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Dorchester is a Boston-area suburb originally settled in 1630; according to the Dorchester Antheneum website, the residents of Dorchester were involved in every event in U.S. history, including the Salem Witch Trials and Shay's Rebellion. Now, Dorchester is a diverse neighborhood with an influx of young professionals and several attractions that showcase the history of the most populated neighborhood in Boston.
Ohio is in the Midwest, its northern limits bordering Lake Erie. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," it is the country's seventh most populous state, with several major metropolitan cities, as well as many small, rural towns. Ohio is home to a number of world-renowned tourist attractions.
Everyone knows Hollywood, California, is the film capital of the United States. But everyone doesn't know the treasures -- the sightseeing musts -- that exist in Hollywood. If you're planning a Hollywood adventure, there are some sights you just won't want to miss on your trip.
Stretching from the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes in the south to Hudson Bay in the north, Ontario is Canada's second largest province. Toronto, Canada's largest city, and Ottowa, the nation's capital, are both located in Ontario, along with one of the country's biggest tourist attractions, Niagara Falls.
Few states are more successful at bringing history to life than Virginia. Home to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, the Manassas Civil War battle sites and Arlington Cemetery, to name a few notable sites, Virginia gives its visitors glimpses of different periods in the history of the United States. Sightseers in Virginia can visit the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chincoteague Beach or spend a day at an amusement park or on Virginia Beach's boardwalk.
The Land of Lincoln, home of the 16th president, has an abundance of history to see as you travel. Sightseeing in Illinois includes choices of downtown Chicago, the suburbs and the countryside. With plenty of unusual and interesting locations, Illinois has something for everyone, no matter where you stay.
Canada is the world's second largest country by total area behind only Russia. The country spreads between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with many lakes and rivers in between, a diverse combination of mountainous and flat lands and seasons both wintry and warm. These characteristics provide sightseers with many landscapes to discover and enjoy.
Oslo is a city that seamlessly blends Norway's 1,000-year-old heritage with 21st century technology. A major banking and business center, Oslo stretches 175 square miles with an excellent public transportation system that includes ferries. An ideal city for nature lovers with 40 lakes, Oslo also has more museums than any other city in Norway. Because Oslo is one of the world's most expensive cities, buy the Oslo Pass to save on admission prices to museums and to get discounts at restaurants, hotels and shops.
Tamil Nadu is a region of India with a history dating back thousands of years. Situated on the southern tip of the country, it is a place where Indian culture and traditions have blended with the modern era. Tamil Nadu has dozens of beach resorts, ancient Hindu temples and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which make it a point of interest for travelers.
Philadelphia stands on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers in Pennsylvania. Founded in the 1600s, the city grew to become the largest in the U.S. during the early 1800s and remains one of the largest in modern times. Philadelphia's size ensures that it has plenty of attractions for residents and visitors -- ranging from the first bank of the U.S. Government to the Rocky statue at the Museum of Art.
The Amish are best known for living a simple life and rejecting most modern technology. They use horses and buggies for transportation and windmills for energy. They are honest, hardworking people who are primarily involved in agriculture and cottage industries. Sightseeing in Amish settlements, which are located throughout the country, can be a relaxing and educational opportunity to escape the stress and pressures of the traditional American lifestyle.
Look at any picture of the Bahamas and it's a feast for the eyes. Clear blue water, white sands and sunny days seem to be the norm. Yet there's even more to this island nation than meets the eye. To really get below the surface, try exploring the underground caves of Lucayan National Park. Snorkel your way through the underwater world of marine life. Above ground, head over to the Family Islands to see how native Bahamians spend their days at a leisurely pace. More excitement awaits on the aptly named Paradise Island, where sights include a pirate museum and sprawling water park.
William Penn chartered the city of Philadelphia in 1682, making it one of the nation's oldest cities. Philadelphia served as the nation's first capital, and played an important role in the Revolutionary War. Today, Philadelphia is the fifth-largest population center in the United States and offers an abundance of cultural and historical venues for sightseeing.
Portland is the largest city in Oregon, and is divided by the Willamette River running north-to-south and Burnside Street running west-to-east. This cross-section of river and street creates four quadrants of the city: northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. The downtown area close to the cross-section is referred to as the central city. Streets that run north-south are numbered while streets that run west-east are named. Sightseeing in downtown Portland can be done on foot since the city's blocks are only half the size of standard city blocks, or you can use the city's inexpensive and extensive transit system.
Rich in culture and history, Ireland offers plentiful sightseeing opportunities, from urban escapades to nature adventures and landmark tours. With buildings as ancient as the Stone Age and bizarre geological formations, Ireland is a testimony to the magnificence of human and natural history. Sightseers who do their research before embarking and choose noteworthy sites to visit will not be disappointed.
In California, you might lie on the beach in the morning and climb a snow-capped mountain in the afternoon. Or, you could take in one of hundreds of attractions that state has to offer from north to south. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Napa Valley wine country and Disneyland are icons of California, but there is so much more. There's something for everyone to enjoy in the Golden State.
Sightseeing all of California is not a quick weekend vacation. This large state offers visitors a complete vacation package, from big city life and attractions to vast outdoor scenery. If you'd like to see everything that California has to offer, then a driving trip over several weeks will give you the flexibility and time to take it all in.
I-95 is a stretch of highway that spans from Maine down to Florida along the east coast. The highway runs through numerous cities, places of American history, beaches and kitschy tourist meccas. If you decide to drive its nearly 2,000 miles, or just a segment of it, there is plenty of sightseeing to do along the way.
Malaysia is a country sliced into two by the South China Sea. The island of Borneo is home to natural delights such as orangutans and dramatic mountains while peninsular Malaysia is home to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, a melting pot of Chinese, Indian and Malay culture. Malaysia is one of the safest and easiest countries to visit in Southeast Asia, according to Lonely Planet.