1. Attend a Baseball Game
Baseball is one of America’s most iconic national sports and as the famed American pastime (just like cricket is for Australians), going to a baseball game is one of the most quintessential ways to ‘get’ America. For the best experience, get a seat at the World Series or at the very least, try and watch a game that involves either the Yankees, the Cardinals, the Red Sox or the Giants. Alternatively, if you can’t get on board with baseball enthusiasm, try heading to an American football game or an ice hockey match on your holiday in North America.
2. Watch a TV Show Taping
If you’re planning on visiting Los Angeles or New York, attending a taping of one of your favourite television shows will not only let you see behind the scenes, but will also potentially put you face-to-face with some of the world’s biggest stars. Even if your holiday in North America is taking place during the off-season, most talk shows tape all year round and feature a wide variety of guests. Whether you’re visiting the famous 30 Rockefeller centre or one of L.A.’s vast studios, a TV show taping will be a day (or night) of unforgettable entertainment!
3. Visit Mount Rushmore
Americans love national pride and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is the place where American history comes to life via the huge 60-foot carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore has become a globally recognised icon, yet few tourists embarking on a holiday in North America make an effort to see it. Make sure it’s on your list!
4. Eat A Giant Slice of Pizza
The USA is famous for their love of food and a holiday in North America should be treated like a trip through an all-American buffet. With just about every region offering a local specialty, there are a few iconic American dishes that are must-haves and a giant slice of “pizza pie” is just one of them! These huge pizza slices can mostly be found in places like New York, California and even Texas. If pizza is not your thing, you can also try other iconic cuisines like Cajun gumbo, fish tacos, philly cheese steak sandwiches, cherry pie and vendor hot dogs.
5. Places of American History
Finally, take the time to visit the places that shaped a nation and understand what makes the American dream what it is. From the founding of the colonies to the civil rights movements, the American story can be found all over the country. The sites of the Boston Tea Party, the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, the Gettysburg address in Pennsylvania and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in Washington D.C. are all spots that defined the United States. Go see one!
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