Whether you’re just looking for something to do on the weekend, or you find art museums inspirational, there is plenty to explore within the United States.
As part of our Drive the Nation Summer of Sightseeing, today we are highlighting our favorite museums from across the country. Participate in the fun by sharing a photo of your favorite museum and enter for a chance to win the Drive The Nation Summer of Sightseeing contest using #DTNSoS. You can view the official rules here.
The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.
Any fan of baseball has heard the name “Cooperstown.” But they may not know of its reputation as being America’s Perfect Village. This upper state New York retreat is home to peaceful views of Lake Otsego, lush New England Foliage, and a quaint small town appearance. Despite having been founded in 1786, the village has retained much of its original charm. Visitors can look forward to many interesting landmarks, as well as plenty of opportunities for their favorite outdoor recreational activities.
San Francisco’s Presidio National Historic Landmark has been the centerpiece of the city by the bay since 1776. When Spain colonized California, the Presidio (or fort) was established here for the purpose of guarding San Francisco Bay. Comprising 1,500 acres, the Presidio is a vast and varied park with plenty to do for everyone. This park stretches along the Bay all the way to the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk or bike the Presidio, but even better, two different free shuttles will give you a complete overview of the grounds.
Nantucket has long been home to the nation’s best limericks. Also, home of some of the single most idyllic photographs capturing the natural beauty of New England. Found off of the coast of Cape Cod, and neighbor to Martha’s Vineyard is Nantucket. Nantucket is known for having an active arts and culture center. In addition, the city has rich historical sites and charming local shops and eateries.
The city of Salem, Oregon sits in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The city is just under 50 miles from Portland. Salem is not only picturesque but has plenty of fun activities for the whole family, too. Here are the must-sees and must-dos, whether you’re there for a day or a week.
Philadelphia is a great destination for anyone, and especially for families. The City of Brotherly Love has much to offer kids and their parents, with lots of fun activities that just happen to be educational. World class landmarks such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art where its “Rocky” steps await.
So many celebrities and it’s so hard to meet them! And what about those historic personalities that you didn’t get a chance to meet in life? Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley or the talented Marilyn Monroe. Thankfully, Wax Museums exist so you can meet and take as many pictures as you want with the wax version of your favorite idols.
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is a must-see for anyone who appreciates war memorials, World War II history, or simply looking for a fascinating addition to their Oahu island vacation. The attack on Pearl Harbor has fascinated Americans for decades as being one of the most well-known enemy attacks against the U.S. While December 7th may forever live in infamy, the event has captured the hearts and minds of many with books, big budget studio movies, video games, and more. However, the best way to experience history is in person, and this guide serves to help you on your visit.
The Midwest has a huge collection of oddities, nationally recognized landmarks, and other unique offerings you just can’t find anywhere else. Sometimes it feels like you can’t turn around without seeing something of significance in Middle America.
While everyone knows about the St. Louis Gateway Arch or Mount Rushmore, there are so many other unique historic landmarks that you can visit. Here are five historic landmarks you may not have known about that you can visit on your next Midwestern road trip.