gras is Louisiana’s finest festival and has deep-rooted traditions as well as some extraordinary sights for the uninitiated. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy a carnival like never before and from the French district to Bourbon St. get ready to really let your hair down and welcome the new year in New Orleans.
Take a coffee in Seattle
The home of Pike Place market, the Space Needle and grunge bands, such as Sound Garden, Peal Jam and Nirvana, Seattle is Washington’s city by the sea and a must visit if you’re touring the east coast. Also, as Seattle is the original home of Starbucks, it would be rude not to indulge in a hot beverage and if you can find a funky little independent caf? or coffee house then you’ll be doing the original brand’s ethos no harm whatsoever.
Be a cowboy in Texas
Saddle up that wayward colt and watch the sun set over the lunar landscape of the Texas plains because this is where your USA holidays find the call of the wild. Texas is totally cowboy country and just the mere sniff of a cattle ranch or home on the range will be enough to send you all weak at the knees as you prepare for a few hours on horseback or a night round the camp fire tucking into a bowl of beans.
Hug a tree in Yosemite
The national parks of America are revered for both their natural beauty and their impressive indigenous species and the giant sequoias of Yosemite are absolutely no exception. The trunks tower above all that surrounds them and stretch in circumference to over 40 feet. If you get the chance to give one of these gigantic trees a hug then take it because they’re simply stunning and well-worth a squeeze no matter what the occasion.
Drink a rum cocktail in Florida
Hemingway’s house in Key West, Florida, is a great place to visit for any lover of the Old Man and the Sea or For Whom the Bell Tolls and if you’re a fan of rum then no trip to the area is complete without a trip to Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street. Although the original site was a few doors down you won’t find many patrons complaining so, sidle up to the bar, order a daiquiri and leave the rest up to your imagination.
Chris is a big lover of American and Americana and can’t wait to revisit the shores that spawned the likes of Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.