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Connecticut Quick Facts

Uniquely Connecticut: Submarine Force Museum, the Official Submarine Museum of the US Navy in Groton

Must See: Stonington Harbor Light

Most Unusual: Barnum Museum, Bridgeport

Highest Point: Mount Frissell, 2,380 feet

Food to Try: Hasty Pudding


What to Do in Connecticut:

1 Visit a sugar house to see how maple syrup is created

2 Explore Gillette Castle State Park

3 Learn about the life of P.T. Barnum at the Barnum Museum

4 Hike the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut

5 Explore the 19th Century maritime village of Mystic Seaport

6 Enjoy some tubing and snow sports at Woodbury Ski Area


Off The Beaten Path, Connecticut

Connecticut is a state filled with historic and exciting sights. Throughout the Constitution State, visitors will be able to find plenty of outdoor adventure, not to mention the historical sights and activities.

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam

Located on 184 acres in the southern region of the state. The estate is located along the Connecticut River and visitors will be delighted with the amazing medieval castle on the estate. The castle was built by the notable actor William Hooker Gillette, best known for his performance as the original Sherlock Holmes. The mansion, which on the outside resembles a medieval castle, was built from the local stone. The interior is filled with unique and amazing woodwork created by the local craftsmen. Visitors will find that none of the many doors throughout the mansion are exactly alike, and there are even built in couches, a movable table on tracks and more.

Mystic

Mystic is a delightful town with many attractions to delight. The Aquarium and Institute for Exploration is a great spot to enjoy a close look at aquatic life, including rays, sea lions and even penguins. Another of Mystic's real treasures is the Mystic Seaport -- The Museum of America and the Sea. This is one of the nation's leading maritime museums. Visitors to the museum can explore historic ships, view stars in the planetarium, watch demonstrations of maritime trades and even see the working preservation shipyard.

Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill

The largest dinosaur track site in North America was discovered at this location. Visitors can see the displays of early Jurassic fossil tracks made 200 million years ago within the geodesic dome. After viewing the dinosaur tracks, visitors can enjoy over 200 miles of trails as well as a fantastic arboretum. The Dinosaur State Arboretum has more than 250 species of plants, including some living representatives of plant families that existed during the time of the dinosaurs.

Hartford Region

The Hartford region of Connecticut has beautiful art and architecture. You can view windows created by Louis Tiffany at the Center Church. For a little more history combined with architecture you can take a tour of Mark Twain's home in Hartford. Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain lived in Hartford from 1874 to 1891, and the Mark Twain House is the location where Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were created. For a little more excitement, or if you're just a car lover visit the Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs and watch the NASCAR auto racing on Fridays.

Litchfield

Visitors to the Litchfield region of Connecticut will find plenty of history and activities. For visitors in search of some outdoor recreation should be sure not to miss the Connecticut section of the Appalachian trail. There are over 51 miles of the trail that pass through the state. Hikers can also climb up Bear Mountain, near Salisbury, which is the tallest peak in Connecticut, where there are amazing panoramic views of the area.

Music Mountain

Fans of Chamber music should be sure to visit the Music Mountain festival during the summer. This is the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in the country. Music Mountain was founded in 1930 and is now in its 8th decade. Notable musicians come from around the world to participate in the festival. Music Mountain brings together professionals and amateurs to enjoy and educate on chamber music. Each season, the festival has a series of 16 concerts for everyone to enjoy. Visitors will also find that the property and buildings at Music Mountain are listed on the National Register of HIstoric Places. The centerpiece of Music Mountain is Gordon Hall, which is one of the best chamber music facilities in the country.

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

For the visitors to Connecticut that want to enjoy the scenery, the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is a great way to see the country in Connecticut. It is the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country. Passengers start their journey at the Essex Station, and board the vintage cars and authentic steam locomotive and enjoy a narrated trip to the Connecticut River. At Deep River Landing, passengers are taken to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Passengers on the riverboat enjoy a cruise along the Connecticut River, where they can see Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. The riverboat then returns to Deep River Landing where passengers return to the train for their trip back to Essex Station.


Fun & Funky, Connecticut

Connecticut is a beautiful state, filled with amazing sights and attractions. For those travelers looking to visit some fascinating, fun and some funky attractions, should check out some of the attractions below.

The Barnum Museum
This Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut has some fascinating exhibits, preserving the history of the area. Bridgeport was the home of P.T. Barnum and many of the artifacts and exhibits in the museum are dedicated to telling the story of his life and career. Unfortunately the museum's webpage says that the museum is closed for renovation at present (May 2011), but it is certainly worth stopping and exploring when the museum reopens.

CRRA Trash Museum
For all of those travelers that like museums that are a little different, and for all those travelers interested in how our trash is dealt with after if get picked up, the CRRA Trash Museum is a perfect destination. This museum shows visitors how trash disposal has evolved over time and what types of solutions were devised for certain problems confronting the industry. Visitors have the opportunity to view a working recycling facility, as well as learning about recycling and other issues of importance for the waste disposal industry.

Nathan Lester House & Farm Tool Museum
Visitors to this museum will have a wonderful time exploring both the historic house and grounds for an afternoon. The house and barns both feature tools and items from the Colonial period through the Victorian era. In addition to exploring the fascinating Farm Toll Museum, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the Great Oak Garden on the gourds.

The Submarine Force Library & Museum
This museum located in Groton, on the Thames River is an excellent destination to learn about Submarines and especially the U.S. Submarine Force. As the only museum dedicated to submarines operated by the U.s. Navy, this museum has an amazing collection and variety of artifacts and items relating to Submarine history. Visitors will also find that Groton is also the home of the USS Nautilus.

Wild Bill's Nostalgia Store
Wild Bill's Nostalgia Store is an excellent destination if you want to have an adventure while shopping for countless pop culture and and other fascinating items. Located in Middletown, this store is immediately recognizable from the exterior decorations which include a VW Beetle and a giant Jack-In-The-Box head. Within visitors will find all sorts of objects, including a figure of a man made entirely from bear traps. This funky and certainly fun destination has something to interest any visitor.

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Colorado Quick Facts

Uniquely Colorado: Climbing a “14-er” (mountain that’s 14,000 feet or higher)
Must-See: Rocky Mountain National Park
Most Unusual: Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Highest Point: Mt. Elbert, 14,433
Food to Try: Denver Omelettes

What to Do in Colorado

1 Ski!

2 Look for columbines (the state flower)

3 See a sheep-dog herding trial

4 Go mountain biking

5 Get to know Boulder and the mile high city

6 See the quaking aspen trees

7 Take a ski lift ride in Telluride or Vail


Off The Beaten Path, Colorado

With its phenomenal natural splendor and historical sites, Colorado is an amazing state. If you are looking for a state where you can enjoy some of the country's lesser known, amazing natural wonders, then Colorado is a great choice. This edition of Off The Beaten Path features a combination of some of Colorado's great (and more unusual) attractions.

Sheep Dog Trails

Every year the town of Meeker holds the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials. This is a great way to learn all about the really interesting sport of sheepherding. At the annual international competition, sheepdogs and their handlers compete on a closed course, performing complex sheepherding maneuvers. The sheepdogs and handlers are competing for a $20,000 purse. If you should decide to visit these Trials, you should know that they are held each year in September over Labor Day weekend. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy the art contest, food booths and dog exhibitions.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The magnificent canyon at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park was formed by the waters of the Gunnison River. This amazing canyon is deep, with a narrow opening and almost vertical canyon walls, making the canyon a very unique landscape. Experienced rock climbers may want to try climbing the difficult vertical walls of the canyon. The rock is known for being crumbly, which makes it appropriate for only the most experienced rock climbers. If you visit this park and are not an experienced rock climber, you can also hike, fish, kayak, raft and even take a scenic drive.

Pagosa Springs
This picturesque town of Pagosa Springs averages 300 days of sunshine every year, making it a great recreational destination year round. Pagosa Springs is surrounded by wilderness areas and has great recreational opportunities. Colorado is known as a fabulous ski destination, with its sunshine and amazing powder. Visitors can also enjoy winter camping, sledding, snowshoeing, ice climbing and even hot air ballooning. Pagosa Springs is also a gateway to the area's rich Native American history, including the nearby Chimney Rock Archeological Area. Pagosa Springs is known for its amazing hot springs, and throughout the town there are many places where visitors can enjoy the water's high mineral content.

Steamboat Springs
During the winter you can enjoy great skiing, snowboarding and many other winter sports. In the summer you can hike, bike, horseback ride, fish and camp. Steamboat Springs also has an alpine slide, gondola rides and even hot air ballooning. Like Pagosa Springs, Steamboat Springs also has many natural hot springs. These hot springs are relaxing and many believe the minerals in the warm waters of the hot springs have medicinal properties. Steamboat Sprigs is the ultimate year-round alpine destination.

Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument is an amazing place to learn about the natural history of this region of Colorado. In fact, this area has many significant fossils. Combine the natural history of the National Monument with the incredible recreational opportunities of Colorado, and you have a truly memorable destination. You can see fossils, hike, and river raft through the river canyons. One great option during a visit to the National Monument is the Tour of the Tilted Rocks. Another great option is the Fossil Discovery Trail.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Colorado has lots of great railroad trips and options -- one of these is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. The historic train runs along the Animas River. During the winter the steam locomotive doesn't travel the entire route to Silverton and back; instead the trip stops at the Cascade Station, which is about half of the regular route. Even in the winter the trip is beautiful and you can still learn all about the historic steam locomotives and the narrow gauge track at the museum. During the winter this train also provides a Polar Express ride, during which you and your family can drink hot chocolate and listen to the classic story.

Mesa Verde National Park
This park celebrates the history of the Pueblo people in the southwestern United States. You will find over 4000 archeological sites at Mesa Verde, including the 600 cliff dwellings. Some of the best cliff dwellings, including Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House, require the purchase of tickets for guided tours. The Mesa Top Loop Road is a great scenic drive in the park. You can also enjoy a wide range of amazing hikes, some of which culminate in cliff dwelling overlooks.


Fun and Funky, Colorado

The state of Colorado is full of beautiful sights and opportunities for adventure. For those visitors looking for a quirky adventure, different than the usual tourist destinations, you will find many places that fit the bill. Here are just a few of Colorado's fun and funky destinations.

Four Corners
Located in southwest Colorado, Four Corners Monument is the only spot where you can stand in four states at one time. At the Four Corners marker you can stand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona at one time. This is a great spot to take quirky pictures that you will always remember.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
These beautiful cliff dwellings can be found right off Route 24. The dwellings were built over 700 years ago, into the red rock at the foot of Pikes Peak. Visitors can explore these ancient dwellings built by the Anasazi people. After exploring the cliff dwellings visitors can stop at the Anasazi Museum and the gift shop.

Ghost Town Museum
Visitors to Colorado Springs should stop at the Ghost Town Museum to learn about a very interesting aspect of Colorado's history. The Ghost Town Museum was created to preserve a piece of the old west. During the Old West, and the Gold Rush era, many small towns were built up and died again because of gold. Visitors can see many artifacts from this period of Colorado's history and in the summer visitors can even pan for gold.

Bishop Castle
This castle can be found in the Wet Mountains, on State Highway 165, and on the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway. Bishop Castle is named after the one man who built the castle. Jim Bishop started building the castle in 1969. Visitors can come to the castle throughout the week and after a tour of the unique stone castle, visitors can stop in at the gift shop.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Visitors to Colorado looking for a bit of fun and adventure should stop at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. The Royal Gorge is one of the largest gorges in the world, formed by the Arkansas River, which still flows through the gorge. Visitors to the park can walk across the country's highest suspension bridge. Or visitors can ride on the Aerial Tram, which is the world's longest single span aerial tram, which runs over 1000 feet above the floor of the Royal Gorge. There are many more exciting and fun things to do.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway & Wilderness
Mount Evans is the road into the sky. Drive from 8,700 feet at Idaho Spring where you turn off Interstate 70 to 14,240 feet to the summit, and you will pass through 3 life zones, passing ancient trees, lakes and forest to the land above timberline. It can be 90 degrees in Denver and 40 degrees at the top of Mount Evans. Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep will greet you as you climb to the top of the world.

 

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California Quick Facts

Uniquely California: the Golden Gate bridge
Must-See: the world’s largest tree in Sequoia National Park
Most Unusual: Winchester Mystery House
Highest Point: Mt. Whitney, 14,494 feet
Food to Try: Locally-grown artichokes and avacados

What to Do In California

1 Visit Point Reyes

2 Play the slots or take a hike at Lake Tahoe

3 See a Joshua tree

4 See the sea lions in San Francisco

5 Take a star tour of Hollywood

6 Play golf in Palm Springs

7 Drive across the Sundial Bridge


Off The Beaten Path | California

California is a beautiful state that has a little bit of everything -- mountains, beaches, deserts, and forests. Travelers will find big cities, stunning state and national parks, beautiful coastlines and much more. And of course you won't want to miss Los Angeles, Disneyland and the Golden Gate Bridge! Here are a few fun destinations that are well worth visiting, but that you may not have heard about already.


Point Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore and Point Reyes National Park are great options for enjoying California's natural environment and outdoor recreation. At Point Reyes you will find trails, historic structures and visitor centers. You can enjoy camping, hiking, biking and kayaking. Point Reyes National Park also features the Point Reyes Lighthouse and visitor center where you can learn all about the lighthouse. For the very adventurous, a trip down the 308 stairs to the Lighthouse is a great option.


Half Moon Bay

This beautiful coastal town is a fabulous destination for a quiet California getaway. You can enjoy the many beaches on the coast, play golf at the championship golf course or stop at the historic Point Montara Lighthouse. While enjoying the coast, you can walk on the trails and keep your eyes open for the California wildlife, especially during a visit to the nearby Pescadero Marsh Bird Refuge. Another popular destination in the Half Moon Bay area is the Moss Beach Distillery. The Distillery was a popular spot during the years of prohibition, and it is still said to have a resident ghost.


Mount Shasta

At an elevation of over 10,000 feet, Mount Shasta is the fifth highest peak in California and a part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This mountain, which has inspired so many, stands on its own, unconnected to any nearby mountains. Many people visit Mount Shasta to make an attempt at the summit -- the climbing season lasts from April to October, but some adventurous people try to summit during the winter. Mount Shasta is also a great destination for backcountry skiing -- the most experienced climbers and skiers can climb to the summit and then ski back down. Inexperienced climbers should be aware that making a summit attempt is not easy, but there are other hiking options on trails around the base of the mountain.


Catalina Island

Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina is one of the eight islands that make up the Channel Islands archipelago. Catalina is part of the Southern Channel Islands, and is the only island with a significant permanent population. Visitors to California hoping to visit Catalina should either take a boat service from one of five coastal communities or, for an even more exciting adventure, take a helicopter flight from one of two costal locations. While on the island, visitors can enjoy all types of recreation including biking, hiking, golfing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and even a zip line tour.


San Francisco's Chinese New Year

This is one of the best and largest celebrations of Chinese New Year outside of China. During the Chinese New Year celebrations, you can enjoy the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and of course the Chinese New Year Community Fair. Throughout the celebrations you can learn about all of the important symbols and cultural celebrations. If you need a break from the festivities, spend some time at Golden Gate Park or exploring the beauty of San Francisco.


The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House has to be one of California's most unique destinations. This house was built by Sarah Winchester with the legacy from the Winchester rifle. After the deaths of her child and husband, Sarah Winchester started adding all manner of unique architectural features to her home. Some speculate that she created the house to ward of ghosts. During a visit and tour of the house you will see twisting hallways, secret passageways, wandering staircases and doors that lead to nowhere.


Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

If you are looking for a wide range of California's amazing natural sights all in one area, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a great destination. The Park ranges from deep canyons to tall mountains. In fact, within the park, you will find the highest peak in the lower 48, Mount Whitney. The park also has some amazing specimens of the giant sequoia tees. Be sure to stop and see the General Grant Tree in Grant Grove and the General Sherman Tree in Giant Forest. At Redwood Canyon you can visit the largest grove of sequoias in the world.


Fun and Funky Things To Do | California


The great state of California is not only full of beautiful sights, but it is also full of fun and quirky places to stop during your journey. Here are a few spots you may want to stop and see during your visit to California.

Great Statues, Auburn
Within the town of Auburn there are a few amazing giant statues. The largest of these is over 40 feet tall and weighs over 120 tons. These statues include Amazon archers, a nude man wrestling with chains, and a coolie pushing a wheelbarrow. The statues in Auburn were created by Ken Fox, a dentist in the town. Some of the statues are placed in the parking lot for his dentists office. The more minimally clad statues are located closer to Ken Foxes home, rather than right in town.

Calistoga's Old Faithful Geyser
One of Calistoga's attractions is California's Old Faithful Geyser. This geyser is one of the few in the world that erupts with regularity. Old Faithful of California erupts approximately every half hour. The geyser erupts steam and scalding water, which sprays 60 to 100 feet in the air. Visitors can learn all about the unique geological circumstances that create geysers, while watching Old Faithful erupt.

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

The Winchester Mystery House has to be one of California's most unique destinations, probably one of the most unique location in the country. This house was built by Sarah Winchester with the legacy of the Winchester rifle. After the deaths of her child and husband Sarah Winchester started adding all manner of unique architectural features to her home. Some speculate that she created the house to ward of ghosts. Visitors will see twisting hallways, secret passageways, and even doors that lead to nowhere.

Museum of Pez Memorabilia, Burlingame
This fun and unique little museum is located in a small storefront that only has two rooms open to the public. These rooms are filled with Pez dispensers. The museum's collection includes all 550 characters that Pez ever made. Visitors to the museum can be treated to a tour of the collection, the owners show visitors their favorite Pez characters as well as learn all about the history of Pez. The Museum of Pez Memorabilia is certainly a Pez lovers dream, and it is a lot of fun for those who don't know much about Pez.

Route 66 Museum, Barstow
Travelers in California should stop at the Route 66 Museum in Barstow, California. The museum is located in a former Harvey House, Casa Del Desierto. The Harvey Houses were run by the Fred Harvey Company and built by the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company. The museum has lots of information about Route 66, including photos and artifacts. As well as learning about the interesting history of the Harvey Houses.

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Arkansas Quick Facts

Uniquely Arkansas: Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond producing site open to the public
Must-See: Ozark Mountains
Most Unusual: World Champion Duck Calling contest
Highest Point: Mount Magazine, 2,753 feet
Food to Try: Arkansas ham, and persimmon pudding

What to Do in Arkansas:

1 Explore the Ozark Capital of America in Mountain View

2 See Arkansas on the Talimena National Scenic Drive

3 Visit the Mystic Caverns

4 Enjoy a spa day at Hot Springs National Park

5 Stop at the Clinton Presidential Library


Off The Beaten Path | Arkansas


Arkansas is a state filled with beautiful and fascinating natural features, as well as important history. From hot springs to diamond mines, visitors to Arkansas will find plenty of amazing places to learn all about the state, it's history and enjoy its natural wonders. Here are only a few of Arkansas amazing attractions and destinations.

Hot Springs National Park and Hot Springs
Hot Springs National Park is an urban area that surrounds the northern end of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The city of Hot Springs was originally built to accommodate all of the visitors that came to the hot springs, which have been used by people for medicinal and relaxation purposes for over 200 years. Throughout the town and the park there are many things for visitors to explore. One must-see stop is the Fordyce Bathhouse, now restored, which was during its time one of the most amazing bathhouses. Today the Fordyce Bathhouse is the park's visitor center and museum as well. Visitors to Hot Springs can also enjoy exploring the park's many trails. Of course, no trip to Hot Springs would be complete without a bath, within the park, visitors can stop for a traditional experience at the Buckstaff Baths, or try a more modern experience at the Quapaw Baths and Spa.

The Ozarks
This region of Arkansas is an amazingly beautiful and historic region of the United States. Visitors to the Ozarks have the opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of the region, while also enjoying the towns and historic sites within the region. Throughout the Ozarks there are many attractions that visitors wouldn't want to miss, including the Ozark Folk Center where visitors can create their own little piece of Ozarks heritage, and Twin Fall, one of the beautiful waterfalls located in the Ozarks.

Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock
This site in Arkansas commemorates the important events that took place on September 23, 1957. On this day in history, nine African-American teens took a stand against a crowd protesting integration, as they entered Central High for the first time. This important event put the US Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision to its first test. Today visitors can stop at the Visitor Center across the intersection from the High School to see the interactive exhibits and learn about the role this event played in history. Central High School is an operating high school, so visitors cannot tour the school without scheduling a ranger guided tour.

Crater of Diamonds State Park
Arkansas has an abundance of diamond mines among other natural features. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only site producing diamonds open to the public. Visitors to the park can prospect for diamonds in the search field. While prospecting visitors can find many different colors of diamonds, as well as a variety of other rocks and minerals. Crater of Diamonds State Park has had a long history of diamond mining, and visitors can see the evidence in the remnants of the Mine Shaft Building and the Guard House. Visitors can enjoy outdoor recreation beyond prospecting for diamonds if they choose within the natural forest within the park.

Blanchard Springs Caverns
This is one of the most beautiful spots in Arkansas, and within the Ozarks National Forest. Blanchard Springs Cavern is named for Blanchard Spring, which flows out of the mountainside and into Mirror Lake. Above ground visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking and more. Within the Cavern visitors will see a whole new world. As visitors walk on the paths into the caverns they will see how the cavern is constantly changing. Blanchard Springs Caverns has an underground river, the world's largest flowstone and much more. For the adventurous there are Wild Cave Tours, which explore those parts of the caverns that are inaccessible on the regular tour.

Buffalo National River
The Buffalo National River travels for 135 miles through beautiful terrain, and it flows uninhibited, as it is one of the few rivers in the lower 48 states that does not have dams. This river travels east through the Ozarks and flows into the White River. Visitors to this park will find a myriad of activities to enjoy. Floating the river, is of course, one of the most popular activities, visitors can enjoy the river's waters by canoe, kayak or tube. Those visitors that want to try other activities can enjoy horseback riding, fishing, wildlife viewing, and stopping to explore historic sites.

Pea Ridge National Military Park
The Battle of Pea Ridge was fought on March 7-8, 1862, over 26,000 soldiers fought at Pea Ridge during this Civil War Battle. This battle was pivotal during the Civil War, and today visitors can experience one of the most intact Civil War battlefields. Visitors to Pea Ridge have a variety of options for exploring the park, for those that prefer to drive there is a 7 mile tour road. Hikers will enjoy the 7 mile hiking trail, and there is even a horse trail. Along all of these trails there are exhibits, and visitors can also learn more about the Battle of Pea Ridge at the Visitor Center, which features a film, exhibits and a museum.


Fun & Funky Things to Do | Arkansas


Visitors to Arkansas will find a state filled with amazing attractions. The state has a wide variety of fascinating natural features. Here are a few of the fun and funky destinations visitors to Arkansas can explore.

Arkansas Alligator Farm
This fun attraction in Hot Springs is excellent for families is home to many of Arkansas' native alligators. Children will also love the petting zoo, the many different species of animals that call the Arkansas Alligator Farm home, including a variety of primates and Arkansas Mountain Lions. Visitors can also explore the museum and the gift shop.

Cosmic Cavern
Located in Berryville, is a fascinating natural attraction in Arkansas. Visitors can take an hour plus tour of the cave. On this tour, people are guided to amazing natural features, including soda straw formations, underground bottomless lakes, and unique animals like the fish living in the bottomless lake and even the Ozark Blind Cave Salamander.

Mountain View
This folk capital of America is a great spot to experience the pioneer lifestyle. Mountain View preserves some of the essential pioneer crafts and industries, including pottery, blacksmithing, basketry, quilting and more. Visitors can see a wide range of tradition pioneer era crafts, music and more at the Ozark Folk Center State Park during the summer.

Popeye Statue
Travelers to Alma Arkansas can see and enjoy all that the "Spinach Capital of the World" has to offer. In addition to a large bronze statue of Popeye in downtown Alma, visitors can also see the water tower in the shape of a spinach can. Alma also has an annual spinach festival.

World Championship Duck Calling Contest
The town of Stuttgart has an annual Duck Festival in late November. During this festival visitors and residents can observe and compete in the World Championship Duck Calling Contest. In addition to having duck calling contests for all ages and experience levels, the Duck Festival also has exhibits, a party and more.

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Arizona Quick Facts

Uniquely Arizona: Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Must-See: The Grand Canyon
Most Unusual: Grand Canyon Skywalk
Highest Point: Humphreys Peak, 12,633 feet
Food to Try: Homemade Tortillas and Salsa

What to Do In Arizona:

1 Go skiing in Flagstaff during the winter

2 See some of the amazing species of desert plants and animals at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

3 Explore one of Arizona's Ghost Towns

4 Enjoy a relaxing vacation in beautiful Sedona

5 Learn about Arizona's many different Native Cultures

6 Hike through the Grand Canyon and many other National Parks in Arizona


Fun and Funky Things to Do | Arizona

Arizona is a state with amazing natural wonders, the Grand Canyon, deserts and much more. The weather is good throughout the year, and is an excellent winter destination. If you are spending some time in Arizona and want to see a few funky, fun attractions here are a few you may or may not have heard about.

Bedrock City, Valle

For Flintstones fans a visit to Bedrock City will be a lot of fun. This recreation of the Flintstones home city is a lot of fun, and its open year-round. Within Bedrock City there are plenty of sights to see and even things to do. Visitors can watch Flintstones cartoons at the Bedrock Theater, or take the Fredmobile tram and much more.

O.K. Corral, Tombstone
The town of Tombstone is filled with great western adventures for visitors. Visitors can see reenactments of the gunfight between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp. There are life-size figures of the gunfighters on the same spot that the fight actually took place. Visitors can also learn all about the history of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The London Bridge, Lake Havasu City
Visitors to Lake Havasu City should make sure to cross the London Bridge. The London Bridge in Arizona is the real London Bridge from London, England. The bridge was purchased by an American businessman, Robert P. McCulloch. After he purchased the bridge it was taken apart and then reassembled in Lake Havasu City. Visitors should take a stroll across the bridge and enjoy the little bit of London in Arizona.

Petrified Forest National Park
Arizona has excellent examples of some of the ancient history the Americas. One place to learn about this and see it in person is at Petrified Forest National Park. This park has an amazing concentration of petrified wood, giving visitors the chance to envision the forests that once covered the land. The park also has beautiful scenery, archeological sites and a collection of fossils.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

On the west rim of the Grand Canyon visitors to Arizona can actually walk out over the rim of the canyon and look down into the canyon. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a huge U shaped structure that extends out over the Canyon. The entire bottom is glass, so visitors can literally stand out over the canyon and see down to the bottom. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a great place to experience the splendor of the Grand Canyon in a truly unique way.


Off The Beaten Path | Arizona

Arizona is an amazing destination. There are places throughout the state for visitors to explore. There are beautiful state and national parks, as well as gardens, historic towns and more. Here are just a few of the amazing attractions the state has to offer.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle
The Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of Arizona's true gems.Visitors will discover a vast amount of information about the landscape that has been one of the longest continually inhabited in North America. The monument preserves rock art, artifacts, architecture and much more. Canyon de Chelly also has a living community of Navajo people.

Saguaro National Park, Tucson
Saguaro National Park is dedicated to the preservation of the stunning Saguaro cactus. The amazing, towering cactus only grows in a select part of the world. Visitors to the Saguaro National Park will have the opportunity to see much more than just the Saguaro. There are guided programs and many opportunities for recreation within the park. Saguaro National Park is an especially good location for wilderness hiking.

Apache Trail Historic Road

For those adventurous visitors to Arizona, the Apache Trail Historic Road is a great expedition. This byway passes through some of Arizona's amazing and rugged landscape. Travelers will pass through the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, and the Superstition Wilderness Area. Within these wilderness areas, visitors will find all sorts of stunning natural features, including rock outcroppings and formations.

Taliesin West, Scottsdale
This masterpiece was built as the personal winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Located outside of Scottsdale, Taliesin West is a destination not to be missed. Visitors can take a variety of tours around the home. The home truly exhibits the amazing architectural skill of Frank Lloyd Wright, the home does a spectacular job at integrating the home with the surrounding Sonoran desert, and integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
Visitors to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will find that it is much more than a museum, it is also a zoo, a botanical garden and a natural history museum. The entire attraction is dedicated to desert wildlife. Exhibits that visitors will enjoy include the desert garden, ancient Arizona exhibit, cactus gardens, lizards, javalinas, bighorn sheep, tortoises and much more. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provides an amazing opportunity to learn about the natural flora and fauna of the region.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
For all those Arizona travelers interested in the plants of the desert, the Desert Botanical Garden is a must see destination. This garden showcases all of the different plants of the desert. Visitors to the botanical garden have a variety of options for exploring the exhibits, including individual and group tours, visitors can even enjoy a flashlight tour of the gardens at night.

Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson
This museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. Visitors to the museum have the opportunity to see over 300 aircraft and spacecraft too. Some of the aircraft are significant, and the museum also has some of the most technically advanced aircraft. Visitors to this museum will enjoy an amazing experience learning about all of the different air and spacecraft at the museum.

 

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Alaska Quick Facts:

Uniquely Alaska: The Iditarod
Must-See: Denali National Park
Most Unusual: Mushers Hall of Fame
Highest Point: Mount McKinley, 20,320 feet (highest point in North America)
Food to Try: fresh seafood, especially Wild Salmon

What to Do In Alaska:

1 Explore all of the amazing wilderness in Denali National Park

2 Go fishing on the Kenai Peninsula

3 Visit the different museums and other attractions in Juneau

4 Train to climb Mount McKinley, only appropriate for the most experienced mountaineers

5 Take a day cruise in several different areas of Alaska


Off The Beaten Path | Alaska

Alaska, know as the "Last Frontier" is the largest state in the United States. Visitors to the state will be stunned by its amazing wild beauty. Throughout the state there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be found. Here are a few of the adventures you could have during a visit to great state of Alaska.

Denali National Park

This National Park is a stunning place to enjoy Alaska's Wilderness. Denali National Park is located about 240 miles north of Anchorage and 120 miles south of Fairbanks. Visitors can reach the park by the Alaska Railroad, by bus or on the single road entrance to the park. Once in the park visitors should stop at the various Visitor Centers. Denali Visitor Center is the main source of information for the park and is the starting point for most ranger-led programs. The park has 6 million acres of wild land and is open year round, but only in the summer months do the snow and ice loosen their hold on the park. Visitors to Denali National Park can visit the Savage Day-use Area, enjoy backpacking, mountaineering, wildlife viewing and much, much more.

Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula is one of Alaska's beautiful vacation destinations. The peninsula is separated from the mainland by the Prince William Sound on the east and by Cook Inlet on the west. Visitors to the Kenai Peninsula can visit the Kenai Mountains in the Kenai Fjords National Park, where visitors can find glaciers, fjords and especially Harding Icefield. The Kenai River has an amazing salmon population. The Kenai Peninsula has a relatively mild climate, and is a great destination for fishing and much more. Another great Kenai Peninsula destination is the Pratt Museum in Homer. This museum has stunning exhibits on native cultures and the early settlers.

Mount McKinley
Mount McKinley, located in Denali National Park is the highest mountain in North America, with an elevation of 20,320 feet. The mountain, also known as Denali, has five glaciers. In addition, the mountain has some of the most extreme weather in the world. The climbing season lasts between April and July, when the weather is less extreme. Only the most experienced mountaineers attempt to summit Mount McKinley, the climb is extremely challenging, mostly because of the extreme weather conditions.

Alaska State Museum, Juneau
Visitors to Juneau should set aside some time to explore the Alaska State Museum. The museum is the official repository of Alaska's history. The museum collects and interprets the ethnographic and historical artifacts from the state. Visitors can participate in a guided tour or can explore the many galleries for themselves. There are exhibits that highlight the Aleut culture, the Eskimo culture, Alaska's natural history, the early Russian Settlers and much more.

Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward
Wildlife enthusiasts should visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, the only public aquarium in Alaska. The Center also serves as an Ocean Wildlife rescue center and a research facility. Visitors to the aquarium can observe Puffins, Giant Pacific Octopus, Alaska King Crab, Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and many other species. Part of the Alaska SeaLife Center is its rescue and rehabilitation work. The Center rescues stranded animals and tries to treat, rehabilitate and release as many animals as possible.

White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
This narrow gauge railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Goldrush. This railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A trip on the railway gives visitors the chance to see stunning views of Alaska's scenery. The Railway has two tunnels, bridge and trestles.The White Pass Summit Excursion travels from Skagway to the summit of White Pass. Another excursion is the Yukon Adventure which travels from Skagway into British Columbia. There are more adventure options on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.

Iditarod
Alaska is known partly for its winter weather, one way to enjoy this is to try out some dog sledding. One of the most famous and well known dog sledding events is the Iditarod. The Iditarod brings together the most experienced and talented dog sledding teams in the world. They race across the Iditarod trail which covers over 1,150 miles of some of the worlds most extreme terrain. The people who choose to participate in this event have to be truly courageous and tough, and they can complete the entire trip anywhere between 10 and 17 days, a truly amazing feat.


Fun and Funky Things to Do | Alaska


Alaska is a state full of amazing wilderness, wild life and great opportunities for recreation. If you are looking for a few quirky destinations to take a break from all of the exciting recreation, here are a few of Alaska's unique destinations and attractions.

Santa Claus House and Statue, North Pole
This is the most northern Santa themed destination in the United States. Of all of the different Santa themed destinations this one has the most similar weather to what the real North Pole has. Each year the town gets a large quantity of mail from around the world. Visitors will enjoy the Santa and Christmas items and statues throughout the town.

Mushers Hall of Fame, Knik
This museum is dedicated  to mushers, the people who drive sleds, and the dogs. The Mushers Hall of Fame is located on the second floor of the Knik Museum. This is a great way to learn all about sled dog racing and some of the exceptional mushers throughout history.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters, Wasilla
Sled dog enthusiasts will also enjoy this destination in Wasilla. The Headquarters has a museum dedicated to the Iditarod. This museum is filled with trophies, displays and photos all about the Iditarod. Visitors can even enjoy dog sled rides during the summer.

Glacier Gardens, Juneau
Visitors to Juneau should stop by these amazing botanical gardens. Glacier Gardens covers 50 acres of southeast Alaska's rainforest, and visitors will enjoy tours of the gardens. One especially interesting feature of these gardens are the Upside Down trees. These great trees are upside down tree trunks with flowers planted on top of the roots of the upside down tree.

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks
This museum is located on the grounds of the Wedgewood Resort. Visitors will find dozens of pre-World War II autos. In addition, visitors can enjoy the collection of vintage clothing. Visitors to Fairbanks will enjoy the great exhibits at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

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Alabama is a state filled history and natural beauty.  From the beaches of Gulf Shores and Mobile Bay and off shore Islands to the Mountains of Cheaha State Park - Alabama has something for everyone.  Camper and RVers in Alabama will be treated to a dose of southern hospitality and history at every turn and fork in the road.  Deep in the heart of Old Dixie, Alabama played a role in the Civil War and is the birthplace of the civil rights movement of the 60's.  History buffs will find plenty of historical site to keep them busy.

Alabama Quick Facts

Uniquely Alabama: Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, which commemorates the events and route of the Voting Rights March in 1965
Must-See: Moundville Archeological Park in Tuscaloosa
Most Unusual: Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise
Highest Point: Cheaha Mountain, 2,407 feet
Food to Try: Fried catfish and tomato pie

What to Do in Alabama:

1 Visit the sixth largest Shakespeare Festival in the world in Montgomery

2 Enjoy the flora at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens

3 Hike the Little River Canyon

4 Explore the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

5 Visit some of the most important sites of the Civil Rights Movement on the Alabama Civil Rights Museum Trail

6 Go bass fishing


Off The Beaten Path | Alabama

Visitors to the state of Alabama will find all sorts excellent destinations to explore during a trip. Alabama is filled with amazing natural features, museums, beautiful gardens and much more. Here are a few of the excellent places that you can visit during a trip to Alabama.

Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport
Russell Cave is a fantastic destination for those interested in the prehistory of Alabama. The cave was inhabited for more than 10,000 years, and visitors can gain insight into the lives of the prehistoric peoples that once lived in the region. Visitors to Russell Cave National Monument can explore the museum, take nature hikes, and much more.

Little River Canyon National Monument, Fort Payne

This National Monument is particularly unique, especially because most of the length of the river flows on top of Lookout Mountain. Visitors to the monument can enjoy all sorts of amazing natural features, including forests, waterfalls, canyons, cliffs and more. In addition, there are a variety of recreational activities that visitors can enjoy during a trip to Little River Canyon National Monument, including biking, hiking, rock climbing and more.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham

Visitors to Alabama can learn all about the history of jazz. This museum allows visitors to travel through jazz history. Visitors can learn about jazz greats like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and more.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore
The Bellingrath Gardens and Home are much more than just a botanical garden. Visitors can enjoy the stunning beauty of the gardens. Bellingrath Gardens and Home also have the Museum Home, enjoy the Southern Belle River Cruise. Throughout the garden there are a variety of different plants and flowers for all visitors to enjoy.

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Grant
Visitors to Cathedral Caverns can enjoy exploring the amazing natural features that the park has to offer. Cathedral Caverns has an astonishingly large entrance, and inside the caverns there are even more interesting features. Inside there is the Mystery River, and many amazing stalagmite formations.

US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama is home to an amazing space museum. The museum has a stunning collection of U.S. manned space flight hardware. In addition to the amazing exhibits about space travel, the US Space and Rocket Center is also the home of Space Camp and other fun space adventures.

Natchez Trace Parkway
One great way to enjoy all that Alabama has to offer is on a scenic drive. The parkway stretches over 400 miles, and crosses multiple states. This same path has been used over time by many different groups of Americans. Now, visitors can drive along this historic roadway, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to enjoy along the way.


Fun and Funky Things to Do | Alabama

Alabama is a truly unique state, filled with many amazing destinations. Here are a few of the states most fun and funkiest attractions. For those visitors to Alabama that are looking to fill their trips with these unique attractions, these few just crack the surface of the fun and funky destinations within this state.

World's Largest Chair
Although no longer the World's Largest Chair, visitors to Alabama can still see the one time World's Largest Chair in Anniston, Alabama. The office chair stands over 31 feet in a vacant lot for visitors to gaze at its vastness.

Boll Weevil Monument
This monument is located in the town of Enterprise, this monument was erected in honor of the boll weevil, and its impact on the town. The Boll Weevil monument is a truly funky attraction in Alabama, unique in its distinction as being a monument erected to honor an agricultural pest.

Vulcan The Iron Man
Located on the top of Red Mountain, looking over downtown Birmingham, is the statue of Vulcan, the blacksmith of the Roman Gods. The statue of Vulcan was built for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the statue was brought back to Birmingham after the fair was over. In 1999 the statue had to be repaired, and returned to Birmingham in 2004. Today visitors can stop at the museum, and go to the top of tower.

Cross Gardens
Cross Gardens are unlike any other gardens in the world. This unique destination is filled with crosses, posters and more all. Visitors can explore the crosses and damnation alerts spread around the gardens. With the myriad of interesting phrases and crosses throughout the gardens, this is one of Alabama's truly unique destinations.

Ave Maria Grotto
This little park is home to 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings throughout the world. During a visit to this spot visitors will learn that these works of art were created by a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey, Brother Joseph Zoettl. Visitors have the chance to walk through this park and see, in miniature, some of the most important historical buildings from around the world.

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Alabama Camping | Quick Facts

factsAlabama Quick Facts

Uniquely Alabama: Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, which commemorates the events and route of the Voting Rights March in 1965
Must-See: Moundville Archeological Park in Tuscaloosa
Most Unusual: Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise
Highest Point: Cheaha Mountain, 2,407 feet
Food to Try: Fried catfish and tomato pie

What to Do:

1  Visit the sixth largest Shakespeare Festival in the world in Montgomery

2  Enjoy the flora at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens

3  Hike the Little River Canyon

4  Explore the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

5  Visit some of the most important sites of the Civil Rights Movement on the Alabama Civil Rights Museum Trail

6  Go bass fishing

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Alabama | Fun and Funky Things to Do

Alabama is a truly unique state, filled with many amazing destinations. Here are a few of the states most fun and funkiest attractions. For those visitors to Alabama that are looking to fill their trips with these unique attractions, these few just crack the surface of the fun and funky destinations within this state.

World's Largest Chair
Although no longer the World's Largest Chair, visitors to Alabama can still see the one time World's Largest Chair in Anniston, Alabama. The office chair stands over 31 feet in a vacant lot for visitors to gaze at its vastness.

Boll Weevil Monument
This monument is located in the town of Enterprise, this monument was erected in honor of the boll weevil, and its impact on the town. The Boll Weevil monument is a truly funky attraction in Alabama, unique in its distinction as being a monument erected to honor an agricultural pest.

Vulcan The Iron Man
Located on the top of Red Mountain, looking over downtown Birmingham, is the statue of Vulcan, the blacksmith of the Roman Gods. The statue of Vulcan was built for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the statue was brought back to Birmingham after the fair was over. In 1999 the statue had to be repaired, and returned to Birmingham in 2004. Today visitors can stop at the museum, and go to the top of tower.

Cross Gardens
Cross Gardens are unlike any other gardens in the world. This unique destination is filled with crosses, posters and more all. Visitors can explore the crosses and damnation alerts spread around the gardens. With the myriad of interesting phrases and crosses throughout the gardens, this is one of Alabama's truly unique destinations.

Ave Maria Grotto
This little park is home to 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings throughout the world. During a visit to this spot visitors will learn that these works of art were created by a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey, Brother Joseph Zoettl. Visitors have the chance to walk through this park and see, in miniature, some of the most important historical buildings from around the world.

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Off The Beaten Path, Alabama

Visitors to the state of Alabama will find all sorts excellent destinations to explore during a trip. Alabama is filled with amazing natural features, museums, beautiful gardens and much more. Here are a few of the excellent places that you can visit during a trip to Alabama.

Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport

Russell Cave is a fantastic destination for those interested in the prehistory of Alabama. The cave was inhabited for more than 10,000 years, and visitors can gain insight into the lives of the prehistoric peoples that once lived in the region. Visitors to Russell Cave National Monument can explore the museum, take nature hikes, and much more.

Little River Canyon National Monument, Fort Payne

This National Monument is particularly unique, especially because most of the length of the river flows on top of Lookout Mountain. Visitors to the monument can enjoy all sorts of amazing natural features, including forests, waterfalls, canyons, cliffs and more. In addition, there are a variety of recreational activities that visitors can enjoy during a trip to Little River Canyon National Monument, including biking, hiking, rock climbing and more.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham

Visitors to Alabama can learn all about the history of jazz. This museum allows visitors to travel through jazz history. Visitors can learn about jazz greats like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and more.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore

The Bellingrath Gardens and Home are much more than just a botanical garden. Visitors can enjoy the stunning beauty of the gardens. Bellingrath Gardens and Home also have the Museum Home, enjoy the Southern Belle River Cruise. Throughout the garden there are a variety of different plants and flowers for all visitors to enjoy.

Cathedral Caverns State Park, Grant

Visitors to Cathedral Caverns can enjoy exploring the amazing natural features that the park has to offer. Cathedral Caverns has an astonishingly large entrance, and inside the caverns there are even more interesting features. Inside there is the Mystery River, and many amazing stalagmite formations.

US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama is home to an amazing space museum. The museum has a stunning collection of U.S. manned space flight hardware. In addition to the amazing exhibits about space travel, the US Space and Rocket Center is also the home of Space Camp and other fun space adventures.

Natchez Trace Parkway

One great way to enjoy all that Alabama has to offer is on a scenic drive. The parkway stretches over 400 miles, and crosses multiple states. This same path has been used over time by many different groups of Americans. Now, visitors can drive along this historic roadway, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to enjoy along the way.

 

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Alaska Camping | Quick Facts

factsAlaska Quick Facts:

Uniquely Alaska: The Iditarod
Must-See: Denali National Park
Most Unusual: Mushers Hall of Fame
Highest Point: Mount McKinley, 20,320 feet (highest point in North America)
Food to Try: fresh seafood, especially Wild Salmon

What to Do In Alaska:

1 Explore all of the amazing wilderness in Denali National Park

2 Go fishing on the Kenai Peninsula

3 Visit the different museums and other attractions in Juneau

4 Train to climb Mount McKinley, only appropriate for the most experienced mountaineers

5 Take a day cruise in several different areas of Alaska

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