The United States offers the world great and exemplary cities, extraordinary national parks, beaches, and enchanting islands, in its more than 9 million square kilometers of geography.
I invite you to know why North America is a power, not only in the military but also in tourism because it is the second most visited country in the world after France.
Let’s start our Top 14 Best Tourist Places in America…
1. New Orleans
Beautiful, vibrant, laid-back, and fun are some of the defining adjectives of New Orleans, southeast Louisiana. It is a city with French and Spanish heritage with accentuated African-American features, which expresses American multiculturalism in architecture, music, and gastronomy. New Orleans is a wonderful American rarity since President Thomas Jefferson bought it from Napoleon Bonaparte for $ 15 million.
To immerse yourself in its French Quarter is to go back to the 18th century while enjoying the cultural distinctions added throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, which make this city the most eclectic in the country.
Behind the industrial and somewhat neglected Memphis is true material and spiritual gems, which exalt the iconic city of Elvis Presley. Memphis is the most influential music plaza in the United States, like Johnny Cash, the king of the country, BB King, the king of blues, and of course, the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, began their careers. While it would be silly not to visit Graceland, Elvis’s presidential mansion, and the iconic Beale Street club, where BB King played his guitar, Memphis is not all about music.
The National Museum of Civil Rights was built on the same site as the motel where Martin Luther King Jr, leader of the civil movement for African Americans, was assassinated. It shows the long struggles of Americans of color to win their civil rights. The Children’s Museum, the Pink Palace Museum, Mud Island, and the Memphis Pyramid are other equally valuable places to visit.
Nestled in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, the small town of Asheville is distinguished by its vast green spaces and its craft beer. Fans of hiking, trekking, or the simple pleasure of walking will find many parks and picturesque mountain paths to breathe fresh air and contemplate beautiful landscapes. Very close to Asheville is the Biltmore Estate, the largest private mansion in the country. A 250-room palace with a beautiful 50,000-hectare estate, commissioned by the magnate, George Vanderbilt.
If you stay at the famous Grove Park Inn may be and with some luck, they will give you the room where America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller, the escapist, Harry Houdini, Enrico Caruso once stayed. and the former president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Cape Fear Botanical Garden has the most impressive variety of azaleas in the country and their spectacular spring blooms fill the atmosphere with color. Architecture lovers should visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo, an early 20th-century temple with the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America.
4. Redwood National Park
Physical space of 540 km 2 off the Pacific coast in the extreme north of the state of California. An imposing forest of redwoods awaits, trees that can exceed 115 meters in height and have 3,000 years of life. Camping or having a picnic near these giants of nature or walking through the forest trails will be an enriching experience that will also give you a dimension of what the human race represents in the ecosystem.
Redwood trails can take you into the wooded area or close to the pretty beaches that dot the shoreline. The brown pelican, the white-headed eagle, the northern spotted owl, and the Steller’s sea lion, are endangered species that live in Redwood National Park, which due to its characteristics was used in the film, Return of the Jedi, from the famous saga, Star Wars.
Denver, a large Colorado city in the Rocky Mountains at 1,600 meters above sea level. It combines the charm of natural spaces with man-made comfort. Thousands of tourists and businessmen visit the city to enjoy its charms and take advantage of its economic strength.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheesman Park, Botanical Gardens, and Zoological Gardens are great places for outdoor recreation. Although the twin towers of the cathedral-basilica of the city consecrated to the Immaculate Conception do not compete in height with the nearby skyscrapers, they stand out for their sober beauty.
6. Los Glaciares National Park
Montana park bordering Canada of more than 4,100 km 2 that in addition to its 2 mountain systems, Lewis and Livingston, has 130 lakes. The high snow-capped mountains are home to countless species of flora and fauna in their dense forests, including the mountain goat, the park’s official symbol.
This place owes its name to the many glaciers that have disappeared in the last 15 thousand years, after shaping its mountains and leaving places of amazing beauty. The Glacier National Park is one of the best-conserved ecosystems in the country, with the protection of, among other species, the Grizzly bear, the mule deer, the mouflon, and the Canadian lynx. Controlled fishing, alpine skiing, camping, and hiking are activities to do.
With good weather, Chicago, the “Windy City,” is probably the best in the United States. Its gastronomic proposal is first class with restaurants and menus from around the world. Also in art and culture, which makes Chicago the axis of the manifestation of human genius. The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the largest in the world of its kind, housing more than 20 million natural and cultural objects. Its collection of fossils that includes Sue, the most complete tyrannosaurus that science has found, is one of its main attractions.
Like Memphis, Chicago enjoys a rich musical and influential life. There they listen to Chicago Blues, Gospel, jazz, Chicago Soul, hip-hop, and the city’s exalted symphony orchestra. Chicago has won and lost for years in the sport. Perhaps its most glorious sporting era is due to basketball and its Bulls, with the magical, Michael Jordan. His Cubs won a 2016 baseball world series after a 108-year title drought. Other sports franchises in the city are:
White Sox: baseball.
Los Osos: American football.
The Blackhawks: from the National Hockey League.
Natchez’s beautiful 19th-century architecture with stately porticoed mansions was the work of wealthy owners of large cotton plantations looking for more pleasant places to spend the summer. One of these beautiful palaces is Longwood, which, although it was left unfinished by the civil war, is still very well preserved in the middle of its extensive and beautiful gardens.
The cathedral-basilica of Santa María impresses with its interior view, being one of the architectural jewels of the southern United States. Natchez is worth going to just to admire the sunsets over the Mississippi River.
9. New York
The navel of the world”, the “capital of the world”, the “city that never sleeps”, the “big apple”, are some of the qualifying adjectives that identify New York, the city that everyone wants to visit. It is as rich in culture as it is in population with millions of people in the same metropolis, where more than 170 languages are spoken.
It’s culinary, museum, artistic, theatrical, musical, audiovisual, festive, sports, and shopping offerings are unmatched in the world. The places you have to go are the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park. To this list were recently added the majestic man-made falls on the East River.
Savannah is so beautiful that the general, William Sherman, questioned about her brutal scorched earth policy during the Civil War, did not want to destroy her. Savannah expresses the old southern spirit like few other cities, with its boats plying the river that gives it its name, its promenade facing the Atlantic, its avenues with trees that join their glasses making natural vaults, its traditional houses, its parks, and squares.
Believers and fans of paranormal phenomena will feel at ease in this Georgia city, perceiving “ghosts” everywhere. Not for nothing is it known as a “bewitched city”, in which there are at least 50 buildings where it is said there are extrasensory manifestations. A curiosity of Savannah is its synagogue in the Gothic architectural style.
11. Grand Canyon
It is difficult to describe in words how impressive the Grand Canyon is. Its basic dimensions are daunting: a length of more than 440 km and chilling chasms that exceed 1,600 m. The best way to appreciate this work of nature is by going down to the bed of the Colorado River, the stream that carved the gorge in a millenary erosive work.
Hikes, mule rides, hiking, and river rafting are some of the recreational activities offered by its tour operators. An unmissable experience that many cannot beat is walking along the Skywalk, a 1,200 m high glass-floored walkway. Crazy!
Nashville is called the “Athens of the South” for its educational system and architecture, in which the Parthenon stands out, a scale reproduction of the famous Greek building built in the late 19th century. In this Parthenon is a beautiful statue of Athena plated in gold and 13 meters high.
Also known as the “City of Music” is the capital of Tennessee. It is ideal to enjoy a musical atmosphere, neoclassical architecture, and southern food with a homemade flavor. Its state capital operates in a beautiful building erected in the mid-19th century in the Greek neo-Renaissance style. The Tennessee State Museum entertainingly traces the history of the state from before colonization to the 20th century.
13. San Francisco
The beautiful Californian city is another American microcosm of people and cultures from around the world. San Francisco has a high standard of living underpinned by the technological development of nearby Silicon Valley, where the garage where Apple was born is. The 81-year-old Golden Gate remains the city’s iconic structure. Tourists continue to love the rides on the symbolic cable trams that traverse the streets.
The oldest Chinatown in the United States is full of charms and is one of the most recommended places to enjoy ancient and fascinating oriental cuisine. The Transamerica Pyramid, at 260 meters high, is the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco and one of its modern architectural landmarks. Its museums, music and cultural festivals, sporting events, and shows of all kinds guarantee entertainment and fun throughout the year in the city by the bay.
14. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada and surrounded by mountains almost 1,900 meters above sea level, has managed to preserve itself as one of the purest and sharpest bodies of water in the United States, despite the effects of global warming and droughts. Along the lake, perimeters are picturesque towns and cities such as Reno and Carson City.
Lake Tahoe and its surroundings are popular in winter for skiing and in summer for hiking and boating through its crystal clear waters. The popular television series Bonanza frequently showed the blue waters of the lake, which has also been the location of famous films such as X-Men (2 and 3) and The Godfather 2.