Top 5 Things to do in The United States



As a Canadian I’ve been known to give the United States a pretty hard go of it at times. But they really have it coming don’t they? They always call us names. We are not your hat, nor are we your little brother. Actually, you are our underpants and we are bigger; remember the last time you tried to pick on us? We burned down that White House didn’t we? All kidding aside, I once heard a traveller fresh of a cross America road trip say to me “America really is a beautiful country isn’t it? Shame there are so many Americans there.” I like the majority of Americans I meet, and can’t rib them much more. And one thing is for sure, the United States of America is a very beautiful country with a heap to offer the international traveller.

Visit Canyon Country

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

The canyon country of the United States might be one of the more popular destinations among American tourists, but for international tourist the area is still completely underrated. Yes, everyone knows about the Grand Canyon, but places like Bryce Canyon and Antelope Canyon are perhaps even more visually stunning. From Utah to Nevada there are more canyons waiting to be explored than anyone could ever imagine.

Beach It

In the summer months the beaches of the United States burst with activity. Of course the most well known beaches in America belong to Los Angeles and Miami, however a number of others are worth mentioning. San Diego, California may have one of the best beach environments in North America and some great surf to go along with it.  Also, the coast of the Carolinas hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Americas.

Theme Parks

Six Flags

Six Flags

There is nowhere in the world that has as many great theme parks as the United States. The number of Orlando hotels packed with tourists heading to Disney World prove how popular this destination. However, Disney World isn’t the only great theme park in the United States. Parks like Universal Studios or any of the Six Flags are amazingly built and packed with activity. In America you are never too far from a theme park.

Explore the Cities

Chicago

Chicago

The United States is home to some of the most incredible cities in the world. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago are the most visited and most popular but some other more obscure cities are also worth visiting. Cities like Seattle, St. Augustine, and Philadelphia are packed with history and host a wealth of opportunity in terms of exploration.

Indulge in the Music Scene

Forget about Britney Spear and Hannah Montana and the music scene in the United States is as rich as anywhere in the world. Nashville and Austin is awash with the western sounds of rock, country and folk music. New Orleans, Chicago and Detroit all vibe with the rhythms of soul and blues music. While in America the opportunity to indulge in some live music is one that should not be missed.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. recently watched 127 hours. love the part where they fall into the water! really made me want to check out canyon country, so i totally agree with you on that one!

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    • Jamie, that’s one of the coolest parts of the world for sure. I actually really liked 127 hours, I had no idea how they would make a movie like that interesting but they pulled it off.

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    • Katie, I became very smitten by Chicago while I was there. Great city.

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  2. It is actually quite sad how little of my own country I have seen. I do miss the music scene back home though. Even smaller cities have great live local music, and the larger bands tours so frequently.

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    • Thanks Ladies… I was definitely due for an upgrade so I’m glad you like it!

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  3. Not to mention…but the Americans tried invading Canada a few times and each time we turned ’em back! BOOYAH! (Yeah, I’m a nerd who knows a lot of Canadian history!)

    LOVE the new header too. Very cool.

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    • Hahaha, Dalene, I actually wrote that in the post didn’t I? haha

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  4. Thanks for mentioning Philly! Often gets forgotten in light of its bigger brother, New York!

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  5. All good reasons to like the U.S. (though, I admit I laughed at the “you are our underpants” comment… hahaha).

    I haven’t seen nearly enough of my own country yet, but I hope to change that this summer! There really is so much to see here, and I think we Americans tend to take that for granted.

    But, you do know that if you want the BEST theme park in the U.S. you have to come to Ohio, right? Cedar Point is where it’s at!!

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  6. Partial to Philadelphia………and go to Pats not Genos!!! (For those of you headed there anytime soon, or are from there, you know what I am talking about 🙂

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  7. I realized this year that I’ve explored more countries than I have states. I decided it was time to explore what was in my own back yard. On my trip I saw canyons, beaches and cities. I must see more local music on my travels.

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  8. Speaking as someone originally from Ohio who now lives in Nevada, I have to say you nailed it when you mentioned canyon country, and Amanda (previous commenter) is not lying about Cedar Point! If you like roller coasters, there is no better place on earth than Cedar Point.

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    • Alex – If there are rollercoasters you can count me in!

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