As most people know, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, which has shined the spotlight especially brightly on the best known parks in our country. Yet, while Yellowstone, Acadia, the Great Smoky Mountains and a handful of other perennially popular parks get the most attention, what isn’t widely known is that the National Park Service actually manages over 400 national parks, national monuments and historic sites. I’ve had the great fortune to visit many of them in my travels, which led me to compile the following list of recommendations.
No doubt you’ve heard of National Parks and National Forests, but National Landmarks? Well, those aren’t quite as clear cut as the other two. A National Landmark is sort of that in between phase, places that are very beautiful or very important, but not quite up to the standard of a National Park.
National Historic Landmarks can be natural, buildings, and even monuments. They can be their own stand alone sites, or you can find them tucked away inside a National Park, National Forest, or State Park as well. One thing you must know about them though? You shouldn’t miss out on them.
The second longest highway in the lower 48 states is Route 6. It stretches from Massachusetts and goes through a total of 14 states before hitting the California coastline at Long Beach.
If you want to get a true feel and understanding of America, there is no better way to do it than a long cross country road trip. But, if you’ve got limited time and can only tackle Route 6 on a state by state basis, then you’re not going to miss out.
Here, we’ll cover some of the highlights you’ll find as you travel on Route 6 across California, from the deserts and valleys to the shoreline and National Parks.
Scenic Route 6 is the second longest highway in America, stretching from Long Beach, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Though the trip is marked by stunning scenery and a number of charming towns, there is a particularly noteworthy stretch of the route that spans the plains of Nebraska and Iowa: Scenic Route 6.
Those in the know are aware that the second longest road in the USA is Route 6. It stretches from Massachusetts to California and is also known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, in honor of Union Civil War veterans.
The Pennsylvania segment of Route 6 passes through eleven northern PA counties. It covers 403 miles, and offers a scenic and historic experience that drivers will love. Most of the route is two lane, and invites slowing down and exploring. From east to west, here are some highlights not to be missed!
Some of the best historic attractions to visit in the U.S. are actually former residences. There is so much you can learn about an era or a famous historical figure by exploring the way they lived daily life. From modest abodes to expansive mansions, we love old homes! Learn about our favorite historic homes that you can visit and let us know which ones you love!
Maryland’s Fort McHenry is rich in history, with a major claim to fame. The Star-Spangled Banner was actually inspired by the fort. During the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 (part of the War of 1812), our troops valiantly defended it, and Francis Scott Key penned the ode to this great country that we still sing so proudly today. Beyond its musical connection, there’s a lot to love — and learn about — at this prominent landmark, which was named for Secretary of War James McHenry. You certainly don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate everything that the fort has to offer.
There is a lot more to American architecture than glass skyscrapers dotting the city skylines. Don’t recall seeing any? Well, that’s because you don’t know where to look!
All across the country we’ve got a few amazing castles that you don’t need to travel to places around the world to see.
American castles? You bet there are.