Armchair photo tours: Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site in Southeastern Oregon

The historic Round Barn built by cattle baron Peter French in Southeastern Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Round Barn, 56 miles south of Burns in Oregon's southeast corner, is among the remnants of Peter French's 70,000-acre ranching empire in the late 1800s. He arrived in southeastern Oregon in 1872 and acquired land quickly, along … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site in Southeastern Oregon

Armchair photo tours: The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon

The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon. SAGE stands for Sustainable AGriculture and Energy. Photos by Cheryl Landes The exit to Boardman, Oregon, where the SAGE Center is located, is often ignored by drivers on Interstate 84. But if you want to learn about the history and technology for sustainable agriculture and energy, it's worth a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla

A covered wagon on the Oregon Trail at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes In the spring of 1836, five years before anyone traveled west on the Oregon Trail, newlywed couple Dr. Marcus Whitman and Narcissa Whitman left their home in upstate New York for Oregon Country. … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla

Armchair photo tours: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve near Arco, Idaho

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve near Arco, Idaho, is a surreal landscape of black lava rock, cinder cones, and gray sagebrush.┬áThe rock and cinder cones are the remnants of a volcanic eruption more than 2,000 years ago. You can see many signs of the aftermath on a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve near Arco, Idaho

Armchair photo tours: Parke County, Indiana, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World

The Beeson Bridge at Billie Creek Village in Parke County, Indiana Photos by Cheryl Landes In addition to factory tours, two more of my must-see attractions during any trip are historical markers and covered bridges. Historical markers can pop up anywhere, and their brief descriptions can teach any interested reader a lot about the local … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Parke County, Indiana, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World

Armchair photo tours: Clabber Girl Museum and Bake Shop & Cafe in Terre Haute, Indiana

Photos by Cheryl Landes I passed the exit to the Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, twice in the middle of the night during two cross-country drives. The third time, I was determined to stop for a visit. When it appeared my timing wouldn't work out again, I stopped for the night at a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Clabber Girl Museum and Bake Shop & Cafe in Terre Haute, Indiana

Armchair photo tours: Sunset at the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Erie, Pennsylvania

Photos by Cheryl Landes Located on the north shore of Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Presque Isle Lighthouse has been a beacon to mariners on the Great Lakes for almost 150 years. Originally, the lighthouse was designed to be built entirely of cut stone, but when the cost became prohibitive, bricks were … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Sunset at the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Erie, Pennsylvania

Armchair photo tours: A ride on The Cog to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Photos by Cheryl Landes In the 1860s, tourism became popular in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire because of the rapid growth of rail travel in the Northeast. By the end of the decade, there were hundreds of hotels and inns in the region, including two on the summit of Mount Washington, the highest … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A ride on The Cog to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire