Alabama: U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the Rocket Center is among the largest museums dedicated to educating the public on the history, achievements, and artifacts of NASA and U.S. space missions.
Alaska: Denali National Park
Centered on Denali, otherwise known as Mount McKinley, this national park covers over a million acres of Interior Alaskan landscapes. The natural beauty of this pure frontier is staggering.
Arizona: Grand Canyon
Part of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is an incredible natural landmark. The Pueblo people considered it a holy site and it certainly commands reverence and respect.
Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park
Near a city of the same name, Hot Springs National Park has been nicknamed the “American Spa” for its geothermal features. The baths are open for visitors to come out and give it a try.
“The Happiest Place on Earth” is also the second most visited theme park in the U.S. just behind Walt Disney World. Anaheim’s theme park is an attraction for everyone’s bucket list.
Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park
With 415 square miles of Colorado wilderness, this alpine wonderland is filled with untouched wildlife, native flora, and over 300 miles of hiking trails.
Connecticut: Mystic Seaport
Billed as the Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the world. This living history area includes a collection of life-size ships, demonstrations on making rope and fabric, and over 60 original historic buildings.
Originally founded by Henry Francis du Pont, the Winterthur estate includes 60 acres of lush gardens, a premier academic library, and a museum dedicated to the American decorative arts.
Florida: Disney World
The single most visited theme park in the world, Disney World is guaranteed to make dreams come true for all ages.
Georgia: Savannah Historic District
Walkthrough the manicured city squares and view the meticulously preserved historic houses that date back to the Civil War and beyond.
Hawaii: Volcanoes National Park
This volcanic island is home to two continuously active volcanoes on the property of this scenic national park. Stand close to the flowing lava, take a hike through the Hawaiian forests, and have an experience unique to America’s youngest state.
Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
In the plains of Idaho is the ancient remnants of volcanic activity. Lava flows, cinder cones, craters, and sagebrush decorate this odd and unique landscape.
Illinois: Navy Pier
Stretching out over Lake Michigan, Chicago’s Navy Pier is an expansive boardwalk with an amusement park, skyline stage, children’s museum, Shakespeare Theatre, and a six-story glass atrium enclosing over 80 live palm trees.
Indiana: Indianapolis Children’s Museum
The largest children’s museum in the world, Indianapolis’s learning complex is a fascinating and interactive destination to learn about everything from dinosaurs to the robots of Transformers to locomotives.
Iowa: Field of Dreams film site
Located near Dyersville, Iowa, this movie location has been bringing in the visitors since it was built in 1906. Today the farmhouse, farm, and of course the baseball field appear as it did in the film. Toss around a ball on the diamond and maybe you’ll see Shoeless Joe.
Kansas: Dodge City
Made famous by Wyatt Earp, Dodge City is renowned for its historic connection to the Old West, to the time of dueling cowboys and train robbers. This recreated frontier town includes a saloon and authentic cemetery among its historic homes available for touring.
Kentucky: Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs and its most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, is one of three making up the Triple Crown. Every year, thousands tune in and turn up to cheer on their favorites, drink mint juleps, and participate in this age-old tradition.
Louisiana: Oak Alley Plantation
Built in 1837, this historic plantation has seen tragedy, heartache, romance, intrigue, war, and redemption. Now fully restored, the estate includes the iconic oak trees lining the drive, a fully restored mansion and outbuildings, and historic tours of the property with exhibits on its more tempestuous times.
Located in Yarmouth, Maine is the world’s largest rotating and revolving globe. From outside the DeLorme building, you can see the world literally turn before your eyes.
Maryland: Baltimore Aquarium
In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the aquarium is home to over 750 species and 17,000 specimens of marine life. Since it was opened in 1981, the aquarium has been named as one of the tops in the nation.
Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall Marketplace
A meeting hall since 1743, this Boston common area has been refashioned and added to make it a historic landmark and modern shopping complex. The site was the location of several iconic speeches by Samuel Adams and others and is part of the Freedom Trail.
Michigan: Henry Ford Museum
Starting as a simple collection of Henry Ford’s belongings, the museum has grown into an embodiment of the spirit that made Detroit and the motor industry great.
Minnesota: Mall of America
Outside of the Twin Cities, this Minnesota mall receives over 40 million visitors every year. With an indoor theme park, aquarium, exhibits, and an IMAX, this is more than just your average shopping mall.
Mississippi: The Museum of Natural Science
Located in Jackson, The Museum of Natural Science is Mississippi’s largest museum. Built as a complement to the Game and Fish Commission, see exhibits educating the public on more than a million native wildlife specimens.
Missouri: Gateway Arch
Part of a project working to commemorate President Jefferson’s westward expansion, the Gateway Arch symbolizes St. Louis’ role as the gateway to the west, the starting point of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the advancement of American society.
Montana: Yellowstone National Park
The most visited national park, and the first in American history, Yellowstone is home to roughly 10,000 geothermal features including the famous Old Faithful geyser.
Nebraska: Chimney Rock
Rising over 300 feet in the air, Chimney Rock is a commanding structure casting an extended shadow over the barren Nebraska landscape. During the 19th century, the feature was used as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and California Trail.
Nevada: Vegas Strip
15 of the 25 largest hotels in the world are located along the Las Vegas Strip. At night, the strip is a scenic feature that can be seen from space.
New Hampshire: Mount Washington Auto Road
Stretching 7.6 miles to the peak of Mount Washington, the Auto Road rises over 4,000 feet from the base of the mountain. Drive among the clouds or take a van tour of the mountain’s peak.
New Jersey: Atlantic City Boardwalk
The first boardwalk in the U.S. opened in 1870, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is an extensive entertainment district stretching out over the Atlantic Ocean.
New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns
Part of the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns includes more than 119 known caves as part of the extensive underground system. Limestone features and giant underground cathedral spaces bring in nearly 400,000 visitors every year.
New York: Statue of Liberty
Perhaps the single most identifiably American landmark, the Statue of Liberty is a magnificent and moving monument to our most basic of American principles.
North Carolina: Biltmore Estate
Built by the Vanderbilt family beginning in 1889, the Biltmore Estate is open for tours showing off its massive size, amazing architecture, odd additions, and luxurious furnishings in the largest privately-owned home in the U.S.
North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Covering over 70,000 acres in the badlands of North Dakota, this national park was so named because of its inspirational influence on President Roosevelt, causing his later devotion to preserving America’s natural landscapes.
Ohio: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
In downtown Cleveland lies the number one pilgrimage site for rock and roll fans. Artifacts and collections include Joey Ramone’s leather jacket, John Lennon’s acoustic guitar, and handwritten lyrics to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”
Oklahoma: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Applauding the preserved history of the American West, Oklahoma City’s museum includes exhibits on Native American cultures and history, the American frontier, and the life of real cowboys.
Oregon: Crater Lake National Park
This incredibly peaceful landscape and crystal blue water have had tempestuous histories of volcanic activity and natural disasters. The lake, the centerpiece of Oregon’s only national park, makes for an amazing sight.
Pennsylvania: Independence National Park and Liberty Bell
With hundreds of other historic attractions to compete, the Liberty Bell wins out for being one of the nation’s most iconic possessions remaining from the War for Independence. The park also includes the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Rhode Island: The Breakers
The largest and most ornate of the area’s “summer cottages,” The Breakers was the Vanderbilt family’s summer getaway home. Today, it’s open for tours so the general public can explore the opulent furnishings and grand architecture.
South Carolina: Fort Sumter
This fort is known for being the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861. Though the fort was surrendered a mere 34 hours later, Fort Sumter remains a preserved historic landmark.
South Dakota: Mount Rushmore
Within the Black Hills of South Dakota lies an impressive monument commemorating four of our most successful presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore is easily South Dakota’s most visited attraction.
Elvis Presley’s estate is the most popular attraction in Memphis and one of the most visited rock and roll attractions for fans. On nearly 14 acres, Graceland has been pristinely preserved, keeping the King of Rock’s legacy alive for visitors.
Texas: The Alamo
This former chapel was used as a fortress during the Battle of the Alamo during the Mexican War of Independence in 1836. After 13 days of struggle, the Alamo fell but it remains a symbol of fighting against impossible odds.
Utah: Salt Lake Temple
Part of Salt Lake City’s Latter-Day Saints Temple Square complex, the Salt Lake Temple soars 222 feet into the sky. While not everyone can enter the temple, the impressive structure is striking even at a distance and worth seeing.
Vermont: Ben & Jerry’s Factory
Everyone loves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and in Waterbury, Vermont you can walk through the factory, see how the ice cream is made, take a taste test, and pay your respects to your favorite flavors that have been retired to the Flavor Graveyard.
Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg
This living history complex is one the largest and most famous in the country for its historic recreations, landmark buildings, demonstrations and presentations, and exhibitions. For a feel of what life was like during the 18th century, Williamsburg is your destination.
Washington: Space Needle
This 605-foot tall observation tower is the most iconic feature of Seattle. From the top, you can see the entire Seattle skyline and the mountains surrounding the Emerald City.
Washington, D.C.: National Mall
The National Mall acts as a central meeting place, public park, and spotlight for all of D.C.’s most historic and memorable of monuments including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Capitol Hill among others.
West Virginia: West Virginia Penitentiary
Now a retired prison, the West Virginia Penitentiary operated from 1875 to its closing in 1995. A troubled history, the penitentiary was the site of riots, executions, prison breaks, and reportedly, hauntings that continue to this day.
Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum
Holding over 30,000 pieces of art in their collection, the Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the city’s most popular destinations. The iconic architecture encloses over 125 years of collected art including Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso among others.
Wyoming: Devils Tower
Rising 1,267 feet into the air, this iconic “laccolith” was dedicated by President Roosevelt as a national monument in 1906. In the Black Hills extending into the Bear Lodge Mountains of Wyoming, Devils Tower brings in roughly 400,000 visitors a year.