After arriving in the US, it’s just a matter of time that one would turn their attention towards the tourist attractions in the USA among other enjoyments. What would be better than to visit a theme park? Among the best things to do in America, all those water slides, Shining lights, and funky rides would just dissolve away ones all the jetlag.
Some of the famous amusement parks are as follows: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld Orlando, Canada’s Wonderland and Cedar Point.
After one gets bored and sick staying in the concrete jungle and wants to breathe in some fresh air, they can decide to visit the picturesque countryside. America is known for its widespread scenic highways and historic small towns and villages; the towns that don’t headline The Wall Street Journal quite so often. The globetrotters can just pack their bags, hit the roads and put the pedal to the metal. The small cities and towns include Beaufort, Ligonier, Jackson, Nashville, Galena, Madison, and Natchez.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is a famous theme park and vacation resort known throughout the globe. It is situated at the Bay Lake and the Reedy Creek (now Lake Buena Vista) region in Florida. It presently encompasses an area of 110 km2 and it is governed by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a part of the Walt Disney World Company.
Visit Disney World is one of the top attraction in USA!
The Walt Disney World is the world’s most famous and the busiest theme park. It got more than 50 million visitors around the year in 2014. The Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World is currently the most visited theme park in the world. More than 19 million tourists were registered in the Magic Kingdom in 2013. The other three theme parks aren’t far behind in the visitor count. EPCOT was visited more than 11 million times throughout the year. Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Disney’s Hollywood studios both got more than 10 million visitors.
There are many rides and shows available in the park. There are currently 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 27 themed resort hotels, 9 non-themed hotels, many golf courses, a camp site and many other places including recently opened Disney Springs in the resort. Some of the famous rides and attractions in the park are as follows: Space Mountain- a space simulator, Pirates of the Caribbean- a boat ride with stunts and special effects, Haunted Mansion- a haunted house, It’s a Small World- a musical adventure, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye- a rumbling vehicle ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- a mine train roller coaster ride, the Splash Mountain- a log flume ride to name a few.
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Universal Studios Hollywood is situated at the Universal city county island in the San Fernando Valley in the state of California. It currently includes 9 rides, 7 shows, and a large playing ground. Millions of peoples visit Universal Studios Hollywood year round. Around 7 million visitors were recorded in 2015. It was the 18th most popular theme park in the world. Woody Woodpecker is the mascot of the Universal Studios Hollywood.
The Universal Studios Hollywood is divided into two areas; the upper lot and the lower lot. The upper lot mostly hosts family based shows and rides like the Universal’s Animal actors’ Show, Special effects stage, Waterworld: A live sea war spectacular, Shrek 4D, the Spring Field, many Harry Potter rides and shows etc. The lower lot houses many rides like the Jurassic park: The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride and Transformers: The Ride.
Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most famous and visited studios in the world. The popular rides and attractions in this theme park include FAST & FURIOUS – Supercharged, Spring Filed- The Simpsons ride, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem etc.
The Jackson Hole is surrounded by the Teton mountain range on the east side and the Gros Ventre mountain range on the west side. Visit Jackson Hole and stay in a valley region which spreads across the Wyoming! It includes many adjacent communities and small towns like Jackson, Willson, Teton village, Hoback, Moose etc.
This region was home to the Native American tribes like Shoshoni, Blackfeet and Bannock who used to use this area as a hunting ground. The name Jackson was given by Margaret Simpson after the famous hunter David Jackson in late 1893. It’s named ‘hole’ due to being surrounded by the mountains and the trails descending into the valley. Many places in this region were named after the mountain men and explorers like Bridger, Jedediah Smith and Sublette.
Jackson Hole and the surrounding valley region are famous for the scenic beauties that they offer. Some famous and must-see places in and around the valley include Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Pak, Snow King Mountain, Jackson town square, National Elk Refuge, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village etc.
Natchez, maybe one of the most important and busy port at the whole Old Southwest in past times, is situated in the Adams county in the Mississippi. The name Natchez came from the Natchez tribes who were the native dwellers. In the 19th century, the wealthy southern planters made Natchez their residence. The huge mansions made by them can be seen around Natchez nowadays and they constitute an important part of the heritage.
The rulers of Natchez changed quite a few times over the years. The French colonists established Natchez in 1716. The British got Natchez from the Frenchs after they were defeated in the French and Indian Wars. Further later America recovered Natchez from the British after British were fended off in the American Revolutionary War. Natchez became the capital of the territory of Mississippi. It was the commercial centre of the Southwest and a place for the cultural interchange of the Native American, African and European cultures.
Visit Natchez and you will see many mansions and villas. The mansions and villas, built in the Greek Revival Style, were mostly built by the Southern planters and bear the witness of their power and wealth. Most of them are open to the tourists to visit. Some of the public attractions in Natchez include antebellum homes like the famous Longwood, Stanton Hall, Rosalie Mansion etc and the Jefferson College, historic Natchez Trace, Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, and Natchez City Cemetery and the Natchez National Cemetery.
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