Dennie Travel Recommendations by State

We have been fortunate to travel to all fifty states and have seen some pretty cool places along the way.  We always say, “There’s always something to see – even in Idaho!”  So we’ve started compiling a list of some of our favorites – these are the best of the best!  Some are attractions while some are places to eat.  Take a look and if there’s something we’re missing, let us know and we might just go visit!  You should be able to click on the individual places to learn more.

Birmingham-Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs
Scottsboro-Unclaimed Baggage Center
Huntsville-U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Juneau-Mendenhall Glacier

Hot Springs-McClards BBQ
Little Rock-Clinton Library  
Russellville-Feltner's Whattaburger
Bentonville-Walmart Museum
Bentonville-Crystal Bridges

Holbrook-Wigwam Motel
Grand Canyon-Maswick Lodge Cabin
Grand Canyon-Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim Cabins
Sedona-Sedona Offroad Adventures
Clarkdale-Verde Canyon Railroad
Tucson-Saguaro National Park

Multiple Locations-In and Out Burger
Klamath-Tour Thru Tree
Yorba Linda-Richard Nixon Presidential Library
Simi Valley-Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Los Angeles-Pink’s Hot Dogs
Los Angeles-Hollywood Sign Drive
Los Angeles-Randy's Donuts
Crescent City-Redwood National Park
Mill Valley-Muir Woods National Monument
Yosemite-Yosemite National Park
San Simeon-Hearst Castle
Big Sur-Highway 1
San Francisco-Alcatraz Night Tour
Los Angeles-Randy’s Donuts
Napa Valley-Oakville Grocery
Napa Valley-Picnic at Rutherford Winery
Anaheim-Best Western Park Place Inn-Mini Suites
San Diego-Sea World Dine with Shamu
Coronado-Moo Time Creamery (get the 10 scoops!)
Southern California-City Pass (ultimate theme park vacation)
Desert Hot Springs-Thousand Palms Oasis Coachella Valley Preserve
Joshua Tree-Joshua Tree National Park (Barker Dam Nature Loop
Sequoia-Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Durango-Soaring Treetop Adventures

New Haven-Pepe’s Pizza
Orange-Pez Factory Tour

Lewes-Cape May/Lewes Ferry

District of Columbia:
Smithsonian Museums-all have back door entrances
Ben’s Chili Bowl

Orlando-Disneyworld  (see Disney Recommendations by the Dennies)
Destin-Donut Hole
Pensacola-National Aviation Museum
Seaside-Food Trucks
Homestead-Robert is Here Food Stand
Key West-Kermit's Key West Lime Shoppe
Key West-Sloppy Joes
Everglades-Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail)
St. Augustine-Downtown St. Augustine
Winter Haven-LegoLAND (best for kids 5-10)

Atlanta- The Varsity
Atlanta- Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta-World of Coca Cola
Atlanta-Stone Mountain
Atlanta-Hattie B's Hot Chicken (local chain)
Savannah-The Lady and Sons
Warm Springs-Roosevelt’s Little White House

Honolulu-Diamond Head State Park
Honolulu-Pearl Harbor
Honolulu-Leonard's Bakery
Haleiwa-Matsumoto's Shaved Ice
Kaneohe-Mikes Huli Huli Chicken

Arco-Craters of the Moon National Monument-Indian Tunnel

Chicago-Garrett’s Popcorn
Chicago-Giodano's Pizza
Chicago-Cubs Game at Wrigley
Chicago-Trolley and Double Decker Tour
Chicago-Crown Fountain at Millennium Park
Springfield-Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Indianapolis-Indianapolis 500 Track Tour
Indianapolis-The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Lincoln City-Lincoln Boyhood Home NM

Boone-Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad


Louisville-Louisville Slugger
Louisville-Churchill Downs
Lesage-Hillbilly Hot Dogs
Petersburg-Creation Museum
Williamstown-Ark Encounter

Folsom-Global Wildlife Center
New Orleans-Camellia Grill
New Orleans-Cafe Du Monde
New Orleans-Mother’s Restaurant
New Orleans-Acme Oyster
New Orleans-Cajun Encounters Swamp Tours
New Orleans-Maple Street Patisserie

Acadia-Mr. Rockefeller’s Bridge Tour
Bar Harbor-Bar Harbor Cottages and Suites
Bar Harbor-Bar Harbor Motel

Annapolis-Chick and Ruth's Delly
Baltimore-B and O Railroad Museum
Baltimore-Fort McHenry
Berlin-Assateague Island NS

Boston-Public Garden
Boston-Inner Harbor Ferry
Boston-Mike's Pastry
Boston-Freedom Trail

Milwaukee-Lake Express
Holland-Nelis' Dutch Village
Dearborn-Greenfield Village (Tara's Favorite)
Dearborn-Henry Ford Museum
Royal Oak-Ray's Ice Cream
Mackinaw Island-Carriage Tour

Hernando-Velvet Cream

Bloomington: Mall of America
Bloomington: Chutes and Ladders Playground
Minneapolis: Mill City Museum
Minneapolis: Matt's Bar
St. Paul: Seventh Street Truck Park
Excelsior: Adele's Frozen Custard
Austin: Spam Museum

Branson-Andy’s Frozen Custard
Branson-Silver Dollar City at Christmastime  
Branson-Hurts Donuts
Kansas City-Steamboat Arabia
Kansas City-Joe's KC BBQ
Kansas City-Winstead's Steakburgers (highly recommend the skyscraper)
St. Louis-Ted Drewes Custard
St. Louis-Grant National Historic Site
St. Louis-City Museum
St. Louis-Gateway Arch
St. Louis-Fitz's Root Beer
Independence-Covered Wagon Ride
St. Joseph-Pony Express National Museum

West Yellowstone-Wild West Pizzaria
St. Mary-Glacier National Park

North Carolina:
Boone-Grandfather Mountain
Kill Devil Hills-Wright Brother's NM
Charlotte-Billy Graham Library

North Dakota:
Multiple Locations: Space Alien Grill

Omaha-Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Omaha-Gene Leahy Mall Slide

Lake Tahoe-Vikingsholm Castle
Las Vegas-Bellagio Fountains

New Hampshire:
Conway-White Mountain National Forest Lower Falls
Multiple Locations-The Common Man Restaurant
Littleton-Thayer’s Inn and covered bridge behind

New Jersey:
Staten Island-Staten Island Ferry
Liberty State Park-Ferry to Statue of Liberty
Margate-Lucy the Elephant
Hoboken-Carlo’s Bake Shop
Cape May-Cape May Lewes Ferry

New Mexico:
Alamogordo-White Sands National Monument
Carlsbad-Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Mountain Park-Old Apple Barn

New York:
Buffalo: Paula's Donuts
Cooperstown-Baseball Hall of Fame
Niagara Falls-Cave of the Winds (Robby's Favorite)
Niagara Falls-Maid of the Mist
New York City-Famous Original Ray’s Pizza (736 7th Ave)
New York City-Central Park
New York City-Brooklyn Bridge
New York City-Hi Line
New York City-Staten Island Ferry
Lewiston-The Silo
Tonawanda-Paula's Donuts

North Carolina: 
Asheville: Biltmore
Kitty Hawk: Wright Brother's National Memorial

Blue Ash-Blue Ash Chili
Cincinnati-Skyline Chili
Cincinnati-John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Cleveland-Little Italy
Millersburg-Yoder's Amish Home
Dayton: National Air Force Museum
Zanesville: Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

Catoosa-Blue Whale
Pawhuska-Pioneer Woman's Mercantile
Oklahoma City-Bricktown Water Taxi
Tulsa-Weber’s Root Beer Restaurant
Tulsa-Wilson's BBQ

Columbia River Gorge-Multnomah Falls
Portland-Voodoo Doughnuts
McMinnville-Spruce Goose
Crater Lake-Crater Lake National Park
Medford-Harry and David Factory Tour

Gettysburg-Gettysburg National Military Park
Philadelphia-The Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia-Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia-Independence National Historic Park
Philadelphia-Dalessandro’s Steaks
Ronks-Red Caboose Motel
Scranton-Steamtown NHS
Strasburg-Strasburg Rail Road
Pittsburgh-Primanti Bro.
Pittsburgh-Dequesne Incline

Rhode Island
Newport-Newport Creamery
Newport-Cliff Walk

South Carolina
Hilton Head-Crowne Plaza Resort

South Dakota
Wall-Wall Drug
Keystone-Mt. Rushmore
Custer-Custer State Park
Hot Springs-Wind Cave National Park  
Sioux Falls-B&G Milky Way
Sioux Falls-Falls Park
Mitchell-Corn Palace
De Smet-Ingalls Homestead

Gatlinburg-Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Gatlinburg-Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Gatlinburg-Ober Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg-The Inn at Christmas Place
Nashville-Elliston Place Soda Shop
Nashville-Bobbie's Dairy Dip
Mt. Juliet-Cori's Dog House

Fort Worth-Ft. Worth Stockyards
Johnson City-LBJ Ranch
Potter County-Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo-Big Texan Steak Ranch

Moab-Arches National Park
Capitol Reef-Capitol Reef National Park Gifford Homestead
Springdale-Zion National Park

Waterbury-Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour
Burlington-Bove’s (now closed)
Shoreham-Fort Ticonderoga Ferry
Walden Heights-A. M. Foster Bridge

Shenandoah National Park
Mount Vernon-Mount Vernon
Roanoke-Texas Tavern
Cape Charles-Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Seattle-Pike Place Market
Seattle-Italian Family Pizza
Seattle-Beecher's Handmade Cheese-mac and cheese
Port Angeles-Olympic National Park-Lake Crescent

Washington D.C.:
Smithsonian Museums
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Washington Sailing Marina-picnic spot

Wisconsin Dells-Tommy Bartlett Water Show
Milwaukee-Leon's Frozen Custard
Pleasant Prairie: Jelly Belly Tour

Grand Teton National Park-Jenny Lake, Leigh Lake Trail
Wyoming-Devil's Tower  
Yellowstone-Old Faithful Lodge
Yellowstone-Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Jackson Hole-Town Square
Jackson Hole-KOA Campground Cabins

Nassau-Queen's Staircase

Puerto Rico:
San Juan-San Juan National Historic Park


Shelly, OTA in training said...

Wow - I can't believe you have done so much! You must have taken good notes - I wouldn't even be able to remember it all! When we travel, I will be sure & get recommendations from you.

Anonymous said...

Pella Iowa is a cute place to visit. Very "Dutch" and picturesque. Tulips, windmills, and a museum.