Driving through the Black Hills of South Dakota, it’s easy to be taken in by the natural beauty of your surroundings. Of course, you’ll need to keep your eyes on the road, because traffic can really pick as you approach Mount Rushmore, one of the country’s most iconic national memorials. Approximately 3 million people visit this site each year, many traveling by car or RV. It’s definitely one of those must-see spots for anyone on a road trip through the Midwest. [Read more…]
Located in southeastern California, Joshua Tree National Park is one of America’s most rugged national treasures. Sections of two separate deserts are included in the park, the Mojave and the Colorado Desert, making it home to many unique plants and animals. These hardy organisms have learned to adapt to the harsh conditions, creating separate ecosystems in both the higher altitudes of the Mojave Desert and the lower altitudes of the Colorado Desert. Named for the Joshua trees which grow natively there, Joshua Tree National Park was declared a U.S. National Park under the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, although it had stood as a U.S. National Monument since 1936.
A Quick History of the Park
Measuring in at 1,235 square miles (790,636 acres), Joshua Tree National Park is the 15th largest national park in the U.S. by size. According to the U.S. National Park Service, over 1.25 million people now visit the park each year, [Read more…]
One of the things that makes America so unique is the individual identities of each of its states. From New Jersey to Wyoming, each state has its own heritage and sense of pride, and nothing quite captures the pride of each state like their individual state fairs. With the temperatures heating up, state fair season is just around the corner. So, grab a fried candy bar and let’s explore the “6 Best State Fairs in America.” [Read more…]
Lake Koocanusa is the lake created by the hydroelectric damn located in Libby, MT. It stretches 90 miles (145 km) long and is located approximately half in Montana and half across the border in British Columbia, Canada. A bridge connects Montana Highway 37 on the east side to the National Forest Development Road on the west. After crossing the bridge, you can head north, towards the northern shores of Lake Koocanusa or you can head south, down to Libby.
To do a full weekend itinerary, make your way to Eureka for Friday evening. [Read more…]
Glacier National Park straddles the continental divide, providing an epic crossing through Logan Pass, via the narrow twists and turns of the “Going to the Sun Road.” As the only road which crosses the park, the Going to the Sun Road is known as a feat of engineering, and driving it will leave you very much in awe – as long as the shock of the kinks and bends doesn’t overpower you. [Read more…]
The Newark Museum’s impressive collection of American art includes over 12,000 works. American artists on display include folk art masters Edward Hicks and Ammi Phillips as well as impressionists Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, George Inness and Winslow Homer. Furthermore, the museum boasts works by American modernist artists including Edward Hopper, Max Weber, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Arthur Dove, Theodore Rozsak, Charles Sheeler and Alexander Calder. Works from Andy Warhol, George Segal, and Joseph Stella can also be found here. In addition, the museum’s American art collection also contains a large number of African American art pieces including works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Robert Thompson.
As impressive as the American art collection is, the international art collections at the Newark Museum may be even more so. With pieces ranging from ancient Egyptian art to art from the Peruvian Amazon region, these exhibits are simply incredible. However, the Tibetan art exhibit may be the museum’s crown jewel. The collection includes over 5,000 objects and is considered by many to be one of the best collections of Tibetan art in the world. [Read more…]
Named after former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, a key supporter in the establishment of the museum, the $80 million project was funded through the state legislature and broke ground in 1999. The new museum finally opened its doors on April 21, 2001. Not coincidentally, that day marked the 165th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, the final battle of the Texas Revolution in which Texas was victorious in earning its independence from Mexico.
According to its website, the stated mission of the Bullock Texas State History Museum is to engage the “broadest possible audience to interpret the continually unfolding ‘Story of Texas’ through meaningful educational experiences.” [Read more…]
Not to fret. Just because you don’t love crowds doesn’t mean that you can’t find great skiing elsewhere. In fact, some of the best skiing in the U.S. can be found in some of the least discovered locations. Here is our list of 5 of the best ski resorts that you may not have heard about. [Read more…]