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Your Favorite American Attractions This Summer

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Posted on August 6, 2009 in Trip Ideas

Some of the best summer reviews are coming from travelogues about driving America’s highways or finding simple slices of Americana in big, bright cities. To inspire your own nearby getaway, take a look at these excerpts from reviews exploring the melting pot of America. Among other attractions, they include an important Native American site, a Dutch world, and an actual melting pot.

lashr1999 on the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills, SD: “The sculpture is still an ongoing work with no definite completion date. You can hear blasts occurring at times. The sculpture's final dimensions are planned to be massive; if you compare the size to Rushmore, the Rushmore heads are about 60 feet while Crazy Horse’s will be 87 feet.”

mikeef on the Pinball Museum in Las Vegas: “Have kids in Las Vegas or looking to do something other than gamble? Try the Pinball Museum, a non-profit off the strip. Overall, we had a lot of fun and it was nice to escape from the Strip. It was an easy way to burn a couple hours for a few bucks and reconnect with my lost youth and innocence.”

mrsament on Dutch Wonderland in Strasburg, PA: “Dutch Wonderland is my absolute favorite place to take my three-year-old and five-month-old. To us, this is our Disney World, but much more affordable and close to home. If you have children under the age of five, you should make sure you squeeze in a trip before the end of the season!”

CarolinaPanthers1983 on the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA: “Many of the planes outside were for wars such as the Gulf War—planes such as the Hornet were on display on the lawns. What was amazing was that my daughter was interested in seeing each and every plane. She was so excited that she wanted me to take pictures of her modeling in front of the planes.”

MilwVon on the New Orleans School of Cooking in New Orleans: “Truth is, it is a attraction...a store...and an experience right in the French Quarter! Of all of the things we did during our week in New Orleans, this will be the one thing that will stand out as the highest highlight of an outstanding week there.”

And oldscratch on the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho: “Be sure to bring your camera so that you too can pose with the giant, sour-cream-and-butter-topped potato located out front and take a snapshot of the world's largest Pringle inside. Other museum highlights include a ‘potatoe’ signed by Dan Quayle, a potato tuxedo made out of burlap bags, the world's largest collection of potato mashers, and an illustration of Marilyn Monroe cavorting in a potato field.”

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