Everyone loves the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Grand Canyon, but there are many wonderfully enjoyable attractions throughout the United States that are often overlooked by tourists. Take a look at four incredible sites that may not make it into the average travel guide.
New York City: Bldg 92
While walking across the Brooklyn Bridge (a popular NYC tourist destination) make a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In 2011, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation opened a visitors center at the former shipbuilding complex. Here, you can learn about the history of the building and surrounding neighborhoods.
Be sure to check out the “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future” exhibit, displaying the historical significance of the space. You may also enjoy “War Photojournalists,” which showcases great photographers like Lynsey Addario and Tim Hetherington.
San Francisco: San Francisco Bay Bridge
Most people will surely take in the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, but don’t forget the famed San Francisco Bay Bridge while in the city by the bay. This particular bridge is one of the longest in the world and links downtown San Francisco with Oakland. Take a drive along the bridge and enjoy the breathtaking views during the day.
At night, go to Embarcadero, Treasure Island, or Yerba Buena to see the bridge from different perspectives and to experience the stunning light display. The north side of the bridge is lit up with LED lights when the sun sets. Seeing the sunset from the bridge is a spectacular way to end a day of touring the city. Take a flight into the city with Delta Airlines and then rent a car to drive the bridge before taking in all San Francisco has to offer.
Los Angeles: California Heritage Museum
Surely you’ll spend some time exploring Hollywood and trying to spot celebrities while in LA. In between your time at popular destinations like Rodeo Drive or Universal Studios, take some time to learn about California’s history at the California Heritage Museum.
The museum is located in a restored 1894 house that was originally built for the son of Santa Monica’s founder. The house is dedicated to the Victorian period, with rotating exhibits about the region. Some of the exhibits have featured surfboard design, fruit box labels, and influences on the local lifestyle. Come on Sunday morning for the farmers’ market to complete your travel experience.
Chicago: Chicago River Walk
The River Walk is a nice place to take a jog or a leisurely stroll. It starts on the south bank from the Lake and stretches all the way to Clark Street. You’ll get nice views of the city, while taking in some fresh air at the same time. In the summertime there are lots of temporary restaurants that pop up along the walk, and there are also plenty of places to stop for a drink.
Take in the soaring buildings on one side and the river on the other. Be sure to bring a camera – there will be plenty of photo ops along the way. From the west and the east you’ll see Marina City, the Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, and the Centennial Fountain. You’ll also travel under some charming bridges on your jaunt.
When it’s time to plan your next vacation, be sure to put some of these lesser known spots on your itinerary. Go beyond the expected; get out there and explore to expand your horizons.