New Attractions in Old Favorites
Many of the country’s most popular destinations are worth visiting more than once – especially when they continue to add new museums and landmarks for everyone’s sightseeing itinerary. Here are some of our favorite recently opened attractions in major cities across the U.S.
New York City
The High Line, final section opening 2017
Manhattan’s only elevated park replaced an-out-of use New York Central Railroad track snaking up the island’s west side. Beginning on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, the park is almost 1.5 miles long and a final spur extending above 30th Street and 10th Avenue is slated to open in 2017. Wildflowers and grasses are planted around a pedestrian path with views of the Hudson River. Open until 11 p.m. in summertime, the walkway is a popular date spot for New Yorkers with illuminated seating and ice cream carts.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, opened in 2016
Across from the Washington Monument, five acres of the National Mall were allotted for the NMAAHC 13 years ago by President George W. Bush and in September, President Barack Obama spoke at its dedication ceremony. The three-tiered, bronze-colored building symbolizes hands lifted in prayer as an expression of faith, hope and resilience. The galleries were filled with a 15-city “Antiques Roadshow”-style campaign encouraging private citizens to donate heirlooms and artifacts relating to slavery, emancipation, segregation and modern day.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, reopened in 2016
The newly transformed and expanded SFMOMA welcomed back visitors in May 2016 showing off 10 floors of galleries, 19 inaugural exhibitions and six times as much public space as the old building. Highlights include nearly an entire floor devoted to the Pritzker Center for Photography and a curated selection from the Campaign for Art’s Doris and Donald Fisher Collection. Visitors have access to the rooftop garden with a glass pavilion and two open-air spaces. Admission for those under 18 is free, and guided tours are offered for all.
Boston Public Market, opened daily starting in 2016
The first year-round, indoor marketplace opened at Haymarket Station in July 2016. Home to 40 permanent vendors, the market showcases products sourced from throughout New England. Fresh cheese from Vermont, seafood from the Cape and produce from nearby farms are available, making the market a daily stop for locals as well as restaurateurs. Beginning Jan. 19, customers can enjoy “sip and shop” evenings through the end of March where craft beer and wine will be offered to shoppers.
SPEEDVEGAS, opened 2016
Speed demons took their first spin on the 100-acre driving complex south of the Strip in March 2016. Behind the wheel of a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche, SPEEDVEGAS visitors can put the pedal to the metal on a 1.5-mile track with 12 turns, 15-degree banking and a half-mile straightway. The Formula One-inspired course is comparable to top circuits around the world and is open to all experience levels for drivers 18 and older.
Skyslide, opened 2016
Dropping from the 70th floor to an outdoor platform one story below, the 45-foot Skyslide opened to adrenaline junkies in June 2016 on the façade of U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in the western United States. During the descent, the glass slide offers panoramic views of Los Angeles from over one thousand feet above the street. Despite being just one inch thick, the glass was built to withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes.
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