There are a million reason to celebrate living in the United Sates. Traveling to its breathtaking scenic landscapes, and visiting the culture and urban life of its diverse cities are among some of the best. Here are ten of the top sites and cities to explore for summertime (or anytime) fun.
San Francisco, CA
What to do: Golden Gate Park, Japenese Tea Garden, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Exploratorium, Ghirardelli Square, AT&T Park, Legion of Honor Museum, ride a cable car, explore North Beach, Nob Hill, Union Square, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to visit Tiburon. Eat, Eat, Eat.
Where to stay: The Fairmont or The Phoenix Hotel
What to do: The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Buddha Beach, Crescent Moon Picnic Area, Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. Enjoy a few spa visits as well. Be Spiritual, it won’t kill you.
Where to stay: Enchantment Resort
New York City, NY
What to do: Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Broadway show, Barneys New York, Dover Street, Art Galleries in Soho, Cafes, eat out, check out Brooklyn, Empire State Building, go out dancing all night and come home when the sun rises, The High Line, American Museum of Natural History, Coney Island, Whitney Museum of American Art, grab a slice of pizza, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Square Park, West Village, Museum of Modern Art, High Tea at the Russian Tea Room, Times Square. Almost anything you damn well please!
Where to stay: Gramercy Park Hotel or Crosby Street Hotel
What to do: Mirror Lake, Wapama Falls, Glacier Point, Half Dome, and drive through the California tunnel tree. Hike, Hike, Hike. Soak in the awe-inspiring beauty.
Where to stay: White Wolf Camp Ground
What to do: Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Art Institute of Chicago, Miracle Mile, Willis tower, hear some Blues, Grant Park, and walk Michigan Avenue for renowned shopping. Visit Highland Park and say hi to Michael Jordan. Try a deep dish pizza or two.
Where to stay: James Hotel
What to do: Hike Artist Point, The Geyser Basin, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Lake and Lower Yellowstone River Falls. Take loads of pics and hike often. Soak it in!
Where to stay: National Park Lodges
What to do: Smithsonian Institution, Theodore Roosevelt Island, National Mall, National Museum of Natural History, Kayak at the C & O canal, walk through Georgetown. Tour the Three Houses of Government – White House, US Capital and The Supreme Court.
Where to stay: The Jefferson Hotel
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
What to do: Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Island Alpaca, Larson’s Fish Market. Taste a Kimchee Burger at Henry’s at the Harbor View Hotel. Bring a few books and catch up on your reading at any one of the many beautiful beaches (South Beach, East Beach or Lobsterville Beach).
Where to stay: Mansion House
New Orleans, LA
What to do: The French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District, the Warehouse District, Audubon Park, shop on Magazine Street, eat a Po-boys and a beignet. Listen to as much New Orleans Jazz as you can! The Spotted Cat is a must go!
Where to stay: W Hotel
What to do: Haleakal? National Park, Waimoku Falls, snorkeling and scuba diving at Molokini, surfing, fishing, helicopter ride, read on the beach and go to a Luau. Get some exercise, learn to Hula dance.
Where to stay: Hotel Wailea
Happy 4th Of July!! Be Safe!