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  • 1 Field Museum of Natural History Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60605

    This world-class natural history institution occupies a suitably grand place at the south end of Grant Park. Nine acres of exhibit halls and over 20 million artifacts occupy the vast Neoclassical edifice where collections, exhibits and public program..

  • 2 Cloud Gate at Millennium Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60602

    Affectionately called the Bean, the gate (by sculptor Anish Kapoor) will draw you like a moth to flame. The gleaming "kidney bean" of stainless steel creates fantastic reflections of the city skyline and the crowds. Step under it for an eff..

  • 3 Everglades National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Homestead, FL 33034

    Renowned throughout the world, the vast "river of grass" known as the Everglades covers the southern end of the Florida peninsula. One of only a few American parks that enjoy status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Everglades National Park ..

  • 4 The Loop Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60606

    Looming large along the lakefront, Chicago's busy Loop and its environs have been fertile grounds for architectural innovation since the fire in 1871. Named for the elevated tracks that girdle them, these blocks bustle with workday energy as Chicagoa..

  • 5 Jefferson Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    South bank of Tidal Basin USA - Washington, DC 20024

    In a peaceful shaded spot on the south shore of the Tidal Basin, the nation's third president is commemorated with a 20C adaptation of the ancient Roman Pantheon. Inscribed on its marble walls are Jefferson's own writings concerning the role of gover..

  • 6 Frick Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 East 70th St. USA - New York, NY 10021

    One of the world's most distinguished small museums, the Frick offers a unique opportunity to view an exceptional trove of Old Masters paintings, furnishings and decorative arts in the luxurious confines of a sumptuous mansion. Pittsburgh steel and r..

  • 7 Peabody Essex Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    161 Essex St USA - Salem, MA 01970

    Salem's premier museum houses over a million objects—paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings, textiles and architectural objects— related to the history of the region, with an emphasis on seafaring and international trade. The department of ..

  • 8 Clark Art Institute Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    225 South St USA - Williamstown, MA 01267

    The European and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper and decorative arts of the illustrious Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute were gathered by Robert Sterling Clark and his wife, Francine, during the years between World War I and 19..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 Mystic Seaport Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    75 Greenmanville Ave USA - Mystic, CT 06355

    Located at the mouth of the Mystic River, this 17-acre complex pays homage to America's 19C maritime past. More than 60 buildings in the village house functioning workshops found in a 19C seaport, where visitors can watch demonstrations of crafts rel..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Liberty Bell Pavilion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Housed in a glass-fronted pavilion on Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell was crafted in London's Whitechapel Foundry in 1751, but developed a crack soon after its arrival in Philadelphia and had to be recast by local metalsmiths John Pass and John S..

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