Travel

 

This summer, you don't need to seek something exotic and adventurous abroad. The U.S. has plenty of adventures close at hand, from the storied Boston Harbor to a historic village in Ohio to the bridges of Yosemite Valley.

Just as with the places we recommended for spring break travel,  the sites we’ve selected for your summer travel pleasure tell a unique story about our American history. Unfortunately, these places are also threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy, but your enthusiasm about discovering them can inspire more people to visit and preserve them as well.

Yes, simply experiencing these places firsthand can have a lasting positive impact. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get out of here!

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Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos is the Blogger Outreach Manager working to inform bloggers and online influencers about the National Trust’s mission. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family both in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burgos, Spain.

[Sitings] Gaylord Building: Gateway to History

Posted on: May 18th, 2013 by Mame McCully 1 Comment

 

The Gaylord Building in Lockport, Illinois, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers visitors a chance to explore the history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal which linked Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River. 

Just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, the Gaylord is the gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. There, visitors can explore the building's canal exhibits or have a meal in the Public Landing Restaurant located inside the historic building.

If you're not in town to experience the fun in person, go canal-side with this week's slideshow instead!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

 

Wrought iron detail in Paris. Credit: Priya Chhaya
Wrought iron detail in Paris

For the first week of April I walked Paris.

My friend and I would greet the morning with a pan au chocolat, piecing together our agenda for the day before we strolled and meandered through this city of light, paying homage to monuments, memorials, museums, and memory. As hours chased the sun away, we would look back at our pictures and take notes, trying to capture the moments, ideas, and conversations we’d had just hours before.

Last month I wrote of the return, of re-visiting places you have already experienced and looking at them through the lens of life experience. In my case it involved two trips -- one to Paris and another to New Orleans, two cities rich in the tangible layers of the past.

Now that I have returned home I am left reflecting -- thinking how to document, preserve, and contain the taste, smell, and the feeling of being in two cities with so much character -- while understanding that no two visitors see a place in the same way.... Read More →

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Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya is Associate Manager for Online Content, Preservation Resources at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A public historian at heart, she sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American identity.

[Sitings] Filoli: Showcasing "California Eclectic"

Posted on: May 11th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Filoli, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation located 30 miles outside San Francisco, is one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century. Known for its varied and sprawling gardens and beautiful surrounding scenery, the estate is a popular place during spring as the flowers bloom and visitors are treated to an array of vivid colors.

This weekend, visitors can enjoy the Filoli Flower Show and next weekend, the 23rd season of Jazz at Filoli begins with Gregory Porter kicking off the series of six outdoor concerts. Enjoy the sights and sounds in person, or take a spin about the garden via this week's slideshow.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Lyndhurst: Gothic Gem of the Hudson River Valley

Posted on: May 4th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY. Credit: lulubrooks, Flickr

Lyndhurst, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Tarrytown, New York, overlooks the Hudson River and the stunning Tappan Zee Bridge which connects South Nyack, New York to Tarrytown, New York. Just a short drive from New York City, the Site and Tarrytown are a great daytrip for tourists in the Big Apple or for locals who want to get away for a day.

Among its many attractions: Gothic Revival architecture, 19th-century landscape design, and a comprehensive collection of decorative arts. Can't wait to experience its beauty and grandeur? Get a taste for the splendor with this week's slideshow.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.