Top 10 US Vacation Spots

Top 10 US Vacation Spots #1:

Every US citizen should visit the Grand Canyon once in their life time. There are really no words to fully describe it but I’ll try. How about Awesome, Stupendous, Breathtaking, Stunning, or maybe just plain GRAND. You’ve seen photos and paintings but nothing beats “line of sight” being there. A little advice here: you really need help, so sign up for a tour or a lecture by one of the Park Rangers.

My wife & I stayed overnight in Williams, Arizona and took the train north to the park entrance and visited various locations along the perimeter. Our train ride was interrupted by a few outlaws who stopped the train and robbed the passengers. (Don’t worry, this was all part of the entertainment package.)

I sure hope that train is still running as that day was the highlight of our Western trip. There are probably a dozen ways to see the canyon.

A helicopter ride will allow you to see more than your mind can comprehend and a mule ride down the narrow paths to the very bottom will get you a badge from your local Boy Scout Troop.

Top 10 US Vacation Spots #2:

My wife and I had heard so much about Las Vegas, Nevada that we decided to stop there on a Western vacation. We had been told that you can come home from Vegas richer than when you arrived. Now our trip was a couple of years ago but the psychological engine that runs the town doesn’t change a bit from year to year.

We found the architecture of the casino hotels to be fascinatingly beautiful. Several of them had attractive outside action displays on the street side to entice us inside. Weariness, however, caught up with us after visiting several of the hotels, but to our dismay the only seats available were in the casino. I think you can figure out the reason for that. Not being gamblers we were curious as to what emotions the gambler experienced as they played the various betting games. So we each took a $20 bill and exchanged it for slot machine chips.

My wife & I stayed overnight in Williams, Arizona and took the train north to the park entrance and visited various locations along the perimeter. Our train ride was interrupted by a few outlaws who stopped the train and robbed the passengers. (Don’t worry, this was all part of the entertainment package.)

I sure hope that train is still running as that day was the highlight of our Western trip. There are probably a dozen ways to see the canyon.

A helicopter ride will allow you to see more than your mind can comprehend and a mule ride down the narrow paths to the very bottom will get you a badge from your local Boy Scout Troop.

Top 10 US Vacation Spots #2:

My wife and I had heard so much about Las Vegas, Nevada that we decided to stop there on a Western vacation. We had been told that you can come home from Vegas richer than when you arrived. Now our trip was a couple of years ago but the psychological engine that runs the town doesn’t change a bit from year to year.

We found the architecture of the casino hotels to be fascinatingly beautiful. Several of them had attractive outside action displays on the street side to entice us inside. Weariness, however, caught up with us after visiting several of the hotels, but to our dismay the only seats available were in the casino. I think you can figure out the reason for that. Not being gamblers we were curious as to what emotions the gambler experienced as they played the various betting games. So we each took a $20 bill and exchanged it for slot machine chips.

We each found a slot and began to experience the emotional highs and lows of what gambling is all about. My $20 lasted 35 minutes and my wife’s lasted over and hour. I think that tells you something about our personalities but it was a insightful lesson to learn. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our Las Vegas visit and we came home richer by experience than when we left.

Top 10 US Vacation Spots #3:

By Erin from Outer Banks of NC - My favorite vacation was when our family went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina two years ago. We rented a huge cottage right on the beach. About 20 extended family members came from all over the country to stay at the cottage for a week. The cottage was fabulous.

Everyone (or every "immediate" family) had their own bedroom and bathroom. The cottage featured a huge common room, a billiard room, a pool, and a hot tub.

As it was right on the beach, there were plenty of things to do! Not only did I love waking up every morning to the beautiful sun rising on the beach, I also loved spending time with family that I rarely see. We would spend time on the beach or visit the Outer Banks’ other attractions during the day, and at night we would all gather to play board games or billiards. It was also really nice to swim or play badminton or bocce on the beach and then go soak in the hot tub. It was one of the most relaxing weeks of my life.

Top 10 US Vacation Spots #4:

Orlando, Florida and its immediate environs has one of the largest concentrations of first class entertainment locations in the world. Most vacationers are well familiar with the choices available but it seems like a good idea to review the list.

Without question, Walt Disney World tops the list. Starting with the Magic Kingdom Park, they have now added an additional ten major theme parks in the Orlando area. All of these split-offs have the Disney Magic and any one of them would be a major entertainment center in any other town. Second to the Disney group is Universal with two theme divisions - Universal Studio’s and Islands of Adventure. Sea World rounds out the top three sites in Orlando.

Filling out the rest of the Orlando entertainment bill are many choices. The list is long and it includes Disney’s Epcot and Animal Kingdom plus Sea World’s Discovery Cove. Also worth looking into are JungleLand Zoo, Holy Land Experience, Hot Air Balloon Flights, International Trolley and Train Museum, Gatorland and Arabian Nights.

Top 10 US Vacation Spots #5:

New York City, Manhattan, just has to be included in the top 10 US vacation spots because your vacation could include theater, museums, scenic views, ice skating, zoo animals and just about anything else that that you desire. The first activity to start off your NYC vacation could be to take the Circle Line Boat ride that travels completely around Manhattan Island. Bring a map and you will get a thorough visual picture of the city that will keep you orientated for the length of your stay.

The second activity should be a visit to the top of the Empire State Building to view the fabulous NYC skyline. This will further solidify the topography of the city. The third activity should be a stroll up Broadway to the Theater District and on the way stop at the Discount Show Ticket Booth in Times Square.

The next activity we recommend is a subway ride down to the Battery Park and take the ferry over to visit the Statue of Liberty followed by a Shuttle Bus Tour of the City. Now you’re ready to look into some of the other opportunities such as South Street Seaport, Central Park with its Zoo, Carousel and the Marionette Theater, the American Museum of Natural History and many others.

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