Before you die, there are some must-see landmarks in North America that you have to visit at least once. These places are iconic and when you talk about them later on in life with your friends and family, they’ll be impressed that you were able to say that you had been there at least once in your lifetime. Of course, it would be a shame to check out one of these places and not take any photos or videos to share with others. So here are the 10 best places to check out in North America before you die…
1) Niagara Falls
Although there are many places in the world that attract tourists, Niagara Falls is one of the top attractions in North America. The most spectacular waterfalls in the world are accessible by two bridges: Rainbow Bridge and Prospect Point. The view from both these bridges will not disappoint.
2) Alaska Highway
Blessed with a slew of mountainous national parks, a fertile agricultural belt and plenty of wide open spaces, Canada offers many places that are worthy of exploration. However, the best spot in the country might just be the Highway 2 (the Alaska Highway) which stretches from Dawson Creek in British Columbia, across Alberta, Saskatchewan and into Northern Manitoba.
3) Mount Rushmore
Beautiful Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota is an iconic image you won’t soon forget. Listed as one of the wonders of the world, these 60-foot sculptures portray four US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It’s not just a roadside attraction – during your visit you can take guided tours, explore hiking trails and check out other things to do like visit Custer State Park or even go white water rafting.
4) Lake Mead
One of the largest man-made reservoirs in the world, Lake Mead was created in the 1930s. Though it is more than 100 miles away from Las Vegas, you can catch a glimpse of its brilliant blue water by stopping off at Hoover Dam on your way back from the city.
5) Grand Canyon National Park
Some people live to explore the Grand Canyon National Park, so pack your backpacks and get ready for an adventure. Hiking through the canyon will take time, and you’ll need to have a sturdy pair of shoes that can take on some wear and tear. There are plenty of scenic overlooks along the way, too. One spot that’s a must-see is the rim of El Tovar Hotel, which offers some gorgeous views in every direction.
6) Quebec City
Quebec City is often overlooked as a tourist destination and is usually only visited by Americans while they’re taking the 1,000-mile journey along the Appalachian Trail. But, in reality, Quebec City is one of the most historically rich cities in North America.
7) The US Virgin Islands: Isla Grande (USVI)
This US territory is best known for having the second longest shoreline in the world at over 17,000 miles, and it’s not just beaches that are alluring–the water sports and cultural activities of Old San Juan add a zest to this place you can’t find anywhere else. Just make sure you have a good umbrella handy!
8) Yellowstone National Park
If you’re into natural beauty and wildlife, Yellowstone National Park is not a place you want to miss. The region spans nearly 3,500 square miles and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as well as many iconic animals like bears, moose, deer, bison and elk. The park is also considered one of the largest natural laboratories on earth where much research takes place in topics like botany, geography and geology.
9) Las Vegas Strip, USA
It’s hard to believe that people fly halfway around the world just for a chance to experience the rush of Sin City. The Las Vegas Strip, also known as The Strip or just Las Vegas, is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada where most of the city’s major casinos are located. What many people think of when they picture Las Vegas might be the gaudy casinos and hotels often seen in movies and television series about U.S.
10) Yosemite National Park
If you’re into experiencing breathtaking, natural beauty then Yosemite National Park is the destination for you. It boasts over 700 miles of trails, a diversity of wildlife (bears!), and iconic landmarks like Half Dome and El Capitan. Sure, you might have to deal with the heavy summer crowds but that’s what happens when one of the most picturesque places on earth is just an hours’ drive from San Francisco or LA.