Lucy-Desi Museum

Fans of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz won’t want to miss this attraction in western New York. The Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown features costumes and personal memorabilia of Lucy and Desi, plus excerpts from the documentary “Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie” and historic TV episodes.

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Marengo Cave

Situated in southern Indiana about 120 miles south of Indianapolis is Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Natural Landmark. Two guided tours (Crystal Palace and Dripstone Trail) are offered throughout the year. The Cyrstal Palace Tour is an easy 40 minute walk that is highlighted by a visit to the famous Crystal Palace, one of America’s most beautiful cave rooms. The Dripstone Trail Tour is a one-mile underground trail that takes about one hour and ten minutes to complete.

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Oscar Wigington Scenic Byway

Oscar Wigington Scenic Byway is in northwest South Carolina about 53 miles west of Greenville. The National Forest Scenic Byway is officially 14 miles long and travels through the hardwood forest of Sumter National Forest. The byway follows SC 107 and SC 413, both being two-lane paved roads suitable for all types of vehicles.

There are a couple of options for camping. One is the Cherry Hill Recreation Area, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. This campground has 29 sites. The other option is Oconee State Park, which rests on a high plateau among tall pines and hardwoods. The campground here has 140 sites with electricity and water and 15 tent sites. The state park also has 19 rental cabins.

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Golconda Illinois

In this sleepy little town on the Ohio River is a riverfront park that makes for a good place to enjoy a snack or lunch and watch for barge traffic.

There are several historic lockmaster homes on the riverfront available for overnight stays, too.

The little town is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities.

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Mississippi River Walk and Observation Deck

This river walk and observation deck in New Madrid, Missouri, is only a few miles off Interstate 55. It’s worth taking the detour to walk along the river, sit in one of several benches, relax, and snap a few photos before heading on.

Here’s a Google Street View image of the river walk and observation deck.

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