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Author Topic: NorthAmerican "Bucket List:" Places Everyone Should See  (Read 5630 times)
The Abiliegh
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« on: May 18, 2011, 12:34:52 am »

I suspect that I'm not the only person who is regularly on the lookout for steamy places to visit, and I suspect that I'm not the only person who makes regular habit of traveling. So, to that effect, I thought it might be fun for those of us here on our side of the pond to share their favorite steamed-up locales.

I, unfortunately, only have one that comes to mind immediately, and I fear that I'm stealing a little of California's thunder on this. But if you make it to the Historical District of Los Angeles, visit The Edison. It's a lounge built in an old private power plant, and it's positively amazing. I'll admit that it's pricey, but it was worth it.

I'll keep a list, as you all contribute! (And please do, think of how nice it would be to say "I'm visiting here. Now what can I go see? Oh, look at the list! Smashing convenient, that!")

The List
The US
California
The Edison, Los Angeles (drink and dine in a private power plant)
Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton CA (get a tour of the basement under the old 1800's telescope it's AMAZING)

Colorado
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (also, New Mexico)
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Connecticut
Connecticut Antique Machine Assoc., Kent http://www.ctamachinery.com/IndustrialHall.html (They look to have a locomotive or two, a "industrial hall" and other really neat things!)

Illinois
Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

Maryland
The Steam Tug Baltimore, Baltimore
http://steamtug.org/
Reproduction (visual only) of the Winans (Dickenson) Steam Gun, Elkridge  http://elkridge.patch.com/articles/huge-civil-war-era-gun-a-curious-piece-of-elkridge-history

Michigan
Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn
Greenfield Village, Dearborn

New Hampshire
KOA (Kampgrounds of America), Twin Mountain  (Stay in a caboose) http://koa.com/unique-accommodations/

North Carolina
Spencer Railroad, Spencer http://www.nctrans.org/
The Wright Brothers Memorial, Outer Banks http://www.outerbanks.org/attractions/historical_sites/wright_brothers_memorial.asp
**While you're there dont forget to check out the Lost Colonies, QEII, and the 7 Carolinian Light Houses!

Tennessee
Chatanooga Choo Choo, Chatanooga TN (Stay in an old railcar)
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Chattanooga
The Incline Railway, Chattanooga
Steamboat Delta Queen- hotel/B&B in the Tennessee River, and the excursion steamer, Southern Belle, Chattanooga  http://www.deltaqueenhotel.net/

Texas
Spindletop
Battleship Texas.
For a local Austin outing type thingy... there is a nice steam engine just outside of Bastrop.
Also outside of Bastrop, an excellent opritunity for a time traveling dinosaur safari.
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LOTS to do in Galveston between rail road museums and the Elisa.
And if we actually decide to do a group thingy over Houston-way there is a kick ass look'n live steam model railroad park just this side of Houston on highway-290. It may be worth looking into on the way to Houston.
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Virginia
Virginia Museum of Transportation http://www.vmt.org/
Old Dominion Railway Museum, Richmond http://www.odcnrhs.org/

Wisconsin
House on the Rock - Spring Green
The Foreveratron - Near Baraboo
Circus World Museum, Baraboo

Canada
Montreal
The Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal http://www.basiliquenddm.org/

Ontario
Swing Bridge, Little Current
Niagara Falls, Ride the Cable Car
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 12:45:44 am »

Chatanooga Choo Choo, Chatanooga TN (Stay in an old railcar)
Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton CA (get a tour of the basement under the old 1800's telescope it's AMAZING)
There are lots of appropriate things to do in San Francisco, CA

hrm... trying to think of more stuff
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011, 12:52:51 am »

added! Thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 01:14:10 am »

KOA (Kampgrounds of America) has a few cabooses you can stay the night in. Not all of their campgrounds have them though.The one in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire was really nice, in my opinion. Here's a link to see more information:
http://koa.com/unique-accommodations/

And as to a "bucket list" place I'd like to visit, the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. From what I've seen, it looks amazing!
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 01:21:54 am »

Got that as well. Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 02:01:45 am »

The Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal, Canada is an exquisite old edifice that from the exterior looks like your typical old-fashioned church, but inside it is a wonder of Victorian high-gothic revival style. The interior features exceptional woodwork, polychrome and gilding, stained glass - all artistically illuminated by gorgeous colored lights; there's even a 'light show' during the evenings, which is accompanied by its renown pipe organ.  

http://www.basiliquenddm.org/ <--- official website

Perhaps not 'steampunk' in the strictest sense, but I believe that the church's aesthetic would not be ill-suited for appreciation by steampunkers.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 01:42:15 pm »

And, we've branched into Canada! The list is updated.

Wonderful suggestions, everyone!
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 02:00:57 pm »

I've been to Notre Dame Basilica. Having also seen the Notre Dame in Paris, France I think the Canadian one is more colourfull than the Parisian. Since we're also listing up north, I'd suggest the Swing Bridge in Little Current
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2011, 05:17:09 am »

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL

All of these are near each other:

House on the Rock - Spring Green, WI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_on_the_Rock

The Foreveratron - Near Baraboo, WI


Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI
http://circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org/

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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2011, 02:26:13 pm »

Adding Ms. Frame's. And BB, where is Little Current?
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 02:32:25 pm »

Adding Ms. Frame's. And BB, where is Little Current?

Ontario, it's the bridge to Manitoulin Island, in Lake Huron.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 02:36:33 pm »

Got it! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 03:27:00 pm »

As I recall from one of my trips to Canada, Niagara Falls has got some nice bridges. And a great cable car
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2011, 01:30:37 am »

In Connecticut there is a 'steam' section. Will try to embed url:
http://www.ctamachinery.com/IndustrialHall.html

Also, a dear friend of mine sent me a t-shirt which reads on the front: I Love Machines
I need to find another one!
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2011, 01:46:02 am »

Found another and is also where I got my t-shirt from:
http://www.americanprecision.org/
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2011, 04:02:23 pm »

Added!
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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2011, 12:00:45 am »

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad  on thew New Mexico and Colorado border.

            1-888-286-2737 | E-MAIL US
TICKET OFFICES: Antonito, CO 1-719-376-5483 | Chama, NM 1-575-756-2151

 it is one heck of a ride but takes all day.

also the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad also in Colorado
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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2011, 05:49:52 pm »

Back to Chattanooga -

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum; steam train excursions in the warmer months, including a Civil War era (American Civil War, not the English one!) tunnel through Missionary Ridge. 

http://www.tvrail.com/

The Incline Railway up (and up and up and up) the side of Lookout Mountain.  Steepest passenger railway in the world, operating in one form or another since Victorian times - without much change.

http://www.ridetheincline.com/

There is much more to see, including paddle-wheel steamers.    Full disclosure - yes, it's my home town!  Love the place.


Cheers!

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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2011, 01:43:38 pm »

I've updated the list again, and have made the decision that I need to visit Chattanooga! I've spent a bit of time in Nashville, but apparently, I've been missing out on what TN really has to offer!
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2011, 03:39:00 am »

the henry ford museum  & greenfield village
dearborn  michigan
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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2011, 06:44:48 am »

Virginia Museum of Transportation:

http://www.vmt.org/

They have the Norfolk and Western Class J 611 steamer on display there.

Old Dominion Railway Museum:

http://www.odcnrhs.org/

Spencer Railroad in Spencer, NC (Home to the NC Museum of Transportation) :

http://www.nctrans.org/

The Wright Brothers Memorial, Outer Banks of NC:

http://www.outerbanks.org/attractions/historical_sites/wright_brothers_memorial.asp

While you're there dont forget to check out the Lost Colonies, QEII, and the 7 Carolinian Light Houses!

Those are all I can think of, really...

Well, Tweetsie Railroad, but it's more of a themepark than a must see...
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2011, 01:52:12 pm »

What a list we're starting to compile! Thanks to everyone who has made suggestions thus far, and I look forward to more!
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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2011, 09:21:28 pm »

 Down Texas way...

Spindletop

Battleship Texas.

For a local Austin outing type thingy... there is a nice steam engine just outside of Bastrop.

 Also outside of Bastrop, an excellent opritunity for a time traveling dinosaur safari.
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 LOTS to do in Galveston between rail road museums and the Elisa.

 
 And if we actually decide to do a group thingy over Houston-way there is a kick ass look'n live steam model railroad park just this side of Houston on highway-290. It may be worth looking into on the way to Houston.
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 All would be nifty photo opportunities.

 I'm sure I can come up with others. (hopefully closer to Austin)

 I hope this is what you are looking for.

 Arvis



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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2011, 05:24:08 pm »

Thanks Arvis! See you tomorrow!
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« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2011, 06:40:33 pm »

Thanks Arvis! See you tomorrow!

 Ah, with regrets I'll not be at tomorrows meeting.  Sad

I'll be in east Texas watching my daughter graduate high school!  Grin

Of course this means I will also miss the SoCo stroll for first Thursday.  Sad

But on Saturday durring her graduation B-B-Q party she gets a new set of hand made goggles from yours truly!  Grin

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