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In a country that's just a bit smaller than the entire European continent, you can be assured of having diverse experiences. The United States of America, also called the USA or America, is one of the countries with varied geographical features. As you begin exploring this nation, you'll come across elegant megacities, redwood forests, snow-covered mountains, and gorgeous beaches. You'll also enjoy travelling on highways that lead through rocky deserts, towering peaks, and fertile wheat fields. While holidaying in the country, there are some tourist attractions you must never miss:

 

1. Statue of Liberty

While enjoying your us holidays, you'd certainly like to visit this world-famous icon of America and a symbol of freedom. It is located in the New York Harbour and has a height of about 152 feet, making it one of the world's largest statues. The statue was a gift from France to the United States of America. It was dedicated in the late 19th century and portrays a robed Roman goddess of liberty holding a torch in her right hand and carrying a tablet in her left hand. You can witness this statue from several places in New York City. If you wish to get close to it, purchase tickets for ground level, pedestal, or crown of the statue.

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2. White House

Located in Washington D.C., this majestic building is the workplace and official residence of the American President. It was designed in the neoclassical style of architecture by James Hoban, an Irish-born architect. This building has been the residence of every president of the country since John Adams. During the burning of washington in 1814, it was set on fire by the British Army. Reconstruction work started immediately and in 1817, President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed mansion. Tours of the White House are free, but reservations have to be made at least three weeks in advance.

 

3. Niagara Falls

These waterfalls are situated along the border of the United States and Canada and are among the world's most famous waterfalls. They are a set of three waterfalls that are known for the massive quantities of water that constantly flow from the Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. In winter the flow of water is reduced when more quantities of it are used for the generation of hydroelectric power. However, this difference is not noticed by most of the visitors. The three falls that make up these waterfalls are Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

 

4. Grand Canyon

Among the most visited places in this country, the Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River, creating some awe-inspiring ledges and cliff walls in the process. Upon standing on the rim of this canyon, you can look out over the cliffs and ridges down to the floor. The most visited section of the Grand Canyon National Park is South Rim, which has a large visitor centre, regular bus service in the high season, and a walkway with several platforms and vantage points. The North Rim offers a different view of the canyon but has limited access from November to May owing to extreme conditions of winter.

 

5. Mount Rushmore

Often described as the 'Shrine of Democracy', this mountain located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota is famous for its Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It is centred on a sculpture featuring the heads of four presidents, namely George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. A historian known as Doane Robinson conceived the idea of sculpting the heads of these famous presidents to promote tourism in the South Dakota region. These four presidents were chosen because they represented the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the nation.

 

6. Griffith Observatory

This facility in Los Angeles has become a popular tourist attraction over the years since it opened in 1935. It is located on Mount Hollywood's south-facing slope and provides a close view of the Hollywood Sign. It also features a wide range of displays related to science and space. Admission to this observatory has always been free since its opening. It was the wish of Griffith J. Griffith, a Welsh industrialist and philanthropist, to make astronomy accessible to the public. He even donated funds to build an observatory in his will, which eventually resulted in the building of this renowned observatory.
 

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