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For a first time visitor to the States, where would you recommend they go first?
Seattle is the only answer! The weather is not too hot or not too cold for people from all climates. And Seattle has REAL mountains and snow covered volcanos and the ocean. They can all be reached with a short drive. We have very tall sky scrapers also and even better, we have the Space Needle. You can stand up there and see the whole area. It is gorgeous. The people are very diverse and there is every culture you can imagine. And we had the first Starbuck's which is still in operation!
This one kind of depends where you come from. If you are from Bavaria, you probably won't want to go to the Rocky Mountains. (been there, done that) If however you are from somewhere like England, my money is on Colorado. I suggest you stay in Historical Estes Park at the Standley Hotel (made famous by The Shining) but actually an old historical hotel. Then go up to Rocky Mountain National Park. Guaranteed enjoyment.
Still firmly recommend Washington State up in the North West. Great people, great scenery, great weather. Tho I'd suggest early August as a possiblility - the weather is generally better. My FIRM fave is San Juan Island which can be reached by ferry from Anacortes ferry terminal. Flights to Seattle are best and (if flying from the UK) BA operates a daily flight from Heathrow direct to Seattle.
You should check out my hub on Breckenridge, Colorado - my home! It's a great place to visit in the heart of the Rockies!
It depends on what your style is. Are you more of a nature person, or a city person? If you're a city person, New York City will make a huge impression on you the first time you visit. You can also visit nearby New England states if you rent a car. San Francisco is another great city that's very tourist friendly, and isn't too far from a lot of other favorite destinations like Napa, Monterey, Big Sur, the Redwoods, Yosemite, Point Reyes, and further south, Santa Barbara, LA and San Diego (expect to drive a bit).
If you're more of a nature person, you might want to visit some of the National Parks of the southwest and west. Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arches, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the Rocky Mountain National Park are amongst the best.
For the best beaches, I'd have to say the east coast has better beaches. Many of the beaches on the west coast are high cliffs, which are impressive to look at, but not to so much for the beaches (except in southern California and some in Oregon).
1) New York - this is where millions have first entered this great country and it should be yours too! Must sees are Broadway, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Awesome Museums and Galleries. Do yourself a favor and take a guided boat tour around Manhatten to truley see this majestic city.
2) Chicago - a close second. Spectacular architecture and skyscrapers on the shores of gorgeous Lake Michigan. A must is the guided boat tour on the Chicago River and the stores on the Magnificent Mile. Also don't forget to stop along the Navy Pier for a bite to eat!
3) Atlanta - this is emerald of the south. Beautiful towering city that's green and clean. Stop by Centennial Olympic Park where you're in walking distance to the worlds largest aquarium - the Georgia Aquarium. Stop by the New World of Coca-Cola or go for a tour at CNN Studios. If you like shopping visit bustling Buckhead or sheek Atlantic Station. Atlanta is second in the nation in per capita shopping right behind Chicago.
I have two places in mind. One being Las Vegas. They don't call it SIN CITY for nothing. The second would be Washington D.C. The district has so many historic places to see, plus you can somewhat see the inner workings of our government. Nature lovers would do well with either location , the Grand Canyon being very accessible from LV; The Blue Ridge mountains, Potomac river, Tidal Basin, Ocean City from D.C.
Land somewhere unpopulated in the southwest and start driving. The long, lonely stretches of road through the desert show off the sheer vastness of this country. The relative starkness and emptiness of the land and the freedom of the drive makes for a good chance to contemplate life's possibilities. What could be more American than that? Blast the one radio station that comes through without static, and watch the sunsets and the stars. Stop at the Grand Canyon. Check out the high desert areas for some seemingly out of this world scenery, particularly in late winter, when the cacti bloom. Then head west to Los Angeles. Enjoy the chaos of that sprawling region, seek refuge by the Pacific, and by the time our visitor heads Back East -- if they bother -- they will think they have visited way more than one country.
New York City - You can't beat the hustle and bustle of the big lights in the big city.
Personally I like to explore and find out the history of countries I visit. So it would be toss-up between Washington DC because it's the political capital and Philadelphia because of the important historical events (eg signing of the Declaration of Independance) for me.
If you are visiting america for the first time here is alist of palces taht should be visited:
Los Angeles:rand tour of Los Angeles which covers Hollywood & Beverly Hills."Discover all the latest, hottest and most famous spots that define Los Angeles. Stop at the Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, Farmers Market, the Grove, and La Brea Tar pits. See the Hard Rock Cafe and Kodak Theatre and shop at the new Hollywood & Highland. Drive the famous streets of Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Melrose, and the Sunset Strip.
San Fransisco :Tour covering Manhattan & Statue of Liberty .Vista Point at Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks with a panoramic view of the city,Civic Center, Union Square, Nob Hill, Cable Care, Chinatown, North Beach, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf, marina District, Palace of Fine Arts, Cliff House, Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge.
Miami :enjoy an unforgettable bi-lingual narrated sightseeing cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami's spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Brickell Key, Fisher Island and the celebrity filled islands of Miami Beach known as 'Millionaire's Row'. Here, you'll see the homes of Shaquille O'Neal, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias and more.
New York - City that never sleeps :Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty Ferry, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo, Madison Square Garden, Macy's Herald Square, Financial District, Site of the World Trade Center, Wall Street, Museums of Lower Manhattan, Lower East Side, Rockefeller Center, Museum of Modern Art, Times Square, Circle Line, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Liberty Helicopter Tours, New York Waterway, Museum of Modern Art, Battery Park, United Nations and more
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One should visit Philadelphia where the Bell of Liberty rang. From historical point of view one should first know the historical topography of the country. And accordingly he should chalk out the plan of visit. Next one should go to New York to see the development of Manhattan of N.Y. Of course one should not miss to see the statue of Liberty, the symbol of democracy binding the three virtues of human civilization - Fraternity, Equality and Liberty.
St. Mary's County, Maryland is a wonderful starting off point. One of the earliest Brittish settlements, St. Mary's City is the true birthplace of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. The beautiful scenery, the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and St. Mary's Rive will give a visitor a feeling of the earliest European colonists and a visit to the reconstructed St. Mary's City will give them a picture of what life was like in the area in the early 1600's. St. Mary's county is within an easy day's drive of Washington DC., Annapolis, and Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, check out my HubPage:
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