If you only had one chance to visit a state, what one thing would you do? You would want it to be as memorable as possible. Below is a list of the number one thing I recommend for each state. I have broken this list down into three parts and sorted it alphabetically. This is part two. You can find part one here.
Drive and drink (but don’t drink and drive!) along the Bourbon Trail
This route leads you past eight of Kentucky’s distilleries, from Jim Beam to Maker’s Mark. If you can’t be trusted to operate a motor vehicle you can always hire a party bus. There is a reason Kentucky is known for its bourbon. Just be sure to eat first.
Go to the French Quarter Festival
New Orleans’s classic neighborhood hits its prime during this free three-day music festival every spring. It’s also the best way to fit every local delicacy into your stomach at once: restaurants sell little sample-size plates at the “world’s largest jazz brunch.” The music is wonderful and the food is even better. Go hungry!
Watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain
Most of the year, this is the first place the sun comes up in the whole United States. It’s also the most famous hike in beautiful Acadia National Park. Beautiful all year round with nature flooding your senses.
Crack a crab at Cantler’s
You can pull your boat directly up to this riverside gem, where they sort crabs in a wash basin right before your eyes. The crab is amazing and the seasoning they use is a treasure.
Dance at The Beachcomber on Cape Cod
This rollicking, old-school dance bar is parked right on the beach in a former lifesaving station. After a few cocktails and some live music, you might just feel frisky enough to sprint into the ocean.
Visit the Shinola Store
Shinola is aiming to “reinvigorate the storied American brand” — and reinvigorate Detroit in general — by manufacturing quality watches, bikes, and leather goods right in the heart of the city. At their hip and modern storefront, you can shop for timepieces and watch the bicycle assembly line.
Canoe the Boundary Waters
There are over a thousand individual lakes in this slice of Superior National Forest. Many of them are only reachable if you paddle past majestic pine groves and hulking rock formations.
Listen to blues at The Lyric in Oxford
When you need — if you need — a break from the beer bars and battle cries of the Ole Miss students in Oxford, hide out in this movie-theater-turned-concert-hall. It first served as a stable for William Faulkner’s family.
Explore the Ozark Caverns
This is just one out of thousands of caves in Missouri, the most famous feature is Angel Showers, where water constantly flows from the ceiling like a waterfall. During your tour, you might also encounter the rare blind salamander.
Throw horseshoes during Popcorn Days in North Loup
At this festival, Nebraskans pay tribute to their state’s most prosperous crop with three days of polka dancing, turtle racing, bull riding, and all you can eat FREE popcorn!
Order a late-night Awful Awful Burger at The Nugget
Gamblers say they’re coming to Reno for the refreshingly low-key vibe at Peppermill Casino. What they’re actually after, however, is probably just The Nugget’s world-famousAwful Awful Burger, served with a “mountain of fries.”
Add your pumpkin to the wall at the Pumpkin Festival
Every year, people from far and wide lug pumpkins to New Hampshire’s big gourd fest. They’re usually battling to either defend or win back the official world record for “most jack-o’-lanterns in one place.”
Climb Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island
There are 217 steps in this tower, which locals affectionately refer to as “Barney.” It’s clearly not the tacky Jersey shore you’ve seen on TV. The views up top are worth every step.
Watch a Balloon Glow at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
No doubt this is the biggest balloon rally in the world. Where hundreds of hot air balloons hit the big blue sky at once. I like the nighttime when they all light up. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
Hike the Adirondack Trails
No matter what time of year you visit, these trails are amazing. With scenic views of the forest and city skyline alike, the weather only adds a different level of beauty to each trail.
Tour the Biltmore Estate
Exploring the largest private residence in the United States feels like being in a palace, except you’re in America. You can rent bikes to tour this gigantic property all at your own pace.