Seven free things to do this summer in Kansas City, Missouri

There are many reasons to fall in love with Kansas City. It’s a town with a rich history, from Lewis & Clark’s exploration of the city’s rolling hills to towering bluffs to bloody Civil War battles. But more than its storied history, Kansas City is known for its beauty, diverse culture, breath-taking architecture, and best of hall its warm hospitable people. So, if you are planning a visit, here are free things to do in the city.

The Scout – Located in Penn Valley Park and overlooking downtown is an oversized bronze statue of a Sioux scout on horseback. Now the city’s mascot, the sculpture won a god Medal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific exposition in San Francisco.

Visit more than 200 fanciful fountains – Nicknamed the City of Fountains, be sure to visit the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in Country Club Plaza and the Children’s Fountain in Waterworks Park. The city also has an abundant number of heart felt memorials.

Kauffman Memorial Garden – Located in the heart of downtown, this tranquil garden features more than 7,000 plants, a Secret Garden, and several beautiful fountains.
Kansas City’s Money Museum – Visitors can view President Harry S. Truman’s personal coin collection, lift a 27-pound god bar, or see the area’s largest cash vault.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – The museum has an ever-expanding collection and is home to more than 34,500 pieces of art from ancient to contemporary art.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – In addition to its permanent collection, the museum presents 8-12 temporary exhibitions a year.

Hallmark Visitors Center – This fascinating museum gives you a glimpse into the history of Hallmark and features a pop art exhibit and Christmas tree collection.

Although not free, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Harry Truman Presidential Library, American Jazz Museum, Legoland, National Airline History Museum, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and the Science Center are all very much worth a visit.

Discover Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Along New Hampshire’s tiny, 18-mile coastline, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, is a unique seaport city, replete with stunning coastal beauty, authentic New England charm, and well-stepped in American history. A favorite destination for a New England getaway, here are just a few of the many places we suggest you make a point to visit.

Begin your visit with a stop at Discover Portsmouth on Middle Street, Portsmouth’s primary welcome center offering visitors guidance on local sites, attractions, and historical facts about the city, as well as a popular walking tour of the city. We suggest you make reservations as space is limited.

Next stop is Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum comprised of 40 historical buildings dating back to the 17th century. Currently 10 are open to the public, and we suggest planning to spend 2-4 hours touring the grounds.

Prescott Park, a ten-acre urban green space, located across from Strawbery Bank, is your convenient next stop. This is the perfect spot to bring a picnic lunch and relax along the Piscataqua River.

Heading back into the center of town, stop by the Portsmouth Brewer for a refreshing beer on top, or if you prefer a sweet treat, Annabell’s on Merchant Street offers dozens of delicious ice cream flavors.

Portsmouth also offers wonderful shopping. If you are looking for a souvenir book we suggest stopping by River Run Bookstore, Tugboat Alley, or Vogel’s Hallmark Shop.

If you have more than just a day to spend in Portsmouth, then the Isles of Shoals is a must. Located 6 miles off the coast between Maine and New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers daily trips to this unique cluster of islands. Visitors are welcome to tour the Star Island grounds and to make a stop at the hotel gift shop.

While these are our top locations to visit during your stay in Portsmouth, be sure to check out the historic homes in the city. They included the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden, Governor John Langdon House, Oracle House, Wentworth-Gardner House, John Paul Jones House, and many more. To view a complete listing of the houses, go to: http://www.portsmouthhistorichouses.org/.

Enjoy discovering Portsmouth!

 

Looking for something to do during your visit to Columbus, Ohio?

Columbus, one of the fastest growing cities in the US, is a city that has been rejuvenated over recent years and there is plenty to do when visiting.

Tour the grandly restored Ohio Statehouse with its 29-foot-wide stained-glass skylight and many large- scale artworks. Be sure to stop by the Statehouse Museum Shop where you can pick up an Ohio themed gift.

Traveling along the downtown riverfront, the Scioto Mile includes 175 acres of parkland, fountains, and scenic overlooks along the Scioto River and is a number one choice for bicyclists and walkers in the springtime.

ProMusica’s Summer Music Series is a popular summer attraction on the grounds of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Guests bring picnic dinners and relax under the stars. The Conservatory itself spans 13 acres and consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, and much more.

The Columbus Museum of Art offers a large collection of 19th-and 20th -century American and European art as well as the magnificent Patricia M. Jurgensen Sculpture Garden. Free on Sunday’s, this gem of a museum also offers work by Ohio artists.

And lastly, a visit to Columbus is not complete without a visit to the Topiary Park, the Center of Science and Industry, the Jack Nicklaus Museum, and the German Village neighborhood. The Book Loft, in German Village, has 32 rooms of books and is an ideal stop to gather information for your stay and to pick up a good read.

Enjoy your visit to Columbus!

City of Roses!

Summer is just around the corner and the Portland Rose Festival is Portland’s way to celebrate! Beginning in late May and extending through mid-June, the Portland Rose Festival is a collection of roughly 60 events with the Grand Floral Parade being its cherished highlight.

The best of the best award-winning roses are on display each year at the Spring Rose Show. With more than 4000 blooms emanating their sweet fragrance, entrants are rose growers from the Pacific Northwest. Known as the City of Roses, Portland’s weather is ideal for rose growing.

The colorful Dragon Boat Race is another big attraction with as many as 96 teams from all over the world competing on the Willamette River. Many teams practice year-round in Taiwan-style dragon boats. It’s colorful and loads of fun to watch.

Go to https://www.travelportland.com/ for event details or stop by Powell’s Books or one of Barnes and Nobles two Portland locations for a copy of our book Portland, OR: A Photographic Portrait to help you plan your visit.

If you’re a museum aficionado and interested in Indianapolis’ history, art, and culture then a visit to its many museums is worth consideration.

The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District comprises two museums, three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues, fountains, and sculptures. Included in the five-block district are the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, University Park, USS Indianapolis, American Legion Mall, Indiana War Memorial, Veterans’ Memorial Plaza, and the WWII Memorial. No other city in the US has dedicated as many acres honoring veterans and military conflicts.

Just a few of the other points of interest in Indianapolis include the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, which is filled with an amazing display of modern and historic art; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the Indiana State Museum.

Check out www.visitindy.com for more things to do and places to stay or stop by Twisted Sisters for a copy of our book, Indianapolis: A Photographic Portrait.

There’s a lot to see and do in Charlotte!

From Charlotte’s greenway system to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Discovery Place Science, there is plenty to see and do in Charlotte. But, if you’re looking to be a bit more active and adventurous, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is a wonderful place that offers world class whitewater rafting, mountain biking, zip lines, rope and obstacle courses, rock climbing and more. Open 365 days a year, it is fun for the whole family.

For most, the highlight of the center is its whitewater course, an Olympic training center with an artificial series of loops with controlled rapids of various degrees of challenge. Wild rides are led by highly experienced guides who control the intensity of each ride.

Plan to spend the entire day!

Reasons to Visit Los Angeles in the Spring

Crisp, clear skies and balmy weather attract visitors to Los Angeles in the springtime. It’s an especially enjoyable time to visit as you’ll experience discounts on flights and hotels and shorter lines at its top attractions.

Topping our list of places to visit in Los Angeles in March include the Getty Center, Museum of Natural History, Autry Museum of American West, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and of course Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, and a visit to Venice Beach.

Vroman’s Bookstore on Colorado Boulevard, UCLA Bookszone, and Los Angeles Tourism are great resources for helping you plan your trip.

 

This is the perfect year to visit San Antonio

 

There’s a lot to celebrate in San Antonio this year as the city just turned 300 and its yearlong celebrations have begun. Beginning May 1st, the day the Alamo was founded, the city will kick off the start of the Tricentennial Commemorative Week with educational, artistic, and entertaining events.

Designated as one of the “Best of the World” places to visit in 2018 by National Geographic, San Antonio is a city that revels in its history, culture, cuisine, and colorful character.

Check out Visit San Antonio’s website: http://visitsanantonio.com/300 for booking information.

 

 

Winter Getaway!

The days may be getting longer but, brrr, it’s still really cold out there! Looking to get away to warmer weather? Consider heading South to Florida for a quick getaway. Today the temperature in Naples will reach 70 degrees, about 50 degrees warmer than in parts of New England!

Known as Florida’s “crown jewel,” with its shimmering sugar-white sand beaches, placid surf and clear blue skies, visitors consider it a premier resort destination. Adjacent to the western entrance to the Everglades, Naples is also known for its waterside mansions, cosmopolitan shopping venues, and 4-star restaurants.

If you should decide to make a trip to Naples, wee suggest visiting the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples Pier, Naples Botanical Garden, and the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Enjoy the warm weather!

 

 

 

 

Southern Destination!

Texas is a great southern destination in November. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve coming soon, it is a wonderful time to take advantage of travel deals and warm, balmy weather.

Houston, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and San Antonio are cities that we have featured in our photographic series books. Check them out before planning your southern vacation to help you plan which museums, monuments, and events are of interest to you.

Click here: www.twinlightspub.com to be directed to our website and a list of book stores in these cities.