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The Best Tourist Attraction In Every State
Business Insider, by Paige Cooperstein & Julie Zeveloff

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/8/2013 11:12:28 AM

The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/8/2013 11:27:11 AM     (No. 9645369)

Having been to several of these attractions I would recommend that if you go the Maryland´s Inner Harbor or Georgia´s Coke Museum that you get out of there long before dark.





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Reply 2 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/8/2013 11:34:05 AM     (No. 9645380)

Thanks, op. Old friends such as Mt. Rushmore and the Alamo included. Old friends such as Petrified Forest, Yellowstone Park and Bunyon and Blue statues were omitted. Lots to see in this great country. OUR COUNTRY. Please, Lord, keep it safe and bless your flock with preserving its heritage.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Detachment Charlie, 12/8/2013 11:53:20 AM     (No. 9645404)

The Indy 500? Why show a NASCAR photo?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 12/8/2013 12:03:19 PM     (No. 9645414)

Many of the attractions I would not consider best in the state. Washington, DC is a state? Never considered Delaware as a location to go to the beach. Yellowstone Park belongs in Wyoming and Montana´ attraction is Glacier National Park.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 12/8/2013 12:04:59 PM     (No. 9645416)

No slam intended, but how in the world does Yale in Connecticut or Ben and Jerry´s in Vermont compare to Arizona´s Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation? or the fantastic views from the bridge at Page, Arizona, above the canyons of Lake Meade?

If you want to show the beauty of America, SHOW THE BEAUTY OF AMERICA. This silly article equates 1+1 with E=mc squared.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gagolfer, 12/8/2013 12:05:24 PM     (No. 9645418)

Why does there always have to be negative comments? Some people just can´t ever enjoy anything without being nasty.

Yellowstone IS included- Montana.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mossley, 12/8/2013 12:17:47 PM     (No. 9645436)

Delaware is a great place to go to the beach. Far cleaner than NJ, nowhere near as crowded as Maryland. Tower beach is a better choice than Rehobeth, though. Rehobeth isn´t the family-friendly place it used to be.

It´s the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor, not the Baltimore Aquarium. It´s a great place to go, but seriously get out before dark. It´s not a safe area. The Science Center is on the other side of the Harbor and can be a fun place especially for kids. You´re also near Fort McHenry if you like history.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: DaddyO, 12/8/2013 12:22:59 PM     (No. 9645442)

If I found myself in Tennessee I would rather go to Gatlinburg (as a tourist activity) than spend one minute in Graceland, but hey, that´s just me.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/8/2013 12:30:10 PM     (No. 9645449)

#6 I think the headline invites the adverse commentary.. The BEST? Let me see what they think... what? no, that´s not the best... I think people are challenging the power of the media and who are they to say xyz is the best? Its pretty arrogant for them to claim that title and then submit some pretty lackluster choices.

At least they do give us the opening when they say: "Did we get your state right? Let us know your picks in the comments."


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 12/8/2013 12:36:22 PM     (No. 9645456)

I thought the Clinton Library & Massage Parlor would have made the top of the list for Arkansas.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kiwikit, 12/8/2013 12:37:57 PM     (No. 9645459)

Liberty Bell in Philadelphia for Pennsylvania! Certainly the Philadelphia Museum and Fairmount Park (more than 9,000 acres along the Schuylkill River) are certainly more interesting.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/8/2013 12:42:21 PM     (No. 9645465)

I enjoyed the article, especially most of the photographs. Delighted to say I´ve been to many of those named...however, have not seen Ben & Jerry´s, Graceland or the Coke Museum along with some of the others. All in all, though, a beautiful country!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mikkins2, 12/8/2013 12:55:19 PM     (No. 9645477)

All the years I have lived in the great state of Maine, I have yet to make it to Acadia. I have been everywhere else it seems but there. This summer perhaps.

The lighthouse on the coast of Maine are great to see as well. My father in law was stationed at Halfway Rock for a few years. He is featured in a movie about the history of Maine lighthouses, which is very interesting. He once was so bored that he counted every dimple on a basketball to pass the time.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/8/2013 1:14:38 PM     (No. 9645491)

Every American should visit Gettysburg. I understand that it´s probably not possible for many, but if you can, you should. I don´t know how to describe the experience, but I think it changes you in some way for the better.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 12/8/2013 1:14:43 PM     (No. 9645492)

Not to be "negative", but I can think of better spots in Colorado. A partial list would include:

Mesa Verde - amazing
Rocky Mountain National Park
The Maroon Bells - iconic
Pikes Peak
Independence Pass
Rabbit Ears Pass
The Black Canyon
Ouray
Royal Gorge
Taylor Park
Crested Butte
Glenwood Canyon

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/8/2013 1:15:30 PM     (No. 9645494)

I thought Obama´s place of birth, if you could find it, would be one.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: skywarrior, 12/8/2013 1:40:21 PM     (No. 9645525)

#15, I would add lots of things in and around Durango. The western slope is, IMHO, the prettiest part of CO.

And as to GA, the Coke Museum? Seriously? I realize I´m a little biased, living in Savannah, but there are a lot of beautiful and historical places in the state.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: jir, 12/8/2013 2:03:55 PM     (No. 9645541)

Love Greenbrier in West By God! Love the entire state of Maine and Acadia! Love my country, hope to see way more of it soon!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 12/8/2013 2:10:54 PM     (No. 9645553)

The Coke Museum is a guilty pleasure. I know I should scorn it but having taken my kids a few times I have always come away entertained. The Coke products of the world (last exhibit) is not to be missed - where you can sample unlimited quantities of the oddest tasting concoctions the folks at KO sell to those in foreign lands. Get your friends to try Italy´s "Beverly". They may never forgive you. And make sure that you make a pit stop before heading for the parking lot.

That said, I would have nominated Savannah´s Old Section. Or a bicycle ride around Jekyll Island.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 12/8/2013 2:14:31 PM     (No. 9645556)

They got my State, Virginia, right. Williamsburg is a jewel. I was just there two weeks ago. Lived in that area as a kid. Beautiful!

But they sure face-planted with Florida (where my parents live in the Winter). Nothing beats Disney World. Yes, it´s expensive, but it´s such a fantastic place. I have never, and never will, outgrow it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/8/2013 2:33:59 PM     (No. 9645572)

Stock cars do not race in the Indianapolis 500...

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/8/2013 2:50:19 PM     (No. 9645585)

#13, come to Louisiana and I´ll take you to the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinsville, the place of Longfellow´s poem about the doomed Acadian romance.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: varjo, 12/8/2013 3:38:42 PM     (No. 9645628)

Surprisingly, not a bad list since my taste tend toward natural wonders. My changes would have been:

Utah: Zion or Canyonlands instead of Great Salt Lake

Washington: Olympic Natl. park, not the Space Needle.

Pa. : Agree with #14 re: Gettysburg

Maryland: Antietam

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 12/8/2013 4:12:38 PM     (No. 9645649)

O0h, Savannah, the place of my dreams!
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Reply 25 - Posted by: surfhut, 12/8/2013 4:50:26 PM     (No. 9645681)

If you´re ever in OKC, don´t miss the Western Heritage Museum, formerly known as the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Shells, 12/8/2013 5:24:15 PM     (No. 9645720)

Mystic Seaport in CT is wonderful!

New Haven is a dump.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mossley, 12/8/2013 5:24:21 PM     (No. 9645721)

I love Gettysburg, and I try to get there every year or two. But if you´re coming all the way to Pa for a visit, hit Longwood Gardens while you´re there. It´s magnificent, especially this time of year.

I prefer the Seneca Rocks region of West Virgina; Greenbrier is nice but you need to take out a mortgage on your house to stay there.

For Mass., I say the Cape Cod/coastal region over Salem. At least when I was there in the 80s, Salem was a gaudy, tourist trap with little real history.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 12/8/2013 6:26:04 PM     (No. 9645760)

Exactly. #3. That´s the Brickyard 400 photo. Not the Indy 500.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: CALLIOPE1, 12/8/2013 6:32:44 PM     (No. 9645765)

Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 12/8/2013 6:33:19 PM     (No. 9645766)

As a Georgian I would pick several places over the Coke Museum. While the Coke Museum is interesting and fun, I think the old part of Savannah, Jekyll Island, Stone Mountain, the NE mountains, Brasstown Bald, and the Chickamauga Battlefield come before a commercial attraction. You also have the Marshes of Glynn and hundreds of beautiful, restored antebellum homes in many of our small towns.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: walcb, 12/8/2013 6:36:31 PM     (No. 9645770)

Poor Iowa; go to the state without a major league baseball team to see a make believe baseball park about a 104 year old team (that lost)from a nearby state. I would rather walk the corn fields and pull velvet leaf.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 12/8/2013 6:51:43 PM     (No. 9645779)

My suggestion for Texas is if you visit the Alamo (and the other missions that were built along the San Antonio River) you then head east to follow the trail that Houston and Santa Ana took in their chase across the state. You will be following "the Runaway Scrape" which began in Gonzales (the Lexington of Texas where the "come and take it" challenge took place and Houston found out about the fall of the Alamo) and ended in San Jacinto on the eastern side of Houston, where you can go to the top of the Battle monument and survey the battlefield.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
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To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s


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