When it comes to unmissable experiences in this vast country, it’s pretty hard to narrow it down to a top 10. But in case you don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a few essentials (in no particular order) to help you plan your American adventure.
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Here’s our round up of some of the top things to do, including some amazing #holidayspam Instagram images.
Rock ‘n’ Roll in Memphis.
Since his death in 1977, Graceland has become a shrine for Elvis fans. The home of The King is the ultimate in 1950s glamour, with thick pile carpets and a pool room. Why not take the Graceland Elvis Entourage VIP Tour, or stay at the Heartbreak Hotel?
Jazz it up in New Orleans.
If you love round-the-clock nightlife, live-music and spicy cuisine, then New Orleans is your kind of place. To truly experience the vibrancy and culture, make sure you’re here for Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumes and public partying.
Catch a ball game.
Watching a baseball game is essential when you’re visiting the US - the atmosphere can be electric. From April through September, 30 Major League teams each play 162 games. So you can take your pick, eat hotdogs, drink beer and get stuck in to this all-American experience.
Hike into the Grand Canyon.
You can see the mile-deep Grand Canyon from a bus, helicopter, raft, mule and the Skywalk, but it’s extra special on foot. Just follow the South Kaibab Trail to aptly named Ooh-Aah Point for amazing views.
Take in a big fight in Vegas.
Las Vegas has something for everyone: from casinos and clubs, to thrilling rides and stunning shows. But few events say ‘Vegas’ as much as world championship boxing. Many hotels stage contests, and in 2007, spectators forked out $18m to watch a clash at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Take in a Broadway musical.
When you visit NYC it’s obligatory to take in a Broadway show. Hollywood legends past and present have all taken centre stage here, including Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Ride a famous roller coaster.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, America has its fair share of theme parks. Wooden roller coaster Goliath, at Six Flags Great America, Illinois, is the fastest (72mph), steepest (85 degrees), and highest drop (180ft) coaster in the world. Not for the faint-hearted.
Dreams come true at Disney World.
No trip to the US is complete without a visit to Disney World, Florida. It’s a hit with children and adults alike, and there really is nothing that compares. Whether it’s slick rides, shows, fireworks or the latest life-size characters, there’s something for everyone.
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Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential centre of art, culture, fashion and finance. You could spend ages taking in all the sights, so definitely make this a focal point of your stay.
Marvel at Niagara Falls.
This stunning natural phenomenon is made up of three waterfalls that straddle the border between Canada and the US. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165ft. There are walkways for tourists and the best-known attraction is a Maid of the Mist boat tour.