Niagara Falls - Maid of the Mist

Press release date: 4th November 2010

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  • There is so much to enjoy during holidays in America that it can be difficult to decide where to go and what to do. Whether you want to hike up mountains, explore desert landscapes, go surfing or see some amazing man-made sights, you are sure to find the perfect place to do it in the USA. Narrowing down the choice when planning itineraries for road trips across USA is never an easy task, as there are bound to be some tough decisions to make. However, there are some places you will not regret visiting during a holiday to the USA and below are five of the very best.

    1. Niagara Falls
    The huge waterfalls on the Niagara River are one of the most spectacular natural sights you will find anywhere in the world. The waterfalls are located on the US-Canadian border in New York State and attract millions of visitors every year. If you make the effort to head up north to see Niagara Falls you will be rewarded with the impressive sight and incredible sound of millions of gallons of water a minute cascading down over one of the world's widest waterfalls. There are lots of good viewing points on dry land, but for the most exhilarating experience, take a boat trip on the Maid of the Mist and get up close to the falls.

    2. Grand Canyon
    It is difficult to imagine a more rugged landscape than you will encounter in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. You are sure to have seen photos of the park, but the images do not do justice to the full magnificence of the terrain. The highlight is, of course, the Grand Canyon itself, a vast scar on the landscape that is more than a mile deep and 18 miles wide in places. You may enjoy hiking along the rim of the canyon or to get an idea of its full scale, you could take a helicopter flight over it - something that is sure to be a memorable experience.

    3. The Mirage Volcano, Las Vegas
    In a land of so many natural attractions, a man-made replica may seem like an odd choice for a top sight, but nothing sums up the extravagance of Las Vegas better than the Mirage Volcano. The sight of huge fireballs being blasted into the air during the over-the-top audio-visual display is one of the most memorable on the Las Vegas Strip. Of course, there is far more to do in the Nevada gaming capital than simply watching a man-made volcano and you are sure to want to try your luck in one of the lavish Las Vegas resort hotels or take in a show.

    4. The geysers of Yellowstone National Park
    Yellowstone, the USA's first national park, is a vast expanse of forests, mountains and lakes in Wyoming. The scenery and wildlife make it the perfect location for camping and hiking, and as you explore the park you are sure to see some of its famous geysers. There are more than 10,000 thermal features in the park, including pools, bubbling mud holes and steam vents, but the most spectacular are the geysers. A trip to the Old Faithful is sure to be a worthwhile experience, as its regular eruptions send thousands of gallons of boiling water more than 100ft in the air.

    5. Alcatraz, San Francisco
    Experiencing the uniquely relaxed atmosphere of San Francisco and visiting attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars and Fisherman's Wharf is a must when you take holidays to the west coast of the USA. One thing you will definitely want to see during your trip to the city is Alcatraz. The former military fortress located on an island in San Francisco Bay is best known for its time as a high-security prison that housed Al Capone and gained a reputation for being impossible to escape from. It is now a fascinating museum telling the story of some of its infamous former inmates and of the occupation of Alcatraz by Native Americans.

    It is possible to see all of these places during a single road trip across the USA, but before you finalise your itinerary, why not consider the attractions of rival locations such as New York, Memphis, Monument Valley and Yosemite National Park?

  • For Media and Press Enquiries please contact:

    Michelle Smithson, Senior Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227

    Amy Jackson, Account Manager
    Tel: 01482 227227

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