Experience the Starting Nine
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Upstate New York is an American history museum unlike any other – a must-see destination for the entire family. It’s the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which has given everyone another reason to visit with the debut of its Starting Nine experience.
The Southern Dozen offers unique, exciting excursions with round-trip rides ranging from 37 to 157 miles. Your journey begins in Johnson City, Tennessee, a regional gem where big-city amenities meet small-town Southern charm. Here you’ll have access to everything you could want or need–and more!
START with some history at HISTORIC BRUSHY MOUNTAIN PRISON which was the last place you wanted to be sent to. Known as the “End of the Line,” Brushy was a maximum-security prison that held evil men who committed heartless crimes with little remorse. Have a taste of the End of the Line Moonshine distilled at the prison, while enjoying a wonderful meal at the Warden’s Table.
NEXT HEAD OUT to FROZEN HEAD STATE PARK and check out the Waterfalls in the area and the Ranger led Events they have all year long, including a Big Foot event. TAKE A HIKE at the OBED WILD AND SCENIC RIVER which has high bluffs, sculpted cliffs, and lush forested slopes that creep to the edge of the river, which can be placid in summer and torrential in winter and spring.
A PHOTO OP is the .5 mile walk to the LILLY BLUFF OVERLOOK for the entire family to enjoy.
WARTBURG,TN See the Court House was built in 1904 and the tower houses a 900-pound bell, four sided clock with four-foot hands. The only other clock of its kind resides in the Smithsonian. The Obed has been designated as an INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK, check Nemo Bridge for that sky view.
FIND MORE HISTORY near the Big South Fork National Park where lies Historic Rugby, Tennessee; an 1880’s Victorian British-founded village whose Utopian dream of a better life in America has never quite died.
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Follow Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps and discover the true beginnings of the legendary 16th president in Springfield, Illinois.
Explore authentic Lincoln historic sites, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and much more. See the itinerary for the Top Must-See Places on Abe’s Perfect Journey.
See a breathtaking display of floral color and beauty when you drive Lafayette’s Historic Azalea Trail–celebrate more than 80 years of this amazing springtime attraction! The azalea bloom season signals the start of spring with a “flower power” show of beauty during the month of March.
Lafayette, Louisiana’s historic azalea trail began in the 1930’s in Elmhurst Park Subdivision on Dunreath Street, which became known as the “Million Dollar Road” of azaleas. February 23, 1938 was declared the first official opening date of bloom season for the trail. The Fuchsia Formosa azalea was named “The General Lafayette” as the city flower and can be seen in grandeur on Mall Boulevard in Mouton Gardens. Around the Visitor’s Center pond, one can view Lafayette’s most popular varieties of azaleas.
In 2015, Scenic Lafayette began extensive revitalization of the trail. In recognition of its continuing efforts and programs for promoting azaleas as valuable landscape shrubs, Lafayette earned the Azalea City Certification in 2016 by the Azalea Society of America.
Along the trail visit Lafayette’s cultural attractions, historic properties, garden neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants. Off the trail, explore the azalea viewing spots around the city to enjoy this springtime floral splendor of color.
For more information and to plan your road trip go to: azaleatrail.org
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Photo: Myrtle Place Boulevard in the Oaklawn Garden District of the Azalea Trail.
Even in a state packed with art, US-95 between Las Vegas and Reno stands out with stuff that’s just plain “far out” in more ways than one.
From neighborhoods coated in colorful murals and galleries filled with all manner of media, to kinetic public sculptures our kids (OK, and plenty of us adults) can’t wait to climb on and massive oddball objects rising from the desert floor… Take this road trip and you’ll discover eye-catching, camera-hogging art adding an exciting layer of flavor to urban districts, small towns, and wide-open spaces alike.
So if an abstract adventure is what your “palate” craves, then hop on US-95 and come get face-to-face with some of the most unique, unrestrained—or as we like to say, “free-range” art—you may ever encounter. All you need is to know where to look.
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Crater Lake is truly a natural wonder! The Country House Inns itinerary for this ultimate destination includes the region’s most popular “must-see” special areas and stops for all ages. Crater Lake National Park is located about an hour away from any major metropolitan area so you may want to stay the night before, and night of your Crater Lake excursion to allow time to enjoy the most of an adventure with memories to last a lifetime.
Life in Bandon is shaped by nature and the people who make this corner of the Oregon Coast their home. This lively coastal town offers stunning ocean vistas, six beaches and world class recreation. Enjoy year-round fishing, cycling, golf, hiking and beach going. That’s why we say our attractions are always in season, always open. Our landscapes are green. Our air is clean, and the temps are moderate all year. What are you waiting for? Plan your visit now.
Head west … western South Carolina that is! Thoroughbred Country is nestled between Interstates 20 and 95 in western SC. Discover museums rich in history, art galleries, cultural festivals, Civil War sites, antiques, guided tours, unique restaurants, and comfortable lodging. Hiking, canoeing and golfing also await you. FREE vacation planner available here: tbredcountry.org
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and home to two beautiful lakes, picturesque scenery, great fishing, southern hospitality and plenty to do on and off the water, Jefferson County, TN, is a best kept family secret.