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South Carolina Quick Facts
Uniquely South Carolina: The Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston
Must See: Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
Most Unusual: Button King Museum in Bishopville
Highest Point: Sassafras Mountain at 3,560 feet
Food to Try: She-Crab soup and Gullah okra gumbo
What to Do:
1 See the beauty of the Raven Cliff Falls
2 Have fun at beautiful Myrtle Beach
3 Hike the trails at Congaree National Park, which preserves the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States
4 Learn all about the Gullah culture at a Gullah festival
5 Follow culture and explore the state on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
Off The Beaten Path, South Carolina
South Carolina is a beautiful state, filled with excellent destinations to visit. It is impossible to highlight all of the amazing places you could visit while on a trip to South Carolina. South Carolina has history, beautiful natural wonders and much more. Here are just a few of the places you could visit during a trip to the state of South Carolina.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mt. Pleasant
This National Park preserves this coastal plantation in remembrance of Charles Pinckney. Charles Pinckney was an author and signer of the Constitution, however, he is known as the "forgotten founder." This park tells the story of the life of Charles Pinckney, and the plantation history. Visitors to Charles Pinckney National Historic Site can walk on the 1/2 mile walking trail to learn all about the history of the site. In addition, visitors can explore the museum at the farmhouse on the former plantation.
Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston
The Old Slave Mart Museum is housed in a building that was once used as a slave auction gallery. Today the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the slave trade in South Carolina. The Old Slave Mart museum especially focuses on the history of the building, which was once part of a complex known as Ryan's Mart.
Fripp Island is one of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and it is a wildlife sanctuary. This is a popular vacation destination during the summer season, but it is uncrowded during the off-season, with only a small population of permanent residents. Visitors to the island can enjoy a beautiful vacation at the resort, while also enjoying access to the islands beaches, kayaking, and golfing.
Congaree National Park, Hopkins
Congaree National Park preserves the largest remaining example of old-growth floodplain forest. This park has an amazing array of large old-grwoth hardwoods and pines, animals and plants. Visitors to Congaree can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, educational and ranger led programs. One of the best ways to enjoy the wonders of Congaree National Park is by canoeing and kayaking tours, both self and ranger guided.
Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway
Another way to enjoy the great state of South Carolina is on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway. The highway passes along the northwest edge of the state. Travelers on the highway can enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way there are many points of interest, including peach orchards, Cowpens National Battlefield, towns and much more.
Table Rock State Park
Located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Table Rock State Park is a great location for an outdoor adventure. The park has two lakes, a lodge and many opportunities for recreation. Table Rock State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and since its creation it has been a great South Carolina destination. Visitors to the park can enjoy camping, hiking and more. Table Rock State Park is the trailhead for the Foothills Trail.
Raven Cliff Falls, Cleveland
These falls are the highest in the state. The Raven Cliff Falls drop a spectacular 400 feet. Located in Caesars Head State Park, these falls are a great destination to enjoy the beauty of South Carolina and enjoy a day of recreation. Visitors can take a nice hike on the Gum Gap/Foothill Trail to reach the top of the falls, where they can enjoy the beautiful falls.
South Carolina | Fun and Funky Things to Do
South Carolina is a beautiful state, with many amazing destinations for its visitors. For those visitors that want to see something a bit fun or a bit funky, here are a few excellent attractions.
Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village, Sheldon
Near Sheldon visitors to South Carolina can visit the Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village. Within the over 25 acres of the village there are many interesting sights, including many sculptures. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn about the culture and religion of the town.
Miniature Golf Capital of the World, Myrtle Beach
One feature of Myrtle Beach that many people may not be aware of is its many miniature golf courses. Visitors can explore the over 50 different golf courses to see the many amazing features. The range of themes stretches from volcanoes to palm trees. While exploring these features, visitors can have a lot of fun playing many games of miniature golf.
UFO Welcome Center, Bowman
Visitors to Bowman can take some time to learn about welcoming aliens to our planet. The owner has built an environment that he believes will be a welcoming environment for humans and non-humans to make contact.
Button King Museum, Bishopville
For those visitors that want to see an amazing display of buttons, the Button King Museum is an amazing destination. The museum is filled with items covered in buttons. These displays represent the collection and hobby of one man. Visitors to the museum will have a fantastic time exploring and enjoying all of the different buttons and items.
South if the Boarder, Dillon
Visitors to Dillon will be surprised by the amazing collection of Mexican themed buildings. The town has a mascot, restaurants, neon lights and much more. South of the Border is an excellent place to stop while on the road, and it is also a destination all by itself if you want to experience Mexico while still in the United States.
Rhode Island Quick Facts
Uniquely Rhode Island: Crescent Park Carousel, a Victorian carousel and the official Rhode Island State Symbol of Folk Art
Must-See: Roger Williams National Memorial
Most Unusual: Belcourt Castle
Highest Point: Jerimoth Hill, 812 feet
Food to Try: Coffee Milk and Johnnycakes
What to Do in Rhode Island:
1 Walk on one of Rhode Island's Heritage Trails
2 Take a Trolley Tour of Providence
3 Visit the Fort Adams State Park to learn about some Rhode Island history and enjoy some summer concerts
4 Have some fun in the sun at one of the state's beautiful beaches
5 Explore one of the lighthouses open to the public on the coast, including the lighthouses on Block Island
Off The Beaten Path | Rhode Island
Rhode Island is a state filled with exciting attractions. In addition to the many miles of excellent coastline, Rhode Island is filled with historical sites. Visitors to the state can enjoy beach activities, nature hikes, biking and much more. Here are few excellent destinations for visitors to enjoy in Rhode Island.
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
This National Heritage Corridor preserves the Blackstone River corridor, which stretches from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island. This area is rich in history, and visitors to the National Heritage corridor have the opportunity to learn all about the influence this region had on the Industrial Revolution, the first successful textile mill and more. Visitors to this area can explore Pawtucket and the original Slater Mill, Cumberland/Lincoln, Woonsocket, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville and the Whitin Machine Company, Worcester and many attractions throughout the area.
Block Island and Mohegan Bluffs
Block Island is just a short ferry ride away from the coast of Rhode Island. The island features amazing bluffs, beautiful hills and plenty of opportunities for recreation. Located on the southern end of Block Island, the Mohegan Bluffs are coastal cliffs, which drop about 200 feet into the ocean. Visitors to Block Island can explore the trail system on the island, the beaches and much more.
Coggeshell Farm Museum
Visitors to Rhode Island that want to experience the agrarian past of the state can take a trip to the Coggeshell Farm Museum. This living historical farm has interpreters dressed in reproduction clothing, historic buildings, and plants and animals like those from the late 1700s and early 1800s. Visitors to the farm have the opportunity to experience the past in a hands on and more experiential way than at many other types of museum.
Located on the Eastern shore of Newport, the Cliff Walk is a great way to experience nature and historic Newport. The Cliff Walk travel through a National Historic District and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. Travelers on this trail will see abrupt cliffs, rough trail, seashore and much more.
Roger Williams National Memorial
This park and and memorial commemorates the importance and contributions Roger Williams made to Rhode Island and the cause of religious freedom. The park is located in Providence and is a great jumpy off point to explore the city. Visitors will find exhibits, a short film and a park. Within the park, visitors will be exploring the site of the first European settlement in Providence as well as a fresh-water spring. There are also a many nearby attractions, including the Touro Synagogue and Smith's Castle
Warwick Heritage Trail
The Warwick Heritage Trail provides visitors an excellent opportunity to explore the Warwick and West Bay region, stretching from upper Narragansett Bay to western hills and countryside of Rhode Island. This trail features a wide range of historical destinations. The John Waterman Arnold House, the Governor Sprague Mansion, and the Clouds Hill Farm are all destinations visitors can explore on this Heritage Trail.
This little town is an excellent family destination, with plenty of fun family oriented activities, as well as a beautiful sandy beach. One great attraction in Watch Hill is the Flying Horse Carousel. This carousel is the oldest of its kind in the country. The carousel's horses are not attached to the floor, instead they are attached from a frame in the center allowing them to fly when the carousel moves.
Rhode Island | Fun and Funky Things to Do
This amazing example of Rhode Island history and architecture is a fantastic destination for all visitors. Located in Newport, this mansion was built in the 1890s by architect Richard Morris Hunt in the Louis XIII style. Visitors can enjoy the amazing architecture, gardens and collection of arts and antiques from around the world. Today, visitors can also take ghost tours of the castle.
Mercy Brown Grave
The town of Exeter has a great vampire story for those visitors interested in vampire folklore. In the 1890s, Exeter resident Mercy Brown died of consumption after her mother and sister. After her death it was believed that she was a vampire, killing her brother, who also had consumption. Mercy Brown was exhumed and when the town discovered blood in her heart, they determined that she must be a vampire and burnt her heart on a rock. The ashes of her heart were fead to her brother, however, destroying the vampire and eating the ashes did not save her brother. Today visitors can learn about her story and visit her grave in the town of Exeter.
Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Held each October in Newport, this film festival is devoted to playing horror films from around the world. Each year's selection of films cover all sorts of eerie topics from vampires to zombies. Visitors to Newport in October should be sure to catch one of these fantastic horror films.
WaterFire is an amazing artistic installation in Providence. The three rivers in downtown Providence have over eighty bonfires that are lit on certain nights during the summer and fall months. Paired with the beautiful fires on the river is music from around the world. Visitors to downtown Providence should be sure to visit during a time when the installation is lit, in order to see one of the most amazing art installations in the city.
World's Largest Bug
Providence, Rhode Island is home to the World's Largest Bug, which is a giant blue termite. The 58 foot bug weighs over two tons and is a great funky site in the state of Rhode Island. Built by New England Pest Control the attraction is often called the "Big Blue Bug," but the bug was named "Nibbles Woodaway" a few years ago. Visitors can even stop at the nearby store, New England Pest Control, which sometimes has souvenirs of the giant termite.
Pennsylvania Quick Facts
Uniquely Pennsylvania: Hershey, named after and created by Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey Chocolate
Must-See: Fallingwater, stunning home designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright
Most Unusual: Punxsutawney, the site of the yearly Groundhog Day prediction
Highest Point: Mount Davis, 3,213 feet
Food to Try: Pilly Cheesesteak and Shoofly Pie
What to Do in Pennsylvania:
1 Enjoy one of Philadelphia's famous cheese steak sandwiches
2 Explore the Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg, the longest stone arch bridge in the world
3 Experience American history at Independence National Historic Park
4 Relax during a stay in the beautiful Poconos
5 Celebrate Groundhog Day with Punxsutawney Phil in the "Weather Capital of the World"
Off the Beaten Path | Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a state filled to the brim with exciting attractions. It is deeply rooted in the history of our country. There are fun family-friendly attractions, natural scenery and much more. The following attractions are only a few of the places you will want to see during a visit to Pennsylvania
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is one adventure that every visitor to the east should experience. The Trail stretches from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Spring Mountain in Georgia, following the crests of the Appalachian Mountains. There is a large stretch of the Appalachian Trail that passes through Pennsylvania and it is worth some time to hike along this stretch. In general the Pennsylvania stretch of the trail is rocky and moderately difficult, excepting the southern part which has gentle grades and is fairly easy.
Fallingwater is a must see destination for any architecture buffs or art lovers. The house was designed by the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Fallingwater is one of the most stunning examples of Wright's work. It exemplifies his ability to incorporate nature with architecture organically. Visitors to the house see it in its original state, with the original furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as well as the original art and furnishings.
Hershey, Pennsylvania is a town where visitors can enjoy a complete chocolate experience. The town was founded by Milton Hershey, the same man that founded Hershey Chocolates. He originally built the town as a model town and community for the employees of his company. Visitors to Hershey can enjoy the amusement park, Hershey Park. Hershey also has pleasant resorts, golf courses and other amazing accommodations. Visitors can find The Hershey Story, which highlights the history of the man and the town, as well as Hershey Gardens and the Hershey Theatre.
Independence National Historic Park
Located in Old City Philadelphia, this 45 acre park is the home of the Liberty Bell as well as Independence Hall. Within this World Heritage Site you will be able to learn about the creation of both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution right in the same place. Franklin Court, also in the Historic Park is the site were Benjamin Franklin's home once stood. Visitors to Independence National Historic Park can enjoy all of this history and 18 other historic structures.
Lancaster Amish Country
Lancaster Amish Country is a truly unique destination within Pennsylvania. In this part of the country the Amish community speaks the very unique language of Pennsylvania Dutch, which is an exclusively Amish language. Visitors to the Amish community in Lancaster Country can tour the one-story schoolhouse where the Amish children have been educated for generations. In addition, you can walk across a 200 year old wood covered bridge.
Mount Washington and the Inclines
If you want to see Pittsburgh, the top of Mt. Washington is an excellent spot. Mount Washington was known as "Coal Hill," since it was originally a site for many coal mines. Mt. Washington stands above the city of Pittsburgh at 367 feet high, and visitors to the top of Mt. Washington can also see the three rivers. At night you can see a full panorama of Pittsburgh. The very best way to get to the top of Mt. Washington is to take one of the two inclines from the bottom. The two inclines are the Mon Incline, which travels from the Station Square shopping complex, and the Duquesne Incline, which still has its original wooden cable cars and its top station features photos and displays of the city's history.
The Pocono Mountains
The Poconos stretch across four counties and encompass 2,400 square miles of wilderness. Within these mountains there are many opportunities for recreation and viewing preserved natural beauty. Visitors to the Poconos will also find plenty of culture, from art galleries to naturalist museums and music festivals. If you want to combine mountain recreation with aquatic recreation you will find lakes, rivers and waterfalls within the Poconos.
Pennsylvania | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Pennsylvania is filled with amazing attractions. For visitors looking for the quirky, interesting and even strange attractions, the following certainly fit the bill.
Crayola Factory, Easton
Although this destination is not the actual manufacturing plant, it is a fun place to learn all about Crayola Crayons. The visitor center has all sorts of interactive and creative activities. Throughout the visitor center children and adults alike will find all sorts of fun realities and history of Crayola Crayons. Best of all, visitors can learn about how Crayola Crayons are made.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Visiting a former penitentiary may not be the first place you consider visiting while on vacation, but a visit to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is different and interesting way to learn about local history. Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 and closed in 1971 due to overcrowding. The penitentiary was re-opened as a tourist attraction, but it was kept in its current condition. Visitors can take guided tours or simply walk through to explore the exhibits and art installations at the penitentiary.
Crystal Cave Park, Kutztown
This cave was discovered in 1871, and it is an amazing underground natural wonder. Visitors to the cave can take tours of the cave, where they can see the calcium crystals and the formations created by water flowing down the walls of the cave. On the 125 acres of Crystal Cave Park, visitors can also enjoy the restaurant, miniature golf course and the sluice, where visitors can purchase some dirt and pour it down the sluice to discover gemstones, emeralds or fossils.
This Cabela's retail store isn't a regular Cabela's retail store. Within the 250,000 square foot location visitors will find some very interesting displays in addition to the usual outdoor merchandise. There are displays of animals, re-creations of natural habitats, aquariums and trophy animals.
Punxsutawney is the site of the famous yearly Groundhog's Day weather prediction. Visitors to Punxsutawney do not have to visit on February 2 to enjoy the fun of the local Groundhog's Day prediction. Visitors can see statues of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, throughout the town. A visit to Gobbler's Knob, where Punxsutawney Phil makes his yearly weather forecast is also great fun. Of course, the best attraction is Punxsutawney Phil himself. He spends his year with other groundhogs in the Groundhog Zoo in their natural habitat.
Oregon Quick Facts
Uniquely Oregon: Cannon Beach and the Pacific Coast forest
Must-See: Old Man of the Lake, a log that’s been bobbing vertically in Oregon's Crater Lake since at least 1896
Most Unusual: Prehistoric Gardens at Port Orford
Highest Point: Mount Hood, 11,161 feet.
Food to Try: Tillamook cheese, hazelnuts, and marion berry pie
What to Do
1 Watch a play in Ashland
2 See the sand dunes
3 Ski Mount Hood
4 Go hiking in the Sisters Wilderness
5 Count the bridges and microbrew pubs in Portland
6 Watch the Oregon Ducks take on the OSU Beavers
Off the Beaten Path | Oregon
Oregon is a state full of natural wonders and amazing outdoor spaces. Throughout the state you will find interesting places to visit. It is a state full of amazing spots to camp, hike, swim and enjoy all sorts of outdoor recreation. Here are just a few of the amazing spots and sights that Oregon has to offer its residents and visitors.
Three Sisters Wilderness
This wilderness area is one of the more popular areas in Oregon. Three Sisters is located in the Deschutes and the Willamette National Forests. There are 242,000 acres of wilderness in Three Sisters, with 260 miles of trails, including 40 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Much of the wilderness area is composed of dense forest. Three Sisters Wilderness Area is a great destination for hiking, wilderness camping and much more.
Located near the California border and the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade Ranges. Ashland is best known for the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an eight and a half month season, which shows eleven plays plus many other activities. Attendance at the Festival can reach over 400,000. Visitors to Ashland also have the opportunity to enjoy the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April or attend the Food and Wine Classic in November. Ashland is also home to Southern Oregon's first park, Lithia Park, which covers 93 acres right off the downtown plaza. Lithia Park has Japanese Gardens, tennis courts, duck ponds and much more.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
The awesome sand dunes at Oregon Dunes are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. The dunes stretch from Florence to Coos Bay and stand 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to the dunes can enjoy lots of off-highway vehicle riding, as well as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing and camping. As visitors wander to the dunes they can come upon dense tree islands, wetlands and even lakes. Those visitors that enjoy water sports can have fun sailing, water-skiing, swimming and even scuba diving on the over 30 lakes and streams in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
A coastal mountain range in southwestern Oregon, the Siskiyous are a part of the Klamath Mountains. They are some of the wildest mountains in the region, and even the weather is wild. The western canyons in the Siskiyous Mountains can get up to 100 inches of rain in the winter. Much of the Siskiyous Mountains are located within the Rogue River-Siskiyous and Klamath National Forests. In addition, the Pacific Crest Trail follows a portion of the range's ridge. Visitors can enjoy all sorts of recreation including wilderness camping, fishing, hiking , white water rafting and cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter.
Coos Bay is an important port city on the southern coast of Oregon, and it is also the largest city on the Oregon Coast. The city is full of museums, art galleries, live theater and even festivals. In addition, visitors can enjoy golfing, sailing, canoeing, scuba diving, fishing and more at the area's nearby parks: Sunset Bay State Park, Shore Areas State Park, Cape Arago State Park. Coos Bay is also a great destination for crabbing and clamming, which are allowed year-round. Storm and whale watching are also fun activities that visitors can enjoy at Coos Bay.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake is one of the most unique areas in the country. Most of the year the park is covered in snow -- the summertime window is very brief, lasting only from July to October. During the short summer, visitors can enjoy the Rim Drive, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming in the lake and even take a boat tour of the lake. The park offers interpretive programs where visitors can learn about the history of the park and the very interesting volcanic past of the lake. During the long winter, which lasts from October to July, the Rim Drive is mostly closed, but visitors can still enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the trails.
This is a very popular resort town on the northern coast of Oregon. The delightful little town of Cannon Beach is just west of Highway 101, and its downtown area is full of relaxing little shops, galleries and more. Visitors to Cannon Beach will probably spend most of their time on the beautiful sand beach. Haystack Rock is the most recognizable sight in the town, as it is the large haystack-shaped rock standing in the water just off the beach. During low tide, visitors can enjoy exploring the amazing tide pools created by the rock formations around Haystack Rock. Visitors to the beach can also participate in sand sculpting, or horseback riding on the beach, and even flying a kite. When visitors need a break from the beach they can explore the rainforest that stretches right down to the beach.
Oregon | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Oregon is a beautiful state. Throughout the state there are a stunning variety of natural wonders and destinations to visit. Travelers looking for a few spots that are a bit funky and a lot fun should be sure to find some of these destinations.
Lava River Cave
The Lava River Cave is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument within the Deschutes National Forest. Throughout the Monument there are many fascinating volcanic formations. The Lava River Cave is a mile-long lava tube. Visitors take a self guided tour through the link of this amazing natural wonder.
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
This museum is an excellent destination for aviation enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in seeing airplanes up close. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has all sorts of aircraft ranging from the historic to modern, big and small. Visitors also have a chance to see he Spruce Goose.
Located in a rainforest, the Prehistoric Gardens are a great spot to really learn about prehistoric times. The Prehistoric Gardens are filled with full size replicas of prehistoric animals. These gardens are the vision and creation of one man. Visitors are sure to have a great time exploring the rainforest, seeing life-sized dinosaurs, and learning all about these ancient creates.
The Oregon Vortex
The Oregon Vortex is one of those unique mystery spots where the laws of physics don't seem to apply. Visitors can explore, learn about the history and much more during a visit to the Oregon Vortex. This destination also has a fun souvenir shop where visitors can grab something special to remember the visit.
The Astoria Column is locate in Astoria, it commemorates important points in history, industries and people in the west. Astoria is the oldest American settlement on the west side of the rocks. In addition to enjoying the history of the town, the Astoria Column affords visitors unique views of the surrounding area at the top. Visitors can climb the tower, marvel at the amazing scenes depicted on the column and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Oklahoma Quick Facts
Uniquely Oklahoma: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Must See: Turner Falls Park and Turner Falls in Davis
Most Unusual: Waikrua Rattlesnake Hunt
Highest Point: Black Mesa, 4,973 feet
Food to Try: Fried Okra and Black-Eyed Peas
What to Do in Oklahoma:
1 Visit the site of the 101 Ranch in Ponca City
2 Experience the wild frontier at the Fort Washita Fur Trade Era Rendezvous
3 Have some outdoor adventure at Red Rock Canyon State Park
4 Take in the atmosphere at a rodeo
5 Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
6 Learn about wind energy during a visit to Weatherford's wind farm
Off The Beaten Path | Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a great mid-western state. Throughout the state there are world class destinations and attractions that you won't want to miss during a vacation to the state. Here are a few of the state's must see destinations.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Located near Sulphur, Oklahoma, this recreation area is a beautiful Oklahoma destination. The recreation area is divided into two districts the Platt Historic District, which comprises the former Platt National Park, and the Lake Arbuckles district. Throughout the park visitors will find beautiful examples of natural formations. Visitors will find the freshwater springs of the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer, the Lake of the Arbuckles, and more.
Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
Stretching across 17 acres in Oklahoma City, the Myriad Botanical Gardens has over 1000 different species of plants within the conservatory. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a fantastic architectural attraction, with an amazing collection of tropical plants from around the world. In addition there are beautiful outdoor grounds for visitors to enjoy.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
For those visitors to Oklahoma that are interested in Western art and culture. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has an impressive collection of Western art, and is one of the best places in the nation to go to learn about Western history. Some collections include rodeo art and history, Cowboy collections, Western art and more.
Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum
This fascinating museum gives visitors the opportunity to look into the pharmacies and drugstores of the frontier times. The museum has medicinal treatments from the time as well as tool and other artifacts from early drugstores. In addition, the Apothecary Garden has medicinal herbs and plants that were used by early pharmacists, and the garden is also a nice park to explore during your time in the town of Guthrie where the museum and garden are located.
Robbers Cave State Park
Located in the southeast of Oklahoma, Robbers Cave State Park can be found in the San Bois Mountains. Visitors to the park can enjoy all sorts of fun recreation, including rappelling, hiking and more. While enjoying the lakes, cliffs and other sites of natural beauty, visitors can learn about the history of the area as a hideout for outlaws like Jesse James and others.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
One of the most important archaeological sites in the nation, the Spiro Mounds were built hundreds of years ago. Within the Center there are twelve mounds, which were used for ceremonial purposes, homes and more. Archaeologists have uncovered significant pieces of culture through the artifacts found within the mounds. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the culture and the history of the mounds at the exhibits and on the interpretive trails through the area.
Wichita Mountains Byway
This beautiful drive is a great way to experience the remaining area of Southern Mixed Grassland while seeing some amazing wildlife, and winding through the Wichita Mountains. As visitors travel through the Wichita Mountains they will see the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, which started as a wildlife preserve created by President Theodore Roosevelt in order to save the American bison from extinction.
Oklahoma | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Oklahoma is a wonderful state to visit in the United States. Visitors that enjoy exploring some of the more unusual destinations in a state should stop at a few of these fantastic fun and funky destinations.
The Blue Whale
Located in Catoosa, this gigantic concrete blue whale is a local icon and a Route 66 icon. Although it fell into disrepair for a time after the original creators closed their attraction, the Blue Whale has been restored by the town and is a fantastic stop along Route 66 and for visitors to Catoosa. Visitors to the Blue Whale can explore the attraction as well as enjoy a picnic lunch and see the remains of the remainder of the attraction.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
Fans of Will Rogers should be sure to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore. The museum contains an amazing exhibits filled with Will Rogers artifacts. The exhibits include memorabilia, photographs from throughout his career, a saddle collection and the Rogers family tomb. The Museum also has a selection of original art and much more.
Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World
One fascinating destination in Oklahoma is Beaver, which is known as the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. Each year in April the town hosts the World Championship Cow Chip Throw. Here people come to compete in this spectacular throwing contest and in addition, visitors can enjoy the variety of memorabilia and other commemorative items throughout the town.
Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt
Each April the town of Waurika holds an Annual Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Throughout the weekend of the event there are many interesting events held. The main event is the Rattlesnake Hunt, with prizes awarded to those with the longest snake among other things. In addition to the hunt there are other festivities, including live performances, a carnival and even opportunities to eat snake meat.
Route 66 Great Transcontinental Footrace
Visitors to the town of Foyil can stop to see the statue commemorating the winner of the Route 66 Great Transcontinental Footrace. This race was held in the 1920s, the contestants in the race ran the entire length of Route 66, from Los Angeles to New York, covering a distance of over 3,400 miles. The winner of the race, an Indian, Andy Payne, ran the entire length in just over 573 hours. The statue in Foyil commemorates the long and impressive journey of Andy Payne.
Ohio Quick Facts
Uniquely Ohio: National Aviation Heritage Area
Must-See: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Most Unusual: World's Largest Basket in Dresden
Highest Point: Campbell Hill, 1,549 feet
Food to Try: Shaker Lemon Pie
What to Do in Ohio:
1 Take an exhilarating zip line tour of Ohio's woods
2 Learn about Ohio's part in aviation history and development at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center
3 Attend the Ohio State Fair, one of the very best State Fairs
4 Visit the historic Serpent Mound in Peebles, one of the largest serpent effigy mounds in the country
5 Explore Ohio's Presidential history at the Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and more
Off The Beaten Path | Ohio
The state of Ohio is filled with interesting attractions for visitors to enjoy. In the big cities there are museums and fun attractions. Throughout the countryside there are parks, beautiful landscapes and plenty of recreation for visitors to explore. Here are a few of the destinations and attractions that visitors to Ohio will want to be sure to explore.
Covered Bridge Scenic Byway
Visitors to Ohio won't want to miss the chance to explore the beautiful scenery of the state. The Covered Bridge Scenic Byway is a fun drive that takes visitors on a scenic route through the Ohio country. The byway travels a little over 40 miles and passes underneath a few of Ohio's covered bridges. In addition, this byway takes visitors to Ohio through the beautiful Wayne National Forest.
Hocking Hills State Park
One of Ohio's most stunning State Parks is Hocking Hills State Park. The Sandstone throughout the park has been weathered and eroded creating some excellent attractions for visitors to explore. Some of the park's must-see spots are Ash Cave, Old Man's Cave, Cantwell Cliffs and Rock Cave. This park has plenty of hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy as well.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
This National Park protects and allows visitors to explore some of the archeology of Ohio. Hopewell Culture preserves the Hopewell earthworks, which were built and used by the native cultures of the Ohio River Valley for ceremonial and cultural reasons for hundreds of years. Today visitors to the park can explore the fascinating mounds that pepper the landscape of the Park, in addition there is a museum for visitors to learn about the historic cultures of the region as well as plants and wildlife native to the region.
Lake Erie Shoreline and Islands
Another of Ohio's beautiful destinations is the Lake Erie Shoreline and nearby islands. Along the shoreline visitors will find sandy beaches, plenty of opportunities for water recreation, boating, relaxing and much more. Visitors can take the ferries to visit some of the islands, including South Bas and Kelleys islands. The Lake Erie shoreline also has nearby state parks and other recreational areas where visitors can enjoy wildlife watching, birdwatching, hiking, biking and more.
National Aviation Heritage Area
Dayton, Ohio is the historic home of the Wright Brothers and is also considered to be the "Birthplace of Aviation." The National Aviation Heritage Area protects and honors the leaders in US aviation history. Visitors to the Park can lear about the Wright Brothers work in Aviation at the John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center, where visitors can see the original Wright Flyer III. In addition, visitors can learn about the continuing developments in aviation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force and National Aviation Hall of Fame. Throughout Dayton there are hundreds of planes and other important pieces of aviation history.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
This Cincinnati destination is a powerful and moving visit. At the Center, visitors will see a variety of exhibits that tell the story of slaves escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad and tell the story of modern slavery. With both permanent and temporary exhibits, this museum has a vast amount of information to share. One exhibit to note is the slave pen, moved from Kentucky to the Center.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
This fabulous attractions located in Cleveland is an ideal spot to enjoy learning about the history and evolution of rock and roll. Visitors to the museum are greeted by the distinct architecture of the museum, including an amazing glass pyramid. The museum's exhibits are filled with iconic pieces of Rock and Roll history, including items from Michael Jackson John Lennon and many more.
Ohio | Fun and Funky Things to Do
The beautiful state of Ohio is filled with fascinating places to visit. Those travelers that enjoy stopping at some of the more funky and fun attractions should try to visit some of these excellent destinations.
American Sign Museum
The American Sign Museum is the only sign museum in the country and is a great place to stop and learn all about the history and manufacture of signage in the country. The museum's exhibits include a wide variety of signs including neon signs, historic signs before neon, exhibits on the history and manufacture of signs and much more.
Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival
The town of Avon holds an annual Duct Tape Festival, and if you happen to be in Ohio over Father's Day weekend this is definitely an event to attend. The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival has all sorts of fun events and activities celebrating all of the uses for Duct Tape. This festival includes a parade, fashion, games and more.
The Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum
This Cincinnati is filled with fascinating artifacts, stories and more about the law enforcement in the Great Cincinnati area. Throughout the museum there are fascinating exhibits filled with different artifacts and stories about the regions law enforcement.
World's Largest Basket
Dresden, Ohio is home to the World's Largest Basket. The town is filled with basket attractions beyond the World's Largest Basket. Visitors to Dresden will find a Welcome Center with a Gift Shop, The Longaberger Homestead and touring the manufacturing campus of Longaberger Baskets is also a fascinating experience, and there are plenty of other basket related and other activities to enjoy in the area.
World's Largest Rubber Stamp
Cleveland is home to the World's Largest Rubber Stamp. This impressive object is located in Willard Park. The stamp lies on its side and the stamp pad says "Free." The "Free Stamp" is an excellent piece of public art to enjoy while visiting Cleveland and is a must-see in the collection of world's largest things in the United States.
North Dakota Quick Facts
Things to do in North Dakota
Uniquely North Dakota: The Badlands
Must See: Sitting Bull State Historical Site
Most Unusual: The Geographical Center of North America Monument in Rugby
Highest Point: White Butte, 3,506 feet
Food to Try: Buffalo
What to Do in North Dakota:
1 Explore North Dakota's Badlands at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park
2 Go horseback riding at one of North Dakota's ranches
3 Experience the culture of the Mandan Indians at On-a-Slant Village at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
4 Learn about North Dakota's prehistory and contribute to the discover of dinosaurs on a paleontological dig
5 See the beautiful Sheyenne River Valley while driving the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway
6 Visit one of the countries most pristine lakes and enjoy wildlife viewing and fishing at Lake Metigoshe State Park
Off The Beaten Path, North Dakota
North Dakota is a state that really brings to light the contrast between the excitement of the city and the wild rugged aural landscape in the United States. North Dakota has some of the most beautiful and wild areas open for exploration at some of state's National Parks. There are recreational opportunities, interesting towns, fascinating museums and more. Here are a few of the state's great destinations.
International Peace Garden
The International Peace Garden is a beautiful destination in North Dakota. This garden celebrates world peace and is divided between Canada and the United States. Visitors to the International Peace Garden can enjoy the beautiful grounds, Interpretive Center and Conservatory throughout the year.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
This historic site is a reconstructed earthlodge. Visitors to this site can learn all about Hidatsa Indian life as well as the history of the area. This site allows visitors to North Dakota to see the many daily activities of the Plains Indians in the area.
The lake is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the country. It was created when Garrison Dam was finished. Today it is a great destination for recreation in North Dakota. Lake Sakakawea is excellent for scuba diving, boating, and much more. In addition, visitors can take a tour of the power plant at Garrison Dam.
Maah Daah Hey Trail
Mountain biking enthusiasts visiting North Dakota should be sure to explore at least part of the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The trail stretches for over 90 miles between the North and South Units of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This trail presents a fabulous opportunity for cyclists to explore the Badlands and much more.
The historic town of Medora is a great North Dakota community to visit. There are many historic sites in and around Medora. Medora is also a gateway to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It has an amazing location on the Little Missouri River, with nearby prairie and many varieties of wildlife. Visitors to Medora can also stop in the town for the Medora Musical, which is all about Theodore Roosevelt as a cowboy.
National Buffalo Museum
One of the great icons of North America is the American bison. The National Buffalo Museum has a live herd of bison. This herd of bison even has an albino bison. Visitors to the museum can also explore the exhibits of art and Plains Indian artifacts.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is divided into two units, a northern unit and a southern unit. Between the two sections, this park gives visitors the opportunity to experience the Badlands, painted canyons and more. The hiking trails allow visitors to see some of the countries natural wonders and amazing wildlife.
North Dakota | Fun and Funky Things to Do
The great state of North Dakota is filled with exciting adventures. For those travelers seeking those funky destinations unique to each state, here are a few of the fun and funky destinations found around North Dakota.
This gigantic turtle, located in Dunseith, is an amazing roadside attraction. It is made from over 2,000 welded steel rims. Visitors to the turtle can admire the huge structure, and can even attempt to bob the head, which is mounted on a pivot. Erected in honor of the nearby Turtle Mountains, the W'eel Turtle is a great funky North Dakota attraction.
The Geographic Center of North America
For travelers that enjoy visiting destinations of geographic significance should stop in the town of Rugby. Visitors to Rugby can stop at the Geographic Center of North America, where a stone marker stands on the approximate spot. In addition, travelers to Rugby can even bring back souvenirs from the center of North America.
Paul Broste Rock Museum
Rock enthusiasts and others will love this museum, entirely created from rocks. The Paul Broste Rock Museum in Parshall, is filled with rocks from throughout the world. This is one fun destination that will fascinate all those who visit.
The section of road between the towns of Regent and Gladstone is known as the Enchanted Highway. Visitors that drive the miles of this road will be delighted with the many amazing roadside attractions. One man conceived the idea to create the sculptures to create the Enchanted Highway. Now visitors can enjoy a variety of different works along the miles of the road. One of these sculptures is the World's Largest Grasshopper. Travelers can also see the world's largest metal sculpture, which is called "Geese in Flight." The Tin Family is also an impressive metal structure, with the boy holding a sucker and the Mother with her barbed wire hair. Other sculptures along the Enchanted Highway include a sculpture of Theodore Roosevelt, a sculpture titled "Deer Crossing," the "Pheasants on the Prairie" and more.
North Carolina Quick Facts
Uniquely North Carolina: Cape Lookout National Seashore
Must-See: The Blue Ridge Parkway
Most Unusual: Underwater Bicycle Rae, Beaufort
Highest Point: Mount Mitchell, 6,684 feet
Food to Try: Moravian Cookies
What to Do in North Carolina:
1 Explore Croatan National Forest
2 Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
3 See some of the waterfalls in Transylvania County
4 Learn about North Carolina farming on a tour of one of the state's working farms
5 Experience the wonder of North Carolina history while exploring the Town Creek Indian Mound
Off The Beaten Path | North Carolina
North Carolina is a beautiful eastern state. Visitors will find many amazing places to visit and enjoy. Throughout the state there are many interesting cities, filled with history and culture. There are historical sites and National Memorials. North Carolina is also a state with varied outdoor enjoyment and recreation options.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as "America's Favorite Drive" is a stunningly beautiful drive, stretching from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The over 490 miles of the drive encompass opportunities to hike, camp, picnic, explore exhibits and of course enjoy the beautiful views. As visitors enjoy this drive, they can visit Cumberland Knob, Julian Price Memorial Park, the Parkway Visitor Center, Waterrock Knob and Doughton Park. Throughout miles of the Parkway visitors can enjoy animal watching, nature view, vistas of Grandfather Mountain and much more.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
Located right on the Duke University campus these public gardens are a great North Carolina destination. Throughout the gardens 55 acres, there are amazing examples of plants and garden design. The H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants is a delightful example of North Carolina's native plant population. There are also four other fantastic gardens encompassed within these public gardens.
Ocracoke Island has 16 miles of undeveloped sandy shoreline. It is a barrier island of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and it is a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Ocracoke is fairly remote and can only be reached be public ferry, private boat or private plane. The beach is perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing, sunbathing, fishing and even camping. Certain portions of the beautiful sandy beach can be enjoyed by off-road vehicle.
Wright Brothers National Monument
Like Ocracoke Island this National Monument is also located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Visitors to the Wright Brothers National Monument can lean all about the history of the Wright Brothers accomplishments. At the monument, there are full scale reproductions of the Wright Brothers 1902 and 1903 Glider and Flyer. Visitors will also find the reconstructed Living Quarters and Hangars, and can see the Flight Line, which is a large granite boulder that marks the take-off point of the first successful powered, controlled flight, and smaller markers note the line of the flight.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains are known for their stunning diversity. As visitors enjoy the over 800 miles of trails they can also check out the wide array of flora and fauna. The park is home to many bears, and you may catch a glimpse of one of these bears while hiking. During the spring and summer the mountains host a beautiful range of wildflowers, well worth the visit to the park. The hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains ranges from short day hikes to challenging backcountry backpacking. For non-hikers there are also biking, fishing, camping and more options.
Old Salem, Winston-Salem
Old Salem Museums and Gardens are an fascinating 100 acres of historic buildings, museums, gardens and more. Visitors can enjoy the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the Historic Town of Salem. At this fascinating historic site visitors learn all about the history of the early American south, including the Moravians who originally settled the area. There are original buildings and even authentic craftsmen practicing their crafts.
Biltmore Estate, Asheville
Visitors to Asheville should stop and enjoy the 8000 acre estate built by George Vanderbilt. There are guided tours of the house and gardens. Visitors can also enjoy all of the activities at the Antler Hill Village including a winery. For visitors looking for a more outdoor experience there are plenty of activities, including horseback rides, carriage rides, biking, fishing and much more.
North Carolina | Fun and Funky Things to Do
North Carolina is an amazing state filled with fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. For those visitors looking for something a little different during their time in North Carolina, here are a few of the state's fun and funky destinations.
Wilmington is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States, and visitors looking for a fun adventure should take a haunted tour of the city. Within this historic city, visitors can find many tales of the cities long history, as well as many ghosts. Ghost tours take place throughout the year and travel through the most active ghost sites in the city.
Allison Woods, Statesville
Allison Woods is a beautiful and historic location in North Carolina, and a location with historical significance. These historic gardens are open by appointment all year, and also hold events. Visitors looking for a truly unique historical experience should be sure to visit during the historical reenactments held at Allison Woods. Each year over one weekend in September there are Civil War and WWII battle reenactments and more.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, Seven Springs
This park has some very spectacular natural features in North Carolina. The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park's main feature are the cliffs on the banks of he Neuse River. These cliffs rise 90 feet above the river, and stretch for 600 yards. Visitors to the park can learn about the role this region has played in the history of the country and the region, and they can learn about the geological forces that shaped the Cliffs.
Energy Explorium, McGuire Nuclear Site, Huntersville
Visitors to North Carolina can stop at the Energy Explorium to learn all about electricity generation and more. There are many activities, including a virtual tour of McGuire Nuclear Site, where the Energy Explorium is located. Visitors can also enjoy opportunities to learn about the environment, and interactive exhibits.
Gillis Hill Farm, Fayatteville
Visitors to the Fayatteville area can stop by the Gillis Hill Farm to see and tour a working farm. The family has been farming in the area since the 1700s, and visitors can learn all about farming and important developments in farming over time. Visitors can also enjoy the ice cream shop and make reservations for guided tours of the farm.
New York Quick Facts
Uniquely New York: New York City, of course
Must-See: Ausable Chasm
Most Unusual: the Secret Caverns of Cobleskill
Highest Point: Mount Marcy, 5,344 feet
Food to Try: a bagel and lox or fresh-squeezed apple cider
What to Do
1 Take the wine tour around the Finger Lakes
2 Look for Champ, the famed monster of Lake Champlain
3 Hike in the Catskills
Sit in a genuine Adirondack chair
4 Visit the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown
5 See the horses race at Saratoga
6 Take a ride at Coney Island
Off The Beaten Path | New York
New York, New York, it's a beautiful state! This diverse state brings you the excitement of New York City, the beauty of the Catskills, and the power of Niagara. The following are a few of New York's attractions that you won't want to miss when you visit the state.
Saratoga National Historical Park
This park is the site of an important Revolutionary War battle and American victory. In 1777, British and American forces met at the site, and the Americans forced the surrender of an important part of the British army. Today Saratoga National Historical Park has three sites for visitors to learn about the history of the area. The Battlefield is the location of the visitor center as well as the historical site of the battle. Schuyler House is the restored home of General Philip Schulyer, and it is open to visitors and tours. Finally, visitors can also see the 155 foot obelisk commemorating the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met, is one of the most amazing art museums in the country and is a must-see destination for any visitor to the city. The Museum has a wide variety of exhibits and an extensive permanent collection. Another gem that the Met has to offer is The Cloisters. The Cloisters are the branch of the museum dedicated to medieval art and architecture. Located in Fort Tyron Park, The Cloisters are assembled from elements of architecture dating from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. The collection at The Cloisters has works dating from the ninth though the fifteenth centuries.
Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz
In New Paltz, visitors will find the Historic Huguenot Street, an amazing example of American history. The Huguenot community was founded in the late 1600s early 1700s. They purchased the land from the Esopus Indians and built the community that remains today. Seven of the original stone houses built in the 1700s remain today. Some houses that are part of the Historic Huguenot Street had been renovated at various points, preserved in their renovated state to highlight the 300 years of history in the town.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame is a place to celebrate and explore the history and development of baseball. The Museum has an enormous collection of baseball items and memorabilia. There are three floors in the museum where visitors can learn all about our national pastime of baseball. In addition to the museum, visitors will find the Baseball Hall of Fame, where visitors can see the plaques honoring baseball's greatest players.
Finger Lakes Wine Tours
The Finger Lakes region of New York has an amazing configuration of lakes, which look like the fingers on a hand. The Finger Lakes region is also known as New York's wine country. The same unique geography that produced the amazing lakes also protects the area from some of the harsher weather, which sheilds the vineyards and creates the best growing conditions. This makes for great wines and earns the region the title of the east coast's own Napa Valley. In fact, the are has over 100 vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are open to visitors, so you too can enjoy the fabulous wines in the region.
Mantauk Point Lighthouse
Located in Long Island, this lighthouse is the oldest one in New York. It was authorized in 1792 by the Second Congress under President George Washington, and construction was completed late in 1792. Today the lighthouse still serves as an active navigational aid. Visitors can visit the lighthouse daily throughout the summer and also during special events throughout the year. Some events include Lighting the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Weekends. The Mantauk Point Lighthouse also has a museum located in the 1860 Keepers' House, which has a very nice collection of photographs and documents.
Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America (or CIA) is the top culinary college in the world. With campuses in New York and California, the Culinary Institute of America is a great spot to enjoy some amazing food and fun. The campuses have public tours, restaurants and stores. At the New York campus in Hyde Park visitors will find five public restaurants that are staffed by students. The bookstore is also filled with plenty of items to take home as souvenirs.
New York | Fun and Funky Things to Do
New York is a state full of fun and funky attractions. There are great places within New York City and throughout the state. You can find places to stop along the road, amazing sights in small communities and much more. Here are just a few of the more quirky attractions that the state of New York has to offer its residents and visitors.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York
This is the world's largest Gothic Cathedral. Construction was started over 100 years ago and to this day it is still not complete. The cornerstone was laid in 1892, and there is no completion date yet. If you visit the Cathedral you can take a tour of the Cathedral which involves climbing 124 feet up the spiral staircase to the top of the Cathedral to look out over the city.
Kazoo Factory and Museum, Eden
The Kazoo Factory and Museum is now the only metal Kazoo Factory in North America. The Original American Kazoo Company was established in 1916, and it continues producing Kazoo's much as it did in the beginning. The Museum has history, interesting trivia, and of course, a step-by-step of the making of a Kazoo.
Ausable Chasm, also known as the "The Grand Canyon of the East," is a great natural fun destination. The gorge has been open to the public since 1870. Twisting trails lead visitors into the gorge, past many interesting rock and water formations. These formations have some very interesting names, such as "The Devil's Oven," "Elephant's Head" and many more.
Sing Sing Museum, Ossining
Located within the community where Sing Sing Prison is located. This museum has a wide array of history and artifacts from the prison. Visitors can see photos, a replica of an electric chair, prison weapons and more. There are even prison cells on display.
World's Largest Kaleidoscope, Mount Tremper
When you go to visit the world's largest Kaleidoscope you are first greeted by the pair of eyes painted on the former grain silo , where the Kaleidoscope is located. The Kaatskill Kaleidoscope opened in 1996, but it was designed in the 1960s by Isaac Abrams. When you go into the Kaleidoscope you have to lean back on sloped padded boards with neck supports. The show is about 10 minutes long and is definitely a funky New York adventure.
North Pole, NY
The family will love a visit to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop. Santa's Workshop opens at the end of June and remains open until a few days before Christmas, and it makes a great summer destination. Visitors can feed the reindeer, ride the carousel, talk to an elf, and speak with Tannenbaum the talking Christmas tree and of course, meet Santa. The village also has theaters, a blacksmiths shop, a candy shop, a glassblowers shop and of course a toy-makers shop.
New Mexico Quick Facts
Uniquely New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the tens of thousands of bats that call the caves home
Must-See: Santa Fe Indian Market every August
Most Unusual: Bandera Center and Ice Cave where the temperature never rises about 31 degrees
Highest Point: Wheeler Peak, 13,161 feet
Food to Try: Biscochito
What to Do in New Mexico:
1 Marvel at the amazing white sands of white gypsum at White Sands National Monument
2 Learn about the Mogollón culture at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
3 Enjoy the amazing night skies in locations throughout the state
4 Go for a hot air balloon ride at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
5 Drive across New Mexico on the Route 66 National Scenic Byway
6 Visit The Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, the oldest government building in the country
Off The Beaten Path New Mexico
New Mexico is a state with an amazing array of historical sights and features. From the caves at Carlsbad Caverns to the streets of Tucumcari. In this state there is history, natural beauty, cultural and much more. Here are a few of the amazing places that visitors to New Mexico should try to see.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Located in southeastern New Mexico this park is one of many amazing locations in New Mexico. Throughout the summer visitors can enjoy the night sky events hosted at the park. Carlsbad Caverns are a great place to explore an amazing cave. The cavern has guided tours as well as areas open for self-guided tours. Carlsbad Caverns also has Ranger led programs emphasizing astronomy and nocturnal creatures.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
On the opposite side of New Mexico from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is another great spot to experience New Mexico. Chaco Culture provides access to a wide variety of Chacoan sites. In fact, Chaco Culture National HIstorical Park has the largest concentration of Chaco ruins outside of Mexico. The park also has a great night sky program. The Chaco Night Sky Program includes presentations, astronomy which links modern astronomy with the astronomical knowledge of the Chacoan people.
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Los Alamos is a little off the road between Arches National Park and Santa Fe, but it is well worth the detour. Like many of the places in the state, Los Alamos has an amazing array of recreational activities. Los Alamos is also an important location for scientific research. Visitors can stop at the Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop, or the Bradbury Science Museum. Los Alamos is also an important cultural center. Visitors can enjoy dance, theater, art and history. The art in public places is a great way to enjoy the work of local artists.
Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico
For those travelers who want to enjoy some of the beautiful arts of the Pueblo Indians, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo is an ideal spot to stop along your road-trip. The town once known as San Juan Pueblo, has a long and rich history. Now the town is the headquarters for the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council. As the location of the Oke-Oweenge Crafts Cooperative it is an amazing pueblo art center. You can also enjoy some fishing at the nearby San Juan Lakes, provided you get a permit in advance.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The beautiful city of Santa Fe is a fabulous destination for any traveler. After all of the recreation along the way to Santa Fe, the city is a great spot to stop and enjoy some culture, art and fine dining. The city has a large number of historic sites, including the San Miguel Mission, possibly the oldest church in the country. The Indian Market is another great event to enjoy in Santa Fe, held in August, visitors can enjoy the artwork of over 1,200 artists. The market features all different types of Native American artwork. Many people return to the market every year to collect unique pieces of art from their favorite artists.
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Tucumcari was once known as a rowdy town full of outlaws. Today visitors will have a variety of attractions to see. Old Route 66 passed through Tucumcari on Tucumcari Boulevard, which will really bring visitors back to the 1940's-50's. Travelers can also learn more about the history of Route 66 in Tucumcari at The Tucumcari Historical Museum. The Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce also offers a Visitors Guide, which has information about many Route 66 attractions in and around Tucumcari; it even highlights the Neon signs that light up the night along Historic Route 66 in town.
White Sands National Monument
At White Sands National Monument visitors have the opportunity to experience the wonder of the white gypsum sand. The National Monument preserves a large part of the unique dune fields. This national wonder is a truly amazing sight. Located in the Tularosa Basin these beautiful white sand dunes cover 275 square miles. This is the largest gypsum dune field in the world and is a sight truly worth seeing.
New Mexico | Fun and Funky Things to Do
New Mexico is a place filled with fascinating history, culture, geological wonders and much more. For those visitors looking for destinations that are a little fun and a little funky, here are a few great attractions that all visitors will enjoy.
Bandelier National Monument
This National Monument is another great spot to enjoy recreation and archeology. If you only have a short amount of time, you can take a nice short walk on the Main Loop Trail, which leads you from the Visitor Center through some archeological sites into the Frijoles Canyon. On the Main Loop Trail you can see Pueblo dwellings, petroglyphs along with other interesting archeological sites. Another great destination in Bandelier National Monument is the Alcove House.
New Mexico Skies
New Mexico Skies is a program that provides a complete experience for aspiring astronomers. The lodgings are located within the Sacramento Mountains. New Mexico Skies has low light pollution and high elevations, and it borders the Lincoln National Forest, making it a fabulous spot for stargazing. Visitors can rent cabins, stargaze at night and sleep during the day, all of which is delightfully accommodated by New Mexico Skies. Of course, should you want to partake is some daytime activities the National Forest is a great location for recreation.
Capulin Volcano National Monument
The long extinct Capulin Volcano is an amazing destination for New Mexico visitors. This destination is an excellent example of some of the geologic forces that formed the landscape of New Mexico. The cone of Capulin Volcano rises over 1000 feet above the landscape, and is composed of debris from the most recent eruption. Visitors to the volcano can take the Volcano Road to the top, and enjoy miles of hiking trails that provide views of the entire surrounding landscape.
Scandia Peak Tramway
Visitors to New Mexico can experience amazing aerial views of part of the state on the Scandia Peak Tramway. Riders of the tram see deep canyons and beautiful vistas of 2.7 miles of New Mexico terrain from above. From the top of the Scandia Peak Observation Deck visitors get an amazing panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley, and the views of the sunset from the Scandia Peak Tram are absolutely spectacular.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
New Mexico is filled with a rich history, and visitors to New Mexico can visit many sites that preserve this history. One of these amazing sites are the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The homes found at this National Monument are the remnants of the lives and culture of the Mogollan people, who lived in the area over 700 years ago. Visitors to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument can take guided tours, go on hiking and backpacking trips as well as enjoy a variety of Ranger-Led activities.
New Jersey Quick Facts
Things to Do in New Jersey
Uniquely New Jersey: Atlantic City where the street names come from the Monopoly game, and home to the longest boardwalk in the world
Must See: Cape May, the oldest seashore resort in the U.S.
Most Unusual: The World's Largest Spoon Collection at Lambert Castle
Highest Point: High Point, 1,803 feet
Food to Try: Cobblestones - spice cookies and Apple Cider
What to Do in New Jersey:
1 Enjoy the nightlife in Atlantic City
2 Spend some time enjoying the water on the Middle Delaware River
3 Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in New London
4 Visit Barnegat Light and explore the second tallest lighthouse in the US
5 Hike to the highest point in New Jersey at High Point State Park
6 Learn about Thomas Edison at Menlo Park
New Jersey | Fun and Funky Things to Do
In addition to the pine forests, natural beauty, history and other types of interesting destination in New Jersey, the state filled with fun and funky types of destinations. Visitors that like to explore some of the odder types of destination might like to explore a few of these fun and funky destinations in New Jersey
Museum of American Glass
Visitors to New Jersey should make sure to explore the Museum of American Glass. This museum has the most comprehensive collection of American Glass in the world, and it is all displayed in the region where most of the glass was made. Exhibits include pieces from the earliest American glass factories, paperweights, art nouveau pieces, contemporary glass and more.
Within this 16 acre attraction, visitors will find the World's Largest Model Train. There are more than 8 miles of train track, amazing features including bridges, canyons, cities and more. In addition to the amazing model trains there is also a great doll collection and more.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Travelers interested in mining and minerals should explore the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. This museum is located in what was at one time a zinc mine. Today, visitors can take mine tours, see outdoor mine structures, explore the displays of fluorescent minerals and much more.
The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park
Those visitors that are interested in science and inventing should stop and explore Edison State Park. Within the park visitors will find the Edison Memorial Tower, a museum and much more. Menlo Park and Edison State Park are located on the site of one of Thomas Edison's laboratories, and are a great place to learn about the history of Thomas Edison and his important inventions. Currently the museum is being restored, but it is expected to reopen in the summer of 2011.
U.S.S. Atlantus at Sunset Beach
At Sunset Beach on Cape May visitors can see much more than the beautiful beach. Just off shore is the wreck of the U.S.S. Atlantus, one of the concrete ships built during World War I. During this period there was a shortage of steel, so engineers designed and built ships from concrete. This design was not longer used after steel became available after the end of the war. The U.S.S. Atlantus was towed to Cape May, and in 1926 the ship broke loose from its moorings and was grounded during a storm. None of the attempts made to move the ship failed and today visitors can see what is left of the concrete ship at Sunset Beach.
Off The Beaten Path | New Jersey
New Jersey is a beautiful state. Visitors can enjoy pine forests and mountains, as well as rivers and ocean. Travelers in New Jersey can enjoy all types of recreation, while also exploring the cities, monuments and much more.
Ellis Island National Monument
Ellis Island was at one point the premiere federal immigration station in the nation. In operation from 1892 through 1954, over 12 million people passed through Ellis Island as the came to the United States. In fact, many citizens can trace at least one ancestor through Ellis Island. Opened in 1990, Ellis Island is a destination where visitors can learn about their own history as well as the history of our country. Visitors can take both guided and self-guided tours, as well as hear some stories from those who passed through Ellis Island.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The beautiful Middle Delaware River flows between low mountains, when it passes between the Mt. Tammany in New Jersey and Mt. Minsi in Pennsylvania, the river forms the Delaware Water Gap. This is an amazing natural wonder, and visitors have many opportunities to enjoy its beauty. There are overlooks that can be enjoyed when driving on Interstate 80 and while recreating in the area. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of water recreation, including kayaking, fishing, swimming and more. Those that wish to enjoy recreation on land can hike, bike, horseback ride, rock climbing and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Batsto Village is a historic destination located in New Jersey's Pine Barrens. The history of the village can be traced all the way back to 1766, and today it is recognized throughout the nation for its historical significance. Visitors to Batsto Village can explore the history of the village by stopping at the museum, or taking a guided or self-guided village tour. Batsto also provides visitors with the opportunity to see a Saw Mill Demonstration, explore the variety of industries that residents of Batsto practiced throughout history, including the Iron Works, the Glass Works and more. In addition to the fascinating history, travelers can enjoy recreating in the surrounding Wharton State Forest.
Cape May is a beautiful resort community, that welcomes thousands of visitors looking to enjoy the beaches and small town feel during the summer. However, it is a great destination year round, with plenty to do and see. Cape May is actually a cape stretching into Delaware Bay, but a canal was dug from Cape May's Harbor to Delaware Bay making it an island. Visitors to Cape May can of course enjoy the water and beaches, as well as resorts, but there are many other things to do during a visit. There are many options for delicious dining, and opportunities to enjoy antiquing and small shops. The whole town has a very historic feel, with Victorian architecture and even ghost tours. Cape May also has nature trails, dolphin watching tours, fishing and much more.
Strauss Mansion and Museum
Strauss Mansion is an excellent example of a Queen Anne style house. Built by a wealthy New York businessman, the mansion was originally used as a summer or vacation home. Throughout its history it has been used for many different purposes. Today, visitors can tour the home to enjoy the restored architecture. In addition, the mansion is used as a museum, with a variety of exhibits for visitors to explore. Exhibit rooms include a Victorian parlor, a tool room, a Native American and Lenape room and much more. The Strauss Mansion grounds also feature a beautiful Victorian style garden.
Howell Living History Farm
The Howell Living History Farm provides visitors the unique opportunity to experience farm life in 1900. There are demonstrations of 25 different horse-drawn field operations; all different types of farm animals such as horses, oxen, cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and more; various styles of barns, and much more. After starting at the visitor center, and exploring farming during the early 1900s, visitors can purchase some of the crops produced at the farm to take home, including flour, honey, maple syrup, and more.
New Jersey Botanical Garden
These botanical gardens are New Jersey's official state botanical gardens and it is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The gardens are located on 96 acres surrounding the Skylands Manor. Visitors can take a variety of tours, including a tour of the Manor. The New Jersey Botanical Garden also have a variety of specialty gardens, including wildflower gardens, rhododendron and hosta garden, lilac garden, peony garden, the Magnolia Walk, an Octagonal Garden and much more.
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