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15 really good reasons to visit the USA right now

From brand-new museums to recently opened train routes, here are all the best new things to do in the US

Huw Oliver
Sophie Dickinson
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And just like that, the borders are open. After nearly two years of stringent travel restrictions, the USA will finally allow in travelers from the UK, the EU, China, India and South Africa. For those who have family in the US, that means that long-awaited reunion is finally back on the cards. And for everyone else, that means vacations are allowed again – just in time for Christmas.

But what should you actually do once you’re there? What new stuff has cropped up over the past 18 months? And what else should be on your radar right now? We’ve rounded up all the biggest and best new attractions that should be on every traveler’s bucket list, from brand-new and revamped museums to recently inaugurated bike trails and train routes. Happy travels!

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Really good reasons to visit the USA right now

AREA15 is an art installation, immersive playground and alien carnival rolled into one over-the-top Las Vegas experience. A handful of artists and art collectives have shaped the vibe with exhibits like Wink World, a funhouse of light, sound and motion. Meow Wolf, meanwhile, have opened up the Omega Mart, which moulds their unique brand of alternate universe-building into grocery store form. 

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L.A. has a brand-new monument to motion-picture history
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3. L.A. has a brand-new monument to motion-picture history

After a couple of false starts, the Academy – of Oscars-hosting fame – has finally opened its Museum of Motion Pictures. Across its six floors of galleries, film fans can find memorabilia including Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz or Jack Nicholson’s corduroy jacket from The Shining. Want another reason to go? It’s currently hosting a huge Hayao Miyazaki retrospective.

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The just-opened Ambiente is North America’s first ‘landscape hotel’: a modern work of hospitality and art that aims to honor the land’s unique natural features with long-term sustainability in mind. Each of the 40 guest rooms are elevated above ground to reduce the hotel’s physical impact on the landscape, while metallic exteriors reflect and mirror Sedona’s backdrop.

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