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Top 50 Places to Visit in the U.S.A.

Updated on February 11, 2017

Now, this is my own top 50 list and I know others travel lists might be different, and if your list is different I would love to hear how it is. Because I am planning a big road trip with my husband and would love to hear more ideas of places to visit! So please feel free leave a comment below!

Alabama: Durbin Farms Market. I love fresh fruit, veggies, homemade jams, salsa, and anything else from a farm! I love making soup with fresh veggies and spices. This farm has a lot of great reviews on there famous peaches, which is another reason why I want to visit.

Alaska: Tracy Arm Fjord. This is a beautiful glacier located near Juneau and has boat tours that will take you out to the glacier itself. It is a wonderful work of mother nature that I would love to visit one day!

Arizona: Hall of Fame Fire Museum. My biological family has a lot of firefighters in its past and current generations. I have always wanted to visit this museum in honor of all the firefighters in my family.

Arkansas: Garvan Woodland Gardens. A 210 acre garden that is close to the hot springs. I saw this place on Pinterest last year and have wanted to go ever since.

California: San Diego Zoo. I am a huge lover of zoos and went to the zoo in my home town all of the time. The San Diego Zoo is a massive zoo, housing over 3,700 animals.

Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park. It's known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. I want to go to this site and witness its glory!

Connecticut: Mark Twain House. A gothic style house where Mr. Twain wrote some of his best selling novels. In 2012 Mark Twain's house was on the top ten most historical places in the world. It is a beautiful home that I would love to visit one day.

Delaware: Delaware Art Museum. I love art very much as it is one of my favorite hobbies and in my home town I went to the art museum all the time. This museum however has a 9 acre sculpture garden.

Florida: Now this one is a very common one that a lot of people have been too. It is Disney World! I have never been to Disney World but I have been to Disneyland and I have heard that Disney World is so much better.

Georgia: Rock City. A beautiful lookout in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. This lookout has a really wonderful waterfall and has been used in many commercials before.

Hawaii: I really want to visit Pearl Harbor. It is a major point in our countries history and it would be great to be able to visit that site one day.

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Park. It is a park filled with lava fields and lava caves. It has three lava fields in total and would be a great place to visit one day.

Illinois: Anderson Japanese Garden. Yes another garden, but this is one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever laid my eyes on. I loved visiting this place with my family one summer. It is a 12 acre garden fill with wonderful plants and fountains.

Indiana: Turkey Run State park. A great park with many hiking trails and even a little inn that you can stay in. They have challenging trails and trails for beginners like me. I have also heard wonderful things about the inns food!

Iowa: Crystal Lake Cave. A cave where you can explore amazing mineral formations that are still growing to this day. I am really excited about this one and I want to visit soon!

Kansas: Drinkwater and Schriver Flour Mill. This was an old running saw mill that opened in 1867 that got turned into a flour mill about ten years later. It was operated for about a 100 years and now is a place to visit. Although you can't go into the building itself, it sure is a nice place to go and visit.

Kentucky: Perryville. This is where the battle of Perryville took place; also known as Battle of the Chaplin Hills. It is a great place to visit if you are interested in the civil war.

Louisiana: Bourbon Street. It is a street in one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans. A 13 block stretch that you can walk up and down visiting each store and restaurant.

Maine: Rockland. Rockland is a city in Maine where one can go to the Lobster Festival, visit shops and restaurants and a nice art museum. It is quite a lovely tourist town that I would love to visit one day.

Maryland: B&O Railroad Museum. A historical railroad museum located in Baltimore, Maryland filled with historic railroad equipment and more.

Massachusetts: When I was here with family during vacation we went to Fenway Park and I highly recommend you go here. It is the home of the Boston Red Sox and it was a wonderful experience seeing a game there.

Michigan: The Great Lakes. Michigan borders 4 of the Great Lakes and I would love to visit all 4 of them if I ever get the chance. I realize that this would be a lot of driving, but it would be totally worth it.

Minnesota: Mall of America. On our family road trip we went to Mall of America and it was such a awesome experience. It has an theme park in the center of the mall which is where we spent most our time of course. Although we did walk on all four levels of the massive mall as well.

Mississippi: Windsor Ruins. A mansion built in the years 1859 through 1861 was own by Smith Coffee Daniel II. The home and plantation were ruined by a fire in 1890 and all that remains are the burned ashes of the home. Surrounded by a beautiful nature scenery and near the Mississippi River it surly is a sight to see.

Missouri: In Missouri there a few of the worlds largest objects. For example they have the worlds biggest rocking chair, fork and ball of twine. I one day want to visit all three of those sites and any other world breaking objects.

Montana: Gem Mountain. My husband and I just moved to Montana and during this coming summer we are going to go to a place called Gem Mountain. It is a place where one can dig and sift through the earth to find precious gems. The most common gem to be found there is a Sapphire.

Nebraska: Henry Doorly Zoo. It was recently recognized as the best zoo in the world. It is a 130 acre zoo/aquarium and an underwater tunnel. This would be at the top of my most wanted places to go.

Nevada: Fremont Street. The Fremont Street is basically the heart of Las Vegas. It is a full and rich street in the heart of Vegas. Full of old time casino and amazing street performers. It is truly a site to see and if you ever go to Vegas you need to visit this street!

New Hampshire: Story Land. Story Land is based on all of the books and dolls that founders Bob and Ruth Morrell bought before opening the park. It truly is a magical experience that the whole family could love.

New Jersey: Atlantic City and Boardwalk. Atlantic City inspired the well known game Monopoly and when my family took our long road trip we went driving through Atlantic City before parking and walking on the boardwalk. We go to see all of the street names that were used in the game of Monopoly. The boardwalk is an even better experience but I won't spoil it for you. Go find out for yourself! :D

New Mexico: Billy the Kid Museum. A museum dedicated to the old west and Billy the Kid. Has a lot of old west items and information on Billy the Kid and those close to him.

New York: Ellis Island. Ellis Island was the entry point to the U.S.A. for 12 million immigrants. It is now a wonderfully, insightful museum. It is a little heartbreaking but it is a major part of our history and I am very happy I went to visit this place. I think everyone should visit Ellis Island at least once in their lifetime.

North Carolina: Linville Gorge and Falls. Known as the Grand Canyon of the East it is one of the deepest and most beautiful Gorges in America. It has a stunning waterfall and it beautiful all year round.

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Visitors may camp, hike and just drive through this amazing park. This park has free roaming bison and winding rivers. It is surly a must go to place when traveling to North Dakota.

Ohio: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A look through the decades of rock and roll.

Oklahoma: National Weather Center. The national weather center has guided tours and a cafe inside its walls. Oklahoma has some of the worst weather in the United States.

Oregon. Multnomah Falls. I was born and raised in Oregon and have recently moved to Montana. It was hard to pick what I thought was the best site to see. It is down to Multnomah Falls and Portland itself. Portland is somewhat of crazy town but it has amazing restaurants and fun events going on. However Multnomah falls is a beautiful natural waterfall with a hiking trail leading to the top of the falls. It also has a very decent restaurant where you can sit facing the waterfall.

Pennsylvania: Hershey Park. Hands down the best amusement park that I have been to. I think every person and family should visit the town of Hershey and enjoy the amusement park itself.

Rhode Island: Newport Cliff Walk. A 3.5 mile public access walkway that borders the shore line.

South Carolina: South Carolina Plantations. South Carolina is home to over 2,000 plantations and I would some day love to visit all of them. If you can't visit all of them then try and visit the Charleston plantation as I have heard it the most beautiful one.

South Dakota: Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. For South Dakota I could not just pick one place. I have been to both Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse and I fell in love with both. When my family and I went to Mount Rushmore there was this purple thunderstorm behind the faces and it was the best thing I have ever seen. So my advice to you...visit both places!

Tennessee: Graceland. Former home to the well known singer Elvis. It is now a museum with tours, a car museum, exhibits and two jets.

Texas: Hermann Park. A massive park featuring a kid train, golf course, Japanese garden and a natural science museum. A fun family trip to take for sure.

Utah: Dinosaur National Monument. Many fossils from the Jurassic period have been discovered here. There are hiking trails and campsites here, along with amazing scenery.

Vermont: Bread and Puppet Theater. A very antique theater filled with many old puppets and masks. A very unique museum that many people have enjoyed.

Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg. A living history museum in the district of Williamsburg. It has many restaurants and shops, many of which are claimed to be haunted.

Washington: Mount St. Helens. An active volcano that erupted back in 1980 causing massive damage and the ashes went to 48 states in the U.S.A. The massive eruption caused the volcanoes top half to disappear within the ashes.

West Virginia: Museum of Radio and Technology. A rare gem of a museum that is full of rich history. Not a place to be missed.

Wisconsin: Wizard Quest. A theme park were visitors are asked riddles and questions to help find hidden wizards and objects. They also have been rated to have amazing staff.

Wyoming: Devils Tower and Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone park is massive and you defiantly need a few days to go through the entire park. But it is however an amazing park, full of wildlife, hot springs and mineral pools. Devils tower is an amazing rock formation that is said to have been carved by bears. There is plenty of trails and rocks to explore. It truly is a wonderful place.


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    • Amanda108 profile image


      21 months ago from Michigan, United States

      I love the idea of picking an interesting destination from each state, rather than only focusing on the ones that are always talked about. America is a vast, beautiful country and if you're able to hit each spot on this list then I think you're in for an amazing trip!


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