The only iconic American sites worth your time

Courtesy altea/myBudgetTravel

One of my favorite childhood travel memories is of getting into an awkward downward dog at Four Corners—the place where New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah meet in a tidy point (, $3). My sisters and I had to wait our turn for the privilege but it was well worth it—if only for the requisite silly photo opp. Meanwhile, back at home in San Francisco, if you asked us to wait on line for OUR local tourist attraction, the lame outdoor mall known as Fisherman's Wharf, you would have been out of luck. Waste. Of. Time.

We're looking to do a story on iconic American sites in an upcoming magazine issue, sifting the time-wasters from the totally worth-its. A blatantly unscientific, informal poll in the office today has delivered this info:

Hoover Dam: Go for it! (Surprisingly interesting…)

Mt. Rushmore: Skip it! (Long lines; after immediate impact, the neck craning doesn't deliver.)

Niagara Falls: Go for it! (Thundering awesomeness…)

Times Square: Skip it! (We'll tell you better spots in the December/January of the mag.)

We realize we're treading on risky ground here. Things could get heated. You're very likely to disagree with our unscientific, informal poll above. We're counting on you to do just that—and then tell us places you wish you'd skipped, and why.


8 Places Every American Should See

59 Jaw-Dropping Roadside Attractions

National Parks (Minus the Crowds)

Related Content