Family road trips can be filled with great memories but they don’t only have to be about spending the time on the road getting from point A to point B. Making stops along the way can be beneficial in not only keeping the peace within the car by supplying a break, but can also supply some wonderful learning experiences. Today we’ll look at even more great places to visit as you travel the United States.
New Hampshire: Portsmouth Harbour Trail. The Harbour Trail passes more than 70 points of scenic and historic significance in Portsmouth, N.H. Along the way are 10 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, 10 National Historic Landmarks, and three homes maintained by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
New Jersey: Ocean Grove. Per the website: A National Historic Landmark resort, Ocean Grove has a fairly unique history for a Jersey beach town. During the Victorian era, visitors to Ocean Grove came in droves for revival meetings. They pitched tents for true “tent meetings” while also enjoying the balmy ocean air. Days and nights at the Grove are filled with arts and craft shows, our annual Giant Flea Markets in June and September, and a host of other exciting events.
New Mexico: Aztec Ruins National Monument. There is so much to see and learn about here. An interesting 700 yard trail leads visitors through the West Ruin, an excavated great house that had at least 400 interconnected rooms built around an open plaza. Its massive sandstone walls tower over 30 feet. Many rooms contain the original pine, spruce, and aspen beams hauled from distant mountains. Archeologists excavated and reconstructed the Great Kiva in the West Ruin plaza, and it now evokes a sense of the original sacred space.
New York: Manhattan/New York City. I know it’s vague compared to our other stops but there is so much to do here and it’s all close together. You can skate at Rockefeller Center, walk through Central Park, ride to the top of the Empire State Building or take a boat ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. There are museums and Broadway shows to enjoy as well as an infinite number of restaurants and shopping to explore. Take your pick!
North Carolina: Biltmore Estate. Located in Asheville, North Carolina the Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the United States. With more than 250 rooms and 175,000 square feet, it is quite the site to behold. Per their website: Biltmore Estate is surrounded by inspiring gardens, America’s most-visited winery, and the interpretive River Bend Farm. Play in our 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor our restaurants’ exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let our gracious hospitality inspire you.
North Dakota: Unique Antique Car Museum. Located in Marmarth, North Dakota has something for the classic car enthusiast. With a large number of restored antique automobiles, the museum also includes license plates from 1916 to the present, 1920s Buddy L toys, die-cast toys and cast iron and hand-carved toys. Ice cream parlor, frontier town, doll collection, and large number of rodeo pictures.
Ohio: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No matter what your taste in music or your age, you will find the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland a place of legends. Current exhibits include tributes to Bruce Springsteen and Motown. Each year the Rock Hall develops new permanent and temporary exhibits of varying sizes. This amazing place is dedicated to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, and other people who have in some major way influenced the music industry, particularly in the area of rock music. Definitely worth a stop.
Oklahoma: National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Founded in 1955, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. The museum is located in Oklahoma City and collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts.
Oregon: Crater Lake National Park. Per their website: Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin, created when the 12,000 foot high Mount Mazama collapsed 7,700 years ago following a large eruption. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past.
Pennsylvania: Penn’s Cave. I didn’t go for the obvious here with Philadelphia, the Amish Country or Hershey. Penn’s Cave is America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park are nestled in Central Pennsylvania’s scenic Penn State Country. The Cavern tour is a guided one-hour tour by motorboat on an underground stream. The farm and wildlife tour is a guided 90-minute moterized tour over the thousand acres of Penn’s cave forests and fields which have been carefully preserved as a natural habitat for birds, plants and animals. Animals such as deer, elk, wolves, bears, bison and mustangs are often seen on tours.
Rhode Island: The Newport Mansions. With eleven properties to tour, you will find a world of exceptional elegance and inspiration in architecture, art, interior design and landscapes. Explore 250 years of American history at our 11 historic properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks.
Remember, field trips do not have to be limited to the same old, same old with only museums and National Parks. Explore the quirky, explore homes like you’ve only seen in the movies. Give yourself a cultural treat as you travel our great country.