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Old 06-15-2019, 08:04 AM
 
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1. The Grand Canyon

2. Yellowstone National Park

3. Washington, D.C.

4. New York City.

5. Mesa Verde National Park and surrounding area.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'll go first (in no particular order):

- New York City: the Center of the Universe. So much to do and see. Lots of live events every night of the week.
- San Francisco: Great walking city, nice weather, beautiful views, lots of opportunities for excursions. (Full disclosure: I live there)
- Utah: Not sure if it is cheating to pick a whole state, but Utah has incredible scenery, and the food is surprisingly nice in many of the small towns.
- New Orleans: Food, music, and a great sense of place.
- Bishop, CA and the other small towns along HWY 395: Great scenery and hiking.
Right I would not have San Francisco anywhere near the top: if for no other reason the problem with street people. There was a time I would have agreed. Certainly Bishop and the other small towns also would not rate anywhere close to the top nationally. Nor would Utah. All are fun and great places to visit, but not among the 5 best in the country:

How about DC and VA?; there is so much to do and our country's history it in the east coast.
Boston: would be near the top of my list; so much to see and do: so pretty and part of the great New England coast.
What about Las Vegas; ok, it is a nightmare and over crowded but along with the fun of all the theme casinos you have Hoover Dam, The Colo river and fun side trips to Utah. Lots of variety plus the night life for those how enjoy it. If VEgas isn't your thing, head to Lake Tahoe.

If you want to put San Francisco on the list, you have to put Los Angeles as well.

bTW I was born and raised in CA and have lived all over the state from San Diego to Eureka so I certainly am not putting my home state down.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Great responses! We're going to Utah for the first time this summer and I see several people have listed it. Visiting Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Goblin Valley, Salt Lake City, and Park City. Can't wait!
I'm a Salt Lake City native, and also work in the tourism industry. If you want to DM me, I can give you some great idea for all of these places.
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Grand Canyon/Sedona AZ
Bryce/Canyonlands UT
Mt Rushmore SD
Washington DC/Museums/Monuments
Kennedy Space Center FL
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:32 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Tetons / Big Horns / Snowy Range (Wyoming)
natural Hot Springs (anywhere)
Bryce / Capital Reef / Highway 12 between them
SF / NoCA
DC / Baltimore / SE PA (Regional)
PNW (Central OR to Whistler, BC)
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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I would pick places that are very unique to the USA (culturally, historically, or physically).

1. Utah canyonlands (particularly around Moab).
2. Southern “city states”: Charleston or Savannah.
3. Culturally diverse Pacific cities with dramatic topography and settings: San Francisco or Seattle.
4. Northern New Mexico (Santa Fe, pueblos, hispanic highland villages, Taos).
5. Sonoran desert cactus forests (Tucson area).
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Old 06-16-2019, 06:22 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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I would pick places that are very unique to the USA (culturally, historically, or physically).

1. Utah canyonlands (particularly around Moab).
2. Southern “city states”: Charleston or Savannah.
3. Culturally diverse Pacific cities with dramatic topography and settings: San Francisco or Seattle.
4. Northern New Mexico (Santa Fe, pueblos, hispanic highland villages, Taos).
5. Sonoran desert cactus forests (Tucson area).
New Orleans would fit that criterion too?
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Old 06-16-2019, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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New Orleans would fit that criterion too?
I think so, plus you’ve got that amazing music scene and delicious cuisine.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:23 PM
 
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Grand Canyon/Sedona AZ
Bryce/Canyonlands UT
Mt Rushmore SD
Washington DC/Museums/Monuments
Kennedy Space Center FL
Mr Rushmore?
Seriously?
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:28 AM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Fun fact: San Francisco has about 30,000 car break-ins per year. If you're renting, definitely buy the daily coverage. If you're in your own car... garage it somewhere and use Uber/Lyft. If you do park a car, leave NOTHING in the vehicle. It WILL be broken into.
They don't even send cops for this. They tell you to just take pictures, and upload it a page on their site that handles break-ins. They then generate a police report based on that. The rental company told us that we were the 8th person to call in that morning to request a new car that got their window(s) broken.

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