Museums, Ancient Sites, Parks, and More...


Helen Keller's Childhood Home
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Helen Keller's childhood home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Florence Indian Mound
Florence, Alabama
Native American Mounds and museum with artifacts dating back over 10,000 years ago.                                                 

Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum
Danville, Alabama
Native American Mounds and museum.  Contains artifacts that over 12,000 years old.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Moundville Archaeological Park
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Mississippian Culture Mounds and museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Things to do in Alaska
Things to do in Alaska.


The Grand Canyon
Geological formation.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Montezuma's Castle
outside of Flagstaff, Arizona
Old pueblo style structure built on side of a cliff from Anasazi culture.                                                                                            

Sedonna, Arizona
Beautiful collection of red rocks and shops.                                                                                                                                 


Muir Woods
Near San Francisco, California
Redwood Forest.                                                                                                                                                                         

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, California

Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California
A wharf with vendors off the bay.  Very nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                


Rocky Mountain State Park
Boulder, Colorado
National Forest.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Mesa Verde
Southwestern Colorado
Ancient cliff dweller ruins.                                                                                                                                                                     

Picketwire (Purgatoire) Canyonlands
Southwestern Colorado
Home to the largest set of dinosaur foot steps in North America.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rocky Mountain State Park
Boulder, Colorado
National Forest.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Mesa Verde
Southwestern Colorado
Ancient cliff dweller ruins.                                                                                                                                                                     

Picketwire (Purgatoire) Canyonlands
Southwestern Colorado
Home to the largest set of dinosaur foot steps in North America.                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Things to do in Connecticut
Things to do in Connecticut.                                                                                                                                                                           

 Groton, Connecticut
Ancient stone structures.  Need to make appointment to get a tour as this is on private property.                                                               


Things to do in Deleware
Things to do in Deleware.                                                                                                                                                                               

Zwaanedael Museum
Lewes, Deleware
Museum commemorating the founding of Delaware's first European settlement by the Dutch in 1631.                                                                      


Edison and Ford Winter Estate
Fort Meyers, Flordia
Museum and grounds of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estate homes.                                                                                                  

Brevard Museum
Cocoa, Florida
History and natural science museum.                                                                                                                                                        

NASA - Kennedy Space Center
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Space museum.                                                                                                                                                                                       

Coral Castle
Homestead, Florida
Mysterious stone monuments built by a man named Ed Leedskalnin who was only 5 feet tall and 100 pounds and he had tuberculosis.  He said he figured out how they built the pyramids and knew how to move coral blocks that weighed tons, all over the place without anyone seeing him do it.


Etowah Mounds
Cartersville, Georgia
54-acre site with six earthen mounds from the Mississippian people.                                                                                                            


Polynesian Cultural Center
Oahu, Hawaii
Polynesian cultural center with artifacts and demonstrations from multiple polynesian societs.  Includes dinner and a show.  Very nice.

Dole Pineapple Plantation
Oahu, Hawaii
Pineapple plantation with maze, train ride, shop, and restaurant.                                                                                             

Waimea Valley
Oahu, Hawaii
Natural park with wildlife and plants and an ancient living site of ancient kahunas and their familes.                                                                                   


Things to do in Idaho
Things to do in Idaho.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Kamiah Historical Museum
Kamiah, Idaho
Historical museum.                                                                                                                                                              

Lewis and Clark Historical Walk
Re-live the adventures of Lewis & Clark on the trail.                                                                                                                                                              

Idaho State Historical Museum
Boise, Idaho
Museum of Idaho history.                                                                                                                                                                                            


Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois
Founded in 1893, this great museum has a collection of subjects on botany, anthropology, and more.                                                        

Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, Illinois
Another great museum that has a train collection, minature collection, and many great science exhibits.                                                                                

Lake County Discovery Museum
Wacounda, Illinois
This is a nice museum with a collection of exhibits from Lake County and more.  It has forest preserves next door to visit as well.                   

Cuneo Museum
Vernon Hills, Illinois
A beautiful estate with an Italian manor home owned by the Cuneo publishing family now converted into a museum.                                                    

The Oriental Institute
Chicago, Illinois
A great museum that has many fine artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia.                                                                                                                                                                    

Galena, Illinois
The entire city of Galena is a great place to visit.  From ancient Native American mounds and effigies to shopping, this town has a lot to offer a visitor.

Wheaton, Illinois
Historic home and garden of Robert McCormick.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Volo Museum
Volo, Illinois
A great museum of antique to hollywood cars and a seperate military museum.                                                                                                                                                                       

Burpee Museum
Rockford, Illinois
A natural history museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
A great collection of renaissance art and modern art.                                                                                                                                                                             

The Dole Mansion
Crystal Lake, Illinois
A turn of the century Italian mansion owned by the Dole family is converted into a museum and art colony.                                     

Cahokia, Illinois
Ancient Native American site with mounds and a museum.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Winfield Mounds
Winfield, Illinois
Forest preserve and site of ancient Native American Mounds (most have been destroyed at this site).                                                   

Dickson Mounds
Lewistown, Illinois
Native American Mounds and museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Kincaid Mounds
Maasac County, Illinois
Native American Mounds and museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Illinois Railway Museum
Union, Illinois
Museum with old railroad cars and engines.                                                                                                                                     

Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, Illinois
Contemporary art.                                                                                                                                                                       

Illinois State Museum
Springfield, Illinois
Museum exhibits include displays on the land, life, and people of Illinois.                                                                                                                    

Naper Settlement
Naperville, Illinois
Frontier living exhibits and art.                                                                                                                                                                    

Villa Olivia
Bartlett, Illinios
Skiing and snow tubing in the winter.  Golf in the summer.   Fun place to go.  Make sure you get out of the way at the bottom of the slope.


Amish Acres
Nappanee, IN
An Amish village with plenty of shopping and a theater house.                                                                                                             

Santa Claus Museum & Village
Santa Claus, Indiana
A museum and village dedicated to Santa Claus.  Includes post office named after Santa and many shops.  Also includes Holiday World & Splashin' Safari water park, minature golf, candy castle, golf course, horseback riding, and museum.                                                     

Lincoln's Indiana Boyhood Home
Lincoln City, Indiana
Abraham Lincoln and his family lived in a pioneer farm site that is now a national park.                                                                       

Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum
Rockport, Indiana
Museum representing the pioneer life during Abraham Lincoln's childhood time in Indiana.                                                                              

Hall of Fame Museum
Indianapolis, Indiana
A national historic landmark.  This museum attracts visitors from all over th world and houses a collection of antique and classic passenger automobiles and racing cars.


Iowa Historical Museum
Des Moines, Iowa
Historical Museum.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Farm House
Ames, Iowa
Farm built in the 1860s turned into a model farm.                                                                                                                                 

Amana Colonies
Amana, Iowa
Seven authentic German villages founded as a religious colony 150 years ago.                                                                                           

Mines of Spain Recreation Area/Julien Dubuque's Mines
Dubuque, Iowa
Landmark including history of Native Americans, lead mining, fur trading, lumbering, and farm life.                                                              

Lewis & Clark Trail
Explore parts of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Iowa.                                                                                                                                  


Alcove Spring
Blue Rapids, Kansas
Spring and waterfall visited by pioneers and Native Americans.  Also, visited by the Donner Party.       


Mammoth Cave
Large system of caves.                                                                                                                                                                                                   


National D-Day Museum
New Orleans, LA
World War II museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Ghost Tour
Various ghost tours all over in Louisiana, but many in New Orleans.                                                                                                                                                     

Mardi Gras
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras parade to celebrate Fat Tuesday.                                                                                                                                                                                               

West Baton Rouge Museum
Port Allen, Louisiana
Museum on sugar cane history of Louisiana's sugar cane plantation history.                                                                                                                                  

Nottoway Plantation
White Castle, Louisiana
The South's largest antebellum mansion.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Living History
Mansfield, Louisiana
Historical sites from the Civil War and historical re-enactments.                                                                                                                                      


Manana Island Ruins and Petroglyphs
Island off the coast of Maine
Viking ruins and petroglyphs.                                                                                                                                                                   

Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, Maine
Natural landscapes and shops.                                                                                                                                                             


Strathmore Hall - Music Center
North Bethesda, Maryland
2,000 seat concert hall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Underground Railroad
Various spots of freedom in the underground railroad from the pre-civil war era.                                                                                                        

Harriet Tubman Byway
Dorchester County, Maryland
Birthplace of famous underground conductor, Harriet Tubman.                                                                                                                                                             

Annapolis Maritime Museum
Annapolis, Maryland
Maritime exhibits and tour to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum
Baltimore, Maryland
Built in 1848, this museum displays the lifeo f an irish-immigrant family in the 1860s and other exhibits regarding to Irish-American history.                                                     

Maryland Historical Society Museum
Baltimore, Maryland
Museum featuring mew Civil War and War of 1812 exhibits.                                                                                                                                                                                      


Salem Witch Trial Museum
Salem, Massachusetts
History museum of Salem witch trial of 1692.                                                                                                                                                       


Warren Dune State Park


Blue Mounds State Park
Luverne, MN
Beautiful park with cliffs and bisons.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Minnesota Children's Museum
St. Paul, Minnesota
Children's museum teaching how things work.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mystery Cave
Preston, Minnesota
Cave and State Park.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Forest History Center
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
History museum about American frontier living.                                                                                                                                        


Emerald Mound
Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi
Mississippian period mounds.                                                                                                                                                                            

Bynum Mounds
Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi
Mississippian period mounds.                                                                                                                                                      

Owl Creek Mounds
Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi
Mississippian period mounds.                                                                                                                                                               


Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
Great arch.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Harvey Higgins Historical Society Museum
Higginsville, Missouri
Museum about the history of the railroad and area.                                                                                                                                   

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
Independence, Missouri
Harry Truman's residence from 1919 until his death in 1972.                                                                                                                       .

Meramec Caverns
Stanton, Missouri
Underground cave.                                                                                                                                                                      

The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center
Defiance, Missouri
Historic site exploring frontier America.                                                                                                                                                    

Montana Dinosaur Trail
multiple sites in Montana
Several museums in Montana that have dinosaur fossils and remains.                                                                                        


Nebraska History Museum
Lincoln, Nebraska
Museum with exhibits covering 10,000 years of history.                                                                                                                                               

Montana Auto Museum and Old Prison Complex
Deer Lodge, Montana
Car and prison museum. Prison cells from late 1800s.                                                                                                                          

Big Hole National Battlefield
Near Wisdom, Wyoming
Battlefield of the Big Hole where the Nez Perce War took place in 1877.                                                                                        .

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
Near Three Forks and Whitehall, Montana
Large limestone cavern and park.                                                                                                                                                          


Nevada State Museums
Several museums covering Native American and Pioneer history.                                                                                                                           

Lake Tahoe
Reno, Nevada
Picturesque lake.  Skiing lodges, too.                                                                                                                                                     

Hoover Dam
near Las Vegas, Nevada
Historic dame built during the Depression era to tame the Colorado River and provide power.                                                                                       

Valley of Fire State Park
near Las Vegas, Nevada
Sandstone formations and other photographic scenery.                                                                                                                        

Nevada State Railroad Museum
Carson City, Nevada
Museum remembering the trains of the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad.                                                                                       

New Hampshire

America's Stonehenge
North Salem, New Hampshire
Several megalithic structures, over 4,000 years old, probably from early celtic settlers of the Americas.                                                                             

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
Tamworth, New Hampshire
A working farm exhibit and doctor museum.                                                                                                                                                             

Polar Caves Park
Rumney, New Hampshire

The White Mountains
New Hampshire
Mountains available for hiking.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 New Jersey

Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, NJ
Science Museum.                                                                                                                                                                          

New Jersey Historical Society and Museum
Newark, New Jersey
New Jersey Museum of history including a library and archive.

New Mexico

500 Nations Museums
New Mexico
Museums covering Native American History.                                                                                                                                             

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Space shuttle simulator and mock international space station.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Roswell Museum and Art Center
Roswell, New Mexico
Displays of Dr. Goddard's work.                                                                                                                                                                                      

Aztec Museum & Pioneer Village
Aztec, New Mexico
Aztec artifacts and pioneer artifacts.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Banders Crater/Ice Caves
Grant, New Mexico
An 800-foot volcanic cone with hike.  The cave is a permanent ice cave.                                                                                                            

New York

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island, New York
Statue of Liberty.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Ellis Island
Ellis Island, NY
Historical site for immigrants that came to America through Ellis Island.                                                                                           

North Carolina

Town Creek Indian Mound
Mt. Gilead, North Carolina
Pee Dee Indians’ ceremonial and burial center.                                                                                                                                                                                            

Civil War Trails
North Carolina
A lot of Civil War history in North Carolina.                                                                                                                                                                                               

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Western North Carolina
1920s and 1940s vintage rail cars.                                                                                                                                                                     

Smokey Mountains
North Carolina
Visit the Smokey Mountains.                                                                                                                                                               

North Dakota

Civil War Sites
North Dakota
Civil War Site across North Dakota.                                                                                                                                                                       

Dakota Dinosaur Museum
Dickinson, North Dakota
Dinosaur bones, minerals, and fossil museum.                                                                                                                                                            

Trapper's Kettle
Belfield, North Dakota
Trapper museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Dickinson Museum Center
Dickinson, North Dakota
Explore Southwestern North Dakota history at this museum.                                                                                                                       


Serpent Mound
Peebles, OH
Serpent Mound.                                                                                                                                                                                               

Fossil Park
Sylvania, Ohio
Park where you can dig for actual fossils.                                                                                                                                   


Civil War Sites
Civil war sites.                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Oregon coast sites.


Piper Field
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Piper field is an old airport that was started by airplane maker William T. Piper.                                                                                                    

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Famous American Civil War battlefield and subject of Abraham's Gettyburg Address.                                                                                     

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Things to Do
Rhode Island
Things to do in Rhode Island.                                                                                                                                                                               

Rhode Island Things to Do
Rhode Island
Things to do in Rhode Island.                                                                                                                                                                               

Providence Ghost Tours
Providence, Rhode Island
Historical ghost tour.

 South Carolina

Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC
Beaches, Shops, and Restaurants.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Cayce Historical Museum
Cayce, South Carolina
Chronicles the first european settlers in South Carolina.                                                                                                                                                               

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum
Columbia, South Carolina
Museum exhibits about South Carolina's history from the Revolutionary War to the present.                                                                                                              

Charleston Museum
Charleston, South Carolina
Museum exhibits examine the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.                                                                                  

South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore
South Dakota
Four faces of presidents carved in rock.                                                                                                                                                       

Crazy Horse Memorial
South Dakota
Unfinished carving of Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse.                                                                                                                                 

Deadwood, South Dakota
Historic town of Deadwood including historical sites where Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hillcock.                                                                                                                                                                              

Mammoth Site
Hot Springs, South Dakota
Jr. Paleo dig for mammoth bones.                                                                                                                                                    

Custer State Park
Black Hills, South Dakota
Nation park with over 1,000 bison.                                                                                                                                                     

Black Hills National Forest
Black Hills, South Dakota
Forest made up of over 1.2 million acres of meadows and tree-covered mountains.                                                                                    


Country Music Hall of Fame
Nashville, Tennesse
Country music hall of fame.                                                                                                                                                               


River Walk
San Antonio, Texas
Beautiful riverwork with shops and restaurants and river boat rides.                                                                                                               

The Alamo
San Antonio, Texas
Visit the historic Alamo.                                                                                                                                                            


Horseshoe Canyon

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Salt Lake City, Utah
A museum on the campus of the University of Utah that displays art from the Utah art scene.                                                                                                         

The Leonardo
Salt Lake City, Utah
Museum of science, art and innovation.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Thanksgiving Point
Salt Lake City, Utah
Gardens, a barnyard, cooking classes, restaurants, movie theaters, and a large collectioin of idnosaur fossils.                                                                            

Natural History Museum of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
A museum of dinosaur fossils.  Utah has one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in the world.                                                              

Utah Symphony & Opera
Salt Lake City, Utah
Symphony and Opera hall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Utah Shakespeare Festival
Salt Lake City, Utah
Live Shakespearian Theater during the months of June to October.                                                                                                                          

Anasazi Stte Park Museum
Boulder, Utah
Ancestral Puebloan village replica displayed at museum.                                                                                                                                       

Utah State Parks
Utah has 43 state parks.  They include beautiful landscapes, petroglyphs, and ruins.                                                                                               


Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, Vermont
Skiing lodge created by the famous Von Trapp family.                                                                                                                                 


Things to do in Virginia
Various things to do in Virginia.                                                                                                                                                                 

Jamestown, VA
Historic Jamestown.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


West Virginia

West Virginia Historical Sites
West Virginia
Historical Sites in West Virginia.                                                                                                                                                               

West Virginia State Museum
Charleston, West Virginia
Museum of Americana.                                                                                                                                                                                               


Cave of the Mounds
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
Cave under the Blue Mounds.  Includes outdoor gem mining and grounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Devil's Lake
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Camping and ancient Native American Effigies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Lake Mills, Wisconsin
Ancient Native American Mounds and museum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great museum to see anthropological exhibits from around the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Art Institute.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

White Buffalo Heider Farm
Janesville, Wisconsin
Farm where 3 white buffalos were born.  The first buffalo born was named Miracle and was thought to fulfill the prophecy of the return of white buffalo woman.                                                                            

Spring Green, Wisconsin
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and museum.  Wineries and outdoor theater are nearby.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Bristol Renaissance Faire
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Very creative renaissance faire.  You can spend the whole day here with friends and family.  There is a jousting match later in the day and a royal parade.  Lots of food and goodies to buy and enjoy.                                                                


Devil's Tower
Natural Rock Formation.                                                                                                                                                                              

Fossil Basin
Kemmerer/Diamondville Area
Hunt and find fossils an visit shop.                                                                                                                                                   .

Museum of the Mountain Man
Pinedale, Wyoming
Museum about the way of life of the mountain man.                                                                                                                              

Blaze Trails
Sheridan, Wyoming

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Museums, Ancient Sites, Parks, and More...

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