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The Best Beach Destinations in USA, America

By Molly Feltner

The United States contains some of the most beautiful tourist places, travel destinations and diverse beaches in the world, and experiences can range from quirky amusements and raucous parties to formidable volcanoes and desolate acres of sand and shoreline, depending on where you travel. Whatever your tastes, we've gathered some of the most well-reviewed and widely adored beach destinations in the United States.

Anna Maria Island, Florida
The hidden beach destination Floridians escape to, Anna Maria Island has somehow managed to keep condo towers, all-fast-food chains, amusement parks, and glitzy mega-resorts off its shores. In fact, no construction on the this seven-mile long barrier island on Florida's Gulf Coast is more than three stories tall, Subway is the only franchise, and 60% of its land is open beach. And, it's affordable, especially in the summer. You can rent vacation homes with water views and pools for well under $1,000 per week and get seafood entrees at beachfront restaurants for under $15.

"My trip to Anna Maria made me feel in a nostalgic sense what beach vacations must have been like 20 or 30 years ago," says Tim Leffel, author of Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune, who visited the island with his family in 2006. "It has something other destinations have lost. It's an old-fashioned place where you can just relax and hang out on the beach with your kids, without arcades and other distractions."

While doing nothing is the island's prime pastime, there are plenty of options when you want something to do. You can snorkel, kayak, or fish in the Gulf's clear waters, or explore the island's three small communities, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and the town of Anna Maria. A free trolley runs up and down the length of the island, making it easy to check out the island's boutique shops or restaurants. For dining, you can try affordable local favorites such as the Cafe on the Beach, which is known for its all-you-can-eat pancakes for $4.25, and Star Fish Company, whose dockside restaurant serves the local catch with sides from $7 to $15 per meal.

Where to stay: Most accommodations on Anna Maria are vacation rentals or small condo resorts. Vacation Rentals by Owner has pages of Anna Maria Island rentals, some priced as low as $500 per week. A number of rental brokers can also set you up with a vacation house. If you'd prefer to stay at a condo resort, two of the most well-know properties are the Tradewinds Resort and Tortuga Inn Beach Resort, which are both managed by the same company. Nightly rates start $110 and $115, respectively.

Getting there: A pair of bridges connects the island to the mainland. Anna Maria is about an hour's drive from the Tampa airport and 45 minutes from St. Petersburg. To check prices from your city, use SmarterTravel.com's price-comparison tool.

Online resources: Learn more by browsing the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce website and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website, which also covers nearby Longboat Key and the greater Bradenton area on the mainland.


Alaska -The Land of Adventure and Must Visit Tourist Place for Cruise in USA

Alaska is a best tourist attraction and travel destination in US. Alaska is a land of superlatives and adventure. The Great Land consists of five distinct regions: Inside Passage, Southcentral, Interior, Far North and Southwest.   An Alaskan Cruise Makes For An Unparalleled Travel Experience Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, the nature of the trip usually determines how long the trip will last. For those planning a vacation, a great choice for something new and different is an Alaskan cruise.You can fly up to Alaska and make side trips from the major airports, but you will find a cruise vacation to Alaska to be must more relaxing and enjoyable. 

Alaska has a broad range of cities, towns and communities that all have unique activities, cultures and attractions. Alaska's landscape has an astounding number of parks and public lands that offer outdoor adventures at every turn.

How To Reach
You can start from San Francisco or Los Angeles and make port calls in such places as Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park and Ketchikan.The cruise ships have plenty of on-board activities so you can work out in the gym, cool off in the spa, dance, play the casino games, watch movies or live shows, drinking and eating are also favorite activities. You can also spend your time watching for such wildlife as humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions.You can select from a wonderful array of international dishes including vegetarian, diabetic and low calorie foods.Once you’re reached Alaska, you can choose to stay at some of the luxury hotels while touring other locations where you can try dog sledding, hiking or climbing.

The large Alaskan cruise ships will have a passenger list of more than 2000 passengers. Room rates cost from $750 to over $3000 for the shortest trip of about 7 days. You may be able to get discounts for special events such as a wedding, birthday party or other celebration.If you don’t want to travel with so many people, try traveling on one of the smaller vessels which typically carry 120 passengers each trip.It is recommended that you make your reservations well ahead of time especially if you want to travel during the peak season from May to September. Your cruise will depart from either San Francisco or Los Angeles. Contact your travel agent to arrange not only for transfers from an airline to the ship, but for side trips and an interesting itinerary once you arrive in Alaska.The time spent on the ship and the time spent on side trips can be structured in such a way as to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone in the party. 
Just be sure you allow for extra time in your schedule so that you can try other experiences on your vacation. You won’t regret taking a few extra hours here and there to fully explore your Alaskan vacation.An Alaskan cruise will provide you with the opportunity to view scenery of breathtaking beauty, and to see wildlife, and glaciers that you won’t see elsewhere. There are many activities which will please all members of your family both on the cruise ship itself and on the many side trips you can schedule.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are curtains of colored light in the upper atmosphere, caused by magnetic disturbances from the sun collide with atoms there.

The Northern Lights can be seen to some extent anywhere above 60 degrees north latitude. At 65 degrees, Fairbanks is within the so-called "aurora oval," the area where Northern Lights occur most often and are brightest. In fact, the Fairbanks Visitors Bureau says you have an 80 percent chance of seeing them if you stay there for three nights. 

Denali, at 63 degrees north, is also a good spot to view the Northern Lights. Other Alaska places are far enough north for good for viewing, but are hard to get to and offer fewer accommodations. The next-best options are Nome (64 degrees) and Anchorage (61 degrees). However, the Northern Lights can sometimes be seen as far south as Juneau or Sitka.


When the Northern Lights visible
By the time you get far enough north to see the Northern Lights more reliably, you've entered the area of perpetual twilight from late April through September. Seasonal cloudiness is also worst in August.

What's the best time to see the Northern Lights? September 22 or March 22, on a new moon night, very late at night or early in the morning, a "perfect storm" that may not occur very often nor match your travel plans. These characteristics may help you decide when to make your trip to see the Northern Lights. They are:

  • Most frequent around the spring and fall equinoxes (September 22 and March 22).
  • Most active late at night or early in the morning.
  • Most intense from December to March when nights are longer, the sky clearer and darker. This is also the coldest part of the year, reaching as low as -40 F. 
  • Brighter during the new moon.

Top 10 Best and Must Visit Tourist Places in USA

United States of America is a huge country and there is lot of travel destinations attracting the most of the travelers. Here are some of the favourite tourist places that should be on your traveling list of 2012: 
US Virgin Islands 
In a year when travelers are apt to still be watching their wallets, this is our #1 choice for an American tropical getaway. It’s eternally 80 degrees, rimmed with white-sand beaches on turquoise water, and, yes, it’s a US territory. Each of the US Virgin Islands has their own identity: if you want a break from resorts, St John is nearly two-thirds a lush national park with tent cabins amid trees and hikes to secluded beaches – this sadly may be the last year for the Maho Bay Camps, a long-standing eco-resort which is the place to stay if you’re watching your budget; or try the St John Inn which offers great-value rooms with kitchenettes. For more action, the previously inaccessible Hassel Island, now part of Virgin Islands National Park (St Thomas), can be explored by snorkel or kayak. And word is that the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery on St. Croix will open its new visitor center in spring 2012.
Hudson River Valley, New York 
It should be a given that any visitor to New York City breaks for a day or two ‘upstate’ in the Hudson River Valley, a slice of rural Americana just north. It’s a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options that draw even spoiled-for-choice Manhattanites away from the city. A favorite spot to stay is straight out of a B-52s video. No surprise. It’s former ‘52 singer Kate Pierson’s Lazy Meadow, a renovated ‘50s cabin complex near Woodstock designed by the same pals who did up the ‘Love Shack’ for the video.


Cincinnati, Ohio
Seen Cincy lately? The pretty city on the Ohio River – off the main cross-country interstates – gets bypassed by many road trippers, but it’s quietly transformed itself in the last decade into a worthy weekend getaway. Life centers around the river – much which can be seen by foot: river walkways are best on the Kentucky side, reached via a couple bridges including John Roebling’s Suspension Bridge (a prequel to his famous Brooklyn Bridge). Narrow, twisting (and steep) brick roads of the Mt Adams district lead past 19th-century Victorian townhouses and the free Cincinnati Art Museum, while the once-dangerous, emerging Over-the-Rhine, just north of downtown, is home to the Findlay Market and a sprawling collection of historic Italianate architecture. Best, though, is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, open since 2004, on the banks of the river where many slaves escaped to freedom in the 19th century. 


Four Corners Region, Southwest USA
The most popular attractions of the four states sharing a border in the southwest – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah – typically cluster away from the four corners, but this underappreciated region is a geologic, archeological wonderland. Even with a 100-mile radius, you can see the sandstone towers of Arizona’s Monument Valley, Hollywood stars in their own right, seen on a 17-mile loop or by Navajo-led walks – pop into one of Utah’s national parks, see Colorado’s Mesa Verde’s abandoned cliff dwellings on self-guided walks, then straddle all four states at once.


Culebra, Puerto Rico
Looking for a beach? Don’t forget Puerto Rico, just a short hop from the US mainland. The island is rimmed with great beaches, but the best – and still a secret to most visitors – is the world-class Playa Flamenco, on wee, offbeat, laid-back island of Culebra, 17 miles off Puerto Rico’s mainland. Reached by ferry or flight, Culebra is great for beach-hopping, snorkeling or hikes in a wildlife refuge. You can find beachside apartments for $150/night, including Villa Flamenco Beach, while the personable, cheaper Palmetto Guesthouse offers free water-sports gear.


Best Tourist Attractions in California, USA

California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state. California is having a very exciting vacation destinations with incredible attractions. You'll enjoy a wide array of hotel accommodations conveniently located near California's most scenic highways and byways. Here are the some of the Tourist attractions of the California....





Hollywood
An exciting neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Hollywood is the Most attractive place for movie studios and stars. A vibrant destination for nightlife, shopping and tourism, Hollywood is home of exciting attractions and landmarks, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios Hollywood, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theater and the symbolic Hollywood sign in the hills.





Disneyland
One of the most enchanting destinations in the world, Disneyland Park features hundreds of attractions, rides, shops, and restaurants filled with magic and entertainment. Here we can enjoy most exciting rides like Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Matterhorn, and Magic Kingdom and Epcot. California Adventure near Disneyland offers family attractions and shows celebrating California's rich culture.



Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in the world and one of the most famous landmarks of California. It is Connecting San Francisco and Marin County. It is a 4200-foot length bridge, below the radiant orange towers, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the entire Bay Area.


Best Tourist Attractions in CA

Top Tourist Attractions in New York City

New York City has become one of the best family tourist destination around the world and  there are plenty of travel destinations and fun family attractions in New York, including famous NY museums that are entertaining and interactive for the entire family. 
Empire State Building
Ever since it was built, the Empire State Building has captured the attention of young and old alike: every year, millions of tourists flock to the Empire State Building to get a glimpse from its 86th and 102nd floor observatories. When the Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world - standing at 1,250 feet tall. This building not only became an icon of New York City, 

Statue of Liberty
The people of France gave the Statue to the people of the United States over one hundred years ago in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty's symbolism has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship. 

Grand Central Terminal
Completely restored back to it's 1913 splendor, Grand Central has become a midtown destination for five exquisite restaurants and cocktail lounges, 20 casual international eateries in the lower level Dining Concourse, gourmet foods from the Grand Central Market and the 50 unique specialty shops throughout the concourses, all in to addition to transportation.