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 three. You can find part one here and part two here.
Climb White Butte
This massive hill outside the town of Amidon is the highest point in the whole state, at 3,507 feet above sea level. The hike (or “wilderness stroll,” shall we say) to the top only takes about an hour, but climbers from all over the world come to conquer it because the trail is littered with dangerous rattlesnakes. Pack a celebratory picnic in case you survive.
Get a scoop of black raspberry chocolate chip at Graeter’s Ice Cream
This adorable store in Cincinnati has been selling its famous, ultra-thick ice cream (made in tiny two-gallon batches) for well over a hundred years… and it’s so good.
Go to the Norman Music Festival
What started in 2008 as a tiny, one-day music fest has exploded into a three-day concert experience with multiple stages, art walks, and local food tastings… all for free. That’s the Oklahoman way.
Get lost in Powell’s City of Books
This bookstore in Portland claims it’s the largest one in the world… and considering 1.6 acres of bookshelves and nine color-coded rooms, we’re inclined to believe them.
Go to a mud sale in Lancaster County
Mud sales (named for the wet ground in springtime) are the live auctions and craft sales that happen every year in Amish Country. Pennsylvanians — both Amish and not — haggle with each other to score a handmade quilt or home-baked pie. Take a tour of the quaint Amish countryside afterward!
Taste the barbecue hash at Sweatman’s BBQ
They call this 100-mile barbecue because it’s totally worth the long drive to Bub Sweatman’s house-turned-buffet-room in the town of Holly Hill.
Visit the Mitchell Corn Palace
This multi-use facility isn’t all that interesting on the inside. But the outside, it’s truly a sight. The building is actually decorated with crop art and is redesigned each year with a new theme!
Recommended by Kate Palmer, national editor of the Huffington Post
Spend a day in Dollywood
It’s the most awesomely kitschy and fabulously delicious experience in all of Tennessee. The park, in Pigeon Forge, is run in a partnership between the great Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. Think food, waterslides and all things Dolly.
Tube the Guadalupe River
Nothin’ says Texas like drifting down the river on a toasty summer day with all your best friends and a massive floating cooler of Coors.
Hike to Delicate Arch
It’s the most famous sandstone formation in Arches National Park and the same one you’ll see on Utah’s license plates. The Olympic torch even passed through the arch in 2002, making this hike both beautiful and historic.
Take a brewery tour
For a small state, Vermont packs an alcoholic punch— it has the most breweries per capita of any state. Visit as many breweries as possible, without having to travel very far! The Vermont Breweries Association offers a full list of options. Make sure to check out Magic Hat Brewery in South Burlington and take a free guided tour.
See a movie at The Byrd Theater in Carytown
Carytown is Richmond’s cutesy shopping district, and The Byrd is the big, glamorous old-time movie palace that’s been showing films since 1928— on Saturdays, you can still hear an organ performance before your movie.
Hike the Ape Caves
They’re actually ultra-long lava tubes near Mount St. Helens, one of our country’s “highest threat” volcanoes. Wander through the dark, cold tubes with a headlamp, and pop out in a sunny forest on the other side.
Eat a pepperoni roll from Country Club Bakery
Never heard of a pepperoni roll? That’s because they’re basically only in West Virginia. The Country Club Bakery in Fairmont is where it all began when Italian immigrant Giuseppe Argiro first stuffed freshly-seasoned pepperoni into a warm roll.
Shop the Dane County Farmer’s Market
Everyone in Madison — from hippies to soccer moms — shops the Saturday smorgasbord that sets up around the Capitol building (they’re open almost all year round!). Be sure to pick up some classic Wisconsin cheese curds.
Go to Cheyenne Frontier Days
On your way to Cheyenne, pass through Wyoming’s seven national parks to get a feel for the state’s supreme scenery. Then, meet their supreme people at “The Daddy of ‘em All,” a 10-day rodeo-meets-small-town-bonanza with free pancake breakfasts and concerts.