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New Hampshire Quick Facts
Uniquely New Hampshire: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, which preserves the
Must See: A New Hampshire Covered Bridge
Most Unusual: America's Stonehenge
Highest Point: Mount Washington at 6,288 feet
Food to Try: Locally grown apples and Corn Chowder
What to Do:
1 Explore one of New Hampshire's amazing covered bridges
2 Ascend Mount Washington, the tallest mountain in the northeast United States
3 Learn all about the making of yogurt at Stonyfield Farm
4 See one of the waterfalls in the beautiful White Mountains
5 Check out all of the fun at the Hillsborough Balloon Fest and Fair
6 Go ziplining to see New Hampshire sights in a new and thrilling way
Off The Beaten Path, New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a state with all sorts of fun attractions. Visitors to this state can enjoy a wide variety of recreation, history and much more. During the winter season and holiday season there are many seasonal activities to enjoy. New Hampshire isn't just a great winter destination, there are plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy throughout the year.
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
These gardens preserve the home and gardens of one of America's great sculptors, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Visitors can stop and enjoy the parks grounds and Visitor Center year-round, but the other buildings are closed from November to late May. This park offers a wide variety of guided tours, including the tour of Saint-Gauden's home, Aspet, which is only open to visitors through guided tours. Visitors to the park can also enjoy self-guided tours and films. Saint-Gauden's National Historic Site also has some delightful nature trails throughout the park.
Winter visitors to New Hampshire that are looking to enjoy some skiing should spend some time at Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, the largest of the state's ski areas. Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, also known as Mount Washington Resort is located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Bretton Woods has 434 skiable acres. The ski area has 101 trails, 10 lifts and four terrain parks. The resort also has night skiing.
Franconia Notch State Park
This beautiful New Hampshire State Park is located within the White Mountain National Forest. Visitors to Franconia Notch can stop and explore the Flume Gorge, which is an 800 foot natural gorge, with sheer walls, pools, walkways, waterfalls and covered bridges. The Park also has an aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain. Visitors can also enjoy Echo Lake, the New England Ski Museum and a wide variety of recreation.
Conway Scenic Railroad
The Conway Scenic Railroad is a historic railroad, and is a fantastic way to see some of the scenery of New Hampshire. Visitors can ride the Valley Train, which travels between North Conway and Conway or Bartlett. The Conway Scenic Railroad also has the Notch Train, which travels from North Conway to Crawford Depot or Fabyan Station. During the winter months the train service is reduced, but travelers can enjoy the "Santa's Holiday Express" runs.
Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery Tour
New Hampshire visitors can stop to learn all about beer making at the Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery. The tours include all sorts of fun activities. Visitors can see the Budweiser Clydesdales at the Clydesdale Hamlet. The tour also includes a visit to the Brew Hall, where they can learn about how Anheuser-Busch beers are made. Those visitors that are of legal drinking age can also stop at the Hospitality Room, where the product sampling takes place.
New Hampshire is known for its covered bridges. One excellent example of a covered bridge is the Cornish-Windsor Bridge. This bridge spans the Connecticut River, connecting Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont. The bridge is over 449 feet long and was constructed in 1866. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the northeast part of the United States, and is an excellent destination in New Hampshire. Mount Washington is also known for its extreme weather conditions, which can be dangerous during the summer. Visitors should be aware that the best conditions generally occur between May and October, however, decent weather is not guaranteed during these months. Those visitors that want to ascend the mountain can take the Mount Washington Auto Road, the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which are open seasonally depending on the weather conditions. Visitors can also hike Mount Washington, but should be prepared, whether they are hiking during the summer or winter.
Fun & Funky, New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a beautiful New England destination. The sate is filled with amazing destinations fora any traveler. For those visitors looking for something a little different, perhaps a bit funky, but always fun, here are a few attractions of interest in New Hampshire.
American Classic Arcade Museum
More of a working arcade than a traditional museum, visitors will have a great time exploring all of the arcade memorabilia and games. Filled with new and classic arcade games, the museum is a great destination for all arcade and arcade game fans.
New Hampshire's Stonehenge, America's Stonehenge, is a great destination for travelers looking for fun and funky attractions. Unlike other destinations bearing the name of Stonehenge this destination refers to an attraction that was not created as a Stonehenge replica. This destination boasts its own unique and interesting formation of rocks.
Family Camping Museum and Hall of Fame
Families that like to spend their free time camping, will be delighted with a visit to the Family Camping Museum and Hall of Fame. This museum was created by a man who had years of collected family camping gear and more from his own experiences. Visitors to this museum will see all sorts of different camping gear and memories, probably not unlike their own memorabilia saved from family trips.
Located near Grafton, this is a great destination if you are looking for a more hands-on type of experience. Visitors to the mine have the opportunity to search for their own semi-precious gems. At Ruggles Mine, visitors are welcome to hammer away at the rocks in the mine looking for something special.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Visitors to New Hampshire looking for a fun camping destination can stop for a time at the campsites and cabins at juggles Mine. Built on the story of Yogi Bear, this thinned camping destination will be filled with fun activities for the whole family.
Nevada Quick Facts
Nevada Things to Do
Uniquely Nevada: Burning Man
Must-See: Zion National Park
Most Unusual: Pyramid Lake
Highest Point: Boundary Peak, 13,143 feet
Food to Try: Anything at the casino buffet
What to Do in Nevada:
1 Take in all of the excitement at the resorts and casinos in Las Vegas
2 Watch the Bellagio fountain show
3 Explore the amazing sites at Death Valley National Park
4 See the view and learn the stunning history of hoover Dam
5 Recreate at the beautiful Zion National Park
Off The Beaten Path | Nevada
From the bright lights of Reno and Las Vegas to solitary red rocks and clear, blue lakes, Nevada is a state full of amazing sights. Within the state, visitors can explore the Mojave Desert, see one of the country's greatest construction projects, have fun recreating in some of the area's unique landscapes and much more. No matter what interests visitors may have, everyone will find something of interest in Nevada.
National Cowboy Poetry Festival
Each year the community of Elko hosts the National Cowboy Poetry Festival. This festival draws thousands of people interested in keeping the western culture and traditions alive. The festival was started in 1985 by a group of poets and folklorists and is produced by the Western Folklife Center. Attendees of the festival celebrate the art, culture and history of the region. Each year the event attracts poets, musicians, scholars, cowboys and cowgirls. Together these people are helping to preserve and enjoy the traditions of the west, and this festival has inspired many other festivals throughout the country.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
This National Conservation Area is located just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, making it the perfect outdoor adventure to combine with a visit to Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon has over 190,000 acres of conserved land which presents a very different draw than Las Vegas. Visitors to Red Rock Canyon can enjoy the 13 mile scenic drive, or the 30 miles of hiking trails. Red Rock Canyon is also a great destination for rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, nature watching and there is even a visitor center. While there, visitors can't miss the beautiful red rock of the canyon and the beauty of the Mojave Desert.
Great Basin National Park
Great Basin is a very diverse park and is a great example of Nevada's natural environment. It is also a great destination to enjoy the night skies, as it has some beautiful dark nights. Great Basin even holds a yearly Anatomy Festival for visitors to better enjoy the night skies. The park is in the shadow of Wheeler Peak. Visitors can enjoy a Lehman Cave Tour to see the stunning marble cave with stalactites, stalagmites and much more. On the 12 mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive visitors can enjoy view of the valleys and mountains. Throughout the park visitors can enjoy back-country hiking, including overnight back-country adventures. Another special feature of the park is the Bristlecone Pine Trail on which visitors can see the oldest living organisms in the world. Great Basin National Park is home to 5,000 year old Bristlecone Pine Trees.
Valley of Fire State Park
This park is located just six miles from Lake Mead, and it has the distinction of being Nevada's oldest and largest state park. The park gets its name from the red sandstone formations, and in addition, visitors have the opportunity to marvel at the unique beauty of the Mojave Desert. Throughout the park visitors will find acres of petrified wood and even 300 year old Native American petroglyphs. The park also has plenty of recreation including camping, hiking and more. To learn more about the park visitors should stop at the Visitor Center and check-out the interpretive displays.
The Hoover Dam is one of the top construction achievements of the 20th century. The dam, which is over 70 years old gets over one million visitors every year. The dam was built in just five years, which was two years ahead of schedule and under budget. It was also the largest of its kind at the time. Today the Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and is the highest concrete dam in the western hemisphere. It stands over 725 feet above the Colorado River and its 17 generators produce four billion kilowatt hours every year. Visitors to the dam can walk across to marvel at its enormity and they can enjoy one of the two tour options. The Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour allows guests to take the elevators to descend 500 feet to see the generators, the original diversion tunnels and much more. The Dam Tour has all of the options of the first tour, but it is an even more intimate tour of the dam. On this tour visitors can see the inside of the dam, entering through inspection tunnels, and look through vents to the river below and more.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is filled with many canyons. Within this park visitors can participate in many outdoor activities throughout the park's many canyons. There are many places to hike and bike in the park, as well as many back-country adventure opportunities. The Zion Shuttle is a great way for visitors to enjoy the park, as well as tours through certain parts of the park. The Pa'rus Trail is a paved bicycle path and the shuttle buses through the park have bicycle racks for increased biking access. Zion is also home to over 200 species of birds, making it a great bird-watching destination.
Pyramid Lake is located near the town of Sutcliffe and it is located entirely within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. The lake is a remnant of Lake Lahontan which at one time covered most of northwest Nevada. It gets its name from the tufa formations in the area. The largest of these formations is Anaho Island, which is home to a colony of American White Pelicans and is a heavily protected National Wildlife Refuge that is closed to the public. Pyramid Lake is also a saline lake, with a salt content that is about 1/16 of sea water. The lake is fed by the Truckee River after it leaves Lake Tahoe, but Pyramid Lake does not have an outlet, so the water only leaves by evaporation or by soaking into the ground. Visitors to Pyramid Lake can enjoy a wide variety of recreation, especially water sports, including boating, canoeing and kayaking.
Nevada | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Nevada is a state filled with fun and funky attractions. There are all sorts of places for visitors to find something interesting. Here are a few of the fun, funky and always interesting attractions that Nevada offers its visitors.
Lion Habitat, Las Vegas
Most people expect to see lions at the zoo, but in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand visitors can see the lions up close, right inside the hotel. The Lion Habitat is located on the main floor of the casino, and is accessible to all visitors.The habitat even has a tunnel that visitors can even look up at the lions through the tunnel ceiling.
The Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas
This Museum is a great place to learn about the history of atomic testing in Nevada. There are a wide variety of exhibits about the different types of testing that were done in Nevada. The Atomic Testing Museum is a very interesting destination for those that want to learn more about nuclear testing in the country.
The Hoover Dam is an iconic attraction in Nevada. The tours of the dam give visitors amazing views of the internal workings of the dam. Visitors can take a variety of different tours that can take visitors on a few stops inside the dam, or tours that lead all the way down into the inspection tunnels. The view from the top of the dam is pretty spectacular as well.
Imperial Palace Auto Collection, Las Vegas
Car enthusiasts visiting Nevada won't want to miss the amazing collection of cars at the Imperial Palace. This collection is the largest and best collection of classic cars in the world. The Imperial Palace collection has more than 250 vehicles, including antique cars and much more.
Hand of Faith, Las Vegas
Las Vegas is also the home to the biggest golden nugget in existence. This golden nugget, known as the Hand of Faith is located at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The Hand of Faith was found by in Australia by a man using a metal detector. Visitors to the Golden Nugget can see the 61 pound nugget of gold and learn the story behind its discovery.
Nevada has many different ghost and mining towns, one great town to visit that is both a living ghost town and an old mining community is Tuscacora. It was once a thriving silver mining community, now it is classified as a ghost town. It does have a small population, including some artists. The cemetery and remnants of the town are a very interesting look into the history of the region.
Located in the northeastern region of Nevada, Angel Lake is a uniquely beautiful destination in Nevada. Travelers in Nevada can enjoy stunning scenery during the trip up State Route 231 to the eastern shore of the lake. From the shores of the lake there are spectacular views of cliffs, mountains, pinnacles and valleys. Angel Lake is also a great destination for recreation and camping.
The town of Rachel is a great spot for extraterrestrial enthusiasts. It is located on Highway 375, the Extraterrestrial Highway, and is the closest town to Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51. Visitors to Rachel can enjoy the proximity to Area 51, and maybe have a chance for some UFO sightings also.
Highway 50, The Loneliest Road in America
This "Loneliest Road in America" is a great way to see Nevada. The highway crosses Nevada, stretching from Silver Springs to Fallon. All along the highway there are plenty of sights to enjoy. Destinations to stop and explore include remnants of the Pony Express Trail, which runs parallel to the highway, mountains, ghost towns, state parks and much more. Visitors should keep an eye out for the Iliapah Reservoir and Hickison Summit Petroglyphs.
Every year thousands of people gather together in the Black Rock Desert for a week. During this week they create Black Rock City, and they dedicate their time creating community, art. Burning Man is the ultimate opportunity for these people to experience self-expression and self-reliance. To truly understand Burning Man, people must experience it for themselves.
Nebraska Quick Facts
Things to do in Nebraska
Uniquely Nebraska: Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit at the Hastings Museum, which was invented in the town of Hastings, Nebraska
Must-See: Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Most Unusual: The Lied Jungle in Omaha, the largest indoor rain forest in the world
Highest Point: Panorama Point, 5,424 feet
Food to Try: Runza Sandwich
What to Do in Nebraska:
1 Attend the Annual Intertribal Gather at Fort Robinson State Park
2 Explore the beautiful Lauritzen Gardens
3 Learn about Nebraska's prehistory at Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
4 Road trip on the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway
5 Enjoy the unique art at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art
Off The Beaten Path | Nebraska
Nebraska is a state filled with history, prairies, farmland, communities, art and culture. Visitors to this state will always find plenty to do, whether in the city or in the country. Here are a few of the interesting and fun places to visit during a trip to Nebraska.
Orpheum Theater, Omaha
Visitors to Nebraska looking for some arts and culture, should stop to enjoy a show at Omaha's Orpheum Theater. This theater has a long history of hosting excellent local and national performing arts. The Orpheum Theater was constructed in 1927, and originally served as a vaudeville house. Since that time it has evolved into one of the great performing arts centers in Omaha, and the recent restoration has brought it back to its original splendor. The Orpheum Theater is an excellent venue for visitors to enjoy a great show and experience some of Omaha's history.
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Scotts Bluff is an important geologic and historic landmark in Nebraska. The bluff stands 800 feet above the landscape below. Visitors to the park have the opportunity to learn how the bluff has been a landmark for travelers throughout history, including those on the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express Trail. There are a wide variety of ways for visitors to explore the park including driving the Summit Road, taking the guided Summit Shuttle, hiking on the Saddle Rock, North Overlook and South Overlook Trails. Those visitors that want to experience the history of the area can walk on the Oregon Trail Pathway to see what remains of the trail.
Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha
A visit to the zoo is always a fun family trip. For visitors to Nebraska, the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, is a great destination during a family trip. This zoo is a leader in animal conservation and research. Visitors to the zoo can enjoy a wide variety of exhibits and even rides. Visitors can see aquatic life, included a variety of species of penguins at the Scott Aquarium, or watch polar and sun bears at Durham's Bear Canyon. The Henry Doorly Zoo also has the largest indoor rainforest in the US, called the Lied Jungle, which allows visitors to truly experience the rainforest. In addition, the zoo has the world's largest indoor desert and nocturnal exhibit, the Desert Dome and Kingdoms of the Night exhibits have an amazing variety of animals.
Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard
Chimney Rock is one of the most famous landmarks in the American West. Americans that traveled west on the Oregon Trial, the Mormon Trail and the California Trail all noted this natural formation as an important and awe-inspiring landmark along the way. Today visitors can experience this same sense of awe during a visit to the Chimney Rock National Historic Site. Beyond exploring the site or taking a guided tour, Chimney Rock National Historic Site also has a wealth of information about the history of the natural formation, as well as information about the migrations west.
Strategic Air & Space Museum, Ashland
Visitors to Ashland should be sure to visit the Strategic Air & Space Museum. This fascinating museum is full of exhibits and information about aviation and space. Visitors to the museum can explore both temporary and permanent exhibits. The Museum has a wide collection of aircraft, displayed in the museum for visitors to see up close. There are also space travel exhibits, as well as Flight Simulators, Trainer Rides and a Mobile Planetarium for visitors to the museum to enjoy.
The Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail
This recreational trail was once the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad right-of-way, now it is the longest rail-to-trail conversion in the country. Visitors to Nebraska can travel along the 195 miles of completed trail. Once complete the trail will travel for 321 miles. As visitors travel along the Cowboy Trail they will have the opportunity to explore many communities, as well as truly experience the beautiful Nebraska scenery.
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Visitors to Nebraska should be sure to visit the Agate Fossil Beds. At this amazing site visitors can enjoy the exhibits at the Visitor Center, or explore the history of the area and the fossil beds on two trails. The Visitor Center has many reconstructions of the ancient animals who once roamed the landscape, and who's fossils were preserved for millions of years. Visitors can also explore exhibits with important artifacts in the Cook Collection of American Indian artifacts. In addition, visitors can explore the two trails in the National Monument, the Fossil Hills Trail and the Daemonelix Trail, which showcase actual fossils and locations where fossils have been found.
Nebraska | Fun and Funky Things to Do
The beautiful state of Nebraska has many attractions that will fascinate and entertain those tourists and travelers looking for something a little different than the usual tourist attractions. Here are some of Nebraska's fun and funky destinations and attractions.
Located just outside of Alliance, Carhenge is one of America's fascinating Stonehenge replica. Made from over 35 cars, Carhenge is a one-of-a-kind American roadside oddity. The cars are placed in a circle in a field and panted gray to resemble the original Stonehenge.
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
This fun museum is located in a bridge that spans Interstate 80. The museum is filled with interesting exhibits as you pass over a busy interstate. Visitors to this museum have the opportunity to learn all about the history of transportation that the Interstate represents.
Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Hastings is the birthplace of Kool-Aid and visitors will learn all about the classic American drink. Here at the Hastings Museum in the Kool-Aid exhibit, visitors will learn about the invention of Kool-Aid, the man who envisioned the drink, and how Kool-Aid became what it is today.
Museum of the Fur Trade
Another important piece of Nebraska's history is the fur trade. The museum tells the story of all of the different people involved in the fur trade. Visitors get to see what the everyday lives of these fur traders was like and learn about the important role that this trade had in shaping the west and the whole nation. In addition the museum is located at the site of the Bordeaux Trading Post, which is a beautifully reconstructed structure.
World's Largest Ball of Stamps
Nebraska has a few of the World's Largest things. One of these is the fascinating World's Largest Ball of Stamps. This is a giant ball made entirely of stamps. Located at the Leon Myers Stamp Center, this impressive collection weighs over 600 pounds.
Montana Quick Facts
Things to do in Montana
Uniquely Montana: The most number of different species in the US, including Elk, Moose, Buffalo, Grizzly Bears, Pelicans, Trumpeter Swans, Golden Eagles, Loons, Antelope and more
Must-See: Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the west
Most Unusual: Medicine Rock State Park
Highest Point: Granite Peak, 12,799 feet
Food to Try: Buffalo Burger and Huckleberry Milkshake
What to Do in Montana:
1 Recreate in the beautiful Glacier National Park
2 Cross the suspension bridge over the Kootenai River
3 Enjoy water sports on Flathead Lake
4 Go spring skiing at Big Sky and enjoy its great spring conditions
5 Spend some time on an educational tour of an archeological dig
Off the Beaten Path | Montana
Montana is an amazing state, and is truly deserving of its nickname the "Big Sky State." Here you will find many interesting places to visit and explore. From east to west the state changes drastically in natural features. Visitors will find lakes, mountains, forests, prairies, stunning national parks and much more. Below are a few of the interesting places visitors can stop to explore while visiting the state of Montana.
National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge
For visitors looking to see some of the amazing wildlife in Montana, the National Bison Range Wildlife Refuge is a great spot to stop. Visitors can see a variety of different natural habitats including forests, wetlands and prairie. In addition, the Range is home to over 300 bison, as well as deer, black bears, elk, eagles, hawks and many more. The National Bison Range also has a visitor center, and is a great place to enjoy auto tours.
Continuing on your journey, follow US-93 south along the western shore of Flathead Lake. Before you reach the lake you will pass through Kalispell, the largest city in the area. You can stop and take a trip out to the state park on Wild Horse Island, where you will find plenty of recreation and the wild horses the island is named for. After you pass through Polson, on the southern end of Flathead Lake, get on to Route 35 and head north following the eastern shore of Flathead Lake. You will find plenty of opportunities to camp, fish, hike and recreate on Flathead Lake. If you brought your boat on your road trip you can boat up to the Raven Restaurant and Bar for a Caribbean style dinner and cocktails. If you are a connoisseur of beer visit the Flathead Lake Brewing Company in Woods Bay. At the northern end of Flathead Lake you will find the city of Bigfork, stop and walk along its quaint streets, stroll through its galleries and grab a bite at El Topo for great Mexican food and margaritas.
Glacier National Park, Going-to-the-Sun Road
Visitors to Montana should all take a trip on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. This trip is a great way to enjoy some of the most stunning beauty in Western Montana. The Going-to-the-Sun Road travels through the interior of Glacier National Park. Drivers wind around mountains on this 50 mile drive. Throughout the drive there are many locations to stop and enjoy the points of interest. From the road visitors can see Jackson Glacier and wind around the tight curves and look over the edges of cliffs and much more.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
At this National Monument visitors can learn all about the history of the Battle of Little Bighorn. This park is a memorial to the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne and the battle that took place during June of 1876. At this spot on June 25 and 26, 1876, Lt. Col. George Custer and the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry fought a group of Lakota and Cheyenne in the Battle of Little Bighorn. Visitors to the the Little Bighorn Battlefield can learn all about the history through the Cell Phone Audio Tour, which has walking and auto options. Throughout the National Monument there are many points of interest for visitors to learn about this point in history.
This byway is a great way to explore some of the mountainous region of the state. The Beartooth Highway stretches between Montana and Wyoming and provides access to Yellowstone National Park. Visitors to Montana can enjoy this scenic trip on the Beartooth Highway between Cooke City and Red Lodge. During this tip visitors can enjoy hikes, overlooks, creeks and more. During the winter this byway gets heavy snowfall and provides great opportunities for snowmobiling and more.
The Montana Dinosaur Trail
Those travelers interested in dinosaurs will have a great time in Montana. Throughout the state there are museums with excellent examples of fossils and dinosaur species. There are digs all over Montana, and specimens from these digs are displayed in museums all over the state. The Montana Dinosaur Trail will lead visitors to museums with amazing examples of dinosaur fossils in Montana. Along this trail visitors can stop at the Makoshika Dinosaur Museum in Glendive, participate in a "Junior Paleontologist" program at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station in Malta, or see the first baby dinosaur bones found in North America at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum.
Visitors to south east Montana can take some time to stop in the nice little town of Roundup. Roundup is known as the trailhead for the Great 1989 Centennial Cattle Drive. The unique name of the town could come from its unique geological features that make it an ideal location for the cattle roundups from Montana's past. During a visit to the town visitor can enjoy fishing, skiing, hiking, hunting, wildlife viewing and much more. In addition, visitors can stop at the Musselshell Valley Historical Museum.
Montana | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Montana is a state filled with beautiful places to explore and recreate. The state also has an amazing variety of odd and fascinating attractions. Montana has interesting natural features, museums and history. Here are a few fun and funky attractions visitors to Montana can enjoy.
Suspension Bridge, Kootenai River
Located on Highway 2 between Libby and Troy, visitors to Montana can enjoy the beautiful Kootenai River up close from the suspension bridge over the river. The views of the river and surrounding area are particularly amazing from the middle of the bridge. Be careful when crossing though, the bridge can get pretty rocky when multiple people cross at one time.
Miracle of America Museum, Polson
This interesting museum has a wide variety of collections that will fascinate any visitor to Montana. Visitors can explore the large collection of antique motorcycles, or enjoy the collection of winter items. These exhibits are just two among many different collections found in the museum.
Mineral Museum, Butte
Visitors to Montana can find this museum on the campus at Montana Tech. The Mineral Museum has an amazing collection of mineral specimens from Butte and around the world. Visitors to the museum can also see the active seismographs as they record real-time data. The museum also has tours, workshops and more.
This city is an amazingly preserved gold mining town. Virginia City has over 100 historic buildings for visitors to explore and see how residents of the town lived in the 1800s. Virginia City has theater shows, historic lodging, old-fashioned dining, stagecoaches and even a steam locomotive.
Medicine Rock State Park, Miles City
Medicine Rock State Park in southeastern Montana is a place with very interesting natural formations. Visitors to the park can enjoy all sorts of recreational activities. During a visit to the park, travelers can learn about the historical significance of the area. Medicine Rock State Park's most interesting feature are the weathered sandstone rocks throughout the area.
Missouri Quick Facts
What to do in Missouri
Uniquely Missouri: Hannibal, the childhood home of Mark Twain
Must-See: Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Most Unusual: Elephant Rocks State Park
Highest Point: Taum Sauk, 1,772 feet
Food to Try: Ozark Pudding
What to Do in Missouri:
1 Visit the historic Jesse James Home
2 Explore all of the fun and historic attractions in St. Louis
3 Learn about the unique and fascinating history of the Ozarks
4 Drive Route 66 in Missouri, stop in Rolla along the Route
5 Visit Jamesport, and learn about its large Amish community
Off The Beaten Path | Missouri
Missouri is certainly not lacking in interesting and exciting destinations and attractions. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities and recreation in some truly beautiful spots. Throughout a trip to Missouri, visitors will find plenty of excitement and interest. Here are just a few of the amazing destinations and attractions that Missouri has to offer.
Known as the Silver Dollar City, Branson is a fabulous destination for live entertainment. Visitors will find more than 50 live entertainment venues. Some of the shows include music, including country, gospel and rock n' roll, as well as comedy shows, dinner shows and even magicians. Branson's downtown area has plenty of shopping for visitors to enjoy. The area also has three fabulous lakes with opportunities for fishing. Golfers will also enjoy a visit to Branson, as they can test their skills on the twelve golf courses in the area.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was the first National Park area created to protect a river system, it is made up of two spring-fed rivers. At Ozarks National Scenic Riverways has many stunning caves and springs that visitors can enjoy, as well as mills and even a waterfall. Some notable spots include Round Spring and Cave, Alley Spring and Mill, Blue Spring, Rocky Falls and Welch Spring and Hospital. The ruins of Welch Hospital is located over the opening to welch cave. Blue Spring is one of the most beautiful springs in Missouri, it is named for its bright blue color and it is also 310 feet deep, making it a very unique spot within the park. Visitors can also enjoy tours of Round Spring Cave during the summer months, as well as ranger programs teaching traditional skills, more cave tours and nature hikes.
St. Louis if full of things to do. Visitors to St. Louis have to take the time to stop at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Memorial is home to the Gateway Arch, which at 630 feet is the tallest man-made monument. Visitors to the Gateway Arch can even take a tram to the top of the arch to enjoy the views of the city. In addition to lots of entertainment and dining, St. Louis is also home to the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the National Museum of Transportation, which has a carefully reconstructed piece of the Coral Court Hotel. Another great attraction in St. Louis is Forest Park, at 1,300 acres is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At the park, people enjoy biking, jogging, skating at the rink and much more.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
This destination is the site of the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi. Visitors to the Battlefield can learn all about the history of the battle. The Battlefield remains much the same today, except for some vegetation, and is in near pristine condition. Visitors to the battlefield can take a self-guided auto tour, which has eight stops and five walking trails, to learn all about the history of the battle. Each year the anniversary of the battle, on August 10, is observed with a ceremony and special program. In addition, the Living History Programs allow visitors to learn about the life of Civil War soldiers, and have musket and artillery firing demonstrations. Visitors can also stop at The Ray House, which served as a temporary field hospital, and they can visit the Wilson's Creek Civil War Museum, to see the great collection of artifacts from the Civil War west of the Mississippi.
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Chesterfield
Located within Faust Park, the Butterfly House is a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden and is a unique treasure within the state. It is home to more than 1,000 live tropical butterflies, which visitors can see flying around in the glass conservatory. Native and migratory species of butterfly's can be found in the Butterfly Garden. For butterfly lovers there are plenty of classes on differing subjects and designed for all different ages.
St. Joseph is an American city filled to the brim with unique American history. The city located on the river bluffs of the Missouri, is the site where the Pony Express was founded, and it is also the location where Jesse James met his end. On top of these unique historical facts, St. Joseph has also preserved a great deal of its historical architecture. Visitors won't want to miss the Patee House Museum, which was both a hotel and the headquarters of the Pony Express. The Pony Express National Museum is a great spot to learn all about the historic mail service. St. Joseph also has the Jesse James Home and Museum, which is the home where Jesse James was killed in 1882. Visitors may also want to stop at the St. Joseph Museum to learn about the history of the whole city.
Elephant Rocks State Park
This State Park not only has some stunning geological features, but it is also has the first state park trail in Missouri designed for visitors with physical and visual disabilities. Elephant Rocks is named for the gigantic red granite rocks standing end-to-end, reminiscent of a train of circus elephants. These boulders were formed over billions of years, approximately 1.5 billion years ago magma was pushed to the surface and cooled into a red granite tor. When the Ozark Plateau was formed about 250 million years ago the joints in the tor became more pronounced which started the process of weathering creating the red granite boulders that visitors can see today. Visitors can see these unique boulders along the Braille Trail, which is designed to accommodate visitors with visual and physical disabilities. The one mile trail is paved and has signs written in both braille and regular text. Visitors can explore different areas of the park from several alternate paths. One path takes visitors to an overlook to see an old quarry site. Another path leads to the top of an outcrop where visitors can explore a maze of the stunning boulders.
Missouri | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Missouri is a state filled with culture, from St. Louis to Kansas City. Visitors to the state will have all sorts of fun exploring all of the different destinations and attractions. Here are a few of the state's funky, fun and otherwise not to be missed destinations.
Arabia Steamboat Museum
This museum is dedicated to the Steamboat Arabia, which was at one time an important part of transportation on the Missouri River. The Steamboat Arabia sunk in the muddy waters of the Missouri and many years later it was raised. Today, visitors to this museum can learn all about the Steamboat, its purpose and influence while on the river, as well as the process of excavation that brought it back to the surface.
Encounters Aquarium & Herpetarium
The Encounters Aquarium & Herpetarium is one of the few places where you can see bull sharks, as well as feed the live bull sharks. In addition, there are many other types of fascinating sea life, as well as snakes, frogs, lizards and more at the Aquarium and Herpetarium.
A great destination for families, the Meramec Caverns are filled with fun attractions as well as the excellent caverns. In addition to cave tours with unique formations, Meramec Caverns laos has riverboat rides, canoe floats, panning for gold and much more.
Mount Rushmore with Fake Celebrity Heads
Branson, Missouri is home to many interesting Missouri attractions, but the Mount Rushmore with Fake Celebrity Heads is a site worth seeing. Carved into the stone there are four heads resembling famous celebrities.
Talking Rocks Cavern
Located right in the Ozarks, this beautiful set of caves is filled with living crystal formations. Visitors can take tours through these amazing caves and can even enjoy activities on the surface before and after the tour.
Mississippi Quick Facts
Mississippi Things To Do At a Glance
Uniquely Mississippi: The Mississippi Sandhill Crane
Must See: Old Natchez Trace
Most Unusual: World's largest cactus plantation in Edwards
Highest Point: Woodall Mountain, 806 feet
Food to Try: Cajun Crawfish and Sweet Potato Pie
What to Do in Mississippi:
1 Explore the Biloxi Lighthouse
2 See the Civil War Earthworks in Corinth
3 Enjoy the cajun crawfish at the Country Cajun Crawfish Festival
4 Learn about Tennessee Williams at the Mississippi Welcome Center
5 Experience Civil War ear Mississippi at a Civil War reenactment
6 Learn about prehistory in the area at the Mississippi Petrified Forest
Off The Beaten Path attractions in Mississippi
Mississippi is an amazing state. Visitors will find a wide range of activities and attractions to enjoy. Throughout the state there are many places of historical significance, as well as many places to enjoy recreational activities. Throughout this beautiful state there are many places to go, here are a few of these excellent destinations.
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the action at Vicksburg during the Civil War. When Vicksburg surrendered on July 4, 1863 and Port Hudson, Louisiana was captured just days later, the Union gained control of the Mississippi River, which was an important turning point in the war. Today, visitors can learn all about the history of Vicksburg at the National Military Park and on the tour road. Within Vicksburg National Military Park there are monuments, the USS Cairo Museum and Gunboat, and much more.
Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a nationally designated parkway that travels for over 400-miles through Mississippi, and continues into Alabama and Tennessee. Visitors to Mississippi can take an amazing scenic drive across the state while following the parkway, and enjoy many other activities along the way. While enjoying the natural beauty along the drive, visitor can stop to camp, bike, hike, fish and more. There are also many fascinating places to stop and explore along the way, including a prehistoric mound site, scenic overlooks and archeological sites.
The Mynelle Gardens are a great attraction in Jackson. Covering seven acres in the city, visitors can enjoy seeing a wide variety of botanical gardens, water features, and even a variety of bird species. Visitors can explore the gardens on the paths, enjoy the pond, cross the bridges onto the island within the pond. Mynelle Gardens was originally a private garden, but today it is owned by the City of Jackson and welcomes visitors throughout the year to enjoy the beauty of these magnificent southern gardens.
Beauvoir is the retirement home of Jefferson Davis. Today it is owned and operated by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Visitors can tour this historic home, as well as learn about the Confederate President and the Civil War. Beauvoir also has an Annual Fall Muster, which is a great way to learn about the Civil War through experiencing the sights and sounds of Civil War battles.
Located in Natchez, Longwood Plantation is one of the most unique mansions you will find. Rather than the usual Greek Revival style plantation home, Longwood is an octagonal, six story mansion with a byzantine style dome on top. The mansion was designed by Samuel Sloan for Haller Nutt, unfortunately the house was never finished due to the start of the Civil War. Today, visitors can tour this historic building, and explore the 32 rooms, of which only 9 were ever finished.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
This National Seashore is divided into two districts, the Mississippi District and the Florida District. Visitors to Mississippi can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities during a visit to the Gulf Islands, including swimming, hiking, wildlife watching, boating and more. Start a visit to the National Seashore at the visitor contact center in the Davis Bayou Area. Here visitors can learn about the islands as well as enjoy the boardwalks and nature trails. Visitors can also take a private boat to any of the islands. In addition, there is a passenger ferry to West Ship Island, where visitors can enjoy swimming in the designated area as well as enjoying the beautiful white sandy beaches.
Country Cajun Crawfish Festival
Each year, Mississippi celebrates one of the favorite dishes in Mississippi at the Country Cajun Crawfish Festival. Visitors can enjoy this festival held at the Coast Coliseum over two weekends in April. Along with excellent food, there is music, rides and much more. The Country Cajun Crawfish Festival is a great way to explore some of the culture and cuisine of Mississippi.
Fun & Funky Things to Do in Mississippi
Mississippi is a beautiful state filled with fascinating destinations. This state has been the site of important points in American history and is filled with fun attractions. For those visitors that are looking for attractions and destinations that are maybe a little funky and always a lot of fun they will find plenty to do in Mississippi. Here are a few of the states fun and funky destinations.
Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
Located in Vicksburg, this museum commemorates the first bottle of Coca-Cola every produced. Visitors to this museum will see the types of equipment used to bottle the first ever Coca-Cola, as well as Coca-Cola memorabilia and more. This is an excellent museum to learn about one of our nation's iconic beverages.
On the National Register of Historic Places, Cotton Rw is the second largest cotton exchange in the country. This district represents a very important piece of the country's cotton industry. The buildings in the Cotton Row Historic District are examples of the type used post-Civil War in the sale of cotton.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Visitors to Jackson should be sure to stop and explore the wonderful exhibits at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, including nature trails, which opens the natural environment of Mississippi to visitors and residents alike.
Choctaw Indian Fair
The Choctaw Indian Fair is a great destination for visitors to see a game of Stickball in person. Stickball is a Choctaw tradition, sometimes used to resolve disputes and played for fun. Today the tradition is kept alive and at the Choctaw Indian Fair visitors have the chance to watch a traditional game of Stickball as well as many other traditional arts and crafts of the Choctaw Tribe.
Located in Biloxi, this museum displays the unique art of George E. Ohr. Throughout the museum visitors can see and learn about the important Mississippi. In addition, the museum buildings, designed by Frank Gehry, are a fun architectural experience.
Minnesota Quick Facts
Uniquely Minnesota: Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Must-See: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Most Unusual: The statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji
Highest Point: Eagle Mountain, 2301 feet
Food to Try: Flavored milk and cheese curds at the Minnesota State Fair
What to Do Minnesota
1 Canoe through Voyageurs National Park
2 See the wolves in Ely
3 Attend the Winter Carnival
4 Go to the state fair
5 Explore the Twin Cities
6 Go ice fishing
7 Look for the headwaters of the Mississippi River
8 Wander through Dinky Town (near the University of Minnesota)
Off The Beaten Path, Minnesota
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a great spot to find off the beaten path attractions. Within this state you will find art, culture and recreation enough to satisfy any adventurous traveler. Not only does Minnesota have lots to do during the summer, but it is also a great winter destination. In the summer the many lakes are great for water recreation including fishing and boating. During the winter the terrain transforms, making it a great destination for cross-country skiing and ice fishing. No matter what off the beaten path attraction you are looking for, you are bound to find it in Minnesota.
Frontenac State Park
This beautiful state park is located on the Mississippi River, and it is located approximately 10 miles southeast of the town of Red Wing. The park is an amazing destination for bird watching. It has a diverse range of habitats, including prairie, flood plain and forest, which attract an equally diverse array of birds. Frontenac also has lots of hiking and skiing trails. In addition to great birding, Frontenac also has a good crop of wildflowers from spring through fall.
University of Minnesota
The Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota is one of Minnesota's great arts and culture destinations. The Weisman Art Museum is in a building designed by Frank Gehry, and the museum has a great collection of 20th century American artists as well as a fantastic collection of contemporary art. The University also has a thriving performing arts community. Visitors to the University can see performances by the schools visual and performing arts students, at the West Bank Arts Quarter. Or, during the summer, visitors can get tickets to the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, which features an interactive style of performance, based on the historic vaudeville tradition.
This little border town is known as the "Icebox of the Nation." International Falls is located on the Rainy River, across from Fort Frances, Ontario. The two towns are connected by the Fort Frances-International Falls Bridge. This town has a record low of -55 degrees, which is why it gets its nickname. These extreme cold temperatures make the border town a great destination for winter sports. Nearby Rainy Lake provides great ice-fishing, as well as, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. International Falls is also just 11 miles west of Voyageurs National Park.
Voyageurs National Park
Voyageurs National Park is the only congressionally enacted national park in the state of Minnesota. It is located along the border between the United States and Canada. This park is comprised of many interconnected waterways and islands. Late summer is a great time to visit this park, there are less bugs, and all of the waterways make it a great destination for water sports. At this park visitors can enjoy house-boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. On land there are hiking trails which transform into ski trails during the winter. When the water freezes over in the winter visitors can enjoy ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a United States Wilderness Area which protects the southern part of the wilderness region that straddles the United States-Canada border between Ontario and Minnesota. The wilderness area is 1.3 million acres of waterways and land. Visitors can enjoy 1,200 miles of canoe routes and 11 hiking trails. As a protected wilderness area, all recreation is limited to the style used by the French Voyageurs 200 years ago, including canoeing, portages and camping. Visitors are also required to get a permit before enjoying an adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
International Wolf Center, Ely
For the Minnesota traveler interested in wildlife should plan a visit to the International Wolf Center in Ely. This center tires to advance the survival of wild wolf populations through education. Visitors to the center learn all about wolves, their relationship with nature and the influence we have on their future. At the interpretive facility, families will learn all about wolves, enjoy the hands-on exhibits. Visitors have the option of taking a day trip, or extending it to a weekend visit to explore the forest. The International Wolf Center is also the home of their Ambassador Wolves. These wolves live at the center, their habitat has plenty of observation windows so visitors can view the wolves. The center has two Great Plains wolves and two Arctic wolves acting as ambassadors for their species.
The city of Duluth is one of the larger cities in Minnesota, and there are many arts, culture and entertainment attractions. The Tweed Museum of Art is located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, it has a permanent collection of art from a wide range of cultures and periods of art history. More recreational leaning visitors can join a white water rafting tour of the St. Louis River. Duluth also has a Waterfront Sculpture Walk, which combines lake views, shopping, and a delightful series of sculptures that express the culture and history of Duluth as well as its sister cities in Sweden, Ontario, Russia and Japan. The city is also home to the Lake Superior Zoo, which has hundreds of species of animals, and visitors can ride the zoo train and watch the daily zoo feedings.
Minnesota | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Minnesota is a state full of great places to visit - and some of them are a little different! If you are looking to visit a few unconventional tourist destinations in this great state, here are a few interesting places to stop.
World's Largest Twine Ball, Darwin
Visitors to Darwin, Minnesota have the unique opportunity to see the World's Largest Twine Ball Created by One Man. Other states have larger twine balls, but they are not the work of a single person. This ball of twine was created over 29 years by a resident of Darwin. Today, visitors can look at the ball of twine, purchase souvenirs and even take a tour of the museum. Visitors to the town can even check out the local festival, Twine Ball Days, held in August.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis
This unique destination adjoins the Walker Art Center. The outdoor sculpture garden spans 11 acres in Minneapolis and is home to over 40 works of art on permanent display. Visitors can enjoy many fantastic sculptures including the Spoonbridge and Cherry Fountain by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Broggen.
Severs Corn Maze, Shakopee
Visitors to Shakopee will be stunned by the giant corn maze. Each year the family creates a new corn maze and each year there is a different and amazing theme. These corn mazes have been a tradition for the past 13 years and they are still going strong. Visitors can also enjoy the straw bale maze, pig races, exotic animal petting zoo, magic shows and much more.
Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station, Cloquet
Most people probably don't think of stopping at a destination just to see a gas station, but Cloquet is home to a truly unique gas station. In fact, this gas station is the only operating gas station constructed from the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exceptional American architect created a truly exceptional gas station that is well worth a stop.
Underwater Adventures Aquarium, Bloomington
This aquarium is located in the Mall of America, so it is just one of many fun things to do in this location. However, walking through an underwater tunnel, approximately the length of a football field, is a pretty unique experience. The Aquarium is home to a large collection of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and freshwater fish. Visitors can also experience real adventures, including swimming with the fish. Underwater Adventures Aquarium recently opened their very large jellyfish collection.
Michigan Camping and Rving Quick Facts
Uniquely Michigan: The freshwater shorelines on the Great Lakes
Must-See: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and the dwarf lake iris, the official state flower
Most Unusual: The Mackinac Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world
Highest Point: Mt Arvon, 1,979 feet
Food to Try: All of the delicious options at the National Cherry Festival
What to Do in Michigan:
1 See one of the largest moose herds in the country at Isle Royal Park
2 Enjoy all the recreational opportunities on the Great Lakes and the longest freshwater shoreline in the world
3 Learn about an important piece of America's culture and history at The Henry Ford, which has a Museum, a Village, a Factory Tour and more
4 Visit the amazing Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids
5 Explore all of the destinations at Mackinac Island, including Mackinac Island State Park, Fort Mackinac and more
Off The Beaten Path, Michigan
Welcome to beautiful Michigan! Below you will find out about just a few of the amazing places and activities the great state of Michigan has to offer. You may or may not have heard about these places, but they're sure to offer terrific memories, stories, and vivid experiences.
The little Bavarian town of Frankenmuth was founded in 1845 by German missionary families. It has a definite old world charm which draws and delights visitors. During a visit to the town you can take a horse-drawn carraige ride around the town. At the Frankenmuth Historical Museum visitors can learn about the area's history. You can also enjoy the local Weathervane Folk Art Show and the Zeesenagel Italian Village.
This beautiful island is a fabulous destination for all visitors to Michigan. On this island you will find Michigan's first state park, Mackinac Island State Park, and you can even take a horse drawn carriage tour of the park. Also on the island is Fort Mackinac. At Fort Mackinac you can be transported back in time with the re-enactors portraying 1880s Victorian soldiers and ladies. You can also tour the original buildings and enjoy many more attractions.
The Henry Ford Estate
The Henry Ford Estate is an amazing historical landmark and offers a different view into the Ford empire. This estate was the home of Henry Ford and gives you a chance to see the inside of the lavish home. Within the 31,000 acres of the home there are 56 rooms and even a pool room with steam heated benches. Visitors to the estate can also check out the estate's own power plant, which is still operational and generating power today.
Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale is special - the island's isolation means that it is only accessible by boat. Once there you can enjoy the wilderness that has been protected by its isolation. The island has a beautiful, rugged coast that can be explored by canoe or kayak. You can also explore the island by hiking its many trails. Another unique feature of the island is the shipwrecks, which can also be explored.
This little town is unique in its celebration of its Dutch heritage. For visitors looking to enjoy local history, the Holland Museum and the Cappon House are great destinations. The Dutch culture is also evident at Windmill Island, which has the only working Dutch Windmill in the United States. In early May visitors will be delighted with the Tulip Festival. This ten day festival has everything, including plenty of tulips and people wearing wooden shoes. Throughout the festival there are parades and many other types of entertainment.
For visitors to Michigan looking for a great city experience, Ann Arbor is a fabulous destination. This city blends art, culture and recreation in surprising ways. The art is continually changing, and there are visual arts, as well as theatre and music. In addition, the city has art festivals, heritage festivals and much more. Of course you can also spend time enjoying the antiquing and local markets. If you are looking for a little outdoor time the Huron-Clinton Metroparks have plenty of recreation to offer. After all of that fun, you are definitely going to want to enjoy some of Ann Arbors excellent dining options.
Paul Bunyan Festival
If you like to plan vacations around exciting and unique events, then a visit to Oscoda, Michigan during the Paul Bunyan Festival at the end of August is a great option for you. During the festival you will have the opportunity to enjoy the great story of Paul Bunyan. The festival's activities include a chainsaw carving contest, a Lumberjack show and an antique car show. If you want to stay longer than the three days of the festival, the area has lots of other activities to offer. The nearby AuSable River and Lake Huron provide many recreational options for all visitors.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes
Looking for a little fun at the beach? Stop at Silver Lake Sand Dunes. The dunes are located in the Silver Lake State Park. These dunes are located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this is a great place to enjoy water sports and a fund day at the beach. These dunes are a great spot to climb up the dunes, enjoy the 2,000 acres of sand hills and just sit back and relax. Silver Lake Sand Dunes is also the only place in Michigan where you can drive on the dunes, either in your own 4-wheel vehicle or on a tour.
For visitors looking for a more resort style vacation South Haven is an ideal destination. In this town on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking and much more. The town also has great antiquing and it is home to a stunning 100 year old lighthouse. Golfers will also enjoy this destination, as they can take advantage of the championship course. South Haven is even a great winter destination, the winter provides spectacular vistas of snow covered beaches and more.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
This state park is home to not one but two stunning and pristine waterfalls. For visitors seeking a little peace in some undisturbed wilderness this is the perfect destination. In addition to the two falls there are 40 miles of hiking trails on which you will find an abundance of wildlife. The park also has 13 inland lakes for visitors to enjoy. The waterfalls are fed by the Tahquamenon River, and 24 miles of the river flow through the Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
Michigan | Fun and Funky Things to Do
If you are looking for a few places that are a little different, check out these fun and funky attractions in Michigan.
Paul Bunyan and Babe at Castle Rock, St. Ignace, Michigan
Michigan has plenty of Paul Bunyan statues. This statue is unique since Bunyan is sitting rather than standing. The statues are also located at the base of Castle Rock, which is a unique geological formation. From the lookout on Castle Rock, you can see Lake Huron and Mackinac Island.
American Museum of Magic, Marshall, Michigan
For magic lovers this is a great stop during any trip through Michigan. This is the world's largest publicly displayed and privately owned magic collection. The collection features paraphernalia from famous and obscure magicians.
World's Largest Tire, Allen Park, Michigan
The world's largest tire stands beside Interstate-94 in Michigan, close to the Detroit Michigan Airport. This tire is actually an artifact from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. At the Fair, it actually had gondolas circling around the tire on its treads, making it a gigantic tire shaped ferris wheel. The gigantic tire is certainly an attraction worth checking out.
Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Zoo, Ossineke, Michigan
Visitors start at the gift shop, then proceed down the wooded path. Over the 40 acres of the gardens, visitors will have the chance to see an interesting mix of dinosaur, cavemen and Christian hand-sculpted sculptures. One dinosaur is big enough for visitors to actually climb inside via a ladder leading into the belly.
Hiawatha Statue, Ironwood, Michigan
The statue's plaque says that it is the "World's Tallest and Largest Indian." Unfortunately it is not actually the tallest Indian, but it is the largest. It is 52 feet tall, and if you are into visiting giant statues, this one is certainly worth a visit.
World's Largest Cherry Pies, Charlevoix and Traverse City, Michigan
Within 50 miles of each other you will find two gigantic pie plates and the remnants of two of the largest cherry pies ever baked. The town of Charlevoix has a nice presentation for their giant cherry pie plate. This was the first town to bake a giant cherry pie. Years later the neighboring town of Traverse city decided to bake an even bigger cherry pie, and succeeded. Their giant pie plate stands alone beside its Guinness Book of World Records certificate. Unfortunately both towns were later outdone by a town in Canada, but the remnants of these two historically gigantic cherry pies are definitely a fun and funky destination in Michigan.
U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, Ishpeming, Michigan
This museum is a great fun and funky stop for ski fans. Its displays celebrate the abundance of snow the region gets, as well as the history and progress of the sport of skiing. Some of the exhibits are utterly unique, and although some of the exhibits may be a little out of date, a visit to the museum will certainly be educational and piles of fun.
Massachusetts Quick Facts
Uniquely Massachusetts: Dr. William Morton was the first to use anesthesia in 1846, commemorated at the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
Must See: Nantucket
Most Unusual: Salem, site of the Salem witch trails in 1692
Highest Point: Mt. Greylock at 3,491 feet
Food to Try: Cranberry Jelly and Farmstead Cheese
What to Do in Massachusetts:
1 Tour a cranberry bog
2 Visit the living history museum at Plimoth Plantation to see the recreation of seventeenth century English and Wampanoag communities
3 Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park
4 Watch the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade
5 Take a Witch Trial Tour in Salem
6 Explore Massachusetts natural beauty at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston
Off The Beaten Path | Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a beautiful state filled with excellent destinations that visitors won't want to miss. Some of these destinations like the Freedom Trail in Boston and Walden Pond State Reservation are muse see destinations visited by thousands every year. Other destinations are equally fascinating, but perhaps see few visitors annually. Here are a few of Massachusetts more off the beaten path must see destinations.
Cranberry Bog Tour
The unique geological forces that created the conditions of the land in Massachusetts created the perfect conditions for growing cranberries. Today cranberries are the biggest crop industry in Massachusetts, and visitors can find different farms that provide tours of their cranberry bogs. The growing and harvesting of cranberries is a fascinating process, and taking a farm tour of a cranberry bog is a great way to learn about an important piece of Massachusetts agriculture.
Taking a driving tour or just exploring the Mohawk Trail is a great way to experience all that the Berkshires have to offer. The Mohawk Trail started as a significant travel path for the native peoples of New England, now it is one of the oldest designated scenic routes in the country. Visitors can take a driving tour on the Mohawk Trial Scenic Byway, along this route they can explore Mohawk Trail State Forest, Mt. Greylock and the Bridge of Flowers.
Mount Greylock State Reservation
Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts, and Mount Greylock State Reservation is a great place to enjoy some recreation and sightseeing in the beautiful Berkshires. This area is very accessible and it has some great recreational opportunities. There are plenty of hiking trails to enjoy, it is a great spot to enjoy some camping and backpacking. Mount Greylock State Reservation is also a good spot to enjoy some winter recreation.
Museum of Science
Boston is filled with fascinating sites, culture and history. One great place to enjoy a day of exploration in Boston is the Museum of Science. This museum has a long history of bringing the world of science to people and it is filled with fun and interesting exhibits for the whole family to explore. Visitors can enjoy IMAX and 3-D presentations about all different types of science topics, including The World of Sharks. The Museum of Science also has a planetarium, live presentations, live animal presentations, simulators and more.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
This National Historic Site provides visitors with a fascinating view into life during the 1600s in this region. Visitors can take tours of the reconstructed industrial site as well as the iron works, and learn all about how iron was produced at this site. During a guided tour visitors also learn about the archeological dig that uncovered the site as well as the reconstruction of the site. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site also has a museum and an orientation video for visitors, and tours may also include operating waterwheels and blacksmithing.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Visitors to this site will learn about the important role that Springfield Armory played in the military and industrial history of the country. Springfield Armory also has the largest collection of historic firearms in the world. In addition to learning about American history and seeing the firearms collection visitors can take self-guied or ranger guided tours of the grounds and buildings.
Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Each summer at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox there is an amazing music festival. Tanglewood Music Center is the summer venue for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and they as well as others put on amazing performances. The summer schedule is packed with amazing performances from late June through August.. This is one festival that visitors to Massachusetts and the Berkshires won't want to miss.
Massachusetts | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Massachusetts is a state filled with excellent historic sites and interesting destinations. Here are a few of Massachusetts fun, funky and overall fascinating destinations. Whether a visitor is in search of history, fun or more, there is something for everyone in Massachusetts.
Museum of Bad Art
This museum, located in Dedham, brings some of the worst art to audiences in Massachusetts. The Museum, also known as MOBA, is dedicated to sharing quality works of bad art. Visitors to the Museum of Bad Art have exhibits of portraits, blue people, landscapes and more.
Witch History Museum
Visitors to the Witch History Museum can learn about the Witch Hysteria that took over Salem and many other towns. The museum tells many of the tragic stories of the victims of this hysteria. Visitors will also learn about many of the other stories from this time in Salem's history.
The House of Seven Gables
This historic site is a great destination to learn about the history of Salem as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne. The House of Seven Gables is the oldest 17th century wood mansion surviving today. Visitors will discover the secret staircase and see how the house inspired the famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel. In addition, visitors can also visit the house were Hawthorne was born at the same site.
Visitors to Battleship Cove have the chance to really explore a bit of Naval history. Battleship Cove gives visitors the chance to explore the USS Lionfish, the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. and the USS Massachusetts. In addition to exploring these magnificent ships and submarine, visitors will learn all about the important points in history that these vessels participated in.
This symbol of the forefathers of America, is located right on the waterfront of Plymouth. Visitors to the rock can learn about the long history and path that the rock took to get to its current location. Plymouth rock was actually moved to its current location, and in the process the rock broke, so actually only part of the original rock is under the canopy built to celebrate this part of American history.
Maryland Quick Facts
Uniquely Maryland: The first railroad station was built by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company in Baltimore
Must See: Attend the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course
Most Unusual: Chincoteague ponies
Highest Point: Backbone Mountain at 3,360 feet
Food to Try: Maryland Blue Crabs
What to Do in Maryland:
1 See the Chincoteague wild ponies at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
2 Explore the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
3 Enjoy recreating at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland's largest freshwater lake
4 Take a boat to explore Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park
5 Explore Maryland's network of Civil War Trails
6 Watch the Preakness
Off The Beaten Path | Maryland
Maryland's landscape extends from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachians. Visitors will find the excitement of a large city in Baltimore, and can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the rural areas. Throughout the state there are many fascinating and fun attractions for visitors to explore and enjoy. Here are a few of Maryland's excellent destinations.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island National Seashore is a amazingly beautiful spot in Maryland. Visitors to this national park will love the sandy beaches, as well as the other natural features of the island, including salt marshes, maritime forests and more. A trip to Assateague Island should start at the visitor center, the exhibits educate visitors about the National Seashore. Visitors will find a wide variety of recreational activities to enjoy, including biking, kayaking, surf fishing and even horseback riding.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
The National Aquarium is an amazing family destination. Visitors will find a variety of exhibits, as well as thousands of animals. Exhibits include jellyfish, dolphins and an Australian animal exhibit. Visitors can see amphibians, birds, octopi, reptiles and lots of fish.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
This Maryland park was named for the cliffs found along this part of the Chesapeake Bay's shoreline. Visitors to the park can see the unique fossils from prehistoric species, revealed by the erosion of the cliffs. Calvert Cliffs is also a great place for people to enjoy a sandy beach, explore a tidal march, and hiking on the miles of trails in the area.
The Preakness at Pimlico Race Course
Each year at Pimlico Race Course the Preakness Stakes are held on the third Saturday in May. The Preakness Stakes are one of the three races that are part of the Triple Crown Series. Attendance at this event is second only to the Kentucky Derby. Maryland residents and visitors should plan ahead to attend this event. The race is filled with excitement and each year the winner is draped with a blanket of Black-eyed Susan, the state flower of Maryland.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
The Chesapeak & Ohio Canal was essential to the communities on the Potomac River. Goods such as coal, lumber, grain and other important items were transported on this canal. Today, this park preserves this important aspect of America's transportation history. In the over 180 miles, visitors will find a wide variety of recreational activities to enjoy, including hiking, biking, boating, cross country skiing, wildlife viewing, and event boat tours.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Visitors to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum can learn all about the creation of the B&O Railroad, at the same location where the railroad actually began. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum has an amazing collection of American Railroad history. Visitors can learn about the history of railroading, while seeing exhibits that include tools, furniture, scale models, and many historic structures.
These beautiful gardens cover over 50 acres in Maryland's Montgomery County. Visitors to the Brookside Gardens will enjoy a variety of different types of gardens. There are a a variety of districts within the gardens, including, Azalea Garden, Rose Garden, Rain Garden, Aquatic Garden and more. Throughout the different areas of the gardens there are many amazing sights and species of plants to enjoy.
Maryland | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Those visitors to Maryland that enjoy visiting fun and funky attractions will have plenty of options. Here are a few of the fascinating places visitors to the state of Maryland can enjoy.
American Visionary Art Museum
Located in Baltimore, this museum is dedicated to visionary artists, those artists that independently create their art and style, perhaps without ever realizing that it is art. The art at this museum spans many years and styles. Visitors will love seeing all of the different pieces of art and learning about some of the unknown but amazing artists found throughout the country.
National Museum of Dentistry
Dental enthusiasts as well as other curious travelers should find the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore. At this museum visitors will find an impressive collection of artifacts and information on the history of oral health and more. The fascinating exhibits include collections of historic dental instruments and even an exhibit dedicated to George Washington and his dentures.
National Vigilance Park
This park honors aerial reconnaissance crews and their sacrifices over the years. Visitors to this park can see real aircraft made to resemble those that went down during their missions. While exploring the park visitors can see a refurbished C-130 and other aircraft, while also learning more about the important role aerial reconnaissance has played in national security over time.
Thrasher Carriage Museum
Travelers interested in historic transportation should be sure to visit Frostburg, Maryland to learn about and see the collection of horse-drawn vehicles at the Thrasher Carriage Museum. This museum is dedicated to carriages, carts and sleighs. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see an amazing collection with examples of horse-drawn vehicles that served all purposes.
US Army Ordnance Museum
Located in Aberdeen, Maryland the US Army Ordnance Museum houses an impressive collection of weapons and documents important to the US Army Ordnance Corps. Although the museum has started relocation to Ft Lee Virginia, visitors to Aberdeen can still see the outdoor display, which includes plenty of impressive tanks to wander among.
Maine Quick Facts
Things to Do in Maine
Uniquely Maine: Quoddy Head State Park, the location of the northeastern most point of the United States
Must See: Acadia National Park
Most Unusual: The Desert of Maine
Highest Point: Katahdin, 5,267 feet
Food to Try: Maine lobster and blueberries
What to Do in Maine:
1 Take a lobster boat tour
2 Drive the carriage roads in Acadia National Park
3 Visit a Maine Lighthouse
4 Explore Maine's largest salt marsh at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
5 Go whale watching
6 Enjoy some skiing at Sugerloaf
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Maine is filled with drama. Visitors will find amazing cliffs and coastline, beautiful towns with plenty of culture and fun, lighthouses, and much more. The state has many opportunities to enjoy its unique natural features at Acadia National Park and at its many state parks. Here are a few great ideas for all visitors to Maine.
The Marginal Way, Ogunquit
Visitors to Maine should take this scenic coastal walk. This mile and a quarter paved path stretches between Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. The Marginal Way winds along the rocky shores and cliffs of the Maine coastline, this stretch of coastline happens to be a particularly beautiful part of the Maine coast. Visitors will find shopping at either end of the path. The path can be fairly crowded during the summer, however, it is equally beautiful during the fall, winter and spring.
Bar Harbor is located on the east side of Mount Desert Island, and it is the largest community on Mount Desert Island. Visitors will also find that Bar Harbor is surrounded by Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor has granite cliffs, amazing fall foliage and great opportunities for whale watching. The community has museums, music festivals, family activities including a zoo, an oceanarium and even a lumberjack show. Visitors will find amazing mansions converted into inns. The Abbe Museum is a great location to learn about the Native AMericans from the region.
Desert of Maine
The Desert of Maine is located near Freeport. It was created by the path of a glacier as it passed through the area 11,000 years ago. The Desert is forty acres of exposed glacial silt. Once the Desert was the farm land of the Tuttle family. The Desert was discovered in 1797, after years of land clearing and soil erosion. Eventually, the exposed Desert took over the entire farm. Visitors to the Desert of Maine will now find a gift shop, museums and tours.
Located in Portland, Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House is a must see historical destination. Victoria Mansion is a stunning example of pre-Civil War era American architecture. Ruggles Sylvester Morse had the house built sometime between 1858 and 1860. The Mansion was designed by Henry Austin, and the interiors were designed by Gustave Herter. Visitors to Victoria Mansion will discover that this Italian style villa is a truly amazing example of American architecture and design. As visitors tour the mansion they can admire the amazing interiors which remain in excellent condition.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Located on the stunning coast of Maine, Acadia National Park has the special distinction of being the first National Park east of the Mississippi. Within this park you will find enough activities and sights to fill your entire vacation. For those that love car trips, the 27 miles of Park Loop Road offer plenty of views and sights. You can hike on Cadillac Mountain, which is the tallest mountain on the eastern coast of the country. The park also offers great access to its fascinating history at the Islesford Historical Museum on Cranberry Island.
The state of Maine is also known as the "Lighthouse State," there are 65 lighthouses still standing along the coast of Maine. Maine has more coastal lighthouses than any other state in the United States. Visitors to Maine should be sure to visit one of Maine's lighthouses. There are about ten lighthouses that have museums, and twenty of the lighthouses have grounds that are open for visitation. Some of the parks are located in local and state parks. Visitors to the state could stop in and visit the Burnt Island Light, near Boothbay Harbor, which has a great tour. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is rented to visitors on a weekly basis. Visitors can also take boat tours that provide stunning vistas of many of the most beautiful lighthouses.
Lobster Boat Tour
Lovers of lobster should be sure to take a Lobster Boat tour to learn about the industry that brings Lobster to plates across the nation. Tours of lobster boats include the opportunity to learn about lobster, as well as viewing lobster pots and maybe even the chance to haul in a lobster trap. Another bonus of a lobster boat tour is the chance to see the coast of Maine from the ocean. After a long day on a lobster boat, visitors can treat themselves to a fresh lobster dinner.
Maine | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Maine is a state filled with fun destinations for visitors. For those travelers looking for something a little different, possibly a little wacky, here are a few very interesting destinations that Maine has to offer. All of these destinations are fun and have something excellent to offer visitors.
The World's Largest Revolving and Rotating Globe, Yarmouth
Visitors to Yarmouth have the opportunity to see the World's Largest Revolving and Rotating Globe, also known as Eartha. The globe is 41 feet in diameter. Visitors can see this replica of what earth looks like from space. Eartha also replicates the movement of the earth in its glass atrium.
Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor
Bangor claims to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan. To mark this important distinction Bangor has a statue of Paul Bunyan that stands over 30 feet. Visitors to Bangor can learn about the connection to the character while viewing the gigantic statue.
The Oceanarium, Bar Harbor
This Bar Harbor attraction is a great place to learn about the ecology and environment of this region of Maine. Visitors can stop at the Maine Lobster Museum, take a Marsh Tour or explore the Lobster Hatchery. Maine's visitors have a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the local ecology at this family friendly destination.
Old Fort Western, Augusta
Old Fort Western is a National Historic Landmark. Fort Western was built in 1754, and at the time was a fort, store and house. Now Old Fort Western is the oldest surviving wooden fort. Visitors to the for can learn all about the history and cultures of the region during the late 1700's.
Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec
Visitors to Quoddy Head State Park will be visiting the most eastern part of the United States. In addition to the distinction of being the easternmost point of the United States the park also has hiking trails, forests, amazing views, bogs and the West Quoddy Head Light lighthouse tower.
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