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20 U.S. Places to See Before You Die

San Francisco - "The City by the Bay" - and its Golden Gate Bridge is are among the most beautiful places on earth.
Lysa Allman-Baldwin

As you might imagine, as a Travel Writer for over 19 years I have been to quite a few destinations in my time. However the list of places I want to go is probably five times as long, as there are just so many wonderful places, people, things, food, cultures and so forth that I want to experience.

So I am always taking tips from friends, browsing through travel magazines and books and watching TV travel shows looking for my next exciting sojourns. When I saw this article: 20 US Places to See Before You Die by Fodor’s Travel which publishes some of the best travel books and an online travel site (, I just knew I had to take a closer look.


Grand Canyon

Who can argue that a natural wonder one mile deep, 18 miles wide, 277 river miles long and averaging 8,000 feet above sea level, should not be on everyone’s must visit list? Ask any one of the estimated 5 million people who visit each year.


Big Sur

The landscape and scenery here are simply spectacular and are one of not the only must see places in the country, but in California in particular.

The Hollywood Sign

Fodor’s says it best: “It’d be tough to find an American sign so deeply ingrained in our collective cultural subconscious—the 50-foot, fluorescent white, appropriately, extravagant “Hollywood” sign has perched on Hollywood Hills since 1923…”

San Francisco

The City by the Bay is one of the most beautiful places on earth—hands down—from the soaring Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, to the iconic cable cars, distinctive Italian, Russian, Asian, African American, Gay and Lesbian and other neighborhoods, outstanding culinary scene, and some of the best art galleries and museums in the country.


Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Whether you are much into amusement parks or not, you might agree with Fodor’s when they say, “The whole scope of the American imagination is represented, from the futuristic Tomorrowland to the classic Fantasyland. It's a pixie-dusted retreat from reality that can't be missed, no matter your age.”

South Beach, Miami

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are not the only things that are hot here! The city offers a distinctive Latin vibe, beautiful beaches, amazing architecture, out of this world gastronomy, exciting nightlife, and a wealth of attractions for people from all ages and walks of life.


Millennium Park, Chicago

Millennium Park is just one of Chi Town’s popular tourist spots, and really like its own little city offering a wealth of things to see, do and experience year-round.


Fenway Park

Arguably America’s most iconic ballpark since it opened in 1912, Fenway Park, is as American as baseball, hot dogs and the pursuit of happiness itself.


The French Quarter

I have been to the Big Easy several times and each visit I gain a higher appreciation for the eclectic amalgamation of diverse history, stunning architecture, amazing cuisine, vivacious people and rich music heritage that underscores everything and every part of the city. Of the French Quarter Fodor’s says, “A spirit of resilient jubilance pervades the French Quarter, making it an American icon you must experience.”

We’ve got more “Bucket List” destinations to come!

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