America The Great

13 June 2016

It’s a one (super) size-fits-all kind of holiday in this land of spectacular scenery, recognisable roads and iconic cities. Nothing is done by halves in the United States so you can trust your travel experiences will be nothing short of great. All you need to do is look up.

Mount Rushmore

Black Hills, South Dakota

Travel Inspiration Mount Rushmore attracts two million visitors each year (image: Getty)

The memorial depicts the first four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Fun fact:

A lack of funds meant the figures weren’t able to be carved from head to waist.

Redwood National and State Parks

California

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You can drive through the Klamath Tour Thru Tree, Myers Flat Shrine Tree and Leggett Chandelier Tree.

Fun fact:

Redwoods can grow taller than 91 metres and live up to 2,000 years.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Denver, Colorado

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Colorado’s Rocky Mountains boasts the Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the US at an elevation of 3,713 metres (at its highest point).

Fun fact:

The national park includes 577 kilometres of hiking trails, 150 lakes and 60 mountains taller than 3,658 metres.

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California

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The colour of the bridge is ‘International Orange’ and was partly chosen for its visibility in the fog.

Fun fact:

There are enough kilometres of wire in the two main bridge cables to circle the world three times at the equator.


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The Statue of Liberty

New York City, New York

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The seven spikes on her crown represent the universal concept of liberty and the seven continents and seas of the world.

Fun fact:

Lady Liberty stands at 93 metres tall and wears a size 879 shoe.

Big Bend National Park

Texas

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Covering 324,219 hectares, the park encompasses the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan Desert in the US.

Fun fact:

You’ll find 1,200 species of plants, 450 different types of birds, 56 kinds of reptiles and 75 mammal species in the park.

The Grand Ole’ Opry

Nashville, Tennessee

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‘The Show That Made Country Music Famous’ takes place on a stage that has hosted legends such as Patsy Cline and Garth Brooks.

Fun fact:

Post-show tours offer the chance to walk in the footsteps of country music superstars and step on stage.

Lincoln Memorial

Washington DC

Travel Inspiration Abraham Lincoln is immortalised in a Greek Doric temple (image: Getty)

The Greek Doric temple-style building contains a huge sculpture of US President Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.

Fun fact:

The site was the setting of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.


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Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.