Travelling to the United States requires a lot of planning. For those visiting the country for pleasure, the preparations start with setting out a budget and applying for an ESTA at esta-visa-ie online (Poland is not yet a VWP country, although it may be in the near future), or a B-2 VISA at the nearest embassy and ends with their flights taking off.
But remarkably little thought is often invested in the pleasure, the actual reason for the trip. So here is a question.
As you prepare to visit the United States for your holidays this 2016, have you paused to consider the destinations to include on your list of places to visit? Or did you simply pick the first location that crossed your mind, the most common destinations, or even the ones you happened to see on TV?
To fully enjoy your holidays, you ought to put ample research into selecting destinations to visit. You have to weigh the result of the research with your interests and expectations, so that you can return from the holidays feeling refreshed and satisfied. Start your research with these five magnificent holiday destinations in the US, as revealed by U.S. News & World Report.
- San Francisco, California
The thought of the city of San Francisco often brings to mind the Golden Gate Bridge and a medley of contemporary art and culture. The city, with its colourful neighbourhoods, arty cuisine, homely cafés, and vibrant nightlife, is adorned with sights that will shake your world.
It’s home to the California Academy of Sciences, where your mind can float away as you relish the splendour of its aquarium and planetarium. The City is also home to the massive Golden Gate Park, which is one of the world’s largest urban parks, and harbours attractions like the de Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, and more.
- Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite, with its expanse of1,200 square miles, flaunts the most attractive landscapes in California and the largest tree in the world. Think about the rearing granite cliffs of the Half Dome and El Capitan; impressive waterfalls like the Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Falls, and Ribbon Fall; over 800 miles of trails to hike; the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains.
With over four million people visiting the park every year, Yosemite has much more than landscapes to offer. It also harbours luxurious shops, tantalising restaurants, the Ansel Adams Gallery and its black-and-while landscape photographs, and the Yosemite Museum.
If you visit Yosemite during your holidays, you will come out with a lot of fantastic tales to tell.
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
With over forty major waterfalls, about 300 active geysers, and assorted thermal features, Yellowstone National Park sits over Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho and shelters the largest population of free-roaming wildlife in the lower forty-eight states.
So as you go sightseeing inside the over 3000-square miles of extraordinary landscapes—mountains, luxurious forests, extensive meadows, alluring lakes et cetera—watch out for animals like buffalos, bears, elks, wolves, and more.
Yellowstone will give you paradise in the United States. Here are more facts about Yellowstone National Park.
- Maui, Hawaii
With 81 beaches, some of which are gold, black, and red in colour, Maui will satisfy your hunger for beaches. In fact, if you can’t find your ideal beach in Maui, then the only other place to look is in some distant planet in a galaxy far away.
Maui nestles amid the clusters of beautiful islands that make up Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. In Maui, you will never run out of holiday activities. Do you like windsurfing? Snorkelling? Hiking? Biking? Swimming? Yachting? You name it. Or do you love going sightseeing?
Maui, with its diverse geography—impressive mountains and waterfall, will give you a holiday that is nothing short of heavenly.
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
A list of holiday destinations without the Grand Canyon is incomplete. With about 4.5 million people visiting the place every year and massive bare rock carved naturally with the help of the Colorado River, this stupefying chasm will leave you doubting there’s anything else grander in the world.
If you are looking for beautiful sunset, the South Rim, where you will also find the Grand Canyon Village, is an area you can’t afford to miss. It is frequented by hikers and sightseers.
These are 5 that should certainly be on your shortlist, and are sure to be popular in 2016.