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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 Mohegan Bluffs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Block Island, RI

    Along Block Island's southernmost tip is a series of spectacular multi-colored clay cliffs known as Mohegan Bluffs. Climb up a path (about 200ft elevation) and gaze out over the Atlantic. Wooden stairs descend to Mohegan Bluffs beach, secluded but pe..

  • 8 Bellevue Avenue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bellevue Ave. USA - Newport, RI

    Bellevue Drive runs south from Newport's Memorial Avenue to Land's End where it intersects with Ocean Drive, passing enroute some of Newport's spectacular mansions. Along the way you'll see Beechwood, Marble House, Rosecliff, Belcourt Castle and Roug..

  • 9 GE Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    30 30 Rockefeller Plaza USA - New York, NY 10112

    This lithe 70-story skyscraper is Rockefeller Center's tallest and finest structure. It's well-known to American TV viewers as the headquarters of NBC television studios, which offers a popular studio tour. The top-floor observatory contains exhibits..

  • 10 Florida Reef Tract Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1201 White St USA - Key West, FL

    The coral reef that lies off Key Largo forms part of the Florida Reef tract, the largest living coral reef system in North American waters and the third-largest barrier reef in the world. It protects almost 200 miles of coastline, descending to depth..

  • 11 Kancamagus Highway Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rte. 112 USA - Conway, PA

    This route through the White Mountains National Forest is one of the most spectacular drives in New England during the foliage season when the maple and birch trees take on their fall colors. Rest areas along the way invite visitors to relax by the c..

  • 12 Governor's Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Williamsburg, VA 23187

    The Governor's Palace, built in 1722, was the most impressive building of its era in the colonies. Elegant woodwork and period furnishings grace this elaborate reconstruction; there's an incomparable ornamental display of 18C firearms in the entrance..

  • 13 Main Street Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main St. USA - Nantucket, MA

    Shaded by venerable elms, paved with cobblestones and lined with captains' homes and shops, Main Street has preserved its colonial atmosphere despite the upscale boutiques and galleries that fill the storefronts.

  • 14 Whaling Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 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 ..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 The Breakers Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    44 Ochre Point Ave USA - Newport, RI

    The Breakers is an opulent 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palace (1895), designed by Richard Morris Hunt. Outfitted with French and Italian stone, marble and bronze, red alabaster and gilded plaster, it was used as a summer retreat for the family ..

  • 17 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, ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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