UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : overview
USA clickable map (Wikipedia Commons) - click on the states for a detailed description
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
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
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 MID ATLANTIC 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 SOUTH EAST 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 SOUTH CENTRAL 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 NORTHWEST 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) SOUTHWEST 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