An unexpected road trip last weekend made me aware that there are places along the route traveled where, had there been time, I would love to have stopped to visit and explore. That (missed) opportunity, coupled with a recent article in our local newspaper about things to see and do locally inspired today’s Friday Five.

If someone told you they were coming to your city/state/country for the first time, what five things would you recommend that they be sure to see or do? This might be a city, national park, historic site, restaurant or other attraction. Have at it, and share the link to your blog in the comments below. Be sure to visit and comment on other participants’ efforts today, too. Oh, the places we can go!

22 thoughts on “Friday Five: Must See!

  1. I am relatively new to the Metro-Detroit area, and so I still struggle to know where to take people. However when visitors come we always go to the Detroit Institute for Art, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The Rouge Factory Tour, part of the Henry Ford Museum package, is a great trip too, touring the assembly line of the local Ford Motor company. Eastern Market on Saturday mornings is an adventure too. All urban things. On the west side of the state I’ve been to Traverse City, and Bear Dune’s National Park – gorgeous dunes on the edge of Lake Michigan.


    1. Sometimes having visitors is the best way to get us out and acquainted with where we live. These sound like great opportunities for exploring!


    2. as the CokesburyCommunity Resource Consultant for most of NE OHio, I have uncovered some amazing gems. It delights me to arrive at a beautiful church, and hear the history…of the historical folks and the hysterical folks who have made her history. I drive through and past so much history, and so many monuments I might never see. I encounter local gems, that just make me giggle. Yes, there are some amazing places in the birthplace of aviation, american presidents, astronauts, and the Akron church architecture!
      Can I list five? Stan Hewitt in Akron, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland, The First Ladies Museum, Canton, Cuyahoga national Recreation Area, perry’s Monument, Lake Erie.


      1. Ah, a church architecture fan! Thanks so much for these suggestions and recommendations. Great choices! Thanks for playing today.


  2. In Syracuse NY? You’ve got to eat at Dinosaur BBQ. Go to The Salt Museum and the Onondaga County Historical Museum to see how salt production happened ( and polluted) the lake. Take a tour of James Street and Strathmore to see houses built by the arts movement and Carrier differ from the boarded up and abandoned part of town, and, finally, go to Plymouth UCC to see the outreach happening in that 5th largest city in NY and how a downtown church helps a community where there is a 50% high school dropout rate. The heck with all the colleges around….the people are the story


  3. If you were coming to visit Bennington County, Vermont the five experiences I would recommend would include (in no particular order): 1) a summer’s day tubing on the Battenkill River starting at the West Mountain bridge and let the river carry you west all the way to the West Arlington Covered Bridge where you land at the West Arlington Church and Grange Hall where Norman Rockwell used to sell tickets for the Friday night square dances; 2) pick apples in the fall at Terry’s Orchard on Harwood Hill in Bennington or pick blueberries in summer at the little farm on Lost Lake Road in Arlington ; 3) cross-country ski at Hildene in Manchester, Robert Todd Lincoln’s beautiful estate; 4) have dinner at Jonathon’s Table in Arlington or lunch outside at Gringo Jack’s in Manchester or breakfast at the Blue Benn Diner in Bennington; 5) ride from the northern end of the county in East Dorset all the way south over Woodford Mountain to Searsburg in late September/early October for the greatest show on earth.


  4. Okay -here’s five from the Gateway to the West – St. Louis, MO!! The Zoo – one of the top’s in the US that’s still free. The Missouri Botanical Garden – aka “Shaw’s Garden”. The best eating of Italian food is found in the St. Louis neighborhood known as The Hill; fantastic bakeries and fresh food markets on the Hill – will help you to “manga bene’!” Grant’s Farm – the farm owned by President Grant that is now the estate of the Busch beer family – is still free admission and a great place to see the Clydesdale horses and get free beer samples!!!! The Saint Louis Basilica for the most stunning display of mosaic tile ever – the entire interior is done in mosaic tile – awesome! Anyway, there’s lots more to be found in the Lou – so come visit and look me up – we’ll do lunch on the Hill!!


    1. As a former St. Louisan this was a delight to read. I miss the Garden and the fabulous dining found on the Hill (and in Soulard!). Thanks for the memories, and for sharing and playing today.


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