SURE, THE BIG CITIES HAVE THEIR ALLURE, BUT THESE ARE ON ANOTHER LEVEL.
YOUR EYES WON’T KNOW WHAT HIT THEM.
The land of the free and home of the brave. Largely immortalised via modern cultural forces, as far as holiday destinations go, the USA is a huge drawcard in many ways.
It’s also home to many of the world’s most spectacular wonders, of which we’re willing to bet are on many a travel bucket list. So when you’re planning your next holiday, we suggest taking a closer look at one of these sites - you won’t be disappointed. The best part? If you fly with our partner Delta Air Lines, you’ll be able to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits while you’re at it. It’s a win-win.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
In the Sierra Mountain region of California, an average of 4 million people visit Yosemite every year, and for good reason. The park – famed for its majestic granite cliffs – has appeal no matter the season, from accommodating skiing and snowboarding during the winter months to busy hiking trails in the summer, and everything in between.
For first-timers, it’s best to take the well-travelled road, and you’d be hard-pressed to go pass the park’s iconic viewpoints like including Glacier Point. Offering one of the most awe-inspiring views in the park, you’ll be able to take in the famous Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the pristine valley in all their glory.
How to get there: Fly to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with Delta Air Lines and drive to Yosemite.
GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA
A wonder that no amount of Instagram pictures could ever do justice to, the Grand Canyon must be seen to be believed. Stretching for over 400 kms from end to end, you could easily spend a few days here and still not see it all, so a little planning goes a long way. In fact, the Canyon is divided into 3 distinct zones, each offering a unique experience of the area.
The most popular and accessible is the park’s South Rim, where most of the lodging, dining and amenities are located, like the Grand Canyon Village. In contrast, the North Rim is quieter, more rugged and remote, ideal for those who prefer a little more respite. And if you’re after the quintessential desert experience, head to Grand Canyon West, home to the Hualapai Indian Tribe and where the Skywalk is located – a glass suspension bridge offering views down to the canyon’s floor.
How to get there: Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) via Los Angeles with Delta Air Lines.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
More than just a park spanning over 2 million acres, Yellowstone is also an active super-volcano – evidenced by over 10,000 geysers and hot springs located within. These form a large part of the park’s allure – many visitors flock to witness one of Old Faithful’s regular geyser eruptions, or the wild colours of the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring.
Apart from what’s bubbling beneath the surface though, Yellowstone also boasts an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders. You’ll find majestic rock formations alongside giant waterfalls, as well as the pristine Yellowstone lake. Don’t be surprised if you also see the likes of grizzly bears, bison, wolves and eagles roaming the area – the park is their natural habitat.
How to get there: Fly to Los Angeles (LAX), connect to Salt Lake City (SLC) and then onwards to Yellowstone Airport (WYS) with Delta Air Lines.
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
The collective name for 3 waterfalls that straddle the Canadian border and New York state, few sights in the world compare to Niagara Falls. Its namesake park, Niagara Falls State Park, is the oldest in the US, complete with hiking trails, lush gardens and of course, your (free) ticket to witnessing the thundering Falls.
Don’t stop there though – we’d recommend soaking up (literally) the action through attractions like Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. The former is a double-deck boat tour that takes you right into the basin of Horseshoe Falls, and the latter, a trip that takes you down into the Niagara Gorge, where you’re able to stand metres away from the falls themselves.
How to get there: Fly to Los Angeles (LAX), connect to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and then onwards to Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) with Delta Air Lines.
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