It's easy to blow off tourist attractions as things to avoid if you are trying to discover something authentic about a place. While this is certainly true in the midst of the summer months, when the opportunity arises to explore these same attractions in the off-season, it's a different experience entirely.
The passerby made this shot for me.
My wife Linda and I gave up the familiar comforts of a house a few years ago and have been traveling on the road in a motorhome ever since. For the record, we don't miss our house one little bit. This lifestyle affords us opportunities to explore this wonderful and beautiful country.
View of the arch from the Mississippi River.
As I write this, the popular sight-seeing months are fading as the vivid colors of fall reveal themselves. While many people go back to their regular lives, we have the great fortune to travel about the States and get up close and personal with some of the most amazing sights. The best part is that we don't have to fight the crowds and we have a rare opportunity to experience breathtaking views in a much more intimate setting.