Top ChoiceMuseum in Merritt Island

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Whether you're mildly interested in space or a die-hard sci-fi fan, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center is awe inspiring. To get a good overview, start at the Early Space Exploration exhibit, progress to the...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Tucson

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Saguaros (sah-wah-ros) are icons of the American Southwest, and an entire cactus army of these majestic, ribbed sentinels is protected in this desert playground. Or more precisely, playgrounds: the park is...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Kuélap

Kuélap

Kuélap

The 700m-long oval fortress of Kuélap, made up of millions of cubic feet of remarkably preserved stone, was constructed between AD 900 and 1100, and rediscovered in 1843. Shaped like an ocean liner atop a...

Top ChoicePark in Upper West Side & Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

One of the world’s most renowned green spaces, Central Park comprises 843 acres of rolling meadows, boulder-studded outcroppings, elm-lined walkways, manicured European-style gardens, a lake and a reservoir — not...

Top ChoiceGlacier in Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Going to Juneau and not seeing the Mendenhall is like visiting Rome and skipping the Colosseum. The most famous of Juneau’s ice floes, and the city’s most popular attraction, flows 13 miles from its source, the...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Yaxchilán

Jungle-shrouded Yaxchilán has a wonderfully atmospheric setting above a horseshoe loop in the Río Usumacinta. The control this location gave it over river commerce, and a series of successful alliances and...

Top ChoiceHot Springs in Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs

The imposing Lower and Upper Terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs are the highlight of the Mammoth region. An hour’s worth of boardwalks wind their way between ornate and graceful limestone pools, ledges and plateaus....

Top ChoiceCemetery in Vedado

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón

Havana's main cemetery (a national monument), one of the largest in the Americas, is renowned for its striking religious iconography and elaborate marble statues. Far from being eerie, a walk through these 57...

Top ChoiceForest in Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove

With their massive stature and multi-millennium maturity, the chunky high-rise sequoias of Mariposa Grove will make you feel rather insignificant. The largest grove of giant sequoias in the park, Mariposa is home...

Top ChoicePark in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

This 85-acre park is one of Brooklyn’s best-loved attractions. Wrapping itself around a 1.3-mile bend on the East River, the post-industrial site runs from just beyond the far side of the Manhattan Bridge in...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is America's most famous and historically important gateway. Between 1892 and 1924 more than 12 million immigrants passed through this processing station; more than 100 million current Americans are...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Edzná

Edzná

Edzná

Edzná’s massive complexes, that once covered more than 17 sq km, were built by a highly stratified society that flourished from about 600 BC to the 15th century AD. During that period the people of Edzná built...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Polanco & Bosque de Chapultepec

Museo Nacional de Antropología

Museo Nacional de Antropología

This world-class museum stands in an extension of the Bosque de Chapultepec and is a highlight of visiting CDMX. Its long, rectangular courtyard is surrounded on three sides by two-level display halls. The 12...

Top ChoicePark in Rio de Janeiro

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

The Tijuca is all that's left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. This 39-sq-km tropical-jungle preserve is an exuberant green, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Palenque

Templo de las Inscripciones Group

As you walk in from the entrance the vegetation suddenly peels away to reveal many of Palenque’s most magnificent buildings in one sublime vista. A line of temples rises in front of the jungle on your right,...

Top ChoicePark in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

From bonsai and buffalo to redwoods and protests, and from flowers, Frisbees and free music to free spirits, Golden Gate Park seems to contain just about everything San Franciscans love about their city. You...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Sarasota

Ringling Museum Complex

Ringling Museum Complex

The 66-acre winter estate of railroad, real-estate and circus baron John Ringling and his wife, Mable, is one of the Gulf Coast’s premier attractions and incorporates their personal collection of artworks in what...

Top ChoicePark in Southeastern Utah

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

A Salvador Dalí–esque melted-rock fantasy, a valley of giant stone mushrooms, an otherworldly alien landscape or the results of a cosmological acid trip? No matter what you think the stadium-like valley of...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Midtown

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Completed in 1913, Grand Central Terminal – commonly, if incorrectly, called Grand Central Station – is one of New York’s most venerated beaux-arts beauties. Adorned with Tennessee-marble floors and...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Fajardo

Cabezas de San Juan Reserva Natural

Cabezas de San Juan Reserva Natural

A nodule of land on Puerto Rico’s northeast tip, this Para La Naturaleza–run reserve protects the Laguna Grande bioluminescent bay, rare flora and fauna, mangroves and lush rainforest, and is home to an important...