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Cheer at a UNM Lobos football game, explore the history of Old Town or hike trails through the canyons to see amazing drawings at Petroglyph National Monument. Annual events are plentiful, including the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Indian Art Market at The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and summer evening concerts at various venues including BioPark, which boasts an Aquarium, a Botanic Garden, the Albuquerque Zoo and Tingley Beach. Albuquerque deserves an A!
Amarillo’s attractions are as varied as Texas is big! Iconic attractions along I-40 include the art exhibition Cadillac Ranch and the Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant. Amarillo Civic Center hosts the Amarillo Bulls and Venom sporting events, the annual World Championship Ranch Rodeo, and is home to the Globe-News Center Performing Arts Center. Amarillo National Center at the Tri-State Exhibition grounds offers the annual fair and numerous rodeos; for outdoor beauty and activities you can’t beat Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
Enjoy Disneyland, the theme park extraordinaire, along with two competing parks, Knotts Berry Farm and Disney's California Adventure Park. Anaheim is home to Major League Baseball's Anaheim Angels and the National Hockey League's Mighty Ducks. Enjoy close-by Newport Beach where you can swim in the ocean, drive the Pacific Coast Hwy or watch the whales.
Atlanta attractions include Stone Mountain Park, the New World of Coca-Cola and the world's largest Aquarium. Sports enthusiasts enjoy The Atlanta Motor Speedway for NASCAR events, Braves Baseball and Falcons Football. Enjoy a little history touring the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr.
The East Coast's gaming city has eleven casinos including Trump Taj Mahal, Harrah's and Caesars Atlantic City. The world-famous Boardwalk, beaches and shopping are just steps away. The Atlantic City Aquarium also offers lake cruises.
What do you find in a city where you have the University of Texas and two of the most incredible live music festivals around (Austin City Limits and SXSW)? You are right, this is the place to party. And if that is not enough to catch your attention, there are a couple of other minor attractions like Longhorn Football, a Presidential Library, the Texas Hill Country, the Texas State Capitol and Lake Travis. You may never want to leave.
Home to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, Baltimore visitors can enjoy Oriole baseball and Ravens Football. Visit the third oldest U.S. Zoo, the National Aquarium or the Museum of Art.
Located within iconic Banff National Park, the town of Banff is a delightful outdoor destination, offering Ski Norquay, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and the Sunshine Village Ski Resort for wintertime sports along with excellent summertime hiking. Attend a cultural event at Banff Centre, cruise Lake Minnewanka, drive the scenic Bow Valley Parkway, whitewater raft Horseshoe Canyon, hit the links at Banff Springs Golf Course or hike the Parker Ridge Trail.
Surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor was voted a Top 10 Outdoor and Adventure Destination. Take a whale watching excursion, rent a kayak, tour the Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery or attend the annual Bar Harbor Jazz Festival.
Walking tours of Boston Harbor and Freedom Trail allow exploration of historic Boston, home to the Red Sox and Celtics teams. Shop on Newbury Street, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum or relax to a Boston Pops concert.
Thirty miles south of Springfield, family-friendly destination Branson boasts numerous live music shows, spectacular Ozarks’ scenery, bass fishing on sparkling Table Rock Lake and world-renowned Silver Dollar City theme park.
Home to the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Burlington was named Bass Fishing Capital of the U.S. Visit the historical site Ethan Allen Homestead. Looking for a little bit of fun? Visit the Ben and Jerry ice cream factory or the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.
Well-known for its annual Calgary Stampede's rodeos, concerts and cowboys, this city in Alberta boasts a metro downtown where you can attend cultural performances at the EPCOR CENTRE and hockey matches at Scotiabank Saddledome. Families enjoy the Calgary Zoo and its botanical gardens and exploring nearby Banff National Park for outstanding natural beauty and outdoor recreation.
Cape Cod and the islands Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are popular destinations for whale watching, deep sea fishing charters and lighthouse tours. Visit the historic 35th President John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and JFK Memorial.
Charleston is home to The Citadel. The Battery provides views of the Harbor, Fort Sumter National Monument and gorgeous mansions. Tour the Old City Market, St. Philip's Episcopal Church and nearby plantations such as Boone Hall and the Hampton Plantation Historic Site.
Watch a thrilling race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Sports enthusiasts will love the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the Carolina Panthers. A short 1.5 hrs to High Point, NC will be your furniture factories galore shopping experience.
Visit the extraordinary Tennessee Aquarium and ride the River Gorge Explorer catamaran, or see 145 ft. Ruby Falls within Lookout Mountain. Spend the night at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Only 2 hours from the Jack Daniel's Distillery where you can take the tour.
Tower above the Windy City and experience incredible views at the John Hancock Observatory. Skydeck Chicago, if you dare, offers you the chance to step outside of the tallest building in North America on The Ledge. Walk the Magnificent Mile for shopping and visit Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier for endless activities. Sports fans enjoy the Bulls, the Bears and the Blackhawks. Take the incredible Architecture River Cruise for a guided architectural tour of downtown Chicago.
Parents Magazine voted the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden the 7th Best Zoo for Kids. Sports' lovers must see a Reds or Bengals game and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center provides an excellent educational experience.
Cleveland is located on the south shores of Lake Erie and is home of two must see attractions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More family fun can be found at the Great Lakes Science Center and the Metroparks Zoo.
Located amid the glorious Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is your getaway. The Garden of the Gods Park with its red sandstone formations are a biking and hiking paradise. Pikes Peak with its drive to the top at 14,000 feet will have your heart pounding. Colorado Springs is also home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Located in east central Mississippi, Tennessee Williams' Victorian home doubles as the Columbus Welcome Center. Visitors enjoy bass fishing on the Tenn-Tom Waterway and Columbus Lake. Columbus is home to the Mississippi University for Women campus and the Columbus Air Force Base.
Experience a rich blend of culture in the historic sea port city of Corpus Christi. Enjoy Padre Island National Seashore Park which is the longest barrier island in the nation and offers some of Texas' best beaches and shoreline adventures. Tour the USS Lexington and visit the Texas State Aquarium and South Texas Botanical Garden.
If you are thinking that Dallas is just a cow town, think again. It is filled with cultural attractions including the Arboretum, the World Aquarium and its amazing Museum of Art. Savvy shoppers will be in heaven at The Galleria and Neiman-Marcus. Dallas Cowboys football games are legendary. A visit to the Sixth Floor Museum at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza will remind you where you were when President Kennedy was shot.
Denver is the Mile High City with its Number 1 attraction, the Rocky Mountains. Rocky Mountain National Park is just an hour away. Tour the Coors Brewery and with some special planning, the U.S. Mint. Attend a Broncos game at Mile High Stadium or a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre; these are must-do adventures! To do a little upscale shopping, browse the Cherry Creek Shopping District.
State capital of Iowa, the city was founded on Des Moines River. Popular visitor destinations include the Botanical and Environmental Center, Blank Park Zoo and hiking the River Water Trail. Enjoy shopping, art and dining in the Historic Valley Junction District. This six block historic district, settled in 1846, boasts over 150 shops.
Detroit is a city with a love of cars and music. Explore the Automotive Hall of Fame, Motown Historical Museum and the Henry Ford Museum. Tour the Institute of Arts Museum or the Arab American National Museum, see a popular NHL Red Wings game or gamble at MGM Grand or Greek Town Casino.
Southwestern Canadian city Edmonton serves as provincial capital, offering tours of its beaux-arts style Alberta Legislative Building, a popular performing arts home, Winspear Centre, and one of the largest malls in the world, West Edmonton Mall. Browse Old Strathcona, an historic shopping and dining district and watch exciting hockey and lacrosse at Rexall Place. Two annual events, Capital EX in the summer, and winter's Canadian Finals Rodeo, offer two great reasons for visiting Edmonton!
Attend Northern Arizona University’s D-1 football games at NAU Walkup Skydome, or attend the Zuni, Hopi or Navajo Festivals at the Museum of Museum of Northern Arizona. Ascend the mountain on the SkyRide at Arizona Snowbowl, a popular ski resort, for spectacular vistas. Nearby Grand Canyon National Park is waiting for you to discover her natural wonders!
The Keys feature fantastic sport fishing, along with phenomenal diving and snorkeling to explore the diverse ecosystem of living coral reefs, low key atmosphere and shimmering ocean views that go on forever. Combined with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Biscayne National Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for every water-related recreational activity, you may never want to leave!
Party on The Strand, a five block National Historic District, tour fine Victorian architecture, explore a real oil rig or WWII destroyer, visit exciting Moody Gardens’ Rainforest Pyramid, hike the wide-open Galveston Island State Park, cast a fishing line into the Gulf of Mexico or slide The Schlitterbahn all year round. Galveston is happening!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the setting for picturesque Gatlinburg, where you can experience adventures such as whitewater rafting or riding the sky lift and aerial tramway at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Visit Dolly Parton's theme park Dollywood for family fun in nearby Pigeon Forge or relax at Christ in the Smokies Gardens.
Located in north central Montana on the Missouri River, Great Falls is known as the Electric City with five waterfalls and hydroelectric dams. The search for the Northwest Passage can be relived at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center and you can see one of the worlds largest freshwater springs at Giant Springs Heritage State Park.
Green Bay's historic Lambeau Field, ranked the Number 1 professional stadium experience by ESPN, is a year-round destination with its Packers Hall of Fame. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the NEW Zoo both provide interactive experiences. To get out of the weather, explore the National Railroad Museum and Heritage Hill State Park's living history Museum.
Capital city Halifax is a gateway into Canada. Visitors enjoy exploring the historic Halifax Citadel and York Redoubt National Historic Site, guarding the port from high atop a bluff. Family-friendly Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Discovery Centre are both located downtown. Dalhousie Arts Centre, on the campus of Dalhousie University, offers Nova Scotia Symphony performances, while Halifax Metro Centre boasts concerts and sporting events. Peggys Cove is a well-known icon you must visit to see its lighthouse and incredibly rugged shoreline.
Hamilton is part of the Toronto-Hamilton corridor. Visitors enjoy taking guided tours of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the outstanding Royal Botanical Gardens. You can attend a Marauder’s athletic event at McMaster University or watch the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for CFL action. Be amazed at some of the 100 stunning waterfalls along the renowned Bruce Trail, attend the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek at Dundurn National Historic Site, or celebrate Canada Day at It’s Your Festival at Gage Park.
City Island Park, a great place for waterfront activities in Pennsylvania's capital city, is where The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat is docked for relaxing cruises. Harrisburg is home to the National Civil War Museum and the Fort Hunter Mansion with its 40 acre park setting. Venture over to nearby Hershey, PA to tour the delicious Hershey's Chocolate World or to Hershey park for rides galore.
Visitors to Honolulu find the friendly Aloha Spirit contagious and Duke's in Waikiki on Sunday afternoon for music will get you in the island mood. Relax on the beautiful drive to the North Shore to explore the Polynesian Cultural Center, watch Pipeline surfers, and visit the quaint town of Haleiwa. A visit to historic Pearl Harbor is unforgettable.
Houston, 4th largest U.S. city, is the place to explore NASA's Space Center and the Battleship Texas, veteran of both World Wars, which is docked for tours at San Jacinto State Park. Shop til you drop at The Galleria, a top ten mall in America, with over 375 stores. A quick hours drive to Galveston Island brings you to the beach and the amazing Moody Gardens' complex of activities.
Indianapolis is synonymous with the Indy 500, and racing enthusiasts enjoy legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its Hall of Fame Museum. Check out your favorite college team's memorabilia at the NCAA Hall of Champions. The Children's Museum has been rated the best by Child Magazine and the Zoo also houses an Aquarium and a Botanic Garden.
Wander the Kamloops River Trail to see the sights, take a ride on the Kamloops Heritage Railway, explore art at the Kamloops Art Gallery or see a Blazers’ hockey match at Interior Savings Centre. Sun Peaks Ski Resort offers year-round recreation and annual wine fests, and BC Wildlife Park gets you up close and personal with fascinating animals. Tournament Capital Centre offers sporting events galore.
Everything's up to date in Kansas City, as the song goes. Stay and play on The Country Club Plaza with a plethora of upscale shopping and restaurants. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Negro Leagues Baseball/American Jazz Museum are both close-by attractions. Attend a Chiefs game at Arrowhead, one of the loudest NFL stadiums, or try your luck at the Riverboat Casinos.
Visitors to Kelowna enjoy touring dozens of local Okanagan Valley wineries, beach and water recreation at Okanagan Lake, attending WHL Kelowna Rockets matches and big-time concerts at Prospera Place. City Park hosts the annual Center of Gravity festival, offering music and sports events. Big White Ski Resort and Silver Star Mountain boast tremendous skiing, terrain parks and all wintertime recreational pursuits.
The Southernmost Point of the continental U.S. is found here, creating a great photo opportunity. Walk Duval Street, which is a happening spot for partying or if you are in a mellower mood, tour Pulitzer Prize winning author Earnest Hemingway's Home and Museum in Old Town. Get away from it all at Dry Tortugas National Park, a primitive destination for the best coral reef snorkeling.
Picturesque Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, is set amidst the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The area offers great outdoor activities year round at resorts such as Squaw Valley and Heavenly, which features its high in the sky Gondola. You will find non-stop gaming action at casinos and can play paparazzi during the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. Historic Virginia City is a half hour drive.
With its huge casinos, fabulous shows, famous restaurants and non-stop action, Las Vegas seems to just spring up from the Mojave desert. It can be hard to imagine that the peaceful Red Rock Canyon is only a few minutes from the Strip, and the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam are mere day trips away. Among a myriad of activities, some of the best are the Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art, riding a gondola at the Venetian and shopping at the Fashion Show Mall.
Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World, offering equine lovers' scenic drives through Bluegrass Country, Horse Farm Tours, and Thoroughbred Racing at Keeneland Race Course. For a little different activity, tour a restored Shaker community, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, or tour one of four Bourbon Distilleries.
The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football games are a hot ticket in Lincoln as are the annual Hot Rod Super Nationals. But there is more to do, such as exploring Lincoln Children's Zoo or perhaps viewing constellations and meteors at Hyde Memorial Observatory. The Historic Haymarket District's businesses, restaurants and galleries are housed in very cool restored buildings.
The Arkansas capital is rich with a mix of the old and the new, personified in its revitalized River Market District where you will find shops and restaurants purveying a variety of local and international cuisines along with entertainment venues. Consider visiting the Central High School site of segregation controversy and the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Drive under an hour to Hot Springs, AR for horse racing and Spas.
London is located in a region of Ontario known as “Shakespeare Country”, and is located on the Thames River - watch for the city’s famous resident black squirrels as you explore Victoria Park! Western Fair Entertainment District is site of the annual Fair, minor league hockey games, a popular Farmer’s Market and OLG Slots at the Raceway. Ski or mountain bike on Boler Mountain, and plan to attend a performance at the historic Grand Theatre.
Los Angeles, the second largest city in the U.S., is a tourist's mecca. Stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Rodeo Drive to get closer to those famous tv and movie stars or take a studio set tour at Universal Studios to learn how the magic is made. See the Lakers or your favorite rock concert at Staples Center. Visit nearby Santa Monica or take a boat to Catalina Island, both are perfect for the California beach experience.
The exciting annual Kentucky Derby is held in Louisville, so do not miss touring its Museum at Churchill Downs. Engage your imagination at the Louisville Science Center or take some time to learn about Louisville's favorite son, boxer and humanitarian at the Muhammad Ali Center.
Start your day in the Pacific paradise Maui with a stunning sunrise at Haleakala. Next you might drive the famously curvy Road to Hana with its breathtaking vistas or see the 1,200 foot rock Needle at 'Iao Valley State Park. Dive with sharks at Maui Ocean Center or visit quaint Paia Town for yummy flatbread. From December to April you can watch humpback whales on their annual migration.
Take a step back in time exploring the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion. Famous Beale Street is the place for soulful blues, the best BBQ and the Rock and Soul Museum. Family fun can be found at Mud Island River Park, and watching the ducks march through the lobby of the Peabody Hotel is a unique experience.
The hot spot in Miami is South Beach which is central to everything this city offers, including its colorful Art Deco Historic District, perfect for walking tours. Visits to historic Vizcaya Museum and Miami's top ten Metrozoo should not be missed. Action can be found swimming with dolphins at the Seaquarium or taking an airboat ride at Everglades Alligator Farm.
Milwaukee, settled on the shores of Lake Michigan, has evolved beyond its German brewing heritage, but you can still tour Miller Brewery or attend a Brewers baseball game. Its County Zoo and the Discovery World Museum are excellent family activities. Summerfest, a music festival which attracts nearly a million visitors, is one of the coolest things to do.
Shopping in Minneapolis is practically a requirement, as it hosts the Mall of America, largest in the U.S. The city also boasts the best kids' troup according to Time magazine, the Children's Theatre Company. Attend a Vikings game at the Metrodome or see the Twins at new Target Field.
Alabama's capital Montgomery hosts the Civil Rights Memorial and Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the heart of the modern civil rights movement. Continue your thirst for history exploring Old Alabama Town, a 19th and 20th century authentically restored town. Golfers should play a round or two on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail with its 468 holes.
Second largest city in Canada, Montreal offers a wonderful mix of old and new, from historic Old Montreal’s 17th Century history, cobblestone streets and Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, to the most current fashions and eateries at Place Ville Marie. Downtown's Centre Bell hosts the NHL Montreal Canadiens, with Jean-Drapeau Park a great setting for walking paths, beaches, a casino, gardens and site for popular events. A mix of French and English cultures makes Montreal a unique destination.
Known as Country Music's capital city, a Nashville experience should include a performance at the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium, and checking out the Country Music Hall of Fame. Country stars are often approachable, so enjoy the mild climate and visit the Nashville Zoo and Centennial Park's Parthenon –who knows who you will run into?
The Birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans is a great walking city. Stroll through the French Quarter with its unique shops to the French Market for a beignet at Cafe Du Monde. Party and people watch on Bourbon Street or visit inspirational St. Louis Cathedral, North America's oldest. Try this lively itinerary: ride a streetcar to the Garden District, have lunch at Commander's Palace, then tour adjacent Lafayette Cemetery.
Incomparable New York City may seem overwhelming at first, but you just have to jump in and do it. Take a tour to see major attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building - but walking is how you feel the City. Get swallowed by a crowd in Times Square, relax on a bench in Central Park, stroll Greenwich Village or walk across iconic Brooklyn Bridge. For more fun, the Museum of Modern Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology are intriguing as is attending a live television show taping at a Major Studio.
Perennial honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls is a photographer's dream. Try walking across Rainbow Bridge, connecting the U.S. and Canada or be daring and walk the deck of Observation Tower for incredible views of cascading water. Get wet at Cave of the Winds where you are provided with a rain poncho and sandals, and get within 20 feet of Bridal Veil Falls for a real thrill.
Behold, the magnificent Falls await you! See them from the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour or take a peek behind the Falls, view them from above at Skylon Tower, from a helicopter or an impressive ferris wheel. Touring gardens is another popular pastime, including Floral Showhouse and Niagara Botanical Gardens. Trek the Niagara River Recreation Trail, play a round of golf on the Niagara Golf Trail or have a taste – this is Wine Country!
Oklahoma City's Bricktown Entertainment District features Bass Pro for shopping, Toby Keith's restaurant and the Ford Center for the NBA Thunder games. In nearby Downtown you will find The National Memorial (Murrah Federal Building) with its Reflecting Pool and Field of Empty Chairs which is quite touching.
Fifty million visitors a year just can not be wrong. Visit Disneyworld's Animal Kingdom, largest in the world, or tour Hollywood Studios to learn the secrets behind movie making. Cool off at SeaWorld's Aquatica water park or have a Harry Potter experience at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Plan ahead and satisfy your need for speed at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Daytona Beach, FL is a great day trip for beach, sun and fun, only an hour drive.
Ottawa, the nation’s capital, is officially bilingual, offering visitors access to many outstanding museums and attractions. The National Arts Centre presents classical music and dance productions. Summer brings popular music festivals, including Ottawa Jazz Festival and Bluesfest, while Winterlude is celebrated in February on the historic Rideau Canal. Watch exciting NHL Ottawa Senators in action at Scotiabank Place, spend an afternoon shopping and dining at Byward Market, enjoy a drink on the terrace at Chateau Laurier, or pursue outdoor recreation at Gatineau Park.
See how the other half lives in affluent Palm Beach. View million dollar yachts at the Marina and mansions by Water Taxi. Wealthy or not, you can play a round of golf at legendary Breakers Ocean Course or watch a Polo match. A must-see is 1902 Beaux Arts style mansion, Flagler Museum.
With its Emerald Coast setting, Panama City is outdoor heaven. Swim with friendly dolphins at Gulf World Marine Park or just spend a relaxing day at St. Andrews State Park, known for its sugary white beaches. Families with active children will appreciate the rides and activities at Shipwreck Island Water Park.
Grab a scrumptious Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and learn about early U.S. history which abounds at National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Congress Hall. Take your kids to Franklin Square where they can ride the Liberty Carousel or listen to a storyteller recount history. Do not miss walking the famous Rocky Steps of movie fame at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
An exciting tour of the Sonoran Desert in a Hummer or a Jeep is just the beginning of amazing Phoenix adventures. An invigorating hike up Camelback Mountain or the 1.2 mile summit trail to Piestawa Peak are both rewarded with awesome views. Walking trails at the Desert Botanical Garden or browsing American Indian exhibitions at the Heard Museum are less strenuous experiences.
Pittsburgh has morphed from its steel manufacturing reputation into an exciting modern city. Visitors now enjoy exploring top notch attractions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, famous pop artist Andy Warhol Museum and the Victorian Greenhouse at Phipps Conservatory. Join the fans at a Steelers football game and wave the Terrible Towel.
Portland's mild climate is ideal for wandering the International Rose Test Garden. Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge provide exciting skiing, hiking and windsurfing opportunities. Consider outstanding architecture at Pittock Mansion, a lovely French Renaissance chateau or The Grotto, a beautiful Catholic shrine carved into a 110 foot cliff.
Exhilarating outdoor activities await you in Rapid City, particularly camping, hiking and cycling at the Badlands and Black Hills National Forest, with its democracy-inspiring Mt. Rushmore. Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists attend nearby Sturgis for its annual Rally.
Capital City Regina's jewel is Wascana Centre, built around Wascana Lake and boasting many of the city’s attractions including the Legislative Building and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, both offering opportunities to learn about the history of the region. You can attend a pop concert or a performance by the Regina Symphony Orchestra at Conexus Arts Centre; the University of Regina is also located on the lake. See where the cadets are trained at RCMP Heritage Centre, attend the Queen City Ex fair at Evraz Place or Bazaart at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.
Gambling Casinos are the lifeblood of Reno, but white-knuckle whitewater rafting the Truckee River can be equally exciting. Indulge your love affair with fast cars at the National Automobile Museum for classics and antiques. Observe non-releasable wildlife at the Animal Ark sanctuary's 38 acre setting.
Meander along Canal Walk, 1.25 miles of history dating back to the seventeenth century on the James River in Richmond. Learn how early settlers of the U.S. lived at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement. The Thomas Jefferson-designed State Capitol building is an architectural beauty.
Plan a tour of Sacramento's Capitol building to view the California legislature in action and Old Sacramento, a Gold Rush Era Historic District along the river. Take a guided tour of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament held after select Masses or take a steam-powered train ride at the State Railroad Museum.
Recognized as the Best Place in Kansas to raise kids, Salina offers a family-friendly atmosphere. Explore your creativity at Salina Art Center & Cinema, see 85 species of animals in a naturalistic environment at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure and visit nearby Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
Salt Lake City is known for its Mormon Heritage and its Great Salt Lake, largest in the Western Hemisphere. Several National Parks and Red Butte Garden make skiing, snowboarding and all outdoor activities irresistible. Complimentary tours of historic Temple Square are available. Plan ahead for the popular Sundance Film Festival events.
San Antonio's Riverwalk, lined by handsome hotels and restaurants, is an exciting and charming destination, with easy walks to the historic Alamo and Market Square. Family entertainment can be found at the Travel Channel's Number One water park, the Schlitterbahn, along with SeaWorld and the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium.
San Diego has perfect weather year-round. No, really, it does. Consume authentic Mexican food in historic Old Town, do some shopping at Seaport Village, visit one of Balboa Park's 15 major museums and do not miss its world-famous Zoo and Safari Park. Take a drive over Bay Bridge to affluent Coronado Island and visit the historic Hotel Del Coronado and fine beaches.
Once you have spotted the romantic Golden Gate Bridge, you realize are somewhere special. When visiting San Francisco there are certain must-do's, such as ride a Cable Car, visit Fisherman's Wharf to see amazing Sea Lions and have a taste of chocolate at Ghirardelli Square. Other classic experiences include walking crooked Lombard Street and boating out to infamous Alcatraz prison. A quick hour drive will bring you to gorgeous Napa Valley wine country.
Known for its pleasant climate, visit California's oldest working wharf, historic Stearns Wharf, with its amazing Sea Center along with cultural landmark Old Mission Santa Barbara. Whale and seal watch at Channel Islands National Park or drive the Santa Ynez Valley vineyards to visit the Village of Solvang.
Santa Fe is often named one of the best places to visit in the U.S. due to its rich culture and art community. American Indian pueblos and history can be explored at Bandalier National Monument and Pecos National Park. Plan to tour famous American artist Georgia OKeefe's Museum, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Loretto Chapel to satisfy your arts' desire.
Home to the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon features the Meesawin Valley Trail following the river, where you can walk, bicycle, ice skate and ski as well as attend the annual A Taste of Saskatchewan food festival. Cultural opportunities include symphony performances at TCU Place and outstanding artwork at Mendel Art Gallery. Attend a WHL Blades’ hockey match at Credit Union Centre or explore history and hike trails at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
For true Southern hospitality and charm, Savannah is unsurpassed. This genteel city may be seen via harbor cruise, carriage, trolley or walking tours. From Historic River Street, you may view its busy port. Splendid Cathedral of St. John the Baptist could be your trip's highlight or perhaps a getaway to relaxing Hilton Head Island, just 45 minutes.
Seattle is much more than rain, rock and coffee. You will find the largest ferry system in the country, so catch a ferry at the Seattle Waterfront for the best skyline view. Walk and eat at busy Pike Place Market, then discover the historic complex of locks at Chittenden Locks. To get back to nature, visit Mount Ranier National Park. Explore the unique Experience Music Project to learn about your favorite artists and style of music.
Sedona offers a true destination vacation – from the iconic Cathedral Rock, to Boynton Canyon’s popular hiking trail, to Oak Creek Canyon’s red-hued cliffs and sparkling stream filled with trout - - plus that little World Wonder, the Grand Canyon, is just a couple hours away! Visit ancient Sinagua multi-story dwellings, shop for unique handmade treasures at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village and attend one of a number of annual celebrations, including a Plein Air Festival and a showcase of artwork at Sedona Arts Festival.
Located just an hour east of Orlando on the Atlantic Ocean, the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral and the Astronaut Hall of Fame are huge draws for anyone interested in space exploration. Investigate Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge or Barrier Island Sanctuary and Education Center to get a real feel for the Florida coast.
The life and times of beloved President Abraham Lincoln can be explored in Springfield, the capital city of Illinois. Tour the Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Lincoln Tomb, explore a reproduced 19th century town at New Salem, listen to the Rees Memorial Carillon bells at Washington Park or attend an outdoor Muni musical at Springfield Lake.
Home to Missouri State University, Bass Pro Shops' headquarters and the St. Louis Cardinals' AA farm team “Springfield Cardinals”, this is a little piece of Ozarks' heaven. Visit nearby Branson’s Tablerock Lake for fishing, tour Fantastic Caverns or bike the Ozark Greenways trails for more outdoor fun.
With its iconic Arch at the Mississippi River, St. Louis welcomes everyone. Forest Park is an excellent point to begin your visit, with its Art and History Museums, top five in the nation Science Center, The Muny outdoor theatre, and unique Art Deco Jewel Box greenhouse. Consider scheduling tours of nearby exquisite Cathedral Basilica as well as adjacent Missouri Botanical Garden. Everybody loves the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials; close-by attraction Grant's Farm is where they are stabled.
Tampa is on a beautiful bay on the middle-west coast of Florida. Spend a family day at Busch Gardens or Lowry Park Zoo, voted Number One in the U.S. by Parents Magazine, or let the kids get wet at Adventure Island Water Park. If you are passionate about saving animals, take a guided tour of the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary. Famous Surrealist painter Salvador Dali Museum is here.
About an hour west of Kansas City you will find Topeka. Plan to get educated visiting historic site Brown v. Board of Education plus touring the State Capitol. Browse the Old Prairie Town botanical gardens or visit First Presbyterian Church to see authentic 1911 Tiffany Windows. The Harley Davidson Yesterday's Museum is a cool place to check out classic cycles.
Toronto boasts a beautiful Lake Ontario setting, is home to the University of Toronto and hosts the annual Toronto International Film Festival. Need more? The city sports 7 major league teams, including the MLB Toronto Blue Jays, the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA Toronto Raptors. Families enjoy the Toronto Zoo and the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as the annual Canadian National Exhibition fair, held here every summer. Yorkville and the Distillery District offer great shopping and restaurants.
Tucson is home to the University of Arizona Wildcats, the Arizona State Museum and the historic Fox Tucson Theatre. Sentinel Peak, or “A” Mountain is a well-known icon, and Mt. Lemmon is a popular destination, offering a sky-lift, hiking trails, excellent skiing and SkyCenter observatory. There are miles of hiking and biking trails at Saguaro National Park, and you can take cave tours at Kartchner Caverns State Park and Colossal Cave Mountain Park. The annual Tucson Rodeo, sensational spas and terrific golf courses make Tucson a great destination!
The Tulsa city skyline can be seen from its River Parks, with miles of trails along the Arkansas River where you can lose yourself in natural beauty. Children enjoy exploring hands-on Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium and the Tulsa Zoo. Check out the latest exhibition at popular Philbrook Museum.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the twin cities’ locus for higher education, competitive sporting events and cultural venues. Stargaze at Staerkel Planetarium, see a rock concert or Broadway Show at Assembly Hall and explore Botanical Gardens at Lake of the Woods.
Colorado Rocky Mountains provide a stellar setting for Vail in which to ski, snowmobile, river raft, mountain bike, hot air balloon and golf. Along with these athletic pursuits you can relax with a year-round selection of music and art festivals. Learn about your favorite heroes at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum/Hall of Fame. First Lady Betty Ford's Alpine Gardens can be traversed in the summer.
Vancouver is the busiest of Canada’s ports, boasting a staggering number of cruises to and from Alaska. Visitors enjoy Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park; the local climate is perfect for flowers, and VanDusen Botanical Garden and Quarry Gardens provide inspiration for Plein-air painters. Explore Granville Island to find great shopping and dining. Walk across the Capilano Bridge or hike Grouse Mountain, attend the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Fest or enjoy professional hockey, football and soccer action.
One of the world’s natural ports, Victoria is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island; cruising to Alaska and whale watching are quite popular. A temperate climate creates renowned destinations Butchart Gardens and Beacon Hill Park. Cycle the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, or pick a course along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Annual events include the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival and Victoria Film Festival.
Historic Virginia Beach begins with its Boardwalk, continuing to its wonderful beaches. Explore Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, guarding Chesapeake Bay along with Jamestown Settlement and close-by Colonial Williamsburg. Family fun can be found at Ocean Breeze Waterpark and Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Do not miss seeing the wild ponies at off-shore island Chincoteague.
Our Nation's capital is truly lovely, with the three branches of the republic edified by the White House, U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. Historic National Cathedral is an architectural beauty, while Arlington Cemetery provides a setting for quiet reflection. Tour a portion of the Smithsonian which intrigues you or relax on a cruise of the Potomac River. A Moonlight Tour of Monuments is breathtaking.
Renowned as one of North America’s top ski destinations, Whistler boasts every imaginable snow-related sport, from alpine skiing to heli-skiing, to summer hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and fishing, complemented by incredibly beautiful scenery. Garibaldi Provincial Park offers extensive trails and sparkling clear lakes. Several world-renowned golf courses are found here, along with spas, galleries, and a Village filled with shops and restaurants. A variety of popular annual events makes certain your visit will be action-packed.
On the banks of the Arkansas River, Wichitas attraction's include an 1870's living history museum, Old Cowtown, and resplendent Botanica, a collection of gardens. Take the whole family to Exploration Place for some hands-on fun, then get a bite to eat and shop in the lively red-brick district, Old Town.
Williamsburg, along with Jamestown and Yorktown, is known as the Historic Triangle. You can be certain to find abundant Eighteenth century tradition at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown Settlement. No visit is complete without standing on Yorktown Battlefield where America defeated the British and won independence. For a break from history, relax and play at Busch Gardens or Water Country USA.
Largest Manitoba city and provincial capital, Winnipeg is a sunny destination offering an outstanding downtown area boasting The Exchange and The Forks entertainment districts. See the symphony at Centennial Concert Hall, visit Fort Gibraltar, a 19th century trading post, attend an NHL Winnipeg Jets game at MTS Centre, visit the Zoo at Assiniboine Park or join other music lovers at the annual Winnipeg Folk Festival held at Birds Hill Provincial Park.