Two Guys & a Map - Cultural Landmarks


Graceland

The Grand Canyon

New Orleans Jazz Fest



There are three factors that we use to choose where we go on Two Guys trips. First and foremost is ballparks. But it's not just about baseball. Another factor is the chance to see friends and family. Lastly, wherever we've gone, we've tried to soak up some local culture. Here's a list of those sites that we've seen along the way.


Cultural Landmark

What It Is

Location

Year Visited

Art Institute of Chicago

The home of 'American Gothic', 'Nighthawks' and much, much more

Chicago, IL

1990, 2007

The Hockey Hall of Fame

A celebration of all things hockey.

Toronto, Ontario

1994

CN Tower

The tallest structure in North America

Toronto, Ontario

1994

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Harry S. Truman's home

Independence, MO

1996

Harry S. Truman Library

Official Presidential Library, dedicated to the Presidency of Harry S. Truman

Independence, MO

1996

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Museum dedicated to preserving the history of African-American baseball

Kansas City, MO

1996

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

A wide ranging collection of art, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary

Boston, MA

1998

Miller Brewing Company Tour

A short tour of Miller's factory

Milwaukee, WI

1998

The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame

Over 150,000 square feet dedicated to rock 'n' roll music

Cleveland, OH

1998, 2004

The Great Lakes Science Center

Very fun, hands-on science museum

Cleveland, OH

1998

The Johnson Space Center

The home of Mission Control

Houston, TX

2000

The Sixth Floor Musuem

Site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Dallas, TX

2000

CNN Center

Tour the headquarters of CNN, including the TV studio

Atlanta, GA

2000

The Queen Mary

Famous ocean liner, now a hotel

Long Beach, CA

2002

Universal Studios Hollywood

Amusement park and tour of movie sets

Los Angeles, CA

2002

Hearst Castle

The unbelievable home of William Randolph Hearst

San Simeon, CA

2002

Alcatraz

The infamous prison

San Francisco, CA

2002

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

A museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art

San Francisco, CA

2002

Independence Hall

Where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the U.S. Constitution drafted

Philadelphia, PA

2004

The National Constitution Center

Dedicated to the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees

Philadelphia, PA

2004

The Liberty Bell

An iconic symbol of the United States

Philadelphia, PA

2004

Oktoberfest

The largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States

Cincinnati, OH

2004

The Pro Football Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame and museum dedicated to professional football

Canton, OH

2004

The Motown Museum

Hitsville U.S.A., where hundreds of hits were recorded

Detroit, MI

2004

The Surf Ballroom

Site of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper's last show

Clear Lake, IA

2006

Field of Dreams

The site where the movie was filmed

Dyersville, IA

2006

Snake Alley

The crookedest street in the world

Burlington, IA

2006

Mark Twain Boyhood Home

Mark Twain's boyhood hometown sites plus museum

Hannibal, MO

2006

St. Louis Art Museum

The home of 'Sea Captains Carousing In Surinam'

St. Louis, MO

2006

Graceland

The home of The King

Memphis, TN

2006

Sun Studios

The studio where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and many others got their starts

Memphis, TN

2006

The Peabody Hotel

Home of the marching ducks

Memphis, TN

2006

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Museum with a broad overview of the great music that has come out of Memphis

Memphis, TN

2006

National Civil Rights Museum

Located in the former Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, a great museum chronicling the Civil Rights movement

Memphis, TN

2006

STAX Museum of American Soul Music

Museum devoted to the wonderful soul music record label STAX, home of Booker T. and The MGs, Otis Redding and many others

Memphis, TN

2006

Millenium Park

Park with many artworks on display

Chicago, IL

2007

Carl's Frozen Custard

Great soft ice cream stand with an Art Moderne architectural facade, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The place to go after your ballgame is cancelled due to a bomb threat.

Fredericksburg, VA

2007

Balboa Park

The nation's largest urban park, home to many museums

San Diego, CA

2008

The San Diego Zoo

Large zoo with over 800 species of animals including Giant Pandas

San Diego, CA

2008

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

The world's largest operating model railroad museum

San Diego, CA

2008

U.S.S. Midway

The longest serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th Century

San Diego, CA

2008

Coit Tower

Great views of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

2008

The Museum of Flight

Great flight museum at Boeing Field

Seattle, WA

2008

Underground Tour

An irreverant history of Seattle (and it is literally underground)

Seattle, WA

2008

Experience Music Project

A more hands-on museum than the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame

Seattle, WA

2008

Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Honoring the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy's greatest creators.

Seattle, WA

2008

Pike Place Market

Farmer's market, craft shops and flying fish

Seattle, WA

2008

The Space Needle

The symbol of Seattle, great views even on a cloudy day

Seattle, WA

2008

The National Baseball Hall of Fame

Every baseball fan should visit this at least once

Cooperstown, NY

2009

Cooperstown Brewing Company

A small brewery with baseball themed beers

Milford, NY

2009

The Cooperstown Blues Express

Ride through the New York countryside on an open train car while a blues band plays

Milford, NY

2009

Howe Caverns

Underground caverns, 156 feet below the surface

Howes Cave, NY

2009

Big Pink

Former home of 3 members of The Band, Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' collaboration with them recorded here

Woodstock, NY

2009

Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble

Concerts at the late, great Levon Helm's home

Woodstock, NY

2009

The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame New York Annex

Short lived New York City annex to Cleveland's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Closed in 2010

New York, NY

2009

Devil's Rope Museum/Route 66 Museum

"Get hooked on barbed wire"

McLean, TX

2010

Cadillac Ranch

Roadside art installation, they are no longer shiny and black

Amarillo, TX

2010

Petrified Forest National Park

Amazing fossils and trees that look like stone

Petrified Forest, AZ

2010

The Grand Canyon

A wonder of nature, it is indeed a grand canyon

Grand Canyon, AZ

2010

Mohave Museum of History and Art

Dedicated to preserving the heritage of Northwest Arizona

Kingman, AZ

2010

Science Museum of Minnesota

Great science museum on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. We were lucky enough to be there while they had portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls on display

St. Paul, MN

2010

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Museum detailing Birmingham's vast involvement in the Civil Rights Movement

Birmingham, AL

2012

Kelly Ingram Park

Walking tour in and around a gathering place for marches in Civil Rights era Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

2012

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Small museum dedicated to famous Alabama jazz musicians

Birmingham, AL

2012

Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park

Small park dedicated to Birmingham native member of The Temptations

Birmingham, AL

2012

Vicksburg Battlefield Park

Site of a significant moment in the Civil War, includes a recovered and restored ironclad river boat

Vicksburg, MS

2012

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

The longest bridge over water in the world

Metairie, LA

2012

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Walking tour of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

2012

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Great, great music festival

New Orleans, LA

2012

Multnomah Falls

The 2nd tallest year round waterfall in the U.S.

Portland, OR

2014

Redwood Forest National Park

Majestic trees

Crescent City, CA

2014

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Terrific sea life

Monterey, CA

2014

Yellowstone National Park

A natural wonder

Yellowstone National Park, WY

2016

Little Bighorn Battlefield

Site of Custer's Last Stand

Crow Agency, MT

2016

Crazy Horse Memorial

Statue carved out of a mountain

Crazy Horse, SD

2016

Mount Rushmore

THE statue carved out of a mountain

Keystone, SD

2016

McGovern Legacy Museum

The lifetime works of Senator George McGovern

Mitchell, SD

2016

Paisley Park

The home and studio of Prince (we got as far as the fence)

Chanhassen, MN

2016



Big Pink 16th St Baptist Church Barbed Wire Museum Liberty Bell

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Sun Hitsville USA STAX

Flight Museum, Seattle, WA Civil Rights Museum Johnson Space Center

Hannibal, MO Space Needle Hearst Castle Alcatraz Truman House

Our most recent trip was in 2016, The Way Out West Tour. For a complete list of parks we have visited, check out our Two Guys and a Map Ballpark Scorecard.

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Prelude - The 1979 World Series
1990 - The Windy City Tour
1991 - The Lost In Cleveland Tour
1994 - The Great Lakes Tour
1996 - The Midwest Tour
1998 - The Two Guys & a Mapholder Classic Ballparks Tour
2000 - The Y2K Southern Tour
2002 - The Midlife Crisis Tour
2004 - The Days of Awe Tour
2006 - The Life on the Mississippi Tour
2007 - The Sunshine State Mini Tour
2007 - The Close To Home Tour
2007 - The Midwest Mini Tour



2008 - If It's Tuesday, This Must Be The Giants Tour
2008 - The Big Apple Mini Tour
2008 - The Touch 'em All Tour
2009 - The Empire State Tour
2010 - The Riding In Ron's Car Tour
2012 - The Jazz Fest Tour
2014 - The Contiguous Completion Tour
2016 - The Way Out West Tour

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