6 Things to do in Los Angeles

The city of Angels is the second largest city in the country and has a million things to offer. This place is full of entertainment adventures, starving artists, and actors waiting for their big break. On the one hand this sounds sad, but I’m a glass is half full kinda girl and the potentiality found in L.A. is very intriguing. There are so many people from so many backgrounds I’d love to meet. Here are the top six things I’d like to see on a trip to Los Angeles.

  1. Hollywood Walk of Fame: Of course this is on the list! Can someone visit L.A. without seeing the Walk of Fame? There are so many celebrities across media platforms and history with stars on the Walk. Although I’d love to see all of the stars a few I would specifically look for are Julie Andrews (because I’m definitely Mary Poppins), Morgan Freeman (because he’s always the God figure in film), and Audrey Hepburn (because she’s iconic).
  2. Hollywood Sign: Again, can’t make a trip without this stop. There are three hiking trails of various skill levels and lengths. I’m no pro hiker, especially considering I live in the flattest part of the county. But I love a challenge, plus dogs are welcome!
  3. TCL Chinese Theatre: I’ve seen this place in movies like Iron Man 3 and Rush Hour and it looks like fun. The theatre is real movie theater, not just a set for filming. It opened in 1927, and the coolest thing is a 30 foot dragon carved in stone. How crazy is that!
  4. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: The architectural style of this cathedral is postmodern. I think it looks cold with peculiar light fixtures, and I don’t see the tabernacle which makes me a very unhappy Catholic millennial. Regardless, one of the beautiful things about being Catholic is that we can all partake of the same Bread but have different preferences on where we worship. I know a couple of my brothers and sisters who would love this style of architecture and find my favorite style, Gothic revival, just creepy.
  5. Santa Monica Pier: This giant pier is world famous and has so many things to offer it would need a whole day dedicated to it. There is a trapeze school which sounds fun but also like something I’d chicken out of doing, so I’ll need an alpha type to challenge (not push) me to do it. There’s also a huge ferris wheel and double decker bus tours of famous L.A. landmarks.
  6. Griffith Observatory: The observatory is home to a planetarium, museum, and public telescope. They host star parties where the astronomically curious can meet and stargaze during dusk into the night.

Los Angeles is another one of those cities that I had a very hard time choosing only six things to do here. Hopefully I’ll have to opportunity to see the entertainment capital of the world and see a lot more than just these six things.

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6 Things to do in Jackson

Well ya’ll we’re heading back to the SEC in today’s post in the Dream City Trip series. Along with being great at sports, Jackson, Mississippi has a rich history and surprisingly diverse natural landscape. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in my epic road trip:

  1. Jackson Volcano: An extinct volcano sits right below the Mississippi Coliseum. It hasn’t erupted since the Cretaceous period. If you’re like me and your prehistoric timeline isn’t so good, its from 145 million years ago to 66 million years ago. So I think it would be safe to walk around the Mississippi State Fair Grounds hosted at the Mississippi Colosseum.
  2. The Oaks: This beautiful house museum is a Greek revival cottage built in 1853. It is one of the oldest homes in Jackson and was, thankfully, unharmed when Union forces burned the city during the Civil War. The home sits on four beautifully manicured acres.
  3. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame: This museum commemorates some of the biggest names in sports like Steve Knight, Bobby Collins, Leslie Frazier, and Archie Manning. I’m not gonna lie to you folks, I love all those Mannings. Even though Peyton Manning beat my Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI denying my favorite fellas like Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, and Hester the accolades they deserve. But I digress.
  4. St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral: This gorgeous cathedral is the heart of the Diocese of Jackson and is built in a spectacular Neo-Gothic style, my favorite. There is a beautiful image of our Lord right above the front door welcoming us to dine at his table in the Eucharist.
  5. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: Mississippi, like the rest of the south, has a long history with black Americans. The Civil Rights Museum has eight galleries highlighting the years of 1945-1976. There are interactive exhibits and amazing artifacts to teach the struggle of black people in America, fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.
  6. Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum: This place just sounded so interesting and a bit peculiar. Agriculture has always been the lifeblood of the Mississippi economy and this museum highlights this significance. In 1969, Jim Buck Ross began to preserve and teach the history of agricultural industries across the state.

I’ve never thought about Mississippi much, other than Ole Miss football. But there seems to be a lot this state has to offer. I think it would be a great place to learn more about American history, economics, and environmental preservation.

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6 Things to do in Baltimore

The city of Baltimore is one I’ve seen before but have never truly experienced. I have family that lives in this area of the country and when there, we were there for family events only. I haven’t been back since joining the Church and next time I go, it’ll be an American Catholic millennial’s dream. You’ll see why in the sixth thing on this list.

  1. Cathedral of Mary our Queen: An English Gothic architecture makes me think of the Tudors. It has gorgeous high ceilings to help me imagine the voices of the faithful rising to heaven. There is also a spectacular carving of the Risen Lord.
  2. The Star Spangled Banner Flag House: The flag house was bulletin in 1793 and was once the home and business site for Mary Pickergill. She was the woman who sewed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem.
  3. U.S. Holocaust Museum: This museum shows the entire history of the Holocaust with different galleries holding a variety of artifacts. It starts with the rise of the Nazi party and Hitler’s power. It shows how the laws and culture in Germany became increasingly anti-Semitic. Galleries showing the war breaking out and Germany’s invasion of neighboring countries is next. Possibly the most powerful area of the museum highlights the Nazi’s “final solution,” in which six million Jews were systematically murdered. The visit ends with the liberation of prisoners an the conclusion of the war.
  4. 7 Foot Knoll Lighthouse: This lighthouse was built in 1855 at the mouth of the Patapsco River. I tis the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland, meaning it stands on piles screwed into sand and mud at the bottom of the river
  5. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall: This theatre is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It hosts events of different types of performances including orchestra, dance, and opera.
  6. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Yay, number six! This is our national cathedral, the first Catholic cathedral built in our beautiful country. It’s huge, it’s gorgeous, it’s magnificent, and it has the perfect name since our Lady is the patron of America. I can’t want to see this church!

The fantastic city of Baltimore has such a rich history. Our country was born in this area so it has played and instrumental role her foundation. It is also a hub for cultural experiences like museums and stage performances. Plus, to add to all that glory, it has our national cathedral!

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6 Things to do in Wilmington

Wilmington is the largest city in one of America’s smallest states. The city is built on the first Swedish settlement in North America. I think the city takes pride in its Swedish roots because the city flag looks a lot like the Swedish flag. I have to wonder if Swedish culture is prevalent throughout the city. As part of my epic cross country road trip, I’d like to see Wilmington Delaware and these top six sites:

  1. Liquid Alchemy Beverages: Owners, Terri and Jeff, took a vacation to Portland, Maine (a place on our list to see) and came back with a passion for home brewing. After years of work they opened Liquid Alchemy in 2016 where visitors can try their award winning meads and ciders.
  2. Delaware Nature Society: This organization was founded in 1964 and is focused on environmental conservation, advocacy, and education. The society manages over 2,000 acres including a farm preserve where visitors can eat fresh seasonal produce.
  3. Cathedral of St. Peter: Built in 1816, this Romanesque Revival style parish looks beautiful. The outside has simple reddish colored bricks but the sanctuary is bright white, reminding worshippers that the Mass is our taste of heaven on earth.
  4. Hagley Museum and Library: This 235 acre property was once a gunpowder manufacturing site. Today, visitors channeler more about American ingenuity from the home of the duPont family. They even have an organic cafe to provide sustenance to hard working learners.
  5. Nemours Mansion and Gardens: Speaking of the duPonts, Alfred duPont built this property for his second wife, Alicia. The home, built in the 18th century in a French style, sits on 3,000 well manicured acres where visitors can learn more about the duPont family.
  6. The Grand: This concert hall was opened in 1871. Today, the stage hosts over 300 events per year including orchestras, ballets, and stand up comedy.

Like many of the states on this side of the country, Delaware is home to a variety of activities and boasts a long history. I’d love to see many of the things Wilmington has to offer.

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6 Things to do in Little Rock

In the middle of the country is a lovely little state called Arkansas. Here is the town of Little Rock that, surprisingly, has a lot to offer. It isn’t the first place I’d consider to be a cultural hub or Catholic hotspot, but it is still on my list of places to see. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in this unsuspecting place:

  1. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum: One of Arkansas’ greatest claims to fame is that it is the home of the 42nd president of the United States. The museum highlights and recreates some of the best work done by President Clinton to move our country forward.
  2. Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Over 2,000 acres of nature preserve allows visitors to hike an learn about native Arkansas species through the landscape.
  3. Museum of Discovery: This super fun looking museum highlights the sciences and engineering. There is a theater devoted to Nikola Tesla’s work with electricity and a theater showing what Arkansas has to live through being in Tornado Alley.
  4. Historic Arkansas Museum: This exciting museum houses artifacts from throughout Arkansas long history including knives owned by David Bowie.
  5. Esse Purse Museum: This place just looks fun and unique. Each gallery highlights a different decade. It shows how purses have changed over the year san how the things women keep in purses has changed over the entry. I can get down with an avant-garde attraction like this one.
  6. St. Andrew Cathedral: This Gothic revival style church is the oldest place of continuous worship in Little Rock. We catholics love consistency! They’ve been going strong since 1845.

I think Arkansas is considered a “fly over state” for some,  but after doing  a little research, it seems to have so much to offer to tourists. I’d love to see the home of Bill Clinton and enjoy all of the natural landscape the state has to offer.

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6 Things to do in New Orleans

The delightful city of New Orleans is next in our series of Dream City Trips. It seems like a fascinating hodge lodge of cultures and history. Originally a French territory, many aspects of French culture prevail. Including delicious pastries and a Catholic flare. It is also situated in the American southeast where slavery was prevalent and black, afro-centric culture is woven into the city’s atmosphere. I think this melding of cultures is found most especially in the grandiose celebrations of Mardi Gras with include voodoo, masquerades, and all comes to a prompt end at midnight on Ash Wednesday when the penitential season of Lent begins. This spectacular city is a must-see for anyone looking for adventure, history, and amazing food.

  1. St. Louis Cathedral: You know the Catholic millennial trip must include the cathedral of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I love this one because, as mentioned, New Orleans is home to a lot of French culture. For this reason, the cathedral is named St. Louis after the king of France, Louis IX.
  2. National World War II Museum: The coolest thing I see on the website is an amazing 4D journey through D-Day. It begins with the Allies planning the invasion all the way through to the beaches at Normandy.
  3. Preservation Hall: This jazz den was established in 1961. The mission of the hall is to protect and preserve New Orleans Jazz. Is it different than regular jazz? I’m not sure, but I’ll be sure to find out for us when I go. Visitors can learn more about the history of jazz and see a live jazz band fit with all the brass and wind instruments we associate with the bayou.
  4. New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden: The museum houses artifacts and art pieces from a variety of cultures throughout history. The gardens highlight French and American cultures on five acres. The property is home to beautiful large, well established trees like pines, oaks, and magnolias. I’m sure this is a good place to waste a sunny afternoon.
  5. Superdome: Have I mentioned I’m a fan of football. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home turf of the “who dat” New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is probably one of my favorite quarterbacks because after winning the Superbowl, he grabbed his wife and nuggets for hugs and kisses, unlike other athletes. After winning championships they grab the champaign, trophy, and ESPN correspondents. I appreciate his priorities.
  6. The Presbytere: This Louisiana State Museum highlights some of the most famous aspects of Louisiana history Situated in the French Quarter near the Cathedral, it shares the history of Mardi Gras, which dates back to the Middle Ages, and remembers the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when hundreds of Americans lost their lives.

I’m not gonna lie, one of the things that makes me so excited is its French history. The French, historically, were a strong Catholic people. They brought with them their religion and delicious treats like beignets.

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6 Things to do in Raleigh

Much like South Carolina, North Carolina is about southern charm, hospitality, rich history and culture. Here are the tip six things I’d love to see in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  1. Historic Yates Mill: This beautiful preserve is dedicated to wildlife and environmental protection. The property is 174 acres and looks like a lovely place to learn about the natural habitats of North Carolina.
  2. NC Museum of History: You know I love a history museum and this one looks like a blast! There are over 500 artifacts sitting within 6,500 square feet. It even has and interactive WWI exhibit.
  3. Museum of Natural Science: Fun Fact, all four major gems are found in North Carolina and are featured at the museum. They are emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. The museum also has fun hands on activities and exhibits.
  4. Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral: This is a very new cathedral. Ground breaking took place in 2015 and was dedicated on July 26, 2017. It is a lovely Romanesque Revival style and cost an estimated $46 million.
  5. Prairie Ridge Ecostation: There is a fascinating green architecture highlighted here, made with recycled materials. There are also hiking trails, native plant species, and exciting wildlife.
  6. NC Museum of Art: This museum was started in 1947. North Carolina was the first state to use public funds to purchase art for the gallery.

I think Raleigh, North Carolina has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to nature. Norther Carolina has a spectacular environment and delightful wildlife that must be protected and preserved for future North Carolinians. This has been the thirteenth installment of my Dream City Trip series, you can find the others here. If you have any other must see activities in Raleigh, please write them in the comments below. Subscribe to the blog for upcoming posts in this series and my YouTube channel for travel vlogs. If you liked this post, please consider sharing on social media and become a supporter of TheGenFem.

6 Things to do in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina seems like such a scenic place; a lovely reputation of southern charm and hospitality. Here are the top six things I’d like to see in this quaint city:

  1. Middleton Place: The oldest landscape garden sits on 65 acres filled with plants that bloom all year round. the house museum, built in 1755, displays furniture, books, and art from the Middleton family. One of the most amazing things about Middleton Place is that Arthur Middleton, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence, was born here.
  2. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: This gorgeous cathedral makes me want to sing Ave Maria from the giant bells dedicated in 2009. It is a gothic revival style church with beautiful stained glass and high arches. I’m one of those Catholic millennials that loves old school Catholic architecture.
  3. Fort Sumpter: Probably the most famous fort of the Civil War, because it started the bloodiest war in our country’s history. After the south could no longer tolerate northern interference in the business of the south because of their concern for human rights violations against God, the Confederacy opened fire on Fort Sumpter April 12, 1861. It took four years for the Union to retake the fort. After many lives lost, morality won out.
  4. Drayton Hall: This beautiful home is built in a Palladian Style from 1738. I don’t know anything about Palladian architecture, but a tour is available to visitors. The estate has intricately carved molding on staircases and giant trees on the gourds. A spectacular plantation.
  5. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: This is the oldest public garden in the United States opening 1870. It looks like a beautiful romantic place to spend a sunny afternoon. There are gardens to tour, a house museum, and a swamp garden, home to an assortment of wildlife.
  6. Charleston City Market: This Greek style market was established in 1807 to be a place of commerce for citizens. Today, it has local artists and crafters selling food and clothes manufactured right at home. Some products carry a Certified Authentic Handmade seal to show it is made in Charleston.

Aside from its well known hospitality, I’d love to see Charleston for its historical contributions to our country, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the Civil War, to modern charm. Charleston seems like a great place to have on my list of Dream City Trips. If you have any suggestions of things to do in Charleston, please write them in the comments below. Subscribe to my blog to see more Dream City Trips, and YouTube channel for vlogs when I make this cross-country trip. I hope you liked this post and would consider sharing it on social media and become a supporter of TheGenFem.

6 Things in Atlanta

Oh yeah, y’all, today we’re taking the Dram City Trip series to Hotlanta! The extent of my knowledge of this SEC city is found in reality TV, which I’m sure does not accurately represent the city or her people. So as an uncultured girl, I’d like to see some of the more authentic aspects of Atlanta, Georgia. Here are the top six things I’d like to see on a Dream Atlanta Trip:

  1. College Football Hall of Fame: I love sports, especially football. You may have noticed my SEC reference in the introduction of this post. I don’t think I could go to Atlanta without seeing the Hall of Fame. 760 schools are represent and a colossal wall of helmets, there is an indoor field, and a giant interactive touch screen highlighting national champions and Heinemann winners.
  2. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: The birth home of the Civil Rights leader has been turned into a national treasure commemorating the great work of Dr. King to unify our country. The DREAM Gallery shows his tireless work toward equality and highlights the relationships between civil rights leaders and Washington leadership which helped push our country toward a more perfect union. It also has a beautiful world peace rose garden, and I love roses.
  3. Cathedral of Christ the King: This spectacular piece of French Neo-Gothic architecture sits on four beautiful acres. The church has tall, grand, wooden doors that make me think of the Year of Mercy. I hope many of my brothers and sisters walked through those doors and found what it means to have Christ as the King of their lives. Perhaps this Catholic millennial will get the opportunity to see some of those people and ask them!
  4. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse: This place just looks like so much fun. Go see a show, have a couple drinks, just relax and have an enjoyable evening. According to the website, advanced ticket purchase is optimal but walk ins are welcome if space allows. I think this would be a must see for me. Food + drinks + Shakespeare = a very happy girl.
  5. Center for Civil and Human Rights: Our young country has come a very long way since 1776. I’m proud to say I’m an American because of all the work our forefathers have done for equal rights for every person in this country. Of course, the challenge isn’t over; but we must remember and celebrate how far we have come. This Center seems to be dedicated to highlighting our country’s journey and preserving through advocating for more inclusivity at home and abroad.
  6. Atlanta Botanical Garden: They have cooking and art classes! I can’t really “do art.” but I at least pretend I can cook. This place sounds like so much fun. They also have a massive conservatory with plants and animals from tropical and desert climates.

Atlanta seems like a fun, historically significant, and culturally diverse city. I think it has far more to offer than just the drama found on reality TV, and I’d love to see it.

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6 Things in Anchorage

Here we are, back to my series of Dream City Trips! As a Catholic Millennial, I have a desire to take an epic road trip across the country. I’d love to see all of the archdiocese in the U.S. and see their cathedrals. I also want to learn about this big, beautiful, diverse place I call home. If you would like more details on how this blog series came together, click here.

But without further ado, here are the top six things I’d like to see on a trip to Anchorage Alaska:

  1. Cathedral of the Holy Family: The cathedral has an all white exterior, that I think is reminiscent of the rampant snow they probably have that far north. The architectural design is art deco and very unique. I’d love to see what it’s like to be a Catholic in Alaska.
  2. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: If there is one thing I know about Alaska, it’s that they have exceptional wildlife. This conservation center has a 1.5 mile trail visitors can either walk or drive to see the amazing creatures. They have eagles, lynx, and brown bears. What is the plural for lynx?  Lynxs? Lynxes? Anyway…this organization works to protect these and other amazing creatures and their habitats.
  3. Eklutna Historical Park: This fascinating looking place is home to St. Nick’s, a Russian Orthodox Church. It highlights the customs, history, and culture of Alaskan Native peoples and Russian Orthodoxy. It has small colorful boxes called Spirit Houses and I’d to learn what they are all about.
  4. Indian Valley Mine: This mine was built to find gold and was operated between 1920 and 1939. Today, it’s 20 acres are used to mine quartz. Visitors can learn gold panning techniques and staying a delightful little B&B called Turnagain View.
  5. Anchorage Museum: If you’ve been following this series, you know I love a museum. This one seems spectacular because it highlights important aspects of Alaska, namely, her native peoples and their cultures as well as what it is like living on a fault line. The threat of earthquakes is probably always on the minds of the people who live in that area of the content, the museum houses a Shake Table which simulates quakes. My favorite thing I found about the museum is their dedication to public art. Art, history, and culture, should not be for the few, the wealthy, and the educated. I can get behind any organization working to bring these things to all people.
  6. Paint a Scarf: This seems like a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, painting scarves! It looks like one can paint their scarf either outside in nature near a beautiful creek, or inside a cabin near a beautiful fire. While scarves are drying, they promise Alaskan tea. I love tea.

I’m not sure Alaska is the place a lot of people would think to visit, especially in my part of the country. We live in the cold, here in the midwest, and most of us would like to fly south. But I think our 49th state has a lot of amazing things to offer. I’d love to learn more about Native American cultures and history, especially how they have thrived so far north for so long.

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