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Trackchasing Tourist Attractions

From the travels and adventures of the 

World’s #1 Trackchaser

 

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So what in the world is a “Trackchasing Tourist Attraction”?  And if you tell me what it is what’s it got to do with trackchasing?  Those are good questions.  I love to answer them.  

 

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Trackchasing for lots of folks is pretty simple.  Walk out into the driveway fire up that old Ford and head on down the highway.  Buy a ticket, sit in the grandstand, eat a track burger and sit on a board until your butt hurts.  Then try to find the old Ford out in the parking lot and drive on back to the barn.  Folks, I don’t DO trackchasing that way.  

 

one step further 

First of all, because I live so far away from most of the tracks, I have to hop on an airplane, then rent a brand new car, drive to the track, buy a ticket, sit in the grandstand, eat a track burger and sit on a board until my butt hurts.  However, I go one step further.  Because I have to travel so far to see virtually every track I visit I want to get a little more “bang” for my travel buck.  I’m not just interested in seeing a three-hour racing event and then heading home.  I want to see what the local area has to offer.  Most of my fellow competitors don’t take the time to see much but the race.  I wouldn’t be a trackchaser if I was limited to just seeing the race.  

 

 

However, as they say you not only have to “talk the talk BUT you have to walk the walk.”  Take a look at the list below.  These are the highlights of my Trackchasing Tourist Attractions (TTA).  By definition in order to qualify as a TTA I have to have visited the attraction during a trackchasing trip.  The event has to have happened after I left the house on a trackchasing trip and before I returned.  Yes, it takes a little more time and effort to do it this way.  It WOULD be a lot easier to simply show up at the track and then go home without seeing anything the area has to offer.  Sorry, I don’t roll that way.  I’ll take the extra time and spend the energy it takes to “go see something!”.  It’s really simple when you think about it.  There’s so much to see and do in our country and the world that I want to use the trackchasing hobby to take me there and the Trackchasing Tourist Attraction to add to the entertainment and education of the trip.  Take a look at the list of places I’ve been.  How many of those attractions have you had the chance to visit?

 

 

Now let’s get started.  Move up to the top of this page.  Right below “World’s #1 Trackchaser” you will see a series of tabs.  These tabs separate the Trackchasing Tourist Attractions by geographical region.  How many of these places have you visited?  What TTAs do you recommend I attend that haven’t made the list yet?

 

 

 

 

ALASKA 

Alaska Law Enforcement Museum – Anchorage 

Anchorage Museum – Anchorage 

Alaska Aces Hockey – Anchorage

 

alaska dog sled

Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association racing – Anchorage

Denali State Park

Alaska pipeline

II Dice Pawn Shop – Fairbanks

Trace Atkins concert, Carlson Arena-  Fairbanks


ARIZONA

Chase Field (Diamondbacks vs Oakland A’s) – Phoenix – 

 

NAU Skydome

Walkup Skydome – Flagstaff – World’s largest clear-span timber dome, home to Northern Arizona football and basketball teams


CALIFORNIA

AMC Victoria Theatre – Rancho Cucamonga

 

angels stadium 1

Angels Stadium – (Angels vs. Texas Rangers) – Anaheim

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club – Mission Viejo

The Crossings at Carlsbad – Carlsbad

Delta Sigma Pi Annual Golf Outing – Various courses in Southern California

Empress Pavilion – (both a tourist attraction and a great place to eat dim sum) – Los Angeles

 

hollywood walk of fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame – Hollywood

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Game (UCLA vs. Illinois) – San Francisco 

Pacific Golf Club aka Bella Collina – San Clemente

Pantages Theatre – Los Angeles

–  Dirty Dancing

Pantages Theatre – Los Angeles

– Phantom of the Opera

Petco Park (Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies) – San Diego

Saddleback College, Mission Viejo – annual comedy and magic show 

San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Tour – San Francisco

Staples Center – Pac-10 Basketball Tournament – Los Angeles

Rose Bowl – UCLA Football – Pasadena 

World’s Tallest Thermometer – Baker 

 

 

COLORADO

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Coors Field (Rockies vs. Washington Nationals) – Denver




HAWAII 

Hapuna Beach Golf Club – Big Island

 

Pacific Tsunami Museum 1

Pacific Tsunami Museum – Hilo 

Mauna Kea Mountain – Big Island

 

 

IDAHO 

Crater’s of the Moon National Park

Crater’s of the Moon National Park – nr Arco

 

 

MONTANA 

blue angels

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration – Bozeman

 

 

NEW MEXICO

Billy the Kid……his real grave – Ft. Sumner – not much. 

Cloudcroft city tour – Cloudcraft

Model Pharmacy – Albuquerque

Pan Am Center – Las Cruces (College basketball – New Mexico State vs. Western Kentucky)

Route 66 Auto Museum – Santa Rosa 

White Sands National Monument – nr. Alamogordo

 

unser racing museum

Unser Racing Museum – Albuquerque




NEVADA 

During a Northern California trackchasing trip we scooted over to Reno to see the circus.

Barnum & Bailey Circus – Reno

Cirque du Soleil, Bellagio Resort – Las Vegas

Danny Gans Show – Mirage

Garth Brooks Concert – Wynn Resort, Las Vegas – the best ever! 

Hoover Dam tour – Las Vegas

Jay Leno casino show – Reno

Las Vegas Golf – Las Vegas (all over town!)

“LOVE” Cirque du Soleil, Mirage Hotel – Las Vegas 

Mama Mia stage production, Mandalay Bay Resort – Las Vegas 

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Pac-12 Basketball Tournament (UCLA vs. Oregon and Stanford) – Las Vegas

Pondersosa Theme Park – Lake Tahoe

The Shelby Museum – Las Vegas

 

 

OREGON 

Apple Store – Washington Square Mall – Portland 

Palm Harbor factory home tour – Millersburg

 

Reser Stadium

Reser Stadium – UCLA at Oregon State football (Bruins win 38-7) – Corvalis

 

Wildlife Safari – Winston

 

  

UTAH 

Mormon Tabernacle and church tour

Mormon Tabernacle and church tour – Salt Lake City 

Rice-Eccles Stadium, University of Utah (UCLA vs. Utah football) – Salt Lake City

 

Bonneville salt flats

Bonneville Salt Flats – Bonneville

 

 

WASHINGTON 

Gonzaga University campus tour – Spokane

Kingdome (Seattle Mariners baseball) – Seattle

Mt. Ranier – Ranier 

Pike Place Market – Seattle

 

Safeco Field 1

Safeco Field (Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox) – Seattle

 

sea plane

Seaplane ride (actually took two seaplanes in one day to get to the tracks I was visiting – one flight was just eight miles) – Kenmore 

 

 

 

WYOMING 

“Old Faithful” Yellowstone National Park

“Old Faithful” Yellowstone National Park

University of Wyoming campus tour – Laramie

Arena-Auditorium (Wyoming vs. San Jose State basketball) – Laramie

 

 

 

 

ILLINOIS 

Arsenal Island Golf Course (Illinois Cup – Pryce Boeye) – Rock Island

Bolingbrook Golf Club (Bob Vorel, Phil Thompson, Mike Skonicki) – Bolingbrook

 

chicago bears

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, Soldier Field (Pryce Boeye) – Chicago

Eagle Brook County Club (Pryce Boeye) – Geneva

Hawthorne Ridge Golf Club (Pryce Boeye) – Aledo

Illinois Cup, Oak Club of Genoa – Genoa

Kankakee Elk’s Golf Club (Mike Skonicki, Phil Thompson, Roger Kilbride) – St. Anne

Makray Golf Club (Mike Skonicki) – Barrington 

Northern Illinois University campus tour – DeKalb

Oak Club of Genoa (Illinois Cup) – Genoa  

Oakwood Country Club – Coal Valley – Golf foursome of Pryce Boeye, Mike Skonicki and Mike Owens former Bradley University star of 1960.

Orchard Valley Golf Course – Aurora 

Peoria Speedway Hall of Fame, Moonie’s Pub – Peoria – Don’t miss it!

TPC Deere Run (Pryce Boeye) – Silvis 

U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians) – Chicago

 

 

INDIANA 

Heyerly’s Baking Company – Ossian

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (multiple visits) – New Castle – one of my favorites

 

notre dame stadium

Notre Dame Stadium (UCLA vs. Notre Dame football) – South Bend

RCA Dome (Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins) – Indianapolis

RCA Dome – NCAA Basketball Championship game (UCLA vs. Florida) – Indianapolis

 

 

IOWA 

Amana Colonies – Amana (eating and touring)

Bass Pro Shops – Altoona

Field of Dreams, Dyersville

 

Ice Cream Capital of the World – Le Mars

Ice Cream Capital of the World – Le Mars 

“Illinois Cup” Amana Colonies Golf Club, Amana

Iowa Hall of Pride – Des Moines

Knoxville Raceway – Late Model 101 Forum – Knoxville

 

sprint car hall of fame

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame – Knoxville, Iowa 

Principal Park (Iowa Cubs) – Des Moines 

 

 

KANSAS 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum – Abilene

Kaufman Stadium – Kansas City – Home of the Kansas City Royals

Tractor Supply Store – Hutchinson

 

 

MICHIGAN 

Bedford Valley Golf Club – Benton Harbor

 

bronners

Bronner’s Christmas Store – Frankenmuth – Amazing!

Comerica Park – Detroit – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Detroit Tigers

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – Grand Rapids

Holland State Park – Holland

Sand Point Lighthouse & Museum – Escanaba

Soo Locks – Sault Ste Marie

The Henry Ford – Detroit

 

timber ridge golf course

Timber Ridge Golf Club (one of just 12 5-star public courses in the U.S. – I’ve played four of them) – Lansing

Urban Institute for Contemporary Art – Grand Rapids 

Week long Michigan Golf trip with brother, Mark

 

 

MINNESOTA 

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minnesota Twins baseball)

Mall of America – Bloomington (several times) 

Target Center – (Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball) – Minneapolis

 

WWW The Undertaker

Target Center – (World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE – Home of WrestleMania) Minneapolis

Target Field (Minnesota Twins vs. Colorado Rockies) – Minneapolis 

The Lodge on Lake Detroit (spa) – Cameron Lakes

  

I grew up on SPAM! Maybe that's why I've been to their museum three times.

I grew up on SPAM! Maybe that’s why I’ve been to their museum three times.

 

Spam Museum tour, Austin Minnesota (several times)

 

 

MISSOURI 

Bass Pro Shop, Columbia

Busch Stadium (Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates) – St. Louis

Branson Touring

 

Here’s the Branson photo album:

 

silver dollar city 

Branson, Missouri – so much to see and do

– Acrobats of China

– Baldknobbers

– Clay Cooper Country Express (our favorite Branson show to date)

– Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede (the world’s most visited dinner attraction!)

– Jim Stafford Show

– Mel Tillis

 

shoji tabuchi

– Shoji Tabuchi

– Six

– The Haygoods

– The Platters

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (owned by Bass Pro Shops’ Johnny Morris)

 

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Harley-Davidson Factory Tour – Kansas City 

Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library – Independence

Millbrook County Club – Springfield

Meramec Caverns – Stanton

National World War I Museum and Memorial – Kansas City

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – Kansas City – excellent! 

The Money Museum, Federal Reserve Bank – Kansas City

 

outlaw run vertical fall

Silver Dollar City Amusement Park (rode the “Outlaw Run” roller coaster with an 81-degree vertical fall and three corkscrews) – Branson

Southern Gospel Picnic (saw the Ball Brothers, the Allen family, the Downing family, Pure Heart, Christian Davis and the McKameys!)

 

 

NEBRASKA

Boys Town Tour (multiple) – Omaha

 

rosenbaltt stadium

College Baseball World Series – Omaha

Dundee Theatre – Omaha

Memorial Stadium Tour (no game) – Lincoln 

Memorial Stadium – college football (UCLA vs. Nebraska) – Lincoln 

 

museum of speed stock

Museum of Speed – Lincoln – highly recommended

Woodland Hills Golf Course (one of only 12 public 5-star golf courses in the country) – Eagle

  

 

NORTH DAKOTA 

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Roger Maris Museum – Fargo 

Scheel’s – largest sports store in the world, Fargo (several visits) 

Fargo-Moorhead Firecats minor league baseball game – Fargo

 

 

OHIO 

american sign museum

American Sign Museum – Cincinnati – a real sleeper! 

American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame – Pickerington

Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre – Ridgefield

Great American Ball Park (Reds vs. Miami Marlins) – Cincinnati

Huntington Park – Columbus Clippers AAA Minor League Baseball (Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians) – Columbus 

National Drag Racing Association – Norwalk

Progressive Field (Indians vs. Kansas City Royals) – Cleveland

 

rock and roll hall of fame and museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Cleveland

 

  

OKLAHOMA 

Chesapeake Energy Arena – NBA basketball (Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings) – Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum – Oklahoma City

 

national softball hall of fame

National Softball Hall of Fame – Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University basketball (Cowboys vs. Missouri Western State University) – Stillwater

Oklahoma State University football (Cowboys vs. Iowa State Cyclones) – Stillwater

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

Bear Country U.S.A. – Rapid City

Black Hills State University campus tour – Spearfish 

 

So have you ever been to a "Corn Palace"? What a place. I've been there more than once.

So have you ever been to a “Corn Palace”? What a place. I’ve been there more than once.

Corn Palace – Mitchell (several times) – very unusual don’t miss it

Hillcrest Golf & Country Club – Yankton 

 

rnl mt rushmore

Mount Rushmore – near Keystone

 

bob vorel sturgis

Sturgis Motorcyle Rally – Sturgis

Wall Drug – Wall

 

  

WISCONSIN 

American Circus Museum – Baraboo

Chequamegon National Forest hike – near Mellon

 

lambeau field 

Lambeau Field stadium tour – Green Bay

Miller Park (Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs) – Milwaukee

Pontoon boat private rental – Sturgeon Bay – fun!

Van Der Geest Dairy Farm – Merrill – unusual but fun and educational

 

michael feldman whad' ya know

What’ Ya Know NPR radio show with Michael Feldman – Madison 

 

ALABAMA

International Motorsports Hall of Fame

International Motorsports Hall of Fame – Talladega 

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – Prattville and Birmingham

St. Cecelia Catholic Church – Jasper

 

unclaimed baggage claim

Unclaimed Baggage Center (interesting!) – Scottsboro 

 

 

ARKANSAS

President William J. Clinton – Hope Visitor Center and Museum – Boyhood home – Hope

 

William J. Clinton Presidential Library

William J. Clinton Presidential Library

Oaklawn Racing (horses) – Hot Springs

 

 

FLORIDA 

Bike Week - Daytona Beach

Bike Week – Daytona Beach

Daytona Ocean Center (College basketball – Bethune-Cookman University vs. Florida A&M University) – Daytona Beach

Daytona USA – Daytona Beach

Daytona International Speedway track tour – Daytona Beach

Edmund Center (Basketball Stetson University vs. Kennesaw State) – Deland (RC)

 

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Marlins Park (Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves) – Miami

Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball – Grapefruit league spring training game – St. Petersburg

New York Yankee vs. Detroit Tiger spring training baseball game – Lakeland

Orlando Jai Alai – Casselberry

Tropicana Field (Rays vs. Boston Red Sox) – St. Petersburg

 

 

GEORGIA

Calhoun, Georgia Outlet Mall – Calhoun

Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta

Georgia Tech University campus tour – Atlanta

Jimmie Carter Presidential Library and Museum – Atlanta

 

masters golf

Master’s golf tournament – Augusta

NCAA Basketball Final Four, Georgia Dome – Atlanta

Plains, Georgia Tour (home of former president Jimmy Carter) – Plains

Turner Field (Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies) – Atlanta

 

World of Coke museum

World of Coke museum (old and new) – Atlanta

 

 

KENTUCKY

Brown Hotel (for a “Hot Brown”) – Louisville

Louisville Slugger Factory tour – Louisville

 

Muhammad Ali Center – Louisville

 

national corvette museum

National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green

 

Peerless Whiskey Distilling Tour – Louisville

University of Louisville Basketball (Louisville vs. Seton Hall) – Louisville

 

 

LOUISIANA

Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Grambling State University campus tour and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum – Grumbling

Herby K (home of the Shrimpbuster) – Shreveport – this is also a RANLAY Racing Restaurant recommendation

Louisiana State University campus tour – Baton Rouge

Mardi Gras – New Orleans

New Orleans French Quarter touring – New Orleans

Pascal’s Manale – New Orleans

Preservation Hall Jazz Club – New Orleans

 

Hurricane Katrina storm damage tour

Hurricane Katrina storm damage tour – New Orleans

 

 

MISSISSIPPI

University of Mississippi campus tour

University of Mississippi campus tour – Oxford 

Veteran’s Memorial Museum – Laurel

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Aggie Stadium (Football – North Carolina A&T State University Aggies vs. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats) – Greensboro

BB&T Field (Football – Wake Forest University Demon Deacons vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack) – Winston-Salem 

Biltmore Estate – (2 visits) – Ashville – Recommended

Bryan Park Golf Course with George Robertson – Greensboro

Cameron Indoor Stadium tour – Duke University – Durham 

 

Dean Smith Center

Dean Smith Center (Basketball – Tar Heels vs. University of North Carolina-Asheville) – Chapel Hill

Hendrick Motorsports race shop tour – Concord

NASCAR Hall of Fame –  (Absolutely loved it; multiple visits; can’t wait to go again) – Charlotte 

Penske Racing shop tour – Mooresville 

Richard Petty Museum – Level Cross 

 

Richard Petty Museum

Richard Petty Museum (highly recommended) – Randleman 

Rouse Racing shop tour – Concord

Stewart-Haas Racing shop tour – Kannapolis

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson University campus tour – Clemson

 

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum – Darlington

 

 

TENNESSEE

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry – Nashville (several times)

 

 

TEXAS

American Airlines Center – NBA basketball  (Mavs vs. Utah Jazz) – Dallas

Buddy Holly Center – Lubbock, Texas

 

lakewood church

Lakewood Church (largest congregation in the U.S. – Pastor Joel Osteen) – Houston, Texas

LBJ Presidential Library – Austin

Minute Maid Park tour (home of Houston Astros) – Houston

Minute Maid Park (Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) – Houston

 

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum – Waco

Texas State Capital Tour – Austin

The Alamo – San Antonio

San Antonio Riverwalk – San Antonio

 

 

 

CONNECTICUT 

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Ridgefield, Connecticut – Tour of our former “hometown” where we lived for 15 months (1979-80).

 

 

MAINE 

Bath city tour – Bath

Belfast – Historic Seaside Village – Belfast

Belgrade Lakes Golf Club (one of just 12 5-star public courses in the U.S.) – Belgrade

Kennebunkport City Tour (Received a wave from then sitting president George W. Bush – Carol can confirm this!) – Kennebunkport

 

L.L. Bean Corporate Store

L.L. Bean Corporate Store (many visits) – Freeport

Maine State House – Augusta 

Maine State Museum – Augusta 

 

Nunan’s Lobster Hut

Nunan’s Lobster Hut (a tourist attraction and interesting place to eat) – Cape Porpoise

Wiscasset Speedway tour – Wiscasset

 

 

MARYLAND

 

babe-ruth-signing-autographs

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum – Baltimore 

 

Orioles Park at Camden Yards

Orioles Park at Camden Yards (Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox) – Baltimore

 


MASSACHUSETTS 

Boston City Tour (North End Neighborhood) – Boston

 

fenway-park

Fenway Park (Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals) – Boston

Martha’s Vineyard island touring – Martha’s Vineyard

 

James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame – Springfield – love this place; been there several times 

Harvard University campus tour – Boston

 

 

NEW YORK 

Barclay’s Center – college basketball (UCLA vs. Georgetown) – Brooklyn 

Carnegie Hall Tour – New York City

Carrier Dome – college football (Syracuse vs. Minnesota) Syracuse

Citi Field – Major League Baseball (Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies) – Queens

Cutco Visitor’s Center – Olean 

Cornell University campus tour – Ithaca 

Film Forum –  (Movie:  Michael) – New York City

Fonda Speedway Museum (It’s in a McDonalds!) – Fonda

Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin House Tour – Buffalo

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Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame – Goshen

 

Live with Kelly (TV taping) – New York City

 

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Loeb Boathouse Central Park (rowing a boat in the middle of New York City!) – New York City 

Madison Square Garden – college basketball (UCLA vs. St. John’s) – New York City

Matt Brewing Company factory tour – Utica 

NBT Bank Stadium – Minor League Baseball (Syracuse Chiefs vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders) – Syracuse

National September 11 Museum and Monument – New York City

National Soccer Hall of Fame – Oneonta

New York Broadway theatre production – “Chicago” – New York City

New York Broadway theatre production – “Memphis!” – New York City 

New York Broadway theatre production – “Million Dollar Quartet” – New York City

New York City tour – New York City (several times)

New York City Broadway Plays – New York City 

–       August:  Osage County 

–       Soul of Shaolin 

–       Speed the Plow

–       Newsical the Musical

–       Waitress

Niagara Falls tour – Niagara Falls

NYSEG Stadium – Minor League Baseball (Binghamton Mets vs. Hartford Yard Goats) – Binghamton

Queen City Ferry Company Riverboat tour – Buffalo 

Rose Hill Gymnasium – College Basketball (Fordham Rams vs. La Salle Explorers) – New York City (Bronx)

 

Seeing horse racing was special at Saratoga. However, a gully washer of rain came through canceling one race. I had never seen that happen before or after.

Saratoga Race Course – Saratoga.  Seeing horse racing was special at Saratoga. However, a gully washer of rain came through canceling one race. I had never seen that happen before or after.

Shea Stadium – Major League Baseball (New York Mets) – Queens

State University of New York campus tour – Cortland 

U.S. Tennis Open Championships (Arthur Ashe Stadium) – Queens

 

Old Yankee Stadium 1

Yankee Stadium (old and new) – New York City (The Bronx)

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia (Phillies vs. Miami Marlins) – Philadelphia

 

eastern state penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia (recommended!)

Heinz History Center – Pittsburgh

Latrobe County Club (owned by Arnold Palmer) – Latrobe – A real golfing highlight

 

Little League World Series

Little League World Series – Williamsport

 

abraham-lincoln-national-civil-war-museum

National Civil War Museum – Harrisburg

PNC Park Tour (home of the Pirates – got a rare tour of the clubhouse) – Pittsburgh

PNC Park (Pirates vs. Miami Marlins) – Pittsburgh

 

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club – Punxsutawney

Schenley Park – Pittsburgh

United Flight #93 Memorial – Shanksville (multiple visits)

 

 

RHODE ISLAND 

Brown University

Brown University campus tour – Providence

Mansion Tour – Newport

 

 

VERMONT 

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour – Waterbury

 

Vermont Teddy Bear factory tour

Vermont Teddy Bear factory tour – Shelburne

 

 

VIRGINIA 

Black Dog Salvage (as seen on TV!) – Roanoke

Hampton University Convocation Center – college basketball – (Hampton University vs. Norfolk State University) – Hampton

 

Jack Daniel’s Factory Tour

Jack Daniel’s Factory Tour – Lynchburg

Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech football) – Blacksburg

Richmond International Raceway, Richmond – I stopped here just to soak up the NASCAR big weekend ambiance, but not to see a race

 

Scott Stadium - University of Virginia football

Scott Stadium – University of Virginia football (Cavaliers vs. UCLA Bruins…of course UCLA won!) – Charlottsville

University of Virginia – college basketball – (Cavaliers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels) – Charlottesville

Virginia Museum of Transportation – Roanoke

Virginia Tech University campus tour – Blacksburg

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library – Staunton

 

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

Nationals Park (Nationals vs. Miami Marlins) – Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian – Air and Space Museum – Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian – American Art Musseum – Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian – National Museum of American History – Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian – National Museum of Natural History – Washington, D.C.

 

Washington D.C. city tour

Washington D.C. city tour – Washington, D.C.

 

I still have a lot of work to do to get my Trackchasing Tourist Attractions updated for my foreign travels!

 

ANDORRA

 

 

ARGENTINA

Tango night – Buenos Aires

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

 

AZERBAIJAN

Baku City Tour – Baku

Baku Ferris Wheel – Baku

Baku International Tourism Film Festival – Baku

 

Heydar Aliyev Center – Baku

 

 

BAHRAIN

 

 

BARBADOS

 

BELGIUM

 

 

BRAZIL

 

 

BULGARIA

 

 

CANADA

CN Tower tour – Toronto, Ontario

“Evil Dead, the Musical”, Diesel Theatre – Toronto, Ontario

Green Gables – Cavendish – Prince Edward Island

Hockey Hall of Fame (held the Stanley Cup) – Toronto – Ontario

Macbeth – The Citadel Theatre – Edmonton, Alberta

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic -Halifax – Nova Scotia

Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Quebec City walking tour – Quebec

Rogers Center aka, SkyDome tour – Toronto, Ontario

The Maid of the Mist – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Toronto Blue Jays baseball – Toronto, Ontario – New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Whirlpool Golf Course – Niagara Falls, Ontario

 

 

CHILE

Saltos del Laja Waterfalls – near Los Angeles

 

 

CHINA

Hong Kong city tour including restaurants, subways, farmer’s markets, Symphony of Lights laser light show, ferryboat rides, Ngong Ping cable car, Temple Street Night Market, theatre production of Cinderella and much more including our share of Dim Sum

 

Macau, China city tour including ferryboat ride via Turbojet from Hong Kong to Macau, Macau Tower visit, Macau Casinos tour (great), St. Paul’s Church and the Macau Grand Prix Museum

 

 

COLUMBIA

Downtown Bogota walking tour

 

 

COSTA RICA

 

 

CROATIA

 

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

 

 

DENMARK

Copenhagen city tour (via boat), Copenhagen

Copenhagen city tour (via bus), Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens (amusement park), Copenhagen

 

 

ECUADOR

Teleferico – Quito

Old Town – Quito

Teatro National Sucre (opera) – Quito

Otavalo Marketplace – Otavalo

 

 

EL SALVADOR

 

 

ESTONIA

 

 

FINLAND

Arctic Ice Bar – Helsinki

Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art, Helsinki

 

 

FRANCE

 

City touring & overnight stays – Honfleur

Caen Memorial Museum – Caen

Disneyland – Paris

Eiffel Tower – Paris

Omaha Beach – Normandy 

Palace of Versailles – Paris

 

 

GEORGIA

 

 

 

GERMANY

Classic Remise – Dusseldorf

Classic RemiseOne of the best! 

English Theatre of Frankfurt – Frankfurt – Rain Man

 

 

GREECE

53rd annual Thessaloniki Film Festival, Thessaloniki

 

 

 

GUATEMALA

Filadelphia coffee plantation 

Santo Domingo Hotel, Antigua

 

 

GUYANA

Tours all over Guyana in South America.  The highlight was spending time in the local home of a native Guyana family

 

 

HUNGARY

 

 

ICELAND

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa – Reykajavic

All day driving tour of Iceland

 

 

INDIA

 

 

INDONESIA

All day (behinds the scenes) tour of Jakarta, Indonesia – seaport, slums, mosque, President Obama’s grade school

 

 

IRELAND

Ring of Kerry drive

Waterford Crystal Factory Tour & Showroom Visit, Waterford

 

 

ITALY

 

 

JAMAICA

 

 

JAPAN

Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule Hotel – Tokyo

Japanese Central League baseball game in the Nagoya Dome (indoors) featuring the Chunichi Dragons – Nagoya

Motopia Theme Park (Ferris wheel ride) – Suzuka

Riding the “Shinkansen” Japanese bullet train from Nagoya, Japan to Tokyo

 

 

 

LATVIA

 

 

LITHUANIA

 

 

LUXEMBOURG

 

 

MALTA

 

 

MEXICO

Mexican Riviera Cruise – Baja California

Mexican Riviera Holland America Cruise (on the way to ice track in British Columbia!)

Mexico City Tour (www.turibus.com.mx), Mexico City

 

 

MONACO

 

 

MOROCCO

Marrakesh dinner show – Marrakesh

 

 

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam Red Light District tour – Carol loved it!

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

truck museum 3

Bill Richardson Truck Museum, Invercargill

Blokarting, Mt. Maunganui

Christchurch city tour

 

top3

Interislander Ferry Ride from North Island to South Island (round-trip)

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World, Auckland

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Dunedin

Sky Tower, Auckland

South Island coastal driving tour

  

 

NORWAY

Oslo Grand Highlights Tour – Oslo

 

 

PANAMA 

Panama Canal Tour – Panama City

Panama City Old Town Tour – Panama City

 

Panama National Soccer Championship – Estadio Rommel Fernandez stadium (Deportivo Arabe Unido vs. FC. Plaza Amador) – Panama City

 

 

PERU

Nicolini Vintage Auto Museum, Lima

Magical Water Circuit, Lima

“Carmen” Teatro Municipal de Lima Peru, Lima

 

 

PHILLIPINES

 

 

POLAND

 

 

QATAR

Qatar Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar

 

 

ROMANIA

 

 

RUSSIA

 

 

SENEGAL

Dakar, Senegal including Goree Island day tour

 

 

SINGAPORE

 

 

SLOVAKIA

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg city tour

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park wild animal park overnight safari

 

 

SOUTH KOREA

Seoul 5-hour City Tour – Seoul

 

 

SPAIN

Barcelona, Spain City Tour – Barcelona

 

 

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka Elephant Orphanage

Kandyan Dance Show 

Royal Botanical Gardens 

Full afternoon of lunch and visiting in the home of my driver’s sister, Chandra in Sri Lanka

Temple of the Tooth 

Negombo Fish Market

 

 

SWEDEN 

 

 

SWITZERLAND

 

 

TAHITI

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia stay and island tour

 

 

THAILAND

Touring Bangkok for three days before seeing my 1,300th lifetime track in Pattaya, Thailand and then spending a day in Hong Kong on my way back from Thailand.

 

 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

 

 

TURKEY

 

Basilica Cistern (a favorite) – Istanbul

Basilica of St. John ruins – Selcuk

Blue Mosque – Istanbul

Byzantine Hippodrome – Istanbul

 

Ephesus tour – Ephesus

Grand Bazaar – Istanbul

Hagia Sophia – Istanbul

Nomad’s – Turkish belly dancing – Istanbul

Topkapi Palace tour – Istanbul 

Whirling Dervish performance – Istanbul

 

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai Mall (largest in the world), Dubai

Mall of the Emirates (indoor ski mountain), Dubai

Desert Safari – dune bashing/Arabic buffet dinner/camel ride, Dubai

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Conwy Castle – Wales

Caernarfon Castle – Wales

Puffin Island – Wales

 

buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace – London

The Wizard of Oz, Palladium Theatre 

Imperial War Museum – London

Million Dollar Quartet, Noel Coward Theatre 

 

 

URUGUAY

 

 

ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls National Park Tour (Victoria Falls waterfalls) – Victoria Falls

Wild Animal Safari (including dinner in the bush) – Victoria Falls 

 

Zambezi River Canoe Trip – Victoria Falls

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – Victoria Falls

 

 

 

 


Comments

  1. Quite a list! I’ve seen a few of these attractions. I’m guessing that most of your followers have not seen The Corn Palace, nor taken the hydrofoil ferry boat from Hong Kong to Macau, but I have done both of those.

    • Russ, you are certainly correct! I doubt many people have even BEEN to both South Dakota and Hong Kong/Macau let alone viewed the Corn Palace and ridden the hydrofoil ferry. Randy

  2. Another possible goal: some guy passed thru ATL recently. His goal is to sing the National Anthem at every MLB stadium. In some cases the team won’t allow it, so he steps onto the field and sings along with the real singer.

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