If you are interested in checking it out closer, there is a tiny kayak rental place down along the water called eNRG Kayaking. It is affordable, and you get to explore the river and the falls all you want (I think the min. is an hour rental). The abandoned factory on the island next to the falls is also seriously interesting to get closer to and have a look at. Very mysterious and intricate.
Try not to touch the Arch in the middle of the summer... it gets hot... :P
This is a great little find in NYC. I happen to live in the area, but it is a little out of the way unless you are in upper Harlem/Washington Heights for some of the other things it has to offer.
The walk to the lighthouse is very nice, and on your way you will have some spectacular views of both New Jersey, as well as New York City downtown. Once you get to the lighthouse it is very cool to see its tiny size in contrast to the giant George Washington Bridge looming over it. It is both the tiniest, and the last lighthouse left on the island of Manhattan. There were NO people when I went to see it, just one guy sleeping on the rocks at the base. (and for those of you that know Manhattan... there are never no people...)
Huh, I went to this college and had NO IDEA...
For anyone who was confused like I was: This is the "Swan" house from the movie Twilight.
There are also a few ghosts of sailors. The Lady who used to run the place (might still, I am not sure) used to refer to them lovingly as "the boys". I had the opportunity to sit down on a private tour of the building (was checking it out for an event) and play on their beautiful grand piano for the boys. Apparently they like that ;)
The building itself is absolutely gorgeous, and well worth a look if you are anywhere close. Events are still often put on here, as well as some pretty great concerts from time to time. You can also rent it out for private events such as weddings or receptions.
The Ghost story:
Animal style everything! I've traveled the world, and tasted my fair share of burgers. I will always hold a special place for In N Out.
This place was the highlight of our cross country trip. Not only cool because Shawshank Redemption was filmed here (and if you've seen it, you will recognize it all) but also because of the sordid history of the penitentiary itself (sketchy prison guard practices, haunted chapel, malpractice in the infirmary, etc).
If all that didn't make the place cooler, walking around on your own is the best. Sometimes you find yourself in a section of the prison all alone, and it is at those times when you come to fully appreciate how cool this location is. There are so many cool, creepy nooks and crannies around the place, and you feel very free to explore.
You really just need to go see this place. It is the perfect amount of abandoned mixed with curated information you will find around. The town of Mansfield itself, though, just so you know... it's a little sketchy *cue banjo music and tumble weed* -- It is also located next to the current reformatory, but the good thing: Lots of parking available ;)
Also, if you go and they still have them: go to the gift shop and check out the cool random books they have that were used as props in the Shawshank Redemption. I bought a big old bright blue one, super old book about biology. I still need to re-watch the library part of the movie a million times to find it's on-screen debut... but just having it is pretty fun ;)
I really loved visiting this ranch! It wasn't even that far off the highway, so it was quite an easy stop.
We stopped on a roadtrip, so had forgotten the time change. Got here at what we thought was 15:50, turned out to be 16:50 and we only had 10 minutes before they closed! Staff was cool and let us go through the house, regardless of the time (we were still limited to 10 minutes... when they close they close). We were quick, and saw everything inside. They then let us wonder around on the property. The house is super cool, and filled with classic furniture and loads of information. There is also a documentary room that we were unable to check out due to time constraints.
The coolest part, though, I think we missed. There is apparently a Buffalo out back in the stables. We were heading that way to go see her when we saw the groundskeeper locking it up. We missed out, but you don't have to! It really is a cool house and nice property; if you are in to the wild west, you have to go see this place.