USA: interesting facts and sights

20 the most interesting sights of the U.S. worth seeing

Growth in the number of Russian tourists to the United States over six months has reached the 20% mark and continues to increase. Easier visa regime, higher number of flights and a lot of amazing sights attract the tourists, and we selected the best ones.

According to the information group of Turprom, the growth of Russian tourists in the U.S. over six months has reached the 20% mark and continues to increase. Easier visa regime, increased number of flights and a variety of amazing sights attracts tourists, we selected the best ones.

The USA is not only New York City, skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty, Broadway and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but also a lot of other sights and natural phenomena, which make you admire and bewilder. The vast country is lined with spectacular national parks and nature reserves, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and surreal mountain scenery. Each year millions of tourists travel to America to see unique natural phenomena and engineering achievements.

Mount Rushmore

Where: The town of Keystone, South Dakota

The sculptural group carved into Mount Rushmore is a hallmark and national treasure of America. The monument features bas-reliefs of four American presidents – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. They began to build this monument in 1927 on donations of American businessman Charles Rushmore and finished only in 1941. Presidents were immortalized in stone because they were the ones who helped establish democracy, independence and the abolition of slavery in the country.

Grand Canyon National Park

Where: Colorado Plateau, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is considered the most popular natural attraction in the United States. Every year about 4 million people come to see this majestic natural wonder. The space scenery, the unusual coloring of the rocks, the Colorado River flowing through the bottom of the canyon is simply breathtaking. The best view of the Canyon is the Horseshoe Shaped Glass Bridge – Skywalk, which was built in 2007. The bridge has a transparent glass floor 10 centimeters thick, is located at a height of one kilometer from the bottom of the abyss and is a real miracle of engineering technology.

Niagara Falls

Where: On the border of New York State and the Canadian province of Ontario

The system of waterfalls on the Niagara River consists of several waterfalls, the most famous and powerful of which is the Horseshoe Falls. Its height is 53 meters and its width is 792 meters. Since Niagara Falls attracts millions of tourists each year, a mass of observation decks, a cable car and the Rainbow Bridge have been built for better viewing. Almost beneath the jets of water are pleasure boats that allow you to feel the full power of this natural phenomenon. You can also see the waterfall from above by taking off in a helicopter or hot air balloon. In the evening and at night, the streams of water are illuminated by multicolored spotlights, creating a sense of magic of what is happening.

Monument Valley

Where: At the Utah-Arizona border

Monument Valley is a U.S. wilderness park whose landscape is one of America’s calling cards. The valley is a plateau of red earth with towering cliffs of bizarre shapes – many of them even have their own names. The park is home to the Navajo Indian Reservation. The views of the valley from the observation decks are spectacular. The valley has served as a movie set for many American westerns and cowboy-themed commercials.

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Yellowstone National Park

Where: Within Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Yellowstone Park, founded in 1872, was the first national park in the world. There are lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves, canyons, and woodlands on the vast territory. In addition, the park is famous for its geysers and geothermal springs, of which there are over three thousand. Mineral deposits brought to the surface by streams of water, form bizarre terraces. Animals to be found in the park include grizzly bears, coyotes, cougars, wolverines, bison, deer, etc. About three million people visit the park each year. You can stay in the park in hotels or campsites.

Mammoth Cave

Where: Kentucky

Mammoth Cave is located in the park of the same name and is a whole complex of caves with a total length of 580 km. The rocks are up to 10 million years old. There are stalactites and stalagmites, underground rivers and lakes, corridors, passages and labyrinths. The cave was named because of its enormous size, mammoths have never lived there. But it is home to a huge population of bats. The park operates year-round, guided tours of the caves from 1 to 6 hours.

Moving Rocks in Death Valley.

Where: California, on the Nevada border

Death Valley is perhaps the most mysterious and at the same time the most fascinating place in North America. The valley lies at the bottom of a lake that existed here millions of years ago and is below world ocean level. These factors, as well as salt deposits, create a bizarre grid pattern of irregular hexagons on the ground. But in addition to this surreal landscape, Death Valley has another geological phenomenon that scientists have not yet found an explanation for: self-moving rocks.

From time to time, boulders of various shapes and weights move, leaving behind a shallow but distinct trail several tens of meters long. Death Valley’s climate is considered the driest on the planet. In the summer months there is unbearable heat, so the best time to visit this natural wonder is from November to April.

Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz is a prison for extremely dangerous criminals, now turned into a museum, which can be reached by ferry from San Francisco. The prison building was built in 1912 and originally housed prisoners of war, but as a federal prison for dangerous criminals, Alcatraz began operating in 1934. Special security measures and the cold waters surrounding the island made the prison invulnerable. The high cost of incarcerating criminals led to the closure of the prison in 1963, and since 1973 Alcatraz has been open to tourists. The legendary image of Alcatraz, reproduced in many movies and works of fiction, attracts millions of visitors each year.

Yosemite National Park

Where: California

Yosemite National Park is a wilderness area with rivers, lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and abundant wildlife. One of the highlights is a rare natural phenomenon that occurs only during a few days in February, when the rays of the setting sun create the incredible fiery glow of Horsetail Falls, which attracts millions of tourists. There are 19 waterfalls in the park. There are many viewpoints to take your breath away, and artists and photographers from all over the world find inspiration for their creations here.

“Stone Waves

Where: On the border of Arizona and Utah.

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The sand, which has been sanded by wind and rainfall for thousands of years, has formed incredible, Martian-like landscapes across the United States. Now this sand monolith resembles frozen waves that form bizarre shapes. The place is hard to reach for tourists because you can only get there on foot, walking about 5 kilometers, plus access is very limited to keep this landmark from being negatively impacted.

Hamilton Basin.

Where: Austin, Texas

The so-called Hamilton Basin is a unique lake that was formed as a result of a cave collapse. As such, it is both above-ground and underground. The waterfall, which falls from one of the preserved walls of the cave into a bright green lake, gives this place a special charm. The lake takes its name from the governor of Texas, who was in office when the grotto was discovered. You can swim in the lake and take beautiful pictures.

Ruby Falls

Where: City of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ruby Falls is a 45-foot underground waterfall of incredible beauty located in Mount Lucaut. A tour of the attraction begins with tourists being lowered to a depth of 340 meters in an elevator, where you can first walk through the cave, examine the rocks and various historical finds. Then opens up an incredible view of the high waterfall and the clearest underground lake, the beauty and singularity of which is spectacularly illuminated by lighting. The waterfall is believed to be named after the wife of the man who first discovered it.

“Glass Beach.

Where: McKerrutcher National Park, California

The history of this beach began in 1949, when it was the site of a city landfill. Subsequently, authorities concluded that the landfill had no place here, and over the decades, the sea waves transformed the broken glass into unusually beautiful multi-colored smooth pebbles. In 2002 McCreacher National Park bought the area of this beach, ennobled it, and now thousands of tourists come here to see the result of the work of nature.

Sequoia National Park

Where: Sierra Nevada, California

Founded in 1890, this nature park is famous for its giant sequoia trees. One of the sequoias (whose base diameter reaches 32 meters) even has its own name, the General Sherman Tree, and the most popular attraction is a small vehicular tunnel cut through the trunk of the giant tree. Sequoias reach 100 meters in height and 11 meters in diameter, they live an average of 4 thousand years. A man next to such a tree looks just like an ant.

Morning Glory Lake

Where: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The existence of this lake is hard to believe – so fantastic it looks. It is a small azure-colored thermal spring, the bottom of which tourists clogged with coins, which led to an imbalance of heat and the formation of microorganisms at the edge of the spring, which formed its yellow color. The lake tends to sometimes change color to purple or green, boil or explode like a geyser. Millions of tourists come every year to see this natural wonder.

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

Papakolea Beach is unusual in that its sand is green. This color appears because it is based on chrysolite crystals and the beach itself is surrounded by frozen lava. This is probably the only beach on the planet, the basis of which are semi-precious stones. From a distance it looks emerald, but up close it looks olive green. In order to get to it, you must initially get a special permit.

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“The Desert of White Sands.

Where: New Mexico

The White Sands Desert is probably the most unusual desert in the world. Both its color and its material are unusual. The white expanse looks like snow dunes, but it is actually gypsum. There are few animals or plants that have adapted to life here. The total area of the desert is about 280 kilometers. The desert is visited by many tourists, a proposal was made to include it in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but this is not possible because of the nearby military bases.

“The Circus of Trees

Where: California

“The Circus of Trees is a unique collection of tree sculptures, the fruit of the diligence of park founder Axel Erlandson. It all began in 1947, when Erlandson, a gardener, began experimenting with sprouts – tying and braiding them into whimsical shapes – he created 74 such sculptures over the course of his life. The trees were not cared for after his death, and many of them died. But in 1984, the Circus of Trees got a second life and now enjoys the sight of tourists with thirty sycamores of unusual shapes: heart, basket, telephone booth, spirals, etc. Now the Circus of Trees is called Gilroy Gardens and is located near San Francisco. The park includes rides, gardens, museums, and a special picnic area.

Bryce Canyon

The reds, oranges, yellows, terracottas, and browns of the Bryce Canyon rock form an incredible sight, especially at sunrise and sunset. The erosion of the winds has created a truly cosmic outline of the rocks. Bryce Canyon is often visited with Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon. Tourists can find a variety of viewing platforms, horseback riding, skiing, and snowmobiling.

Carhenge

Where: Nebraska

Carhenge is a sort of American parody of the English Stonehenge. The sculptural group consists of 38 old cars arranged in a circle like Stonehenge. For more realism the cars are painted in gray, reminiscent of the color of the stone. This object is officially called “the reserve of automobile art”, and there are other sculptural groups nearby.

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The United States is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world and some of the most recognizable icons on the planet. Many of the top attractions in the United States are on the list of top destinations that attract visitors from all over the world.

In this article, AllKnowledge.ru will tell you about the attractions in each of the 50 American states.

Tourist attractions in each U.S. state

Note: Names of U.S. tourist attractions in English.

Alabama: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Alabama: U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The museum displays major achievements of the U.S. space program, including real rockets.

Alaska: Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

Alaska: Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

The beauty of Alaska is not in skyscrapers or grand bridges. The state is famous for its natural beauty. One popular choice for an excursion is a Kenai Fjords cruise.

Arizona: Grand Canyon.

Arizona: Grand Canyon

A canyon that needs no introduction.

Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park.

Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park

A place where nature and history meet. You can enjoy the views of the mountains and the ancient thermal springs.

California: The Golden Gate Bridge

California: The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which you’ve seen in movies and pictures a hundred times.

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

There are two hiking trails through the park that take you through forests, mountains, rivers and sheer cliffs.

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Connecticut: Mystic Seaport.

Connecticut: Mystic Seaport

The largest maritime museum in the United States. Contains a large collection of historic ships, including some hundreds of years old.

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

A beach on the Atlantic Ocean with stores, restaurants, hotels and concert venues.

Florida: Disney World

Florida: Disney World

One of the six Disney World Worlds. A theme park whose main attraction is, of course, the fairy tale castle.

Georgia: Georgia Aquarium

Georgia: Georgia Aquarium

Home to several thousand different marine creatures.

Hawaii: Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Hawaii: Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

A memorial to the American soldiers who died during the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

The entire topsoil of the park is cooled lava. It is eerie looking but very interesting.

Illinois: Millennium Park

Illinois: Millennium Park

This is the same park that houses the giant mirror blob. The object itself is called the Cloud Gate statue.

Indiana: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indiana: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This racetrack is the largest sports facility in the world. The speedway has a seating capacity of 257,000 and can accommodate a total of over 400,000 people.

Iowa: Field of Dreams filming location

Iowa: Field of Dreams filming location

This location became famous after the release of the popular drama Field of Dreams.

Kansas: Monroe Elementary School

Kansas: Monroe Elementary School

Linda Brown attended this school, hailed as the woman who ended racial segregation in American schools.

Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky produces a significant percentage of its bourbon. Each such distillery is a landmark of sorts.

Louisiana: Bourbon Street

Louisiana: Bourbon Street

Historic street in the French Quarter of the most French-speaking state in the United States.

Maine: Acadia National Park.

Maine: Acadia National Park

There are forests, rocky beaches and mountains, including Mount Cadillac, the highest point on America’s east coast.

Maryland: U.S. Naval Academy

Maryland: U.S. Naval Academy

The Naval Academy founded in 1845.

Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Marketplace, based on historic market buildings.

Michigan: Henry Ford Museum

Michigan: Henry Ford Museum

Museum complex dedicated to the production of Ford automobiles, the number one U.S. auto brand.

Minnesota: Mall of America.

Minnesota: Mall of America

It is the biggest shopping mall in North America. The total area of the mall – more than 560 000 square meters. There are more than 500 restaurants and stores.

Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park

Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park

National Park was founded on the site of the Battle of Vicksburg during the American Civil War. Over 20,000 people died here.

Missouri: Gateway Arch

Missouri: Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is 192 feet tall and is taller than six 9 story buildings stacked on top of each other.

Montana: Yellowstone River whitewater

Montana: Yellowstone River whitewater

For a fee, hikers can float down a raging river in an inflatable boat.

Nebraska: Chimney Rock

Nebraska: Chimney Rock

A ninety-nine-meter high chimney rock formed by erosion.

Nevada: Las Vegas Strip

Nevada: Las Vegas Strip

The Strip is the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. It is here where the most luxurious hotels and casinos are located.

New Hampshire: Mount Washington

New Hampshire: Mount Washington

Mount Washington is the highest point in the northeastern United States. You can find temperatures as low as -45 degrees Celsius in the coldest parts of the mountain.

New Jersey: Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Jersey: Atlantic City Boardwalk

Italian restaurants, sandy beaches and casinos.

New Mexico: Albuquerque Sunrise Balloon Rides

New Mexico: Albuquerque Sunrise Balloon Rides

New Mexico is the hotspot for all American balloon enthusiasts. And even if you do not dare to climb into the basket, you have to come here, if only because it is a very beautiful sight.

New York: Empire State Building

New York: Empire State Building

Built in 1931, this skyscraper has remained the tallest building in the world for nearly forty years.

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North Carolina: Biltmore Estate

North Carolina: Biltmore Estate

The building can be called a house, a mansion, an estate, or a castle. It is a fact – the Vanderbilt estate is one of the grandest in America.

North Dakota: Dakota Thunder

North Dakota: Dakota Thunder

North Dakota is home to one of the largest bison sanctuaries, and the Dakota Thunder is a giant roadside eight-meter tall statue.

Ohio: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ohio: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame houses Britney Spears’ original red latex costume, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics, and many other interesting things.

Oklahoma: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

We associate cowboys with Texas, but the largest museum of the Wild West is in Oklahoma.

Oregon: Multnomah Falls

Oregon: Multnomah Falls

About 7,700 years ago a volcano exploded on this spot. And now there’s a deep lake with clear water and beautiful waterfalls.

Pennsylvania: Independence National Historic Park

Pennsylvania: Independence National Historic Park

Visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and America’s first bank.

Rhode Island: Newport mansions

Rhode Island: Newport Mansions

These were once the mansions of New England’s wealthiest families. Now they are open to the public, and some are even used as hotels.

South Carolina: Broadway at the Beach

South Carolina: Broadway at the Beach

More than 14 million tourists visit this beach every year. Broadway has an amusement park, three theaters, lots of stores, and restaurants.

South Dakota: Mount Rushmore

South Dakota: Mount Rushmore

The faces of the four greatest American presidents are carved right into the rock: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Tennessee: Graceland

Tennessee: Graceland

Here is the third most visited private home in the United States. That’s because Elvis Presley used to live here.

Texas: The State Capitol.

Texas: The State Capitol

Texas state capitol is no less majestic than Washington’s.

Utah: Zion National Park.

Utah: Zion National Park

Located at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau, Mojave Desert and Great Basin, Zion is a deep red-rock canyon.

Vermont: Ben & Jerry’s Factory

Vermont: Ben & Jerry's Factory

Tourists can buy a ticket for a half-hour tour and see how the confectionery is made. Over 350,000 people a year take the tour.

Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg

Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg

You can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of 18th century America thanks to numerous historical reconstructions.

Washington: Pike Place Market

Washington: Pike Place Market

The Pike Place Market is Seattle’s center for vendors, outdoor musicians and tourists.

Washington DC: Capitol

Washington DC: Capitol

The center of political life in America. It’s where the U.S. Congress meets and where major federal decisions are made.

West Virginia: Bridge Day.

West Virginia: Bridge Day

Every year on the third Saturday in October, the longest arch bridge in the eastern hemisphere turns into a pedestrian bridge, attracting tens of thousands of tourists.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Dells Waterpark.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Dells Waterpark

This was the first water park in the United States, and it is still the largest. There are 200+ slides inside the park.

Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park attracts climbing, camping and fishing enthusiasts.

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