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Favorites from the Non-Contiguous United States

Favorites from the Non-Contiguous United States

The Non-Contiguous United States includes the states of Alaska and Hawaii which are separated from the remaining 48 states. While both states have some unreal scenery that cannot be seen anywhere else in the country I have narrowed down my favorites. I hope to return at some point to see more of these beautiful places in the future. At the bottom of the page are links to all my photos from Alaska and Hawaii.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Holei Sea Arch

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses active volcanoes on the southeast side of the Big Island. Kileuea has been erupting since 1983 and gas can be seen coming from the summit caldera at multiple points in the park. Other highlights include the Thurston Lava Tube and the Chain of Craters road which goes by lava flow from past eruptions and ends with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.

Most of the park is currently closed due to seismic activity at the summit of Kileuea. Check with the National Park Service for updates.

Kilauea Caldera
Thurston Lava Tube
Pacific Ocean
Chain of Craters Road
Location of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Location of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Honolulu, Hawaii

View from Diamond Head

Honolulu is the capitol and largest city in the state of Hawaii. Besides numberous water related activities, popular attractions include Lolani Palace, Diamond Head, and Pearl Harbor. While Waikiki Beach is very popular, head to the North or East shore of Oahu for nicer and less crowded beaches.

Pearl Harbor
King Kamehameha Statue
Waikiki Beach
Lanikai Beach
Lolani Palace
Location of Honolulu
Location of Honolulu

Kona, Hawaii

Maniniowali Beach

Kona is located on the island of Hawaii and is a gateway to the many attractions of the Big Island. Amazing mountains, waterfalls, cliffs and beaches are located within two hours driving distance. In town there are plenty of shops, restuarants, and historic sights to visit in between adventures.

Kona Bay
Hulihee Palace
Hapuna Beach
Mauna Kea
Waipio Valley
Akaka Falls
Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Location of Kona
Location of Kona

Northern Lights, Alaska

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are solar flares that are generally only visible from the most northern places on earth. It is such a spectacular sight that words, or even pictures, cannot do justice. Fairbanks, Alaska is a great place to go witness this phenomenon.

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Favorites from California

Favorites from California

The most populated state in the country, California is a popular tourist destination. The relatively consistent weather makes it a desirable place to be at any time of the year. One of my favorite things about California is the variety. Beaches, lakes, mountains, national parks, and more are all within a few hours drive of major cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Below are my favorite places in California along with links to all my photos.

Lake Tahoe

Located along the California-Nevada Border, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The blue color of the water and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains make for gorgeous scenery. Between water sports, hiking, and world class ski resorts there are a number of recreation opportunities. The Nevada side of the lake is also home to a handful of casino hotels.

Emerald Bay
West Shore
Heavenly Ski Resort
Heavenly Ski Resort
Location of Lake Tahoe
Location of Lake Tahoe

Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles

While Los Angeles gets a bad reputation for its traffic and pollution, it is actually an underrated city. From theme parks to museums there are no shortage of things to do in and nearby the city. You can find find almost any type of food and there are plenty of chill bars and nightlife options that are not overpriced. Owing to its position as the entertainment capitol of the world, you can watch shows here that cannot be seen anywhere else.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Angels Flight
Hollywood Sign
Chinese Theater
Getty Center
Disneyland Park
Malibu
Location of Los Angeles
Location of Los Angeles

San Diego

Ocean Beach Pier

San Diego is known for its beaches, microbreweries and laid back atmosphere. Pacific Beach, Old Town, and the Gaslamp Quarter are among the neighborhoods worth checking out. Popular attractions incldue the San Diego Zoo, probably the best in America.

Balboa Park
Gaslamp Quarter
Hotel Del Coronado
Location of San Diego
Location of San Diego

San Francisco Bay Area

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco is the cultural and commercial hub of the Bay Area. The picturesque waterfront skyline, iconic bridges, and famous landmarks are just a few highlights of this beautiful place. While it is the second most densely populated city in the United States (after New York), you do not have to travel far to get to open space. The wineries of Napa Valley, the redwoods of Muir Woods, and the trails of Mt Diablo are just a few of many local getaways.

Downtown San Francisco
Transamerica Pyramid
Palace of Fine Arts
Palace of Fine Arts
Bay Bridge
Civic Center
AT&T Park
Downtown Oakland
Napa Valley
Mt Diablo
Location of San Francisco
Location of San Francisco

Yosemite National Park

El Capitan

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite is characterized by its many granite rocks including the famous Half Dome (pictured below) and El Capitan. The park is also home to impressive waterfalls, clear streams, and giant sequoia groves.

Half Dome
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Falls
Location of Yosemite National Park
Location of Yosemite National Park

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Favorites from the Pacific Northwest

Favorites from the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest covers the northern half of the West Coast and includes the states of Oregon and Washington. From the coastline to the Cascade Mountains to rolling wheat fields, there is no shortage of natural beauty. Vibrant cities such as Seattle and Portland are also among the highlights and provide close proximity to a variety of scenery. While I've selected my four favorite places, there are many other points of interest worth seeing which can be viewed in the photo albums I have linked below.

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River

The Columbia River Gorge is an approximately 80 mile long canyon formed by the Columbia River winding through the Cascade Mountains. Multiple roads, including Interstate 84, traverse the gorge offering spectacular views as the landscape changes from wet forests to dry grasslands. Among the notable sights are Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon.

Multnomah Falls
Location of the Columbia River Gorge
Location of the Columbia River Gorge

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Located in Southern Oregon, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in United States. The lake is known for its clarity and deep blue color which has to be seen to be believed. It was formed after Mount Mazama collapsed after which snowmelt and rain water filled the remaining caldera.

Location of Crater Lake
Location of Crater Lake

Portland, Oregon

Downtown Portland

Portland is known for its distinct counter culture, multitude of microbreweries, and growing food scene. While it is the largest city in Oregon, good public transportation and high walk-ability make it easy to explore the many neighborhoods and green spaces.

White Stag Sign
Willamette River
Location of Portland
Location of Portland

Seattle, Washington

View of Downtown Seattle from the Space Needle

Seattle may just be the most beautiful setting of any major city in the United States. Nestled in between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, there are ample views of the water and nearby mountains. Other aspects that make Seattle stand out include the seafood, parks, and the variety of neighborhoods. While touristy, there are a number of attractions in the downtown area such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Wheel to visit.

Seattle Waterfront
Space Needle
Pacific Science Center
Fremont Troll
Seattle Wheel
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Location of Seattle

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Favorites from the Mountain West

Favorites from the Mountain West

The Mountain West region belongs on the short list of areas in the United States to visit. This is primarily because of the national parks which are among the beautiful in the country. The states included are Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to the photo albums for each state.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Ampitheater

Not actually a canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters containing the largest number of geological pillars, known as hoodoos, in the world. While you can enjoy a jaw dropping view from a number of points along the rim, it is worthwhile to hike into Bryce Amphitheater to see the colorful rock formations up close. Click here for my full guide to visiting Southern Utah (which also includes Zion National Park).

Wall Street
Wall of Windows
View from Sunrise Point
View from Sunrise Point
Location of Bryce Canyon National Park
Location of Bryce Canyon National Park

Denver, Colorado

Denver Skyline

Denver is the largest city in Colorado and is quickly growing. With that comes more shops and restaurants and an expanding art scene. From nearby Boulder to the more distant Rocky Mountains, It is a great jumping off point to exploring Colorado.

16th Street
Colorado State Capitol
Coors Field
University of Colorado, Boulder
Rocky Mountain National Park
Location of Denver, Colorado
Location of Denver, Colorado

Glacier National Park, Montana

Many Glacier

Glacier National Park was formed by the advance and then retreat of glaciers during the last ice age, resulting in stunning mountains, valleys and lakes. The Many Glacier area (pictured above) has multiple hikes to see the wildlife and some of the remaining glaciers. Also worthwhile is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road which climbs over the continental divide to connect the west and east sides of the park.

Going to the Sun Road
Hidden Lake
Iceberg Lake
Location of Glacier National Park
Location of Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Known for it's many geothermal features, Yellowstone National Park sits on top of one the largest supervolcanoes in the world. While its geysers and hot springs may be what comes to mind, the pinnacle of America's first national park is actually the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (pictured above).

Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful
Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone Lake
Location of Yellowstone National Park
Location of Yellowstone National Park

Zion National Park, Utah

Angels Landing

Zion is defined by beautiful sandstone cliffs and some of the best trails in the country. Hikes to the top of Angels Landing and through The Narrows are musts. Weeping Rock, Court of the Patriarchs, and the Emerald Pools are among other notable points of interest.

View from Weeping Rock
The Narrows
Court of the Patriarchs
Angels Landing Trail crossing the Virgin River
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Favorites from the Southwest

Favorites from the Southwest

The Southwest is unique for its distinctive landscapes and mix of various cultural influences. The states in this region are Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. It was difficult narrowing my favorites down for this region and there are some fun cities and natural wonders that did not make the list. At the bottom are links to my photo galleries for the Southwest states.

 

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona

At over 18 miles wide and 277 miles long the canyon is an incredible site that, while slightly anticlimactic, should still be seen at least once. Like the ocean, the Grand Canyon is a friendly reminder of how small we are.

Location of Grand Canyon
Location of Grand Canyon

Monument Valley, Arizona

Located along the Arizona-Utah border, Monument Valley was the backdrop for many western films and TV shows. As a result the scenery, defined by towering sandstone buttes, has long been associated with the American Frontier. Officially known as Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, it is the Navajo equivalent of a National Park.

Location of Monument Valley
Location of Monument Valley

San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo

The heart of San Antonio is the Riverwalk which is a network of pedestrian walkways, shops, bars and restaurants along the San Antonio River. There are connections to other notable points of interest such as The Alamo and HemisFair Park. The Tex-Mex food is delicious, although its best to go outside of the Riverwalk to find more authentic restaurants.

Riverwalk
Riverwalk
Cathedral of San Fernando
Cathedral of San Fernando
HemisFair Park
Location of San Antonio
Location of San Antonio

Santa Fe, New Mexico

San Miguel Mission

With its Pueblo style architecture and vibrant mix of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American culture, Santa Fe is unlike any city in America. The historic district, centered around Santa Fe Plaza, is lined with shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The city is also home to the Loretto Chapel and the San Miguel Mission, the oldest known church in the continental United States.

Santa Fe Plaza
New Mexico State Capitol
Historic District
Miraculous Staircase, Loretto Chapel
Location of Santa Fe
Location of Santa Fe

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Favorites from the Great Plains

Favorites from the Great Plains

The Great Plains is generally thought of as fly over country, but there are some real gems that should not be overlooked. Both underrated cities and scenic parks and monuments make up the highlights. The states included are Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to the photo albums for each state.

Black Hills/Badlands, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills are a mountain range in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. While it is probably most famous as the site of Mount Rushmore, there are some other remarkable places such as Wind Caves and Badlands National Park. Click here for my extended guide

Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
side profile of George Washington, Mount Rushmore
Wind Caves National Park
Location of Black Hills
Location of Black Hills

Chimney Rock, Nebraska

Chimney Rock is a 286 foot rock formation located in Eastern Nebraska. It is perhaps best known for being a prominent landmark along the Oregon, Morman, or California Trail. Before erosion caused part of the spire to break off, Chimney Rock could be seen from away as far as 40 miles. It marked the end of the prairies and the beginning of more difficult terrain heading towards the Rocky Mountains.

Location of Chimney Rock
Location of Chimney Rock

Kansas City, Missouri

Union Station and Downtown Kansas City

Kansas City is more than just a great barbecue capitol. It is a beautiful city that is said to have more fountains than any place in the world outside of Rome. Trendy neighborhoods, such as Country Club Plaza and the Power and Light District, plus museums covering everything from World War I to Jazz to the Negro Leagues Baseball, are just a few of many things to see.

JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Crown Center
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Sprint Center
Location of Kansas City
Location of Kansas City

Omaha, Nebraska

Gene Leahy Mall

Omaha is a welcoming city with a well earned reputation for hospitality.  The Downtown area is very walkable and has plenty of places to explore. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. multiple parks, and the historic Old Market neighborhood are among the highlights.

Pioneer Courage Park
Old Market
Heartland of America Park
Heartland of America Park
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Location of Omaha
Location of Omaha

St Louis, Missouri

Gateway Arch

Located on the mighty Mississippi River, St Louis has historically been a stop for westward travelers. This is commemorated by the iconic Gateway Arch. Other attractions include the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Old Courthouse.

Inside of Gateway Arch
Anheuser Busch Brewery
Anheuser Busch Brewery
Old Courthouse
Busch Stadium
Location of St Louis
Location of St Louis

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park protects the badlands of North Dakota. The park is a scenic expanse of buttes, gullies, rivers, and grasslands. A large amount of wildlife live in the area including prairie dogs and bison. (click here for my extended guide)

Location of the South Unit of Theodore  Roosevelt National Park

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Favorites from the Great Lakes

Favorites from the Great Lakes

Headlined by Chicago, the Great Lakes region is highlighted by its major cities. Each have their own unique characteristics which has secured their inclusion on this list. The states in this area are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to the photo albums for each state.

Chicago, Illinois

Buckingham Fountain

The third largest city in the United States, Chicago has no shortage of things to do. The parks, museums, and architecture are all world class. For sports fans Wrigley Field is a bucket list experience.

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Wrigley Field
Sears Tower
Marina City
Location of Chicago
Location of Chicago

Detroit, Michigan

Monument to Joe Louis

Detroit may be overlooked because of its reputation of a dangerous city but it is actually a beautiful place. While there are some neighborhoods that you should NEVER go to, downtown and other parts of the city have experienced a revitalization. There is so much pride that residents have for their city and it is apparent just walking around. The public art and architecture are probably my favorite thing to see.

The Guardian
Renaissance Center
Comerica Park
The Henry Ford Museum
Wayne County Building
Location of Detroit
Location of Detroit

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Westown neighborhood

What makes Milwaukee stand out is the food and drink scene. The city is known for its cheese, beer, and bratwurst and it does not disappoint. Going up to nearby Green Bay for a Packers game is also a fun experience.

Downtown Milwaukee
Miller Brewery, Milwaukee
Miller Brewery, Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Lambeau Field, Green Bay
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Location of Milwaukee

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chain of Lakes

Minneapolis is a blend of urban and rural. The Mississippi River and the Chain of Lakes are among the great open spaces around the city. Downtown and other trendy neighborhoods also make it worth a visit. Nearby points of interest include St Paul and Bloomington, home to Mall of America.

St Anthony Falls
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Mill City Museum
Target Field
Mall of America
Location of Minneapolis
Location of Minneapolis

Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Mural

 

While Cleveland is a notable city in itself, the main reason for including Northeast Ohio on this list is the number of attractions within the area. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cedar Point are all must see. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located just south of Cleveland, preserves the rural surroundings of the Cuyahoga River.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton
Cedar Point, Sandusky
Cedar Point, Sandusky
Location of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

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Favorites from New England

Favorites from New England

New England covers the northeastern corner of the United States and is known for it's colonial history, delicious seafood, and fall colors. The states in this region are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  While there are a number of great places to visit, I narrowed my favorites down to four which are listed below. I've also included links to my photo albums for each New England state.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Ocean Path Trail

Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island off of the Maine Coast. It is the oldest and one of the few National Parks located east of the Mississippi River. Highlights of the park include Cadillac Mountain, multiple lakes and a beautiful shoreline.

Jordan Pond
Cadillac Mountain
Sand Beach
Eagle Lake
Location of Acadia National Park
Location of Acadia National Park

Boston, Massachusetts

Old State House

The scene of many important events of the Revolutionary War, Boston has a rich history which has been well preserved. The Freedom Trail which connects a number of prominent sights, such as the Old State House (pictured above), is a must see. Boston is also home to a diversity of neighborhoods which make it a fun city to explore.

Fenway Park
Massachusetts State House
Custom House Tower
Paul Revere Statue and Old North Church
Cambridge
Location of Boston
Location of Boston

Hartford, Connecticut

Connecticut State Capitol

Hartford is the Capital of Connecticut and home to possibly my favorite State Capitol Building (pictured above). Other worthwhile attractions include historic buildings, museums, parks, and public spaces.

Bushnell Park
Phoenix Gateway Bridge
Old State House
Old State House
Hartford Riverwalk Statue Park
Location of Hartford
Location of Hartford

Portland, Maine

Downtown Portland

Portland is a vibrant waterfront city in Southern Maine. The city center is filled with many restaurants, bars, and points of interest. Portland Head Light, in neighboring Cape Elizabeth, is the oldest lighthouse in Maine and one of the most famous in the country.

Portland Head Light
Portland Waterfront
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument
United States Custom House
Location of Portland
Location of Portland

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Favorites from the Mid-Atlantic

Favorites from the Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic is part of the populated Northeast Corridor and includes cities such as New York and Washington, DC that are typically associated with America. The states covered in this post are Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Also included is the District of Columbia. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to my photo albums for each state or district.

District of Columbia (DC)

United States Capitol

The nation's capital is a must see for any American. Places such as the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, and the Smithsonian provide free and fascinating insight into the history and government of the country. The National Mall is home to a multitude of recognizable memorials and monuments paying tribute to important people in America's past.

Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Supreme Court
Location of the District of Columbia

New York City

View facing Lower Manhattan

New York City is so large and diverse that there is something there for everyone. Whether you are a fan of architecture, museums, night life,  or fine dining, just to name a few interests, you can find it. While the pictures below are of some of the more popular attractions, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Times Square
Statue of Liberty
South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
One of the lakes in Central Park
The walkway in the center of the Brooklyn Bridge
Location of New York City
Location of New York City

Niagara Falls, New York

Horseshoe Falls from the Maid of the Mist

Niagara Falls is an awe inspiring site although it is certainly more enjoyable at off peak days/times when there are less crowds. There are actually three separate waterfalls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and  Horseshoe Falls, which is the largest. The best views of Niagara Falls are from the Maid of the Mist boat, which leaves from Niagara Falls State Park, New York or from the top of Horseshoe Falls located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Horseshoe Falls (from Niagara Falls, Ontario)
American Falls
Maid of the Mist
Maid of the Mist
Horseshoe Falls at night (from Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Location of Niagara Falls
Location of Niagara Falls

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence Hall

Philadelphia played an important part in the founding of the United States resulting in the city having multiple historic landmarks. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are both iconic and worth a visit. Additionally good food, parks, and museums provide plenty to experience.

Liberty Bell
City Hall
John F Kennedy Plaza/LOVE Park
Reading Terminal Market
Location of Philadelphia
Location of Philadelphia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Skyline

Compared to the other places on this list, Pittsburgh doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves. The city has a great food and bar scene, beautiful skyline, friendly people, and a number of top museums. Attractions within a one-two hour drive include Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Allegheny River
Duquesne Incline
Point State Park
Flight 93 National Memorial
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
Location of Pittsburgh
Location of Pittsburgh

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Favorites from the Appalachian Highlands

Favorites from the Appalachian Highlands

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The Appalachian Highlands is next in my series of posts highlighting each region of the United States. The area is defined by the Appalachian Mountains of the Upper South and includes the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to my photo albums for each state.

Charleston, South Carolina

Edmonston-Alston House

Charleston is a historic city in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It is known for its preserved colonial neighborhoods and parks, friendly people, and growing culinary scene. There are also a number of great beaches, such as Isle of Palms, located nearby.

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Broad Street
Waterfront Park
Isle of Palms
Location of Charleston
Location of Charleston

Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee

View from Look Rock

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country, due to its proximity to populated areas on the East Coast. Protecting a small portion of the Appalachian Mountains, the park is home to streams, waterfalls and beautiful mountain views. Avoid the tourist traps that have sprung up in nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and focus on the scenery in the park.

Cades Cove
Cades Cove
Visitor Center at Cades Cove
Laurel Falls
Laurel Falls Trail
Location of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Location of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Louisville/Bluegrass Region, Kentucky

Louisville

I have included Louisville on this list not so much for the city itself but because of the multitude of places to go in and around. In my opinion the top regional attraction is the Bourbon Trail which is home to a number of well known distilleries. The Louisville Slugger Factory and Churchill Downs (Home of the Kentucky Derby) are also worth a visit.

Churchill Downs, Louisville
Louisville Slugger Factory
Woodford Reserve, Bourbon Trail
Woodford Reserve, Bourbon Trail
Bluegrass Region
Location of Louisville
Location of Louisville

Nashville, Tennessee

Downtown Nashville

Nashville has been nicknamed Music City for a reason. There are so many talented singers and songwriters covering all genres, not just country, that catching a live show is a must. Other cool sites include a full scale replica of the Parthenon, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Parthenon
Ryman Auditorium
Bridgestone Arena
Honky Tonk District
Country Music Hall of Fame
Country Music Hall of Fame
Location of Nashville
Location of Nashville

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Outer Banks are a chain of islands located off of the North Carolina Coast. They are home to my favorite East Coast beaches (outside of Florida) partly because they have not been spoiled by development and tourist traps. Some points of interest include the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse which is the tallest lighthouse in the country and Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers made history by flying the first control powered airplane.

Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk
View from Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk
Location of Hatteras Island, Outer Banks
Location of Hatteras Island, Outer Banks

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