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10 GREAT ATTRACTIONS IN EACH U.S. STATE
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Alabama:
✮ Visit some of the top waterfalls in Southeast Alabama, including Noccalula Falls in Gardsden and DeSoto Falls in Fort Payne
✮ Explore the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, one of the finest space museums in the country
✮ Cycle the Chief Ladiga Trail, a wonderful 33-mile paved rail trail that also connects to the 61.5-mile paved Silver Comet Trail in Georgia
✮ Attend a racing event at the Talladega Superspeedway
✮ Catch a concert at the outdoor Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
✮ Enjoy some of Alabama's Gulf of Mexico beaches, such as those found at Gulf Shores or Orange Beach
✮ Learn about the Civil Rights movement at the excellent Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
✮ Go hiking in one of the beautiful nature preserves in northern Alabama
✮ Enjoy some canoeing/kayaking or tubing on one of Alabama's scenic rivers (e.g. Cahaba River, Styx River, etc.)
✮ See more than 700 motorcycles on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham
For a comprehensive travel guide to Alabama, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Arizona:
✮ Visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, ideally staying in a lodge or campground on or near the rim for a few nights
✮ Spend at least 3-4 days exploring the beautiful red-rock country of Sedona
✮ Take a guided tour of one or several slot canyons in Page (e.g. Lower or Upper Antelope Canyon)
✮ Explore these two amazing museums in Tucson: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Pima Air & Space Museum
✮ Drive through the wild west scenery of Monument Valley (highway US-163)
✮ Backpack down to the marvelous waterfalls of Havasupai
✮ Hike to Horseshoe Bend near Page
✮ Take a cave tour in Kartchner Caverns State Park
✮ Go golfing at one of the 50+ golf courses in the Scottsdale area
✮ See some of the largest cactus in the country within the western section of Saguaro National Park
For a comprehensive travel guide to Arizona, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Arkansas:
✮ Wander around the shops and restaurants located in the historic district of Eureka Springs
✮ Rock scramble up to the top of Pinnacle Mountain near Little Rock
✮ Visit the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; make sure to walk the art-filled paths around the museum too
✮ Take a few hikes in the Ozarks region, including Hawksbill Crag/Whitaker Point, Lost Valley, and Glory Hole
✮ Explore a few of Arkansas's state parks - they boast one of the finest state park systems in the country
✮ Go boating on Lake Ouachita
✮ Take a hot springs bath in Hot Springs National Park
✮ Dig for your own diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro
✮ Canoe the world-famous Buffalo National River
✮ Go mountain biking in Bentonville, one of the premier mountain biking locations in the country
For a comprehensive travel guide to Arkansas, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in California:
✮ Gaze at the tallest trees in the world in Redwood National Park
✮ Tour some of the amazing museums of Los Angeles (e.g. the Getty Center)
✮ See the largest trees in the world in Sequoia National Park
✮ Walk the trails of Yosemite Valley within Yosemite National Park
✮ Drive the Big Sur highway along the California coast (US-1)
✮ Visit the hottest and driest environment in North America in Death Valley National Park
✮ Hit the slopes at one of the world-class ski areas near Lake Tahoe
✮ Head to the the premier family destination of Disneyland
✮ Drink your way through a few wineries in Napa Valley and/or Sonoma Valley
✮ Relax at any one of California's fantastic beaches
✮ Visit some of San Francisco's most famous sites (e.g. Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, etc.)
For a comprehensive travel guide to California, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Colorado:
✮ Explore Rocky Mountain National Park in a vehicle and/or on foot
✮ Hit one or several of the many breweries found in and around Fort Collins
✮ Take a guided tour of ancient ruins at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado
✮ Jump on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango for one of the most scenic railway journeys in North America
✮ Enjoy a concert at the outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheater
✮ Enjoy a soak at one of Colorado's famous hot springs resorts
✮ Hike up one of Colorado's big mountains (there are many mountains over 14,000 feet)
✮ Go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River
✮ Go skiing or snowboarding at any of the state's famous ski areas (e.g. Aspen Snowmass, Telluride, Vail, etc.)
✮ Climb the sand dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park
For a comprehensive travel guide to Colorado, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Connecticut:
✮ Stay at (or near) Mohegan Sun, one of the best and largest resort casinos in the U.S. outside of Las Vegas
✮ Visit Gillette Castle State Park and explore a stone castle that looks like a medieval fortress
✮ Cycle one of Connecticut's excellent rail trails (e.g. Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, Farmington River Trail, Airline State Park Trail, etc.)
✮ Visit the excellent Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic
✮ See retired PEZ candy dispensers at the PEZ Visitor Center in Orange
✮ Go for a picnic and see a set of great waterfalls at Kent Falls State Park
✮ Head to Lake Compounce & Crocodile Cove, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States
✮ Eat some of the best pizza you've ever had in New Haven
✮ Hit the beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park
✮ Visit the various museums of Yale University in New Haven
For a comprehensive travel guide to Connecticut, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Delaware:
✮ Enjoy one Delaware's seaside resort towns and their beaches
✮ Go kayaking on Fenwick Island
✮ Take the kids to Funland, an family amusement center found on the beach boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach
✮ Explore the coastal views and bike paths of Cape Henlopen State Park, arguably the best state park in the state
✮ Go bird-watching at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
✮ Catch a NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway
✮ Hop on the Wilmington & Western Railroad for a scenic railroad journey
✮ Visit the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur
✮ Drink up at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton
✮ Explore the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington
For a comprehensive travel guide to Delaware, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Florida:
✮ Take an amusement-park vacation in Orlando by visiting some of the parks of Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and/or Universal Studios
✮ Enjoy some of the fine beaches along the Gulf Coast of the Florida Panhandle
✮ Take a roadtrip from Miami to Key West by driving across the Florida Keys
✮ Cycle one of Florida's excellent paved rail trails (e.g. Withlacoochee State Trail)
✮ Jump on a guided airboat tour in the Everglades region
✮ Show off your stuff at South Miami Beach
✮ Go boating or take a guided seashelling tour of the Ten Thousand Islands near Marco Island
✮ Relax at one of the fine beaches on the southern and central Gulf Coast (e.g. Naples, Sanibel, Siesta Key, etc.)
✮ Visit the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral
✮ Spot manatees in one of Florida's beautiful natural springs
For a comprehensive travel guide to Florida, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Georgia:
✮ Explore the beautiful historic district and waterfront areas of Savannah, one of the finest medium-sized cities in the country
✮ Visit the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, a top 5 aquarium in the U.S.
✮ Take cycling tour in and around Atlanta
✮ Go waterfall hunting in northern Georgia
✮ Tour the various beaches, islands, and lighthouses of Georgia's Atlantic coastline
✮ Rent a tube and float down one of Northern Georgia's scenic rivers (e.g. Chattahoochee, Chestatee, Cartecay, Toccoa, etc.)
✮ Cycle some or all of the excellent 61.5-mile fully paved Silver Comet Trail rail trail
✮ Attend the Masters Tournament golf event in Augusta
✮ Visit two Civil War battle sites at Chickamagua & Chattanooga National Military Park
✮ Go whitewater rafting on one of the most iconic whitewater rafting rivers in the Southeast: the Chattooga River
For a comprehensive travel guide to Georgia, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Idaho:
✮ Cycle one of Idaho's famous long-distance rail trails (e.g. Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes or the Route of the Hiawatha)
✮ Drive the Sawtooth Scenic Byway in central Idaho
✮ Relax in one of Idaho's excellent hot springs resorts
✮ Take an epic multi-day whitewater rafting trip (e.g. Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Snake River through Hells Canyon, etc.)
✮ Go skiing or snowboarding at Sun Valley
✮ Head to Coeur d'Alene, dubbed the "honeymoon capital of the Northwest"
✮ Throw on a backpack and head deep into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area
✮ Hop in one of Idaho's hot springs resorts
✮ Explore an otherworldly volcanic landscape at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
✮ Visit one of Idaho's world-class waterfalls (e.g. Shoshone Falls or Upper Mesa Falls)
For a comprehensive travel guide to Idaho, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Illinois:
✮ Explore downtown Chicago, my #1 favorite major city in the U.S.
✮ Wander the lively historic district of Galena
✮ Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park
✮ Patron some of Chicago's world-class museums (e.g. The Field Museum, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, etc.)
✮ Eat some hot dogs and deep dish pizza in downtown Chicago
✮ Catch a ballgame at Wrigley Field in Chicago
✮ Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield
✮ Head to the rugged and scenic Starved Rock State Park, Illinois's best state park
✮ Embrace the madness of the roadside attraction and "world's largest" sculptures and statues in the town of Casey
✮ Hike among 320-million year old cliffs in the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area in southern Illinois
For a comprehensive travel guide to Illinois, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Indiana:
✮ See the sand dunes and enjoy the beaches of Indiana Dunes National Park
✮ Peek into dozens of classic motor-homes at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart
✮ Take the kids to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, widely considered the best children's museum in the country
✮ Catch a NASCAR event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
✮ Ride the rollercoasters at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus
✮ Cycle one of Indiana's great rail trails (e.g. Monon Trail, Cardinal Greenway, etc.)
✮ Watch a college football game at Notre Dame
✮ See the beautiful waterfalls within Clifty Falls State Park
✮ Explore one of Southern Indiana's underground show caves (e.g. Marengo Cave, Indiana Caverns, etc.)
✮ Mail a letter from the Santa Claus Post Office in Santa Claus
For a comprehensive travel guide to Indiana, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Iowa:
✮ See the six covered bridges of Madison County
✮ Cycle the High Trestle Trail, a fantastic 25-mile paved rail trail with a series of diamond-shaped steel structures to ride through
✮ Marvel at the art sculptures found at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines
✮ Stop at the world's largest truck stop on I-80 in Walcott
✮ Walk among 200 prehistoric Native American mounds in Effigy Mounds National Monument
✮ Step on the famous baseball field shown in the Field of Dreams
✮ Go deep into a cave and see a natural bridge at Maquoketa Caves State Park
✮ See more than 200 motorcycles on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa
✮ Score great views of the Mississippi River from Pikes Peak State Park
✮ Visit the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, believed to be the largest grotto in the world
For a comprehensive travel guide to Iowa, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Kansas:
✮ Enjoy the excellent museums and gardens of Wichita
✮ Stop at some of the Wizard of Oz attractions in the state, including the OZ Museum in Wamego
✮ Visit one of the best space museums in the U.S., the Cosmosphere
✮ See the natural rock formations at Monument Rocks in western Kansas
✮ Mountain bike the famous Switchgrass Trail in Wilson State Park
✮ Explore an old mine at Strataca in Hutchinson
✮ See the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City
✮ Go hiking, boating, or swimming in Elk City State Park, arguably Kansas's best state park
✮ Wander around Lawrence's lively downtown district, often called "one of the most beautiful main streets in the U.S."
✮ Visit the Mid-America Air Museum, one of the largest and best aviation museums in the country
For a comprehensive travel guide to Kansas, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Kentucky:
✮ Tour some of the world-class bourbon distilleries in Bardstown, Frankfort, Lexington, and/or Louisville
✮ Go hunting for arches and natural bridges in the spectacular Red River Gorge Geological Area
✮ Embrace the horse-obsessed culture and attractions in Louisville
✮ Tour one of Kentucky's amazing underground caves (e.g. Mammoth Cave National Park, but there are many others)
✮ Visit the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green
✮ Go camping in Daniel Boone National Forest
✮ Try via-ferrata climbing with Southeast Mountain Guides
✮ Visit the original KFC restaurant in Corbin
✮ Wander the historic district of Berea, the "folk arts and crafts capital of Kentucky"
✮ See one of Kentucky's best waterfalls at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
For a comprehensive travel guide to Kentucky, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Louisiana:
✮ Visit the outstanding National World War II Museum in New Orleans
✮ Walk the 13-block French Quarter historic district in New Orleans
✮ Cycle the paved Tammany Trace Trail rail trail
✮ Visit the Oak Alley Plantation, which is perhaps the most famous plantation in the U.S.
✮ Attend the wild Mardi Gras event (typically held in late February or early March)
✮ Go boating in Atchafalaya Basin
✮ Enjoy live music on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans
✮ Gamble in one of Bossier City's fine casinos
✮ Tour the Laura: A Creole Plantation in Vacherie
✮ Take a guided food or sightseeing tour in New Orleans
For a comprehensive travel guide to Louisiana, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Maine:
✮ Explore the great city of Portland, especially the Old Port district
✮ Head to Bar Harbor and explore the rocky coastline of Acadia National Park
✮ Go hiking in Baxter State Park
✮ Explore the southern coastline and its many fine beaches (e.g. Long Sands Beach, Ogunquit Beach, Old Orchard Beach)
✮ Go whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River with Northern Outdoors or another local guide service
✮ Visit some of Maine's 65 lighthouses
✮ Hit the slopes at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry or Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley
✮ Hike to Moxie Falls, one of the best waterfalls in New England
✮ Ride a snowmobile on some of Maine's 14,000 miles of trails
✮ Sail some of the Maine coastline
For a comprehensive travel guide to Maine, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Maryland:
✮ Cycle some or all of the 150-mile long Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP) trail, one of the very best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.
✮ Enjoy some seaside amusement parks and other attractions at Ocean City, Maryland's most famous beach town
✮ See wild ponies and beautiful beaches at Assateague Island National Seashore
✮ Appreciate the arts at the excellent Walters Art Museum in Baltimore
✮ Cycle some or all of the 184-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath
✮ Visit Antietam National Battlefield, the famous Civil War site that marks the bloodiest day in U.S. history
✮ Take the kids to the top-rated Baltimore Aquarium
✮ Walk around Annapolis while enjoying its Colonial architecture, shops, and fine restaurants
✮ Catch a Baltimore Orioles ballgame at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
✮ Stroll the shops of the attractive historic downtown area of Frederick
For a comprehensive travel guide to Maryland, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Massachusetts:
✮ Tour the historic city of Boston, one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.
✮ Spend a week enjoying the beaches, towns, and other attractions of Cape Cod
✮ Take a ferry to visit the upscale islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
✮ Explore the museums, nature parks, and quaint small towns of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts
✮ Attend the Big E in Springfield, one of the largest country fairs in the U.S. (typically held in mid-to-late September)
✮ Try some fried claims and other great seafood in the towns of Ipswich and Essex
✮ Go antiquing at the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield (3x per year)
✮ Visit the outstanding Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
✮ Cycle the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail
✮ Catch a ballgame at Fenway Park in Boston
For a comprehensive travel guide to Massachusetts, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Michigan:
✮ Wander the lively Bavarian-themed town of Frankenmuth
✮ Visit the excellent Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn
✮ Take a boat tour to visit the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
✮ Marvel at the gardens and art sculptures of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids
✮ Hop on a ferry to explore beautiful Mackinac Island on foot and/or bicycle (rentals available on the island)
✮ Relax on one of the fine beaches of Lake Michigan in western Michigan
✮ Mountain bike the Copper Harbor Bike Trail System
✮ Hunt for scenic waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula (e.g. Tahquamenon Falls, Bond Falls, etc.)
✮ Climb the sand dunes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
✮ Go backpacking in Isle Royal National Park
For a comprehensive travel guide to Michigan, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Minnesota:
✮ Visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, the largest shopping mall in the U.S.
✮ Stay in Duluth for a few nights and explore the towns and parks along the North Shore Scenic Drive
✮ Search for some of Minnesota's famous roadside attractions, including sculptures that have earned "World's Largest" accolades
✮ Head to the SPAM Museum in Austin, one of the quirkiest and humorous small museums in the country
✮ Take a multi-day canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
✮ See where the Mississippi River begins its journey in Itasca State Park
✮ Photograph the Split Rock Lighthouse, which is perched on a dramatic, steep cliff in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
✮ Gawk at the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, the king of all roadside attractions in Minnesota
✮ Cycle one of Minnesota's excellent rail trails
✮ Visit Tettegouche State Park to witness 120-foot High Falls
For a comprehensive travel guide to Minnesota, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Mississippi:
✮ Cycle the Longleaf Trace and/or the Tanglefoot Trail; both are among the finest rail trails in the U.S.
✮ Head to Natchez, the "B&B capital of the south"
✮ Drive the Natchez Trace Parkway, which passes through some of MI's most historic towns
✮ Take a boat tour from Gulfport to visit Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island
✮ Visit one of the premier Civil War sites at Vicksburg National Military Park
✮ Tour the Melrose plantation in Natchez
✮ Catch some blues music at Red's Lounge in Clarksdale
✮ Hit the beaches at Gulf Islands National Seashore
✮ Throw some dice at one of the fine casinos in Biloxi
For a comprehensive travel guide to Mississippi, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Missouri:
✮ Let the kids go wild on the play structures at the City Museum in St. Louis, arguably the best children's playground on the planet
✮ Walk among billion year-old giant granite rocks at Elephant Rocks State Park
✮ Enjoy all the family-friendly attractions, amusement parks, museums, and live performances in Branson
✮ Devour some amazing BBQ in Kansas City (e.g. Joe's, Arthur Bryant's, Jack Stack, Q39, etc.)
✮ See the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the "Eiffel Tower" of the American Plains
✮ Learn more about Mark Twain at several attractions in Hannibal
✮ Get some thrills at the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson
✮ Tour one of the exceptional show caves in Central Missouri (e.g. Meramec Caverns, Bridal Cave, Onondaga Cave, etc.)
✮ Explore the lovely Forest Park in St. Louis, one of the great urban parks of America
✮ Cycle the Katy Trail, one the ten best long-distance rail trails in the U.S.
For a comprehensive travel guide to Missouri, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Montana:
✮ Use West Yellowstone as a base camp for exploring Yellowstone National Park
✮ Drive the seasonal Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park (note: reservations are likely needed)
✮ Head to Bozeman to explore the city and surrounding mountains (including Big Sky)
✮ Go skiing or snowboarding at Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin
✮ Stay on one of Montana's famous guest ranches (although it cost a ton of $$$$$$$)
✮ Throw a line on one of Montana's outstanding fly-fishing rivers (e.g. Yellowstone River)
✮ Go backpacking in one of Montana's legendary national forests or wilderness areas (e.g. Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness)
✮ Drive the seasonal Beartooth National Scenic Byway (US-212), often called the #1 scenic drive in the U.S.
✮ Soak in one of Montana's hot springs resorts
✮ Go whitewater rafting on the Flathead River
For a comprehensive travel guide to Montana, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Nebraska:
✮ Wander the badlands and geologic features of Toadstool Geologic Park in the northwestern corner of the state
✮ Smile at the absurdity of Carhenge in Alliance
✮ Spend a few days exploring the fine museums and other attractions of Omaha and Lincoln
✮ Watch the famous sandhill crane migration on the Platte River (late February through early April)
✮ Take a canoe trip down the Niobrara River
✮ Visit the excellent Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, a top 5 zoo in the country
✮ See two of the famous Oregon Trail sites at Chimney Rock National Historic Site and Scotts Bluff National Monument
✮ Take a guided Jeep or stagecoach tour in Fort Robinson State Park
✮ Cycle the Cowboy Trail, the state's most famous rail trail
✮ See one of the best waterfalls in the Great Plains region at Smith Falls State Park
For a comprehensive travel guide to Nebraska, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Nevada:
✮ Spend 2 full days exploring the world-class Valley of Fire State Park (only one hour north of Las Vegas)
✮ Explode the senses by spending a few days and nights exploring "The Strip" of Las Vegas
✮ Watch some world-class entertainment/shows in Las Vegas
✮ Attend the free-spirited Burning Man Festival (this is definitely not for everyone!)
✮ Explore the fascinating geology of Cathedral Gorge State Park
✮ Go underground at Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park
✮ Drive the loneliest road in America, US-50
✮ Visit the National Automobile Museum in Reno, one of the premier auto museums in the country
✮ See the Hoover Dam from its various overlooks
✮ Go offroad driving at Gold Butte National Monument
For a comprehensive travel guide to Nevada, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in New Hampshire:
✮ Stay in Conway or North Conway and explore various parts of the exceptionally scenic White Mountain National Forest
✮ Take a hike in Franconia Notch State Park near Lincoln and Franconia
✮ Walk, shop, and dine in downtown Portsmouth
✮ Hike Mt. Monadnock, one of the most climbed mountains in the world (make parking reservations in advance!)
✮ Take the kids to Story Land and/or Santa's Village, two of the best theme parks for young children in the U.S.
✮ Climb through boulder caves at the Lost River Gorge or the Polar Caves
✮ Drive, hike, or take a cog railway to the top of Mt. Washington
✮ Seek out some of New Hampshire's 50+ covered bridges
✮ Hit slopes at one of many great ski areas found in the central and White Mountains regions of the state
✮ Drive the famous Kancamagus Highway (NH-112) during fall foliage (early October) between Lincoln and Conway
For a comprehensive travel guide to New Hampshire, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in New Jersey:
✮ Take the family to Ocean City, one of the best family-friendly seaside towns in the U.S.
✮ Explore the shops, restaurants, and Victorian architecture of Cape May
✮ Walk among hundreds of art sculptures at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, which I feel is the top outdoor sculpture park in the U.S.
✮ Photograph the amazing views of NYC from Liberty State Park in Jersey City
✮ Visit Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, one of the best and most famous rollercoaster parks in the U.S.
✮ Go aboard the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, the "most decorated U.S. Navy battleship"
✮ Hop on a ferry from Liberty State Park to visit the Statue of Liberty
✮ Have fun on the liveliest beach boardwalk in New Jersey: Wildwood
✮ Cycle the Delaware & Raritan Canal, a 70+ mile rail trail that is considered NJ's best long distance bicycling trail
✮ Visit the American Dream in East Rutherford, one of the largest malls in the country
For a comprehensive travel guide to New Jersey, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in New Mexico:
✮ Take a guided or self-guided cave tour at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
✮ Walk or sand-surf on the gypsum dunes of White Sands National Park
✮ Shop and dine in beautiful Santa Fe
✮ Attend the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
✮ Visit Taos, preferably in winter to hit the slopes at Taos Ski Valley
✮ Enter some ancient ruins at Bandelier National Monument
✮ Grab some delicious pistachios at McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch in Alamogordo
✮ Take the Sandia Peak Tramway up to scenic views of Albuquerque
✮ Hop aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
✮ Drive the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway, a 105-mile scenic drive between Santa Fe and Taos
For a comprehensive travel guide to New Mexico, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in New York:
✮ Witness the magnificent power and beauty of Niagara Falls in Western NY
✮ Enjoy the beaches of Long Island
✮ Drink at some of the more than 100 wineries found in the Finger Lakes Wine Country
✮ Catch a ballgame at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx
✮ Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty
✮ Explore lower and central Manhattan on foot
✮ Catch a Broadway show in NYC
✮ Take a hike in Adirondack Park
✮ Head to Lake Placid for a few days of skiing or snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain
✮ Visit some of NYC's world-famous museums (e.g. The Met, American Museum of Natural History, etc.)
For a comprehensive travel guide to New York, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in North Carolina:
✮ Tour the magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville
✮ Drive some of the spectacular 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway
✮ Go waterfall hunting in the North Carolina mountains (there are 100s of them)
✮ Hike or drive to the top of the state at Mount Mitchell State Park
✮ Explore the beaches and shorelines of the Outer Banks
✮ Drink and eat your way around Asheville, one of the most likable medium-sized cities in the U.S.
✮ Take a hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
✮ Paddle through rapids on a whitewater rafting trip on the French Broad River or Nantahala River
✮ Drive on the beach in Corolla
✮ Tour the huge U.S. Navy Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington
For a comprehensive travel guide to North Carolina, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in North Dakota:
✮ Engage in history at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
✮ See the impressive Gol Stave Church at Scandinavian Heritage Park
✮ Go backpacking or horsepacking on a portion of the 96-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail
✮ Cycle the Greenway of Greater Grand Forks
✮ Drive the Petrified Forest Loop in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to see beautiful badlands scenery
✮ Catch the Medora Musical, a famous live song-and-dance show in Medora (near Theodore Roosevelt National Park)
✮ Go bird-watching at the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge in either spring and fall
✮ Stop at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, one of the premier Lewis & Clark sites in the U.S.
✮ Photograph the scrap metal roadside attractions along the Enchanted Highway in the southwestern part of the state
✮ Take a selfie with the world's largest buffalo in Jamestown
For a comprehensive travel guide to North Dakota, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Ohio:
✮ Ride some of the world's best rollercoasters at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky
✮ See historic American signs at the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati
✮ Cycle the excellent Little Miami Scenic Trail paved rail trail
✮ Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, which is one of the oldest, largest, and best aviation museums in the U.S.
✮ Explore the hiking and biking trails of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
✮ Stop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton
✮ Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, one of the finest zoos in the country
✮ See waterfalls and impressive geologic attractions at Hocking Hills State Park
✮ Eat the West Side Market in Cleveland
✮ Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
For a comprehensive travel guide to Ohio, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Oklahoma:
✮ Visit either one of Oklahoma's two great Route 66-focused museums (there's one in Clinton and Elk City)
✮ Stroll around the Bricktown shopping and dining district in Oklahoma City
✮ Enjoy the great outdoors on scenic trails within the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
✮ Pay your respects at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
✮ Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
✮ Take a selfie with the gigantic Golder Driller roadside attraction in Tulsa
✮ Drive the Talimena National Scenic Byway through the Ouachita Mountains
✮ See the stunning bronze sculptures at Centennial Land Run Monument in Oklahoma City
✮ Visit the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville, a working ranch w/excellent Western art & history exhibits
✮ Enjoy beautiful architecture and art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa
For a comprehensive travel guide to Oklahoma, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Oregon:
✮ Spend a week driving the entire Oregon coastline (which is mostly US-101 but there are also several other roads to explore)
✮ Visit the deepest lake in the U.S. at Crater Lake National Park
✮ Take an underground cave tour at Oregon Caves National Monument
✮ Go whitewater rafting on one of Oregon's wild rivers
✮ Ride a dune-buggy in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
✮ Drink your way through a few wineries in the Willamette Valley
✮ Hit the slopes at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, one of the premier winter resorts of the U.S.
✮ Hunt for waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge
✮ Find great reads at the massive Powell's City of Books in Portland
✮ See colorful desert scenery at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
For a comprehensive travel guide to Oregon, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Pennsylvania:
✮ Take in the Revolutionary War and other historic sites in downtown Philadelphia
✮ Enjoy the sights and food of Amish/Dutch country
✮ Tour a decommissioned prison at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
✮ Visit the Civil War sites and museums of Gettysburg
✮ Ride the famous rollercoasters of Hersheypark
✮ Try a famous Philly cheesesteak, they definitely meet the hype (I recommend Dalessandro's or Sonny's)
✮ Cycle one of Pennsylvania's legendary rail trails (e.g. the Great Allegheny Passage)
✮ Visit other top-rated amusement parks in Pennsylvania, including Knoebels, Kennywood, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park, and Waldameer
✮ Hike the waterfall-infused trails of Ricketts Glen State Park
✮ Take a coal mine tour at Lackawanna Coal Mine
For a comprehensive travel guide to Pennsylvania, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Rhode Island:
✮ Relax on quaint and scenic Block Island for a few nights
✮ Cycle the 14.5-mile East Bay Bike Path, one of New England's best paved rail trails
✮ Walk the famous 3.5-mile Cliff Walk in Newport and then head to the area surrounding Thames Street for many shops, restaurants, and bars
✮ Take a guided tour of one (or several) of Newport's historic mega-mansions
✮ Attend a WaterFire bonfire event in downtown Providence
✮ Drive Ocean Drive, Rhode Island's most famous and best scenic drive
✮ Hit the beach at Narragansett Town Beach
✮ Eat all-you-can-eat seafood at the Nordic in Charlestown
✮ Join a sailing tour in Newport
✮ Attend either the Newport Folk Festival or the Newport Jazz Festival, or both
For a comprehensive travel guide to Rhode Island, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in South Carolina:
✮ Enjoy fine dining in Charleston, a famous culinary destination
✮ See waterfalls and some of the best scenic views in the state at Caesar's Head State Park
✮ Visit one of South Carolina's historic forts (e.g. Fort Moultrie or Fort Sumter)
✮ Walk around Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet and see more than 1,000 art sculptures
✮ Paddle your way through Congaree National Park
✮ Visit the gardens and museum at Middleton Place
✮ Go whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River
✮ Hit any of South Carolina's famous beaches (e.g. Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island)
✮ Enjoy some seaside amusements and/or some golfing at Myrtle Beach
✮ Stop at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum to explore three decommissioned naval ships
For a comprehensive travel guide to South Carolina, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in South Dakota:
✮ Spend a week (or more) in the Black Hills region, an area absolutely packed with tourist attractions and outdoor activities
✮ Drive the park roads and wander the trails of Badlands National Park
✮ Visit Mt. Rushmore, both during the day and while lit up at night
✮ Visit Falls Park in Sioux City and then ride some of the city's paved bike trails
✮ Cycle part or all of the 106-mile George S. Mickelson unpaved rail trail from Deadwood to Edgemont
✮ See wild buffalo and donkey's in Custer State Park
✮ Go underground at Jewel Cave National Monument or Wind Cave National Park
✮ Drive the Needles Highway in Custer
✮ Shop at the gigantic Wall Drug store in Wall (near Badlands National Park)
✮ Photograph the Corn Palace in Mitchell, one of the icons of roadside america-type attractions
For a comprehensive travel guide to South Dakota, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Tennessee:
✮ Embrace the tourist madness of Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville; there are literally dozens of amusement parks and other attractions there
✮ Drive and/or hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
✮ Enjoy live music at some of the 30+ bars found on Broadway Street in Nashville
✮ Visit Beale Street and the fabulous museums in and around Memphis
✮ Go whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky River, Ocoee River, or Pigeon River
✮ See some of the famous waterfalls in central Tennessee (e.g. Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls)
✮ Ride the rollercoasters and other attractions at the excellent Dolly's Splash Country Water Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge
✮ Go underground in one of northeastern Tennessee's caves (e.g. Bristol Caverns or Tuckaleechee Caverns)
✮ Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville
✮ Catch a concert at the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
For a comprehensive travel guide to Tennessee, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Texas:
✮ Walk the famous San Antonio River Walk, and then visit The Alamo
✮ Indulge in the live music scenic in Austin while visiting some of the city's amazing restaurants, including Franklin's BBQ
✮ Explore the trails and scenery of Big Bend National Park
✮ Enjoy some of the beaches along the Texas Gulf Coast
✮ Visit some of Houston's outstanding museums (e.g. Space Center Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, etc.)
✮ Eat at the Big Texan Steak Ranch and then spray-paint some half-buried cars at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo
✮ See the geologic formations of Palo Duro Canyon State Park in northern Texas
✮ Wander the streets of the quaint town of Fredericksburg and visit nearby wineries in Texas Hill Country
✮ Hike to the summit of the highest peak in Texas: Guadalupe Peak
✮ Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
For a comprehensive travel guide to Texas, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Utah:
✮ Spend a few days hiking the sandstone trails of Arches National Park
✮ Explore the sites of Zion National Park using their shuttle bus system
✮ Marvel as you walk around the odd rock formations in Goblin Valley State Park
✮ Drive the UT-12 scenic byway all the way from Panguitch to Torrey
✮ Enjoy the jaw-dropping views from Dead Horse Point State Park
✮ Go skiing or snowboarding at one of the famous resorts of northern Utah (e.g. Park City, Alta, Snowbird, etc.)
✮ See the famous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park
✮ Hit the world-famous mountain biking trails of Moab
✮ Go offroad driving pretty much anywhere in southern Utah
✮ Try canyoneering in one of Utah's slot canyons (guides available in select towns)
For a comprehensive travel guide to Utah, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Vermont:
✮ Stay in or near Stowe and enjoy its hiking trails, paved bike path, waterfalls, shops, and restaurants
✮ Ski Killington Resort, the largest ski resort in Vermont and one of New England's best
✮ Drive as much of VT 100 / Route 100 as possible in early October to see prime fall foliage
✮ Explore Burlington, one of America's favorite medium-sized cities
✮ Visit the Shelburne Museum, an outstanding American history museum with several buildings (and a steamboat) full of exhibits
✮ Hike a portion of the 270+ mile Long Trail
✮ Take a factory tour at Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury
✮ Find some of Vermont's secret swimming holes
✮ Go mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails in East Burke
✮ Walk around Woodstock, one of New England's prettiest towns
For a comprehensive travel guide to Vermont, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Virginia:
✮ Ride the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg
✮ Visit one or several of Virginia's 300+ wineries
✮ Take a guided tour of Thomas Jefferson's estate/gardens at Monticello in Charlottesville
✮ Walk around Arlington National Cemetery and see the Tomb of the Unknown Solider
✮ Engage in history at Colonial Williamsburg
✮ Cycle the famous Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park ("W&OD")
✮ Go underground in one of Virginia's show caves (e.g. Luray Caverns)
✮ Hit the beach at Virginia Beach or Assateague Beach
✮ Drive a portion (or all) of the Skyline Drive and/or Blue Ridge Parkway
✮ Spend a day (or two) at Water Country USA, one of the very best water parks in the U.S.
For a comprehensive travel guide to Virginia, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Washington:
✮ Explore the Paradise area of Mount Rainer National Park, preferably on foot on a clear and sunny day when the mountain is visible
✮ Spend a few days and nights exploring Seattle, one of the top tourist cities in the U.S.
✮ Stay in or near Port Townsend and explore the diverse terrain of Olympic National Park (e.g. mountains, beaches, rainforest, hot springs, etc.)
✮ Go on an orca/killer whale-watching boat tour around the San Juan Islands
✮ Visit some of Washington's world-class waterfalls (e.g. Snoqualmie Falls, Palouse Falls, Panther Creek Falls, etc.)
✮ Shop at one of the U.S.'s most famous public marketplaces at Pike Place Market in Seattle
✮ See the most active volcano in the continental U.S. at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
✮ Marvel at the stunning art of the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle
✮ Visit the lovely Bavarian village of Leavenworth and take a hike in the nearby mountains while you're there
✮ Catch a concert at the outstanding outdoor Gorge Amphitheater in George
For a comprehensive travel guide to Washington, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Washington D.C.:
✮ Visit several of the amazing Smithsonian museums
✮ Go hiking in Rock Creek Park
✮ Walk around the National Mall area to see all its famous memorials
✮ Visit the city during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival (typically late-March to mid-April)
✮ Take a day trip to Virginia and visit some of the great attractions just over the border
✮ See the White House (and comment on how much smaller it is in person, just like everyone else does)
✮ Visit the Georgetown neighborhood to shop at boutique stores and eat at fine restaurants
✮ Hop on an elevator to the top of the Washington Monument (timed tickets are required)
✮ Take a tour of the Library of Congress
✮ Walk the grounds of the United States National Arboretum
For a comprehensive travel guide to Washington D.C., click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in West Virginia:
✮ Cycle the Greenbrier River Trail, one of the premier rail trails in the U.S.
✮ Take a scenic rail journey on the Cass Scenic Railroad
✮ Stay at The Greenbrier resort, one of the finest luxury destinations in the U.S.
✮ See the New River Gorge Bridge and consider a guided walk across a platform below the bridge with a company called Bridge Walk
✮ Explore the historic district of Harpers Ferry (and perhaps walk along a portion of the Appalachian Trail while you are there)
✮ Tour a decommissioned prison at West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville
✮ Go whitewater rafting on the Gauley River, one of the most famous rafting trips in the country
✮ Soak in a hot springs bath at Berkeley Springs State Park
✮ Visit some of West Virginia's beautiful waterfalls (e.g. Blackwater Falls, Falls of Hills Creek, etc.)
✮ Experience the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, one of the finest wilderness areas on the East Coast
For a comprehensive travel guide to West Virginia, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Wisconsin:
✮ Enjoy one (or several) of the indoor and outdoor water parks in Wisconsin Dells, the water park capital of the world (there are more than 20!)
✮ Explore the city of Madison on foot; it's a foodie heaven and one of the best and most walkable mid-sized cities in the U.S.
✮ Spend time enjoying the towns, parks, shorelines, and other attractions of the Door County peninsula, known as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest"
✮ Be amazed by the quirky collections at House on the Rock, one of the largest private collection museums in the U.S.
✮ Go for a hike in Devil's Lake State Park
✮ Drink tons of beer and eat lots of cheese! There are literally hundreds of breweries in Wisconsin along with many large and small cheese shops
✮ Catch a Green Bay Packers football game at legendary Lambeau Field
✮ Cycle the excellent Elroy-Sparta State Trail (bring a headlamp for its 3 tunnels)
✮ Take a guided tour of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio, and school at Taliesin in Spring Green
✮ Go boating or kayaking in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
For a comprehensive travel guide to Wisconsin, click here.
Here are 10 great attractions and/or experiences in Wyoming:
✮ Spend at least 4-5 days exploring the various regions of Yellowstone National Park, one of the premier national parks of the world
✮ Visit the historic town of Cody and enjoy its museums and western-themed attractions
✮ Drive the Beartooth Scenic Byway, a serious contender for the best scenic drive in the lower 48 states
✮ Walk around Devils Tower National Monument in eastern WY; combine this with a trip to the Black Hills region of South Dakota if possible
✮ Backpack into the stunning Wind River Mountains
✮ Head to Jackson for at least 3-4 nights and explore the town, local area, and nearby Grand Teton National Park
✮ Float down the Snake River near Jackson
✮ Visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum in Cody
✮ Hit the slopes at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village
✮ Attend the nightly rodeo at Cody Nite Rodeo in Cody
For a comprehensive travel guide to Wyoming, click here.
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