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The Amish and Mennonites have been depicted in many movies and feature in documentaries and reality TV programs. We wanted to find out more behind the peaceful and simple cultures so we headed to Berlin, OH in Holmes County, where there is the highest density of Amish and Mennonites in America.
The roads across the mid west of America are long, straight and flat. I am sure you are familiar with this from all the movies! So, coming across a interesting place to pull in and break the monotony is most welcome. (Roadside Attraction / United States / USA)
I have spent a lot of time investigating unusual places to stay and one that consistently come up during my research was Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, Idaho. So, as we journeyed through the panhandle of north Idaho it was the ideal opportunity to check the place out for real.
I still get excited when I get the chance to visit a new museum dedicated to air and space, so when I discovered on our journey through South Dakota the South Dakota Air & Space Museum at Ellsworth Airforce Base I jumped at the chance to visit.Like many such aerospace museums there was plenty of interesting aircraft on display. There are over 30 vintage military aircraft ranging from World War II bombers to the modern-day B-1.
The dig site is uncommon as the mammoth bones that the excavation has exposed have been left in situ and can be viewed by visitors from raised walkways. It is a most unusual exhibit.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument consists of museum exhibits, an interpretive centre, and ranger-led programs that commemorates the site of the Indian victory over Custer’s 7th Cavalry which was one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life.
Indiana Dunes, National Lakeshore Park was another destination we had not planned to visit but found out about as we reached Indiana. We had not expected to find huge sand dunes like this in the mid-western states.
Exploring Rajasthan’s “Pink City”, with its population of around 3½ million. We’d visit the Palace of the Winds, walk among temples and enjoy the sights and sounds of the street markets.
Venice is a beautiful city. We went in August and it was very, very busy and extremely hot.
Rome, the “Eternal City” is a fascinating place to visit and there are so many places to visit. We were lucky enough to be able to spend 3 days exploring this amazing city.
We loved our time in Rome but there are, as with many of the major cities, multitudes of tourists which makes the main tourist attractions very crowded. It is worth checking out tours that enable to bypass the lines – these can be pricey but if you don’t like getting up at the crack of sparrows and camping outside hours ahead then you might want to consider this option.
We spent 2 days exploring Washington State’s Olympic National Park. – a vast wilderness encompassing nearly a million acres; with several distinctly different ecosystems.
A trip to the Pueblo ruins at Mesa Verde National Park. On the way we stopped at the famous four corners, where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet.
Humayon’s Tomb is set within a complex with extensive and lush gardens, amongst which are scattered several elaborate tombs. The largest structure is Humayan’s Tomb, a phenomenal structure which is believed to have been the template for the Taj Mahal.
Qutab Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Qutab Minar was established along with Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque around 1192 by Qutab-us-din Aibak, the first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate.
The Badlands National Park is a rugged, harsh and beautiful landscape. Set in 244,000 sq acres in South Dakota it can be explored as a day trip or you can spend several days camping and explore deeper into the park along the trail system.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site protects two facilities that were once part of a Minuteman Missile field that covered the far western portion of South Dakota from 1963 through the early 1990s.
The Missouri River Lodge is a working farm that is partially arable but also has a herd of cows. The setting is wonderful with the farm set among rugged sandstone bluffs, some having been carved into steep cliffs and sharp pinnacles by the effects of the elements over many years.
Mitchell is home of the world’s only Corn Palace. The original version of the Corn Palace was established in 1892 as a place for the community to congregate. As Mitchell grew it outstripped the capacity of the Corn Palace which was subsequently rebuilt, bigger and better, twice more with the current building being completed in 1921. In the 1930’s the building was remodeled to capture the essential spirit and decorative features of the first palace, with the minarets and Moorish design elements we see today being added.
As you travel around America, especially the mid-west you’ll come across billboards advertising the Wall Drug Store. These billboards are located, in some cases, hundreds of miles from the store itself mostly along a 650 mile stretch of I-90. Apparently, there are more than 300 paid for billboards, some located internationally, and a whole load more unofficial billboards.
After visiting the Lewis & Clark Interpretative Center we traveled two miles down the road to the Fort Mandan replica, where Lewis and Clark arrived in 1804 and met with the Mandan and Hidasta tribes.
The Lewis and Clark Interpretation Center in Washburn, North Dakota tells the story of Lewis and Clark’s arrival in the area in 1804.