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SOUTHERN CALIFORNA

USS IOWA BATTLESHIP MUSEUM – SAN PEDRO
“Ship of Presidents” at Los Angeles Harbor

Iowa in Los AngelesThere’s something mystical about the great battleships and the latest marine museum of its kind takes its place in San Pedro Harbor of California, with its 16 inch guns and cabin of the presidents.
USS Iowa Battleship


DINOSAURS ATTACK LA
Dinosaur Hall at LA County Museum
Dinosaur at Los Angeles  Museum photo
See the millions of years old creatures who roamed the Earth at the new Dinosaur hall at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum in Exposition Park.
Dinosaurs in LA


LA BREA TAR PITS & PAGE MUSEUM
Ice Age Fossils in Los Angeles
Los Angeles La Brea Tar Pits photo The La Brea Tar Pits have been one of the most famous features of Los Angeles ever since the city grew from the coastal plain where the waters of the Pacific Ocean receded 100,000 years ago.
Page Museum


MAGIC CASTLE AND HOTEL
What's the secret of seeing Hollywood magic?
Hollywood's Magic Castle is maze of mystery chambers, spooky secret passages where after a sumptuous supper, visitors are treated to magic shows, but as a private club, how does a traveling tourist get in? Magic Castle

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SAN FRANCISCO

THE FRANCISCAN
San Francisco Wharf Best Bay View and Food
San Francisco Restaurant photoThe Franciscan Crab Restaurant, a landmark on the San Francisco Bay Fisherman's Wharf since the Giants came to town in 1957. The best view and food combination on Pier 43 1/2.
The Franciscan


SAN FRANCISCO'S FISHERMAN'S WHARF
Best things to do on the famous wharf by the Bay
Bargain travel California destination San Francisco If you're taking a trip to San Francisco. There are lots of things to do in the city of cable cars that go halfway to the stars, but the symbol of the city’s identity is the Fisherman’s Wharf.
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf



CALIFORNIA COAST

ANACAPA ISLAND CRUISE
Whales and Nature on the California Coast
Island Cruise California Coast photoAnacapa Island is the easist of the Channel Islands to reach from Oxnard Channel Islands Harbor for whale watching and nature hikes on rock cliffs sheltering nesting seagulls and wild flowers.
Anacapa Island Cruise


MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM
Sea Life on Cannery Row
Windows into the depths of a million gallon artficial ocean where sharks and stingrays lurk. Three stories high kelp forest of sea perch and hifting iridescent colors of flaoting jelly fish like living art. Monterey Bay



CALIFORNIA GOLD COUNTRY

JAMESTOWN MOVIE STEAM TRAIN
California Gold Country Movie History
california travel deals photoFor anyone who loves movies and has a child’s excitement at the steam clank of a locomotive chugging upgrade, a visit to this cultural icon of film and rail history should be mandatory.
Jamestown Steam Trains


KAUTZ IRONSTONE VINEYARDS
Wine Tasting Entertainment Park In Sierra Nevada
Winery Travel Family vacation photoIronstone Vineyards is an entertainment destination for wine lovers and the whole family - wine caves, gold panning and musical amphitheater, the largest in the state.
Ironstone Murphys


CASTLE AIR MUSEUM
Incredible Collection of WWII and Cold War Era Aircraft
budget travel destination California castle air museum B-36 photoThe Castle Air Museum presents an amazing collection of WWII, Korea and Cold War era aircraft, displayed in a park like setting in central California outside of Merced.
Castle Air Museum


CALIFORNIA DESERT

MARCH AIR FIELD MUSEUM
Jets of the Atomic Bomb Age

Massive aviation history collection of first jet aircraft, post-war and cold war planes, Startegic Air Command, and movie history at operational base along the 215 freeway in Riverside.
March Air Museum


PATTON'S TANK WARFARE MUSEUM
Tanks in the Southern California Desert
patton museum unique destination sherman tank photo The George Patton Memorial Tank Warfare Museum 45 minutes from Palm Springs on I10. Where General Patton trained his 7th Army armored corps before setting off to North Africa.
Patton Tank Warfare


NEVADA

MARK TWAIN MUSEUM - VIRGINIA CITY
Basement Office of America's Great Writer
Nevada Twain History Museum photoBefore Mark Twain became famous as America's favorite humorist with his novels of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, he started as a newspaper reporter in the Silver Rush of north Nevada.
Twain Museum


OKLAHOMA

NATIONAL COWBOY MUSEUM - OKLAHOMA CITY
Largest Western Heritage Collection
Cowboy Museum OklahomaOne of the best museums of cowboy and western heritage from historic ranch life to movies and tv, collections from barbed wire to famour western guns and film star props.
Cowboy Museum


TEXAS

TEXAS RANGERS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
Famous Lawmen Story in Waco

Texas Rangers Museum photoFrom the Lone Ranger to Walker and the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde, the Texas Ranger as taken on a mythic quality in western history and culture. See the story of the real rangers in Waco.
Texas Rangers


ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM
Largest Operating Heritage Rail Museum in Midwest
Ride the rails in Illinois farmland near Chicago in 1930's Electric Street Cars or Gleaming Streamlined Zephyr at the heartland's largest Railroading History Exhibit.
Illinois Railway Museum


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