In 1999 the National Geographic Society presented the
National Geographic's 50 Places of a Lifetime; a list if 50
must-see places in the world. It was a mix of cities, deserts and
historic places in the world that are really, really worty the
trip. Now, the writers of the National Geographic Traveler
magazine have compiled an all-american list, with places in the
United States that one shoulnd't miss. Is has the same
categories as the world list, which gives a nice mix between
modern and historic, crowded and desolate. The 50 places are
indeed chosen in such a way that it'll take at least a lifetime
to experience them all. The list does not include places that
were on the world list, which were quite a few.
It is refreshing to see that there are only a handful cities
and classical tourist traps. Many of the entries are desolate,
isolated and quiet places that rarely get a lot of publicity.
Instead they are places where you can experience nature without
"Destinations that have a defining character, a
uniqueness, and an influence beyond their immediate borders."
"Destinations that are great wilderness areasthe
deserts, forests, swamplands, and mountainsthat stir us and
Baxter State Park, Maine
Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
Death Valley National Park, California
Frank Church Wilderness, Idaho
Guadalupe Mountains Naional Park, Texas
Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
"Destinations that are often remote, but that shimmer in
the mind as retreats of the first order."
Adirondacks, New York
Chautauqua Institution, New York
Channel Islands, California
Inside Passage, Alaska
National Tropical Botantical Gardens, Hawaii
Newports Cliff Walk, Rhode Island
St. John/U.S. Virgin Islands
San Juan Islands, Washington
"Destinations that are rural landscapes only gently
touched by the hand of man."
California Wine Country
Kentucky Bluegrass Country
Red Rock Desert, Arizona
The Palouse, Washington
"Destinations that are small, contained spotsmanmade
or naturalthat America cherishes."
Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Gateway Arch, St. Louis
Highway 1, California
Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse, South Dakota
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
See more at:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/tw/50places.html . Let
me know if any of the hardlinks should point elsewhere.