With a sweeping expanse covering 3.8 million square miles, it would take several lifetimes to see and do everything the USA has to offer. From music festivals and extreme sports to just kicking back on the beach, it is a country that caters to everyone who is lucky enough to visit, providing memories that will be cherished forever. 

However, if you have a limited time in the States, there are a few activities that will give you a feel for the country as a whole without having to cover every single inch. Here is a selection of the very best of the United States.


Watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon


Few locations in the States are more iconic than the Grand Canyon in Arizona, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history and its breathtaking scenery attracting tourists from all corners of the globe. The canyon itself is more than 270 miles long and 18 miles wide, with a depth stretching down over six thousand feet, leading many to label it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Capturing the sunset is the best way of exposing the beauty of the area, with the red rocks appearing to glow in the last light.



Take a stroll along Venice Boardwalk


Known for its artistic spirit and buzzy atmosphere, Venice Beach is the perfect location for a spot of people-watching, and its boardwalk offers an easy route stretching one-and-a-half miles from the southern end of Santa Monica Beach. Along the way, you will encounter street performers, skateboarders, bodybuilders, buskers and T-shirt sellers, as well as a plethora of artists and photographers. People from all walks of life congregate in Venice Beach, creating an enjoyable and unique mood as you slowly take a stroll along the promenade.



Catch an NFL game


If the Grand Canyon best encapsulates the United States’ natural world, then the NFL is without a doubt the strongest representation of its sporting world. Filled with excitement, heroics, drama and athleticism, watching an American football game should be high on the list of every visitor to the country. If you plan on heading to a game, however, it’s a good idea to buy NFL tickets ahead of time, as there can be a lot of competition from equally eager spectators looking to immerse themselves in the electric atmosphere of a game.



Hike through Yellowstone National Park


From El Capitan in Yosemite to the presidential sculptures at Mount Rushmore, each national park is sure to impress whether it’s your first or fifth time visiting. Yellowstone National Park is arguably one of the most impressive of them all, offering a vast array of plants, animals, fish and rocks, as well as many geothermal features. Hiking through Yellowstone has become an immensely popular way of seeing the best of what the park has to offer, where you will encounter lots of natural wonders, including lakes, waterfalls, and hydrothermal geysers.