tourist verb. Susan enjoyed touristing by herself. If like me you are a fairly unashamed and classic “tourister”, there’s much for you to get excited about here! Read on for a few of the top tourist attractions in USA.
Alcatraz island, San Francisco, ca
You can’t visit San Francisco without a trip to the imposing and impossibly eerie Alcatraz Island that still houses the famous prison. Take an individual audio tour and take it all in at your own pace – boats leave regularly from the shore but do think about booking ahead, especially in holiday seasons as it will get exceptionally busy.
Swamp tour, NEw ORleans, Louisiana
If you want to take a boat trip with a difference, you should head down south to New Orleans. Home to some of the most unique and instantly recognisable landscapes, the bayous of Louisiana make for a great trip out of the city. Full of (carefully preserved) natural wildlife from hogs to alligators, you’ll find a photo opp at every turn. There are a few tour operators to choose from. Most will include transportation from your accommodation if you’re staying in New Orleans itself. I went with Cajun Encounters who provided a good sized coach, knowledgeable staff and a great hour and a half out in the swamps. Trips will cost around £45 or $65. You can also add on additional trips like a plantation visit and make a full day of it.
Botanical gardens, everywhere usa!
You really can’t visit many major cities in the US without coming across some kind of botanical garden. I was never particularly into nature of the flower and plant variety – until i started travelling the US. When you’re travelling by yourself, a visit to a botanical garden can be a great, relaxing and easy way to spend a half day. Because, you know, learning about plants and flowers! You’ll find great examples in Austin and Atlanta, but keep an eye out wherever you’re visiting.