The Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. This cemetery is adjacent to Washington D.C. and across the Potomac River.
Established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which previously had been the estate of the wife of Robert E. Lee, Mary Anna Custis Lee. Arlington National Cemetery is controlled by the United States Department of Defense and is the resting place to the dead who served their country during the conflicts.
Since April 2014, Arlington National Cemetery has been on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places which is a list of the most historic places and monuments deemed worthy of preservation in regards to our nation’s history. It is also the resting place for John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft among other important characters in U.S history.
Purchased initially for the high elevation and generally pleasing aesthetic, Arlington National Cemetery is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This memorial is dedicated to all the U.S. servicemen and women whose remains have not been identified. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded perpetually guarded with a meticulous routine to symbolize the highest military honor that can bestowed.
Guardian recommends Arlington National Cemetery to all individuals visiting Washington D.C.
We suggest timing your visiting to see the Changing of the Guard Ritual performed every half hour in the summer and every hour in the winter.
Located in the business district of New Orleans is the National World War II Museum, one of Guardian Music and Group Travel’s favorite New Orleans attractions. Formerly known as the National D-Day Museum, this museum details of the United States’ involvement in World War II.
The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has been the designated by Congress as the official World War II Museum for America.
Since its beginnings in June of 2000, the museum has continued to open exhibits and expand. It has opened the Solomon Victory Theater, the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, and the Campaigns of Courage pavilion and there are current plans for more expansion with a Liberation Pavilion.
Guardian loves the National World War II Museum because of its interactivity. With a completely 4D movie experience in the Solomon Victory Theater that emphasizes the U.S. involvement in the Allied victory and multiple spaces that illustrate the war, you will be impressed, shocked and informed around every corner you look.
We recommend you allocate 2-3 hours to fully experience the engaging and interactive museum. With so many expansive exhibits and additions, every portion of the museum deserves to be explored in its entirety.
Founded by Jack White in Detroit Michigan in 2001, Third Man Records has a second location in Nashville that also serves as an HQ, a storefront, live performance venue, and recording studio. This record company still produces both singles and albums primarily on vinyl records.
With the motto “Your Turntable’s Not Dead,” Third Man Record’s Nashville location features the Blue Room, the live performance venue. The Blue Room is the only place in the world that records live shows direct-to-acetate, which produces a vinyl master in real-time.
Third Man Records also has a phone booth studio where visitors can enter and play an instrument and a 45 vinyl can be pressed of the recording in live time. There is also the Novelties Lounge in the studio where there is a collection of vintage novelty machines like a 16mm jukebox and “Wax-O-Matic” machine which produces wax molds of White’s guitar.
We recommend this attraction to music fans and groups who love old vinyl’s and are interested in recording music. To fully experience this attraction, we suggest you allow 90 minutes for the tour and exploring the studios.
Opened in 2014, as a part of the growing exhibition, the Museum of Death is not for the faint of heart.
With the goal of “making people happy to be alive,” the Museum of Death New Orleans expansion branch features 12,000 square meters of space dedicated to a collection of death artifacts. These artifacts include but are not limited to photography, letters, artwork, taxidermy, and recreations of crime scenes.
The Museum of Death was started by JD Healy and Cathee Shultz to “fill the void in death education” and quickly expanded from its beginnings as an art gallery to now a multi-location museum.
The museum offers a self-guided tour that lasts 45 minutes and has no age limit, but we recommend it only to mature audiences.
The Museum of Death is an attraction where you can easily spend 2+ hours reading all the material and watching the movie featured in the museum. It is a perfect addition to New Orleans for groups looking to add a unique experience to their trip and for people who are fans of serial killers and the macabre!
#10 The Entertainment
*Cue the jazz hands!
Broadway, Off- Broadway and Off- Off Broadway. Could you even say you visited NYC if you didn’t see a single show? No, of course not. A show is NYC must! But how to pick just one? Let us know if you figure out how to decide.
There are also film festivals like the famous The Tribeca Film Festival in April and Woodstock Film Festival in October where people flock to see the features.
New York has the most theaters in the world with 420, you can see multiple shows for days on end and never run out of things to see for weeks.
Here is a great list of places to see NYC entertainment, the list includes the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet and Madison Square Garden.
#9 The Stunning Parks
In a place so locked in by buildings and concrete and traffic it is so important to have these places to escape to where nature is easily accessible to recharge.
Within NYC you can access to nature with the iconic Central Park with 843 acres of land. It is the most filmed park too with features in over 350 movies to date. First approved in 1853 as an urban park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park is the fifth largest park in New York City. Here is a self-guided tour of the park that covers 5 miles and takes an estimated 2 hours if you’d like to see everything Central Parks has to offer.
Additionally, you have Bryant Park which was created in 1686 and is where George Washington’s troops crossed in retreat in the Battle of Long Island in 1776. There is also Fort Tryon Park which has a view of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge. It is also the place of the Battle of Fort Washington in the American Revolutionary War and was created by the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917.
With more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities in the 5 boroughs there are so many opportunities to escape the grind and take in some greenery. Here is a list of the best parks New York City has to offer.
#8 The Architecture
#7 The Unrivaled Food and Restaurants
New York City is a foodie's paradise! You can find great food from literally any corner of the world. New York Style pizza: need we say more?
With over 7,966 sit-down restaurants, mom and pop shops, take-out, delis, cafes, street vendors and food trucks, the list goes on and on. The sheer size of the gastronomic opportunities are endless and make it a part of the appeal to try every new dish and authentic cuisine possible. Your midnight snack attacks, mid morning munchies or 3am food runs will have a lot of contenders vying for your attention. We recommend taking full advantage of all cravings!
If you need some inspiration for classic New York eats, here is a list From Spoon University. Stay hungry friends!
#6 The Rich History
For a long time New York City was the gateway for immigrants coming to the US to find their own version of the American Dream.
NYC has some of the greatest historical artifacts, museums and landmarks, going back to the inception of the United States. Here is a list of The 15 best history museums in NYC.
Our favorites include:
Make an effort to see the history of the city and see why it has always been such a powerful place in our country.
#5 It is the Land of Opportunity
With intense competition to succeed, NYC is the place to make it big.
Being in the city will push you and shape you to be a tough city dweller, capable of overcoming any obstacle. It will test your limits and your patience. The traffic, the rude strangers and the complete lack of personal space will try you. It is a touch city and if you can survive it, it will make anything else seem simple and easy in comparison. Don't let this dissuade you from visiting though!
And everyone is unique and different with a story to tell. The drive to hustle and the willpower in the city will inspire anyone to make their own dreams come true. Make an effort to get to know New Yorkers and their stories and you’ll leave the city appreciating it just that much more.