For many people, laser vision correction is a matter of quality of life. Poor vision can affect everything from productivity at work to social activity with friends. Often, people make the decision to undergo LASIK procedures because of the incredible boost to visual acuity that they enjoy as a result – sometimes as quickly as the next day!
Not everyone faces such serious considerations when deciding on laser vision correction. Some people just want to get rid of glasses or contacts so they can see the world in a new light, and what better way to put your better eyesight to work than driving across the border to see some of the best sights the U.S. has to offer? Check out these six U.S. destinations within a day’s drive from the border.
The favored American destination for teenagers on school trips to the U.S., Boston embraces its history through many visual markers that you just have to see to believe. First, the massive number of brownstone apartments, so named for the deep colour of the bricks used to make their street-facing facades, indicates a history that stretches back to the first European settlers to land on the North American continent.
The Boston skyline is dotted by several immediately recognizable sights, too: the Bunker Hill Monument, TD Bank Garden and Zakim Bridge all feature prominently.
If you’ve had your fill of the East Coast, a slower pace awaits you in the Emerald City. Less than a three-hour drive from Vancouver, Seattle offers spectacular views of the city and its mountainous background. From the Space Needle, Seattle’s most famous attraction, tourists get fantastic panoramas of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier.
While it may not have anything to do with vision, Seattle is also famous for its vibrant coffee culture. Skip the Starbucks for any of the city’s hundreds of independent cafes.
3. Mt. Rushmore
If you’re in Central Canada and find yourself in the mood for a longer drive, head south through the Dakotas until you reach Mt. Rushmore, one of the most visually striking sights throughout the American Midwest. Constructed between 1927 and 1941, the 60-foot tall busts of four U.S. presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – represent the first 130 years of the country’s history.
Viewing platforms at Mt. Rushmore can get crowded during the busier times of the summer, so make sure your eyesight is sharp enough in case you don’t get a spot at one of the park’s many viewfinders.
4. Yellowstone National Park
You might have seen videos of geysers like Old Faithful, the premier attraction of Yellowstone National Park, but ask anyone who’s made the trip south to this nature preserve that stretches across three states and they’ll tell you that you have to see it to believe it.
Old Faithful has been erupting every 91 minutes since it was first recorded in 1870, so while you might want to rush to Yellowstone as soon as possible, odds are that this geyser will be going for a long time.
5. Niagara Falls
Sure, you know that the Canadian side boasts better views of the main waterfall at Niagara, but the American side offers the only panoramic view of all three distinct falls in the area. You can also take an elevator to the top of the Niagara Falls Observation Tower, which juts out over the falls for a few dozen feet and makes a great place for pictures as long as you don’t mind a little mist that wafts up from the enormous pressure of falling water. The American side also has many boat trips that take tourists close to or even under the falls themselves.
If getting drenched during your vacation doesn’t seem like your idea of fun, all the more reason to make sure your eyesight is good enough to appreciate the American falls from distant observation decks.
6. The Big House
Not every great American sight has to do with nature. In some cases, the culture of the country is reflected in the buildings it creates. That’s precisely why you should examine the culture of U.S. sports by visiting Michigan Stadium, the largest sports venue in the country. More affectionately known as “The Big House,” this arena can pack a maximum of 109,901 spectators in to watch Michigan’s intensely popular college football team. Unofficial records indicated that more than 115,000 people once packed into the stadium for a football game between old rivals Michigan and Notre Dame, which would make it the largest crowd to witness a sporting event at any level throughout U.S. history.
Canadians don’t have to worry, though – multiple hockey games have been played at The Big House, including the 2014 NHL Winter Classic.
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