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Summer’s winding down, but that’s no excuse not to book another getaway. Here are 10 destinations you can visit this fall, on Amtrak’s scenic route.

Freedom Trail- Boston

Boston is one of the best places in the U.S. to visit,  if you’re looking to learn about America’s history. Located in downtown Boston is the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile long path that passes by 16 historically significant sites like museums, churches and even burying grounds. You can even check out Paul Revere’s old house.

Niagara Falls, N.Y. 

Away from all the hustle and bustle of New York City is Niagara Falls, One of the most famed sites in America. Rather than for one huge waterfall, its name actually refers to Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Nearby are countless hotels and casinos to keep you occupied when nature isn’t enough. It also looks pretty cool in the winter time.

Yosemite National Park, Calif.

The shear size of California allows for the state to have beautiful parks, especially Yosemite National Park. What makes it different than most parks is it’s got  granite cliffs and waterfalls on top of it’s amazing mountain chain that California is known for.

National Mall, Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is the home of anything and everything political in the United States, one of the most historic being the National Mall. The architectural feat has been the site of many monumental moments, including the Million Man March. Aside from history, it’s also a great place to chill for picnics along with the Screen on the Green movie festival which lasts the entire summer

Andy Warhol Museum, Penn.

Dedicated to arguably the most famous artist in America, the Andy Warhol Museum pays tribute to the Pittsburgh-born pop icon. It’s the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist. Aspiring actors can even get their own screen tests done with a specially modified vintage camera at the museum.

Millennium Park, Chicago

With Chicago’s Millennium park opening up just over 10 years ago, it’s about as modern as it gets. The parks houses 13 features, namely the AT&T Plaza and Cloud Gate, which is more commonly known as The Bean. Another cool attraction is the video sculpture which shows a 50-foot face squirting water out of its mouth into a water fountain. The faces constantly change but are comprised of local churchgoers and community group members.

Houston’s Space Center, Tex.

While space exploration has been around for nearly 50 years, little is still known about the possibilities and benefits it can hold. Houston’s Space Center houses some of the most iconic space artifacts in the world like Apollo 17. Even more interesting is that back in 2013 the Space Center unveiled a life sized mockup of the Shuttlecraft from Star Trek: The Original Series

Grand Canyon, Nev.

There aren’t many more beautiful and natural sites than the Grand Canyon— that’s why nearby hotels are booked out nearly a year in advance. While peering down at the huge rock formation is scary enough, true daredevils can take a helicopter tour beneath the one-mile deep attraction.

Busch Gardens,  Tampa, Fla.

Amusement parks are always dope. But Busch Gardens took things a bit further with an African-themed animal park that houses cheetahs, tigers and even a huge bird garden. The park also has an Asian elephant exhibit.With free beer returning to Busch Gardens, it’s a no-brainer for anyone visiting Florida.

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch

Yes, the St. Louis arch existed before Nelly’s “Country Grammar” video and remains the world’s tallest arch, and the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. Aside from staring up at the 630 hunk of metal, you can actually go inside it. The observation deck is only 7 feet wide and isn’t for the claustrophobic or those scared of heights.


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