There’s always an adventure to be had in the U.S. With over 3.5 million square miles of land and 181,274 square miles of water to explore, travelers will never tire of the sights to see and beauty to behold. Each of our 50 states is unique and possesses individual charm, culture, and attractions. Here are 16 reasons why traveling through America is simply the greatest trip ever:
1. Travel across America is accessible from most areas and affordable by planes...
There are more than 5,100 public airports in the U.S. currently, meaning there are lots of options when it comes to air travel.
Whether it's by Amtrak or by cable cars, trollies, or local train excursions, trains are an easy way to get around. The San Francisco Cable Car system, the world's last permanently operation manually-operated cable car system, was launched in 1873 as an alternative means to horse-drawn trams to traverse the city's steep hills.
The nation's highway system provides endless roadtripping opportunities.
2. Our landscapes are as varied and diverse as our citizens.
Alpental, Washington beckons skiers seeking an adventuresome challenge.
Monument Valley, Arizona, is truly a majestic sight to behold.
Our gorgeous beaches, like this one at the U.S.-Mexican border in San Diego, can provide views of a lifetime.
3. Visitors feel welcome exploring our large cities....
The Empire State Building in New York City claims center stage during this impressive nightscape view.
...as well as small-town America.
The town of Haines is laid back, friendly, and home to around 1,700 Alaskans.
4. You'll never tire of our beautiful sunrises...
Death Valley radiates with a new day.
...or spectacular sunsets.
This vibrant sky was taken at Adventureland USA at Altoona, Iowa.
5. Dining out is always a culinary delight, and selections come as varied as Texas-sized steaks...
This generous cut of beef is legendary.
Shown are Tacos De Chorizo and Barbacoa, true street taco favorites.
...and fresh catches of the day.
Coastal towns all around America really know how to serve up some amazing seafood delicacies.
6. Restaurants are varied across the US as well.
Five-Sixty in Dallas provides diners with a revolving view of this Texas cityscape.
Outdoor bar areas are American favorites.
Food trucks, like this one in Washington, provide delicious and inexpensive food on the go.
7. Exhilarating activities abound.
How about a winter balloon ride in Boulder, Colorado?
Hiking, biking, and all sorts of outdoor exercise and fun are found throughout most cities throughout the U.S.
Of course, it's hard to beat wind surfing on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
8. America LOVES its festivals and celebrations.
This Festival of Colors in Utah continues to grow in attendance every spring.
9. The U.S. has exquisite architecture.
Boston City Hall is known for its beautiful design.
10. Truly divine churches across the nation invite and encourage inspiration.
First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston is considered one of the nation's most beautiful churches.
11. You can lose yourself in the beautiful countryside found here.
Sunset casts warm light on the red sandstone of Capitol Reef, reflecting on the farm in the valley.
Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park, is where you can become one with nature.
You won't be able to get the views of Antelope Canyon in Arizona out of your mind.
12. America has a rich history and stunning memorials to remind you of past events and great sacrifices.
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, is an emotional and unforgettable memorial.
13. There is no shortage of wildlife and animals to observe.
When's the last time you set your sights on a Texas longhorn?
14. Water connects the lands.
This historic lighthouse was constructed in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition and moved to its present site on Lake Michigan in 1919.
These beautiful waterfalls are found at Pinson, Alabama.
Laguna Beach provides a serene view of Southern California.
15. Art is everywhere and takes many shapes and forms.
Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park in Chicago.
The "Eye" sculpture is a popular piece located in downtown Dallas, Texas.
16. Each season is more spectacular than the last.
This glorious photo showcases Winter in Vermont.
Tulips at Washington Park in Albany, N.Y., declare Spring is in the air.
Glorious sunflowers epitomize the long, leisurely days of summer, as shown on this farmland in Colorado.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, captures the magnificence of a serene autumn day.
What has been your favorite travel experience in America, and why would you recommend it for others? What parts of the U.S. or even specific destinations would you declare “not to be missed” spots, and why? We’d love for you to share your comments and any memorable photos.