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The largest historic log house at the Homeplace 1850's Farm in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The interior of a log home at Homeplace 1850's Farm in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
A sheep at Homeplace 1850's Farm in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
A fishing pier in Crooked Creek Bay in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The Honker Bay Day Use Area at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Stone steps crossing the dam at Hematite Lake in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Blooming lotus flowers in Hematite Lake at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The white pebble beach along Kentucky Lake in the Moss Creek Day Use Area at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
One of the interpretive sites at the Elk & Bison Prairie in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Beautfiul landscape in the Elk & Bison Prairie in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Two younger bison at the South Bison Range in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
A bison at the South Bison Range in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
This large bison wanted to roll around in the Elk & Bison Prairie at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Elk grazing in the evening shade at the Elk & Bison Prairie in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Elk grazing in the evening shade at the Elk & Bison Prairie in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
A racoon in the Elk & Bison Prairie at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Hummingbirds at the Woodlands Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The Woodlands Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The Woodlands Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
A blue heron in Kentucky Lake near Hillman Ferry Campground at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Sunset at the backcountry Boswell Landing Campground at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Sunset across Kentucky Lake from the Redd Hollow Campground in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Sunset at the Moss Creek Day Use Area at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Sunrise over Kentucky Lake at Hillman Ferry Campground at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is this magical land that is, quite literally, between two lakes. Crossing the border between Tennessee and Kentucky, the Land Between the Lakes was one of the highlights of my Southeast Eclipse Road Trip in 2016.

Here are a few of my favorite travel photos from the Land Between the Lakes. Which of these is your favorite? Leave a comment below!

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After a long day exploring the Cades Cove loop I came back to my tiny home rental at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort. I plopped onto the comfortable couch, lit up the electric fireplace, and watched the fading sunlight through the all-glass front door. Over the next three peaceful days I learned exactly why the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort was one of the best places to stay in Townsend, TN.

Little Arrow Outdoor Resort

Although I had visited Townsend many times over the years I had not yet spent a night in the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies”. That all changed when Sharon Thornton at the Townsend Welcome Center eagerly suggested I head over to the camping resort.

Ten minutes later I pulled up to the office at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort where I met Carmen Simpher, who owns and operates the resort along with her husband, Brad, her sister, Chelly, and brother-in-law, Kevin. Carmen offered to give me a guided tour of the resort to show me all the options for spending a few nights.

The eagerness in her voice was accented by the broad smile on her face. As we drove around the resort in a golf cart, she excitedly explained this was their first year owning what used to be called the Tremont Campground. In the past year the four owners had worked fervently to renovate the cabins and restrooms, level the campsites, and update the infrastructure. From what I could see on the tour the hard work had paid off.

My favorite place to relax at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort was this spot along the Little River accessible from one end of the campground.

Campground

The large campground at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort can accommodate any type of RV or camper and tent campers. The campground is split between two loops along the Little River, each loop with a restroom and shower facility.

The 76 RV camp sites included full hookups that made it perfect for long-term campers. The 18 camp sites for pop-ups and campers included electrical and water connections only. All the sites included a nice picnic table and fire pit.

A good amount of shade from massive trees covered most of the camp sites. Gravels crunched beneath tires of vehicles slowly driving the loops. The camp sites were close, but the little patch of grass in between was enough of a lawn to have some privacy from the neighbors.

The campground had just enough space between camp sites to offer privacy and plenty of shade from massive trees.

Glamping Tents

Carmen stopped in front of a large canvas tent with a covered wooden deck and beckoned me inside. She unzipped the front “door” and as she pulled the flaps aside I laughed out loud. I’ve seen quite a few glamping tents over the last two years but nothing like that ones at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort.

The exterior walls and roof were a heavy, waterproof and wind resistant canvas material. But inside the tent it was more like a small cabin. Hardwood floors and rustic wooden interior walls created a solid structure and division of rooms. Black metal door hardware and copper lighting added a nice accent.

The “master” bedroom had a long closet and door for privacy. A separate narrow bedroom featured a bunk bed. The full bathroom included a shower, sink, and toilet. The common space had a long table and a kitchenette with small fridge, microwave, sink, and an electric hotplate.

At a whopping 539 square feet the Luxury Glamping Tents were the very definition of glamorous camping. They were plenty large enough for families to enjoy long weekends and peaceful nights.

The glamping tents offered nearly every luxury of a cabin, but wrapped inside a canvas tent. Did you notice the comfortable robes in the photo? Those come with all glamping tents, cabins, and tiny homes.

Cabins

The Little Arrow Outdoor Resort had a single-room Bunk Cabin and a few Cozy Cabins, but it was the Premiere Cabins that really stood out. Each cabin had its own identify with different interior styles and furnishings.

But they all had the same comfortable features in common. A large master bedroom with comfortable queen bed. A loft space above with twin beds. A full bathroom. A full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and microwave.

During the tour of the resort Carmen left me at one of the Premiere Cabins for a few minutes. I couldn’t help but get comfy on the nice couch and enjoy the view through the all-glass wall looking over the deck and across the resort. This was definitely a place where I could relax for a few days, but it wasn’t the place for me.

The Premiere Cabins featured a wood burning fireplace and big windows to enjoy the views outside.

Tiny Homes

Of all the lodging options at the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort it was the tiny homes that caught my full attention. The 400 square foot rental units were perfect for solo travelers like me while still providing enough room for couples, small families, and guy’s or girl’s weekend getaways.

After checking in that first morning I drove straight to my tiny home. The covered porch with wicker furniture and plush cushions was already inviting. But then I stepped inside to find myself at one of the best homes away from home.

The long, narrow tiny home had a comfortable leather couch and small armchair in the living room. The room was open to the full kitchen with large fridge, stove and oven, microwave, and sink. A hallway led past the full bathroom and bunk beds built into an alcove to the master bedroom at the end. The bedroom had a queen bed, closet space, and pocket door for privacy.

That first night I played hooky from the normal travel blogger lifestyle and laid on the couch for a couple of hours watching a cheesy movie on the large digital television and enjoying the warmth from the electric fireplace. The next morning, I took advantage of the full kitchen to make myself pancakes and coffee for breakfast. But with so many great places to eat in Townsend I never really took full advantage of the kitchen.

The Tiny Homes were elegant, comfortable, and simply an amazing place to spend a few nights in Townsend.

Resort Amenities

The Little Arrow Outdoor Resort very much deserves the words “outdoor resort” to describe what they offer. The glamping tents, luxury cabins, and tiny homes were just the beginning. I discovered so much more.

The amenity I enjoyed the most was the Point & Feather Coffee Lounge. Anyone who knows me knows I start every morning with excess amounts of coffee. Although I had a very nice coffee pot in my tiny home, I still walked down here for an additional cup of joe each morning.

The Club House was something pleasantly surprising. The recently renovated space featured a large conference table, comfortable chairs, and a full commercial kitchen for preparing large meals. The meeting space would be perfect for reunions, workshops, or travelers with a need for a common work space.

The beautiful in-ground swimming pool would be the perfect spot to relax in the summer, and the covered gazebo overlooking the pool a great way to escape the sun. Fire pits with Adirondack chairs and a nice playset for children added some final touches of awesomeness to the outdoor resort.

But of all the amenities the one that really won the prize were the public restrooms. Carmen waited outside as I stepped into the men’s room beside the swimming pool to discover one of the most elegant bathhouses I had ever come across in a campground. A long stone trough-style sink was fed by water from bronze fixtures, faux wood paneling covered the walls, and the shower stalls featured black fixtures.

I ran back outside and told Carmen I had never wanted to capture a photo of restrooms until now, and then in my excitement and relaxation over the next few days completely forgot. If you happen to capture a great photo of those immaculate restrooms send them to me and I’ll give you a reward!

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Why I Will Return to the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort

With a campground featuring full hookups, the best glamping tents..

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Every time I return to Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet I find a new adventure. Hundreds of migratory birds feeding in the saltwater marsh, alligators bathing in the sun in a pond, exploring Atlaya Castle, and just sitting back on a wide beach are just some of the things I find. Here are 8 things you could do at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Visit the Gift Shop

It may seem a little dull and obvious so suggest a visit to the Huntington Beach State Park gift shop but there are actually a couple of good reasons to make this your first stop.

First of all, this is where I found the South Carolina Ultimate Outsider stamp. The gift shop also serves as the visitor center with maps and brochures of the park. The gift shop has the usual items for sale like clothing, books, and toys, but they also have a few food items, sunscreen, bug spray, and water.

The restrooms are located beside the gift shop, but there are actually plenty of other restrooms in the park for later. The gift shop is also located on the second floor of the building and you have a pretty good view toward the beach.

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Go Fishing

I’m not much for fishing, but I sure have seen other people cast a line at Huntington Beach State Park. One of the most beautiful hikes in the park is along the beach from the North Beach Access to the jetty protecting Murrells Inlet. People love to go there for fishing along the paved top of the rocky jetty extending a couple of hundred feet into the ocean.

Surf fishing is also really popular. The beach is long and wide so people will come with a wagon loaded with rods and supplies, toss out a couple of chairs, and sit back all day fishing in comfort. Just don’t be like me and walk between the rods and the ocean or you’ll end up with a fishing line around your neck.

Surf fishing along the beach near the North Beach Access is popular at Huntington Beach State Park.

Go Swimming

There are plenty of swimming opportunities at Huntington Beach State Park! The park features two public beach accesses on either end of the park.

The North Beach Access is about a ten minute drive from the park entrance. This access point features a wooden boardwalk leading to the beach, restrooms, and a covered shelter.

The South Beach Access is about five minutes from the park entrance and is located near the gift shop and Atalaya Castle. This entrance also features restrooms and a covered shelter. It’s the more popular section of beach because it has a larger parking lot and is closer to the campground.

The beaches at Huntington Beach State Park are pretty amazing. They are wide, even at high tide, and usually pretty clean. Even on the busiest of days I only had to walk a few minutes along the beach to find a spot I claim as my own.

A rainbow develops after a summer thunderstorm passed over the wide beach at Huntington Beach State Park.

Have a Family Picnic

There are plenty of places for a family picnic at Huntington Beach State Park. There are covered picnic shelters located in the campground, South Beach Access, and North Beach Access. These shelters include a few large picnic tables, trash cans, and restrooms nearby.

But for a real treat for a picnic try one of the covered sheltered along the hiking trails. The Kerrigan Nature Trail has a covered shelter with two benches overlooking Mullet Pond, and the Boardwalk has a covered shelter with two benches overlooking the saltwater marsh.

There are several covered picnic shelters and observation decks around the park that are perfect for a family picnic.

Hiking Trails

There are four hiking trails at Huntington Beach State Park that offer a good opportunity to escape the crowds and see the wildlife.

The 0.5-mile Atalaya Road leads straight from Atalaya Castle to Highway 17. This road once connected the winter home of the Huntingtons with the area that is now Brookgreen Gardens. This paved road is easy to hike and accessible. On one early morning I even saw an alligator crossing the road!

The 0.1-mile Boardwalk Trail starts at the parking lot where the Education Center used to be. The boardwalk is easy to walk and stretches out across the saltwater marsh to Oaks Creek. There is a covered shelter about halfway along the boardwalk and a large observation deck at the very end. This trail is accessible and a great place to see some wildlife.

The 0.3-mile Kerrigan Trail is my favorite in the park. Beginning behind the Gift Shop the trail winds through the coastal forest to a covered observation deck overlooking Mullet Pond. This viewpoint frequently includes alligators and birds in flight. The trail is primitive and not accessible, though still easy to walk.

The 1-mile Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail is a primitive trail between the North Campground and North Beach Access. The best place to access the trail for non-campers is the beach access parking lot. The trail winds around massive oak trees, Sandpiper Pond, and is within hearing distance of the ocean.

The best sunset view in the park is along the Boardwalk Trail. A rollerskater rolls along Causeway Drive. A giant oak tree provides shade over the Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail.

Tour Atalaya Castle

Huntington Beach State Park is the only site in the South Carolina State Park system to include a castle. The Moorish-style castle was the winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, who first came to this location from New York for health reasons.

Today visitors can enjoy a self-guided walking tour through Atalaya. The tour includes many of the rooms such as the master bedroom suite, kitchen, servant quarters, and Anna’s studio. The inner courtyard with plush grass and towering palm trees feels like an adventure in a far distance land.

Not all the rooms in the castle are handicap accessible because of steps and uneven surfaces, but the inner courtyard and foyer are accessible. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk through the castle but I can almost guarantee you’ll want to take more time while pondering the question: what if this were my house?

The castle is the site of the annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, typically held in September each year. The festival brings out dozens of local artisans for three days spread throughout the castle.

Atalaya Castle is a fun place to explore on a self-guided tour.

Bird Watching

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Did you know there was an oceanfront castle at Huntington Beach State Park? Did you also know you can enjoy a self-guided tour of this castle? Last question: do you know how many times I have toured this castle?

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, remains one of my most surprising discoveries. It’s open to the public, absolutely amazing, and has an interesting history. Here is how to visit and what to expect when you arrive.

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park has long been one of my favorite state parks in the country. The biggest reason for being included on that list is the abundant wildlife and bird watching opportunities. But the hiking trails, beach access, and Atalaya Castle are a few other reasons this park makes the list.

When you visit the state park be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore. Start at the gift shop that also serves as the park office and visitor center. That’s where you’ll find park brochures, supplies for your day at the park, and even book a campsite if you decide to stay.

The South Carolina Ultimate Outsider stamp is located inside the gift shop.

Chasing thunderstorms is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I’m reward with a rainbow like this at Huntington Beach State Park.

Winter Home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington

Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington were New Yorkers. Archer was an industrialist and Anna an artist. But Anna suffered from tuberculosis, forcing the couple to find a winter home in the South for her health.

Using local labor during the Great Depression the 200-foot by 200-foot Atalaya Castle, locally called just Atalaya, was built from 1931-1933. The Spanish Moorish architecture was the idea of Archer who apparently guided the construction of the mansion without any drawn plans.

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Self-Guided Walking Tour

Today visitors can enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Atalaya Castle. There is another fee of $2 in addition to the regular state park entrance fee. The money from admissions goes to a local non-profit group that helps to maintain the mansion.

There are twelve rooms inside the large square mansion to explore, including the master bedroom, kitchen, and Anna’s studio space. The large central courtyard features lush grass and towering palm trees. From just about any room in the mansion the sound of waves crashing on the beach echoes along the stone walls.

It takes about 30 minutes to leisurely explore Atalaya Castle. Most of the mansion is handicap accessible though there are a few steps here and there, but there is a way around the steps for wheelchairs.

Inside and out, Atalaya Castle is a beautiful mansion to explore at Huntington Beach State Park.

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival

Each year in September Atalaya Castle is the home of the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival. Dozens of local artisans set up for the three-day festival in the courtyard and various rooms of the mansion.

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From inside the ruins of the tabby fort at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site I could see the remains of an enormous bell tower in the distance. The fort and bell tower were built in the 1700s so the fact they remain today makes this one of the most remarkably preserved sites in the South Carolina State Park system.

I spent an hour visiting the park one day. Here are a few things you could do with a day trip to Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site.

Take the Self-Guided Walking Tour

Anyone who follows my adventures knows I am crazy about self-guided walking tours. The one at Colonial Dorchester was pretty good and easy to walk.

It began at the information kiosk beside the paved parking lot. This is where I found the South Carolina Ultimate Outsider stamp. There was also a rather amazing 3D map of the town of Dorchester showing what it looked like at its pinnacle before the Revolutionary War.

A box on the side of the kiosk had the self-guided walking tour brochure. With 9 stops along a primitive path it only took about 30 minutes to walk the complete circuit. Well, it would have only taken 30 minutes. But I had to read all the informational panels and snap pretty pictures so it took me closer to an hour.

The tour began with a walk down to the Ashley River where I found a rather ominous sign about alligators. Yes, there are gators in the Ashley River. This is not a swimming hole. Keep your pets on a short leash.

From there the walking tour continued through Fort Dorchester, past the reconstructed foundation of a double house, around the bell tower of St. George Anglican Church, and back to the field beside the parking lot.

The self-guided walking tour led to the Ashley River and this large tree leaning over the river.

Explore the Ruins of Fort Dorchester

A couple of years ago when I toured the Powder Magazine in Charleston, I learned something that I wouldn’t connect until I visited Colonial Dorchester. In the 1700s the only powder magazine in the region was located in Charlestown. Facing a threat from France the colonial government decided not to put all their eggs in one basket and opted to establish another powder magazine.

That location was in the town of Dorchester. Located on the Ashley River it would be easy to resupply Charlestown as needed. A small building for storing powder was built near the river and a tabby wall, a type of wall that used a mixture of oyster shells and concrete, was built around it.

The self-guided walking tour passed through a narrow entrance into the ruins of Fort Dorchester. The familiar pitted tabby walls surrounded the ruins of the powder magazine in the center. I walked to one corner of the fort to see a commanding view of the Ashley River.

There wasn’t much to see but the fact these walls remained was pretty remarkable. With just a small stretch of the imagination I could imagine what it looked like at the pinnacle of use before falling into disrepair.

The tabby wall zigzags around the ruins of Fort Dorchester.

Admire the Ruins of St. George Anglican Church

As if one set of magnificent ruins weren’t enough there was more at the old church. The enormous bell tower was all that remained of St. George Anglican Church which had been built in the center of Dorchester.

The primitive path from Fort Dorchester led around the church but I decided to cut straight across. I couldn’t believe this tower, built in 1751, had withstood the test of time. Nestled in a small grove of trees it was easy to see the entire tower in the middle of winter with barren trees.

I walked inside the base of the bell tower and looked up. And up. And up. I could just imagine the four bronze bells that once hung near the top to alert the town to an upcoming service or special event. Today all I could see was hollow window openings and dead vines.

The bell tower, the only remains of St. George Anglican Church.

Have a Family Picnic

In the cooler months, when the mosquitoes are not an absolute annoyance, this park would actually be a really great place for a family picnic. Between the parking lot and restrooms was a large picnic area with nice tables beneath the shade of large pine trees. The restrooms were surprisingly nice for a small state park.

The large field beside the parking lot looked like the perfect place to toss a frisbee back and forth. At least that’s what I would like. I suppose it would also be suitable for a football, baseball, soccer ball, or maybe even bocce.

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Visit Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

A good continuation of this day trip would be to visit nearby Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. The park is located on the site of the original colony, later known as Old Town, before it was moved to the Charleston peninsula.

The most scenic route to get to the park would be to drive along Highway 61, locally known as Ashley River Road. The road parallels the Ashley River through the Plantation District of Charleston. This is where you would find Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and Drayton Hall.

Gorgeous hiking trails, a brown pelican at The Animal Forest, and the sailing vessel Adventure at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

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I’m not much of a morning person although I do enjoy a good breakfast. But when I learned about all the locally owned places to find brunch in Columbia, I was suddenly very excited for mornings. Here are five local places where you can find brunch in Columbia, SC.

Café Strudel

“What does everyone like to get here?” I asked the waitress as I sat at the large round table near the front door.

“Everyone loves the Hangover Hashbrowns,” she replied without hesitation. With my curiosity piqued I ordered that along with the Sunrise Burrito. While waiting for the food to arrive I admired the local artwork hanging on the walls of the small, cozy Cafe Strudel.

It didn’t take long for the food to arrive. It was hard to decide where to start. The Sunrise Burrito was stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, house-made salsa, black beans, and gave off a wonderful aroma of Mexican food.

But the Hangover Hashbrowns beckoned to me. Their menu called it “A legend!” and after just the first bite I had to agree. The hash browns were cooked with onions, banana peppers, cheddar cheese, and two over easy eggs on top. “The eggs are the glue that hold the whole thing together,” the waitress explained when she brought it over.

It worked for me. I alternated between the subtle spiciness of the hash browns and burrito, savoring each bite one at a time. After just the first bite I could tell the eggs were something different because of intense flavor. Asking about it I learned the eggs, along with many of the other ingredients, came from a local vendor.

The eggs in the burrito and covering the hash browns dulled the hotness of the meal, but just in case you avoid spiciness altogether there were plenty of menu items without such flare. French toast, bagel sandwiches, and even a breakfast burger offered a few alternatives.  

When you visit (because I know you will) the menu items in yellow boxes are the customer favorites.

Location: 300 State Street, West Columbia, SC

Brunch Hours: Monday & Tuesday 8am-3pm, Wednesday & Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 8am-10pm, and Sunday’s 10am-9pm

Brunch Menu: http://cafestrudel.com/food/#menu

The Sunrise Burrito and Hangover Hashbrowns at Cafe Strudel. The early morning sunlight pouring through that window made the place feel bright and cozy.

The Gourmet Shop

I sat at a table beside a towering chrome rack chocked full of specialty food ingredients. The rack, along with about a dozen others, separated the retail side from the café side of The Gourmet Shop.

Before I even had a chance to take off my jacket a waitress was ready to take my order. The brunch menu included items like a breakfast bowl, croissant sandwiches, and Belgian waffles, but it was the Breakfast Panini that caught my attention.

The panini, along with a side of cheese grits, arrived in just a few minutes. Filled with eggs, Parrano cheese, roasted red peppers, and turkey sausage, the smell immediately excited me. The gooey cheese held the sandwich together between slices of lightly toasted Italian bread. I don’t think I’d ever had Parrano cheese before and now I wanted more.

The cheddar cheese over the grits was a nice touch to an otherwise bland meal. If I’m to be honest I’ve never been a fan of grits because straight off the stove they have no flavor whatsoever. These were different in the kind of way that made me want some more.

After finishing off the hearty breakfast I explored the retail side of the locally owned shop. The racks were full of kitchen utensils and countertop appliances, specialty food items, and one of the largest assortments of fine wines from the world I’d ever seen in a retail shop.

Location: 724 Saluda Avenue, Columbia, SC

Brunch Hours: Monday – Friday 9am-12pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, and Sunday 10am-2pm

Brunch Menu: www.thegourmetshop.net/cafe/

Cheese. So much cheese. But it added some welcome flavor to the bowl of grits and that savory breakfast sandwich.

Motor Supply Company Bistro

Of all the restaurants in Columbia a meal at the Motor Supply Company Bistro is the most likely to be compared to a blind date. The menu changes daily and the brunch menu weekly. When I walked in that morning I had no idea what to expect.

Owner Eddie Wales and Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer like running a restaurant devoted to local ingredients and creating a special “farm-to-fork” experience. Each day farmers in the region supply the restaurant with the freshest ingredients of the season and the chef goes to work creating the menu.

One staple for the brunch menu that is frequently available is the bacon-infused Bloody Mary. I have no idea what that is because I’m not much a fan of vodka and tomato juice in the morning, but the lady at the table next to me grinned from ear to ear when I asked about it.

Although the brunch menu changes weekly it typically includes items like buttermilk biscuits, French toast, and various meat entrees. The general manager explained it could be anything from South Carolina shrimp to North Carolina trout and just about anything in between.

The atmosphere at the bistro was upscale but casual in the Southern way. The high ceilings kept the noise level from conversationalists at an appreciable level. Beautiful curated artwork adorned the walls.

Despite nearly every seat taken it did not take long for my food to arrive. The large Buttermilk Biscuit Plate loaded with scrambled eggs and country gravy had that smell of weekends at grandmother’s house. The grandmother always tells me, “You know you don’t have to finish the entire meal.” When it tastes this good yes I do.

Location: 920 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC

Brunch Hours: Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

Brunch Menu: www.motorsupplycobistro.com/menu/view/sunday-brunch-menu

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Za’s on Devine

Before I even looked at the brunch menu I knew what I wanted. From my seat in the comfortable booth beside the large picture window I could see the brick oven in the kitchen.

Sure enough as soon as I opened the menu I saw the Breakfast Pizza. Available in 8” or 14” sizes the pizza was topped with a spinach and artichoke quiche, Canadian bacon, diced Roma tomatoes, even more bacon, and a blend of five cheeses. It was everything I had ever wanted a pizza before noon to be.

The somewhat thin crust was easy to tear off in each slice. The cheese balanced the saltiness of the bacon and between the two nearly drowned out the flavor of the quiche. But I’m okay with that because, after all, it’s bacon and cheese.

Recently purchased by four guys who went to college together, Za’s on Devine (technically called Za’s Brick Oven Pizza) has become a staple of the Devine Street Shopping District. The rustic, modern interior had comfortable chairs and booths surrounding an open kitchen and bar. Between the seating inside, a rentable space, and outdoor seating for warmer days the restaurant had plenty of room for your friends and family.

Location: 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC

Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11am-2pm

Brunch Menu: www.zasbrickovenpizza.com/

I’m a big fan of pizza and breakfast so you can imagine my glee when I saw breakfast pizza on Za’s on Devine’s brunch menu.

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

The most important thing I learned during my visit to The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli was that a mini cinnamon roll was a “normal” size and the cinnamon roll was the size of my face.

I wish I had known that before ordering my brunch at the walk-up counter. A few minutes later Anna, one of the many friendly waitresses working that morning, brought my food on a shiny metal tray. My jaw hung slightly open at the sight of the cinnamon roll and gave Anna a little giggle.

The most popular brunch menu item was the Loaded Grits bowl, which I had to admit sounded tempting, but I opted to go with the Big Joe Breakfast Sandwich. Two eggs, smoked sausage, and cheddar cheese served on toasted whole grain bread. The generous portion of butter soaked into the bread was perfect with the saltiness of the sausage.

Sensing I was ready for the dessert portion of my breakfast Jody Kreush, who owns the business along with her son Richard, brought over a tray of mini cinnamon rolls. Strawberry glaze ozzed off the cream cheese topping of one, another sat in a puddle of maple syrup topped with bacon, and the third had the sweetest smelling apples on top. Did your mouth water just a little bit?

After finishing off a couple of the rolls I asked Jody about the ingredients she used in everything. “I like making everything in house because it lets me serve high quality food at affordable prices.” As I considered this amazing meal had only cost $10 I had to admit she was absolutely right.

On my way out the door I asked my waitress, Anna, if she had ever come here before working here. “Oh, I used to come here all the time. Now I just come on my days off and bring my friends with me.”

Location: 2617 Devine Street, Columbia, SC

Brunch Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7am-2pm

Brunch Menu: www.thecinnamonrolldeli.com/menus

It was hard to know where to start eating: the breakfast sandwich with smoked sausage or the desserts with maple bacon and strawberry cream cheese. Sigh. I was a good boy and saved dessert for last.

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I came to Hammondsport, NY for a weekend but ended up staying a week. The charming town in the southern Finger Lakes of Upstate New York immediately carved a niche in my heart. I went on my first flight in a seaplane, devoured delicious food, sampled amazing craft spirits, and spent a couple of nights at a cozy bed and breakfast. Here’s why you need to spend a weekend in Hammondsport, New York yourself.

The view of the lake from 2,000′ was amazing. But I don’t think Bob Knill was amused when I asked if I could take the controls of the plane. Sorry, Bob!

Keuka Lake

My introduction to Keuka Lake (pronounced cue-kah) began at a boat dock where a small Cessna 180 was bobbing in the water. Career pilot Bob Knill with Finger Lakes Seaplanes greets fellow travel blogger Heidi Seifkas and I at the boat dock and ushered us into the tiny cockpit.

Several minutes later we were skipping across the surface of the lake and suddenly we were airborne and my first flight in a seaplane began. The view of the lake from 2,000’ was pretty amazing. The rolling hills of the Finger Lakes slowly moved beneath us as Bob gave a 45-minute tour of the Y-shaped lake.

The view from the boat on Keuka Lake on a perfectly beautiful September day.

A few days later I was introduced to Keuka Lake from a completely different perspective: a pontoon boat. Captain Mary Jo with OnKeuka Tours moored her boat to a small dock in Depot Park and warmly greeted fellow travel blogger Toccara Best, a group of local ladies, and myself aboard. It was a warm September day, the sun was out and so was the bimini top, and moments later we were cutting across the surface of the lake.

Mary Jo effortlessly navigated the boat while also regaling us with local stories and history about the lake. Did you know Keuka Lake is the only Finger Lake whose water reverses direction in the middle? It was just one of the interesting stories I learned during the two hour tour.

We spent much of the time navigating across about half of the lake. But we were also given twenty minutes to take a swim beneath The Bluff and a short pit stop at a lakeside convenience store for snacks and drinks. As we headed back toward the dock with freshwater spray hitting my face and beautiful vistas in all directions I knew this was a tour I could enjoy more than once.

Fish tacos and delicious burgers. This is just a small sample of the amazing food from the local mom-and-pop restaurants in Hammondsport.

Restaurants in Hammondsport, NY

I ended up at the Village Tavern twice with different travel blogger friends during my time in Hammondsport. The first time I delved into two fish tacos loaded with toppings and served with house made coleslaw. The second time I tried their stuffed French toast brunch menu item. Each time I walked out completely satisfied for hours to come.

Burgers & Beer has a few locations in the Southern Finger Lakes around Corning and one of them is on the town square in Hammondsport. It was very much the definition of a hole in the wall: visitors order their meal from a giant menu hanging above a bar and a few minutes later pick up their meal served on aluminum trays. The burger I ordered, topped with onion rings and gooey cheese, was absolutely amazing.

My evening at the Park Inn turned out to be one of my favorites in Hammondsport. The locally owned restaurant spares no expense on portions or quality of food. I ordered an appetizer of chicken wings that were savory to the very last piece of meat I could pick off the bone. The fried chicken sandwich I ordered later was so tall I had to smush it down just to fit in my mouth (and y’all know how big my mouth is).

One of my last stops in Hammondsport was the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company. Owned by the same local company as the Park Inn, the ice cream parlor had recently undergone a massive renovation. It’s popular with the locals who come for the fantastic menu and locally made ice cream. I ended up with yet another amazing burger (seriously this was a burger town) and a delicious milkshake.

The 1886 Room was a great place to enjoy the view and some wine, but it’s not the only place in Hammondsport to enjoy both.

Wineries, Breweries, and a Distillery in Hammondsport, NY

Did you know the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes was established in Hammondsport in 1860? That’s old. The Pleasant Valley Wine Company produced award-winning wines for over a hundred years before it began an interesting journey of being purchased by Coca-Cola, used as an aviation facility, and finally returning to its root as a winery.

Pleasant Valley may have the claim to oldest winery, but it was the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery that innovated the grape growing process in the Finger Lakes. Founded in 1962 as Vinifera Wine Cellars it was grown in leaps and bounds under the guidance of Dr. Frank’s son and grandson, who still runs the day to day business. The 1886 Room offers wine sampling and cheese trays with a rooftop view of Keuka Lake.

Although the Finger Lakes are known for their wines it’s not the only place to get a craft drink in the area. The Brewery of Broken Dreams, located inside a beautiful old production facility, is a great place for craft beer on the weekends. The dark wood tasting room is the kind of places where you can hang with the locals and hear great stories about the town while enjoying good beer.

On a hill high above Keuka Lake is another locally owned brewery: Steuben Brewing. Owned by Chad Zimar the brewery is operated on a day to day basis by his retired parents. With 30 years of winery experience his father, Jim, could not be more proud of what his son has accomplished. The brewery has a commanding view of the lake and small flights of fantastic craft beer to enjoy.

Not to be left out is my experience at Krooked Tusker Distillery. Located inside a prefabricated airplane hangar owner Carlton Reeves loves to tell people his story and share with them his amazing whiskey and gin. The first day I visited (and I visited a few times) there was live music..

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Have you ever seen a John Wayne movie?  Even if you haven’t, you’re probably still familiar with the landscapes of Monument Valley.  Sitting on the border of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation Tribal Park of unutterable beauty and spiritual importance.  Many people visit for the day, but I recommend you stay for 24 hours so that you can watch the magic of the sunrise over Monument Valley.

Sitting on the Colorado Plateau, this vast area of desert landscape is punctuated by isolated sandstone buttes.  The three most famous formations are East and West Mitten Butte and Merrick Butte.  These striking figures rise up from the valley floor like hands reaching for the sky.  Visiting Monument Valley, or Oljato in Navajo, is a soul-shaking experience – not just for the beauty and stillness, but also because of the sheer scale of the place.

Getting to Monument Valley

By far the easiest way to reach Monument Valley is to drive.  It is around 7 hours’ drive from both Las Vegas and Salt Lake City international airports.  Flagstaff is the nearest small airport, although fewer flights land here.  You can easily add a stop at Monument Valley if you are visiting Utah’s ‘Big Five’ or combine with a trip to the Grand Canyon.  We drove up from Grand Canyon via Tuba City to Monument Valley in 4 hours with stops.  You will be required to pay a fee at the gate of the Navajo Nation Tribal Park  – it costs $20 per vehicle with up to 4 people included.

Where to stay

There are limited accommodation options around Monument Valley itself.  Outside the Tribal Park there is Goulding’s Lodge, which has a lower elevation, and therefore does not offer the best views of the buttes.  By far the best accommodations are inside the Navajo Tribal Park.  The View Hotel sits into the hillside and has been designed to blend into the landscape.  Most of the rooms have balcony space and views out over the valley; as well as options for higher floors which offer night sky views too.  The View Hotel also offers cabins which are set away from the hotel and offer a sense of solitude and quiet.  A more recent addition to the Tribal Park accommodations is an RV park and wilderness camping site.  With arguably the most spectacular views to wake up to, all the Tribal Park accommodation options offer a great view of the sunrise at Monument Valley.

In the movies

Perhaps most famously, Monument Valley featured in the Western movies made by John Ford and featuring John Wayne, Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956).  Introducing this stunning and alien landscape to the masses.  More recently, the famous buttes as well as the long stretches of highway surrounding the reservation have featured in the movies Easy Rider (1969), and Forrest Gump (1994).  The View Hotel screens the classic Western movies outside on their patio, so that you can watch the movies while looking out over the very landscape where they were filmed.

Seeing Monument Valley for the first time

We visited Monument Valley as part of an 8-week trip across North America, and it became an absolute highlight.  I can’t describe the overwhelming emotion I felt the first time I saw the view over the buttes and plateau of Monument Valley.  After seeing the Grand Canyon, I knew I was falling for the desert landscapes of Arizona and Utah, but the vastness and other-worldly quality of Monument Valley cemented this love affair for me.

Guided Tours

The Navajo offer guided tours around the park, but you can also drive some of the route yourself.  A 4-wheel drive is highly recommended, although we saw several cars attempt the journey.  We had a jeep with 4×4 capability, and we were very happy we had taken this option, as the road was very steep and bumpy in places.  The hotel provides a guide booklet to the route around the valley floor and be sure to leave several hours to do this.  I would recommend the guided tours and walks if you have time, as these provide a much deeper narrative to the area from the Navajo perspective.  Please always be respectful of the Tribal Park rules and regulations, which include no smoking, littering, or going off the designated tracks.  Climbing the buttes or the use of drones is also prohibited.

Setting up your vantage point

Whether you are camping or in the hotel, you will need to set yourself up with a spot from which to enjoy the sunrise.  We had a balcony room at the hotel, so used the railings of the balcony to attach our travel tripod so we could film a time-lapse video of the sunrise.

While we certainly took a lot of photos of the event, we also wanted to be able to sit and enjoy the magic of the moment, so we positioned our chairs side by side facing east.  I recommend waking up at least 30 minutes before the listed time of sunrise, as the light starts to creep over the horizon before the sun does.

Sunrise at Monument Valley

One of the most enchanting things about seeing the sunrise at Monument Valley is watching as the valley is revealed.  Observe the shadows cast by the buttes as they shift perspective, and see the valley come alive.  Perhaps it is the majestic scale of the place, or the other-worldly sandstone formations that make this ancient landscape so magical.  One thing is for sure, our visit to Monument Valley topped our travel experiences of 2018.  Of all the beautiful parts of the world, and of all the scenes to witness, sunrise at Monument Valley is one of the most awe-inspiring.

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Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, Georgia is one of the most beautiful and accessible waterfalls in North Georgia. It’s that accessibility along an easy path that makes it such a popular place to visit. I spent a few hours here on a cool summer day, captured a few photos, and enjoyed the sound of rushing water. Here are a few tips on how you can enjoy Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, GA.

If you visit in the summer months you’ll find blooming mountain laurel at the base of the waterfall. I spent nearly twenty minutes to capture the photo on the left just right.

Hiking the Anna Ruby Falls Trail

The adventure begins at the Visitor Center in a large parking lot with plenty of room for cars, RV’s, and campers. The 0.9-mile roundtrip hike follows a paved path, making it one of the most accessible waterfalls in the state. The path does get a bit steep at points but I passed two people in wheelchairs the day I visited.

The path meanders along Smith Creek, crossing it once just a few minutes from the parking lot, and then again near the waterfalls. There are several cascading waterfalls to enjoy along the way and even the warmest of summer days feels cool beneath the canopy of leaves.

At the end of the trail are two wooden observation decks. The lower observation deck sits atop a few stone steps and the upper deck a short set of stairs. However, those in wheelchairs can still enjoy the view of the twin waterfalls from the bridge that crosses between the observation decks.

The upper observation deck has a few bench seats and stretches out a bit toward the falls. This was my “basecamp” for about an hour as I captured photos of the falls and then sat back with a good book. The roar filled my ears with noise but didn’t overwhelm me or distract me. It was a great place to take a break and enjoy a bit of nature.

This is the view from the lower observation deck. Even from here the waterfall was thunderous and spectacular.

Braille Signs on the Lion’s Eye Trail

One of the neat additions to the hiking options at Anna Ruby Falls is the Lion’s Eye Trail. This short trail was designed for the blind or those with visual impairments. Several interpretive signs are written in braille so people can learn a bit about the forest while hiking the trail.

Alternate Route on the Smith Creek Trail

More ambitious hikers can reach the waterfalls from nearby Unicoi State Park via the 8.7-mile Smith Creek Trail. This moderately strenuous trail ascends nearly 800′ from the park’s campground to Anna Ruby Falls while climbing over Smith Mountain in between (the waterfall is just 400′ higher in elevation than the trailhead).

The trail follows the Sautee Ditch, a 7-mile waterway that was created during Georgia’s gold rush in the late 1800s. This trail is not handicap accessible at all as it climbs stairs, crosses footbridges, and has a pretty steep section leading up Smith Mountain. Along the way the trail crosses a few creeks while hidden beneath a canopy of leaves that provides good shade on sunny days.

If you’re thinking the climb might be a bit too much, try hiking the trail one-way from Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park. This route has a modest 400′ ascent up Smith Mountains and then a near-steady descent to the state park from there, making for a much easier hike.

Getting There & Fees

You have to know about Anna Ruby Falls or you may never find it on your own. It’s in a bit of a hidden area just north of Helen, Georgia. The official address is 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Road, Helen, GA, and that address plugged into my GPS got me there. But cellphone signal was very weak so you may not be able to rely on cellular data for your GPS.

The visitor center is located at the end of a road on the east side of Unicoi Lake, part of Unicoi State Park. You’ll pass the Beach House, a popular place for recreation on the lake, along the way to the visitor center. The road loops around and back to the campground, but you’ll want to turn onto Anna Ruby Falls Road. Five minutes later you’re there.

The waterfalls are maintained by the Cradle of Forestry in America (they also operate the attraction at Brasstown Bald). The gates are open 9am – 6pm daily, but they may close under severe winter weather conditions. They also charge an admission fee of $3 per person.

The Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center has a large gift shop with local arts and crafts, books, and clothing, restrooms, and a place to fill up your water bottles before hitting the trails.

Helton Creek Falls is an easy hike near Blairsville, GA. It’s a pretty stunning waterfall to enjoy, one of two along the same trail.

A Few More Waterfalls Near Helen, GA

Just in case the stunning Anna Ruby Falls wasn’t enough, here are a few more waterfalls near Helen, GA:

  • Amicalola Falls
  • DeSoto Falls
  • Helton Creek Falls
  • Raven Cliff Falls
  • Minnehaha Falls
  • Tallulah Falls
  • Panther Falls and Angel Falls
  • Toccoa Falls
  • Holcomb Creek Falls

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On March 1, 1872 an act of Congress created Yellowstone National Park, the first such park of its kind in the world, in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming. Over three decades later on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act that created the National Park Service. At the time there were 35 national parks and monuments that came under the jurisdiction of the new agency; today there are 418.

But there are actually more than that managed or maintained by the National Park Service. In addition to the 418 “core” sites of the NPS there are an additional 146 related areas including affiliate areas, national heritage areas, national scenic trails, and national wild & scenic rivers. This is a complete list by state of all these sites.

This list is also a bit of a travel bucket list. You will notice a checkbox in front of each entry; if that box is checked it means I have visited, and if the title is a link it means I have written about that NPS site.

Enjoy the list and I hope this might inspire you to visit a few (or all) of the National Park Service sites for yourself!

Alabama

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument (website)

Freedom Riders National Monument (website)

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (website)

Little River Canyon National Preserve (website)

Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (website)

Natchez Trace Parkway (website)

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (website)

Russell Cave National Monument (website)

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail (website)

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (website)

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (website)

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site (website)

Alaska

Alagnak Wild River (website)

Aleutian World War II National Historic Area (website)

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve (website)

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (website)

Cape Krusenstern National Monument (website)

Denali National Park and Preserve (website)

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (website)

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (website)

Iñupiat Heritage Center (website)

Katmai National Park and Preserve (website)

Kenai Fjords National Park (website)

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (website)

Kobuk Valley National Park (website)

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (website)

Noatak National Preserve (website)

Sitka National Historical Park (website)

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (website)

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (website)

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (website)

ARIZONA

Canyon De Chelly National Monument (website)

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (website)

Chiricahua National Monument (website)

Coronado National Memorial (website)

Fort Bowie National Historic Site (website)

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (website)

Grand Canyon National Park (website)

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (website)

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (website)

Lake Mead National Recreation Area (website)

Montezuma Castle National Monument (website)

Navajo National Monument (website)

Old Spanish National Historic Trail (website)

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (website)

Parashant National Monument (website)

Petrified Forest National Park (website)

Pipe Spring National Monument (website)

Saguaro National Park (website)

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (website)

Tonto National Monument (website)

Tumacacori National Historical Park (website)

Tuzigoot National Monument (website)

Walnut Canyon National Monument (website)

Wupatki National Monument (website)

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Post National Memorial (website)

Buffalo National River (website)

Fort Smith National Historic Site (website)

Hot Springs National Park (website)

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (website)

Pea Ridge National Military Park (website)

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site (website)

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (website)

CALIFORNIA

Alcatraz Island (website)

Cabrillo National Monument (website)

California National Historic Trail (website)

Castle Mountains National Monument (website)

César E. Chávez National Monument (website)

Channel Islands National Park (website)

Death Valley National Park (website)

Devils Postpile National Monument (website)

Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site (website)

Fort Point National Historic Site (website)

Golden Gate National Recreational Area (website)

John Muir National Historic Site (website)

Joshua Tree National Park (website)

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (website)

Lassen Volcanic National Park (website)

Lava Beds National Monument (website)

Manzanar National Historic Site (website)

Mojave National Preserve (website)

Muir Woods National Monument (website)

Old Spanish National Historic Trail (website)

Pinnacles National Park (website)

Point Reyes National Seashore (website)

Pony Express National Historic Trail (website)

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (website)

Presidio of San Francisco (website)

Redwood National Park (website)

Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park (website)

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (website)

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (website)

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park (website)

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (website)

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (website)

Yosemite National Park (website)

COLORADO

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (website)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (website)

California National Historic Trail (website)

Colorado National Monument (website)

Currecanti National Recreation Area (website)

Dinosaur National Monument (website)

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (website)

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (website)

Hovenweep National Monument (website)

Mesa Verde National Park (website)

Old Spanish National Historic Trail (website)

Pony Express National Historic Trail (website)

Rocky Mountain National Park (website)

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (website)

Santa Fe National Historic Trail (website)

Yucca House National Monument (website)

CONNECTICUT

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (website)

New England National Scenic Trail (website)

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor (website)

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail (website)

Weir Farm National Historic Site (website)

DELAWARE

Captain John Smith Chesapeake (website)

First State National Historical Park (website)

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail (website)

FLORIDA

Big Cypress National Preserve (website)

Biscayne National Park (website)

Canaveral National Seashore (website)

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (website)

De Soto National Memorial (website)

Dry Tortugas National Park (website)

Everglades National Park (website)

Fort Caroline National Memorial (website)

Fort Matanzas National Monument (website)

Gulf Islands National Seashore (website)

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (website)

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (website)

GEORGIA

Andersonville National Historic Site (website)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (website)

Arabia National Heritage Area (website)

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area (website)

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (website)

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (website)

Cumberland Island National Seashore (website)

Fort Frederica National Monument (website)

Fort Pulaski National Monument (website)

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (website)

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (website)

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (website)

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site (website)

Ocmulgee National Monument (website)

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (website)

HAWAII

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (website)

Haleakala National Park (website)

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (website)

Honouliuli National Monument (website)

Kalaupapa National Historical Park (website)

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (website)

Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (website)

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (website)

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (website)

IDAHO

California National Historic Trail (website)

City of Rocks National Reserve (website)

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (website)

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (website)

Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail (website)

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (website)

Minidoka National Historic Site (website)

Nez Perce National Historical Park (website)

Oregon National Historic Trail (website)

Yellowstone National Park (website)

ILLINOIS

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (website)

Lincoln Home National Historic Site (website)

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail (website)

Pullman National Monument (website)

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (website)

INDIANA

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (website)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (website)

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (website)

IOWA

Effigy Mounds National Monument (website)

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (website)

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (website)

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail (website)

KANSAS

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (website)

California National Historic Trail (website)

Fort Larned National Historic Site (website)

Fort Scott National Historic Site (website)

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (website)

Nicodemus National Historic Site (website)

Oregon National Historic Trail (website)

Pony Express National Historic Trail (website)

Santa Fe National Historic Trail (website)

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (website)

KENTUCKY

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (website)

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area (website)

Camp Nelson National Monument (website)

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (website)

Fort Donelson National Battlefield (website)

Mammoth Cave National Park (website)

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (website)

LOUISIANA

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (website)

Cane River National Heritage Area (website)

Cane River Creole National Historical Park (website)

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail (website)

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (website)

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (website)

Poverty Point National Monument (website)

Vicksburg National Military Park (website)

MAINE

Acadia National Park (website)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (website)

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (website)

Roosevelt Campbello International Park (website)

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site (website)

MARYLAND

Antietam National Battlefield (website)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (website)

Assateague Island National Seashore (website)

Baltimore-Washington Parkway (website)

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (website)

Catoctin Mountain Park (website)

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (website)

Clara Barton National Historic Site (website)

Fort Foote Park (website)

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (website)

Fort Washington Park (website)

George Washington Memorial Parkway (website)

Glen Echo Park (website)

Greenbelt Park (website)

Hampton National Historic Site (website)

Harmony Hall (website)

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