The USA is a popular travel destination for people all over the world and for good reason. Not only is it a huge country full of diverse traditions and landscape, it is also the inspiration for many aspects of modern popular culture. Because so much TV and film, thanks to Hollywood, come from the US, many people around the world want to see the actual country itself, after seeing it so much on screen.
With such a large country, and so many states, it’s hard to know where to visit first, though. Here are five great states in the US for tourists to visit.
California is the third largest state in the US and certainly one of the most renowned. While anyone living to the East of North America might think that this state is a little too far to travel to, it can certainly be worth it.
Aptly named the Golden State, California is known for having year-round great weather making it an ideal destination for those looking for some sun.
If traveling is about more than finding a sunny location for you, though, you’ll be happy to hear that California has some incredible landmarks, both man-made and natural. From everything Hollywood has to offer to the natural diversity of this large West-Coast state, there really is so much to do.
Due to its position and size, California offers so many different environments for tourists, as you can go from the top of a mountain to the beach in a single day. This state is certainly one of those destinations where you can go back again and again without really cracking the surface.
Another destination in the USA that finds itself under the sun for most of the year, Florida is a go-to spot for travelers on the other side of the country. Whether it’s the exciting buzz of Miami for young people or the world-famous theme parks that attract families from all over, Florida has so much to offer.
If the sea is your thing, you’ll be happy to know that Florida is a coastal state with some beautiful beaches to visit. Beautiful Florida marinas offer you some quality time on the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Florida sits on the South East side of the US, making travel there much easier for anyone coming from places like Europe. When there is so much to do in this state that finds itself hours closer by flight to a lot of people, you can see why they choose Florida over other states.
- New York
When someone says the name New York to you, you probably think of the city. This is very normal, as it really is one of the most famous cities in the world. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, a visit to New York City is like no other and can truly be a life-changing trip.
New York City has found itself at the center of some of the most famous TV shows and movies, making it a cultural sensation. Those who visit it will be pleased to find that the movies and shows capture its atmosphere well, as it can be just like walking onto a film set.
The state of New York, however, has even more to offer when you step out of its main city. New York State is home to some beautiful landscapes and world-famous landmarks like Niagra Falls.
Due to the rest of the state often being overshadowed by New York City, you may be surprised at just how much it has to offer and may even find that the number of tourists outside the city drops substantially, meaning you may have the place to yourself a lot of the time.
Many people forget that Hawaii is even a state at all as it’s almost 5,000 miles away from the mainland. In spite of this, it is as much a member of the 50 states as any other and is certainly one of the most beautiful.
The history of how Hawaii became a state is interesting but those looking to travel to the US will be glad to know that it is now part of it. If you have a US travel visa, traveling to Hawaii from the mainland is just a matter of arranging a flight there, and once you’re there, it’s so worth it.
Stepping onto parts of Hawaii can only be described as being in some sort of tropical paradise. With white sands and crystal clear waters full of wildlife, it’s no wonder the group of islands attracts so many people from all over.
Once you’ve had enough of the beach for one day Hawaii has so much more to offer. From vibrant cities to incredible jungles, there is just so much to explore. While the US is full of interesting cultures, it’s great to see how much the state of Hawaii values theirs, and travelers must always be mindful and respectful of this.
Of all the states on this list, Oregon is perhaps the least mentioned worldwide. It is certainly worth including, though, as it is a beautiful state full of interesting things to do.
Oregon sits in the Pacific North West of the USA, close to Canada, and is full of greenery. From vast mountains to exciting cities, there is so much packed into this beautiful state. Whether you visit Mount Hood and stay at the hotel where the Shining was filmed, or stay in Portland, a bustling city sat in the heart of the state.
Much like California, many travelers coming from the East of the USA may be put off by how far they have to travel. However, once you get there, it really is worth it, as Oregon appeals to nature-lovers and city-goers alike.
The United States of America is full of interesting places to visit. You could, quite literally, visit a new place every day and still never run out of locations to explore. These five states alone offer so much in terms of things to do and sights to see. They are certainly worth a visit if you’re planning to head in that direction.