The United States of America is full of amusement. There are currently 9 or 10 cities with a population of 1 million or over. So one thing for sure, there is no shortage of super-cities in the USA. The cities are the example of real life history. Each city has something to tell to its visitor. Every city has something to offer to the visitor; may it be your first time or the 10th time. So no matter, if you are leaving for a corporate meeting or planning for your next holiday destination, this list cannot be overlooked among the things to do in Amrica.
So here is the list of cities that must be in your travel itinerary. The humongous, Wall Street Journal headline maker New York City is on the list; the city that never sleeps. The historic New Orleans, famed for its cocktail mashup, can also be found on the list. Are you an addict of poker chips or a maestro of cards?? Then Vegas should be in your must-visits pretty high.
Visiting New York
One of the most prominent cities in the USA, New York is the largest and most populated city in both the state of New York and the America. Established in 1624 by the Dutch colonists on the banks of the Hudson River, it is currently a centre of media, fashion, finance and trade. The city is constituted of 5 adjacent boroughs. They are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and the Staten Island. The city is further divided into 3 islands connected via bridges and ferries; the Manhattan Island (consists of Manhattan and the Brooklyn), Long Island (consists of Queens and the Bronx) and the Staten Island. The currently covers an area of 1213 km2; 783 km2 land area and 430 km2 water. The city’s current estimated population is around 9 million.
This city is rich in historical aspects and visiting New York will take time! The icon of the United States of America, the ‘Statue of Liberty’ is situated at the Liberty Island. Some of the tallest and historic highrises sit in the Manhattan; the Empire State Building, the World Trade Centre, the Chrysler building are some of them. The famous Times Square is one of the most popular assembly zones in the whole world; millions of people crowd in the Times Square at the New Years Eve. Some of the other attractions of historical importance are the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Madison Square Garden etc.
Visiting Las Vegas
Las Vegas, located in the state of Nevada, is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. The gambling business, hospitality industry and the tourism business are the key attributes of this city. Las Vegas, or simply Vegas, is home to numerous elite casino houses, AAA 5 star resorts and hotels, and flashy entertainment districts. Due to the tolerance of Vegas towards the adult culture, this city is also known as the ‘Sin City’. The city is situated in the Mojave Desert.
As a result, the climate features scorching heat and dry weather. The city area is dry and arid.
The city, especially the Vegas Strip, is filled with many iconic casinos and hotels like the Caesars Palace, the Bellagio resort, the Mirage, the Luxor Hotel, Golden Nugget, Aria and plenty others where tourists spend most of their time while visiting Las Vegas. The Vegas Strip is a stretch of 3 km of the famed Las Vegas Boulevard which houses numerous hotels, casinos, resorts and fine dining restaurants. The Strip is considered the heart of the Vegas. There are many attractions in the city other than the resorts. One can opt for the panoramic view of Vegas from the top of Stratosphere Tower or can settle for a candle light dinner at a fine dining restaurant at the Fremont Street or maybe, can go for a tiny visit to the iconic Grand Canyon.
Visiting New Orleans
New Orleans or Nouvelle-Orléans was founded by the French governor of Louisiana in 1718. It was a busy seaport in the past. New Orleans was sold to the United States in 1802-1803 under the Louisiana Purchase. The New Orleans became one of the major port cities in 19th century under the United States. New Orleans presently occupies an area of 900 km2. The average elevation of this city is below the sea level. As a result, the landscape of New Orleans features lowlands full of swamps and marshes.
The Mardi Gras is one of the signature festivals of New Orleans that you do not want to miss if you are visiting New Orleans at this time of the year. This festival lasts for weeks featuring parades, marches and gaudy get-ups. The French Quarters were built during the French Reign featuring the French architecture. The buildings at the French Quarter are presently used by restaurants, shops and museums. The Jackson Square is situated in the heart of the French Quarter featuring the statue of Andrew Jackson. The other historic attractions for the tourists include the City Park, the St. Louise Cathedral, the Audubon Nature Institute and the Louisiana State Museum.
Situated in the state of Tennessee, Nashville is the largest city in Tennessee. It is located in the north-western part of the Nashville basin. This city was founded by James Robertson and John Donelson in 1779 on the bank of Cumberland River. It used to be an important trading centre of Tennessee. It is considered the birthplace of the country music. The city covers an area of 1367 km2; 1305 km2 is land-area and 62 km2 is water.
The city is filled with historical attractions related to the music that you will not miss to visit while in Nashville. The Grand Ole Opry is a popular radio show and a part theme park that began in 1925. The park offers many activities and rides like the General Jackson- a boat providing cruising and dining experience, Gaylord Opryland Resorts and Convention Centre and the Opry Mills mall. The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most famous concert halls in Nashville. The Parthenon in the Centennial Park is the replica of the Greek wonder. It was built by wood in the past; it was later rebuilt by cement. It showcases various artefacts and sculptures by many famous artists.
Visiting San Francisco
Founded in 1779 by the Spanish settlers, San Francisco, or simply San Fran, is the cultural and financial centre of California. It is presently the 2nd most densely populated city in the United States of America. The city covers an area of 600 km2. During the California Gold Rush in the latter half of the 19th century, San Francisco became one of the centres of the craze. Studies suggest the population of San Francisco became almost 30 times after the Gold Rush.
Visiting San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge, over the San Francisco Bay, is one of the most famous bridges in the America. This bridge is one of the most photographed architectures in San Francisco. The Alcatraz Penitentiary a historic prison in the Alcatraz Island. Many infamous prisoners were imprisoned here including Al Capone. The Chinatown in San Francisco is one of the oldest and biggest Chinese community in the United States of America. The city houses plenty more historic antiquities. Among them the Fisherman’s Wharf- an area filled with numerous shops, eateries and scenic views of the waterfront, the Golden Gate Park- an urban park consisting of gardens and museums, the de Young Museum- a museum showcasing 17th to 21st century arts, textiles, photographs and costumes, and the Asian Arts Museum are important.
Visiting Cape Cod
Situated in the eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod area is protruded outward from the mainland into the Atlantic Ocean. It was founded by the Plymouth Pilgrims in the early 17th century. The small fishing settlement established by the pilgrims gradually turned into the largest whaling community in the America.
This peninsula and the surrounding islands are famous for their long and scenic beaches. The Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown and Race Point Beach are two of the most famous beaches here. Many historical building, museums and old lighthouse are scattered throughout this region; the Sandwich Glass Museum, Nantucket Whaling Museum and the historic cottages in Martha’s Vineyard are some of them.
Memphis is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. This city was established in 1819 by Andrew Jackson. It used to be an important seaport under the Confederates trading heavily on cotton.
Memphis is known to be the birthplace of various unique music styles including the gospel and the R&B. Many famous singers and musicians started their musical journey from Memphis including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Al Green and many others. Visiting Memphis will make you travel in the past! This city houses the historic home of Elvis Presley, the Graceland. Memphis offers many other musical attractions like the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the STAX Museum of American Soul and the Blues Hall of Fame and Center for Southern Folklore.
In 1670, the English colonists established the Charles Town or Charleston at the bank of Ashley River. Located in South Carolina, it used to be a busy seaport. By the 1900s, it became one of the busiest and important most ports in America; mostly trading on cotton, rice and indigo. This city became the place where the Civil Wars started officially when Confederacy attacked Unions near Fort Sumter.
Charleston is full of historical attractions like ancient houses, old plantations and historic architectures. There are many 17th through 19th-century plantations in Charleston such as the Boone Hall Plantation, the Middleton Place Plantation, Magnolia Plantation etc. The historic district and the city market, the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the numerous old houses and churches are some of the must-see places in Charleston.
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