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  • 1 Yale University Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - New Haven, CT

    This Ivy League school is one of the oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning in the US. The university was founded in 1701 by a group of Puritan clergymen who wished to provide Connecticut with an institution where young men cou..

  • 2 Auditorium Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    430 S. Michigan Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60805

    The granddaddy of Chicago's historic theaters, this classic venue, which opened in 1889, makes for theatergoing at its best. Its fine acoustics and lovely, renovated spaces are a delight. Programming varies from local dance troupes such as the Joffre..

  • 3 Harvard University Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le campus historique borde la Charles River au nord de Memorial Drive USA - Cambridge, MA 02138

    The first college established in America, Harvard was founded in 1636 to train young men as leaders of church, state and trade. In 1879 Radcliffe College was founded to provide women with equal access to a Harvard education; today the institutions ar..

  • 4 The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 Dali Blvd. USA - Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

    The world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish Surrealist resides in this single-story building, which ranks as one of Florida's most popular art museums. Six galleries display pieces from the collection of 95 oil paintings, m..

  • 5 Wrigley Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    400-410 N. Michigan Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60611

    Set majestically on the north side of the river, this sparkling structure was built in two stages (30 stories to the south in 1920 and 21 to the north in 1924, both designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White). The white terra-cotta exterior, its si..

  • 6 Loop Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Loop Road USA - Bar Harbor, ME 04609

    29mi-long Loop Road parallels a spectacular section of open coast with myriad scenic overlooks affording vistas from sweeping seascapes of island-studded waters to inland panoramas of pink granite mountains. Breathtaking 360-degree views from the top..

  • 7 The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    520 16th St. N. USA - Birmingham, AL 35203

    Anchoring the Civil Rights District, this self-directed museum and memorial (1992, J. Max Bond Jr.) guides visitors through a series of engrossing multimedia and three-dimensional exhibits that bring the drama and tumult of the American civil rights ..

  • 8 Shelburne Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    7 Burlington USA - Shelburne, VT 05482

    This sprawling 45-acre complex, comprising 37 historic buildings, blends a formal art museum and a living-history museum into a "three-dimensional collage" whose 80,000-piece collection of art spans 300 years.

  • 9 Museum of Science and Industry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5700 S. Lake Shore Drive et 57th St. USA - Chicago, IL 60637

    This noisy hall of wonders and widgets is one of Chicago's most popular attractions. Dedicated to presenting science, industry and technology in an entertaining way, the museum's hands-on displays invite visitors to push, pull, compute and enjoy expl..

  • 10 Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5th Ave. (in front of East 82nd St.)

    The Met is the largest museum in the Western hemisphere, and the pride of New York. The collection embraces two million objects tracing 5,000 years of human history, divided inito nineteen curatorial departments; and offers a veritable encyclopedia o..

  • 11 Lincoln Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Mall at 23rd St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20242

    From this stately memorial the famous marble likeness of a seated, brooding Lincoln stares across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument and to the Capitol beyond. On the southwest side of the monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge serves as a s..

  • 12 Upper East Side Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    De E. 59th St. à E. 97th St.

    Known primarily as an enclave for New York City's "old money," the Upper East Side developed in the late 19C, as rich industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick began building mansions on the large lots along Fifth Avenue..

  • 13 Gettysburg National Military Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    1195 Baltimore Pike, route 97 USA - Gettysburg, PA 17325

    Preserving the landscape where the Battle of Gettysburg erupted in 1863, this 5,900-acre park was declared a National Military Park by Congress in 1895. The large brick visitor center grew from a small museum erected in the 1920s by the Rosensteel fa..

  • 14 Hancock Shaker Village Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Route 20 USA - Pittsfield, MA 01201

    Hancock Shaker Village, an active Shaker community between 1790 and 1960, is today a museum village that relates the history of this sect, which for more than two centuries has practiced a form of communal living. Some 1,200 acres of farmland, meadow..

  • 15 5th Avenue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    New York's most prestigious thoroughfare, Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 57th Streets) is studded with striking landmark skyscrapers (the Empire State Building), and churches (St. Patrick's Cathedral), famed department stores (Macy's, Saks) and grand..

  • 16 Phillips Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1600 21st St. NW. USA - Washington, DC 20009

    The Phillips Collection, the nation's first museum of modern art, maintains a choice collection of some 3,000 outstanding works by prominent American and European artists. The works are not arranged chronologically, but earlier pieces are generally f..

  • 17 Statue of Liberty Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Liberty Island

    The Statue of Liberty, her torch upraised in welcome since 1886, was a gift to the US from the people of France. Alsatian sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel created the 225-ton, 151ft colossus. The observ..

  • 18 Art Deco Historic District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Miami Beach, FL 33139

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this enclave of small-scale Art Deco hotels and apartment houses dating from the late 1920s to the early 40s amounts to the largest concentration of architecture of its kind in the world. Art Deco u..

  • 19 Cape Cod National Seashore Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Wellfleet, MA 02667

    Along the Cape's outer arm, some 400 miles of coastline are federally protected as a national seashore. Choose from several beaches here (lifeguards are on duty in summer): Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach, Head of the Meadow Beac..

  • 20 Cadillac Mountain Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Acadia National Park 3.5mi off Loop Road USA - Bar Harbor, ME 04609

    The 3.5mi drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain (1,530ft) affords views of Eagle Lake—the largest body of freshwater in the park—Bar Harbor and the islands below.

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