Maryland: Go for a sail
What better place to go for a sail than in the sailing capital of the United States? Located in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, Maryland, has some of the best conditions in the country. Visit one of the city's many boat shows or book yourself on a leisurely sail around the Bay.
Massachusetts: Head to Halloweentown
In the days leading up to Halloween, Salem, Massachusetts, throws the ultimate bash. Venture to the spooky site of the Salem Witch Trials for parades, costume balls, historical tours, and haunted houses. These are mind-blowing facts you never knew about Halloween candy.
Michigan: Experience the Great Lakes
Visit the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse in Rogers City, Michigan, for beautiful views of Lake Huron. And don’t miss the century-old Joseph S. Fay shipwreck, which lays just a short trail walk from the lighthouse.
Minnesota: Ride a dogsled
Ely, Minnesota—the so-called sled dog capitol of the U.S.—is sure to ignite your inner adventurer. Bundle up and ride a dogsled across the unspoiled terrain. They'll even let you spend the night in the great outdoors if you're up for it.
Mississippi: Explore the river
Learn about the history of the Mississippi River at the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals. Each of the 32 painting tells the story of the city and its river.
Missouri: Celebrate this state's literary history
Each Fourth of July, Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, celebrates Tom Sawyer Day. The event is complete with a parade, frog jumping contest, and fence painting competition—a uniquely literary way to celebrate this American holiday and author.
Pay homage to Montana's ranching past by visiting the Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site, a living history ranch. Tours of the site are free and the place is maintained to look as similar to the way it would have in the 1800s as possible.
Nebraska: Become a bird watcher
About 80 percent of the world’s sandhill crane population descends upon Nebraska’s Platte River during the cranes’ spring migration. The natural event brings in thousands of bird watchers. Make yourself one of them for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Nevada: Valley of Fire State Park
Edwin Verin/ShutterstockExperience Nevada by visiting its oldest and largest state park. The name comes from the bright red sand dunes that look like they're on fire when the sun hits them. More beautiful than the color of the dunes are the Aztec Sandstone formations that form intricate arches and caves.
New Hampshire: Attitash Mountain
Go for a mile-long slide (the longest of its kind in North America!) through mountains and trees at Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, New Hampshire. The experience begins with a chairlift up the mountain and ends with a twisting and turning slide back down.