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Best Coast Tour

coastMost people prefer to visit the East or West coast, instead the middle states in the US. In fact, some people even refer to these states as the “flyover states” because people simply bypass them in their holiday travels. While of course these middle states can have much to offer and they do in fact attract lots of tourists, it’s just a fact that the coastal cities are truly tourist magnets. Moreover, the best coast tour can include all your favorite types of places.

Maybe you can join an organized tour and see some of these cities one at a time or you can set up your own tour. The places you want to go all depend on where your interests lie. There’s no sense going on a museum tour when you’re bored to tears inside a museum, and a tour of Graceland doesn’t make sense when you don’t care about American music history.

So here are some of the best places to go to in the East and West Coast:

Roads and Streets

Now this may seem like a strange way to start the best coast tour, but actually in the US some streets and roads (and blocks) offer some of the most intriguing attractions in this part of the world.

scania-123782__180A good example of this is Times Square in New York. This tiny block off 7th avenue is a bustling beehive of activity, and the very place is an altar to the glitz of unbridled consumerism. You have lots of Broadway theaters competing for your attention against the cinemas, and then you have all the neon signs lighting up trying to catch your attention. There are about 2,000 pedestrians walking this block every 15 minutes on a weekday, and on weekends the foot traffic is even heavier.

Then there’s the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It runs across 4 miles of beachfront, and walking around will lead you to various shops, casinos, and hotels. It then connects you to the Garden Pier where you’ll find the Atlantic City Art Center and the Atlantic City Historical Museum. This particular walkway gets up to 4 million visitors a year.

But it’s not all about the East Coast. On the West Coast, you have the infamous Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Out of the more than 39 million annual visitors to this gambling city, more than 31 million of them visit the Strip every year. Now this is the ultimate tribute to kitschy glamor! It’s about 4.2 miles long, and no visit to the city is complete without taking time to walk this street at night.

Art Museums

While foreigners seem to think that there’s no culture here in the US and that everything is tacky, that’s not actually true. The US has some of the best art museums in the world. For the cultural elite, the best coast tour has to include the museums.

01Foremost among them is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. More than 6.2 million people visit it every year, and the only museums that attract more visitors in the world are the British Museum in London and of course the Louvre. The permanent collection has more than 2 million art pieces, and there are 17 departments to choose from ranging from artworks from all over the world to photographs and musical instruments.

And since you’re already there in New York, you may as well go see the other museums this great city has to offer. There’s the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), where you can see works by Monet and Picasso and the real “Starry Night” by Van Gogh. You should also visit the Frick Collection at the Henry Clay Frick House, the Museum of Computer Art, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Washington DC is also a great place for museums, starting with the National Gallery of Art. Miami also has museums too, such as the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art.

Of course, the West Coast has some museums too. In LA you can visit the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. In San Francisco there’s the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, while in San Diego there’s the international art in the Mingei International Museum.

Parks

There’s so much land in the US that the parks here are hands-down the best in the world. On the East Coast, you can visit the Acadia National Park in New England, as well as the Hanging Rock State Park near Winston-Salem. In Florida, you really need to see the Everglades National Park.

In the West Coast, there’s of course the Grand Canyon in Arizona as well as Yosemite National Park in California. California also has Sequoia National Park and the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The parks are where you should go when you absolutely don’t want to be bored. These are places where there are so much to do and so much to see. Always bring a camera, and it’s almost certain that a single visit won’t suffice for you to truly appreciate national parks in the US.

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There’s no better place to bring your whole family than amusement parks, and it’s not a coincidence that these places get lots of visitors every year. Of course, you’re going to have to start with the parks affiliated with “Disney”. These are the gold standard when it comes to amusement parks. The lines are long for the rides, but many would agree the thrill is worth the wait.

Other amusement parks you should check out are the West Coast are Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park. Both are in California.

On the East Coast, one of the most popular is the Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure, which is especially exciting if you’re a Harry Potter fan. You should also take a look at Kings Dominion in Virginia, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, and Six Flags New England in Massachusetts.

So as you can see, if you’re already in the US, you don’t have to go all that far to find some culture or fun. Whether it’s in the East or West Coast, there are many places you can visit that will surely be worth your while. Just plan your itinerary carefully, and it can be the best coast tour you’ve ever experienced.

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  • Nell  says:

    Best coast tour I had last year was along the east coast from Baltimore down to Miami by car. Such tours are my favorite type of vacation. I love ocean, sun, parks, long walks, amusement parks, tanned people, cafes, bars, clubs…. And I like being spontaneous, rather than getting a package tour and be tied to schedules, places to stay and to go.