New Book For Children Encourages Nationwide Travel

50 Cities BookExplore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food and monuments.

A fun book to read about cities you have already been to as well as those you would like to explore.  Sit with the family and plan your next vacation or be inspired to visit a city you weren’t planning on.  We loved the illustrations and the highlight of “famous” people who did amazing things and hail from the city featured.  We are getting ready to head to Chicago for a quick turn around trip and found the “day in the city” helpful in planning our trip.

For example — in New Orleans, did you know?

  • City Park is one of the U.S.’s largest urban parks and has a carousal, putt putt, and botanic garden growing Romanesco cauliflowers within its 1,300 acres.
  • In 1815, a New Orleans dentist recommended his patients use a thin silk thread to clean between their teeth—smile!
  • Gambit, the fictional X-Men superhero with a Cajun accent who throws exploding playing cards is a NOLA native.
  • Louis Armstrong Park was home to NOLA’s first jazz festival in 1970 and is named for one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, a local trumpet player.
  • The St. Charles Streetcar has been running since 1835, making it the longest operating streetcar lines in the world.

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For each city, the book also shows kids tons of things to do in each city. For example, as featured in “Milwaukee.”

9 AM Start the day with gooey cheese curds famous for squeaking when you bite into them.

10 AM See the moveable sunscreen of the Burke Brise Soleil at The Milwaukee Art Museum. This moveable sunscreen has a 217-foot wingspan unfolds and folds twice daily.

11 AM Ride the world’s only polka escalator at the Wisconsin Center—just push the button to be accompanied by polka music on your way up or down!

12 PM Hunt for the Bronze Fonz along the Milwaukee Riverwalk. This statue honors the fictional Arthur Fonzarelli, from Happy Days, a 1970s sitcom set in Milwaukee.

1 PM Feast on a salad containing the state flower, wood violet, whose leaves are edible and have three times as much vitamin C as oranges.

2 PM Check out the 22-foot model of the Graf Zeppelin II, a German rigid airship build after World War I, at the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum.

3 PM Visit Uihlein Soccer Park and finesse your power kick like Wisconsin target forward Sarah Hagen.

4 PM Tour the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, where you can see poop recycled to be reused…as fertilizer.

5 PM Type a letter to a friend; after all, the modern typewriter was invented in Milwaukee in 1868. It was so big that some called it “a cross between a piano and a kitchen table.”

6 PM Buy some essentials at Kohl’s, which was first started at a grocery store in Milwaukee in 1946.

7 PM For dessert, choose between two local favorites: the Danish kringle, a pastry with fruit or nut filling, or yolky frozen custard.

8 PM Read the award-winning The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, who was born in Racine and now lives in Madison.