Times Square, New York City
There is nothing to compare to Times Square in New York City with its many Broadway theaters and cinemas, soaring skyscrapers, billboards, street performers and pedestrian only areas. With over 41 million visitors annually it is one of the world’s most visited attractions. There is a huge number of neon, electric and LED signs, including the seven- story curved NASDAQ sign and the curved Coca-Cola sign.
Attractions visitors will find in Times Square include Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, The Naked Cowboy and the famous Empire State Building. For shopping and dining there are more than 100 restaurants and stores to choose from. Times Square is home to MTV Studios and live broadcasts of Good Morning America. Of special interest is the Toys “R” Us store which features a 60 foot indoor ferris wheel.
Las VegasStrip, Nevada
A visit to the four- mile Las Vegas Strip is where you will find replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumphe, a Venetian Grand Canal and the New York skyline. On the strip are themed hotels with twenty-four casinos and plenty of nightlife including comedy shows, musicals and concerts.
Things to do in Las Vegas include a ride on the High Roller which gives riders a view high above the strip, Adventuredome Theme Park with thrill rides and roller coasters, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and Shark Reef Aquarium where guests will see sharks, crocodiles and an eight-foot long Komodo dragon. Don’t miss the Bellagio Fountains display that shoots water that dances and sways to music.
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world. The Disney Complex contains four theme parks, two water parks and other entertainment areas. Theme parks are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Water parks include Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.
There are also four golf courses on Disney property and two themed miniature golf complexes. Another experience to enjoy is a visit to Disney Springs where you will find restaurants, shops and entertainment. One of the highlights not to be missed is the shows by Cirque du Soleil which feature a contemporary circus performance with acrobats and gymnasts.
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge which opened in 1937 and is perhaps the most photographed bridge in the world. This bridge is San Francisco’s most famous landmark due to its orange color. It was built at a cost of more than $35 million and is anchored by twin towers that stand 746 feet above the water. It connects the city of San Francisco to California’s northern counties.
There are walkways with railings on either side of the six vehicle traffic lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Bridge Welcome Center features exhibits and historical information and offers quality commemorative gifts. For a snack visit the Round House Café or the Bridge Café.
Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls, also known as Rainbow Falls, is three waterfalls which are located on the border between Canada and the United States. They are the American Falls, Horseshow Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Niagara Falls welcomes over 22 million visitors annually.
One of the best ways to see the falls is to take a ride on a Maid of the Mist boat. These coal-powered steamboats have been taking visitors to and from the base of the falls since the 1840’s. Also offered are Journey behind the Falls and the Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Tour, a twenty minute flight over Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Don’t miss the Skylon Tower where on the observation deck you experience views of the falls and the Great Gorge.
Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
This amusement park opened in 1955 with twenty attractions and is Walt Disney’s original theme park. There are eight themed lands which are Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown.
A walk down Main Street, USA brings you back to the early 1900’s where you will experience Horse-Drawn Street Cars, Horseless Carriage and an Omnibus. Adventureland features a riverboat ride through the jungle waters and Fantasyland is where you will find Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Storybook Land Canal Boats. Zoom through space and travel through the galaxy in a visit to Tomorrowland. There are thrill rides, family rides and rides for the little ones for all ages to enjoy at this park.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is divided into three areas, the South Rim, the North Rim and the West Rim. Of the three the South Rim is the Grand Canyon’s most popular destination. Located here is Grand Canyon Village where you will find hotels, lodges and restaurants. The North Rim is closed during winter months; however campgrounds and stores are available at the Jacob Lake Inn year round. The West Rim features hiking and a whitewater raft adventure.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than a mile deep. Native Americans have lived in the area and built settlements in the canyon and its various caves. Don’t miss the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the riverbed.
EPCOT, Orlando, Florida
Epcot is the third most visited theme park in the United States and the sixth most visited in the world, welcoming over 11 million visitors annually. The park consists of two sections: Future World which has eight pavilions and World Showcase with eleven themed world nations.
A visit to Future World is where you will find a variety of pavilions with each pavilion offering attractions. Also featured at Future World is Spaceship Earth, a large geodesic sphere which has a themed attraction inside. At the World Showcase area there are eleven pavilions, each one being themed to represent a specific country. The pavilions encircle the World Showcase Lagoon, a man made lake located in the center of World Showcase.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC/TN
This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited national park in the United States. It borders the states of North Carolina and Tennessee and the Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park.
The park offers many outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. There is camping with several different types of campsites, fishing in one of about 2,900 miles of streams, hiking to view 80 foot high Laurel Waterfalls or 80 foot high Rainbow Waterfalls, guided horseback rides, hayrides and carriage rides and picnicking at several picnic areas. Wildlife viewing in the open areas is where you may see elk, black bear, raccoon and turkeys. There are more than 1,500 different kinds of flowering plants throughout the park.
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
The French Quarter was established in 1718 and is a National Historic Landmark. In this neighborhood you will find buildings with balconies embellished with beautiful ironwork and courtyards containing lovely fountains.
New Orleans most famous landmark in the Quarter is Jackson Square which is where visitors will find historic structures as the Saint Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo, home of the Louisiana State Museums. Other streets of interest include Bourbon Street which is home to jazz clubs, lounges and historic restaurants and Canal Street, known as the widest street in America with two streetcar lanes in the middle and three traffic lanes on either side. Don’t miss Magazine Street with its shops, museums, art galleries and restaurants.