Believe it or not, the United States is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. During the festive season, it boasts of an amazing amount of tourist destinations ranging from the natural wonders of Arizona and Alaska, the skyscraper of New York and Chicago, the sunny beaches of California and Hawaii to the awesome casino lights in Las Vegas. With so many tourist attractions it’s tempting to list entire cities or even states. Should anyone be planning any family vacations, excursions or road trips in the near future or even planning ahead for the Christmas holidays, the US has all it takes to give you the best vacation ever.
Distances in the US are so great that it’s essential to plan in advance how you’ll get from place to place. The authorities provide quite a convenience rail service, and there are usually good bus links between the major cities. Even in rural areas, by advance planning, you can usually reach the main points of interest without too much trouble by using local buses and charter services.
If you really want to shake things up this Christmas holiday season, there is no better destination in Southern California than Big Gear Lake. Up until the New Years, thus welcoming mountain turns into a magical kingdom of fun and excitement. Also check out Long Beach California, a smaller city with unprecedented array of Cuisine. Have a whole of fun with the family at the Walt Disney Theme Park Florida. Christmas season is a special time of the year in Disney world. As early as November, each of the Parks in Walt Disney World has wonderful Christmas decoration in preparation of the series of events taking place during the holiday season. From the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT to the Disney Hollywood studio, the fun never stops. Make sure you have enough space in your camera or you will end up deleting pictures as you take new ones.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States, has welcomed new arrivals to the shores of America for over a hundred years.
Madame Tussauds Museum
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington DC is an interactive attraction that brings historical figures and events to life through wax figures that visitors can touch, see and hear.
Known colloquially as “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Great White Way,” Times Square NYC is one of the most popular commercial intersections in the world.
Opened in 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim, California has delighted visitors for decades with its eight themed “lands” of rides, shows and attractions.
The Brooklyn Bridge, built between 1869 and 1883, is one of the oldest and most recognizable suspension bridges in the world. It spans 5,989 feet and connects Manhattan to Brooklyn across the East River.
SeaWorld San Diego
Situated in sunny San Diego, SeaWorld is characterized by its theme of marine mammals, daring rides and live shows.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in California and the US. Spanning over the San Francisco Bay for more than a mile, this famous landmark is one of the world’s most photographed bridges.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is the top ranked challenger to Disney, as the largest of the Universal Studios Theme Parks. The resort consists of two theme parks: The original Universal Studios Florida and the second theme park, Islands of Adventure.
Also don’t miss
- Kennedy Space Center
- Walt Disney World
- Sea world Orlando
- Discovery cove
- American Museum of natural history
- Museum of Modern Art
Looking for a weird and wonderful event? There are hundreds of exciting, odd and – well, plain silly – festivals around the world providing any excuse for a celebration. Here are five weird and wonderful festivals written by Andrea Crome that you definitely won’t be disappointed with. If you have more to add, then please leave a comment!
Fallas Festival, Valencia, Spain
Fallas is the fire which is held in Valencia, Spain each year. More than 300 monuments are created that reflect the strife’s that have occurred over the previous year, these monuments can cost up to €600,000 to create yet are all burnt down during the course of the festival. There are loads of fireworks, music everywhere and processions throughout the city; this all goes on for for 2 days.
Holi Festival, India
Known as the festival of colours this unique festival celebrates by throwing coloured dyes and coloured water at each other to celebrate religion and enjoy the start of spring. The colours are believed to bring feelings of love and belongingness.
Baby jumping, Castrillo De Murcia, Spain
This bizarre Christian festival involves men dressed in black, the beating of drums and of course baby jumping. Babies are placed on mats while men dressed up as the devil proceed to jump over them to cleanse their sins from the last life.
Big Mountain Furniture Race, Whitefish, Montana, USA
The Big Mountain Furniture race sees 40 contestants battling it out in the hope of winning a sofa. Held every April at the Whitefish ski resort, each entry must feature some kind of furniture – this might be a living room scene, toilet or armchair – all of which must have breaks fitted.
Birdman Competition, Bognor Regis, UK
Every year in Bognor Regis the Birdman competition sees hundreds of people compete with the aim of flying. From jet packs, to homemade planes you will see the serious and the silly!
The Sango Festival is a celebration in tribute to an ancient hero, Sango – the deity of thunder in Oyo State. During the festival the Sango believers are decorated in a queer manner, the Sango faithfuls all clothed in red while the Ifa priests are dressed in white regalia. Drummers ,masquerades and hundreds of traditional dancers still hold this festival to the highest esteem and is attended to by thousands of tourists around the world. (culled from travelstart.com)
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