If you’re looking for scenery and wildlife, this is it!
Antelope Island State Park, about an hour drive from Salt Lake City, makes for a good day trip. Your drive out there will treat you to an outstanding view of the Great Salt Lake as you cruise along Antelope Island Road, just off I-15. Odd that the drive reminded us of cruising the causeways of South Florida, but in fact nothing could be more opposite.
As you cruise around the Park roads, you’ll notice the wildlife is hard to miss. Although named for the antelope, you’ll probably see more bison. Lots of them.
A simple $10 entrance fee will let you in, then you’re free to explore. Perfect for a cool down on a hot Salt Lake City day. We recommend checking the link below for current Park conditions before visiting.
Let’s say you’re heading into North Dakota coming from Montana on I-94. Let’s say you want to take in the view of the amazing scenery, including and especially Painted Canyon. Let’s say we’ve got a place for you!
Fargo wasn’t our only stop in this great northern state. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is only about 20 miles from the MT/ND border, will make your day. This is historical Dakota Territory, with a park aptly named for a U.S. President who spent a lot of time here. This is no ordinary scenic overview.
There’s plenty to see in the Park itself, but if you’re in a hurry, there’s an amazing scenic overlook of Painted Canyon as you’re heading East on I-94 towards Fargo (see map point above). Watch out for bison.
Perfect stop for the All-American Summer Road Trip. Adventure on!
You might think of Fargo because of the 1996 movie, or NDSU’s famous Bison football team. But as you’re cruisin’ America’s roads this summer, should you find your way to North Dakota’s largest city, a little antiquing might be in order at The Madhaus.
We found this place by accident as we strolled through downtown Fargo on a beautiful, crisp fall day last year. Not far from the main strip, The Madhaus is a snapshot of the golden era of Mid-Century Modern (also known as Mid Mod). What is Mid Mod? It’s all those cool 1950s and ’60s space age-looking things, from homes to furniture to appliances and more. Just think of Don Draper’s New York City penthouse.
What really impressed us about The Madhaus was not only the amazing collection of Mid Mod treasures, but how it was actually built around the Mid Mod theme. It was more than just an antique shop; it was a step through time. There’s even a place to hang out and eat.
Did we expect to find a place like this in Fargo? Not at all. But we keep an open mind since we’re in the wandering business. We’re always pleasantly surprised to find hidden gems like The Madhaus in places we least expect. We sure are glad we stopped for a visit.
We’d like to thank one of our readers, Kim, for sending us these photos and sharing her story. Kim visited Bishop Castle a couple weeks ago–an interesting way to start the summer. Thank you, Kim.
You read that right. It’s a castle. In Colorado. About an hour drive southwest of Pueblo. We thought we’d seen it all at Carhenge, but this place definitely gives Carhenge a run for its money. And what is it about Colorado, anyway? We always find weird stuff there, like that one time when we found a dinosaur in Golden. At least he was friendly.
Anyway, back to Bishop Castle…
60 years ago, Jim Bishop had a vision, and that vision was to build, build, build. Then he built some more, then more…and then some more for good measure. He just kept going. Today the sprawling castle that bears his name reaches high into the sky with unmatched views. There’s even a ballroom. We’re also told there’s a dragon on top of the building.
Bishop Castle is a bold and action-packed workout of a tourist attraction, given the spiral staircase and all, so we advise comfortable close-toed shoes. We definitely look forward to seeing this for ourselves someday.
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This summer, forget the big beaches on the coasts. It’s the hidden gems, tucked away in the wilds and behind the forests, that really count. Enter Weirs Beach.
We visited Weirs Beach, right on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, NH, back in October. Even though it wasn’t prime swimming season, we really felt like we journeyed to a magical place. Weirs Beach comes with a retro arcade–no really, an actual arcade–right on the boardwalk, which was next to the train station, which was right across the street from the Victorian houses, which overlooked the spectacular lake, which had really ginormous houses on it, which you could see from the amazing boat tours, which…well, you get the point.
By the way, those cool Victorian houses we mentioned above, you can rent those, plus there’s plenty of other places to stay, including the Half Moon Motel and Cottages, which we’re happy to recommend. We enjoyed our time there. A nice slice of New England.
This is one of those articles where pictures say more than words. If you’re looking for a place off the beaten path to spend your summer, if you don’t want to contend with the major beach resort cities where you can’t even hear yourself think…if you’re looking for a little slice of Americana with a retro feel in a small lake town in New England…then Weirs Beach is for you!
We know we’ll be back.
OK, now pictures.
Lake Winnipesaukee is beautiful. Don’t believe us? Check out the time-lapse video we took while out boating
Then there’s the famous Vegas-like “Weirs Beach” sign, complete with a light show. We got a video.