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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Raleigh Tavern Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    East end of Duke of Gloucester St. USA - Williamsburg, VA

    A reconstruction of the famous colonial tavern, the capacious building contains 18C gaming rooms, reception halls, and "above-stairs" guest chambers. In its heyday, the tavern stood at the pivot of the colonial capital's vivacious social li..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 Longwood Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Kennett Square, PA 19348

    Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, created this world-renowned 1,050-acre horticultural masterpiece despite a demanding career as chairman of the board of both DuPont and General Motors. After purchasing the initial 200-ac..

  • 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    One Key Plaza USA - Cleveland, OH 44114

    Like the music it represents, this museum's geometric design (1995, I.M. Pei) is bold and energetic. Focal point of Cleveland's renewed waterfront since its opening in 1995, the Hall of Fame encompasses six levels of exhibits ranging from the roots o..

  • 11 Disney's Animal Kingdom Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    USA - Orlando, FL 32830

    Claiming status as the world's largest animal-themed park, Animal Kingdom boasts 1,700 animals of 250 species and four million plants on more than 500 acres of land. Whimsy meets reality here, as visitors move from animated insects (It's Tough to Be ..

  • 12 National Gallery of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Madison Dr. between 3rd and 7th Sts. NW. USA - Washington, DC 20565

    The National Gallery's world-class collection of masterpieces traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The original West Building concentrates primarily on European works from the 13C through the early 20C. Its conte..

  • 13 Old Sturbridge Village Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Sturbridge, MA

    This wonderful living-history museum re-creates life between 1790 and 1840 in rural New England. lYou'll find yourself ambling in and out of historic houses, farm buildings and shops moved here or constructed on the site. You can watch interpreters i..

  • 14 Adirondack Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Intersection of Rtes. 30 & 28 USA - Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

    Commanding a picturesque view of Blue Mountain Lake, this 32-acre compound of historic buildings, galleries and exhibit halls explores all aspects of the region's history. A 35min film shown in the conference building provides a thought-provoking his..

  • 15 City Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Broad & Market Sts. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19107

    This 700-room French Second Empire structure designed by John McArthur was completed in 1901. The enormous structure with its solid masonry walls was almost obsolete, and in the early 20C there was talk of demolishing it. The very cost of demolition ..

  • 16 Winterthur Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    On Rte. 52 USA - Wilmington, DE 19735

    Former home of collector Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) occupies a green swale surrounded by 965 acres on the outskirts of Wilmington, Delaware. Built in the 1830s, the original three-story Greek Revival structure forms the core of the current man..

  • 17 Courthouse Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Williamsburg, VA 23815

    Completed in 1771, the Georgian brick building, ornamented with "round-headed" windows and double doors, is topped by an octagonal cupola bearing its original weathervane.

  • 18 Magic Kingdom Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    USA - Orlando, FL 32830

    The signature park of Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom echoes the fantasy atmosphere of a fairy tale. The 107-acre park combines thrill rides like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, with ever-popular crowd favorites li..

  • 19 Fallingwater Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    9mi North of US-40 on Rte. 381 USA - Mill Run, PA 15464

    Balancing over a 20ft waterfall, this spectacular house was built for Edgar J. Kaufmann, a Pittsburgh department-store owner who hired renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a weekend retreat on his rural property 75mi southeast of Pittsburg..

  • 20 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Gatlinburg, TN 37738

    Straddling the North Carolina-Tennessee border, the lofty mountains that form the centerpiece of the nation's most visited park are named for the ever-present shroud of blue-gray mist that inspired Cherokee Indians to call them Shaconage, or "pl..

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