Thursday, July 26, 2007

Coolest Places to Visit in the United States

By David Dutton

SUMMARY: Discover the coolest places to visit in the United States.

When in the United States, there is an endless list of places to visit and it will depend on your interests, the time you have to spend and how far you wish to travel.

In the state of Arizona, you will find the Grand Canyon. Created by the Colorado River over 6 million years, it is a spectacular gorge stretching 277 miles with widths of between 4 to 18 miles and depths of more than a mile.

California boasts some really interesting places to visit including the infamous Alcatraz Prison, Death Valley National Park, which is the hottest, driest and lowest deserts on earth, The Hearst Castle, J.Paul Getty Museum and the Griffith Observatory, which are both in L.A. Depending on what time of year you plan to visit, Yosemite National Park will offer you something different and a visit to California would not be complete without tour of Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank.

The Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum and the USS Nautilus Submarine Museum makes Connecticut a must stop for those of you interested in the sea and the vessels that traverse under and over the waves.

The Historical Society of Delaware takes up a 500 block of a mall in Wilmington and includes the Delaware History Museum, the Old Town Hall, Willington Square and HSD’s research Library.

High on the list of places to visit in the USA would have to be NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and for over thirty years tours groups have heard the stories of men in space and indeed on the moon. Castillo de San Marcos and the Florida Museum of Natural History are well worth a look as well.

Popping over to Hawaii you can visit the great beaches and many monuments and sights but the one that immediately come to mind is the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Back on the mainland, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Lincoln’s Home at Springfield as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio at Oak Park are the interesting points in Illinois.

Lincoln City, Indiana is home to Abraham Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Louisiana boasts the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and Oak Valley Plantation in Vacherie.

In Maine, there is the Maine Maritime Museum and the seashore trolley Museum while in Maryland you can see the Antietam (Civil War) National Battlefield and the Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

Massachusetts offers a smorgasbord of places to visit including Historic Salem, famous for the Witch Trials, Plymouth Plantation and the Pilgrim Hall Museum both at Plymouth, Paul Revere House, John F Kennedy Presidential Library, Museum of Fine Arts, USS Constitution Ship Museum and The freedom Trail all at Boston. Do not forget Harvard University and Historic Deerfield as well as the National Heritage Museum at Lexington and Battleship Cove at Fall River.

In Michigan there is the Henry Ford Museum at Dearborn and the Gerald R Ford Museum at Grand Rapids.

Missouri is home to the Harry S Truman Presidential Library.

Nevada has the Hoover Dam.

New Jersey there is the Morristown National historical Park and the Thomas Edison National Historical Site.

Places to visit in New York are the Empire State Building, the world Famous Statue of Liberty, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame, West Point (US Military Academy) and the American Museum of Natural History.

The home of the Vanderbilt’s, Baltimore Estate and the historic Latta Plantation are both situated in North Carolina and South Carolina is home to Fort Sumter.

The United States Air Force Museum is near Dayton, Ohio and in Oregon you can visit the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks.

Steeped in history, is Pennsylvania is home of the Gettysburg Battlefield, National Civil War Museum, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Mount Rushmore National Park in South Dakota is known the world over and while you’re in the area, there is Badlands National Park and Black hills National forest as well.

In Tennessee there is the National Civil Rights Museum and Texas is the home of The Alamo and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

In Virginia, there is the Home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Mount Vernon, the Home of George Washington and Stratford Hall Plantation which was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee.

The name Washington speaks for itself, The White House, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Museums, Lincoln Memorial, and Memorials of Holocaust, WWII and Vietnam Veterans and Ford’s Theatre.

In Wyoming there is the beautiful Yellowstone National Park.

And for the young and the young at heart, one of the most popular places to visit is, of course, Disneyland.


Anonymous said...

At Harvard University in Cambridge, don't miss the Harvard Museum of Natural History where they have the world famous 'Glass Flowers' as well as dinosaurs, hundreds of animals.

Anonymous said...

I see you went in alphabetical order. You talked about DC, but you missed Washington STATE.

Seattle offers a handful of exciting options, including the Space Needle and the Science Center. There's also the San Juan Islands, the whole Olympic Peninsula, and the tulip fields near Mount Vernon. And that's just the west side of the state...

Anonymous said...

Crazy Horse Mountain, Black Hills South Dakota, a MUST SEE!

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