Colorado: Colorado Railroad Museum
> City: Golden
> Type: History, Science, Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Railroads, which helped shape Colorado’s history, are the theme of this museum located west of Denver. The main building, completed in 1959, looks like a 19th-century railroad depot. A 15-acre railyard contains dozens of historic locomotives, passenger trains, and freight cars.
Connecticut: Mystic Seaport Museum
> City: Mystic
> Type: Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: Yale University Art Gallery
Founded in 1929, the museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. Included on the museum’s 19 acres is a recreated 19th-century coastal village and a working shipyard.
Delaware: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
> City: Brandywine Valley
> Type: Arboretum, Botanical Garden, Culture, History, Historic House, Library, Nature Centers, Park, Science
> If you have time, also visit: Delaware Air Mobility Museum
Once the country estate of the du Pont family, the museum contains 90,000 objects made or used in America since 1640. The 60-acre garden is among the most beautiful in the United States.
Florida: The Salvador Dali Museum
> City: St. Petersburg
> Type: Art
> If you have time, also visit: Ernest Hemingway Museum
As singular as the famed Catalan artist it’s named after, the Dali Museum opened in 2011. It is a site to behold with its unique, bulbous architecture housing the works of the mustachioed master. The museum first opened in 1982, heralding a cultural surge in the Tampa Bay area.
Georgia: The World of Coca-Cola
> City: Atlanta
> Type: Specialized
> If you have time, also visit: The Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta, where the world’s most famous soft drink was founded, is home to the only museum that pays homage to the beverage. You can trace the history of Coca-Cola, check out its more famous commercials, and sample drink variations on the beverage’s theme from all over the world.
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