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11. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y

I grew up in California, and hated it so much that I left, but I still would have to vote for Sequoia NP, Yosemite NP, and San Francisco.

12. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

I think one of the things that Europeans and other foreigners appreciate more is nature here in the US. We got nothing on their amazing old cities...then again there is always New York City, you cant go wrong with that, you must visit it at least once.

If I had to pick a place to visit, it would be the Grand Canyon, white water rafting, hiking, canoeing, camping, etc. TOTAL nature! :)

I couldn't agree with you more, Anne ;) What I really loved when travellling in the U.S. was the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the countryside in Oregon. Las Vegas was fun, but not very special to me.
New York City and San Francisco are awesome cities, on the other hand I was almost a bit disappointed about L.A.! Coudn't care less about Hollywood and fancy houses in Bel Air...

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I'd agree with that too. I loved Northern California, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Vermont.

Although, speaking of cities, I loved San Fran and Boston too. Okay so they dont have that distinctly "old" feel that most European cities do, but they still stand out in my mind.

I had an ill-conceived idea of what America was going to be like before I went there. It surprised me and I will definitely be going back - havent seen the Grand Canyon yet!

14. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Thanks for all the responses to my question. It's fascinating to get all the different viewpoints from people around the world.

I have to say--I don't think I would ever spend more than 3 days straight in Las Vegas myself--but that doesn't mean I don't find it remarkable in its own way.

Enjoy.

15. Posted by solveig (Full Member 53 posts) 11y

My list would be something like this:

Yellowstone Nat. Park, WY (animals,amazing nature and geysers)
Yosemity Nat. Park , CA
Grand Canyon, AZ

and my comments: Obviously I'm a nature lover! My favourite city
would be San Fransisco and Seattle. I tend to agree with jzurdogo
regarding Las Vegas. Personally the city mad me very sad, seeing old
people spending there 'empty' lifes in front of the one-armed machines.

P.S. I wonder why nobody voted for Yellowstone before.

cheers, Sol

16. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y

The Moab, Utah area is fantastic. Everybody always goes on about the Grand Canyon. I went there when I was a kid, and yep, it's a big canyon. For my money, or lack thereof, I'd head to Moab and check out Arches, Zion & Canyonlands National Parks. Bryce Canyon is also super cool. The whole area is stunning and frankly one of the most amazing places I believe you can see in the States. But then again, it's only about 4-6 hours away from me, so that makes it easier. Read some Edward Abbey to get a feel for it. Monkey Wrench Gang. . . quality stuff!

17. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Now THIS I would like to see....:)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050826/ap_on_re_us/brf_canyon_tourism_3;_ylt=AmP9grFttr4.Y6pFDGWAhpJsaMYA;_ylu=X3oDMTA5bGVna3NhBHNlYwNzc3JlbA--

18. Posted by moonschein (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

How did Alaska miss out?
Here in Juneau, you can stand on a glacier, next to a rainforest, and watch Humpbacks and Orcas breaching in the ocean!

A must see.

19. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 11y

I agree with the poster who said that U.S. cities, for the most part, cannot begin to rival the culture and history that you can get in European cities. But there are a few U.S. cities that certainly have their fair share of culture. New Orleans is definitely a must-see city. I was fortunate enough to go one week before the hurricane hit. I'm going to school about an hour away from N.O so unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to go back again anytime soon New York city is also a place you have to make it a point to see. Other than that, Chicago is great in the summer, Louisville is very cool during Derby weekend, festivals all throughout Wisconsin in the summer are certainly interesting, Washington DC is pretty cool, I like Baltimore down by the inner harbor in the summer, and I guess that about does it for me. Can't think of anything else right now, but I'm sure I'm forgetting some. Ah, let me just say that I haven't been further west than Denver, Colo. so I've missed out on Vegas, the Grand Canyon, California, etc. I'll get there, though ;)

20. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Vegas may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely worth a visit, because it IS unique. You won't find another place on earth remotely resembling it! I didn't think that I'd enjoy Vegas and was only going to spend the night there before going hiking in Utah. But I ended up loving Vegas so much that I never made it to Utah! And I don't even gamble! I did play the slot machine a couple of time in Vegas just to say that I've "gambled" in Vegas, lost about $2 in total (that's $2US! Not the wimpy Canadian $).