USA 101: A Guide To America's Iconic Places, Events, And Festivals

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This entertaining travel guide celebrates 101 iconic and quintessentially American destinations, events, and festivals of all shapes and sizes. From the Little League World Series to the Grand Ole Opry, Mount Vernon to Mount Rushmore, polka festivals to monster truck rallies, USA 101 is a reverential yet lighthearted look at America in all its quirky diversity. Featuring:

Lively and Colorful Descriptions that capture each selection's intriguing...

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Overview

This entertaining travel guide celebrates 101 iconic and quintessentially American destinations, events, and festivals of all shapes and sizes. From the Little League World Series to the Grand Ole Opry, Mount Vernon to Mount Rushmore, polka festivals to monster truck rallies, USA 101 is a reverential yet lighthearted look at America in all its quirky diversity. Featuring:

Lively and Colorful Descriptions that capture each selection's intriguing history and unique cultural significance.

Insights, Anecdotes, and Tips From the Author, who logged tens of thousands of miles chronicling the best of Americana.

Detailed Practical Information outlining how to visit and highlighting the most authentic hotels and restaurants for each site.

Showcasing the treasured traditions, legendary places, and hometown events that embody our national identity, USA 101 has all the information you need for a fun and rewarding trip or a fascinating armchair adventure.

Dubbed the "Mark Twain of Motorcycling" by Road Trip magazine, Gary Mckechnie is the author of Great American Motorcycle Tours, which Southwest Airlines's Spirit magazine called the "seminal book on motorcycle touring" and which won the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award. McKechnie's work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, and many other publications. He lives in Mount Dora, Florida, where he operates the Coconut Cottage Inn with his wife, Nancy. Visit The Author's Website At Seetheusa101.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435139817
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Mckechnie’s previous book, Great American Motorcycle Tours, won both a Lowell Thomas Silver Award for travel writing and a Gold Award in the Benjamin Franklin competition.
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Table of Contents

Northeast

Clambake-Lobsterbake Cape Cod/Maine Coast 2

Fall Foliage New England 4

Colonial Boston Massachusetts 6

Boston Marathon Boston, Massachusetts 8

Plymouth Rock Massachusetts 11

Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, Massachusetts 14

Niagara Falls New York 16

Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown, New York 19

West Point West Point, New York 21

Broadway New York, New York 24

Empire State Building New York, New York 26

Thanksgiving Day Parade New York, New York 29

Times Square New Year's Eve New York, New York 32

Statue of Liberty New York, New York 34

Mid-Atlantic

Hershey Pennsylvania 40

Amish Country Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 42

Little League World Series Williamsport, Pennsylvania 45

Gettysburg Pennsylvania 48

Groundhog Day Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania 50

Valley Forge Pennsylvania 53

Washington Crossing Pennsylvania 56

Colonial Philadelphia Pennsylvania 59

Army-Navy Football Game Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 62

Washington, D.C. 64

Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia 67

Mount Vernon Virginia 70

Colonial Williamsburg Virginia 72

Appalachian Trail Appalachian Mountains 75

Southeast

Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky 80

Bluegrass Music Kentucky and Across America 82

Kitty Hawk North Carolina 85

Mount Airy (Mayberry) North Carolina 88

Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee/North Carolina 91

Fort Sumter Charleston, South Carolina 94

Grand Ole Opry Nashville, Tennessee 97

Tent Revivals Tennessee and Across the American South 100

Graceland Memphis, Tennessee 102

Mississippi Delta Northwest Mississippi 105

Mardi Gras New Orleans, Louisiana 107

Rock City Lookout Mountain, Georgia 110

Kennedy Space CenterTitusville, Florida 112

Black Gospel Orlando, Florida, and Across America 115

Miami Beach Florida 117

Key West Florida 120

Midwest

Soap Box Derby Akron, Ohio 126

Polka Dancing Cleveland, Ohio, and Across America 128

Greenfield Village Dearborn, Michigan 131

Harley-Davidson Milwaukee, Wisconsin 133

Oshkosh Airshow Oshkosh, Wisconsin 136

Mall of America Bloomington, Minnesota 138

Truck Stops Walcott, lowa, and Across America 141

Indianapolis 500 Indiana 144

Gateway Arch St. Louis, Missouri 146

Anheuser-Busch Factory St. Louis, Missouri 149

Branson Missouri 151

Hannibal Missouri 154

Mississippi Riverboats Minnesota to Louisiana 157

Great Plains

Lewis And Clark Trail Great Plains-Pacific Northwest 162

Mount Rushmore Keystone, South Dakota 165

Rodeos Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Across America 167

Dude Ranch American West 171

Yellowstone Wyoming 173

Little Bighorn Crow Agency, Montana 176

Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas 179

State Fairs Dallas, Texas, and Across America 181

The Alamo San Antonio, Texas 184

Rocky Mountain West

Aspen Colorado 188

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Salt Lake City, Utah 190

Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah 192

Indian Powwows Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Across America 195

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, New Mexico 198

Tombstone Arizona 201

Grand Canyon Arizona 204

Las Vegas Nevada 207

Miss America Las Vegas, Nevada 209

Pacific Coast, Hawaii, & Alaska

Space Needle Seattle, Washington 214

Cable Cars San Francisco, California 216

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California 219

Napa Valley California 222

Yosemite California 225

Death Valley California 227

Rose Bowl Pasadena, California 230

Disneyland Anaheim, California 232

Beverly Hills California 235

Academy Awards Hollywood, California 237

Pearl Harbor Oahu, Hawaiian Islands 240

Surfing Hawaii, California, and Along America's Coasts 243

Luaus Hawaiian Islands 246

Bald Eagles Alaska, Florida, and Minnesota 249

The Iditarod Alaska 252

Across America

Barbershop Quartets 256

Cross-Country Road Trips 259

Drive-in Theaters 261

Lumberjack Contests 264

Monster Truck Rallies 267

Naturalization Ceremonies 269

Pie-Baking contests 272

Quilting Bees 275

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus 277

Square Dancing 279

Train Journeys 282

Lodging And Dining 285

Honorable Mentions 327

Acknowledgments 329

Index 331

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