Absolutely London rounds up the top three U.S. states to visit (when it’s safe). Don’t forget to apply for an ESTA before you travel!
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From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the breathtaking Everglades National park, the United States has so much to explore. Here are our top picks of the states that are truly unmissable, and what you can see while there.
Got your ESTA? Here are the three states you have to visit
There’s something for everyone in California; warm weather, serene nature, fascinating history and endless adventure await you in the Golden State. Your California bucket list will include everything from celeb-spotting in Los Angeles to visiting some of the world’s most breathtaking nature reserves.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is iconic; its tremendous size and red-orange colour make for a picturesque scene overlooking the city of San Francisco. Whether you walk it, cycle it, drive across it or simply photograph it, there is a reason the Golden Gate Bridge is a world-renowned landmark.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is a National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, and is best known for its towering waterfalls. However, with nearly 1,200 square miles to explore you can also find deep valleys, marvellous meadows and untouched wilderness.
With trails ranging from easy to difficult, hiking the Hollywood sign is undoubtedly worth the panoramic views and the unbeatable photo opportunities. Hike through Griffith Park and you’ll find the Griffith Observatory, a public observatory offering exhibits, telescopes, and the best views of the Los Angeles skyline.
New York City is at the centre of art, fashion, food and theatre, and is undoubtedly a place every keen traveller should seek to visit. Be it a weekend stop or a two-week holiday, choosing what to see and do can be challenging as there is so much to offer.
This 843-acre thoughtfully designed outdoor space provides a welcome break from the bustling city that surrounds it. Central Park offers historical sculptures, 58 miles of hiking trails, outdoor concerts and movies and fascinating guided tours.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is considered one of the most recognisable symbols of America, and indeed of freedom and democracy. Take the ferry and enjoy the incredible views of the NYC skyline as you head to Liberty Island before exploring the significance of the 151 foot tall sculpture.
Empire State Building
The main reason to visit is the 86th floor observatory, the highest observation deck in New York City. The deck surrounds the width of the building, allowing for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the skyline and all of the main landmarks of the city.
In search of tropical weather, entertainment and excitement? The Sunshine State offers theme parks, white sand beaches, art and nature, making Florida one of the world’s most visited travel destinations.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is the ultimate family holiday destination; the park sparks an overall feeling of magic and wonder, and its attractions can be enjoyed by anyone. From boat rides to surf lessons, the entertainment is limitless.
Everglades National Park
Offering the largest subtropical wilderness in the country, Everglades National Park is the place to be for wildlife spotting; you have a good chance of seeing alligators during your visit, as well as white-tail deer, turtles and dolphins. You can also hire a canoe or kayak to explore overgrown tunnels.
Art Deco Historic District
Miami South Beach Art Deco architecture is world famous, featuring over 800 historic buildings all within one square mile. Shop on Lincoln Road, Walk the Pier at South Pointe Park, and eat or stay at the Former Versace Mansion.
ESTA for the United States of America
If you’re headed to the USA, don’t forget to apply for an ESTA. An ESTA is a mandatory travel authorisation to travel to the USA without a visa, and is always a requirement when booking a holiday to the USA. Submitting an online ESTA application is easy, and does not take more than 5 minutes.
An ESTA is an electronic travel authorisation for the USA, which is used as a safety measure implemented by US Customs and Border Protection. Should you meet the ESTA requirements, your ESTA is valid for two years, in which you are allowed to make an unlimited number of trips to the USA.
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