As Forrest Gump almost said, the United States is like a box of chocolates, there is something for everyone. But if you try to eat it all at once, you will be very sick.
It’s a huge and diverse country, so planning a single trip around the USA is almost impossible. It’s a country of vast contrasts, with outstanding natural beauty – from the Rocky Mountains to the Florida swamps – and cultural experiences from Broadway to Disneyland and everything in between.
If you run your own business, taking a trip to the USA is a great way to see how things are done just a little bit differently in your industry or space. They say that the US is usually 6-12 months ahead of the UK in terms of new ideas and ways of doing things, so you can always keep your entrepreneurial radar on while on your trip and soak up some inspiration.
If you only have time for a short trip then you’re probably looking at a city break. The great distances mean that the culture of each of the major American cities is quite distinct. A city break in the USA can be an entirely different experience in Houston compared to New York. Here is a quick whistle-stop tour of what to do in 5 major US cities to get you started.
What to do in Las Vegas, Nevada?
Also known as “the city of sin.” It is a city characterized by being in a desert, so the weather in Las Vegas is usually extremely hot.
Las Vegas happens to be one of the most popular tourist places in the United States internationally, especially for its appearances in countless movies. In addition, you can’t miss the extravagant shows in Las Vegas, casinos, weddings performed by Elvis’s impersonators, and incredible hotels where you can stay.
Finally, you can visit the Grand Canyon, which is very close to Las Vegas.
What to do in Chicago?
Known as “The Windy City,” it is probably the city with the best weather in the United States. With diverse international restaurants and a high offer in art and culture of excellent quality, you should include it in your plans.
Also, enjoy the Field Museum of Natural History. In addition, you will enjoy music such as Chicago Soul, Gospel, Chicago Blues, jazz, hip-hop, and the city’s symphony orchestra.
What to do in New York?
Live the experience of visiting New York, also known as “The navel of the world,” “The city that never sleeps,” “The Big Apple,” or “The capital of the world.” Although it is not the largest city globally, it is considered a metropolis where more than 170 languages are spoken. In addition, it offers a great variety of culinary, artistic, theatrical, audiovisual, shopping, museums, and more.
This wonderful city has to offer the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and the majestic artificial waterfalls of the East River.
What to do in New Orleans?
New Orleans is a city with French and Spanish heritage, full of mysticism, architecture, music, and unparalleled cuisine. It is a destination full of stories, legends, and myths you should not miss during your visit.
The best time to travel is during the celebration of the Mardi Gras festival in February. When you are in the city, you can’t miss visiting the New Orleans French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, The National WWII Museum, etc.
What to do in Boston?
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is also known as “Little Italy,” a paradise for Italian food lovers.
It has historical places where the Freedom Trail and the old meeting house Faneuil Hall stand out in the first place. You will also find places like the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Otis House and the Gibson House, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Natural History.
What to do in Houston?
Houston is a large metropolis easily linked to the Space Center, where you will find NASA flight control and astronaut training. In addition, in downtown Houston, you will enjoy several theaters, such as the Houston Grand Opera, fine restaurants, and distinctive architecture.
There are different activities in Houston, like visiting shopping malls, with great deals and prices you won’t find anywhere else.
Other information about American tourism
When you travel to the United States, make sure you have all the necessary travel documents with you. iVisa.com has everything you need to prepare for your trip, and they’ll be happy to help you with any questions or concerns about making travel plans.
To protect your and others’ health, the United States requires all non-citizen travelers 18 years of age and older to show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before travel.
For some countries, it is still necessary to present a negative test result for COVID-19 within 24 hours before departure to the United States. But children under two years of age and travelers with proof of recovery are exempt from this requirement.
Finally, there are no mandatory quarantine requirements in the country. Still, self-isolation for 7 to 10 days is always recommended if you are a country citizen.
Learn more about the [United States ESTA here].