A Helpful Guide to Sightseeing in the USA
Everyone’s got their own ideas about what makes the USA such an attractive travel destination (some say it’s the food, some the scenery, others will tell you that the people are amazing, and you can really feel at home there). Of course, food, friendly people and spectacular natural surroundings are part and parcel of going on escorted tours with Travelsphere but sightseeing in the USA is what you can look forward to the most.
Whether West Coast cool is what you’re after or you’d much prefer an exciting East Coast experience, the USA is full of beautiful sights everyone can enjoy. We’ve put together our top picks of sights to see in the USA on escorted tours with Travelsphere, all to make your American adventure that much more meaningful and rewarding.
Literally Anything in New York City
So nice they named it twice, the Big Apple’s been bringing in tourists far and wide for as long as anyone can remember. Every day there’s something new to discover; one minute you’re admiring the stunning ceiling in the central concourse of Grand Central Station, the next you’re walking beneath the shade of American elms in Central Park. With so much to see and do in the city that never sleeps, you’re in for the adventure of your life. To truly be a part of New York, go on a guided tour with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. Discover first-hand what’s been attracting people to the big city all this time; we promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Monuments of Washington DC
Serving as the capital of the USA since 1800, Washington DC is right at the heart of this country’s rich history, arguably shaping it more than anywhere else. As such, the city is home to a great number of important historical and political sites, such as the Capitol Building, with its instantly recognisable dome; the Lincoln Memorial, whose huge statue of 16th United States President Abraham Lincoln sits proudly alongside the worlds of his famous Gettysburg Address; and the Washington Memorial, where Martin Luther King delivered the iconic ‘I have a dream’ speech. Here you’ll also find the White House, official office and residence of the US president since the days of Founding Father John Adams. If you consider yourself a culture vulture, Washington DC is the place for you. Experiencing all Washington DC has to offer can be tricky, which is why an escorted tour is undoubtedly your best option. This way, you can be sure you’re making the most of your time in the US capital, seeing everything you ever dreamed of and more.
Tough though it may be, forget about the Stephen King novel for a bit and let yourself be transported to a world of magic and mayhem as you explore Salem – site of the infamous witchcraft trials. In 1692, scores of women and girls were rounded up, wrongfully accused of witchcraft and put to death. Over the years, this atrocity has served as inspiration for countless creative endeavours; The Crucible by Arthur Miller and, more recently, American Horror Story both have roots in Salem. With Travelsphere, you’ll be treated to a tour of this spellbinding city. Just remember to keep an eye out for flying broomsticks and brewing cauldrons!
The Gates of Graceland
They say rock ‘n’ roll never forgets, and if Graceland’s anything to go by, they’re right! Every year, music lovers from around the world come here to celebrate the King himself, Elvis Presley. For 20 years – from 1957 until his untimely death in 1977, aged just 42 – Elvis lived in an opulent mansion that complemented his nickname. Today, that mansion is a shrine protecting not just the memory of Elvis but the very spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. While in Graceland with Travelsphere, you’ll receive a guided tour of Elvis’s mansion, which also happens to be the second most-visited home in the USA after the White House. (It attracts approximately 600,000 visitors each year!) See? You learn something new every day.
If you’re a fan of whiskey, don’t miss the chance to visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Here you’ll find more barrels than you can count, each one lovingly filled with liquid gold prepared to the original recipe Mr. Jack himself perfected. Old No. 7 is as much an American institution as apple pie and baseball, and anybody coming from overseas should have a taste of this premium Lynchburg liquor. On our guided tour of the Deep South, you’ll savour the smooth taste of authentic American Jack Daniel’s while taking a good, long look around the distillery itself. Of course, the tasting is optional (but we highly recommend it).
Majestic Mount Rushmore
With its famous granite sculptures, Mount Rushmore is a true US icon. Surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, the splendid visages of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln survey their land with pride, sharing its history with the world. Telling the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of the USA – from the history of its first inhabitants to the diversity of modern America – Mount Rushmore literally brings visitors face-to-face with the rich heritage shared by all to whom the United States is home. Now you can jump at the chance to experience the beauty of Mount Rushmore up close and personal. Choosing the right Travelsphere tour means you’ll get to see American history come alive in stone.
American sightseeing gives you the freedom to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. But if we had to declare a favourite, it would probably be for the California (or coastal) redwood. Soaring to heights of over 350 feet, it’s currently recognised as the tallest plant species in the world. California redwoods are also among the oldest living things on Earth; with an average age of 600 years, these trees can live between 1,200 and 1,800 years. (One has even reached the age of 2,520 years, and it’s still going strong!) At Redwood National Park, the world’s tallest and most ancient trees stand proudly amid a mix of coastal, riverine and prairie wildlands. See for yourself on our tour of San Francisco and the Oregon Coast.
Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is one of the most impressive landscapes in the USA. Exposing nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history, the red rims of the Grand Canyon have been drawing in nature lovers from across the globe since before anyone can recall. The area has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years; Native Americans built settlements within the canyon and its many caves, and the Pueblo people even used to make pilgrimages to the Grand Canyon, viewing it as a holy site. Visiting the Grand Canyon is a big ol’ bucket list must do, but how do you even begin to prepare for your trip? A guided tour could answer all your prayers, and with Travelsphere, you can rest easy knowing you’ll get to experience first-hand all that’s great about the Grand Canyon.
Route 66 and the Lights of Las Vegas
Bursting with bright colours, the neon-lit wonderland of Las Vegas grows inexplicably out of the bleak beauty of the Mojave Desert. Attracting everyone from high rollers and cowboys to far-flung restaurant critics and fans of drag culture, Las Vegas is the place to be for next-level entertainment. But before being tempted by Sin City’s many allures, be sure to take a drive along the iconic Route 66. We promise you’ll feel like the star of your very own American road movie! Experiencing the best of the West is now easier than ever with Travelsphere; our specially designed guided tour makes sightseeing in this part of the USA a joy for all the senses.
What awaits you at Yosemite is nothing short of paradise. Expect an abundance of lakes and waterfalls – including Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest cascades – as well as a staggering diversity of wildlife, such as coyotes, falcons and bears. Here you can also learn about the native Miwok Indians at the Indian Cultural Museum. A place of remarkable beauty and extraordinary history, Yosemite National Park is like nowhere else on Earth. You simply cannot miss the opportunity to experience all that’s on offer at Yosemite. And doing so on an escorted tour with Travelsphere – well, let’s just say you’re in for the trip of a lifetime. And that’s a wrap! With so many opportunities for sightseeing in the USA, you’ll have a hard time deciding where to start. Although really, any of the above ought to work for you. So, what’re you waiting for? Go on an escorted tour with Travelsphere and make your American dream come true.