Public art displays are a great way to show off local talent, keep the arts alive, and inspire the community. Without it, our cities are just roads and grey square buildings. And while famous sculptures can specifically be found in dedicated places, like at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and other sculpture gardens throughout the United States, it’s more fun to find them spring up from the ground in the middle of the city.
“Never forget.” These are the words you’ll hear as Americans share their memories and grief for the attacks we experienced on September 11, 2001. Throughout the years, over 700 memorials and tributes have been created across the U.S. Whether you grieve in private or want to gain support from others, here are just a few of the many 9/11 living memorials you can visit and pay your respects to. While they are incredibly relevant to remember in September, we urge you to make time to visit these any time of year.
Native American art museums unite creative expression with historic detail about our country’s original residents. While these institutions are fewer and further between than traditional art galleries, the opportunity to learn about various tribes and their heritage is invaluable. We’ve rounded up a handful of them that are well worth the trip!
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.
Heading to the Midwest? Just a one-tank trip from many Midwest cities, Galena, Illinois, is home to century-old buildings that now house over 100 shops and restaurants. The town features a wide range of lodging options — including resorts, vacation rental homes and quaint bed-and-breakfasts – as well as scenic golf courses, soothing spas and a handful of roadside attractions.
If your travels will be leading you to Galena, our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled a list of must-see sites that you won’t want to miss:
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.
There are few things that feel more Americana than taking a long cross country road trip. And while most people look to take the fastest route, or occasionally will hit up a few miles along Route 66, you can go virtually from coast to coast on scenic Route 6.
Reaching almost 3,200 miles, from the tip of Cape Cod at Provincetown, Massachusetts, and ending in Bishop, California, it runs through no less than fourteen states. If you want to get a real taste of all the best the country has to offer, then you can’t go wrong hopping on Route 6.
From Nebraska to Utah, Route 6 gives you a taste of all of the wonders of the Centennial State. Begin in the Northeastern corner of Colorado, as Route 6 follows the South Platte River. A cluster of silos at the Grainland Co-Op marks the spot as you pass from Nebraska into Colorado.
Route 6 winds through much of the northern portion of Ohio and a drive from its start to its end in the state will take you past a wide variety of attractions and scenery. Here are just a handful of the sights you’ll see along the way.