American tourist attractions highlights include Times Square (in NYC), Las Vegas Strip, Magic Kingdom amusement park in Florida, Grand Canyon, and Miami Beach.
Times Square (www.timessquarenyc.org), often called the “crossroads of the world“, is the most visited tourist attraction in the United States, and one of the most important symbols of New York City.
As a square, located where Broadway and Seventh Avenue meet, Times Square contains several city blocks…
….with highlights including several story tall digital displays and studios for major media companies.
For example, America’s most popular morning show, “Good Morning America”, is broadcast live every morning from the square, as ABC broadcasting company has studios here.
In fact, if you happen to be here at the right time, you may have the chance to participate in live broadcasts for several TV-channels, as MTV, ESPN, CNBC, and many other media companies have live shows from the square.
Times Square is also familiar from many Hollywood movies, such as Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” (2007), where Smith, in one scene, is hunting deers, with his dog, at Times Square.
Of the American tourist attractions, Las Vegas Strip (www.visitlasvegas.com), on the other hand, is a 6.1 km (3.8 miles) section of Las Vegas Boulevard, best known for being a center of entertainment and casinos in the city.
Within the Strip, you can find most of the major Vegas hotels and holiday apartment towers, as well as the best entertainment services.
In fact, of the world’s 25 biggest hotels, 19 are located within the Las Vegas Strip, with the areas hotels offering a total of 77,166 guest rooms to choose from.
Worldwide, the Strip is best known for the dramatic architecture of its buildings, and the variety of entertainment available, in addition to the casinos.
The most significant Las Vegas Strip landmarks include casino-hotels such as…
- The Venetian,
- Caesars Palace,
- Luxor, and
- MGM Grand….
…as well as the Strip shopping malls, including Grand Canal Shoppes, Miracle Mile, and The Forum Shops at Caesars.
Magic Kingdom theme park (disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/magic-kingdom/) in Florida, is the world’s most visited theme park, and also functions as a Walt Disney World holiday village.
The park has been open to visitors since 1971, and sees annually over 17 million visitors.
Among the major landmarks within the theme park is the Castle of Sleeping Beauty, but the main attractions in the park are the 7 themed areas of the park, with rides and other entertainment.
One of the popular American tourist attractions is Grand Canyon (www.nps.gov/grca/), a massive canyon region in Arizona, formed over the centuries by the Colorado river.
The canyon is…
- 446 km (277 miles) long, with its
- width varying between 6.4 km (4 miles) and 29 km (18 miles),
- being at most 1.83 km (1.1 miles) deep.
Even though the Grand Canyon is not the biggest canyon in the world, it is considered among the most dramatic, with overflowing dimensions and a varying, multicolored landscape.
There are several ways to tour the Grand Canyon, including its South Rim section, which has a popular observation platform, at the height of 2,100 meters (6,889 ft).
You can also participate in…
- white river rafting with organized tours,
- guided walks to the canyon, and
- sightseeing flights over the most dramatic parts of the canyon (on small planes or with a helicopter).
Especially popular place to see the canyon is its Grand Canyon Skywalk (www.grandcanyonskywalk.com), which provides an opportunity to walk ‘over’ the canyon…
…as its glass-bottom edge reaches 20 meters (65 ft) from the canyon’s edge, 1,100 meters (3,608 ft) over the canyon floor (in other words,higher than any skyscraper in the world).
American tourist attractions also include Miami Beach (web.miamibeachfl.gov/visitors/), which is a district of Miami, Florida, and also known as ‘American Riviera‘.
Within the area, you can find:
- a total of over 11 km (6.8 miles) of beaches in top condition,
- 3 golf courses,
- 20 parks, and
- the most popular venues in Miami for nightlife.
Miami Beach is also famous for being a residential area for celebrities, as well as a center for world’s fashion.
It has been estimated that around 1,500 fashion models live within the districts 18.3 square kilometers (7 square miles), and it is very common to see live fashion photo shoots here, especially within Ocean Drive.
In terms of nightlife, of the Miami Beach areas, South Beach is especially active, as it features over 150 bars and nightclubs, most of which are open till 5am.