As I said in Part One of this feature, as an avid traveler, the list of places I want to go is probably five times as long as the list of places where I have been. To help me tick some places off the former, I’m taking a hint from 20 US Places to See Before You Die by Fodor’s Travel.
Here are several more to whet your travel appetite:
Portland Head Light
I have always wanted to visit Maine and now I have another viewpoint, pardon the pun, from which to enjoy it thanks to Fodor’s: “George Washington commissioned the Portland Head Light in 1790 to tower over the keeper’s quarters in Fort Williams Park and beckon ships to land. …It’s a truly beautiful and classic lighthouse, with its smooth white stone topped by a black spire against the blazing red roof of the keeper’s quarters, all perched on the romantic cliffs of Maine.” www.portlandheadlight.com
It has been many years since I have been to Taos, which really lives up to the state moniker, The Land of Enchantment. I agree with Fodor’s when they said, “As though frozen in time, Taos Pueblo today appears much as it did when the first Spanish explorers arrived in New Mexico in 1540, and inside, the traditional Native American way of life endures.” www.taospueblo.com
Las Vegas Sign
Of the sign Fodor’s says, “A trip to the strip can’t end without a picture in front of this kitschy, 50’s-style sign. The flashy, diamond-shaped testament to the Vegas spirit is an American icon in primary colors, welcoming all to their quest through the city’s hedonistic streets.” www.lasvegas.com/listing/welcome-to-fabulous-las-vegas-sign/12716/
Grand Central Station
Of all of the historic stations in the country, Grand Central Station is one of the best. But most people might not know that before it was at its current location, its predecessor was called the New York and Harlem Railroad Station, bounded by 4th and Madison Avenues and 26th and 27th Streets and built in 1831. www.grandcentralterminal.com
What more could you say about Times Square, the focal point of the world on New Year’s Eve and a 24/7 melting pot of visitors and cultures from around the world? www.timessquarenyc.org/index.aspx
Philadelphia City Hall
Fodor’s says the City of Brotherly Love also deserves some love for its City Hall, which is reportedly the largest city hall in the country and the tallest masonry-bearing building in the world. www.visitphilly.com/history/philadelphia/city-hall
Mount Rushmore has always been on my list and the beauty of the Black Hills with the mugs of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt will continue to beckon me until I see them “in person.” www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
While lots of memorials get a lot of the DC love, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial isn’t usually one of them, and it should, in large part due to the stone materials and statuary elements used to construct this architectural masterpiece. www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm
Pike Place Market
Any true foodie absolutely must put Pike Place Market, established in 1907 and part of the nine-acre Market Historic District overlooking Elliott Bay in Seattle, on their must visit—and eat—list. www.pikeplacemarket.org
Grand Teton National Park
I’ve seen the stunning photographs and heard the amazing stories of this national treasure that was originally set aside by an act of Congress in 1929. www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm
Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone is on my “Really Want to go Back” List and this time I’ll be sure to check out the Grand Prismatic Spring, the park’s largest hot spring measuring an estimated 370 feet in diameter and over 121 feet deep.
To start at Part One click here.