The most inspiring wonders of America. Below is a list of America’s top 10 wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Niagara Falls, and Carlsbad Caverns. These are some of the best tourist attractions in the USA.
10. Times Square at Night
Although Times Square in New York City is common during the day, it becomes a dazzling universe of flashing neon and huge billboards at night. Yes, Times Square is flashy, not aesthetic, but it’s a spectacular and unique sight that everyone should experience at least once.
9. Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, or simply Disney World, is an entertainment complex that opened on October 1, 1971 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. More than 52.5 million annual visitors make Walt Disney World the world’s most popular entertainment destination. It covers 25,000 acres (10,117 ha; 39 square miles), home to 24 theme resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, and various recreational and entertainment venues. Their energy and fun spirit appeal to children of all ages, from 3 to 99 years old.
8. Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian in Washington, DC is the largest and one of the best museum complexes in the world. It has 19 major museums, a national zoo and several research centers. It was created in 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge”. The institution’s thirty million annual visitors are admitted free of charge; The funding comes from the institution’s own donations, private and corporate contributions, membership fees, government support and retail revenues, concession and licensing.
7. Yosemite National Park
One of the largest and least fragmented blocks of habitat in the Sierra Nevada, the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. Established on October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2). More than 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend their time in the 18 km2 Yosemite Valley. The valley is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clean streams, giant redwood groves and biological diversity. The Yosemite Valley has been inhabited for almost 3000 years. The Paiute and Sierra Miwok people lived in the area long before the first explorations of American settlers in the region. A band of Paiute named Ahwahneechee was living in the Yosemite Valley when the first known group of Europeans entered it.
6. Niagara Falls
It is one of the most powerful falls on earth. Although Niagara Falls are smaller and less impressive than Iguazu Falls in South America and Victoria Falls in Africa, they are inspiring in themselves. Niagara Falls is the collective name of three waterfalls that cross the international border between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. With the highest flow of any waterfall in the world, Niagara Falls are known for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydropower.
5. New York Skyline
New York City has the most recognized skyline in the world. Their buildings fly upwards, as if they were sprouting. This occurs in two clusters of Manhattan, downtown and downtown, with a “valley” of low rise buildings in the middle. Midtown Manhattan, the world’s largest central business district, houses notable buildings such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Citigroup Center, and the Rockefeller Center. Lower Manhattan comprises the third largest central business district in the United States. Lower Manhattan was characterized by the omnipresence of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, from their completion in 1973 to their destruction in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
4. Yellowstone National Park
It is the first officially designated national park on our planet. Yellowstone, widely known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful Geyser, one of the park’s most popular features. Located primarily in the state of Wyoming, it also extends to Montana and Idaho. It was created in 1872.
Yellowstone National Park covers an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America. And it’s centered on the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years. The region was bypassed during the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 19th century.
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City. It is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world with the most significant art collections. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works, divided into seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, located on the east end of Central Park, along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, is by area one of the largest art galleries in the world. The Met Art Museum was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens.
2. Carlsbad Caverns
In the northern regions of the Chihuahuan Desert, beneath the Guadalupe Mountains, lies one of the deepest, largest and most ornate caves ever found. The Carlsbad Cavern, called Carlsbad Caverns National Park, located in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. Includes a large cave chamber; The Big Room, a natural limestone chamber almost 1,220 m long, 191 m wide and 78 m high at its highest point. It is the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world.
Water shaped this underworld four to six million years ago. About 250 million years ago, the region was under the inland arm of an ancient sea. Near the coast grew a limestone reef. When the sea receded, the reef was hundreds of meters high, then buried under thousands of feet of soil. About 15 to 20 million years ago, the ground was raised. Naturally occurring sulfuric acid seeped into the cracks in limestone, gradually increasing to form a chamber honeycomb. Millions of years passed before the decoration of the cave began. Then, drop by drop, the limestone-laden dampness built an extraordinary variety of brilliant formations – about six stories high; others tiny and delicate. (travel.nationalgeographic.com).
1. Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a steep canyon carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona. It is among the largest geological shows on earth and the most spectacular gorge in the world. At its extremes, the Grand Canyon is 446 kilometers (277 miles) long, up to 29 kilometers (18 miles) wide from edge to edge and more than 1,600 meters (one mile) deep. Its horizontal strata date back to the geological history of the last 2 billion years.
There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment. For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a sacred place and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have seen the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas, from Spain. Who arrived in 1540.