The United States of America (USA) is known as a nation with the world’s most dominant economic and military power. But other than that, what comes into your mind when you hear the United States? Of course, its beauty in nature and its tourist attractions. In 2018, the United States of America is ranked third in the rankings of the most visited destinations by international arrivals that compiled by the United Nations Tourism Organization. So, if you are planning to travel to some elegant and beautiful attractions, the United States of America won’t disappoint you.
But what are the tourist destinations/attractions that people love in the United States?
Here are the top 10 tourist destinations in the United States
Walt Disney World Resort
The Walt Disney World Resort also called Walt Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida in the United States that opened on October 1, 1971. The resort has four theme parks.
- 1. The Magic Kingdom is known as “the most magical place on earth” because the attractions are based on fairy tales and Disney characters.
- 2. The EPCOT Center, dedicated to the celebration of human achievements and international culture often referred to as the “permanent world’s fair.”
- 3. Disney’s Hollywood Studios dedicated to the imagined worlds from theatre, television, film, and music.
- 4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom dedicated/themed to the natural environment and animal conservation. The philosophy of the owner himself, Walt Disney. In 2018, it was the most visited vacation resort in the world with annual attendance at approximately 58 million but closed temporarily due to coronavirus pandemic this last March 15, 2020.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is in southern Utah near the city of Bryce, accessible by air or car from Las Vegas, St. George, and even from neighboring Zio National Park. The major feature of this park is none other than the Bryce Canyon and it is not even a canyon, but a group or collection of giant natural amphitheaters. It has geological structures that are formed because of stream erosion of the river and frost weathering, the structure is called “hoodoos”. The rim at Bryce has a height that varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. The park visitors love the spectacular and magnificent view of the variation of colors (red, orange, and white) of rocks. In 2018, Bryce Canyon received exactly 2,679,478 recreational visitors, a great increase of 107,794 visitors from the previous year.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah near Springdale. Getting into this park takes 2.5 hours of driving from Las Vegas, 4 hours from Salt Lake City, and 6 hours from Los Angeles, CA. It has a variety of life zones that consists of numerous plant species, 289 species of birds, 75 mammals, and 32 reptiles. The life zones for the species to live are desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. It also includes mountain butter, monoliths, and rivers. But the highlight of this park is an expansive canyon that offers hiking opportunities along its floor in the 20-30-foot-wide known as “The Narrows” that has an average depth of 2,000 feet.
It is originally named Disneyland, it is the first of two theme parks built at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California opened on July 17, 1955. You can get into this park by taking Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) Route 15 bus from Anaheim station which runs once an hour from mid-morning to midnight. The Amusement park meets great expectations of Disney fans, with a lot of attractions like Haunted Mansion, Alice in Wonderland slow rides, Snow White’s scare adventures, King Arthur Carousel and many more for the visitors to enjoy. In 2018, the park had 18.6 million visitors making it the second most visited amusement park in the world that year.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is described as “The most beautiful and most photographed bridge in the world” by Former’s travel guide. Opened 83 years ago on May 27, 1937, it is an amazing suspension bridge spanning the golden gate with one-mile-wide strait, it connects San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoying the bridge’s beauty by walking across it will take about 1 and a half to 2 hours.
Central Park is considered as the largest and most important public park in Manhattan, New York City created between 1857 – 1876. With the land-size of 843 acres (3.41km²) and visitors about 37-38 million people annually. Designated as National Historical Landmark, its main attractions are the Ramble and Lake, Hallett Nature Sanctuary, and Sheep Meadow. The amusement attractions were also great such as Central Park Zoo, Central Park Carousel and Wollman Rink. The park also has formal spaces like Central Park Mall and Bethesda Terrace and lastly, their sports facilities such as North Meadow Recreational Center, basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields.
Yosemite National Park
Established on October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park is considered as one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks. It is a park that supports a diversity of plants and animals, located in the western Sierra Nevada of central California, and it’s bounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest. The public transportation to get to this park is available via Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) from Fresno. It is a world heritage site known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, lakes, mountains, glaciers, meadows, and biological diversity and almost 95% of the park is a designated wilderness.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone was the first national park in the US established on March 1, 1872. Located in the western United States with parts in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. One of the most popular features in the park is the Old Faithful Geyser that the visitors really love, not just that, the park also represent many types of biomes and the subalpine forest is the most abundant, the Caldara which is the largest supervolcano is also a great feature and its wildlife and many geothermal features. Yellowstone contains half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features that is fueled by ongoing volcanism. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians were also living in this park and considered as the largest and most famous megafauna location in the US.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
The world-famous Statue of Liberty National Monument was a gift of friendship from France and designated as a National Monument in 1924. Officially named the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel, representing freedom from tyranny, financial hardship, and suffering for many immigrants since the late 1800s. Located in New York City and Liberty State Park in New Jersey city. Known throughout the world and has an annual visitor last 2019 of 4.24 million people.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon is in northwestern Arizona, this park central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of Colorado river, which considered often as one of the wonders of the world, and its rims. The fact about Grand Canyon is that it creates its own weather. Sudden changes in elevation have an enormous impact on temperature and precipitation, so the weather could be drastically different depending on whether you are in Grand Canyon. There are also a lot of fossils in the area and the most visited part is the South Rim with elevation averages 7000 feet. Also, many movies were filmed in this national park such as Dakota Skye, Nurse Betty, and many more. It’s famous and known throughout the world, with total number of 5.97 million visitors in 2019.