Aussie traveling through US - where to visit


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jrckelley
February 3, 2012, 03:16 AM
Hi Guys,

long time reader (dont post much -mainly on an aus board) but i enjoy reading about things I cant own. That being said, Australia aint as bad as you probably imagine regarding owning guns. If your committed and willing to jump through some hoops, you can still get pretty much any pistol and any rifle excluding semi auto centre fire (there is even an avenue for that - however due to import restrictions (ie supply constraint) they are priced like your NFA item. $10,000+ for a semi ar15 - so no point for me at the moment). I am just finishing a 12foot x12 foot concrete strong room for my collection if thats a guide to my own items.

any ways, I will be travelling through the US at the end of april and was hoping to visit some places of note, regarding firearms (in the same way i'll be visiting car museums, famous food outlets, national parks and bars - basically stuff that appeals to me).

Last trip I stopped by the machine gun range in Vegas vbut I am looking to go beyond that this time (although i love wearing my bullet riddled t-shirt at inappropriate times).

Are there any good museums to visit (like the Royal Armouries in leeds england) or do any of the manufacturers have museums?

I am also thinking of doping by the Rocky Mountain Machine Gun Shoot if it ends up going ahead (similar to knobb creek which has unfortunately been cancelled).

If any one has any recommendation of good ranges to go where i can have a go of some unique items, that would be much appreciated (a 1000 yard range for a 50 would be nice).

I am traveling from the 21st of April and I will be covering alot of ground by car. I am pretty flexible with my plans. Broadly speaking i will be driving from LA to Chicago then down to Arkansas then back to LA (stopping along the way).

I know I am asking for a fair bit of info and I appreciate any feed back. I cant get enough of the US. I have been all over the world and the US (particularly the people) cant be beat (beside AUS of course).

cheers,

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maskedman504
February 3, 2012, 03:22 AM
Corvette Museum and a build plant- Bowling Green Kentucky

I got a tour of the build plant, went to the museum and they let me start a 'Vette and drive it off the assembly line.

ArmedLiberal
February 3, 2012, 04:38 AM
John M. Browning Museum in Ogden, UT, just North of Salt Lake City.

You must see Yosemite if you haven't already. Awe inspiring.

How about the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody, Wyoming

http://www.bbhc.org/

mnrivrat
February 3, 2012, 05:30 AM
Cody Firearms Museum in Cody. WY

critter
February 3, 2012, 07:16 AM
Second the Cody museum. You could spend a couple of days!

Ed4032
February 3, 2012, 08:13 AM
The WW II Pacific War museum in Fredricksburg Texas. Adm Nimitz home town.

armarsh
February 3, 2012, 08:39 AM
Another vote for the Cody Museum. As a plus you can see Yellowstone Park.

lowerunit411
February 3, 2012, 08:50 AM
you might consider the jm davis gun museum in claremore oklahoma...it is the largest private gun collection in the world (so they say)...lots of western historical stuff there too.

MJD
February 3, 2012, 08:54 AM
New Orleans is a pretty good drive from Arkansas, but it is home to the National WW2 Museum, which is quite an experience from both a historical and weapons perspective. If you have the available time, it is well worth the visit.

parsimonious_instead
February 3, 2012, 09:17 AM
Hi Guys,


Last trip I stopped by the machine gun range in Vegas vbut I am looking to go beyond that this time (although i love wearing my bullet riddled t-shirt at inappropriate times).

Are there any good museums to visit (like the Royal Armouries in leeds england) or do any of the manufacturers have museums?

I am also thinking of doping by the Rocky Mountain Machine Gun Shoot if it ends up going ahead (similar to knobb creek which has unfortunately been cancelled).



cheers,

There are at least two places other than "The gun Store" in Vegas you should check out.

As for Knob Creek... the April shoot has been canceled, but there is supposed to be an October shoot - basically due to flooding issues. On various forums I've cautioned people about reserving travel and lodging for April shoots - spring just seems to be a bad time of year for that part of Kentucky.

razorback2003
February 3, 2012, 10:52 AM
If you drive through Waco, Texas the Texas Ranger Museum is there. There is a fake AK 47 at the Bill Clinton Museum Library in Little Rock.

Gregaw
February 3, 2012, 11:02 AM
Here's a thread that lists some other museums:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=538594

You, my friend, are very ambitious! I love it. I've often thought a trip around the USA dedicated to firearms action and observation would be great! Maybe when my sons are old enough to appreciate it will do the same thing! Have fun!!!

Ashcons
February 3, 2012, 11:17 AM
I am not sure what part(s) of Arkansas you are planning to pass through, but there is a shooting range in central AR you may want to contact for information about rentals and a day of private instruction. It's called VETS Shooting Center (http://vetsshootingcenter.com/Home_Page.php). They have an 850 yard range according to their website and they run long-range precision shooting events, though I did not see a .50 on their rental list, and the owner participates in long-range shooting competitions. Might be worth looking into.

lathedog
February 3, 2012, 11:59 AM
I concur with the Browning and Buffalo Bill museums. I have some favorites that might be a little less gun related, but I will share in case you need more stops. I think all of these have websites, so you can search for them on the "interweb" and decide if you want to partake.

From the Cold War:
I just visited the Titan Museum outside Tucson AZ (Suaharita?) and it was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. It is not a long tour but really cool. You can have lunch at the famous El Guero Canelo in Tucson. You can also go see The Thing outside Benson, which will likely be the worst and cheesiest thing you see in the US.

Almost forgot the other big Tucson attraction: The Pima County Air Museum. If you like planes at all this is a must see. Tucson also has a Cavalry museum that I have not been to.

The National Atomics Museum in Albuquerque is another amazing museum, with lots of deactivated but otherwise real nuclear ordnance. Also some planes and missiles. Also informative displays on some scary nuclear weapon related accidents that used to be closely held secrets.

I think it is called the National Radiological Museum in Las Vegas. Mostly focused on testing of nukes. Another fascinating museum.

Back to guns:
Too bad you aren't going farther East. The National Firearms Museum in the basement of the NRA HQ is really quite good. That also puts you close to Gettysburg which has a great museum and is a fascinating tour. When I lived out that way I used to take people on the self-guided battlefield tour in my car; the visitors center sells a very nice audio CD set with maps.

Speaking of AUS, have you been to the Lithgow factory? I went to that museum a few years ago and it is breathtakingly wonderful.

Isaac-1
February 3, 2012, 01:13 PM
I just wanted to second the Titan missle museum, just did it a couple of weeks ago, they have hourly tours on week days, would love to go back some time for the detailed 5 hour tour done about half a dozen times per year. I was lucky to have a former Titan crew member giving the tour, lots of obscure facts. As to the Pacific War museum in Fredricksburg TX, it is worth doing, but I would not make a special side trip for it, Fredricksburg itself is a bit of a tourist destination in the out of the way bed and breakfast kind of way (lots of great German food). Of course if your going to be in that area don't forget to go see the Alamo in San Antonio, or on second thought maybe forget to see it, last time I was there about 15 years ago (the Alamo, not San Antonio), it was packed shoulder to shoulder with tourist.

KodiakBeer
February 3, 2012, 01:22 PM
Tombstone Arizona!

303tom
February 3, 2012, 01:26 PM
My place, I will show you a good time..............And we can plow the froth off a few.

SharkHat
February 3, 2012, 02:37 PM
If you're passing through St. Louis on your way from Chicago to Arkansas, stop and see our Arch. The National Museum of Westward Expansion is located underneath, which is pretty sweet.

paintballdude902
February 3, 2012, 02:53 PM
the wwII museum in new orleans is pretty good. there is the national firearms museum in virginia if you make it that far east. and if you get to ohio stop by dayton and hit up the national air force museum, its pretty awesome

outdoorsman1
February 3, 2012, 02:57 PM
Close To Chicago in West Central Wisconsin...

http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

I have been there a few times... The website does not do it justice...

Literally unbelievable.... Life Changing experiance... HUGE collections of everything and anything in a museum like setting ... Huge collection of very antique firearms...

Let me know if you are thinking about checking it out, with a little advanced knowledge, i would be happy to show you the way.. I live in S.E. WI about 1 hr. from Chicago...

Outdoorsman1

txgunsuscg
February 3, 2012, 02:58 PM
Springfield Armory (the gvmt one, not the company) has a museum in Massachusetts I believe...

SharkHat
February 3, 2012, 03:03 PM
Also, the Rock Island Arsenal Museum in Rock Island, Illinois might be worth a visit.

http://riamwr.com/museum.htm

alsaqr
February 3, 2012, 03:06 PM
you might consider the jm davis gun museum in claremore oklahoma...it is the largest private gun collection in the world (so they say)...lots of western historical stuff there too.

+1
Second the J M Davis gun museum.

nickn10
February 3, 2012, 03:08 PM
JRCkelly

If you are going through Colorado you might give this man a call he has a large range and many weapons including a 50 Barrett and a
Browning machine gun call ahead to verify. It is open to the public. He also has many videos on youtube, check it out.
Nick

1225 Dragonman Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80929
http://dragonmans.com

(719) 683-2200

wannabeagunsmith
February 3, 2012, 03:36 PM
I would suggest you shoot everything you can't shoot over in Aus. Also, if you are able, legally buy and ship an AR-15 back to Australia so you can have one without having to pay $10,000..I am sure there is a way to do that.

redneck2
February 3, 2012, 03:45 PM
Cody Museum and Yellowstone Park.

I'd be tempted to drive north along the Pacific Coast Highway to maybe San Francisco. Ought to take a ride on the cable cars and maybe see Alcatraz. Cut across east and pick up the redwood forests, then go into the Yellowstone area, and catch the Cody Museum. Maybe Deadwood if that's your thing, then eat at The Knuckle Saloon in Sturgis. Then shoot east to to Chicago. On the way you could catch Rock Island. From Chicago go south toward Arkansas.

That's a big loop, maybe 4,000+ miles

Bubbles
February 3, 2012, 03:47 PM
If you find yourself in the DC metro area let us know, and we'll set you up behind a belt-fed machine gun.

Clipper
February 3, 2012, 04:14 PM
If you can make it to Mobile, You can check out 16" rifles on the U.S.S. Alabama...

LY
February 3, 2012, 04:56 PM
Close To Chicago in West Central Wisconsin...

http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

I have been there a few times... The website does not do it justice...

Literally unbelievable.... Life Changing experiance... HUGE collections of everything and anything in a museum like setting ... Huge collection of very antique firearms...

Let me know if you are thinking about checking it out, with a little advanced knowledge, i would be happy to show you the way.. I live in S.E. WI about 1 hr. from Chicago...

Outdoorsman1

I live a couple hours away from the House on the Rock, and I must say it is one of the most interesting places I have been through. But, It will take you a couple hours to see the entire thing!

Panzercat
February 3, 2012, 05:35 PM
If you swing down about Texas and don't plan on hitting africa anytime soon, how about a Texas Safari (http://www.texasexotichunting.net/)? Hundreds of acres devoted to African wildlife as if it were native to the state. Here's a short news piece (http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=119184&page=1) on it. Tour or actually hunt everything from rare Addax to Wildebeast. The cool thing is that your dollars help support species that would otherwise be extinct in the wilds of Africa.

navajo
February 3, 2012, 06:38 PM
Second the Texas Ranger museum.
If time allows, BIg Bend National Park. Beautiful.
Texas A&M University used to have a great gun collection, no idea if the place still does.
Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland has lots of military weapons on exibition.

Funny, both times I was in Austrailia I never thought about museums.

jeepnik
February 3, 2012, 06:54 PM
In LA, the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum is a must see. Located in Griffith Park just of Interstate 5. There's also the Petersen Automotive Museum. That's located near the Farmer's Market, which is a good place to eat.

Jalexander
February 3, 2012, 07:14 PM
I'll third the Texas Ranger Museum and second the Autry museum in LA. The Autry is one of my favorite museums of all time.

James

twofifty
February 3, 2012, 07:21 PM
Join the American Automobile Association (maybe the Aussie equivalent is recognized by the AAA?) and have them mail you a full set of road maps.

The best one for general planning and to get a sense of the country's human and physical geography is the USA one, scale 1/5,702,000. It is lightly shaded for topography and shows major rivers. Includes all roads down to the main State and County level highways. At a glance you can find interesting blacktop alternatives to the 4-lane Interstate Hwy. system.

The AAA also has a four-map larger scale series, with 4x the detail. You will find these useful for general navigation once you're in-country. This is a good one to find decent backroads. Ask for the South-western US map and the North-western US one. Chicago is considered to be on the boundary between east and west, so if you want map coverage east of the Mississippi river, you'll need the North-eastern and South-eastern maps.

The AAA has highly detailed maps for each of the bigger states, or for clusters of smaller ones. They also have specialized maps such as Southern California, Indian Country (a.k.a. the Four Corners part of the Colorado river plateau).

My advice is to wander, follow your nose, stop in the small towns, at country fairs and rodeos, music festivals, demo derbies, museums, national parks. You will find Americans to generally be very welcoming and helpful, particularly so in the boonies.

dagger dog
February 3, 2012, 07:22 PM
The NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico, has 1000 yd rifle ranges, plus just about any other type shooting you can name. They also have camp grounds.

Raton is on the Colorado, N.Mex. border and is in a very spectacular mountainous area.

If your Arkansas trip is anywhere near Hot Springs National Park, try to take a couple hours to look see or a nice thermal bath. it's about 30 miles north west of Little Rock, via I 30 and US Hgwy 270.

Monster Zero
February 3, 2012, 07:23 PM
The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City is worth the trip from anywhere. All kinds of artifacts and history from the American west, including many firearms. My favorite is the collection of authentic American Indian Kachina (sp?) dolls donated by John Wayne.

Try Leo's BarBQue in north Oklahoma City for the real stuff made by the real people.

The H&H indoor gun range in Oklahoma City is a good place to get some rental time in with a variety of handguns and some rifles. First rate operation run by nice folks, just don't forget your visa card.

The 45th Infantry Division (Oklahoma National Guard, the "Thunderbirds" - the legendary American Indian bird that brings the thunder and that no man who has ever laid eyes upon has lived to tell about it. The car came later.) Museum which is just a couple of miles away from the Cowboy Hall of Fame. The German General Kesselring once mentioned another American division as "The best American division, except for the 45th Division." One intriguing item on display there is the mirror taken from Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" crash pad. Say a prayer and cross yourself before taking your turn to look in it.

The University of Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, in Norman, about 30 miles south of Oklahoma City is worth seeing. As long as you're in town, have the best Mexican breakfast you'll ever have in your life at The Diner, in downtown Norman on Main Street. In Oklahoma, particularly in the city of Norman it's considered polite to say "Boomer Sooner" to people. Trust me. :)

Go northeast of Oklahoma City on the old route 66 highway, not the turnpike, to Tulsa to see the Gilcrease Museum. (Many visitors here travel the old route 66, which I assume you're doing if you're traveling from Chicago to LA. Don't miss the flying saucer on the north side of the road in Stroud, Oklahoma.) Not an extensive collection of firearms at Gilcrease, but another world-class collection of American western art and artifacts.

To see firearms, go to the J.M. Davis gun museum in Claremore, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa.

Hmmm... what else...

If you like lap dances and that kind of stuff Dallas is the place to go. Just be careful, don't drink too much, take cash, but not too much, and don't say that I sent you. DON'T say Boomer Sooner to people in Texas.

Magoo
February 3, 2012, 08:05 PM
I'm in for another nod (if you're not already convinced) for Yellowstone and the Cody museum. If I were to recommend anything for someone to see in the U.S., it'd be Yellowstone everytime. The Cody Museum is great even without "the most comprehensive assemblage of American firearms in the world" (from their site).

Drive the Beartooth Highway while you're in the "neighborhood". It's a big and beautiful neighborhood.

The Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway is a nice drive if you make it to that area.

ghostoftheprairie
February 3, 2012, 09:54 PM
It would be worth venturing a li'l farther East to Dayton OH and Wright-Patterson AFB, The USAF Museum is impressive. The Armor Museum at Ft Knox is worth a stop too!!

wannabeagunsmith
February 3, 2012, 10:12 PM
Oh, and also remember to drive on the RIGHT side of the road....:D

outboard
February 3, 2012, 10:49 PM
There is a small car museum in Gateway Colorado. could rout from there through Canyonlands and Arches national parks to the Browning museum in Ogden (?) Utah.

Good travels,
chris

cl4de6
February 3, 2012, 11:12 PM
Well, you mentioned through the US, and most of the posters here suggest the West Coast. How about the East?

Come to Philadelphia and see Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitutional Convention was held. Then hop over the Ben Franklin Bridge and come see the USS New Jersey, the most decorated battleship in Naval history.

Swing up the New Jersey Turnpike, get off at Exit 14B and go to Liberty State Park, where you can see the the Statue of Liberty against the New York Skyline. Take the Lincoln tunnel into New York City. Stop at the Empire State Building and the Ground Zero Memorial.

And if you are here in the summer, PM me. I'll invite you down to the Jersey Shore where you can have Kohr Brother Ice Cream and Johnson's Popcorn on the boardwalk in Ocean City.

parsimonious_instead
February 4, 2012, 12:06 AM
And if you're in NYC, with enough notice you can shoot with me at my range - only a 30-something minute train or car trip from Grand Central.

Hocka Louis
February 4, 2012, 12:17 AM
Cody Firearms Museum in Wyoming is great but unless you are in the area, forget it.

+1 on Springfield Armory Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. It always looks like it is about to close down but it isn't and it is splendid. At least half a day -- they have closed the special tours of the collection behind closed doors.

In the same region is the reknowned Higgins Armor Museum. Worcester, Massachusetts.

The National Firearms Museum (NRA Headquarters, Virginia, across the river from Washington, D.C.). HELLO EVERYBODY!!! Gives the Armouries at Leeds a run for its money. Well, I spend a day per floor at Leeds but you'll probably want the better part of a day at NRA. Yes, in Leeds, the place to go, like you probably, I stay at the Holiday Inn across the mall and am at the museum when they open till they close for days. Taken a class there. I could live in the bookstore alone as long as I get to eat the prepacked sandwiches the two cafeterias sell. Ooo, and the bar/fancy cafeteria! Supposed to go to The Armouries at Portsmouth next tho. :(

United States Army Military Academy -- West Point Museum. Highland Falls, New York. Amazing gun museum.

Frazier History Museum (Louisville, Kentucky) -- it is the US branch of The Royal Armouries and USED to be called the Frazier Historical Arms Museum -- enough said!? between demos and performances of living history the rest of the museum is an all-day event. I spent days here too, like Leeds (almost a floor per day with regular breaks to see the presentations that are so diverse and compelling -- there are quite a few per day and it would take weeks to see them all as they do so many. A truly special place in Western Civilization my friend. I have been introduced to Mr. Frazier by new-found acquaintances who knew of our coming and study there. Am a member of the Museum, and we even sent the living historians there Christmas gifts. They are TRAINING LEEDS how to do what they do!!!

Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal Museum, Armor Park, Confederate Cemetary -- if you're around there.

Fort Ligonier (Western Pennsylvania) Wait till you see the new historic artillery park outside the fortifications and the little modern museum on site too. Very nice.

Fuller Collection at National Park Service Chicamauga and Chatanooga (Tennessee) Battlefield Park -- a gem in the middle of nowhwere (well, sorta). If you are an historic arms guy (primarily US) this is something else. I was at the battlefield on group tour. A fellow tourist mentioned they had some guns there, my being the group gun "expert." I saw a sign about the Fuller Collection. "Claude Fuller, the famous historic arms author by any chance?" I asked a Ranger. Of course: this was his personal, donated, collection. OMG!!! This place brought a tear to my eye, made my heart race, and I was lightheaded all the while I was there. Probably just that I missed lunch, but then I almost missed the bus too... Need to get back there someday. It is not big, but it is dense and rich. I would need a full day there, and a stool to sit at this point. Who even knew this was hidden there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtlUDF8hzIk

FYI, most popular museum in US is the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian on The Mall in Washington, D.C., a majestic town (which might be even better in January 2013). The entire mall and surounding area itself, the architecture and monuments, are art. And some of those monuments should be shared by you too (incl. Vietnam)! Someone mentioned Wright-Pat(terson) AFB Museum -- guy stuff planes and such -- the real deals right there!

flatlander937
February 4, 2012, 12:19 AM
I'm in Dayton, OH, which is not far from Cincinnati... you can't go to Cincy without having a 3-way. :cool:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincinnati_chili




FWIW I went to Australia for nearly 3 weeks back in 2003(?). Had a great time... I got to go to a performance at the Sydney Opera House, travelled to the outback and camped for a few days, went up to Cairns and stayed there for a little while and went to the beach and went snorkeling off of the Great Barrier Reef... and kangaroo tastes great.:cool:



If you time it right(a weekend, and nothing crazy comes up on my end), you're welcome to ride shotgun and do some off roading:cool:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/flatlander757/Jeep%20stuff/Bills%20491%20Offroad%201-15-11/167868_634871400970_50900956_35570486_3197444_n.jpg

edit: And of course you're welcome to shoot anything I own when you visit if everything pans out.

wannabeagunsmith
February 4, 2012, 02:12 AM
^^^^

THAT is a nice Jeep.

MistWolf
February 4, 2012, 02:25 AM
Take the NASA tour at Edwards AFB in California. It's about three hours north of Los Angeles. If you go to the Gene Autry Museum, head up the hill to see the Griffith Park Observatory. They have a good size tesla coil there and a theater with this machine that can show what the stars skies look like at night and they put on a terrific show.

The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona should be a great place to visit. The skies are very clear there and the view of the stars is breathtaking. Of course you'll need to see the Grand Canyon and Sedona while your there.

Halfway between Williams AZ and Grand Canyon is Valle and the Valle Airport has a cool aviation museum. Check to see when the Valle Airshow is on. Often, they have a fellow giving rides in a P51 Mustang at the airshow. Not cheap, but, oh that would something!

Grand Canyon Airlines and Papillion give air tours over the Canyon. It's awesome from the air.

North of the Canyon is Monument Valley. Yes, those rock formations through which Wile E. Coyote chased the Roadrunner through can be found there.

Further north, in southern Utah is Canyonlands. There is Zion National Park, Bridges National Park and up just outside of Moab is Arches National Park. You'll find plenty of petroglyphs left behind by the American Indians and more dinosaur tracks than you can shake a tour map at. Speaking of dinosaurs, you have to see the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding. Blanding also has a great museum about the American Indians and the ruins all about the area called "Edge of the Cedars". Just rent a Jeep, see the sights, then hit the trails. The stark beauty of the area is amazing

CelticArmory
February 4, 2012, 02:25 AM
I know these aren't exactly firearm related but I'm partial to a few neat places. In Colorado there's Garden of the Gods and Royal Gorge. Of course Yellowstone and Devils Tower in Wyoming. The Redwoods in California. Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Hoh Rainforest and Mt Rainier in Washington. Crater Lake Oregon.

Now that the nature things are out of the way the only firearms related stuff I've actually been to was a weapons museum on base at Ft Carson in Colorado when I was living there as a kid and the Weatherby factory store in southern California. I would love to go to Knob Creek for a shoot, but that's just too far and out of my price range.

MistWolf
February 4, 2012, 02:31 AM
Oh, I nearly forgot! Cabella's in Boise Idaho. They have a small museum dedicated to Elmer Keith, one of my favorite gun authors. They have quite a few of Elmer's firearms on display there

Ignition Override
February 4, 2012, 02:37 AM
The WW2 Museum in New Orleans, though quite far from your planned route, is worthwhile.
When we visited about ten years ago, before the enhancements, a guy who steered Higgins landing craft in three invasions of WW2 was discussing it with visitors.
It is doubtful that the gent is still alive, or capable of providing the info, but is still an excellent museum. You might know that the founder wrote "Band of Brothers", among other books. Too bad it can't fit into the trip.

As for wars, I've recently read a bit more about your Aussie soldiers in both WW1 and WW2, and their fighting skill and courage.
US forces were very fortunate to have been in the same theaters with, or maybe near your soldiers, and hope that our guys/gals will be so fortunate in the future.

As for cars etc, there might be a very large private car museum in Las Vegas, but can't remember where I read about it.
Would a diversion to the Grand Canyon be possible? I've met several Aussies on their six-month 'walkabouts' in the 'Eurozone'. They say 'peckish' or 'butcher's hook/crook' (?).

Tim the student
February 4, 2012, 02:40 AM
I'd try to hit up the Rock Island museum, and if you are driving through town (which I would doubt, but maybe) the 5 Sullivan Brothers Veterans Museum in Waterloo Iowa. Not many weapons, but a high quality museum nonetheless. Nice place.

It sure doesn't sound like you will be near by, but there are some good military museums on/near Ft. Bragg North Carolina, should your route change.

http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

I have been there a few times... The website does not do it justice...

Literally unbelievable.... Life Changing experiance

Think pretty highly of it, huh? :D

LY
February 4, 2012, 02:58 AM
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO?

jrckelley
February 6, 2012, 12:52 AM
Wow,

overwhelming responses guys!

I think i am going to have to plug all those things into google maps and see how i can plan my trip around them (including kind offers to meet up) .

I have done both east and west coast previously and have done the NRA museum (and was lucky enough to do the Whitehouse and FBI tours also). I have also done the LA -VEGAS - arizona run befor (boneyard was awsome)

some great suggestions there - right down my alley.

I've got a bit of planning to do, but will come back with a tighter schedule and get back to people that responded with specific offers.

I agree with those that suggested keeping to the back roads and small towns - had some good times following that advice

As mentioned, any one coming to AUs should definitely drop by the lithgo small arms museum (good drive - 2hrs from Sydney - worth a trip)

Thanks again

Diverdave
February 6, 2012, 11:50 AM
jrckelly,
When you get to Chicago, keep going! (just kidding) There is a lot of cool stuff to see and do in Chicago. When you are done there, keep going East to Detroit and visit The Henry Ford Village and Museum. http://www.hfmgv.org/village/index.aspx
The museum is very cool.

repmurcs
February 6, 2012, 11:58 AM
Kentucky is still a good place to visit, Bourbon, Horse Racing (Church Hill Downs), Louisville Slugger Museum, etc. etc. -- Knob Creek is just a topper - Not to mention some of the friendliest people East of the Mississippi.

beatledog7
February 6, 2012, 12:52 PM
The Kentucky Derby, May 5, Louisville, KY. It is a do not miss event!

LT.Diver
February 6, 2012, 01:06 PM
Come to Boston. You can see what high taxes, liberal politics and restrictive gun laws look like. Oh yeah, you're from Austrailia. You've already seen that.

Armchair Bronco
February 6, 2012, 01:37 PM
I've also been to the museum in Cody, Wyoming. But outside of the museum, there isn't much else going on there.

I'd recommend instead that you time a visit to Wyoming to coincide with Frontier Days, either in Cheyenne or in Laramie (where I was born back in the 1960's). Then you can watch rodeos, steer roping, barrel racing, and maybe even a demolition derby or two.

http://www.cfdrodeo.com/

230therapy
February 6, 2012, 02:06 PM
Why not attend a two day defensive handgun or rifle course?

There are many schools around and most, if not all, rent guns and gear.

Tinker
February 6, 2012, 03:50 PM
Only IF you happen to find yourself on Interstate 20, between Atlanta, Ga. and Birmingham, Al., check out the Berman Museum in Annistion, Al. It is located on the same grounds as the Museum of Natural History. The collections at the Berman are heavy with weapons from a private collection. Lots of militaria. Domestic and foreign. I believe the collector was an American military officer.

gym
February 6, 2012, 07:40 PM
Port St. Lucie FL, Navy seal museum.

OkieGentleman
February 6, 2012, 10:39 PM
Just a few sights you can look at in Oklahoma on your way thru.


http://www.thegunmuseum.com/ Worlds largest private collection 13,000 guns

http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/ Super nice everything early morning start all day visit restaurant very good

http://www.oklahomafullauto.com/ Full auto meet w/rentable guns

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/2803951/OK/wyandott/Oklahoma-Machine-Gun-Shoot/oklahoma-full-auto see above

http://www.break.com/usercontent/2007/6/Machine-Guns-Oklahoma-Style-322772 see above

http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/5923 45th Infantry museum

http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/6041 Broken Arrow Civil war

http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/5957 Fort Sill Museum, many on post sights and wild life refuge a few miles north, Geronimo's grave outside town, schedule all day, grab lunch on fly and eat on top of Mnt Scott after you drive up, take binoculars as the impact range for the artillery can be seen and they may be practicing with the 120 mm cannons

PM me and I might be able to take you to Cowyboy as guest if timing right, I am retired so should be able to help you save a few bucks.

zorro45
February 7, 2012, 12:14 AM
I would second the suggestion about Springfield Armory, they have over 40,000 guns in the collection I believe and the building is an excellent example of a pre-industrial revolution manufacturing facility. Also, just a few miles away is Smith and Wesson which has a nice indoor range open to the public, you can rent handguns to be used on the range at a nominal cost. They also have a nice shop there.

Delford
February 8, 2012, 01:25 PM
Tinker (post 59)
If he gets that far he's missed Arkansas :-)

Jrckelly
If you do get that far you may as well go up past the lake to Huntsville and do the NASA tour, then up into Tennessee to Jack Daniels Distillery and Nashville to take the blue line walking tour. Then you can swing back down to Little Rock after eating pulled pork in Memphis, where Graceland would be an entertaining side tour.

Beagle-zebub
February 8, 2012, 02:10 PM
AUGH! You already did the Boneyard! Stole my thunder. :D

The suggestion to join AAA (American Automotive Association), or otherwise, get maps from them, is spot on. You said you've already done the backroads thing before, though, so I'm guessing you've already got a couple AAA maps.

If you do Washington DC again, and you liked the Boneyard, you'll LOVE the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. They've got all sorts of stuff, like the plane that first broke the sound barrier, the capsule from the first moon-landing, the Wright brothers' plane, a bunch of ballistic missiles, and a lot of other cool stuff.

IBEWBULL
February 10, 2012, 05:31 PM
http://www.cabelas.com/

Locations in many states. You can see the weapons that you wish you could have at this price.
I did not see what states you planned on traveling through.
In 1976 I was leaving Virginia and heading west to Oregon. I never got there.
The people , beer and deer in Wisconsin way laid me. I am not a city type person and if good stout beer cheese are on top of your list , well stop in Stevens Point Wisconsin and talk guns and history.

Steve CT
February 11, 2012, 01:10 AM
At least one other mention of this that I saw, but Springfield Armory is excellent. Then about an hour south is the Submarine Museum in Groton, CT with the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, then you're just an hour away from NYC with the 911 Memorial. That's a very full and interesting day.

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