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Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 10:19 am

In Sunday's Dallas Morning News, the Travel Section had a list of the top 225 things to see and do in the USA. Don't hesitate to add more.
1. From the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado look over the fruited plain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful."

2. Cheer when the winner flashes past the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500, a premier event in auto racing since 1911.

3. Moon walk on Earth at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, where early astronauts trained for lunar hikes.

4. Learn how immigrants shaped America at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City and Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay.

5. See dawn's early light at Haleakala volcano – "The House of the Sun" – on Maui. Then ride a mountain bicycle 38 miles down its flank to the coast.

6. Learn about the heroic Navajo Code Talkers of World War II at the Burger King restaurant in Kayenta, Ariz.

7. Before you add cranberries to your next dollop of Thanksgiving dressing, find out the source of the sauce at Cranberry World Visitors Center in Plymouth, Mass.

8. Giddyup to Elko, Nev., for the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and sample the rhyme and reasons of the saddle life.

9. Visit the new museums in the renovated St. Louis Arch, the gateway to the West.

10. Watch the skies sparkle at Walt Disney World's nightly fireworks extravaganza in Orlando, Fla.

11. Salute a quartet of presidents at Mount Rushmore, the presidential monument in South Dakota.

12. Fly-fish for bronze-colored brown trout in fall on Montana's Madison River.

13. Walk the neon wonderland of the Strip in Las Vegas. There's no place like it in the world.

14. Visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and hail America's game.

15. Go "sledding" in summer. Ride a square of cardboard down a tall dune at White Sands National Monument, N.M.

16. Be amazed at Americans' creativity. Shop the Smithsonian's annual crafts exhibit and sale at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

17. Savor a steak in Omaha, Neb.

18. Visit an entry station at our northern or southern border, and be grateful for good neighbors.

19. Immerse yourself in classical music at Spoleto Festival USA, the nation's only arts festival hosted by an entire city (Charleston, S.C.).

20. See nature's power to destroy and create at Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington State.

21. Pack a bag and tour your own home town. Visit all the attractions you haven't had time to see before.

22. Go to 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., and remember the young girls killed in a bombing there during the fight for civil rights.

23. See where America's wheels come from. Tour the GM Truck and Bus Assembly Plant in Flint, Mich.

24. Spoon up clam chowder in Boston.

25. Feel the beat of modern life at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

26. Catch beads thrown from floats in a Mardi Gras parade at New Orleans.

27. Reach historic heights at the American Indian "sky city" of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

28. Pay your respects to veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. They paid for our freedom.

29. Rent a fire tower in a national forest for a memorable night in the woods (

30. At least try poi at a luau in Hawaii.

31. Attend at least three shows in Branson before forming any opinion about this Missouri entertainment mecca.

32. In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, be dazzled by the colors of a green jay, a bird generally found nowhere else in the nation.

33. Enjoy the Alaska Marine Highway by taking a ferry on a long scenic trip north from Bellingham, Wash.

34. Pedal 500 miles of heartland in Iowa as one of the 8,500 participants in RAGBRAI, the nation's largest bicycle ride.

35. At St. Augustine, Fla., walk where Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed in 1513 to search for the mythical Fountain of Youth.

36. Watch the northern lights flicker over Fairbanks, Alaska.

37. Shed a tear at Dallas' Sixth Floor Museum, documenting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

38. Attend a storytelling festival and hear tales from the melting pot that forged America.

39. Wide open spaces? Savor them along U.S. Highway 50 in Nevada, the "Loneliest Road in America."

40. Hail the King at Graceland, the late Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tenn., and at his birthplace in Tupelo, Miss.

41. Let memory soar with the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hill, N.C., where in 1903 they made the world's first powered flight.

42. Get to know Native American artisans as they sell their silver jewelry on the plaza in Santa Fe, N.M.

43. Sit in the public gallery and watch lawmakers at work in Washington or Austin.

44. Aim high. Study up for visits to the nation's oldest universities: Harvard (1636), College of William & Mary (1693) and Yale (1701).

45. Dig for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro, Ark. Keep any you find.

46. Explore your roots at the Family History Library of genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah.

47. Drive the 42 bridges that link the Overseas Highway down to Key West, Fla.

48. Relax in hot water along Historic Bath House Row in Hot Springs, Ark.

49. Duck while they throw salmon over your head at Pike Street Market in Seattle.

50. A nation united remembers its catastrophic split at Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C., where the first shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861.

51. Tour the gilded-age mansions of Newport, R.I. So this is what life was like before income taxes.

52. Feel the blues at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss. Then visit one of the many clubs in town to hear the real thing.

53. Breathe in the fragrance of roses at the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif.

54. Track pioneers' routes at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument near Kearney, Neb., commemorating westward expansion.

55. Cheer on a local team at a Friday-night high school football game.

56. Visit the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans and learn what teamwork can achieve.

57. Strap on athletic shoes and run in the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest and most famous footrace. Or sit back and feel the runners' pain.

58. Sip a mint julep while watching the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.

59. Watch bats – the official flying mammal of Texas – take off from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin most evenings from March through October.

60. Get a better understanding of your favorite breakfast food at Kellogg's Cereal City USA, in Battle Creek, Mich.

61. Stand at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco. Wear flowers in your hair, if you're so inclined.

62. Listen to whopping fish tales of world records at the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.

63. Sing "low bridge, everybody down" on a cruise of the Erie Canal in New York State.

64. See the nation's largest buffalo herd in Custer State Park in South Dakota.

65. Stare down gargoyles at the National Cathedral in Washington. Yes, that's Darth Vader looking down at you.

66. Spend a Sunday morning at Jimmy Carter's church in Plains, Ga. If the former president is in town, he may lead Bible study.

67. Remember who came first at The Green in Dover, Del. It was in a tavern here in 1787 that Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the nation's first state.

68. Honor Texas patriots at the Alamo in San Antonio.

69. Soak in America from the window of a train on a cross-country Amtrak journey. Or zoom along the Eastern seaboard on new high-speed service.

70. Tour the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, Calif., where countless movie memories were born. Come back in the evening to watch a television taping.

71. Hit a high note with Chinese opera while cruising the Asian cultures exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

72. Wander the empty fields of Gettysburg, Pa., and envision the carnage of the Civil War.

73. Watch winter's big waves on Oahu's North Shore in person or via surf cam at

74. Visit a site on the Underground Railroad. The Milton House in Milton, Wis., is typical of many that sheltered slaves as they escaped to freedom.

75. Bring plenty of water for a trip to Death Valley National Park, the lowest point on the Western Hemisphere.

76. Meet the native Texas wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

77. Take a walking tour of Oak Park, Ill., home to the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright houses.

78. Venture out of the big city and find a minor-league baseball game. Enjoy small-town atmosphere, silly mascots and intimate setting for about the cost of parking at a major league stadium.

79. Get wet on a white-water raft trip on the Snake River in Idaho.

80. Reflect on the 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing at the city's memorial.

81. At the Elwood Haynes Museum in Kokomo, Ind., learn about the inventor of the first clutch-driven automobile with electric ignition.

82. Be filled with wonder at the gathering of hundreds of thousands of migrating sandhill cranes resting along the Platte River near Grand Island, Neb.

83. Order a latte at the original Starbucks, opened in 1971 in Seattle (1912 Pike Place).

84. Go on a pottery quest in New Mexico and Arizona to see the gleaming black artworks by San Ildefonso Pueblo's Maria Martinez. She's considered one of the most influential Native American potters who ever lived.

85. See a musical on Broadway.

86. Visit the Topaz Relocation Camp Site, near Delta, Utah, one of the 10 former camps used by the U.S. government to intern people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

87. Tour the art deco Hoover Dam that holds back 9.2trillion gallons of water in Lake Mead in Nevada, America's largest manmade reservoir.

88. Open your eyes to frontier America depicted in vibrant canvases at the Whitney Gallery at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.

89. Spread a red-checkered cloth and eat fresh lobster at a picnic on a New England beach.

90. Hunt for dinosaur tracks in the shallow Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas.

91. Dip a warm beignet in coffee with chicory at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans' French Quarter.

92. Search for signs of intelligent life in the universe at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va.

93. Dance in the breeze on a beach in San Diego, the city with the nation's most pleasant weather, according to meteorologists.

94. Be amazed by Thomas Jefferson's genuis while touring Monticello near Charlottesville, Va. The founding father was an inventor and architect as well as a patriot.

95. Ride on the wild side aboard steel roller coasters: the fastest, Millennium Force, at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; the steepest drop, HyperSonic XLC, Paramount's Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va.; the longest, California Screamin', Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim.

96. Hear rivers of ice roar at Alaska's Glacier Bay National Monument.

97. Saber-toothed tigers, mammoths and wolves in downtown Los Angeles? Yes, indeed. See fossils retrieved from the bubbling La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Boulevard that prove it.

98. It's no palace, but a "Duke" was born there. Tour actor John Wayne's birthplace in Winterset, Iowa.

99. Pass the cheese, please, in Tillamook, Ore., a Western contender for Wisconsin's cheesemaking fame.

100. Stars and stripes forever! Watch conservators work on the original Star Spangled Banner, undergoing preservation at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History until next year.

101. Walk the now-peaceful hills and get both sides of the story at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument near Crow Agency, Mont., where Seventh Cavalry troopers were defeated by Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors.

102. Eat at a diner along the historic "Mother Road," Route 66 between Chicago and Santa Monica, Calif.

103. Delight in the "Kiss"-shaped streetlights and inhale the chocolate-scented air in Hershey, Pa.

104. Bicycle the carriage roads through Maine's Acadia National Park.
105. Hike the Gold Rush trails at Skagway, Alaska.

106. Gasp at the world's largest trees (26-stories-plus) in Sequoia National Park, Calif.

107. Celebrate America's freedom in Independence Square in Philadelphia, the town where independence was proclaimed.

108. Sing the praises of Tom Sawyer in Hannibal, Mo. – a town devoted to everything Twain.

109. See an amazing collection of gems and dinosaur bones at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology near Rapid City.

110. Would Adam and Eve recognize the Garden of Eden at Lucas, Kan.? One man's depictions of Bible stories and political bad guys in concrete are everyone's eye-catcher.

111. Meet the characters in Talkeetna, Alaska, the town that inspired television's Northern Exposure.

112. Lace up your hiking boots and follow the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Mine on trails in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix, Ariz.

113. Find the garage in Palo Alto, Calif., where Bill Hewlett and David Packard started their computer firm – and Silicon Valley. It's marked with a California historical marker.

114. Trace the Natchez Trace – one of the nation's most beautiful drives – from Nashville, Tenn., to Natchez, Miss.

115. Walk the River Walk in San Antonio on a cool fall evening.

116. Strike a classic tourist pose and touch four states at once – Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico – at Four Corners.

117. Honor union organizer Cesar Chavez by visiting his bronze statue in Sacramento, Calif.

118. Find your way to Chincoteague, Va., in late July and watch the annual roundup of wild ponies swim to the island for an annual auction.

119. Look out, Branson. Tap your toe to country music and bluegrass at the Carolina Opry and Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

120. Let the stone monoliths rock you at spectacular Cannon Beach on the northern Pacific coast of Oregon.

121. You're a good man, Charles Shultz. Pay your respects at a bronze Snoopy in Santa Rosa, Calif., site of a museum dedicated to the beloved "Peanuts" cartoonist, which opens in spring 2002.

122. Make your best guess. What are those mysterious lights outside Marfa, Texas? If you figure it out, tell the folks in Brown Mountain, N.C., which boasts of a similar phenomenon.

123. Stroll the brick-lined streets of Annapolis, Md., and tour the U.S. Naval Academy.

124. Be the ultimate tourist. Buy a map of the stars' homes in Los Angeles and find them all.

125. Marvel at 1,000 tropical butterflies representing 50 species at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, the largest glass-enclosed tropical conservatory, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

126. Listen! The hills are alive with the sound of music during summer concerts at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. Movie heroine Maria von Trapp and her family settled here after fleeing the Nazis in Austria.

127. Sand dunes and prairie meet in the splendid open space of western Nebraska's Sandhills region. Plants and birds thrive in what some might consider emptiness.

128. Drive U.S. Highway 101 between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

129. Hike in Franklin Mountain State Park in El Paso – the nation's largest state park within city limits. It encompasses an entire Chihuahuan Desert mountain range.

130. Venture back to Colonial times in Virginia, and be thankful for the Rockefeller philanthropy that made it possible, at Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area. Have a bowl of peanut soup at King's Arm Tavern, which opened for business in 1772.

131. Feast your eyes on Los Angeles' 1,000 public murals, inspired by such Latino artists as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

132. Visit Edgar Allen Poe's grave in the old Burying Ground of Westminster Church, in Baltimore, Md. If you go on his birthday, Jan. 19, you probably will find a rose and half a glass of cognac left by an unknown mourner.

133. Read the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's own hand. The Library of Congress has two copies. Others are at the Illinois State Historical Library at Springfield, Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and in the Lincoln Room of the White House.

134. Order a plate of red beans and rice in Lafayette, La., cher.

135. Go to extremes at the weather observatory atop New Hampshire's Mount Washington, where the world's highest recorded wind speed – 231mph – was clocked in 1934.

136. Tour Columbus, Ind., one of the top cities for U.S. architecture. The town has more than 50 buildings designed by leading architects.

137. Swagger through the gates of the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., home of the West's most famous gunfight.

138. Some things, you can count on: Watch Old Faithful erupt every 67 minutes at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, the world's first national park.

139. Shop till you drop at the world's largest shopping emporium, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

140. Visit the theme park named for a country music celebrity: Dolly Parton's Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

141. Feed the pigeons in New York City's Central Park.

142. Even if you don't make a mint, you can watch one at work on U.S. Mint tours in Philadelphia and Denver.

143. Beam at the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina. Imagine trying to move it 2,900 feet as a crew did in 1999.

144. Gasp at vegetables grown to super size under the midnight sun at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

145. Enjoy the world's best barbecue in Texas. Or is it Kansas City? Kentucky? Tennessee? Alabama? North Carolina? Sample them all, and then decide.

146. Try a soft-shoe tap dance at the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Monument in Richmond, Va. A few blocks away, Monument Avenue honors Civil War generals and tennis star Arthur Ashe.

147. Drive through New England in autumn to see the vibrant colors of fall foliage.

148. Be awestruck at Utah's great national parks. Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce have a continent's worth of beauty packed into one state.

149. See where the father of our country slept in Mount Vernon. Walk around the grounds and see how his slaves lived, too.

150. Track down the mysterious Harry Houdini at a museum devoted to his memory in Scranton, Pa.

151. Watch an artisan hand-roll a cigar in Tampa's Ybor City. Have a Cuban sandwich and cafe con leche at a neighborhood diner.

152. There's no place like home. In Liberal, Kan., see a re-creation of the house from which Dorothy was whisked away to Oz.

153. Visit the congressional bomb shelter at The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. During the Cold War, this is where government was to be run in case of nuclear war.

154. Catch an act at the Stone Pony nightclub in Asbury Park, N.J., where Bruce Springsteen spent his early days.

155. Explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which offers 1,200 miles of paddling trails and a large bald eagle nesting area.

156. Step into the South of author William Faulkner at his home in Oxford, Miss., a town reflected in many of his novels.

157. Go shelling on Florida's Sanibel Island.
158. Admire the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park, N.J. Head over to Manhattan and take a ferry to the famous lady.

159. Drive the peaceful streets of Levittown, N.Y. – our nation's suburb prototype.

160. Retrace the path of pioneers on the Wilderness Road through Cumberland Gap, where Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky meet.

161. Toss a disc in Bridgeport, Conn., once home of the Frisbie Baking Co. Its tins inspired the soaring toy.

162. See where Capt. William Clark signed his name on Pompeys Pillar in Montana, evidence of the Lewis and Clark expedition. And remember Indian guide Sacagawea who led them there.

163. Pay homage to Barbie, Silly Putty and the Hula Hoop at the National Toy Hall of Fame in Salem, Ore.

164. Drive the stunning 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun-Road through Glacier National Park, Mont.

165. Dream of a life at sea at Mystic Seaport, Conn., the nation's leading maritime museum.

166. Explore the seven quaint villages with 400 buildings in the Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark in Iowa. The colonies were settled by German-speaking settlers about 150 years ago.

167. Ride a streetcar named Desire through New Orleans.

168. See what miners' life was like in the re-created coal mining camp at Big South Fork, Ky.

169. Admire the courage of Rosa Parks at a museum and library in Montgomery, Ala., honoring the civil rights pioneer.

170. Look closely at the "Sistine Chapel" of rock art in Hueco Tanks state park near El Paso.

171. Go abroad without going abroad. Visit our territories, starting with the biggest: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands.

172. Are you reading by light bulb? Thank Thomas Edison. His laboratory is preserved in West Orange, N.J.

173. Take a wild ride down West Virginia's New River Gorge rapids, which rival the Colorado River for thrills.

174. Honor those who serve and protect. Pay your respects at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Miami, a memorial to nearly 7,000 officers killed in the line of duty.

175. Admire the nation's largest collection of Victorian homes at scenic Cape May, N.J.

176. Take a tasty tour through the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory in Waterbury, Vt.

177. Explore the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

178. Take a slow drive by Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo. What was Stanley Marsh 3 thinking?

179. See the history of photography – captured in more than 400,000 images – at the George Eastman House International Museum in Rochester, N.Y.

180. Visit the ill-fated Apollo 13 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Remember the ingenuity of Mission Control, which brought the astronauts back to Earth safely.

181. Plod a course for the bottom of the Grand Canyon atop a sure-footed mule.

182. L.L. Bean – a man, a shoe and a merchandising empire. Shop 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Bean's home store in Freeport, Me.

183. See cultures preserved at Red Earth, a three-day Native American festival each June in Oklahoma City.

184. Take in the glory of nature (and the power of mass tourism) with a visit to Niagara Falls, N.Y. Sneak over to the Canadian side, where the view is nice, too.

185. Toast Waylon, Willie and the boys with a longneck in Luckenbach, Texas.

186. Take in the spectacle of Mitchell, S.D.'s, Corn Palace, a building covered with murals made from corn.

187. Ride a paddle-wheel steamer on the mighty Mississippi River.

188. Consider the sacrifice of the 58,226 whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

189. Have a close encounter of the parks kind in Wyoming at Devil's Tower National Monument, the nation's first national monument (1906).

190. Admire one of the nation's largest sculpture collections at the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, S.C.

191. Take a covered-wagon ride through the Flint Hills of central Kansas, where the electric blue sky meets the golden prairie.

192. Celebrate the improbable: Attend a World Famous Mermaid Show at Weeki Wachee Springs west of Ocala, Fla.

193. Wrap yourself in yesteryear's crafts, music and stories at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark.

194. Leave the driving to Carl Wickman and Andrew "Bus Andy" Anderson, remembered at the Greyhound Bus Origin Center in Hibbing, Minn., as the men who, in 1914, started the first intercity bus line.

195. Names are the same. Fames aren't. Explore Beaufort ( BEW-fort), S.C., where Forrest Gump was filmed. Then head for the fishing village of Beaufort (BOW-furt), N.C., known for mouthwatering fried oysters.

196. Hum a ragtime tune at the Scott Joplin House in St. Louis, Mo.

197. Imagine other worlds at the UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, N.M.

198. Stroll the famous boardwalk of Atlantic City, N.J.

199. Cast an eagle eye on bird rescue at the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka.

200. Dream the dream of equality at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga. Make it a reality.

201. Delight in the antiques of Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. The original DuPont estate has been wowing visitors to the Brandywine Valley area near Wilmington, Del., for 50 years.

202. Explore Anazasi ruins throughout the Southwest. Good places to start are Mesa Verde, Colo., Chaco Canyon. N.M., and Canyon de Chelly, Ariz.

203. Walk in the footsteps of a king and queen in Honolulu at Iolani Palace, the nation's only royal residence.

204. Lock your lips around maple sugar candy in Vermont.

205. They built it, and baseball fans come in droves. Play catch at the Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa.

206. See the mansion in Bardstown, Ky., that inspired Stephen Foster's song, "Old Kentucky Home."

207. Drive the 17-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia's Tidewater area. Other great bridges to try: Brooklyn (New York), Golden Gate (California) and Mackinac (Michigan).

208. Consider poet Robert Frost's declaration that "good fences make good neighbors" as you stand beside the wall he kept mended at his farm in Derry, N.H.

209. Hear spurs jingle-jangle-jingle at Cheyenne Frontier Days and Rodeo. The "Daddy of 'em All" began celebrating the Western life in 1897.

210. Visit the statue of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who's remembered in an exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

211. Journey to Point Roberts, Wash. The geographic oddity is a U.S. peninsula that drivers can reach only by passing thorough Canada.

212. Spice up your life with a visit to the Tabasco factory in Avery Island, La.

213. Lasso a smile at the birthplace of famed American humorist Will Rogers in Claremore, Okla.

214. At the end of the day, drive to Chicago's Adler Planetarium, which sits on a peninsula in Lake Michigan. Turn around and watch the skyscrapers sparkle to life at dusk.

215. Stand at the geographic center of North America in Rugby, N.D.

216. Find your way to the National Survey Charthouse in Chester, Vt., a map-lover's paradise in operation since 1912.

217. Schuss the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho, America's first destination ski resort.

218. Spin through big top history at Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wis.

219. Attend a performance of The Miracle Worker in Tuscumbia, Ala., hometown of Helen Keller, who overcame deafness and blindness to inspire people with disabilities worldwide.

220. Remember Ohio's famous and unsung presidents. Visit the birthplaces of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding.

221. Take it easy on Block Island, a sleepy oasis of New England charm off Rhode Island's southern coast.

222. Explore the world's largest cave system at Mammoth Cave, Ky.

223. Feel the hogs' breath on a tour of the Harley-Davidson engine plant in Milwaukee, where inventors William Harley and Arthur Davidson built their first motorcycle in 1903.

224. How tall is a tall ship? Measure the masts of the barque Eagle when the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's training ship is in home port at New London, Conn.

225. George Washington soaked here. Dip into the old spa town of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 10:28 am

139. Shop till you drop at the world's largest shopping emporium, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

No, that is incorrect, the largest Mall in the world is the West Edmonton Mall, in Edminton, Alberta Canada.

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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 12:12 pm

Isn't the West Edmonton Mall is largest underground mall? I could be wrong, but i'm a huge Guinness Book of Records fan  Smile
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 12:20 pm


I am almost positive it is above ground. I think you might be thinking of another Mall in Monteral or somewhere else in Canada.
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 12:36 pm

226: Watch the sun rise over the ocean in cape canaveral florida and drive to tampa and watch the sun set over the water. (sounds weird but its kind of an interesting experience)
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 12:49 pm

227: See a baseball game at Yankee Stadium.

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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 12:49 pm

The West Edmonton Mall isn't, that I know of, underground. Parts of it are, as with all malls. The thing I like most - and I think everyone likes most - about it is the huge river down the middle. I saw a documentary on it once and they have submarine rides in there that go on little railroad track-like things and they have to send divers in all the time to keep the things from derailing.

Anyway... 226 sounds as good as any! Florida is an incredible place and I have done just that so don't think it's too strange Pendrilsaint!

Of the 225 listed, 8 involved Alaska... and for good reason.
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Mon Jul 02, 2001 12:57 pm

Somewhere I heard that it was the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Tue Jul 03, 2001 3:48 am

Top thing to do in the USA

1. Getting the hell outta there

(only kidding)

And yes The West Edmonton mall is listed as the largest shopping centre in the world. I just got back from there yesterday, they got huge ass amusment park, casino, and a lotta stores as well as a big waterpark all under one roof. By the way my hotel was also in WEM so i never even went outside much in Edmonton.
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Tue Jul 03, 2001 9:25 am

228: Watch a rocket launch from cape canaveral. (may have been mentioned in that but if it is Im sorry) Its just an awe inspiring sight=)
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Tue Jul 03, 2001 2:57 pm

Stonehenge replica near Goldendale, Washington and the Maryhill Museum just down the road. Car-henge in Nebraska. House of Mystery vortex near Gold Hill, Oregon.
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Wed Jul 04, 2001 5:38 am

The mall in Minneapolis is the biggest in the usa(I think). I think the biggest is in Edmonton. I might have seen the same documentary as 747-600X because I saw something about the river and the submarine that always gets off track.
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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Wed Jul 04, 2001 12:24 pm


Don't go out of your way to accomplish this. The Rock hall is very boring. I am a huge rock fan and I was bored to death. I know other people who eat rock and roll for breakfast and they said it was boring. It's poorly set up and the induction ceremony [the part that REALLY matters] is held in NY city.

Sorry if I offended anyone.

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RE: Top 225 Things To Do In USA

Sat Jul 07, 2001 7:58 pm

199475. Eat muffins and grow. A lot.

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