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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Colonial Williamsburg Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 3 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 ..

  • 4 Detroit Institute of Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5200 Woodward Ave USA - Detroit, MI 48202

    Boasting a strong and meticulously displayed collection of works spanning the centuries from ancient times to the present, the Detroit Institute of Arts is the fifth-largest fine-arts museum in the country. Today the collection exceeds 55,000 objects..

  • 5 Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    951 Chicago Ave USA - Oak Park, IL 60302

    Wright first built this house in 1889 and continued to remodel and add to it over time; his alterations reveal his architectural growth. Restored to its 1909 appearance, when Wright last lived there, the original structure features the horizontal ban..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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, ..

  • 8 Philadelphia Museum of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (corner of N. 26th St.) 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Dana-Thomas House 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.

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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 155-acre site re-creates the look of Hollywood in its 1930s and 40s heyday. Sophisticated technique..

  • 15 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..

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

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1000 Universal Studios Plaza 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 ..

  • 17 Universal Orlando Resort 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..

  • 18 Mount Washington Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Off Rte. 16 USA - Villefranche-Sur-Mer, NH

    Mt. Washington experienced the strongest winds recorded on earth (231mph) in 1934. The mountaintop is accessible via the Auto Road, four strenuous hiking trails, and the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

  • 19 Mammoth Cave National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1 Mammoth Cave Parkway USA - Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

    The world's longest cave (more than 350mi of the five-level labyrinth have been mapped), Mammoth underlies three Kentucky counties. Known to Woodland Indians some 4,000 years ago and rediscovered by frontiersmen in the late 18C, Mammoth Cave was esta..

  • 20 Barnes Foundation's Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy USA - Merion Staution, PA 19066

    Doctor, businessman and art connoisseur, Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951) believed all people were entitled to education and an appreciation of fine arts, and to that end he established the Barnes Foundation in 1922. Several years later he commission..

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