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The Best Free Tourist Attraction in Every State

Most of our 400 national parks and historic sites are free, and even the ones that aren't offer several free days during each year. And don't forget admission and tours are free at all our state capitol buildings. So, pull out a map and start planning to find out why America is the "Land of the Free" and the "Home of Happy Tourist."

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Massachusetts: Freedom Trail

When it comes to free things to do, Boston really takes the cake—or the cream pie. From walking the Freedom Trail to touring iconic American historical sites such as the USS Constitution, Paul Revere's House (it's $3 to get in but you can get the general picture by just stopping to gaze at the architecture), and Faneuil Hall, you can gain great knowledge about one of America's most historic cities.

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Michigan: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

The 3.5-mile RiverWalk run by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is a great (and free) tourist attraction to see the city's impressive skyline as you saunter, bike, or blade your way along the banks of the Detroit River. It has public art installations and activities you can join year-round. Ready to travel? Here's a bucket list idea from every state.

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Minnesota: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" (you can see all of them at no charge) offers visitors a wealth of experiences. The Minneapolis Institute of Art consistently ranks in the top ten of America's best museums and is free all the time.

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Mississippi: Natchez Trace Parkway

According to the National Park Service, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and thousands of years of North American history. Used by "American Indians, 'Kaintucks,' settlers, and future presidents," the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, you can drive, hike, cycle, or horseback ride through it.


Missouri: St. Louis Art Museum

The state is bracketed by free culture on both sides—The St. Louis Art Museum on the east and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City on the west.

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Montana: Drinking Horse Trail

In Big Sky Country, there are plenty of free ways to see the sights—some of the most beautiful in the world. Just outside Bozeman is the 2.4-mile Drinking Horse Trail that's family friendly and dog-friendly, too.

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Nebraska: Boys Town Hall of History

Omaha also offers lots of free opportunities including tours of the Boys Town Hall of History, the famed charity that inspired the movie Boys Town. In fact, you can see Spencer Tracy's Best Actor Oscar he won for portraying play founder Father Flanagan—a tourist attraction that is free of charge.

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Nevada: The Vegas Strip

It costs nothing to stroll the world famous Vegas Strip, which is home to some of the best people watching you'll ever see, nearly 24 hours a day. One extravaganza after another unfolds in every lobby and casino along the way.

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New Hampshire: Susan N. McLane Audubon Center

The Susan N. McLane Audubon Center in Concord offers year-round environmental education for all ages offering exhibits featuring live and endangered animals (including a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Screech Owl, and Barred Owls), picnic areas, several miles of hiking trails, and a Nature Store.


New Jersey: Princeton University

From strolls along the famed boardwalk in Atlantic City to a plethora of sandy beaches along the Jersey shore, New Jersey has plenty of free things to explore. Take tours of the campus at Princeton University, attended by Former First Lady Michelle Obama, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jimmy Stewart, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos among many other notable names.

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