Oregon: McMinnville – Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Located near to the small Oregon town of McMinnville is the excellent Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. I discovered this place a few years back and have been fortunate to visit on a couple of occasions. It is one of those places that really exceeded my expectations – I had not expected to find such and excellent collection of aircraft and space vessels in a relatively remote place (it is a good hour or so from Portland, Oregon).

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Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg

The State of Virginia, or more correctly the Commonwealth of Virginia has had a major role on the course of US history. It is here that Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in the original Thirteen Colonies, was established. So, in our journeys through the state it would been remiss of us not to spend a goodly amount of time exploring the historical heritage of Virginia. One such place of pilgrimage is Colonial Williamsburg.

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Pennsylvania: Gettysburg National Military Monument

Gettysburg located in rural Pennsylvania probably would have remained a sleepy little town but for the American Civil War and the battle that took place there on July 1 to 3 1863. Here the Confederate and Union forces fought a fierce battle that resulted in the highest losses of any conflict in the Civil War. For those like myself, who can’t imagine a bloody melee such as took place at Gettysburg there is an amazing visitor center complete with videos, memorabilia and a fantastic cyclorama.

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