Things to do in the USA

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The USA is huge. Absolutely massive. And every single state has got absolutely tons to do in it. Regardless of this, we have still ploughed on and created a list of the 15 top things to do in the USA. So, read on for some inspiration about what to do on your gap year in the USA

  • Route 66. This iconic stretch of road runs all the way from Chicago through to California, and takes in some of the best sights and sounds the USA has to offer. Whether you hire a classic American car or opt for a more budget option, it will be an experience you’ll never ever forget.
  • Las Vegas. Hedonism is the word in Vegas, the city that prides itself on never sleeping. Hang out in the casinos, catch some awe-inspiring shows or take a walk down the Strip at night. It’s also a great base to stay in if you want to see some amazing desert scenery.
  • Hollywood. Is it possible to visit Los Angeles and not take in the famous sights of Hollywood? We certainly don’t think so! Check out the iconic Walk of Fame, snap a picture of the famous Hollywood sign, or see if you can spot any movie stars (autographs are an added bonus)!
  • Take in a game. Baseball, American football, basketball… They are all massively popular in the States and the atmosphere found at these games is electric! Pick your favourite sport and book some tickets before you go, as they sell out pretty quickly. If you are really lucky, you might even be able to get a ticket for the World Series or Superbowl!
  • Las Vegas signMardi Gras. Every year New Orleans hosts the famous – some say infamous – Mardi Grad. It’s a day and night of all-out revelry, with beads and drinks galore. You’ll have a sore head in the morning, but you’ll never experience a party quite like it!
  • Grand Canyon. There’s probably not a more famous natural sight in the USA than the Grand Canyon, found in the state of Arizona. You can take a walk near to it, but for an even more amazing experience, get a helicopter flight right over the top of it! Sure, it might cost a bit, but how many times will you get that kind of opportunity? The Skywalk is also pretty awesome too…
  • Graceland. If you find yourself down in Tennessee, make sure you visit the home of Elvis! There are guided tours throughout the day and they don’t actually take that long, so there’s plenty of time to cram other things into your day as well. You could check out Dollywood as well, owned by Dolly Parton.
  • Alaskan wilderness. Up in Alaska, the natural beauty will absolutely blow you away. Whether you stand in the shadow of Mount McKinley, take a bear watching tour or head onto the water to look for whales, Alaska will provide some of the most amazing photo opportunities the USA has to offer.
  • Alcatraz. Located off the coast of San Francisco, Alcatraz is both notorious and interesting in equal measures. You can take a guided tour around the former prison, and kids can even get locked in the cages for a bit, just to experience what life was like there! Don’t forget to take them home though…
  • Surfing in HawaiiHawaii. Fantastic sunshine, great sights and some of the best surfing in the world all ensure that Hawaii is an amazing destination for every traveller. It might not be the cheapest place to get to, but if you can go, make sure you do! You might even catch a surfing competition, featuring some of the world’s best surfers.
  • Yellowstone National Park. Found in the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park is the most famous park in the USA. Home to the Old Faithful Geyser and an abundance of flora and fauna, this place will be the perfect antidote to the stresses of the bigger cities in the country.
  • Ground Zero. When the Twin Towers were destroyed by al Qaeda in 2001, the world was change forever. While the Towers no longer stand, the memorial to them is visited by many every year, eager to pay their respects to those who perished in the attacks. A visit to New York isn’t complete without a solemn trip here.
  • Niagara Falls. Straddling the US/Canada border, the Niagara Falls is an awesome sight. Dropping 50m into Lake Ontario, it is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. You certainly won’t be the only one there, but even with the crowds you’ll get to see one of the great sights of North America here.
  • Disneyland paradeThe Everglades. Home to absolutely loads of alligators and some of the most interesting people in the country. Take an airboat ride to what this great national park has to offer. If you are really adventurous, you can even kayak in the alligator infested waters – or eat them in some of the local restaurants!
  • Disneyland. You didn’t think we would possibly miss out the home of Mickey Mouse, did you? A visit to the USA can’t be complete without heading to Florida and visiting this magical world. If you are on the other side of the country, try Disney World in California instead. Make sure you save your pennies though, as this is certainly not a trip you can make on a budget! Definitely one of the top things to do in the USA!
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