Posts Tagged ‘attractions’

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

At first light we loaded the Jeep and left Palo Duro, which remained as beautiful in the early morning, as it was in the night. The vivid colors blended into a natural collage framed by the windshield as we drove up and out of the spectacular canyon. We returned to Route 66 in Amarillo, heading [...]


Portfolio: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Portfolio: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon, just outside Amarillo, is a magnificent natural wonder. With awe-inspiring red cliffs, and bright banded layers of colors representing four different geologic periods spanning over 240 million years, its buttes and mesas define a rugged skyline. Exploring the trails nestled in between gullies and brush, we discover a surprising variety of plants [...]


Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close…

Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close...

The air smelled good. We woke early, anxious to make the most of our “pause” in this spectacular canyon. We wanted to explore it’s vastness up close and we actually had the time, as today was a “rest” day — it was the first day we weren’t driving since we set out on Route 66 [...]


Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Located about an hour’s drive from Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon is the most spectacular scenic landscape feature in the Panhandle of Texas. The canyon appears almost without warning, a jolting razor cut through the flat grasslands of the Llano Estacado or “Staked Plains.” Early Spanish Explorers are believed to have discovered the area and dubbed [...]


Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

“TEXAS, the outdoor musical drama” is a broadway-quality production put on outdoors in the middle of the spectacular Palo Duro Canyon.
The show begins on a grand scale with the lone horseman on top of a 600 foot cliff in the distance, waving the Texas state flag, a burst of fireworks, the music starts and the [...]


Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66…

Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66...

A simple sign marked the Texas border. A cowboy in a little convertible drove past, giving us a slightly surreal welcome to another world. We followed him into the town of Shamrock.
Even without the cowboy’s help, following the old road is easier in Texas, because it rarely strays far from the interstate. 150 of the [...]


In Search of Ghosts (America’s Ghost Towns)

In Search of Ghosts (America's Ghost Towns)

During our Route 66 trip we were intrigued by accounts of “ghost towns” that we’d heard about from other travelers who indicated where along the way we might find a few of these places (for a comprehensive listing of ghost towns along the Route 66 itinerary, see Ghost Towns of Route 66). Attracted by historical [...]


Museums on the Road

Museums on the Road

In many ways, a road trip seems the antithesis of a museum visit — the primal idea of the road trip is to get out there and see and do things in the first-person, while a museum is a place we go to view what others have discovered and assembled into collections. But with so [...]


Destination: Foss State Park, OK

Destination: Foss State Park, OK

Foss State park is located in western Oklahoma, just north of Route 66, where the slow-moving Washita River winds through prairie and farmlands to merge with Foss Reservoir. The man-made reservoir, over 8,800 acres, is actually the largest lake in western Oklahoma. With 63 miles of shoreline Foss has a reputation for excellent sand bass, [...]


Day 6: A Taste of Route 66, Oklahoma

Day 6: A Taste of Route 66, Oklahoma

It was getting late by the time we crossed into Oklahoma, so we decided we would keep driving even after it gets dark, then look for a hotel somewhere beyond Tulsa. This way we could continue our slow exploration of the old road. Oklahoma’s 400 miles of Route 66 contain more of the original alignments [...]


Portfolio: Missouri Route 66

Portfolio: Missouri Route 66

On Missouri Route 66 we stop for a bit of rafting on the Meramec River, before getting back on the road. We follow the old road as much as possible, and make a few interesting stops along the way. The “Tribute to the Trail of Tears” in Jerome, is hauntingly beautiful even though it is [...]


Day 6: Nostalgia Meets Community on Route 66, Missouri

Day 6: Nostalgia Meets Community on Route 66, Missouri

We awoke drenched in sweat, despite having opened all the air vents on the tent before going to bed. Everything was damp–even the maps! It was that hot and humid, and the day was just beginning. Such opressive humidity made it hard to do anything rapidly, but we got the Jeep loaded, and hit the [...]


Day 5: Lost and Found on Route 66, Missouri

Day 5: Lost and Found on Route 66, Missouri

We left Meramac after the river float and had to skip a visit to the famed caverns because we were “behind schedule.” We decided to try to make some progress towards Oklahoma, today, so we wouldn’t have to drive the whole segment tomorrow. But the day was getting away from us, it was already afternoon, [...]


Exploring Missouri Caves

Exploring Missouri Caves

With more than 6,000 surveyed caves, Missouri is known as the “cave state,” (only the state of Tennessee has more), and not far from Route 66 there are some interesting options if underground exploration is your thing. Over the years, these hidden chambers have been used for shelter, entertainment and even as storage for the [...]


Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Illinois Route 66 takes us out of urban Chicago and into small town America. This is the flat and level terrain of the mid-west, where corn is king. We follow the road into rural towns, like Atlanta, with beautifully restored Main Streets that make us feel like we have stepped back in time. This portfolio [...]


Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Early wake up today, and it wasn’t even hard, because we were so excited to be FINALLY setting out on Route 66. We checked out of the hotel and were loaded into the Jeep by 7am, camera batteries fully charged, spirits high, and ready to go.
Now we just had to find the “start” point. Somehow it [...]


Portfolio: Chicago Gangster Fun

Portfolio: Chicago Gangster Fun

Some quirky fun on the 1920s gangster theme in Chicago. Spent a day with the gang from The Untouchable Gangster Tour, followed by an evening at Tommy Gun’s Garage. It was a “blast,” and great fun was had by all. This portfolio contains a selection of imagery from the gangster prohibition-era themed attractions we visited [...]


Review: Tommy Gun’s Garage, Chicago

Review: Tommy Gun's Garage, Chicago

Tommy Gun’s Garage is a “Roaring 20’s”-themed dinner theatre venue that recreates the “speakeasy” atmosphere centered around a musical-comedy review.
It’s a brilliantly simple concept: the whole place is the “stage” and everyone is part of the show. From the moment you arrive outside, the experience begins as “Gloves,” the “gangster” at the door, demands the [...]


Review: The Untouchables Gangster Tour, Chicago

Review: The Untouchables Gangster Tour, Chicago

The Untouchable’s “Gangster Tour of Chicago” is a quirky 2-hour “live action” tour offering visitors an amusing take on the city’s Prohibition-era history and the gangsters that animated it. With costumed tour-guide-actors and a bit of cheesy comedy, the experience can be enjoyable — and you may even learn a thing or two…
This tour is [...]


Day 3: Chicago, having fun with history…

Day 3: Chicago, having fun with history...

With only one day to visit Chicago, it would be impossible to really discover much or even get a “feel” for the character of the city (read more on planning one day visits). We decided not to try. We would explore a theme instead. Considering a multitude of choices, we settled on being a bit [...]


Planning One Day in a City

Planning One Day in a City

One of the biggest challenges we faced on our trip was the lack of time to really “take in” any one place. Of course, we knew that would be the case when we decided to do such an intense road trip, but we still wanted to make the most of our stopovers. 
Cities were especially difficult. [...]


Destination: Cuyahoga Valley, OH

Destination: Cuyahoga Valley, OH

Unlike many other national parks in far-flung corners of the wilderness, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park stretches between two urban hubs, Cleveland and Akron. Centered around the winding Cuyahoga river (the Native American name means “crooked river”) the 33,000-acre park gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The river once provided water [...]