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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Rocky Mountain National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1000 Highway 36 USA - Estes Park, CO 80517-8397

    This magnificent landscape boasts craggy mountains, glaciated valleys, perpetual snowfields, small lakes and vast alpine tundra that covers one-third of its 415sq mi. It features more than 100 mountains of 11,000ft or higher, reaching its apex at 14,..

  • 7 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'..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Marble House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    596 Bellevue Ave USA - Newport, RI

    Renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt used 500,000 cubic feet of American, African and Italian marble in the lavish 1892 "cottage" that he designed for millionaire yachtsman William K. Vanderbilt. The classical portico is supported by four..

  • 16 Old North Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    193 Salem St. USA - Boston, MA 02113

    Built in 1723, "Old North" earned its place in history during the Revolution. Here, on the evening of April 18, 1775, the sexton displayed two lanterns in the steeple to signal the departure of the British from Boston to Lexington by boat, ..

  • 17 Philadelphia Museum of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    N. 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy USA - Philadelphia, PA

    This is one of the most significant art museums in the US. Its roots trace back to the late 19C, when the state legislature called for the building of a permanent structure to serve as an art gallery during the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Today the m..

  • 18 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 ..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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