We asked 10 travelers to tell us about places that have touched them. The portraits they paint of a country much changed and often challenged by events may surprise you. Share your memorable destinations.
The state has more shoreline than California, Hawaii and Florida combined, and many families traditionally summer on the lake.
Who knew being up to your knees in mud could be so much fun?
On the Maui volcano, sunrise can be an epic event.
The city's residents showed resilience in the face of Katrina and celebrated a Super Bowl victory last year. Attractions include the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, JazzFest, the Mississippi River and fabulous food and music.
It's easy to think big thoughts while cooling your heels in the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon.
At Edmund Pettus Bridge, echoing footsteps tell a story of courage during the 1965 Bloody Sunday voting rights march.
Deep in the Sierra is one of America's most beautiful — and for boaters, dangerous —backdrops. A father-son rafting trip on the river's white-water rapids is a bonding experience.
A snowy Manhattan cab ride in the wee hours reveals an impossibly serene glimpse of the city that has remained pressed in memory all these years later.
The food and the bay views are exceptional at Delancey Street Restaurant, but what's most extraordinary are the people who run it: recovering addicts and ex-convicts.
After days of rain and worry, fields of yellow daffodils and rainbows chase away the blues.