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Visitors can attend the famous Sundance Film Festival, ski the greatest snow on earth at two different ski resorts, or visit some arenas from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Park City was also voted one of the “20 Prettiest Towns” by Forbes Travelers Magazine.
Arches National Park
This park was named after it’s over 2,000 natural sandstone archways. The most recognized and popular arch is Delicate Arch, which is often seen as a symbol of the Beehive State.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre:
The red rocks in this outdoor amphitheatre have witnessed some historical moments. Bands like The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, John Denver, and U2 have played on its stage.
Garden of the Gods:
The sandstone fins that jut from the Earth in the Garden of the Gods were once rolling sand dunes.
Oak Mountain State Park:
Hike or bike the more than 50 miles of trails that meander through Alabama’s biggest state park — Oak Mountain State Park.
Walter Bellingrath, who was one of the first people to bottle and sell Coca-Cola in the Southeast, and his wife, Bessie, built the 65-acre gardens around their home in the early 1900s.
The 12-mile-long Mendenhall Glacier is a remnant of the Little Ice Age, a period of time that started about 3,000 years ago.
Kenai Fjords National Park
More than half of the land in Kenai Fjords National Park is covered by ice, with the Harding Icefields covering about 700 square miles of the park.
Antelope Canyon sees more visitors annually than any other slot canyon in the Southwest, and it’s not just because Britney Spears filmed her music video for “I’m Not a Girl” here. The stunning curves and shapes of this narrow canyon make it a must-see.
Lake enthusiasts love boating and paddling in this lake, which sits between the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts on the border between California and Arizona.
Every autumn, bikers flock to Fayetteville for the largest charity motorcycle rally in the world. It’s called Bikes, Blues & BBQ, and the money raised from the massive event benefit local nonprofits.
The rugged, waterfall-dotted Ozark Mountains extend over five states, but the tallest peaks in the range, which reaches over 2,600 feet, are in Northern Arkansas.
Disneyland first opened its doors in 1955, and it has since had more than 700 million guests and sold more than 84 million Mickey Mouse ears.
The ferris wheel in the Balboa Fun Zone was constructed on the pier in 1963 and offers impressive views of the Pacific Ocean and white sand beaches.
Stamford was founded in 1641, and visitors can tap into that history by sailing on a 19th-century style schooner on the Long Island Sound.
Since 1701, Yale University has been educating the nation’s youth, including such people as Eli Whitney, Samuel F.B. Morse, George H.W. Bush, Bob Woodward, Meryl Streep, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge:
This refuge serves as a migratory stop and breeding grounds for birds like bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, woodchucks, herons, Canada geese, and ducks.
The city of Rehoboth Beach earned its nickname as “the Nation’s Summer Capital” because of the politicians and elites from Washington, D.C. who used to flock to the beach town. Now that the cats out of the bag, visitors come from all over the U.S.
This world-famous beach is actually a man-made island. It was once just a mangrove-covered area used for planting and harvesting coconuts.
Walt Disney World Resort:
The “Most Magical Place on Earth” covers 40 square miles, which is almost equal to the size of Manhattan, times two.
Blue Ridge Mountains:
Hikers looking for adventure start the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia at Springer Mountain, then end up in northern Maine.
The easternmost region of Georgia is also one of the favorite nesting spots for loggerhead turtles. The nesting season lasts from May 1 to October 31.
2,403 people died during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. More than 1,000 of them were on the USS Arizona, a battleship that now sits at the bottom of the ocean floor.
Nā Pali Coast:
This region got its name from the Hawaiian word for “the cliffs” because of its breathtaking green cliffs that shoot 4,000 feet out of the water.
As a major winter sports destination, it’s no surprise that alpine skier Gretchen Fraser, the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics, was from Sun Valley.
The picturesque city of Coeur D’Alene was founded as a hub for fur trading in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t long before tourists started to flock to the city by the lake. Now, this Idaho town is known as a year-round outdoor destination.
The Snake River:
This whitewater rafting mecca did not get its name from snakes. What really happened is that some of the first European explorers misunderstood the native Shoshone people, who tried to explain in a form of sign language that they lived by a river with lots of fish.
What Chicagoans and the rest of the U.S. know as “The Bean” is actually named “Cloud Gate,” since the metal structure reflects the sky and bends into a low arch or gate-like shape.
This popular Chicago attraction on the shoreline of Lake Michigan features a one-acre botanical garden, 4,000 square feet of tunnels and mazes, and the Chicago Children’s Museum.
Lake Michigan is the second largest of the five Great Lakes in the U.S., but it’s the only one that is entirely located within the country. It borders four states, including Indiana.
Washington Park Beach:
Every year, the fastest and most powerful offshore power boats flood Michigan City and Washington Park Beach, Indiana for the Great Lakes Grand Prix, a boat race where racers typically reach speeds of almost 150 miles an hour.
Iowa State Fair:
It’s the most famous state fair in the country, and why? Because of the 70+ foods that are served on a stick? Because of the diverse assortment of outdoor games and agricultural contests? You’ll have to see for yourself.
University of Iowa:
The University of Iowa has had one of the largest and top-performing medical centers in the U.S. for 28 years and counting.
Tallgrass prairie used to cover about 170 million acres of North America, but most of it was removed for farmland over hundreds of years. In the near-10,000 miles of the Flint Hills, this primitive tallgrass remains.
Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs cause quite the ruckus. The Arrowhead Stadium is the loudest stadium in the world, with a Guinness World Book record-breaking 142.2 dbA roar shaking the stadium in a game against the Patriots in 2014.
Show us the money. The most expensive purchase price at auction for a Kentucky Derby winner was $4 million, and $225.7 million is the highest amount ever wagered on the derby.
Horse racing movies “Seabiscuit” of 2003 and “Secretariat” of 2010 both used this racetrack for filming.
Louisiana State University:
LSU’s football games are known for Cajun-themed tailgate meals and wild fans, but no moment is as definitive as Oct. 8, 1988, when the 79,341 fans erupted so loudly in cheers and stomps after a touchdown that the vibrations were recorded on a seismograph.
This bar-lined street in the French Quarter of New Orleans hosts one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations in the world.
Acadia National Park:
Although the coastal views of this park are unlike any other, another unique feature of Acadia National Park is its history. It was created entirely because of private donations from people like George B. Dorr, Charles W. Eliot, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
The oldest and most famous lighthouse in Maine is Portland Head Light, and it welcomes mariners into Portland Harbor in the southern end of Casco Bay.
Hungry for crab? You would be at the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, the largest crab feast in the world that has been serving up crab cakes and crab legs for almost 75 years.
Assateague Island National Seashore:
Covering Maryland and Virginia, Assateague Island welcomes guests who want to fish, kayak, or view the wild horses that call this island home.
Enjoy beautiful beaches and blue water while eating delicious clams, oysters, and fish at your leisure. Interested in sailing? You can take a boat around the cape as well.
Establish in 1636, Havard is the oldest university in the country. Experience the history of our nation and maybe purchase some Harvard merch to feel like you are part of the Ivy Leauge.
Bordered by Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior, the Upper Peninsula offers stunning lakeside views, exciting water activities, and various beaches and forests available for exploring.
Looking for a variety of delicious food options that you can enjoy while browsing different shops? Visit Eastern Market for dining, shopping, community classes, and events.
Mall of America:
As one of the largest shopping centers in America, this mall boasts over 550 stores, a theme park, an aquarium, and numerous other attractions and events, including concerts, fashion shows, and more.
Looking for your next boating, fishing, or sailing adventure? Visit Lake Minnetonka, one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, for picturesque views and enough space for any activity.
The University of Mississippi, affectionately called Ole Miss, is a school in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1844 and with roots in the Civil Rights Movement, Ole Miss is steeped in American history.
Learn all about the deep history of Ship Island by touring Fort Massachusetts, which was built off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to defend the U.S. coast. Or, relax on its beautiful white beaches.
Home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, and Science Center and more, this 1,300+ acre park has activities and events that everyone will love.
Lake of the Ozarks:
The 54,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks was created after the completion of the Bagnell Dam. Enjoy miles and miles of lakeside beaches, take a boat out on the water, or participate in the many events hosted here every year.
Glacier National Park:
If you’re looking for stunning natural views, clear blue lakes, epic hiking, and glaciers that helped form our Rockie Mountains, Glacier National Park is the place for you.
Located near Glacier National Park and home to the Whitefish Mountain Resort, you can enjoy skiing, hiking, nature, and the history of a town built around the Great Northern Railway.
Chimney Rock gets its name from it’s unique, naturally formed shape that resembles a chimney. It is a national historic site and was a prominent landmark for the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails.
Henry Doorly Zoo:
View exotic animals from around the globe and experience various biomes, including the largest indoor desert and rainforest in the world.
Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States. It lies on the state line between California and Nevada and boasts a multitude of winter and summer recreation activities as well as casinos on the Nevada side of the lake.
When you think of Nevada, the Las Vegas Strip is probably the first thing that comes to your mind. From a variety of hotel experiences to the wild and crazy shows and events, the Strip always has something going on that you’ll want to be a part of.
As part of the Appalachian Mountains range, the White Mountains cover a portion of New Hampshire and offer a variety of attractions, including theme parks, guided nature walks, mountain resorts and more.
Standing at 6,288 feet, this is the highest mountain peak in the northeastern United States. It was named after President Geroge Washington and is known for its erratic weather near the summit.
Visit one of the oldest vacation destinations and one of the Top 10 beaches in the country by heading to Cape May. You could also collect quartz pebbles called “Cape May Diamonds” to commemorate your trip.
Take a stroll down the boardwalk, ride the carnival rides, and play a variety of amusement-park games on the pier. Seaside Heights also increased in popularity due to the TV show, Jersey Shore, being filmed here.
Ever dreamed of being in two places at once? What about four? Visit the Four Corners to stand on the merge point of the New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado state borders.
White Sands National Monument:
The rare white gypsum sand dunes in White Sands National Monument draw visitors from all over the country. There’s no other place like it in the world.
As one of the most filmed locations in the world, Central Park is a must-see for any trip to New York. You can find sprawling lawns, various attractions, and numerous pedestrian and bike paths that allow one to take in the scenic views.
Times Square is one of the busiest pedestrian attractions in the world. Whether you’re coming for the ball drop on new years eve, looking for various shopping options, or just want to see the Naked Cowboy in person, you’ll want to make sure you visit the iconic “Crossroads of the World.”
Niagara Falls is made up of three different waterfalls, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (the largest of the three). On average, over 681,750 gallons of water flow over Horseshoe every second, making it the most powerful waterfall in North America.
Made up of various islands that span roughly 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia, the Outer Banks are perfect for beachgoers, boaters, and water enthusiasts alike.
Blue Ridge Parkway:
This is the longest linear park in the country, spanning 469 miles between North Carolina and Virginia. The parkway is known for its stunning scenic views and beautiful forested areas.
The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States. There are many attractions along the river in North Dakota, including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Cross Ranch State Park, Fort Union, and more.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park:
View bison, cougars, feral horses, and other wildlife wandering in their natural habitats when you visit this national park. From stunning scenery and numerous campsites, you’ll love this break from regular life.
This amusement park holds a world record for the number of attractions it hosts, including numerous roller coasters. You can also experience history here as this is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the country.
Looking to ride roller coaster after thrilling roller coaster? You’ve come to the right place. Kings Island is the largest amusement and waterpark in the midwest, so you’re sure to find rides that every thrill-seeker will love.
This is a popular entertainment district near Oklahoma City that is situated along the Bricktown Canal. Take in a baseball game, enjoy delicious wares, or just stroll along the canal.
Stay in a rental cabin or camp among nature when you visit Broken Bow. There is also great fishing and hiking as well as other outdoor activities.
Known for its iconic rock formation, Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach offers surfing, lounging, and other beach activities. This beach was also featured in the movie, The Goonies, as well as other film and television.
Columbia River Gorge:
This gorge was formed by the Columbia River and boasts beautiful scenery, numerous hiking opportunities, and gorgeous waterfalls like the extremely popular Multnomah Falls.
Visit this family-friendly amusement park in the heart of chocolate country, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Ride roller coasters, watch local entertainment, or just eat all the chocolate you could want.
You can view native and exotic plants, attend local and themed events, or even participate in workshops to learn more about the plants here. Whether you visit our indoor or outdoor gardens, you’ll be amazed by what you see here.
Relax on the beach, take a hike through the beautiful island, or take a boat out and enjoy some fishing. Block Island has something for everyone to enjoy and is a perfect summer vacation destination.
This 3.5-mile walk takes you along the coast of Newport and offers stunning views of the ocean as you go along the trail.
Myrtle Beach has all the major attractions to make for an amazing getaway. From celebrity-designed golf courses to numerous arcades and shopping options along the boardwalk, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
This popular vacation spot is steeped in history, from Native American settlements to a Union base during the Civil War. Enjoy sandy beaches, relaxing resorts, and all manner of outdoor activities.
See Mount Rushmore, stop in numerous state parks, or view a variety of historical memorials throughout the Black Hills. Visitors can also hike through various trails and see wildlife in their natural habitat.
The faces of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are carved into the side of this monument. The sculptures were completed in 1941 and have roughly two million visitors annually.
This place is home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is the most-visited national park in the country. There are numerous hiking, camping, and fishing locations throughout these mountains.
This theme park is owned by Dolly Parton and is made up of the original theme park as well as three other attractions: Splash Country, DreamMore Resort and Spa, and the Stampede Dinner Attraction. Visitors can also stop by the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
Fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper flock to Waco, Texas, to see Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market. Shop for items designed by Joanna, eat at the Magnolia Bakery, or hang out on the lawn in front of the silos.
Take a ferry, your own boat, or the local causeway out to Galveston Island off the coast of Galveston, Texas. Lounge on the beach, swim in the ocean, or spend some time fishing to catch delicious seafood.
Big Bend National Park:
Whether you are looking to see various wildlife, unique plants, or just want to hike and camp away from the rest of the world, this park is for you. There are also many historical and geographical sites that one can visit, including dinosaur bones and volcanic dikes.
Lake Champlain is located on the borders of Vermont, New York, and Quebec, Canada. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and more on this beautiful and picturesque lake.
This town offers a variety of outdoor activities for any season, including skiing, hiking, biking, and more. Additionally, if the fall season is your aesthetic, this is the place for you.
Watch adventurous surfers or experienced soccer players in their respective championships or visit numerous beaches and restaurants along the coast. Virginia Beach is known for having the longest pleasure beach in the world, so there is plenty of space or locals and tourists alike.
Since 1975, Busch Gardens has been a popular theme park in Virginia. The park is known for its roller coasters and is a must-visit destination for any thrill-seekers.
Built for the 1962 Worlds Fair, the Space Needle towers 605 ft. above Seattle and offers expansive 360-degree views of the city. Spend some time on the observation deck, which includes glass flooring, or visit the famous rotating restaurant to eat delicious food while you watch the city slowly pass by.
Olympic National Park:
Whether you are looking for rugged coastline, beautiful hiking trails, or wildflower meadows, this is the place for you. The park is unique because visitors can experience various different ecosystems all within one national park.
New River Gorge:
Looking for the best whitewater rafting in the country? New River Gorge is the place for you. Visitors can also enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and beautiful views all along the gorge.
Blackwater Falls is one of the most photographed places in West Virginia. Take in the stunning scenery, stay in rental cabins, or eat at one of the various restaurants in the area to immerse yourself in the beauty of the area.
Go Packers! This football stadium is home to the NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. Cheeseheads and other football fans have been visiting this stadium since it opened in 1957.
This lake is a popular destination for boating, hiking, fishing, and rock climbing. Visitors also enjoy stopping by the unique rock formation the borders the lake.
Whether you’re stopping to see the antler arch or just want to see the local wildlife, Jackson Hole is the place for you. Enjoy horseback riding, fishing, camping, and more when you stop here.
Yellowstone National Park:
This national park was the first in the United States, and maybe even the world. It is known for its diverse wildlife and varied geothermal features, including Old Faithful, the geyser that erupts every hour, on the hour.
The Grand Teton is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range, and that is how the area surrounding the mountains got its name. The most striking feature of the mountains is the three highest peaks clustered together, which creates a beautiful mountain range that many visitors come to see.
The White House:
George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, but he never lived in it. It wasn’t until 1800 that President John Adams moved into what was then called the President’s House.
There are more than 9,000 trees on the National Mall, and many of them are cherry blossom trees gifted to the U.S. by Japan in 1912.