It’s a Caribbean Island you can drive to. The Overseas Highway that leads to Key West is one of the most scenic highways in the world. Possibly the most unique city in the United States, Key West boasts good weather year round. The island is only three miles wide and six miles long, but it’s jam packed with activity. Walking tours include a pirate museum, Ernest Hemingway’s home, White House South where several U.S. Presidents have vacationed, a charming shopping district, and many other attractions. There are beautiful beaches for those who want to lounge around and multiple day trips for snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. There’s no shortage of great restaurants or tropical drinks.
This is one of the least expensive cities to visit because admission is free to all government exhibits. The attractions, museums and zoos were built with taxpayer’s money, so charging admission would be double charging American citizens. No sales tax on souvenirs either. Did anybody catch the flub in National Treasure when Nicolas Cage asks Diane Kruger to reimburse him for the cost of his souvenir plus tax? Watch money being made at the U.S. Mint. Visit the White House. The Smithsonian Institution is a collection of nineteen museums that occupy several buildings, which display incredible art and artifacts from around the globe. Their marquee displays include the Air & Space Museum, an enormous collection of dinosaur fossils, and the big blue Hope Diamond. Don’t forget the National Mall, which is home to the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and the Washington Monument.
New York City
The city that never sleeps boasts Broadway shows galore, bustling Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and much more. Some of the finest restaurants, museums, and zoos are to be found in New York. Top of the Rock Observation Deck is said to have better skyline views than the Empire State Building. Central Park is as beautiful as it is large. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is gigantic and its collection rivals that of The Louvre. Also near Broadway and Times Square is The View, New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant. The view is amazing and so is the food.
The entire world watches movies made in Hollywood. Tour a movie studio. Be part of a live TV audience. Most sitcoms, game shows and late night talk shows offer free tickets. Additionally, the surrounding Los Angeles area is home to several unique destinations. Visit Disneyland, the original theme park. Thrill rides more your speed? Check out Six Flags Magic Mountain in the beautiful San Fernando Valley. Horseback riding is a popular activity that presents riders with majestic scenic views. The boardwalks at Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier, which has a permanent fair, are never lacking activity.
There’s much more to Vegas than blackjack and booze, they have roller coasters too! Adventuredome is an indoor, air-conditioned theme park located less than three miles off the strip. Nowadays the many spectacular shows, fine dining, thrill rides, and gigantic underground shopping centers all vie for your attention. Cirque de Solei has become a staple on the strip and understandably so; they are the world’s premier acrobatic circus troop. A-list performances never end in Vegas. David Copperfield, Criss Angel, Shania Twain, Fleetwood Mac, Carrie Underwood… they all perform in Vegas at one time or another. Day trip? The Hoover Dam is less than one hour by car and the Grand Canyon is less than two.