What are the best places to go in the USA?
The USA is famous for its tourist attractions – so, no matter what state you’re visiting, you’ll be sure to find something fun to do! Regardless of where you’re going, though, you’ll want to get transportation sorted out beforehand. Hiring a car is always an option – but public transportation is also expanding throughout the US. There are many options available for you, including buses, ferries, monorails, tramways, subways, metros, and many more.
The cost of a bus ticket will vary depending on where exactly you’re staying. The Los Angeles Metro Rail, for example, will charge 2.50 AUD for a single Metro pass, while the Chicago Transit single pass costs 3.40 AUD. On average, the price will vary between 2.50 – 4.00 AUD for one pass. If you’re taking a longer trip to the USA, then you could grab a monthly pass, since these sometimes do end up being cheaper in the long run. A monthly pass is generally 150 AUD.
You could also purchase an interstate bus ticket, which, as the name suggests, will allow you to travel interstate. Bus travel may not be the most convenient – but it’s one of the cheapest options available in the USA and can be a great option if you’re on a budget. Some of the most popular interstate bus routes include the Boston to Philadelphia route (30 AUD per pass), the Los Angeles to San Francisco route (36 AUD per pass), and the New York to Boston route (19 AUD per pass).
There are a few tips you can keep in mind while traveling by bus to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. We recommend using a GPS route-planning app, such as Google Maps or CityMapper, to navigate your way around bus routes. Purchasing a multi-ride ticket or bus pass ahead of time can also come in handy for saving money – and is a great idea if you plan on sticking around in one city for a while. You should also be labeling your luggage if you’re traveling by interstate bus and should keep in mind that large items such as surfboards or skis may entail an additional fee.
Popular tourist attractions in the USA
There are many places to visit in the USA – and the Grand Canyon is definitely high on the bucket list for most visitors! This attraction is so famous due to the many hiking trails it has on offer, as well as its amazing views.
The Mather Point is a freely accessible section of the Grand Canyon and is only a five-minute walk from the Visitor Center. If you want to enter the main section of the Grand Canyon National Park, they charge 50 AUD per RV or car or 43 AUD per motorcycle. We recommend staying for at least a few days to soak up all that the Grand Canyon has to offer – and you can easily spend a week there if you have time.
You could also visit Niagara Falls, which is located on the border of Canada and the USA. This famous location provides free access to the public all year-round and offers an unobstructed view of the American Falls. While the views on the American side are said to fall second to those on the Canadian side, the American side allows you to get much closer to them than you can on the Canadian side. It also offers various tour options, including the Niagara Falls American Side Tour with Maide of the Mist Boat Ride (208 AUD per adult and 106 AUD per child). Remember to keep an eye out for any discounts or package deals for tours to cut down on the overall cost!
While in New York, make sure to check out the Statue of Liberty, another popular tourist attraction. You can take a ferry there, which costs 35 AUD per adult (13+ years), 17 AUD per child (4-12 years), and is free for children under 4 years of age. You can also get pedestal access and crown access for similar prices – but do keep in mind that these are restricted for children under 4 years of age. Ranger tours are offered to all ages and are free, audio tours are also automatically included in tour packages. You could also take part in the Elis Hard Hat tours for an additional 70 AUD (restricted to those over 13 years of age). This guided 90-minute tour takes you to the unrestored Ellis Island Hospital buildings and allows you to view many different wards.
Remember that we’ve only skimmed the surface here, and the USA has a wide range of other attractions worth checking out! Just be sure to conduct a little research so that you know what you’re in for – and then you’ll be all set to go!