Wandering the blue highways of New Mexico, I side trip from the Turquoise Trail to Galisteo. The rain puts a damper on my photo walk, so it’s a spot I’d like to revisit sometime to photograph the pueblo ruins and shells of old houses in the tiny town.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been on my vacation wish-list from the moment I first read about its opening in 2011. Far more than just an important collection of American Art, the Moshe Safdie-designed building and 120-acre woodland park surrounding the site are almost as spectacular as the museum’s contents. Here are seven reasons you should plan a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum.
Bentonville, Arkansas may be best known as the home of Walmart and for its booming job market. However it is the Crystal Bridges Museum, bike paths, bustling downtown, brews, and burgeoning foodie scene that make it such an interesting place to visit.
Bentonville will appeal to the bourgie traveler and dirtbagger alike. There really is something for everyone here. When our trip came to an end, I really didn’t want to leave this cool southern city.
Far from the average tacky tourist town, Eureka Springs is a real-deal Victorian era city that quickly drew us in. Through a thousand feats of engineering, the beautiful historic town was built right into the limestone bluffs.
Even more impressive than the architecture is Eureka Springs’ welcoming, inclusive attitude. In these divisive times, this small Southern city sets a great example for how American cities could (and should) be.
After a week of near-perfect weather, our luck has run out. We arrive at Crater Lake National Park under gray, cloudy, cold and windy skies, and find ourselves elbow-to-elbow with thousands of other visitors.
The air is thick with the heady scent of Juniper even where there’s nary a Juniper tree in sight. Is it my imagination, or is that magnificent fragrance made all the sweeter by the aroma of local craft beer brewing? It is easy to fall in love with Bend, and we did so within a few short hours.
A legendary rock climbing destination, Smith Rock State Park is a paradise for hikers as well. We made a (not-long-enough) stop here for a few hours on our way south to Bend. What our 4-mile-hiked lacked in length, it made up for with a challenging workout and spectacular scenery.
I almost wept at the thought of leaving Washington. But then Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge wrapped me in her warm embrace and made it all better. The lodge is an Arts and Crafts Masterpiece. Oh, and let’s not forget about that pretty impressive mountain she has for a backdrop.
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted with a force exceeding 27,000 bombs. The excitement/dread/anticipation of the predicted eruption had consumed our kid minds. Now, nearly forty years later, we are finally visiting the site of the most significant geologic event of the 20th century, and tangibly experiencing the wonders of our childhood fascination.