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U.S.A. & Canada Travels:

Here is a page devoted to my travels in the U.S.A. & Canada. So far I have not mentioned much about domestic travels, but I am very interested in Historical Attractions, and Museums in my home country.

In 2003 I decided to try to visit as many historic sights in Tennessee as I could, usually on the weekend with family members. Fortunately, we were able to make several trips to some interesting places, but at this rate it will take a while to see all of the places I want to see. So, here is a list of historic places I have visited, not only in Tennessee but in other States, since about 1990 (unless noted otherwise). I have only included places where I took a tour, or spent enough time there to learn about it. A few exceptions to that rule are noted in parenthesis. Plus, I have made a list of parks and scenic areas that I have visited since 1990 (unless noted otherwise). In some cases it is hard to distinguish the two lists, so I have just been arbitrary.


For what it is worth, I've been to 36 out of the 50 States. This is just my little way of saying that travel is fun and educational. For no time is ever wasted on travel!

Historic Sights, Attractions & Museums:

Alexandria, VA (historic Old Town District)
American Art Museum, Washington DC
Annapolis, MD (historic town)
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta, GA (I went there in 1984)
B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD
Beale Street, Memphis, TN (just walked and shopped a little)
Belle Meade Mansion, Nashville, TN
Biltmore Mansion, Asheville, NC (1999 & 2008)
Bolton Hill District (historic neighborhood), Baltimore, MD
Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Cannonsburgh Historic Village, Murfreesboro, TN
Central Park, New York
Charles Carroll House, Baltimore, MD
Charleston's Old Market, Charleston, SC
Charlottesville Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, VA
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN
Chinatown, New York
CN Tower, Toronto, Canada
Cragfont Manor & plantation, Castalian Springs, TN
Crockett's Tavern, Morristown, TN (it was closed at the time; boyhood home of Davy)
Cumberland Science Museum, Nashville, TN
Dauphin Island Ferry across Mobile Bay, AL
Sam Davis Home, Smyrna, TN
Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii (went there in 1984)
Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC
Dunlieth Mansion, Natchez, MS
1812 House, Baltimore, MD
Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA (Old Philadelphia)
Ellis Island, New York
Elvis Presley's Birthplace, Tupelo, MS
Empire State Building and Observatory, New York
Falls Mill, Old Salem, TN (near Belvidere)
Fells Point (historic neighborhood), Baltimore, MD
Ford's Theatre, Washington DC
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
Ft. McHenry, Baltimore, MD
Ben Franklin Home & workplace, Philadelphia, PA
FDR Memorial, Washington DC
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
Garden District, New Orleans, LA
Girl Souts of the USA Headquarters, New York
Hard Rock Cafe, Nashville, TN
Hard Rock Cafe, New York
Hard Rock Cafe, Washington DC
Helen, GA (a replicated Alpine village, of sorts)
The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home; I went there in 1989), Hermitage, TN
Hollywood Wax Museum, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN
Holocaust Memorial, Whitwell, TN
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Huntsville, AL
Illinois State Capitol Building, Springfield, IL
Incline Railway, Lookout Mountain, TN
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Jonesborough, TN (Tennessee's oldest town, est. 1779)
Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Blvd. strip & Caesar's Palace)
Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace, Hodgenville, KY
Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, near Hodgenville, KY
Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial, Boonville, IN
Abraham Lincoln Home, Springfield, IL
Lincoln Log Cabin State Park, IL (where Abe's parents lived; I've been there many times)
Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC
Abraham Lincoln Tomb, Springfield, IL
London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA (I've been there twice)
Longwood Plantation, Natchez, MS
Lookout Mountain, TN (Point Park Historic Battlefield; I've been there a few times)
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Washington DC
Manhattan Bridge, New York
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC
Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's home, twice), Charlottesville, VA
Mt. Vernon (Geo. Washington's home), Alexandria, VA
Mud Island Museum, Memphis, TN
Nashville Zoo
Natchez, MS (historic town)
National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC
National Archives, Washington DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
National Holocaust Museum, Washington DC
National Museum of American History, Washington DC
National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
Natural History Museum, Washington DC
New Harmony, IN (historic town)
911 Memorial, New York
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, LA
Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, TN
Old Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
One World Trade Center and Observatory, New York
Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN (most recently, 2008)
Oxford, MS (drove around)
William Paca House & Gardens, Annapolis, MD
Parthenon, Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA (I went there in 1985)
Edgar Allan Poe's grave (also saw outside of his house), Baltimore, MD
Point State Park, Pittsburg, PA
James K. Polk Home, Columbia, TN
Radio City Music Hall, New York
Redpath Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Rhea County Court House, Dayton, TN (where the Scopes Trial was in 1925)
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Gatlinburg, TN
Rock City, Lookout Mountain, TN
John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati, OH (1866)
Rosalie Mansion, Natchez, MS
Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, PA
Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain, TN
Rugby, TN (historic town)
Russell Cave National Monument, near Bridgeport, AL
Babe Ruth Birthplace, Baltimore, MD
Savannah, GA (Registered Historic District)
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
South Carolina State Capitol Building, Columbia, SC
St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
Statue of Liberty, New York
Stones River National Battlefield & Cemetery, Murfreesboro, TN
Stoney Creek Battlefield Museum, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Triune, TN
Tennessee State Capitol Building, Nashville, TN (I've been there many times)
Tennessee State History Museum, Nashville, TN (I went there a few times 1988-90)
Times Square, New York
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC
Titanic Museum, Pigeon Forge, TN
Travellers Rest (home of John Overton), Nashville, TN
Unclaimed Baggage Center, Scottsboro, AL
Union Station, Washington DC
University of Virginia, The Lawn, Charlottesville, VA
U.S. Botanical Gardens Conservatory, Washington DC
U.S. Capitol Building, Washington DC (I've been inside twice)
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (just walked around)
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (I went there in 1984)
U.S. Space & Rocket Museum, Huntsville, AL
Vandalia, IL (former state capitol building)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Washington Monument, Washington DC (closed for renovation every time I've been there)
Wentworth Stairs, Hamilton, Ontario, Canadad
Wonder Works Museum, Pigeon Forge, TN
World War II National Museum, Washington DC
Yankee Stadium, New York

Parks & Scenic Areas:

Amicalola Falls State Park, GA
Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Arches National Park, Moab, UT
Bicentennial Capital Mall, Nashville, TN
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, near Oneida, TN
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville to Cherokee, NC
Brentwood Greenway, Brentwood, TN
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Burgess Falls State Park, TN
Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains NP
Callaway Gardens, GA
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, AZ
Central Park, New York
Chattanooga Nature Center, Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Riverwalk (greenway), Chattanooga, TN
Cloudland Canyon State Park, near Trenton, GA
Cumberland Caverns, near McMinnville, TN (I went there in 1988)
Cumberland River Greenway, Nashville,TN
Cumberland River Metro Center Levee Greenway, Nashville, TN
Death Valley National Park, CA
Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii (I went there in 1984)
Downtown Greenway, Nashville, TN
Duck River, near Chapel Hill, TN - Canoed with Dad, and Reanna September 2007
Edgar Evins State Park, TN
Elk River, near Kelso, TN - Canoed with Dad, and Reanna June 2007
Fall Creek Falls State Park, TN
Fiery Gizzard Trail, Tracy City, TN
Foster Falls, South Cumberland Rec. Area, TN
Four Corners National Monument, NM
Franklin State Forest Area, TN
Giant Sequoia National Forest, CA
Glen Canyon Dam, Page, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Grand Canyon West Rim, and Skywalk, Peach Springs, AZ
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC, TN
Greeter Falls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, TN
Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN
Hoover Dam, NV & AZ
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Laurel Caverns, near Uniontown, PA (the largest cave in Penn.; I went there in 1985)
Lost Cove Cave & Trail, South Cumberland Rec. Area, TN
Machine Falls, Short Springs State Natural Area, near Tullahoma, TN
May Prairie, near Manchester, TN
Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez, CO
Mojave National Preserve, CA
Monte Sano State Park, near Huntsville, AL
Monument Valley, Utah
Mount Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Murfree Spring & Wetland boardwalk, Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro Greenway
Natchez Trace Highway, Ala., Miss. & Tenn.
Natural Bridge, Sewanee, TN
Old Stone Fort State Park, TN
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Chattanooga, TN
Raccoon Mountain Hydroelectric Pumping Station, Chattanooga, TN
Radnor Lake Nature Area, Nashville, TN
Richland Creek Greenway, Nashville, TN
River Walk Greenway, Chattanooga, TN
Rock Island State Park, TN
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Rutledge Falls, near Tullahoma, TN
Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ
Savage Falls, Savage Gulf State Park, TN
Savage Gulf State Natural Area, TN
Sequatchie Valley, South Cumberland Mountains, TN
Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville, TN
Signal Point State Park, Signal Mountain, TN
Springer Mountain, GA, Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail
Stone Door, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, TN
Stone Mountain Park, near Atlanta, GA (I went there in 1984, 1986 & 2005)
Stones River Greenway, Nashville (Hermitage), TN
Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, SC
Three Rivers Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA (I went there in 1985)
Tims Ford State Park, TN
The Walls of Jericho Trail, on Tenn.-Ala. State Line, below Winchester, TN
Twin Arches, Big South Fork Natl. River & Rec. Area, TN
Zion National Park, Utah

Professional Sports:

Busch Stadium, St.Louis, MO (several times in the 1970s to see MLB games; mostly the Cubs v Cardinals)
Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH. (2005 Cubs v Reds)
Greer Stadium, Nashville, TN (2007 Nashville Sounds v Iowa Cubs Class AAA Baseball)
Nashville Sounds Stadium, Nashville, TN (2015 Nashville Sounds v Las Vegas 51s)
Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN (1981 to see the NFL Vikings v Chiefs)
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA (MLB Pirates twice in 1985)
Turner Field, Atlanta, GA (2004 Braves v Phillies)
Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL (1975 Cubs v Dodgers; 1988 Cubs v Padres)
Yankee Stadium, New York (2015 Yankees v Angels)

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