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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 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Death Valley National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Death Valley, CA 92328

    This sun-blasted realm of stone, sand and wide-open spaces stretching along California's eastern border with Nevada has the lowest elevations and highest temperatures in the Western Hemisphere. Far from population centers and major highways, Death Va..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Gaylord Opry Entertainment Complex Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2802 Opryland Drive USA - Nashville, TN 37214

    This expansive, mega-entertainment complex on the Cumberland River about 9mi northeast of downtown Nashville encompasses the world's longest-running live radio show, the Grand Ole Opry. After occupying the Ryman auditorium for nearly 30 years, the Op..

  • 16 White Mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Bethel, ME 04217

    Named for the snow that blankets the area during most of the year, these massifs, dominated by Mt. Washington (6,288ft) of the Presidential Range, are characterized by rounded summits and deep, U-shaped notches. Scenic roads, including the magnificen..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Mohegan Bluffs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Block Island, RI

    Along Block Island's southernmost tip is a series of spectacular multi-colored clay cliffs known as Mohegan Bluffs. Climb up a path (about 200ft elevation) and gaze out over the Atlantic. Wooden stairs descend to Mohegan Bluffs beach, secluded but pe..

  • 19 Bellevue Avenue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bellevue Ave. USA - Newport, RI

    Bellevue Drive runs south from Newport's Memorial Avenue to Land's End where it intersects with Ocean Drive, passing enroute some of Newport's spectacular mansions. Along the way you'll see Beechwood, Marble House, Rosecliff, Belcourt Castle and Roug..

  • 20 GE Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    30 30 Rockefeller Plaza USA - New York, NY 10112

    This lithe 70-story skyscraper is Rockefeller Center's tallest and finest structure. It's well-known to American TV viewers as the headquarters of NBC television studios, which offers a popular studio tour. The top-floor observatory contains exhibits..

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