Coolest Places In USA

A country of central and northwest North America with coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It includes the noncontiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii and various island territories in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

The nation soon began to expand westward. Growing tensions over the issue of Black slavery divided the country along geographic lines, sparking the secession of the South and the Civil War (1861-1865). The remainder of the 19th century was marked by increased westward expansion, industrialization, and the influx of millions of immigrants. Washington, D.C., is the capital and New York the largest city. Population: 260,651,000.

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Las Vegas
Las Vegas - NevadaIn December of 1946, reputed gangster, Bugsy Siegal built the original Flamingo resort in the barren desert wastelands of Nevada. He dreamed of creating a whole new resort city in the desert. Unfortunately, Bugsy was found shot to death in Hollywood in 1947, so he never got to see his dream fulfilled. Today, his desert gambling oasis is a thriving city with more than one million inhabitants and over 28 million visitors a year.

Las Vegas is located in the southwestern corner of Nevada near the borders of California and Arizona. It is situated in a broad flat desert valley surrounded by barren arid mountains. It receives only about 2 inches (5 cm) of rain per year. The city is nevertheless an oasis of green grass, flowers and palm trees all subsisting on imported water.

New York City The "Big Apple"
New York City - The Big AppleNew York City is located on the eastern coast of the United States about 1000 miles north of Florida and 200 miles South of Boston.

It is situated at the mouth of the Hudson River, and is divided into five districts called boroughs. Long Island stretches almost 100 miles to the east of New York City and the state of New Jersey lies just across the Hudson River to the west.

The "Big Apple", as the city is often called, is the largest city in the US with over 7 million residents. It is filled with a diverse mixture of inhabitants including immigrants from many countries.

Some of its many neighborhoods, such as Chinatown, Little Italy, and Spanish Harlem reflect the rich ethnic heritages of the resident's original homelands.

California - The Golden State
CaliforniaCalifornia is located on the western coast of the United States. It extends along the Pacific Ocean from the Mexican border in the south for nearly 900 miles (1400 km) to its northern border with the state of Oregon. The state is approximately 200 miles (300 km) wide from its western beaches to its eastern deserts bordering the states of Nevada and Arizona.

The coastline of California extends from the soft sandy tropical beaches of San Diego near the Mexican border to the rugged northern coasts near Oregon. In the southern part of the state, warm Pacific waters and that famous California surf attract many tourists to its palm shaded beaches.

The coastal mountains stretch along the western fringe of the entire state. These low volcanic peaks form a protective barrier shielding the inner lands from the full force of the Pacific Ocean weather. In some places, the ridges are a few miles inland with flat coastal steps where cities like Los Angeles and San Diego are built.

FloridaFlorida, the "Sunshine State", is located on a large peninsula at the southern extremity of the eastern coast of the United States. It is just over 1000 miles south of New York City. This flat sandy spit of land is approximately 100 miles wide by 400 miles long. It is blessed with a very hospitable semi-tropical climate and has over a thousand miles of ocean shoreline with many hundreds of miles of white sand beaches.

Florida is the retirement home for many senior citizens of the US. After finishing their work careers, many retired folks move to Florida to enjoy the warm climate and to take advantage of all of the recreational opportunities. Some of them maintain summer homes in the northern states near their grandchildren and annually migrate to Florida for the winter months. The Florida natives call them "Snow Birds".

Florida is the favorite winter vacation retreat for millions of Americans from the frigid northern states and Canadian provinces. It is also a popular vacation destination for many foreign visitors. In the summer months, many families with children on school holidays brave the tropical heat of Florida to visit the Disney World entertainment complex.

Tourism is a very big industry in Florida especially during the winter months. Besides beaches and warm sunshine, the state offers year-around golfing, fishing, tennis and other outdoor sports. Farming is the other big industry. Florida supplies most of the eastern US with oranges, citrus fruits and winter vegetables.

Las Vegas Sightseeing

CasinoCasinos and gambling : It is the main attractions in Las Vegas; but even if you are not a gambler, you will still find plenty of entertainment in Vegas. Besides gambling, the casinos offer spectacular shows, plenty or free entertainment, a wide variety of restaurants and lots of shopping opportunities.

Fremont StreetFremont Street, in downtown Vegas, has been converted into a pedestrian mall with a 90-foot high (30-meter) canopy providing shade from the hot desert sun. Musicians and street entertainers provide free entertainment day and night. After dark, 2.million lights in the canopy are used to create a wonderful display of animated color images known as the Fremont Street Experience.

The Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon is spectacular! It is not just a simple canyon but rather a whole maze of canyons, fissures and gorges worn into the rock with unusual buttes, mesas and rock spires standing between them. The exposed multicolored sedimentary layers take on varying hues as the angle of the sun and shadow change throughout the day. It is truly one of the great natural wonders of the world.

New York Sightseeing

Statue Of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty stands on a small island in the middle of the New York City harbor. Designed by Sculptor Frederick Auguste Bertholdi, it was a gift of international friendship from the people of France in commemoration of the USA centennial anniversary in 1876.

WTC - Ground ZeroWTC - Ground Zero There is a gap in the skyline of lower Manhattan like a missing tooth in the otherwise gleaming smile of the city. The rubble has been removed and the debris cleared from the site which is now known as Ground Zero.

Times Square - Broadway TheatreTimes Square - Broadway Theatre As its name implies is a big, wide avenue that runs the entire length of Manhattan Island in New York City. It passes through the middle of the Theater district concentrated around Times Square and has lent its name to those spectacular musical productions known as the Broadway play.

California Sightseeing

Los AngelesLos Angeles A large cosmopolitan center along the southern coast of California is the second largest city in the USA. Los Angeles is really a conglomeration of many smaller communities that have combined into one large metropolis with a diverse multicultural population and an interesting variety of neighborhoods.

HollywoodHollywood is the historic home of the old movie studios, and Beverly Hills is still the home of the movie stars. Here you can drive along the western terminus of historic route 66 on Santa Monica Boulevard. In nearby Burbank, you can visit many modern movie and television studios. In Anaheim, you can see the original Disney Land and Knott's Berry Farm.

San FranciscoSan Francisco is on the coast of California about 400 miles north of Los Angeles. It is situated along the shore of a large bay sheltered behind the California Coastal Mountains. The city is renown for its steep streets with panoramic views of beautiful San Francisco bay and the surrounding mountains. Constant breezes off of the Pacific Ocean keep the summers from becoming too hot and also prevent freezing winter weather.

Florida Sightseeing

Miami BeachBeaches There are a lot of beaches to choose from in Florida. The state is surrounded by ocean on three sides and has over 800 miles of beach front with thousands of miles of additional shoreline on the many bays and inlets. As is common along most of the eastern coast of the US, the Florida beaches are usually located on long narrow islands or sand bars separated from the mainland by back bays or salt water marshes.

Walt Disney WorldWalt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is not just a theme park, but a huge resort complex covering 47 square miles. The resort contains four separate theme parks, three water parks and 99 holes of golf on several different courses. Miles of outdoor recreation are available including hiking, biking, boating and swimming. It has three separate areas containing shopping, dining and entertainment facilities as well as a fourth area with nightclubs.

MiamiMiami : Both Miami and Miami Beach offer many excellent restaurants with a diverse selection of cuisine. Fresh seafood is the local specialty. Joe's Stone Crab restaurant is a very popular Miami Beach landmark known for its large portions of excellent food. Wherever you eat, be sure to try some Key Lime Pie, a famous Florida dessert.