Where to go…

A friend recently asked me where I would recommend, and what tourist traps I would dis-recommend in the USA when he goes there to visit.

Being that I am departing for the States for a vacation soon myself, I thought I would share it out.usa

I went crazy with a list (Hawkgirl and I sort of collaborated our experiences though…). I confess, most things I’ve done have been of some interest to me, so I couldn’t dis-recommend much, but what I did I marked with a “blah.” What I highly recommend I marked with a (!).

Do you agree? Where would you go?

Places To Visit In The United States List!

Southern California

San Diego

-Zoo (!)

-USS Enterprise (!)

-great weather (hot)


-restaurants and street markets(!)

-Sea World (!)

-Easy access to Ensenada Mexico (day trip perhaps) (!)

-Coronado (hotel where Marilyn Monroe went or something)

-Whale watching



Santa Barbara

-Beach and Pier town

-Old Spanish Mission



Venice Beach

-aka Muscle beach (blah)


Laguna Beach (!)

-nice beach, coastal town

-artist town



-Hollywood (blah)

-Garment district (cheap clothes and fabrics)

-Griffith Observatory (scenic hilltop location) (!)

-The Getty (art museum) (!)

-Pasadena (old town)(!)

-Gamble House (art nouveau villa: VERY nice architecture!!!) [Pasadena]

-La Brea Tarpits and Museum (prehistoric creatures preserved in tar) (!)

Disney (!)

Universal City Walk (!)

Universal Studios (!)


All the Southern California locations are accessible by car along the famous Route 1 road along the coast. It just depends how many miles you feel like doing.


Northern California

-San Franciscousa golden gate

-Redwood Forests (!)

-Napa Valley, wine tasting

-Yosemite National Park (camping)

-Sierra Nevada Mountains


usa mt rushmoreSouth Dakota

-Mount Rushmore (!)

-lots of driving, rolling hills, wild Buffalo occasionally

-Crazy Horse Monument (!)



-Yellowstone National Park (camping, animals, geysers) (!)



-Rocky Mountains

-Mule deer

-Denver (capitol city)

-Buckskin Joe’s cowboy town (!)

-Local hiking



-Las Vegas (lights glitz and glamor. Blah.)



-Grand Canyon (!)

-Desert Museum (!)

-cowboy like terrain

-lots of local places to hike (!)

-national parks

-weather hot. blah


New England

-beautiful New England countryside (think “Kent”)(!)

-The Berkshire Mountains (!)

-The Appalachian Trail (old American Indian migration route hiking trails!)

New Hampshire

-The White Mountains (hiking, national parks)(!)


-Acadia National Park (camping, hiking, beaches, recreational biking )(!)

-Lobsters (food)


-Red Socks (baseball)

-Revolutionary War heritage

-Plymouth, landing of the Pilgrims (!)

-Quincy Market (shopping)


Springfield, Massachusetts

-Basketball Hall of Fame

-Six Flags (Amusement park)


-Mystic Aquarium (!)

-Groton Nuclear Submarine Base

-Bushnell Theater

New York

-Statue of Liberty (from Battery Park, free to ride the Staten Island Ferry!)

-Times Square (!)usa Times square

-The Museum of Modern Art

-Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (!) (If they are performing in town)

-Broadway shows (!)

-Freedom Tower (site of 9/11)

-Empire State Building (!)

-Broadway Underground (!)


usa niagaraUpstate New York

-Niagara Falls (!)

-Native American Museum of Art

-Buffalo (City)

                                                                                     -Access to the Great Lakes


Washington DC

-The Smithsonian’s (museums, air & space, natural history, American history, all free) (!)

-Washington Monument

-Lincoln Memorial (!)

-the FBI Museum (!)

-Jefferson Monument

-Veterans memorials

-Potomac River (!)


New Orleans, (blah)





-Siesta Keys (where we had our honey moon…!) beaches, oysters, sea turtles, seafood, shopping, aquariums, thunderstorms every night from 8-9pm (!)




-music festivals

-Austin Ballet

usa nat bridge

-Natural Bridge Caverns (!)

-Six Flags over Texas(!)

-Drive-thru wildlife park (!)


-Miller Outdoor Theater (!)

-restaurants (!) (everything you could want)

-Theater district (Alley, Jones, Wortham, Hobby Center) (!)

-Rockets (bball)

-Dynamos (soccer)

-Minute Maid Stadium (baseball)

-Houston Rodeo (!)

usa houston rodeo


About doctornogrod

Daniel Cossette is a writer, actor, dancer, and mime originally from CT, USA. He's been writing, producing, and acting in scripts since jr. high. At Mimeistry International, Pasadena, CA he double-majored in Mime and Theology. Afterwards he founded Ambassador Arts and produced the shows Say It Louder! and Christmivest, including all original stories; he danced with Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston, TX, and eventually moved to England where works with Springs Dance Company, and directs Infusion Physical Theatre. He is married to a long time friend from the mime school, and currently resides in Cambridge, England.
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2 Responses to Where to go…

  1. LA says:

    If you want to get a taste of Nevada and “the West”, skip Vegas and head to Reno. You can still get a glimpse of a(n albeit smaller) “casino strip” just to see the glitz and glam and get the feel for what it’s like… but you can also day trip to Virginia City, Incline Village and the Ponderosa Ranch (where Bonanza was filmed) to see “the Old West” and day trip to Lake Tahoe which is a beautiful area (boating, hiking, skiing, etc)…

    And if you’re traversing the Bos-Wash area (Boston to Washington, including NYC), then I would definitely recommend a stop in Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. Lots of history in Philly (including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell), beautiful architecture, arts and the Philly Cheesesteak! Plus, within about an hour you can be in PA Dutch Country (Amish) which is in many ways it’s own little world. The arts are also fairly strong in the Lancaster area (biggest Amish area). Gettysburg (important in American History) is about 2 hours from Philly and Hershey, PA (chocolate!) is just under that. Pennsylvania has one of the highest concentrations of tea rooms (out of the states, according to teamap.com), so though I’ve encountered few tea rooms which use the “British method” of steeping leaves loose in the pot, you’d surely still be able to find some good strong black teas and scones around if you get the hankerin’. But I may be a bit biased towards PA. 😉

  2. To Colorado you can add Estes Park, specifically. It’s just an hour or so drive from Denver, there is hiking and a lovely little tourist trap. I think there is camping and trail riding. You’ve been there. It’s a great place. Also in CO is Colo Springs, rather different looking now because of the fires, but there is still the Garden of the Gods, which is spectacular and can be hiked or ridden with hired horses.

    And in Springfield MA there is also a butterfly conservatory, which is like a botanical garden FILLED WITH LIVE TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES EVERYWHERE. Not for people afraid of butterflies.

    Also, in CA/Los Angeles, is the Gene Autry Museum, which is all about the American West–one level is the real west, the other level is the movie wild west. I loved that museum.

    And if anyone finds themselves in Missouri….the Ozarks are actually quite lovely. The BBQ in Kansas City is really good–go to Jack Stacks. The Museum of Western Expansion–better known as the St Louis Arch, is also fun to visit. There is also this really interesting old warehouse called the City Museum which is more of an experience than a museum. It has an 6 foot long catfish and an 8 story spiral slide among other things.

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