Friday, January 22, 2010



Molokai (unspoiled Hawaii)
Makawao Hawaii

Kekaha Kai State Park
Mahai'ula Beach (ebony lava fields and sand, great sunsets)

Hawaii Volcanoes Nat Pk
Helepe camp fishing, beach)
Nawiliwili Bay (Kalapaki Beach)
Kawa Bay (sea turtles, beach)
Chez Paul
Carelli’s (make reservations, expensive)
Mamma’s Fish House
Waianapanapa State Park (black-sand beach, camping, caves)
Sam Sato’s (manju- sweet cake)
Margarita’s Beach Cantina (beach view)
Hana Lani (sleep in tree houses)
Haleakala National Park (Sliding Sands Trail, Pipiwai Trail, dormant volcano)
Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area (Haleakala Ridge Trail)
Hana Cult Center (local hist)
Ka’elelui Caverns (lava inside volcano, tours)
Wanalau Ch (of lava rock)
Lahaina- Baldwin Home (missionaries); Hal Pa’ahao (jail)
Lahaina-Ka’anapali and Pacific RR (sugar cane train)
Makena State Park- Oneloa Beach (great sand)
Old Lahaina Lu’au
Wo Hing Museum
Waikapu- Maui Tropical Plantation (sugar cane)

House of McShane B&B (on beach)
Wakiki Hist Trail (town tour)
Bishop Mus at Kalia Tower
Kua’Aina Sandwich (thin fries)
Eggs ‘n Things
Waiilikahi Falls (swimming)
Countryside Cabins
Kakuku- North Shore; Giovanna’s Original Whit Shrimp Truck
Lanikai (fancy but public beach)
Waikiki Beach
Gay and Robinson Sugar Plantation (tours)
Kalihiwai Falls (horseback rides, swim in pools)
Na Pali Coast (kayaking)
Wailua Falls (Fantasy Island opening)
Kilauea Bakery (best pizza in state)
Hamura Saiman Stand (noodle soup)
Halalei River (kayaking, wildlife refuge)
Waimea Canyon
Maha’ulepu Beach
Kokee Lodge (mtn cabins)
Kokee National Historic Museum (guided Sunday Wonder Walks)
Barking Sands Beach (sand squeaks)
Poipu Beach (seals and turtles, snorkeling)
Hempey’s Garden Island B&B (cheap and near beauty)
Ke’e Beach (most beautiful)

M. Ranch (kayaking ancient fish ponds)

Devastation Trail
Waipo Valley
Hapuna Beach
Mt Mauna Loa (lava flows and tubes)
Grand Wailea Hotel (9 connected swimming pools w/ water elevator)
public buses (cheap but slow, 4-day or month pass)
hiking (topographical maps on internet)
Manoa Valley Falls
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (lava, safe cove beach)
Pauoa Beach (best swimming)
Kula Kai Caverns and lava tubes (walking and spelunking tours)
Volcano Village (B&Bs)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (cabins)
Volcano House (hotel on edge of crater, heated by volcanic steam)
Kilauea Military Camp (for military/ DOD only)
Hawai Volcanoes National Park (Jaggar Mus, Crater Rim drive, seismology)

Kaumana Caves
Lyman Mus and Mission House
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp
Naha and Pinao Stones

Lava Tree State Monument

Kamuela Museum

O Honaunau National Historic Park

Captain Cook Memorial

Laupahoehoe (beach)

Diamond Head State Monument (hiking-bring flashlight for dark tunnels)
US Army Museum of Hawaii

Ahu’ena Heiau
Hulihe’e Palace
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Leonard’s Bakery (malassada- Portuguese sweet doughnuts)
Kulamanu Place beach (sea-filled water tank, near Doris Duke’s Black Point mansion)
Maunawili Falls (plunge into pool)
USS Arizona Memorial (free, movie, ferry ride)
National Memorial Cemetery of Pacific (in crater of extinct volcano)
Iolani Palace (free Friday Royal Hawaiian Band performances)
Ninja Sushi (cheap California rolls)
State Art Museum
Art galleries (free wine and snacks)
USS Utah Memorial
Battleship Missouri Memorial
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Wamanalo Beach (SeaLife Park)
Bishop Museum and Planetarium (Pacific geology)
State Capital (resembles a volcano)
Maritime Center
Foster Botanical Gardens
Lyon Arboretum
Academy of Arts (Asian art and Italian Renaissance paintings)
Iolani Palace State Monument (only official residence of Hawaiian monarchy)
Kawala Ha’o Church (oldest, great choir)
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (floor of extinct volcano, Ernie Pyle)
Nu’anau Pali State Wayside (view, intense winds)
Hukilau Cafe (hamburger with fried egg and teriyaki beef, Loco Moco--2 hamburgers over with fried eggs and gravy)3
Helena's Hawaiian Foods (Hawaiian: short ribs, pork wrap)
Mac 24-7 (diner food: pancakes with toppings--pineapples, chocolate, blueberries; open 24-7)

Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens

Polynesian Cultural Center


Wailau Falls

Koke’e Natural Historic Museum

Lumaha’i Beach

Royal Hawaian Shopping Center (free hula, Hawaiian, lei making and ukulele lessons)

Diamond Head
Kapiolani Community College (Saturday farmers market)

Manele Bay (snorkeling, the Cathedrals- underwater cavern accessible only by boat)
Hulopo’e (snorkeling)
Shipwreck Beach (rusting ships)
Kaumalapau (archaeology)
Lanai City- Luahiwa Petroglyphs (hiking)

Grand Wailea Resort (Wailea Canyon Activity Pool- 2000 ft river w/ caves and falls)
Kalalau Trail)
Brunch on the Beach
Sunset on the Beach (movies)
Bishop Museum at Kalia
Kilauea Visitor Ctr (Koa Forest, Wild Lava Tube)
The Mac Pie (macadamian pie)
Hanakapiai Falls, Kalalau Trail
Road to Hana- 50 miles, hairpin turns, hours)

Mauna Loa (tour, nature walk)

Mount Waialeale (world’s wettest place)



Andersonville National Historic Site (Confederate POW camp)

City Hall green (only double-barreled cannon designed to fire both at same time
w/ chain in middle)

Coca-Cola Headquarters (flavors from around world)
Prime (steak during happy hour)
Honda Battle of the Bands (marching band competition- Jan)
Delta Heritage Museum (airplane memorabilia)
Center for Puppetry Arts (Mexican clay, Indonesian shadow, Italian marionettes)
The Colonnade (southern: mac 'n' cheese, kangaroo, black eyed peas, fried chicken stuffed with grits, knuckle sandwich--lobster, pulled pork, redneck sushi--pork)3
New World of Coca-Cola ?
National Museum of Patriotism
Varsity Drive-In ()3
The Flying Biscuit Cafe (biscuits, grits, owned by Indigo Girl)
The Highlander
The Vortex Bar and Grill (burger with eggs, bacon and potatoes surrounded grilled cheese sandwich)3
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans' Chicken & Waffles (Soul food: fried chicken, wafffles, salmon with brown sugar, sweet potato cheesecake)3

Cumberland Island
unspoiled beaches, forests, creeks)
Greyfield Inn (home of Carnegie's brother)
guided tours (335 species of birds, wild horses too)

East Dublin
Summer Redneck Games (mud-pit belly flop, hubcap hurl)

Jekyll Island

Kennesaw Mountain
Big Pie in the Sky (pizza)

Bryd River (cookies, tour)
Mrs Wilkes Boarding House (family style rest, pecan pie)
Bryd River Company (cookies, tour)
Mrs Wilkes Boarding House (family style rest, pecan pie)
The Lady & Sons (Paula Dean's restaurant)

Blue Willow Inn (Southern fried cooking, buffet)
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (canoe swamp from Kingfisher Landing to Stephen C Foster take-out)
Pigeon Mountain (Lost Wall, cave-lined Pocket Trail)
Chickamauga National Military Park
Chattahoochee Oconee Forest (Brasstown Bald Mountain)
Bland Farms (peach vidalia onion salsa, dressing)
Lane’s Packing Company (hot peach cobbler; Peachtree Cafe--peach ice cream)


John Gorrie State Museum

All-Night Gospel Singing (Sat before July 4; 10,000 people)

Brevard County
(world’s highest concentration of West Indian manatees)

Cape Canaveral
Kennedy Space Center (tour, memorial)
Merritt Island Natural Wildlife Refuge (250 bird species)

Cedar Key
Clam Shack (Highway 24)
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge (kayaking)
Dock Street pier
Island Hotel

Smallwood Store Museum (trading post)

Coral Gables
Books & Books (restaurant too)

Linger Lodge Restaurant (exotic pets, river and game meals); Sunday Bay Chickee (guided overnight canoe camping)
Big Cypress National Preserve (2 1/2 mile canoe trip, karst limestone, bald cypresses)
Flamingo Lodge Marina (canoeing)
Flamingo Lodge Restaurant (arrive early for window seat)
Wilderness Waterway (99 miles, December-April)
Everglades City to Flamingo (1 week)
Billy Swamp Boats

Florida Keys
largest barrier reef in US

Fort Myers, Fl
Seminole Lodge (Edison’s lab, garden, inventions)
Mangoes (Ford’s place)

Fort Pierce
UDT Seal Museum (Navy’s underwater demolition history)

Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site (descend into a real sinkhole)
Fred Bear Museum (bowhunting history)

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (original historical manuscripts)

Jamaican Kitchen?

Key Largo
The Crack’d Conch
Key Lime Products Shop (Key Lime everything)
The Fish House
Ganim’s Pennkamp
Dolphins Plus
Pennekamp State Park

Key West
Kelly’s Carribean Bar and Grill
Bahia Honda Beach
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (snorkeling)
Big Pine Kayak Adventures (kayaking thru Knockemdown and Tarpon Belly Keys)
Mangrove Mamma’s (conch chowder, rock lobster)
Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
113-mile, 42-bridge highway
East Martello Museum (local history)
Wreckers Museum
Mel Fisher Museum

Sun ‘n’ Fun Air Museum

Lake Wales Fl
Spook Hill (put car in neutral and car will appear to roll uphill)

Lake Worth
Havana Hideout (catering truck with tropical patio; fish tacos, Cuban sandwich, empanadas, garlic pork)3

Melbourne Beach
McLarty Treasure Museum (1715 Spanish fleet treasure)

Garcia’s Seafood (beer-battered conch)
Arnie and Richie’s (NY deli, thick potato pancakes)
Islas Canarias (medianoche-traditional Cuban sandwich)
American Police Hall of Fame (somber/cool, fallen officers memorial/sit in an electric chair)
Gold Coast Railroad Museum (presidential train)
Icon Brickell Viceroyal Hotel (3 pools that are longest in world (300 ft); can have lunch in shallow one; 2000 sq ft hot tub)
Benny's (Puerto Rican: mufango--plantain and garlic w/ seafood, pork, chicken or beef. conch salad)3

Miami Beach
The Kent (rooms)?

Smiley’s (200-dealer flea market)

Phosphate Museum (industry, ancient life)

Teddy Bear Museum (make one, buy one or see one in the Li-bear-y)

New Smyrna Beach
highest number of shark attacks in world

North Miami Beach
Blue Marlin Fish House (smoked sampler, mahi mahi, fried grouper, smoked marlin, conch fritters, crab cake sandwiches, smoked fish dip)3

Don Gorlits Museum (drag racing)

Disneyworld (Blizzard Beach)
Fun-in-the-Sun Postcard Sale (Jan)
1000 water parks nearby
Wet n' Wild (disco-themed ride, Bubble up ride, beachball)
Typhoon Lagoon (Blizzard Beach, Surfing Lagoon--largest pool in US and 6 ft waves, Shark Reef--saltwater and fresh)
Animal Kingdom

Palm Beach
The Breakers (kid’s secret garden)

Panama City Beach
Museum of Man in the Sea (diving, underwater exploration)

Cayo Costa State Park (kayaking and camping)
The Fish House (seafood, black grouper, gaspachi salad,
Chef's Restaurant (no sign--blown down by past hurricane; deep-fried mullet-- clean bottom feeder fish; acquired tastes- mullet gizzards and roe)

Forest Capital State Cultural Museum (turpentine history; county map using native wood)

Pinellas County
most tornadoes in US

Saint Augustine
Spanish Bakery (empanadas)
Oldest Store Museum (19th C general store)

St Petersburg
Ted Peter’s Famous Smoked Fish (smoked salmon, mullet, mahi mahi, fish spread, warm potato salad)3

Sanibel Island
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum (Shell Capital of the World)

Alpine Steakhouse (turducken)
Pincecraft Amish Community
Old Salty Dog (salty dog--beer-battered hot dog, blackened grouper; view)3
Yoder's (Amish: fried chicken, pot roast, 25 homemade pies, mashed potatoes)3
?Munchies 4:20 Cafe

South Beach
11th Street Diner (breakfast, burgers, Monte Cristo, apple raisin porkchops, Argentina steak, in a railroad car)3

Sanibel Island (seashells)
Busch Gardens (King Tut’s tomb)
Mike’s Pies (key lime)
Adventure Island (waterpark)

Tarpon Springs
10% Greek

Vero Beach
Joe’s Stone Crab (conch)
Blue Cypress Recreation Area (Sebastian River)
Tides (Leanne Kelleher's restaurant)

Weeki Wachee
Weeki Wachee Springs (world's only underwater mermaid cabaret; since 1947)

White Springs
Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center

Winter Haven
Water Ski Museum (history)

Winter Park
Charles Morse Museum of American Art (more Tiffany than anywhere else in world)

Dry Tortugas National Park FL (military history, swimming, snorkeling)
Davie- British Marketplace
Whale's Rib (clam chowder, mussels, crab cake, Oyster Rockerfellers, calamari salad, whale juice, fried dolphin Key West--mahi mahi,



Johnson Victrola Museum (Victor Talking Machines)
Meeting House Galleries (archaeology, history)
Delaware State House

Delaware City
Fort Delaware State Park (boat ride to Pea Patch Island and Civil War fort)

Treasures of the Sea Exhibit (Mel Fisher-raised Spanish galleon Atocha)

Hotel Du Pont (desserts: upside down/ inside out pumpkin pie
Hegley Museum (lane of gingko trees)
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation (Swedish shipyard)
Brandywine Creek State Park (canoeing)

Lewes to Cape May, NJ ferry
Crab Barn (fried clams and crab legs)
Cape Henlopen State Park (Maritime Mus; Seaside Nat Ctr)
World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest (1st Sat in Nov)

Carpenter State Park (horseback riding; "the Wedge"--where MD, PA and DE meet)

Rehoboth (shopping)

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Trap Pond State Park (Cypress Point Trail, boating, swimming)

Delaware Seashore State Park (beach camping)



Dagwood Burger (root beer, shakes, car hops)

Bellamy-Ferriday House (gardens)

Am Clock and Watch Museum

Discovery Museum
Beardsley Zoo
Barnum Museum (circus history)
Am Clock and Watch Museum (3,000 pieces, sundial garden)
New England Carousel Museum (miniature circus also)

Bridgewater Chocolates (chocolate peanut butter patties)

Wood’s Pit BBQ

Lake Compounce (Am’s oldest amusement park)

Creamery Brook Bison (wagon ride)


Prudence Crandall Museum (in honor of attempt to teach black girls)

Barker Comic and Cartoon Museum

Charter Oak Landing (underground river canoeing--no joke; Reserve Road;

Caprilands Herb Farm (30 herb gardens)
Nathan Hale Homestead

Amy’s Udder Joy Exotic Animal Farm Park

East Granby
Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine

East Hartford
Center Cemetery

East Windsor
Fire Museum
Trolley Museum

CT River Museum (replica of nation’s 1st sub Turtle)
Steam Train and Riverboat
Griswold Inn (restaurant with banjo band on weekends)

East Lyme
Flanders (fish market and restaurant)
Main Street (only oceanfront one in Ct, boardwalk)
Thomas Lee House and Little Boston School (1660 wood house and 1734 school)
Smith-Harris House

East Haven
Shore Line Trolley Museum (100 classic ones)

East Haddam
First Church Cemetery
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
Goodspeed Opera House (tours, musicals)

East Hampton
Comstock Covered Bridge (pedestrian only)

Wilson's Holy Smoke Barbecue (Texas-style bbq, Memphis-style ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken sandwich, homemade sauces, black-eyed pea salad, mac n' cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, collard greens)3

Falls Village
Music Mountain (America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival)

Hill-Stead Museum (sunken garden, Impressionist masterpieces, concerts)
Stanley Whitman House (colonial homestead)

Historical Society (one room schoolhouse)

Audubon Center (Ct River ecosystem)
Glastonbury-Rocky Hill ferry (5 minute ride, oldest continuously operating ferry in US--since 1650+/-)

Henry Whitfield State Museum (state’s oldest hse)

Goshenette (chowder, pies)
Action Wildlife Foundation (200 exotic animals)

Submarine Force Museum (nuclear sub)

Hyland House (17th C, 3 walk-in fireplaces)

Thankful Arnold House (garden)
Gillette Castle (entirely of stone, overlooking river )

Sleeping Giant Park

Goodwin Conservation Center (pond, wildlife garden)
Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary (trails, stream, pond)

Mark Twain House
Wadsworth Atheneum (Hudson River school, Impressionist)
Bushnell Park (carousel w/ 4 dozen hand-carved horses)
Ancient Burying Ground
Traveler’s Tower (free admission observatory)
Trash Museum (hands-on exhibits, tours)
Ancient Burying Ground
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens (greenhouses, nature walks)
CT Historical Society
Governor’s Residence Tours
Menczer Museum of Medicine and Dentistry (18th Century on)
Old State House (Gilbert Stuart’s Washington portrait, Amistad re-enactment, curiosities)
Cedar Hill Cemetery (Colt, Morgan)

Sundial Gardens (knot garden, topiaries)

Museum of Fife and Drum (one of a kind)

Belgique Patisserie... (tearoom and bakery)
Kent State Falls (seen from Rt 7)
Bulls Bridge (covered across Housatonic River)
Ct Antique Machinery Association Museum and Ct Museum Mining and Mineral Science
Sloane-Stanley Museum (writer and painter; ruins of Kent Furnace nearby)

Holley-Williams House Museum (role of women, icehouse, maze, outhouse, gardens)
Lime Rock Park (car racing)
Salisbury Cannon Museum (hands-on for children, Am Rev)

Water-Powered Up-Down Sawmill (mill pond, saw)

Mt Tom State Park (stone tower on summit, lake swimming, canoeing)
Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School (America’s 1st)
Topsmead State Forest (English Tudor cottage)
White Memorial Foundation (state’s largest nature center and wildlife sanctuary)

Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale Drive-in (lobster roll w/ butter)
Deacon John Grave House (17th C, variety of uses since)

Fire Museum (firehouse, equipment)
Lutz Children’s Museum
Old Manchester Museum (industry and sports from area)
Wickham Park (ornamental gardens, aviary, trails)

Law Enforcement Memorial
National Shaving and Barbershop Museum

Drive-in Theater (current double features, 3 screens)
Gurleyville Gristmill

Marlborough Barn (shopping village)

Pequot Museum (natural history and Native Americans of southern New England, cool descent into glacial crevasse, museum store, children’s research library)

World Famous Ted's Restaurant (steamed hamburgers)

Lyman Orchard’s (pick-your-own, market, cider mill)

Golden Age of Trucking Museum (toys, fishing, baseball)
Quassy Amusement Park (30 rides)

Sandy Beach (secluded cove w/ lifeguards, raft/slide, canoe launch, volleyball)

Nature’s Art (interactive science and nature facility--geodes, fossils, gems)

S & P Oyster Company (restaurant)
BF Clyde (apple cider factory)
Denison National Center (trails)
Mystic River Historical Society (hands-on schoolhouse)
Carousel and Fun Center
Seaport (boats, maritime photography)
Submarine Force Museum (1st nuclear-powered sub, working periscopes, minisubs)
Submarine WWII Veteran’s Memorial (actual conning tower w/ plaques)
Mystic Pizza (of movie fame)

Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe (oldest grinder shop in US--since 1922; 2 other shops in state; sub sandwiches in CT are grinders; huge, 35 types: Italian meat combo w/ 3 cheeses--no hot sauce, marinades; tip and be thanked in Italian)3

New Haven
Forbes Diner
Knights of Columbus Museum
British Art Museum (classics)
Peabody Museum (natural history)
Pepe’s (pizza)
Sally’s (pizza)
Libby’s (Italian pastries)
Louis’ Lunch (birthplace of the modern hamburger)
Archie Moore’s (berry cobbler)
Rusty Scupper (seafood)
500 Blake Street (fancy)
Atticus Bookstore (eat and read)
Center Church (tours of crypt underneath)
Grove Street Cemetery (Eli Whitney, Noah Webster, Roger Sherman, Walter Camp)
East Rock Park (only in the daytime)
Edgerton Park
Schubert Theater (tour, shows)
Yale Collection of Musical Instruments
Yale British Art Gallery

Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT (interactive)
Millstone Discovery Center (nuclear energy exhibits)

New Britain
Nozewski Market (20 keilbasa varieties)
Staropolska Restaurant (fried kielbasa)
Industrial Museum (products from Central Ct)
Youth Museum

New Canaan
The Glass House (literally; designed by architect Philip Johnson/now a park)

New Hartford
Farmington River Tubing
Main Stream Canoe Kayaks (day, moonlight)

Museum of Amateur Ham Radio (history)

New London
Coast Guard Academy (Bertholf Plaza, Roland Hall--indoor track, Academy Plaza)
Lyman Allyn Art Museum (Am impressionism)
Hempstead House (17th C)
Monte Cristo Cottage (O’Neill’s childhood home)
Science Ctr of Eastern CT (interactive)
Shaw-Perkins Mansion (Rev naval war office)
Maritime Museum
Ft Trumbull State Park
Ct College Arboretum (variety of natural ecosystems)
Science Center of Eastern CT
Custom House Maritime Museum

New Preston
The Boulders Inn (cottages, restaurant, hiking on Pinnacle Mountain, Lake Waramaug)


Olde Tymes (hambone performances, Southern cooking, fried hamburger)
Mohegan Park (swimming, trails)
Slater Memorial Museum (Greek, Roman, Renaissance, American art)
Christopher Leffingwell House (Rev War meeting place)

Abbotts (lobster roll w/ butter)

Maritime Aquarium
Kayak Tours (6-hr around Norwalk Islands)
Silvermine Tavern
Valencia Luncheria (Venezuelan: )3

Blackberry River Inn
Campbell Farms State Park (trails, waterfalls)
Chamber Music Festival (summer)
Dennis Hill State Park
Loon Meadow Farm (horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides)

Old Lyme
Florence Griswold Museum (America’s best-known center of Impressionist painting)
Peck Tavern House (1680)
Nut Museum (nut-based art and music)
Old Saybrook
Ft Saybrook Monument Park

River Bend Mining and Gemstone Panning (wear helmets into authentically designed mine, wildlife exhibit)

Maple Breeze Park (minigolf, bumper boats, waterslide)

Martha’s Herbary (display gardens, 1889 pet cemetery)

Pomfret Center
Connecticut Audubon Center (great birding, trails)

Felshaw Tavern (pre-revolutionary)

Rocky Hill
Dinosaur State Park (200 million year old dinosaur tracks--can make plaster casts; CT Valley diorama)
Academy Hill Museum (navigation history)

Keeler Tavern Museum (1733)
Elms Inn (1760)
Weir Farm National Historical Site (Am Impressionism)

Hitchcock Museum (history of the chair)

Stafford Springs
Northeast States Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
Motor Speedway

Audubon Center (trails)

International Skating Center (Olympic-level shows, view workout sessions)
Talcott Mountain State Park (tower as former summer home)

Allegra Farm (horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, marshamllow roasts, hay rides)

Randall’s Ordinary (tavern)
Captain Nathaniel Palmer House (Antarctica explorer)
Old Lighthouse Museum

Stony Creek
Puppet House Theatre

Johnny Ad’s (hot lobster roll w/ butter)

United House Wrecking (huge antiques emporium)
Long Ridge Tavern
Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens (swamp walk)
Stamford Museum and Natural Center (working farm, trails)

South Glastonbury
Welles Shipman Ward House (1755)

South Norwalk
Sheffield Island Lighthouse (4 levels, 10 rooms; clam bakes on Summer Thursdays)

Marnick’s (lobster roll w/ butter)
Boothe Memorial Park and Museum
Garbage Museum (hands-on)

1771 Phelps House (tavern)

Lock Museum of Am (ancient Egypt on)

Daniel Benton Homestead (colonial cape w/ unusual architectural details)
Hick-Stearns Museum (colonial tavern)

Burr Pond State Park (wooded, lake swimming)

Institute for American Indian Studies (reconstructed Algonquin village)

West Hartford
Museum of American Political Life (presidential campaigns, suffrage history)
Noah Webster Museum

West Haven
Chick’s (hot lobster roll w/ butter)

Black Duck Cafe (on a barge under Interstate 95 bridge; lobster roll (butter), bacon cheeseburger, onion rings, steak, fish, clams: steamers, stuffed, deep-fried, baked, casino--with bacon, mozzarella, wings, supreme nachos, cheese-stuffed burger, steak au poivre, buffalo shrimp)3

antiques (to Putnam)
Roseland cottage (lavish summer home)

Gunn Memorial Library and Museum (local Ct history)
HORSE of Connecticut (feed rescued horses, trail rides)

Harkness Memorial State Park (mansion tours)
Crystal Mall (125 shops)

Windsor Locks
New England Air Museum (Bradley Airport)

First Church Cemetery (1600s on)

Military Historians Museum (large collection)

Winchester Center
Kerosene Lamp Museum (call 1st)

West Cornwall
Clarke Outdoors (ten-mile trips by canoe, kayak, raft)
Covered bridge

Nature Conservancy (20 miles of trails)

Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens (theme gardens)
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts (free entertainment some nights)
Rolnick Observatory (open to public Wed and Thurs)
Sherwood Island State Park

Weir Farm National Historical Site (former home of Am Impressionist) ?
Woodcock National Center (swamp boardwalk)

Kerosene Lamp Center (historical examples)
Museum of American Political Life

Flanders Nature Center (bog, nut tree grove)

Smith and Wesson
Smyth’s Tavern
New England Carousel Museum
Matthews 1812 House (brandied apricot cake)



Cottonwood B&B

Arapahoe Basin
Cardboard Downhill Derby (Feb)

Stephany’s Chocolates (Colorado Almond Toffee)

Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (view)

Ullr Fest (Turkey Toss, 2 by 4 ski race)
International Snow Sculpture Championship (Jan)

El Taco Loco (pork carnitas tacos)
Celestial Seasonings (tour)
Pearl Street outdoor mall
Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art
Continental Divide Cabin (beds, silverware, wood-burning stove, toilet paper)
Colorado Chautauqua (cottages, lodge rooms)
Eldorado Canyon State Park

Buena Vista
Mt Yale and other mountains named after Ivy League
Mt Princeton Hot Springs (cheap and hot)

Underground Mining Museum

Canon City
Colorado Territorial Prison Museum

Colorado Springs
Broadmoor (infinity pool, mountain views, lake, Walk of Fame, 54 holes of golf, Sunday brunch: homemade sausage, tapas, centerpieces,
gourmandiese--buttery walnut cheese, desserts--bananas foster, creme brulee)
The Golden Bee--English pub (singalong)
Lake Terrace Dining Room (brunch)
Cog Railroad (up Pike’s Peak, better view on 3-seat-side, wear warm clothes)
Manitou Springs
Garden of the Gods
Simpich (doll factory tour)
Current (greeting cards, wrapping paper)
Patsy’s Candies
The Broadmoor
Cave of the Winds
Museum of the American Numismatic Assoc (real $100k bill, shoe money, engravings)
John May Museum (insects- spiders, butterflies plus)
World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame (history, memorabilia, skaters)
El Pomar Carriage Museum
Flying W Ranch (restored 19th C town)
The John May Museum Center (insects, space)
Mus of the American Numismatic Association
Peterson Air and Space Museum (NORAD)
Pikes Peak Ghost Town Museum
US Air Force Academy (B-52, formation of cadets)
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
Miramont Castle (architecture, 16-sided room)
Museum of the American Cowboy
Water World (Zoomerang--skateboard park, The Wave, The Revolution--
toilet bowl)

Crested Butte
Secret Stash (fig/prosciutto pie)
Tattered Cover Bookstore (huge)
Hammond’s (old-fashioned hard Christmas candy)
Buckhorn Exchange (eat among mounted animals, oldest restaurant in Denver; buffalo, rattlesnake, elk, alligator, Rocky Mountain oysters)3
Chuck’s Donuts
Tokyo Joe’s (rice bowl)
Jus Cooking (roasted turkey, fried chicken)
Confluence Park
US Mint
Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (at Pearce-McAllister College)
Trianon Museum and Art Gallery (original Gatling gun, furniture, porcelain plus)
Black American West Museum (black cowboys)
Cubby’s Cookies
Art Museum (Impressionist, Asian, Pre-Colombian art)
The Cherry Cricket (build your own burger with many toppings)3

Trimble Hot Springs

Southshore Water Amusement Park

Estes Park
Michael Ricker Pewter (world’s largest pewter sculpture)
Stanley Hotel
Rocky Mountain National Park

Federal Heights
Hyland Hills Water World

Fossil Beds National Monument

Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan Museum (Glenn Miller exhibits, 1920s Soda Fountain)

Colorado National Monument (strange rock formations)

Wonder View Tower (87-ft tower gives view of 6 states, eclectic collection)

Glenwood Springs
Yampah Spa and Salon (natural vapor caves, 4 of different temps)
Hot Springs Lodge and Pool (largest manmade outdoor mineral pool)
Vicco's Charcoalburger Drive In (buffalo, elk)

kayaking thru town
Colorado Railroad Museum (HO layout)
Buffalo Bill Memorial and Grave (memorabilia)
Golden Pioneer Museum
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

turtle races

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Dories
River Runs

Hot Sulphur Springs
Resort and Spa (20+ pools and motel)

Idaho Springs
Indian Springs Resort (pools, caves, mud pack)

Pack Burro Races (Aug)
National Mining Museum (coal mine dioramas, gold and crystal displays)

Loveland CO
Crystal Rapids Waterparks

Jack Dempsey Museum (boyhood home)

Great Sand Dunes National Monument (large and high)

Mount Evans
shortest hike to a 14k foot summit

Hot Springs Pool (no odor)
Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings (waterfall, snow view, natural vapor cave w/ soaking pool)

Pagosa Springs
The Springs Resort (cool to hot, salty, view of snow)

State Fair (Aug)
Fred Weisbrod Aircraft Museum (2 dozen- B-29, B-24)
Fun Putter Park

Overland Trail Museum

St Elmo
ghost town (rustic one-room cabin on Main St: cheap)

Steamboat Springs
Strawberry Park National Hot Springs (rustic and remote)
Tubing (5th St Bridge to James Brown Bridge)
Strawberry Park Hot Springs (horse rides, mineral waters)

Tabernash CO
Devil's Thumb Ranch (log cabins)

Colorado Ski Museum (Hall of Fame, 10th Mountain Division history)
Shrine Mountain Inn (3 cabins accessible by 2.5 mile hike)
Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa (cheaper in fall)
A’maze N’ Grill (unusual rest with maze when ordering)
Upper Colorado River
Lakota River Guides (rafting at night)
Kit Carson County Carousel (national landmark)
Babi Yar Park
Black American West Mus and Heritage Ctr
Byers-Evans House/Denver History Mus
Denver Mus of Nature and Science
Colorado History Mus
Colorado’s Ocean Journey
Molly Brown House Mus
Antonio to Chama, NM (Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR)
San Juan Mtns
Rock Mtn Nat For
Mt Maroon Bells
Rocky Mtn Nat Pk
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Sawatch Range
Mount Evans (asphalt road to summit, bristlecone pines)
Great Sand Dunes Nat Mon (great w/ moonlight, tours)
Medano-Zapata Ranch (tours, nature walks)
Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway
Walter Walker Wildlife Area
Mesa Verde Nat Pk (800-yo cliff dwellings, Spruce Tree House)
Longaberger Basket Co (building shaped like a giant basket)

Colorado River
25 miles east of strip
11.5 mile trip, 2 days
hot springs, thermal soaking pools, waterfalls, caves
Down River guided or self-guided day and overnight trips
thru Black Canyon (Class I or less) starting just below Hoover Dam
kayaks provide more maneuverability
spring and fall best daytime highs in 70s and 80s

Rocky Mtn Nat Pk (Trailridge Road (highest continuously paved road in world; animals, mountain views, hiking; hear mating elks in autumn)



Spinach Capital of the World (Popeye statue)

Picklefest (deepfried; May)

Bauxite Museum (aluminum’s role in WWII)

Wal-Mart VC (Sam Walton story, Air Gun Museum)

Saunders Memorial Museum (eclectic: Annie Oakley’s gun, Arabian sheik’s tent)

National Championship Chuckwagon Race (week before Labor Day)
bring lawn chairs and picnic (mule trials)

WC Rotary Tiller Races (June)

Henry and Rubye Connerly Museum (grocery/ feed store of yesteryear)

Eureka Springs
Frog Fantasies Mus (all but the real ones)
Hammond Museum of Bells (thousands)
Miles Musical Museum (machines: hurdy-gurdys, Wurlitzers; circus stuff)

Fort Smith
Patent Model Museum (blueprints and miniature working models)
World’s Largest Mr. Peanut

Heber Springs
Cardboard Boat Race (July; Freers Ferry Lake; 70 boats, 1-8 crew, cheap to enter)
Watermelon Festival

Hot Springs
Mrs Miller’s Chicken and Steak House
Granny’s Kitchen (breakfast)
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
Fordyce Bathhouse VC (history of therapies)
Tiny Town (everything in miniature)
Buckstaff (baths)

Little Rock
Museum of Discovery

Anderson Minnow Farms (minnow capital of the world)

Mount Ida
Quartz Crystal digging

Mountain Home
Nettie’s Cafe (strawberry pie)

Mountain View
Bean Festival and Outhouse Race (Oct)

Pine Bluff
Band Museum (trombones plus)

Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging (cabins, Buffalo River)

Potts Inn Museum (a hundred years of ladies’ hats)

Duck-calling world championship (Nov)
(Rice and Duck Capitals of the World)
Agricultural Museum

Bob Burns--bazooka
Ozark Highlands Trail (waterfalls, narrow canyons)
Richland Creek Wilderness (waterfalls)
Onyx Cave (Button and Doll Museum)
Buffalo Nat River (Buffalo Point to Buffalo City or Pruitt to Gilbert)