I saw this travel meme in allthatjazmyne's journal the other day and dropped it into my temp folder to complete when I had more time. Then I decided that the meme was offensive to my aesthetic sensibilities, and that bringing it up to my standards would take too much time and effort. (I'm not saying jaz has low standards, just that I'm kind of anal when it comes to formatting and alphabetization and other presentational issues.) Then I changed my mind again, and decided I would do the meme and make fun of it at the same time.
First though, a couple of general comments. For starters, what the hell is this a list of? It looks like a pretty random selection, and there are some curious omissions. Fenway Park is not the only thing worth seeing in Boston. In fact, it seems to me that New England in general is under-represented on this list. Second, why does it only have 95 entires? If you get all the way up to 95, you may as well go for the nice round number.
- the Alamo
OK, right off the bat, it bugs me to no end that the word "the" appears
uncapitalized when it's used as the first word of an attraction as it is here.
- Aleutian Islands
- Amana Colonies
- the Arch (St. Louis)
If they had called it the Gateway Arch -- you know, its name -- it wouldn't
be necessary to specify the location.
- Aspen, CO
I'm of the opinion that US Postal Service abbreviations should be used only
for postal purposes. I use the AP Style Manual abbreviations.
- the Badlands
- the Berkshires
- the Big Ball of Twine
- the Winchester Mystery House
Out of alphabetical order!
- the Black Hills
Ambiguous. Broadway runs the entire length of the island of Manhattan. I
suppose they mean the Broadway theater district, but if that's what they
mean they should say so.
- Brooklyn Bridge
I don't have a problem the the Brooklyn Bridge being on this list, but shouldn't
the Golden Gate Bridge be on it as well? It's at least as iconic as the Brooklyn
- Busch Gardens
Ambiguous! Tampa, Williamsburg, or either?
- Cape Cod
- Carlsbad Caverns
- Central Park with boliver, jenelope, katie_m, and ananda999
- Chimney Rock
- Chinese Theater
- Churchill Downs
- College World Series
Oh please. In terms of iconic American sporting events, the College World
Series doesn't even make the top ten. I wouldn't rank it higher than fourth
on a list that only included baseball.
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Crater Lake
- Death Valley
- Disneyland (CA)
Oh, that Disneyland.
- Disneyworld (FL) Downtown Disney only, with boliver
It's not Disneyworld, it's Walt Disney World.
- Door County
- Empire State Building
- the Everglades
- Fenway Park
- Fisherman’s Wharf
- Florida Keys with boliver and rustydog
- French Quarter/Bourbon Street
- the Hamptons
- Hoover Dam
- Independence Hall
- Johnson Space Center
- Joshua Tree
All the other national parks on the list are named as national parks, so for
consistency this one should be also.
- Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral with boliver and rustydog
- Lake Placid
- Lake Tahoe
- Las Vegas – the Strip with boliver, allthatjazmyne, and astrablue... I feel like I'm forgetting someone
- Mackinac Island
- Madison Square Garden
- Mall of America
- Mammoth Cave
- Mojave Desert Las Vegas is in the Mojave, so I guess technically I've been there. The best kind of being there!
- Monticello No, but there's sort of a funny story why I've never been there. I'll post about that later.
- Mt. Rushmore
- Mt. St. Helens
- Mt. Vernon I can only assume they're referring to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where I went to college.
- Napa Valley
- Niagara Falls
- the North Shore of Maui
- the Ozarks/Branson
- Petrified Forest
- Pike’s Peak
- Redwood Nat’l Park
They should have spelled out "National" instead of using the contraction.
- the Road to Hana
Had to look this one up, which to my way of thinking means it's not notable
enough to be included in a list like this. There are more notable scenic drives.
- Rocky Mountains
- Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills
- Route 66 Many times, since Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in Chicago were part of Route 66
- Sea World (any location)
- Sears Tower
- Sequoia Nat’l Park
- Sierra Nevada Mountains
- Smithsonian Institute Museums
It's the Smithsonian Institution. And museums shouldn't be capitalized.
- Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park
- Sonoma Valley
- South Padre Island
- Space Needle
- Statue of Liberty
- Stone Mountain
- Times Square
- United Nations
- Universal Studios The one in Florida, and only the CityWalk portion, with boliver
- Vail, CO
- World of Coca-Cola Both the Atlanta and Las Vegas brances, the latter with allthatjazmyne and possibly boliver and astrablue
- Wrigley Field
- Yankee Stadium
- Yellowstone Nat’l Park/Old Faithful
Not sure why Old Faithful is listed alongside the name of the park in which
it's located. It's not like you can visit the latter without visiting the former
- Harper's Ferry
- Yosemite Nat’l Park
- Zion Nat’l Park
- Pike Place Market
- Pearl Harbor
- The Mystery Spot
- Six Flags Over Texas
Why is this one particular Six Flags theme park listed, when other theme
parks with multiple locations (e.g. Sea World, Busch Gardens) are lumped
together? For the record, I have been to two other Six Flags parks.
- Old Town San Diego
- Huntington Beach, CA
- Ford's Theater
- Mark Twain's Cabin
I guess they're talking about this, but I can't be sure. Whatever they're
referring to, it's so obscure that it's not even mentioned in Wikipedia.
- Leavenworth, WA
I call shenanigans on this one, too. I think it'd be hard to justify including it
on a list of the top 95 tourist destinations in Washington state, much less a
national list like this one.
- South of the Border
If this is on the list, Wall Drug should be too.