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20 Must-Do All-American Experiences on Vacation

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When it comes to vacationing, Americans have a unique flair for blending relaxation with a dash of the unconventional. From coast to coast, here are 20 amusingly American activities that capture the spirit of the U.S. vacation experience.

1. Take a Road Trip in a Massive RV

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Nothing says “American vacation” quite like hitting the open road in a home-on-wheels, complete with all the amenities of home, plus the ability to cook a full meal while someone else drives.

2. Visit Disney World or Disneyland

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Embrace the magic of childhood dreams by spending a day (or five) at Disney, where adults are just big kids wearing Mickey ears and eating churros at 10 AM.

3. Attend a Baseball Game

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Grab a hot dog and a cold beer, and soak in America’s pastime. Bonus points for catching a foul ball or getting on the jumbotron.

4. Eat a Deep-Fried Everything

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State fairs are the place to discover that anything can be deep-fried, from Oreos to butter, proving American ingenuity knows no bounds in the culinary arts.

5. Take a Selfie at the Grand Canyon

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Capture the grandeur of one of America’s most breathtaking natural wonders, ensuring you’ve got that perfect Instagram shot to make everyone back home jealous.

6. Go to a Drive-in Movie

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Experience movie-watching from the comfort of your car, a nostalgic nod to a bygone era of Americana, complete with popcorn and snuggling under the stars.

7. Celebrate the 4th of July Anywhere in the USA

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From backyard barbecues to spectacular fireworks displays, celebrating Independence Day is a quintessential American experience.

8. Experience Las Vegas

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Try your luck at the casinos, catch a world-class show, and marvel at the neon lights in this desert oasis of entertainment and indulgence.

9. Visit a National Park

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America’s national parks are its crown jewels. Whether it’s Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Great Smoky Mountains, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to explore.

10. Eat Barbecue in Texas

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Savor the slow-cooked, smoky goodness of Texas barbecue, a true American art form, and argue about which style is the best.

11. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Stroll among the stars on Hollywood’s famous sidewalk, taking selfies with your favorites and marveling at the history of American entertainment.

12. See a Broadway Show in New York

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Experience the magic of live theater with a Broadway show, where the talent is top-notch and the productions are unforgettable.

13. Participate in a Tailgate Party

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Experience the pre-game ritual of tailgating, where the food is grilled, the drinks are cold, and the camaraderie is infectious, all before the big game.

14. Take a Picture With Mount Rushmore

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Pay homage to four of America’s greatest presidents by visiting this monumental sculptural marvel set against the South Dakota sky.

15. Go on a Lobster Roll Quest in New England

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Embark on a culinary adventure through New England to find the perfect lobster roll, a quest that combines scenic beauty with deliciousness.

16. Ride a Trolley in San Francisco

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Cling to the side of a historic San Francisco cable car, taking in the steep hills and stunning views of the Bay Area.

17. Explore the French Quarter in New Orleans

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Get lost in the vibrant streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter, where the music is soulful, the food is hearty, and the atmosphere is electric.

18. Witness the Niagara Falls

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Stand in awe of the power and beauty of Niagara Falls, a natural wonder that straddles the border between the USA and Canada.

19. Attend a Country Music Concert

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Let your hair down and enjoy the storytelling and soulful melodies of a live country music concert, an experience that’s as American as apple pie.

20. Visit the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

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Explore the vast collections of the Smithsonian Institution, where American history, culture, and scientific achievements are on full display.

An American Adventure

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From the quirky to the quintessential, these 20 vacation activities capture the diverse and spirited nature of vacationing in the USA. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s no shortage of uniquely American experiences to enjoy.

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