Things to do in USA

You’ll never run out of things to do in the USA, and with a good Stirling to US dollar rate at the moment, it’s an affordable option for a great family holiday. From celebrity spotting in LA to selfies by the Golden Gate Bridge, the US is amazing for an action-packed holiday. One visit isn’t enough to see everything this vast continent has to offer. So, there’s a good chance you’ll need several trips to take it all in. If you’ve never been ‘Stateside’ before, it’s time to discover the American dream for yourself. Book your flights, swap some sterling for US dollars, and experience some of the best things America has to offer.

Top Things to Do

The Empire State Building is an absolute must. Arguably the most famous observation deck in the world, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view of New York City from the top of this Art Deco icon. Topping out at 381m metres high, the Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building back when it was completed in 1931.

If you’re over in Chicago, head to the observation deck at the Willis Tower. Walk on the glass floor and experience a bird’s eye view of the city. While you’re there, try and spot all the famous landmarks by looking down through the glass floor (if you’ve got a head for heights, that is).

If you’re visiting San Francisco, don’t forget to visit the Golden Gate bridge. Then hop on a ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Island and explore the notorious prison.

Top Tip: before you jet off, research the best US dollar rate. It’s the easiest way to make your spending money go in further.

Attractions & Landmarks

For family fun, Disneyworld near Orlando, Florida, is one of the top things to do in the States. Take the family to this colossal-sized theme park and enjoy everything from adrenaline-pumping water parks to Disney film exhibitions and luxury hotels.

Alternatively, you can savour panoramic views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign from The Griffith Observatory. Located on Mount Hollywood (so you’re certain to get a fabulous view of ‘LaLa Land’ in all its glory), this world-famous science exhibit is well worth a visit. View famous landmarks like never before with one of their telescopes, and head to the viewing deck and sunset to relish one of the most spectacular sights you’ve ever seen.

If you’re in New York, take the free Staten Island Ferry from the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. You’ll enjoy breath-taking views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Must See Places

Visit one of the world’s greatest natural attractions, the Grand Canyon National Park. Here you’ll see spectacular rock formations dating back millions of years. Stay until sunset and watch the rocks turn beautiful shades of orange and red

Niagara Falls is another natural wonder. This awe-inspiring waterfall on the US-Canadian border is nothing short of dazzling. The three waterfalls: the Canadian Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls, are 51 metres high, and in the winter they’ve been known to partially freeze. This is an absolute must-see.

If you’re after a splash of culture, explore Miami’s Little Havana. Here you can enjoy the best Cuban cuisine in the country. Named after the capital of Cuba, this area boasts some of the best art galleries, fruit markets, and cafés, in the city.

Head over to Venice Beach, California to explore one of the most laid back, bohemian neighbourhoods in America. Just an 18-mile drive from Downtown LA, Venice Beach is known for its quirky shops, amazing street artists, and is home to the famous ‘Muscle Beach’ outdoor gym.

Our Advice

Remember, don’t wait until you get to the airport to get your currency, it’s almost a dead certainty you won’t get the best US dollar rate here. Save yourself money and buy your currency direct from us, or pop into your local Thomas Cook outlet before heading off to the States. You can also apply for a Lyk cash card that you can use just like a credit card. Top up whenever you want for free.

2. Nightlife in the USA

If you’re heading to the States, you won’t be disappointed by the nightlife in the USA. There are tons of cities famous for their top-notch nightclubs, word class restaurants, and classy bars.
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3. Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is more than a landmark spelling out the name of one of LA’s most famous districts. It's a global symbol for glamour, daydreams, and wonder.
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5. Zion National Park

Whether you’re into hiking or biking, climbing or photography, a visit to the Zion National Park is an absolute must on any holiday to California.
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6. Yosemite National Park

If you’ve booked a holiday to California and you’re a fan of the great outdoors, the chances are that you’re already Googling ‘where is Yosemite National Park?’
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13. Little Havana In Miamia

Named after Havana, the capital city of Cuba, Little Havana is cosmopolitan Miami at its finest. The heart of Miami's Latin American community, this neighbourhood grew to prominence in the mid 20th century
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21. California Science Center

Enjoy a wonderful day out for the whole family when you spend a morning at the California Science Center. See a real life spaceship and a range of fascinating exhibits with a trip to one of the best attractions in Los Angeles.
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22. Griffith Observatory USA

For an interesting experience on your holiday to Los Angeles, don’t miss the Griffith Observatory. Take in the views as well as the fascinating space and science displays as you enjoy a visit to this popular attraction.
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26. Walt Disney Family Museum USA

Get to know the man behind the mouse with something for all Disney fanatics to enjoy, both young and old. Opened in 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum tells the life of Walt Disney and what he did to create the magic
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28. Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

It may no longer be the longest suspension bridge in the world, but the Golden Gate Bridge is definitely still the most memorable. It’s instantly recognisable with its tall towers, art deco styling, and iconic International Orange colour.
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29. Alcatraz San Francisco

Just off the coast of San Francisco Bay, you’ll find the island of Alcatraz. It’s all very peaceful now but during the years of 1934 to 1963, it was home to a maximum security federal prison.
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30. Fun Spot America

There’s absolutely no doubt that there are some incredible theme parks located close to International Drive. But what makes Fun Spot America stand out among
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31. Orlando Eye USA

Standing tall in the heart of bustling International Drive is the spectacular Orlando Eye. Located at I-Drive 360, the 400 foot tall structure is dubbed as an ‘observation wheel’
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32. Disney Springs

New for 2016, and formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is the place to go to experience food from around the world while being amazed by the jaw-dropping entertainment.
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34. I-Drive NASCAR Kart Racing USA

Experience the thrills of a racing circuit at International Drive’s very own NASCAR Kart Racing centre. The challenging indoor track consists of 12 turns, three hairpin corners and the famous Senna inspired snake-like pathway.
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37. I-Drive 360 USA

The vibrant promenade is home to a superb range of shops and attractions like the famous waxworks at Madame Tussauds, the SeaLife Aquarium with an exhibit of over 450 animal skeletons.
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38. Kissimmee shows and dinner

A popular evening activity, enjoy a dinner and a show at one of the entertaining themed nights. There are lots of themes to choose from and can be found at Universal Orlando® Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or Kissimmee itself.
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39. Epcot

This enormous, iconic dome houses two distinct zones: Future World with the wonders of tomorrow and today, and World Showcase, where you can visit 11 countries in one day. With over 30 attractions in one place, here are just a few not to be missed.
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41. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is the polar opposite of other Water Parks, quite literally! It’s based on a melted ski resort in the middle of tropical Florida, packed with downhill slides and plenty of ways to lay back and relax in the warm, Florida heat.
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43. Magic Kingdom Park

The Magic Kingdom Park is home to the iconic Cinderella Castle that sits at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and is not to be missed. Make your way through six enchanted lands with over 40 thrilling attractions based on the timeless fairy tale classics synonymous with Disney.
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44. Gatorland In Florida

Relish in Florida’s swampy countryside and see the scaly creators that live in the notorious Gatorland. Tourists have visited the huge 110 acres since 1949 and it’s still rich in nostalgic charm.
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46. Lake Buena Vista USA

Take a break from the rides and parks and indulge in some retail therapy. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is one of Florida’s best kept secrets as it has discounted prices for quality merchandisers straight from the factory.
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49. Biscayne National Park USA

Just off the coast of Miami on an emerald coloured island, is the protected reserve of Biscayne National Park. Most of the park is below water, so a boat will be needed to get to all areas.
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50. Miami's Jungle Island

One of the best things to do with the family in Miami is a trip to Jungle Island to see all the exotic wildlife. Explore the different themed zones to see the wide variety of animals
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54. High Roller Las Vegas

If you’re going to Las Vegas on holiday, a ride on the High Roller Las Vegas is an absolute must. The giant ferris wheel will give you fabulous views across the city as you try to pick out landmarks on the Strip.
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