A trip to any country has it’s own share of memorable locations worth exploring. But when planning a trip throughout the U.S., it can be a bit intimidating trying to figure out where to go since its geography is so vast and stretches throughout 50 continental states. After all, what states should you go to and what iconic places should you see? What makes the U.S. a place so many want to travel to?
Make your trip worthwhile by exploring these key locations:
- Empire State Building (New York City, New York)
Located in 5th Avenue in New York City lies the Empire State Building. Construction for it ended in 1930, and for a time, it was the tallest skyscraper in the world. It’s built in the art deco style and has long been considered an American Icon. In terms of other landmarks worth visiting in New York, there is the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, Lincoln Center, Park Avenue, Freedom Tower and others.
- Skydeck (Chicago, Illinois)
Chicago is one of the largest and most populated cities in the U.S. (New York City rates number one and Los Angeles is number two). A city this large and popular is bound to have many key landmarks to visit—there is Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field and many other places that draws visitors to the city. But it is perhaps one that is the most popular of them all and that is Skydeck Chicago. It’s 1,600 feet tall and has a see-through glass floor balcony (giving you the impression that you are floorless at an unbelievable height). Since it’s so high up, it provides views as far as parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
One thing to keep in mind when traveling to the city is that Chicago has a high crime rate—so you have to make sure you stay in the safer neighborhoods. Fortunately most of these iconic locations are well protected and shouldn’t present any safety issues.
- Mount Rushmore (Keystone, South Dakota)
South Dakota isn’t one of the nations more populated areas, but it is home to one of the counties most well known national monuments. Mount Rushmore stands high, carved on the side of a mountain and contains the likeness of four U.S. Presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. It was completed in 1941 and was designed by Gutzon Borglum, a famous sculpture. Visitors can travel to the national park and take a tour to view Mount Rushmore and learn about its fascinating history.