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  • 1 Grand Teton National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Moran, WY 83012

    North America's most spectacular mountains, the Teton Range, rise dramatically above a broad valley near the headwaters of the Snake River, immediately south of Yellowstone National Park. Cresting atop 13,770ft Grand Teton, the Tetons, which extend a..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Coit Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Telegraph Hill Blvd. USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    Towering 180ft above a 32ft rectangular base, this fluted, con-crete column (1934, Arthur Brown, Jr.)-which, despite persistent local lore, was not designed to resemble a firehose nozzle-ranks today among the city's best-known landmarks both for its ..

  • 8 Denali National Park and Preserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    George Parks Hwy. USA - Denali Nautional Park, AK 99755

    A primeval world of grand design and dimension, the park's geography varies from spruce forest to grassy tundra to austere granite pinnacles mantled with snow and ice. Glaciers have scoured cirques, and chiseled ridges and steep valleys, to create a ..

  • 9 Alcatraz Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - San Francisco, CA 94133

    So close, and yet so far. Prisoners at Alcatraz, the federal maximum-security penitentiary known as the Rock, had a tantalizing view of San Francisco, but the mile-and-a-half span between the two landmasses was virtually unbridgeable. Escapees drowne..

  • 10 Asian Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    200 Larkin St. USA - San Francisco, CA 94102

    Housed since 2003 in the old Main Library-which was significantly revamped for its new tenant-the Asian Art Museum owns what is today considered to be the finest collection of Asian art in the nation. With particular strengths in Chinese art, includi..

  • 11 Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Gustavus, AK 99826

    Stunning views of ice-clad mountains, a rich variety of marine and land animals, and seemingly limitless miles of wilderness. No roads traverse this watery sanctuary. Visitors have a distinct sense of being privileged to enter this natural kingdom by..

  • 12 Bryce Canyon National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    UT-63 South USA - Bryce Canyon, UT 84764

    This 56sq mi park contains an enchanting array of rock spires, pinnacles, arches and hoodoos tinted in a palette of rich shades, considered by some to be the most brightly colored rocks on earth. Red, yellow and brown shades derive from the iron cont..

  • 13 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Mammoth, WY 82190

    After Old Faithful, this magnificent canyon is probably the park's best-known feature, roughly 20mi long, 800-1,200ft deep and 1,500-4,000ft wide. The brilliant color of its rhyolite rock is due to iron compounds "cooked" by hydrothermal ac..

  • 14 Canyonlands National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    2282 SW Resource Blvd. USA - Moab, UT 84532

    Trisected by the deep canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers, Canyonlands' three main sections are reached via different routes, each one far from the other. Utah's largest national park was so designated in 1964. It contains 527sq mi of deep, erod..

  • 15 Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    13000 Highway 244 USA - Keystone, SD 57751-0268

    Carved from the face of a granite cliff over a period of 14 years (1927-41) by Gutzon Borglum, Mt. Rushmore was intended as a shrine to democracy, recognizing the country's greatest leaders. Borglum chose to depict four US presidents who brought the ..

  • 16 Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd. USA - Amboy, WA 98601

    One of the world's most famous volcanoes, Mount St. Helens erupted with the energy of several atomic bombs in 1980, destroying its northern flank. Now preserved as a 110,000-acre national volcanic monument, the area has become one of the region's lea..

  • 17 Old Faithful Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Mammoth, WY 82190

    The world's most famous geyser has been spouting with uncanny regularity since it was discovered by the Washburn-Langford-Doane party in 1870. Averaging 135ft in height when it erupts, sometimes reaching 180ft, Old Faithful puts on a show approximate..

  • 18 Mammoth Hot Springs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Mammoth, WY 82190

    Perched on a hillside with multicolored terraces above, Mammoth is Yellowstone National Park's command post. Headquarters are located in the complex's historic buildings. The green lawns and orderly appearance recall Mammoth's early history as an arm..

  • 19 Big Bend National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rte. 118 South of Alpine USA - Big Bend Nautional Park, TX 79834

    Big Bend spans 1,252sq mi of spectacular canyons, lush bottomlands, sprawling desert and mountain woodlands on the north side of the Rio Grande. Ranging over 6,000ft of elevation changes, it boasts a wealth of animal and plant life, a remarkable geol..

  • 20 Space Center Houston Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1601 NASA Parkway USA - Houston, TX 77058

    Official visitor center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this $70 million facility adjacent to the Johnson Space Center-the mission control, training and research facility for the US space program-offers live shows, presen..

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