The United States of America, home of the brave and a land of the free is today, as it always was, one of the most desired destinations for both tourists and seasonal workers from all across the globe. Reasons behind this visit may be many from the desire for the highest quality of education; some of the best universities in the world are in the U.S. across the incredible job opportunities to the myriad of interesting places to visit and things to see.
Still, there is one thing that is universally true. It is extremely hard, borderline impossible, to set out only several things that are the most important things to do in your first visit to the U.S. However, since having too many options can sometimes be even more restricting than having too few of them, here is a list of 5 things that would be considered to be a great start on your first American journey.
A visit to New York
Only a short trip through the city that never sleeps will reveal to you why this, perhaps even the most exciting city in the world, is considered by many to be a capital of having a good time. Whether your idea of an industrious tourist visit is to see all the landmarks or experience live and vivid nightlife of the place, you can rest assure that New York is second to none.
Use your New York vacation to visit all the places that you see in all the movies like Central Park and the Empire State Building. Take a romantic evening stroll with your significant other down by the Hudson River and it will surely be the night that neither of you will ever forget. After the night comes and darkness gathers in the streets of this metropolis, find out why one of the New York’s many names is the restless city. When it comes to the number and variety of clubs and places where you can have fun in the evening, New York is definitely second to none.
A Grand Canyon helicopter tour
The Grand Canyon is certainly one of the most incredible wonders of nature and natural forces that constantly shape the landscapes all around us, even if we are not aware of that. This great canyon is certainly one of the most recognizable natural landmarks in America but probably in the world too. Those who visit it at least once are bound to stay mesmerized by its incredible beauty and even more incredible proportions.
Take a helicopter tour that lasts no more than 45 minutes and these three quarters of an hour will be the experience that you will certainly never, ever forget. The very fact that you are observing all of these fascinating structures from air, can on its own be a once upon a lifetime experience. This is an opportunity that you simply cannot afford to miss.
A baseball match
There is probably not a single thing in this world that is more American than baseball. This fascination with baseball is generally universal in the whole of the United States, even the greatest American storyteller of all times Ernest Miller Hemingway wrote about it in his novels.
However in the last century the popularity of baseball spread all across the world and this sport became more or less a global phenomenon.If you ever visit LA do not miss a chance to experience one of the most intense Major League rivalries there are, the Dodgers vs. Angels match. Visit the Dodgers stadium, one of the most incredible and renowned stadiums in the entire U.S. and live through this autochthonous and authentic American experience.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas
There is really a myriad of reasons for one to visit Las Vegas. The first reason for this is the fact that in Vegas literally anything goes. If you know the right guy and have enough resources on your side, there is probably not a single thing out there that you could not get here in matter of hours. Of course, another, or even the first reason for one to visit this incredible haven of good time is for gambling. Not just in the U.S. but probably in the entire world, fortune and gambling are no more than synonyms for the majestic city of Las Vegas.
Apart from all the man made luxury, specially designed to make you feel like you are in heaven, Vegas has many incredible sights to offer to its visitors. Most of them are architectural marvels such as hotels Bellagio or The Venetian. You can also plan a short visit to a Hoover Dam and the aforementioned Grand Canyon is just a short ride away.
Visit an authentic American ranch
In order to meet the real spirit of the west, what you need to do is visit an authentic American ranch. Get a glimpse of what it was like back in the days, when this world’s greatest superpower was just starting with its continental expansion. Spend a couple of days in an authentic western environment, and live, dress and ride like a real cowboy.
Although this list did not manage to cover every single thing there is to do in America like try famous Chicago pizza or see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, things numbered on this list are definitely great places to start. Start your authentic American adventure and enjoy the myriad of unexpected fun things that are bound to happen to you along the way. As John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. The world is your oyster.
Oscar Waterworth is a writer from Sydney, Australia. A father of two and a working man, he somehow manages to find the time to write up an occasional blog post. In his free time he likes to travel, play futsal and build stuff with his kids.