50 States, 50 Unusual Landmarks

SOUTH CAROLINA: Southern Plantations
The Charleston area is known for its lovingly preserved antebellum mansions, several of which are open for tours and a glimpse at the Old South. www.middletonplace.org; www.magnoliaplantation.com; www.draytonhall.org

SOUTH DAKOTA: Crazy Horse Memorial
Although not yet completed, this towering Black Hills monument to Lakota chief Crazy Horse -- the face alone is nine stories high -- offers a look at our nation's history from the Native American perspective. www.crazyhorse.org

TENNESSEE: Grand Ole Opry
Visitors can immerse themselves in country music the way it was meant to be heard at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House or at its historic predecessor, the Ryman Auditorium downtown. www.opry.com

TEXAS: Space Center Houston
Junior astronauts can explore the interactive exhibitions at the Kids Space Place, experience virtual weightlessness at the Space Station, and see the world from another angle at the giant-screen Mazda theater. www.spacecenter.org

UTAH: Four Corners
Here at the junction of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, children can put a hand and foot in each state for a souvenir photo and shop for Native American goods along this popular tourist stretch. www.utah.com

VERMONT: Ben & Jerry's
Join a factory tour in Waterbury to see how the ice cream is made, and don't forget to try a sample in the FlavoRoom. www.benjerry.com

VIRGINIA: Toy Museum at Natural Bridge
Billed as the world's largest collection of childhood memorabilia -- from Barbie to Mr. Potato Head -- this museum offers self-guided tours to while away a rainy day. www.awesometoymuseum.com

WASHINGTON: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Follow the Winds of Change Interpretive Trail to learn about how the 1980 eruption of this live volcano near Castle Rock affected local flora and fauna. www.mount-st-helens.com

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