13 Amazing Places to See in Super Tuesday States
PHOTO: The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Political candidates aren’t the only thing drawing people to these 13 Super Tuesday states. While they might be integral in picking the presidential nominee, they are a win for visitors with these amazing attractions showcasing historical amazement and jaw-dropping sights around this great nation.
Alabama: U.S. Space and Rocket Center
This state-run museum is basically the visitors center for NASA, showcasing the achievements of the U.S. Space Program. It was opened just after the second manned mission to the moon and provides the perfect opportunity to learn about space – and beyond.
Alaska: Glacier Bay National Park
As global temperatures are on the rise, glaciers are on the decline. See them before they are gone for good in Glacier Bay National Park. The area’s glaciers began forming more than 4,000 years ago. Highlights, apart from the enormous glaciers themselves, are calving ice into Glacier Bay.
Arkansas: William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park
Get in the spirit of primary season with a visit to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock. The library is situated on 17 acres along the Arkansas River and is the largest presidential library in terms of area. A highlight is the main building, which is cantilevered over the river, echoing Clinton’s campaign promise of “building a bridge to the 21st century.”
Colorado: Mesa Verde
Take a trip back in time with a look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who occupied these cliff dwellings from 600 to 1300. The park protects approximately 5,000 archeological sites, among them are some of the largest cliff dwellings, the Cliff Palace and Balcony House.
Georgia: Jekyll Island
Nurture your soul with a day in nature on Georgia’s Jekyll Island, a playground for millionaires and haven of history. Guests can explore a bygone era, stroll miles of beaches, visit a maritime forest and more.
It’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and arguably one of the most historic. It was the birthplace of the American Revolution and home to numerous important historical buildings and institutions. Start with the 2 ½-mile Freedom Trail walking route that tells the story of the nation’s founding.
Minnesota: Mall of America
Take pride in America’s passion for consumerism with a visit to the largest mall in the country. Located in Bloomington, Minn., just outside of the Twin Cities, the mall receives more than 40 million visitors annually and contains more than 500 stores.
Oklahoma: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is the oldest managed wildlife facility in the U.S. There are more than 800 different species of plants, 240 species of birds, 36 different types of fish and an abundance of reptiles and amphibians in these 500-million-year-old mountains. There are guided tours through the area and a visitors center as well as a bookstore.
Certain to provide a good soundtrack as the nation chooses who will represent its various political parties, Music City is the capital of Tennessee and home to country music, with the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Texas: The Alamo
There were no partisan politics back on the Alamo. Texas is so huge that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one significant spot, but when it comes to history, the Alamo takes center stage. The Alamo Mission in San Antonio is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution took place, inspiring Texas settlers and American adventurers to battle for Texas against the Mexican army.
Vermont: Ben & Jerry’s factory
It’s not all about Bernie Sanders in Vermont – well maybe it is – but you can take your mind off of the primary season with a visit to Ben & Jerry’s factory and take a tour. For those who are feeling the Bern, you can try some of the company’s flavor honoring the senator – Bernie’s Yearning.
There’s not better way to escape modern-day politics than by taking a journey back in time. This historical town played a key role in the American Revolution and forms part of the state’s Historic Triangle with Jamestown and Yorktown. The heart of the town, Colonial Williamsburg, is a living history museum with costumed actors re-enacting the day-to-day life of colonial times.
Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park
As the country’s first – and possibly the world’s first – national park, Yellowstone National Park is a source of national and natural pride. It is known for its wildlife and geothermal features – chief among them, Old Faithful Geyser. It is also famous for being centered over a supervolcano known as the Yellowstone Caldera.
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