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200 Places to visit in the United States

In celebrating this being my 200th post on KozmoPhotos.com I wanted to do something a little different and special. Below you will find 200 places to visit in the United States. Each state will have at least one place to visit but many will have much, much more.

Many are must-see places and a few are a little more unique. However, each place is located in the US. The United States is huge covering 3.8 million square miles and is home to 320 million people. This is just a tiny list of places you need to visit in the United States. We know there is so many more great locations that should be on this list. Maybe, they will be on the second list.

Below you will find that I’ve broken the US up into 5 different areas. The North East, South East, Midwest, Southwest, and West. It covers all 50 states and Washington, DC. This isn’t a 200 places you need to see before you die list. However, many of these places you won’t want to skip out on.

North East

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The North East consists of Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. 

Acadia National Park, Maine

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One of the most beautiful spots on the east coast of the United States. Acadia National park is 47,000 acres and is full of rocky beaches, granite peaks, and woodlands. Standing along the coast might give you a chance to catch a peak of whales out in the distance.

New York City, New York

You could fill out a list of 200 things to do in New York City with no problem. Some of the more notable things to do in NYC are Bryant Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, New York Botanical Garden, Statue of Liberty, Washington Square Park, National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and so many more. 

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New York City is made up of 5 different boroughs and has a population of around 8.3 million people. There are endless things to do in the city. A weekend visit is a must but you still will only hit the tip of the iceberg. 

Poconos, Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountain region is known for its skiing in the winter. Camelback and Jack Frost are two of the most popular. When the snow melts the Poconos are still a great place to visit with many of the mountains transforming it to other outdoor activities like mountain biking, Treetop adventures, and miles upon miles of hiking trails. 

Salem, Massachusetts  

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Made famous for holding the Salem witch trials back in 1692. If you are a witch you may want to skip this one. 

Mystic Aquarium – Mystic, Connecticut

Here you can see the only beluga whales in New England. Also at Mystic Aquarium, you will find Steller sea lions. It is one of only two places you can see them in the US.

Manchester, Vermont 

This small southern Vermont town has that great small-town New England feel. Plus the mountain “hugging” the town can be accessed by car. You can drive to the top of Mt. Equinox. 

Cape May, New Jersey

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Cape May is located in Southern New Jersey and is a great seaside town known for its Victorian houses. When visiting a stop at the Cape May Lobster House and Washington Street Mall are a must. 

Ringing Rocks County Park– Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Visit a place where the rocks ring like a bell when hit with a hammer. 

Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Nantucket may just be a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts but it holds plenty of things to do. Start off by visiting the Whaling Museum and then take a stroll along the beach looking at one of the Lighthouses or the Old Mill. 

Finger Lakes, New York

This region in the Empire State is filled with many things for the whole family to enjoy. Find wineries and craft breweries for mom and dad to enjoy. While the kids will all the outdoor activities and museums in the region.

Sesame Place – Langhorne, Pennsylvania

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Sesame Place is a theme park in PA that is based on the characters of Sesame Street. This is a great theme park for young kids.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The city of Brotherly Love is a must for everyone at least once in their lifetime. This is where the United States became the United States with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Notable places to visit include Independence Hall, Philadelphia Art Museum (Rocky Steps), Philadelphia Zoo, Love Park, Reading Terminal Market, Franklin Institute, Eastern State Penitentiary, Penns Landing, and of course having a soft pretzel and Philly Cheesesteak. 

Boston, Massachusetts 

When you think of New England I bet the first city that pops in your head is Boston. It’s no surprise since Boston is the 24th most populous city in the United States. Plus there are plenty of things to do in Beantown.

If you are a fan of baseball then a stopover at Fenway Park is a must. History lovers should do the Freedom Trail and visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Of course, who could forget visiting a place where everyone knows your name. 

Moosehead Lake – Greenville, Maine

This is the largest lake in Maine and in the eastern United States. 

Niagara Falls, New York

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If you are brave enough you should visit this amazing destination during the winter months. Ice is everywhere. 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

When visiting Cape Cod a stop you should make, is to the John F. Kennedy Museum. But if museums aren’t your thing, there are plenty of seafood shacks like JT’s Seafood Restaurant, lighthouses, and beaches to explore.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

This is Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. Just check out some of the different towns throughout Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Names like Intercourse, Bird in Hand, Blue Ball, and so much more.

Gillette Castle State Park – East Haddam, Connecticut

Medieval fortress in Connecticut? Nope! That’s just William Gillette’s castle he had built back in 1914. 

Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Long Beach Island or LBI as it is known in the area is a barrier island in New Jersey. There is no boardwalk here but that is what makes it a great place to visit. The miles of shoreline make it a great place to take the family for a beach day.  

Santa’s Village – Jefferson, New Hampshire

Celebrate Christmas year-round at this Christmas-themed amusement park in NH. There is a total of 23 rides here aimed at families with kids under 13.

Newport, Rhode Island

While Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the US don’t skip out on this epic location. Visit the Breakers a summer cottage of the Vanderbilt family.  A visit to the Elms and Marble House should also be on your tour of epic houses in the area. Plus don’t forget about the Cliff Walk which has many of Newports Mansion’s back yards touching this scenic walk.

Flight 93 Memorial – Stoystown, Pennsylvania

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National Memorial of the crash site of Flight 93. 

Ice Caves – Pine Bush, New York

The ice caves are located in Minnewaska State Park within Ellenville Fault. Ellenville Fault is the largest exposed fault in the US that is known. The temperature states at or below freezing year-round so even in the summer there is a chance, ice is still hanging around. 

Portland, Maine

Portland is the largest city in Maine and is home to some wonderful activities like visiting six different lighthouses. Plus there might not be a better place to get Maine lobster than in Portland. Get a lobster roll or a whole lobster. Either way, you can’t go wrong in Portland.

Cherry Springs State Park- Coudersport, Pennsylvania

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Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania and was named the second “International Dark Sky Park” in the world. This park is so dark that when conditions are right the Milky Way casts a visible shadow. If you want to see the most stars you have ever seen while looking up. A visit to Cherry Springs is a must. 

Bancroft Tower – Worcester, Massachusetts

Just one of the many “castles” located in Massachusetts that you should take a peek at while in the state.

New England Air Museum – Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Fans of flying and even those who aren’t will enjoy a visit to the New England Air Museum. See engines, exhibits, and of course aircraft. Fifty-five different aircraft can be found in three different hangers. Sure you can find more at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center outside of DC but this collection is impressive too. 

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Asbury Park might just look like another Jersey seaside town but it is so much more. The great Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi have played at the Stone Pony which is one of the most popular music venues in the state.

Walk over the Hudson – Poughkeepsie, New York

An old railroad bridge that has been converted as a pedestrian walkway. 

Floating Bridge of Brookfield – Brookfield, Vermont

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Site of the Bloodiest battle of the Civil War. 

Islesboro, Maine

You can’t drive here. The only way you can get here is by boat.

Catskills Region – New York

Take a road trip along the Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway for a little inspiration or just a nice relaxing drive. 

Bushkill Falls – Pennsylvania

Known as the Niagara of Pennsylvania. This place has eight waterfalls with one that is over 100 feet tall.

Wildwood, New Jersey

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One of the most popular beach locations in New Jersey. The “doo-wop” style can be found throughout the Wildwoods, giving them a different and unique feel from other beach towns in the state. Wildwood is the tenth most popular boardwalk in the US. One visit here and you will understand why. 

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymouth may just be the home of Plymouth Rock but there is more to it than just some boulder on the shore. You can also find a reproduction of the Mayflower that is to scale. Boarding a tall ship like the Mayflower is amazing. Even better if you can take a ride in one. 

Church Street Marketplace – Burlington, Vermont

A lot is packed in this four-block long space that is on the National Register of Historic District. Even though this space may be considered small to some it is packed full of artworks, cafes, shops, boutiques, and restaurants. 

Abandoned PA Turnpike Tunnel – Breezewood, Pennsylvania

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This is an abandoned section of the PA turnpike. In the 1960s the turnpike was rerouted and expanded and the tunnel was no longer needed. 

Jaw’s Bridge – Edgartown, Massachusetts

The bridge seen in the movie Jaws. 

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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It has been called the Vegas of the East Coast. Casinos line the coast but you can also find Lucy the Elephant. 

Mount Washington, New Hampshire

This is the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Can your car climb the mountain?

Watkins Glen State Park – Watkins Glen, New York

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One of the most breathtaking state parks in New York. Follow the stream as it descends 400 feet past 200 foot high cliffs which make 19 amazing waterfalls along this two-mile stretch. 

Kinzua Bridge State Park – Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania

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Just east of the Allegheny National Forest lies this state park in northern Pennsylvania. Walkout to the end of this destroyed railroad bridge that was built back in 1882.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Another New England location that is only accessible by air or boat. Walk the sandy beaches or take a tour of the historic longtime New England summer colony. 

Bangor, Maine

Once a major timber hub, Bangor now is a beautiful city in Maine that has that New England charm. Make sure you check out the Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street.

Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Waterbury, Vermont

See all the flavors that didn’t make the cut.

Concord, Massachusetts

Concord is an important site from the American Revolutionary War and is a place every American should visit at least once in their life. 

Bar Harbor, Maine

Before you head to Acadia National Park make sure to stop in at Bar Harbor. Stop in at the Traveling Lobster for one of the best lobster rolls in the state. 

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Starting in New Hampshire and ending in western Maine. White Mountain National Forest has some epic scenery with clear mountain lakes and majestic alpine peaks. 

Liberty State Park – Jersey City, New Jersey

Liberty State Park offers great views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. While here pay a visit to the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in honor of the 749 people who lived in Jersey and lost their lives on that fateful day in September. 

South East

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The South East consists of Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington, DC.

Key West, Florida

It’s the southernmost point in the US. 

Biltmore Estates- Asheville, North Carolina

Many things in Asheville, NC are worth a visit but a must-see in this area is Biltmore Estates. Asheville is also where you can hope on the Blue Ridge Parkway and really get to see some of the beauty of North Carolina.

Memphis, Tennessee 

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Memphis is located along the mighty Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee. Legendary artists like B.B. King, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley recorded albums in the city. But there is more to Memphis than just music. If you are a fan of dry rub barbecue, Memphis is a must-do. 

New Orleans, Louisiana 

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New Orleans is more than just Mardi Gras. Visit Plantations, ride Streetcars, or take a stroll around the French Quarter.

Fort Delaware State Park – Delaware City, Delaware

This state park in Delaware City is an amazing sight to see that dates back to 1859 and once housed Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. 

Savannah, Georgia 

Don’t skip this city in Georgia as you are traveling up and down I-95. This coastal Georgia city is known for its antebellum architecture, horse-drawn carriages, and Forsyth Park. 

Tampa Bay, Florida

The Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg is one of the best locations in Florida. Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is home to Busch Gardens, ZooTampa, Florida Aquarium, and much more. A visit to this area is even worth skipping Orlando.

Nashville, Tennessee

The home of Country Music so of course, you have to pay a visit to the Grand Old Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. While you’re in town also stop by to see the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts at the Johnny Cash Museum. 

Kentucky Down Under– Horse Cave, Kentucky 

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Looking to take a tour of a cave and pet kangaroos? Kentucky Down Under is the place for you. Never in my life did I think I would be able to get so close to a kangaroo. It is an amazing experience. 

Washington, DC

Capital Building, Washington, DC,

So many things to see and do in DC that you should check out some of our other posts. Many of the museums are free and the Monuments around town are beautiful. The National Zoo is another great location for anyone to enjoy. 

Arlington, Virginia

Visit the National Cemetery at Arlington and pay your respect to those Americans who fought so you could be free. While there, remember to see the US Marine Corps War Memorial. Semper Fi Devil Dogs

Miami, Florida 

Miami is full of beautiful views, beaches, and art deco landmarks. Don’t pass on a visit to Miami while you are on your way to the Florida Keys. 

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Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland is a popular summer destination for its wooden boardwalk, shops, hotels, and of course beaches. 

Jackson, Mississippi

It might be the capital of Mississippi but Jackson has some amazing sites to see. Jackson played an important role in the civil rights movement and you can find landmarks throughout the city for this. The Mississippi Freedom Trail also runs through the city. 

The Mississippi State Capitol building is one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the US. 

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas 

Mountain views, abundant creeks, and ancient thermal springs are just a few reasons to visit this National Park that is smacked in the middle of the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Many people will just visit New Orleans when visiting Louisiana but that would be a mistake. Baton Rouge should also be on your must-see Louisiana list with the antebellum landmarks dotted throughout the city.

Cape Henlopen State Park – Lewes, Delaware

You can grab a ferry from here to Cape May, New Jersey. 

Birmingham, Alabama

When in Birmingham you must stop by and see the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. You don’t even need to be a motorcycle or racing fan to enjoy this place. You will also find the world’s largest iron-ore statue and one of the nation’s tallest statues called the Vulcan after the Roman god.  

Chincoteague, Virginia

Ever wanted to watch wild ponies in action? 

St. Augustine, Florida

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Looking to visit the oldest city in the US? Well, St. Augustine claims to be that city. Even if it is not it is still a beautiful city on the Florida coast. 

Louisville, Kentucky 

Home of two important things in sports. Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby and Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. 

Blue Ridge Parkway- North Carolina and Virginia

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Some of the best views on the east coast of the United States can be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia. Pack a lunch and sit back and relax. 

Biloxi, Mississippi

You can gamble in Biloxi or you can enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico. One thing you should do, however, is to visit the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. 

West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville, West Virginia

Visit this prison that once held more than 1,000 prisoners between 1876 to 1995. If you are brave enough visit them at night. Close to 100 executions took place here so you never know who’s ghost might show up.

Charleston, South Carolina

Founded in 1670 this coastal city is known for its French Quarter, cobblestone streets, and Fort Sumter. 

Atlanta, Georgia

One of the Largest Aquariums in the world can be found in Atlanta and should be on any aquarium lovers list. The World of Coca-Cola museum also calls Atlanta home.

Skyline Drive- Virginia

This 105-mile road takes you through the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Depending on how you look at it, it is either the start or end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Disney World – Orlando, Florida

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The most visited theme park in the World. Disney World is made up of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping district, and many resorts. Once you visit you may never want to leave again. 

Oak Alley Plantation – Vacherie, Louisiana

Historic plantation on the Mississippi River. 

Cheaha State Park, Alabama 

More and more people are rediscovering state parks since the Pandemic and a visit to Cheaha State Park is a must if you are traveling through Alabama. The views will leave you speechless. 

Universal Studios Florida – Orlando, Florida

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A theme park with many rides and attractions that are based on the entertainment industry. Spend the day fighting aliens, escaping Gringotts, or racing through New York with Jimmy Fallon. 

Hunting Island State Park– St. Helena Island, South Carolina

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Hunting Island State Park is home to one of the only publicly opened lighthouses in the State. Plus you can go sand dollar hunting here. Maybe you will have better luck than we did. 

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains and worth the trip up. Most of the trip can be made by car. The rest will need to be done on foot. 

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Red River Gorge lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest and they claim to be the best-kept family vacation secret. This side of the Mississippi river of course.

National Museum of the United States Marine Corps – Quantico, Virginia

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A museum all about the history of the greatest fighting force in the World. Learn the history of Devil Dog, Jarhead, Leatherneck, and more. 

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore doesn’t get enough credit for the amazing city that it is. Fort Mchenry, Baltimore Museum of Art, the National Aquarium, inner harbor, Babe Ruth Museum are just some of the many great places you can visit. Don’t just drive by on your way to DC or NYC. 

Assateague Island National Seashore – Berlin, Maryland

Ever wanted to camp on the beach? Here’s your chance at Assateague Island National Seashore. Don’t forget to watch the wild horses and other island wildlife. 

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

These two great towns are nested in the Great Smoky Mountains and offer a wide range of interesting one of a kind places and thrilling rides. Dollywood will satisfy your craving for thrill rides. The Titanic Museum will let you discover the interesting and tragic history of this massive vessel. 

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Of course, you can’t miss out on all the Ripley’s attractions or Cooters Place (Dukes of Hazzard Museum. Don’t forget to taste some moonshine at the Sugarlands Distilling Company. 

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The best boardwalk in Delaware? Of course, it is. 

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is more than just beaches. Of course, there are plenty of beaches for you to enjoy. But take a day away from the beach and discover where the Wright Brothers first took flight. 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Not only is Myrtle Beach one of the most popular beach locations on the east coast of the US. It is also home to one of the tallest Ferris Wheels in the country.

Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, Florida is known for its white-sand beaches and is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. 

Talladega National Forest, Alabama

On the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains is Talladega National Forest which covers 392,567 acres. 

Cypress Swamp – Canton, Mississippi

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Cypress Swamp is part of the Big Cypress National Preserve. 

Avery Island, Louisiana

Avery Island is home to TABASCO® but also home to Jungle Gardens which features a Chinese garden and bird sanctuary. 

Gulf Shores, Alabama 

Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama has beaches, a pier, and miles of trails to enjoy along the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast Zoo is another great place to visit. Did you know they have a two-toed sloth named Speedy and Sonic?

Mississippi River

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The mighty Mississippi River flows 2,320 miles starting in Minnesota and empties into the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. The river touches 5 different Southeastern states and a stop of any of the river towns will leave you with plenty to do. Have you ever been on a paddlewheel cruise?

Williamsburg, Virginia 

Ever wonder what it was like to live in the Colonial days? Williamsburg can answer that and more for you. 

Old Salem – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A historic district in Winston-Salem, NC. It was originally settled in 1766 and lets you relive that time with a visit. This is an amazing living history museum like Williamsburg, VA.

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

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Mammoth Cave National Park is the longest cave system known in the world. Some people even claim it is one of the entrances to the hollow earth. 

Midwest

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The Midwest consists of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 

Chicago, Illinois 

You will be blown away by everything you can see and do in the Windy City. Visit Olive Park on the banks of Lake Michigan or see your reflection on The Bean. If you are looking for an unbelievable view you have to go to 360 Chicago Observation Deck. Of course, you can’t forget to visit the famous Wrigley Field home to the Chicago Cubs.

Kansas City, Missouri 

If you are a fan of Barbecue then a visit to KC is a must. Some of the best barbecues in the country can be found in Kansas City. If there is a line out the door you know it must be good. People from Kansas City don’t mess around with “bad” BBQ. 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Munising, Michigan

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Located on Lake Superior and known for its multicolored pictured rock cliffs. 

Deadwood, South Dakota

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Did you know that Deadwood, South Dakota is a National Historic Landmark? If you are a fan of the old west you won’t want to miss Deadwood and the graves of famous Wild West figures. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, Ohio

Learn all about the history of Rock and Roll and see artifacts from rock legends like the Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, and even Micheal Jackson.

Chimney Rock Museum – Bayard, Nebraska

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Nearly 300 feet above the surrounding valley is Chimney Rock. It looks very much out of place. 

Mall of America – Bloomington, Minnesota

Mall of America is more than just a mall with a bunch of stores to go shopping in. You can also find a theme park, adventure course, aquarium, and so much more. If you find yourself in Minnesota it is worth the stop. Even if it’s just to tell your friends that you’ve been to one of the largest malls in the country. 

Dodge City, Kansas

Looking to see what an old west gunfight would have been like? Doge City is the place for you where the Boot Hill Museum holds reenactments of them. 

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota 

The Black Hills National Forest is huge. It is made up of 1.2 million acres. Travel the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway for epic views of Mount Rushmore and the chance to see some elk. Please just remember not to feed any wildlife you see. 

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The Black Hills is also a great location to visit at night and do a little star gazing. Sylvan Lake is a great location to get some epic Milky Way shots.

Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin

Home of the Green Bay Packers. 

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Visit the Judy Garland Museum (Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz) or start your journey on the Wilderness Scenic Byway. 

Indianapolis, Indiana

Of course, you have to pay a visit to the Indianapolis Speedway but there are other places you should stop and see too. White River State Park is the nation’s largest urban state park where you can enjoy a 3-mile stroll on the canal walk. 

Clifty Falls State Park – Madison, Indiana

They say the waterfalls’ moods change with the seasons and weather. From a lite mist to a roaring beast. The best times to visit are winter and spring when the ice is either forming or melting.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park- Medora, North Dakota 

Where the Badlands meet the Great Plains you will find Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This is a great place to see prairie dogs, Bison, and Elk. Follow the Scenic Loop Drive for some epic overlooks. 

Maquoketa Caves State Park – Maquoketa, Iowa

Looking for a unique outdoor adventure when traveling in Iowa? Look no further than Maquoketa Caves State Park which has more caves than any other state park in Iowa. Now grab your flashlight and get out there. 

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota 

Massive sculpture carved into the side of a mountain. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are 60 ft high and are a sight to see. 

Spirit of Peoria – Peoria, Illinois

Get a chance to take one of the nation’s only overnight paddleboat tours. 

Field of Dreams – Dyersville, Iowa

Baseball field from the movie.

Henry Doorly Zoo – Omaha, Nebraska

Henry Doorly Zoo is considered the largest zoo in the world in terms of acreage and species numbers. Other zoos have more acreage or more species but none have both. 

Here you will find the world’s largest indoor swamp and desert. 17,000 animals of 962 species call Henry Doorly Zoo home. You might want to call it home too after your visit. 

Bismarck, North Dakota

When in Bismarck check out the State Capitol, Dakota Zoo, North Dakota Heritage Center, and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. 

Let us know what you think of the North Dakota State Capitol building? Do you think more states should have a capital like there’s?

Route 66 Association of Illinois – Pontiac, Illinois

Most people have heard of Route 66. Well, stop by to learn about this amazing old highway that crossed through eight states. 

Cantwell Cliffs – Rockbridge, Ohio

If hiking is your thing you will love Cantwell Cliffs which is known for its deep valleys, rock shelter, and high cliffs. 

St. Louis, Missouri 

St Louis is known as the gateway to the west so that means you have to visit the famous Gateway Arch. However, there is still more to see like the Botanical Garden or the St. Louis Zoo. 

Detroit, Michigan 

The Motor City might not be what it once was but that doesn’t mean you should skip a visit here. Visit the 130-year-old Detroit Institute of Arts or spend the day exploring Belle Isle. Of course, a visit to Detroit wouldn’t be the same if you missed out on a visit to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. 

If it wasn’t for Henry Ford the American Auto industry might not be the same as it is today. 

Museum of World Treasures – Wichita, Kansas 

See Egyptian mummies, a real shrunken head, a section of the Berlin Wall and so much more. 

Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio 

Visit the second oldest amusement park in the United States. 

World’s Largest Toy Museum – Branson, Missouri

They have a collection of over 1 million toys. Everything from lunch boxes to Barbie and tin toys to pull toys. Your mind will be blown by this amazing collection. 

Badlands National Park, South Dakota 

Follow the Fossil Exhibit Trail to see fossils uncovered in the park or hop in the car and travel Highway 240 to see some amazing scenery. 

Frankenmuth, Michigan

If you were traveling by car and fell asleep to find yourself waking up in Frankenmuth. You’d think you were transported to Germany. However, you would be wrong, you are just in Michigan. 

Garden of the Gods – Herod, Illinois

Located within the Shawnee National Forest is one of the most photographed locations in Illinois. The extraordinary view will leave you speechless. 

Hill City, South Dakota

When in Hill City, South Dakota pay a visit to the State Railroad Museum or the Teddy Bear Museum before you head out to see Mount Rushmore. 

Carhenge – Alliance, Nebraska

Sometimes you do things just because. Carhenge is one of those times.

Bridges of Madison County, Iowa

Take a drive to visit all six covered bridges of Madison County. 

South West

The South West consists of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. 

Phoenix, Arizona

This city in the desert has a lot more to offer than just sand and heat. Check out the Desert Botanic Garden or the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting. 

Big Bend National Park, Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas and you can see they are not lying when it comes to Big Bend National Park. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Close your eyes and picture the Southwest. The buildings you are picturing in your head. Well, there is a good chance they are in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This city is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture. 

USS Lexington – Corpus Christi, Texas

The Blue Ghost as the USS Lexington was known during WWII is an aircraft carrier that served in WWII and had the longest service life of any of the Essex-class ships built. 

Grand Canyon, Arizona 

The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited places on earth. After one visit you will understand why. 

Roswell, New Mexico

Did a UFO crash here in 1947? We may never know. 

Austin, Texas

One popular thing to do in Austin, Texas is visiting one of the over 1,000 food trucks. You can find taco, bbq, tex mex, and more on these amazing food trucks. All you have to do is follow your nose. 

Houston, Texas

You won’t have a problem in Houston as long as you pay a visit to the Space Center Houston. Here you can get an up-close look at the U.S. Space Program and I can promise you will hear at least one person say “Houston, we have a problem”. 

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

Here you will find many pueblos and plenty of chances to test out your photography skills.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area – Sulphur, Oklahoma

In this Oklahoma, Oasis loaded with streams, springs, and lakes you will find many different animal species and some peaceful hikes. 

Red Rocks of Sedona Arizona

The stunning scenery of Red Rock State Park will leave you wanting more. The red sandstone canyon outside of Sedona is a worthy visit for anyone traveling the southwestern United States. 

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas, RiverWalk, peaceful, scenic,

The San Antonio RiverWalk and the Alamo are just two of the things you can do while visiting this bustling Texas city. Six Flags and SeaWorld also call San Antonio home. 

Devil’s Waterhole – Burnet, Texas

Located in Inks Lake State Park, the Devil’s Waterhole is just a cool name for a popular swimming location. 

Tulsa, Oklahoma

2019s best new attraction, the Gathering Place can be found in Tulsa. For fans of American Indian legends or frontier lore, a stop at the Gilcrease Museum is a must. 

The Tulsa Zoo is another must-see when visiting this American city on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. 

Four Corners Monument, New Mexico

This is the place where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet. It is the only point in the US that is shared by four states.

Cadillac Ranch, Texas

Cadillac Ranch, Route 66 stop, graffiti, roadside attraction, road trip,

 At this roadside attraction off Route 66 in Texas, you will find 10 Cadillacs buried in the ground. 

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This is a geologic treasure that you have to see with your own eyes. 

West

The West consists of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Fourteen large volcanic islands and 55 smaller islands make up the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Here you will find some spectacular views of the Bering Sea and coastal Alaska. 

Napa Valley, California 

Napa valley, California, West Coast, Wine, Winery, grapes, United States,

If you are looking for some of the best wine in the country a stopover in Napa Valley is a must. This area is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. 

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park in Montana is a hiker’s paradise with over 700 miles of trails. Back in 2015, there were 26 named glaciers in the park today that number might be lower as the glaciers keep melting due to rising temperatures. 

Seattle, Washington

Space needle, Seattle, Washington, Mt Rainier,

Come for the Space Needle. Stay for the Museum of Pop Culture. 

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California, Desert,

2.8 Million people visit Joshua Tree National Park each year. See why people come out to this desert location every year.

HINT: it’s for the trees. 

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

What do you think you will find when you visit Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado? Flat prairie lands? Of course, you will find sand dunes. Lots and lots of sand dunes. 

Salt Flats, Utah

Bonneville, Salt Flats, Utah, West, Racing, car, speed records,

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah is a one-of-a-kind place. This is a great place to capture the rising or setting sun. 

Several speed records have been set at the Bonneville salt flats. 

Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

US Flag, Devil's Tower, Wyoming,

The Devil’s Tower stands 867 feet from base to summit. This is one of the most famous rock climbing locations in North America. 

Forestiere Underground Gardens – Fresno, California

For 40 years Baldasare Forestiere built these underground gardens in Fresno. It is considered one of Fresno, California’s hidden gems and within minutes you will understand why.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe, California, Nevada, scenic, mountains, snow covered, alpine lake, west coast, united states, North America

Lake Tahoe is a stunning location on the board of California and Nevada. It is the largest alpine lake in North America. 

Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park in the Pacific Northwest is a popular climbing spot for those who wish to get to the summit of Mt. Olympus. You don’t have to be a climber though to enjoy the beauty of this National Park in Washington State. 

Death Valley National Park, California 

Death Valley, California, sand, desert, road trip, mountains,

The lowest point in North America (282 feet below sea level) can be found at Death Valley National Park. Death Valley is also known for its extremes and is North America’s hottest and driest spot. 

Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska, North America, mountains, lake, trees, snow covered, scenic,

Not only is Denali National Park home to the tallest peak in North America this place covers over 6 million acres. You won’t be disappointed if you can make it here. 

Livingston, Montana

If planning a visit to Yellowstone National Park you should consider staying in Livingston, Montana. 

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Scenic, Utah, West, United States, amazing,

Known for its over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Arches National Park is a must-see for anyone who loves the odd things nature can do. 

Mammoth Lakes, California

Mammoth Lakes is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains and is a popular town to start your journey to the Devils Postpile National Monument (formation of basalt columns), a hike to Rainbow Falls, or skiing on Mammoth Mountain.

Solvang, California 

Known for its many wineries and Danish-style architecture. 

Jackson, Wyoming

From town, you can see the peaks of Grand Teton National Park and the massive Yellowstone National Park. Those two places make Jackson, Wyoming a place to stop and lay your head and relax. While you are relaxing visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art. 

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii, Garden Isle, Jurassic Park Films, Hollywood filming location, scenic,

Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai has been the backdrop of many Hollywood Films. 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

This massive (415 square miles) National Park spans the Continental Divide and is made up of epic views of the Rocky Mountains. 

Anchorage, Alaska 

Is there a better way to start your Alaskan adventure than starting off in the largest city in the state?

Mount Rainier, Washington 

active volcano, North America, Mt. Rainier, Washington, mountain, clouds, scenic,

Mount Rainier ascends 14,410 feet above sea level and is an active volcano. If you are brave enough take the 147-mile road trip around Mt. Rainier and see it from every angle. 

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California, Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Full House,

Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, a ride on a cable car. Some pretty amazing sites await you when you visit this Californian city. 

Denver, Colorado 

The Mile High City offers plenty of things for anyone to do. The Denver Botanic Gardens are a popular attraction to visit. A visit to the Molly Brown House is a must for any fan of the Titanic. Those that like things a bit more on the spooky side can take a ghost tour or just take a look around the artwork at the Airport. 

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Check out Island in the Sky for its beautiful panoramic overlooks at this National Park in southeastern Utah. Canyonlands is known for its desert landscape that has been carved out by the Colorado River. Another place to visit while in Canyonlands National Park would have to be the Needles or the Native American rock paintings at Horseshoe Canyon.

Las Vegas, Nevada 

Las Vegas, Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, Vegas Strip, New York New York Hotel, Paris Hotel and Casino,

Today Vegas is more than just gambling. Of course, you can still play a hand of Blackjack. Take a stroll down the strip or visit the neon graveyard. Don’t forget to pay a visit to old Vegas either. 

Glass Beach – Fort Bragg, California 

This state park in CA has an abundant amount of sea glass that has been created from years and years of people dumping garbage in an area north of the State Park. It is beautiful to see but also very sad. 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone holds the honor of being the first national park in the United States. This park is huge. It spans nearly 3,500 square miles and is home to alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs, canyons, and geysers. 

Yellowstone National Park is home to the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful. Usually, every 90 minutes Old Faithful will erupt. 

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho 

This weird landscape with its spectacular lava field gives you a vision as if you were on the moon. 

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

When a volcano collapsed the lake was formed. Many years later it is now a National Park for us all to enjoy. 

Area 51, Nevada

Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada, Area 51, UFOs,

There is nothing out here……..

Pacific Coast Highway- California 

One of the most scenic drives you can take in the world will take you ten hours to complete when you take your time and enjoy the sites around you. 

San Juan Islands, Washington

If you are looking for one of the best locations in the lower 48 to whale watch you will want to visit San Juan Islands in Washington State. Sailing, Hiking, and kayaking are also popular here. 

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

If you ever dreamed of seeing an active volcano. A visit to Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii is a must for you. Two volcanoes are active plus you can visit the Jaggar Museum and learn more about volcanology. 

Aspen, Colorado 

Is this the best place to ski? We don’t know but many people from around the world will tell you it’s the top spot in the US.

Yosemite National Park, California

snow covered, mountain, Yosemite National Park, California,

If you are a photographer you will want to visit Yosemite National Park. The famous photographer Ansel Adams took many renowned landscapes of the area. 

Even if you are not a photographer you will still be in awe of the landscapes this National Park offers. With its ancient sequoia trees and granite cliffs. 

Cody, Wyoming

rodeo, bull riding, cowboy,

The town was named after and founded by Colonel William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody. A re-created frontier town is nearby with 1800s cabins and saloon. Cody, Wyoming is also the only place that still holds nightly rodeos. 

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

In the Mojave Desert lies Red Rock Canyon, known for its red sandstone peaks. 

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah, State Capital Building,

You can’t visit Salt Lake City without seeing the Mormon Temple which is the most iconic landmark in the city. The Natural History Museum of Utah and a visit to the State Capitol should also be on your list of places to see. 

Disneyland and California Adventure- Anaheim, California

The theme park that started it all. 

Columbia River Gorge – Hood River, Oregon 

A wonderful scenic area in the Pacific Northwest.

Shoshone Falls – Twin Falls, Idaho

At 212 feet high it is taller than Niagara Falls in New York but Shoshone Falls is sometimes called the “Niagara of the West.”

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah, United States,

This National Park in southwest Utah offers a great scenic drive through the Zion Canyon. The views will leave you wanting more. 

Redwoods State Park, California

bear, water, stream, redwoods, California,

Home to the tallest trees on Earth. 

Mount St. Helens, Washington

Mount St. Helens, Volcano, erupted, Washington, west coast, crater, climbing,

On May 18th, 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted becoming the deadliest volcanic event in US history. Today the area is preserved but you can climb to the summit and it is a popular climbing destination for beginners.  

Hoover Dam, Nevada

Just a dam in the middle of the desert but it is still a sight to see. 

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 

Pearl Harbor, WWII, Surprise attack, Hawaii,

The place where America was brought into World War II when we were attacked by surprise by the Japanese. 

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 

Would you want to live on the side of a cliff? Well someone did. 

Big Sur, California

road trip, California, Big Sur, scenic, pacific coast highway,

When traveling along the pacific coast you will need someone to get out and stretch your legs. Big Sur is the perfect location for that. 

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, hotels, ocean, pacific, vibrant blue waters,

One of the most famous beaches in the world is Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. From the vibrant blue waters to the high rise hotels. Beauty can be seen all around you.


WOW! Just WOW! That was a long list. 200 Places to visit in the US. Major cities to smaller lesser known towns. Epic locations on both coasts and everywhere in between.

As you would guess it. This is still a small list when you consider how many great places their is to visit in every state. Each state was represented with at least ONE location.

Did we miss your favorite location to visit? Let us know in the comments down below. Like we said before this is our 200th article we posted on KozmoPhotos.com. It has been a great journey so far and can’t wait till we get to our next milestone (300 post).

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