Take a self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena

Photo by Cheryl Landes Pasadena is best known for the Rose Bowl, but most people aren't aware that the city has some of the best preserved architecture in California. Los Angeles Times contributor Sharon Boorstin created a guide to 16 sites, ranging from public buildings to mansions, with brief descriptions and directions. She plotted the … Continue reading Take a self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena

Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

  Photos by Cheryl Landes The Deepwood House & Museum consists of a Queen Anne Victorian home, carriage house, greenhouse, formal beaux-arts gardens, and nature trail on five acres near the Oregon State Capitol Building and Bush's Pasture Park in Salem. Architect William Knighton designed the home and carriage house for Dr. Luke A. Port … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Bush's Pasture Park is a 100-acre public park and botanical garden near downtown Salem, Oregon. It's the site of the Bush House Museum, the home of Asahel Bush's family from 1878 until 1953. The Italianate house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The City of Salem … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Bush’s Pasture Park and Bush House Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Fort Hoskins Historical Park near Philomath, Oregon

Fort Hoskins Historical Park near Philomath, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes Fort Hoskins was built by the U.S. Army in 1856 to maintain peace between the settlers and the Native Americans and to quell anti-Union Southern sympathizers. The military fort overlooked the Luckiamute River Valley, where 200 to 300 troops served. Treaty discussions, formation of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Fort Hoskins Historical Park near Philomath, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Rock O’ the Range Bridge near Bend, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Rock O' the Range Bridge is the only covered bridge east of the Oregon Cascades. It was built in 1963, when William Bowen needed an access road across Swalley Canal, north of Bend, to the property he was developing. He decided that the bridge crossing the canal should be covered. Bowen … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rock O’ the Range Bridge near Bend, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: The Harris Covered Bridge near Philomath, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Harris Covered Bridge was named for George Harris, an early settler in the Philomath area. The 75-foot bridge crosses Marys River and was built by H. W. Fiedler to replace a covered bridge in the same location. The bridge has a Howe truss design with rounded portals and narrow windows … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Harris Covered Bridge near Philomath, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: The covered bridges in and near Cottage Grove, Oregon

The Centennial Covered Bridge in downtown Cottage Grove, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes If you're looking for a scenic drive in the southern Willamette Valley, take the 20-mile loop from Cottage Grove to see six covered bridges in the area. Along the way, you'll be treated to views of rivers and creeks, Dorena Lake, farmland, … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The covered bridges in and near Cottage Grove, Oregon

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: 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: Bodie Island Light Station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Photos by Cheryl Landes The current lighthouse at the Bodie Island Light Station at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the third lighthouse built in the area. The first, built in 1847 on Pea Island south of Bodie Island, was doomed from the start. Congress had trouble buying … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Bodie Island Light Station on the Outer Banks of North Carolina