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This page provides a list of the main things to see in USA. "++" identifies the top attractions.
My pictures of the USA
  • Alabama/ Mobile: Presbyterian Church on Government St, Barton Academy, Old City Hospital on Broad & St Anthony
  • Alaska: Wrangell Park (the largest park in the USA, a park with no trails), Denali Park (the most touristy park in Alaska), Gates of the Arctic Park, Tongass National Forest, Kenai Park for kayaking, Bering Land Bridge (beware of mosquitoes in all of these!)
  • Arizona: Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, etc
  • Arkansas: Moshe Safdie's Crystal Bridges Museum (2011) in Bentonville
  • California/ California mountains and parks
  • California/ San Diego
  • California/ San Francisco
  • California/ Los Angeles
  • California: California
  • Cleveland: Art Museum, First Congressional Church, Pei's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Colorado/ Colorado Springs: +Air Force Academy Chapel
  • Colorado/ Boulder: +Pei's National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Colorado/ Denver: Brown Palace Hotel, Johns Manville Headquarters, Red Rocks Amphitheater, +Daniel Libeskind's Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum
  • Colorado/ Mesa Verde
  • Colorado: Rocky Mountain Park
  • Colorado: North Vista Trail in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, a narrow 800 meter deep canyon
  • Colorado: Monument Canyon Trail in Colorado National Monument
  • Colorado: Rim Rock Drive
  • Colorado: Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the USA
  • Connecticut/ New Haven: Kahn's Yale Art Gallery Addition (1953) at 1111 Chapel, Kahn's Yale Center for British Art (1977), Art and Architecture Building (1963) at 180 York, Ingalls Hockey Rink (1958) at 73 Sachem, Kline Biology Tower (1966) at 210 Whitney, Yale Univ, Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture Building (1963), Eero Saarinen's Stiles & Morse College (1962), Rock Ledge estate in Rowayton (former headquarters of Remington Rand), Philip Johnson's Glass House at New Canaan
  • District of Columbia/ Washington: White House, Capitol, Smithsonian, Union Station, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Cathedral, Ron Mueck's "Big Man" (2000) at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, North Bethesda Market II on Rockville Pike (2012)
  • Florida: Everglades Park, Miami, Ancient Spanish monastery, Keys, plantations, Epcot, Cape Kennedy, St Augustine, St Petersburg's Dali Museum
  • Georgia/ Atlanta: 14th Ave & Peachtree, 1180 Peachtree by John Heagy, Peachtree & North Ave, Peachtree & Allen Jr, Peachtree & McGill Ave, Peachtree & North Ave, Equitable, Peachtree & Dobbs, GP, Peachtree & Gilmer, Coca Cola , Depot, State Capitol, City Hall, Courthouse, Westin Hotel, Dome, Peachtree & North Ave, Flatiron Building (1895) , Nations Bank (1901)
  • Hawaii: Maui, Big Island, etc
  • idaho: Craters of the Moon, Kootenai Wildlife Refuge,
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Indiana/ Indianapolis: College Life Insurance Building (3500 Depauw Blvd)
  • Kansas City: ++Nelson Gallery, Gateway Arch, Wainwright Building at 709 Chestnut, Old St Louis Post Office on Olive & 8th, Union Station on Market & 18th, Shaw's Garden (including Climatron, +Public Library, Moshe Safdie's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Kentucky/ Louisville: Humana Headquarters (1982)
  • Kentucky: Mammoth Cave
  • Nevada/Black Rock City: Burning Man festival (august/september)
  • Nevada/Las Vegas: Gehry's +Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (2010), Quad (Imperial Palace) auto collection Casino frequently offer extremely cheap rooms. Why you should never stay in a casino but instead in a cheap motel: 1. The promotional rates of casino always hide additional charged; 2. check in and check out can take forever; 3. the valets hide your car; 4. there are colossal charges for the simplest thing (e.g. Internet access); and 5. getting to your room involves a long walk and a long wait for elevators. In a cheap motel (and there are millions in Las Vegas: 1. You pay upfront and therefore you know exactly how much; 2. check in is fast and check out takes one second; 3. your car is parked in front of your room; 4. Wi-fi Internet is free, period; and 5. your room is a ten-second walk from your car.
  • Louisiana/ New Orleans: Ursuline Convent at 1114 Chartres, US Mint at 400 Esplanade, Madame John's Legacy at 632 Dumaine, US Custom House at 423 Canal, Old City Hall at 545 St Charles, San Francisco plantation house (outside city), Houmas House (outside city), Oak Alley (outside city), Madewood (outside city), Charles Moore's Piazza d'Italia
  • Maine: Acadia Park
  • Maryland/ Baltimore: Basilica (1821), Mount Clare, Homewood
  • Massachusetts: Boston
  • Michigan/Detroit: +Diego Rivera's murals at Detroit Institute of Arts, Noguchi's Dodge Fountain in Detroit's Hart Plaza
  • Michigan: Hadid's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Paulding's Bond Falls, Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse (1969) in Grand Rapids, Liberman's "Aria" in Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids
  • Minnesota/ Minneapolis: IDS at Marquelle Ave & 7th, Walker Art Center at 725 Vineland, Oldenburg's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" at Walker Art Center and Whitney pedestrian bridge by Siah Armajani (1988), State Capitol (in St Paul), St John's University Church (in St John's University, outside city), Federal Reserve Bank (1974), Univ of Minnesota's James Ford Bell Library (wall maps of Ricci and of Waldseemuller), Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Leon Eugene Arnal's Foshay Tower (1929), +Gehry's Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota
  • Minnesota: Voyageurs Parks, Marcel Breuer's St John's Abbey near St Cloud
  • Minnesota/Owatonna: Louis Sullivan's National Farmer's Bank (1908)
  • Mississippi/ Natchez: Rosalie, Stanton Hall, Dunleith, Auburn, Melrose, D'Evereux (outside city), Longwood (outside city),
  • Missouri: Ozark Riverways
  • Missouri/St Louis: Liberman's "The Way" in Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Montana: Glacier Park, Medicine Lake
  • Idaho: Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls
  • New Hampshire/ Portsmouth: Moffatt-Ladd House (1764), Macphaesdris-Warner House (1723), Wentworth-Gardner House (1760)
  • New Hampshire/ Andover: Louis Kahn's Phillips Exeter Academy library (interior)
  • New Jersey: Cape May Point
  • New Mexico: Taos Pueblo near Santa Fe (13th c), Mission Church of San Francisco de Asis near Santa Fe, Aztec Ruins National Monument (13th c) near Albuquerque, Pueblo Bonito (13th c) and Pueblo del Arroyo and Chetro Keti (12 cerimonial rooms) near Albuquerque in Chaco Canyon, Mission Church of San Estevan del Rey near Albuquerque, Carlsbad caverns, White Sand, Chaco Canyon (ruins of ancient Native American cities), Albuquerque International Balloon Festival (october)
  • New York state: Buffalo (Lloyd Wright's Larking Building, Saarinen's Klainhaus Music Hall, art deco City Hall), Devil's Path in Catskills, Utica's Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum (Philip Johnson, 1957), Eliasson's "The Parliament of Reality" at Bard College
  • New York: New York
  • North Carolina/ Asheville: Richard Morris Hunt's Biltmore estate (1895)
  • Ohio/Hamilton: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
  • Ohio/Newark: Basket Building
  • Ohio/Columbus: State Capitol (1861)
  • Ohio/Cincinnati: Alice Aycock's "Super Twister" (2013) at Univ of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Oklahoma: Wichita Mountains
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania/ Columbia: National Watch & Clock Museum
  • Pennsylvania/ Falling Water: +Frank Lloyd Wright's house (1937)
  • Pennsylvania/ Philadelphia: Independence Hall, Second Bank (1824) at 420 Chestnut, Chirst Church (1727) at 2nd St & Market, Academy of Arts at Broad & Cherry, City Hall at Market & Broad, Savings Fund Society at Market & 12th, Fairmont Waterworks in Fairmount Park, Kahn's Newman Richards Medical Research Building (1964) on Hamilton Walk, Germantown (Green Tree Tavern, Wyck, Cliveden), William Strickland's Merchants Exchange (1834), Kahn's Richards Medical Labs (1962), Oldenburg's "Clothespin" in Center Square, Archipenko's King Solomon in the campus of University of Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island/ Newport: Brick Market (1762), Touro Synagogue (1763), Redwood Library (1748), Breakers (1895), Henry Hobson Richardson's Watts Sherman House (1876), Belluschi's Portsmouth Abbey Chapel (1961)
  • Rhode Island/ Providence: Thomas Teft's Union Station (1848)
  • South Carolina/ Charleston: Fireproof Building, St Mark's, Nathaniel Russell House, Miles Brewton House, Heyward-Washington House, St Philip's, Manigault House, Drayton Hall (outside city)
  • South Dakota: Mount Rushmore
  • St Louis: Eero Saarinen's Jefferson Memorial Arch (1967) or Gateway Arch, Citygarden (between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets)
  • Tennessee/ Nashville: Parthenon, State Capitol, Belle Meade on 5025 Harting, Grand Ole Opry, Opera House, Gaylord Center, Ryman Auditorium, Old Presbyterian Church, Bicentennial Plaza, Custom House, Union Station, Frist Center for the Visual Arts,
  • Tennessee: Pigeon Forge's Wonderworks, Great Smoky Mountains,
  • Texas: Dallas, Huston, Fort Worth, Austin, Big Bend, etc
  • Utah
  • Virginia: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Cascade Falls
  • West Virginia: Blackwater Falls
  • Virginia/ Richmond: Thomas Jefferson's State Capitol
  • Virginia/ Williamsburg: Capitol, Governor's Palace, Wren Building, Carter's Grove, Rosewell (outside city)
  • Virginia: Shenandoah Park
  • Washington State/ Seattle: Needle, underground tour, +Central Library, +Trimpin's "If VI was IX: Roots and Branches" in the lobby of Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum, Pacific Science Center (1962), Olympic National Park (hike Dosewallips to Lake Quinault)
  • Washington State/ Tacoma: Blown Glass Museum
  • Wisconsin: Alexander Liberman's Argo in the south lawn of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Lloyd's First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, Potato River Falls in Gurney
  • Wyoming: Yellowstone and Grand Teton
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Warning: people are allowed to own and carry guns. If you are from Europe: would you visit a country if they told you that you are 5 times more likely to be killed in that country than at home? The murder rate in the USA is 5 times the murder rate in Europe. If you are from East Asia, the gap is even bigger. In some towns virtually every household has a gun and has the right to use it. Check before you travel. The USA is one of the most dangerous countries to visit. More people are murdered yearly in the USA than in all wars fought by the USA since the Vietnam war. If you are a foreign student applying to a US university, check whether guns are allowed on the campus of the university that you plan to join: it was legal in 8 states as of 2015.
Things that may annoy you:
  • The USA is the only country left on the planet that still uses the ancient Roman imperial system for measurements (miles, feet, gallons) instead of the metric system
  • The USA has very few trains and they are terribly slow and antiquated. This forces the traveler to continuously use airports with all the inconvenience (limited and sometimes lost luggage, security checks, lenghty boarding and disembarking, can't bring your own drinks, limited use of electronic devices, bumpy rides, sardine-like seats, impossible workspace, store things away for take off and landing, etc) and obsolence (airports are usually very far from your destination and transportation to town is expensive and/or slow).
  • The planes of US airlines are quite primitive by international standards.
  • Prices are never the real price (they never include the "taxes")
  • Colossal amount of plastic and colossal waste in general
  • Lots of homeless people, more than in any other developed country
  • Obese people have the same rights as normal people... and they are really obese (airlines will charge you if you have an extra kg of luggage but will not charge someone whose butt takes two seats)
  • Huge gas-sucking cars (their "compact" car is everybody else's "full size" car) and very cheap gasoline, a combination which results in a colossal waste of gasoline
  • People do not wash their hands before eating and often suck their fingers when finished eating (when you use the utensils at an all-you-can-eat buffet, those utensils have been used by countless people who did not wash their hands), a puzzling behavior by people who are obsessed with deodorants and showers and flossing
  • Air-conditioned buildings (they make you freeze even in the summer)
  • Waiters are hysterical about cleaning up your table even before you finished eating
  • The USA writes the date as month/day/year instead of day/month/year or year/month/day (a very irrational compromise between the two most widespread formats)
  • Anywhere in the USA avoid taxis and shuttles. The drivers can be arrogant and aggressive. They routinely demand a tip, often cheat customers, and are prone to accidents. If you make reservations online, they might ask you to pay the tip even before they show up!
  • For mysterious reasons people cannot write the number "9". They write it with a straight vertical line, despite the fact that all their computers and phones show the correct vertical curve (curve, not line).