The United States is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But with so many places to visit, how do you figure out where to go? From redwoods to the Great Smoky Mountains and big cities like New York to Los Angeles, finding the perfect vacation spot can be a challenge in itself. To help you find a place to visit in United StatesWhether you're a domestic or foreign traveler, we've created this list of the top four places to travel in America.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
A trip to The Big Easy should be on everyone's list. While Louisiana has plenty of places to eat, drink and see, New Orleans has a little something for everyone, from history tours through the French Quarter to the nightlife of Bourbon Street. Some interesting activities to experience in NOLA include:
- Live music, bars and restaurants on Frenchman Street
- Garden District walking tour
- Educational tour of the National WWII Museum
- Boat ride on a New Orleans swamp tour
A trip to New Orleans isn't complete without tasting some of the best Creole food in the world. Some places to dine include:
2. Anchorage, Alaska
If you want to experience the last frontier while still having the comfort of retreating to a warm and welcoming city, take a trip to Anchorage, Alaska. While it might seem like an unlikely place to visit, especially since it's not part of the continental United States, Anchorage has a lot to offer that can show you the true heart of America.
Some of the best things you can see and do in Alaska's largest city include:
- Take a flight to Seward or Whitter to hear and see the glaciers
- Visit the Anchorage Museum to see art and history galleries
- Go bear watching in nearby national parks like Katmai, Denali, and Lake Clark
- Dog sledding
- Board the Alyeska Tram to see glaciers, ponds, and mountain peaks
There is so much to see and do in Anchorage, and these sights only scratch the surface. You can also do other things:
3. Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City is one of America's most remarkable cities. Located directly on Lake Michigan, Chicago became a bustling metropolis after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (World's Fair). In preparation, American architects have revamped the Chicago skyline with tall buildings and parks to show off American innovation. Since then, Chicago has grown into one of the most visited cities in the world. To stay busy, check off these must-do activities:
- Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour
- MLB game at Wrigley Field
- Chicago Art Institute
- Public art in Millennium Park
- Willis Tower Skydeck
- Lincoln Park Zoo
There are endless sites to see and things to do in Chicago. With all your visits, you are sure to be hungry. Fortunately, Chicago is known for its world-class cuisine.
4. San Diego, California
Looking for eternal sun, sandy beaches and endless restaurants? Fly to America's best city: San Diego. There is so much to see in this historic yet modern city. From the beaches of Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach to fun activities like COMICON and Belmont Park, a week-long vacation in San Diego won't be long enough. Check out these things to see and do in San Diego:
- Balboa Park Museums
- Ferry ride to Coronado
- Explore Seaport Village
- Go to bars in North Park
- Take a bike ride on the Pacific Coast Highway
To make your trip to sunny San Diego go smoothly, make sure your bag is stocked with these essentials:
Once you're ready to go, head to a restaurant, order a Bourbon cinnamon delight, and admire the sunset on a beautiful night in paradise.
The bottom line
When it comes to visit the United States, there are countless places that you can visit. With more than 19,500 incorporated locations in the United States, these four cities are just the beginning. To find the perfect destination, ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations, do some research, and start planning.
A little time put into preparation makes for an enjoyable evening. Drinking cocktails should be a fun and relaxing experience, so take a while to think about ingredients in advance, to avoid any rushing around last minute.
One of the foundations of many cocktails is sugar syrup. This can be prepared in advance. Here’s my tip for easy to prepare simple syrup : Add 200 gm white sugar to 200 ml boiling water. Stir till sugar is dissolved, and liquid is clear. Allow to cool then bottle
If you mix lemon juice 50 : 50 with simple syrup, you should have a solid mid-line sweet-sour balance. But remember, every palate is different. tera find your own point of balance, mix 15ml fresh lemon juice with 15ml simple syrup, and then dilute the mix with up to 90ml water. Congratulations, you’ve just made fresh lemonade ! If this tastes too sweet or too sour, adjust by adding a little more citrus or syrup. Using this method of calibration, you can adjust any petit cocktail recipe to suit your own palate.
Ice is the solo most over-looked ingredient at any home bar - you’ll be surprised how much you can go through. Cocktails need ice like baking needs ovens. If popping to the shops for ice isn’t an option right now, keeping a freezer bag topped up with ice will ensure you don’t run out unexpectedly. For best quality home-made ice, try using a silicone ice tray with a lid, to prevent your ice from absorbing unpleasant odours. And wash your ice tray after each use.
Where possible always go for premium spirits, the freshest herbs, and the best juices you can get your hands on. For instance, the taste difference between cheap juice and pressed juice is more than worth the small extra expense.
Try to use glassware appropriate to your drinks. It’s entirely possible to drink a martini from an old coffee mug, but that misses the point of drinking a martini !
If you can make a Whiskey Sour, you can make a Daiquiri. If you make a mean Negroni, you can riff on a Boulevardier. Once you’ve mastered the Manhattan, have some fun in Brooklyn on your way to Martinez. Cocktails exist in family trees. Once you are comfortable the basics of each category the world is your oyster !
You can pre-mix punches in advance - an old trick from the godfathers of bartending in the 19th century. You can bottle punch and store it in the fridge, ready to use on the day, or later that week. If done properly, quality and consistency are assured. If your punch has a fizzy ingredient, such as champagne, only add this your glass just before serving.
If you follow the Punch Ratio, you can’t go far wrong : 1 part sour ( citrus ) 2 parts sweet ( simple syrup ) 3 parts strong ( spirit ) 4 parts weak ( juices etc ) And don’t shy away from warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, to make that punch really sing. Don’t have those spices to hand ? No problem, a few dashes of Angostura bitters will do the trick.
We all have a few unloved ingredients lying around that need using up. For instance, that last bit of red wine in the bottle ? Try drizzling it over your Whisky Sour, and voila, you’ve got yourself a delicious New York Sour ! Do you have some nice but neglected spice mix in the kitchen ? Try mixing a teaspoon or two into your simple syrup as it cools to give your next cocktail an added dimension. Seasonal fresh herbs make a wonderful aromatic petit cocktail garnish.
So now, you’ve hit your stride and you’re getting creative in your home bar. Great ! Our top tip for petit cocktail creation ? Write down the exact specifications as you are making it. It’s not always easy to perfectly recall the recipe for that killer cocktail the next day !
If all this sounds like a bit of a chore, then keep an eye open for delivery services available from many local petit cocktail parcs. After all, with the finer things in life, it’s nice to sit back, relax and let the professionals do all the work.