Friday, September 30, 2016

National Lands: Idaho

Devils Orchard - in: Craters of the Moon Natio...
Devils Orchard - in: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The northeastern tip of the lower section of Idaho has Yellowstone National Park, which is to the northeast of Idaho Falls and east of Interstate 15. The largest section of the park is in Wyoming, but the park crosses the state borders of Idaho and Montana. This is the nation's first national park. The geyser basin, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River are just some of the attractions.  Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve is located in the central southern section of the state. It is west of Idaho Falls and Interstate 15 and north of Interstate 86. Visitors can drive or hike the volcanic area. The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is located in the southern section of the state. It is south of Interstate 84 and northwest of Twin Falls. Thousands of fossils are in the park.

The City of Rocks National Reserve is on the Nevada border west of Interstate 84 and south of Interstate 84. (The interstate takes a turn south.) Climbing, hiking and horseback are some of the available activities. The park has 14,407 acres of spires. Minidoka National Historic Site is located in the southern section of the state between Twin Falls and Jerome on Interstate 84. This site commemorates the relocation of 120,000 Japanese by President Roosevelt during World War II. Nez Perce National Historical Park is spread over four states. Thirty-eight sites exist for the park, so travelers should check the National Park Service for more information.

The California National Historic Trail travels through ten states. In Idaho the trail runs through the southeastern corner of the state near Interstate 15. The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail covers eleven states. It cuts through from east to west in the center of the top section of Idaho. Interstate 90 is the closest interstate. Covering seven states is the Oregon National Historic Trail. Interstate 84 is close to the trail's route in Idaho.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

National Lands: Illinois

English: Most photographed corner of the Linco...
English: Most photographed corner of the Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Lincoln Home National Historical Site is located in Springfield, Illinois. Interstate 55 runs north to south through the city and Interstate 72 travels east to west. Springfield is in the center of Illinois. This site is very busy during the summer season. Visitors can tour the Lincoln home and its neighborhood. The Pullman National Monument is located in Chicago with Interstate 94 providing close access to the area. A variety of sites are included in this new National Monument. These include The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Historic Pullman Foundation and West Pullman Park.

The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail travels through eleven states. This trail is over 3,700 miles long and has visitor centers in each state. In Illinois the center is in the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. This center is located in Hartford which is along the Missouri River just north of Interstate 270. Covering five states is the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. The trail begins its 1,300 journey in Nauvoo which is on the Mississippi River south of Burlington and Fort Madison. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee people from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. The trail runs east to west across the southern tip of the state.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

National Lands: Indiana

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English: Indiana Dunes Bathhouse and Pavilion in Chesterton, IN along Lake Michigan on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. To the south are Interstate 94 and Interstates 80/90. Both interstates will provide close access to the area. This seashore is 15 miles long and has 15,000 acres. Woods, dunes, marshes and rivers are along the 45 miles of trails. Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and cross country skiing are some of the activities that are available to guests.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located to the east of Evansville in the southern section of Indiana. It is just south of Interstate 64. The exhibits and structures on the property honor President Lincoln and his accomplishments. George Rogers Clark National Historic Park honors the general and his men who captured Fort Sackville from the British. The site is located on the Wabash River at Vincennes which is directly north of Evansville. Vincennes is on the western border of the state and north of Interstate 64.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

National Lands: Iowa

Mississippi River from Fire Point in Effigy Mo...
Mississippi River from Fire Point in Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. The park is in the northeast corner of the state next to the Mississippi River. No interstate is near the area. The site has over 200 American Indian mounds which are considered sacred burial places. No auto tours are permitted out of respect for the burial area. Walking around the grounds is permitted. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is located to the east of Iowa City and just south of Interstate 80. The park contains the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, his gravesite and birthplace.

The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail travels through eleven states. In Iowa the trail runs along the western edge of the state. The Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail covers five states. The trail runs along the southern section of the with Interstate 80 traveling north of it.