Adventure loving travelers have so many incredible choices for things to do in the USA. So when you visit this great country you need a bucket list! The USA is most famous for it’s varied landscapes ranging from the magnificent Rocky Mountains to the cascading Niagara Falls, the vast desert landscape of the Southwest, the beaches of Florida, gigantic redwoods in California and the immaculate villages of New England. Whether you want to visit the Empire State Building or Hollywood, the USA has something for everyone. So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do in the USA: certainly worthy of being on your epic USA Bucket List that’s for sure.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in the USA
Sequoia National Park, California
Sequoia National Park is home to many gigantic trees including the General Sherman Tree that is the largest tree on Earth. A visit to this national park is a must, and you will be surprised by how small everything else appears standing next to these magnificent giants.
Great American Van Life
Travel around the USA in a Campervan, admiring the endless natural beauty and ever-changing landscapes while embracing life as a 21st century minimalist and “location independent” nomad.
Road Trip Route 66
Route 66 and its 2,500 miles is known as “The Mother Road.” From Chicago through the heart land of America and down to Los Angeles, ending at the Santa Monica Pier, it’s the perfect road for an epic road trip.
Yosemite National Park USA
In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is famed for its ancient sequoia trees, Tunnel View, the iconic vista of Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park is a huge wilderness recreation area on a volcanic hot spot. Hike at Yellowstone for the dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Helicopter flight over Hawaii
The famous Kilauea (one of the most active volcanoes on the planet) has been spouting rivers of lava since 1983. Get close enough to feel the heat radiating from the 500,000-year-old natural phenomenon on a Hawaii helicopter tour. Plus, see some gorgeous waterfalls too while you’re up there!
From stunning views to the roar of the rapids, since its formation 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls has been a destination for world explorers and adventurers alike.
Empire State Building, New York
Empire State building is the iconic skyscraper in New York, topping the bucket list of most first time visitors. In the heart of New York City, the Empire State Buildings observation deck on the 86th floor is the highest point in New York and gives you a 360-degree view of the city.
Lake Superior Circle Tour
Travel around Lake Superior by land or by lake, 350 miles long and 160 miles wide split between two countries, one province and three states. The 1200-mile Lake Superior Circle Tour is one of the world’s greatest drives around the world’s largest freshwater lake, taking travelers past soaring cliffs, beautiful beaches, plunging waterfalls and northern forests.
Mendenhall Glacier Cave, Alaska
Explore Alaska’s Mendenhall Ice Caves for a surreal glacier experience and fall in love with the mountain, glacier, waterfall, and wildlife views. It’s a great day trip to enjoy on a sunny Alaska day, or when the weather permits. Nestled in Mendenhall Valley, the Mendenhall Glacier is a 13-mile-long stunning frozen formation located just 12 short miles from downtown Juneau.
Hike Zion Narrows
The North Fork of the Virgin River (aka “The Zion Narrows”) is probably one of the most legendary canyons to hike in all of Zion National Park. The Zion Narrows has been rated one of the top ten hikes on Earth, and rightfully so.
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend is the intimate Grand Canyon experience (although technically located in Glen Canyon.) This horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, United States may not be the end of the world but some people say that you can see it from here! Horseshoe Bend is becoming an iconic image that represents the Grand Canyon in many visitors minds.
Climb Ancient Art
Rock climbing the corkscrew summit of Ancient Art in Fisher Towers, Utah is high on the Bucket List of most adventure travelers. Just North of Utah’s adventure capital, Moab, lies Fisher Towers and hidden amongst its crumbling spires is a one of the most unique summits around, ‘Ancient Art’.
Haiku Stairs, Hawaii
The Haiku Stairs are known locally as “the stairs to Hawaii heaven”. Although the stairs were closed thirty years ago, they are still a well-known tourist destination. Built during WWII for the military troops to get access to a radio station. The entire staircase has 4000 steps, and the trek is famous for the incredible view of the summit Puu Keahi.
Presidential Trail, Keystone
Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, is a short trail that leads past the portraits of the founding fathers carved into stone. This is a highly trafficked half-mile loop that provides various views of the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial that can’t be missed.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
This spring is the largest hot water spring in the US and is one of the most photographed areas of Yellowstone National Park. Famous for its signature multi-colored waters, the spring is larger than a football ground and thicker than a ten story building.
Alaska Camping and Bear viewing
A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the remote wilderness of Alaska and see some bears! Camp, with a tour group, in a rare critical bear habitat in Lake Clark National Park.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
World-famous Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest, on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon, and Lower Antelope Canyon. Plan your photogrpahy or sightseeing tour well in advance.
Kalalau Trail on Kaua
One of the best hikes in Kauai, the Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile trek on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that weaves through one of the world’s most famous natural wonders, the Na Pali coast.
White Water Raft Hudson River, New York
Enjoy 15 miles of action and dozens of breathtaking rapids on this world-class whitewater adventure. Whitewater rafting on the Hudson is a beautiful, exciting and unforgettable experience!
Jeep Tour Sedona
Have an extreme off-road adventure in Sedona to see giant red-rock spires and the area’s most iconic rock formations while being thrown about in the back of a jeep. This is a must-do experience when visiting Sedona and the Southwest.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do in the USA.
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