With the Northern summer coming to an end soon, you might be thinking of USA holiday destinations that conjure up images of sunshine, exploration and adventure. Here are a few such destinations to consider. Remember before leaving to check out the duty free allowances for your destinations at Duty Free Addict!
Arizona is better known as the Grand Canyon State and lies in the Southwest of America. The terrain, cultures and climates vary in these parts making for a USA holiday destination sure to suit everyone’s holiday requirements.
September to December offers fantastic weather and is one of the peak holiday seasons and you will typically enter the state via the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Arizona’s biggest attraction is the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s intricate, it’s overwhelming and its vibrant landscape certainly suggests why it is one of the seven marvels of the natural world.
Visitors flock to the Grand Canyon, not because it is the deepest canyon, but because of the unmatched vistas. Visitors will typically arrive at the South Rim and can experience the beauty of the canyon from one of many overlooks along the edge. There are miles and miles of walkways. If you are adventurous you could delve into the depths of the inner canyon by climbing down to the Colorado River via one of two trails.
The Grand Canyon Skywalk is another great way to experience the sight. This is a glass-bottom walkway that projects some 70 feet over the edge, so you can look 4000 feet below you to the bottom of the canyon.
Entrance fees range from $25 for a National Park vehicle permit to $12 per person.
Have you ever considered travelling to Niagara Falls? If you’re looking to get in a trip to a great USA holiday destination before the summers over, consider Niagara Falls. (Have a look at the great duty free stuff you can buy when you get to the USA here!).
Niagara Falls is one of those USA holiday destinations that offer an experience to match every type of visitor’s requirements – from romance to thrill seeking. Family fun is also big in these parts. There are literally dozens of interesting attractions along with countless exciting events and loads of fun activities that appeal to children of all ages.
The Bird Kingdom is the world’s largest indoor aviary where more than 500 birds can fly free. Kids can turn into living statutes at the Butterfly Conservatory in order to have one of the majestic fluttering creatures land on them! There are also several water parks and fun rides to be had.
If you’re a thrill-seeking traveler who prefers adrenalin-fueled USA holiday destinations, Niagara Falls will not disappoint. You can opt to ride down the river on an open-air Whirlpool jet boat and take a wet and wild ride through the wondrous white waters or take a helicopter ride over the falls and really appreciate the mammoth scale of this marvel.
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Memphis isn’t just for those wanting to remember the King of Rock and visit his Graceland home. It’s not only for lovers of Blues music. Memphis has a little bit of something for everyone and with temperatures slowly starting to drop; this is a perfect USA holiday destinations at this time of year if you want to avoid high temperatures and humidity.
The Mississippi River should not be missed during your trip. It’s the second longest river in the U.S. and by volume it’s the largest. It’s also the reason the area is known as the “River City.” There are some five miles of parks on the banks of the river that make for fantastic outdoor recreation, along with canoe rentals, riverboat cruises and other fun water activities.
The most famous street in the city is Beale Street. It is home to the heart of entertainment with over 25 clubs and ample shopping opportunities. Whether you’re looking for holiday keepsakes, authentic soul food, and live music and somewhere to party all night, you’ll find it along this street.
One of the most unusual attractions in Memphis is the Peabody Ducks. Every morning fived ducks parade into the fountain in the Peabody hotel’s lobby accompanied by King Cotton March by John Phillip Sousa. The ceremony is reversed every evening when the ducks go back to their rooftop. Unbelievably this has been a tradition since 1932!
Graceland is by far the most popular tourist attraction. Here you are given the opportunity to tour Elvis’ mansion, view his collection of airplanes and automobiles and visit his grave.
New York is another top USA holiday destination worthy of a visit before summer disappears. Here are a few of the top attractions:
1. Central Park
Explore Central Park with somewhat of a “divide and conquer” mentality! The park stretches for 840 acres so you’ll need a few visits to fully appreciate it. If you’d prefer to just check out the highlights you should take a stroll around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir or chill out in Sheep Meadow.
2. Coney Island
When you visit Coney Island you simply have to take a ride on the Cyclone – a fixture since 1927. The twister will whiz you through a dozen drops in just a few minutes at top speeds of 60mph. Try not to be too petrified of the ancient wooden tracks!
3. Statue of Liberty
Lady Liberty’s beacon still beckons visitors to the city. Hop on a boat and explore the 125 year old statue. For a close-up, grab a spot on the National Park Service’s free 30 minute tour of the grounds and the crown. The New York Water Taxi will also get you there for around $25.
4. South Street Seaport
This used to be the Fulton Street Fish Market building at Pier 17. In the early 1980s it was reconstructed as a top-class shopping mall. It attracts crowds and if that’s not your thing, take a detour to the actual pier and sneak a peek at the largest privately owned fleet of historic ships in the U.S. When you’re done, head to one of the area’s fantastic drinking destinations, especially Fresh Salt that offers great food and a nautically themed bar that used to be a fish smokehouse.
So get out of that hoodie and slippers, and get onto booking your last minute USA summer holiday as these are just some of the top USA holiday destinations.
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