Take Your Pick
Bartlesville, OK
The Woolaroc Airplane
Woolaroc - Woolaroc is a concatenation of three words, WOOds, LAkes, and ROCks, all features that make up the rugged Osage Hills of Northeastern Oklahoma. The name was given to this 3,700 acre wildlife reserve, Western Museum and Rustic Lodge by Frank Phillips (1873-1950) the founder of Phillips Petroleum. In the museum is a fantastic collection of western paintings, artifacts and sculptures all housed in a spacious and inviting structure. For firearm enthusiasts, Woolaroc has the finest collection of Colt Firearms in the world. This is one of my favorite museums in the nation.
Las Vegas, NV
Party Under the Lights
Fremont Street Experience - Downtown Las Vegas with the Fremont Street Experience is one of my favorite places in Sin City. It is comprised of a number of relatively smaller hotels, The Golden Nugget, The Plaza, Fitzgerald's, Binions, etc., and has an "old Las Vegas" feel to it. The buffets and restaurants, shows, deep fried Twinkies and drinks are all a little less expensive down here. But the main attraction of downtown is the 1,500 foot long, 90 foot tall, lighted canopy that dazzles the crowds with many a fantastic light and sound show each night. This is the world's largest screen and contains over 12 million LEDs which can display 16.7 million color combinations. Don't miss this on your next Vegas trip.
Memphis, TN
Still the King After All These Years
Graceland - Elvis may have left the building, but Graceland still looks the way it did when he left. The King lived in this 23 room, 17 acre estate 20 years, from 1957 until his death in 1977. Now, between half a million and a million visitors tour the mansion each year. The tour which starts across the street from Graceland, takes you through the first floor of the house and then to the basement. After that you see the infamous "jungle room" with its green shag carpeted floor and ceiling, ceramic monkeys, and tacky furniture. Then in the trophy room and what once was a racquetball court, are gold records, jumpsuits, movie posters and everything Elvis. There is something here for the diehard Elvis fan and the casual listener.
New Orleans, LA
The Best Party in the USA
Mardi Gras - The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to Roman times, but it was first celebrated in Louisiana starting in the early 1700s. The festivities begin on January 6th, the first day of Carnival, with the partying continuing and gaining momentum through Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Groups known as "Krewes" put on lavish masked balls and create floats to disseminate their throws (ornate necklaces, doubloons, beads and medallions). There is no bigger party in America than Mardi Gras' Fat Tues. Hundreds of thousands of people swarm to the French Quarter for one last night of debauchery before giving it all up for Lent. It is amazing. Something that kept this sock monkey away for many years was the fear of crime. Although it is chaos, it is a controlled chaos, with police everywhere keeping it safe. So, be not afraid, and I will see you there party monkey.
Panama City Beach, FL
My Favorite Beach
Spring Break - Every year hundreds of thousands of college students spend their annual Spring Break in Florida and one of the most popular places to go is Panama City Beach (PCB). Night clubs feature rock stars, the beaches are full of bikini clad co-eds, and the warm Florida sun warms the soul after a long hard winter. Before, during and after Spring Break PCB is this monkey's favorite beach. As far as you can see in either direction is glistening white sand caressed by the cool blue waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, restaurants and entertainment are only a short walk away on Beach Road.
San Simeon, CA
Spend the Entire Day Touring
Hearst Castle - Built by millionaire newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), the palatial Mediterranean-style Hearst Castle is one of California's greatest treasures. Four structures make up the living areas of the estate, three guest-houses (Casa del Sol, Casa del Mar, and Casa del Monte) and the main house Casa Grande. Various tours are offered of the estate featuring the fantastic statue-lined outdoor Neptune Pool, the Italian spa inspired indoor Roman Pool, a 50 seat indoor theater, and detailed carvings and stunning artwork throughout the castle. Evening tours are "living history" experiences with period-dressed actors interacting with guests.
St Louis, MO
The Gateway Arch
Gateway Arch - The Gateway Arch is not only one of the most widely recognized National Monuments in the U.S., it is also the tallest. The glistening stainless steel symbol of westward expansion stands an impressive 630 feet tall. Completed in 1965, this 17,000 ton structure attracts more than a million people to the top of its indoor observation area every year. Trams on either side of the arch whisk people to the top for one of the best views of the city. And speaking of westward expansion, at the base of the arch is the Museum of Westward Expansion, with exhibits of Lewis and Clark's 1803-1806 expedition. As impressive the arch is during the day, it is even more so at night.
Washington, DC
Me and President Lincoln
Lincoln Memorial - The Lincoln Memorial is a Socko favorite among the Washington DC monuments. Located on the west end of the National Mall the memorial was built to honor our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The structure was designed in a Greek revival style which is surrounded by 38 fluted columns and contains a 19 foot high statue of Lincoln. It's situated at the far end of the large reflecting pool and has been a gathering point for many political rallies. The most famous of these gatherings was by Martin Luther King when he gave his "I have a dream speech".
White Sulphur Springs, WV
One of the Best Places I've Stayed
The Greenbrier - Two words best describe The Greenbrier Resort, opulence and intrigue. The property began its storied history with the first recorded use of the White Sulphur Spring that flows beneath the Springhouse in 1778. After that cottages were built around the Springhouse and in the 1850s The Grand Central Hotel opened. We now find a gorgeous 4 star hotel, with a spa, professional golf course, horseback riding, its own bowling alley and casino. That would be enough to attract any visitor, but there is something hidden beneath the hotel. In the late 1950s an underground bunker was built by the federal government that served as an emergency relocation center for members of Congress. The shelter was discovered in 1992 and now any monkey can tour it. Come see the shelter and definitely stay the night.
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Our First National Park
Yellowstone National Park - On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S Grant restricted settlements and the sale of land in the region by signing into law a bill that created the nation's first national park. Yellowstone National Park is not only the first national park, but it is this monkey's favorite. What makes it so great is that it has everything, gorgeous mountain views, cascading waterfalls, tumbling rivers, mirrored lakes, erupting geysers, bubbling mudpots, gorgeous canyons, steaming hot springs and wondrous wildlife. The entire area is on an active volcanic plateau and there is no other place like it in the world.