Calling all thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts! Given its sheer size, the United States is blessed with abundant and diverse natural beauty. Hence it is able to offer visitors a wide range of outdoor activities that is sure to satisfy your craving for offbeat experiences, to ensure you have a fabulous vacation.
While the US also has ample scope to enjoy a relaxed holiday, the spirit and energy of the country and its great untamed outdoors makes it a haven for the action-loving traveller. Here is our pick of the top things to do if you are planning a trip to USA.
Your visit to the Grand Canyon in the Arizona desert will be quite thrilling in itself. This stunning natural wonder consists of steep rock formations carved over thousands of years by the Colorado River. The canyon is around 446 kms long, about 29 kms wide and more than 1.6 kms deep.
Most people usually head to the viewing points at the South Rim within the Grand Canyon National Park for the best photo-op. However if you want to up the thrill and adventure quotient a notch, exit the Grand Canyon Village in the Park and drive towards the far western end. This is where you will find the Grand Canyon Skywalk which is a horseshoe shaped steel frame structure with a glass bottom and glass sides.
The Skywalk extends for a good 70 feet from the edge of the canyon. You can feel your heart thudding wildly as you step on to the glass floor and gingerly walk those 70 feet with the sheer drop of the deep gorge clearly visible right below your feet. The experience is exhilarating but certainly not for the faint-hearted visitor! It is also interesting to note that the Grand Canyon Skywalk is managed as a tourist attraction by the native Hualapai Tribe whose ancestors have lived in the region for generations.
Yellowstone National Park is a historic national park as it is said to be the world’s very first such. Most of the park lies in the state of Wyoming. Among the many national parks that are spread out across the US, if you can make it to just one, we recommend that to be Yellowstone.
The park is home to a number of grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elks, bison and antelope. Apart from exotic wildlife you can enjoy amazing vistas of rivers, forests and the raw, rugged terrain of the mountains. But what is really exceptional about Yellowstone National Park is that it is a geothermal hotspot that covers a large volcanic area. As you walk about exploring the park, you can marvel at the 500 odd erupting geysers of which the one named Old Faithful is the highlight for visitors as it lives up to its name by erupting at regular intervals. You will also see a number of hot springs arising from the limestone deposits, adding to the appeal of the park’s fascinating landscape. Camping or hiking in Yellowstone National Park offers you a great way to experience these natural wonders up close.
There are many more such immersive experiences awaiting you in USA. In fact there is no dearth of adrenalin-pumping things you can do in this vast and varied land. Going through our Travel Guide for USA will tell you more about the country, the best months to visit and the top sightseeing attractions. For useful tips on visa rules and application process, consult a US Visa Guide.
When planning and budgeting for your trip, do take into account Travel Insurance for USA. USA is an expensive country and any loss or mishap while travelling there could impact your vacation plans and finances quite heavily. Buying overseas travel insurance is an essential safeguard while travelling abroad as it can cover your medical expenses and protect you in case of emergency situations such as loss of your luggage, passport or even if your trip gets cancelled.