My Top Seven Travel Destinations in the U.S.

The Grand Canyon

I love traveling. Every chance I get I find somewhere to go. Unfortunately, due to my job and the few vacation days I get per year, I cannot go to those exotic places far away from home. So, what I’ve done is surf the web for those “exotic” places closer to home where I can spend a weekend or a few days enjoying the best that this country has to offer. I had such a blast visiting these places; I thought I would share them with my readers. Most of them cost little more than a train or bus fare. However, there are a few that will require a couple hundred to a thousand dollars. Still, not too expensive, in comparison to the thousands of dollars one would have to spend to go to Rio or Cairo, for example.

Louisville, KY

If you are a baseball fan, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a must see. The 114-year-old museum is filled with baseball memorabilia, special exhibits and a 120 feet bat at its entrance, weighing 68,000 lbs. What makes this museum special is the fact that over one million bats are made every day at its factory. And if you plan your trip right, you could be in time for the world famous Kentucky Derby. The Derby is usually held on the first Saturday in May. Think you can’t afford it? Guess again. General admission to Churchill Downs is $2. The Millionaires Row and Reserved Clubhouse are another story.

Grand Canyon, AZ

Most people know about the Grand Canyon, but of the 6.5 billion people in the world, how many can actually say they have seen it? This is a trip worth taking. Located in Northern Arizona, The Canyon is 1904 square miles. Big, huh? Entrance fee is only $25, and that is for a carload of people. If you are walking or riding a bike the cost is only $12. I recommend the North Rim over the South Rim (less crowded). Be warned, a visit to The Canyon will take up your entire weekend. So, if you are into camping you may consider camping there for the weekend. Or, you could do a “flyby.” i.e. take a plane trip out of Vegas and fly over the Canyon. It will be worth it. There is a Grand Canyon Podcast with up to minute info on this wonder of the world.

Washington, DC

There’s just too much to see and do in DC. Before 9/11, visiting the White House was an easy task. Granted, the lines to the White House used to pass Pennsylvania Avenue to 15th Street. However, now that security has gotten so tight, visitors to The White House have to book as early as six months in advance. It is still a testament to the resilience and goodwill of our nation that even after such a tragedy, visitors can still walk the rooms housing America’s First Family. If you can’t visit the White House, you can do a virtual tour. You can even see a video of the President conducting a tour of the Oval Office. Priceless! Further down the road, The Smithsonian Institute houses The National Air and Space Museum. In it you’ll find the 1903 Wright flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Sprit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 Command module. Cool stuff! After visiting the museum, continue to the National Mall, a long stretch of memorials, including Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Cost: Nothing.

Daytona Beach, FL

So you’re a car racing fanatic and just love going anywhere there is a good car racing. Fly down to Daytona Beach and visit the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. The promoters usually have packages including air, hotel, ground transportation, admission ticket and what is called the Daytona 500 Experience, starting at a couple hundred bucks to over a thousand dollars. Even if you are not into cars, you will have a blast at the Daytona 500 Experience. And if you are one of those very hard to please party-poopers, you could always visit the Pit Stop and purchase a souvenir to show you were at the Daytona 500 race meet! BTW: The Daytona 500 Experience is year-round (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), so don’t worry if you can’t go during the Daytona 500 in February.

New York, NY

New York is one of the most vibrant places on this planet, and while it can be expensive to spend any length of time in the city, with a little ingenuity, you can come out ahead, and save some money in your pocket. For starters, the Museum on Ellis Island is a must visit. An early morning hop on the ferry will ensure early admission. And while we are on the subject of museums, make a note to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is one of the most expansive museums. You will not be able to tour the museum in one trip so get a map and determine what aspect of the museum would interest you the most. You can always revisit the city for a continuation. Then, if you’re into architecture, New York has some of the finest buildings to see. From Grand Central to the US Post Office, The Chrysler Building to the Flat Iron building – a subway ride is all it takes. Of course, you cannot visit New York and not go to a Broadway or Off-Broadway production in Times Square. Believe me, sometimes the Off-Broadway shows are even better. If you’d rather not spend a dime, or at least, not a Broadway ticket price, you could just head over to Central Park. There is so much to see and do in the park, it s unbelievable: Shakespeare’s Garden, Strawberry Fields, A zoo, a castle, not to mention horse drawn carriages and gondola rides.

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is home to CNN, Coca-Cola and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. All three are a must see. It is fascinating to be behind the scenes during a news production at the CNN Studio. You will also be impressed by the variety of cola tastes (yes, they offer free sampling) available to cola drinkers all over the world. Maximum cost for both: $21. The King Center is absolutely free. Atlanta’s Travel Guide is one of the coolest on the web. Visit their 50 Fun Things To See & Do In Atlanta website. See link on the right.

Las Vegas, NV

And it would be remiss of me if I closed this article without mentioning another budget-friendly city with galore of entertainment and interesting sites to visit; even though my Christian friends would have my head for including this “sin city” in my list. Vegas is absolutely one of the most exciting places to visit. There is always something going on in Vegas, and yes, you can do it for free to a few bucks. From visiting the world famous fountains at the Bellagio hotel to going to the parks: Zion National, Bryce Canyon, and of course the North Rim of the Grand Canyon mentioned earlier. And Vegas really is the city that never sleeps.

Of course, you may not agree with me. There are many other places that may be more beautiful, have more entertainment, more sites to see, and cost a lot less (hard to believe). But, these are my preferences. Go out and find your special seven and share them with us. After all, isn’t that what the Internet is all about? Another caveat. I visited all these places (except Daytona Beach) during the summer. You may have to call or browse the websites of many of these places for availability or accessibility during the winter season.

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Comments 10 comments

George Delacroix 8 years ago

My opinion of travelling is going to Italy or France and visiting the Pisa Tower or the Eiffel Tower. But after reading the article, it occured to me that this great country has so many opportunities for tourist and avid travellers to enjoy. I am considering going to the Grand Canyon for my next trip (and maybe stop by Nevada some time during). The article does give some interesting suggestions about places to go, for an almost equally good time, for a much cheaper price.


Rusty Green 8 years ago

Hi George:

Thanks for being the first to post a comment on my hub. I'm glad you liked the article and are inspired to check out my recommendations.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

Nice thoughts Rusty. My wife and I have a list of "must-see sites before we die" and you hit on a couple of them! Love it.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France

I would love to do Grand Canyon on bike! and of course I would also like to fly over it...

NY is also one of my favourite cities, no better place for shopping than NY! I've been to the METRO in almost all my visits there is always 'something else' to see in there.

I also agree with Washington DC although I always regreat that my visit was far too short. I suppose it just means that I neeed to go again!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

I love the idea of riding bike on the Great Canyon (don´t forget me when you travel there Princessa). I have only visited Alaska and Canada but I would like to travel to US again and visit some of the great places you got there ;)


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Rusty Green 8 years ago Author

WeddingConsultant:

Thanks for your comment... I'm glad I had some of your "must-see sites". I have a few more which probably are also on your llst, but I would have had to change my title to "My Top Ten Travel Destinations," and seven is such a complete number! :))

Princessa:

NYC is also a favorite of mine so I do understand the sentiments... And you defintiely have to do DC again...Thanks for stopping by!

funride:

I have never been to Alaska... Perhaps you could write a hub informing us of some of the fun things we could do when we get there. My images of Alaska has always been snow and ice... Two elements I don't care for much... At least, not when I am in it! :) Thanks for your comments... I really appreciate your support.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

Very enjoyable Hub. Thank you for all the great travel information.

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Rusty Green 8 years ago Author

Hi LdsNana:

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it; and I hope you will get the time to visit some of my suggestions - especially the Grand Canyon.


Web surfer 8 years ago

You write great hubs! I enjoyed this one.


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Rusty Green 7 years ago Author

Thanks, I enjoyed writing it. Unfortunately, I have so many iron in the fire, as they would say, that I don't have time to write more often. :)

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