South Carolina: Watch a Civil War reenactment
As the state where the first battle of the Civil War took place, South Carolina takes its history seriously. Visit Aiken on February 26 to 27, 2017, for the largest war reenactment in the state. The festival includes battle reenactments, living history presentations, reproductions of medical facilities, an engineer and signal service, and civilian portrayals.
South Dakota: See Mount Rushmore
This 75-year-old National Monument should be on every American's bucket list. The sculpture, which depicts the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, is nestled into South Dakota's Black Hills. Read this incredible account of what it was like to build Mt. Rushmore.
Tennessee: Sing karaoke in Nashville
Grab your cowboy boots and walk in the footsteps (and sing from the microphones) of the thousands of country stars who have passed through Music City before you. If singing a country tune isn't your style, head to Tennessee's Lookout Mountain. On a clear day, seven states are visible from its peak.
Texas: Visit the State Fair of Texas
To understand the history, culture, and personality of the Lone Star state, visit its state fair. The 24-day extravaganza features food, rides, an auto show, and the annual college football game between Oklahoma and Texas.
Utah: Take a full-moon hike at Bryce Canyon
Twice a month, Bryce Canyon National Park holds free full-moon hikes. The skies are some of the clearest in the country. "It is not uncommon to have somebody from Las Vegas or Los Angeles in the middle of the program say something like, 'Oh darn, it is getting cloudy' and they point at the cloud. I tell them it's the Milky Way," Patrick Wiggins, NASA solar system ambassador to Utah, told the Salt Lake Tribune.
Vermont: Taste test this iconic sundae
Take the Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour in Waterbury, Vermont, and order the Vemonster Sundae. You're in for 20 scoops of ice cream, four bananas, three cookies, a brownie, hot fudge, walnuts, and an array of other toppings. Go hungry and bring friends!
Virginia: Connect with America's roots
Brush up on your American history in Virginia—arguably most influential of the 13 original colonies. The state is home to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and the Mount Vernon plantation, George Washington's stunning home on the Potomac River.
Washington: Get in the holiday spirit in this story town
The cozy town of Leavenworth, tucked into the side of the Cascade Mountains, might be the ultimate holiday getaway. The charming neighborhood is modeled after a German village and hosts a stunning Christmas Lighting Festival, as well as one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Germany.
West Virginia: Experience "Bridge Day"
On the third Saturday in October, the 876-foot tall New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County shuts down to traffic and turns into a launch point for more than 800 BASE jumpers. The event brings in nearly 80,000 spectators and hundred of vendor booths. What's more, the view of the gorge in late autumn is stunning.
Wisconsin: Tour the sea caves
Wisconsin's Apostle Island sea caves are accessible via kayak in the summer and by foot in winter (when the lake freeze over sufficiently). Visit in summer for a secluded paddle or winter for frozen waterfalls and icicles.