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Federal Holiday's: New Year's Day,
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Birthday

Festivals and Events:

Don't miss Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, one of the City's most beloved cultural celebrations. To ring in the Lunar New Year, dazzling dragon troupes wend their way through the streets of Chinatown. The family-friendly parade draws crowds of hundreds of thousands, who come to watch thousands of participants, elaborate floats, marching bands, martial artists, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and processions by local organizations. Each New Year's Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, U.S.A., home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a celebration more than a century old-a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world.

  • State: Alabama

    Abbreviation: AL
    Nickname: “Heart of Dixie”
        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/90F
        Avg Low 23C/73F
        Winter
        Avg High 17C/63F
        Avg Low 4C/40F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville that built the first rocket to put humans on the moon. Alabama is the only place in the world where all three components of steel making: iron ore, coal, and limestone, can be found within a 30-mile radius.

    Major Cities: Montgomery, Birmingham

    National Parks: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve

    Must do while there: The National Peanut Festival, Art on the Lake, Oktoberfest, and many other fun and exciting events, fairs, festivals, and parades going on throughout the year in Alabama. Huntsville's U.S. Space and Rocket Center loaded with exhibits about the past and future of space exploration, the space center is a blast for all ages. An incredible array of animals representing 250 species can be found at the Birmingham Zoo, visited by 500,000 people a year. Spread over 112 lush acres, the Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features an incredible variety of plant life.

    State Website: www.alabama.gov

  • State: Alaska

    Abbreviation: AK
    Nickname: "The Last Frontier"
    Weather: Summer
        Avg High 18C/65F
        Avg Low 11C/52F
        Winter
        Avg High -6C/22F
        Avg Low -14C/7F
    Time Zone: Alaska Standard Time (AKST)

    Famous for: Interior Alaska is known for its many natural geothermal hot springs. Alaska has 29 volcanoes. There aremore than 100,000 glaciers and 3 million lakes in Alaska. Alaska's main export product is seafood, primarily salmon, cod,Pollock and crab.

    Major Cities: Anchorage, Juneau

    National Parks: Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park

    Must do while there:The final frontier is a dream destination for many travelers, an untamed wonderland with an abundance of things to do:  watch wildlife in Denali National Park, ride the rails of the Historic Alaska Railroad, cruise Glacier Bay National Park, catch sight of the Northern Lights, follow the Iditarod National Historic Trail, go fish as Alaska is a dream destination for fisherman, where the rivers teem with salmon, halibut, rainbow trout and other sport fish. Alaska's hills and streams still glimmer with gold - and it just takes a little elbow grease to find it. Those looking to hit the gold nugget jackpot can try their luck for free in several places throughout the state.

    State Website: www. alaska.gov

  • State: Arizona

    Abbreviation: AZ
    Nickname: "Grand Canyon State"
    Weather: Summer
        Avg High 39C/102F
        Avg Low 24C/76F
        Winter
        Avg High 6C/70F
        Avg Low 4C/39F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for: Known for its Grand Canyon and brilliant desert sunsets, Arizona boasts of so much more such as lush forests, shimmering streams, snow-capped peaks, meadows of wildflowers, mountain lakes and swift rivers. It's a land of tranquility.

    Major Cities: Phoenix, Tucson

    National Parks: Grand Canyon National Park, Saguaro National Park, Petrified Forest National Park

    Must do while there:Arizona offers opportunities for camping at a wide range of altitudes, in maintained campgrounds or roughing it in the wild. Also, the most popular of Arizona attractions including ancient Indian Ruins, Arizona State Parks, National Monument Parks, man-made points of interest and even amazing Arizona Lakes. Top Arizona natural attractions include: Grand Canyon National Park, Montezuma Castle, Meteor Crater, known by scientists as Barringer Crater, etc.  There are also many places of interest in Phoenix such as Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo.

    State Website: www. alaska.gov

  • State: Arkansas

    Abbreviation: AR
    Nickname: "The Natural State"
    Weather: Summer
        Avg High 34C/93F
        Avg Low 23C/73F
        Winter
        Avg High 11C/52F
        Avg Low -1C/31F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Arkansas is home to the Ozark Mountains and Hot Springs National Park. The Trail of Tears National Historical Trail runs through the state of Arkansas. According to geologists, Arkansas and Brazil have the best quality quartz in the world. World's Championship Quartz Crystal Dig at Mount Ida is held the second weekend in October.

    Major Cities: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville.

    National Parks: Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River, Pea Ridge National Military Park

    Must do while there:Arkansas is a one-of-a-kind place packed with attractions and activities you won't find anywhere else on Earth such as Clinton Presidential Library (the library contains the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history), Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro which is the only diamond mine in the world that allows the public to dig for diamonds, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, etc.

    State Website: www.arkansas.gov

  • State: California

    Abbreviation: CA
    Nickname:“The Golden State”
    Weather: Summer
        Avg High 26C/78F
        Avg Low 17C/63F
        Winter
        Avg High 19C/67F
        Avg Low 9C/49F
    Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    Famous for: Golden State is an ideal resort destination, sunny and dry all year round with easy access to the ocean and mountains. California is famous for its beautiful coastline, redwood forests, and hundreds of other famous attractions including Hollywood, Disneyland, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

    Major Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego.

    National Parks: Yosemite National Park, Redwood National Park

    Must do while there:While in California make sure to visit the best attractions such as  Yosemite Valley (the second-ever national park),well-known Disneyland, Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park with a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden and the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco or Internationally renowned the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Also, the San Diego Zoo is a must see in Southern California. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting shows..

    State Website: www.ca.gov

  • State: Colorado

    Abbreviation: CO
    Nickname: "The Centennial State"
    Weather: Summer
        Avg High 25C/77F
        Avg Low 8C/46F
        Winter
        Avg High 2C/35F
        Avg Low -14C/7F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for: Colorado is famous for the Royal Gorge Bridge, the Continental Divide, Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde National Park, Cripple Creek which is a former gold mining camp located 44 miles (71 km) southwest of Colorado Springs near the base of Pikes Peak. Cripple Creek is also home to the Butte Opera House and features many events throughout the year like the Cripple Creek Ice Festival, Donkey Derby Days, the July 4 Celebration, and a Gold Camp Christmas.

    Major Cities: Denver, Colorado Springs

    National Parks: Mesa Verde National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

    Must do while there: Colorado is packed full of things to do year-round such as Dinosaur Resource Center or explore Mesa Verde, visit Great Sand Dunes National Park or hop on the trail anywhere in the 500 miles connecting Denver to Durango. You'll see lakes, wildlife and different ecosystems. You can step back in time and ride one of the state's refurbished rail lines. The coal-fired engines pull refurbished cars through canyons and wilderness along the same tracks once traveled by cowboys and miners.

    State Website: www.colorado.gov
  • State: Connecticut

    Abbreviation: CT
    Nickname: "The Constitution State"
        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/83F
        Avg Low 20C/68F
        Winter
        Avg High 6C/42F
        Avg Low -5C/23F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)State: Connecticut

    Famous for: Both the Connecticut and New Haven Colonies established documents of Fundamental Orders, considered the first constitutions in North America. In 1662, the three colonies were merged under a royal charter, making Connecticut a crown colony. The agricultural produce of the state includes nursery stock, eggs, clams, lobster (shellfish) and dairy products. Its industrial output includes transportation equipment, especially helicopters and aircraft parts. Connecticut is the home of Yale University, established in 1701 it is one of the most academically renowned universities in the United States.

    Major Cities: Bridgeport, Hartford

    National Parks: Stratton Brook State Park, Kent Falls State Park

    Must do while there: Ride the Steam Train through the countryside, bursting with lush scenery and historic sites, such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House. The Audubon Center in Greenwich offers indoor and outdoor fun by people who are experts on nature and wildlife. The 295-acre sanctuary has miles of trails near a hardwood forest, fields, a lake, streams and ponds, stone walls. The Sheffield Island Lighthouse in Norwalk may be one of the best places in New England to explore a lighthouse. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest public art museum in the United States, was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts. Its collections of nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years and feature the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts. The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford recognizes Samuel Clemens's (Mark Twain's) role as one of the nation's foremost literary icons. The Mark Twain House & Museum's collection contains 16,000 artifacts. Olde Mistick Village in Mystic is a really fun place to shop, especially as the Christmas season approaches. It is an open-air shopping center set up to resemble a Colonial village, complete with duck ponds, a waterwheel.

    State Website: www.ct.gov
  • State: Delaware

    Abbreviation: DE
    Nickname: "The First State"
        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 30C/86F
        Avg Low 20C/68F
        Winter
        Avg High 10C/50F
        Avg Low -2C/28F

    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Delaware is home to the second longest twin span suspension bridge in the world, the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Delaware is home to several festivals, fairs, and events. Some of the more notable festivals are the Riverfest held in Seaford, the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, etc.

    Major Cities: Dover, Wilmington

    National Parks: Fort Delaware State Park, Trap Pond State Park

    Must do while there: New Castle Court House Museum served as Delaware's first court and state capitol. Here in 1776, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and England creating the Delaware State. The Brandywine Zoo is located in beautiful Brandywine Park in Wilmington, Delaware. The Zoo hosts 150 animals, and is open all year round. The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1972. Encounter life-sized dinosaurs, marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world. State Website: www.delaware.gov

  • State: Florida

    Abbreviation: FL

    Nickname: "The Sunshine State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 33C /92F
        Avg Low 26C/78F
        Winter
        Avg High 26C/78F
        Avg Low 17C/62F

    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Florida is known for its amusement parks, the production of oranges and the Kennedy Space Center. Florida is host to many types of wildlife including: Bottlenose Dolphin, West Indian Manatee, Florida panther, etc.

    Major Cities: Miami, Tampa Bay, Orlando

    National Parks: Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park

    Must do while there: The Walt Disney World Resort, commonly known as Walt Disney World and informally as Disney World, is the world's most-visited entertainment resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Covering 30,080 acres, it is home to four theme parks, two water parks and twenty-four themed resorts. Discover the city of Key West where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain. Stroll the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway's home. Explore acres of landscaped gardens or the natural Florida habitat of nature preserve at Bok Tower Gardens. This must see Florida attraction is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando with many things to do and see including bird watching, etc.

    State Website: www.myflorida.com

  • State: Georgia

    Abbreviation: GA

    Nickname: "The Peach State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C /89F
        Avg Low 21C/70F
        Winter
        Avg High 13C/55F
        Avg Low 1C/33F

    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: The Georgia Aquarium is the world largest with more than eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium. Georgia's peach industry has a long tradition. In 2003 Georgia ranked third nationally in acreage devoted to peaches (with more than 6,070 hectares, or 15,000 acres).

    Major Cities: Atlanta, Augusta

    National Parks: Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, Stone Mountain Park

    Must do while there: The 313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to numerous themed display gardens, including the Flower Garden, the International garden, the Heritage Garden, the Shade Garden. Museum of Aviation is one of the largest in the Southeast with more than 100 aircraft and missiles, flight simulators and open cockpits. See America's Story through contemporary Western artwork, Presidential portraits and letters, Civil War art, more than 200 Native American artifacts, and so much more at Booth Western Art Museum.

    State Website: www. georgia.gov

  • State: Hawaii

    Abbreviation: HI

    Nickname: "The Aloha State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 31C /88F
        Avg Low 21C/72F
        Winter
        Avg High 28C/82F
        Avg Low 18C/65F

    Time Zone: Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST)

    Famous for: Hawaii is home to numerous cultural events. The annual Merrie Monarch Festival is an international Hula competition. Hawaii boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Luaus are an incomparable visitor attraction and an excellent introduction to the food and culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

    Major Cities: Honolulu, Pearl City

    National Parks: Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Must do while there: There's so much to see and do in Hawaii: relax on Hawaii's world famous beaches, attend an authentic Polynesian Luau, which is an exotic, South Pacific-style celebration of color, style, history, music, and dance. Stop by the Kauai's Waimea Canyon to take a tour of a volcano. It is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," because of its many panoramic views. Watch for whales. Throughout the months of November to April, the island of Maui becomes the destination of choice for humpback whales. Whale watching boats and sailings are abundant during this time of year. Visit the Diamond Head State Monument in Waikiki, Oahu which consists of a 760-foot tuff crater. The crater gained popularity in the 19th century when British sailors thought they found diamonds within the crater's slopes. The National Natural landmark is now a popular hiking destination.

    State Website: www.hawaii.gov

  • State: Idaho

    Abbreviation: ID

    Nickname:
    "Gem State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 33C /91F
        Avg Low 12C/54F
        Winter
        Avg High 7C/45F
        Avg Low -2C/24F

    Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    Famous for: Idaho's nickname is the "Gem State", because nearly every known type of gemstone has been found here. In addition, Idaho is one of only two places in the world where star garnets can be found. Additionally, Idaho is sometimes called the "Potato State" owing to its popular crop.

    Major Cities:
    Boise, Nampa

    National Parks: Yellowstone National Park, Nez Prece National Historical Park

    Must do while there:
    Idaho's Silver Creek, the Henrys Fork, and the South Fork of the Snake are world renowned for fly-fishing opportunities. Bear Lake is a turquoise lake on the Idaho-Utah border offers swimming, boating, water skiing, sailing and fishing. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a waterfowl refuge, along the north shore of beautiful Bear Lake, is great for observing white-faced ibis, Canada geese, ducks, sand hill cranes and a variety of songbirds. Boise Art museum is dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the visual arts with a wide variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Castle Rocks State Park is adjacent to City of Rocks National Reserve. This park includes similar outstanding rock formations with activities such as climbing, picnicking, hiking, and camping.

    State Website
    : www.idaho.gov

  • State: Illinois

    Abbreviation: IL

    Nickname: "Land of Lincoln"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 29C/84F
        Avg Low 19C/66F
        Winter
        Avg High 3C/37F
        Avg Low -8C/18F

    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Illinois is one of the nation's manufacturing leaders: machinery manufacturing, food manufacturing, transportation equipment, etc. In 1861 Abraham Lincoln inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954.

    Major Cities: Chicago, Aurora

    National Parks: The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, Pere Marquette State Park

    Must do while there: Experience Chicago's world renowned architecture by boat, foot or bus. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum unlike any other museum enables visitors to experience the entire Lincoln story for themselves under one roof. Art Institute of Chicago has one of the world's finest art collections dating back from 3000 B.C. through the 1990s including famous French Impressionist paintings and drawings as well as fine and decorative arts from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Don't miss the sweeping panoramas and visit The John Hancock Observatory that offers Chicago's best view, spanning 80 miles and four states. Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is a free zoo located in the heart of the city and is a natural oasis that features the Farm-in-the-Zoo, Pritzker Children's Zoo, etc.

    Voted one of the "7 Wonders of Illinois," Black Hawk State Historic Site offers beautiful trails for hiking and walking in the city of Rock Island, IL. While at the park be sure to visit the Watch Tower Lodge that houses the John Hauberg Indian Museum.

    State Website: www.illinois.gov

  • State: Indiana

    Abbreviation: IN

    Nickname: "The Hoosier State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 29C/84F
        Avg Low 16C/61F
        Winter
        Avg High 4C/39F
        Avg Low -7C/19F

    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Indiana is home to several major sports teams and athletic events including the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, the NBA's Indiana Pacers. Modern Indiana is renowned for many things including the Indy 500, the Universities of Indiana: Notre Dame and Purdue, and for being (arguably) the epicenter of high school and college basketball. But perhaps its most endearing charms are found in the small towns that has the welcoming landscape of the Hoosier State.

    Major Cities: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne

    National Parks: George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

    Must do while there:
    Numbering over 350 different animal species on its nearly 70 acres, the Indianapolis Zoo offers the world's first totally submerged dolphin viewing experience and the world's largest shark touch tank. The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that showcase both Native American and Western art, culture and history. Indianapolis boasts a beautiful one-and-a-half mile long Central Canal that offers gondola rides, pedal boats, etc.

    State Website:
    www.in.gov

  • State: Iowa

    Abbreviation: IA

    Nickname: "The Hawkeye State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 30C/86F
        Avg Low 17C/62F
        Winter
        Avg High 2C/36F
        Avg Low -10C/14F

    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Agriculture has always been a major component of Iowa's economy. Iowa's main agricultural outputs are corn, soybeans, oats, cattle, eggs, and dairy products. Iowa is the nation's largest producer of ethanol and corn and is the largest grower of soybeans as well.

    Major Cities: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

    National Parks: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Effigy Mounds National Monument

    Must do while there:
    Iowa is a state that will fascinate you with its array of things to see and experience. Visit The State Capitol Building, completed in 1886 and built of limestone, granite, and sandstone, the Iowa State Capitol Building is one of the largest statehouses in the nation. The Des Moines Botanical Center opened in 1979. Indoor exhibits include seasonal displays of plants, flowers, a pond stocked with goldfish, catfish, and turtles and free-flying birds under one of the largest geodesic domes in the nation.

    State Website: www.iowa.gov

  • State: Kansas

    Abbreviation: KS

    Nickname: "The Sunflower State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/90F
        Avg Low 21C/70F
        Winter
        Avg High 6C/42F
        Avg Low -6C/21F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Kansas ranks 8th in U.S. oil and gas production. Several large aircraft corporations have manufacturing facilities in Wichita and Kansas City, including Spirit AeroSystems, Boeing , etc. Also, Kansas as a generic location, with no references to any specific town, was the home of the main character in the novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Kansas recognized the sunflower as official state flower in 1903 (the sunflower is also featured on the Kansas state quarter, state flag, and the nickname for Kansas is "The Sunflower State).

    Major Cities: Wichita, Overland Park

    National Parks: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, El Dorado State Park

    Must do while there: Visit Mid-America Air Museum. This exciting air museum boasts the fifth largest collection of military and civilian aircraft in the United States or explore University of Kansas Natural History Museum that includes: Fossils, naturalistic dioramas of birds, mammals, and plants, live bees (in a working hive), snakes, and fishes, the Panorama, the largest diorama display of its type, depicting animals, plants, and natural environments from the Arctic Circle to the tropics and more. State Website: www.kansas.gov
  • State: Kentucky

    Abbreviation: KY

    Nickname: "Bluegrass State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/ 89F
        Avg Low 19C/66F
        Winter
        Avg High 9C/48F
        Avg Low -3C/25F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures because of the fertile soil. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park. Kentucky is also known for horse racing, automobile manufacturing and college basketball.

    Major Cities: Louisville, Lexington

    National Parks: Mammoth Cave National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

    Must do while there: Travel through soft rolling hills of Horse Country and visit the Kentucky Horse Park or Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. View exotic animals and hundreds of aquatic creatures at Louisville Zoo. View the birthplace of the 16th U.S. president at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park along the Lincoln Heritage Trail.

    State Website: www.kentucky.gov
  • State: Louisiana

    Abbreviation: LA

    Nickname: "Pelican State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 33C/91F
        Avg Low 22C/72F
        Winter
        Avg High 18C/65F
        Avg Low 6C/42F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Louisiana is among the top ten states in the production of sugar cane, sweet potatoes, rice, cotton and pecans. Mardi Gras is a celebration that is known worldwide. It is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent. This custom was brought to Louisiana by the French.

    Major Cities: New Orleans, Baton Rouge

    National Parks: Jean Lafitte National Historic Park, Fairview Riverside State Park

    Must do while there: There are so many things to do in Louisiana: slip, slide and squeal at Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge, try the peach ice cream at the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston, hear the music of New Orleans' Frenchmen Street, explore Acadian, Creole and Native American Cultures at Vermilionville Living History Museum in Lafayette or step back in time at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

    State Website:
    www.louisiana.gov
  • State: Maine

    Abbreviation: ME

    Nickname: "The Pine Tree State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 26C/79F
        Avg Low 15C/59F
        Winter
        Avg High 2C/36F
        Avg Low -11C/12F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: The state is known for the scenery of mostly rocky coastline, the low rolling mountains and picturesque waterways—as well as for its seafood cuisine, particularly lobsters and clams. Maine is the number one exporter of blueberries.

    Major Cities: Portland, Lewiston

    National Parks: Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park

    Must do while there: Portland Museum of Art has more than 17,000 works on exhibit, including paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. Visit a world famous landmark-Portland Head Light. Plenty of picnicking space will provide a great relaxation spot right on the beautiful coast in the spring or summer.

    Acadia National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Maine. For nearly a century, tea and popovers have been served on the lawn at Jordan Pond House, located on the Pond Loop Road in Acadia National Park.

    State Website: www.maine.gov
  • State: Maryland

    Abbreviation: MD

    Nickname: "Old Line State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 31C/87F
        Avg Low 19C/67F
        Winter
        Avg High 8C/47F
        Avg Low -4C/25F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Maryland has a large food-production sector. A large component of this is commercial fishing, centered in Chesapeake Bay, but also including activity off the short Atlantic seacoast. The largest catches by species are the blue crab, oysters and striped bass. The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects historic sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle for Baltimore, the aftermath of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem of the United States.

    Major Cities: Baltimore, Frederick

    National Parks: Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland State Park

    Must do while there: Adkins Arboretum is a beautiful 400-acre native garden and preserve that includes four miles of meadow and woodland paths. Amenities include gardens, gift & book shop, native plant sales, art exhibits. Visit Adventure Park, USA which is Maryland's largest family entertainment center featuring laser tag, go-karts, mini-golf, rollercoaster, a large arcade and more. Experience the area's rich maritime heritage through exhibitions, events and concerts at Annapolis Maritime Museum.

    State Website: www.maryland.gov
  • State: Massachusetts

    Abbreviation: MA

    Nickname: "The Bay State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/82F
        Avg Low 18C/65F
        Winter
        Avg High 6C/42F
        Avg Low -6C/22F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Massachusetts has played a significant historical, cultural, and commercial role in American history. Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower. Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. In recent years tourism has played an ever-important role in the state's economy, with Boston and Cape Cod being the leading destinations. Other popular tourist destinations include Salem, Plymouth and the Berkshires.

    Major Cities: Boston, Worcester

    National Parks: Adams National Historical Park, Boston National Historical Park

    Must do while there: A trip to Martha's Vineyard should be included in every trip to Massachusetts. While there visitors should make it a point to view the beautiful clay cliffs known as Gay Head Cliffs. No trip to Massachusetts would be complete without a visit to Harvard, arguably the nation's most prestigious university. Dating back to 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning. Graduates of Harvard include philosopher Henry David Thoreau, writer Gertrude Stein, and seven United States presidents. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, located in the city for which it is named, features some of the largest collection of works by Claude Monet that exists outside France, as well as one of the world's most impressive collections of 19th-century American art.

    State Website: www.mass.gov
  • State: Michigan

    Abbreviation: MI

    Nickname: "The Great Lakes State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/83F
        Avg Low 18C/60F
        Winter
        Avg High 2C/36F
        Avg Low -7C/20F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline. The state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. Michigan is the leading auto-producing state in the U.S.

    Major Cities: Detroit, Grand Rapids

    National Parks: Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park

    Must do while there: Discover America's greatest history attraction-The Henry Ford Museum. Explore American innovations including Rosa Parks Bus, Lincoln Chair, Kennedy Limousine, Dymaxion House and Driving America. Visit Detroit Institute of Arts, considered housing one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art. Detroit Science Center features Michigan's only Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre, the Dassault Systemes Planetarium, the DTE Energy Sparks Theater, the Chrysler Science Stage, over 200 hands-on exhibit galleries and more. State Website:

    State Website: www.michigan.gov
  • State: Minnesota

    Abbreviation: MN

    Nickname: "North Star State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 29C/84F
        Avg Low 15C/59F
        Winter
        Avg High -2C/29F
        Avg Low -14C/7F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. The state is also known as a center of Scandinavian American culture.

    Major Cities: Minneapolis, Saint Paul

    National Parks: Voyageurs National Park, Grand Portage National Monument

    Must do while there: The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the Midwest's most popular museum attractions, offering visitors the chance to enjoy breathtaking large-format films, wonder at one of the world's only complete mounted Triceratops and examine an authentic Egyptian mummy. Como Zoo & Conservatory - a free zoo located in Como Park in St. Paul. Visitors can see Siberian tigers, eastern Timber wolves, a wide variety of native waterfowl, Kodiak, and polar bears and lots more. Enjoy lively exhibits in Minnesota History Center that feature such varied objects as an authentic birch bark canoe, a printing press from the early 1800s, Minnesota Twins' World Series memorabilia, Burma Shave signs, a recreated barbershop and a windmill straight off the farm or explore Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that features 1,000 acres of unique public gardens: spectacular annual and perennial display gardens, collections of plants developed for northern climates, natural and native areas and demonstration gardens.

    State Website: www.state.mn.us
  • State: Mississippi

    Abbreviation: MS

    Nickname: "The Magnolia State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 33C/91F
        Avg Low 21C/70F
        Winter
        Avg High 13C/56F
        Avg Low 2C/36F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Mississippi has been especially known for its music and literature. Musicians of the state's Delta region were historically significant to the development of the blues. The Magnolia Independent Film Festival, still held annually in Starkville, is the first and oldest in the state. Mississippi's catfish aquaculture farms produce the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States.

    Major Cities: Jackson, Gulfport

    National Parks: Natchez National Historical Park, Vicksburg National Military Park

    Must do while there: Visit Elvis Presley birthplace and museum that features a lot of interesting details about the most popular American singer of the 20th century. Located in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Delta Blues Museum collects preserves and exhibits items significant blues-related memorabilia, in addition to displays and art related to the southern blues tradition. The museum is housed in the historic Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Passenger Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Make sure to visit the city of Jackson that has many historic sites and museums like Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, Governor's Mansion and interesting attractions such as The Russell C. Davis Planetarium and Jackson Zoo.

    State Website: www.mississippi.gov
  • State: Missouri

    Abbreviation: MO

    Nickname: "The Show Me State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/90F
        Avg Low 17C/65F
        Winter
        Avg High 7C/45F
        Avg Low -7C/20F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Missouri is the native state of Mark Twain. Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Missouri is also known as "The Cave State" with over 6000 recorded caves. Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States who was born in Missouri.

    Major Cities: Kansas City, Saint Louis

    National Parks: Mark Twain State Park, Big Oak Tree State Park

    Must do while there: In St. Louis take a 630-foot ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, this world-famous stainless steel monument for the finest view in the Gateway City. Then stop by the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to get a glimpse of where Lewis and Clark set out on their historic expedition. One of the city's many free attractions, the Saint Louis Zoo has been recognized as one of the nation's leading zoological parks. Take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad and get a guided tour of some of the most exciting animal exhibits in the park. Enjoy a fusion of sculpture and landscape architecture at Citygarden, an urban oasis featuring works of modern and contemporary art, native plants, six rain gardens and a café. See what's new at the St. Louis Science Center. Find out what it's like to venture out into the wild, journey under the sea or fly high up in the air at the four-story Omnimax Theater, a film experience unlike any other.

    State Website: www.mo.gov
  • State: Montana

    Abbreviation: MT

    Nickname: "Big Sky Country"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 27C /81F
        Avg Low 8C/44F
        Winter
        Avg High -2C/30F
        Avg Low -10C/14F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for: Montana is well known for its mountainous western region, most of which is geologically and geographically part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Montana is also home to a diverse array of flora and fauna.

    Major Cities: Billings, Missoula

    National Parks: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park

    Must do while there: Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park. Glacier National Park is a must-see when in Montana .The state has variety of arts and culture as well as festivals and events such as rodeo or horse shows. World Museum of Mining is a national historical site dedicated to preserving the mining, ethnic, and social history of Butte. This museum, with displays both indoors and outdoors, is a far cry from the quiet of a big city museum. If you are in Montana, don't miss The World Museum of Mining.

    State Website: www.mt.gov
  • State: Nebraska

    Abbreviation: NE

    Nickname: "Cornhusker State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 27C /81F
        Avg Low 8C/44F
        Winter
        Avg High -2C/30F
        Avg Low -10C/14F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Lincoln County is the origin of the world's largest "Wolly Mammoth" elephant fossil. The world's largest hand-planted forest is Halsey National Forrest near Thedford, Nebraska. Chimney Rock has become one of the most famous landmarks in the American West. It is a prominent geological rock formation in Morrill County in western Nebraska.

    Major Cities: Omaha, Lincoln

    National Parks: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Chimney Rock National Historic Site

    Must do while there: The University of Nebraska is home to the prestigious Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, which has been delighting visitors for over 15 years with its wonderful permanent exhibitions. See the charming collection of 20th century American art, and a sizeable sculpture garden. Enjoy Bruce Park Arboretum. Make sure to visit Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Thundering waterfalls and exotic plants and animals abound in the world's largest indoor rainforest - the Lied Jungle. Watch sharks and stingrays swim over your head as you walk through a 70 foot long underwater tunnel in the Scott Aquarium.

    State Website: www.nebraska.gov
  • State: Nevada

    Abbreviation: NV

    Nickname: "Silver State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 40C/104F
        Avg Low 24C/75F
        Winter
        Avg High 17C/63F
        Avg Low 4C/39F
    Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    Famous for: Nevada was made famous by the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest known U.S. silver deposit, in 1859, and its mines have produced large quantities of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc. Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa. Nevada is also the leading entertainment center. Las Vegas has the majority of the largest hotels in the world.

    Major Cities: Las Vegas, Henderson

    National Parks: Great Basin National Park, Beaver Dam State Park

    Must do while there: Tour the new Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas and see a giant Columbian mammoth, visit Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural institution in southern Nevada, or take in an extraordinary performance of Cirque du Soleil at one of its Las Vegas shows. Visit Central Nevada Museum, step into the past and explore the rich and colorful history of Central Nevada and early boomtowns of the west.

    State Website: www.nv.gov
  • State: New Hampshire

    Abbreviation: NH

    Nickname: "The Granite State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/82F
        Avg Low 13C/55F
        Winter
        Avg High 3C/37F
        Avg Low -15C/5F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for:
    With some of the largest ski mountains on the East Coast, New Hampshire's major recreational attractions include skiing, snowmobiling and other winter sports, hiking and mountaineering, observing the fall foliage, summer cottages along many lakes and the seacoast. In summer and early autumn, New Hampshire is home to many county fairs, the largest being the Hopkinton State Fair in Contoocook.

    Major Cities: Manchester, Nashua

    National Parks: Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

    Must do while there: Visit Museum of New Hampshire History that features the state's best selection of New Hampshire's books, products and crafts. Visit the largest collection of Agricultural Animals & North American Wildlife in Charmingfare Farm , NH. A visit to this 180-acre farm is affordable, educational, and exciting for children and adults. The farm is home to over 200 animals. Created and sustained by the people of New Hampshire, the Capitol Center for the Arts shall inspire, educate and entertain audiences by providing the finest venue for the performing arts.

    State Website: www.nh.gov
  • State: New Jersey

    Abbreviation: NJ

    Nickname: "The Garden State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 29C/84F
        Avg Low 19C/67F
        Winter
        Avg High 8C/47F
        Avg Low -3C/27F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Lake and seaside resorts such as Atlantic City have contributed to New Jersey's rank of fifth among the states in revenues from tourism. Six Flags Great Adventure is one of the biggest amusement parks in the world and boasts one of the largest collections of roller coasters.

    Major Cities: Newark, Jersey City

    National Parks: Morristown National Historical Park, Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    Must do while there: New Jersey has many museums of all kinds. A few major museums in the state are New Jersey State Museum, Liberty Science Center and Montclair Art Museum. Take a day trip to a Jersey Shore Beach. New Jersey beaches along the 127 miles of the Jersey shore are a natural landscape of beauty, clean ocean water, white sandy beaches, making the Jersey Shore one of the most desired vacation destinations on the east coast. Visit an historical New Jersey Lighthouse. The two most popular New Jersey lighthouses are: The Cape May Lighthouse and the Barnegat Lighthouse.

    State Website: www.nj.gov
  • State: New Mexico

    Abbreviation: NM

    Nickname: "Land of Enchantment"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/90F
        Avg Low 17C/62F
        Winter
        Avg High 12C/53F
        Avg Low -3C/26F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for: New Mexico is the third leading crude oil and natural gas producer in the United States. New Mexico also ranks as an important center of Native American culture. The reservation of the Navajo Nation ranks as the largest in the United States. A large artistic community thrives in Santa Fe, NM. The capital city has museums of Spanish colonial, international folk, Navajo ceremonial, modern Native American, and other modern art.

    Major Cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces National Parks: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Must do while there: Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park that contains some of the largest caves in North America and Chaco Canyon National Historical Park- 20 miles stretch of Chaco Wash in the San Juan Basin that was a major center of Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. The Albuquerque Biological Park is a terrific place to enjoy while visiting the Southwest. The park is comprised of four different attractions- the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden, the Rio Grande Zoo and Tingley Beach.

    State Website: www.newmexico.gov
  • State: New York

    Abbreviation: NY

    Nickname: "The Empire State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/83F
        Avg Low 20C/68F
        Winter
        Avg High 6C/42F
        Avg Low -5C/23F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: New York City is the leading center of banking, finance and communication in the United States. Many of the world's largest corporations are based in the city. The city of New York is an important center for music, film, theater, dance and visual art. Today the 39 largest theatres (with more than 500 seats) in New York are collectively known as "Broadway", are mostly located in the Times Square. New York is also one of only five cities in the United States with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines: The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, and the Public Theater.

    Major Cities: New York City, Buffalo

    National Parks:
    Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Saratoga National Historical Park

    Must do while there: See the Statue of Liberty up close or stare off across the New York Harbor at the Ellis Island National Monument. Also located on Ellis Island is the American Family Immigration History Center which contains searchable records of 25 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who entered the U.S. through New York Harbor between 1892 and 1924. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the world. Take a nice walk at Central Park, designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted; it is home to 843 acres of verdant views, vibrant flora and hidden histories. Visit New York's tallest structure-The Empire State Building. The view from the 86th-floor observation deck is breathtaking.

    State Website: www.ny.gov
  • State: North Carolina

    Abbreviation: NC

    Nickname: "Old North State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/90F
        Avg Low 20C/68F
        Winter
        Avg High 14C/57F
        Avg Low -1C/30F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: North Carolina is known for its best East Coast's beaches, American history, scenic rides through farmland and mountains, and award-winning golf courses. Smoky Mountains is the most visited of the National Parks and one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. One of North Carolina's major claims to fame "First in Flight" was due largely to the wind conditions on the Outer Banks, and the dedicated observers who recorded the wind speeds. In this case, the story rests on the state as a windy, not a calm, location.

    Major Cities: Charlotte, Raleigh

    National Parks: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Must do while there: Visit Biltmore in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Biltmore is a National Historic Landmark with America's largest home, gardens and world-class luxury inn. The North Carolina Arboretum is an arboretum and botanical garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. The arboretum includes many hiking and bicycling trails, a bonsai collection, a holly garden, a stream garden, etc. Step inside an amazing world of science and spend a day at Discovery Place, one of Charlotte's most popular attractions. Featuring hands-on fun for everyone, guests can walk the rainforest, enjoy jaw-dropping experiments or wonder at the underwater world in the new aquarium. One of the leading art museums in the American South is the North Carolina Museum of Art, featuring paintings and sculpture representing 5,000 years of artistic work from antiquity to the present. The museum features more than 40 galleries as well as more than a dozen works of art in its 164-acre Museum Park.

    State Website: www.nc.gov
  • State: North Dakota

    Abbreviation: ND

    Nickname: "Peace Garden State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/82F
        Avg Low 13C/55F
        Winter
        Avg High -4C/24F
        Avg Low -18C/6F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: North Dakota is the second leading producer of sugar beets, grown in the Red River Valley. The state is also the largest producer of honey, dry edible peas and beans, lentils, and the third largest producer of potatoes.

    Major Cities: Fargo, Bismarck

    National Parks: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

    Must do while there: North Dakota's major fine art museums and venues include the Chester Fritz Auditorium, Empire Arts Center, the Fargo Theatre, North Dakota Museum of Art and the Plains Art Museum. The Dakota Zoo is North Dakota's largest zoo, housing over 600 animals. There are prairie dogs, mountain lions, bison and other animals native to the region.

    State Website: www.nd.gov
  • State: Ohio

    Abbreviation: OH

    Nickname: "The Buckeye State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 28C/82F
        Avg Low 17C/62F
        Winter
        Avg High 3C/37F
        Avg Low -8C/17F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Ohio is known for its theme parks, hall of fame museums and the Amish Country. Ohio also is the largest producer in the country of plastics, rubber, fabricated metals, electrical equipment, and appliances.

    Major Cities: Columbus, Cleveland

    National Parks: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

    Must do while there: Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum that hosts countless performance events and educational programs and proudly houses thousands of priceless artifacts, films and videos. Ohio is home to the world's largest Amish/Mennonnite settlement. Berlin, Ohio is a small town in the heart of Amish country that is popular among visitors, as it offers insight into the peaceful and quiet Amish way of life. Just northeast of Cincinnati, Paramount's Kings Island Park offers thrilling rides including The Beast, the world's longest wooden roller coaster. The park is also home to Boomerang Bay Waterpark and many entertaining live shows. Armstrong Air and Space Museum is named in honor of Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon, this museum celebrates Ohio's contributions to the history of space flight.

    State Website: www.ohio.gov
  • State: Oklahoma

    Abbreviation: OK

    Nickname: "Sooner State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 34C/94F
        Avg Low 20C/68F
        Winter
        Avg High 13C/55F
        Avg Low -2C/29F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for: A major producer of natural gas, oil, and agriculture, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications and biotechnology.

    Major Cities: Oklahoma City, Tulsa

    National Parks: Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park

    Must do while there: The Oklahoma Mozart Festival in Bartlesville is one of the largest classical music festivals in the southern United States and Oklahoma City's Festival of the Arts has been named one of the top fine arts festivals in the nation. The Philbrook Museum of Tulsa is considered one of the top 50 fine art museums in the United States and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, one of the largest university-based art and history museums in the country. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art contains the most comprehensive collection of glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly in the world.

    State Website: www.ok.gov
  • State: Oregon

    Abbreviation: OR

    Nickname: "Beaver State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 23C/83F
        Avg Low 13C/56F
        Winter
        Avg High 9C/48F
        Avg Low 2C/36F
    Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    Famous for: Oregon contains a diverse landscape including the windswept Pacific coastline, the volcanoes of the rugged and glaciated Cascade Mountain Range, many waterfalls (including Multnomah Falls),dense evergreen forests, etc. Oregon is also one of four major world hazelnut growing regions, and produces 95% of the domestic hazelnuts in the United States.

    Major Cities: Portland, Eugene

    National Parks: Crater Lake National Park, Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, Nez Perce National Historical Park

    Must do while there: International Rose Test Garden is a must see while in Portland, OR. Founded nearly 100 years ago, the garden is an official testing site for All-American Rose Selections. The garden features a Miniature Rose Garden, a Shakespeare Garden and a Rosarian Garden. Portland Art Museum is the oldest institution on the West Coast, and it houses a vast collection of everything from ancient Asian art to Van Gogh. Douglas County Museum is home to Oregon's largest natural history collection on display.

    State Website: www.oregon.gov
  • State: Pennsylvania

    Abbreviation: PA

    Nickname: "Keystone State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 31C/87F
        Avg Low 19C/67F
        Winter
        Avg High 8C/46F
        Avg Low -4C/24F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Pennsylvania is home to the nation's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo. The Commonwealth boasts some of the finest museums in the country, including the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and several others. One unique museum is the Houdini Museum in Scranton, the only building in the world devoted to the legendary magician. Pennsylvania offers a number of notable amusement parks, including Camel Beach, Conneaut Lake Park, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, etc. Pennsylvania also is home to the largest indoor waterpark resort on the East Coast, Splash Lagoon in Erie. The U.S. chocolate industry is centered in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Mars, Godiva, and Wilbur Chocolate Company. Among the regional foods associated with Philadelphia are cheesesteaks, hoagie and soft pretzels.

    Major Cities: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

    National Parks: Independence National Historical Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Must do while there: Visit Independence National Historic Park that has been the most top attraction as the "America's most historic square mile" is home to Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, Declaration House and Christ Church Burial Ground. Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a stellar collection from artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and Rodin. Visit Hersheypark, a family theme park situated in Hershey, Derry Township, Pennsylvania. As of 2011, the park's area covers over 110 acres, containing over 60 rides and attractions. It also contains a waterpark called The Boardwalk at Hersheypark and a zoo called ZooAmerica.

    State Website: www.pa.gov
  • State: Rhode Island

    Abbreviation: RI

    Nickname: "The Ocean State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 27C/81F
        Avg Low 16C/60F
        Winter
        Avg High 6C/43F
        Avg Low -7C/19F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776. Nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island has a number of oceanfront beaches. Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder. While both the white New England variety and the red Manhattan variety are popular, there is also unique clear chowder, known as Rhode Island Clam Chowder available in many restaurants.

    Major Cities: Providence, Warwick

    National Parks: Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Roger Williams National Memorial

    Must do while there: Cliff Walk is one of the beautiful city's top attractions in Newport, RI. This 3.5 mile public access waterway along the shoreline is a designated National Recreation Trail. The walk extends from the east end of Bailey's Beach to the west end of First Beach, giving walkers amazing views of the gilded mansions the city is known for, including Astor's Beachwood, Rosecliff, The Breakers, Marble House, Ochre Court and Rough Point. Newport, RI plays host to a number of festivals during the summer months, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, the Newport Folk, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Newport International Boat Show.

    State Website: www.ri.gov
  • State: South Carolina

    Abbreviation: SC

    Nickname: "The Palmetto State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 32C/89F
        Avg Low 23C/74F
        Winter
        Avg High 16C/60F
        Avg Low 3C/37F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Charleston, SC is a notable tourist destination, with streets lined with grand live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Along the waterfront in an area known as "Rainbow Row" are many beautiful and historic pastel-colored homes. The city is also an important port, boasting the second largest container seaport on the East Coast and the fourth largest container seaport in North America. It is also the second most productive port in the World behind Hong Kong.

    Major Cities: Columbia, Charleston

    National Parks: Congaree National Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park

    Must do while there: There are countless local festivals throughout the state highlighting many cultural traditions, historical events, and folklore such as Azalea and Peach festivals in the mountains to Sun Fun Days, oyster fests, and the famed Gullah Festival on the coast. Enjoy art, cultural and natural history, science and technology at South Carolina State Museum, located in Columbia. Other attractions include the South Carolina Aquarium, the Audubon Swamp Garden, Cypress Gardens, and Charles Towne Landing.

    State Website: www.sc.gov
  • State: South Dakota

    Abbreviation: SD

    Nickname: "The Mount Rushmore State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 29C/85F
        Avg Low 11C/51F
        Winter
        Avg High 4C/39F
        Avg Low -11C/13F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: An important sector in South Dakota's economy is tourism. Many travel to view the attractions of the state, particularly those in the Black Hills region, such as historic Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, and the nearby state and national parks. One of the largest tourist events in the state is the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    Major Cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City

    National Parks: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park

    Must do while there: Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The stony faces of past presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - carved 60ft tall in the granite of a Black Hills outcrop - are one of the most famous images in the USA and the top attraction in the state.

    The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument complex that is under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. The memorial consists of the mountain carving (monument), the Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center. High Plains Western Heritage Center - the center is a five state regional museum founded to honor the old west pioneers and the Native Americans of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. View fantastic exhibits of Western art, artifacts and memorabilia.

    State Website: www.sd.gov
  • State: Tennessee

    Abbreviation: TN

    Nickname: "The Volunteer State".

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 33C/92F
        Avg Low 21C/70F
        Winter
        Avg High 13C/55F
        Avg Low 1C/33F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for:
    Tennessee's major industries include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park, is headquartered in the eastern part of the state, and a section of the Appalachian Trail roughly follows the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, the Sunsphere in Knoxville, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, the Parthenon and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tennessee has played a critical role in the development of many forms of American popular music, including rock and roll, blues, country, and rockabilly.

    Major Cities: Memphis, Nashville

    National Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Must do while there: Memphis is home to a wealth of Tennessee attractions such as the infamous Graceland estate, once home to Elvis Presley who recorded many well-known songs at Sun Studio. The Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis comprises the largest fine art's collection in Tennessee dating from antiquity to present-day. Dollywood is the Great Smoky Mountain's family fun holiday adventure and includes great live shows all day, exciting roller coaster rides, many festivals.

    State Website: www.tennessee.gov
  • State: Texas

    Abbreviation: TX

    Nickname: "The Lone Star State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 36C/97F
        Avg Low 22C/72F
        Winter
        Avg High 18C/65F
        Avg Low 5C/41F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Texas has the most farms and the highest acreage in the United States and leads the nation in livestock and cotton production. Houston is one of only five American cities with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines: the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, and The Alley Theatre.

    Major Cities: Houston, San Antonio

    National Parks: Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Must do while there: Space Center Houston is the only place in the world where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, land a shuttle, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. The Texas State Capitol is the oldest surviving state office structure and a great place to learn about Texas history and the Texas Legislature. Visit Downtown Austin that offers a variety of things to do for everyone such as endless list of restaurants, music, museums and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Zilker Park is a 351 acre situated in the heart of south Austin. The park offers many different types of fun outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, jogging, and many more.

    State Website: www.texas.gov
  • State: Utah

    Abbreviation: UT

    Nickname: "Beehive State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 34C/94F
        Avg Low 24C/75F
        Winter
        Avg High 18C/65F
        Avg Low 7C/45F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for:
    Tourism is a major industry in Utah and is well known for its year-round outdoor and recreational activities among other attractions. With five national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion), Utah has the third most national parks of any state after Alaska and California. Utah is well known for its winter activities and has seen an increase in tourism since the 2002 Winter Olympics.

    Major Cities:
    Salt Lake City, West Valley City National Parks: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park

    Must do while there: Utah features many cultural attractions such as Temple Square, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, etc. Temple Square is ranked as the 16th most visited tourist attraction in the United States. Arches National Park is perhaps the most breathtaking of Utah's many spectacular parks; Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural arches. It lies atop an underground salt bed, some 300 million years old and as much as several thousand feet thick in places, which caused the formation of the arches, spires, balanced rocks, and eroded monoliths in the area.

    State Website: www.utah.gov
  • State: Vermont

    Abbreviation: VT

    Nickname: "The Green Mountain State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 27C/81F
        Avg Low 13C/55F
        Winter
        Avg High 1C/33F
        Avg Low -12C/10F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. Tourism is an important industry to the state. Some of the largest ski areas in New England are located in Vermont. Skiers and snowboarders visit Burke Mountain Ski Area, Bolton Valley, Stowe, etc.

    Major Cities: Burlington, Essex

    National Parks: Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Must do while there: Skiing is the heart of Vermont's tourism industry, and probably the most popular of all things to do in Vermont. Vermont is home to many top-class ski resorts, including Stowe, Killington, Okemo and Stratton. The favorite of all Vermont attractions is the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory in Waterbury. Shelburne Farms and the nearby Shelburne Museum are must-do tourist attractions in Vermont. Summer is the best time to visit the Shelburne Museum, when it is warm enough to stroll through its extensive gardens and see some of the historic Vermont buildings. Other popular events and festivals in Vermont include the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, the Burlington Jazz Festival held annually in early June, and the Stowe Winter Carnival held in mid-January.

    State Website: www.vermont.gov
  • State: Virginia

    Abbreviation: VA

    Nickname: "The Old Dominion"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 31C/87F
        Avg Low 22C/70F
        Winter
        Avg High 9C/48F
        Avg Low -1C/32F
    Time Zone: Easter Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: Virginia's culture was popularized and spread across America and the South by figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. Their homes in Virginia represent the birthplace of America and the South. Thomas Jefferson and many of the state's early leaders favored the neoclassical architecture style, leading to its use for important state buildings. The Pennsylvania Dutch and their style can also be found in parts of the state. Ocean tourism is an important sector of Virginia Beach's economy.

    Major Cities: Virginia Beach, Norfolk

    National Parks: Shenandoah National Park, Colonial National Historic Park

    Must do while there: Known as the "historic triangle," Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown contain treasures found nowhere else. Jamestown Site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, Jamestown today is a historical site located within Colonial National Historical Park. Williamsburg is best known for its colonial charm. Colonial Williamsburg is one of the city's main points of interest and features an 18th century town complete with actors to create one of the largest living history museums in the world. Yorktown is primarily known for the part it played in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Historic Yorktown contains buildings dating back to the colonial era.

    State Website: www.virginia.gov
  • State: Washington

    Abbreviation: WA

    Nickname: "The Evergreen State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 24C /75F
        Avg Low 13C/56F
        Winter
        Avg High 8C/47F
        Avg Low 2C/36F
    Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)

    Famous for: Washington's position on the Pacific Ocean and the harbors of Puget Sound give the state a leading role in maritime trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. Washington is a land of contrasts. The deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula, such as the Hoh Rain Forest, are among the only temperate rainforests in the continental United States. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the state is covered with more glacial ice than any other peak in the lower 48 states. Washington is a leading agricultural state. Because of the favorable climate of dry, warm summers and cold winters of central Washington, the state has led the U.S. in apple production since the 1920s.

    Major Cities: Seattle, Spokane

    National Parks: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park

    Must do while there: With views of the mountains to the east and west, and Mount Rainier to the south, Seattle has all the best Washington has to offer. Explore the waterfront and enjoy fresh seafood before taking a ferry ride across the Puget Sound. Also be sure to stop by the historic Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Explore miles of trails in and around Mount Olympus, the highest peak in the park, or sit in one of the natural hot springs after a day experiencing some of the best Washington hiking in Olympic National Park.

    State Website: www.access.wa.gov
  • State: West Virginia

    Abbreviation: WV

    Nickname: "Mountain State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 24C /75F
        Avg Low 13C/56F
        Winter
        Avg High 8C/47F
        Avg Low 2C/36F
    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Famous for: The state is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is also known for a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, rafting, fishing, and hiking.

    Major Cities: Charleston, Huntington

    National Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Gauley River National Recreation Area

    Must do while there: The area surrounding Southern West Virginia includes unique statewide attractions and services. Take a scenic ride with the rail masters of the Collis P Huntington Railroad Society's New River Train excursions. Spend the day visiting Fenton Art Glass and take a factory tour. Spend some time in Southern West Virginia at a fair or a festival such as Carnegie Hall Events and Festivals, Historic Downtown Lewisburg Festivals, etc. History is on display when you stop in to visit any of our fascinating West Virginia museums such as Hinton Railroad Museum, Pocahontas Exhibition Mine & Museum, etc.

    State Website:
    www.wv.gov
  • State: Wisconsin

    Abbreviation: WI

    Nickname: "Badger State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 24C /75F
        Avg Low 13C/56F
        Winter
        Avg High 8C/47F
        Avg Low 2C/36F
    Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)

    Famous for: Wisconsin is a major producer of paper, packaging, and other consumer goods. Tourism is also a major industry in Wisconsin – the state's third largest, according to the Department of Tourism. Tourist destinations such as the House on the Rock near Spring Green, Circus World Museum in Baraboo, and The Wisconsin Dells also draw thousands of visitors annually. Given the large number of lakes and rivers in the state, water recreation is very popular.

    Major Cities: Milwaukee, Madison

    National Parks: St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Ice Age National Scenic Trail

    Must do while there: Milwaukee Art Museum boasts an extensive collection of nearly 20,000 works, representing such artists as Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol. Wisconsin Dells is referred to as "The Waterpark Capital of the World! Noah's Ark is "America's Largest Waterpark" and the premier Wisconsin Dells attraction with over 80 family activities to enjoy.

    State Website: www.wisconsin.gov
  • State: Wyoming

    Abbreviation: WY

    Nickname: "Equality State"

        Weather: Summer
        Avg High 31C/87F
        Avg Low 26C/79F
        Winter
        Avg High -9C/16F
        Avg Low -11C/12F
    Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

    Famous for: The key tourist attractions in Wyoming include Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Independence Rock and Fossil Butte National Monument. Each year Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park, receives three million visitors.

    Major Cities: Cheyenne, Casper

    National Parks: Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park

    Must do while there: Grand Teton National Park is a home to one of the most recognizable mountain landscapes in the world. It preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. Hiking, biking, camping, bird watching, fishing and cross-country skiing are just some of the activities available here. The Museum of the American West highlights a nationally significant cultural heritage geographic area through presentation and interpretation of relationships among four distinct cultures that occupy the nearby Wind River and Sweetwater Valleys. University of Wyoming Geological Museum functions to support both public education and scientific research. Wyoming is rich in geologic treasures and the Museum presents to the visitor some glimpses of this geologic diversity.

    State Website: www. wyoming.gov