Tourist attractions in the United States surpass a lot of other countries in their diversity. From natural formations to museums and theme parks, these attractions draw millions of visitors every year. They are well maintained and access to them is easy.
The additional quality they possess is that a lot of these attractions are not just places to see. They are an interactive experience. They provide a mix of fun and education. This makes it enjoyable for adults as well as kids. Additionally, the attractions offer a lot of conveniences such as places to eat and modes of travel. These make the attractions very convenient to experience. Here are some of the most popular attractions in the United States. Most of the tourist attractions in the list of top 10 are located in New York.
10. SeaWorld, Florida
This is a marine theme park located in Orlando, Florida. It has a variety of attractions. Adults and children can see and interact with a variety of sea creatures such as dolphins, seals, beluga whales. They have shows performed by sea animals. They also have rides for thrill seekers. Additionally, they have huge aquariums where you can watch sea creatures such as Manta rays and Sharks in their natural habitat.
9. National Mall, Washington DC
This is a stretch of parks which start from the Lincoln Memorial and stretch up to the State Capitol. It contains landmarks such as the Washington Monument. There are fountains for kids to play in. But the real attraction here is the Smithsonian museums that flank the parks. The series of museums contain artefacts on different subjects. The National Air & Space museum is a big attraction for kids and adults alike.
8. Empire State Building, New York
This is a landmark in New York. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet. It has 102 stories. When it was built it was the tallest building in the world. It held this record for 40 years, following its construction in 1931. Though it is no longer the tallest building in the world, it still attracts a large number of tourists every day. The view of Manhattan from the observation deck on the 86th floor is what attracts people to this building.
7. Times Square, New York
This is just a place in New York. It is lit up by neon signs and billboards at night. It is a major intersection in midtown Manhattan. It is also called “The Crossroads of the World”. It is estimated to be the most visited tourist attraction in the world. It has many museums and restaurants located around it. It is especially famous for its New Year’s Eve celebrations.
6. The American Museum of Natural History, New York
This is one of the most celebrated museums in the world. It has 27 interconnected buildings and is situated in a park-like setting. It is situated opposite Central Park. It has 45 exhibition halls with permanent exhibits on display. It also has a library and a planetarium. It is famous for its dioramas which try to show its exhibits in their natural setting. The fossil museum too is a big attraction as it contains nearly complete skeletons of dinosaurs.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
This might not really be suitable for children, but Las Vegas is definitely one of the most visited cities in the United States for tourists. Gambling is the famous draw this city has to offer. Its casinos are not just ordinary buildings. Each casino is built on its own theme. A casino called Paris even has a one third scale model of the Eiffel Tower.
4. Navy Pier, Chicago
This is a 3,300 foot long pier in Chicago. It is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. It offers shopping food and entertainment for families. It has several famous rides. The most famous of these is the giant Ferris wheel. It also offers rides and cruises on the lake. These may be short boat rides or evening long cruises that include dinner.
3. Sears Tower, Chicago
This was constructed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. to consolidate its employees into a single office space. They were the largest retail chain the world in 1969. Its construction was completed in 1973. When it was finished it was the tallest building in the world. It attracts over a million visitors every year and is one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions.
2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
This canyon is nearly 446 km long and can be as much as 27 km in width at certain points. It was carved out by the Colorado River. It has very steep sides. The Grand Canyon offers a lot of options for visitors. You can hike the canyon, or you can take a helicopter ride in it. Grand Canyon National Park is the second best destination to visit in the United States.
1. Niagara Falls, New York
Situated on the Niagara River, these falls are a collection of three separate waterfalls. They are on the border of the United States and Canada. The amount of water that flows over the falls every second is the highest among all the waterfalls in the world. They boat rides which take you close to the falls.