The Pocono region of Pennsylvania is known as a ski, casino, and honeymoon haven (the heart shaped tub was originated in the Poconos), and even more so as a place of mountains, lakes, rivers, and woodlands of scenic beauty. Take the roads less traveled; allow yourself to wander and explore. There is discovery around every bend in the road.
Just thirty minutes north of the Iowa state capital (Des Moines) you will find a city with compelling charm and character: Ames, Iowa.
Ames began as a railroad stop, where a college was founded, and it became the first of America’s Land Grant Colleges: Iowa State.
If you drew an X across the state of Iowa, you would find Ames there, smack dab in the middle of it all. It is similar to State College, Pennsylvania, in that respect and in being the home of the state’s land-grant college. And this is Ames’ true glory, both for its students and faculty and for those who come to visit.
The chillier months of the year are known for an abundance of apples, and for apple cider. Apple cider has been made right on the farm as far back as Roman-era Britain. The famous trees that Johnny Appleseed planted across the Midwest were intended to be harvested to make cider.
Today, when fall is in the air, you can find cider for sale. Many of the places featured are farm stores, and while some are open year round, others are only open seasonally. Be sure to check on specific hours and dates, before you go.
Chicago is America’s First City in terms of notable architecture. You could spend weeks exploring the buildings in and around the city that have been innovative and emulated. Here is a sampling of the very best. You can visit most from inside.
Springfield, Illinois is famous for two fabulous reasons. The first is Abraham Lincoln, who practiced law there, and left the city to become President. You can tour his home in the four-block park in which it stands, and see other Lincoln-related sites. He is buried in Springfield in a monumental tomb, which rivals the Lincoln Memorial in inspirational solemnity. The second is, Springfield is also the home to the Dana-Thomas House, one of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest early works. You can tour the home and see Wright’s intricate and comprehensive vision for living well.
Roughly a third of the USA population knows I-95 as well as they know the back of their hand. Truly, the stretch from the Carolinas down to the Florida Welcome Center and back again is a throughway to sunshine and sandy beaches. So many people speed down the Interstate with not much more than a passing glance at the names on the big green signs that they miss some great places to visit along the way.
Reno, Nevada, is known for its proximity to the Sierra Nevadas and glorious Lake Tahoe. Also long known by the slogan “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno is home to many casinos, and near a number of ski resorts. Sure, you can enjoy them all, but there are more features of Reno that we know and you should know too.
Soups are sometimes the undeservedly neglected items on a restaurant’s menu. But, in the case of these dining destinations, whether plain or fancy, they are the stars of the show. Be sure to take time to explore the surrounding areas when you are in each location. But keep in mind, it is all about the soup.