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Hurricane Irma: Flights resuming in Florida; cancellations now at 16,700

A traveler looks at a monitor listing canceled flights

A traveler looks at a monitor listing canceled flights at Miami International Airport on Sept. 8, 2017.

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Readers' Choice: Vote for the best attractions in the Northeast

Help us build the ultimate American travel bucket list by voting for your favorites

10Best is over halfway through building our ultimate American travel bucket list. So far, our readers have picked their favorite state attractions in the Southwest, Midwest and on the West Coast. This week, we're heading back to where it all began: New England and the Northeast. 

Encompassing nine of the 13 original colonies, this region is as historically rich as it is scenically beautiful, while big cities like New York , Boston and Philadelphia lend a diversity to the attraction scene. 

We've called on a panel of travel writers and photographers in each state to nominate their 20 favorite must-see attractions, and now it's your turn to pick the winners. Vote for your favorites in each state once per day until polls close on Tuesday, October 10 at noon ET. The 10 winning attractions in each state, as determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, October 13.

Click on each category below to vote:

Best Connecticut Attraction

Readers' Choice: Vote for the best attractions in the NortheastNew Haven, Connecticut — Photo courtesy of iStock / DenisTangneyJr

At fewer than 60 miles top to bottom and 100 miles across, you can travel just about anywhere in the state of Connecticut in under two hours. This authentic New England state, depicted by shows like The Gilmore Girls and films like  The Stepford Wives , has a personality closely tied with the water, with several rivers cutting through its hills toward its coastal plain.

Those who slow down and linger in New England's front porch will find numerous Colonial villages, a rich maritime heritage and one of the nation's greatest educational institutions.

Vote: Best Connecticut Attraction

Best Delaware Attraction

Readers' Choice: Vote for the best attractions in the NortheastDelaware beach — Photo courtesy of iStock / ymn

Delaware, the nation's second smallest state, is too often overlooked by visitors to the region, who often have their sights set on the nation's capital. But the First State – Delaware's founding fathers were the first to sign the Constitution – has plenty to offer, from ocean beaches, rolling mountains and the Chesapeake Bay to Colonial villages, a wealth of historic attractions and tax-free shopping. 

Vote: Best Delaware Attraction

Best Maine Attraction

Readers' Choice: Vote for the best attractions in the NortheastLobster shack in Maine — Photo courtesy of iStock / wbritten

Remote Maine boasts some 5,500 miles of coastline and 3,000 coastal islands, so it's no surprise that the seafaring culture here is strong. Rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, lighthouses and lobsters are never far away, but there's more to this state; Portland ranks among the nation's hippest small cities, and inland – particularly in the Western Lakes and North Woods – lies an outdoor enthusiast's playground.

Vote: Best Maine Attraction

Best Maryland Attraction

Readers' Choice: Vote for the best attractions in the NortheastWild horses of Assateague Island — Photo courtesy of iStock / JeninVA

Situated at the crossroads between the North and the South, it's easy to see why Maryland has the nickname 'America in Miniature.' This diverse state has a little bit of everything – the cultural appeal of Baltimore, Appalachian Mountains to the

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This is the country's only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

This is the country's only Salt and Pepper Shaker MuseumAndrea Ludden, founder of The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum — Photo courtesy of The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

The only Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in the United States is located in a strip mall in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It’s easy to miss and it’s pretty nondescript from the outside.

But inside? Wow!

The museum is packed with more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers which tell an incredible story of our human history in carefully-curated categories featuring everything from pop culture to royalty to famous people and characters.

It’s fascinating, eye-catching and, truly, one of those hidden gems that you always hope to come across when you travel but rarely actually find.

Archaeologist Andrea Ludden opened the museum in 2002 as a labor of love. She wanted to share her personal collection of these everyday objects which are found in every household and which reveal so much about their time and place. 

“Our mother was adamant about showcasing how you can trace history in salt and pepper shakers,” said her daughter Andrea, who acts as administrator for the museum along with her brother, Alex. “She loved the idea of telling a story through them.”

The elder Andrea’s collection grew so large that, in 2010, she opened a second Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum – with another 20,000 shakers! – in Spain. These are the only two museums of their kind in the world.

Here, in the younger Ludden’s own words, are just some of the objects you’ll see at the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum. Be warned: you may get so caught up in Ludden’s enthusiasm for her subject matter that you’ll want to treat yourself to a pair of shakers of your own. Conveniently, your $3 admission goes toward the purchase of one of the 1000 pairs available in the irresistible gift shop.

Cars

This is the country's only Salt and Pepper Shaker MuseumCar-shaped salt and pepper shakers — Photo courtesy of The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

"In today’s world, we live more hours in our cars than almost anywhere else, so here is a tribute to the traffic jam!

"Souvenir salt and pepper shakers became all the rage in the 1950s, with families taking road trips and cross-country vacations. You can see the Airstream-like trailers they would travel in to the National Parks, exotic places like Florida or out west to California on Route 66. All of these very iconic places are represented in salt and pepper shakers, which they brought home as mementos of their trips."

Light bulbs

This is the country's only Salt and Pepper Shaker MuseumNumerous light bulb shakers — Photo courtesy of The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

"In 1879, Thomas Edison applied for the patent to the incandescent light bulb and, in 2009, the LED light bulb was introduced.

"Within our lifetime, we will see the light bulb, found in every home, go by the wayside as LEDs are already bringing a new way of lighting the world. I’m glad we have lots of examples of something we all grew up with and that was part of our

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Fireworks festivals that will spark your wanderlust

The boom of the launch, the splintering crack of the explosion, the glittering rays of light that fall gently to earth.  There's something about fireworks.  

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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest across America

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