Must-see attractions in The USA

  • Gibraltar Island

    Ohio

    The little island, named for its resemblance to the Rock of Gibraltar, was once owned by banker Jay Cooke, who built a 15-room, gothic-looking castle on…

  • Gray's Beach

    Waikiki

    Nestled up against the Halekulani luxury resort, Gray’s Beach has suffered some of the Waikiki strip’s worst erosion. Because the seawall in front of the…

  • Christ Church Burial Ground

    Philadelphia

    Hard to believe, but back in the early 18th century this was the outskirts of town, thus the ideal location for a burial ground. The cemetery is the final…

  • First Bank of the US

    Philadelphia

    Although closed to the public, it's impossible to ignore the grand neoclassical architecture of this 1797 building that housed the First Bank of the US…

  • Lincoln Park

    Washington, DC

    Lincoln Park is the lively center of Capitol Hill’s east end. Joggers and stroller-pushing families zip past the Emancipation Memorial, a statue of a…

  • Naropa University

    Boulder

    Naropa was founded by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who escaped Tibet and climbed over the Himalayas into India as a young man. In…

  • Central Plaza (Red Square)

    Seattle

    The center of campus is more commonly referred to as Red Sq (because of its base of red brick rather than any Bolshevik inclinations). It’s not the…

  • Tampa Museum of Art

    Tampa

    Architect Stanley Saitowitz's dramatically cantilevered museum building appears to float above Curtis Hixon Park overlooking the Hillsborough River…

  • Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center

    Buffalo

    Scheduled to open in spring 2019, this nonprofit museum is full of displays about the city's impressive stock of buildings, and is located on the ground…

  • West End Museum

    Boston

    This gem of a neighborhood museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of the West End and educating the public about the ramifications of unchecked…

  • Christ Cathedral

    Orange County

    This glass monolith was built in the shape of a four-pointed star and boasts 10,661 windows, seating capacity for 3000 and an organ with 16,000 pipes…

  • Society of the Cincinnati

    Washington, DC

    The Society of the Cincinnati is a private patriotic group that educates the public about the Revolutionary War. Who knew? What’s key here is the chance…

  • Germantown White House

    Philadelphia

    George Washington lived here twice making this the oldest presidential residence in the US. In 1793 the first US president sought refuge here from the…

  • University of Southern California

    Los Angeles

    George Lucas, John Wayne and Neil Armstrong are among the famous alumni of this well-respected private university, founded in 1880, just north of…

  • Alexandria Archaeology Museum

    Alexandria

    Alexandria is known for its landmark archaeological protection code – one of the first in the US – which encourages local archaeologists and developers to…

  • South of the Border

    South Carolina

    Yes, that's a giant sombrero rising above I-95 on the North Carolina–South Carolina state line. Bienvenidos to South of the Border, a Mexican-flavored…

  • Old Pulu Factory

    Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

    Ancient Hawaiians used pulu, the golden, silky fibers found at the base of hapuʻu (tree fern) fiddleheads, to dress wounds and embalm the dead. In the…

  • Grand Canyon Train Depot

    Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

    This train depot, designed by Francis Wilson and completed in 1910, was built nine years after the first train arrived in the Village from Williams. A…

  • Bishop’s House

    Aleutian Islands

    Commissioned by Bishop Nester, this house was first built in San Francisco in 1882, dismantled and shipped to Unalaska to be reassembled. During his…

  • Essanay Studios

    Chicago

    Back before the talkies made silent film obsolete, Chicago reigned supreme as the number-one producer of movie magic in the USA. Essanay churned out…

  • LeHardy's Rapids

    Yellowstone National Park

    These rapids are named after topographer Paul LeHardy, whose raft overturned here, spilling guns, provisions and bedding but sparing his life. Rock uplift…

  • Angoon

    Southeast Alaska

    Angoon (pop 450) is the only community on Admiralty Island and serves as the departure point for many kayak and canoe trips into the heart of the monument…

  • Clarke House Museum

    Chicago

    The Henry B Clarke House is the oldest structure in the city. When Caroline and Henry Clarke built the imposing Greek Revival home in 1836, log cabins…

  • Harrah's

    Las Vegas

    Harrah's may be the friendliest and most playful casino on the Strip – and it's swimming with middle-aged tourists from the Midwest. Entertainment is the…

  • Duwamish Head

    Seattle

    Popular for its views of Elliott Bay and downtown, this relatively tranquil spot was once painted with a different hue. In 1907 a huge amusement park,…

  • Preservation Resource Center

    New Orleans

    If you're interested in the architecture of New Orleans or a self-guided walking tour, then start here. The welcoming Preservation Resource Center,…

  • Milbrook Village

    New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

    Milbrook Village, composed of about two dozen buildings, some original, is meant to evoke a late-19th-century farming community. From a peak of 75…

  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    Southwestern Utah

    Restless winds shift giant Sahara-like sand dunes across half of this 3700-acre state park. For lovers of the strange, it's worth the 24-mile, 90-minute…

  • Golden Spike National Historic Site

    Utah

    On May 10, 1869, the westward Union Pacific Railroad and eastward Central Pacific Railroad met at Promontory Summit. With the completion of the…

  • District of Columbia War Memorial

    Washington, DC

    This small Greek-Revival bandstand and monument was constructed in 1931. It commemorates local soldiers killed in WWI, making it the only local District…

  • Bush-Holley Historic Site

    Connecticut

    A saltbox built in 1732, Bush-Holley Historic Site was run as a boardinghouse for the Cos Cob colony's artists between 1890 and 1925. It features a wealth…

  • Hadwen House

    Nantucket

    A walk through the Nantucket Historical Association’s Hadwen House, a Greek Revival home built in 1845 by a whaling merchant, provides testimony to just…

  • Morse Field

    Hawaiʻi the Big Island

    The landing strip of Morse Field was a fuel stop for a trans-Pacific air ferry route until the attack on Pearl Harbor, after which the army tilled it up…

  • Chinatown Cultural Plaza

    Honolulu

    Inside this utilitarian mall, covering almost an entire city block, traditional acupuncturists, tailors and calligraphers work alongside travel agencies…

  • THEARC

    Washington, DC

    The Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC) has been a cornerstone for community redevelopment in River East and Far Southeast. A…

  • Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

    Alexandria

    Once a real tavern (operated by John Gadsby from 1796 to 1808), this building now houses a museum demonstrating the prominent role of the tavern in…

  • Reeder's Alley

    Montana

    Step back into old-old Helena on this short stretch of brick road lined with historic buildings and log cabins. It was named after Louis Reeder – the man…

  • Eartha

    Midcoast Maine

    Geography boffins shouldn't miss a visit to the Garmin company – its lofty office atrium is home to a giant rotating globe named Eartha. Eartha has a…

  • Noccalula Falls

    Alabama

    Fed by the Black Creek, Noccalula Falls plunges some 90ft into Black Creek gorge, although how much water is plunging depends on rainfall; in wet…

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