Kansas City’s Union Station still provides what little passenger rail service exists today, but it has so much more. It has been restored as a museum, restaurant center and post office. The station was, and is, one of America’s great stations.
You are in Wisconsin doncha know. Our state tours are coming to an end but there is plenty to see and do in Wisconsin, and beyond.
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Madison is the State Capital. The Capitol building dates from 1917.
State Dance – It seems nearly every state has square dancing as the state dance, but not Wisconsin. Let’s play the Beer Barrel Polka
State Pastry – Kringle
Madison is a pretty city situated between two lakes. The state animal, and nickname for the University of Wisconsin sports teams are the Badgers.
Towns and Cities
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Milwaukee – Wisconsin’s largest city is a Lake Michigan port city. There are a number of museums and parks along the lakeshore.
Racine is a smaller port city near the Illinois border.
Ashland is located in northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior.
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The Northern Great Lakes visitor center celebrates life on the Great Lakes.
The German culture thrives throughout the state. Beer, brats and cheeseheads! (photos from the internet)
Wisconsin Roads and Attractions
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Wisconsin Dells – A popular tourist attraction in south central Wisconsin. While there is natural scenery there is an abundance of man made attractions. (photos from the internet)
Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee
Wingspread – A Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Racine.
House on the Rock is located in Spring Green. This amazingly quirky structure was built as a result of a feud between a man named Alex Jordan and Frank Lloyd Wright. When Wright told him he wasn’t qualified to build a crate, Jordan set out to build this home.
Many question if this story is true or not, but regardless this place is like nowhere else. It is filled with automated musical instruments, strange collections, circus features including a massive carousel, and many other collections. The highlight is the ‘Infinity Room’, cantilevered out over the valley below.
Today’s visit is Virginia, starting in the Washington DC Suburbs.
1962 1972 – State Capitol 1975 – Houdon Statue of Washington in the Virgnia Captiol 1977 – St Johns Church Richmond 1981 – Yorktown Battlefield 1982 – Stratford Hall Plantation Westmoreland County Robert E Lee Birthplace 1984 – Monticello 1988/1989 1990/1991 – Appamattox Court House 1998 – Mount Vernon 2000
The Virginia State Capitol dates from the 1780s, housing the Virginia General Assembly. This group is known as the oldest elected legislative body in North America, having been founded as the House of Burgesses in 1619. (Photo from Wikipedia)
State Spirit – George Washington Rye Whiskey. George was a whiskey producer, and this product is in tribute to that.
Jamestown – The first permanent English settlement in the New World.
Antietam Battlefield – The Battle of Antietam is one of the costliest day in American history, with over 22,000 dead and wounded in the battle.
Roads & Bridges
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnels. The area around Norfolk has numerous bridges and tunnels, including the 23 mile long Bay Bridge and Tunnels.
Udvar Hazy Air Museum. The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington DC.
1980 – Norfolk 1986- Sailing ship The Godspeed 1994 – Assateague Island Lighthouse 2004 – Eastern Shore 2006 – Jamestown Settlement ship Susan Constant 2012 – Virginia Beach 2016 – Chesapeake Bay – Tangier Island
Assateague Island & Lighthouse. This island is shared with Maryland, and contains wilderness area and the feral horses.
1978 – Mabry Mill 1992 – Bicycling 1996 – Grayson Highlands State Park 2008 – Mountains Ravens Roost Overlook blue Ridge Parkway Nelson County 2010 – Blue Ridge Parkway Crabtree Falls 2014 – Virginia Forestry 100th anniversary. Swinging Bridge Willis River Trail – Cumberland National Forest
The Skyline Drive was one of the earliest scenic parkways completed in the United States. It opened in 1935, and runs for 105 miles along the mountains in western Virginia.
Welcome to Tennessee.
State Capital & History
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Nashville is the state capital, with the capitol building dating from 1859.
State Symbols – Tennessee is the ‘leader in the clubhouse’ with over 60 state symbols, including 10 state songs and 3 state trees. Among the most unusual are:
State Cowboy Poet Laureate – David Nelson. A 16 paragraph resolution has identified David ‘Buffalo Bill’ Nelson, a humorist and performer the State Cowboy Poet Laureate.
The State Bicentennial Rap Song.
As most people know Nashville is the center of country music,, with many tributes and landmarks around the city celebrating this history.
Memphis – Tennessee’s largest city, and one of the home of the Blues. (All Memphis photos from the internet)
Graceland – Elvis’s home.
Bridges & Bi-ways
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Travelling about the Tennessee countryside reveals some unique and quirky sights.
Lane Motor Museum in Nashville has a great collection of micro cars.
Beech Aircraft Museum in Tullahoma has a fantastic collection of aircraft.
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Central Tennessee is home to numerous waterfalls.
Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Home to some of the tallest mountains in the east, this park was dedicated in 1940. It was created in response to the clear cut logging that was occurring, destroying the area. (Photos from Pintrest)
1985 1989 1999 – First Lady Promoting Wildflowers along Freeways 2000 – Cerobala Skyway 2005 2007 – Tennessee State Flower 2011 2013
The Tennessee State Flower – the Iris. (photos from internet)
Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (photos from Pintrest)
Roane Mountain near Asheville is home to the largest Rhododendron Garden in the world. (photos from Pintrest)
Welcome to the Granite State – New Hampshire.
Daniel Webster stands guard over the state capitol in Concord.
The city of Concord is one of the smaller state capitols, with only 43,000 residents. (photo from Wikipedia)
New Hampshire has their fair share of unique State Symbols. (photos from Statesymbols.org)
State Amphibian – Red Spotted Newt
State Beverage – Apple Cider
Mountains & Seasons
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Most of the small state of New Hampshire is mountainous, as a northern portion of the Appalachians. Being just a few hours drive from Boston, the state has been a tourist attraction for 150 years.
The maps have often celebrated this physical feature of the state.
The highest, and most famous is Mount Washington. At 6288′ (1918m) it is one of the tallest mountains in the east. It is legendary as having the strongest recorded wind in the country, 231 MPH (372 KPH) before the anemometer blew away. (all photos from Wikipedia)
The Mount Washington Cog Railway has been a tourist attraction since 1868. This was the world’s first cog railway, and remains to this day as the 2nd steepest railway in the world, having some grades as steep as 37%.
A much smaller mountain in the far southern part of the state is home to the Andres Art Institute. Since 1996 Paul Andres has invited artists from all over the world to come to this former ski area to create their stone and metal sculptures.
It is a workout to see them all, but well worth the effort.
The most popular tourist season is fall, with the changing of the leaves. The Kancamagus Highway is one of the most scenic routes in the state, having been designated as a National Scenic Byway. (photo from Tripsavvy.com)
Among the attractions along this route are the Albany Covered Bridge.
The Flume Gorge
Sabbaday Falls (photo from NewEnglandWateralls.com)
Finally – we visit Rocky Gorge. (photo from Alltrails.com)
Lakes and Rivers
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There are numerous lakes and rivers throughout the state. The largest, and most popular is Lake Winnipesaukee. This lake is 69 square miles, and has over 250 islands scattered throughout it. (photo from Wikipedia)
There are a number of large rivers throughout the state including the Connecticut River – separating New Hampshire from Vermont. This river travels 406 miles from it’s start at the Quebec border to the Long Island Sound.
There are an amazing 15 dams in the 406 miles, most in the upper areas of the river. The largest of these is the Moore Reservoir Dam, providing electrical power, flood control and recreation. (photo from EcoPhotography.com). Interestingly the dam, and many others, are owned by a Canadian company.
New Hampshire has a small, but well developed, Atlantic Coastline. The shore is only 13 miles long, wedged between Massachusetts and Maine.
The largest town along the coast is Portmouth. (photos from Boston Magazine.com)
Non Natural Attractions
The largest city in the state is Manchester. In the early 1800s a canal was opened around a natural waterfalls that spurred the development of water powered cotton mills, prompting one of the early developers to proclaim it is ‘The Manchester of America’ . The former mills line the waterway to this day. (photos from Wikipedia)
The small town of Warner is home to the New England Telephone Museum. This small, but comprehensive museum has a large collection of telephones, and telephone company equipment from the earliest days through the 1990s.