The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean.
Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC.
Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
1. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
It is famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.
2. Yellow Stone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot.
Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too.
Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful.
It is also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
3. Walt Disney World
The Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment complex at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida.
The resort is the flagship destination of Disney’s worldwide corporate enterprise.
Opened on October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million people annually.
The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a division of The Walt Disney Company.
It was initially operated by Walt Disney World Company.
The property covers 27,258 acres (43 sq mi; 110 km2), housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues.
Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1971, followed by Epcot in 1982, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1989, and the most recent, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998.
Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the complex was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s.
The Florida Project – as it was known, was intended to present a distinct vision with its own diverse set of rides. Walt Disney’s original plans also called for the inclusion of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), a planned community intended to serve as a test bed for new city living innovations.
After extensive lobbying, the Government of Florida created the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special government district that essentially gave The Walt Disney Company the standard powers and autonomy of an incorporated city.
Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, before construction began.
Without Disney spearheading the construction, the company created a resort similar to Disneyland, abandoning experimental concepts for a planned community.
4. Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City community of the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.
It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Its official marketing headline is The Entertainment Capital of LA.
It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios sets and is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world.
Woody Woodpecker is the mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood.
5. Statue Of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in the United States.
The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet.
The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
6. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York.
7. Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada, known for its concentration of resort hotels and casinos.
The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length, located immediately south of the Las Vegas city limits in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester.
However, the Strip is often referred to as being in Las Vegas. Most of the Strip has been designated an All-American Road and is considered a scenic route at night.
Many of the largest hotel, casino, and resort properties in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip.
14 of the world’s 25 largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 62,000 rooms.
8. Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona.
It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.
9. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a natural formation distinguished by layered bands of red rock, revealing millions of years of geological history in cross-section.
Vast in scale, the canyon averages 10 miles across and a mile deep along its 277-mile length.
Much of the area is a national park, with Colorado River white-water rapids and sweeping vistas.
10. Fisherman Wharf
Fishman Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California.
It roughly encompasses the nothern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Keamy Street.