Inasmuch as I want to encourage myself to go off the beaten track if I ever get the chance to travel to the US, I just can’t help but think of the many sights to see. I’m quite sure that with a country as vast and as beautiful as the US, I’m going to have to first prioritize the must-sees over the off the beaten track and hole in the wall types of destinations. In fact, I already have a list of my must-sees, based on the photos that I see online, and on how much I want to see them. Create your list and let’s compare notes!
- New York. Yes, for me New York is a single sight that I need to see before I kick the bucket. Blame it on the hit TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S., blame it on the Jay Z hit Empire State of Mind, but New York tops my must-sees list in the US. I can already imagine myself seeing the city from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. I can’t wait for my photo on the Brooklyn Bridge. *sigh*
- Grand Canyon. It’s not called Grand for nothing! The Grand Canyon has attracted local and foreign tourists throughout the years, and it sure does attract me good. Maybe it’s because of the many references to pop culture (hello 127 Hours!), but the Grand Canyon really deserves my Visa and airfare.
- Grand Teton National Park. Another sight that has the word “grand” on its name, the Grand Teton National Park gives tourists a view that resembles the painting of the world’s best artist. Take the Jenny Lake route to get the best view of the Cathedral Group, a stretch of mountains that give the best subject for a landscape shot of the place.
- Mt. McKinley. America’s tallest mountain, Mt. Mc Kinley is worth all the flight, the expense and the time that you will give it. Its size and height causes it to always be shrouded by clouds, except in the morning. So troop to Wonder Lake early in the morning to get an unobstructed view of this majestic mountain. What’s more interesting is that it is located in Alaska, America’s Last Frontier and one of the most adventurous destinations in the USA.
- Las Vegas. We wouldn’t have the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” if the place isn’t epic. You’d have to admit that although you’re not much of a fan of casino, gambling and party, just the thought of going to Las Vegas is more than enough to get you excited. After all the movies and pop culture references you’ve seen, heard and read about this iconic place, who wouldn’t want to be in it?!
Because going to the USA takes more than just saving up, booking a Seair flight, and filing for leave, you need to choose your destinations well. As you apply for a visa, cross your fingers and hope that the Embassy allows you to marvel at the sights mentioned above. Best of luck!