If you’re a music or movie buff then you already know Rockford, Illinois is home to the famous American Rock Band, Cheap Trick. And that the Rockford Peaches; a 1940’s All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the inspiration for the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell.
But, do you know what other gems Rockford is hiding? If you are visiting the area, check out these things to do.
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.
Can you hear it? The sound of walking down Broadway in Nashville, TN.
Aside from the bustling noise of the traffic, you also get beautiful music floating out of almost every bar on the Broadway strip. It’s where a handful – if not most country music stars got their start and began their journey as musicians. A lot of those musicians had such an impressive career that they ended up in the Country Music Hall of Fame, located right there in Nashville, TN.
It’s true what they say about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure.
There’s a story that goes something like this:
Someone, somewhere, tossed out a bag of stale bagels that were…well, stale. Then someone else came along, looked at the same bag of discarded bagels and said to themselves, “I could salvage these and make a killer art piece.” So, they fished them out and hot glued them up. And that was the day the brilliant bagel display was born.
Whether you’re just looking for something to do on the weekend, or you find art museums inspirational, there is plenty to explore within the United States.
As part of our Drive the Nation Summer of Sightseeing, today we are highlighting our favorite museums from across the country. Participate in the fun by sharing a photo of your favorite museum and enter for a chance to win the Drive The Nation Summer of Sightseeing contest using #DTNSoS. You can view the official rules here.
The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.
Any fan of baseball has heard the name “Cooperstown.” But they may not know of its reputation as being America’s Perfect Village. This upper state New York retreat is home to peaceful views of Lake Otsego, lush New England Foliage, and a quaint small town appearance. Despite having been founded in 1786, the village has retained much of its original charm. Visitors can look forward to many interesting landmarks, as well as plenty of opportunities for their favorite outdoor recreational activities.
San Francisco’s Presidio National Historic Landmark has been the centerpiece of the city by the bay since 1776. When Spain colonized California, the Presidio (or fort) was established here for the purpose of guarding San Francisco Bay. Comprising 1,500 acres, the Presidio is a vast and varied park with plenty to do for everyone. This park stretches along the Bay all the way to the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk or bike the Presidio, but even better, two different free shuttles will give you a complete overview of the grounds.
Nantucket has long been home to the nation’s best limericks. Also, home of some of the single most idyllic photographs capturing the natural beauty of New England. Found off of the coast of Cape Cod, and neighbor to Martha’s Vineyard is Nantucket. Nantucket is known for having an active arts and culture center. In addition, the city has rich historical sites and charming local shops and eateries.