Such a huge expanse of a country ranging from snowy mountain ranges to tropical seas, the United States needs to be visited several times to make the most of it. Centring on one area at a time when in the United States is your best bet unless you have months to travel around and enjoy the variety this vast country offers you.
The United States makes up the most part of the continent of North America, with just Canada and Mexico as the two other countries. Spreading more than 3,000 miles across, the United States comprises of 48 states on the mainland plus Alaska in the extreme northwest and the Hawaii islands in the Pacific Ocean, bringing the total to 50 United States.
The main cities in each corner of the United States are Seattle in the northwest, Miami in the southeast, Los Angeles in the southwest and Boston in the northeast. In between there is so much to see and do in the United States that it would take a lifetime to describe.
Some of the best known cities and landscapes in the United States are well documented – the glitz of Las Vegas, the harsh heat of Death Valley in the Californian desert, the picturesque beauty of Yellowstone National Park with its spurting geysers, and the innovative architecture of Chicago.
A great way to cover and see as much of the United States as possible is to take a road trip. Many of these have been immortalised in songs and books. Route 66 covers 2,400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, the Pacific Coast Highway stretches up the coast of California for 930 miles, and the Great River Road follows the course of the mighty Mississippi as it winds its way from Minnesota down to New Orleans.
There is incredible natural phenomena within the United States like the Great Lakes, the world's largest bodies of fresh water incorporating such cities as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Cincinnati. The swamps and wildlife of the Everglades in Florida cover over a million acres, and the wild beauty of the Rocky Mountains offer some of the most spectacular views you will find in the United States.
Not far from there, for some daredevil activity while you are in the United States, you could try white-water rafting in Colorado. There are many companies who run trips along the Arkansas River so you can be sure they know what they are talking about.
Another well trodden path within the United States is the one taken to Niagara Falls where three separate waterfalls plunge almost 200ft into a rocky gorge. You can make your way to the bottom and take a trip on the Maid of the Mist boat which takes you right up close to the falls.
USA Travel facts
Approximate Air Distance: 10,026 miles / 16,136 km
Approximate Flight Duration: 17 hrs 23 min
Busiest Airports: Departure from Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) / Arrival at International Airports
like Washington Dulles (IAD) / Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) /San Francisco (SFO) / San Jose (SJC) / Philadelphia (PHL) / Orlando (MCO) / Daytona Beach (DAB) /Miami (MIA) / Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) / George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) / Denver (DEN) / Fort Worth (DFW) / Chicago O'hare (ORD) / Hartsfield-jackson Atlanta International (ATL) / Logan (BOS) etc.
Major Airlines: United Airlines is the cheapest non-stop flight to the States. Alternatively, there are Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, All Nippon Airways, Qantas Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, SWISS.
Tourist Destinations: California, Las Vegas, New York, Florida, New Orleans, San Diego Colorado, Chicago are some of the well known cities.
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