Five American Experiences Not to be Missed

24 February 2012
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The USAis a huge and diverse country jam packed with famous attractions and unique experiences. Seeing the popular sights and taking the clichéd photos is all well and good, but in most cases there's a less common and more impressive way to see America's big attractions. Here are five of our favourite things to do in America, in no particular order, as well as a few tips on how best to do them.

 Grand Canyon

Experience the Grand Canyon

There's seeing the Grand Canyon, and then there's truly experiencing the Grand Canyon. Turning up on a tour bus and taking a few photos from the standard vantage points is certainly a way to see the Grand Canyon. For a real experience, why not splash out with a helicopter ride over the canyon, promising one of the best aerial views you'll ever see.

See the sights of New York

The attractions of New York are among the best known on the planet. Do something a little different by seeing the Statue of Liberty on an evening dinner cruise, taking a horse and cart through Central Park, and checking out the Rooftop Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline.

Take on the Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls on the Canadian border have the highest flow rate of any falls in the world. See this spectacle of nature right up close with a Niagara Falls jet boat tour; but be prepared to get soaked! Alternatively, take a helicopter ride over the falls for a bird's eye view.

Discover Yellowstone

Visit the iconic Yellowstone National Park for one of the most diverse collections of ecosystems in the world. It is commonly considered the world's first national park, and contains half of the world's geothermal features.

If you're in the area in winter, don't despair - a snow mobile tour of the park promises an unforgettable experience.

Be dazzled by the lights of Vegas

No American adventure is complete without a trip to Vegas - the 'entertainment capital of the world' in the middle of the desert. Rather than losing track of time on the many casino tables, try getting out and about to experience some of the famous live shows, like Mystere by Cirque Du Soleil or Absinthe at Caesars Palace.

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. From Piranha fishing in the waterways of Bolivia to exploring ancient tombs in Cambodia, Simon's travels continue to take him to weird and wonderful places, uncovering unique experiences and fascinating local people.