Hy guys, as my name is indicating, I´m from austria/europe.
I spent 7 vacations in the USA.
I have to say, I loved it.
Some things I saw:
NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, Annapolis,
Orlando (Disneyworld *great*, Seaworld etc...), Kennedy Space center, St. Petersburg (dali Museum, etc.), Marco Island, Miami, Naples, Florida Keys (Islamorada, Key west..), Everglades,
Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier Natl. park, Kallispell (flathead lake), Las vegas, San Francisco, Annaheim, Disneyland, Juneau, Glacier Bay,
Some things I like to mention espescially:
New York is beautifull. The Skyscrapers, the central park, the island of manhattan istself, great museum (I´m in love with the metropolitan museum of art), fantastic restaurants, the view from the empire state building, and I will never forget a delicious brunch and a great lunch at the windows on the world. We will never forget the people who worked there and who made the stay for euch guest a pleasure.....
Chicago is wonderfull too. The skyline viewed from the lake - fantastic. The sears tower - great. I had a delightfull dinner at the signature room on the top of the hancock tower - yummy! And not to forget the steak houses, the museums, the aquarium etc.
Florida has something to offer for everyone. Disneyworld and Orlando as well as the beaches are well worth the trip from europe. I can recommend Florida to everyone.
I love the National Parks. I will never forget the tranquil beauty of the cliff dwellings of mesa verde in the sunset. Fantastic. Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are "must see" sites for everyone who loves landscapes.
Words can´t describe the beauty of Yellowstone.
And I loved the pure nature I saw in Glacier Park montana, we have mountains in Austria, but this is really different. The green of the woods, the blue of the lakes, thw white mountain goats - a paradise!
I did a whale watching tour in Alaska - that was really unbelieveable. Dozens of Humpback whales breaching all arround me. Orcas, minke whales, dolphins, harbor porpoises, bald eagles, grizzly bears, huge blue glaciers - the most exiting days of my life I spent in glacier bay. I also had a sightseeing / scenic flight with a DHC2 Beaver Floatplane over the Juneau Ice field - stunning!
I have so many great memories, and can´t tell of them all. It would need weeks.
Things I really like about the USA:
*friendly, helpfull, and optimistic people
*fantastic infrastructure for tourists (airlines, airports, car rentals, hotels, signs, museums, info points etc...)
*comfortable hotels and motels with great staff
*great restaurants, there is something for every taste - from grilled steaks at rustical steakhouse or grill to 21st century gourmet cuisine seafood, from deep dish pizza to grilled king crabs, from korean bulkogi to indian tandooris.........
*"relaxed" way of driving and traffic (if you are used to european rush hour traffic you will love to cruise along the going to the sun road with your rental car...). Every traveller should rent a car, it´s an experience. Yes my fellow european friends, it is possible to drive a car with a pulse lower than 180.
*fantastic landscapes, untouched by human beeings
*great and impressing architecture
*fantastic museums (the way the things are presented to the public is really fantastic. Speaking of dioramas, rebuilt ruins, mulitmedia shows etc...)
*magical themeparks (Magic Kingdom, Epoct, Disney MGM, Animal Kingdom, Seaworld, Universal, bush Gardens etc...)
So I have to say that I love the USA, and I will return to the USA for many more vacations.