*Note that most zoos and parks are not included because these can be found in every state. This list focuses on unique places to visit that can only be found within one or very few states’ borders. Also note that since I haven’t traveled to all fifty states yet, my suggestions are just what look nifty to me! But if I’ve been there personally, I’ll underline the spot so you know it’s tried and true.

 

Alabama:

Alabama Tourism Department- https://alabama.travel/places-to-go

Top 10 Places to Visit- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/alabama.php

Things to Do in Alabama- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Alabama/Things_To_Do-Alabama-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Space and Rocket Center, Civil Rights Museum, USS Alabama (not if you’re claustrophobic), Dauphin Island Sea Lab, or Waterville USA


Alaska:

Alaska State Department- https://www.travelalaska.com/

Must See in Alaska- https://www.alaska.org/advice/must-see-in-alaska

Top Attractions of Alaska- https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/alaska/feature_30001.html

My Suggestions? Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska SeaLife Center, Totem Heritage Center, and H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark


Arizona:

Arizona Tourism Department- https://www.arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit

Arizona Top 10 Attractions- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/arizona.php#.U4pJ83aiVSk

Places to See- https://www.placestoseeinarizona.com/

My Suggestions? Grand Canyon(duh!), Hoover Dam, Wutpatki National Monument, and Big Surf


Arkansas:

Arkansas Tourism Department- https://www.arkansas.com/

Must See Places- https://www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/mustsee/

Voted Top 10- https://www.inarkansas.com/25319/you-voted-top-10-places-to-visit-in-arkansas

My Suggestions? Arkansas Art Center, Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, Ozark Folk Center, and Eureka Spring Historical District


California:

K. Brown World of Travel- https://www.karenbrown.com/List_All_Sightseeing_Attractions/California/11/name/page_1.php

Visit California- https://www.visitcalifornia.com/Fun-Spots/

Top 10- https://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-california/

My Suggestions? SeaWorld, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Yosemite, Hurst Castle, and Alcatraz

 

Colorado:

Colorado Alive- https://www.colorado.com/attractions

Offbeat Attractions- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/co

55 Attractions- https://www.visitcos.com/55in5

My Suggestions? Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde, Molly Brown House, and the Wild Animal Sanctuary

 

Connecticut:

Connecticut Tourism- https://www.ctvisit.com/pressroom/article/connecticuts-top-attractions/20105

Visit Connecticut- https://www.visitconnecticut.com/attractions

Things to Do- https://gonewengland.about.com/od/connecticut/tp/Connecticut-Things-To-Do.htm

My Suggestions? Mystic Seaport, Mark Twain House, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Submarine Force Museum, and Gillet Castle

 

Delaware:

Delaware Tourism- https://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/history-heritage/

Oddities of Delaware- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/de

Top 10- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/delaware.php

My Suggestions? Dover International Speedway, Zwaanendael Museum, Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory, Jungle Jim’s, and Fenwick Island

 

Florida:

Tourist Florida- https://www.touristflorida.com/

Florida Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/fl

USA Today Top 10- https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/12/27/best-florida-attractions-10best-readers-choice-awards/4209243/

My Suggestions? Wakulla SpringsDisney World, Universal Studios, St. Augustine Historical District, Kennedy Space Center, Everglades, Florida Keys

 

Georgia:

Explore Georgia- https://www.exploregeorgia.org/things-to-do

Georgia Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ga

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Georgia/Things_To_Do-Georgia-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? World of Coca-Cola, MLK Jr. National Historial Site, Stone Mountain, Six Flags, Margaret Mitchell House, Rock City, Babyland General Hospital, and Tybee Island


Hawaii:  

Visit Hawaii- https://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/plan-a-trip/activities/attractions

Go Hawaii- https://www.gohawaii.com/big-island/guidebook/top-sights

Hawaii Activities-https://www.hawaiiactivities.com/

My Suggestions? Polynesian Cultural Center, all the volcanoes, Pearl Harbor, Road to Hana, snorkeling at Molokai,and Iolani Palace


Idaho:

Top 10- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/idaho.php

Idaho Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/id

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Idaho/Things_To_Do-Idaho-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Craters of the Moon National Monument, World Center for Birds of Prey, Shoshone Falls, Silverwood Theme Park, and Snakewood Stampede Rodeo


Illinois:

Illinois Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/il

Things to Do- https://www.enjoyillinois.com/thingstodo

Southern Illinois- https://southernmostillinois.com/places-to-visit/attractions/

My Suggestions? Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Lincoln Tomb, Lincoln Home, and Metropolis (Superman’s Home!)

 

Indiana:

Indiana Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/in

Top 10- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/indiana.php#.U4t7nXaiVSk

Indiana Tourism- https://www.in.gov/visitindiana/tripplanner/ThingsToDoSearch.aspx?&options=24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41

My Suggestions? Indy 500, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Holiday World, and Amish Acres


Iowa:

Iowa Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ia

Top 10- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/iowa.php#.U4t85naiVSk

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Iowa/Things_To_Do-Iowa-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Adventureland, Des Moines Botanical Gardens, Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk, Birthplace of John Wayne, Living History Farms, Field of Dream, Imaginarium, and Okoboji

 

Kansas:

Kansas Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ks

Things to Do- https://www.travelks.com/things-to-do/

Kansas Tourism- https://www.kansastravel.org/kansastravel.htm

My Suggestions? Museum of World Treasures, Dorothy’s Home, Brown vs. BoE Musuem, Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, and Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

 

Kentucky:

Kentucky Tourism- https://www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/explore_ky.aspx

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Kentucky/Things_To_Do-Kentucky-TG-C-1.html

Sites and Attractions- https://kentucky.gov/tourism/pages/sitesandattractions.aspx

My Suggestions? Churchill Downs, Mammoth Cave, Lost River, Mary Todd Lincoln House, Belle of Louisville

 

Louisiana:

Louisiana Attractions- https://www.louisianatravel.com/

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Louisiana/Things_To_Do-Louisiana-TG-C-1.html

10 Things for Families- https://blog.trekaroo.com/top-10-things-for-families-to-do-in-louisiana/

My Suggestions? French Quarter, WWII Museum, Audubon Butterfly Garden, Oak Alley Plantation, and Six Flags

 

Maine:

Visit Maine- www.visitmaine.com/

26 Maine Beauties- www.mainetoday.com/maine-travel/most-beautiful-places-in-maine/

Things to Do- www.seenewengland.com/see_maine.html

My Suggestions? Casco Bay, Old Port, Palace Playland, Fort Knox, Paul Bunyan Statue

 

Maryland:

Visit Maryland- www.visitmaryland.org

100 Best Places- https://www.baltimoresun.com/features/maryland-family/now/bal-100-best-places-to-take-the-kids-20130424,0,5295223.photogallery

Cool Places- https://www.dnr.state.md.us/cin/cool_places.asp

My Suggestions? Port Discovery, B&O Railroad Museum, Antietam Battlefield, Edgar Allen Poe House

 

Massachusetts:

90 Places- https://www.visit-massachusetts.com/90-great-things-to-do-in-massachusetts

Explore Massachusetts- https://www.massvacation.com/explore/

Activities and Attractions- https://www.centralmass.org/activities-attractions

My Suggestions? House of Seven Gables, Boston Harbor, Plimoth Plantation, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Salem

 

Michigan:

Michigan Attractions- https://www.michigan.org/attractions/

Michigan Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/mi

Things to Do- https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/michigan/activities

My Suggestions? Mackinac Island, John Ball Zoological Garden, Air Zoo, Heidleberg Project

 

Minnesota:

Explore Minnesota- https://www.exploreminnesota.com/things-to-do/

Minnesota Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/mn

Best Attractions- https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-tourist-attractions-in-minnesota-worth-the-hype/

My Suggestions? Mall of America, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Nickelodeon Universe, Cathedral of St. Paul

 

Mississippi:

Top Attractions- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/mississippi.php

Mississippi Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ms

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Mississippi/Things_To_Do-Mississippi-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Vicksburg Military Park, Eudora Welty House, Rowan Oak, River Falls Water Park, O’Keefe Museum of Art

 

Missouri:

Trip Ideas- https://www.visitmo.com/trip-ideas-in-missouri.aspx

Missouri Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/mo

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Missouri/Things_To_Do-Missouri-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Gateway Arch, City Museum, Silver Dollar City, Fantastic Caverns, Branson

 

Montana:

Places to Go- https://visitmt.com/Places_To_Go/

Visit Montana- https://www.discoveramerica.com/usa/states/montana.aspx

Top 10- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/montana.php

My Suggestions? Museum of Rockies, Moss Mansion, Yellowstone Art Museum, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Bozeman Pass, St. Helena

 

Nebraska:

Things to Do- https://www.visitnebraska.com/component/myplanner/intro

Nebraska Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ne

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Nebraska/Things_To_Do-Nebraska-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Joslyn Art Museum, Strategic Space Center, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Quilt Study Center, Joslyn Castle, Ashfall Fossil Beds, Pioneer Village

 

Nevada:

Places to Go- www.desertusa.com/placestogo/du_nevada.html

Travel Nevada- www.travelnevada.com/discover

Top 10- www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/nevada.php

My Suggestions? Hoover Dam, Atomic Testing Museum, Lost City Museum, Shark Reef at Mandala Bay, The Roller Coaster at New York, New York

 

New Hampshire:

101 Things to See- https://www.newhampshire.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/newhampshire05/110429473

Sightseeing- https://gonewengland.about.com/od/nhsightseeing/

New Hampshire Tourism- https://www.visit-newhampshire.com/

My Suggestions? Mount Washington, Santa’s Village, Story Land, Lost River Reservation, Ruggles Mine, Star Island

 

New Jersey:

New Jersey Tourism- www.visitnj.org/attractions

Places to Take Kids- www.njmomsguide.com/familyfun

Top 10- www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/newjersey.php

My Suggestions? Liberty Science Center, Casino Pier, Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children’s Garden, Ellis Island, Cape May, Storybook Land

 

New Mexico:

New Mexico Tourism- www.newmexico.org/

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/New_Mexico/Things_To_Do-New_Mexico-TG-C-1.html

Visit New Mexico- www.discoveramerica.com/usa/states/new-mexico.aspx

My Suggestions? Sandia Peak Tramway, Petroglyph National Monument, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque Biological Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Aztec Ruins, Blue Hole


New York:

Places to Go- https://www.iloveny.com/places-to-go/#.U5R-uHaiVSk

Interesting Places- https://www.mytravelguideposts.com/2010/09/interesting-places-to-visit-in-new-york.html

Overlooked in NYC- https://www.policymic.com/articles/48097/50-overlooked-but-beautiful-places-to-visit-in-new-york-city

My Suggestions? Central Park, Top of the RockNiagara Falls, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Coney Island, Museum of Play, The Cloisters


North Carolina:

North Carolina Tourism- www.visitnc.com/signature-attractions

North Carolina Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/nc

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/North_Carolina/Things_To_Do-North_Carolina-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Biltmore Estate, Carowinds, Wright Bros Memorial, Roanoke Island, Grandfather Mountain


North Dakota:

North Dakota Tourism- www.ndtourism.com/attractions

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/North_Dakota/Things_To_Do-North_Dakota-TG-C-1.html

North Dakota Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/nd

My Suggestions? Plains Art Museum, Bonanzaville USA, Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center


Ohio:

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Ohio/Things_To_Do-Ohio-TG-C-1.html

Ohio Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/oh

Travel Ohio- https://www.travelohio.com/

My Suggestions? Cedar Point, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kings Island, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Amish Country


Oklahoma:

Oklahoma Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ok

OKC- https://www.visitokc.com/things-to-do/

Oklahoma Attractions- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/oklahoma.php

My Suggestions? Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Frontierland, Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Foundation


Oregon:

Oregon Attractions- https://www.oregonattractions.org/

Oregon Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/or

Things to Do- https://www.stateoforegon.com/attractions.php

My Suggestions? Mount Hood, Sea Lion Caves, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Astoria Column, High Desert Museum

 

 

Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania Tourism- www.visitpa.com

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Pennsylvania/Things_To_Do-Pennsylvania-TG-C-1.html

Top 10- www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/pennsylvania.php

My Suggestions? Hershey Chocolate Factory, Liberty Bell, Gettysburg, Sesame Place,Valley Forge, Independence Hall

 

Rhode Island:

What to See- www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-see/

Rhode Island Tourism- www.visitri.com/

100 Things to Do- https://kidoinfo.com/ri/100-things-to-do-with-your-kids-in-rhode-island/

My Suggestions? WaterFire, NewPort Cliff Walk, Fort Adams, Castle Hill Light, Green Animals Topiary Garden

 

South Carolina:

Visit South Carolina- www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/southcarolina.php

South Carolina Tourism- www.discoversouthcarolina.com/

Top 20 Places- https://voices.yahoo.com/the-top-20-places-visit-south-carolina-8660665.html

My Suggestions? Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation, Myrtle Beach, Drayton Hall, Charleston Museum


South Dakota:

South Dakota Tourism- www.travelsd.com

South Dakota Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/sd

Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/South_Dakota/Things_To_Do-South_Dakota-MISC-BR-1.html

My Suggestions? Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Reptile Gardens, Falls Park, The Journey Museum and Gardens, Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns, Horse Thief Lake


Tennessee:

Tennessee Attractions- https://www.tnvacation.com/attractions/

Tennessee Oddities- https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/tn

Things to Do- https://www.vistarez.com/tennessee-thingstodo.aspx

My Suggestions? Cumberland Gap geocachingRock City/Ruby Falls, Graceland, ParthenonDollywood, Bell Witch Cave, Pigeon ForgeWhitwell Paperclips

 

Texas:

Places to Visit- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/texas.php

Texas Attractions- https://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/states/texas/places.html

Things to Do- https://www.allacrosstexas.com/texas-attractions.php

My Suggestions? The Alamo, San Antonio River Walk, Sixth Floor Museum, Bullock History Museum, Six Flags


Utah:

Utah Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/ut

Must See- www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/must-see/

Top 10- www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/utah.php

My Suggestions?­­ Salt Lake Temple, Thanksgiving Point, Lagoon, The Leonardo, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Sundance Film Festival, Skinwalker Ranch, Horseshoe Bend

 

Vermont:

Vermont Tourism- www.vtattractions.org/

Vermont Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/vt

Vermont Top 10- www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/vermont.php

My Suggestions? Lake Champlain, Billings Farm, Teddy Bear Factory

 

Virginia:

 Things to Do- www.virginia.org/ThingsToDo/

 Virginia Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/va

 Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Virginia/Things_To_Do-Virginia-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Mount Vernon, Busch Gardens, Arlington Cemetery, Historic Jamestowne, Luray Caverns, Washington D.C., Kings Dominion, Chesapeake Bay

 

Washington:

Places to Visit- scenicwa.com/listing/main/places-to-go

 Virtual Tourist- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Washington_State/Things_To_Do-Washington_State-TG-C-1.html

           Washington Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/wa

My Suggestions? Space Needle, Museum of Flight, Experience Music Project Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass

 

West Virginia:

West Virginia Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/wv

West Virginia Tourism- www.wvtourism.com/

West Virginia Oddities- https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/West_Virginia/Things_To_Do-West_Virginia-TG-C-1.html

My Suggestions? Clay Center, Harpers Ferry, Prickett’s Fort, Camden Park, The Greenbriar, Seneca Caverns

 

Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Oddities- www.roadsideamerica.com/location/wi

Wisconsin Tourism- www.travelwisconsin.com/

Attractions- https://www.travelwisconsin.com/article/entertainment-and-attractions/wisconsin-attractions-popular-favorites-and-hidden-gems

My Suggestions? Noah’s Ark Water Park, Cave of the Mound, Pabst Castle, Wizard Quest

 


Wyoming:

Wyoming Oddities-www.roadsideamerica.com/location/wy

Top 10- https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/wyoming.php

Things to Do- https://www.wyomingtourism.org/thingstodo

My Suggestions? Yellowstone, Buffalo Bill Center, Museum of Wildlife Art, Fort Laramie, Old Trail Town
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