Alex is taking a break from her American university to spend the semester studying in London. Alex's true loves include listening to live music, taking the long way home, and eating as much Cadbury chocolate as she can get her hands on in the next three months.
A stately brick home in Hartford, Connecticut, is unassumingly nestled in deep green woods. Coming upon it, one would never guess it was here that the father of American literature, Mark Twain, wrote some of his most prolific works (The Adventures of Tom…"
An excellent sampling of colonial America is found in the modest town of Litchfield. Without the pretense of cities such as Williamsburg or Boston, the Litchfield History Museum gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in New England through a v…"
This looming Victorian home is not what I pictured when I thought of the home of abolitionist and author, Harriet Beecher Stowe. The outside is large and somewhat foreboding, but the inside is filled with mementos of the life of this well-educated, well-…"
This two-mile long stretch along the Connecticut shoreline is the perfect place to spend a day when visiting New England. No ostentation is to be seen at Hammonasset, where visitors can bike, camp, or fish to their heart’s content without the crowd…"
"100 years ago, the Florence Griswold Museum did not only house the works of famous impressionists artists, it housed those artists themselves. An artist colony provided by its namesake, the home today is open to visitors who wish to peruse its extensive …"
India has the Taj Mahal, but Connecticut has the Taj Mahal of Rose Gardens. Built and named in honor of the wife of Charles Pond, who donated his estate to the city, Elizabeth Park is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon basking in sunshine, exploring…"
Sitting like a jewel in the middle of Yale University’s New Haven campus is the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. A strange, rectangular building with a honeycomb-like pattern, it now houses over 500,000 volumes and millions of manuscri…"
When I think of dinosaurs roaming the earth, I rarely imagine them on the loose in Connecticut. It is, however, here that visitors to Dinosaur State Park can see the footprints these mysterious animals left behind. Located inside a domed building, the tr…"
"The Bruce Museum is composed of an interesting mix of collections; artwork, artifacts of natural history, and scientific dioramas are just a few of the items on display in this well-respected Connecticut institution. In spite of housing a somewhat jumbl…"
Historic buildings in Connecticut are a dime a dozen, yet New Haven’s Center Church manages to stand out among the rest. We’ve all heard the Puritanical analogy of a City on a Hill, but what about a church on a hill? And what about a hill bui…"
Public parks are a great resource that are often taken for granted. Hype Park, Central Park, the Tuilleries, the English Gardens: these are the spaces that so often define great cities as much as the buildings that surround them. Reverand Horace Bushnel…"
"Connecticut’s Cockaponset State Forest is a beautiful example of New England scenery. The park also is home to two more unique features: the Chester Cedar Swamp and Pine Ledge, which is great for rock climbing. In the winter, visitors can participa…"
Located in the heart of West Arkansas is Ouachita National Forest. A beautiful example of Arkansas scenery, the forest offers various opportunities for sport and recreation, including camping, hiking, and biking. The rocky bluffs of low-lying mountains a…"
Chugging up to the top of Pikes Peak, the ever-changing scenery captivates visitors immediately. From the small town of Manitou Springs the mountain is covered in spruce and pine trees that eventually give way to a more mountainous landscape. Various an…"
Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world and certainly in America, Yale University has been molding the minds of intelligent, powerful individuals since its founding in the 1701. Walking about the campus offers a strange juxtapos…"
After a visiting most of London’s various art galleries, I thought I’d seen all the British art I could. That is, however, before the Yale Center for British Art. This museum is home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK. Fr…"
Yale is certainly one of the oldest universities in America, but who knew it had dinosaurs? It’s true; they live in the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Home to not only the skeletons of these Jurassic creatures, but also of exhibits featuring ot…"
Few people associate diamond mining with Southwest Arkansas, but that is the lure of Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. A large field, plowed in rows, is designed to accommodate people digging for gems with a vast array of tools including scr…"
There is something to be said about getting away from the stresses of daily life and retreating into the simple quiet of nature. Buffalo Outdoor Center offers that respite in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Imagine floating down a slow-moving …"
The Delta Cultural Center is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Arkansas Delta, but what is perhaps the most interesting and heavily emphasized portion of that history is its contribution to blues music. Although the museum offers different e…"
Luxurious bath houses, historic mansions, and… gangsters? Who knew the quiet city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was a haunt of the likes of Al Capone and Bugs Moran? Due to its reputation as a resort town and its lax position on booze, betting, and br…"
It looks rather foreign rising from the hills of the Ouachita Mountains near Hot Springs, Arkansas, but do not let the Hot Springs Mountain Tower’s spacecraft-like appearance fool you: it offers one of the best opportunities for observing Arkansas&…"
Unlike most National Parks, the predominant draw of Hot Springs National Park is not strictly natural, but historical. Elegant buildings line Bathhouse Row, which includes the Fordyce, now a park museum, and the still-functioning Buckstaff Baths. Natura…"
The Old State House Museum in Little Rock not only houses historical artifacts, it is itself an artifact, being the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi. A beautiful Greek Revival mansion, this lovely museum houses a vast amount of info…"
"In a state that is not necessarily known for being hip or cosmopolitan, the River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall is both. Far from offering up the fried chicken and greens that the American South is known for, the Market features international cu…"
The River Market District is to Little Rock as Times Square is to New York City. It’s the epicenter of culture and activity. Music festivals, dining, nightlife, shopping: the River Market District has it all. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the peri…"
The Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the only remaining bathhouse in what was once a popular travel destination for those wishing to take the waters. What is most amazing, perhaps, is that visitors are still invited today to take mineral …"
Spanning the Arkansas River, the Big Dam Bridge connects exercise trails in North Little Rock to Little Rock. For those who built it, the Bridge is a symbol of friendship and community, health and fitness, and economic prosperity and quality of life. Fo…"
Looking out at the Batad Rice Terraces is reminiscent of looking at a stained glass window: the layered strips of land mirror the sky in a beautifully disjointed way. The incredible green of the hillsides contrasts with the water, and the homes that are …"
"If an exciting adventure is what you’re searching for in a travel destination, what better place to seek it than at the site of an active volcano? Although not the tallest peak in the immediate area, this still imposing formation is surrounded in a misty…"
"The magnificent turquoise waters of the crater of Mount Pinatubo are slightly misleading, as are the green-carpeted mountains that line the banks. They give a sense of calm to the area that is undeserved, as black rock from an eruption in 1991 still scar…"
Thousands of years ago a volcano erupted here creating a pristine lake that is still available for our enjoyment. Instead of fiery lava and rock, today’s Lake Toba boasts achingly blue waters surrounded by low-lying green mountains dotted with nati…"
Look at the serene lake of Sangkhla Buri, Thailand, and you’ll be unsure whether you’re seeing sky or water. This perfectly mirrored surface meets the lush grass on its banks and slowly rises into more rugged mountains in the distance. This r…"
Most of us make daily decisions for the betterment of the planet: recycling a glass bottle, walking instead of driving, bringing a re-usable bag to the market. Arcosanti, however, takes eco-friendly living to a whole new level with its construction, whic…"
Alaska is often associated with outdoors adventure, but for those who are less inclined to strike out on foot or by kayak into the wilderness, railway trips offer a spectacular alternative. Scale the heights of mountains and dip into lush valleys withou…"
"Six Flags is not just a theme park anymore! There are concerts, a water park and other events within the park. As far as the rides go there are plenty for every member of the family. There are thrill rides, water rides and kiddy rides. The park also ha…"
For enthusiasts of the Old West, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was an event as monumental as the remake of the John Wayne True Grit film. Today, visitors are invited to experience a recreation of the town as it appeared on that fateful day in 1881. Se…"
Few visitor attractions in the United States offer the same mystery as Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. A relic of a civilization that left no written language behind, Americans have been puzzled by its purpose since it became the country’s fir…"
"Although I’ve heard people proclaim on more than one occasion, “It’s just a big hole in the ground!” when referring to the Grand Canyon, they usually have not experienced the utter vastness and full impact of the geographic wonder. Dipping one mile int…"
Jutting out from between two red boulders is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a Catholic chapel located just outside Sedona, Arizona. Unlike conventional churches, this one is not composed of overly ornate architecture. It does not feature any frills. It i…"
Often overshadowed by more well-known nature sites in Arizona, Chiricahua National Monument is a location that deserves more respect. But maybe it’s the relative anonymity Chiricahua enjoys that makes it so spectacular. Although camping facilities…"
Just when you begin to think Arizona is a mass of shrubby bushes and foreign rock formations, something new presents itself. Such is the case at Coconino National Forest. Although the striking rock formations are still present here, they are not the onl…"
"During the last 30 years of the 19th century, the United States Army maintained Fort Verde in central Arizona. Today, Fort Verde is kept in operation by the state of Arizona to serve as an educational site for visitors. A small museum and historic homes…"
Alaska is often associated with outdoors adventure, but for those who are less inclined to strike out on foot or by kayak into the wilderness, railway trips offer a spectacular alternative. Scale the heights of mountains and dip into lush valleys without…"
Less well-know than its contemporary in New York, Ellis Island, Angel Island was the point of entry for thousands of Asian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century. Although the exhibit here is not as extensive as that in New York, a mus…"
Known as the “Natural State,” Arkansas is home to beautiful scenery, for which it is not always given credit. This scenic byway through the Ozark Mountains highlights some of that forgotten beauty, as illustrated in the mountains and valleys …"
"Fans of the classic film Gone with the Wind will recognize this North Little Rock landmark instantly, as the reproduction grist mill was featured in the opening scene of the movie. Today it serves a more humble purpose, as a quiet retreat from the city. …"
There’s nothing quite like driving along Arkansas’s Highway 7 Scenic Byway. Spanning two mountain ranges, the highway illustrates some of the best views in the state. Driving along the top of a mountain, looking down on a valley, perhaps a r…"
For those of the faith, the Great Passion Play is an emotional experience concerning the life of their Lord. For those outside the fold, the Play is an interesting historical account of an admittedly influential man. The Great Passion Play in Eureka Spr…"
In the forest near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, there is a chapel. This is no ordinary church; all four of its walls are glass. An architectural wonder and completely unique spiritual experience, the Thorncrown Chapel is a beautiful building that succeeds i…"
In the time since his presidency came to an end, Arkansas’ own Bill Clinton’s popularity has skyrocketed to astronomical heights. Today, visitors can learn about this charismatic man and his life and career as a public servant in his museum i…"
There is an understated beauty to Saguaro National Park that comes not from opulent waterfalls, towering peaks, or lush trees as in so many other national parks, but from the stark scenery featuring shrubby bushes, sharp cactus, and the occasional resili…"
You don’t have to scramble up the side of a mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of Arizona’s red rock landscape, as the Airport Mesa Trail is a short, relatively flat walk. The scenery on the actual trail is typical for that of the region- f…"
The Arizona State Museum is quite impressive for a university-run program. Affiliated with the infamous Smithsonian Institution, this treasure found on the Tucson campus houses extensive collections concerning the American Southwest, local Native America…"
"Route 66 holds some of the best hidden treasures in America. One such treasure is Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant. Just off the highway, this local institution is quickly gaining more and more popularity for its unassuming façade, wonderful food, and warm, …"
"Hidden on a rural highway in South Missouri is an unassuming white house sitting on a hill. This humble abode was the home to none other than Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the renowned Little House series. This particular little house was built enti…"
"When the Bonne Terre Mine closed in 1962, laborers were told to drop their equipment and leave the cave. The mine flooded and left a large portion of those artifacts completely covered in water. Today, visitors are invited to come and tour this spooky su…"
"Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Arch is a landmark most unique in size and structure. The tallest national monument in the United States, the Arch offers an unrivaled view of the city. After taking an egg…"
"One of America’s most stunning motorways, the Blue Ridge Parkway takes drivers through two very beautiful national parks, both Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Seeing fog mist over the peaks of the Smoky Mountains is most…"
"Opulence and wealth exude from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The actual home is surrounded by multiple gardens of diverse design, which were created by great architects, such as Frederick Law Olmsted. Antler Hill, where many of the fa…"
"Each year in the spring, Washington DC is transformed from a solemn city to a flower-filled paradise, as cheerful pink blossoms spill forth from cherry trees surrounding the tidal basin. After a dreary winter, city dwellers are only too happy to encounte…"
"The grave of United States President John F. Kennedy is not only a place in which to mourn, but also to hope. As the youngest president in American history, Kennedy inspired a generation, and his legacy continues to do so today. As visitors approach t…"
"Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues and barbeque; but if you’re looking for something different, check out the home and grave of Elvis Presley, iconic American entertainer. Graceland may not be as elegant as the palaces of Europe, but this home of a ki…"
"Paris has the Louvre, London has the British Museum, and Washington D.C. has the Smithsonian. Composed of an impressive 19 museums, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy at this American institution. Whether you’re interested in prehistoric dino…"
"At the center of most trips to Washington D.C. is the National Mall. Whether gazing across the expanse from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial from where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his infamous, “I Have a Dream” speech or exploring the winding pa…"
"Nestled in between the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square is a great place to visit for tourists and residents, alike. Enjoy the paper and a hot tea from one of the many street vendors, or snap …"