Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I read where the Travel Industry Association of America just listed the "top 10 American treasures" after an extensive survey. Here's the list of "must-sees": 1. The Grand Canyon 2. The Statue of Liberty 3. Yellowstone National Park 4. White House/monuments of Washington, D.C. 5. Niagara Falls 6. Hawaiian islands 7. Mount Rushmore 8. Redwood forests 9. Glaciers/fjords of Alaska 10. Rocky Mountains Having been to 9 of the 10 (all but Niagara Falls), I have no problem with any being there. Well, I don't know that I'd put Rushmore in the the top 10, though it's very impressive. But doesn't Yosemite have to be there somewhere? What about the trees and mountains of VT/NH? Or the Florida Keys? Let's expand the list a couple more. What should be added to the list of "top 12 must-sees in the USA"?


  • The exit sign to Possum Grape, Arkansas.

    By Blogger Al Sturgeon, at 8/03/2005 05:56:00 AM  

  • Continuing along the same lines, Bee Rock. And how could they leave Romance, Arkansas off the list. Get real! :)

    What did you expect from this crowd?

    By Blogger David U, at 8/03/2005 06:16:00 AM  


    By Blogger Dusty, at 8/03/2005 06:28:00 AM  

  • Let me add two Eden-like places I've visited this season:
    Acadia National Park in Maine, and Martha's Vineyard.

    By Blogger Chad, at 8/03/2005 06:41:00 AM  

  • Bald Knob, Arkansas.

    Just kidding.

    Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Traverse City, Michigan.

    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 8/03/2005 06:53:00 AM  

  • Historic Boston, Massachusetts, for sure.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 8/03/2005 06:54:00 AM  

  • The white sands of the Gulf Coast!

    By Blogger DJG, at 8/03/2005 07:00:00 AM  

  • I have to agree that Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Traverse City, MI are a must!

    Napa/Sonoma - so rich in beauty, culinary delights and romance!

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 8/03/2005 07:04:00 AM  

  • The Swedlund's back yard.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 8/03/2005 07:41:00 AM  

  • Folly Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC at sundown

    By Blogger Chris, at 8/03/2005 07:45:00 AM  

  • Big Sur, CA and high Sierra and northern CA's giant trees.

    The coastal Torrey Pines, again, CA, and the Joshua Trees of CA's desert, the Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco and San Diego bays,... Oh well, why not just say CALIFORNIA, and get it over with. LOL

    And Dusty, I'd have to say

    PETCO Park SD,CA!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 8/03/2005 07:50:00 AM  

  • Hell's Canyon, Idaho.

    By Blogger JBS, at 8/03/2005 07:51:00 AM  

  • Mississippi River
    Big Sur
    Pete the Mule in Muleshoe, TX

    By Blogger Val, at 8/03/2005 07:52:00 AM  

  • i'd have to put the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake down. it's pretty, and it's weird. i guess you could say it's pretty weird.

    By Blogger jimps, at 8/03/2005 07:56:00 AM  

  • Number 11 has got to be COLLEGE FOOTBALL !!!

    By Blogger Brian, at 8/03/2005 08:17:00 AM  

  • The Boll Weavel Monument in Enterprise, AL.
    It is a must see, hahahaha!

    By Blogger Gilbert, at 8/03/2005 08:19:00 AM  

  • Yankee Stadium - The House that Ruth Built!

    By Blogger jch, at 8/03/2005 08:24:00 AM  

  • Central Illinois...a few miles out of town...surrounded by corn gently waving in the wind, the sun warm on your head, inhaling the scents of warm earth and clover.

    I can't think of a more beautiful place!

    By Blogger Karrie, at 8/03/2005 08:30:00 AM  

  • Most of Alaska, including the Northern Lights.

    The Painted Desert

    Mesa Verde National Park

    The coast of Washington State

    I don't know, but my husband is British, and the first place most of his mates want to drive to in the US is Lubbock in the state of Texas, home of Buddy Holly. I think that's pretty weird, actually not very pretty. Go figure.

    But then maybe the TIAA's extensive survey didn't ask foreigners for their view point.

    By Blogger Deb, at 8/03/2005 09:18:00 AM  

  • If you have ever stood on the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset you would know that should be in the top 5. I totally agree with you about Yosemite! Because I've never been the to the Hawaiian islands I am asking any blog reader to send me and my family there strictly for the purposes of researching and thus establishing its deservance of the #6 spot. In fact, I'll cover the flight - I just need someone who truly loves this blog to cover the hotel, food, and rental car costs.

    Please keep in mind that I'm willing to "go through this" only because I care about the credibility of Mike Cope and his blog.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 8/03/2005 09:38:00 AM  

  • Definitely Hawaiian islands, definitely Florida Keys. Definitely Yosemite.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 8/03/2005 10:12:00 AM  

  • Wrigley Field

    Kona, Hawaii

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2005 10:32:00 AM  

  • Check my addition to this list on my blog...

    By Blogger Brian, at 8/03/2005 10:49:00 AM  

  • Definitely Big Sur and Muir Woods in California, the Smokey Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Hawaii, beautiful countryside in Great Britain and Canada . . . hmmm . . . It's an incredibly beautiful, awe-inspiring world God created for us, huh?!

    (Lubbock, TX???)

    By Blogger Rhonda, at 8/03/2005 11:48:00 AM  

  • Fenway

    By Blogger Fajita, at 8/03/2005 11:53:00 AM  

  • Lake Placid, New York

    By Blogger Dennis Cesone, at 8/03/2005 12:27:00 PM  

  • None of these are probably well enough known to make the "Top 12" but they are amazing natural treasures!
    -Multnomah Falls in Oregon
    -Baxter State Park in Maine(the beginning of the Appalachian Trail)
    - Underhill State Park in Vermont-If you REALLY want to get away, I suggest Underhill in the fall. It's up a hill on a winding dirt road and they only allow tent camping. The foliage will leave you speechless!

    By Blogger songbirdintl, at 8/03/2005 12:34:00 PM  

  • - Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA
    - Seven Falls in Colorado Springs
    - The Rusty Barrel (steakhouse) in Ponca City, OK (where I live!)
    - The Driller statue at the Tulsa Fairgrounds!

    By Blogger Franklin Wood, at 8/03/2005 01:15:00 PM  

  • South Padre Island

    By Blogger David Michael, at 8/03/2005 01:31:00 PM  

  • Lubbock, TX......

    It's the inner beauty -- gotta be! Of course, if you travel 38 miles southeast, you will find Post, TX which has a little more outer beauty.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 8/03/2005 01:47:00 PM  

  • Any snow capped mountain in Colorado during ski season. Love being on the lift and breathing the air about as much as skiing down the mountain. Virgin snow as far as the eye can see.

    By Blogger Keith, at 8/03/2005 03:23:00 PM  

  • Any West Texas town on Friday nights for high school football.

    By Blogger allyo, at 8/03/2005 04:14:00 PM  

  • The Oregon coastline.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 8/03/2005 06:17:00 PM  

  • This is a little wierd, (not as wierd as BugTussle Texas) but Carlsbad Caverns is really something to see!
    And Mike, you really ought to take your bride to Niagara falls. Spend a day getting soaked by the mist. Pretty nice on a hot day.

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 8/03/2005 07:20:00 PM  

  • Flint Hills of Kansas (Kansas Turnpike)

    By Blogger Mike Ballard, at 8/03/2005 07:21:00 PM  

  • The Great Smokey Mountains and even though it is man-made and incredibly commercial, walking under the train station into Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom gives me goose bumps. That is truly a magical place.

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 8/03/2005 08:07:00 PM  

  • The flat plains of Texas during a thunderstorm!

    Prairie Dog Town, Lubbock, Texas

    Beaches of Destin, Florida

    By Blogger Hooteewho, at 8/03/2005 08:59:00 PM  

  • I walked the Freedom Trail in Boston in early November, when the leaves were still pretty. Very cool. And something I'll be forcing my kids to do when they start getting bored with history classes.

    By Blogger LauraH, at 8/03/2005 09:04:00 PM  

  • I'd have to agree with the TIAA's #6 choice of Hawaii. My family and I spent about ten days there last summer, and it was amazing. God's creation is so beautiful. My favorite sights were the thousands of brightly colored fish that we viewed through our snorkel masks and the amazing waterfalls and lush canyons carved by the water in Kauai that we viewed from a helicopter.

    Also, I'm not necessarily a big city girl in that I would want to live there, but I am always incredibly impressed by the view across the water of the skylines of New York City and Chicago.

    By Blogger Heather A, at 8/04/2005 09:32:00 AM  

  • I'd have to say...besides Disney World of course!...Paducah, KY...which, might I add, is right in the middle of Possum Trot and Monkey's Eyebrow...how sad is that?!?

    By Blogger Luke-(270)361-9127, Kacey-579-7967, at 8/04/2005 09:51:00 AM  

  • Dang it, I have only made it to 4 out of the 10...I will have to work on that.

    I second all of the Lubbock, Texas ones-and the football games in any West Texas town! HA!

    I am definitely going to have to plan a road trip to see Pete the Mule in Muleshoe-thanks Val!! I'll remember to bring my nose pinchers with me, too...

    By Blogger Katherine, at 8/04/2005 01:03:00 PM  

  • Lake Placid, NY and White Sands, NM...those are about as opposite one another as Odessa & Seattle.

    By Blogger James, at 8/04/2005 02:24:00 PM  

  • I almost said White Sands!

    By Blogger Hooteewho, at 8/04/2005 03:43:00 PM  

  • Top 10 - American (Blank)

    10. Houston
    9. Dallas
    8. Tyler
    7. Amarillo
    6. Lubbock
    5. San Angelo
    4. Laredo
    3. Midland
    2. Odessa
    1. Abilene

    God has a sense of humor....

    By Blogger happytheman, at 8/05/2005 12:56:00 PM  

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