Friday, January 29, 2016

National Lands: North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in...
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the Badlands of North Dakota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
North Dakota has two interstates. Interstate 29 runs north-south along the eastern border of the state. Interstate 94 runs east-west across the southern section of the state. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located just north of Interstate 94 near the western border of the state. This park has three sections. The South Unit has a 36-mile Scenic Loop Drive. Visitor Centers are available and hiking and camping are some of the activities. The North Unit also has a Visitor Center, a 14-mile Scenic Drive and trails. The Elkhorn Ranch Unit requires a journey over 35 miles of gravel road to get to what remains of Roosevelt's ranch.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is located on the western border of the state in the northwest section. The fur trading post is on the Missouri River and is north of Interstate 94. The Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is located in Stanton. The site is northwest of Bismarck and north of Interstate 94. Hiking and fishing are available in addition to a center that gives information about the Northern Plains Indians.

The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail runs through eleven states. In North Dakota the trail follows the course of the Missouri River. The National Park Service website has a list of visitor centers. The North Country National Scenic Trail travels through seven states. In North Dakota the trail runs up from the south between Bismarck and Fargo then turns west in the center of the state to Lake Sakakawea.


Friday, January 22, 2016

National Lands: Ohio

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park is between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. The Valley is east of Interstate 77. Interstate 271 cuts through the valley and travels to the east of the park. Remnants of the Ohio & Erie Canal are located in the park. The Cuyahoga River runs through the area which has forest, marshes and farm lands. Trails are available for hiking and biking. Peninsula is a good spot to start a visit. The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument is in Xenia is to the southeast of Dayton. The closest interstate is Interstate 675. This monument provides information on the life of Charles Young and also on the Buffalo soldiers of the U.S.Army. In Beachwood outside Cleveland is the David Berger National Memorial which honors one of the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics. Interstate 271 is near the area. Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial is in Put-in-Bay on Kelly's Island in Lake Erie. Interstate 80/90 is to the south of the area. The memorial honors the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site is in Toledo. Interstate 475 is just east of the site. The First Ladies National Historic Site is located in Canton which is south of Akron. Interstate 77 is to the west of this site which honors the works of the First Ladies of this nation. In Mentor, which is to the northeast of Cleveland, is the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Interstate 90 runs through Mentor. The site commemorates the life of President Garfield whose home is featured. The William Howard Taft National Historic Site honors another Ohio President. Taft's former home is just north of the Ohio River between Interstates 75 and 71.

Monument at Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Monument at Wright Brothers National Memorial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Dayton celebrates the achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The park is west of Interstate 675 and south of Interstate 70 near Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Also in Dayton is the National Aviation Heritage Area which has multiple locations in the vicinity. Visitors should check the National Aviation site for more information. East of Cincinnati and south of Columbus is Chillicothe where the Hopewell Culture National  Historical Park is located. Interstate 71 will get travelers near the area. This park contains Indian burial mounds. The North Country National Scenic Trail runs through seven states. In Ohio the trail runs along the eastern, southern and western sides of the state. In some areas it follows the Buckeye Trail.

Friday, January 15, 2016

National Lands: Oklahoma

English: The Oklahoma City National Memorial i...
English: The Oklahoma City National Memorial illuminated at dusk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Oklahoma's national lands reflect its rich history. The Washita National Historic Site in Cheyenne provides information on the battle with General Custer during the Indian Wars. The area is 30 miles north of Interstate 40 and 20 miles from the Texas border. The Fort Smith National Historic Site is also in Arkansas. The fort from the Indian War days is located on Interstate 40 on the Arkansas River.

The Santa Fe National Historic Trail runs through five states. The trail travels through the northwest corner of the state. No interstate is close to the area. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee people. The trail, which covers nine states, is in the eastern section of the state with Interstate 40 as the closest interstate. Chickasaw National Recreation Area is in Sulphur. This area is located in the southern section of the state and is just east of Interstate 35. Boating, hiking, swimming, fishing and camping are some of the available activities.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the lives lost when the Oklahoma Federal Building was bombed in 1995. Each empty chair represents a life lost in this powerful display. Visitors can walk around the outdoor memorial. A museum is also on the grounds.

Friday, January 8, 2016

National Lands: Oregon

Wizard Island - Crater Lake Oregon
Wizard Island - Crater Lake Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the southwestern section of Oregon is a beautiful jewel. Crater Lake National Park has a lake that is the most amazing shade of blue ever seen. The mountain is a volcano that collapsed and caught the pure rainwater. The park, which is located to the east of Interstate 5, offers swimming, fishing and hiking. Visitors can walk down to the lake and take a boat to Wizard Island and hike that peak. Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful national parks. The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is in Kimberly. These fossils beds are located a little north of the center of the state. The monument has three sections. The middle unit is Painted Hills and north of that is Clarno. To the east of Painted Hills is the Sheep Rock section. No interstate is close, but Interstate 5 is to the west and Interstate 84 is to the north. Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is at Cave Junction in the southwest corner of the state near the California border. It is to the west of Interstate 5. Entrance is by tour only and that lasts 90 minutes.

Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National M...
Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Running through ten states is the California Historic Trail commemorating the Gold Rush. Closest interstate to the trail in the southern part of the state is Interstate 5. The Oregon National Historic Trail travels over seven states. Interstate 84 is the closest interstate to the trail which runs along the northern section of the state. Covering eleven states is the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail which also runs along the northern section of the state. The Lewis & Clark National Historical Park is in the northwest corner of the state. Interstate 5 is to the east. Hiking and water sports are some of the available activities. Information on Lewis & Clark is also presented.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site presents information about the fur trade and military action in the area. It is located in the northwest section of the state and sections of the park are also in Washington. Interstate 5 takes visitors right to the area. Nez Perce National Historical Park covers four states. It is located in the northeast corner of the state. Interstate 84 is the closest interstate.

Friday, January 1, 2016

National Lands: Pennsylvania (Part 2)

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Flight93memorialatsunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Shanksville is the Flight 93 National Memorial. This area is dedicated to those who lost their lives while stopping terrorists who planned to fly the plane into a building in DC. The memorial is in the western section of the state southeast of Pittsburgh and just north of Interstate 70/76. North of this area is the Johnstown Flood National Memorial which is located east of Pittsburgh and north of Interstate 70/76. When the South Fork Dam failed in 1889, 2,209 people were killed by the flood waters. Tours and trails are available. The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial honors the man who was a military engineer during the American Revolution. The memorial is located in Philadelphia.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is in Farmington. The fort from the French and Indian War is located near the southern border of the state with West Virginia and Maryland. Gettysburg National Military Park, which commemorates the bloodiest battle of the Civil War is located near the Maryland border. It is southwest of Harrisburg and west of Interstate 83.

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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network covers seven states. A myriad of water sports and hiking opportunities are available in this area. The Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River is located in the northeast corner of the state. The area is north of Interstate 84. White water rafting and fishing are some of the many activities available along the river. The Lower Delaware River National Wild & Scenic River is located between Interstate 80 and Interstate 95. This section of the river runs through some more populated areas, but still offers boating, fishing, hiking and biking. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is just south of Interstate 84 and offers water activities and hiking.

The Appalachian Trail runs through fourteen states. In Pennsylvania the 2,185 mile trail travels from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and then south to east of Waynesboro. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail honors his exploration of the Bay. Covering seven states is the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs through the northwest corner of the state. Interstate 79 is the closest interstate. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail provides hiking, biking and boating activities along the river.  This area is south of Pittsburgh with Interstate 79 as the closest interstate. The Pennsylvania section of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail is north of Interstate 95 along the Delaware River on either side of Philadelphia.