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It's hard to describe what makes the US such a great place to travel to, as the sheer size of its territory - spanning between two oceans and with over 300 million people - also means there is infinite variety to be found there. Following the centuries of colonization, and immigration that still goes on, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse places on Earth, a meeting place for all the nations.
"The country of all possibilities," USA offers a huge range of tourist attractions: the fascination of large cities like New York and Washington, the elegant colonial architecture of the old cities of the South, the glamour of Las Vegas and the beauty of the wild Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.
New York, New York...
New York (often called New York City to differentiate from the surrounding New York State), is situated on the east coast of the United States. It is divided into five zones, of which the most famous is Manhattan, the financial, commercial and political center of the city. New York has approximately 8,000,000 inhabitants, or 20 million including all the suburbs.
New York rivals Paris as a city of culture and arts. The Metropolitan Museum is an impressive collection of paintings. The Museum of Modern Art receives nine million visitors annually. The Guggenheim and Whitney Museums are two further renowned homes of art. The Metropolitan Opera House hosts the most famous operas and symphonies. Many important music concerts are held at Madison Square Garden in Long Island.
Central Park, the largest park in New York, encompasses a large natural lake which is a drinking water reservoir for the city. Nearby is a natural history museum and a zoo.
When you think of New York, the first thing that comes to mind is the huge skyscrapers. All the parks seem crushed by skyscrapers. The straight streets with serial numbers are devoid of trees and greenery. One of the finest buildings in the world and the earliest skyscraper is the Empire State Building located in Manhattan, measuring 449 meters and built in 1943 with no less than 102 floors.
One of the most impressive monuments and the symbol of New York is the Statue of Liberty. She guards the gates of the big city on Liberty Island. Every year it's visited by one million tourists eager to admire the most known sculpture of USA. It’s the masterpiece of the Alsatian sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and embodies the idea of freedom, representing a gesture of homage of the French people to the American people, made during the first centenary of the proclamation of independence (1876).
New York City serves as a focus of dialogue and international cooperation with the huge UN building, built in 1952, and receiving 1,000-2,000 daily visitors.
The bridges of New York are sleek and fascinating constructions, each with its own architectural distinction. The famous bridges over the East River and Hudson River connecting Manhattan Center and the American Continent. During the night they are lit enchantingly, like some giant chandeliers reflected in the shining water.
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Washington DC, the capital, is mostly known for its monuments and museums, from the US Capitol to the White House and from the Washington Monument to the Smithsonian Museum. With over 4.4 million residents, it's the tenth most populous metropolitan area of the US. Situated in Washington is the White House and the Capitol (the federal Congress), and in its proximity is the Pentagon (US Department of Defense).
In the interior, Chicago is known for its architecture and museums, being entirely rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871.
Las Vegas in the Nevada desert is the city that never sleeps, being a great light in the middle of the desert, a wonder of the modern world where the richest people go at least once to try their luck. Every year, come here more than 31 million visitors.
On the western coast, California is the place where fame and fortune can be found in Hollywood at Los Angeles, the place of dreams and hopes. LA is one of the most important technological and commercial centers of USA but perhaps best known through Hollywood, the capital of entertainment, in the neighborhood of Los Angeles.
San Francisco is known for its eclectic appearance, due to a mixture of Victorian and modern architecture, its emblematic Golden Gate Bridge and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Further attractions there include Alcatraz Island, the famous trams, the Transamerica Pyramid, and Chinatown.
Other amazing cities are scattered throughout the United States, making excellent destinations, such as Boston in Massachusetts, Seattle in Washington State, or Miami in Florida. From the beaches in Florida to the ones in California and exotic Hawaii, there are plenty of summer destinations in the US.
Entering the interior, high mountains and national parks conserve the wild beauty of authentic America, with some untouched sanctuaries that offer unforgettable experiences. The Grand Canyon is a very long canyon, tortuous and deep, dug by the Colorado River in a high plateau (Colorado Plateau), with spectacular panoramas and great hiking opportunities. It is found in northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon is actually the result of millions of years of erosion of the river; its bottom is actually the major riverbed of the Colorado River.
The Yellowstone National Park is equally enchanting, teeming with wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Other areas are also great destinations, the most interesting include Niagara Falls, Great Smoky Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite National Park, the Mississippi River and Sequoia National Park.
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