Our Top 10 Places to visit in America #5 – #1!

Our Top 10 Places to visit in America #5 – #1!

To continue our list of the top 10 places I think you should visit in America, here’s our #5 – #1!

 

 

5. Nashville, TN

 

At number five, we have the home of American Country music: Nashville, Tennessee. On your trip here, make sure to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. But first, The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens Greece. Crazy right?! This monument was originally built in 1897 to commemorate the state centennial. Next, a trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Grand Ole Opry. Founded in 1925, it was known as the show that made country music famous. And for all the foodies out there, you need to stop at Princes Hot Chicken Stack. Nashville Hot Chicken is comprised of four components: bread, chicken, pickle, and the hottest hot sauce you can imagine. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. And finally, Roberts Western World where they host country bands, serve cold beer and fried bologna sandwiches! To step into another world, all you need to do is drop into this prototypical honky-tonk. Have fun y’all!

 

 

4. Seattle, WA / Olympic National Park

 

Shout-out to the Pacific Northwest for making this list! This region is unlike any other in America. Starting with Seattle, this tech city is the perfect place for a weekend trip. While you’re here don’t forget to visit Pikes Place Market (America‘s largest farmers market), the Space Needle, The Seattle Public Library, Lake Union/more specifically Gasworks Park, and don’t miss out on the neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

No trip to Seattle is complete without riding a Puget Ferry.  I recommend taking the ferry across the Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and then extending your long weekend trip into a week and driving around Olympic National Park. This amazing park is unlike any other you have ever been to. I recommend starting your visit at Hurricane Ridge, right outside of Port Angeles, Washington, and then venturing over to Lake Crescent Lodge to spend the night. From here you can visit Sol Duc Hot Springs, venture through the rain forest up to Mount Storm King, or kayak across the lake to jump into a crystal clear lake at the Devils Punch Bowl.

Ohh, and did I mention, one of my favorite aspects of this park is that the ocean is less than an hour away from most places. I recommend visiting Rialto Beach and hiking to Hole in the Wall. Speaking of hikes if you have a little bit of time you should definitely visit Cape flattery and do the drive along Washington-112. This is America’s most northwest point, and to get here you have to drive through a nice fishing village that is an Indian reservation. As you can tell, I love this area, (this is where Leah and I met, awww!) and I will definitely be visiting here soon.

 

 

3. Boston, MA

 

From the northwest to the northeast, at number three on the list, we have Boston, Massachusetts. This New England town contains many historical sites along the Freedom Trail. This Historic walk has it all! From Paul Revere’s house to Boston Commons, to the old North Church, and don’t miss the old State House and the USS Constitution.

While you’re here I definitely recommend seeing a baseball game at Fenway Park. This is the second oldest park behind Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

 

 

2. New York, NY

 

For number two, we head two states down to New York City. For this and a host of other reasons, New York City is an experience that can’t be missed. With three major airports surrounding the city, getting here is no problem. For the sake of time, I’m going to focus strictly on Manhattan, sorry to the four other boroughs, but Manhattan has the most sights. With so much to do, I’ll condense it down and give you my top ten. Obviously, you should go to Time Square, Central Park, and see the Statue of Liberty (travel tip, you can see it for free by riding the Staten Island ferry.) Next, the flat iron district and Madison Square Park are where you can find one of the original Shake Shack’s. Venture West and visit the Chelsea Market and the High Line. Farther South, the One World Trade Center is sure to move you, and if you love shopping, don’t miss a walk down Fifth Avenue.

And to end your day, I recommend visiting Rockefeller Center and specifically going to the top of the rock. I recommend this instead of the Empire State building because on top of this building, you can see the Empire State building, which is beautiful! I recommend going right before the sun goes down so you can watch the sunset over the city.

 

 

1. Los Angeles, CA

 

And finally, at number one, we have Los Angeles! With the ability to surf, ski, and see a tv show’s production in one day, LA has it all! With soo many coastal towns each offering something unique, this vacation could just be at the beach! But then you would be missing soo much more of Los Angeles. This city really has it all. You can hike in Griffith Park, go whale watching in Malibu, go star searching in Beverly Hills. Visit one of the many world-renowned museums, go to one of four major theme parks all within a 2-hour drive, stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, the Santa Monica Pier, Oliveira Street, Venice Beach, or up to the Hollywood sign. Drive down California 1, Santa Monica Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, or through Bel Air. All of this, and we are only scratching the surface! To find out more about Los Angeles I recommend watching my video on the Top Ten Things to do in Los Angeles.

 

Thanks for reading up on our top 10 places we think you should explore in America! I hope this list has inspired you to explore this diverse country!

 

–    Zach & Leah

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