Both Akron and Canton share a proud heritage as industrial centers of the American heartland. To keep up with the times, both have diversified their economies from heavy industry to service, finance and technology – and have become communities that are as much a joy to live in as they are to visit. Akron has long been known as the 'Rubber Capital of the World' and is still the headquarters of the Goodyear Tire Company. Newsweek counts Akron among the top ten high-tech centers in the country, and it was also voted the nation's most livable city by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1999.
Canton is synonymous with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since its opening in 1963, millions of fans have flocked to this sporting shrine to pay homage to football's greatest players. It's not all fun and games though. Canton is also the hometown of our 25th President of the United States, William McKinley and the site of the William McKinley Presidential Library. For more information about the area, visit www.visitakron-summit.org and www.visitcantonstark.com.
Visiting the third largest city in Pennsylvania will leave travelers with no shortage of activities! Allentown is famous for its museums, attractions and recreational opportunities. The city features the Allentown Art Museum, the Da Vinci Science Center and Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Allentown also has it’s own amusement and water park, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom! For even more fun, Philadelphia is only a day trip away. This Lehigh Valley gem has something for the whole family. For more information, visit www.VisitLehighValley.com.
Atlanta is a thriving southern town with an abundance of things to do for the whole family! From the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Wild Encounters at Zoo Atlanta, there is more to do than visitors can pack into just one trip! Atlanta is home to the Braves, the Falcons, and the Hawks, providing travelers with sporting events all year round. Other popular attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Six Flags over Georgia, Stone Mountain Park and the World of Coca-Cola. A visit to Atlanta is sure to be a memorable and fun-filled trip! For more information, visit www.Atlanta.net.
Atlantic City is the east coast hotspot for gaming and poker, but this New Jersey city has a lot more to offer. There are countless golf courses, spas and area attractions to enjoy. It features the Steel Pier, the IMAX at Tropicana, the Central Pier Arcade & Speedway and much more! And of course, the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk and beaches are something you’ll want to experience during your visit! For more information, visit www.AtlanticCityNJ.com.
Baltimore is a place bursting at the seams with history! Home to Fort McHenry, it’s the birthplace of the National Anthem. Edgar Allen Poe used Baltimore as a home base as he scared the willies out of us. And as we move further into the 21st century, this magical town on the Chesapeake is still making history. Baltimore has built itself into one of the major tourism centers on the East Coast. Just one visit to the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium or Camden Yards Sports Complex, and you’ll be hooked. For all the happenings in and around the Greater Baltimore area, visit www.Baltimore.org.
Boston is a city full of rich history and culture! This Massachusetts city offers sports, shopping, arts, museums and so much more for each of its visitors. The Celtics, the Red Sox and the Patriots all call Boston home and provide year round sporting entertainment! The Freedom Trail starts in Boston Common and showcases Boston’s history with 16 historical landmarks along the popular walking tour. Other popular attractions include the Boston Public Library, the Boston Children’s Museum and tour of Harvard University! For more information about visiting Boston, visit www.BostonUSA.com.
The family friendly capital of West Virginia is packed with things to do for everyone in the family! Visitors can enjoy the State Museum and Culture Center, the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion, all within an easy walk through the downtown district. The West Virginia Power minor league baseball at Appalachian Power Park is a great destination for baseball fans. And for those who enjoy the great outdoors, a good outdoor concert or cool festivals and events, the Haddad Riverfront Park is the place to be. Charleston’s variety and walkability makes it a fun filled travel destination! For more information, visit www.CharlestonWV.com.
Charlotte is a unique blend of sports, shopping and cultural activities culminating in one awesome travel destination! For the sports lovers, Charlotte is home to the Charlotte Bobcats professional basketball team and the Carolina Panthers NFL football team. For those looking to experience the action, the US National Whitewater Center lets visitors experience everything from white water kayaking to zip lining. SouthPark Mall and Phillips Place are havens for shopping, and the Blumenthal Performing Art’s Broadway Lights is the perfect place to catch a show. For more information about the Queen City, visit www.CharlottesGotALot.com.
Chicago has enough activities and variety to keep visitors entertained for days! For sports fans, the Windy City has two Major League Baseball teams, a professional soccer team, a National Football league team, a National Basketball Association team and many others. Other popular spots in Chicago include the Navy Pier, Grant Park, and Millennium Park. Another “can’t miss” is the Chicago skyline, voted the Best Skyline in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine. The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago and the John Hancock Observatory offer great views of the city. Of course, the food, shopping and theater are all spectacular leaving visitors with more than enough to occupy their vacation time! For more information, visit www.ChooseChicago.com.
Located on the northern bank of the Ohio river, Cincinnati has been a hub for business and industry since the day it was founded back in 1788. Nine Fortune 500 companies got their start here. Today, Proctor & Gamble, Kroger and the U.S. Headquarters of Toyota call Cincinnati home. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to experience at least a few of the many buildings on the National Directory of Historical Places like its Music Hall or the Cincinnatian Hotel in addition to its many old-world German neighborhoods. For the latest and greatest reasons to visit Cincinnati, check out www.CincyUSA.com.
There is nothing like that small town atmosphere, especially when it's done properly, and Clarksburg serves it up just right! Clarksburg was voted the Small City of the Year in 2011 by the National League of Cities, and it's been getting better ever since. Known as 'The Jewel of the Hills,' Clarksburg was named after Revolutionary War General George Rogers Clark and one of its favorite sons includes Civil War Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson.
There always seems to be a festival going on in Clarksburg. The town is home to the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, the Glen Elk Wine, Music and Arts Festival and the Greater Clarksburg 10K race, which is the official West Virginia 10K State Championship. For more information, visit www.clarksburgvisitorswv.com.
Famous for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio offers so much more for visitors to discover! It's home to the highly regarded Cedar Point, an amusement park consistently voted among the best in the world. There are also countless museums and arts centers to engage those looking to experience a bit of Cleveland culture. For sports lovers, Cleveland has multiple professional teams including the Browns NFL football team, Indians MLB baseball team and the Cavaliers NBA team. Cleveland is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, with miles of beautiful coastline. There are plenty of places to boat, fish, ski and just enjoy the great outdoors! For more information, visit www.PositivelyCleveland.com.
Columbus, the capitol city of Ohio, is home to Ohio State University with one of the largest student populations in the nation. For the sports lover, Ohio State has more than 30 varsity sports teams and Columbus has both Major League Soccer and National Hockey League teams. Columbus boasts the COSI Science Center, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the Zoombezi Bay Water Park. There are also many opportunities to enjoy music around the city including the Columbus Symphony and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Columbus is calling! For more information, visit www.ExperienceColumbus.com.
Dallas is full of history, sports, shopping and so much more! The Galleria and NorthPark shopping centers are some of the best in Texas. Dallas is also home to the Neiman Marcus Flagship Store beckoning all the shopping lovers! There are more than five professional sporting teams in Dallas including the NFL Dallas Cowboys, the NBA Dallas Mavericks and the MLB Texas Rangers. Dallas also offers the Dallas Zoo, Six Flags over Texas, and the Dallas World Aquarium. For art and architecture enthusiasts, Dallas boasts the Public ArtWalk Dallas!, a 3.3 mile self guided tour of Downtown Dallas art and architecture. This Texas gem offers all of this and so much more! For more information about Dallas, visit www.VisitDallas.com.
Dayton is home of the Wright Brothers and birthplace of aviation. Dayton/Montgomery County offers shopping and dining, attractions, accommodations, arts and culture performances, parks with bike and recreation trails and sporting events. Visit www.daytoncvb.com to see what Dayton has to offer.
Known for fast cars and hit music, Detroit doesn’t disappoint when it comes to entertainment! For those looking for musical history, the Motown Historical Museum is a careful preservation of all things Motown and Hitsville USA. There are many venues showcasing various other types of music, from the DTE Energy Music Theater to the Detroit Opera House. Detroit is also home to the Automotive Hall of Fame and the Henry Ford, a collection of pop culture items, automobiles, machinery and much more started by Henry Ford himself. As if this isn’t enough to keep visitors occupied, Detroit is also home to professional sporting teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League. For more information about the Motor City, visit www.VisitDetroit.com.
Fort Lauderdale is the epitome of a sunny Florida vacation spot! With eight beaches in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, there’s plenty of room for sandcastles, water sports or sunning on the beach. The beachfront promenade is a great place to walk and see the ocean as well! If the beach doesn’t keep visitors busy, there is more than enough to do! A few of the leading Fort Lauderdale attractions include Butterfly World, the Broward Center for Performing Arts and the Everglades. When the lights go down, there is still plenty of fun to be had in the city’s casinos and nightclubs! For more information, visit www.sunny.org.
The family friendly town of Fort Wayne, Indiana invites everyone to come and discover Fort Wayne! This hidden gem features art, museums, children’s activities and more! The Science Center and Botanical Conservatory are just two of the many museums available and there is also the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. For the performing arts fans, there are year round performances at the Fort Wayne Ballet, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic or the Broadway at the Embassy. Fort Wayne is also home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball team; a Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. For more information about Fort Wayne, visit www.VisitFortWayne.com.
Located in the Susquehanna Valley, Harrisburg is the state capital of Pennsylvania. The city played a pivotal role in the shaping of American history as a primary player in the rail and water transportation industry and as the setting of major Civil War battles. Harrisburg is a hub of family activities, which include cruises along the Susquehanna, arcades and athletics on City Island. It is also home to the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, which is the largest indoor agriculture exposition in America attracting more than 400,000 people yearly. In addition, visitors can also attend performances at the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival, take in a Harrisburg Senators baseball game or visit the Susquehanna Museum of Art. To learn more about Harrisburg, visit http://www.visitpa.com/cities/harrisburg.
The Connecticut River, centerpiece of the River Valley region, soothingly meanders from Suffield to Old Sayebrook. Along the way, visitors can stop in Hartford Connecticut , the Constitution's State Capital for a glimpse of Connecticut's history or explore the River Valley for rest, relaxation and fun.
Huntington, West Virginia is the perfect place to visit the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. With more than 10 recreational parks located in Huntington, there’s a place for every outdoor activity! Families love Camden Park, an amusement park with more than 30 rides. Also home to Marshall University, Huntington sports revolve around the Thundering Herd athletics. Downtown Huntington features Pullman Square with restaurants, shops, a movie theater and stage for outdoor performances. Those looking for arts and history can visit the Huntington Museum of Art and the Museum of Radio and Technology. For more information, visit www.CityofHuntington.com.
Featuring the world’s largest children’s museum, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Caribbean Cove water park, and the White River State Park, there’s no shortage for family fun in Indiana’s capital. For the sports enthusiasts, Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, the Indianapolis Pacers of the National Basketball Association, and the Indianapolis Indians, a triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirate MLB team. There are symphonies, orchestras and operas, as well as many cultural districts for all types of art and cultural entertainment. At the center of Indianapolis is Monument Circle, featuring the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. For more information about Indianapolis, visit www.VisitIndy.com.
Latrobe may be the gateway city to Pittsburgh, but there is plenty to stay and see! This Pennsylvania city is home to the Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp, perfect for football fans to watch their favorite team up close and personal. The Steelers Experience lets kids get in on the football action with the players and coaches, all in the picturesque setting of the Laurel Highlands. Latrobe is famous for its role in beer production as the original home of Rolling Rock and the current home of the Iron City Brewing Company and Duquesne Bottling Company. Latrobe is also the home of golfer Arnold Palmer and the childhood home of Fred Rogers of the PBS series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood!” If you’re looking for even more to enjoy, Pittsburgh is just a day trip away! For more information, visit www.LatrobeArea.com.
When one thinks of Lexington, two things come to mind - thoroughbred horses and college basketball. But Lexington also ranks as the 17th Cleanest City in the World by Forbes Magazine and nearly 40 percent of its citizens hold a Bachelor’s degree – that’s 10th in the nation! Besides being one of the cleanest and smartest cities you’d ever want to visit, Lexington has a culture that reflects its unique blend of old-fashioned Southern charm and modern sensibilities. Hollywood star George Clooney hails from the Lexington area – and he’s just one of the two-legged variety. Those with four legs include Man O’ War and Secretariat. For vacation packages and to plan your visit to Lexington, go to www.VisitLex.com.
As the city that never sleeps, New York offers an experience like no other in the world! There’s an abundance of fancy restaurants and little eateries, high fashion boutiques and streetside vendors, history and art, green space and architecture, elaborate Broadway productions and dark piano bars. It is truly a place that offers something for everyone no matter your age, background or nationality.
Central Park provides recreation and open space near the city's center, while Times Square is home to the bright lights of Broadway and endless shopping and entertainment. Visitors can see the NYC skyline from the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center or the peak of the Empire State Building. There’s American history to be learned at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and art to be admired at the many New York City museums. In addition to all of that, New York is also home to more than five major league sports teams including the Giants, Jets, Yankees, Knicks and Rangers. For more information about the Big Apple, visit www.NYCGo.com.
Newark may be the Gateway City to New York City, but it’s a destination with hidden treasures around every corner! Newark plays host to the New Jersey Devils NHL team, the New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer and so much more. In addition to professional sports, there are several universities nearby with sporting teams, including Rutgers University and Seton Hall. The Prudential Center boasts concerts and sporting events all year round to keep visitors on the edge of their seats! Need a break, explore the masters at Newark Museum, featuring over 80 innovative galleries, renowned American and Tibetan collections, scrupture gardens and even a Planetarium. For more information about Newark, visit www.newarkhappening.com
One of the best-known waterfalls in North America, Niagara Falls captivates her visitors with the beauty of Mother Nature! Within Niagara Falls State Park, patrons can go on the famed Maid of the Mist boat tour - the best way to get up close and personal with the falls. The State Park also features the Cave of the Winds, the Niagara Adventure Center and the Top of the Falls Restaurant. From Prospect Point and Terrapin Point, visitors can see the falls from great vantage points. Even visits to Goat Island, Luna Island and Three Sisters Island are great ways to see the beauty of Niagara Falls. Within the town, Niagara Falls also features the Aquarium of Niagara, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and the Castellani Art Museum at the Falls. For more information about Niagara Falls, visit www.Niagara-USA.com.
The City of Brotherly Love welcomes everyone to come and enjoy the history and fun that awaits visitors in Philadelphia! Philly is home to the National Constitution Center, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, and the Franklin Institute. Another “can’t miss” in Philadelphia is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Liberty Bell is housed in the Liberty Bell Center, next to Independence Hall. Other must see attractions in Philadelphia include Valley Forge National Historic Park, Longwood Gardens and Adventure Aquarium - one of the five largest aquariums in the nation. Philly has professional sporting teams in the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Philadelphia also boasts the largest municipal building in the United States, its own City Hall. For more information about Philadelphia, visit www.VisitPhilly.com.
Pittsburgh is a destination full of fun, adventure, sports and more! The Pittsburgh Zoo + PPG Aquarium, Kennywood Park and SandCastle Water Park are great places for family fun and enjoyment. The National Aviary and the Phillips Conservatory and Botanical Gardens appeal to the nature lovers, while the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins keep sporting fans occupied all year round! The Andy Warhol Museum calls Pittsburgh home, as well as the Carnegie Science Center and the Carnegie Museums of Art and National History. Within a short day trip, visitors can venture to see some of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s great works including Fallingwater, the Duncan House Bed + Breakfast and Kentuck Knob. For more information about Pittsburgh, visit www.VisitPittsburgh.com.
Plattsburgh, New York is a haven for outdoors and adventure lovers! Situated in the Adirondack region of New York on Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh offers boating, sailing and even its own sea monster, Champ! Plattsburgh also offers kayaking, biking and world-class fishing. Other attractions along the Adirondack Coast include the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, the Ausable Chasm and the Natural Stone Bridges and Caves. The Lake Placid Olympic Center is within a close drive of Plattsburgh and provides visitors with winter bliss year round! With its proximity to Montreal, it’s even a great place to brush up on your French! For more information, visit www.GoAdirondack.com.
Portsmouth claims to be the nation’s third-oldest city. It was settled in 1623 and was a focal point on the Eastern seaboard. Portsmouth is regularly on various “best places to live” lists due to its many restaurants, attractions and shopping. To find out more about Portsmouth, New Hampshire, please visit www.portsmouthnh.com.
From its days as the 20th century epicenter of St. Louis’ garment and shoe manufacturing district, downtown St. Louis has undergone a myriad of changes and modifications. What was once considered just another depressed urban core has been reinvented as a neighborhood for the 21st century Midwesterner. Downtown’s Loft District blurs the line between work and play, thanks to its cohabitation of major corporations, small businesses, residential lofts, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightspots. The neighborhood’s evolution has returned the once proud historic buildings to service and succeeded in making the heart of the region pulse with activity and life.
Since it’s founding in late 18th century, Syracuse has been at the forefront of business, industry and education. It’s the gateway to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and Finger Lakes District that offer unrivaled recreational opportunities all year round. It’s also the home of Syracuse University, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. Museums and parks abound throughout the city including the Erie Canal Museum, the Everson Museum of Art and Burnet Park – the first park in the U.S. to include a public golf course! For everything you need to know before you go, www.VisitSyracuse.org.
What isn’t there to do in Toronto? Myrtle Beach’s only direct destination outside of the United States is a vibrant city teeming with shopping, attractions, sporting events and so much more! This Canadian city features art galleries, heritage sites, museums and all sorts of performing arts. Some of the must-sees in Toronto are the CN Tower with a great view of the Toronto skyline, Casa Loma, the Ontario Science Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum. Sporting events keep visitors busy all year round, from the Maple Leafs NHL team to the Major League Baseball Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto also offers beaches, amusement parks, golf, gardens and so much more. For more information about everything Toronto, visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com.
Washington, DC might be the capital of the United States, but there’s far more to see and do that just the White House and the US Capitol Building. Famous for it’s monuments, visitors can see the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, to name only a few, in the National Mall. Nearby, several Smithsonian Museums, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art are available for visiting. Other attractions include the National Zoo, the International Spy Museum and the United States Botanical Garden. Within a relatively close drive, Busch Gardens and Six Flags America offer family fun with amusement park rides, water slides, shows and exhibits. Sports fan won’t be disappointed with the year round events including the Nationals, Capitals, Redskins and Wizards games. For more information about Washington, DC, visit www.Washington.org.
Not your average vacation spot, Youngstown, Ohio features interesting and unique attractions for all ages! One of the largest metropolitan parks in America, the Mills Creek MetroParks are more than 4000 acres of hiking, biking, fishing, recreation fields, tennis, cross country skiing, golf and more! The Fellows Riverside Gardens are located within the park and offer gorgeous plant displays all year. The Youngstown Playhouse boasts the distinction of being the oldest ongoing community theater in the US, and the DeYor Performing Arts Center is host to the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. The Oh Wow! Children’s Center for Science and Technology and the Noah’s Lost Ark Exotic Animal Sanctuary are just two of the unique experiences available in Youngstown. There’s even the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians so head on out to the ball field while you’re in town. For more information about Youngstown, visit www.YoungstownLive.com.