There are certain things you need to do in the US before you can say, “I’ve seen it all”. Now that few countries are allowing Americans in, there are plenty of places you can see right here! This article compiles a list of five of the top iconic places you should visit.
Highway 50 through the Nevada Desert
Labeled as the loneliest road in America, the road is a 4800 kilometers stretch that you should explore. The US Highway 50 stretches all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, and along the road travelers enjoy the view of deserts, different landscapes and more deserts. On an average speed of 55mph and stops, the drive takes 124hours to cross all the 50 states. Be sure to pack your camera and take photographs of the green valleys and mountains! But by far the coolest part for most, is going through Nevada where there is nothing but emptiness everywhere you look.
In Pennington County, South Dakota, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is s sculpture carved mountain. The sculptures are the heads of the previous presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The 18m statue is a sight to behold and take photographs of this national icon! Gutzon Borglum designed the sculptures and his son; Lincoln Borglum executed the project, which today is a blend of historical and natural beauty.
Road to Hana
Located in Maui, Hawaii, the 52mile road on the coastline consists of beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking cliffs. The drive begins at Kahului and ends at Hana. While on the drive, you can stop by at the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical Garden for photography and sightseeing. They also have sea caves close to the coastline. Depending on the number of stops, the drive takes 7 to 9 hours round trip; dedicate a day for maximum fun and untouched beauty you can really only find in Hawaii.
The French Quarter
New Orleans’ French Quarter is the home of cultural influences and classical Jazz venues. As a traveler, you get to admire the French heritage as depicted by the balconies, the gardens and landmarks in the city. While in the French Quarter, ensure that you visit the Carousel Bar and Lounge and have a taste of their cuisines and cocktails. You can also watch live performances jazz legends at the Spotted Cat Music Club and Preservation Hall. Make sure you don’t miss out on Café du Monde! Into spooky things? New Orleans is one of the most haunted cities in the world and you can embark on plenty of ghost tours.
The Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836 in San Antonio. Today, The Alamo holds legacy as it signifies independence in Texas. With beautifully preserved hallways and artifacts, you find all information on the history of the Alamo. The entrance fee is $10 to $15 depending on the season of travel. It’s a piece of American history that everybody must visit to experience the magnitude of its significance to our culture.
The beauty of these attraction locations is that you can access them by car, thus very safe right now during coronavirus pandemic! Pile up a couple friends or your family in your car and get moving. Just be sure to travel safely and bring masks and lots of sanitizing products!