Ad Hoc’s remote life culture creates a unique opportunity for our team to learn about and share the cool places and activities in our respective communities. As of today, we have team members in 45 states plus DC. Recently, we asked people to share some must-see sights and unique activities from their state to create an Ad Hoc guide to (most of) the U.S. If you’re looking to try something new, whether in your home state or another, check out our list for some bookmark-worthy adventures!
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The largest space museum in the world! With the biggest collection of rockets and space memorabilia, history and space enthusiasts will definitely enjoy a visit here.
From guided tours to hands-on experiences, Alligator Alley is a must-see if you’re looking to get close to wildlife. Plan ahead and check out the feeding times for a great photo op.
Petrified Forest National Park
Check out the world’s largest site of fossilized wood and see pueblo ruins, petroglyphs, and dinosaur fossils at this park. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture amazing views of the Painted Desert.
Slide Rock State Park
Birds, deer, bears…oh yes! You can see them all at Slide Rock. Enjoy the beautiful canyon views and take a short hike to Oak Creek Canyon for trout fishing.
Eureka Springs Historic Downtown
Walk the streets of this city for an immersive Victorian architecture experience. You’ll find one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, craft emporiums, spas, and more.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
A variety of gardens with an array of colorful flowers and a treehouse! This botanical garden is a great place to connect with nature.
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical
An immense experience that’s impossible to go through in one day. With seasonal changes among the 120 acres jam-packed with over 15,000 plant varieties, this 3-in-1 destination is a must see. Plus, some art exhibits change throughout the year, so you’re guaranteed to see something new every single time.
Spud Point Crab Co.
Can clam chowder be famous? We vote yes. The crab cakes are also a treat, assuming you can get some before they sell out.
Mesa Verde State Park
This wild landscape of deep canyons and expansive vistas is home to over a thousand species, including several that live nowhere else on earth. Check out their sample itineraries for some ideas on how to spend your time.
Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs…need we say more?! Invite a friend and explore hiking trails, river rafting, and horseback riding and camp in the national monument.
If reading more is one of your goals, the Book Barn may be your new favorite place. With over 500,000 used books (spread across several buildings), lots of nooks and crannies to explore and great reads, this unique book store is a local staple.
Gillette Castle State Park
Explore a unique castle overlooking the Connecticut River designed by William Gillette, who was one of the best known portrayers of Sherlock Holmes on stage in the early 20th century. Hike on a network of trails built on the path of the railroad Gillette constructed on the grounds.
There is a little something for everyone. Winterthur is the premier museum of American art and culture, home to more than 1,000 acres of protected meadows, woodlands, ponds, and waterways. You can spend the day enjoying house and garden tours, strolling through miles of walking trails, and the kids will love the Enchanted Woods.
Hands down the coolest venue in Delaware. Originally built in the early 1800s as a hotel for sailors, it was turned into a movie theater then eventually into the music venue it is now. There’s a wide range of entertainment, and they’re always rotating local DE beer on tap!
District of Columbia
Steps from the White House, this beautiful gallery features contemporary craft and decorative art pieces. Many visitors praise the gallery for its small size and timed entries, great for spending more time with the art.
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Super pretty and a good excuse to go into a part of DC that’s not often visited. If you’re around in July, check out the Lotus & Water Lily Festival.
Devil’s Den Spring
Dive or snorkel in a spring inside a cave with an open skylight. If you love taking a dip in spring water, the nearby Ocala National Forest contains many more springs that are open for general swimming.
Eclectic trove of Gilded Age fun, housed in a former hotel in downtown St. Augustine. A real cabinet of curiosities. Player pianos, blown glass, taxidermy, meteorites, and much more.
A charming mountain town in the lush Chattahoochee National Forest. Known for a pleasant atmosphere, unique shopping, fantastic hiking trails, and the wonderful scenic Appalachian Railway Train, which winds its way through the Forest to several nearby sister towns.
Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Navigate the unusual geological formations, hike miles of sandy nature trails, and gaze at dark skies while camping at this quiet park.
Learn about Islamic cultures through art and design at this beautiful museum. Be sure to check out the event schedule to catch live shows.
Ka’iwa Ridge (Lanikai Pillbox) Trail
Hike a 1.8 mile rocky path that takes you 600+ feet to the top of Ka’iwa Ridge. From the top of the trail you can explore two pillboxes (partly underground concrete forts built by the military in 1943) and get a panoramic view of Kailua Bay and the Ko’olau Mountains.
The World Center for Birds of Prey
Get nose-to-beak with a raptor and learn about The Peregrine Fund’s raptor conservation efforts. Experience live, daily demonstrations and discover more about the life of a raptor.
Eagle Island State Park
Bring the family and pack for horseback riding, swimming, and hiking! This 545-acre park has plenty of activities to fill your day.
Starved Rock State Park
Waterfalls, rock formations along the river, and a gorgeous place to hike. Eighteen canyons and more than 13 miles of trails make this destination perfect for an outdoor adventure.
Chicago River Architecture Boat Tour
Incredible tour of downtown Chicago’s skyscrapers from a river boat with a great vantage of the skyline. Learn about the importance of the changing architectural schools and historical trends that led to the construction of notable buildings.
Turkey Run State Park
This state park (unlike much of Indiana, which is pretty flat) is unique in that it offers many different terrains from trails to interesting rock formations. Take a kayak to explore the unusual geology of the park.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Even if you’re not a racing fan, you’ll enjoy this one-of-a-kind sporting event. Stop in the nearby museum to learn about the history of racing in Indiana and the speedway.
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Caves! Whether you visit in spring to see the wildflowers or in the fall to witness autumn’s beautiful hues, this park makes for a fun family day.
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
This special mix of history and culture provides a full day of learning and activities. If you’re looking to add to the adventure, sign up to feed a stingray or for a behind-the-scenes tour!
If traveling into space is out of your comfort zone, travel to the Cosmosphere for some interactive space fun. The Hall of Space holds the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world!
Open year round, there’s always something new to see at The Gardens. Discover the multiple gardens, butterfly house, and more at this 17-acre gem.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Explore the world’s longest cave system (more than 420 miles!). See the remarkable geologic formations and the unusual ecosystem on a wide array of tours.
The Muhammad Ali Center
Learn about the life and principles of the boxing legend and American icon. Explore a variety of exhibits and learn about Ali’s remarkable impact on sports, culture, social justice, and history.
Steamboat Natchez Riverboat
See the Mississippi River from a unique perspective on this riverboat. Book ahead to enjoy dinner and live jazz music!
Sci-Port Discovery Center
Games, interactive exhibits, and mystery adventures await you at this spectacular science center. If you have time, see a show at the IMAX theater.
U.S. National Toboggan Championships
Make a plan to travel to Maine in February for this must-see event! The toboggan chute is 400 feet long and rises 70 feet in elevation, allowing many toboggans to reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
The Guardians of the Seeds exhibit is a must-see. In addition to 300 acres of gardens, you’ll see a variety of botanically inspired art and photography.
Cunningham Falls State Park
The park is home to the aviary at Cunningham Falls as well as the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Spend the day hiking and fishing, and stay overnight in an on-site cabin.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Great place to camp and see wild horses. You can take a tour of the island by kayak as well.
Halibut Point State Park
Sit on the rocks, listen to the waves, and take in the amazing views. Take your time on a self-guided tour and bring your camera!
The Bridge of Flowers/Shelburne Falls
Even if you don’t consider yourself a “flower child,” this masterpiece of natural art will have you in awe. The Bridge of Flowers is normally open April 1 – October 31.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Fun place to visit with lots of great views and hiking spots. If you forget your hiking gear, take a ride through the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for some great overlook views.
Pictured Rocks Cruise
Enjoy views of beautifully colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches on this unique tour. You’ll also learn some interesting history from the local tour guides.
Grand Marais and the North Shore
Home to the state’s oldest art colony, this town features World’s Best Donuts and amazing views of Lake Superior. It’s an excellent stop on the way to exploring Minnesota’s outdoor wonders such as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Superior Hiking Trail, and the Gunflint Trail.
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
This strange and decorated bar in Minneapolis, MN, has awesome views of the Mississippi River and a beautiful outdoor seating area to enjoy their tiki cocktails and mocktails.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
A great place for quality R&R. This delighful destination has tons of wildlife and preserved natural habitats, a great fishing pier, and a boat launch area.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of artist-philosopher Walter Anderson, this charming museum features Anderson’s paintings, drawings, murals, block prints, sculpture, carvings, and more. A fascinating visual experience awaits you!
Elephant Rocks State Park
See giant granite boulders like you’ve never seen them before at this illustrious state park. Bring some snacks for a picnic or take a canoe for a spin.
A treasure that all ages can enjoy! Guests rave about the amazing views and the tour, which takes about one hour and is filled with historic info.
National Bison Range
This animal sanctuary is home to a variety of animals, including bison, elk, pronghorn antelope, and more. Drive through the range for spectacular valley views.
Sip ‘n Dip Tiki Lounge
Part of the O’Haire Inn, this lounge is the home of the Montana Mermaids and Piano Pat. Mermaids, tiki decor, and a bar menu to match — this a one-of-a-kind experience.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
The Zoo is world-class quality. The indoor Lied Jungle and the Desert Dome are fantastic.
Homestead National Historical Park
Homestead is a great place to learn about pioneer life and the story of those who moved in and settled the state. On-site cabins are available for overnight visitors.
Fly Geyser at Fly Ranch
Fly Geyser is a nautrual formation in the middle of the Nevada desert that spews boiling water more than five feet into the air. Near the site of the annual Burning Man gathering, Fly Geyser is accessible as part of a 3-hour tour of the surrounding Fly Ranch.
Historic Railroad Trail
A break from the hustle and bustle of Vegas, this gem offers amazing views with observation areas and walking trails. Great for a day trip and close to Hoover Dam.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway
Experience a unique way to get to the top of Mount Washington. Learn some history, take in the views, and book in advance for this up, up, and away adventure.
The Flume Gorge
While this hike is short, it includes a boardwalk that allows you to stop and observe the views and is formed mostly by New Hampshire’s namesake: granite.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
The oldest operating lighthouse in the country! Learn about all the lighthouses of New Jersey in the nearby museum.
Lakota Wolf Preserve
An incredible opportunity to experience wolves in their natural environment. Looking for a great group trip? Bookmark this place.
Take your pick of these hot spring locations, each offering a unique experience. Please note many of these springs are located in remote destinations and may require a certain amount of hiking, climbing, or other physical activity to reach.
Enjoy a deluxe scenic route as the tram reaches 10,378-foot crest of the Sandia Mountains for amazing panoramic views. Spend the day hiking and skiing for added fun.
The High Line
Take the scenic route through the Big Apple! The High Line is a 1.45-mile elevated park created on a former railroad.
The Finger Lakes Wine Trail
They call the Fingers Lakes wine region the Napa of the east for good reason. More than 100 wineries, breweries, and distilleries are centered around Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lakes - many open year round for food and wine events!
From nighttime walking ghost tours to wineries, Asheville has something for everyone. A great destination for a weekend getaway.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With activities to do year round, there isn’t a “bad” time to visit this national park. Private and custom tours are available as well.
Hocking Hills State Park
Beautiful park in southeastern Ohio. Features lots of caves and waterfalls and is great for group trips.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Regarded as one of the top art museums in the country. Free admission is a nice bonus!
Keystone Ancient Forest
Hike along a classic Oklahoma cross timbers forest with 500-year-old cedars and 300-year-old post oak trees. Deer, mountain lion, bobcat, American eagles, migratory birds, and more than 80 varied species of butterflies inhabit the forest. Note: Dogs are allowed the 1st Saturday & 3rd Sunday of each month.
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
Dig and discover selenite crystals that contain hourglass structures. These unique crystals are only found in this one area of the world. Digging season is open from April 1 - October 15. Admission is free, and you can take 10 pounds of salt home.
Next Level Pinball Museum
This huge arcade is fun for the whole family. Dine from a local food truck, or bring your own food and enjoy all-you-can-play games.
Little Crater Lake
This natural gem offers a gorgeous lake with clear water and hiking trails. A great place for relaxation, exercise, or both. You won’t regret a visit to this lake.
See the impeccably preserved home that Frank Lloyd Wright built for the Kauffman family.
PA Grand Canyon
Check out Pennsylvania’s canyons at this beautiful location. Bring a bike to explore the trails and a camera to capture the views.
Belcourt of Newport
Take a guided tour of this summer villa to learn about Rhode Island history and culture. You’ll also learn about other mansions in the Newport area.
Take a stroll while enjoying beautiful ocean views. Walk as much or as little as you like – just remember the walk back!
Caesar’s Head Mountain
Views and food: a great place to find both. After a hike, stop by the on-site restaurant and try the fudge. It’s delicious!
Yes, a tree that you must see! Locals rave about the fantastic sight that is 65 feet high with a circumference of 25.5 feet.
This adventure park is home to a variety of exotic reptiles, tropical plants, and flowers. If you can, visit in the summer to take advantage of shows, pettings, and feedings!
Surrounded by White River National Forest, this peaceful landscape caters to all. Whether you bring a book to read under a tree or water shoes to go swimming, this lake is a lovely stop in South Dakota.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
If you’ve never stood in a tunnel surrounded by sharks and fish, you can have that experience here! Check out the daily schedule to catch a diver in the stingray tank.
Adventure Science Center
This fun museum has more than 175 interactive exhibits and displays! Have a blast while learning about science.
Space Center Houston
This space center will have you entertained for hours with a wide range of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Take a look at show times to catch the astronaut talk!
Toys for the kids and good country food in the largest convenience store you’ve ever seen. A place you can get gas and experience the best road trip bathrooms in the country.
Utah’s 48 National and State Parks
Take your pick of beautiful nature spots with Utah’s parks. See incredible red rock formations, thousand-year-old trees, incredible mountain views, sand dunes, and much more!
Outdoor adventures galore! Skiing, mountain biking, golfing, tubing, and hiking are just a few of the activities available here. Bring a friend or the whole family!
Billings Farm and Museum
This living history museum offers hands-on tours and demonstrations of colonial life. Take your turn learning to churn butter by hand!
Vermont Antique Mall
Visitors enjoy a unique shopping experience with antique, vintage, and collectible treasures. There’s also a toy museum for younger shoppers.
Great Falls Park
The park offers multiple hiking trails, including some that cross into adjacent parks. Lots of options for picnic areas and great photo ops.
Views, views, and more views! A picture-perfect drive with scenic overlooks along the way.
Part of the Olympic National Park, this lush region is one of the most western and northern rainforests in the US, getting an average of 140 inches of rain a year. Explorers should try and find the famed “One Square Inch of Silence” within the park, reportedly one of the quietest places on Earth.
Stunning ocean vistas, hikes, marine life, and island charm are just a drive and a ferry away from Seattle. The San Juan islands are rich in Coast Salish and Pacific Northwest history and culture.
A great, quaint spot to bring your partner. Indulge in hot springs and even access a personal area for a small fee. If you’re around in October, check out the Apple Butter Festival too.
New River Gorge
Take photos from the great overlook on the bridge. Rafting, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and gazing at the natural beauty of nature are just some of the activities here.
Devil’s Lake State Park is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and is Wisconsin’s most popular state park with about three million visitors per year. The park offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake.
So many things to do and see in Door County! Experience nature hikes by Lake Michigan to cherry-picking to wineries and breweries galore.
We’re looking forward to completing our list with all 50 states. If you’re looking for a career change and a mission-driven team to be a part of, check out our open roles today.
Disclaimer: Activities and places listed are suggestions by Ad Hoc team members and do not represent endorsement.