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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Museum of Fine Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    465 Huntington Ave. USA - Boston, MA 02115

    One of the country's leading museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) contains a comprehensive collection of more than 350,000 artworks organized in eight departments-Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania an..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 Mount Vernon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mount Vernon Memorial Pkwy USA - Mount Vernon, VA 22121

    America's most visited historic estate, Mount Vernon sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking the Potomac River. Here, George Washington escaped the rigors of public office and enjoyed the life of a successful Virginia planter. The estate's main bu..

  • 8 Graceland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    3764 Elvis Presley Blvd. USA - Memphis, TN

    Even for those inured to the Elvis myth, a visit to Graceland is by far the best way to begin to understand the exuberant cross-cultural heritage of country, blues, gospel, soul and rock that put Memphis and its favorite son on the world's musical ma..

  • 9 Vizcaya Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3251 S. Miami Ave USA - Miami, FL 33129

    Overlooking the calm blue waters of Biscayne Bay, this ornate Italian Renaissance-style villa and its formal gardens embody the fantasy winter retreat of their builder, Illinois entrepreneur James Deering. Vizcaya took 1,000 workers more than two yea..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Historic District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Charleston, SC 29401

    Occupying the lower tip of the peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper rivers-named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, one of the English Lords Proprietor-Charleston's historic district encompasses the area specified in the original 17C city plan, called t..

  • 12 Colonial Williamsburg Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Williamsburg, VA

    Virginia's 18C colonial capital has been painstakingly re-created on this 173-acre town site that includes 88 original shops, houses, and public buildings and hundreds of reconstructed colonial structures on their original sites. The restoration proj..

  • 13 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'..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Whaling Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 Broad St. USA - Nantucket, MA 02554

    The Whaling Museum contains wonderful collections of scrimshaw, harpoons, ships models and an impressive skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale. Step inside the re-created blacksmith shop, sail loft, and cooper's shop to see trades and crafts relating to ..

  • 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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