The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum houses millions of artifacts, documents, photographs, films, and audiotapes related to America’s greatest modern President. It is located in Simi Valley, California, in Ventura County, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, and makes for a fine half-day excursion. While Rancho del Cielo paints an intimate portrait of the… Read More Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California
“We’re in Ronald Reagan’s closet,” I said to my brother, my eyes wide. “I know!” he stage-whispered, equally incredulous. Surrounding us in the small walk-in were a few Western shirts, denim jeans, riding boots and britches, Nancy Reagan’s red robe. We were enjoying a private tour of Rancho del Cielo, the Reagan Ranch in California,… Read More Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum sits on nine acres in Yorba Linda, California, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It houses an extensive public collection of memorabilia, artifacts, clothing, and photographs relating to Richard Nixon, his family, and his presidency, as well as archives available to researchers. The site also encompasses the… Read More Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California
Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot stars Jack Lord as John Fry, a fictitious Virginia planter elected to the House of Burgesses in the pre-dawn of the American Revolution. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. The 37-minute orientation film at Colonial Williamsburg traces Fry’s growth from Tory to Patriot through his associations… Read More Colonial Williamsburg: Road Trip, Part 8
Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The roughly 40 miles that I drove up and over the range, part of the Blue Ridge, were among the most peaceful of my entire cross-country road trip. In Springtime, the differences stand out between this most visited U.S. national park and… Read More Tennessee to Virginia: Road Trip, Part 7
One of the first things you have to decide before taking a road trip around America is which way to go: clockwise or counter. For my trip, counter-clockwise made better sense. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. I expected that the D.C.–Chicago portion would contain the worst traffic, and I wanted to… Read More Virginia to Wyoming: Road Trip, Part 1
KILROY WAS HERE The phrase appeared on ships, aircraft, buildings, wherever American servicemen went during World War II. Usually accompanied by a minimalist drawing of a bald-headed, long-nosed character peering over a wall, the graffito went viral before anyone knew the term. Its origins are uncertain, but a popular legend centers around a Quincy-based ship inspector… Read More World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
After spending much of the day at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and Museum, my travel companion and I sped off for a quick tour of the U.S.S. Missouri, the 45,000-ton battleship on which Japan would surrender. The Mighty Mo fought during the WWII Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese islands of… Read More U.S.S. Missouri at Pearl Harbor