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The 15 best attractions in the USA

From monuments to natural wonders, landmarks and historical neighborhoods, here are the best attractions in the USA

By Tolly Wright |
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J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California
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From the best art museums in America to the best national parks in the U.S., Americans clearly know a thing or two about monuments and historical landmarks. Consult our guide to the best attractions in the USA whenever you have friends visiting from out of town or when embarking on a cross-country trip with your family and stop by natural wonders and neighborhoods that will remind you of the beauty of America. Of course, book yourself a room at one of the best hotels in America while planning your trip.

Best attractions in the USA

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Little Havana in Miami, Florida
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Little Havana in Miami, Florida

After decades of serving as a home to Cuban exiles, Little Havana has become a must-visit destination in its own right. While out on the town, throw back rum-spiked Caribbean drinks and dance the night away to live rhumba and salsa music. The food here is legendary: Cuban sandwiches, Colombian arepas, savory tacos and other Latin American dishes will leave your mouth watering.

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J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California
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Museums, History

J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California

Pacific Palisades

The Getty brings visitors from across the country and around the world to California. The $1 billion facility, designed by internationally-renowned architect Richard Meier, features travertine and white-metal pavilions that highlight the complex’s futuristic frame. Inside, find one of the most exciting collections of art—including Medieval manuscripts, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet, and modern sculptures.

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Hoover Dam, between Nevada and Arizona
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Hoover Dam, between Nevada and Arizona

Perhaps the best example of America’s building prowess in the first half of the 20th century, this dam remains a bewildering feat of engineering and labor. Construction started in 1931 and took 5 years, 5,000 workers, 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete to complete. Today, you can take a tour of the dam and its power plant to learn more about the facility’s history and amazing features.

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Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky
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Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky

With over 400 miles explored, the world’s longest known cave system (by far) is in Kentucky and it welcomes any visitor not afraid of the dark or the damp. See the dramatic passages lined with geological formations that might just inspire your inner explorer during a guided tour by a park ranger. The tours vary in length but they always include historic details about how the cave system was formed and how people and other creatures have interacted with it. After several hours in the caverns, appreciate the beauty of the clear waters and untouched nature of the area while on a bike ride or canoeing.

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Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California
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Things to do, Event spaces

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf, so named because of the number of fishermen and mongers who lived in the neighborhood in the late 1800s through the 20th century, offers great views of the bay and fleets of ships with delicious food and delightful shops everywhere you look. Grab some seafood chowder, made with fresh local crabmeat served in a bread bowl, from any of the dozens of local eateries to fortify yourself before hitting the area’s specialty shops.

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