When the combined size of Canada, North America and South America takes up nearly half the planet there’s little point to explore beyond its shores. You could vacation ten times a year at different locations throughout the Americas and experience something completely different each and every time. From the snowy peaks of Banff to the arid Nevada Desert, Americans are lucky enough to have everything they could ever want all on one landmass. Below we take a look at a few of the varied experiences Americans can enjoy:
Natural wonder: The largest underground cave in the world
The Mammoth Cave National Park in the fantastic state of Kentucky and has the largest network of caves and underground passages in the world. To be precise the cave network is comprised of more than 560 surveyed kilometers of passages. This breathtaking national park is also home to an array of flora and fauna not found anywhere else of the planet.
Historical significance: The ancient Mayan temples of Chichen-Itza
One of the most amazing Mayan cities in the Yucatan peninsula, Chichen-Itza has been home to a plethora of people throughout its distinct history. The stunning Mayan and Toltec buildings that can still be visited across the city ensure it a must see for those with an interest in ancient history.
Depravity and debauchery: The world famous sin city of Las Vegas
Why bother with the red light district of Amsterdam in Europe, when the you can visit the bright lights of Las Vegas and see so much more. With guns, gambling, ladies and decadence Las Vegas caters for every sin under the sun and has the advantage of remarkable weather all year round.
Relive your favorite movies: Hollywood, New York and Walt Disney World
America is practically bursting at the seams with famous sites from the silver screen. From the Empire State Building in New York to Cinderella’s Castle in Florida, holiday makers do not have to venture far to experience fantastic places for both themselves and their families.
It has been said that other reasons stop Americans from braving the arduous journey across either the atlantic or pacific. One such reason might be fear. The post 9/11 world has left some Americans feeling that the world doesn’t like them. The media whirlwind around terrorism may have influenced many Americans to stay on home turf, and a trip abroad could result in you being kidnapped outside your hotel. This reason may stop some but I personally don’t think it is the main reason.
Secondly, there’s the cost factor to take into consideration. Why visit the huge waterfall in Africa when you have the largest waterfall in Venezuela and the world famous Niagara Falls in North America. Internal flights in the US are competitively priced because everyone uses them. If you are thinking about traveling outside of the US then you have to add hundreds of dollars onto your vacation budget.
It is sad that only *21% of Americans hold a passport as there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored. I’m sure that if this figure was compared to UK residents who have travelled outside of Europe we might see some eye opening results. Or if we compared it to Indonesian residents who travel out of Asia, we might also see some interesting figures. Personally, I think Americans don’t travel outside of the US is simply because there’s so much diversity to see in the Americas, the rest of the world will have to wait.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America. His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City. Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe. Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner. Have a story that needs to reach national media? Email him today.
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