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  • 1 Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site 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.

  • 2 Willis Tower (former Sears Tower) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    233 S. Wacker Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60606

    Tallest building in the world for over 20 years, this 110-story feat of engineering cuts an unmistakable profile on the city's skyline. Though its formal name changed from the Sears Tower to Willis Tower in 2009, the structure still holds the title o..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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 154-acre site re-creates the look of Hollywood in its 1930s and 40s heyday. Sophisticated technique..

  • 6 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..

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

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    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 ..

  • 8 Universal Orlando 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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.

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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.

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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 ..

  • 20 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..

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