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7 Must See Tourist Attractions in the US

America is a large country with many popular attractions, parks, and natural wonders for tourists. Most people are very familiar with a select few, so here is a list of some of the lesser known must-see places to visit when planning your travel to the US.

Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves, Alaska

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Located near Juneau, Alaska, Mendenhall Glacier is a stunning stop for the true adventurer. Visitors must make a kayak trip in and hike over the glacier to get to the caves below and experience the true majesty of the region.

This trip requires ice gear for the glacier hike and an experienced tour guide to navigate the ice.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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As the sun strikes different aspects of this sandy canyon, the colours and textures change. The amazing views require a bumpy bus ride, but the destination is well worth the trip.

Visitors love to take pictures here and many guides are well-versed in how to get the best people-free images of this attraction.

Smithsonian Museums, Washington DC

Every one of the 19 museums and national zoo in the Smithsonian Institution research complex in Washington DC are free to the public. This must-see stop will have you museum hopping with many interesting stops.

And while in the D.C. area, be sure to see the unusual gargoyle tours at the National Cathedral.

Watkins Glen State Park, New York

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The state park in Watkins Glen, NY provides beautiful hiking trails located about two hours from Niagara Falls in Buffalo. Gorge Trail features 800 man-made steps and 19 picturesque waterfalls, some of which you can walk right underneath.

The steps are well spread out so you don’t feel the fatigue, and a shuttle is also available to take you back to the parking area.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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The world’s largest grouping of geysers is at Yellowstone National Park, including Old Faithful. Other popular stops at this attraction include Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

There are diverse examples of American wildlife species in the park, including black bears, grizzlies, antelope, reindeer, moose, bald eagles, bison, elk, and more.

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

This large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada sits on the border of California and Nevada, between Eldorado National Forest on the West and Carson City to the East.

The scenery here is breathtaking year-round. Summer boat and bike rentals are available to help you see more of the lake and surrounding park trails.

Chinatown, New York

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Located in Manhattan, NY, Chinatown is a neighbourhood that proudly houses the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. The unique neighbourhood features many small shops and restaurants you won’t see anywhere else in the U.S. Visitors enjoy the cultural experience and haggling for good deals at every stop. Little Italy is just around the corner and the perfect stop for a cappuccino or chocolate mousse after a day in Chinatown.

Other amazing stops in the U.S. include Thor’s Well in Oregon and Sequoia National Park in California. Pick a few stops and plan a roadtrip adventure this summer. New experiences and knowledge await you!

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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