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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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Virginia Gardens – Virginia, a southeastern U.S. state, stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with a long Atlantic coastline. It’s one of the 13 original colonies, with historic landmarks including Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Charlottesville plantation. The Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg are living-history museums reenacting Colonial and Revolutionary-era life.
Norfolk Botanical Garden: Beautiful, large botanical gardens. Wonderful variety of local and exotic floral.
You can spend several hours here, there is ample parking, and a nice visitor center with multiple bathrooms on site throughout the gardens. There’s a gift shop, and tour guides available. We did speak with several garden employees; all were very friendly and knowledgeable about the different species of plants. The garden was very clean, fragrant, and just plain lovely. If going during the summer months, we suggest going early in the morning before it gets warm. There are many maps throughout the gardens to help you navigate grounds, and you do receive a paper copy when you enter through the gate. The garden is very child friendly, with a large children’s garden with interactive splash pads and a center. This would be a cool place to take toddlers to spend the day. They had a good time learning about the plants, exploring the grounds, and viewing the planes taking off from the other side of the gardens. They also have little houses for kids to venture through and huge sand hills as well! Take your time strolling and try to catch the circuit shuttle. The yard games are fun. The cafe has delicious food, and you will want to stop in the gift shop too, (bathrooms are right by it). Getting a map is also a very good idea. Allow at least 2 hours if you’ve never been. The Japanese garden is a favorite. You will find this great Garden in Norfolk.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens: Meadowlark is one of the best maintained and managed botanical gardens in all northern Virginia. The size is just right for young kids and elderly to explore, with a wide variety of plants and flowers, ponds, a Korean bell garden within, lots of fun activities and the Christmas lighting during holiday season, will keep you coming back in every season. What an incredible joint venture between American and South Korean teams to present an exceptional history of culture and language in Virginia. You will love walking around in the shade and sun – totally enjoy each moment. The garden has amazing architecture features, ponds, and beautiful vast landscapes! All the shrubs, plants, trees, trails are very well marked. Travel to Vienna to witness this beauty.
Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum: This Garden and Arboretum is always FREE to visit! Open every day of the year from 7 am to sunset. Leashed dogs are welcome. “Mindful Gardening to Preserve Planet Earth” is the theme. The Williamsburg Botanical Garden and Freedom Park Arboretum showcases plants that support pollinators and wildlife and demonstrates sustainable gardening for the Virginia Peninsula area. The WBG-FPA and its programs and events are free and open to the public. Some programs require registration due to limited seating. This garden is a registered 501c (3) Non-Profit Organization and receives no funding from any governmental agency. It is entirely supported by the generosity of area residents, local businesses, volunteers, and visitors. Freedom Park is a very nice, well-kept park. The trails are well maintained with multiple mountain bike trail options. In addition to the 20-miles there is a 1-mile paved ADA approved trail, a site of a revolutionary battle and the site of a free black settlement from 1803-1850. A lot of history to see and enjoy. You will need to go to Williamsburg to see this unique Botanical Garden and Freedom Park.
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Virginia State Parks:
Virginia State Parks – Not only does this state house many Revolutionary Museums and untouched towns, but there are 24 State Parks, 5 State Forests, 2 State Fish Hatcherys, and 2 State Wildlife Management Areas in Virginia. Take note of all the historic areas when visiting.
Douthat State Park: “A traditional family park since 1936, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its design played in the development of parks nationwide. Amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors enjoy interpretive programs, four miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat rentals, a gift shop and camp store, cabins, and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking and bridle trails. Plus, there are playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic areas, tent and trailer camping, and a restaurant overlooking the lake. The Park also has 32 cabins and three lodges. Found in Millboro.
Shenandoah River State Park: There are many state parks on east coast, and this is one of the best state parks that you can visit. There are lots of breath-taking views and places in this area. If you love mountain biking this Park is great. The biking trails have a good marking system and easy to follow. The “bear bottom” trail is very challenging and fun for mountain biking, and it is marked as black diamond which is the hardest trail to bike. Moreover, there are many kinds and type of flowers and animals to see around this area. This Park comes highly recommended to anyone who loves nature. It’s a great place for cookouts and picnics as they have shelters, benches, electricity, and water supply, etc. This Park stretching along 6 miles of the Shenandoah, featuring boat launches and great fishing. Found in Bentonville.
Natural Tunnel State Park: This Park centers around a massive naturally formed cave that is so large it was used as a railroad tunnel. More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. William Jennings Bryan called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or “chimneys.” The facilities include two campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a visitor center, a camp store, and a gift shop. You’ll also find the Wilderness Road historic area, a swimming pool with a 100-foot slide and a chairlift to the tunnel floor. Guests enjoy cave tours and canoe trips on the Clinch River, as well as the Cove Ridge Center, which offers environmental education and conference facilities. You will find this unique Park in Duffield.
Pocahontas State Park: This enormous park has lots of trails for biking, hiking, and dog walking. You will love the canoe rental. It is highly recommended to make time to see it all. You may even spot a majestic bald eagle while canoeing. All Park staff are friendly and helpful. There are at least 9 shelters. The shelter site had BBQ pits, water that the kids and adults enjoy using to fill squirt guns on a hot August day. Each shelter is surrounded by woods. This is an 8000-acre park with lakes for fishing. There is a gift shop with most of the things a person would need. You will find this Park in Chesterfield.
First Landing State Park: Be sure to see both sides of the park: the bay beach side and the marsh trail walk side. Both are beautiful, and the trail walk side had many flat and well-marked paths. Arrive early for good parking at the nature/trail center. There are beautiful marsh views and wildlife throughout this park. Mosquitoes do attack when you stop, so just keep moving. If you bring your dog, please keep him on the leash so there are no issues. The bay side offers fabulous views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It has nice clean sand, and many people go swimming. This campsite is one of the best campgrounds and the camping rates are very inexpensive and the campground is gorgeous! The bathrooms are clean, the tiled showers are private, (separate from the bathrooms) and clean. Staff is friendly, there’s scheduled activities which are fun. Found in Virginia Beach.
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Virginia Museums: Virginia is one of the 13 original colonies, with many historic landmarks. Don’t forget to visit the Arlington National Cemetery while in Virginia.
Colonial Williamsburg: This colony is the only place that takes you back in time to the dawn of America. You are in the place where the idea of our country was born; where the ideals we stand for were defined. We are in the 18th century “live,” filled with the stories of the women, men, and children – free and enslaved – whose values and visions gave us a new world. Step back in time and meet the people who made America—sing, eat, dance, and have fun with them. For every person who wants to understand this country, this is your place. They have taken immense efforts to make this a must-see location for the history loving person. The museums contain incredible artifacts and the whole town is a true ‘living museum’ with buildings dating back hundreds of years and is one of the most important locations in the USA for understanding our unequaled history.
National Museum of the Marine Corps: This museum is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site and under the command of Marine Corps University, the museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-sq-ft structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Admission and parking are free. The food is amazing, at the “Tuns Tavern”. If you know your USMC History, The USMC was founded in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, on November 10th, 1775. Adjacent to Marine Corps Base in Quantico.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: This museum is located in a low-slung building that disguises the large internal atrium linked by internal pedestrian bridges. it has impressive collections, including Tiffany lamps, English silver and beautifully Faberge-manufactured works, including five Faberge eggs. The Classical collection is also extraordinary, and the new exhibit called Egypt’s Sunken Cities, has many amazing artifacts excavated from the Mediterranean off Alexandria. Visit this museum in Arlington.
Historic Jamestowne: This Historic towne is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America. Ongoing archaeology at the site of James Fort has changed our understanding of the struggles and triumphs of early 1600s life in Virginia. Living history programs and an archaeology museum tell the story of this dramatic rediscovery. Admission covers all the outdoor exhibitions as well as the indoor museums. A very educational experience including guides in period clothing. The replica Native American settlement, the colonists’ ships, and the indoor exhibition about Pocahontas are very impressive. The site is jointly administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. An important stop In Williamsburg.
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters: From this headquarters on Braddock Street, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson planned his famous Shenandoah Valley defenses and campaigns which built his legendary reputation as one of the greatest strategists in military history. The Gothic Revival style house was built in 1854 by local dentist William Fuller who sold the house in 1856 to Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, commander of the 31st Virginia Militia. Later, while commanding the 4th Virginia Infantry in the Confederate Army, Moore offered his home to serve as Jackson’s headquarters; he moved into the house in 1861, shortly after taking command of the Valley District of the Department of Northern Virginia. Jackson was joined by his wife Mary Anna in December 1861 where they lived until March 1862 when Jackson left Winchester to begin his Valley Campaign. In the 1960s, the home was purchased and converted into a museum. It includes many possessions and artifacts belonging to Jackson. One of Moore’s descendants, the late actress Mary Tyler Moore, helped to pay for the restorations of the home, including replica wallpaper matching the original. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1967. Visit this impressive home in Winchester.
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Virginia Festivals – These festivals are a great sampling of a huge variety but please remember that Virginia is one of the original thirteen colonies so there is much to see historically, too.
Last Night on the Town 2019-2020: This is a 1-day business Trade Show organized by Beachevents focusing on the company’s news, products and services of Entertainment & Media industry. Virginia Beach, Dec 31.
Winter Blues Jazz Fest: Taking place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, primarily in the Merchant’s Square area of downtown Williamsburg. Venues include the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Art Gallery, and many of Williamsburg’s best local restaurants. The over-riding goal is to provide an enriching and entertaining weekend full of jazz programs with options available to suit all tastes and budgets. The Winter Blues Jazz Fest has a little something for everyone. Williamsburg, Thu, Jan 16, at 12 noon
Virginia Festival of the Book: This festival brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. It is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Mar 18 – 22.
2020 Mid-Atlantic Music Festival: This festival is held at one of the premier resort areas on the East Coast. You can swim, sail, or browse through the many shops on the beautiful boardwalk. The blue skies and warm breezes mean it’s time to unfold those beach towels, slip on those sandals, and somersault your way into an amazing beach season filled with fantastic events, attractions, local food, and of course, three unbelievable free beaches! So pack for fun and start living the life in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach Oceanfront; April 16-19 or April 30-May 3.
2nd Annual So Fly Fest 2020: This Fest is dedicated to fly-fishing in Virginia. The festival and all related events are open to the public. In Bath County – Warm Springs, Apr 30 – May 3, 2020.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival: A series of more than forty events includes band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, two large parades, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Winchester, Apr 24 – May 4.
Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival: This event is held to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and offers fresh, local offerings and signature dishes including little neck clams, raw oysters and clams, clam fritters and strips, fried fish, steamed shrimp, clam chowder, appetizers, and a salad bar. Live entertainment, an Arts & Crafts tent, and Extravaganza Raffle for everyone’s enjoyment. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day. Toms Cove Park; Sat, May 2, 10 – 4.
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Virginia State Capital: RICHMOND
Richmond, Virginia was given its name by William Byrd II who, upon looking out at the James River from atop Church Hill, thought the region looked a bit like Richmond-upon-Thames in Surrey County, England.
Virginia Capitol Building: Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime. If you’re interested in history, this is the place for you as you’re able to see statues of many people which played a big part in America some way or the other. Also, people who love to take pictures are able to enjoy the beautiful architecture and can walk to the Library of Congress to enjoy more amazing angles to take photos of. This building, in addition to being the oldest state capitol, was the capitol of the confederacy. Eight of the US Presidents originated from Virginia and are duly recognized. This is a fantastic museum type dedication to our nation’s beginning and the Civil War. Beautiful park like setting with the oldest governor’s mansion on site.
Capitol Square Park: Capitol Square in Richmond is an oasis in the middle of Downtown Richmond. Full of history this park gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and view the historic capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson and the many monuments that surround it. The Governor of VA and family still live in the house adjacent to the Capitol.
The White House and Museum of the Confederacy: The White House and Museum of the Confederacy are located in downtown Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. Guided tours of Jefferson Davis’ executive mansion leave from the Museum lobby throughout the day and typically last around 45 minutes. Three floors of exhibits in the Museum chronicle the war years through the personal belongings of Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee as well as those of common soldiers and citizens on the home-front. The White House was interesting, but the real gem is the museum itself. We would describe the museum as a collection of artifacts rather than an educational experience as with the American Civil War museum at Tredegar Iron works. We would recommend visiting both museums for a full experience and understanding. The museum collection was well presented. The exhibit on Pickett’s Charge is especially moving. The letters home are poignant. If you’re into history, this is well worth your time!
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: VMFA Arts is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that VMFA is now a “two day museum.” This museum is free. Beautiful campus and great collections. The Art Deco and Art Nouveau exhibits are great, and if you like paintings of horses, this is your place. Very nice American gallery and Faberge exhibit too. Something for everyone.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum: Illustrations of the famous poem “The Raven” and numerous other artifacts surrounding the life of this great American author, the father of the psychological horror story, are housed in a series of buildings, including Richmond’s oldest. It is a small museum that will not take more than an hour to see everything but it gives a good account of Poe’s life in a rather fun and quirky way. In addition, there is a scientific section and a room full of art work related to his stories.
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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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