You will never be bored in the United States with this list full of fun things to do!
- Dive into paradise in Hawaii.
- Rent snorkeling equipment and head to Hanauma Bay on Honolulu. After watching a video about this fragile reef environment, you'll get up close with parades of tropical fish, as well as eels, sea turtles, urchins, coral, and more. And you'll always remember the turquoise waters that sit in this ancient volcanic crater.
- See the northern lights in Alaska.
- It's cold beyond reason, but winter is also the best time to view this natural phenomena in Alaska. The yellow-green bands of light are caused by solar particles, though some native Alaskans once believed they were dancing spirits of the dead.
- Learn about Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.
- There's a lot more to this American legend than the fact that he wore a really tall hat - and Springfield is the place to discover it. Check out Lincoln's home, the Old State Capitol (site of Lincoln's famous House Divided speech). At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, don't miss the replica of the one-room cabin Lincoln shared with 10 family members in his childhood.
- See the iconic American paintings in Denver, Colorado.
- Colorado's Denver Art Museum showcases some of the greatest artwork in the United States. Don't miss the exhibit “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place” in February. While you're there, explore 70,000 more treasures from America and around the world.
- Follow the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts.
- The site of the 1770 Boston Massacre, the home of legendary patriot Paul Revere, and the warship Old Ironsides are just three of the sites you'll see along this 2.5-mile route. Even on a cold day, it's a great way to learn about the American Revolution.
- Warm up at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
- Exploring the indoor Madagascar exhibit at the Bronx Zoo is like taking a mini-trip to warmer lands, where you'll see lemurs, crocs, boas and more. Before you go, don't miss the big bears and sea lions outside.
- Shop fresh and local.
- Even when it's cold and snowy you can find some of the best local fresh foods at your nearby farmers market. Use this handy tool to search state and city and find a winter market near you.
- Space out in Alabama.
- A trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is like a visit to another galaxy. Get out of this world in the IMAX Spacedome studio, find out what a rocket launch feels like, learn about the race to put a man on the moon, and see the world's best collection of rockets.
- Discover Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Deep in the French Quarter, you'll find elegant landmarks (and a few fortune tellers), including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytère (courthouse turned state museum), and the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.
- Catch a sporting event near you.
- The winter season is a great time to attend a NHL, NBA or minor league American Hockey League game. Make sure to take a look at season schedules for game times or find local a sports bar near you.
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- Walk the historic Freedom Trail in Boston
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites in Boston – each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave and determined people who shaped the U.S., and see the places where the American Revolution began.
- Play at the beach
Whether you want to walk, bike, swim, search for shells, or just relax, you’ll find beautiful beaches up and down the East and West coasts, from Maine to Florida, and from Washington to California.
- Hear jazz in New Orleans, Louisiana
Music is everywhere in the “birthplace of jazz.” Whether you head to a local club or watch musicians along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, be sure to enjoy this original American art form.
- Take a free tour of Chicago
The Chicago Greeter Service, operated through the city’s tourism office, matches you with a friendly, knowledgeable local for an insider’s introduction to Chicago. You can explore almost any interest, from art to history to food – all for free!
- Experience the awesome Grand Canyon
A mile deep and up to 18 miles wide, this massive canyon in Arizona is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The most accessible part, the South Rim, can be viewed from the national park’s free shuttle buses. There also are opportunities to hike, camp, ride a mule to the bottom, and take a raft trip through the canyon on the Colorado River.
- Learn about civil rights in Atlanta
With videos and interactive displays, the new Center for Civil and Human Rights honors the American Civil Rights movement and explores current global human rights issues. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, sign up for a tour of the civil rights leader’s nearby birthplace.
- Celebrate Native American culture at a powwow
Summer is the season for powwows in Wyoming. The celebrations started when the Plains Indians danced to honor tribal members, mark important events, or pray for protection. Now Native Americans also hold powwows to keep their cultures and traditions alive. Many are open to the public and feature dancing, music, and traditional food.
- Visit Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
Enjoy a beautiful drive along the 469 mile Blue Ridge Parkway, in North Carolina. You will have the chance to see long-range vistas, close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. This drive is best traveled in warmer months within the summer season.
- Travel the Pacific Coast Highway
Ask an American friend to take you on a drive down this 123-mile twisting, scenic highway along the stunning Pacific Coast. Fun stops along the way include Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and Morro Bay.
- Volunteer in your local community
- Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at networkforgood.org/volunteer/ or volunteermatch.org/. Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!
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