Welcome to Part two of the best places to visit in each state in the United States. We already went through Alabama to Missouri, so now we are heading to Montana and finishing in Wyoming and covering everything in between, which is odd to say, considering Montana and Wyoming touch each other on the map. But this list is following the alphabetical list, so we’ll be heading to the east coast with New York, Maine and the Carolinas, and over to the west coast to see what Washington State and Oregon have to offer.
In this list of 25 top attractions, we have things that are out of this world and park ranges that are absolutely beautiful. You’ll recognize some on this list, while other attractions will be a surprise to you. Either way, they are definitely things you should consider checking out if you plan to make a trip around the United States and visit each state along the way. From big cities to small towns, the United States is full of surprises and great attractions, so don’t just think we are heading to the biggest towns. The best part about this list is that there is something for everyone, from loud places to quiet spaces, this list will make you want to get in your car and cruise the highways to see what is in your own country.
25 Montana: Glacier Mountain Park
This US beauty is located in the northwestern part of Montana just south of the Canada-United States Border. The Glacier National Park encompasses over one million acres and includes two mountain ranges such as the Rocky Mountains. According to the Huffington Post, these ancient glaciers began forming 170 million years ago. The Glacier Mountains are really interesting on their own as you can find fossils dating back to the dinosaur ages and the early life of our beloved planet Earth. This particular park is known to be the world's first International Peace Park and it's considered to be a World Heritage Site.
24 Nebraska: Chimney Rock National Historic Site
This national historic site doesn't need any introduction as the formation of the Chimney Rock speaks for itself. Surrounding the North Platte River valley, the peak to this amazing mountain sits at 4,228 feet above sea level. The mountain's formation serves as a landmark to three state trails since the 19th century. According to The Works Progress Administration, The Chimney Rock was named after a small town just minutes away from the base of the formation. Many photographers come to visit this odd shape mountain to get a better perspective of the world that surrounds them.
23 Nevada: Las Vegas Strip
This famous street is located at the city limits in Las Vegas, Nevada. The strip is approximately 6.8 kilometres long and is often referred to belonging in Las Vegas when it technically doesn’t. According to Scenic Nevada, many of the world’s largest hotels and casinos are here, with high-quality entertainment offerings and skyline views of the famous strip, which makes it one of the most popular tourist attraction destinations in the world. Most of the strip has also been designated as an All-American Road and considered to also have the best view at night with their lights that light the night sky.
22 New Hampshire: Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a non-profit scientific and educational institution that studies that the weather on the summit of Mount Washington. According to the Mount Washington Observatory, the facility observes Earth weather and climate change and tries to get an understanding of the natural systems that created our beloved planet. The Mount Washington Observatory was the first of its kind in the world for many years until many of other countries followed suit. Not only you can get a tour of this amazing facility, but many educational tours are offered for the mountain and observatory as well.
21 New Jersey: Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City’s Boardwalk is best known for the hit HBO show Boardwalk. Filled with casinos, the actual boardwalk and beaches, it holds a population of 40,000. According to Choice Hotels, the famous boardwalk inspired the game Monopoly, as it got many of its names for game spaces from Atlantic City, including the most valuable space, Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is also home to some hotels and casinos, and the Ripley's Believe it Not! Museums. The Boardwalk received major renovations in the 1990s where it's family-friendly for all to enjoy.
20 New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns
This particular cave is well known for its large number of calcite formations. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park is hidden in the Guadalupe Mountains, southwest of New Mexico. According to National Park Services, tourists can hike on their own through the caves via the natural entrance or take an elevator down to the visitor center inside the cave. It’s considered to be the largest limestone chamber in North America and 28th largest in the world. Last year alone over 450,000 visitors visited the famous caves, a jump from 2017 where 400,000 visited that year.
19 New York: Statue of Liberty
New York City is filled with attractions that surround the city. The most popular tourist destination is described as the statue of opportunity for some. The Statue of Liberty is one of the landmarks that make up New York City as a whole for its diversity and inclusion. According to National Park Services, this tourist attraction is one of two statues that were constructed by Gustave Eiffel in 1886. This particular one was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The Statue of Liberty is considered to be a National Park as well as a World Heritage site. According to CNN, over 4.4 million visitors came to see the gorgeous statue last year.
18 North Carolina: The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is considered to be the largest private residence and tourist attraction is Asheville, North Carolina. According to Biltmore.com, this private residence was once the main residence of George Washington Vanderbilt II, whose family descendants still own this large estate as of today. This famous estate does include a wine cellar, a post office, shops, a doctor's office, a school and church inside this house. Tourists from around the world come and check out not only the house but the garden views that surround the home.
17 North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a national park that is separated into three sections of badlands in the western part of North Dakota. According to the National Park Services, this particular park was named after the former leader of the United States because of certain mountains that do resemble him, such as the Hoodoo rock formation. What's also special about this national park is that it is between the North and South Dakotas. Approximately 708,000 tourists come to see the amazing view each year.
16 Ohio: Cedar Point
Cedar Point is known to be the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. This famous park holds a world record for having the most rides and roller coasters anywhere. According to The Global Attractions Report, the amusement park has reached many milestones throughout the years and has six roller coasters that are taller than 200 feet. Cedar Point has also been awarded the Best Amusement Park in the World by Amusement today. Last year alone, the attendance of the famous amusement park was approximately 3.6 million.
15 Oklahoma: National Weather Center
If there is bad weather in the United States, the National Weather Center knows about it. It may seem like a boring place to visit, but the National Weather Center will help you understand the changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as get a glimpse into the National Severe Storm Labs, observation decks, the storm prediction center and many other offices inside the center. It’s an educational experience to check out, especially in a state that is known for severe weather events, such as tornadoes.
14 Oregon: Crater Lake
This stunning lake in Oregon has deep blue waters that are crystal clear when you get close to them. Crater Lake, which is part of the Crater Lake National Park, was formed after the collapse of the volcano, Mount Mazama over 7,700 years ago, according to the Smithsonian. But what makes it truly special is that this lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest in the world, with a depth of 1,949 feet. It’s truly one of the greatest lakes in the country, perfect for the nature lovers in Oregon.
13 Pennsylvania: Gettysburg National Park
The Gettysburg National Park is the spot of the famous Civil War conflict known as the Battle of Gettysburg, which is famous for being the place Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, in 1863. According to the National Parks Service, over 1.3 million people a year go to Pennsylvania to see the famous site where one of the defining moments of the country played out on the battlefield. It creates over $73 million for the park, and the park has over 43,000 artifacts on display.
12 Rhode Island: Newport Mansions
In Rhode Island, it isn’t one house that gets a lot of attention, but rather, multiple houses. The Newport Mansions are 14 mansions in the Bellevue Avenue Historic District, where seven of those mansions are on the National Historic Landmark list. The famous mansions held many of the United States richest people, but now they are preserved for their architecture and history. The mansions include the Marble House, the Vanderbilts’ Breakers, Rosecliff (featured in 'The Great Gatsby'), and the Victorian Château-sur-Mer. According to the Providence Journal, over one million people visited the mansions in 2016.
11 South Carolina: Myrtle Beach
One of the most famous beaches in the United States is on the Atlantic Coast in South Carolina, known as Myrtle Beach. According to Travel + Leisure, over 14 million people travel to Myrtle Beach each year, with many of them taking in the actual beach and the warm waters. National Geographic named the Myrtle Beach boardwalk the third best boardwalk in the country, which includes the famous Skywheel. It’s a paradise during the summer but it does get very busy. Which is to be expected considering the beach is one of the best in the country.
10 South Dakota: Mount Rushmore
The famous leaders of the United States have had their faces carved into Mount Rushmore to make one of the country’s most iconic tourists stops. The heads of the four leaders are 60 feet tall, and according to USA Today, over three million people go to South Dakota to see them each year. It was used to promote tourism in the region, as South Dakota isn’t known for much else. The sculpting was completed in 1941, and much debate continues over the choices for the faces.
9 Tennessee: Graceland
It may surprise some people that the second most visited private home in the United States belongs to a king. And no, not royalty, we’re talking the rock and roll king, Elvis Presley. Graceland is a fixture stop for many when they head through Tennessee to see the home of the famous singer. More than 650,000 people go through Graceland every year, according to Fox Business, seeing the history and collection of things from one of the greatest singers of all time. So what beats Graceland as the most visited? The White House of course. So that should show how important Graceland really is to Tennessee.
8 Texas: The Alamo
The Alamo is a famous fortress in San Antonio, Texas and a World Heritage Site where the Battle of the Alamo took place between Mexico and Texas during the Texas Revolution. The history in the Alamo makes it one of Texas’ most welcoming attractions, as according to History.com, over four million people visit the famed fortress every single year, making it not only popular in Texas, but the entire country. So for those looking for a little Texas history, stop in and see what happened to Davy Crockett and his men during the famed battle.
7 Utah: Zion National Park
Zion National Park is at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau, the Mojave Desert, and the Great Basin, and features red canyon walls in what is one of the most beautiful parks in the United States. According to the Review-Journal, 4.4 million people visited the park last year, a steady rise since the 2.7 million that went in 2010. That puts this Utah National Park third on the list of most viewed National Parks in the country, making it something you definitely have to check out if you are crossing into Utah.
6 Vermont: Ben and Jerry’s Factory
Those who love ice cream will love a trip through Vermont and to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, where you can see the production process and get a little sampling in of all their amazing flavours of ice cream in their Scoop Room. The factory offers tours which, according to their website, are 30 minutes each, where you can learn the process and try a sample once it is completed. You can even go into their flavour lab and come up with your own unique flavour as well, and if you go in the summer they have free movie festivals on Fridays.