United States of America Off The Beaten Path

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United States of America Off The Beaten Path

  • Central Park

    New York City Off The Beaten Path

    I love Central Park in New York City anytime of year. Central Park is a park in the central New York City borough of Manhattan. It opened in 1857, on 778 acres of city-owned land. In the summer time, there are so many activities to choose from tours, strolling, rollerblading, picnicking, yoga classes. You can even get married and have your wedding...

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  • Within a 3 Hour Drive

    Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path

    The Lost City of Overton was a surprise we found at the end of the drive through The Valley of Fire. There is a small museum full of recued relics from the days when the Hoover Dam was being built. You see, when the water of the Colorado River pooled behind the dam, it would bury the evidence of the indiginous people, the Basket Maker people and a...

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  • Plantations

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    I highly recommend leaving the societal cess pool of New Orleans, and driving about two hours to The Myrtles in St. Francisville, La. Deemed "the most haunted house in America" by The Wall St. Journal, I have spent many nights there and highly recommend it. Not for the faint of heart, or easily spooked, this great experience is off the beaten path...

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  • Suburban delights

    Chicago Off The Beaten Path

    Willowbrook Park, a unit of the Forest Preserves of DuPage County is a wonderful oasis in this urban area. The rehabilitation center houses numerous animals For more pictures see my marsh, and rehab center.

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  • Day Trips

    San Francisco Off The Beaten Path

    One of the northern missions, this was originally part of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Founded in 1817 as a sanitarium for Indians afflicted with European diseases, it was named for the patron saint of healing. This is still an active church and school. The phone number is that of the gift shop. Father Junipero Serra founded this and most of...

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  • Downtown

    Los Angeles Off The Beaten Path

    If you are into the quirky for your sightseeing, come in the Figueroa Corridor area of downtown, seek out the Felix the Cat sign (1958). The sign, which symbolized the automobile's influence in Los Angeles along with the Chevy car showroom was designated officially as a historical site despite the mayor's protest (Boo Major Villaraigosa, boo). It...

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  • Cemetery and Ghosts

    Key West Off The Beaten Path

    Ten years ago when I went there was only 1 ghost tour which was amazing!! I believe it was . We just went back 04/14 for vacation and now there are 3 tours. We chose www.keywestghostandmysteriestour.com because the website said you could go inside a few of them. They list the many places they take you to, but they didnt take us to all of them so...

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  • Salem

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Salem is a great side trip when visiting the Boston area. The Boston-Salem Ferry is a nice way to get to Salem via the water and is quite ejoyable in the warmer months. The Ferry is located right by the Boston Aquarium and drops you off about 3 blocks down from the House of the Seven Gables in Salem. From there you can spend the day wandering the...

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  • State Parks, Animals and Nature

    Orlando Off The Beaten Path

    Northwest of Orlando, at the edge of the sprawl, the unfortunately named Kelly Park is just an unassuming dot of a county park. But it's actually fantastic. This is the sort of thing that you would love to see at a theme park but never do, because theme parks can't recreate it properly. Think of swimming in a huge, clear, cool pool with a lazy...

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  • National/Local - Parks/Gardens

    Seattle Off The Beaten Path

    Going east and slightly north of downtown Seattle, you will hit the Capitol Hill area of the city. Among the large old houses of this community, you will find Volunteer Park, which features a view of the Space Needle with the Olympic Mountains behind it. There are a number of gravel trails, an old water tower has been converted into a viewing...

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  • Downtown San Diego

    San Diego Off The Beaten Path

    Named after John D. Spreckels a sugar magnate, construction was finished in August of 1912 to service patrons with 1,915 seats. Designed to be earthquake and fire proof and built with the state of the art heating system. It was considered to be nicest theater on the west coast and was constructed to be acoustically perfect for its day. Harrison...

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  • Pennypack Park

    Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path

    Many historic structures are still intact throughout Pennypack Park. In 1697, the Pennypack Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in the United States, was built on King's Highway, now known as Frankford Avenue. The Pennypack Baptist Church, another of the Park's historic sites, was built in 1688. The Verree House on Verree Road...

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  • Cruisin' Around the Island

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    There are some great areas around Honolulu and it is nice to either take a walk, take a bus or a car or even a moped and cruise around the neighborhoods of Honolulu. The peaceful and beauty of the scenery is awesome. The weather if not what you want at the moment then the scenery will most likely be amazing. And if not, the beauty will...

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  • Jerome

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    Located just a mile out of Jerome, AZ is a unique "ghost town" that was once home to over 300 people working the mine. The location today is owned by Don Robertson who has been collecting motor vehicles and "stuff" for years. Open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas you can easily spend an entire day...

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  • North Georgia Mountains & Waterfalls

    Atlanta Off The Beaten Path

    Using Blue Sky Cabin Rentals (blueskycabinrentals.com) we snagged a last minute getaway to Ellijay and "The Cabin on the Pond", a one bedroom with 2 twin beds in the loft and a queen in the master, one bath, with electric/gas fireplace and huge hot tub on the porch overlooking the pond. Way back in the hills away from all traffic noise, situated in...

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  • Parks / Lakes

    Dallas Off The Beaten Path

    I decided to walk from West Village to Mansion on Turtle Creek. Tell you the truth I didn't see anything interesting about Mansion; however, I discovered nice park area along the creek with tall fashionable buildings. Try Turtle Creek Dr and Cedar Springs to see new condominium buildings with prices of condos counting in millions. I know I don't...

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  • Unique / Unusual / One-Of-A-Kind

    Houston Off The Beaten Path

    Just southwest of Houston is the George Ranch in Richmond, TX. I've never been but am including this tip because many travelers want to see an "old west" or "cowboy" side of Houston -- which nowadays, is hard to come by unless it's Rodeo time. According to the web site, the ranch offers vistors: - The struggles of early pioneers to Texas at the...

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  • Outlying Areas

    Richmond Off The Beaten Path

    drewry's bluff is one of 13 sites managed by the richmond national battlefield park. this 90 foot bluff has a commanding view of the james river. at the begining of the civil war the confederates built a fort on this site and named it after augustus h. drewery. the confederates also sank boats in the james river to block the union navy from...

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  • Miscelaneous

    Miami Off The Beaten Path

    This cafe/bar is truly unconventional. Having lived in cities like Seattle and Chicago, where eccentric non-corporate cafes abound, I was dismayed to find nothing of the sort in Miami. Until I stumbled by chance into Luna Star Cafe in North Miami one day after I had visited the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a quiet neighborhood, you would think...

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  • Mono Lake

    Yosemite National Park Off The Beaten Path

    It is a very long drive over to Mono Lake but if you are driving the Tioga Road it is a side trip well worth the effort and if camping at Tuolomne Meadows, the town of Lee Vining where the lake is located is your closest place to shower, pick up supplies, or find a restaurant. The lake is not man-made but man sculpted in a sense. With Los Angeles'...

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  • The Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Off The Beaten Path

    1) Big parking lot at Las Olas and the beach. Lots of locals, lots of bars and some shops. Hidden local tip: Park for less under the bridge that carries Las Olas over the Intercostal, then walk three blocks to the beach. 2) For less noise, but still cool wide beach, walk South from Las Olas for 1/4 mile to the intersection of the side road...

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  • Architecture

    Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

    The old Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore is now a vacant building. Built in 1967 it housed traveling theater productions in Baltimore for almost 30 years. Called by many the ugliest building in Baltimore, there has been pressure to preserve the now empty building. It is a cast concrete building designed in what is called "Brutalism" and also...

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  • Parks

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    OK, this one is WAAAYYY off the beaten path - in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Before you get too creeped out, I found this on www.roadsideamerica.com, and it looked interesting. I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully rendered man-made cave, built in 1935 by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. The grotto has beautiful quartz crystal, and has...

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  • Canoeing

    Tampa Off The Beaten Path

    hillsborough river state park is located northeast of tampa near the town of thonotoassa. historically the area was the site of fort foster during the second seminole war. most visitors come to the park to canoe the river's class II rapids and to walk the park's seven miles of nature trails. hillsborough state park is a nice getaway from the urban...

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  • Anastasia Island State Park.

    Saint Augustine Off The Beaten Path

    The park area has a lightly wooded section, an ocean-front, beach section and a grassy marsh section, so you can see a variety of wading and shore birds. The park is on a migratory path for many species so what birds you see will depend on the time of year for your visit. (see the "birding" section in the website below for more details). This park...

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  • Kitt Peak National Observatory.

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    The road leading to Kitt Peak is Arizona Highway 86 also known as the Tucson-Ajo Highway. It runs through the Tohono O'odham Nation. You drive down 86 until you come to Junction 386 the Kitt Peak turn-off. Kitt Peak is 12 miles up the road. Please note that this is a mountain road with steep grades and lots of sharp turns. There are no facilities...

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  • Nevada City

    Yellowstone National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Had a great time peaking into the windows of these buildings.The rustic look of these buildings is so Montana.This area produced more than $30 million dollars in gold in the late 1800's.Some 35,000 people lived in this area at that time.

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  • Parks

    Monterey Off The Beaten Path

    The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve in Del Rey Oaks is maintained and operated by Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. This tiny 17 acre park is open for pedestrians only and has about one mile of hiking trails. The park is surrounded by houses or road on all four sides, and has a variety of habitats including a freshwater pond, small grassy...

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  • Lakes / Rivers

    Minneapolis Off The Beaten Path

    The Winchell is a little-known section of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area that is believed to have once been used by local indigenous people. Unpaved paths drop down below the main trail, that follows the west side of the river, and into the lower Mississippi River Gorge. The paths meander up and down, through woods and nice...

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  • Jemez Mountains

    Albuquerque Off The Beaten Path

    The village of Jemez Springs is a short 1.5 hour drive from Albuquerque. It is in a valley made by the Jemez River but high enough that you are up in the pine trees. There are many things to do and see around Jemez Springs (see below). To get there, go north out of Albuquerque on I-25 and turn west on Highway 44 at Bernalillo. When you reach San...

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  • Downtown KC

    Kansas City Off The Beaten Path

    The 18th and Vine Historic District has one of the best music museums around. It also has jazz and blues festivals during late summer. Also good night life. Robert Altman, a KC native, shot his movie Kansas CIty in this area. It's now the home of the Mutual Musicians Foundation. It's best, if you plan to stay in town, to hire a cab to get there...

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  • Forest Park

    Portland Off The Beaten Path

    I'm not sure where the main entrance to Forest Park is -- I have a friend who lives next to it and my entrance is her backyard. Anyway, this is the largest urban wilderness park in America, and despite the annoying horns and whistles that come from the train tracks along the river it still makes good hiking and exploring.

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  • Beaches

    Jacksonville Off The Beaten Path

    Looking for public access in ritzy Ponte Vedra Beach? Exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach boasts the gargantuan oceanfront mansions of millionaires, world-class resorts including the five diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and its sister resort The Lodge & Club, and shopping villages filled with high-end boutiques. It is actually said to be the third...

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  • Other Points of Interest

    Death Valley National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The Race Track is one of the out of the way places within the park that I have read a number of articles about, and had planned to see when we were in Death Valley. Unfortunately, my husband had neck surgery a couple of years before we visited Death Valley, and we found that rough roads bothered him. To reach the Race Track you must drive 27 miles...

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  • Lakes & Water

    Austin Off The Beaten Path

    Just about 10 miles south of Austin you'll find the beautiful crystal clear river in San Marcos "Rio Vista Falls" Because it is spring fed it has a constant year round water temperature of about 76 degrees. Recently redeveloped by a kayaker enthusiast. There are now three falls and a nice grassy area for sunbathing. You can also rent tubes for a...

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  • Day Trip

    Long Beach Off The Beaten Path

    Here is the artsy, ecletic part of Long Beach - East Village. Consider this the Greenwich Village, NY of Southern California. Come here if you are attracted to bright colorful architecture, art gallery browsing Bohemian and hippie-ish culture, organic cafes, and unique/avant-garde stuff. The attitude here is definitely open and progressive.

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  • Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway...

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    Phoenix Off The Beaten Path

    Cottonwood is just a little over an hour drive from Phoenix, but immediately you feel like you are transported into another time of cowboys and Indans after you reach the Old Town of this city... Just follow the road out of Cottonwood and then you turn right when you see the Tuzigoot sign (the GPS did not give correct directions), and then there...

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  • The Henry Ford

    Detroit Off The Beaten Path

    Henry Ford's obsession was to create a showroom of American manufacture. The main entrance is built in homage to Philadelphia's Georgian-style Independence Hall. Pictured here is the front staircase and entrance to the chandelier galleries. Inside, acres of displays pay tribute to all things 'Made in the USA', from rolling pins to wash machines....

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  • Parks

    Cleveland Off The Beaten Path

    The Metroparks are called the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. They surround the city in a swath of green. Bedford Reservation is south in Garfield Heights and Maple Heights, off I-271 and I-480. It includes Tinkers Creek Gorge, the Gorge Parkway and lots of picnic and hiking trails. It is located adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National...

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  • Hollywood / Boulevard / Sign

    Hollywood Off The Beaten Path

    This stainless steel gazebo on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea has four life-size silver ladies supporting the structure that represent Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna Mae Wong and Dolores Del Rio. Catherine Hardwicke sculpted it in 1993. Located at Hollywood Blvd and La Brea Ave. Visitors Information Center 6801 Hollywood Blvd –...

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  • Beyond the Highway

    Big Sur Off The Beaten Path

    When we drove down to Hearst Castle (with Bob driving), we passed this lighthouse on an island off the coast. This is one of the most spectacular lighthouse sites in the country, located high atop a giant volcanic rock off CA 1 about 4 miles northwest of Big Sur The lighthouse was built in 1889. It is an active lighthouse - the light is 273 ft...

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  • Disneyland

    Anaheim Off The Beaten Path

    Over the years new rides and attractions open at Disneyland and older ones close. This makes return visits almost as exciting as the first visit. Though some of our favorites are familiar, there is always something new to explore. One thing I learned after a few visits was to start the day at the back, far reaches of the Park and move forward...

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  • City Walks

    Santa Monica Off The Beaten Path

    Architect was Harbin F. Hunter, this Art Deco style commercial building is crafted of Roman brick, and incorporates outstanding stylized blue terra cotta female motifs along its roofline. Pylons and vertically oriented casement windows give it a tal vertical look. Its used today as apartment building. Located at 1455 Fourth Street.

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  • Walking / Hiking / Biking

    San Jose Off The Beaten Path

    The new San Jose City Hall was constructed in 2005 to consolidate most city services into a single, impressive location. The ultramodern city hall consists of a water garden and a bamboo garden setting the stage for a huge tower of offices (including the mayor's office on the top floor), a bright glass-domed rotunda, and a separate wing of council...

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