To fully comprehend the vastness of the United States, it’s helpful to view the country as four distinct regions making up a whole: Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. More than a dozen states comprise each region, offering a composite wealth of intriguing landscapes and man-made attractions. Here’s a brief glimpse of America’s best sightseeing opportunities.
A sprawling network of metropolitan areas that seem to blend into one big city, the Northeast is home to some of the most frequently visited monuments in the United States. New York City, in itself, is a sight to see. Ellis Island (home to the Statue of Liberty) welcomes visitors, while the city’s dazzling skyline boasts such world-renowned architectural landmarks as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
Equally fascinating Northeast cities are home to some of America’s richest historical attractions—the site of the famed Boston Tea Party (Boston, Massachusetts) and Philadelphia City Hall (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) are but two examples. Beyond the region’s bustling cities, you’ll find a network of scenic winding roads, perfect for weekend road trips between New Hampshire’s quaint villages and the thrilling ski slopes of Connecticut.
Someplace in the Middle
Wholesome and friendly, the Midwest is nicknamed America’s “Heartland.” The region boasts vast rolling plains, lakeside beaches, and enough professional and local sporting events to keep spectators entertained year-round. Even for those who are not baseball fans, Chicago’s nearly 100-year-old Wrigley Field is an impressive structure, drawing millions of visitors each spring and summer to cheer on the city’s beloved Chicago Cubs.
The Midwest attracts visitors of a more adventurous variety in the warmer months to its hundreds of astoundingly beautiful underground caves. Witness Minnesota’s awe-inspiring Niagara Cave, or schedule a tour through the world’s largest known cave system, subterranean Mammoth Cave in south central Kentucky.
You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the excitement and wonder that make Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the world’s most popular theme park. Much of the state of Florida, for that matter, is intended for fun and relaxation, with a warm equatorial climate, water sports, and luxury hotels dotting the landscape.
Elsewhere, faster paced Washington, DC, is home to more than iconic American structures such as the White House and Capitol Building—plenty of art, theater, and nightlife can also be found in the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, aesthetically beautiful Savannah, Georgia, is home to fabulous antebellum architecture, and the above-ground cemeteries in New Orleans, Louisiana, are both chilling and intriguing for those visitors who like the past best when it’s tinged with mystery.
While bustling Los Angeles, California, and eclectic Seattle, Washington, are bright spots on the western landscape, the region is equally well known for its breathtaking man-made attractions, which are rivaled only by a wealth of natural beauty. For outdoor adventurists, nothing compares to Arizona’s world-famous Grand Canyon.
Conversely, historians and casual visitors alike will appreciate South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, where four of the nation’s most influential leaders are immortalized in stone. California offers a wealth of diverse scenery that includes sprawling vineyards, redwood forests, and popular tourist destinations such as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.