It would take a lifetime to discover all 50 states of the United States. This country, which has always made many people dream about, has an impressive diversity of landscapes. But it is through its rich culture, thanks to successive immigrations, which has been exported all over the world that this country attracts and seduces so much.
We can never talk enough about New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle, these major cities that cannot be ignored.
The North-East of the United States, to discover the New Word
From Boston to Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia, the East Coast cities are well known. They have the influence of the European countries that came here to conquer the New World.
In the state of Pennsylvania, you can meet the Amish community around Lancaster. It is possible to visit villages and farms and discover this atypical way of life.
Further north, for nature lovers, there is the Green Mountains Park in Vermont. People come here to enjoy its hiking trails in the summer and its ski resorts in the winter. For climbing, Maine is ideal with its mountains like Mount Katahdin.
Niagara Falls is also located in this part of the United States, in New York State.
The South-East of the United States for its Caribbean and African culture
The south-east with the famous Florida is a region characterized by its tropical climate and its opening to the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida probably has the highest number of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Off Cape Coral, in the Bay of San Carlos, the island of Sanibel offers a captivating scenery.
For a more cultural trip, Tennessee is the heart of country music. There are also many buildings of the American civil rights movement in Alabama. For example, the Birmingham Baptist Church, which was a place of protest, is now a museum.
Finally, for hiking or climbing, the Appalachian Mountains are ideal. To the south-east, it crosses Georgia, Tennessee, South and North Carolina and Alabama.
The West Coast to experience the American Dream on the Far-Western lands
The famous West Coast of America, with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, is the United States that makes people dream.
In California, the rest of the Mojaves desert attracts fewer travellers than the Death Valley. However, this 127,000 m2 desert has many sites to discover. You have to dare to “get lost” between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and go along the coast to enjoy less touristic beaches.
For a greener nature, Oregon offers beautiful landscapes. The Colombia Gorge, in the border with Washington State, offers a breathtaking view of the same named river. It is also a place where it is possible to see many waterfalls, such as the Oneonta Gorge.
The west coast of the United States also has the largest number of Ghost Towns, abandoned cities dating from the conquest of the West. They are perfect places to immerse in the era of cowboys and the Far-West. In particular, Winthrop in Washington State can be visited.
Right next to Washington State, Idaho is often left behind. However, in the United States, where roadtrips are inevitable, Idaho and its scenic roads are an alternative for travellers wishing to get lost in the backcountry.
The centre of the country to discover the heart of the American culture
The central states are much less touristy than the coasts. However, they are far from uninteresting.
Texas, Illinois and Colorado are probably the best known states along with the cities of Houston and Chicago, and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
In Kansas and Oklahoma you can see vast meadows, or authentic wild western towns like Dodge City. The Great Plains region crosses both states, as well as Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska.
To the north, in the border with Canada, there is the famous Great Lakes region that borders Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others.
Finally, it is always possible to find unusual places in these regions, including the Blanchard Springs Caves in Arkansas.