If you’d like to learn a little more about California’s Musical Diversity, then head on over to the California Museum in Sacramento on September 19, 2009, for their free Musical California program. Continue reading
Located in Southwestern Louisiana, the Creole Nature Trail offers visitors a great opportunity for an up-close-and personal look at the bayous and marshlands bordering the Gulf of Mexico. And with this free audio tour, you’ll be able to get a little background on the area and learn about the wildlife it supports. Continue reading
If you find yourself in Sonoma Valley, make sure and stop by Cornerstone Sonoma, for a great free self-guided tour of some very unusual gardens.
Billed as the first gallery-style garden exhibit in the United States, the gardens were created by a select group of landscape artists; who were each given 1,800 square feet and encouraged to showcase their new and innovative garden designs. Continue reading
If a trip to Denver is in your future, then be sure and make plans to tour the Denver Mint. Although there’s no charge for this popular tour, a little advance planning is necessary to ensure your place. Continue reading
I was very impressed as I drove up to the entrance of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, as it’s quite a unique piece of architecture. I was even more impressed when I got to the entrance and discovered that there was no admission charge. That’s right, it’s free for everyone — all day every day. What a deal!
Located on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, this military history museum is just 18 miles south of Manassas. It features 118,000 square feet filled with interactive exhibits, military equipment and individual galleries focusing on World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Access is excellent throughout this new facility, with plenty of accessible parking near the front, barrier-free access to the entrance, lots of room to maneuver a wheelchair in the galleries and elevator access to all floors.
Highlights of the museum include the flag raised at Iwo Jima, a CH-46 helicopter with roll-on access and recreated battle scenes in the Vietnam and Korean War galleries. And for some first-hand insight into current military conflicts, have a chat with one of the marines manning the front desk. All of them have served at least two tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.
It’s a great place to spend the day!
Avid researcher Joy Taylor just dropped me a note to let me know about the fee free weekends at 100 National Parks throughout the US. During these special weekends there’s no charge for entrance fees, commercial tour fees or transportation entrance fees. Camping fees and fees collected by third parties are not included; but hey, it’s still a great deal. Continue reading