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Uniquely American

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Uniquely American

My German relatives are visiting next week and I would like suggestions about places or attractions that are uniquely American for them. Food suggestions would be good too--considering that one of them is a vegetarian. Thanks so much!

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If you're bringing them to Dayton, how about the Air Force Museum? The IMAX theater has some awesome shows, underwater and nature shows, check their site and see what they offer, it's a thought.

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Carillon Historical Park in Dayton is extraordinarily good. Not only does it house the world's first airplane, but it has other great exhibits and the largest carillon in Ohio. Consider visiting it when you can hear the carillon.

The first airplane isn't the Wright Flyer in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. That plane was only a powered glider. At Carillon Historical Park is the first plane capable of take-off, landing, in-air maneuver and sustained flight. It was perfected in Dayton after the Kitty Hawk glider tests.

The Wright test field at Huffman Prairie Flying Field is where aviation was born. If the Wrights had rested on their accomplishment at Kitty Hawk, they would have been a mere footnote to history, rather than acclaimed inventors and pioneers.

After visiting Dayton's Aviation Heritage National Historical Park's other venues, be certain to include Huffman Prairie Flying Field as your last stop. You'll know by then that you're walking in the footsteps of not only self-taught geniuses, but also of great and fearless adventurers.

The U.S. Air Force National Museum in Dayton is gigantic and admission is free. Plan to get there early and to stay the entire day. It's the oldest and largest military air museum in the world, and it contains many German planes. Its exhibits are superb, including a collection of presidential airplanes through which visitors can walk.






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They just opened a new vegan restaurant in the Food Court at the Dayton Mall-I think it is called The Loving Dish.

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If they tire of American food, they may like the Amber Rose which specializes in Eastern European food.

They might try Skyline or Gold Star Chili which is a unique type of Chili favored in the Cincinnati area (and now Dayton).


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There's a wonderful restaurant in Yellow Springs, The Winds, which regularly has a vegetarian entree or two from which to choose (some vegan). You can check their menu for choice while they are in town, http://www.windscafe.com/

While we are particularly fond of the Aviation Heritage sites and Air Force Museum listed above, a few interest specific stops which may appeal are The Packard Museum, located downtown in Day (http://www.americaspackardmuseum.org/), be sure to check hours directly, they are not open every day; and if you live south of town perhaps a trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati (http://www.freedomcenter.org/)

BTW, if you want to tour the Air Force One exhibit (presidential planes) at the Air Force Museum, you need to ask right as you enter for an additional ticket and tour reservation. Doesn't cost to see it, but you do need a reservation.

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