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Trip Ideas for the USA

You want to go on vacation this summer but are really not sure where you'd like to go?  Do you love big cities?  Interested in terrific attractions, fine dining, shopping and entertainment then why not visit one of the major cities in the USA?

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American Landmarks That Every Kid Should See Big City Excitement    

Big City Excitement

 

Las Vegas is internationally renowned as a resort city for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. Many think that it is an "Adult" vacation and are surprise to find that there are plenty of family things to do in Las Vegas.  You have to start by taking a stroll down the world-famous strip, known as Las Vegas Boulevard.  You will find that there are many things to see: the Volcano at the Mirage, the famous Fountains of Bellagio, the birds at the Tropicana, the lions at MGM, the fish tank at Mandalay Bay, Live "statues" in Caesars Palace, light-and-laser show on Fremont Street, pirate battle at Treasure Island, the White Tigers and Dophin Habitat in the Mirage.  You family will also enjoy roller coaster  and gondola rides, and architectural recreations of Paris, Venice and ancient Egypt. In addition, you will find extravagant shows, and world-class circus performances. Along with visiting the glitzy attractions, consider discovering some cultural offerings such as the famous Hoover Dam, the Mormon Fort, Clark County Museum, rodeos, and recreations of posse shootouts.

 

This unique city has everything from world-class restaurants, beautiful beaches, and million-dollar homes, to wonderful museums, the glitzy Sunset Boulevard,  Rodeo Drive and the occasional movie star.  The sights of Los Angeles are spread throughout multiple counties including:  Santa Monica and the beach communities, L.A.'s Westside and Beverly Hills, Hollywood and West Hollywood, Downtown, Pasadena, and the San Fernando Valley. 

For movie lovers, you must see Hollywood, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Park Observatory.  In addition, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal as well as the NBC and CBS television networks all offer tours. The adventurous type will find four large amusement or theme parks in the Los Angeles area: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm.  LA is also home to world-renowned cultural institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the LA Philharmonic and the Getty Museum.  In addition, tourists can visit the to Los Angeles Zoo or Rancho La Brea, which is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world.  Beach Lovers will find wonderful spots along the Pacific coast in Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Marina Del Rey, Malibu, and Long Beach.  Los Angeles, as you can see,  is a city that will be enjoyed by people of all ages.



 

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San Diego is a destination custom-made for families and well known for its temperate climate.  You will find great galleries, fine restaurants, terrific museums, and wonderful beaches.  Visitor's will love Legoland where you can enjoy over fifty rides, shows and special events.  Old Town San Diego and State Historic Park is great to see and will take visitors back to San Diego in the 1800’s.  In addition, you'll enjoy  Sea World, the Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Zoo which is the home of three giant panda bears.  Balboa Park offers terrific things to do including 15 museums, beautiful gardens, unique restaurants and scores of exhibits, performances and other activities.  You can visit La Jolla Cove and see the magnificent sunset on the ocean or downtown San Diego's Seaport Village for hours of free entertainment.

 

When you think of San Francisco you think of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, Union Square and cable cars.  This wonderful city with its awesome bay views is also filled with tempting boutiques, awesome restaurants, great galleries, interesting museums as well as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera or Ballet. In addition you can take day trips to one of the surrounding areas which include Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel, or Yosemite National Park
 

The beautiful natural setting of Seattle, surrounded by the waters of Lake Washington and Puget Sound as well as snowcapped mountains, make it a wonderful place to visit.  Seattle offers visitors beautiful gardens, numerous parks, many museums, unique restaurants as well as the Seattle Symphony, Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet.  The city’s waterfront with the Seattle Aquarium and Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, waterside cafes, unique stores and relaxing environment make it fun for all.  You can't visit Seattle without checking out the view from the world-famous Space Needle.  Seattle's Pike Place Market is the best farmers' market you will find. It has more than 200 businesses, craftspeople, farmer booths as well as street performers and musicians.  A day trip away from this great city will take you whale watching, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing.