USA Living - Places - The United States of America

The USA has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites
  • Sites: Places and regions
    • Appalachia: Center for Virtual Appalachia; depicts and describes the Appalachian region, an area of the Eastern United States centered around the Appalachian Mountain chain, and links to government, official, commercial, educational, and private Web sites about the region; provided by the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy at Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
    • Beaches: Directory of beaches; shows listing of beaches by US state, including not just Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf, but the numerous Great Lakes beaches as well as beaches on smaller waterways throughout the USA
    • Buildings: Database on architectural and building data; maintained by Emporis, a multinational real estate research company; its goal is to index all buildings and structures in order to be able to compare cities and regions
    • Buildings Great: Guide to notable US buildings; Organized by name and architect, entries give details, photos; presented by ArchitectureWeek an architecture magazine online, covering new buildings worldwide and a spectrum of design, technical, and cultural issues
    • Byways: America's Byways; roads recognized by the US Secretary of Transportation for archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities; consist of All-American Roads and the National Scenic Byways; All-American Roads are considered the finest byways; National Scenic Byways possess outstanding qualities that exemplify the regional characteristics of the US; sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, US Department of Transportation; managed by the National Scenic Byways Online project at Utah State University and Multimedia Data Services Corporation
    • Cities: links to official Web sites; links to official government Web sites, as well as Chambers of Commerce, Convention and Visitor Bureaus, other sanctioned Tourism sites, area, regional, and related web sites
    • Deserts: DesertUSA; provides a tool for learning about the beauty, life and culture of the North American deserts; a monthly Internet-based magazine published by Digital West Media, Inc., a San Diego-based multimedia company
    • Farmers Markets: Directory of farmers markets; find a list of farmers markets by state and general resources; provided by the Agricultural marketing Service, US Department of Agriculture
    • Forests: US Department of Agriculture Forest Service; site connects to US forests and grasslands; the Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands
    • Great Lakes: Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System; information about the seaway system that connects Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and Erie with the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean; detailed information on each Great Lake and connecting waterways
    • Great Plains: A region east of the Rocky Mountains in the US and Canada; this site presents links to a variety of information sources about the Great Plains; although not updated, this list is still useful
    • High Points: directory of points of highest elevation in the US; clickable map shows where the highest points are in each state; click on each entry to see information--photo, links to trip reports, hiking information
    • Historic: National Register of Historic Places; the official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation in the US, part of the National Park Service
    • HMDB: Historical Marker Database; find markers of historic importance by location or categories; covers USA as well as international locations
    • Libraries: lib-web-cats; library web sites and catalogs; a directory of libraries worldwide
    • Marinas Dir: Directory of marinas; covers United States and abroad; lists services for boaters and marina owners for selected marinas
    • Marinas Ratings: marina reviews; meant to provide real feedback from real marina customers; ratings, reviews, pricing, amenities
    • Names, Geographic: Geographic Names Information System; contains information about physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and its territories. The Federally recognized name of each feature described in the data base is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by State, county, and geographic coordinates; the US government's official repository of domestic geographic names information; developed by the US Geological Survey in cooperation with the US Board on Geographic Names
    • Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Link; find neighborhood organizations by zip code or by state/city
    • Net Cafes: links to help you use Net cafes and public access points to the Internet; includes links to directories and supporting information
    • People: Pedestrian-oriented places; enabled by transit, which are pleasant and healthy locations to live, work, shop, and play
    • Prairies: Prairies Forever; dedicated to promoting the ecological and cultural significance of the American prairie through education, outreach, and public engagement
    • Recreation: Recreation.gov portal; directory of government-owned or affiliated recreation sites for auto touring, biking, boating, camping, climbing, historic/cultural sites, educational programs, fishing, fish hatcheries, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, lodging, off-Highway vehicle access, picnic areas, recreational vehicles, museum/visitors centers, water sports, wilderness areas, wildlife viewing, and winter sports; provided by the US Department of the Interior
    • Rivers: Online community of river activists and friends; dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide
    • Roads & Highways: Coverage of roads and highways; aims to provide a pictorial journey along many of the highway corridors across the United States; includes links to highway guides, special interest topics
    • Rocky Mountains: Directory of Rocky Mountain information; includes resources for Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Alberta, and British Columbia
    • Skyscrapers: World's database on skyscrapers; database of tall buildings and related companies, photographs, and news articles
    • Theme Parks: Theme Park City; locate theme parks, amusement parks, waterparks, and zoos
    • Venues Seats: Seating Charts; covers venues across North America
    • Venues Sports: Pro sports spectators portal; shows seating charts and views by team, city, and venue; see seating chart and an image of the view from sections
    • Visitor Bureaus: National Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor Bureau Directory; locate state and local US chambers of commerce, convention centers, visitor bureaus and tourist boards in the United States
    • Wildlife Refuges: National Wildlife Refuge System; a network of land and water for conservation of fish, wildlife, and plan resources and habitats in the US; US Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Zoos & Aquariums: Directory of zoos and aquariums; provided by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association which aims to the advance zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation
  • Museums: Displays of objects and activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Museum Stuff: Guide to museums; and other cultural information on the Web
    • MuseumsUSA: Search for USA museums; associations, vendors, and museum events
    • Prestigious Art: Art Museum Network; Network of the world's largest and most prestigious art museums collaborating to provide information about their collections, exhibitions, and news
    • Gallery Guide: Art galleries in the US
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in the USA; you can also search for restaurant listings by using yellow pages
    • ActiveDiner: Restaurant guide to larger US cities; user reviews
    • CityVoter: includes restaurant reviews; uses social media to activate contests where businesses compete to be named the best
    • Open List: opinions; on places to eat and stay
    • Fast Food: Guide to fast food restaurants; lists fast food restaurants and also provides a forum for related issues and news; created and maintained by Rob Borucki who has a background in operations management
    • Foodio54: restaurants based on your tastes
    • Gourmet: List of restaurant directories; a useful list that shows major nationwide guides to dining and restaurants; from GourmetSpot.com
    • GrubHub: Food delivery directory; covers selected cities including Chicago, New York, and Boston
    • MenuPages: Restaurant listings; user comments; covers major cities including NYC, San Francisco, LA, Boston, and Chicago
    • MenuPix: Restaurant menus; covering major Metro Areas (Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, DC) as well as other areas including Alexandria VA, Amherst MA, Arlington VA, Bethesda MD, Hoboken NJ, Lowell MA, and Wilmington NC
    • OpenTable: Online reservations; covers major cities
    • Postmates: restaurant delivery in many major cities
    • Restaurants: User-rated restaurants; covers most cities
    • Roadfood: Regional, unique dining; "colorful places enjoyed by locals (and savvy travelers) for their character as well as their menu"
    • Urbanspoon: Restaurants; info on local restaurants sorted by price, neighborhood, cuisine, and gluten-free statsu; the latest reviews from local newspapers; bloggers; covers many US cities
    • Yelp: reviews; discussion on local food, bars, and night life, as well as other shopping and social networking
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in the USA; you can also search by using yellow pages
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    • Bed & Breakfast: Bed and breakfast inns worldwide directory; includes bed and breakfasts, B&B homestays, country inns, urban bed and breakfasts, guest houses, lodges, cabins, historic hotels, small resorts, guest ranches, farmhouse accommodations, and working farm and ranch vacations; searches by location, amenities, online bookings, recipes, special packages, or last-minute availability
    • Open List: opinions; on places to eat and stay
    • Airport Hotels: Directory of lodging near airports; organized by city; provides lodging information, availability and rates, and online reservations
    • Camping: Woodall's; camping and RV directory and information
    • Hotels: Hotels Market; compare a variety of search engines for hotel reservations and save
    • HotelMotelNow: Lodging search; puts hotel's location on a maps
    • Historic Hotels: Historic Hotels of America; historic hotels that are located in a building that is at least 50 years old and listed in, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance; established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Hostels: Hostels directory; shows US and worldwide
    • Realtor.com: Official site of the National Association of REALTORS; find a home for sale, apartments, home finance, moving
    • RV Parks: Woodall's; camping and RV directory and information
    • Shared: National Shared Housing Resource Center; a clearinghouse of information for people looking to find a shared housing organization in their community or to help get a program started
    • Move: Real Estate portal; new homes, apartments, senior housing, moving, home loans, mortgages
    • Renthop: find apartments; selected USA cities
    • HUD.gov: US Department of Housing and Urban Development; works to ensure housing for Americans
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