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Lost in the U.S.A.

Posted by metaphorical on 19 June 2007

The Alamo
The Aleutian Islands
Amana Colonies
the Arch (St. Louis)
Aspen, CO
the Badlands
the Berkshires
the Big Ball of Twine
the Winchester Mystery House
the Black Hills
Brooklyn Bridge
Busch Gardens (any location)
Cape Cod
Carlsbad Caverns
Central Park
Chimney Rock
Chinese Theater
Churchill Downs
College World Series
Colonial Williamsburg
Crater Lake
Death Valley
Disneyland (CA)
Disneyworld (FL)
Door County
Empire State Building
the Everglades
Fenway Park
Fisherman’s Wharf
Florida Keys
French Quarter/Bourbon Street
Golden Gate Bridge
Grand Canyon
Great Salt Lake
the Hamptons
Hoover Dam
Independence Hall
Johnson Space Center
Joshua Tree
Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral
Lake Placid
Lake Tahoe
Las Vegas – the Strip
Mackinac Island
Madison Square Garden
Mall of America
Mammoth Cave
Mojave Desert
Mt. Rushmore
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. Vernon
Napa Valley
Niagara Falls
the North Shore of Maui
the Ozarks/Branson
Petrified Forest
Pike’s Peak Redwood Nat’l Park
the Road to Hana
Rocky Mountains
Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills
Route 66
Sea World (any location)
Sears Tower
Sequoia Nat’l Park
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Smithsonian Institute Museums
Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park
Sonoma Valley
South Padre Island
Space Needle
Statue of Liberty
Stone Mountain
Times Square
United Nations
Universal Studios
Vail, CO
World of Coca-Cola
Wrigley Field
Yankee Stadium
Yellowstone Nat’l Park/Old Faithful
Harper’s Ferry
Yosemite Nat’l Park
Zion Nat’l Park
Pike Place Market
Pearl Harbor
The Mystery Spot
Six Flags Over Texas
Four Corners National Park
The World’s Largest Garden Gnome
Glacier National Park
Washington D.C.
Knoebels Amusement Park, PA
The Mystery Hole

Thanks, Andrew.

And here’s a quick list of things that can also belong on the list.

Mt Kahtadin
Acadia Nat’l Park
Mt Washington
Fanueil Hall
Harvard Yard
Museum of Natural History
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art
Radio City Music Hall
New Jersey Turnpike
Atlantic City
Liberty Bell
the Mall
American Visionary Art Museum
Blue Ridge Parkway
French Quarter
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Wall Drug
Little House on the Prairie
Temple Square
Grand Teton
Mesa Verde
Museum of International Folk Art
Beverly Hills
Crystal Cathedral
Mt Shasta
Mt Rainier
Mt McKinley

3 Responses to “Lost in the U.S.A.”

  1. Are we supposed to guess the organizing principles for these lists? Or are you implying they are “lost” in the sense of “not what they used to be”?

    I don’t get it.

  2. Andrew didn’t have any explanation. I just assumed that it’s a list of must-see places, with the ones he has been to in bold. (The ones above in bold are the ones I’ve been to, not him.) I keep trying to get to Dollywood, but I’m ever only in the Smoky Mtns in the winter, and it’s closed then.

  3. digglahhh said

    Something of a curious title, I doubt it is a reference to the “let’s get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.” lyric from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Road Trippin'” off the Californication album.

    But, I think the principle is the same. I’m guessing they are just (non-extensive and subjective) lists of culturally important or naturally breathtaking locations in our country and the bolded sites are those that Meta has been to.

    In fact, it is probably a cool exercise to build your own list we don’t all have the same sense of what is importanct or beautiful.

    One of the weirdest (most disturbing) examples of that was when I was taking an Urban Studies neighborhoods class that involved touring NYC neighborhoods while my professor lectured. He was a gay man, and very open about it. One day he passed the Stonewall Inn and he didn’t even stop or mention it.

    On another tour, we passed the Dakota Building, and once again he didn’t stop.

    Me: “Um, didn’t something pretty important happen here?”

    Prof: “You mean that this was where ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ was filmed?”

    Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentleman…

    How about the SABER piece in Los Angeles, the largest illegal graffiti piece ever painted 55′ x 250′: http://www.ianlynam.com/laimg/lostmag63.jpg

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