DC - Lincoln Memorial

Exploring the country from coast to coast.

Country Wide To-Do List
Posted 12/04/2019 by Ryan W. in Youth Voice

Growing up as a military kid meant moving every two years, but it also meant exploring the country from coast to coast. If you are headed on a road trip, trying to stay busy, or want to be a tourist in your own city, here are some of my favorite things to do and see in some of my favorite cities.

  • Freedom Trail historic sites
  • Lunch at Faneuil Hall
  • Every cannoli flavor possible at Mike’s in the North End
  • Tour Fenway Park
New York City:
  • Color Factory interactive art museum in Soho
  • NIKE x KITH dessert and clothing store
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • 360 skyline views from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza
  • Award winning cheesecake and deli food at Juniors
  • World renown art at the MET & Guggenheim

Philly - Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Go into haunted prison cells at the Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Visit the Liberty Bell and tour Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House
  • Climb the Rocky steps at the Museum of Art
  • Grab food and dessert in Reading Market.
Washington D.C:
  • Connect with your inner James Bond at the Spy Museum
  • American History Museum
  • MLK and Lincoln Memorial
  • See space shuttles at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
  • Haunted city ghost tour
  • Visit the Forrest Gump bench
  • Eat and shop your way through the Historic District

ATL - MLK House
  • Taste your way through World of Coke
  • See the MLK Historical Sites
  • Shop at Atlantic Station
  • Visit the High Museum of Art (where Black Panther was filmed)
  • Feed alligators right outside the city at Gator World
  • Disney World (Star Wars Land just opened!)
  • Travel to Cape Canaveral to see the Kennedy Space Center launch site
St. Louis:
  • City views from the top of the Arch
  • Explore the endless turns of the City Museum
  • See sculptures and splash around the City Garden
  • Eat authentic BBQ on Beale Street
  • Explore the costumes in the Elvis Themes Hard Rock Café
  • Rock out while touring the Gibson Guitar Factory
  • Visit the Jungle Room at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former home
  • Stand on the Historic Lorraine Motel Balcony at the National Civil Right Museum
  • Bring spray paint and leave your mark on Cadillac Ranch right outside the city
  • Have a bigger and better Texas experience at the Big Texan Steak Ranch
  • Get in touch with former President J.F.K at the Sixth Floor Museum
  • See a replica of the Oval Office at the George W. Bush Presidential Library
San Diego:
  • Take a short trip to La Jolla to see the seals
  • Explore the San Diego Zoo and take a gondola ride over the animals
  • Wander through an aircraft carrier at the USS Midway Museum
  • Go to Coronado island for pizza at the ferry landing or Moo Licks blue vanilla ice cream
  • Try the San Diego based chain Burger Lounge for the BEST grass fed beef burgers

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