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  • 1 Trail Ridge Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    TRAIL RIDGE Road USA - Estes Park, CO

    This is the highest continuous paved highway in North America, ascending rapidly from coniferous and aspen forests to treeless tundra at 12,183ft, and offering outstanding mountain panoramas. Viewing areas include Many Parks Curve and Forest Canyon O..

  • 2 Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1151 Oxford Road USA - San Marino, CA

    The Huntington comprises one of the world's finest research libraries of rare books and manuscripts; a world-class collection of 18-19C British art, French and American works; and renowned botanical gardens. Secluded in the upscale Pasadena suburb of..

  • 3 Museum of International Folk Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    706 706 Camino Lejo USA - Santa Fe, NM

    Traditional arts from more than 100 countries on six continents represent the largest folk collection in the world—more than 120,000 objects. They include historical and contemporary religious art, folk art, traditional costumes and textiles, silver ..

  • 4 Going-to-the-Sun Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Going To The Sun Rd USA - West Glacier, MT

    This national historic Landmark may be America's most beautiful highway. Deemed an engineering marvel when completed in 1932, the narrow, serpentine roadway climbs 3,500ft to the Continental divide at Logan Pass, moving from forested valleys to alpin..

  • 5 Sky City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    I-40 USA - Acoma Pueblo, NM

    Native Americans say this clifftop at Acoma Pueblo has been inhabited "since the beginning of time." Archaeologists verify that this 70-acre village perched atop a sheer 367ft mesa has been lived in since the 11C.

  • 6 Historic Temple Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    50 W. South Temple St. USA - Salt Lake City, UT 84150

    This pleasantly landscaped 10-acre plot is the hub of downtown Salt Lake City and the heart of the Mormon faith. Here are the six-spired temple, the silver-domed tabernacle, the beautiful Assembly Hall and several noteworthy statues and monuments. Pa..

  • 7 Johnston Ridge Observatory Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    24000 Spirit Lake Highway USA - Toutle, WA 98649

    This visitor center, opened in May 1997, is located only 5mi from the crater and offers spectacular views of the steaming lava dome, as well as the collapsed flank of the mountain. The facility and the ridge on which it is located are named for David..

  • 8 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    151 3rd St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94103

    San Francisco's premier showcase for modern art is housed in a delightful building (1995, Mario Botta) that seems to gaze benignly out over Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Together these insitutions form the creative heart of the district. Botta's d..

  • 9 Pikes Peak Cog Railway Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    515 Ruxton Ave USA - Manitou Springs, CO 80829

    The Pikes Peak Cog Railway remains a great excursion. Small black coal-fired steam locomotives, tilted to keep the boilers level, originally pushed trains up the mountain's eastern side. Now diesel-electric models do so (late Apr-early Nov; round-tri..

  • 10 Crater Lake National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Chemult, OR 97604

    The deepest lake in the United States at 1,932ft, and the seventh-deepest in the world, rests in the caldera of a collapsed volcano called Mount Mazama. Spectacularly ringed by mountains that stay snow-covered most of the year, this crystal-clear sap..

  • 11 Glacier National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - West Glacier, MT 59936

    Known to native Blackfeet as the Land of Shining Mountains, Glacier Park was homesteaded in the late 19C. Pressure to establish the park began in 1891 with the arrival of the Great Northern Railway; Congress gave its nod in 1910. The railroad built n..

  • 12 The Getty Center Los Angeles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Perched on a north-south ridge high above the San Diego Freeway, a gleaming cluster of low-lying buildings holds one of the nation's most extensive facilities for the study, conservation and presentation of visual art. Collections include French deco..

  • 13 Pike Place Market Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    First Ave. & Pike St. USA - Seattle, WA 98101

    Fun, feisty and infinitely appealing, the market has maintained its earthy egalitarianism while a modern city has grown up around it. An abundance of farm-fresh vegetables, seafood and flowers dazzles the eye and tempts many a traveler to take bags o..

  • 14 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5905 Wilshire Boulevard USA - Los Angeles, CA 90036

    This sprawling six-building complex, generally referred to by the acronym LACMA, is the nation's largest art museum west of Chicago. Housing a broad collection ranging from Egyptian and pre-Columbian art to contemporary works, LACMA is also the city'..

  • 15 Amon Carter Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. USA - Fort Worth, TX 76107-2631

    This extraordinary small museum gained international stature with its three-fold 2001 expansion by Philip Johnson, who also designed the initial International-style building in 1961. The original first floor is devoted to late oilman-publisher Amon G..

  • 16 Kimbell Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. USA - Fort Worth, TX 76107-2744

    A showcase building (1972) and remarkable survey collection have made the Kimbell one of the finest small public art museums in the world. Architect Louis Kahn made innovative use of natural light, enabling curators to subtly rearrange generous space..

  • 17 Mount Rainier National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    55210 238th Avenue East USA - Ashford, WA 98304

    The highest volcano and fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, 14,410ft Mount Rainier dominates the landscape of central Washington. The national park now preserving the volcano encompasses 235,612 acres. A half million years old, the Mo..

  • 18 Houston Museum of Natural Science Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5800 Caroline St USA - Houston, TX 77030-1749

    This outstanding four-floor museum requires two days to see properly. On the main floor are a planetarium and IMAX theater. The Paleontology Hall exhibits over 450 fossil specimens chronicled by time and location. Adjacent to the Welch Chemistry Hall..

  • 19 Menil Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1515 Sul Ross St. USA - Houston, TX 77006-4729

    One of the world's foremost collections of 20C art, with an emphasis on Surrealism, is presented here. Established in 1987 for the collection of John and Dominique de Menil, the museum exhibits only a small part of more than 15,000 paintings, sculptu..

  • 20 San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3080 Rio Road USA - Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

    Headquarters of the California mission chain during its expansive early years, the Carmel mission resonates with the visionary spirit of its founder, Padre Junípero Serra, whose remains are interred here in the church sanctuary. The stately old chape..

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