16 Most Famous Places to Visit in USA

America can be a relatively young nation, but it has a diverse and complex history. Nature and progress coexist to perfection in United States. And so much so that this symbiosis has resulted in spectacular American landmarks and monuments erected by man, a symbol of unbridled progress. From trees and landscapes built in the last century to thousands of years old mythological monuments, there are wonderful places for tourists to visit in America.

Great places to visit in USA, including the prominent ones, are Washington DC, Boston, and New York.

The gorgeous and mysterious beaches of the Northwest like Oregon and Washington are like nothing else on earth. Even the East Coast has a couple of worthy spots, albeit with much smaller waves like Siasconset in Massachusetts and North Carolina’s Ocracoke. White sand, black sand, pink sand, normal sand, you’ll can literally find it all in America!

most famous places in USA to visit

Among the famous landmarks in the world, here are some of the most famous landmarks in USA.

1. Statue of Liberty, New York


Among the American tourist attractions, the colossal Statue of Liberty remain undaunted for more than a hundred years at the port of New York. The statue was given by France to the United States on the occasion of the centenary of its independence. Statue of Liberty stands tall on Liberty Island.

2. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC


The nation’s capital. If you are an American history nerd, there are a tons of things to see here. Plus, the downtown area is very nice and upscale. The Lincoln Memorial remains striking even after you have seen it on endless postcards, book readings to a scene in 'The Simpsons'. The monster statue encompassed by the expressions of the Gettysburg Address is an absolute must visit for any American needing to pay tribute to an extraordinary president.

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3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park


You simply cannot travel to Tennessee without spending some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. The most popular national park in the United States is not only the place to see prehistoric trees. There are impressive and romantic mountains and a whole host of stunning wildlife.

It is also the place to get active in the great outdoors with horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, cycling and camping activities all available within its bounds.

If you are longing for a trip in timeless natural splendor resting in the cabins, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the place for you. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in USA. The immense forest between North Carolina and Tennessee exceeds almost twice as many visits to the second in the top ten, the Grand Canyon of Colorado.

Another attraction is the presence of around 1,500 black bears that roam freely in these mountains. The best time to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina is from April to October. The park service charges a camping fee, but the rates are minimal.

4. Antelope Canyon, Arizona


One of the places that can most impress those of who travel to the national parks is Antelope Canyon in United States. It is located in Navajo territory and is one of the most photographed canyons in USA. It is a complete beauty to the eyes with narrow passages and sandstone walls. It is a spectacular natural landscape located in northern Arizona, next to the town of Page, a town located on the boundary between northern Arizona and southern Utah.

It is about three hours north of the Grand Canyon of Colorado and the recreational park of Glen Canyon, which is considered a tribal park for the Navajo Indians, and specifically, on the shores of Lake Powell. The walls of this small canyon in the middle of the Arizona desert are so full of magic and softness, which through the photographs taken by travelers who visit it transmits an impressive beauty.

In this way, it becomes one of the places where the most beautiful snapshots are taken on the west coast of United States. Antelope Canyon is divided into two zones, the upper canyon and the lower canyon. The most visited and most appropriate in order to take pictures is the upper canyon, whose tour lasts an hour and a half.

It is highly recommended to try to make the visit at noon, about 12 o'clock, because it is the moment in which the light enters more deeply in the canyon, causing the most beautiful scenes. The tour involves riding a large SUV that travels a few miles along a very sandy road until you reach the shore of Lake Powell, from where you can access the entrance to Antelope Canyon.

Of course, it is important to avoid the first hours of the day and holidays. Since for the visit there is usually a large influx of tourists that coincide by the narrow canyon, this can make it difficult to take pictures without people in front. To visit this natural enclave you have the option to sign up for a Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas.

Located in the north of Arizona, Antelope Canyon is one of the top ten geological wonders. It is divided into two parts: the Upper Antelope Canyon and the Lower Antelope Canyon. This peculiar terrain makes the light here beautiful and strange. Some parts of the valley bottom can only be exposed to sunlight at noon.

The canyon used to be the habitat of pronghorn antelope. Antelope often roamed in the valley, so it was named Antelope Canyon. It is also an Indian reserve. Until now, some old Navajo people still meditate here to complete communication with the spirit of the earth.

5. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


Grand Canyon is a great adventure destination for thrill-seekers. The park features an immense Grand Canyon with layered bands of red rocks. Enjoy your visit by hiking along the park’s popular rim, scenic tours on the Grand Canyon Railroads, taking a helicopter tour to view the beautiful landscape, and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River.

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is an exceptional sight which everybody must see once in their lifetime. Among the best states to visit in USA, flying over the Grand Canyon with kids during vacation with family is perhaps the best option to admire its immensity. The viewpoints that look out to it are an excellent alternative to cover one of the natural wonders of the world from a privileged position.

Nothing really prepares you for the Grand Canyon. No pictures do it justice, no descriptions can give you a real idea of it. It’s the sort of thing you really do have to see for yourself. And even when you’re there, the mind still can’t quite conceive of how big it really is. One of the most common mistakes that people make at the Grand Canyon is underestimating how wide and deep it actually is. They think they can just do to the bottom and back on a plastic bottle of water because it doesn’t look that far away. There’s very little frame of reference for how big those buttes and layers of rock in it are, until you’re beside them and see they’re as tall as a skyscraper. So when you go, you owe it to yourself to spend more than a day. It’s too vast, too grand, to fully appreciate in a quick day trip. Spend a few days, and at least one of those days hiking through it. Hike down the South Kaibab Trail to a point called the Tip Off, then across on the Tonto Trail to Indian Garden, and then up the Bright Angel Trail. Hiking through the Grand Canyon takes everything from you physically and emotionally, but it is incredibly rewarding. It’s estimated that only something like 10% of people who visit the Grand Canyon actually get below the rim. Be one of the 10%. But regardless of whether or not you can, you should try to see it, even if it’s only a day trip. No matter how much of it you can see, you should try to see it. When you go, you might as well see the regional sights. If you’re going to the South Rim, then you’re coming via Route 66 in Arizona. Check out Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments, Grand Canyon Caverns, Sedona, and Montezuma Castle National Park, as well as towns like Flagstaff, Williams, Seligman, Kingman, Holbrook, and Winslow. If you’re going to the North Rim, then at least see Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks too. It all depends on what you want to see, but it would be difficult to pass all that up if you’re going to the Grand Canyon.

6. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area


Drive the Columbia River Gorge and stop for a good long stroll at every feature including Crown Point, the Bonneville dam hatchery and fish ladder, and every waterfall, then getting a late lunch. For a full day’s visit, the Mt Hood scenic loop includes these and more.

7. North Cascades National Park, Washington


You would love it when you are standing in a 300 acres field of colorful and bright tulips. Millions of tourists visit Skagit Valley Tulip Fields in April to witness the beauty of these flowers.

8. Olympic National Park


Consider the Ho River rain forest trail in the Hall of Mosses. It is a loop of 1.1 mile on totally level ground and the place looks like a crew of Japanese gardeners just went off shift. Fill your picnic basket and drive out to La Push for a great ocean view complete with sea stacks. Don’t miss the Chimacum Cafe for American-style dining at its finest—plus a dozen kinds of pie!

Port Townsend has a beautiful Victorian district. DO NOT miss sampling fresh-shucked Olympia oysters, they are some of the world’s finest. As noted, Hurricane Ridge has a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains but is in the middle of nowhere with a one hour uphill drive to get there.

9. Grand Teton National Park


Yellowstone and the Grand Teton are among the most beautiful places in the world! Drive off to Grand Teton National Park, home to some of the youngest mountains! Grand Teton National Park is a great place for summer vacations. You can enjoy outdoor activities like boating, fishing and horseback riding here.

10. Chattanooga, Tennessee


In addition to being a fun word to say, Chattanooga is a city located in a beautiful place at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. Here you will find many outdoor activities, which could be welcome at the end of an intense road trip. Due to the location of the city on the Tennessee River, it is not even necessary to leave the Chattanooga boundaries to spend some quiet time outdoors.

Among things to do in Chattanooga, relax in Ross's Landing, an urban park by the river. Although it is now an open-air oasis, it is in the place where the Cherokee people lived.

11. Lookout Mountain, Tennessee


The Lookout Mountain itself is worth a visit, either for its trails or its history as the site of a famous battle of the American Civil War. And if you're not afraid of heights, a ride on the Lookout Mountain slanting train that climbs up the side of the mountain will take you to historic places and trails. Do you still want more outdoor activities? Drive to Rock City, which is a popular site due to its panoramic views over seven states.

Drive to Ruby Falls, just southwest of downtown Chattanooga. The underground waterfall is 145 feet high and is located inside a cave in the Lookout Mountain. Ruby Falls in Chattanooga is a stunning 145-foot waterfall. It is unique because it is situated a staggering 1,100 feet below the surface of the earth under Lookout Mountain.

That makes it the deepest waterfall that you can actually visit in the United States, making it one of those natural attractions that you will never forget.

After Chattanooga, you find yourself in the final stretch of a road trip that has taken you from Atlanta to Nashville.

12. Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee


Burgess Falls State Park is home to some of Tennessee's prettiest views and is a popular place to picnic. Of particular note are the powerful waterfalls that are dotted around the grounds of the park. This is why if you visit, you should certainly take a trip along the River Trail/Road Loop to take full advantage of them. If you are a keen fisher, you won't be disappointed by the opportunities there either!

13. Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Located at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains this underground lake measures a staggering (almost) five acres, making it the biggest lake of its kind in the USA. Pretty crystal anthodites and impressive stalactites and stalagmites make it a must-see location, especially from the vantage of a glass-floored boat in the Craighead Caverns.

14. Johnson City, Tennessee


Winged Deer Park is located in the Johnson City area, which is also home to the luxurious Fairfield Inn & Suites Johnson City. Winged Deer Park is a pretty little spot with lots of lovely flowers, some fantastic views, and picturesque walking trails. It also has batting cages for those of you who like to combine pretty landscapes with something a little more active.

15. Jackson, Tennessee


Reelfoot Lake in Samburg is the only considerable natural lake in Tennessee and what a lake it is! It was formed by a number of earthquakes that took place along the Madrid fault in the early 19th century, which made the Mississippi River flow backward and fill up empty land in Tennessee. It is home to a number of beautiful bald cypress trees, bald eagles and lots of excellent fishing opportunities.

16. Franklin, Tennessee


There you can make a short stop in Franklin. Here take a break from the big cities to visit a small town in the south. Franklin is only about 20 miles from Nashville, but here the pace of life is definitely much slower. Before parking your rental car near the picturesque main street, where the boutiques and restaurants of the town are located, drive around and look at the beautiful Victorian houses in the area.

Franklin is perhaps most famous for being the site where in 1864 the Battle of Franklin was fought during the Civil War. The Carter House and Carnton Plantation has remains of that battle and contain original furniture of the time and a cemetery. Franklin is a place worth visiting, especially to slow down and drive with the windows open or the top down while savoring the true South.

Head north one more time on I-65, and in 30 minutes you'll reach Nashville, the music mecca.
Kalyan Panja