San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Top 5 Places To Visit in America

There is a lot to America that its citizens take for granted: the amber countryside of Iowa, the rugged landscape of Montana. Too many Americans are unaware of the natural beauty that surrounds them and seek it out elsewhere in the world.
Choosing five locations from the endless bounty of the American terrain is a tall order, like being asked which five items from your life you’d want to keep while sending the rest spinning into a volcano. The opinion of every tour guide will be different. If you are in the mood for a real adventure and can spare the time, you may want to engage in America’s oldest tradition, a rite of passage, as it were: the road trip. It will show you the majestic purple mountains and fruited plains they are always singing about. But if you don’t have a month to yin-yang Route 66, Interstate 95 or the Pacific Coast Highway, then the best way to experience America is to visit its cities.

Boston

This small, compact city in New England is the birthplace of the American Revolution. Boston is home to Federal and Renaissance Revival styled buildings, as well as numerous Ivy League universities including MIT and Harvard; this distinction has earned Boston the nickname The Athens of America. If you want to understand America and its Sons of Liberty, then take a walk down the Freedom Trail. From Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church to the Battle of Bunker Hill, this modern city is bursting with a sense of palpable history. Also, they talk funny.

New York City

Statue of Liberty, New York

Located just four hours from Boston, there’s no city that represents the American Dream more than the five boroughs of New York. It’s like a small scale-model of the globe. New York is a melting pot of cultures, nations and ethnicities, and for that reason it can be overwhelming and disorientating. You need weeks, if not months, to explore all of the neighborhoods, attractions, museums and monuments in New York. Highlights like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and shopping on Fifth Avenue are good places to start.

Chicago

Heading northwest, the Windy City boasts some impressive stats. It is not only the third largest city in the U.S., but it has the tallest skyscraper in America as well. There is more public art in Chicago than any other American city, which makes for a nice background to aimless walks. One of Chicago’s baseball teams, the Cubs, has not won a World Series since 1908, a stat all fans would like to forget but has since become part of the team’s appeal. If you like to cheer for winners, there are always the White Sox.

Las Vegas

Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is an essential stop on any American tour. An adult playground in the blistering hot desert, Vegas is devoted to artificiality, grandeur and luck. Sure, it’s like Disney World on steroids, but it’s fun. At least for a few days.

San Francisco

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in America, San Francisco is the end of the line. Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge are the most famous highlights, but looking out at the Pacific Ocean keeps you aware of just how far you’ve traveled. Forget about what you’ve heard about earthquakes and head down to Fisherman’s Wharf for a San Francisco specialty: Dungeness crab and prawns. It’s America’s answer to fish and chips.

Tigers in the zoo

Top Destinations for a 4-day trip in North Carolina

Tigers in the zoo

When you think of the US, you often think of famous cities such as New York and Hollywood. But the US is vast. Here are the five awesome day trips worth driving for while venturing around North Carolina.

Mount Airy & Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy, NC

If you’ve ever heard of the Andy Griffith show, then chances are you’ve heard of Mayberry and Mount Airy. Mount Airy is the town that Mayberry was fashioned after. The town is also where Andy Griffith grew up, and it contains perhaps the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. It is also home to more than 24 wineries. Nearby, you will also find Pilot Mountain, which is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountains. Admission to Pilot Mountain is free, with an elevation of nearly 2,500 feet. Other fun things to do in Mount Airy include: squad car tours, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, Mayberry Mules & Wagon rides, Mount Airy bike Rentals, ziplines and canopy tours, motorcycle rides and history museums.

Asheboro Zoo, Asheboro, NC

With around 500 acres of zoo exhibits, Asheboro Zoo is North Carolina’s premier zoo where children and adults can come face to face with animals, learn about wildlife from different continents and also take in the picturesque scenery of the Uwharrie Mountains nearby. Children under 2 years of age are admitted for free, while other admission prices range up to $14. The zoo can be a good place to visit on a date.

North Carolina Aviation Museum, Asheboro, NC

Located in Asheboro, you could make this day trip part of the zoo trip, listed above. Initially opened in 1994 by local Asheboro businessman and aviation enthusiast, Jim Peddycord, the North Carolina Aviation Museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of aviation awareness. Guided and non-guided tours are available throughout the year to people of all ages. Admission ranges up to $8 for adults, while kids under the age of 5 are admitted for free.

Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Kenly, NC and Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, NC

Founded in 1983 by a group of local families who took pride in their past and wanted to preserve part of Eastern North Carolina’s rich history, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum features a turn-of-the-century homestead, including a restored house and detached kitchen, smokehouse, log tobacco barn and outhouse. Admission ranges up to $8 for adults, while kids under the age of 2 can get in for free. This day trip out to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum wouldn’t be complete without stopping in at the Country Doctor Museum, located in Bailey, NC and established in 1967. There, the 45-60 minute guided tours run every hour, on the hour. Visitors can expect to learn about the history of rural health care in the United States. It should be noted that the Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States, dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care. Admission ranges up to $5 for adults.