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The ONE Thing You Must Do In Each U.S. State

"If you could only tell a visitor to do ONE thing in your whole state, what would it be?"

We asked this question to ourselves, to our trusted friends, and to a whole bunch of HuffPost editors. We thought our comrades' answers would help us create the ultimate American travel guide.

But their suggestions -- from ice cream scoops to National Park hikes -- did much more than that. They reminded us that America is truly beautiful... every snow-capped, white-sand, deep-fried corner of it.
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We'll never be able to capture each state's huge array of awesomeness in a single post. But if you're looking to travel back to your American roots, this bucket list might be a good place to start.

ALABAMA
Go to space camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Aspiring astronauts ages 9 to 99 come to Huntsville for a chance to sleep in bunks, spin in the Multi-Axis Trainer, and handle a crisis on simulated intergalactic missions.

ALASKA
Hang with polar bears in their real home at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The villages of Kaktovik and Barrow, located on Alaska's 19 million-acre wildlife refuge, are especially spectacular spots to stay the night, meet a guide, and watch polar bears live wild and freely.

ARIZONA
Spend a night on the floor of the Grand Canyon

Yes, you could settle for a standard daytime walk around the rim. But that way, you wouldn't see Havasu Falls.
Recommended by Yasmine Hafiz, associate editor of Huffington Post Religion

ARKANSAS
Visit Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens

Nestled within 210 acres of flowers, streams and waterfalls is a sky-high (okay, six stories high) chapel made of pine beams and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. You can practically hear Mother Nature singing.

CALIFORNIA
Drive State Route 1 through Big Sur

Nothing is more California than a coastal road trip, and this one will take you past some of the most precious views on Earth. Stop at Nepenthe for sunset cocktails on cliffs over the water.
Recommended by Suzy Strutner, associate editor of Huffington Post Travel

COLORADO
Go sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park

If you thought Colorado's mountains were shreddable, wait till you speed down the tallest dunes in North America on a fiberglass board. Don't worry; you can usually still see snowcapped peaks in the background.
Recommended by Sebastian Murdock, associate editor of Huffington Post Crime & Weird News

CONNECTICUT
Order the white clam pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria

"Pepe's" is one of the oldest pizza joints in the country. It was Frank Pepe himself who invented apizza -- now a New Haven delicacy -- by subtracting mozzarella, adding oregano, and thinning the crust of the average slice. Pepe's white clam apizza has been called the best pizza in America.
Recommended by Yasmine Hafiz, associate editor of Huffington Post Religion

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Go paddle boating on the Tidal Basin

There's something about seeing D.C.'s biggest monuments from the water. On a warm spring day, you can paddle past the Jefferson Memorial and catch sun between the cherry trees.
Recommended by Emma Gray, senior editor of Huffington Post Women

DELAWARE
Walk the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Finally, a U.S. boardwalk that hasn't lost its vintage vibe. At precisely one mile long, your stroll will last the perfect amount of time to finish a Kohr Brothers cone. Stop at Arena's Deli for a sandwich if you're still hungry.
Recommended by Lisa Miller, associate editor of Huffington Post Travel

FLORIDA
Climb the Shark Valley tower

Take a tram tour or brave the humidity and bike around this zone of Everglades National Park. Halfway through, there's an observation tower you can climb-- it lets you realize, from above, just how many zillions of alligators have been lurking in the swamps all along.
Recommended by Julie Thomson, associate editor of Huffington Post Taste

GEORGIA
Eat at the Olde Pink House in Savannah

This refined Southern restaurant has played many roles as a residence, a bank and an army headquarters-- this is something James Habersham, the home's original owner, is apparently not happy about. Patrons have reportedly seen Mr. Habersham's ghost hanging around the bar... so take your spiked raspberry lemonade to go and walk along the Savannah River outside.
Recommended by Kate Palmer, Huffington Post national editor

HAWAII
Climb the Stairway to Heaven

Ok, we can't exactly promote this hike, since it's technically illegal. But the view is actually spectacular.

IDAHO
Drive Interstate 90 across the Panhandle

This fast, furious, 75-mile zoom across Idaho's top portion will remind you why driving is an American pastime. Stop in scenic Coeur d'Alene for a cold PBR.
Recommended by Chris Gentilviso, senior editor of Huffington Post Politics

ILLINOIS
Have a drink at the top of the Hancock Building

Whether it's the sunset hour or late at night, the best way to see Chicago is from a table at The Signature Lounge on the 95th floor... with an esquire martini in hand.

INDIANA
Try the tenderloin sandwich at Ivanhoes

This family-run restaurant in Upland has 100 shakes and sundaes to choose from. For a total Midwest experience, complement yours with thin-pounded, deep-fried pork loin on a hamburger bun. Mmm... tastes like country.

IOWA
Visit the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair

A dynasty of five master artists have sculpted the Butter Cow over the years... he's been a State Fair tradition since 1911. At 600 pounds, the Butter Cow could butter 19,200 slices of toast.
Recommended by Lisa Miller, associate editor of Huffington Post Travel

KANSAS
Sample the No. 6 Oatmeal Stout at Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

One day, Gerald Wyman's wife told him to please stop brewing beer in their kitchen. A few years later, Wyman had a charming-yet-modern storefront and a Gold World Beer Cup Award for his Oatmeal Stout.
Recommended by Lauren Zupkus, fellow with Huffington Post Entertainment

This photo of Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. is courtesy of TripAdvisor

KENTUCKY
Drive and drink (but don't drink and drive!) along the Bourbon Trail

This pre-planned route leads you past eight of Kentucky's distilleries, from Jim Beam to Maker's Mark. If you can't be trusted to operate a motor vehicle, hire a party bus.
Recommended by Kate Auletta, senior editor of Huffington Post Travel

LOUISIANA
Go to the French Quarter Festival

New Orleans's classic neighborhood hits its prime during this free three-day music festival every spring. It's also the best way to fit every local delicacy into your stomach at once: restaurants sell little sample-size plates at the "world's largest jazz brunch."

MAINE
Watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain

Most of the year, this is the first place the sun comes up in the whole United States. It's also the most famous hike in beautiful Acadia National Park.

MARYLAND
Crack a crab at Cantler's

You can drive your boat directly up to this "riverside inn," where they sort crabs in a wash basin right before your eyes. Accompany with LOTS of Old Bay seasoning.
Recommended by Christine Dalton, associate editor of Huffington Post Comedy

MASSACHUSETTS
Dance at The Beachcomber on Cape Cod

This rollicking, old-school dance bar is parked right on the beach in a former lifesaving station. After a few mudslide cocktails, the live reggae and rock will make you feel supercharged enough to sprint into the ocean.
Recommended by Herbie Ziskend, chief of staff at the Huffington Post

MICHIGAN
Visit the Shinola Store

Shinola is aiming to "reinvigorate the storied American brand" -- and reinvigorate Detroit in general -- by manufacturing quality watches, bikes and leather goods right in the heart of the city. At their hipster-licious storefront, you can shop for timepieces and watch the bicycle assembly line.


MINNESOTA
Canoe the Boundary Waters

There are over a thousand individual lakes in this slice of Superior National Forest. Many of them are only reachable if you paddle past majestic pine groves and hulking rock formations.

MISSISSIPPI
Listen to blues at The Lyric in Oxford

When you need -- if you need -- a break from the beer bars and battle cries of the Ole Miss students in Oxford, hide out in this movie-theater-turned-concert-hall. It first served as a stable for William Faulkner's family.
Recommended by Kate Auletta, senior editor of Huffington Post Travel

MISSOURI
Explore the Ozark Caverns

Out of thousands of caves in Missouri, the most famous feature is Angel Showers, where water constantly flows from the ceiling like a waterfall. During your tour, you might also encounter the rare blind salamander.

MONTANA
Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road

You'll feel like you're in one of those nature-themed IMAX movies during this 50-mile drive through Glacier National Park.

NEBRASKA
Throw horseshoes during Popcorn Days in North Loup

At this festival, Nebraskans pay tribute to their state's most prosperous crop with three days of polka dancing, turtle racing, bull riding, and UNLIMITED FREE POPCORN!

NEVADA
Order a late-night Awful Awful Burger at The Nugget

Gamblers say they're coming to Reno for the refreshingly low-key vibe at Peppermill Casino. What they're actually after, however, is probably just The Nugget's world-famous Awful Awful Burger, served with a "mountain of fries."

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Add your pumpkin to the wall at the Pumpkin Festival

Every year, people from far and wide lug pumpkins to New Hampshire's big gourd fest. They're usually battling to either defend or win back the official world record for "most jack-o'-lanterns in one place."
Recommended by Cayla Rasi, social media editor at The Huffington Post

NEW JERSEY
Climb Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island

There are 217 steps in this tower, which locals affectionately refer to as "Barney." It's clearly not the tacky Jersey shore you've seen on TV.
Recommended by Katelyn Mullen, editor of Huffington Post Travel

NEW MEXICO
Watch a Balloon Glow at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

At the biggest balloon rally in the world, hundreds of hot air balloons hit the big blue sky at once. When they light up for a Balloon Glow night ascent, you feel all magical and ticklish inside.

NEW YORK
Go wine (and pie) tasting on Long Island's North Fork

You'd never guess that 30 picture-perfect wineries were so close to the city-- or so insanely cheap to tour. A strawberry pie from Briermere Farms will further alter your life.
Recommended by Jenna Amatulli, fellow with Huffington Post Crime & Weird News

NORTH CAROLINA
Tour the Biltmore Estate

Exploring the largest private residence in the United States feels like being at the Palace of Versailles...except you're in America. And you can rent bikes to whiz freely around the gigantic property.
Recommended by James Nichols, associate editor of Huffington Post Gay Voices

NORTH DAKOTA
Climb White Butte

This massive hill outside the town of Amidon is the highest point in the whole state, at 3,507 feet above sea level. The hike (or "wilderness stroll," shall we say) to the top only takes about an hour, but climbers from all over the world come to conquer it because the trail is littered with dangerous rattlesnakes. Pack a celebratory picnic in case you survive.

OHIO
Get a scoop of black raspberry chocolate chip at Graeter's Ice Cream

This adorable store in Cincinnati has been selling its famous, ultra-thick ice cream (made in tiny two-gallon batches) for well over a hundred years... and it's sooo good.
Recommended by Kate Auletta, senior editor of Huffington Post Travel

OKLAHOMA
Go to the Norman Music Festival

What started in 2008 as a tiny, one-day music fest has exploded into a three-day concert experience with multiple stages, art walks, and local food tastings... all for free. That's the Oklahoman way.

OREGON
Get lost in Powell's City of Books

This bookstore in Portland claims it's the largest one in the world... and considering 1.6 acres of bookshelves and nine color-coded rooms, we're inclined to believe them.

PENNSYLVANIA
Go to a mud sale in Lancaster County

Mud sales (named for the wet ground in springtime) are the live auctions and craft sales that happen every year in Amish Country. Pennsylvanians -- both Amish and not -- haggle with each other to score a handmade quilt or home-baked pie. Take a tour of the quaint Amish countryside afterward!
Recommended by Chris Gentilviso, senior editor of Huffington Post Politics

RHODE ISLAND
Take the Cliff Walk in Newport

Ocean on one side, gigantic Gilded Age mansions on the other. Your only problem in life will be deciding which view to look at.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Taste the barbecue hash at Sweatman's BBQ

They call this 100-mile barbecue because it's totally worth the long drive to Bub Sweatman's house-turned-buffet-room in the town of Holly Hill.
Recommended by Dana Oliver, senior beauty editor of Huffington Post Style

SOUTH DAKOTA
Visit the Mitchell Corn Palace

This multi-use facility isn't all that interesting on the inside. But the outside, it's truly a sight. The building is actually decorated with crop art and is redesigned each year with a new theme!
Recommended by Kate Palmer, national editor of the Huffington Post

TENNESSEE
Spend a day in Dollywood

It's the most awesomely kitschy and fabulously delicious experience in all of Tennessee. The park, in Pigeon Forge, is run in a partnership between the great Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. Think food, waterslides and all things Dolly.
Recommended by Ashley McAdams, content director of Huffington Post Lifestyle & Local

TEXAS
Tube the Guadalupe River

Nothin' says Texas like drifting down the river on a toasty summer day with all your best friends and a massive floating cooler of Coors.

UTAH
Hike to Delicate Arch

It's the most famous sandstone formation in Arches National Park and the same one you'll see on Utah's license plates. The Olympic torch even passed through the arch in 2002, making this hike both beautiful and historic.
Recommended by Lauren Zupkus, fellow with Huffington Post Entertainment

VERMONT
Take a brewery tour

For a small state, Vermont packs an alcoholic punch-- it has the most breweries per capita of any state. Visit as many breweries as possible, without having to travel very far! The Vermont Breweries Association offers a full list of options. Make sure to check out Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington and take a free guided tour.

VIRGINIA
See a movie at The Byrd Theater in Carytown

Carytown is Richmond's cutesy shopping district, and The Byrd is the big, glamorous old-time movie palace that's been showing films since 1928-- on Saturdays, you can still hear an organ performance before your movie. Tickets are $1.99, which means you have more than enough spare change for a french toast donut from Dixie Donuts.
Recommended by Chris Gentilviso, senior editor of Huffington Post Politics

WASHINGTON
Hike the Ape Caves

They're actually ultra-long lava tubes near Mount St. Helens, one of our country's "highest threat" volcanoes. Wander through the dark, cold tubes with a headlamp, and pop out in a sunny forest on the other side.
Recommended by Andy Campbell, news editor of Huffington Post Crime & Weird News

WEST VIRGINIA
Eat a pepperoni roll from Country Club Bakery

Never heard of a pepperoni roll? That's because they're basically only in West Virginia. The Country Club Bakery in Fairmont is where it all began, when Italian immigrant Giuseppe Argiro first stuffed freshly-seasoned pepperoni into a warm roll.
Recommended by Paige Lavender, senior editor of Huffington Post Politics

WISCONSIN
Shop the Dane County Farmer's Market

Everyone in Madison -- from hippies to soccer moms -- shops the Saturday smorgasbord that sets up around the Capitol building (they're open almost all year round!). Be sure to pick up some classic Wisconsin cheese curds.
Recommended by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, executive editor of Huffington Post Religion

WYOMING
Go to Cheyenne Frontier Days

On your way to Cheyenne, pass through Wyoming's seven national parks to get a feel for the state's supreme scenery. Then, meet their supreme people at "The Daddy of 'em All," a 10-day rodeo-meets-small-town-bonanza with free pancake breakfasts and concerts from the likes of Brad Paisley.

This article has been updated to note a change of location for New Hampshire's annual Pumpkin Festival.

51 U.S. Attractions & Facts
Alabama(01 of 51)
There are plenty of monuments to be visited in America. But the Boll Weevil Monument, located in Enterprise, Ala., may be one of the most bizarre. The town erected the monument in 1919 in honor of the boll weevil bug, which destroyed Enterprise’s crops, forcing the town to diversify its agriculture. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Alaska(02 of 51)
Mountain climbers, take note: The highest peak in America is located atop Mount McKinley. Located within Denali National Park & Preserve, the mountain’s peak reaches 20,320 feet and features the famous West Buttress route. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75182224@N04/9186268802" role="link">AlaskaNPS</a>)
Arizona(03 of 51)
Kitt Peak National Observatory, 56 miles southwest of Tucson, is home to the largest collection of astronomical observatories in the world. Visitors can stargaze at a nightly observing program or take a guided tour of the observatory. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12508217@N08/6020722130" role="link">Sam Howzit</a>)
Arkansas(04 of 51)
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public. The park allows visitors to dig for diamonds and, unlike most public mining sites, has the policy “finders, keepers.” (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44603071@N00/6230162559" role="link">kthypryn</a>)
California(05 of 51)
The lowest accessible point in the U.S. is located in Death Valley National Park, in Death Valley. Badwater Basin is 282 ft below sea level and borders the salt flats, which are extremely hazardous and off-limits to park visitors. In general, Death Valley is known to be one of the hottest and most dangerous places in America. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/86491826@N07/7973413934" role="link">Honkman64</a>)
Colorado (06 of 51)
Colorado tourists can take a break from the mountains and visit the U.S. Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs. The Academy welcomes visitors to tour the site, attend academy concerts, and check out nearby Cheyenne Mountain State Park. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/43242819@N05/8758076105" role="link">Senator McCaskill</a>)
Connecticut (07 of 51)
Did you love PEZ candies growing up? Do you still have a collection of those nifty little dispensers? The PEZ Candy company’s headquarters and factory are located in Orange. Visitors can view the production floor, learn about how the dispensers and candies are made, and check out an extensive gift shop. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12335386@N00/4338578910" role="link">faceymcface1</a>)
District of Columbia(08 of 51)
Go see the original “Star-Spangled Banner” that inspired America’s National Anthem at the National Museum of American History. It’s free! (credit: WikiMedia:)
Delaware(09 of 51)
Time to shop ‘til you drop! Delaware has no sales tax. Shopping malls strategically located on the Interstate 95 corridor attract travelers from all over the East Coast. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Florida(10 of 51)
Brevard County, in central Florida, is the shark attack capital of the world. The ratio of shoreline to attacks is particularly high due to the number of both swimmers and sharks. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30687423@N00/229692975" role="link">tgaume</a>)
Georgia(11 of 51)
Coca Cola fans will love the World of Coca Cola, located in Atlanta -- it's basically Disney World for soda addicts. Learn about your favorite beverages, sample 100 different sodas from around the world and experience the 4-D movie theater. (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images)
Hawaii(12 of 51)
Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee. Tour coffee orchards, plantations and mills to learn about the harvesting, processing and roasting methods, and sample the final product. (credit: Getty Images)
Idaho(13 of 51)
You can’t go far in the U.S. without stumbling upon a Main Street. But the longest Main Street is located in the city of Island Park. The street is 35 miles long. (credit: West Yellowstone Net )
Illinois (14 of 51)
Every year on St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago River goes from murky to emerald green. The river is dyed green in honor of the holiday and Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15609463@N03/8588295071" role="link">Jamie McCaffrey</a>)
Indiana(15 of 51)
If you decide to take a fishing trip while in Indiana, make sure you don’t pack dynamite, firearms, or a crossbow, because it’s illegal to fish with them. Be sure to pack some form of fishing gear, though, because it’s also illegal to fish with your bare hands. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95212304@N00/8136579100" role="link">ken ratcliff</a>)
Iowa(16 of 51)
Hey, Star Trek fans! Did you know you can visit the future birthplace of Captain Kirk? In approximately 200 years, the fictional captain of the Enterprise starship will be born in Riverside. The small town boasts plenty of quirky souvenirs to remember Kirk’s “birthplace.” (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55497864@N00/6082241430" role="link">Brett Jordan</a>)
Kansas(17 of 51)
The Kansas Speleological Society has catalogued over 500 caves in the state. While it's not technically a cave, the Strataca Underground Salt Museum brings visitors 650 below ground to explore the salt mines. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Kentucky(18 of 51)
Food enthusiasts can get a taste of history at the Harland Sanders Museum and Cafe in Corbin. The museum was formerly the home of Harland -- a.k.a. Coronel -- Sanders and was where the fast-food chain got its start. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75001512@N00/8152220227" role="link">Joelk75</a>)
Louisiana(19 of 51)
The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. It contains nearly one million acres bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous and backwater lakes. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Maine(20 of 51)
The whoopie pie is the official state treat of Maine, while the official state dessert is blueberry pie. Both sweets are celebrated at festivals around the state, like the Wilton Blueberry Festival in Western Maine and the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival which occurs each June. (credit: Alamy)
Maryland(21 of 51)
Maryland is famous for its seafood -- especially crabs. During lunch hour on the Chesapeake Bay, crab cakes outsell hamburgers and hotdogs combined! (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64018555@N03/7116782339" role="link">MDGovpics</a>)
Massachusetts (22 of 51)
Basketball fans must make a trip to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield. The Hall of Fame is filled with basketball relics and interactive experiences, including skills challenges, clinics and shooting contests. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Michigan(23 of 51)
RAWR! The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless exhibits that allowed animals to roam (almost) freely. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10770768@N08/7360569460" role="link">DebMomOf3</a>)
Minnesota (24 of 51)
Minnesota travelers can check “World’s Largest Ball of Twine” off their bucket lists. Located in Darwin, the twine ball is the largest in the world to have been rolled by one man. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Mississippi(25 of 51)
Friendship Cemetery was the site where the ladies of Columbus decided to decorate both Confederate and Union graves with flowers a year after the Civil War ended. This act is seen as a precursor to Memorial Day -- the annual recognition of American casualties of war. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/93178668@N00/2572928763" role="link">NatalieMaynor</a>)
Missouri(26 of 51)
Check the forecast before heading to Missouri! The record for highest statewide temperature (118ºF) and lowest statewide temperature (-40ºF) is held by the same city -- Warsaw. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Montana(27 of 51)
Montana’s Beartooth Mountains in Custer National Forest are home to Grasshopper Glacier, which is named for the grasshoppers that can still be seen frozen in it. Scientists believe that migratory grasshoppers were caught in a severe storm and deposited on the glacier. Ice and snow then buried the grasshoppers into the glacial ice -- forever. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Nebraska (28 of 51)
Where was rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut combined for the first time to create the masterpiece that is the Reuben? According to some accounts, it was created by a grocer in Omaha. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Nevada(29 of 51)
When you think of slot machines, which state comes to mind? Nevada, obviously. And naturally, the first ever slot machine was in created in the gambling mecca. Visit the Nevada State Museum in Carson City and check out The Fey Collection, which features “Liberty Bell” -- the original slot machine designed by Charles Fey in the 1890s. (credit: WikiMedia:)
New Hampshire(30 of 51)
Peterborough Town Library, in Peterborough is the oldest tax-supported public library in the world. It was founded in 1833 and is functional and welcomes visitors today. (credit: WikiMedia:)
New Jersey(31 of 51)
Ellis Island is in New York, right? Wrong! The gateway to America for millions of immigrants is often associated with New York City, but is in fact part of the state of New Jersey. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/47854931@N00/9090092376" role="link">@boetter</a>)
New Mexico(32 of 51)
Alien tourism is central to Roswell-- also known as “Alien City.” The town is home to the International UFO Museum & Research Center. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/72213316@N00/8680485009" role="link">Alaskan Dude</a>)
New York(33 of 51)
New York City has 722 miles of subway track. Visit the New York Transit Museum to learn about the construction and history of one of the nation’s great architectural treasures. (credit: WikiMedia:)
North Carolina(34 of 51)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first state university in all of the U.S. Oh, and its campus is pretty freaking beautiful. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21761329@N03/9140462500" role="link">evoo73</a>)
North Dakota (35 of 51)
Before he was president, Theodore Roosevelt went to the Dakota Territory to hunt bison. He was inspired to establish a cattle business there and created the Maltese Cross and Elkhorn ranches. The Maltese Cross Cabin at North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park is now a popular attraction for presidential history buffs. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Ohio(36 of 51)
Rock fans must, at least once, make the pilgrimage to Cleveland -- home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/62091376@N03/8687276150" role="link">Erik Daniel Drost</a>)
Oklahoma(37 of 51)
Ballsy! Vinita hosts the World’s Largest Calf Fry & Cook-Off every year. Oh, calf fries are bull testicles. (credit: WikiMedia:)
Oregon(38 of 51)
Portland is home to the world’s smallest park, Mill Ends Park, which totals 452 inches. It was created in 1947 as a colony for leprechauns and a location for snail racing. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57385426@N02/9066569855" role="link">craigdietrich</a>)
Pennsylvania(39 of 51)
Hershey is considered the chocolate capital of America. The town where Milton Hershey began his renowned chocolate factory is now a tourist hotspot. With something for everyone, Hershey has an amusement park, spas, resorts, golf, dining and, of course, plenty of chocolate. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14580956@N08/4074970507" role="link">RobBixbyPhotography</a>)
Rhode Island(40 of 51)
The Flying Horse Carousel in Watch Hill built in 1876, is America’s oldest carousel. And it’s still running! (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40083302@N00/2109352238" role="link">midgefrazel</a>)
South Carolina(41 of 51)
Parsons Mountain Park in Sumter National Forest boasts numerous trails for hiking and exploring. The park also is unique in having a 24-mile motorcycle trail and a 26-mile horse trail, so everybody has somewhere to ride. (credit: Sumter National Forest)
South Dakota(42 of 51)
South Dakota is home to Mount Rushmore -- a mountain carving of the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln -- which took sculptor Gutzon Borglum 14 years to complete. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/13414348@N00/9132739148" role="link">VMaloy</a>)
Tennessee(43 of 51)
Country music fans know about Nashville, Memphis and Graceland. But Bristol is the real birthplace of country music. In 1927 on Bristol’s State Street, record producer Ralph Peer met with the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and other soon-to-be-famous artists and recorded the very first country tunes. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is currently in the works. (credit: Wikimedia)
Texas(44 of 51)
The flags of six nations (Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America) have flown over the state of Texas. The first ever Six Flags amusement park was established in Arlington and was called Six Flags Over Texas, inspired by the state's history. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/27058133@N00/8733107594" role="link">BryanKemp</a>)
Utah(45 of 51)
The Bingham Canyon Mine in Salt Lake City is the largest pit in America. Go check it out! (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57462257@N00/5203235600" role="link">joevare</a>)
Vermont(46 of 51)
A veritable shrine to ice cream, the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury is a must see for fans of frozen treats. Take a tour of the factory, learn about ice cream production and manufacturing and sample the flavor of the day. There’s even a Flavor Graveyard, which commemorates retired Ben & Jerry’s flavors. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/63995116@N00/4857570663" role="link">kaitlin.marie</a>)
Virginia(47 of 51)
Virginia contains George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison's Montpelier and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. All can be visited! (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/83699771@N00/9039631814" role="link">PunkToad</a>)
West Virginia(48 of 51)
The first spa open to the public was in Berkeley Springs in 1756, and it’s still around! Treat yourself to a historical massage. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91396833@N00/5635912229" role="link">jmd41280</a>)
Washington(49 of 51)
The Space Needle in Seattle boasts Skycity -- the first revolving restaurant in the United States. The entire restaurants moves 360º so you can enjoy the entire city from up high as you enjoy a delicious meal. (credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/" role="link">Flickr</a>:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14039948@N00/5858166807" role="link">Acradenia</a>)
Wisconsin(50 of 51)
Wisconsin is famous for dairy and football. But the state is also home to the nation’s largest water park. Noah’s Ark, located in Wisconsin Dells boasts 51 water slides. (credit: Noah's Ark Family Park)
Wyoming(51 of 51)
Yellowstone National Park was not only the nation’s but also the world’s first national park, created in 1872 -- 18 years before Wyoming even became a state! (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images)

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