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Apple Pie Picks

Episode 1

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence National Historic Park & Liberty Bell Center

This historic site features the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Constitution Hall See where the Declaration of Independence was written and then publicly read for the first time on July 8, 1776 in Independence Square At Independence Hall you can see the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and George Washington’s “Rising Sun Chair.” Across the street, visit the Liberty Bell at The Liberty Bell Center and read the words of its purpose, to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

Betsy Ross House

This historic house was home to Betsy Ross, the woman who sewed and help design our nation’s first 13-star flag in 1776 The house is over 250 years old and located in the heart of historic Philadelphia While visiting the museum, stop to talk to “Betsy Ross,” watch Colonial Crafters and learn more about an American Revolutionary War soldier’s life through the museum’s live programming.

Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States. The 42-acre zoo first opened its gates on July 1, 1874 -- that makes it 150 years old! The zoo is home to more than 2000 animals, exhibits, live animal shows, boat and pony rides, tours, animal feedings, and a carousel The children’s zoo, opened in 1938, was also the first of its kind in the United States Here, visitors can get up close with sheep, goats, chicks, rabbits, porcupines, hogs, owls and hedgehogs.

The United States Mint

Half of all coins used in the United States are made at the Philadelphia U.S. Mint This mint produces approximately 8 million quarters, 4 million dimes, 1.5 million nickels and 16 million pennies every weekday The Mint also produces Presidential and Commemorative Medals and is home to a large collection of rare coins, medals and a coining press last used in 1792 Visitors can take a self-guided tour and watch the coins being made through a window above the operations.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

This hands-on science museum is over 175 years old and was named after the great scientist and inventor, Benjamin Franklin While visiting the museum, you can walk through a 15,000 times enlarged human heart, pretend to be a jet fighter in a real cockpit, or check out Franklin’s famous lightening rod Other galleries to check out include: Kid Science, Sir Isaac’s Loft and The Sports Challenge Outside the museum is a 25,000 square foot Science Park filled with Franklin-esque adventures such as tunnels, sundials, periscopes and pendulums.

The Please Touch Museum

The motto of this attraction is to touch everything! Children roam this museum trying on costumes and literally becoming part of the exhibits. Children can explore the worlds of Alice in Wonderland, supermarkets, television studios, garages, a city bus, the world of Maurice Sendak books, farms, and a science lab.

Ben Franklin Bridge

Take a walk across the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world rom Philadelphia to Camden, New Jersey Lovingly called “The Benny,” the 1.8-mile span is over 130 feet high above the Delaware River. At night, light sensors light up one by one as a train passes over the bridge.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphians love their art! This town displays art wherever they can -- in front of office buildings, in parks, on street corners, on river trails, and in one of the nation’s first art museums Founded in 1876, this two-building museum is home to more than 225,000 pieces of artwork The museum contains collections of medieval armor, modern art and sculpture, decorative arts, fine art, photography, textiles and Presidential china.

Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market is a bustling marketplace located one floor beneath the former Reading Railroad’s train shed The entire building is now a National Historic Landmark and has been in operation since the 1890s A visit to this food lover’s paradise will give you a taste of all things Philadelphia With over 80 vendors, you can browse the shops or take a seat to eat You can stop and sit at the counter for a traditional Amish style meal, grab an ice cream cone, try an authentic cheesesteak or eat a soft pretzel.

Go Rowing Down the Schuylkill River

The sheltered and calm waters of The Schuylkill River located on the western edge of Philadelphia is the most famous rowing community in the United States. This love of rowing has earned Philadelphia the nickname, “the rowing capital of the world.” Walk along boathouse row and check out the boathouses and learn about the history of rowing Each year the Schuylkill Navy hosts the Dad Vail, the largest college rowing competition in the United States.

Episode 2

Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Located on the banks of the Cumberland River, this museum sets the stage for the story of country music Here, you can see a collection of video clips and recorded music, watch live performances, view music memorabilia and instruments of all kinds, or sit in a record listening booth The actual Hall of Fame is located in a circular Rotunda with a bronze plaque on the wall with each person’s name that has been voted into the Hall of Fame.

The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium

The Grand Ole Opry has been called the “Home of American Music.” This is the place where country musicians from all over the world come to perform live The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio show in 1925 and is still the go-to spot to hear the best country music Performers sing and play on a six foot wooden circle in the Opry stage that came from the original stage at The Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry The Ryman Auditorium is still an exciting showplace for listening to great country music These two famous country music centers both offer backstage and guided tours.

Historic RCA Studio B

This recording studio, located along Music Row in Nashville, is a must-see for true country music lovers It is the original studio where legends such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers recorded their songs Tours are exclusively given through the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

This visual arts center is home to 24,000 square feet of artwork and art related activities The family friendly museum is well known for its Artquest Gallery with 30 stations of hands-on art activities such as painting, sculpting and printmaking.

General Jackson Showboat

Take a midday or evening cruise down the beautiful Cumberland River on this 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat A roundtrip to downtown Nashville and back is about 14 miles While cruising, enjoy the four large decks, Victorian Theater, live music, food and beautiful scenery along the river.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is located east of Nashville and was the home and surrounding estate of President Andrew Jackson It was a working plantation in its day and now features exhibits of slave life during the 19th century During certain times of the year, tour guides dressed in costumes of the times will tell stories about important events in the life of President Jackson.

Fort Negley

For the military history buffs, this fort built in 1862 on St. Cloud Hill, south of the city center was one of the most important and largest built by Union forces during the civil war Here you can search the Soldier and Sailor Database to learn if and where your ancestors served during the civil war Explore civil war exhibits and take time to see the movie, “The Fall of Nashville” at the movie theater.

Bicentennial Mall State Park & The Parthenon

This 19-acre park is located north of the Tennessee State Capitol Building The park has a River Wall with 31 fountains, one for each of Tennessee’s rivers There are also plenty of ducks to feed, a historic timeline, and a 200-foot granite map of Tennessee Inside the park, is a full size replica of the Greek Parthenon, which houses a 42-foot statue of the Goddess Athena The inside of the Parthenon is the city of Nashville’s art museum.

Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade means, “beautiful pasture,” and is one of the oldest mansions in the city. The plantation is famous for being one of the most successful horse farms of its day With over 5400 acres, Belle Meade was home to two of the most famous racing horses in history: Seabiscuit and Secretariat Although the plantation was never used for growing crops, it was still home to as many as 160 slaves The lives of Bob Green, a well-known horse hand, and Susanna Carter, the mansion’s housekeeper of over 30 years, are both featured at the museum on the grounds.

The Bluebird Café

The Bluebird Café is a legendary spot for new singers and songwriters to introduce their music and new songs to a live audience Musicians perform in “the round” and sometimes include some of country music’s favorite stars Shhhh! The only rule here is to keep quiet during music sets while you chomp on your delicious food.

Episode 3

Rapid City, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of America’s most famous monuments. The faces of four great American Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, are carved in the solid granite mountainside in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota Visit the museum inside the memorial, watch a 13-minute show that tells the story of the making of Mount Rushmore, go to the Grandview Terrace for the best views of the Memorial, or take a hike along the Presidential Trail to get up close and personal to the Fab Four.

Badlands National Park

Although originally named “mako shika” meaning, “the land that is bad,” by The Lakota Indians, the beauty of this place is anything but “bad.” It is awesome! This 244,000-acre park is home to some of the world’s oldest and best mammal fossil beds Enjoy the buttes, pinnacles, gulches, ridges and spires in the scenery, all left behind from millions of years of water erosion The park also contains over 100,000 acres of grassy prairie land, a tipi village, scenic drives, hiking trails, and the Ben Reifel Visitor Center Animals you may encounter in the park include; bison, bighorn sheep, ferrets, antelope, badgers, grouse, rattlesnakes, foxes and plenty of birds to watch If you want to see inhabitants “barking” at each other and protecting their underground tunnel “town,” then visit Robert’s Prairie Dog Town where you can see black-tailed prairie dogs in action.

Crazy Horse Memorial

The Lakota Indians began working on this huge monument to American Indian Chief Crazy Horse in 1948 as a tribute to their chief Although it is still a work in progress, when it is finished it will be the world’s largest sculpture carved in the round at 563 feet high and 641 feet long At the bottom of the mountain, is the Indian Museum of North America, where you can learn about Native American culture.

Presidents Walk

Located in downtown Rapid City, The Presidents Walk is a collection of city blocks with life-size bronze statues of many of our past Presidents The walk is 17 blocks long, with a different President on each corner. Each President is represented in a unique way; some are shown with their children or dogs, some sitting and one even wearing a cowboy hat Find your favorite presidents along the tree-lined streets.

The Journey Museum

The Journey Museum tells the story of The Western Plains, from present day back to the time of dinosaurs The museum is divided into different collections: archaeology, space, paleontology, geology, pioneer days, history of the Lakota nation and western native gardens. To learn more about the history of the Lakota people, stop and listen to the “spirit” storyteller tell tales of the Lakota nation Listen to the Lakota elders share stories about how their people lived, hunted, played and fought.

Custer State Park

This state park is enormous, with over 71,000 acres of forests, grassy prairies, tall mountain peaks and trails You can keep busy for days, kayaking, biking, taking guided nature and wildlife walks with rangers, or fishing in one of the many lakes Over 1500 bison, living in large herds, roam freely in the park. Other wild animals in the park include; deer, antelope, sheep, goats, elk, coyote, prairie dogs, hawks, eagles, squirrels, and chipmunks Take a drive along Needles Highway where you will see granite spires that point to the sky, signifying the beautiful Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway or Wildlife Loop where animal viewing is best.

Wind Cave National Park

Go on a cave tour! This 7th U.S. National Park was the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world and is one of the oldest caves in the world The cave has over 115 miles of explored passageways and 44 miles of underground tunnels and caverns Wind Cave got its name because it is a “breathing cave,” where wind travels in and out of the cave’s openings. At Wind Cave Visitor Center, you can learn about the caves through exhibits and a movie entitled "Wind Cave: One Park, Two Worlds."

Dinosaur Park

Located in Rapid City since the 1920s, Dinosaur Park has seven enormous concrete reproductions of dinosaurs -- all painted green with white bellies. You can climb, slide and hang on them if you choose! The Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops and T-rex are made of iron pipe and concrete and were built during the Depression They are a statewide treasure and are listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

Bear Country USA

Hundreds of bears live on this 250-acre wildlife preserve a few miles from Rapid City. This is the place to see the world’s largest private collection of the North American Black Bear from the inside of your own car Driving through the preserve, you might see wolves, mountain lions, elk, bison, cougar, reindeer, deer, bighorn sheep…all roaming free! After your drive, you can stop at the Wildlife Center and Baby Land to see some bear cubs and other small critters.

Episode 4

Miami, Florida

Everglades National Park

The "glades" are more than 1.5 million acres of grass, tropical foliage, orchids, airplants, coral and salt-water loving mangrove trees. The area is home to rare and endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther and West Indian manatee. The Everglades are the only place on earth where alligators and crocodiles live side by side. Keep your eyes open for seahorses, starfish, conch, tropical fish, sponges, herons, bass, turtles and snowy egrets.

Everglades Alligator Farm

Located within Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, this farm is home to more than 2,000 alligators. While visiting the farm, you can go on an airboat ride and walking tour to spy on alligators, crocodiles, and caimans of all sizes and ages or catch the “Alligator Feeding and a Weird Animal Show.”

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the National Park System. The park is made up of four primary ecosystems: a Mangrove forest along the mainland shoreline, the southern stretch of Biscayne Bay, the northernmost islands of the Florida Keys and the beginning of the third-largest coral reef in the world. More than 360 animal species live in the park including; the West Indian manatee, eastern indigo snake, piping plover, American crocodile, peregrine falcon and five different species of sea turtle.

Crandon Park Beach

This beautiful three-mile stretch of beach is located on the barrier island of Key Biscayne with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and Biscayne Bay to the west. The man-made lagoon style swimming area and the sandbar located offshore makes the water at this beach calm and free from crashing waves. While visiting the park, you can also venture to the coastal dunes and tropical hardwood hammocks that are nesting and feeding grounds for migrating birds, hawks and sea turtles.

Miami Seaquarium

With over a mile of beautiful sandy beach on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs is consistently voted one of the Top 10 Beaches in the United States. This State Park is a great place to kayak, ride bikes or just sit under an umbrella and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Florida, a historic 95-foot lighthouse built in 1825 is located at the southern tip of the park on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. You can climb the 109 steps to the lighthouse watch room for a great view of the beach, watch a 20-minute video on the history of the Lighthouse or take a guided tour of the lighthouse and the keeper's cottage.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

With over a mile of beautiful sandy beach on Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs is consistently voted one of the Top 10 Beaches in the United States. This State Park is a great place to kayak, ride bikes or just sit under an umbrella and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Florida, a historic 95-foot lighthouse built in 1825 is located at the southern tip of the park on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. You can climb the 109 steps to the lighthouse watch room for a great view of the beach, watch a 20-minute video on the history of the Lighthouse or take a guided tour of the lighthouse and the keeper's cottage.

Oleta River State Park

Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River, is home to many activities that you would not expect in the center of Miami! Visitors can kayak or canoe through the pristine mangrove forests, ride the 15 miles of biking trails, swim from a 1200 foot sandy beach or go saltwater fishing. Along the river, you might see dolphin, manatee, hawks or red-bellied woodpeckers.

World & U.S. Chess Hall of Fame

For the true strategists, this museum is a treasure of all things chess. Inside, black and white floors resemble a chessboard, and suits of armor stand next to exhibits along the walls. This is where kids can bone up on chess history and develop their own game. Visitors will experience a chess time tunnel, Hall of Fame induction wall, 25 minute video on chess history, a video on electronic chess history, a giant chess set for the students to play on and other artifacts of chess history including chess sets from all over the world and various periods.

Episode 5

New York City, New York

Times Square and a Broadway Show

Nothing shows the bright flashing lights of New York City like Times Square. The area is filed with large buildings that have enormous television screens on their sides, flashing marquees, television studios, street performers, department stores and Broadway shows. Times Square is one of the centers of activity in New York City and a great place to people watch and observe busy city life Browse through the local paper to check out what is playing at the wonderful Broadway Theaters All kinds of shows, from musicals and dance revues to Shakespeare are playing at any given time.

Central Park

This huge 843-acre park, smack dab in the middle of Manhattan, is one of the most famous parks in the world. It is filled with beautiful lawns, meadows, walking trails and twenty-one playgrounds Inside the park, you will also find dozens of statues, including one of Alice and Wonderland, countless benches, covered bridges, and spectacular fountains The Central Park Zoo, Friedsam Memorial Carousel, The Dairy, Wollman Memorial Rink (ice skating in the winter and carnival rides in the summer) and the Marionette Theater at the Swedish Cottage are all go-to stops If you are looking for a little time near some water, take a 1.58-mile walk around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, watch the swans at The Pond, or rent a rowboat at the 18-acre lake at the Loeb Boathouse.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument

The Statue of Liberty National Monument is one park that includes Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty lives, and the immigration center Ellis Island These two monuments are located in New York Harbor and are visited by taking a ferryboat ride The 305-foot tall Statue of Liberty was given as a gift to the American people over 100 years ago from France as a symbol of friendship After arriving at the 12-acre Liberty Island, take a ranger guided tour, visit the original torch in the museum at the base of the statue, or head up the 168 steps to the observatory or 354 steps up to the crown for some great views of the harbor. Don’t forget to become a junior ranger!

Ellis Island

Collect another Junior Ranger Badge at this important place in United States history Ellis Island was the first stop that people moving to America, from 1892 to 1954, made before entering the United States During those sixty-two years, twelve million people came through the Immigration Center on their way to a new life This National Park has a museum to honor these people and their stories Visitors can view a video, visit the Registry Room, and see the items left behind in the Baggage Room On your way back to the ferry, walk along the Wall of Honor where 600,000 names of immigrants have been engraved in their memory.

Empire State Building

This famous skyscraper was built in 1931 and at 1,454-feet tall (more than a quarter of a mile!) it is the tallest building in New York City A high-speed elevator takes visitors to the 86th floor to the glass-enclosed Observatory in less than one minute On a clear day, you can see all the way around New York City When you are this high in the sky, it is even possible to see five states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts On the open-air walkway, visitors can also use high-powered binoculars to get a closer look at New York’s famous sites.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This huge art museum, two million square feet, is filled with treasures from around the world The Egyptian area is home to mummies and the Temple of Dendur, a real Egyptian temple The Arms and Armor Exhibit shows weapons and armor from the medieval period, steel kimonos and swords of the Japanese Samurai, armor for battle and jousting tournaments and helmets and sabers of the Ottoman Empire Baseball fans will enjoy a stroll through the American Wing with its vintage baseball collection If fashion is your fancy, then go directly to the Costume Institute to see a collection of more than 31,000 costumes and accessories.

American Museum of Natural History

Where do you begin at one of the most wonderful museums in the United States? This museum has forty-six exhibits, thirty million specimens and six halls representing different parts of nature, science and space Inside, visitors can see the biggest dinosaur collection in the world, a 94-foot blue whale, a giant squid hanging from the ceiling, beautiful gems and minerals, tons of amphibians and reptiles, meteorites, and Totem poles of Northwest Coast Indians Replicas of animals in their natural setting, such as mountain gorillas, African elephants, African buffaloes, cheetahs, black rhinoceroses, leopards, chimpanzees and African lions are some of the most popular spots in the museum Stars and galaxies are explored in the Earth and Space Center and at the IMAX show in the Hayden Planetarium.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is the busiest railway station in the United States. The building, originally built in the early 1900s, has grand staircases, a map of the stars and constellations on the ceiling with twinkling electric lights, huge archways, a four-faced clock above the information booth and a Whispering Gallery. The train station is a wonderful place to admire the hustle and bustle of big city life (500,000 people use it daily) Train lovers will enjoy walking downstairs to the underground tunnels to admire the fourty-four platforms and sixty-seven tracks which service the daily trains.

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883 and connects New York City with Brooklyn. From high above the East River you’ll be able to see incredible views of New York City, including the Empire State Building, Lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty When completed in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world with a span that reached 1,596 feet. Five thousand pedestrians and 2,500 bicyclists commute daily across the Brooklyn Bridge on the raised pedestrian wooden “boardwalk.” The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge takes about twenty minutes—not including stops for picture taking.