The 50 highlights of America, state by state (part 5)

23. A sporty state, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Baseball in the USA is a spectator experience which is built around excited rituals, from the national anthem to the hotdog and the beer to the “seventh-inning stretch”. Wrigley Field of Chicago, the 103-year-old home of the Cubs, may be the most traditional US baseball stadiums.

24. A playful state, Orlando, Florida

All kids, whether big or small, seem to have a whale of a time in Orlando of  Florida, the home to theme parks like Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Legoland, SeaWorld, and the Epcot Centre. Prepare to spend plenty of time on rollercoasters, in queues, and other rides.

25. A heritage state, Historical sights of Massachusetts

People who are interested in the earliest days of the USA should visit Massachusetts’ historical areas such as Lexington and Concord, where the American Revolutionary War’s first shots were fired, and Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers landed.

26. A melodious state, Graceland, Tennessee

The former home of Elvis Presley draws travelers from far and wide, who firstly come for the King’s history, but stay for Memphis’ modern-day charms, where the musical legacy of Elvis lives on in the blues and  rock’n’roll bars which are scattered throughout.

27. A wagering state, Kentucky Derby, Louisville

Head on to the US’s richest horse race – the Kentucky Derby – then bet the house on your favourite nag. Gambling aside, this is a really huge entertaining spectacle, an event which is steeped in history and soaked in booze.

28. A celebratory state, Nashville, Tennessee

There are so many things to celebrate on a nightly basis in this “Music City”, whether you love country-fried tunes, boot-scootin’, or you’re more interested in rock, whether you want to visit a cutting-edge live venue or a classic old music hall. If you are a music lover, you’ll be celebrating every night in Nashville.