Dream St. Louis Trip

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City number 9! This is the last city on the first leg of my cross country road trip (at least the loose plan that I have of one). If you have missed the first 8 Dream City Trips, click here.

This post is about the delightful city of St. Louis. Here are the top six things I’d like to see:

  1. Gateway Arch: This is the best known monument in St. Louis. It is 630 feet tall and made with stainless steel. Made to commemorate the westward exploration of Lewis and Clark and the expansion of the United States. It is the western hemisphere’s largest manmade monument.
  2. Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis: I cannot imagine how excited I would be to see this church. It is the heart of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and it is huge! Built in a Neo-Byzantine Romanesque Revival architectural style.
  3. Missouri Botanical Garden: I think there has been a botanical garden or conservatory in every one of the posts in this series, but this one has a butterfly house! I have loved butterflies ever since my mom told me when you see a butterfly you should think of your deceased loved ones.
  4. National Blues Museum: The blues have been an integral part of American history since its inception. The blues is a heartfelt musical style offering a creative outlet for the misunderstood and mistreated. This interactive museum was created to share the history of the blues.
  5. Pulitzer Arts Foundation: This small gallery hosts a range of contemporary exhibit. Many of the museums in this series are big and well known. It would be good to compliment the big museums, with this smaller one which has unique exhibits. Then I can feel like a Catholic millennial hipster.
  6. Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum: I have never seen a wax museum. They look incredibly creepy and strange. But hey, I can check it off my bucket list and never have to see a plastic, life-size, replica of a human being.

St. Louis seems like such a fun city. While doing my research on these top six places, there were several other sights I would like to see. If you have any recommendations, please put them in the comments below.

I have greatly enjoyed putting together this series so far. There are a total of 53 cities I would like to eventually put on this list. For now, we will stick with the first 9 cities. I hope you enjoyed the series so far and looking forward to more content. It is my sincere hope to do a travel diary or blog for each of these cities, so please subscribe.

Dream Dubuque Trip

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I’m sure there are a great many of you who have never heard of the city of Dubuque. It is the 10th largest city in Iowa and has a population of over 58,000 people. I don’t know a single thing about this city, so after some research, here are the six things I’d like to see if I ever have the opportunity to take my epic cross country road trip:

  1. National Mississippi River Museum: The Mississippi is the largest river in the country. It has played a vital role in the economy of the center of our country since the beginning. Even Lincoln used it to make money as a young man.
  2. Mines of Spain Recreation Area: If I had a dog, this is where I would take him. 1380 acres of woods and prairie sound like a great place to take a jog and enjoy God’s creation. I’m sure spending time in this natural environment after weeks of road tripping would warm the soul.
  3. St. Raphael’s Cathedral: The heart of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is this beautiful gothic revival (my favorite) architectural style. The pictures look like it has a wooden altar and confessionals. The painting behind the altar look like the apostles and the Blessed Mother. Basically, it is a must see for the Catholic millennial road trip.
  4. Dubuque Museum of Art: As you know if you have been following this series, I love a museum. Art can be a great conversation starter and this place looks like it embraces a lot of photography.
  5. Ham House: This Victorian style home shows what life was like for a wealthy lead mining family in the 1800s.
  6. Stone Cliff Winery: I don’t drink wine (unless it is transubstantiated into the Blood of Christ). But fancy people go to wine tastings. I can pretend to know a thing or two about the science of wine…I think.

After doing some research, Dubuque seems like a precious midwestern gem. I’d love to have the opportunity to see these things and many of the beautiful people who call it home. I you have any recommendations of things to see, put them in the comments below. If you have missed any of the other cities in my Dream City Trips series, click here. Subscribe so you don’t miss any future posts, and a travel diary if I’m lucky.

Dream Minneapolis Trip

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I’m not sure where we are on this cross country road trip dream journey, but today is about Minneapolis/St. Paul. Here are my top six must see destinations:

  1. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: This 11 acre park is home to a giant cherry on a spoon. And I’m sure you’re asking yourselves, “Is that the only  reason you want to go?” Yes, yes it is.
  2. Mill City Museum: I love baking and this is a real mill. Well, an old mill’s ruin. Now it’s an interactive museum dedicated to flour.
  3. Minneapolis Institute of Art: This place is described as having exhibits “from mummies to Monet”. The current special exhibit is called Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th Century Europe. It sounds like it takes accounts of events in the 1700s and puts them into art.
  4. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge: Although this is technically not in Minneapolis/St. Paul, I still think it is a place to see. This wildlife refuge is home to a variety of creatures including out national bird, the bald eagle.
  5. American Swedish Institute: I don’t know much about the Swedish, but they have a handsome prince that kinda looks like Orlando Bloom. The old mansion is an art and cultural center highlighting Swedish history.
  6. Cathedral of St. Paul: As always a road trip for a Catholic millennial is incomplete without a trip to the cathedral of the Archdiocese St. Paul. Built in a classical revival style and it looks just grand. The coolest thing I’ve seen in the pictures, an altar rail!

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Dream Milwaukee Trip

 

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Here we are again for another installment of my Dream City Trips. If you’ve missed any of the others, you can catch up here. Basically the idea is I have a dream (like Rapunzel) to see our beautiful country one Roman Catholic diocese at a time. I would like to visit each of the archdiocese and all of the 50 states. Therefore, this series documents six things from each city I would like to see. I would love to make this trip an epic year and a half long road trip, but we’ll see how that works. For now, let’s go through some cool places in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

  1. Harley Davidson Museum: If I’m honest, I don’t really like or care about motorcycles. But Harley Davidson is an American icon. I guess it would be kinda cool to check it out.
  2. Pabst Theater: I’m pretty sure this place is named after the beer. We midwesterners take our domestic brews very seriously. But I’m not a drinker, so I’d go for the theater. I’ve never been to a concert before and Kari Jobe will be there this fall. I like Kari Jobe and a Christian concert would be the perfect compliment to the Catholic millennial road trip.
  3. Discovery World: This place is an interactive hands-on science and technology center. It looks like it has exhibits for many of the different branches of science including biology, physics, and engineering.
  4. Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum: This beautiful place houses art and homewares from the 15th to 18th centuries. It would be lovely to see some of the different rooms to compare and contrast their pieces.
  5. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral: This cathedral is built in a Zopfstil (German neoclassical) style. The top cross looks like a monstrance with a center circle and rays poking out. The interior looks grand with massive pipes for the organ, tall pillars, and what I think is a giant crown of thorns hovering over the altar.
  6. Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: Ya’ll know I love plants and conservatories. I think there are three domes: desert dome, tropical dome, and floral show dome. They have a really cool exhibit right now of beautiful purple flowers everywhere. It’s a bit of a bummer it will be over at the end of summer. If any of my readers happen to see it, please send photos; purple is my favorite color.

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Dream Detroit Trip

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Today is Part 5 of the Dream City Trip series, let’s take a look at six amazing attractions in the city of Detroit, Michigan:

  1. Ford Field: Home to the Detroit Lions, Ford Field is one of the most well known stadiums in the NFL. If I do go to a Lions game, I hope they play my Chicago Bears and I will wear my navy and orange with pride.
  2. Detroit Historical Museum: This museum demonstrates the long history of Detroit. Like many, I associate the city with American cars, but this museum shows how the city has played a part in our country’s history.
  3. Dosing Great Lakes Museum: Living near one of the Great Lakes, this museum sounds like a place I can learn so much about my home.  The coolest exhibit I’ve seen online is the Gothic Room which is inspired by the gentleman’s lounge on the City of Detroit III.
  4. Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament: Of course, a road trip for the Catholic millennial included this spectacular decorated gothic revival cathedral. This church looks like it belongs in medieval Europe. It’s big, it’s tall, it’s beautiful.
  5. Heidelberg Project: This is a fascinating community art project. The outdoor gallery exposes all people of all backgrounds to thought provoking masterpieces. The creators of the space believed in improving the community from the inside through art.
  6. Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory: This place looks gorgeous! It has five distinct sections. They are palm house, tropical house, cactus house, fernery, and show house. I love the pictures of the large glass dome and I hope to see it in person.

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Dream Louisville Trip

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Louisville is the fourth city in my series of Dream City Trips for an epic cross county road trip that I hope to actually have one day. i don’t know much about Kentucky, other than the derby and whisky, so reading about some of the really cool attractions made me want to go for more than just the cathedral. Here are the six things I would like to see on a Catholic millennial’s dream trip to Louisville, Kentucky:

  1. Kentucky Derby Museum: Since the derby is only on of two things I know about Kentucky, this has to be on the list. They have beautiful gardens, horses, and southern belle’s in fancy hats. It would be great fun to see the museum.
  2. Cathedral of the Assumption: This cathedral is the heart of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. Completed in 1852 in my favorite architectural style, Gothic Revival. From perusing their website, this parish looks like it takes God’s call of good stewardship and generosity very seriously. I’d love to meet some of the people who call it their home parish.
  3. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory: Although baseball isn’t my game, I’ve heard of a Louisville slugger (from Carrie Underwood)l. It’s a museum that celebrates baseball but also a factory which shows you the process of how these iconic bats are made.
  4. Muhammad Ali Center: Hey, you remember that Olympian with the famous quote, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”? Well apparently he is another claim to fame for the great city of Louisville, because it’s the hometown of Muhammad Ali. Who cool is that?! Considering his profound impact on the world of sports and our country’s race relents, the museum dedicated to him probably deserves a visit.
  5. Louisville Mega Cavern: This place looks like a BLAST and a half, perfect for those of us who are kids at heart. Zip lining, quests, and tram rides through a subterranean adventure land sounds epic. This would probably be the highlight of any Louisville trip.
  6. Kentucky Science Center: In all my excitement for the arts and histories, my Dream Trip lists are lacking in the sciences. This center is perfect for the whole family because it has interactive exhibits, discussion panels, and movies, all working together to bring science to life for people of all ages. I really like the earth and life sciences and would love to see what they have to teach us about God’s beautiful creation.

As mentioned before, this is the fourth city so far. If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out here.

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Dream Cincinnati Trip

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As with many young people, I have a great desire to travel. I am particularly interested in traveling around the United States and meet some of the beautiful people that make this country great. Being a Catholic millennial, the root of the ideal road trip will be seeing all of the archdiocese in the country. This Dream City Trip post is about the spectacular city of Cincinnati, Ohio. If you’d like to check out the other cities, click here. But for today, here are the top six things I want to do in Cincinnati:

  1. St. Peter in Chains Cathedral: This church is the heart of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It’s architectural style is Greek revival. The pillars in front of the church welcome visitors, and the pillars inside are embellished with gold. I’d love you to see this place in person.
  2. National Underground Railroad Museum: This place sounds so interesting! The museum commemorates the heroism of those who helped slaves escape the oppressive south for northern freedom during our country’s less prideful years. It also shares stories of freedom and equality through the Civil Rights Movement through today. Contrary to what much of the media may suggest, our country has come a long way in race relations, though there is still a lot of work to do.
  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe House: The author best known for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that may have help inspire the abolition of slavery and begin the Civil War. Stowe lived in the house for a time and today it remembers the great work she did to ring about freedom in this country.
  4. Cincinnati Playhouse: I love a good stage performance and this theatre, with its modern design, looks like a good evening waiting to happen. After perusing their site, I see some classic pieces like Romeo and Juliet, and some stories I’m unfamiliar with, like The Last Firefly. The photographs of the stage look like the set design team comes ready to play, and I hope to see it in person.
  5. Spring Grove Cemetery: I  know this sounds a little weird and pretty orbit, this place looks more like a magnificent garden…with headstones.
  6. American Sign Museum: A museum dedicated to the restoration and preservation of various signs from around our country and throughout our history sounds delightfully strange. Why someone would think to hold on to street signs, diner signs, and whatever other types of sings there are, I don’t know. But look forward to the opportunity to ask someone.

Although this is only the third city in this series, Cincinnati sounds delightfully peculiar. I hope I have the chance to visit and find out if the people are just as diverse as the city’s attractions.

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