10 Places Every American Should Visit

 green01   September 25, 2012
In a country as large and diverse as the United States of America, it is basically impossible to choose the best places to visit, but in this list we attempted to do just that.

Each of these places holds a special place in the history of the U.S.A. From sea to shining sea, our list comprises several national parks, historical sites and places to hang with the family for an attempt at creating a list as historically relevant and distinctive as our own country.

Places to visit in America

1. Washington D.C. National Mall

Washington D.C. National Mall

Washington D.C. National Mall – Source

Taking the top spot on our list, the National Mall of Washington D.C. is not only the heart of our nation’s government, but also is one of the most fun places to visit with a family. All of the national museums that border the National Mall are free including the National Gallery of Art and the Air and Space Museum. Along the way, paths lead to the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, which could provide an awesome photo-op for your family’s Christmas card.

2. Freedom Trail, Boston

Freedom Trail, Boston

Freedom Trail, Boston – Source

Another awesome historic place to visit in the United States is the Bostonian Freedom Trail. The path – marked in blue paint – winds through downtown Boston and follows many of the major places of interest that occurred during the American War of Independence from Great Britain. The tour takes all day, but never wavers in awesome stuff to see and do.

3. Independence National Historic Site, Philadelphia

Independence National Historic Site, Philadelphia

Independence National Historic Site, Philadelphia – Source

Similarly, any fan of American History has to take a stroll past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Philadelphia is a fun city in general, so as visitors bear witness to some of the most fascinating relics of our bid for independence, they can also experience that unique Philly vibe.

4. Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World, Orlando, Florida – Source

Of course we had to include Disney World on the list, as it is one of the most visited places in the entire world. Fans of roller coasters and learning alike can enjoy a relaxing vacation in sunny Florida. Besides the live entertainment shows and fun rides, Disney also boasts a huge collection of some of the best restaurants in the area.

5. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – Source

New York is such a hub of culture and history that it was difficult to select just one thing to represent that city, but in the end the Metropolitan Museum of Art proved just too good to ignore. With one of the most extensive collections of American art, visitors can witness the birth of our cultural identity as they walk from room to room. And don’t be fooled – although a donation of $25 is strongly suggested, there is no actual fee that visitors must pay to access the collection.

6. Yosemite National Park, California

osemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California – Source

Although not the first national park created in the United States, Yosemite still holds an important role in the creation of conservation acts in this country. In fact, the law that conserves that land was signed by none other than President Abraham Lincoln. It features one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the entire world, with thousands of lakes, rivers, and waterfalls that can be visited at any time of the year.

7. Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska – Source

While Alaska is pretty far away from the mainland United States, saying that you’ve visited Mount McKinley is pretty spectacular. Commonly known as the highest mountain in the U.S., Denali (Mount McKinley) is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Although it is located in a vast, untamed land, there is no shortage of activities to participate in, such as white-water rafting, hiking and looking for moose and grizzly bears along the roads.

8. The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas – Source

How could we forget the Alamo? The site of one of the bloodiest battles during the Texas Revolution against Mexico, the actual building of the Alamo is now little more than a ruin. However, the unspeakable cruelties and vicious fighting would put even the British royal families to shame, which makes for a very interesting tour around the area. To put all that bloodshed out of your mind, take a stroll down the San Antonio River Walk afterwards and maybe drink a margarita or two in memory of those who perished.

9. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii – Source

Get your Scrabble-boards ready, because Hawaii is all about the awesome words like “A’ a” and “Pahoehoe” (both types of lava that can be found in Volcanoes National Park). Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park might be the coolest – or should I say hottest – national park around. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore that wind their way through the lush green forests to the black sand beaches of the big island. At nighttime, visitors can witness the bright red lava flows making their way lazily down the side of an active volcano.

10. Architecture, Chicago

Architecture, Chicago

Architecture, Chicago – Source

The Windy City sure does know how to build an impressive skyline. With many buildings that stand hundreds of stories high, Chicago seems to have invented the word ‘skyscraper.’ Take the elevator to the top of the John Hancock building and have a drink at the lounge at the top. Visitors definitely pay premium for the view, but it definitely can’t be beat. For some insider knowledge, make sure you go with at least one female companion, because the best view in the whole building is from the woman’s restroom on the 99th floor.

About the Guest Blogger – Paul E. Lee is one of southern California’s most well-known car accident lawyers. He has helped to advocate for the rights of the victims of car accidents for over 20 years. As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, he is frequently called upon to help out his community and he does so with pride and pleasure. In addition to his work, he also loves to travel, read, write and hang out with his family.

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