When planning a trip to a far-off destination like the USA, you want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Of course, given the sheer size of the country, not missing a thing is virtually impossible. From national parks to historical buildings, from New York on the east coast to the Californian west coast, the USA is a veritable treasure trove of must-see landmarks. For your next visit, try to fit at least one of these 5 incredible landmarks into your itinerary:
1. Redwood National Park, California
A truly unique landmark that you’re unlikely to find the equivalent of anywhere in the world, the Redwood National Park alone is worth a trip to the west coast! Home to some of the tallest trees in the world, you’ll be overwhelmed by the grandeur of nature as you walk the trails or drive down its iconic coastline.
2. Independence Hall, Philadelphia
For anyone with a real interest in American politics and history, a visit to Philadelphia is almost obligatory. Visit Independence Hall, where the founding fathers debated, drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, of which you will find surviving copies on display. Tickets cost a mere $1,50 and visits are free in January and February.
3. Millennium Park, Chicago
If you’re planning to pass through Chicago, Millennium Park is a must-visit. Just about anything artistic and cultural can be found here: cutting-edge art, concerts, festivals as well as innovative architecture and landscaping. The most famous example is “The Bean”, a stainless steel structure designed by British artist Anish Kapoor that reflects the Chicago skyline and forms the perfect backdrop for selfies.
4. The New York Public Library
Few visitors to New York will skip the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building or Metropolitan Museum of Art, but the New York Public Library, though slightly more low-profile, should be right up there with these other landmarks at the top of your list. Visit its iconic location on 42nd Street, where you’ll find historical treasures like Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World, George Washington’s original Farewell Address, and John Coltrane’s handwritten score of “Lover Man.”
5. The French Quarter, New Orleans
Often skipped over by visitors who prefer the east- or west coasts, the Southern states boast a unique, old-world architecture with French influences that make them distinct from the rest of the country. The French Quarter in New Orleans is just one of several towns where you can experience this face of the USA. Stroll down Bourbon Street for a glimpse of its signature architecture with iron balcony fixtures and colourful exteriors, sip a cocktail at the Carousel Bar & Lounge which once boasted Faulkner and Hemingway among its regulars, and enjoy a jazz performance at one of New Orleans’ many famous venues.
Whether it’s nature, music, art or history you’re after, there is no end to the famous landmarks to discover in the USA! Find out how to get your ESTA visa waiver as quickly as possible, along with other key tips to make sure your application is accepted, at www.application-esta.co.uk/ESTA-guide.