Sights Listed by State

SIGHTSEEING LISTED BY STATE  

Last revision, July 2016

Here are some interesting places listed alphabetically by state.  We list them as they come to our attention but may not have actually seen them, and they are not endorsements.  Check the alphabetical list to see if we have written about one.

Great Train Rides

Fläm – Norway; The Devil’s Nose – Equador; Royal Scotsman; The Ghan – Australia; Palace on Wheels – India; Bernia Express – Char to Tirano; The Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Calgary; Glacier Express – Zermat to St. Moritz; West Highland – Glasgow to Mallaig; Coast Starlight – Seattle to Los Angeles; Venice-Simplon Orient Express – London to Vienna and Paris to Istanbul; El Chope – Chihuahua to Topolobampo; Eastern Orient Express – Malasia to Singapore; Winnipeg to Churchill; Trans Siberian

Odd Town Names

Tightwad, MO; Lizard Lick, NC; Chicken, AK; Hell, MI; Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY; Crapo, MD; Hot Coffee, MS; Knockem Stiff, OH; Cut and Shoot, TX; Two Egg, FL

Midway is the most popular town name in the U.S.; Fairfiew is second

Lincoln Highway: 1913 – first interstate road, New York to San Francisco; US 1 to Philadelphia, west on 30 to western Wyoming and 50 through Nevada and California

NM = national monument  NP = national park

 Alaska

www.anchorage.net

www.alaskatours.com

Admiralty Island N. M.

Aniakchak NM & Preserve

Bettles – Gates of Arctic NP

Cape Krustenstern NM

Misty Fords NM & Wilderness

Denali NP

Glacier Bay NP

Catamaran tour

Kenai Fjords NP

Kobuk Valley N{

Lake Clark NP

Wrangell St. Elias NP

Anchorage

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

Juneau – accessible only by boat or plane – Mendenhall Glacier is state’s most accessible

Haines to Haines Junction – beautiful drive

Skagaway garden port and historic district; streetcar tour

White Pass and Yukon Excursion Train 27 miles to Fraiser

Alabama

Russell Cave NM

Alexander City – Robinson Iron – 800-824-2157

Birmingham – Golden Flake Snack Foods – 800-239-2447 – Vulcan statue

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum – 1200 motorcycles and race cars

Bridgeport – Russell Cave Nat. Monument (7000 BC inhabitation)

Cahawba   –  ghost town near Selma, archeological park

Near Cullman – Clarkson Covered Bridge

DeSoto – Desoto Caverns Park

Gulf Shores – annual shrimp festival

Huntsville – US Space & Rocket Center

– Cinram/Disc Manufacturing – 256-859-9932

– Twickenham Historic district – houses from 1814

-Burrott Mansion 1850

Mobile – Battleship Alabama – Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Montgomery – Water course projects of AL Power

Northport – artist community – spiffed up downtown; Kentuck Art Center

Tuscaloosa – Mercedes-Benz Museum and Visitor Center -factory tours require             reservations 888-286-8762

Selma –  ante bellum business district

Scottsboro – Unclaimed Baggage Center

Union Springs, Al  — field trial capital of the world.

Vance – Mercedes Benz – 205-507-2266

Arizona

Anthem – Veternans Memorial

Bisbee – Shady Del Trailer Park – Dot’s Diner

Bowie – Fort Bowie

Camp Verde – Montezuma Castle Nat. Mon. – Montezuma Well

Near Casa Grande – Casa Grander Ruins NM

Chandler – Fairytale Brownies – reservations 800-324-7982  Friday 11:00

  • Heart Attack Grill (uses lard to fry their potatoes)
  • El Sol Bakery, 760 N. Arizona Ave.
  • Ostrich Festival

Chiricauhua NM

Chinle – Canyon de Chelly NM

Clarkdale – Tuzigoot Nat. Monument

Flagstaff

Fort Apace – Kinishba

Walnut Canyon NM

Gilbert  – Farm Grill, fast food, fresh produce

Glendale – Correta Candy Co –  M-Th

Grand Canyon NP

Hohokam Pima NM

Hubble Trading Post

Jerome – old mining town, now an art center

Kingman-Lake Havasu

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch – handicap friendly dude ranch http://www.stgr.com

Lake Havasu City – London Bridge

Lake Powell – marina to rent boats: www.lakepowell.com

Marble Canyon – Lee’s Ferry

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (entrance in Utah)

Navajo NM

Organ Pipe NM

Page – Antelope Canyon

Petrified Forest NM, NP and Painted Desert

Phoenix – Ping Golf clubs

  • Arizona Biltmore Hotel, 1929, Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice
  • Federal Reserve
  • Stuffington Bear Factory M-F 1, 3:30

Pipe Spring NM

Queen Valley – Queen Valley Mule Ranch

Rainbow NM

Saguaro NM and NP

Sedona – 4500 ft.; The Cowboy Club, 241 N. Hwy 89a; L’Auberge de Sedona; The Haunted Hamburger; Forbes Prettiest Town List

Sunset Crater NM

Tempe – Microbreweries, 20 museums and galleries, South Mt. Park (US largest municipal park – Friday concerts, Wyndham Buttes (dramatic resort/restaurant with sunset views) – Way Out West Octoberfest – Early April Festival of the Arts – three days on Mill Avenue

Tombstone

  • 1885 rose tree — huge, covers large area
  • Big Nose Kate’s Saloon

Tonto NM

Tuzigoot NM

Tuscon

  • Pima Air & Space Museum; 65 acres, 250 aircraft – “Boneyard” military aircraft storage – tours
  • El Presidio Historic District – self-guided walking tours
  • El Charro Mexican Restaurant – same family since 1922
  • U. Of Az. Museum of Art – Arizona Desert Museum
  • Gates Pass Road west of town
  • Saguaro National Park West, SNP East
  • Tohono Chul Park – 48 acres, nature trails
  • Mission San Xavier – 10 miles south, built 1783-1797
  • June – San Juan’s Day Festival
  • Sky Island Scenic Byway

Vermillion Cliffs NM

Wickenburg – Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Wupatki NM

Arkansas

Alma – water tower painted to look like spinach can

De Valls Bluff – Family Pie Shop

Buffalo National River

Dogpatch

Fordyce-4 Dice Restaurant

Hot Springs – Garvan Woodland Gardens (210 acres) NP

Mountain View – Blanchard Springs Caverns (US Forest Service)

Waldron, Packsaddle Depot (restaurant)

California

Alameda – U.S.S. Hornet aircraft carrier

Angels Camp – May – Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Contest

Baker – Wolrd’s largest Thermometer

Beaufort – May – Gullah Festival

Berkeley -“The Meal Ticket” restaurant

Bishop – Mule Days Celebration – Memorial Day

Bodie     Near Bridgeport, ghost town state park

Cabrillo NM

Cambria – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Carlsbad (San Diego) Legoland

Channel Islands NP

Chico – CA. State U., Taylor Hall mural

Corona – Silvercrest Homes (Saturday 10:00)

Crescent City – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Death Valley NP

Dante’s View

Furnace Creek Inn

Devils Postpile NM

El Cajon – Tailor’s Guitars

Eureka  – Blue Ox Mill – Christmas Parade –    .

Freshwater Farms

Fairfield – Jelly Bean Factory 1-800-jellybean

Hetch Hetchy Valley, in CA between Modesto and Yosemite

Hollywood – Barney’s Beanery – homemade chili

Joshua Tree NP

Julian – Julian Pie Co.

Kings Canyon NP

Lampoc Valley – route 246 – fields of flowers, La Purisma state historic park (old             mansion) 45 murals near Vandenberg A,F. Base

Lassen Volcanic NP

Lava Beds NM

Lemon Grove – world’s largest concrete lemon

Long Beach – Aquarium of the Pacific – Queen Mary

Los Angeles – Museum of the Amerian West – Phillippe’s Restaurant – origin of “french dip” –

Los Gatos – main street mural by John Pugh

Monterey – Bay Aquarium – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Monterey – Carmel Drive: 17 miles of great beauty – San Simeon – Hearst Castle

Muir Woods NM

Pacific Coast Highway – Route 1

Petaluma – Mrs. Grossmans – largest producer of stickers

Perris – National RV

Pinnacles NM

Pleasure Beach – ghost town near Bridgeport accessed by walking or by boat

Plumas National Forest – world’s tallest ponderosa pine

Point Reyes National Seashore

Port Hueneme – Seabee Museum

Redwood NP

Rialto Fleetwood Travel Trailers of CA

Sacramento – 285 ft. Delta King Riverboat

San Bernardino: Wigwam Motel

San Diego

– Hotel Del Coronado (Some Like It Hot)

– Matt’s Pizza – NY style

– Computer Museum

– Chewy’s Rugulach, 9170 Camino Santa Fe

– Mike & Diane’s Gormet Kitchen, 1414 (?) Pioneer way, El Cajon

– Julian Pie Co, 21976, Hwy 79, Santa Ysabel

San Francisco – Scharffen Bergen Chocolate – reservations on-line; Www.sanfranciscoonline.com; Basic Brown Bear Factory;  Presidio – Fort Point National Historic Site – Steep streets: Filbert St (31.5 degrees); 22nd St. (31.5);

San Jose: world’s largest flea market open Wed.-Sun.; Cafe Tromp L’oeil

Sequioa NP

Truckee, pretty lake town; “Jax at the Trax” diner

Yosemite NP – Sunset from Tunnel View parking lot

Yucca Valley – May – Grubstakes Days

Colorado

Alamosa

Great Sand Dunes NM

Aspen – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Canon City – Prison Museum; Royal Gorge; Royal Gorge Railroad; Tunnel Drive trail; Rafting, horse back riding

Colorado NM

Colorado Springs – Ice Skating Hall of Fame; US Olympic Training Center; Air Force Academy

Cortez – Mesa Verde NP; Mural on wall portraying pueblo

Denver – 16th Street Mall – Denver Pavilions; Mint; LoDo – lower downtown district – “Tattered Cover” NY Times best bookstore; Hamond Gardens; Buckhorn Exchange restaurant – wild game a specialty; Hammond’s Candies

Dillon, Pretty lake town

Dinosaur NM

Durango – Durango and Silverton Railway

Million Dollar Highway: Durango to Ouray (San Juan Skyway)

Florissant Fossil NM

Fort Morgan – June – Glenn Miller Swing Festival

Hovenweep NM

Independence  – ghost town near Aspen

La Junta – Bent’s Old Fort Nat. Historic Site

Manitou Springs – voted top 10 small towns to see

Nederland – 11-13 Mar 05 – Frozen Dead Guy Days

Rocky Mountain NP

Sand Dunes NM/NP

Telluride – June – Balloon Festival

Mountain Home – free parking/gondola ride into Telluride

Connecticut

Bristol – spring manufacturing capital of US – Lake Compounce 1846 amusement park

Essex – small preserved town

Groton – Submarine Force Museum

Hartford – Mark Twain House & Museum

Litchfield – preserved 18th century village

Mashantucket – M. Pequot Museum & Research Center – world’s largest Native             American museum – eight miles north of Mystic

Mystic: Mystic Seaport – world’s largest maritime museum

Aquarium & Institute for Exploration (Robert Ballard)

New Haven – Louis’ Lunch – 1898 origin of the hamburger (still served the same way from the same grill)

Shelton – Better Packages (packing tape machine manufacturer)

Springfield – Old Sturbridge Village

Delaware

Winterthur

Florida

Art Museums:

Palm Beach – Norton Museum of Art

Boca Raton – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens; (Feb) Hatsume Fair; (Jan) Japanese New Year

Jacksonville: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (2.5 acre garden)

Miami – Viscaya Museum and Gardens

Sarasota – John & Mable Ringling Museum

St. Petersburg – Salvador Dali

Winter Park – Hosmer Morse Museum – collection of Tiffany glass

Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach –Museum – 8 flags flew over island; Ft. Clinch – Right Whales in winter

Apalachicola: The Old Time Soda Fountain (1950’s)

Arcadia – www.arcadiarodeo.com

Atlantic Beach (near Jacksonville) Culhane’s Irish Pub

Biscayne NP

Blountstown – panhandle pioneer village – east and central time zone line runs through the city.

Blue Spring State Park – Manatees along Blue Spring Run; restored 1872 house

Bulowville  – Near Flagler Beach – ghost town plantation state park

Cabbage Key – day trip boat ride – Cabbage Key Resort – 7 cottages, 6 rooms (Mary Roberts Rinehart home)

Canaveral National Seashore

Cape Canaveral – Kenndy Space Center

Carrabelle – smallest police station

Cassadaga – 57 acre camp for mediums and spiritualists

Christmas, FL

Clewiston: Sugarland Tours

Cross Creek (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins home)

Crystal River & Homossas Springs: swim with manatees; “fishbowl” to look at them

Dade City: Tropical Breeze (1950’s soda fountain)

Dania Beach (near Fort Lauderdale) Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor

Daytona – Race Track; Ponce Inlet- tallest lighthouse in FL; also Marine Science Center (like CROW); Angel & Phelps chocolate factory tours weekdays, live music; Starlite Diner on Atlantic Blvd. – original old diner; huge ice cream sundae.

Deland – African American Museum of the Arts

DeLeon Springs State Park – 1800’s Spring Garden Plantation with water-powered sugar mill

Delray Beach   –  Morikam Museum & Japanese Gardens

Dry Tortugas NP: Boats: yankeefreedom.com; sunnydaykeywest.com; Fly: seaplanesofkeywest.com

Dunedin   – Highland Games Apr

Estero  – Koreshan

Everglades NP

Everglades City – historic 18th century Rod & Gun Club

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park – scenic drive – wildlife – butterflies

Fellsmere   –  January Frog Leg Festival

Fort Gates Ferry (closed Tues.) From Silver Springs FL 40  north on County RD 314 for 18 miles; then 2 miles on County Rd. 19; right turn at Salt Springs Campground for 8 miles – open 7 to 5:30

Ft. Myers – Edison and Ford Homes; Pyramid Village – community of homes

Fort Myers Beach

Gainesville – Florida Museum of Natural History – Butterfly Rainforest; Devil’s Millhopper – sinkhole SW of Gainesville

Gibsonton (near Sarasota) Giant’s Camp Restaurant – carnival town

Greenacres – Hoffmans Chocolates (561)-833-9414

Gulf Breeze

Gulf Islands National Seashore – near Pensacola –

Fort Pickens where Geronimo was imprisoned

Fort Barrancas

Havana – Nicholson Farm House restaurant – third oldest home in FL (one of the other two is a museum)

Hollywood Beach: two mile boardwalk.

Homestead – Coral Castle

Hutchinson Island – UDT-SEAL Museum (Navy frogmen and SEALs)

Jacksonville – Anheuser Busch 904-696-8373; Sally Corp. (animatronics) 800-350-5051; Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens; Fort Caroline National Memorial (south of AIA) first French colony; Only public Ferry crosses St. Johns river on AIA; Fort George Island Cultural State Park  – old plantation; 1930s club house

Keys

– Big Pine Key: No Name Pub (thousands of dollar bills hanging)

– Sugar Loaf Key: bat house

– Key Largo: Floating Inn hotel

– Key West – Seaplanes of Key West flights to Dry Tortugas; Ft. Zachary Taylor – largest collection of Civil War-era cannons; 1939 Schooner Western Union Cemetery

Kissimmee – Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum; All states monument; Bogey Creek Airboat – night rides – 2 locations south and east of Kissimmee

Lake Hollingsworth -Florida Southern College – largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

Lakeland – April Sun and Fun Fly-in air show.

Lake Placid: “City of Murals;”  clown college; Reader’s Digest “best small town”

Lake Wales – Bok Tower – gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead; carillon bells from 16lb to 24 tons; Spook Hill – optical illusion that cars roll uphill

Latana – Palm Beach Groves 800-327-3208

Mariana: Florida Caverns State Park

Miami – downtown mix of cultures/food; Calle Ocho; Carnival Miami (Mar.)

– hotel rates down between Thanksgiving and Christmas, in late April and May

– Española Festival last Fri. of month

Mt. Dora – Lakeside Inn (founded 1882 – Coolidge retirement stays); Jane Slivka Gallery

Naples – Tin City

Ocala; Equitheater

Ochopee – Skunk Ape museum

Orlando – Correct Craft 407-855-4144; Wells’ Built Museum dedicated to black entertainers from the days of segregation – third Saturday of every month holds “Chitlin Circuit Review”

Pensacola – first settlement (1559) but abandoned; National Museum of Naval Avaiation: Naval Air Station museum; Gulf Islands National Seashore; See Gulf Breeze

Pine Island

Polk City – Fantasy of Flight (largest collection of Mustand fighter aircraft)

– Mustang Club of American National Car Show  – Skyquest sky diving festival

Ponta Vedra Beach: Guana River State Park – where Ponce de Leon first landed

Port Charlotte (Mar) Air show

Saint Augustine – oldest continuously occupied city in US; Original Ripley’s Believe It or Not; Castillo de San Marcos NM; Fort Mantanzas NM; Lighthouse and Museum; World Golf Hall of Fame; Cemetery – pyramid graves; Zero milestone for old Spanish Trail

Sanibel – world famous shelling on the beach; lighthouse; Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve

Sarasota – Mote Marine Aquarium on City Island between Longboat Key and St. Amands Key 800-691MOTE or http://www.mote.org; Sarasota County Health Center mural; Ringling House, Museum & Art Gallery; Yoders Restaurant – pies

Scrambletown – Ocala National Forest (moonshiners scrambled when agents came)

Sebastian – Kashi Ashram

St. Lucie – Historical Museum artifacts from local Spanish wrecks

St. Marks National Refuge (SW of Tallahassee) Lighthouse; ruins of fort that was under five flags

St. Petersburg – Salvador Dali Museum; Fort De Soto Park

Spring Hammock Nature Park – 115 ft bald cypress in old growth near St. Johns River

Stephen Foster State Park – Memorial Day fold festival

Tallahassee – Mission San Luis; Old City cemetery

Tampa (Jan) Ibor City 4-day festival; Busch Gardens (AAA discount); Florida aquarium (AAA discount.); Fort Dade on Egmont Key (ferry from Ft. Desoto) great snorkeling; 1848 lighthouse, birds, hiking, ghost town; Fort Desoto, old fort (huge mortars), museum, great beaches, dog park, birding, bike trail nature trails, kayaking, kite surfing, sunsets, fishing, Egmont Key Ferry; Old Hyde Park Village – shops, restaurants – concerts last Wed. May-Oct.; Tahitian Inn, South Dale Mabry Highway – huge hamburger; Tampa Auto Museum – odd/foreign cars – tbauto.org – 3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.; Side-Berns – fine dining, steaks, desserts

Tarpon Springs – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Byzantine-revival work of art – statute of boy lifting cross from sea bed (January 6 festival); old rail depot museum (Pinellas Trail – rail bed bisecting the town); Sponge Docks – shops, museum, aquarium, restaurants, boat tours; Stafford House Museum; Unitarian Universalist Church collection of George; Inness landscape paintings; Classic Corvettes and Collectibles museum; Tarpon Springs Castle Winery; Hellas Bakery & Restaurant

Tavares – Splash Park & Wooten Park playgrounds for children

Titusville – Valiant Air Command March air show

bioluminescent kayaking; Merritt Island Nat. Wildlife Refuge summer to early fall

Two Egg, FL

Vero Beach – McKee Botanical Gardens – 18 acres; Ocean Grill – built in 1940 of driftwood

Wausau – Opossum monument

White Springs – old Victorian homes, live oaks

Wildwood – 75 Chrome Shop; Russell Stover outlet

Winter Haven – Cypress Gardens (reopened in 2004)

Georgia

Albany: Civil rights musuem in Mount Zion Baptist Church

Atlanta – Atlanta Brewing -404-892-4436

CNN 404-827-2300

World of Coca Cola Museum

GA acquarium (world’s largest)

Stone Mountain Park

Andersonville – Andersonville Trail booklet in file 12 towns, festivals

Ashburn – Fireant Festival in March

Baxley – Edwin Hatch Nuclear Plant – 800-722-7774 –            http://www.southerco.com/sit/southernnuclear/hatch.asp

Braselton – Mayfield Dairy Farm -706-654-9180

Clayton & Clarksburg studios and shops

Conyers –  Mamies Kitchen

Cordele – Watermellon capital

Fitzgerald – Coachman RV 912-423-5471

Fort Frederica NM

Fort Valley- Blue Bird Factory tours,

Helen – waterfalls, covered bridge

Leslie – world’s largest telephone museum

DeSoto Nut House Candy Factory tour

Madison – pre-civil war homes;

Bruce Weiner Micro-Car Museum, 2950 Eatonton Rd.

Macon – Ocmulgee Nat. Monument – prehistoric site

NuWay Wieners (hot dogs 1916; store since 1945)

Marshallville – Largest Boehm porcelain collection in the world Massee Lane Gardens

Oakland – Bakesale Betty (pie shop)

St. Mary’s

Cuberland Island National Seashore

Savannah

Fort Pulaski NM

Forbes Prettiest Town List

Thomasville, GA — 30 plus Victorian houses; restored downtown; rose garden

Warner-Robins – GA Aviation Hall of Fame

Vienna Oct Big Pig Jig state barbeque cookoff

Hawaii

Haleakala NP

Hawaii Volcanoes NP

Maui

Sunrise on Haleakala

Humpback whales in the winter

Pearl Harbor

HSS Missouri

Idaho

Craters of the Moon, NM

Cottonwood: Dog Bark Park Inn

Hagerman Fossil Beds NM

Hells Canyon – US deepest gorge

Ketchum – Hemmingway home

Lake Couer D’Alene

Stanley

Three Sawtooth Mountain Range scenic by-ways pass through: www.fs.fed.us/r4/sawtooth

Sun Valley- Wagon Days (Labor Day weekend) parade of ore wagons

Yellowstone NP

Illinois

www.agr.state.il.us/isf state fair: Springfield; 300 rv sites

Batavio – Fermi Nat. Accellerator Lab – http://www.FNAL.gov – 630-840-5588

Buffalo Grove – Long Grove Confectionary -www.longgrove.com – 847-459-3100

Cairo – confluence of Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

Cave In Rock – alleged robbers roost on the Ohio

Chicago – Bishop’s Chili;  Hoosier Mama Pie Company; National Veterans Art Museum; Ed Debevick’s Diner; Tribune – Merchantile Exchange – Board of Trade – Post Office; Tootsie Pop; Hostesss – Twinkies

Collinsville – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site – greatest prehistoric city north of Mexico; Water tower painted as 70 foot catsup bottle

Dundee – Haeger Potteries – royalhaeger.com – 847-426-3033

East Moline – John Deere – deere.com – 309-756-4235

Merton Grove – Revell-Monogram plastic toy models – revell-monogram.com -847-966-     3500

Springfield – Joe Rogers Chili Parlor

Strasburg – gnomes are city mascots

Indiana

Auburn – Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum – 1930s art deco building – Labor Day festival.

Brookston – Twinrocker Paper – 800-757-TWIN

Columbus – much modern architecture

Crawfordsville – Fleetwood Travel Trailers of IN 317-362-5120

Elkhart – RV Manufacturers Foundation Hall of Fame

Conn-Selma Trumpets

Fort Waynes Famous Coney Island Weiner Stand

Indianapolis – Elteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Kokomo – Kokomo Glass – http://www.kog.com 765-457-1829

Madison – largest Nat. Historical Site downtown – old buildings on Ohio River

Mentone – 10 foot egg (world’s largest?)

Middlebury – Coachman RV – http://www.coachmanrv.com — Jayco – http://www.jayco.com

Rockport – where Lincoln caught a flatboat to New Orleans

Rockville – Parke County 32 – covered bridges 1856-1920 – 1883 Railroad Depot Oct  festival; Parke County Jail

Santa Claus IN – Holiday World, best wooden roller coaster, cleanest park

Shipshewana – weekly Amish auction on Wednesdays

St. Joseph – Sechler’s Pickles

Iowa

www.Iowastatefair.org Des Moines: 1800 rv sites with water & electricity Cedar Rapids and Eldon – Grant Wood’s home and studio

Decora –    Norwegian American Heritage Center

Des Moines – Iowa State Fair, August

Effigy Mounds NM

Guttenberg – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Kanapolis State Park

Le Mars – Blue Bunny – world’s largest ice cream factory

Marquette – Effigy Mounds National Monument 200 mounds, 29 animals, 6 miles

Pella – Pella windows – reservations 641-621-6040

Route 25 – Rock painted with patriotic scenes

Waterloo – John Deere

Kansas

Abilene – Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Atchison – rolling hills

Amelia Earhart’s birthplace among dozens of restored Victorian houses

Hopalong Cassidy Museum

Auburn – thirty foot bull (world’s largest?)

Bonner Springs – Nat. Agricultural Hall of Fame

Dodge City – Santa Fe Trail (ruts up to three feet deep)

El Dorado — looked like a place to revisit

Ft. Scott — turn of the century oil and gas money gave it lots of nice buildings

Garden City – bison preserve, lots of agricultural tours; walking tour

Greensburg – wiped out May 2004 by tornado; being rebuilt as a “green” city

Hollenberg – last remaining Pony Express station

Kansas Aviation Museum – focuses on general aviation

Kansas City – Airport – Constellation aircraft; KC Masterpiece BBQ; Arthur Bryant’s BBQ – ribs; sauce is important part; Public Library (architecture like books)

Larned – Fort Larned Nat. Historic Site

Liberal  – Coronado Museum

Lindsborg – Smoky Hill Bison Visitors Center; Swedish town, art studios, musems

Louisberg – Lost Trail root Beer

Lucas – fourteen foot souvenir plate (world’s largest?)

Mineral Lake – largest electric coal shovel (160 feet high)

Strong City –  Tall Grass National Prairie – 11,000 acre preserve — near Elkhart east of

Witchita

Topeka – Bolao’s home made apple pie.

Wamego – Marvelous Land of Oz Museum (2000 pieces)

Wichita – annual tulip display festival, April

Kentucky

Bardstown – 7 distilleries in the area, bourbon Festival in Sept.;  Jailer’s Inn – jail hotel

Berea – folk arts and crafts capital of KY

Bowling Green – Corvette – 270-745-8419; Mammoth Cave is 30 miles north

Frankfort- Jim Beam, 502-543-9877 on KY 245 near I-65; Old State Capitol – free standing staircase; Labrot & Graham Distillery, Tues-Sat., www,woodfordreserve,cinm Versailles, KY Nat.     Hist. Landmark, last to use “pot” still; KY Military History Museum; Folklife Festival, late Sept; County Fair, third weekend in July; Highway 127 sale – August; Rebecca-Ruth Candy, Inc.;Frankfort, tours Jan-Oct.

Georgetown – Toyota – 800-866-4485

Harrodsburg  –  Vintage streets, Shaker village

London – Chicken Festival; International Whistlers Convention

Louisville – Brown Hotel (food); Hillerich Bradsby (Louisville Slugger) 502-585-5229

Mammoth Cave National Park north of Bowling Green

Owensboro – BBQ Capital of the World – May festival; Bluegrass Museum

Paducah – Museum of Am. Quilter’s Society — riverfront murals – home of Dippin’Dots    ice cream

Louisiana

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Bogolusa – Dave Medge, metal smith

Enterprise – Jim Bowie Relay Station Family Restaurant – take Duty ferry from highway 124

Epps – Poverty Point State Historic Site – oldest sizable earthworks in New World

Poverty Point NM

Great River Road : plantations

New Orleans

  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • National D-Day Museum
  • Delta Queen
  • Tea Era’s Old Fashioned Pies & Pralines
  • Willie May’s Restaurant – fried chicken

Rayne  – Frog Festival

Slidell – Dickey’s BBQ

St. Francisville – Myrtles Plantation (historic B&B)

West of Vidalia: Frogmore Plantation — working cotton plantation

Maryland

Annapolis – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Baltimore – Paper Moon Diner; Dangerously Delicious (pie shop); National Aquarium; Fort McHenry NM; 1854 (?) USS Constellation (restored 1999); submarine Torsk; Coast Guard Cutter Taney;

Berlin – Assateague Island National Seashore

Grantsville  – Sprece Forest Artisan Village

Hancock – Fleetwood Travel Trailers of MD, Hancock

Oakland, Pretty lake town

Maine

More than 60 lighthouses

Acadia NP

Belfast – voted top 10 small towns to see

Cape Elizabeth – 1791 Portland Head Light (Maine’s oldest lighthouse)

Deer Isle & Stonington – studios and graft galleries

Freeport – L.L. Bean

Georgetown: 5 Islands Lobster Restaurant

Portland – Portland Observatory (1807 tower building); Old Port; Working Waterfront Tour – walking tour; Shipyard  – microbrewery tours; Public Market; Museum of Art (building by Pei; Wyeth; Winslow Homer; 1785 Longfellow house; Maine Historical Society Library; 1859 Victoria Mansion on Danforth Street

Rangeley, Pretty lake town

Rockport – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Massachusetts

Route 6A – small towns heavy on preservation

Acorn – Acorn/Deck House – 800-727-3325 (ten days in advance)

Auburn – Mount Auburn Cemetery 1831 (read Dead in Good Company)

Boston  — 1797 USS Constitution

Cape Cod National Seashore

Deerfield – Yankee Candle

Mohawk Trail State Forest (NW corner) – old growth maple, ash, beech – bears

Sandwich – Heritage Museum  & Gardens – round stone barn, 34 classic cars

Sturbridge – Old Sturbridge Village

Michigan

Acme – Amon Orchards – cherries ( on 31 north about 8 miles)

Alpena      – Presque Isle light houses

Bay      City – Monitor Sugar – monitorsugar.com – 517-686-2959 near Bark River –      DeLoughary’s Sugar Bush – family maple sugar operation Battlecreek –      Kellogs factory simulation – $7.95 – 800-585-5229

Beulah:      The Cherry Hut – 1922 pie shop

Chelsea      – Chelsea Milling – jiffymix.com – 313-475-1361

Chesterfield      – Lionel headquarters – lonel.com

Copper      Harbor – end/beginning of US 41

Isle Royale NP

Dearborn      – Henry Ford Museum – hfmgv.org- 800 835-5237

Delaware      Copper Mine

Detroit      – Achatz Homemade Pie Co.

Estivant      old virgin white pine forest

Flint      – General Motors – 810=236-4494

Gladstone      – Hoegh Pet Casket factory tour

Grand      Rapids – Fanders Brewing; Wolverine World Wide – Rockford MI – 10 Mile Rd exit north of Grand Rapids 616-866-5514 – reservations required; Van Andel Museum Center; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (24 ft. High recreation of Da Vinci horse

Hell

Holland – KeKlomp/Veldheer – 616-1803 – Delft China –  flowers- Wooden shoes; Original Wooden Shoe Factory – 616-396-6513;  May  Tulip time Festival

Iron Mountain – Vulcan – iron mine tour

Leland, Pretty lake town

Mackinaw City – Great Lakes Teddy Bear Factory – 888-433-GLTB

Mackinaw Island – Fort Macinac, carridge rides, walks

Mears – Timberlake Resort & RV Club – good campground near Silver Lake,       cherries, apricots, etc.

Midland – Dow Chemical – dow.com

Near Ontonagon – Porcupine Mountains Wildersness State Park – 60,000 acres of old-growth forest.

Petosky – Kilwin’s Chocolate – factory – 616-347-3800

Pictured Rocks National Seashore

Rockford – Rosie’s Diner (three restored classic diners)

Traverse City – Grand Traverse Pie Co. – Old Mission Cherry Pie;

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Nat. Seashore

Minnesota

State fair: www.mnstatefair.org St. Paul

Austin – Spam Museum – austincvb.com – 507-437-5100

Bayfield: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Bloomington – Mall of America

Couderay – Al Capone’s estate and hideaway

Excelsior – Kuempel Chime Clock Works – grandfather clocks – 800-328-6445

Faribault – Faribo – wool blankets and throws – 507-334-1644

Frankenmuth – Bavarian village –  Bronner’s – world’s largest Christmas store

Grand Marais, Pretty lake town

Grand Rapids – Blandin Paper – 218-327-6682; Judy Garland Birth Place, Wizard of Oz Museum (carridge)

Grand Portage NM

Lake Minnetoka restored steamboat Minnehaha at Excelsior

Lanesboro – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Maple Plain – Grohmann Knives – 902-485-4224 – 888-7-knives – M-F 9-3 free

Minneapolis – Museum of Questionable Medical Devices – mtn.org/quack 612-379-4046

Pipestone NM

Rochester – Mayo Clinic – 507-284-2511

Roseau – Polaris – 218-463-2312

St. Paul – MN Brewing

Thief River Falls – Artco – Arctic Cat -800-279-0179

Two Harbors – Northern Rail Traincar Suites hotel; Betty’s Pies

Vargas – twenty foot loon (world’s largest?)

Voyageurs NP

Warroad – Christian Brothers – hockey sticks – 346-5055

Mississippi

Water Parks listed at http://www.phwd.net

Aberdeen, MS homes

Biloxi – Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of art (pottery by Ohr); Stennis Space Center;

Clarksdale – Delta Blues Museum – deltabluesmuseum.org; Abe’s BBQ – pulled port; Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club; August Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

Greenville — Cypress Preserve — old growth in swampland

Greenwood – Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum; Viking Range; The Alluvian Hotel (upscale, free blues tours)

Gulfport- Emmett Thames, painter

Indianola – BB King’s home – plays free in the park first Friday in June

Jackson – Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant; Eudora Welty’s home & garden – 1119 Pinehurst Street

Meridian – Peavey Electronics – musical instruments – peavey.com

Natchez – antebellum homes; House tours March – April; Mammy’s Cupboard (interesting architecture)

Ocean Springs

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Port Gibson – according to Grant, “too beautiful to burn”; Grand Gulf Military Monument – last stand before Vicksburg, campground

Vicksburg – city on a bluff; self-guided tours; Riverfront Park; National Military Park; USS Cairo ironclad sunk 1862, salvaged 1964; Gray and Blue Naval Museurm – model gun boats; Battlefield Museum — “The Vanishing Glory” 30 min. Film; Cedar Grove Inn – 1840 Greek revival on four acres on river; Old Court House; Balfour House – 1835; McRave; Anchuca, the Martha Vick House; Duff Green Mansion; Biedenham Museum of Coco-Cola Memorabilia; Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum

Missouri

Branson  – **’s Dairyland — good burgers and shakes; Roy Rodgers-Dale Evans Museum; Christmas celebrations

California – Burgers Smokehouse meat curing – smokehouse.com – 800-624-5426

Elephant Rocks State Park

George Carver NM

Gray Summit – Purina Farms – ralston.com

Hannibal – Mark Twain’s boyhood town

Herman (near Branson) Stone Hill Wineries

Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park

Kansas City – Hallmark visitors center; Thomas Hart Benton Home; Bryants BBQ — KC specializes in sauces; KC Masterpiece BBQ

New Madrid area – Big Oak Tree State Park – 350 year old oak

Pilot Knob Battlefield

Ralston Purina Farms (70 m from St. Louis)

St. Joseph – Stetson Hats

St. Louis – Crown Candy; (Sep) Bissinger chocolate covered blackberries (400 yr. Old             company), 1401 St. Louis Ave.; Route 66 – Ted Drewes Frozen Custard; Gateway Arch – Museum of Westward Expansion; Laclede’s Landing – old St. Louis; 1894 Union Station; St. Louis Zoo – free – large aviary; 1904 St. Louis Art Museum

Tipton – water tower painted as eight ball (world’s largest?)

Warrensburg – Nance Mid-Eastern Collection (Bedouin artifacts)

Montana

Browning – North American Indian Days; Little Big Horn

Dillon – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Glacier/Waterton International Peace Park NP

Great Falls – C.M. Russell Museum

Hardin

Little Bighorn Battlefield NM

Livingston – voted top 10 small towns to see

Pryor Mountain Nat. Wild Horse Range on MT-WY border

Sheridan –  Long-term Eco Research center (Antarctica)

Yellowstone NP

Nebraska

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (rhino & camel skeletons)

Calhoun – Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Fort Robinson, Trailside Museum (Clash of the Titans)

Grand Island – Stuhr Museum of the Prairie – 1880s railroad village

Homestead NM of America

Kearney – Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village; Great Platt River Road Archway Monument; Ft. Kearny State Historical Park

Nebraska City  –  museums; Kregel Wind Mill Company

North Platte – Buffalo Bill’s Scout’s Rest Ranch (BB Ranch State Hist. Park)

Ogallala – Front street is 1880s recreation; Boot Hill

Omaha – Joslyn Museum of Art;  Durham Western Heritage Museum – in old art deco depot; Old Market neighborhood; Henry Doorly Zoo – Readers Digest 2004 best in nation

Red Cloud – Willa Cather State Historical site

Scotts Bluff NM

West Point, NE

Nevada

Austin – Stokes Castle – Toiyabe Cafe

Boulder City – Coffee Cup Café

Dayton: Kevin Baugle’s independent nation – president@molossia.org

Death Valley NP

Great Basin NP

Henderson – botanical gardens; Mars Inc. Chocolate

Highway 50 (“lonliest road in America”)

Las Vegas:  Bonnie Springs dude ranch (1843) outside Las Vegas; Neon Sign Boneyard

Lehman Caves NM

Rhyolite – Ghost Town near Beatty, BLM historic site

Tonopah – Tonopah Mining Park

Valley of Fire State Park  (North of Las Vegas)

Washoe County –   Fly Ranch Geyer (north of Gerlac)

New Hampshire

Hanover – Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery (pie)

Portsmouth – Forbes Prettiest Town List

New Jersey

Camden –  Battleship New Jersey

Cape May – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Jersey City – Liberty State Park – to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Margate – 90 ton elephant (world’s largest?)

New Egypt – Emery’s Organic Blueberry Farm (pies)

Readington  –  July Festival of Ballooning

Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island NM

West Orange   –  Thomas Edison National Historic Park

New Mexico

Alamogordo

  • White Sands NM
  • Kids Kingdom – playground

Albuquerque – Kodak Int. Balloon Festival – Oct.; Pecos Valley Spice Co., 125 2nd Street

Aztec – Aztec Ruins National Monument – ruins among awesome sandstone             formations

Bandelier NM

Capulin Volcano NM

Carizoso – Valley of Fires Recreation Site (BLM) – 40×4 mile lava flow; South to Three Rivers Petroglyph site (Nat. Forest) 21,400 petroglyphs

Carlsbad Caverns NP  (May to October bat flights)

Cloudcroft – ski town

  • Sunspot – National Solar Observatory

Crownpoint – monthly Navajo rug auction

Demming – Deming Luna Mimbres Museum

El Malpais NM

El Morro NM

Fort Union NM

Gallup – Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Gila Cliff Dwellings NM

Las Alamos – Bandelier Nat. Monument – Anasazi

Las Cruces – NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

Nageezi (off US 550) Chaco Cultural National Historical Park  remote Anasazi community

Petroglyph NM

Ojo Caliente – 50 m. Northwest of Santa Fe – 125 year old, 1000 acre spa

Ruidoso – Ruidoso Downs quarterhorse racing –

Rio Rancho – Intel

Santa Fe – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Silver City

  • museums, galleries
  • Big Ditch
  • Pinos Altos
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings
  • Gila Hot Springs Grapevine Campground – world’s largest grapevine
  • Mogollon
  • Santa Rita/Chino open pit mines
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Diane’s Restaurant

Truth Or Consequences – voted top 10 small towns to see

Waltrous – Fort Union National Monument

New York

www.nysfair.org Srracuse 402 rv sites with water & electricity

Auburn – Hariet Tubman House; William Seward House; Willard Chapel

Brooklyn –

  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds (pie)
  • Jive Turkey (deep fried)

Buffalo and vicinity – The Anchor Bar – origin of “buffalo wings” – Five Frank Lloyd Wright homes; Art deco city hall; Third oldest zoo

Orchard Park (town to SE) Pedaling History Bicycle Musuem

Lockport (NW) Erie Canal, boat rides, five locks

Eden (south) Original American Kazoo Company – metal kazoo               factory

Corning – Corning Glass Museum

East Aurora – Millard Fillmore House

East Hampton – Round Swamp Farm (pie)

Fayetteville – Stickley Furniture

Flanders – thirty foot duck (world’s largest?)

Leroy – Jell-O Gallery (jell-o birthplace)

Castle Clinton NM

Canandaigua – Granger Homesteand & Carriage Museum – sleighs and coaches; Sonnenberg Gardens; Boat tours on lake

Corning – Corning Glass; Rockwell Museum — western art

Fort Stanwix NM

Greenwich – “The Ice Cream Man”;

Hyde Park

Jamestown – Lucy-Desi Museum

Lake Placid – Forbes Prettiest Town List

LeRoy – 1897 birthplace of Jell-O, gallery-museum

Long Island – national, state and county beach parks

Sagamore Hill (Teddy Roosevelt home)

Minnewaska State Park (90 miles N of NYC) – old growth stunted pitch pines (40 ft 250 years old)

New Berlin – plant tour of Golden Paints

New York City – Manhattan – Staris Donuts; Empire Diner – 10th Av & 22nd on West side in Chelsea; Coney Island; The Little Pie Co.; Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island NM (accessed from NJ)

Niagara Falls

North Tonawanda – Herschell Caurosell Factory – $4

Ogdensburg – Frederick Remington Art Museum

Patchoque – Fire Island National Seashore — only developed barrier island without roads

Riverhead: Briemere Farm – pies

Rome – Fort Stanwix National Monument

Rochester – George Eastman House Int. Mus. Of Photography & Film; Susan B. Anthony House; east to Seaway Trail, scenic byway

Ticonderoga – Fort Ticonderoga

West Point

North Carolina 

NC BBQ is chopped and features vinegar

Asheville –

  • Grove Park Inn
  • “Urban Trail” 30 stops, 1.7 mile architecture tour,
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence (largest elliptical dome)
  • River Arts District (165 artists)
  • Pinball Museum

Ayden – Jones BBQ – chopped pork shoulder

Baily – Country Doctor Museum – ncmsalliance.org

Bryson – Railroad excursions – Indian Creek Falls/Tom’s Branch Falls/Juneywank Falls (all near Deep Creek Campground)

Cashiers – Courthouse Falls (SR215); Horsepasture Falls/Rainbow Falls (US64 to Whitewater Road); Kiesee Falls (US64 to Gloushester Rd); Toxaway Falls (US 64); Whitewater Falls (411 ft.- highest in east near Horsepasture Falls);  Whiteside Mountain (highest vertical drop in East);

Cherohala Skyway –  Rt. 142 Robbinsville to Telico, TN

Cherokee – Indian Museum; Mingo Falls (Big Cove Road; trail is damp); Soco Falls (US 19 north)

Franklin – Cullasaja Falls (US 64 east)

Highlands – Bridal Veil Falls (US 64) ;Glen Falls (NC 106 south) Kalakaleskies Falls (off 64 – small, hard to get to); Satula Falls (NC 28 south) Dry Falls (can walk under; don’t leave anything in the car at parking lot)

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest near Robbinsville

Great Smokey Mountains NP

Kure Beach – Fort Fisher National Historic Site

Lexington – Lexington BBQ – whole chopped hog, little sauce

Manteo – Cape Hatteras National Seashore; three lighthouses

Ocaracoke – village, ponies

Raleigh   –  Angus Barn – pie

Seagrove – Seagrove area potteries – 100 studios and shops

Tri-cities area – Mama Dips – NC BBQ

Waynesville – Looking Glass Falls (US 276 south)

Willmington – USS North Carolina

Winston-Salem – Old Salem restored Moravian Village – Kirby Creamery

North Dakota

Bellfield – Trappers Kettle truck stop

Bismark – 18 story art deco capitol

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – devoted to frontier military life – launching point for Custer in Battle of Little Big Horn; On-A-Slant Indian Village

Little Missouri State Park

Mandan – On-A-Slant Indian Village at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (7th Cav.)

Minot – ND State Fair and/or Norskfest (Oct)

New Salem – 50 foot cow (world’s largest?)

Standton – Knife River Indian Villages (early population of 5000)

Theodore Roosevelt NP

Washburn, ND – Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center; Replica of Fort Mandan

Williston – Fort Union Trading Post Nat. Historic Site

Ohio

www.ohiostatefair.com: Columbus; 342 rv sites

Akron – Goodyear – goodyear.com

Barnesville – last weekend in Sept. Pumpkin festival

Cambridge. OH  — Mosser Glass – hand pressed glass

Cedar Point amusement Park – best rides

Chillicothe – Hopewell Culture Nat. Historical Park – BC earthworks

Cincinatti – Fountain Square (fountain, visitor’s center); Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (mod. Building); Serpentine Wall – walk along Ohio; Cincinatti Museum Center – in old train station; Mount Adams neighborhood – Rockwood Pottery Bistro; Cincinati Art Museum; April – Flower show – Lake Como at Coney Island – world renowned

Cleveland = 1925 Great Lakes freighter William G. Mather

Columbus -Schmidt Restaurant & Sausage House, 240 E. Kossuth Street; American Whistle – americanwhistle.com – 877-876-2380/ 800 876-2918; German Village

Dayton – US Airforce Museum -Wright Patterson AFB – off route 4

Dover – Broad Run Cheese House – broadrunsheese.com – 800-332-3358; Warther Museum – carved miniature trains;

Dresden – Lanaberger baskets

East Liverpool – Hall China – appt. 330-385-2900

Edgerton – Fleetwood Travel Trailers of OH, 419-298-2374

Jackson Center – Airstream – airstream.com – 937-596-6111

Lyme Village – Postmark Museum & Library – postmarks.org

Mansfield – Carousel Magic – $4 – T-SA – 419-526-4009

Marysville – Honda – honda.com – 888-291-8687

Mound City Group NM

Newark – Longaberger Company headquarters shaped like a basket

North Canton – London Candies – 800-321-0444

Ripley – Ripley civil war cannon & squirrel hunters monument, nice town

Sandusky – Cedar Point Amusement park – 75 rides, 17 roller coasters.

Springfield – Navistar Int trucks – navistar.com – 513-390-5848

Stubensville – Creegan Company, animated characters

Yellow Springs – voted top 10 small towns to see

Oklahoma

State Fair: Oklahoma City: 300 RV sites with water & electricity:             www.okstatefair.com

Andarko – Indian City USA – headquarters for three tribes, museums etc.

Randlett Park

Bartlesville – Frank Phillips mansion; Phillip’s Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and             Wildlife Preserve (Western art – Remmington, Russell); Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower (inn and arts center)

Cache – Quanah Parker Star House & Eagle Park Ghost Town – (405-429-3238 – by appt)

Lawton – Fort Sill National Historic Landmark – 46 buildings – largest museum in US Military

Oklahoma City – National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum; Bricktown Entertainment district; Duncan Parking Meters; June – Red Earth Festival (100 Indian Tribes – Early June); State Museum of History; Stockyards City – tourist area – main street; Pie Junkie

Tulsa – Oklahoma State Sugar Arts Show (wedding cake competition) September; Gilcrease Museum – development of the West

Oregon

Astoria – Columbia River Maritime Museum

Crater Lake NP

Coast highway – early May migrating whales

Dalles  – Maryhill Museum of Art (Rodin)

Forest Grove, Pretty town near Haig Lake

John Day Fossil Beds NM

Klamath Falls – Favell Museum of Western Art and Indian Artifacts

LaGrande – Fleetwood Trailers

Lincoln City – June and September kite flying festivals

Oregon Caves NM

Newberry Volcanic NM

Portland – Uroboros Glass Sutdios – reservations 503-284-4900; Voodoo Donut; Portland Walking Tours, 503/774/4522, portlandwalkingtours.com, two-and-a-half-hour tour $19; Lauretta Jean’s pie shop

Tillamook – T. Cheese Factory

Pennsylvania  – http://www.factorytoursinPA.com

Altoona – Lakemont Park (world’s oldest coaster)

Benton – Benton Foundry (Neighbor Fritz Hall, President)

Braddock – US Steel

Bradford – Zippo/Case museum; Kinzua Bridge State Park

Brouge – Hope Acres Farm – state of the art robotic farm $6

Butler – 422 diner

Chalfont – Byers Choice figurines – 215-822-6700

Columbia – National Clock and Watch Museum; old Victorian houses; antiques; Susquehanna Glass Company

Couldersport – Potato City Motor Inn and Campground

Cook Forest – Cathedral Natural Area (NE Pa.) – old growth – NE tallest white pine

Downingtown – old diner

Easton – Crayola $9

Elizabethtown – Fleetwood Manufactured Homes

Elysburg – Knoebels Amusement Resort – best food & souveniers

Intercourse – I. Pretzel Factory 717-768-3432

Jim Thorpe – The Sunrise Diner (stainless – 1954)

Latrobe – Sticklers (invented the banana split)

Lemoyne – West Shore Diner (from 1940s)

Lititz – Julius Sturgis Pretzel House $2 M-S

Manheim – Kreider Farms – 717-665-5039

Macungie – Allen Organ – free weekdays by appt. 610-966-2202; Mack Truck – 610-709-3566

Marietta – Georges Woodcrafts – 800-799-1685

Nazareth – Martin Guitar – 610-515-8000

Nottingham – Herr Foods 800-284-7488

Oaks – Annin & Company, flags

Paradise – National Christmas Center (museum)

Philadelphia – Christ Church Cemetery – Independence Mall (hall, Liberty Bell, etc.); Dewey’s Flagship – Penns Landings riverfront; Pat’s/Geno’s cheese steaks – Old Italian Market on 9th St. – Cosmi’s – best cheese steaks according to locals; Reading Terminal Market; Phila. Mus. of Art (Rocky statue); Standard Tap (beer & burgers); US Mint – April – cherry blossom festival; L.D. Bassetts Creamery: oldest manufacturer of ice cream in the US; Barnes Foundation

Pittsburgh – Pips – oldest diner in Pittsburgh; steep streets: Dornbush St. (31.9 degrees); Canton Ave. (37); old amusement parks: Idelwild; Kennywood

Pottstown – The Cup (milkshakes)

Pottsville – Yuengling Brewery – America’s oldest – 570-628-4890

Reading – Jimmie Kramer’s Peanut Bar (old fashioned bar – first to serve peanuts)

Red Lion – Family Heir-loom Weavers

Sharon – Daffin Candies – world’s largest candy store; tours of chocolate factory

State College – The Diner (bakery – grilled stickies)

Tarentum – Cycle Diner (restored Dight Diner from Butler)

Thomasville – Martin’s Potato Chips

York – Bradley Lifting – 9-2 Thur 717-848-3121 (York Barbells); Harley Davidson factory tour; Haines Shoe House – house in shape of a shoe; Graphic Masters – 717757-6878; Harley Davidson W-Fr – 877-883-1450

Rhode Island

Newport:  Rose Island Lighthouse (inn)

Pautucket – “Modern Diner”

Providence  – 110 ft sloop “Providence”; Federal Hill (city’s little Italy); Cullinary Archives & Museum; Trolly Tour

South Carolina

Beaufort (Bue – furd) – Sgt. White’s Restaurant – great BBQ; Paris Island near by

Bishopville – Pearl Fryar topiary exhibit (private home) 145 Broadacres Rd.

Charleston – Garden tours in March-April and Sep-Oct; Fort Sumter NM; Mt. Pleasant (across river) USS Yorktown, Clamagore, Laffey and Cutter Ingham; Jack’s Cosmic Dog’s – hot dogs

Congaree Swamp NM – highest old growth trees in the East

Fort Moultrie NM (across from Charleston)

Greer – BMW

Ridgeway – Laura’s Tearoom (in old hardware store)

Yemassee   –  Carolina Cider Company – pie

South Dakota

Custer State Park; Needles Drive

Deadwood – Forbes Prettiest Town List; “Old west” style buildings; gambling; gold mine

Eureka – “kuchen” – the SD state cake – cake base, fruit, baked custard on top.

Hot Springs – Mammoth Site (mammoth skeletons)

Jewel Cave NM

Mitchell – Corn Palace May to Sept. – Labor Day festival

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mobridge

Pierre, SD:  interesting war memorials

Spearfish – Scaggs Museum of the West and dollhouse museum

Wind Cave NP

Tennessee

Bon Aqua, TN – Johnny Cash farm and museum

Brownsville, TN – Helens BBQ

Chattanooga – Moon Pie factory — moonpie.com; Towing museum; Miller Industries – largest Tow truck manufacturer; Tennessee Aquarium – freshwater

Cherohala Skyway – Tellico to Robbinsville, NC

Dayton – Site of the Scopes trial; La-Z-Boy plant

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Great Smoky Mountain Nat. Park — old growth trees

Jonesborough – Storytelling Capital of the World (fall festival), Tennessee’s Oldest Town

Knoxville – New Knoxville Brewing – 423-521-7870; 8-24 Apr 05 Dogwood Arts Festival; Blount House; East Tennessee History Center; Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Lebanon – Hartman Luggage

Maryville- Sam Houston’s Schoolhouse where Houston taught in 1812

Oak Ridge – 38 mile self-guided driving tour; American Museum of Science and Energy

Norris – Museum of Appalachia

Memphis – Gibson Guitars – 901-544-7998; Colettas Barbeque Pizza; Memphis BBQ’s famous for ribs; Neely’s Interstate BBQ; Corky’s BBG; Rendevous BBQ

Nashville – Loveless Cafe – country cooking – potato cakes – pie shop; available from AAA: Total access attraction pass for $35 for four sites; Standard Candy – 800-226-4340; Gibson Guitar; Country Music Hall of Fame (building windows like piano keys); Grand Old Opry – Tues, Fri., and Sat night live; Ryman Auditorium; Downtown Honky Tonk Row; 1859 TN state Capitol; Hermitage; CMA Music Festival (200 performers); Labor Day – Music City Jazz & Blues Festival; Travellers Rest (1799) and Belle Meade (restored 1853) plantations – Lane Motor Museum weird and wonderful cars

Newport – Rhyne Clock Factory – 423-623-2324 – cockecounty.org

Pigeon Forge – Carbo’s Police Museum; Elvis Museum; Dollywood

Rugby – 20 remaining buildings of 1880’s  Thomas Hughes socialist community

Springhill – Saturn – saturnbp.com – 800-326-3321

Sweetwater (NE of Chattanooga) – Lost Sea – America’s largest underground lake

Texas

Abilene

  • Frontier Texas museum
  • Fort Phantom Hill – One of most pristine, stone buildings

Alibates Flint NM — near Fritch

Alpine Texas

Amarillo – American Quarter Horse Heritage Center; Big Texan Steakhouse – 72 oz steak dinner

Arlington – J. Gilligan’s – “Irish nachos” on potato skins

Archer — Larry McMurtry’s hometown; Booked Up bookstore

Austin – Cinco de Mayo; Salt Lick open pit barbeque

–  see Wimberley

Balmorea, TX north of Fort Davis — state park with huge pool

BBQ tour —

  •   City Market in Luling
  • Crosstown Barbecue in Elgin
  • Southside Market in Elgin
  • Smitty’s in Lockhart — old wood fired
  • Black’s in Lockhart
  • Louie Mueller’s in Taylor — spicy, moist

Big Bend NP

Bastrop (near Austin) fixed up old homes and buildings, walking tour

Bonham – Sam Rayburn House & Fort Inglish

Brenham – Blue Bell Creameries

Buda (south of Austin) – Jardine’s Texas Foods; Texas Hatters

Canyon – Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (largest in TX); Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Corpus Christi – USS Lexington; Padre Island National Seashore

Corsicana Texas – fruit cake

Cuero – Turkey festival – parade of turkeys through town

Dallas

  • Bryan’s Smokehouse – beef BBQ, brisket

DeWitt County — wildflower capital of Texas (Southeast of San Antonio)

Elgin – old brick buildings; great sausage

Fort Davis – Ft. Davis National Historic Site; MacDonald Observatory

Fort Stockton – Annie Riggs Museum

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum – western art;

Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art;

Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries;

Texas Frontier Forts Muster & Quanah Parker Comanche Pow Wow

Mid-January art show and rodeo, Will Rogers Auditorium

Adobe Western Art Gallery

Fredericksburg – Nimitz Museum

Galveston Island = Moody Gardens Aquarium – walk through tunnel; 12 story pyramid

Guadalupe Mountains NP

Hildalgo – world’s largest killer bee

Houston – Downtown Aquarium (sort of an entertainment complex); International Festival; Art Car Museum; Castro Cheese Co. 4006 Campbell Rd.; Cleveland Turner’s home; Beer Can House

Huntsville, New Missionary Baptist Church, Annie Mae’s Barbecue

Irving – Cinco de Mayo

Jacksboro – Fort Richardson (7 original buildings)

Kerrville- Museum of Cowboy Art; Mooney Aircraft

Longview- Fleetwood Travel Trailers of TX,

Leon Springs – Rudy’s BBQ

Lubbock = Lake Landmark archaeology museum; Eddie Dixon – Hals Bronze; Silent Wings Museum – gliders; American Wind Power Center

Marfa – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Mexico – across the border – Piedras Negras – El Moderno, origin of “nachos”

Midland TXAmerican Airpower Museum (Confederate Air Force); Permian Basin Petroleum Museum; Monahans Sandhill State Park; Nocona – Nocona Athletic – leather sports goods

Quitaque – Caprock Canyon State Park

Quarries NM

Regency – Coleman County Wadrop Bridge – suspension brigde

Round Rock — Lone Star Bakery’s Round Rock Donuts;

Round Top – Royers Round Top Cafe and Royers Pie Haven

San Angelo – Visitors’ Center – architecture; Eggemeyer’s General Store; Cactus Hotel; Old Chicken Ranch Art Center; Fort Concho Nat. Historic Landmark 24 restored buildings

San Antonio — Jim Coronado, plaster artist; River Parade; Night Parade; Fiesta San Antonio; June – Texas Folklife Festival – Five Spanish missions including the Alamo – Pearl Brewery Complex — Market Square (Saturday festivals) – Saturday Farmer’s Market – Zuni Grill – Arneson River Theater – Taco Taco – King William District historic houses – Jim Culver Jazz Band at The Landing since 1963 – Guentha House – Pioneer Flour Mill (oldest family continuos operation in the U.S.) – Menger Hotel

Tomball, TX – Goodson’s “Steakhouse” – chicken fried steak

Waco – Viking Festival   late Apr  2005

Wimberley – “cool little town” outside Austin

Winnesboro – Oaklea Mansion.com

Utah

Antelope Island State Park

Arches NP

Boulder – Devil’s Backbone Restaurant – dry-aged beef

Bryce Canyon NP

Canyonlands NP

Capitol Reef NP – See Torrey

Cedar Breaks NM

Coyote Buttes – The Wave

Dinosaur NM

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Grand Staircase – Escalante NM

Hovenweep NM

Moab – Arches; Canyonlands; Jetboat on river; Camelot (wilderness) Lodge

Natural Bridges NM

Rainbow Bridge NM

Salt Lake City – sunrise lights up the mountains

Spring City – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Timpanogos Cave NM

Torrey –  Capitol Reef NP

Robber’s Roost Books and Beverages – Memorial day through fall

Zion NP

Virgin Islands

Buck Island Reef NM

St. John – Virgin Islands NP

Virginia

Alexandria – Woodlawn – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House

Bedford – National D-Day Memorial

Booker T. Washington NM

Danville – tank museum

Emporia – Virginia Pork Festival

Fredericksburg, – Carl’s Frozen Custard, 2200 Princess Ann St. VA (Feb.-mid Nov.)

George Washington Birthplace NM

High Bridge Trail state park

Lexington – Lee-Hi Truck Stop (antique toys)

Lynchburg area – Poplar Forest (Jefferson’s summer home)

Natural Tunnel State Park

Norfolk – Botanical Gardens (tram, boat)

Shenandoah NP

Whiteoak canyon – natural waterslide

Winchester –  Fleetwood Travel Trailers,

Vermont

Barre – Barre Granite Works, Hope Cemetery

Burlington – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Johnson – Johnson Wollen Mills; Bad Girls Cafe

Shelburne – Vermont Teddy Bear

Waterbury – Ben & Jerry’s – summer – no production on weekends

Wilmington  – The Art of Humor Museum (by appt.)

Washington

Chelan, Pretty lake town

Leavenworth – ‘Bavarian” town’ – festivals – apples – 5 RV parks – shuttle between small towns – Victorian Christmas celebration

Long Beach – Washington Kite Festival -10 foot by 20 foot cast iron frying pan (world’s largest?)

Mount St. Helens NM

Mount Ranier NP

North Cascades NP

Olympic NP

Richland: The Spudnut Shop donuts

San Juan Island National Historic Park

Seattle/Everett – Boeing – 800-464-1476 – charge; Northwest Seaport – boat restoration center and museum; Top Pot donuts; High Five Pies; Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, 206/682-4646, undergroundtour.com, 90- minute tour $15; Experience Music Project (interesting architechture)

Vancouver – Ft. Vancouver Nat. Historic Site

Washougal – Pendleton Wollen Mills

Winion – Forbes Prettiest Town List

Yakima – Western RV, Inc.

Zillah, WA – Teapot Dome Gas Station

Wisconsin

www.wsfp.state.wi.us state fair: West Allis 152 rv sites

Ashland – murals

Bayfield – Maritime Museum – lighthouse – June to Oct; Apple Festival in Oct — ice caves; Six Apostle Islands lighthouses`; Hauser’s Superior View Farm 1928 Sears Roebuck barn

Big Top Chautauqua

Dells – boat tours

Door County – May cherry blossoms in bloom – festivals

Janesville – GM – janesvillecub.com – 608-756-7881

Kohler – Design Center, Factory tours – daily –

LaCross/Westby – Norwegian Center

Madison – Wolf Sub Zero Freezers

Markesan, Wis, Down County Road K, Lloyd and Leonore Dickmann — a farmer and      retired college professor — have a used bookstore they estimate has a million books

Mazomanie – voted top 10 small towns to see

Mukewanago: The Elegant Farmer – 1947 pie shop

Milwaukee

Pfister Hotel – ornate – 80 paintings

Milwaukee Art Museum – modern architecture by the lake

Odanah Chippewa Reservation – wild rice – Manomin Fest & Pow Wow late Aug-Sep

Plain – Cedar Grove Cheese – execpc.com

Pleasant Prairie – the Jelly Belly Center – jellybelly.com

Prairie du Chien – recreated 1890 riverfront

Racine – restaurant, 1715 Rapids Drive; O & H Bakery: cringles, a round puff/flake pastry filled strudle-like

Sparta – FAST Corporation – fiberglass creatures

Sturgeon Bay – May Cherry blossom festival

Taliezin – Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio (20 miles from Mazomamie)

Tomahawk & Wauwatosa – Harley Davidson – harley-davidson.com – 715-453-2181

Warrens – pop. 300 – Cranberry Capital of WI –  late Sept. Festival

Waterloo – Trek Bicycle factory tours

Woodruff – ten foot penny (world’s largest?)

West Virginia

Glendale – Marx Toy Museum

Milton – Blenko Glass

Thurmon – ghost town near Beckley; NPS visitor center

Williamstown – Fenton Glass – cranberry glass 800-319-7793

Wyoming

Cheyene – Little America luxury truck stop

Cody – Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Whitney Gallery of Western Art

Devils Tower NM

Douglas – Jackalope stature in park

Fossil Butte NM

Grand Teton NP

Jackson – National Museum of Wildlife Art

Lander – Eagle Bronze foundry tour

Medicine Bow – Chyenne road – July 4 wildflowers

Piedmont – ghost town near Fort Bridger, charcoal kilns

Pineland – rodeo grounds – “pitchfork fondue”

Powell, WY

Riverton, WY  — Castle Gardens outside Riverton (nostalgia — “graffiti rock”)

Camp in the Wind River Canyon

South Pass City and environs

Yellowstone NP — Swim in the Fire Hole Canyon

See the Great Fountain geyser erupt

Canada

Hamilton

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Dundurn Castle

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – quaint Victorian village atmosphere;

Niagara Parkway

Winson, Nova Scotia — Dill giant pumpkins

Spain

Altamira               cave paintings

4 Responses to Sights Listed by State

  1. G’Day! Ralietravels,
    Speaking of which, We are using a two week road trip and I am unquestionably eager to know what sights are a have got to see. We scheme on traveling via Indiana, Illinois, Iowa/Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada… that region. We might possibly be ready to go states near the kinds detailed, but nothing at all like Texas or Washington D.C. We will be in Yellowstone 25th/26th of July. Besides that, (and Mount Rushmore) we have no approach the place to go! Any creative ideas? I’m intrigued in museums, national parks, Have a passion for character/mountains.

    I am also a photographer so I am hunting for photo best shots. I would appreciate to see wild horses, and I’m looking for a Western tack store to choose chaps and boots. A destination I could ride horses would be nice also, but it would have to make available cantering/innovative riding. We are pulling a modest uhaul so mountains with slender and winding roads possibly will not be possible to have a look at. Our final spot will be California. References/pics would be great way too!

    Thanks all!
    Keep up the posts!

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    • ralietravels says:

      We haven’t been to all these places. We just add to the list when we see something that interests us. When we are approaching a state, we pull up the list to see if there is anything close to our route.

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  2. Merely wanna remark on few general things, The website pattern is perfect, the subject matter is really excellent : D.

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