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Old 11-22-2011, 09:37 AM
 
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Hey there I m thinking of traveling through out the us for like 1 year -/+... to be precise I wanna see all of the 50 States.

Now here is the thing I m still in the phase of planning the whole thing and need advice since I m not American and don't now any states besides NY.

I want you guys to tell me which cities or places are a must-see in every state. You can list more than one city/place in the same state but remember I need at least one city/place in each state. So please don't post the same cities/places over and over again.


Thank you guys I really appreciate your effort.

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Old 11-22-2011, 10:16 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Hey there I m thinking of traveling through out the us for like 1 year -/+... to be precise I wanna see all of the 50 States.

Now here is the thing I m still in the phase of planning the whole thing and need advice since I m not American and don't now any states besides NY.

I want you guys to tell me which cities or places are a must-see in every state. You can list more than one city/place in the same state but remember I need at least one city/place in each state. So please don't post the same cities/places over and over again.


Thank you guys I really appreciate your effort.
In Missouri, I would certainly check out the mysterious mounds that are just southwest of Columbia. It's speculated that these mounds might be either burial grounds or pyramids and are remnants of an ancient Indian civilization similar to the Inca and Mayans.

While you are passing through Missouri, I would recommend that you check out Shannon County which is the largest, but least populated county in the state and has striking natural beauty. While you are at it, you should also check out Taum Sauk state park which is the site of the highest point in Missouri at 1,1772 feet.

When you go through Arkansas, you MUST, MUST MUST drive on scenic Highway 7 through the Ouchita state park. There are extraordinary, breathtaking views over the valleys and surrounding mountains. If you can be there around the 15th - 20th of October, you will be treated to a fantastic display of color as the native trees display their colors.

Have a great trip.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Minnesota: go to Ely via Duluth and Hwy 61/Hwy 1 which is about 3 - 4 hours from Minneapolis/St Paul. Situated in the Boundary Waters Wilderness it will offer a base to explore what is the most unique aspect of Minnesota. Plenty of camping, biking, hiking and canoeing options from a few hours to a few days.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Wow, that is quite an undertaking. Even in a year, it will be difficult to see all of the recommended sites in each state I'm sure (a week per state? Not much time, considering Texas is the size of France!)

I've traveled extensively across the US, but I'm most familiar with my home region of New England. Here are some of my personal recommendations for the New England states:

Maine
1. Acadia National Park & Downeast Maine
2. Camden
3. Baxter State Park
4. Pemaquid Point/Damariscotta/Wiscasset
5. Portland (Old Port & Cape Elizabeth)
6. Rangeley Lakes

New Hampshire
1. White Mountains (Franconia Notch State Park, Mt. Washington, Kanacmagus Highway)
2. Portsmouth & Isles of Shoals
3. Lake Winnipesaukee & Squam Lake (Wolfeboro, Sandwich, Castle in the Clouds)
4. Monadnock Region (Keene, Harrisville, Peterborough, Route 123)

Vermont
1. Burlington/Lake Champlain
2. Green Mountains/Route 100
3. Northeast Kingdom (Lake Willoughby, Burke Mountain)
4. Peacham/Cabot area
5. Woodstock/Grafton area
6. Mt. Equinox

Massachusetts
1. Boston/Cambridge
2. Cape Cod National Seashore (& Provincetown)
3. North Shore (Marblehead/Salem/Rockport/Newburyport)
4. Nantucket and/or Martha's Vineyard
5. Berkshires (Mt. Greylock, Hancock Shaker Village)
6. Deerfield
7. Old Sturbridge Village

Rhode Island
1. Newport
2. Jamestown/Beavertail State Park
3. Block Island
4. Providence (Downtown & College Hill)

Connecticut
1. Mystic
2. Yale University
3. Litchfield Hills (Kent, Route 7)
4. "Quiet Corner" (Route 169)
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Utah: Zion and Bryce National Parks. They are close to one another and absolutely breathtaking.

California: Redwood National Park. I also love the drive over Donner Pass which is off Interstate 80. Definitely not a good place to be in a bad storm though.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Utah: Zion and Bryce National Parks. They are close to one another and absolutely breathtaking.

California: Redwood National Park. I also love the drive over Donner Pass which is off Interstate 80. Definitely not a good place to be in a bad storm though.
Unless you have family to invite for dinner, that is.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: NC
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In North Carolina:

Great Smoky Mountains on the border with Tennessee
Blue Ridge Parkway in the western part of the state
Charlotte is the state's biggest city & could be worth a stop
Raleigh is the capital of the state & several prestigious universities are within a 45 minute drive
The Outer Banks are home to the Wright Brothers Monument and some nice beach scenery
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Just some ideas...
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Michigan: The Detroit Institute of the Arts, one of the greatest collections in the country.
Ohio: Cleveland (on the way from NY to Detroit): either the Cleveland Museum of Art or a baseball game at "Progressive Field". If you wish to venture further south, I'd recommend the US Air Force Museum in Dayton.

As a Californian, I'd have to recommend most the Monterey Coast, but I'm sure it will be halfway between your inevitable drive between Northern & Southern California.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Yea traveling the US in one year sounds like you might not be able to see everything. You might have to make multiple trips if you really want to get a lot in. Anyway, here's a suggestion for my home state...

Michigan: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Voted America's most beautiful place...that can be debated, but if people have voted for it, then it must be a must-see!
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: On the road
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That's about a week in each state. The whole of New England, though, can probably be done in a couple of weeks, giving you some wiggle room for the bigger states where getting around might take a bit more time.
I hope you plan to drive.

Colorado: From Denver, drive to Estes Park, then through the Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Lake, over to Aspen, west to Grand Junction, South to Montrose, then Ouray, and Durango,to Mesa Verde, West form there along US-160. When you get to I-25, go north. If you have time take a rafting trip down the Royal Gorge near Canyon City, then back to Denver. Take a whole week to make the trip. Maybe two.
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