Monday, May 10, 2010
The state of Indiana is also known for basketball. The history of Indiana basketball is presented at the Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle.
Likewise you have RACECAR DRIVING. The Indy Speedway has a museum that traces race car history and displays restored racecars such as the first Indy Winner from 1911.
Clifty falls State Park is another place where you can be active. It is another local in the US that has hiking, canyons, and waterfalls. Also in Indiana you will find caverns and go spelunking at Bluespring caverns, afterwhich you can head over to the Carasoul Winery in Bedford for a relaxing evening.
Besides sports, there are plenty of museums throughout the state including the Eiteljorg Museum which showcases both Native American and Western art, culture and history. The museum features artists such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Allan Houser, and Kay WalkingStick
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a great place for the family. Dinosaur fossil digs, interactive video games, a glass blowing sculpture, a limestone wall that you can climb, etc make this museum a worth while find when traveling through Indiana.
The Studebaker Museum has Studebaker automobile exhibits including the final car to roll off the assembly line.
The coolest thing about Indiana is that there is a town named for Santa Clause. It has amusement parks such as Holiday world where it is Christmas all year long as well as a Santa Claus Museum telling the history of the town.
Sidenote: It makes me sad that Indiana is so short- I would love to hear from people who have been there and have other great ideas of places to visit within the state.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Art Institute of Chicago is any art history fiends daydream. This huge museum has tons to look at and will not disappoint. Walk over to the Buckingham Fountain afterwards for a picnic lunch.
John Hancock center/observatory –You can pay money to go to the top or you can just get brunch or lunch at the restaurant on the 54th floor. I suggest the restaurant move. If you go during lunch you can actually feed two people for about 25.00, which is about the same price the observation deck would have cost you.
Sears tower—They guard this place like it houses the President. You can only go in during certain hours, you can only go to the observation deck or shops, etc. So make sure you enter the correct door and come during business hours.
Wrigley field—Catch a game here for a reasonable cost. The stadium is open, large, and is always packed. Like everywhere else in the city, you can take the train here.
Navy pier—This place is hopping at night. You can take the bus to the pier, make sure you head home before the last bus leaves without you. Restaurants, shops and usual city park entertainment. On holidays you can see fireworks!
Millennium park –This is the city’s cultural center where you can walk through free art galleries or rent bikes or segways.
Field museum—This place is known for the the largest/most complete T-rex
If you prefer smaller towns with lots of history, then
Another smaller town with something fun to offer is
Tinker Swiss cottage is a Victorian mansion with a Native American burial
Last but not least is Metropolis. What town names Metropolis could not be dedicated to Superman? They do not disappoint and are the home of a Superman Statue as well as a Super museum.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Just some of the fun places to visit are outlined below:
Idaho Iceworld in
Spud Drive In theatre- a classis American drive-in movie theater still in operation
Canoe Camp Historical Site- Lewis and Clark camped her on their expedition in 1805.
Rotary International Rose Garden in
Tolo Lake Mammoth Replica in Grangeville is home of six mammoths found near
There are hot springs all ovber the state—Burgdorf in Mccall, Challis, Downata in Downey, Gold Fork in Donnelly, etc, but Heise Hot Springs in Ririe has a 350ft water slide as well as fishing and golf next to their hot springs
Balanced Rock in Buhl is a rock that is over 48ft tall, carved by the wind that now balances on a pedestal only 3ft 17inches across.
Emmett Area Fruit Orchards in
Hell's Half Acre National Landmark in
Soda Springs Geyser is a sparkling waters geyser that shoots over 70 feet into the air on the hour, every hour daily.
Whether you like to fish, hike, bike, canoe, rockclimb, ski, or just sit by the
Monday, March 29, 2010
Centennial Olympic Park is in the hear of downtown. It was built for the 1996 olympics, but now tells you the story of the Olympic games with quilt plazas, memorials, and Fountain of Rings. This public park also offers weekly concerts, a dancing water fountain, and a memorial quilt in remembrance of the victims of the 1996 Olympic bombing.
Martin Luther King National Site lets you explore the home where he was born, the church he preached, and the memorial site where he was buried all at once. Also visit Ebenezer Baptist Church is where Dr King served as senior pastor in the 1960s.
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world with over 8 million gallons of water and more animals than any other Aquarium.
There are plenty of historic houses throughout Georgia including Wren’s Nest The 19th-century farmhouse that once belonged to Joel Chandler Harris, the author of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox.
Piedmont Park is a 185-acre park that houses the Atlanta Botanical Gardens where many summer festivals are held. This is a great place to just be outside and bike or run.
Two main facets of US culture are located in Georgia. You can tour the Coca Cola factory or take a CNN studio tour. Your trip just wont be complete unless you tour these locations.
Savannah is said to be the most haunted city in the nation. There are plenty of tours for you to jump in on, including the Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour. Besides the numerous cemeteries in the area, you also have lots of historic houses, beautiful for their architecture and perfect for ghost stories. Likewise, Battlefield Park is where on October 9, 1779, the French, Haitian and American troops battled against the British soldiers who were defending Savannah. The battle ended more than 800 troops from each side either wounded or killed. Many of the dead were buried on the spot with no monuments to mark their graves.
One of the most popular haunted cemeteries is Colonial Park Cemetery. The magnificent arch at the main entrance to the Park was placed there in 1913 by the Savannah chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Made of Georgia granite, it was constructed to honor Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the cemetery. It is believed that close to 10,000 people are buried in Colonial Park Cemetery.
You will learn things like this at the Savannah History Museum , where they will explain history from 1733. That history includes the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, where Savannah handled freight and passengers and was said to be an indispensable site for a number of years
Savannah also is home of the first Girl Scout Headquarters. Troop activities, adult training and administrative offices were housed inside the house until 1985 when the Girl Scouts Council was moved to its new office on Bull Street.
Fans of Old Architecture should stop by the Wormsloe Historic Site, which is a former plantation with exhibits showing colonial life or go to Old Fort Jackson, which is Georgia’s oldest remaining fort, built in 1808.
Architecture usually includes churches. Beautiful places of worship are all over Savannah. Cathedral of St John was founded in 1700 by the first French Colonists and although the original early structures were destroyed by fire, the current cathedral dates back to 1874. Temple Mickve Israel is another gorgeous religious building. It is the third oldest Jewish congregation in the nation, built in 1876.
For those who just want to have some extra fun, head down to the Riverwalk, where you can enjoy dinner, shopping, and a beautiful view. Or make a day of Forsyth Park, which is 30 acres of beauty and history. There are several monuments that pay tribute to soldiers who fought in the Confederate and Spanish-American Wars as well as a Civil War monument is in the center. No park is complete without a fountain. The Forsyth Fountain was added to the park in 1858. The park also has a Fragrant Garden for the Blind. You can usually find a play or concert taking place here as well.
The City Market is another fun stop. It has been around since 1755 and still houses restaurants, shops, live music, museums, and art galleries. This is where the night life of Savannah is located. Don’t forget to take a horse drawn carriage ride!
Monday, March 15, 2010
So we all know that
If you are bringing the kids, then you must visit
After spending all day at the parks, take a walk in
Take a break from the hectic park life by taking the kids over to Tibet-butler reserve, which has educational and environmental focuses programs that teach you about
Key West—Water, Water, and more Water
Yacht charters, glass bottom boat tours, dinner cruises, scuba diving, and dolphin watching is all part of the Key West experience, but get out of the water and visit some of these other tourist attractions. The Conch tour train or the Old Town Trolley Tours will give you an old fashioned tour of
Dry Tortugas national park offers
Besides it’s lively night life of clubs and bars, they also have
If you want to get away from the beaches, the food, the nightlife, and the shopping head to one of these pitstops:
Oleta river state Park—camping, hiking, kayaking, wildlife, and of course still beaches.
Freedom tower- memorial to Cuban immigration
Sculpture park Martin Margulies Sculpture park encompasses the FIU campus with beautiful sculptures donated to the campus. Admission is free, and you know we like free.
Nascar fans should head over to the Daytona 500
There are also a million other museums including the Jewish Museum of Miami, and the
Of course there are also a thousand other things that I failed to mention above to do in
Sunday, February 28, 2010
For those of us who prefer to see things rather than shop, the below are lots of viable pit stop options:
Pit stops for the Active Type:
Besides making a NASCAR fans day by visiting the Dover International Speedway, you can actually give any visitor a thrill by booking a monster racing behind the wheel experience.
Go from car ride to boat ride by sailing all over Delaware or visiting one of the many beaches, such as Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach or taking the 80 min Cape May Lewes Ferry. The
Those who like to take chances with their lives on land and by sea, often also like to gamble with their money. They should head over to the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino or the Harrington Raceway and place their bets.
Pit stops for the History Lover:
The most famous family in all of
If you prefer more of the Civil War era, then
Pit stops that the whole Family will love:
Yo ho, yo ho,
Go from Pirates to Ghosts! You can do the tour of the old
Some of the best places to look for ghosts are lighthouses, and
If you find yourself near
A couple cool pit stops include the Bennett Orchard or Woodside farm creamery where you can either pick your own fruit, or get fresh made ice cream.
There seems to be a lot of little things to do in
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is just a wholesome, family friendly state. There should be something for the entire family to enjoy at the
Another gem that offers something for the entire family is the
If you like to be outside visit the
Good old American History would force you to drop in on the inventor of the cotton gin by stopping by the
One of the coolest things in
In terms of nightlife, feel free to see a show at the
Like all the other states,