Best places to see while studying in the US

Once your exhausting research, application procedures, visa formalities, etc. come to an end, and you’ve finally made it to a college of your choice in the US, it’s time to start your fabulous student life. The US boasts quality education and excellent post studies job opportunities. It also has a wide variety of tourist destinations ranging from the skyscrapers and bright lights of New York City to the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon and Alaska to the warm beaches of Florida, Hawaii, and California.

As an international student who has migrated to the US for further studies, there are several major cities to explore and visit some of nature’s incredible wonders. Spring break is a fun-filled time in US colleges, where students let loose and plan epic adventures. All it takes for a successful break is to know the important spots and plan a trip with your friends. Any vacation atmosphere you’re looking for can be found in one of these fantastic locations.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, which started in 1872 to preserve the vast geysers, hot springs, and other thermal areas. The park is also home to a number of wildlife like bears, wolves, bison, elk, and antelope. It lies on top of a gigantic volcanic hot spot where light, fiery, molten rock rises towards the surface. Nature lovers could have a great time here immersed in the lush green forests and majestic canyons.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

A grand sight to behold, this major tourist attraction is located in northern Arizona. It was carved over several million years by the Colorado River, giving the canyon a depth of over 1.6 kilometers and is 446 kilometers long. Take in the majesty of the Canyons in all its might, but watch your step!

Niagara Falls, New York

Featuring in many Bollywood films, you’ve definitely caught or at least heard of the Niagara falls many times, and rightly so. Situated between New York and the region of Ontario in Canada, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Comprising three falls – the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshow Falls, Niagara Falls receives more than 14 million visitors each year. Those

New York City, New York

The city that never sleeps will have you awe-struck at every corner! Famous for its architecturally renowned skyline, diverse cultural hubs, and rich history, New York is one of the most amazing cities in the US.

Whether you’re keen to see a Broadway show, explore the museums, visit the historic neighborhoods, or wine and dine in the city, NYC has an abundance of attractions to suit any student.

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C

This one is for the history buffs! Standing tall at 169 meters, the Washington Monument is an obelisk made of white marble and granite. It commemorates the first president of the U.S., George Washington.

Florida Keys, Florida

Located off the southern coast of Florida, the Florida Keys is a splendor of coral lifeforms which makes up the southernmost portion of the US. The Florida Reef, the third-largest barrier reef system in the world, is located just offshore of the Keys. Make sure to go diving in these waters and take a look for yourself.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Located on the southeast coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, this park is home to two active volcanoes as well as steam vents, craters, calderas, and lava tubes. The Manua Loa volcano, the world’s largest volcano, and the Kilauea volcano are among the most active volcanoes in the world. If you drive through the park at night, you will see the red-orange globes of hot lava oozing out of the earth.

Mount Rushmore

U.S. politics and history come together at this significant national landmark. This rock sculpture is in South Dakota, featuring the faces of four US presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. No tour of the US is complete without a visit to this spot.

San Diego, California

San Diego is the perfect vacationing spot for students who want to travel on a budget. It has the optimal balance to have an incredible time in San Diego. If you are into the outdoors, San Diego has a variety of opportunities to get into nature, like hiking to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for the best sunset spot in the city. If you are looking for some big city action, you can spend all day soaking up history and culture at Old Town San Diego and Balboa Park. It is also a food center of America, so get ready for some great-tasting food!

One of the best things about planning your study break in the US is that you can literally head in any direction and you will have a great time. So the first thing to do is narrow down your interests and then plan a trip around them. These short travels are totally worth it and can be a great way to bond with your new friends. So, get planning!

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Date Published: Aug-25-2022

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Akanksha Bansal is a writer based in Delhi. She is inclined towards all that is related to languages and their cultures. Her affinity towards reading and writing stories is reflected in her penchant for crafting narratives in all that she writes. She continues to share her thoughts on books, education, travel, literature, and technology through various mediums – digital and otherwise.