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Post by knightfan26917 on Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:29 am

I've done a number of road trips to various areas of the US the last few years to meet people and see family/friends, but I have yet to "road trip" to these (among other) places:

US northeast ... Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, etc.

US northwest ... Montana, the Dakotas, Oregon, Washington, etc.

US Route 2

US Route 20

US Route 50

The Lincoln Highway

The Dixie Highway

US southwest via Route 66 ... THIS September!


Where all do you want to travel yet?



AND ... a couple months ago or so I posed these queries:
What do YOU consider to be "should see" areas/places in your home state? What would you tell travelers to check out, if they have the time, as they drive through your state? What "obscure" and "out of the way" places in your home state come to mind?


Below is a compilation of the answers posted in the original "home state sights to see" thread...ENJOY! Any that you'd add? [I've also been looking at the "Weird US" series of books ... interesting stuff ... might have to see/read those books!]


ARIZONA
Barringer Meteor Crater
Crown King
Grand Canyon (especially North Rim)
Hoover Dam (Colorado River)
Humphreys Peak, NW of Flagstaff
Lake Havasu ... London Bridge
Sedona
Supai ... Part 1 starts on Route 66, runs 60 miles through some of the most pristine country in AZ and ends in a parking lot perched high on a bluff overlooking a stunning series of colorful canyons
Supai ... Part 2 requires a hike of 8 miles, a rented horse or wild helicopter ride

ARKANSAS
Dig for diamonds

CALIFORNIA
6 Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
Alcatraz
Barstow
Bishop ... Lone Pine ... Mono Lake (Owens Valley)
CA SR Highway 1
Coastline
Death Valley
Disneyland
GGNRA Nike Missle Site
Hearst Castle
Hollywood
Joshua Trees
Lake Tahoe
Magic Mountain
Monterey Bay Kelp Forest
Morro Bay
Mt Lassen
Mt Shasta
Napa Valley
Pebble Beach
Queen Mary / Long Beach
Redwood Highway, 101 North
Redwood National Park
Ronald Reagan Museum
San Diego / Sea World / Zoo
San Francisco / Fisherman's Wharf / Golden Gate Bridge
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier
Sequoia National Park
Universal Studios
Venice Beach
White Mountains (oldest single living beings)
Yosemite / Yosemite Valley

COLORADO
Amanda's Fonda, Old Colorado City and/or Las Margaritas, Denver
Aspen
Casa Bonita
Coors Brewery
Denver ... 16th Street Mall, Denver Mint
Eldorado Canyon
Flatirons (W of Boulder)
Garden of the Gods
Glenwood Hot Springs
Great Sand Dunes
mountain escapes
Mt Evans Rd (highest peak in CO and highest paved road in North America)
Rocky Mtn National Park
Royal Gorge
Sangre de Cristo Mts (Southern CO)
skiing

CONNECTICUT
Foxwoods
Mohegan Sun

FLORIDA
Atlantic Ocean / Gulf of Mexico beaches
Caverns, near Marianna
Cypress Gardens
Everglades
Key West
Lakeland Motorsports Dragway
Miami ... Greynolds Park
Overseas Highway (HW 1)
Ringling Museum
Sarasota ... Amish restaurants
Silver Springs
Spook Hill
St Augustine's Fort
sugarcane fields
Tenoroc Mine, state park

GEORGIA
Fort Jackson
Fort Pulaski
Lula Lake falls
N Georgia Mtns
Okefenokee Swamp
Savannah's river front area
Stone Mtn Park
Underground Atlanta
US Highway 41 (MI to FL)
White ... Old Car City USA

IDAHO
Craters of the moon
Shoshone Falls ("Niagra of the West"; taller than Niagra Falls, though not as wide or as much water volume)
Yellowstone

ILLINOIS
Cave in Rock State Park
Galena
Intersection of Lincoln Highway and Route 66
Lincoln Highway headquarters
Meadowdale International Raceway Park
Pontiac ... Route 66 Association of IL Hall of Fame and Museum
Route 20
Route 66
Schaumburg ... LEGOLAND
Southern tip ... Hardin County, Route 1
Union ... IL Railroad Museum
Volo Auto Museum

INDIANA
Dunes
Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Manchester College
new stadium / arena
O'Reilly Raceway Park

IOWA
Amish around Kalona
Barges in Dubuque
Des Moines (current capital)
Field House
fishing
Herbert Hoover Library
Iowa City (old capital)
John Wayne's birthplace, Winterset
Kinnick Stadium
Parkersburg EF-5 tornado (leaving some things untouched)

KENTUCKY
25E down through Cumberland Gap
Bardstown ... dinner train
Bardstown ... Makers Mark facility
Bowling Green ... Corvette Museum
caves (western)
horses
Paducah riverfront murals

LOUISIANA
D-Day Museum
False River
Festival international de Louisiane
French Quarter
Layton Castle
Mardi Gras ... Eunice, New Orleans, Mamou, New Roads, Baton Rouge, Lafayette
Myrtles Plantation
State Capitol

MAINE
Acadia
Mt Desert Island
Old Orchard Beach
Portland ... art museum
Portland ... Old Port

MARYLAND
Air and Space Museum, Dulles Airport
Antietam National Battlefield (Sharpsburg)
Assateague State Park (Eastern shore)
Baltimore
Camden Yards
Chesapeake Bay
Continental Divide
Fort Federick
Garber facility (Suitland)
Garrett County, state parks
Hagerstown ... 1/2 mile dirt track
M&T Bank Stadium
Mason Dixon Dragway
MD International Raceway (Budds Creek)
Monocacey Battlefield
National Aquarium, Inner Harbor
Route 50 (originating in Ocean City) ... ends in CA
Smithsonian
USS Constellation, Inner Harbor

MICHIGAN
8 Milez Road
Ann Arbor
Automotive Hall of Fame
Beaver Island
Castle Rock
Crossroads Village
Davidson Freeway
Detroit ... The National Automotive Historic Collection
Detroit institute of Arts
Detroit Science Center
E Grand Rapids ... Yesterdog (restaurant)
Frankenmuth
Flint
Getty Drive-in - Muskegon, MI
Grand Haven ... Coast Guard Festival (August)
Green Field Village
Henry Ford Museum
Holland ... Tulip Festival
Kalamazoo ... Air Zoo at W MI University
Leelanau Peninsula
Mackinaw Bridge
Mackinaw City
Mackinaw Island
Maritime Museum
Petosky
Rockford
Rothbury ... Double J Ranch
Shoreline Drive ... Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, Ludington, Traverse City, Petosky, Mackinaw City
Silver Lake Dunes / Mears, MI
Soo Sault St Marie boat locks tour
St. Ingnes (car show)
Tahquamenon Falls
Traverse City ... MI Cherry Festival
Upper Peninsula
Woodward Avenue (first paved mile of roadway in the US)
Ypsilanti ... home of the Orphan Car Show and last Hudson Dealership (now museum)

MINNESOTA
Alexandria ... Kensington Runestone
Darwin ... bit ball of twine
Highway 61, North shore
Lake Superior Circle Drive
Vining ... metal statues (in a park next to a gas station) made by the father of NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg

MISSISSIPPI
Battle grounds
Cruzin' The Coast
Gulf of Mexico
Home of Jefferson Davis
Mardi Gras
NASA
Natchez Trace Parkway
Nortrup/Grumman navy shipyard
Oil rigs
Old Plantations

MONTANA
Bob Marshall Wilderness
Dinosaur digs
Garnet ghost town
Glacier National Park
Lolo Hot Springs
Lost Trail Ski Area (no-frills skiier's mountain. US 93 at the Idaho line)
Moeise Buffalo Range
Museums
National Bison Range
Old mining sites
Welcome Creek Wilderness Area
Yellowstone National Park

NEBRASKA
Chimney Rock
Lincoln Monument (i-80)
Pioneer museums
Platte River
Sand hills (central)
Scottsbluff
Timberline / Beaver Dam

NEW JERSEY
Appalachian Mountains
Atco Raceway (south)
Atlantic City
Ben Franklin Bridge
Camden
Delaware Gap
Hoboken
Island Dragway (north)
Jersey Shore beach towns
NJ Motorsports Park
NJ State Aquarium
Raceway Park (central)
Six Flags Great Adventure
Skiing areas
Wildwood boardwalk

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque ... Kimo Theatre
Albuquerque ... old-fashioned diner on Central

NEW YORK
1000 Islands
Albany
caverns
Central Park
Coney Island
Ellis Island
Empire State Building
falls
Fort Wadsworth
glens
Harold Square
Ithaca ... Cornell University
Jericho Turnpike
Jones Beach
Kings Point ... Sands Point Castle
Lake Champlain
Lake George
Lake Ontario if you've never seen a Great Lake before
Lake Placid
Letchworth-Grand Canyon of the east
Long Island
Long Island beaches
Manhattan skyline
Meadowbrook
Montauk Point
Museums
New York City
Niagara Falls
North Fork
Ocean Parkway
Old Bethpage restoration
Orient Point
Prospect Mountain, Adirondack's
Raynham Hall
Richmond Town
Robert Moses Beach
Sag Harbor
Sagamore Hill
Saratoga Springs Horse Race Track
Staten Island
Statue of Liberty
Stock Exchange
Sunrise Highway
Times Square
Union Square
Varrazano Narrows Bridge
Wall Street
Watkins Glen
wineries

N CAROLINA
7 light houses
beaches
Biltmore
Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cape Hattaras
Charlotte
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Crystal Coast
Dale Earnhardt Museum
Grandfather Mountain
Great Smokey Mountain Railroad
Kill Devil Hills
Kitty Hawk
Linville Falls and Caverns
Lost Colony
Mooresville "Race City USA"
Raleigh
Richard Petty Museum
Rockingham
Wright Brothers Memorial

OHIO
7 presidential birthplaces
Amish country
Canton ... Football Hall of Fame
Carrollin Park
Cedar Point
Cincinnati Music Hall
Cincinnati Union Terminal Museum Center
Cincinnati Zoo
Cleveland ... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland Zoo
Columbus Zoo
Dayton Air Force Museum
Erie Canal
Kelley's Island
Kilkare Dragway
King's Island
Mentor ... President Garfield's home
Mt Adams
Ohio Caverns
Ohio Stadium
Put-in-Bay
Riverboat ride
Serpent Mound, Adams County
Sidney ... Eldora Speedway
Toledo Zoo
Youngstown ... Mill Creek Park

OKLAHOMA
Bricktown
Edmond ... Boulevard Steak House
Midwest City ... Napoleon Deli
Oklahoma City ... Nonna's
Talequah
Wichita Mountains Wild Life Preserve

OREGON
Columbia River Gorge
Crater Lake National Park
Mt Hood
Oregon Coast
Silver Falls State Park
Trillum Lake

PENNSYLVANIA
Battleship Olympia
Boat House Row
Dorney Park
Falling Waters
Hershey Park
Horseshoe Curve
Inclines
Independence Hall
Johnstown Flood Memorial
Kennywood
Kinzua Bridge
Museum of Sports
Penn's Caves
Philadelphia Zoo
Pine Creek Gorge
Pittsburgh ... Mt Washington
Primanti's
SS United States
The Franklin
Valley Forge National Park

S CAROLINA
Anderson
Belton
Cooker's Chateau
fun country roads
Hilton Head
Myrtle Beach

TENNESSEE
Bristol Motor Speedway
Cades Cove
Chattanooga ... TN Aquarium
Clingmans Dome
Gatlinburg
Graceland
Grand Ole Opry
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Highway 11E
Highway 25W
Jackson
Lake City ... Cove Lake State Park
Lookout Mountain
Lynchburg ... Jack Daniels Distillery
Maryville ... Foothills Fall Festival
Memphis
Music Row
Nashville
Opryland Hotel (especially around Christmas)
Reelfoot Lake
Rock City
Ryman Auditorium
Sweetwater ... The Lost Sea
Townsend ... Tuckalechee Caverns
US 411 (Newport to Anniston AL)
US 441 (Gatlinburg to Cherokee)
US 70 (parallel to I-40, Knoxville to Nashville)

TEXAS
Alamo
Amarillo
Austin
Big Bend
Cavalla
College Station
Corpus Christi ... USS Lexington
Dyer's Barbecue
Enchanted Rock
Fredericksburg
Galveston
Gruene Hall, oldest dancehall
Hill Country
Palo Duro Canyon
Pampa ... Woody Guthrie's home
Pelican Island
Route 66
San Antonio
San Jacinto Monument and Battleground
Ship Channel
Waco

UTAH
Bend in The Road:
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Big Cottonwood Canyon, picnic at Storm Mountain
City Creek Canyon (lovely drive) ... breakfast at Ruth's diner midway up the canyon
Hidden Peak (via Snowbird tram)
Land's End
Park City, Alpine Slide
Salt Flats, during Speed Week
Salt Lake City downtown library
Snowbird
Stoneground Pizza, SLC
Timpanonos Cave
Truckstop, Exit 2, I-80, Utah
Wendover

VERMONT
dirt roads with old-fashioned covered bridges
farms with dairy cows and sugar houses for making maple syrup
scenic drives
small, out-of-the-way hikes with gorgeous views
villages with craft stores

VIRGINIA
Blue Ridge Parkway
Chincoteague Island
Luray Caverns
Shenandoah Valley
Skyline Drive

WASHINGTON
Boring Lava Fields
Bruce Lee's grave
Chuckanut Drive
Columbia River Gorge
Deception Pass
Dry Falls
Dunes Wilderness
Experience Music Project
Friday Harbor
Grand Coulee Dam
HIghway 101
Hoh Rain Forest
Kettle River (flows backwards)
Leavenworth
Mt Rainier
Mt St Helens
N Cascades Highway
Olympic Mountains/Rain Forest
Olympic Peninsula Loop
Seattle ... Pike Place Market
Snake River Canyon
Space Needle
Tacoma Glass Museum
Takhlakh Lake

WISCONSIN
Door County
House On The Rock
Lake Geneva
Lambeau Field
Miller Brewery
Milwaukee Domes
natural beauty
Road America
WI Dells

WYOMING
Aspen Alley
Big Horn Mountains
Canyon between Shoshoni and Thermopolis
Centennial/Snowy Range
Cheyenne
Chimney Rock
Devils Gate
Devils Tower
Flaming Gorge
Grand Tetons
Green River
Independence Rock
Jackson Hole
Laramie
Shirley Basin
Sybille Canyon
The Summit (E of Laramie, beautiful stretch of I-80)
Vedauwoo
Wind River Range
Yellowstone



CANADA
Butterfly Conservatory
Clifton Hill
Fort Erie
Fort George
Kingston
Maid of the Mist
Niagara Falls
Niagara Gorge
Niagara River Parkway
Nova Scotia
Ontario - Hamilton ... Webster's Falls
Oshawa ... GM complex and Canadian Automotive Museum
Point Pelee
Queenston
Sandbanks Provincial Park
St Lawrence Seaway
The Rideau
Toronto ... Wonderland
Trent Canal hydraulic lift lock
Trent/Severn Waterways
Welland Canal
Wolfe Island




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Post by JB2wheeler on Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:55 am

Cort, I see you love to travel. My wife was the same way, but I was always a "stuck in the mud" pulling all the overtime I could to pay her medical bills, non traveling type. I still miss her after all these years, especially after I retired. I am one very boring individual, but anytime anyone is passing thru Louisville stop by and say hello. I am in the phone book. JB2wheeler, a.k.a. Robert J. Bell
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Post by JasonZ on Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:55 pm

I stay home. Now the way the economy is. I dont think I could leave without a handgun.
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Post by IndyG3 on Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:32 am

I'm not a big fan of driving to a vacation spot, cause if I wanna get away, I wanna get the f away!!! Laughing

If I did get to go anywhere, I would love to go back to Honolulu and Oahu, Hawaii. I went there about 2 years ago for school related stuff, but now I wanna go back since I wouldn't need to deal with the school "adult supervision" junk. Probably the best get away of my life Cool
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:28 am

OK heres a few in oklahoma that I just vistied on a rt 66 trip this past weekend.


Indian Unmarked Grave
Shoe Tree (Tree with peoples shoes, including my cousins with Tulsa Street Scene Sticker on em)
Big Red Round Barn in Arcadia (LIke it says, Museum)
POPs (Resturant were you can buy all kinds of pop)
Rock Cafe (burned down last year is getting rebuilt, Had awesome buffalo Burgers)

Sure theres more but heres some pics of our trip.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:37 am

JB2wheeler wrote:Cort, I see you love to travel. My wife was the same way, but I was always a "stuck in the mud" pulling all the overtime I could to pay her medical bills, non traveling type. I still miss her after all these years, especially after I retired. I am one very boring individual, but anytime anyone is passing thru Louisville stop by and say hello. I am in the phone book. JB2wheeler, a.k.a. Robert J. Bell

Hey JB ... yes, I do love to travel. If I could, I'd be on the road 24/7.... *sighs*

And, thanks. It'd be great to meet you in person. Next time I'm through that area, I'll try to remember to let you know Wink. I was in Louisville in 2007, en route to Lexington:
http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/200711/RT11230708_ParketteSign_LxKY_jpg.html


BlackChevelleSS wrote:OK heres a few in oklahoma that I just vistied on a rt 66 trip this past weekend.

I'm jealous Wink. I can't wait until I do Route 66 in September.... Great pics ... thanks for sharing!



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Post by corvette_jeff on Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:54 am

hey uh Cort, you forgot little ol' Granbury on the Texas part, sure this town isnt that big, but we have one of the oldest squares still in operation in Texas Very Happy
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Post by The Dude on Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:36 am

Hey Dan, did you check out the Packard service station in Afton, OK? Pretty cool. About a block away from that is 3 first gen Mustangs rotting away beside a garage under some brush. Shocked

Also on 66 in a town called Foyil, OK there is either the world's largest Totem Pole or Tee Pee, I forget which.

If anyone's into offroading or paintball, Wyandotte, OK has the world's largest paintball tournament & several miles of trails to ride at a place called D-Day Adventure Park. Look it up.
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Post by The Dude on Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:22 pm

BlackChevelleSS wrote:
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That's what I was talking about. How was Daryl Starbird's?
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:21 pm

it was alright but the cars werent that great that was in there. Alot of flaws in paint and stuff. And Couldnt afford any of the memoralbilia that was in there.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Tue May 19, 2009 2:19 am

corvette_jeff wrote:hey uh Cort, you forgot little ol' Granbury on the Texas part, sure this town isnt that big, but we have one of the oldest squares still in operation in Texas Very Happy

Hmmm...have any pics of this, by chance?


I've exchanged messages with the owner of that Afton Station ... really looking forward to stopping there in September!



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