I am planning a trip to USA from late January 2006 for 4-6 weeks starting in Newy York. I want to set myself 10 adventures of things to see or do! i.e rock climbing in..... white water rafting in..... see various famous sights and unusual local sights!!
Can anyone help build my unusual list?!??
The Mustard Museum in Mt. Horeb (aka. Mount Horrible). That's definitely unusual and good fun, too...
I would suggest dog sledding somewhere, perhaps in the mid-west. Most people find them dull, but I like mid-western cities like St. Louis and Omaha. Cheap beef in Omaha. This site has a lot of sled dogging links.
St. Louis is also worth the trip to see the Gateway Arch.
For whitewater rafting in January, you'll have to head pretty far south to find something that isn't too cold. Maybe Arizona or New Mexico.
Colorado or Utah would be a good place to do skiing, snowboarding or ice climbing.
Mustard Museum, that sounds interesting! will note that one, thanks!
The Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin should not be missed! (If you blink too long, you'll miss Mount Horeb too!) It's located on the main street (aka: the Trollway - decorated with several carved wooden trolls). No, I am not kidding - ask Pardus - he saw them!
And, while you are in the vicinity, make a stop at the Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. It's a small cave but it is really interesting. There is a separate cave inside the main one and each has it's own "heartline". You'll also get to see "Polly the Parrot" glow in the dark.
Cave of the Mounds
Both attractions are close to Madison, Wisconsin, which is very ecclectic. It is home to the University of Wisconsin and is the state capital. If you like Caribbean food - stop for dinner at Jamerica on Williamson Street. It is owned by Martin Deacon, who is originally from Port Antonio, Jamaica. Again, ask Pardus - he loved their Jerk Chicken - or was it Jerk Pork... I had the BBQ ribs. (It's our favorite place to eat in Madison.)
I suggest you do your rock climbing in the Moab area (Canyonlands National Park).
Here's a link for various companies that arrange rock-climbing exhibitions:
As for white-water rafting, I don't know of anyone that does this in the US in January--it's just too cold everywhere.