UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : overview

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USA clickable map (Wikipedia Commons) - click on the states for a detailed description

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Alabama AL Louisiana LA Ohio OH
Alaska AK Maine ME Oklahoma OK
Arizona AZ Maryland MD Oregon OR
Arkansas AR Massachusetts MA Pennsylvania PA
California CA Michigan MI Rhode Island RI
Colorado CO Minnesota MN South Carolina SC
Connecticut CT Mississippi MS South Dakota SD
Delaware DE Missouri MO Tennessee TN
Florida FL Montana MT Texas TX
Georgia GA Nebraska NE Utah UT
Hawaii HI Nevada NV Vermont VT
Idaho ID New Hampshire NH Virginia VA
Illinois IL New Jersey NJ Washington WA
Indiana IN New Mexico NM West Virginia WV
Iowa IA New York NY Wisconsin WI
Kansas KS North Carolina NC Wyoming WY
Kentucky KY North Dakota ND * Washington DC * DC

Overview

Every state links to a webpage with a more detailed description. Where possible I "season" the description of our exploration with additional facts, which we usually found on the spot. These facts sometimes clash with the traditional story, but let he who is without sin, cast the first stone... Next to the overview of each state, I added its historical background. It doesn't always correspond with the "official" version in the history books either, but just blame that on my bad disposition...

In every state and province there is something exceptional to see, or a fascinating panorama to admire.
It is simply impossible to mention every point of interest, besides which every visitor has his own opinion about what is interesting and what is not. No doubt there must be uncountable other nice and interesting things to see, and so my list is a personal experience.

The US Census Bureau administratively subdivides the United States into 4 regions and 9 divisions. For better readability of my book series View America I have slightly adapted these divisions to conform more to the more traditional regions.

New England Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Mid Atlantic Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia
South East Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee
South West Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
South Atlantic Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
North East Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
North West Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
West Mountain Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
West Pacific Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

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Points of Interest

NEW ENGLAND 
CONNECTICUT
Coventry Nathan Hale Homestead
Farmington Hill-Stead museum
Hartford Mark Twain Home
Kent Chocolatier & restaurant Belgique
MAINE
Bangor Scenic tour
Bar Harbor Acadia NP - City Tour - Desert Island
Katahdin Mountain Baxter state park
Lakes & Mountains Scenic tour
Moorehead Lake Scenic tour
Newry Covered Sunday River Bridge
MASSACHUSETTS
Boston City Tour
Cape Cod touristic island
Plymouth 1st US settlement - harbour - Plantation
Salem Salem Witch museum
NEW HAMPSHIRE 
Bretton Woods Gold Standard 1944
Charleston Fort no. 4 (border English / French)
Franconia Aerial Tramway - Flume Gorge - Old Man of the Mountain (nose fell off...)
Glen Heritage 350 years NH
Gorham Mount Washington Auto Rte 16
Hillsborough Franklin Pierce mansion 1804 (14th president)
Moultonborough Castle in the Clouds
North Conway scenic railroad - Rte 164
Portsmouth Strawberry Banke museum (settlement 1680)
RHODE ISLAND 
Newport 1900 Mansions
VERMONT
Burlington Ethan Allen Homestead - Lake Champlain Chocolates
Grand Isles Islands tour
Mt Mansfield scenic byway Route 108
Peacham Snow Shoe farm - Alpaca's
Queechee River gorge
Rutland Wilson Castle
Shelburne Teddy Bear Company
South Royalton Joseph Smith memorial
St Johnsbury City Tour
Vergennes Lake Champlain maritime museum
DELAWARE
Dover capital
Wilmington Fort Christina (Swedish settlement) - Winterthur (Du Pont museum)
MARYLAND
Baltimore City Tour - harbour
Chesapeake Bay bridge
Greensboro
Oxford picturesque village
St Michaels picturesque village
NEW JERSEY
Atlantic City casinos
Bridgeton Historic district (200 old homes...)
Columbia Lacota Wolf Preserve
Hillsborough Duke Gardens
Lakehurst Zeppelin Hindenburg 1937 (does not exist)
Newark Weehawken, Ferry to NY City
West Orange Edison historic site (home & Lab)
NEW YORK
Albany state capital (dutch settlers - old city)
Castile Lechworth state park (17 mile gorge)
Lake George nature - park
Liberty Island Statue of Liberty
New York City Central Park - City Tour - Heart Island (Boldt Castle : Waldorf Astoria)
Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion) - Oyster Bay (Coe Mansion & Gardens)
Sleepy Hollow (Kijkuit - Rockefeller villa)
Niagara Falls Niagara Falls
Plattburgh Ferry Vermont - New York state
Port Kent Ausable chasm (2 mile gorge)
West Point Military Academy
Wilmington High Falls Gorge (chasm / scenic views)
PENNSYLVANIA
Gettysburg battle Secession war
Lancaster Amish / Dutch country
Philadelphia City Tour
WASHINGTON DC
Washington DC Lincoln Memorial - Roosevelt Memorial - Smithsonian Institute - State Capitol - the White House - Vietnam Veterans - Washington monument
ALABAMA
Birmingham Vulcan Park
Cullman Ave Maria Grotto
Fort Payne Little River, Grand Canyon of the South
Hanceville Lady of the Angels monastery
Mobile Bragg-Mitchell mansion - Cathedral Immaculate Concepcion - Fort Condé
Woodville Cathedral Caverns
FLORIDA
Cape Canaveral Cape Canaveral
Daytona speedway
Destin beaches
Everglades National Park
Fort Lauderdale Beaches & private yachts
Fort Myers City Tour
Jacksonville City Tour
Kissimmee China Garden
Lady Lake The Villages
Leesburg The Plantation
Miami City Tour
Naples City Tour - harbour
Ocala Silver Springs
Orlando Church street - Disney Epcot - Magic Kingdom - MGM Studio's
World Showcase - Gatorland - Sea World - Universal Studios
Panama City Beach beaches 20 miles
Pensacola historic village (museum) - museum of naval aviation
Plant City Dinosaur world
South Bay Lake Okeechobee
St Augustine oldest city - 1565
Tampa beaches - Busch Gardens
the Keys Key West
Walton Beach beaches
Webster Flea Market
GEORGIA
Thomasville Pebble Hill Plantation
Valdosta Crescent House
Jonesboro Road to Tara : Gone with the Wind - Stately Oaks Plantation
Atlanta Stone Mountain Park (Confederate statues) - CNN - Coca Cola
Mitchell museum : Gone with the wind
Savannah City Tour - harbour
Lookout Mountain view of 7 states
KENTUCKY
Frankfort City Tour
Lexington Kentucky Horse Park
Somerset Cumberland Falls park - House boats
Stearns Mining village 1902
MISSISSIPPI
Jackson
Natchez Natchez Trace
Tupelo
Vicksburg Battle of Vicksburg
NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville Biltmore Estate - Blue Ridge Parkway
Cape Hatteras highest lighthouse
Kill Devil Hills first flight with Kitty Hawk
Lexington
Salisbury Train museum
Winston-Salem Moravian village
SOUTH CAROLINA
Beaufort Hunting Island
Charleston City Tour - Fort Sumter - Plantations
Myrtle Beach beach town
Roebuck Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway
TENNESSEE
Chattanooga Chattanooga Choo-Choo - Lookout Mountain : 7 states
Gatlinburg Great Smoky Mountains NP
Memphis City Tour - Graceland Elvis Presley - Mud Island
Nashville Belle Meade Plantation Home - Grand Ole Opry
Pigeon Forge Dollywood (Dolly parton)
VIRGINIA
Arlington National Cemetery - the Pentagon
Fredricksburg City Tour
Jamestown Plantations - Settlement
Mount Vernon home of George Washington
Petersburg City Tour
Richmond City Tour
Williamsburg Carter's Grove - Colonial Williamsburg
WEST VIRGINIA
Beckley
Wheeling Prabhupada's Palace - Suspended Bridge
NORTH CENTRAL
ILLINOIS
Arcola Amish Rockome Gardens
Brussels Village on the Mississippi
Chicago Botanic gardens - City Tour - Rockefeller Chapel - Sears Tower
Peoria Wildlife Prairie Park
Springfield Home of Abraham Lincoln
Utica Starved Rock state park
INDIANA
Goshen Amish Country
Shipshewana Amish Country
Indianapolis race track & museum
South Bend Studebaker museum
IOWA
Amana Amana villages
Britt Hobo museum
Des Moines Basilica of St John - Salisbury House 1920
Elk Horn Danish town
Iowa Falls Winnebago motorhomes
Kaloma Amish community
Madison County Bridges of Madison County
Pella Dutch town
KANSAS
Coffeyville Dalton Defenders museum
Dodge City Boot Hill museum - Gunfighter Wax museum
Flint Hills Tall Grass Prairie NP
Medicine Lodge Gypsum Hills scenic byway
Scott City Monument Rock (private)
Wichita All Indian Mid American museum - Old Cow Town museum
MICHIGAN
Auburn Hills Walter Chrysler museum
Dearborn Ford Estate - Greenfield Village - Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Flint General Motors - Buick
Frankenmuth Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Holland Dutch Village
Manistique Big Springs
Sault Ste Marie Soo Locks
St Ignace
Zeeland Dutch Village
MINNESOTA
Bloomington Mall of America
Chanhassan Arboretum 900 acres
Duluth Aquarium - Lake Superior scenic North Shore
Superior Avenue with 19th century mansions
Itasca Itasca state park (source of Mississippi river)
Minneapolis City Tour
Park Rapids Deertown - Wild Park
Rochester Mayo Clinic
St Paul St Paul's cathedral
MISSOURI
Branson Entertainment capital of the World
Kansas City museum of natural history
Ozark regio
Silver Dollar City replica mining village 1900 (arts - crafts)
St Louis Arch of St Louis - Six Flags theme park - St Louis Cathedral Basilica
NEBRASKA
Alliance CarHenge (buried cars)
Kearney Great Platte River Archway monument
Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo - Mormon Trail Center
Scottsbluff Chimney Rock monument
NORTH DAKOTA
Devil's Lake Wetlands
Fargo Viking Ship
Fort Totten Fort 1867
Garrison Garrison Dam - 5th largest dam
Jamestown Buffalo museum - Frontier Village Prairie Town
Medora Badlands - Chateau de Mores - Painted Canyon - Th Roosevelt NP
New Town Four Bears Bridge - 1 mile bridge
Washburn Lewis & Clark center
OHIO
Archbold Sauder Village
Bainbridge skyline drives
Cleveland City Tour
Columbus German Village - Gantz farm
Millersburg Amish country
Nelsonville scenic railroad
Newark Dawes Arboretum (Japanese Garden) - Heysey Glass
SOUTH DAKOTA
Badlands Badlands NP
Custer Crazy Horse memorial
De Smet little town on the Prairie
Deadwood Tatanka - Wild West town
Keystone Mount Rushmore Memorial - President's Wax museum
Lead Gold mine - Presidents Park
Mitchell Corn Palace
Mobridge Sitting Bull monument
Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Park - St Joseph Cathedral
Spearfish Dances with Wolves - Sean Connery villa 
Wall  Wall Drug 
WISCONSIN
Bruxelles Belgian Community
Milwaukee Frank Lloyd Wright buildings
Monroe Cheese center
Namur Belgian Community
Racine Frank Lloyd Wright buildings
Spring Green Taliesin : Frank Lloyd Wright - The House on the Rock
Wisconsin Dells Recreation Center
ARKANSAS
Bentonville Walmart HQ
Eureka Springs touristic village
Evening Shade Towbrake
Fayetteville City Tour
Helena Murals
Mountain View Ozark Folk Center
Springdale City Tour
LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge City Tour
Natchitoches City Tour - Plantations
New Orleans City Tour - Plantation Tour
Shreveport casinos - Murals
OKLAHOMA
Anadarko Indian museum
Clinton Route 66 museum
Elk City Wildlife Refuge Park (bisons !)
Muskogee Five Tribes museum
Oklahoma city City Tour
Tahlequa Cherokee Nation
Tulsa Philbrook museum
TEXAS
Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - The Big Texan restaurant 
Austin City Tour
Canyon Palo Duro state park
Corpus Christi Padre Island
Crawford George Bush ranch
Dallas/Fort Worth Kennedy murder - South Fork ranch (series Dallas…)
El Paso City Tour & Margarita  - Mount Cristo Rey
Houston The Galleria Mall
Lubbock Buddy Holly museum
Midland Petroleum museum
Odessa Crater & museum
Presidio Big Bend NP
San Antonio Riverwalk - the Alamo
IDAHO
Boise city trip
Bruneau Sand Dunes (highest dunes)
Oakley City of Rocks (pillars in the desert)
Silver City ghost town
Twin Falls Soshone Falls
MONTANA
Billings City Tour
Bozeman Central Montana
Browning Museum of Plains Indian
Butte City Tour
Forest Bear Tooth Pass
Garnet Ghost Town
Hamilton Marcus Daly Mansion
Hardin Little Bighorn Battlefield
Helena Ghost Town
Lake Flathead (US-93) National Bison Range
Nevada City Ghost Town
Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range (not accessible by car)
Virginia City Ghost Town
West Glacier Glacier national park
Wisdom Big Hole Battlefield (Nez Perce)
OREGON
Bonneville Multnomah Falls
Eugene Monaco Coach factory
Florence Sea Lion Caves - Suslaw NP
Joseph town Nez Perce NP
Junction City Country Coach factory
La Grande Hells Canyon
Medford City Tour - Crater Lake Nat'l Park
Portland Japanese Garden
Silverton Oregon Gardens
WASHINGTON
Bonneville Bonneville Dam (salmon fish ladders)
Cascades Snoqualmie Falls
Eatonville Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Elbe Mount Rainier 
Everett Boeing plant
Mount St Helens Volcano 1980
Port Townsend Victorian architecture
Poulsbo Little Norway
Seattle City Tour - Space Needle
Toppenish 56 Murals on buildings
WYOMING
Cheyenne Rodeo
Cody Rodeo - scenic Byway
Gardiner Yellowstone National Park
Jackson Grand Teton National Park
Laramie (Cheyenne) Fort Laramie
Sundance Devil's Tower (rock formation)
ARIZONA
Benson Gammons Gulch
Ganado Canyon de Chelly
Camp Verde Montezuma's Castle (Cliff dwellings)
Flagstaff City View
Fountain Hills fontein 560 feet high
Gammons Gulch Ghost town
Grand Canyon NP - Imax
Holbrook Painted Desert - Petrified Forest
Kayenta Monument Valley
Nogales San Xavier del Bac
Phoenix City Tour
Quartzsite RV town
Scottsdale Borgatta (medieval Italian Village) - City Tour - Frank Lloyd Wright - Taliesin
Sedona City Tour - panorama - Tlaquepaque (replica Mexican Village)
Tombstone Fight at the OK Corral
Tucson Biosphere II - Sonora Desert museum
Williams portal to Grand Canyon
Yuma Sand Dunes
CALIFORNIA
Blythe Sand Dunes (film Star Wars)
Burney Burney Falls
Death Valley National Park
El Portal Yosemite Park
Idyllwild Idyllwild (scenic tour)
Lassen Lassen Volcanic NP
Los Angeles Bel Air - Beverley Hills - Crystal Palace - DisneyLand - Knott's Berry Farm - Malibu : homes of the Stars - Six Flags Magic Mountain - Universal Studio's
Redding Shasta Lake & Dam
San Diego Balboa Park - City Tour - Sea World - Wild Animal Park - Zoo  
San Francisco Cable Tram - Chinatown - City Tour
San Simeon Randolph Hearst Castle
Santa Nella Route 1 (Pacific scenic byway)
Shasta Mount Shasta
Solvang Danish Village - old Missions (Sta Ines - Sta Barbara)
Three Rivers Sequoia Park & Forest
COLORADO
Aspen Winter Sport
Boulder City University of Colorado museum
Breckenridge Winter Sport
Colorado Springs Pikes Peak
Denver I-70 Glenwood Springs to Denver - national US Mint
Glenwood Springs Hot Springs
Golden Buffalo Bill museum
Pueblo Rosemount museum
Royal Gorge Gorge & Bridge
Snowmass Winter Sport
Vail Winter Sport
NEVADA
Boulder City Hoover Dam
Incline Village Ponderosa Ranch
Lake Tahoe Lake & casinos
Las Vegas City Tour - the Strip - Fremont Street - Rio Carnival World Buffet
Valley of Fire - Grand Canyon by air
Reno Boomtown Casino - City Tour
Virginia City the Comstock Lode
NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque City Tour
Four Corners Four Corners monument
Las Cruces City Tour
Rosswell UFO museum
Santa Fe City Tour
Taos St Francisco de Asis - Hacienda de los Martinez - Rio Grande Gorge & Bridge
White Sands White Dunes
UTAH
Blanding Natural bridges NP
Brigham City Golden Spike historic site
Bullfrog (Bryce) Red Canyon NP
Canonville (Bryce) Grosvenor Arch - Kodachrome bassin
Cedar City Bryce Canyon nat park
Green River Goblin Valley (rock formations)
Ivins Snow Canyon
Kanab Coral Park Dunes (pink dunes !)
Moab Arches NP - Canyonlands NP - panorama's 
Kayenta, AZ Monument Valley
Ogden Dinosaur park
Salt Lake City Mormon tempel
St George Mormon cathedral - Zion NP
Torrey Capitol Reef NP (rock formations)
Wendover Bonneville Speedway - Salt Flats