Enormous and staggeringly diverse, America harbors an astounding collection of natural and cultural wonders, from teeming city streets to mountains, plains and forests covering vast swaths of the continent.
Bright Lights, Big Cities
America is the birthplace of LA, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Boston and New York City – each a brimming metropolis whose name alone conjures a million different notions of culture, cuisine and entertainment. Look more closely, and the American quilt unfurls in all its surprising variety: the eclectic music scene of Austin, the easy-going charms of antebellum Savannah, the ecoconsciousness of free-spirited Portland, the magnificent waterfront of San Francisco, and the captivating old quarters of New Orleans, still rising up from its waterlogged ashes.
On the Road Again
This is a country of road trips and great open skies, where four million miles of highways lead past red-rock deserts, below towering mountain peaks, and across fertile wheat fields that roll off toward the horizon. The sun-bleached hillsides of the Great Plains, the lush rain forests of the Pacific Northwest and the scenic country lanes of New England are a few fine starting points for the great American road trip.
Cuisine is another way of illuminating the American experience. On one evening in the US, thick barbecue ribs and smoked brisket come piping hot at a Texas roadhouse; over 1500 miles away, talented chefs blend organic, fresh-off-the-farm produce with Asian accents at award- winning West Coast restaurants. A smattering of locals get their fix of bagels and lox at a century-old deli in Manhattan's Upper West Side, while several states away, plump pancakes and fried eggs disappear in a hurry under the clatter of cutlery at a 1950s-style diner. Steaming plates of fresh lobster served off a Maine pier, oysters and champagne in a fashion-forward wine bar in California, beer and pizza at a Midwestern pub – these are just a few ways to dine à la Americana.
The world's third-largest nation has made tremendous contributions to the arts. Georgia O'Keeffe's wild landscapes, Robert Rauschenberg's surreal collages, Alexander Calder's elegant mobiles and Jackson Pollock's drip paintings have entered the vernacular of modern 20th-century art. Cities like Chicago and New York have become veritable drawing boards for the great archi- tects of the modern era. Musically speaking, America has few peers on the world stage. From the soulful blues born in the Mississippi Delta to the bluegrass of Appalachia and Detroit's Motown sound, plus jazz, funk, hip-hop, country, and rock and roll – America has invented sounds that are integral to modern music.
Best places to stay in the USA
USA travel guide
The great American experience is about so many things: bluegrass and beaches, snow-covered peaks and redwood forests, restaurant-loving cities and big open skies.
Unusual places to stay in the USA
We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere unique - a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater - can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip...
Native American encounters
Road Trippin' USA
Eastern USA travel guide
Flanked by mega-cities New York City and Chicago; landscaped with dune-backed beaches, smoky mountains and gator swamps; and steeped in musical roots, the East rolls out a sweet trip.
The moment you arrive in the Golden State, you may suspect you’ve been cast as the ingenue in a road-trip movie.
Exploring America's attic: a guide to the Smithsonian Institution
What's over 165 years old, boasts 19 'arms' and 137 million dead and living objects? The Smithsonian Institution. Quirky statistics aside, this place is no joke. Most travelers have heard of the Smithsonian before they visit Washington, DC...
The Wild West
Western USA travel guide
Landscapes and legends draw adventurers to the West, where a good day includes locavore dining, vineyard wine-sipping, cowboy history and outdoor fun.
New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet
Grab your friends or that special someone and get ready for 3-hours of real New York fun! This New York dinner cruise includes a delicious buffet, an amazing DJ and breathtaking views of the New York skyline.
Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial
Experience New York City like an insider on this action-packed VIP tour, which combines NYC’s newest sites with its most iconic attractions, including first access to the Empire State Building! Enter the Empire State Building with your local guide and be whisked to the 86th floor to enjoy incredible New York views without the usual crowds.
Brewery tour of Alaska
A road trip of Interior and Southcentral Alaska is an excellent approach for discovering the regions’ best sights: the tallest mountain in North America, the largest wild salmon in the world as well as a myriad of adventures...
Discover USA travel guide
Enormous in size and staggeringly diverse, America harbors an astounding collection of natural and cultural wonders.