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  • 1 Vizcaya Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3251 S. Miami Ave USA - Miami, FL 33129

    Overlooking the calm blue waters of Biscayne Bay, this ornate Italian Renaissance-style villa and its formal gardens embody the fantasy winter retreat of their builder, Illinois entrepreneur James Deering. Vizcaya took 1,000 workers more than two yea..

  • 2 Liberty Bell Pavilion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Housed in a glass-fronted pavilion on Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell was crafted in London's Whitechapel Foundry in 1751, but developed a crack soon after its arrival in Philadelphia and had to be recast by local metalsmiths John Pass and John S..

  • 3 Historic District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Occupying the lower tip of the peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper rivers-named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, one of the English Lords Proprietor-Charleston's historic district encompasses the area specified in the original 17C city plan, called t..

  • 4 Gaylord Opry Entertainment Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2802 Opryland Drive USA - Nashville, TN 37214

    This expansive, mega-entertainment complex on the Cumberland River about 9mi northeast of downtown Nashville encompasses the world's longest-running live radio show, the Grand Ole Opry. After occupying the Ryman auditorium for nearly 30 years, the Op..

  • 5 White Mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Bethel, ME 04217

    Named for the snow that blankets the area during most of the year, these massifs, dominated by Mt. Washington (6,288ft) of the Presidential Range, are characterized by rounded summits and deep, U-shaped notches. Scenic roads, including the magnificen..

  • 6 Colonial Williamsburg Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Williamsburg, VA

    Virginia's 18C colonial capital has been painstakingly re-created on this 173-acre town site that includes 88 original shops, houses, and public buildings and hundreds of reconstructed colonial structures on their original sites. The restoration proj..

  • 7 Whaling Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    13 Broad St. USA - Nantucket, MA 02554

    The Whaling Museum contains wonderful collections of scrimshaw, harpoons, ships models and an impressive skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale. Step inside the re-created blacksmith shop, sail loft, and cooper's shop to see trades and crafts relating to ..

  • 8 Marble House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    596 Bellevue Ave USA - Newport, RI

    Renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt used 500,000 cubic feet of American, African and Italian marble in the lavish 1892 "cottage" that he designed for millionaire yachtsman William K. Vanderbilt. The classical portico is supported by four..

  • 9 Old North Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    193 Salem St. USA - Boston, MA 02113

    Built in 1723, "Old North" earned its place in history during the Revolution. Here, on the evening of April 18, 1775, the sexton displayed two lanterns in the steeple to signal the departure of the British from Boston to Lexington by boat, ..

  • 10 Philadelphia Museum of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    N. 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy USA - Philadelphia, PA

    This is one of the most significant art museums in the US. Its roots trace back to the late 19C, when the state legislature called for the building of a permanent structure to serve as an art gallery during the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Today the m..

  • 11 John G. Shedd Aquarium Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60605

    Hard by Lake Michigan, the Shedd is the world's largest indoor aquarium. It houses some 8,000 aquatic animals comprising 650 species from around the globe—from tiny, jewel-like spiny lobsters to 1,500-pound beluga whales. The Shedd's exhibits and pro..

  • 12 John Hancock Center Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    875 N. Michigan Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60611

    Muscular and monumental, nothing represents Chicago ("the city of big shoulders") more than this 1,127ft skyscraper (1969). It's the third-tallest building in Chicago, the fourth-tallest in the US and, because of its huge cross-bracing stel..

  • 13 Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    301 E. Lawrence Ave USA - Springfield, IL 62703

    This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is renowned for its size, complexity and 250 art-glass windows and doors.

  • 14 Freedom Trail Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    USA - Boston, MA

    The popular 2.5mi walk, beginning at the 50-acre park, Boston Common, and ending at Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, includes most of the urban sites related to Boston's 18C and 19C history, particularly those that played major roles in the Revol..

  • 15 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    280 The Fenway USA - Boston, MA 02115

    When you step inside this treasure trove of art, you'll see a wealth of furnishings, textiles, paintings and sculpture collected by a woman who truly relished beauty, creativity and life. Isabella Stewart Gardner built Fenway Court, which resembles a..

  • 16 Disney's Hollywood Studios Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    USA - Orlando, FL

    This theme park/studio celebrates the magic of filmmaking from animation and stuntcraft to adventure and romance. Done up in cool Art Deco design, the 154-acre site re-creates the look of Hollywood in its 1930s and 40s heyday. Sophisticated technique..

  • 17 Capitol Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20002

    The city's high eastern ground, bearing the popular designation Capitol Hill, is crowned by massive stone buildings serving the Legislative and Judicial branches of the federal government. Beyond them stretch the Hill's residential streets, neighborh..

  • 18 Universal's Islands of Adventure Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    USA - Orlando, FL 32819

    Boats depart from Port of Entry characterized by eclectic architecture representing a variety of international cultures, for the five themed islands set around a large lagoon, though most visitors prefer to walk. Seuss Landing features the whimsical ..

  • 19 Universal Orlando Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1000 Universal Studios Plaza USA - Orlando, FL 32819

    At close to 840 acres, this edgy and techno-savvy park grew from a single theme park and working movie studio to its current impressive incarnation combining two theme parks (Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida) with Univer..

  • 20 Lincoln Park Zoo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2200 N. Cannon Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60614

    In addition to its wonderful penguin and bird houses, bear and cat habitats and sea lion pool, this accessible zoo replicates animal environments and presents activities designed to encourage the animals' natural behaviors. Worth a special stop is th..

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