Sightseeings of USA
ATTRACTIONS Among the natural attractions of the United States, the Great Canyon of the Colorado River in the Midwest of the country and numerous national parks stand out. One of the most famous is Yellowstone with a valley of geysers and a large number of rare animals.
Cordillera houses numerous national parks and conservation areas open to tourists. Acquaintance with them makes it possible to present all the diversity of nature of the U.S. Mountain West. Sequoia National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, White Sands, Petrifide Forest National Park (Stone Forest), Badlands National Park (“bad lands”), Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, Everglades National Park.
Also known are beaches and places of entertainment in Florida and California, Great Lakes, Niagara Falls. The largest lakes in the country are the Great Lakes (total area – 245.2 thousand square meters), which are the world’s largest accumulation of fresh water: Upper, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario. More than half of the Great Lakes area belongs to the United States, the rest to Canada.
The largest US river, the basin of which occupies 40% of the entire territory of the country, is the Mississippi (length 3950 km.) With tributaries.
The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of America, is located on Ellis Island, where there used to be an immigration checkpoint through which more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States at the beginning of the century. The statue can be reached by ferry from southern Manhattan.
Manhattan is an island that was once bought from the Manna Hatta Indians for $ 24, and is now so densely built up with skyscrapers that the sky can be seen only with its head up. Along the entire island runs the famous Broadway center of banks, shops, theaters.
Broadway shows – world famous “Cats”, “Les Miserables”, “Miss Saigon”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Titanic” can only be seen in New York, in theaters located in the “theater” area of Broadway (between Sorokova and Fiftieth Streets).
Downtown is the business district of New York. Here are Wall Street – the personification of the financial power of America, the World Trade Center (twin skyscrapers), major banks and the famous New York Stock Exchange. Chinatown is Chinatown with many shops, shops and restaurants. A place of cheap shopping, and the goods are by no means only Chinese. Greenwich Village and Soho are quarters of art galleries, cozy cafes, jazz clubs, shops with decorations, books, CDs, souvenirs, etc. There is a vibrant nightlife, many jazz clubs only open at 10-11 pm, and the culmination of those action – at 2-3 a.m.
The Lincoln Center is New York’s largest cultural center, which includes the Metropolitan Opera, the Avery Fisher Hall, and several theaters and concert halls.
Rockefeller Center – a complex located between Fifth and Sixth Avenue and the skyscraper RCA (Radio Corporation of America), where there are many television and radio studios, offices and shops. In winter, huge Christmas trees are lit here, illuminated by a multitude of light bulbs, and the most popular ice rink in New York is open. The Empire State Building is the 102-story and most popular Manhattan skyscraper with two viewing platforms. The Guinness Museum of Records is located on the underground floor.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery in the United States with a rich collection of European and American paintings, as well as a huge exposition of cultural monuments from the Ancient East, the ancient world and the USA. Fifth Avenue is New York’s most fashionable street, with the most luxurious shops, famous restaurants and hotels, and many other attractions.
The Capitol is a symbol of American statehood, one of the most visited buildings in the United States. Any city tour always includes a visit to the guest galleries of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The White House is the residence of the President of the United States with the famous lawn in front of it, where tourists are usually photographed. US presidential memorials are located on National Mall – a spacious boulevard stretching from the Capitol. Here are the 169-meter Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The National Gallery of Art is an art gallery whose collection stands out even among the high-class collections of other American museums.
The Cosmonautics Museum is a wonderful collection of aircraft, spaceships and documents on the history of aeronautics and astronautics. Arlington Cemetery is a modest but famous resting place for more than 175,000 Americans, including John and Robert Kennedy. Georgetown is a suburb of Washington, where prominent political and public figures lived and live in their mansions: John F. Kennedy. Henry Kissinger, J.F. Dulles, Madeleine Albright et al.
Sears Tower is the world’s tallest skyscraper (110 floors, height 443 m), from the observation deck of which the best view of the city opens. The John Hancock Observatory is an observation deck on the 94th floor.