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Visiting Eastern Nebraska: Family-Friendly Destinations Near the Missouri River

For all of you adventurous travelers with families out there: the Missouri River offers exciting year-round activities and events perfect for vacations with family and friends, or even a relaxing solo trip. In fact, the longest river in the United States provides excellent recreational opportunities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating, and more. And yet, have you ever considered visiting the communities and towns along the Missouri River? Consider visiting Eastern Nebraska, an area filled to the brim with must-see destinations that are also part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail for your next adventure! 

Not sure where to go? Along the Missouri River, visiting Eastern Nebraska features dozens of unique cities, towns, and villages with their own charming history. Consider visiting Eastern Nebraska, an area perfect for finding family-friendly activities! Visiting Eastern Nebraska today will offer you everything from outdoor recreation to exciting local festivals! Keep reading to find out more about the top 10 family-friendly locations that are worth visiting in Eastern Nebraska.

Visting Eastern Nebraska has an abundance of destinations for families with children to visit!
Visiting Eastern Nebraska has an abundance of destinations for families with children to visit!

1. Bellevue

Want to get away for the weekend near the Missouri River while visiting Eastern Nebraska? Well, you’re in luck, as Bellevue, Nebraska features scenic nature trails at Fontenelle Forest as well as the opportunity for hiking, biking, camping, and boating! Feeling a little braver? Make a reservation at TreeRush Adventures located in the Fontenelle Forest! Guests ages 4 to adult can spend a day climbing, ziplining, and swinging through the Fontenelle Forest.

2. Blair

Blair is a quaint community nestled on the banks of the Missouri River, with tons of outdoor recreation and local activities for the whole family. Visit the DeSoto Chute National Wildlife Refuge to witness how wildlife and history intersect! For a family-friendly attraction, visit Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch for exciting activities and events perfect for families with children.

3. Brownville

Looking for a quaint small town away from the hustle and bustle? Visit Brownville, Nebraska near the Missouri River for everything from Lewis & Clark State Recreation area and the great outdoors to the arts, museums, and the theater! Don’t forget to have a quick bite and satisfy your sweet tooth afterward by coming to Gospel Coffee & Ice Cream!

The view of Arbor Lodge Mansion from Lied Lodge & Conference Center.

4. Dakota City

Dakota City is considered to be one of Eastern Nebraska’s oldest communities with tons of history to be explored! Come to Sportsmen’s Preserve, Cottonwood Cove Park, and more for incredible views, camping opportunities, and a chance to learn about the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (LCNHT)!

5. Fort Calhoun

Do you like learning about history and learning new historical facts? Fort Calhoun is a community with a history you have to learn about! Visit and witness historical re-enactments up close at Historic Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. Fort Calhoun is also home to the Washington County Museum and the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge. After a long day, enjoy a hot meal at The Rustic!

6. Nebraska City

For family fun, Nebraska City offers educational programming and history re-enactments at the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Visitor Center! With programming, events, and activities for all ages, this is a fun and creative way to learn about American history! For the rest of the day, spend it at the  Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and the Wildwood Historic House, Victorian Garden, and Gift Shop.

Board the Keelboat replica while visiting Eastern Nebraska. Photo Credit: Opal Spidell

7. Niobrara

This Eastern Nebraska community along the Missouri River features an incredible array of outdoor, educational, and cultural activities! Just looking to relax on your day off? Niobrara State Park offers scenic and breathtaking views with so many outdoor experiences that you’re sure to find something you like! The state park has everything from camping and horseback riding to wildlife-watching opportunities. Visit in the summer months to witness the park’s famous buffalo cookout season. Interested in learning more about Native American culture and history? Visit the Ponca Educational Trail and Earthlodge and the Ponca Tribal Museum!

8. Omaha

Looking for a city with just about any activity or attraction you can think of? Visit Omaha in Eastern Nebraska and you’ll never run out of exciting places to explore and activities to do! If you’re an American history buff, we recommend visiting the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail headquarters at the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. For other family-friendly activities, consider taking a trip to the Joslyn Art Museum, Durham History Museum, and the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium! Hungry? Omaha has great eats for affordable prices, especially considering how Omaha is where the Reuben sandwich was originally created! We personally recommend the Coneflower Creamery

9. Plattsmouth

As one of Eastern Nebraska’s oldest cities with a founding date of 1854, there’s never a boring, uneventful day in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. With tons of historical, cultural, and family-friendly activities, there’s never been a better time to visit! Come in the fall to participate in the annual Plattsmouth Harvest Festival or stop by the Schilling Wildlife Management Area for hiking, hunting, fishing, and picnicking opportunities! 

10. South Sioux City

South Sioux City is a charming small town in Eastern Nebraska that is home to unique attractions, including being a town where Meriwether Lewis and William

Clark passed through in 1804. The city features the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway and the Outlaw Trail, a perfect destination for a family outing. Learn more about American history, visit state recreation areas, go fishing, and even witness the state’s tallest waterfall! Also, consider visiting Woodland Trails at the Winnebago Village Center to support local Native American businesses. This city also offers recreational activities year-round, such as fishing, golfing, hiking, and more!

Autumn River View Boardwalk Trail in Eastern Nebraska

Now that you’ve gotten a chance to learn more about what Eastern Nebraska has to offer, consider visiting Eastern Nebraska for your next vacation or when you are near the Missouri River. As a reminder, remember to support local businesses and shop local when you have the opportunity. They are counting on your support as visitors, so don’t delay a trip!

Consider visiting Eastern Nebraska and its plethora of great family-friendly destinations today!

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From Vintage Cars to Iron Art: Top Things to Do and See in Dayton, Washington

From Vintage Cars to Iron Art: Top Things to Do and See in Dayton, Washington

Sitting in the Heart of the Columbia Basin Lies This Little Town with a Big Personality and Endless Things to Discover. Here are your top things to do and see in Dayton, Washington! 

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail or local to Washington and looking for a weekend getaway, the small town of Dayton, Washington has so much to discover and enjoy. Whether it be hiking, demolition derbies, rodeos, vintage car shows, or county fairs, this town has it all. This blog lists the top things to do and see in Dayton, Washington. Read on for local events, interesting spots, dining, and lodging!

Local Events & Festivals in Dayton, Washington

All Wheels Weekend
Held annually every Father’s Day weekend from June 17th to 19th, All Wheels Weekend isn’t your usual car show! Popular and well-attended, the event features a parade of vintage cars, drag racing, poker, and even a golf tournament! It also features a demolition derby. With live music, food vendors lining Main Street, and a children’s play-zone, everyone can join in the fun! 

Brix & Brew Benefit Auction
Taking place every March, Dayton’s Chamber of Commerce hosts its own benefit auction to fund local tourism projects. Visitors can bid on and taste various locally produced wines. Catering is provided by a sponsoring local vendor. Dine, make new friends, and bid on fine wines for a good cause!

Christmas Kickoff
Every Thanksgiving weekend from November 26th to 27th, Dayton welcomes the Christmas season with a real kickoff! The event features hayrides, a Christmas bazaar, a parade and tree lighting ceremony, and even an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ 5K jog! Whether you want mead or hot cocoa to warm you up, local food & drink vendors have you covered. Want to pet a live reindeer and Santa’s beard in the same night? This is the Christmas event for you!

Columbia County Fair
Funnel cakes. Corn dogs. Waffle cones. Strawberry lemonade. Ah yes, you can already smell it, the Columbia County Fair! The Fair begins Fall from September 9th to the 11th. Popular to Southeast Washington, you can get a free single-day pass by donating 5 canned food items. Rodeos, eating contests, bouncy houses & rides, a craft market, and so much more can be found here.

Dayton Days
From May 27th to 28th, visitors can expect live music, beer tasting, and a wild time at the Dayton Days Parade and Rodeo! Art, food, and craft vendors cater to the public as marching bands and local dancers make their way down to the Fairgrounds. Dayton Days celebrates the city for everything it is!

Dayton’s Most Interesting Spots

Art & Museums
Dayton, Washington is unique as the home of the Palus Indian tribe, known for living in the Palouse Falls region. The Palus Artifacts and Veterans Museum allows visitors to learn about their culture and involvement in tribal conflicts and the Civil War. To learn about Dayton’s location in the Lewis and Clark expedition, visitors to the Patit Creek Campsite. Here, visitors can see dozens of iron statues that depict what life was like on the Trail. 

Historical Sites
Established in the 1860s, many of Dayton’s historical structures still stand. Dayton’s Historic Courthouse of 1886 and the Smith Hollow Schoolhouse of 1900 have both been restored to allow tours. Built in 1881, Dayton boasts the oldest surviving train station in Washington state; museum today, visitors can tour the Dayton Historic Depot.

Managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, visitors to Dayton have 7 hiking trails to choose from! The most famous routes include Palouse Falls, Oregon Butte Trail, and Middle Point to Bluewood. Maps and seasonal information for these trails and more are listed here. Touchet River and Tucannon Lakes offer a fantastic fishing experience in pristine waters. Bluewood mountain offers a skiing experience like no other with ski resorts dotting the region.

Dayton offers many quaint, niche shops. For artisanal soaps, check out Biker B’s Bathworks. For something sweet, handmade candies from Mama Monacelli’s make the perfect souvenir gift! Local produce and meats can be found at the Blue Mountain Station and Dayton Mercantile. For local weavings and every trinket imaginable, make a stop in the city’s Main Street Marketplace!

Some of Washington’s Best Dining Experiences

For a speedy food stop, stop by the town’s General Store for ice cream, dry foods, drinks, and more. Need something more filling but no time for a full meal? Blue Mountain Station’s soups, sandwiches, and sweets have you covered there!

Brunch & Bakery
Love cinnamon rolls but wish you could eat them on an antique sofa? Annie’s Attic and Cafe is the place for you with its eccentric but homey atmosphere. Locally Nourished is a great breakfast option for those seeking healthy, organic breakfast options. Offering all day lunch and breakfast options with baked bread, Moose Creek Cafe & Bakery is another great stop in historic Dayton.

Lunch & Dinner
If you need to feed and please the whole family, Snake River Grill offers great menu picks for both kids and adults right on the Snake River.
My Dad’s Place provides a warm Italian atmosphere in small-town Dayton, offering pizzas, calzones, salads, soups, and more!

Wineries & Pubs
Red Band Cellars offers a wide selection of its home-ripened, regional wines with tastings running from noon until 5:00 PM. It also offers a wide selection of cheeses, fruits, and hors d’oeuvres. Need something filling to go with a beer? Check out Chief Spring’s Fire and Irons Brew Pub for a pint and pizza or burgers!

Lodging: Feel Right at Home 

Best Western Plus Dayton offers luxury accommodation with amenities like a swimming pool and a complimentary breakfast. Blue Mountain Motel is an affordable option conveniently located within walking distance of Downtown and Main Street. Weinhard Hotel is a fantastic lodging option for history buffs, with its Victorian design and classic decorating. Complete with period furniture, staying here is an experience itself!

Vacation Rentals & Cabins
Hiromi’s House is a cozy, fully furnished vacation rental home that sleeps 6 in Dayton’s historic district. For larger groups that value privacy, Stonewood can sleep +20 people in a beautiful wooden cabin, perfect for personal & company events.

Campgrounds & RV Parks
The Lewis and Clark Trail State Park offers beautiful views like no other, with 24 standard campsites and 5 RV campsites available. Note that you will need the Discover Pass to set up your campsite with some annual free days available to the public.
Looking to do campfire cooking near your RV or a cabin? Cabin rentals, picnic tables, and safely maintained fire pits can be found at Lyons Ferry Marina Koa

Dayton’s smallness and its passion for preserving its history are at the heart of its vibrant culture. This wholesome, creative community has opened its arms to the Nation by inviting you and I to gather in the fun of celebrating its unique personality. Whether you’re passing through on your travels or want to settle in for an extended holiday, Dayton showcases an array of interests to keep everyone wanting to come back for more. Whether you’re a fan of cars, hiking, rodeos, and more, this town delivers it. Don’t hesitate to add Dayton to your list of Destinations along the National Lewis and Clark Historic Trail!

Visiting Lexington, Missouri: Where the Civil War Struck Twice

Along the southern banks of the Missouri River, about forty miles outside of Kansas City, sits a small town with a rich history. At first glance, you may not guess that it was once the largest city west of St. Louis. The city of Lexington, Missouri, celebrates its bicentennial this year, and in those 200 years, it has seen some of the most fascinating pieces of Missouri history and remains a welcoming town for visitors to stop and become enriched by its unique story. In this blog, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about visiting Lexington, Missouri!

When you hear the Battle of Lexington, you may jump to the battles of Lexington and Concord that kickstarted the American Revolutionary War. In fact, Lexington, Missouri, was named after that very same battle. Yet it would also become the site of a historic battlefield, 86 years later, during the Civil War. Read on to learn more about the story of Lexington, Missouri, the museums that commemorate it, and how the town is celebrating its 200th birthday.

History of Lexington

The Lewis and Clark Trail in Missouri, with missouri river seen when visiting Lexington MissouriFounded in 1822, the city of Lexington grew rapidly as the seat of Lafayette County. This was thanks in large part to its strategic position along the Missouri River. It was a hub for trade in the 19th century, as merchants set up shop in Lexington. They mostly aimed to serve travelers heading westward. The parent company of the famous Pony Express had its headquarters on Lexington’s Main Street.

As technology advanced and steamboats entered popular usage in the United States, Lexington’s spot along the river became even more of a boon. The steamboats were bolstered by nearby coal mines. These would provide fuel for them as they went across the Missouri.

Although the town was not yet founded during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the party passed through the land that would later become the site of Lexington’s foundation.

Civil War Battles

First Battle

Lexington’s position as a successful commercial hub put it in the sights of both the Union and the Confederacy upon the outbreak of the Civil War in the 1860s. The state of Missouri was already a flashpoint for tensions during this era. It was a slave state that officially remained in the Union, despite claims from the Confederacy. Union forces hoped to establish control over Lexington due to its riverside position and pre-war status as a trade center. They headquartered in the local Masonic College, but were soon recalled to St. Louis.

However, Confederate sympathizers struck in August 1861, and surrounded the Union soldiers. They arrested many Union figures, including former Missouri governor Austin A. King. Hearing of the situation in Lexington, federal reinforcements went to take command, setting the stage for battle.

The First Battle of Lexington lasted for less than a week in September 1861. It is also known as the Siege of Lexington or the Battle of the Hemp Bales. Union Colonel James Mulligan faced off against Major General Sterling Price of the Missouri State Guard, which was in support of the Confederacy. The defending Confederate forces greatly outnumbered the Union soldiers by over a 5:1 ratio.

The battle was best remembered for the Missouri State Guard’s use of hemp bales as part of their fortifications. This is the origin of the name the Battle of the Hemp Bales. Hemp, used in rope manufacturing, had been a major product in Lexington. Bales were taken from a local warehouse to create a line of defenses against Union forces. By the end of the week, the outmanned Union forces under Colonel Mulligan surrendered to Price’s men. This signified a major Confederate victory. However, it was not to last for the Confederates, as their strength in Missouri waned by the end of the year. The Union regained total control over the state by 1862.

Second Battle

The failed siege was not the only time Lexington would be the site of skirmishes during the Civil War. By September 1864, Sterling Price was fully folded into the Confederate Army. He began a campaign of raids in Missouri in an attempt to recapture the state. That October, two Union brigades under the leadership of Major General James Blunt staged a position near Lexington to confront Price and his men.

The Second Battle of Lexington came to a head on October 19, and once again, the Union forces were hopelessly outnumbered by the Confederates. Nevertheless, Blunt and his men fought valiantly against Price’s army, and forced the Confederates to use their most valuable artillery. However, by the end of the fighting, the Union forces had to retreat. Yet the Second Battle of Lexington was even more of a pointless victory for the Confederacy. Just four days later, Price was decisively defeated at the Battle of Westport. This marked the beginning of the end for Price’s campaign.

Lexington Today

The Anderson House in Lexington Missouri

Although Lexington is no longer as busy as it was before the Civil War, the city still holds its history with great reverence and is the site of many great historical centers and shopping and travel opportunities. Today, Lexington markets itself as “offbeat and original, but not off the beaten path.” Continue reading to see what opportunities are available when visiting Lexington, Missouri.

Visiting Lexington, Missouri: Historical Sites

The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, established in 1958, preserves the battleground of the First Battle of Lexington. It is located on the north side of town, and encompasses the Anderson House, a mansion that was caught in the middle of the fighting. Bullet holes and cannon shots remain in the walls of the house. Tours of the battlefield and walking trails are provided over its 94 acres. The site’s visitor center, to which admission is free, acts as a museum that has fascinated visitors since it was built in 1991. It features exhibits about the Anderson House, the battle itself, and Missouri’s role in the Civil War as a whole.

The Anderson House is not the only place in Lexington that wears its battle scars with pride. The Lafayette County Courthouse was struck with a cannonball during the First Battle of Lexington. That same cannonball remains lodged in a pillar on the left side of the courthouse. This has brought considerable attention to the Classical Revival courthouse. It is also the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Mississippi River, having been built in 1847.Battlefield image with artillery 

The Lexington Historical Museum, located on South 13th Street, features a wide range of preserved historic items and memorabilia, including the sword that Colonel Mulligan gave up during his surrender during the First Battle of Lexington. It also includes exhibits regarding the 19th-century steamboat trade in Lexington, as well as the river bluff coal mines in the area, the Pony Express and Osage Nation Native American tribe.

Lexington was once the home of the Wentworth Military Academy, a U.S. military junior college that operated from 1880 to 2017. The grounds of the academy were sold at auction after its closure. However, downtown Lexington now has a museum dedicated to the academy’s history. The Wentworth Military Academy Museum on Main Street proudly displays exhibits from the college. This includes the stained-glass windows once featured in its chapel. 

Visiting Lexington, Missouri in 2022: Celebrating the Bicentennial

2022 marks 200 years since the founding of Lexington by ferry operator Gilead Rupe. Lexington has celebrated its history with a Bicentennial Week, held from June 19-25, 2022. Juneteenth celebrations were featured early on in the week, as well as several local festival events, such as a tractor show and live music. The Bicentennial Week was rounded out with a 5K run and parade on June 25. A time capsule from 1972 was even opened after the conclusion of the parade.

Outside of the Bicentennial Week, Lexington has also looked back at its history with a Civil War reenactment of the First Battle of Lexington. These reenactments are held annually on the anniversary of the battle from September 18-20.
Sunset on the Missouri River, which can be seen when visiting Lexington Missouri
For more information about visiting Lexington, Missouri, as well as the city’s history, check out their tourism website which has more information on its historical sites, shopping opportunities, and places to eat. Also make sure to follow and like Lewis and Clark Travel’s social media pages on platforms like Facebook and Instagram for regular updates. Want more trip inspiration? Check out our other blogs.

Visiting Fort Thomas, Kentucky: A Town Rich in Military History

Fort Thomas, Kentucky is probably a town you haven’t heard much about, but when traveling along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, it’s definitely a place you won’t want to miss! Just on the outskirts of Cincinnati, this town rich in military history will come as a pleasant surprise. With historical earthworks, parks, and a museum, visiting Fort Thomas, Kentucky is a great way to spend a day, especially if you want a break from city life! Plus, if military history isn’t your forte, there is plenty of entertainment in the area for all ages.

Bridge spanning the Ohio river
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History and Entertainment in Fort Thomas

The rich military history that lives on in Fort Thomas is truly remarkable. From having significance in the Civil War all the way to World War II, it’s amazing to see how its history has been preserved. The town is named after George Henry Thomas, a significant Union general during the civil war–and after him, many other notable people came along such as General Phillip Sheridan and Major Samuel Woodfill. It was also in this town that the 6th Infantry Regiment was stationed around the turn of the 20th century until the Spanish-American War!

You can read more about the history of Fort Thomas here.

Historical military canon in grass
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Tower Park 900 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas

Tower Park is your standard recreational park, fit with playgrounds, baseball fields, walking trails, and more. What makes it special, though, is its Stone Water Tower–a 102 feet high tower constructed in the late 1800s! This tower, which stands in the middle of the park, has an ornate plaque remembering the 6th Infantry Regiment and real cannons from the 18th century. While visiting Fort Thomas, Kentucky, make sure to check for local events–you might even be able to see a free concert!

Check out their website to see what this park has to offer!

City of Fort Thomas Museum 940 Cochran Ave #2314, Fort Thomas

The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum is conveniently located within Tower Park. This museum will take you through time–with artifacts spanning across 150 years! Not only does this museum focus on the rich military history of Fort Thomas, but it showcases how the town grew from a rural, agricultural community to what it is now.

Be sure to check out their website to arrange a tour!

The Village Players of Ft Thomas 8 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas

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With amazing shows playing year-round, you don’t want to miss a performance by The Village Players of Ft Thomas, the vibrant community theater in town! Not only are their plays unique, but the building they are located in is too! Their current theater has been run since the 1960’s, and the Village Players, as of Fall 2022, have plans to rebuild themselves as the Fort Thomas Cultural Arts Center!

Check out their current plays for the season on their website and read about the exciting expansion and renovation here!

Unique Eats

Grassroots & Vine 1011 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas

If you’re looking for farm-fresh food, Grassroots & Vine is the place to be! With gourmet treats, it’s a great place for an impromptu date night filled with great food and specialty wine.

You can read all about their farm-to-table practices here and see what they have to offer!

Kampuchea Kitchen 1045 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas

If you’ve ever wanted to try authentic Cambodian cuisine, try Kampuchea Kitchen while visiting Fort Thomas, Kentucky! Founded in January 2020, it is one of the only places in the tri-state area to experience such food. Plus, with a relaxing atmosphere, you won’t want to miss it!

Check out Kampuchea Kitchen on Facebook and click here to read a mouthwatering review!

Across the Ohio River

Blue and orange bird looking left.
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California Woods Nature Preserve 5400 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati

From gorgeous sycamores and butterfly gardens, California Woods Nature Preserve is a can’t miss spot for nature lovers. This nature preserve offers miles of trails and over 50 tree species, as well as numerous other plants and animals. It even is adjacent to a designated Important Bird Area!

If you want to learn more about this breathtaking sight, check out their website!


Pirates Cove Tropical Bar & Grill 4609 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati

With live music and entertainment, Pirates Cove Tropical Bar & Grill will make you feel like you’re in Key West on vacation! Just 10 minutes away, this charming dinner locale is perfect for adults and kids alike, so don’t miss it when visiting Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Check out their website, which includes their Key West themed menu. Yum!

Bridge spanning the Ohio river
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There is a lot to see when visiting Fort Thomas, Kentucky! From its rich military history to its recreation and restaurants, you are in for a treat. While you’re down there, be sure to look at all of the historical buildings turned into recreation centers, such as the old armory and mess hall! It truly is amazing how history can shape a town, and how these historical remains are still here today. 

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A Perfect Day in Cincinnati: Top 10 Spots to Visit

The United States of America has some of the most diverse, engrossing, and spectacular cities within the world. Many of these cities are known throughout the world, being some of the reasons why numerous tourists visit America. New York City has extravagant sights, rich history, and diverse community. Boston contains a deep history, sports teams, and recognizable accent.  New Orleans presents enticing food, Mardi Gras parades, and classical music. All of these cities are revered for they’re respected cultures and communities, enthralling tourists with skyscrapers, national monuments, and iconic landmarks. A perfect day can be achieved in anyone of these cities.

However, we are going to highlight a different city. One that not only has fantastic sights, delicious foods, and awesome landscapes, but this particular city sits on one of the most famous rivers within America. This is known as Cincinnati, the Queen of the West. While not one of the more well known cities within America for tourists, Cincinnati holds many wonders that rival New York City, Washington DC, and Boston. Cincinnati contains several amazing locations and spots to visit. Today, we will explore these locations, reveal that Cincinnati is a unique experience for tourists of all kinds, and show the ten spots to visit in this amazing city. It’s a perfect day in Cincinnati! Let’s go!

Cincinnati Near the Ohio River
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Overview of Cincinnati

Founded in 1788, Cincinnati was the first major city built after the Revolution. It is considered by many as the “first America City,” since it was founded and built after America cut ties with the British Empire. The city has several nicknames. Such as Cincy, The ‘Nati, The Queen of the West, The Blue Chip city, and the City of Seven Hills. Since Cincinnati is located on the Ohio River, right across from Northern Kentucky, the nickname (The Queen City) was proclaimed by its citizens in 1820. Due to its location, Cincinnati is south of Route 70 and north of Route 64, making it a detour destination for any sight-seeing tourists. Lastly, Cincinnati is homed to several professional sports teams that bring it further notoriety. The teams being the Cincinnati Bengals, Reds, and Cyclones (Baseball, American Football, and Hockey).

Why it’s a Perfect Day in Cincinnati and Ten Spots to Visit

It’s a perfect day in Cincinnati! There are numerous locations, spots, and places that make Cincinnati an awesome area for exploration. Whether you are a lover of sports, food, history, nature, clothing, music, or animals, Cincinnati can meet all your needs. The Nation Park Service promotes Cincinnati for not only its geographical placement upon the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (LCNHT), but for the various communities, businesses, and people who are set up on the trail. Whether you are planning a journey that takes you through the LCNHT or if you are simply planning a trip to Cincinnati, this list of ten spots for a perfect day can help you determine potential visiting locations. Without further ado, here are ten spots that make a perfect day while in Cincinnati.

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1: Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park

Cincinnati is home to several city parks with many breathtaking sights. Eden Park is perhaps the most popular city park within Cincinnati. With numerous walkways, monuments, overlooks, buildings and lakes. One such site is the Seasongood Pavilion, a public setting that is in the south region of Eden Park. Nestled near the Elsinore Arch and Cincinnati Art Museum. The Seasongood Pavilion is used for music, social events, and photo galleries, as it is not only an amazing building, but it is extremely easy to access. If you are looking for an amazing place to take a photo, listen to some music, or participate in a social event, Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park is the spot for you.

2: Pendleton Art Center

For any art lovers who wish to either tour a gallery or perhaps those interested in taking a class, the Pendleton Art Center is the spot for you. The Pendleton Art Center has a variety of activities, ranging from viewing various artists and their works, to taking classes at the center or participating in one of their numerous public events. The Art Center’s store contains a diverse array of art on display, which can be purchased or viewed virtually to better understand the events, along with what genre of art is being shown. The Pendle Art Center is a good place to visit for any passing tourist for either a quick browse or for those interested in the field of art. It brings out the variety to a perfect day in Cincinnati.

3: Taft Theatre

The Taft Theatre is one of numerous historic buildings within Cincinnati. An interesting fact about the theatre, it’s named after Charles Phelps Taft, the older brother of President William Howard Taft. Built in 1928 by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the theatre holds up to 2,500 people. It is not only a historical site, with a rugged 1920s appeal, but the preservation of the interior is like taking a step through time. The Taft Theatre is also home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This location is a must stop while in Cincinnati, as it is used for Broadway shows, concerts, comedies and other various special events that are open to the public. If you love the theater, the lights, and music, make your way down to the Taft Theatre.

4: William Howard Taft National Historic Site

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site is the restored, childhood house of President William Howard Taft. Several social events occurred here throughout history. One such event had James A. Garfield as a guest (before he became President). The historic site is divided into two sections, with the first building being the original house fully restored. The house has two levels, with the second floor holding exhibits of President Taft’s accomplishments. The second building operates as the National Historic Site’s Visitor Center, officially known as the Taft Education Center. This location is perfect for any lovers of history and tourists who wish to see a fully restored historic house.

5: The Eagle

Good food is the main-event for a perfect day. The sights, social events, and activities are the appetizers. Food can make an average day into a great day, or a good day into a perfect day. The Eagle is a house-brined restaurant, with various locations in major cities across the midwest. There is nothing more satisfying then after a long walk across a park or car trip through the city, then a nice, hot greasy meal. The Eagle serves sandwiches, salads, soups, sides, snacks, and unique cocktails that are worth a visit. Moreover, the Eagle has a very humbling and welcoming appeal to it. For anyone who is a beer lover, food lover, or is a hungry visitor to Cincinnati, the Eagle is a must see restaurant. You cannot have a perfect day in Cincinnati without food.

6: Old St. Mary’s Church

For anyone looking for a beautiful site to visit in Cincinnati, you’ll find no better spot than Old St. Mary’s Church. Built in 1840 by German immigrants, Old St. Mary’s Church is the oldest standing church in Cincinnati. Its Greek Revival Style is solemn and revering as it looms over the citizens of Cincinnati. Fun fact about the church, since 2017, it is the current home of the Cincinnati Oratory, which is a society of priests and brothers of The Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. With a rich history and amazing view from within, Old St. Mary’s Church is like looking at a pillar worn by time, yet still preserved as if unaffected by it. Considered a landmark within Cincinnati, Old St. Mary’s sits within the historic neighborhood, Over-The-Rhine. Even if you are not religious, the church is a spectacular work of construction. It is a solemn stop for a perfect day in Cincinnati.

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7: Washington Park

While not the biggest city park within Cincinnati, Washington Park is one of the better known city parks with the iconic Cincinnati Music Hall standing in front of the park. It is a large, open park with numerous trees. There are several American Civil War cannons near the park, along with the busts of Civil Wars heroes Frederick Hecker and Colonel Robert Latimor McCook, who commanded the German 9th Ohio Infantry. The park is used for social events and is a general place to relax. Perfect days are for moments of relaxation. Washington Park provides a stress free zone with a wondrous atmosphere.

A Perfect day in Cincinnati in Washington Park
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8: Boba Cha

A perfect day requires variety and what better way than visiting Boba Cha, a bubble tea store. For those who do not know, bubble tea is a tea-based beverage that originated in Taiwan. Bubble tea is a drink that is mixed with tea and milk or fruit with chewy tapioca pearls. Boba Cha also sells smoothies and slushies. It is the perfect place to get a nice, cool drink for a perfect day.

9: Castle of Air

Parks and gardens are famous within Cincinnati. Right on the edge of the Ohio River, in the Berry International Friendship Park, lies the Castle of Air. A pavilion placed in a public garden fashioned from four walls with an arched façade of polished steel and a system of mirrors. The architect, Peter Haimerl, named the pavilion the Castle of Air based on the European hunting lodge and summer place of the 18th century, similar to Pagodenburg and Amalienburg from the castle park of Nymphenburg. It is a perfect place for a picture or photo with friends and family.

10: Mirror Lake at Eden Park

Making our way back to Eden Park to cap off a perfect day, one should visit the illustrious Mirror Lake, which is one of the main attractions of the park. The biggest lake in a city park within Cincinnati deserves a visit to conclude the day. Or, you may wish to visit this place first and take a walk around the lake, as it is vast. There are plenty of perfect spots for a photo here and there.

And those are 10 spots that you should visit on a perfect day in Cincinnati. When the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail leads you to Cincinnati, give these places a visit and send pictures of your visit. Don’t forget to follow us while you’re in Cincinnati!

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Ultimate Guide for Visiting Harpers Ferry WV: Hiking, Dining, and Civil War History


Looking for a small town with a big history? Add visiting Harpers Ferry to your bucket list. Located in Jefferson County WV, right on the point where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, this town is full of things to do. While visiting Harpers Ferry, you can spend your time dining, shopping, and hiking, all while learning about the area’s rich Civil War history. 

View of Harpers Ferry in the fall
Harpers Ferry Photographed by Kaley Christman

Hiking Trails in Harpers Ferry 

There are many hikes stemming from the town, ranging from the Appalachian Trail to hikes with a view above historic Harpers Ferry. There is a trail for everyone, ranging from easy to strenuous, so be sure to plan a hike for while you’re visiting Harpers Ferry! The trails below are open during daylight hours, and are closed from sunset to sunrise. 

Hikes With a View

1. Maryland Heights

Maryland Heights trail features an overlook of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and the town of Harpers Ferry. The hike is considered moderate to Strenuous, and stretches 4.5 – 6.5 miles (7.2 – 10.5 km) round trip. The hike takes approximately 3-4 hours round trip, but the view from the overlook is worth every minute. 

2. Loudon Heights

Loudon Heights is the most difficult hike on this list. It is considered to be strenuous, and is a 7.5 mile (12.1 km) round trip. The hike takes between 4-5 hours to complete, but offers views of the town of Harpers Ferry, both the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and valleys, and rock formations. This hike is special because it is the only view to the east into Pleasant Valley.

View of Harpers Ferry from above
View of Harpers Ferry from Maryland Heights, Photo from Pixabay 

3. Sections of the Appalachian Trail

About 4 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through West Virginia, and approximately 3 of those miles run through Harpers Ferry. This hike is a moderate 1-2 hour round trip that has the opportunity for additional side trails. Through this stretch of the Appalachian trail, you can see Jefferson Rock, Harper Cemetery, Lockwood House, and views of both the rivers. Be sure to check out the Harpers Ferry Appalachian Trail visitor center!


Less Challenging Hikes

1. Virginius Island and Hall’s Island trails

Virginius Island and Hall’s Island trails provide a fairly easy hike that is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) round trip, and takes about an hour to complete. The trails take you through riparian forest, and allow you to see the ruins from old mills and waterworks. Additionally, the trails take hikers past the site of John Hall’s Rifle Works, and offer views of the Shenandoah river.

2. Bolivar Heights Trail

Bolivar Heights trail  is a short hike featuring an overlook of the Shenandoah valley and the Blue Ridge mountains. The short hike is considered to be easy to Moderate, spanning 0.3-2.4 miles (0.4-3.9 km) round trip. The trail includes optional side trails, and takes approximately 15 minutes to 1 hour to complete, and is a great option if you are looking for sights without doing much walking while visiting Harpers Ferry.                     


Local Rustic Dining 

While visiting Harpers Ferry, there are many places to eat after your hike. These range from sit down dining in historic buildings to sandwich and coffee cafes. 

View of Harpers Ferry railroad bridge

Photographed by Bruce Emerling on Pixabay  

Sit Down Dining 

1. The Rabbit Hole

186 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Check out The Rabbit Hole while visiting Harpers Ferry for sit down dining ranging from burgers & pulled pork sandwiches to shrimp, loaded fries, and more. Seating options include both indoor and outdoor, with the outdoor seating overlooking the train station and rivers


2. The Anvil

1290 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

The Anvil is a historic restaurant known for their signature crab cakes. They also serve meat & seafood courses, as well as sandwiches, salads, soups, and more. The restaurant includes a bar, dining room, and an outdoor garden and patio area. Reservations are recommended. 

Quicker Eats 

1. Cannonball Deli 

125-129 Potomac St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

The Cannonball Deli serves courses such as sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and salads. The deli is known in the area for its friendly staff, and features both indoor and patio seating options. 

2. Battle Grounds bakery & Coffee 

180 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Stop by Battle Grounds Bakery & Coffee for sandwiches on fresh baked bread, salads, coffee and more. A great place for local breakfast and lunch options, and be sure to try their fresh house made bread while visiting Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry Civil War History 

Cannons on a field

Photo from Pixabay 

Historic Information

The history of Harpers Ferry begins before the Civil War. Between 1801 and the beginning of the war, Harpers Ferry was home to an armory that manufactured a majority of arms in the United States. This is even the armory that supplied Lewis and Clark’s expedition. Additionally, this was the first place interchangeable parts were used in manufacturing. 

In 1859, the John Brown raid took place. This event is considered to be what sparked the Civil War. John Brown and his army attempted to sieze the armory and free the slaves with the overall goal of ending slavery in the United States. 

The Civil war began on April 12, 1861, and lasted until April 9, 1865. The Battle of Harpers Ferry was fought September 12–15, 1862, as part of the Maryland Campaign of the American Civil War led by General Robert E. Lee. For a full timeline of Civil War events in Harpers Ferry check out: timeline of Harpers Ferry Civil War events, and read on to discover historic places to visit and learn more!

Historic Places to Visit


1. The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry Museum 

While visiting Harpers Ferry, there are many historic places to check out. The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry Museum is a place to learn more about the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry, which was fought September 12-15, 1862 and was a part of General Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign. This museum talks about the battle itself, as well as the factors that led to it and the aftermath caused.  

John Brown's Fort
John Brown’s Fort photographed by Pete Chacalos on Pixabay 

2. John Brown’s Fort

John Brown’s Fort was originally used in 1848 as the Armory’s fire engine and guard house. During the Civil War, the Fort was used as a prison and a supply house. John Brown’s Fort was the only armory to survive the civil war. In 1891, the fort was sold, dismantled and transported to Chicago where it was displayed near The World’s Columbian Exposition. However, this exhibit was not very popular, so it was once again dismantled. In 1894,, a campaign was started to return the fort to Harpers Ferry, led by journalist Kate Field. In 1895, John Brown’s Fort was rebuilt on the Murphy Farm, located about 3 miles from the town of Harpers Ferry. In 1909, on the 50th Anniversary of John Brown’s Raid, the building was purchased and moved to the campus of Storer College located on Camp Hill in Harpers Ferry where it was used as a museum. Finally, in 1960 the fort was acquired by the National Park Service, and in 1968 it was returned to the lower town of Harpers Ferry. The fort currently sits approximately 150 feet east of where it was originally built, due to the fort’s original site being covered with a railroad embankment in 1894. 


We hope this blog provided you with helpful suggestions for ways to enjoy this delightful town. As you can see, Harpers Ferry is full of history and great ways to spend a day: either for a perfect getaway, an insight into US ancestry, or a delicious food-stop. While visiting Harpers Ferry be sure to snap a picture and share it with us on our Instagram. For more information about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, be sure to check out our website, and read our other blogs for more trip inspiration!  

Exploring Southern Illinois: Top 10 Things to do in Saline County

Looking for a unique way to explore Southern Illinois? Curious to visit a place where you can take a rodeo lesson, catch a drag race, and wander through twelve acres of peonies all in one day? You might be surprised to learn that nestled in Southern Illinois along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is a little area called Saline County. With six towns and a population of around 23,000, this midwestern county has a little something for everyone. Exploring Southern Illinois has never been easier! 

Maybe you’re more into sports. Stop by the Shawnee Hills Country Club and play a round of golf. Are you a history buff? Check out the O’Gara Mine Tipple to marvel at this abandoned structure. Get hangry (hungry and angry) when there’s no good food around? Grab a warm homemade bread pudding topped with whipped cream from The Bar-B-Q Barn. Exploring Southern Illinois is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in midwestern culture. No matter what you’re into, Southern Illinois has a bit of everything!

When writing this blog, it was all too easy to find 10 amazing ways to spend your day in Southern Illinois. Saline County is a hidden gem in the midst of this state. Here are 10 ways to spend your day while exploring Southern Illinois.

1- Darnell Performance Horses

It’s time to channel your inner cowboy by visiting Darnell Performance Horses This top-of-the-line ranch boasts an impressive resume, having trained champions in numerous rodeo events. Stop by to take a barrel racing or calf roping lesson. Not in the competitive mood? No problem! This ranch also provides western pleasure riding lessons for beginners. 

Experience midwestern culture and treat yourself to a rodeo.

2- Shawnee Hills Antique Mall

In search of hidden treasures? Look no further than the Shawnee Hills Antique Mall Uncover vintage dolls, tea sets, or unique sculptures. Want even more options? This small business hosts flea markets throughout the year! Vendors’ items can range anywhere from baked goods to jewelry and everything in between. Not only is there a great selection of goods, but many booths offer reduced prices. The mall itself provides refreshments and gives guests the opportunity to win door prizes! 

3- Harrisburg Food Tour

Are you the ultimate foodie? Southern Illinois has you covered! Start off your day at The Bar-B-Q Barn for the ultimate mid-western experience. Located in a barn, this restaurant has a little something for everyone, from eggs with smoked sausage to a delectable platter of apple pancakes, this restaurant has it all! For all you sweets lovers, check out Angi’s Eats and Sweets Stop in for a bite of pumpkin or raspberry cheesecake. The shop even sells gluten-free no-bake cookies! After a long day of exploring Southern Illinois, unwind at Morello’s Restaurant & Catering. This restaurant boasts a variety of alcoholic drinks as well as one of the most diverse menus around! Morello’s Restaurant & Catering is perfect for picky eaters. Try lasagna or a steak. Not satisfied? How about taco salad or barbeque nachos? There is certainly food for everyone while exploring Southern Illinois.

4- Shawnee Hills Country Club

Put your golf skills to the test at the Shawnee Hills Country Club. Not much of a player? Gaze at a sprawling grass course. If you’re exploring Southern Illinois in the fall, marvel at the green, amber, orange, and red leaves. This beautiful country club is open for spring, summer, and fall.  

5- Peony Hill Farm

For nature lovers, there is no better place to visit than Peony Hill Farm. Visitors are encouraged to stroll around the twelve acres of peony-covered land. Take pictures or buy cut peonies during the blooming season. To say this experience is relaxing is an understatement. The perfect way to explore Southern Illinois, this farm is great for all ages.

Take in the beauty of twelve acres worth of peonies.

6- O’Gara Mine Tipple

History buffs will be delighted to marvel at the O’Gara Mine Tipple. Located roughly five minutes from Harrisburg, this abandoned mine tipple serves as a reminder of what once was. This building was said to have halted operation after the Ohio River flooded in 1937. An architectural wonder, visitors can gaze in awe at this impressive sight. 

7- Saline County Fair

Planning your trip to explore Southern Illinois right now? Consider stopping by during the last week oJuly and you’ll be just in time for the Saline County Fair. This event is the perfect way to get a taste of Southern Illinois culture! Guests get the chance to watch a motocross race or a tractor and pull. Maybe even stay for the demolition derby. These ticketed events are reasonably priced, with each event costing $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Not sure what either of those are? Visit now and learn for yourself!

8- Shawnee National Forest

Explore Southern Illinois by hiking through the Shawnee National Forest.

Discover the natural beauty of Illinois at the Shawnee National Forest. Between hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and fishing, there is truly something for everyone in this beautiful forest. Try a hike in the Garden of Gods area featuring unbelievably unique natural rock sculptures. Since the Shawnee National Forest is a large, sprawling piece of land, hunters from around the country flock to this hidden gem. Ditch the commercial hotels for locally owned, cozy cabin lodges, and visit now!

9- Sloan Harrisburg Raceway

Spend an exciting evening at Sloan Harrisburg Raceway Come out to watch a bracket race for only $10 for adults and free admission for kids under 12! But sometimes watching is boring. That’s why you can participate in a Test and Tune event. These events allow drivers to test their vehicle on a racetrack just for fun! What can be better than driving down a racetrack on a beautiful day?

Watch a motocross race at the Saline County Fair in Southern Illinois.

10- Saline County Area Museum 

Experience the culture of Southern Illinois even more at the Saline County Area Museum. The first building was created in 1964. This was just the beginning, and now an impressive eleven buildings tell the story of Saline County’s people. The best part? Admission is completely free. Stop by on select days from 1-4 pm to learn more about this fascinating area.

Places to Explore!

Those are just some of the amazing events and activities you can attend while exploring Southern Illinois. For more ways to enjoy Illinois, visit our website. Learn more about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail here. Want more trip inspiration? Check out our other blogs.

Visiting the Dakotas’ Top Historical Sites

Along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, we serve to preserve the history of Lewis and Clark’s great exploration. But did you know there are so many other great sites that appear near the trail? The Dakota’s are rich in archaeological evidence of the first Native American peoples, military contact, ice age creatures and more! The following blog spotlights six sites that have been part of archaeological digs that have allowed historians to reconstruct the history of North and South Dakota. Visualize the past by visiting the Dakotas’ top historical sites on your next trip to the Great Plains!

Visiting the Dakotas’ top historical sites- North Dakota:

Fort Rice:

black and white image of an United States military fort. This photo is an example of visiting the Dakotas' top historical sites.
Researchers are able to reconstruct what top historical sites may have looked like through artifacts and traces left by the original site.

Located south of Mandan, Lewis and Clark would have directly passed by the land that would become Fort Rice 60 years later! Established by General Alfred H. Sully, this fort would become a site of important cultural interaction between ND military men and the Lakota tribe. The site was also a base for future expeditions: Fort Rice State Historic Site – State Historical Society of North Dakota (

Although none of the original buildings remain. Visiting the Dakota’s top historical sites such as Fort Rice allows for people to visualize the past. Visitors can see depressions and foundation lines as well as markers for where the buildings once stood. 

Archaeologists have additionally uncovered physical evidence of North Dakota’s history at this site. Such evidence includes cultural objects such as dentalium shell beads, different glass beads coming in a variety of beautiful hues, and antique dinnerware. Check out this resource to learn more: Adventures in Archaeology Collections: Fort Rice | State Historical Society of North Dakota Blog (

Huff Archaeological site as part of visiting the Dakotas’ top historical sites:

Timber fence resemblant of the timbers used to fortify the Huff archaeological site. Visiting the Dakotas' top historical sites like this one today!
The timber fence surrounding this top historical site would have likely been much taller.

While near Mandan be sure to check out Huff Archaeological site. This site was occupied by the ancestors of the Mandan tribe around 1450 B.C. This site has been part of many archaeological studies spanning from 1902-1999. 

These studies allowed archaeologists to reconstruct what this village may have looked like. A ditch and a fence of 2,500 wooden stakes surrounding 3 sides of this village. Because of this it is believed that the prehistoric Mandan people had fortified their village to defend against conflict. 

Such discoveries at this top historical site have granted insight into North Dakota’s history and it’s peoples heritage. Interested in exploring more about the Mandan tribe’s heritage? Visit Double Ditch Indian Village – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience as part of your North Dakota Lewis and Clark experience!

Menoken Indian Village Site

Plains landscape seen while visiting the Dakotas' top historical sites.
See the beautiful Great Plains landscape at this top historical site.

Menoken Indian Village Site has ought to be one of North Dakota’s most influential archaeological sites! Archaeological research beginning in 1937 has revealed this site to be over 800 years old. Stone, metal, and shell artifacts have been crucial to understanding the history of North Dakota’s Plains Woodland people. For example, 90% of stone tools excavated were composed of Knife River Flint. Knife River Flint is a stone abundant in quarries over 60 miles away. What’s more, 3 artifacts made of raw copper date back to 1200 A.D. The closest raw copper source is from the far end of eastern Minnesota. Such rare materials appearing in this site have caused researchers to conclude that the Late Plains Woodland people were highly involved in trade.

Located just miles away from Bismarck, the walking tour of Menoken Indian Village is an experience you do not want to miss. Be sure that Menoken is a stop on your trip of visiting the Dakota’s top historical sites! 


Visiting the Dakotas’ top historical sites- South Dakota:

Fort Thompson Mounds:

Visiting the Dakotas' top historical sites such as the Forth Thompson Mounds shows green man-made mounds amongst the flat plains landscape.
These man-made mounds are shown in striking contrast against the flat landscape of the Great Plains.

Running 6 miles long, the Fort Thompson Mounds are part of the Crow Creek reservation. Dated to be from 2450 B.C.E, the majority of these mounds serve a cemeterial purpose. Besides being a sacred burial site, these mounds also have evidence of ancient settlement. Such evidence includes pottery, stone tools, and stone hearths. 

Enjoyed learning more about South Dakota’s history through this site? Walk in Lewis and Clark’s footsteps by visiting the top historic site Vermillion Spirit Mound: Spirit Mound – Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (U.S. National Park Service) ( 

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village as part of visiting the Dakotas’ top historical sites:

A group of children examining a fossil may be a common occurence while visiting the Dakotas top historical sites like Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.
Be free to explore and examine artifacts found from this site!

This 1,100 year old village is now a center for archaeology and tourism. Visitors can help further the understanding of South Dakota’s history through washing and sorting artifacts from the site. This educational historic site consists of museum exhibits, a store, and events making it the perfect stop for every visitor: Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village (

 While in Mitchell, be sure to check out the one-of-a-kind Corn Palace Mitchell Corn Palace, SD | Official Website and the Dakota Discovery Museum The Dakota Discovery Museum!

The Mammoth Site as part of visiting the Dakotas’ top historical sites:

While visiting the Dakotas' top historical sites like the Mammoth Site tourists may view A reconstruction of a Mammoth in a museum like pictured here.
Lions, and (saber-tooth) tigers, and Mammoths?!! Oh my! View the ice age animals that once roamed over the Dakotas.

Busy checking out some of our listings near badlands national park such as The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience, The White River Visitor Center – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience, He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate (Black Hills Powwow & Expo) – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience?

If so, be sure to add visiting this top historical site known as the Mammoth site to your trip itinerary! This South Dakota “must-do” is another dig site that is also a museum. 

Mammoth site is located in Hot Springs, South Dakota and encompasses a Pleistocene sinkhole. This sinkhole is the final resting spot of many ice-age organisms. Researchers have so far dug up 61 mammoths making it the World’s largest Mammoth Research facility. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience some of South Dakota’s deepest history!

Interested in learning more about the top history sites around Lewis and Clark’s National Historic Trail? Explore Historic Places Along the Trail – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience today!