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Alabama Military: Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to significant military landmarks and events from the Civil War, World War I and World War II, all the way through history to space travel.
U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum: This Museum is operated by the Alabama Center of Military History and is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. The emphasis is on participants of World War I and subsequent conflicts. The survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives. There are displays – more than 30 historical military vehicles from World War I to the present, as well as tableaus, artifacts, and other memorabilia dating back to the Revolutionary War. Supporting organizations include the 19th Alabama Infantry which sponsors exhibits from 18th and 19th Century conflicts, and the 8th Air Force Historical Society, which sponsors a Bomb Group briefing room. Both organizations support ‘living history’ presentations on many Saturdays. At the Museum is a reference library, in addition to published material such as the Seventh Army After Action Report from World War II. The library offers written and oral reminiscences of Alabama veterans. In this vein, veterans and their families are invited to send written material or audio cassette tapes to the Museum for inclusion in the library. A narrative by the veteran, or an interview by a relative, will provide a legacy of the contribution. The Museum welcomes the participation of military and veterans’ groups and individuals in making this a valued educational piece of history in Huntsville.
USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park: At this Battleship Memorial Park, you don’t have to look very far to find heroes. From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well. Aboard the battleship you will be able to explore 12 decks. Among those, you can climb inside gun turrets, get locked in the Brig, man a 12mm gun and much more. Also at the park, you will be able to go below and explore the oldest Submarine on display, the USS DRUM. In the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion as well as in the park, you will be able to view many rare and historic aircraft. A few in the collection include a A-12 Blackbird Spy Plane, OS2U Kingfisher, F-86L Sabre Jet, and B-52 Bomber, just to name a few. While in the pavilion, don’t forget to take a ride on the Flight Simulator and experience flight without ever leaving the ground. It’s an unforgettable experience for the entire family. All tours are self-guided. Allow approx. 2.5 hours to really see what it was like to be on this battleship when on active duty in Mobile.
United States Army Aviation Museum: The U.S. Army Aviation Museum maintains a collection of over 160 military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world. Approximately 50 beautifully restored, historic, and one-of-a-kind aircraft are proudly displayed both inside the Museum exhibit space and outside on the grounds. The collection includes many significant examples of early research efforts and developments in rotary wing technology and the evolution of the helicopter. Represented is the Army’s involvement in military aviation from the Wright brothers, the early combat aircraft of WW I, and today’s technological machines such as the AH-64 Apache and the UH-60 Blackhawk. You’ll find this in Ft Rucker.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC): This is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. On Display, they have one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia anywhere in the world. Guests journey through America’s Space Race and NASA’s plan to put man on the moon. Witness the development of the space shuttle program and the International Space Station, get a glimpse of the future in commercial space ventures, and the latest technological innovations. The Rocket Center regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world. Also, enjoy daily films on the 67-foot screen in Huntsville’s only full-dome IMAX® Theater or in the 52-foot, high-definition screen in the National Geographic Theater. Finally, plan a ride on the motorcoach tour of Redstone Arsenal, headquarters to the Army Material Command and home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Travel to Huntsville to enjoy.
Crooked Creek Civil War Museum: This is a must see if you are a Civil War buff. It’s small but it makes this time in our history come alive in Vinemont.
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North Dakota State Parks:
North Dakota State Parks – This is a midwestern U.S. state dominated by the Great Plains. Its eastern city of Fargo showcases Native American and modern art at the Plains Art Museum. The area’s immigrant history is honored at the Scandinavian Heritage Association in the city of Minot. The Great Plains give way to the rugged Badlands near the border with Montana. While in North Dakota, visit one of the 7 State Parks or the State Historic Site.
Fort Ransom State Park: This Park is nice place to stay, and the trails are amazing. The old farm that is original on the park is good to see how life was back then and the views are amazing. There are over 20 miles of trails that can be walked. In the winter there is skiing, cross country skiing, and a big hill for sledding, snowboarding and skiing with a ski lift to get back up the hill instead of walking. Overall a genuinely fun place. You can even stay in one of the old houses or yurts. You will find this park just down the road from a very nice place to stay and the trails are amazing. You will find this park in Fort Ransom.
Lake Metigoshe State Park: It does not get any better than this. Prime bluegill fishing, big, tall, beautiful oak and cottonwood trees shade you from the summer sun. What more could you want? New shower facilities, canoe and kayak rentals – they’ve got them. The campsites are mostly wooded and secluded areas so you can get a site where you’re not right next to your neighbors. The lake area is nice and there is a big playground area for the kids. The Park is clean, had good trails and you could rent canoes to fish from or just paddle around. They also have a beach area which is never crowded. We will recommend this park if you want to get away from it all; located in Bottineau.
Icelandic State Park: This Park has an early homestead featuring a Pioneer Heritage Center, camping and picnic areas. Accommodating cabins, clean bathrooms, and exceptional staff! Things to do are: kayaking, sunbathe on the beach, enjoy a full-size pizza and nachos at the concession stand, hike the trails, or visit the heritage center! The astronomy parties in the amphitheater over the years have been great. You may like the app for taking pictures of the moon using a smartphone. People have left there with some amazing pictures! You can see the outline of the mountain ranges, shadows across the craters and more! This is the perfect weekend getaway for budget conscious happy campers in Cavalier.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park: If you love history, you’ll love visiting this park. If you come early in the morning, you can take your time on a guided tour. The guided tour for the Indian earth homes in the Slat village are every half hour. The tours for General Custer’s house are every hour on the hour from a guide wearing an authentic wool calvary uniform. Handicap accessibility is throughout the park attractions. There is a cool gift shop with special latte drinks to buy, a bookstore, and some outside tables to sit on. There are clean bathrooms at all facilities. A fun state park with both Native American and US Army historical sites. There’s also camping available next to the river, with spots for RVs, tents, and even teepees. Don’t forget to check out the online app for audio tours as well. Drive to Mandan to enjoy this park.
Lewis and Clark State Park: Awesome views and lots of amenities at this park. There’s a small store, fish cleaning station, restrooms close to most everything, and swimming area. The staff is extremely helpful, and they have some great events too. This state park offers fishing, boating, camping, and picnicking. The towering buttes and rolling hills of North Dakota’s badlands provide a rugged backdrop to this park, located on one of the upper bays of Lake Sakakawea in Epping.
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North Dakota Museums:
North Dakota Museums – A midwestern state dominated by the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Its eastern city of Fargo showcases Native American and modern art at the Plains Art Museum. The area’s immigrant history is honored at the Scandinavian Heritage Association in the city of Minot. The Great Plains give way to the rugged Badlands near the border with Montana, where Theodore Roosevelt National Park spans the Little Missouri River. Join us as we discover wonderful museums in North Dakota.
National Buffalo Museum: This museum is an interesting place with an old western style town next to it, and the World’s Largest Buffalo on a hill in the back. Great visit for all things buffalo. There is a good movie when you first enter the museum, followed by interesting exhibits. Home of the World’s Largest Buffalo, some real buffalo, and a Frontier Village. You learn about then & now as well as bones, horns and fur pelts to touch and feel. Children will enjoy seeing a real teepee and playing in the interactive kids play area which has books about bison, a puppet show, puzzles and toys. The staff are most helpful and friendly. It makes for a great family afternoon in Jamestown.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame: This is a great cowboy museum. They have some wonderful Western, Native America and rodeo exhibits. Most of the exhibits are on the first floor with the second floor dedicated to rodeo. there is an area dedicated to the prehistoric times. There is a large section showing off the state’s cowboys/cowgirls and their successes down through the years up to fairly recent times. Before viewing the exhibits, make sure you see the interesting short movie on the history of the town. They also have a gift shop as well as a children’s activity area. This museum comes highly recommended in the town of Medora.
Prairie Village Museum: Visitors to Prairie Village Museum take a step back in time when they explore more than 20 historic buildings arranged around a village square. The museum’s six exhibition halls feature antique cars, farm machinery, Native American objects, and household items dating from the mid-1800s to more recent times. Prairie Village Museum is one of the best pioneer museums ever seen. Without a doubt, you will enjoy a walk along the Prairie Village boulevard to visit each historic building and its contents. This is fun for all ages. The annual Village Fair in August is a special day with musical performances and volunteers who portray those who would have been found at different locations in a village i.e. the blacksmith, bakers and cooks, church service, and general store. A wonderful collection of the past. Many older vehicles and engines are there to see in Rugby.
Pioneer Village & Museum: Extensive collection of old buildings and farm equipment. The best time to go is during the annual “Threshing Show” that happens annually during the third week of July. This event is huge and has many activities. People come from most every state to experience the past found in Crosby.
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum: Four galleries tell the fascinating story of North Dakota through thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits. You will experience North Dakota’s heritage along with the galleries, hallway exhibits located within the Corridor of History telling North Dakota’s unique story. The Northern Lights Atrium is a stunning combination of architecture and symbolism, and the outdoor Pembina River Plaza features specimens from our geologic past. Find treasures in the new Museum Store and enjoy refreshments at the James River Cafe. Check out the life-size T. rex skeleton cast then fast forward to a 1950s soda shop, the goal is “history for everyone” in Bismarck.
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North Dakota Festivals:
North Dakota Festivals are the best when the weather is hot everywhere else…but not in North Dakota! Escape the heat or come enjoy the winter ski schedules in North Dakota.
Great Tomato Festival: Support the Friends of the Minot Public Library, the Minot Symphony Orchestra and the Taube Museum of Art by attending Minot’s one and only Indoor Gourmet Picnic. Doors open to browse the silent auction at 5:30 pm, the social begins at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm and a live auction to follow! Sounds like a lot of fun! Contact TravelKatz for dates and location.
Greenway-Takeover: HB Sound & Light’s Greenway Takeover Festival in partnership with Altru Health System and Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop. This multi-day music festival takes place on the Greenway north of Sorlie Memorial Bridge, Downtown Grand Forks. Four days of local, regional, and headlining music, food trucks, picnic areas, alcohol sales, and games; while most importantly, celebrating the amazing community spirit that makes Greater Grand Forks a spectacular place to live and visit! This year the Greenway Takeover Festival is FREE before 6PM. There will be a $5 admission fee each day starting after 6PM, for those who are in the festival after 6PM hands will be stamped to allow FREE reentry that night. Grand Forks; Sep 5 – Sep 8. They had a vision for live music on the Greenway since the flood of ’97.
The Harvest Festival: Enjoy a FREE TO ATTEND outdoor movie night sponsored by Dickinson State University Biesiot Activity Center on the first day, Friday. On Saturday, come enjoy a free to attend day filled with local crafters, amazing food, entertainment and hands-on activities for all. Enjoy a craft marketplace where you and your family can stroll through and a food village to please your palate at more than 10 food trucks/stands. More than 20 Chamber members and DSU Student Club booths will feature FREE fall activities. FREE pumpkin patch where you and your children can pick pumpkins; 500 pumpkins to choose from. Need more fall hay slide and entertainment? You and your family won’t want to miss out! Dickinson; Sept. 13th – Sept. 14th.
46th Annual Downtowners Street Fair: Each Fall, the Downtowners produce an Arts, Craft, and Food show called Street Fair. This event was created by the Downtowners in 1973 as “Customer Appreciation Days” then grew into a full-blown Street Fair. The Street Fair vendors line the streets of Downtown Bismarck. Fri, Sep 13 – Sat, Sep 14.
Multicultural Festival: This is a family friendly event filled with activities, food and performances from local groups in Bismarck and Mandan, bringing the communities together to share culture in North Dakota. A celebration of different food, garb and entertainment from across the world. Hope to see you at the YMCA in Bismarck on Sunday, Sept 15th, 1-6pm.
Norsk Hostfest: This annual festival is in the fall at the N.D. State Fair Center on the State Fairgrounds in Minot. It has grown into North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features world-class entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, plus a fine dining establishment lead by guest chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture and heritage of the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each nation is represented in one of the halls in which the festival takes place, and each named after their country’s capital city. The individual styles of each country’s entertainment, food, clothes, art, and jewelry can be found throughout Norsk Høstfest and in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, the only park in the world representing all five Nordic countries. In Minot; Sep 25 – Sep 28.
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PLACE OF INTEREST
Fargo is where The Plains Art Museum exhibits regional, contemporary and Native American works in a revamped old warehouse. Modern and vintage airplanes are on display at the Fargo Air Museum, spread over 2 hangars. The nearby Fargodome is an indoor stadium hosting college football games, concerts and theatrical shows. Red River Zoo shelters cold climate species such as red pandas and gray wolves.
Red River Zoo: All the exhibits are incredibly clean and well designed. They do have a lot of great attractions. The wolves were big and beautiful and are very close to people. The farm area is well done. The otters’ slide was super impressive. Petting area was also fun. Do enjoy the bug barn and the Animal Hospital. They have a very nice indoor merry-go-round to ride on. Small fare to ride. Staff is very good, and they have animal talks and special events throughout the year. Also have red wagons for small children to ride in.
Fargodome: No wonder the Bison have such an impressive football record; the Fargodome offers the team a huge home field advantage! It is a great college football atmosphere that ranks with many Division 1 programs! A must experience for any football fan. They also host many top-tier entertainers as well!
Bonanzaville USA: Wow, they have done an amazing job of preserving the history of the Fargo area plus many American things. From the first building in Fargo, trains, train depots, cars, farm equipment, airplanes, clothes, churches, schools, homes, you name they have it! On top of that, there are exhibits going very in-depth about the history of a certain topic. The Doctor’s office, Jail, Bar, and Church were interesting. The farm equipment and the car display are interesting. Lots of nostalgic items. This has one of the best telephone museums ever. In addition to displays they have working phones where you can watch the equipment click and clack when you dial the number of a phone in the other room. They have phone repair tools, teletype machines and a lot of switchboards from local businesses. Many airplanes on display. Adding that to the auto museum and special buildings will keep you busy for the day.
Red River Market: This is my favorite thing to do on Saturdays from July through October. There is always great food from a variety of ethnic vendors. You can find local beers, coffee, fruits, vegetables and baked goods. Great entertainment too. A must to see in the FM area in the summer/fall. It is in the middle of downtown, so you can check out all the local shops when you are finished. There’s live music, a variety of food vendors (including Indian and African cuisine), and local farmers selling their produce.
The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm: The grounds and house offer an inviting, low-key environment for children and adults with them. Best for children under about 9 years. Children especially ages 3-9 would enjoy this. The carousel is to be enjoyed by the younger ones (50 cents). They also enjoyed the train ride ($1) which was twice around the track. Inside there are a variety of things to discover and do, including painting, imagination play, milking a cow, looking at skeletons, puzzles, music, food area, body area (x-rays, teeth etc.). It is a good learning place. It has a LOT of information that children (in the kindergarten and up range) would really appreciate more than the preschool age. However, there is a lot of little ones to enjoy and play on/in.
The Fargo – Moorhead Symphony: Offering concert programs comparable to what you would find in any larger city symphony orchestra season. Although they perform only 5 concerts per year, the repertoire is varied and broad. The orchestral playing is of the highest quality, and soloists who perform in the orchestra are nationally and internationally recognized musicians. Nice choice of venue and free 45-minute educational session before the opera for those who would like to learn more background on the composer and his music.
If visiting Fargo is on your special list of places to visit, just give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make it happen for you.
Alabama Gardens- Come witness the beautiful colors and varieties of flowers and plants as we travel to Alabama for a look. There are 13 varieties of gardens located all over the state. Call us to help you create that springtime Alabama adventure! Or maybe you would rather witness the fall colors instead.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: A cherished place of respite and inspiration since 1962, these Gardens promote a passion for plants, gardens, and the natural world. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this 67-acre urban oasis offers beautiful blooms, glorious specialty gardens, and opportunities to grow your green thumb throughout the year. The Gardens are free and open to the public every day of the year. A facility of the Parks and Recreation Board, these Botanical Gardens are the result of a public-private partnership between the city the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Beautiful gardens with lots of incredible plants and water features and benches to sit and take it all in and it’s also right across from the zoo. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, read a book, have a picnic, or take photos. The gift shop is lovely as well. Found in the city of Birmingham.
Dunn Formal Rose Garden: This Rose Garden is an official All-America Rose Selection Display Garden. It features tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, miniatures and shrub types that bloom in glorious colors from late April until frost. You’ll see old favorites such as ‘Peace’, ‘Chrysler Imperial’, and ‘John F. Kennedy’ mingle with newcomers like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Dolly Parton’ and ‘Fourth of July’; our bounty of roses has made this spot a mainstay attraction since The Gardens first opened in Birmingham.
Hess Camellia Garden: Another beautiful site, this Shade Garden and the Japanese Garden are found at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Come and enjoy the diversity these gardens offer.
Huntsville Botanical Garden: The 112-acre Botanical Garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, and wetlands, as well as a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. The Mathews Nature Trail contains the largest accredited trillium collection in the U.S. and the Anderson Education Center is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. The Native Plants Teaching Garden is a public space that highlights the way local plants, soil, pollinators, and birds create distinct communities and how they interact to form a diverse, sustainable, and attractive landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Garden is a member of the American Public Gardens Association of North America. Discover this garden in Huntsville.
Dothan Area Botanical Gardens: Serene retreat featuring 50 acres of lush, manicured gardens with ponds & shady walking trails. It is on the smaller side but for $5 a person it was well worth the money! There is a gorgeous Asian garden and tropical plant house. You can see a good variety of roses, camellias, and herbs, too. There are paved walkways for a very peaceful and quiet stroll on a Sunday morning. For the children, there is a kid zone which everyone loves. Found in town Dothan north of Atlanta.
Aldridge Gardens: This spot is amazing. Wonderful accessible walking trails, a hands-on bonsai educational opportunity, a Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza with beautiful views of the lake, also a great place to take a run in the park – and just adorable geese or ducks! They also have a venue you can rent for events. Come experience the beauty and hospitality the city of Hoover has to offer.
Cornerstone Gardens: This garden is a beautiful hidden gem! You might very well love all the Bible verses throughout the garden! Cornerstone Gardens and Arboretum was created as a place of meditation, rest, and reflection for Carriage House Repose & Restore, Inc., a Christian support ministry for ministers, missionaries, and evangelists. The Carriage House is situated on the property close to the gardens, and the pastors and others come to stay there as a short-term respite. The caretakers and stewards of the Carriage House ministry have opened the gardens to the general public to share the natural beauty and wonder of over 5,000 plants and trees comprised of over 150 different species. Travel to Mobile to enjoy this garden.
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North Dakota State Capital: Bismarck
Bismarck was named after Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck in an attempt to attract German investors to the Northern Pacific Railroad, for which Bismarck served as terminus. While the bid for investors was unsuccessful, Bismarck sent the railroad an autographed note of acknowledgement.
North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum: The Heritage Center is a wonderful place to go for all ages. They have lots of exhibits with some exhibits changing several times a year. Lots of history and archive. It is beautiful inside. There is someone who greet you right when you walked in. The electronic kiosks are super great and are very helpful. The exhibits are phenomenal and fun to learn about. Children love the tree house play area as well as the dinosaur display. The auditorium is great and the gift shop wonderful. It’s free!
State Capitol Building: The capitol building is worth seeing as you can take a tour to the top floor and see for miles – all of Bismarck through the windows that go entirely around the top floor. The art deco style is lovely and the building is one of a kind. It looked like a tall office building. You might be a bit disappointed when you see the outside but It is a Beautiful Building. Very Beautiful on the inside! Your guide will not disappoint either as they are as good as they come. Built by the same people who did the Rockefeller Center in NY. It is located just across the street from the Historical Society. The wall of dignitaries is fun to see also. There’s also a history of how the first capitol burned down.
Bismarck Civic Center: This combines a museum and civic center. The museum is not only incredibly interesting and fun but also free. The dinosaur exhibits were very well done with several large models set up and hanging overhead. We also enjoyed the North Dakota cultural history exhibits and learned a lot about the state and early pioneer life. This center reminds some of the Smithsonian. Very interesting for kids and adults.
Missouri River: Has been the lifeblood for generations of Native Americans and sped Lewis & Clark on their journey to the Pacific so you can also trace the steps of Lewis & Clark. Great river for boating and sandbar activities. Traveling up and down this river is a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Fishing, boating and tubing are awesome. Very nice recreation trail on the Bismarck side of the river that goes along the river for miles.
Former Governor’s Mansion: Not a “large” attraction but filled with period furnishings and history as shown through the many governors that lived here. The guide gave you extensive background on the mansion as well as lots of information on what is going on in Bismarck the day of you visit. it was built in about 1888. It is an old Victorian style mansion. It has 2 fireplaces, 2 bedrooms and a couple or bedrooms for the maids. Also, a Parlor with a piano and fireplace, A fancy dining room with a fireplace and a kitchen. Out in back is the carriage house, and there is a small museum inside. You can walk from the Heritage Museum to the mansion and then on to the Capitol after lunch – a wonderful day and a nice stroll in the neighborhood.
The Dakota Zoo: The zoo is always a wonderful attraction that keeps children interested. There are many places to stop and rest, as well as concessions, and a train ride. The children can purchase “snacks” to feed the animals. There is also a “barn” you can go into which holds educational exhibits for the children to participate in.
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