I will be the first to admit, Geography was never my favorite or strongest subject. Oh sure I memorized the 50 states and their capitals, but I want my kids to do more than just memorize them. I want them to experience them!
When we decided to take our family on the road last year, we were so excited for all the places we could visit and see. We have had to be stationary for several months now with the surprise addition of child #6 and some health issues, but we do hope to travel again very soon.
Top 50 Places to Visit in the United States
The United States is a big country, with lots to see no matter where you go! If you’re looking for the best ways to spend your time touring the US, here are the top 50 places (according to our own list) to visit in the USA!
The hub of all things government, stop by the White House for a photo! You’ll want to plan adequate time for this visit. Be sure to take in all the monuments, take a walk through the National Mall and tour all the Smithsonian museums (which are free) and more!
Feel the hustle of New York City firsthand when you visit Times Square. There are billboards all around that literally light up the night sky like daylight. Not to mention the shows you can see on (and off) Broadway!
Ride the northern border and see the 3 waterfalls that form Niagra! Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist (or other) boat tour to get up close and personal with the falls.
While you’re visiting New York, be sure to see the largest art museum in the US, and maybe learn a thing or two!
Baseball, the American pastime! Fenway is home to the Boston Red Sox.
Birthplace of the US, Philadelphia is truly the “City of Brotherly Love”
A classic symbol of liberty, crack and all, the Liberty Bell is a must-see when in Philadelphia!
Statue of Liberty
The worldwide symbol of the USA and a beacon of hope to those who need it.
See New England and have some of the best lobster you’ll ever find!
The Empire State Building
Head up 102 floors and see the city from a new perspective!
Believed to be the first steps of the pilgrims coming to the new world.
This is where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner after watching British warships unsuccessfully attack the fort for 25 straight hours.
Take a trip to the southernmost point in the US! Did you know there are several campgrounds on the island? This is definitely on our bucket list!
Jazz, food, and history make New Orleans a must see! I’ve been to Louisiana, but never New Orleans. I love jazz music and would love to visit the French Quarter and Bourbon Street for some live music.
Home to Disney and Universal theme parks, Orlando is a favorite for families of all ages.
A cornerstone of music, Nashville is the place to go for music lovers!
The quintessential beach, with perfect blue waves and soft sand! Plus…Florida!
Because it is the oldest city in Georgia, it offers an extensive historical district that seems to transport you back in time.
Live the colonial life in historic Williamsburg, Virginia.
Home of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville also offers beautiful mountains and forests for its visitors!
Birthplace of MLK Jr. and home to civil rights movement history.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Up in the Appalachian Mountains, cruise through NC and VA from the best seat in the house!
Where man broke free of the ground to take flight!
The Kennedy Space Center
If flying on Earth isn’t enough, come and tour real spacecraft!
The Kentucky Derby
Dress your best and get ready for an American tradition!
Tour the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock N’ Roll!
A city on the beach filled with music and food! Don’t forget to grab an authentic Cuban sandwich!
Visit Mammoth Cave National Park and see the longest cave system in the world! Kentucky is also home to many famous distilleries and auto factories to tour!
Home of Thomas Jefferson, one of the key founding fathers of America.
An immense monument to some of the most important American historical figures.
Come get your kicks on this unofficial highway, with countless sights along the way. Start in Chicago and travel the midwest through the southwest to California!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Learn about the history of modern music and see the artists that made it happen!
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Catch a race at the famous track of the Indy 500!
This 630-foot arch in St. Louis is one of the most iconic landmarks in the country.
One of the greatest natural sights! I have been here three times and it’s beauty never ceases to amaze me. This is definitely top on our list when we make our way out west!
Dallas is the hub of all things Texas. Take in a professional sporting event or visit the nightlife in downtown.
Remember the Alamo by visiting this piece of Texas history!
Golden Gate Bridge
A triumph of engineering, and one of the most well-known bridges in the US. This is a must-see for future engineers or just to see the beautiful California sunset through the bridge!
Redwood National Forest
Take in the beauty of 500+ year old redwoods and get close to nature. This is one of my must-see sites when we can travel out west. I have only ever seen pictures, so I would love to see them in person.
Easily the most famous national park. See Old Faithful and wild animals in their natural habitat. This is a site you don’t want to miss!
I am not a gambler, nor do I want to become one. I’ve only been to 1 casino and I spent a total of $.25, just to see how long it would last in the slot machine. (47 minutes, if you’re curious) That being said, I would still love to visit Vegas and take in all the lights, fountain shows and maybe a buffet or two.
One of two noncontiguous states, Alaska is renowned for its untouched beauty. Visit Anchorage or take a tour by train through this magnificent state. Want to see the icebergs, try a cruise around the bays!
The second noncontiguous state, Hawaii, offers beautiful scuba diving, volcanos and a relaxed island lifestyle you need on a vacation.
Seattle offers several sites you will want to see. Visit the famous Space Needle or the very first Starbucks!
Skiing in winter or hiking in summer, Colorado is known for year-round beauty!
Yosemite National Park
This park offers nearly 1,200 square miles of protected American wilderness to explore.
Home to Alcatraz and filled with American culture and history!
See the Walk of Fame and live the movie star life!
Wyoming may not be the top of your bucket list, but Jackson Hole is one site you don’t want to miss. In the winter you’ll find snow skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating. And in the summer you’ll enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing, horseback riding and more!
This massive lake is the deepest lake in the US, formed as a result of a collapsed volcano!
USS Arizona Memorial
An important memorial to the attack on Pearl Harbor, sparking US involvement in World War II.
America has a lot to offer, too much to fit in a list of just 50 things! If you’re planning to see the sights, with this list you’ll be able to make the most of your time, hit the highlights and see what makes the US so wonderful!
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