New Jersey: Walk the strip
The Jersey Shore's iconic boardwalk is packed with rides, carnival games, and salt-water taffy. Rent a local beach house or book a room at a nearby motel. Beach games and fried Oreos await.
New Mexico: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Every October, more than 500 hot-air balloons ascend over Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the annual balloon festival. The balloons create a vibrant scene as they float up and away. In addition to the balloons, the festival offers live entertainment, concessions, and fireworks.
New York: Witness Niagara Falls
With approximately four million cubic feet of water and 173-foot drops, it's no wonder more than eight million travelers visit Niagara Falls each year. Visit on the weekend to see the falls illuminated, or on a Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday in summer for fireworks. Check out these facts about the world's most incredible waterfalls.
North Carolina: Visit the largest home in the country
For a healthy dose of quintessential Southern charm, head to the Bilmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. This 250-room residence is the largest privately owned home in the country, with more than four acres of floor space and 75 acres of formal gardens.
North Dakota: See the Medora Musical
The Medora Musical takes place every night in summer at the outdoors Burning Hills Amphitheater in Medora, North Dakota. The Western-style is dedicated to the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt and his love for the Dakota Badlands.
Ohio: Walk the halls of fame
Oklahoma: Drive this historic route
Get your kicks on Oklahoma's 400-mile stretch of Route 66. On your ride, you'll pass historic towns, retro diners, and hundred of roadside attractions. Stop at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton to learn more about America's most-famous road. Check out these haunting pictures of Route 66 ghost towns.
Oregon: Experience Crater Lake
Visit Oregon's Crater Lake, the deepest lake in America (1,949 feet) and the seventh-deepest lake in the world. The national park is home one of the most untouched bodies of water in existence and has a visibility depth of 134 feet. Ride a bike or drive around its rim, take a fishing or bike tour, or just learn more about the lake's fascinating science at the visitor's center.
Pennsylvania: Smell the (wild) flowers
Pennsylvania's Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is home to nearly 800 plants and trees that are native to the state and includes more than two and a half miles of trails through the blossoms. Visit in the spring and summer months to see the most variety in flowers.
Rhode Island: Have a drink at America's oldest bar
The White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, is said to be the oldest bar in America. The bar was built in 1652 and was a regular haunt for colonists, British soldiers, Hessian mercenaries, pirates, sailors, and founding fathers.