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The Underrated States of America

Some states need no introduction: Texas, California, New York. Others sell themselves: Hawai‘i with its beaches, Colorado with mountains, Louisiana with New Orleans. But what about those in-between states—the ones rendered one-dimensionally on the national stage or, worse, simply ignored?

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An Architectural Icon in an Unlikely Locale

A Prairie-style gem like no other

You might not expect to find the last remaining hotel designed by lauded architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the cornfields of Iowa. Yet, the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, is just that.

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The Best Hotel in Every State, According to Customers

Guests raved about these spots!

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10 Under the Radar Cities for Architecture Lovers

Experience modern and historic design around the world.

Fans of world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright often flock to Chicago or Buffalo to see many of his famous creations. But Mason City has a few important Wright landmarks and buildings by his architect contemporaries open to the public. Notable stops include the 1908 Stockman House, featuring Wright’s famous Prairie School design, the historic Park Inn, which originally opened in 1910 as the City National Bank and Park Inn, and the Rock Crest and Rock Glen neighborhoods where you can take a self-guided tour of homes designed by Wright, Walter Burley Griffin and others.

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The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers

A city can be shaped by many things—its food scene, for example, or abundance of shopping options. But perhaps nothing can define a place quite as distinctly as its architecture. Whether it's through thoughtful urban planning or adapting to cultural movements, the visual design of a city can transport you through time, while planting you firmly in a very specific place. Need convincing? These are the world's 20 best cities for architecture, from Brasília to Budapest. This gallery was originally published in 2013. It has been updated with new information.

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The 52 Best Places to Visit in the U.S.

The best places to visit in the U.S. are as beautiful as they are diverse: Alaska's glaciers, Arizona's canyons, Arkansas's Ozarks...and that's only the first letter of the alphabet. Add to that a fascinating (albeit complicated) history, world-class museums, and a wealth of resorts and restaurants, and you have yourself a list of must-visits that's nearly impossible to cap off.

Picking our favorite things to do across the country wasn't easy, but we managed to distill the country's many sights into just out standout experience, per state (plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.). Of course, we’ve only begun to scrape the surface of what this country has to offer—so consider this your starting point for exploring. Read on for the 52 best places to visit in the U.S.

(Note: Not every item on this list is currently an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you plan to hit the road in the coming months, make sure to check the website of the attraction you want to visit for up-to-date info, and read up on travel restrictions for that state. Or, simply bookmark your favorite activities for the future—this list will give you plenty to look forward to.)

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Iowa’s ‘River City’ a trove of Prairie School architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright wasn't exactly run out of town; he was asked never to return.

Like the fictional Professor Howard Hill in "The Music Man," composed by native son Meredith Willson, Wright displeased the good people of this "River City." He abandoned his wife and six children in Oak Park and ran off to Europe with his neighbor's wife, a scandal and a deal-breaker at the turn of the last century.

But before he was ostracized, Wright designed a hotel and a modest Prairie School home, sparking such a wave of enthusiasm for his signature style that colleagues stepped in to take over the work.

The result? This northern Iowa town of nearly 30,000 has the only remaining Wright-designed hotel in the world — itself a tourist attraction — and one of the highest concentrations of Prairie School architecture, visible on walking tours.

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