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Outside of Tucson, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—home to a cactus garden with native wildflowers and even a butterfly garden—has two flowering peaks, in April and again in early fall (after August's monsoon rains). Still, in this abnormally lush desert, there's always something in bloom. By May, watch prickly pears sprout on the cacti and desert ironwood trees grow soft coatings of lavender flowers. Arizona-Sonora Desert, #Arizona #iGottaTravel

Operating from 1889 through 1967, this rail station on the Hudson River was once a major transportation center for immigrants arriving to America. The Romanesque building’s station platforms, tracks (with some rail cars), and ferry piers now form a kind of sideshow to the main event of visiting the Statue of Liberty, as tourist ferries to Liberty and Ellis Islands depart from neighboring Liberty State Park. Unfortunately the station was badly damaged in the flooding that resulted from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, so the interior is no longer accessible. Jersey City #NewJersey #iGottaTravel

Detroit is well known as a haven for photographing urban ruins, but rarely are any of the most intriguing sites safe or legal to visit. An exception is the towering Michigan Central Station, which was open for regular train service from 1914 through 1988, but now sits derelict behind barbed wire. The Beaux-Arts structure, designed by the same architectural firms as New York’s Grand Central Terminal, may only be viewed from the exterior. Recent years have brought rumors of restoration; thanks to volunteers from Wayne State University, the station’s front yard is landscaped and welcoming of photographers. Detroit, #Michigan #iGottaTravel

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The state’s largest city is also one of the country’s fastest growing, and visitors will find great museums, world-class food, and plentiful outdoor activities. Charlotte, #NorthCarolina #iGottaTravel

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Washington D.C. glows aplenty with delicate cherry blossom petals in the spring. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the banks of the Tidal Basin might be the best place to appreciate the flowers of the 182 new trees planted in 2011 (or jump in a paddleboat onto the basin itself ). #WashingtonDC #iGottaTravel

Yellowstone National Park. Tour its magnificent valleys and the powerful Old Faithful geyser, which erupts thousands of boiling water hourly. #Wyoming #iGottaTravel

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While many castle owners filled their estate with priceless works of art, tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer filled Fonthill with tiles. But not just any tiles: Colorful decorative tiles line the walls, cover the floors, and adorn its dramatic, arched ceilings. Throw in medieval and gothic elements, narrow passageways, and winding staircases, and the result is a one-of-a-kind, eclectic hodgepodge. Guided tours are available year-round, including specialty tours for families and tile-centric tours. #Pennsylvania #iGottaTravel

Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895, the estate wasn’t even intended to function as the main residence, but merely as a summer home. (The other Vanderbilts at the time chose to erect more "modest" summer homes in Newport, RI like The Breakers.) The estate is still owned by the Vanderbilts—making it the largest privately owned home in the country—but a pedigree is no longer required to visit. In addition to self-guided tours, visitors can stay on-site (just not in the estate) and explore the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. Asheville, #NorthCarolina #iGottaTravel

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