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Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips.

The weather is still good, and many indoor locations are still closed. What’s a traveler to do? How about seek out a rad staircase or two? Not only do these fanciful locations serve up some serious Instagram inspo, they can also double as an ad-hoc gym. (Not that you need any excuse to double down on the traveling treats.) Read on to find out where you can become the ultimate stair climber.

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Micheltorena Stairs: Los Angeles

Flickr CC: Shinya Suzuki, photo has been color corrected

Located in Silver Lake, just off Sunset boulevard (exact address: 3400 Sunset Blvd), the Micheltorena Stairs are the most beautiful of LA’s network of secret staircases. The Instagramable pastel steps and bright red hearts are the work of Corinne Carrey, who launched her secret beautification at night. But its power to brighten up the neighborhood is clear as day.

16th Avenue Tiled Steps: San Francisco

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A dazzling staircase so popular that it even has its own website. The tiling reminiscent of a starry night began in 2003 by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher as a way to connect the community, and each panel on the 163 steps is handmade. Visit on a nice day and stop by the southside gardens after you’ve made your trek.

Shakespeare and Jerome Avenue: NYC

You don’t have to be a psychopath with questionable taste in music to appreciate where Joaquin Phoenix cut loose during his infamous Joker staircase dance routine. Go ahead and saunter down the steps. Just keep the honorary residents of Gotham in the surrounding buildings in mind, and keep the noise down while you catch the ultimate photo opp.

East Lake Stairs: Atlanta

It’s 2020. Joy is limited. Do you really need a reason to climb a rainbow staircase? 

Wilcox Wall stairs: Seattle

Remember those magic eye posters that dominated the 1990s? Seattle’s Wilcox Wall Stairs are basically that…in stair form. Built in 1913 by Walter Wilcox, the 464 steps emerge from the ornate concrete, and take you on a visually dazzling trip under a series of Gothic arches. Bring a pair of earphones to drown out the nearby traffic, and it’s as close as you’ll get to a walk back in time.

Fort Worth Water Gardens: Forth Worth

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Designed by Phillip Johnson in 1974, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is perhaps the most elaborate fountain/cooling oasis you’ll ever visit on a hot Texas day. Walking down the terraced steps allows you to become one with the cascading blue water—or at least as one as you can become without a change of clothes. Bring lunch and hang out by the quiet pool after finishing your mini trek.

Meridian Hill, Malcolm X Park: Washington DC

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Good news for runners—10 trips up and down the stairs in Malcolm X Park is roughly a mile. The steps gradual incline is custom made for speed. Or for strolling if you’re just in it to admire the aristocratic-like scenery of President John Quincy Adams’ former home.

The Oakley Street Mosaic Staircase: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a hilly city, which the South Side Slopes took advantage of when they commissioned artist Laura Jean McLaughlin to create a series of playful mosaics, depicting colorful creatures and characters. Because we all need a little fantasy while working out.

 

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In this age of online shopping, it’s easy to forget that our favorite goods come from actual, you know, places. See where everyday items are born during one of these made-in-America factory tours.

Crayola Factory in Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Frances MacLeod

Crayola Experience, Easton, PA

Let your imagination run wild through four floors of colorful fun at this attraction about a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia or New York City. Watch a live-action theater show that explains how crayons are brought to life, create custom crayons and run wild in the two-story color-themed playground.

Photo courtesy of Darah Thomas

Photo courtesy of Darah Thomas

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Tour, Louisville, KY

This bat factory will score a home run with baseball fans. As you enter the building, you’ll walk past the world’s largest bat—a 120-feet-tall replica of Babe Ruth’s own Louisville Slugger. Then it’s onto the factory and museum, where you can watch bats being made, hold bats used by Major League Baseball legends and test out the batting cages. At the end of the factory tour, take home a free miniature bat or order a full-size personalized Slugger.

Photo courtesy of Jelly Belly Candy Company

Photo courtesy of Jelly Belly Candy Company

Jelly Belly Factory Tour, Fairfield, CA 

You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store at this factory located between San Francisco and Sacramento. See what goes into making jelly beans that taste like buttered popcorn, toasted marshmallow and A&W Root Beer, and discover why it takes up to 20 days to create a single bean. But don’t fill up on the free samples; save room for bean-shaped burger or bean-shaped pizza in the Jelly Belly Cafe.

Stuffington Bear Factory Tour, Phoenix, AZ

Before there was Build-A-Bear, there was Stuffington Bear. Watch bears and other stuffed animals come to life as they are cut, sewn and stuffed, and learn about the history of teddy bears. After the tour, stop by the retail store to take home a cuddly companion of your own.

Ben and Jerry's Factory Tour in Vermont

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Ben and Jerry’s Factory TourWaterbury, VT

How could an ice cream factory tour not be fun? Learn about the history of the company, watch as sweet treats come to life on the factory floor and, yes, indulge in free samples. Find even more sweet treats in the Scoop Shop, which offers traditional ice cream treats and specialty desserts. 

Photo courtesy of: linearclassic | Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of  linearclassic | Flickr Creative Commons

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC, and Fort Worth, TX

Anyone can make money, but not everyone make money. In each of these tours, you can stand above the production floor as millions of dollars roll off the printing press, watch a video about the production process and, ironically, buy souvenir currency in the gift shop.

Photo courtesy of Becky Musgrove.

Photo courtesy of Becky Musgrove

Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory Tour, Avery Island, LA

The hottest tour in the South starts with a visit to this lush Louisiana island. Watch a film about the history of the spicy condiment, see where Tabasco is aged in white oak barrels and look on as the sauce is bottled and packaged to begin its journey to kitchen tables across America.

Photo courtesy of Harinder Singh

Photo courtesyof Harinder Singh

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing TourEverett, WA

Take your knowledge of air travel to new heights during this rare public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant just north of Seattle. Interact with exhibits, walk through tunnels and ride a freight elevator to a balcony high above the factory floor as you watch 747s and other aircraft being assembled.

Photo courtesy of Tillamook.

Photo courtesy of Tillamook

Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook, OR

Tillamook ages its cheeses for up to three year,s but you won’t need to wait that long to sample the goods during a self-guided tour of its Pacific Coast factory. Get a bird’s eye view as milk is transformed into 171,000 pounds of cheddar, pepper jack and more every day. After the tour, nosh on grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream and other dairy delights in the on-site restaurant.

Photo courtesy of: ooitschristina | Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of ooitschristina | Flickr Creative Commons

Gibson Guitar Factory Tour, Memphis, TN

First come the instruments; then comes the music. Watch and listen as the legendary guitars are bound, neck-fitted, painted, buffed and tuned on at this famed Beale Street factory. After the tour, stop by the retail shop for a guitar of your own, and start singin’ the blues.

Photo courtesy of: Matt Lehrer | Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Matt Lehrer | Flickr Creative Commons

Budweiser Brewery Tour, St. Louis, MO

Before the craft beer phenomenon took off, there was good ol’ Budweiser. Learn about the company’s century-old brewing process as you walk through its historic building. Save room for a cold one at the end of the tour. Additional tours are available at these Anheuser-Busch factory locations: Fort Collins, Colorado; Jacksonville, Florida; Merrimack, New Hampshire; and Fairfield, California.

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