7 MinsMay 6, 2022
Visiting the United States of American is on every traveller’s bucket list. With so much to offer from world-class cities to national parks to shopping, fun and glamour, planning a trip to the US requires careful deliberation. If a visit to the USA is on your radar this summer, our curated list of places to visit should help you. And make sure to pack Axis Bank’s Multi-currency Forex Card with you. It is a handy tool to meet all the expenses you may incur - while planning the trip and during the trip.
We include below a list of the top attractions:
1. New York
Truly a world-class city, New York serenades you with music, theatre, museums, parks, history, and food. There are famous sites literally in every nook and corner from the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Plaza, the Chrysler Building, Central Park, Times Square, 5th Avenue, Broadway, and of course the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The food culture is as eclectic as the people. From NYC classics, such as pizza and bagels, to local favourites, including BEC sandwiches, Mexican and Chinese food, expect culinary diversity. We promise you’ll come back satisfied. The city’s after-dark entertaining has just as much to offer. From uber elite cocktail dens to friendly dive bars to bottle-service-only dance clubs, the nightlife will leave you electrified.
2. Washington D.C
The capital city is home to many national treasures from the White House and the Capitol building to the Smithsonian museums. The spring season coincides with the Cherry Blossom Festival and a visit will be rewarded with canopies of beautiful pink blooms. Beyond the national landmarks, the city’s youthful ambience can be experienced in its bustling neighbourhoods, thriving art galleries and vibrant farmers’ markets. With an explosion of restaurants, cafes and clubs, D.C has come to be recognised as a cultural hub, much trendier than what it used to be.
3. San Francisco
The city’s legacy is vast – from being regarded as a tech hub to being home to revelatory architecture, the first established LGBTQ neighbourhood to Michelin star dining. The weather is constantly changing so it’s best to dress in layers. And fog may come rolling in any time, without warning. The Golden Gate Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Oakland still maintains a historical vibe. We encourage a stroll around Old Town to see Victorian-style homes. The best time to visit is summer or fall. But the climate is mild so a visit at any time of the year should be okay.
A haven for beach lovers, Miami offers tropical gardens, glitzy nightlife, delectable cuisines, and a thriving art scene. The Cuban vibe in Little Havana, the art deco district and mesmerising sights along ocean drive are some of the aspects that make it a much-coveted travel pursuit. Need more adventure? Take a day trip to Everglades National Park to see alligators, turtles, and a host of birds in this unique wetland.
5. Los Angeles
The city is known for high glamour with the presence of suburbs like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Bel Air. Known for its miles of coastline, ethnic diversity, shopping, mountains, sports and of course the entertainment industry, LA can be anything from upscale modern to hip to cool and casual. Live theatre, museums and art galleries offer enough avenues for soaking in the culture. The food scene is diverse spanning Japanese, Chinese, Ethiopian, Korean, Israeli and many more. If you’re a seafood lover, you will want to sample fresh produce from local waters and farms. History lovers are advised to visit La Brea Tar Pits to see fossil remains of prehistoric animals that inhabited this area more than 40,000 years ago. And of course, families will revel in fun-filled activities at Disneyland.
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6. Las Vegas
Be part of the glittering party scene in Vegas. Entertainment options are extensive from glitzy casinos to celebrity chef restaurants to dancing fountains. Some of the industry’s top music stars play to packed audiences every night. There is plenty to explore in the surrounding areas with Hoover Dam and Red rock canyon being less than an hour away.
7. The Grand Canyon
Vast, magnificent, and breathtakingly beautiful, The Grand Canyon is one of Arizona’s most distinguished landmarks, a natural wonder that has attracted millions of travellers every year. The South Rim - home to Grand Canyon Village is the most visited section, popular with sightseers and hikers. It offers the maximum amenities including a large visitor centre, regular bus service and a walkway with many viewing points and platforms. The skywalk, a glass bridge over the edge of the canyon is another tourist attraction. The North Rim provides different perspectives and has viewing areas.
Forex Card for easy transactions
While travelling overseas, a travel forex card is a safe and convenient way to carry foreign currency. Some benefits include:
- You can make cashless payments and not worry about carrying physical cash or your cash being stolen.
- You can lock in the exchange rate at the time of purchasing the card. This ensures that you don’t have to worry about exchange rates every time you need to swipe the card.
- You can also reload the card digitally if you run out of funds during your travel.
Axis Bank’s Multi-Currency Forex Card offers transactions in multiple currencies, as many as 16 different currencies, at competitive exchange rates. It is widely accepted at merchant establishments across the world, promising to be a worthy companion on what can only be an unforgettable trip.
Apply for it with just one document and get it delivered to your doorstep. While travelling you can check the balance on your card online through your Axis Mobile app or internet banking account. Use it to enjoy a multitude of benefits and offers. Know more details about forex cards at Axis Bank.
Disclaimer: This article has been authored by Savita Nair, an independent writer. Axis Bank doesn't influence any views of the author in any way. Axis Bank and/or the author shall not be responsible for any direct / indirect loss or liability incurred by the reader for taking any financial decisions based on the contents and information. Please consult your financial advisor before making any financial decision