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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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..

  • 4 Art Institute of Chicago Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    111 S. Michigan Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60603

    The AIC is one of the great museums of the world and the preeminent arts institution of the Midwest. Its collections span 5,000 years and draw on the cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, and its collection of Impressionist and post-Impr..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Park Avenue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - New York, NY 10021

    Long an exclusive address for upperclass New York, this elegant avenue is almost entirely residential. Large apartment buildings attended by doormen face each other across the manicured median strip.

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20242

    In 1955 Congress authorized a commission to oversee the construction of a memorial to Roosevelt. The present site in West Potomac Park was set aside in 1959. After years of rejecting design submissions, the Commission of Fine Arts approved a design b..

  • 13 Ephrata Cloister Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    632 W. Main St. USA - Ephrata, PA 17522

    One of the oldest religious communities in the country flourished in the northeast corner of the county from 1732 until 1813 under the leadership of German Pietist Conrad Beissel (1691-1768). Practicing Beissel's doctrine of hard work and self-denial..

  • 14 White House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. USA - Washington, DC

    For almost two centuries the White House has been the home of America's first families. More than just an official residence, the stately structure has become a universally recognized symbol of the US presidency. Today its public rooms house an exemp..

  • 15 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.

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

    Museums and art

    57th St.. at S. Lake Shore Dr 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..

  • 17 Metropolitan Museum of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Fifth Ave. at E. 82nd St. USA - New York, NY 10028

    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..

  • 18 Lincoln Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 19 Upper East Side Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - New York, NY 10019

    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..

  • 20 Gettysburg National Military Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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..

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