National Tourism Day in America

National Tourism Day in America is celebrated on May 7th each year. It is a day to celebrate the beauty and diversity of America's landscape, culture, and history. On this day, Americans are encouraged to explore their own country and promote tourism within the country.

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Here are 10 tips to observe National Tourism Day:

  1. Buy a plane ticket for a friend or family member to visit a new city or state.
  2. Send a souvenir from your state to a friend or family member in another state or country.
  3. Take a virtual tour of a famous American landmark or museum.
  4. Read a book set in the USA and learn about a new region or city.
  5. Post pictures of yourself being a tourist anywhere in the world and use the hashtag #NationalTourismDay.
  6. Plan a road trip to explore a new state or region of the country.
  7. Try a new cuisine from a different region of the USA.
  8. Visit a national park or wilderness area and enjoy the beauty of nature.
  9. Attend a cultural festival in a new city or state.
  10. Share your travel experiences and tips with others to inspire them to explore America.

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Mark Twain once said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Twain believed that travel was not only a way to learn about the world but also a way to become a better person. He wrote extensively about his travels and the benefits of exploring new places and cultures.

Reading is also a great way to transport oneself to another world. As you read about a new place or culture, you can imagine yourself there and learn about the history and traditions of that place. 

One famous author who discussed the benefits of tourism and travel is Paul Theroux. In his book "The Tao of Travel," Theroux writes, "Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life."

In conclusion, National Tourism Day is an opportunity to explore the beauty and diversity of America. By taking the time to travel, read, and share our experiences with others, we can learn about new cultures and become better global citizens.

In the comments, share some of the places you have visited in the US. Here are mine:

  1. California: Disneyland Park, The Golden State Bridge, Hollywood, Old San Francisco, San Diego Zoo, Universal Studios, Long Beach, Marina Green Park,  Rainbow Lagoon Park, Vine and Grain
  2. Connecticut: Adventure Park at Storrs, Bushnell Park, Bushnell Theater, Enders Falls, Elizabeth Park Conservancy, Essex Steam Train, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Gateway Community College, Gillette Castle State Park, Hallmark movie locations, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Kent Falls, Lake Compounce, Mark Twain House and Museum, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, Mohegan Sun, New England Air Museum, Sleeping Giant State Park, Submarine Force Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Yale University, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, University of Connecticut, The Dairy Bar, University of Saint Joseph
  3. District of Columbia: Martin Luther King statue, Lincoln Memorial, The White House, Howard University, Smithsonian National Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington Monument, US Capitol, Library of Congress, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  4. Georgia: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King birth home
  5. Hawaii: Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head Crater, North Shore beach, Waikiki
  6. Illinois: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  7. Indiana: Nine Irish Brothers Restaurant, The Union Club, Purdue University
  8. Louisiana: Bourbon Streets, The French Quarter, Jackson Square, tried Cajun and creole cuisine, Café Du Monde,  Café Beignet, French Market, Coop's Place, listened to jazz music
  9. Maine: Kennebunkport, Bates College, Tim Hortons, Fishbones, Hilton Garden Inn Auburn.
  10. Maryland: Visited friends, toured Baltimore
  11. Massachusetts: APEX Entertainment Marlborough, Basketball Hall of Fame, Chuan Shabu Hot Pot Restaurant, Dr Seuss Sculpture Garden, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Harvard University, Lupa Zoo, Mass Mutual Center, One Love Café, Six Flags New England, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  12. Nevada: Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Canyon
  13. New Hampshire: Mount Washington, Nestle Brook, Jackson
  14. New Jersey: Atlantic City, Six Flags, Princeton University
  15. New York: 9/11 Memorial, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Promenade, Bronx Zoo, Bryant Park, Central Park, Coney Island, The Edge at Hudson Yards, Empire State Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Grand Central Terminal, Niagara Falls, Guggenheim Museum, Hunter College, One World Observatory, Prospect Park, Rockefeller Center, The Statue of Liberty, Times Square
  16. North Carolina: North Carolina State University
  17. Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Liberty Bell, Hershey Park, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Sight and See Theater
  18. Puerto Rico: Arecibo Lighthouse, Beaches, Cueve del Indio, Dorado, Old San Juan, Castillo San Cristobal, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, El Yunque National Rainforest
  19. Rhode Island: Roger Williams Park Zoo, Newport mansions
  20. Tennessee: Graceland, National Civil Rights Museum, BB King's Blues Club, Beale Street, Memphis Rock n Rock Museum
  21. Texas: The Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk
  22. Vermont: Ben & Jerry's, Burlington, University of Vermont
  23. Virginia: visit friends and family
  24. Washington: Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Seattle, First Starbucks

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