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    New York City

    by Toughluck Written Oct 31, 2013

    Okay, I'm not a big city type. But my brother lives across the River in New Jersey and my son wanted to see New York City. It was a great time. There were even trees, open land and nature preserves. So, it really does have it all. The highlights were 1) a visit to Tyron Park, north along the Hudson River heights, 2) The /233ed2/]Highline Walk up the westside from Gansevorrt (about 12th) to W 30th, 3) the Empire State Building, and Grand Central Station, and rode the %L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/231fc7/?pageNum=2 ]Staten Island Ferry.

    We also visited the Nintendo Store at Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks' Roman Catholic Church, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, and road the Subway everywhere.

    I had visited my brother years ago, when he lived in Brooklyn. Then, we walked into town across the Brooklyn Bridge, down to Federal Hall NM and the New York Stock Exchange and spent time around Battery Park and the World Trade Center, before the attack. There is always a lot of walking, but by locating attractions together, you can take the subway to a convenient location and limit the a mount of walking you'll do.

    View of New York from the Staten Island Ferry Central Park Station, watching for the next train. One World Trade Center (from New Jersey)
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    United States of America

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    Official Name: United States of America; Land Area: 3,717,796 square miles (9,629,000 square kilometers); Population: 311,050,997; Capital: Washington, D.C.; Largest City: New York City

    The Lincoln Memorial is a monument built to honor Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, and generally considered to be the best president in the country's history. It is at the western end of the National Mall, and faces the United States Capitol at the eastern end of the mall.

    The monument was designed by architect Henry Bacon, whose design was inspired by the Doric temples of Ancient Greece. Construction started in 1914 and was completed in 1922. The memorial consists of a large marble hall enclosing a gigantic statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting on an armchair.

    The exterior of the Lincoln Memorial is constructed of Colorado marble, Tennessee pink marble makes up the floor, and the walls are made of Indiana limestone. Materials were used from throughout the United States "to bind up the nation's wounds and care for him who shall have borne the battle." The building is 190 feet (58 meters) long, 119 feet (36 meters) wide, and 99 feet (30 meters) tall. The exterior is surrounded by a peristyle of 36 fluted Doric columns, one for each state in the union at the time of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865.

    The text of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, perhaps the most important speech in American history, is engraved on a wall in the south chamber, and the text of his Second Inaugural Speech is engraved on a wall in the north chamber.

    The Lincoln Memorial has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Mexico

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    Official Name: United Mexican States; Land Area: 761,600 square miles (1,973,000 square kilometers); Population: 113,724,226; Capital: Mexico City; Largest City: Mexico City

    Puerto Vallarta is a small city of about 300,000 inhabitants located on Banderas Bay. (Banderas Bay is one of the largest bays in the world, stretching 26 miles [42 kilometers] from north to south). Puerto Vallarta consists of a pleasant old town situated at the mouth of the Río Cuale, and a modern resort area along the northern beaches. Jungle-clad mountains surround the city, and white beaches stretch around the bay. Nowadays, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations on the Mexican Riviera.

    In the nineteenth century, the site where Puerto Vallarta now sits was established as a point where supplies for silver mines at Cuale and San Sebastian (located inland amid the Sierra Madre Mountains) were loaded and unloaded. At the time, the tiny settlement near the loading docks was called Las Peñas. In addition to the docks, a small fishing industry evolved as part of the town's economy. In 1885, the small port was officially opened to national maritime traffic. And in 1918 it was granted the title of municipality. At the same time, the town's name was changed to Puerto Vallarta, in honor of Don Ignacio L. Vallarta, the governor of Jalisco state.

    Up until the early 1960s, Puerto Vallarta was a sleepy fishing village that was virtually unknown to the outside world. That changed almost overnight when the John Huston movie, Night of the Iguana, starring Ava Gardner and Richard Burton, was filmed just south of Puerto Vallarta in Mismaloya.

    Because Puerto Vallarta is on the Pacific coast, spectacular sunsets over the ocean are common. In the evenings before finding a restaurant, many people sit along the Malecón, or sea wall, watching the sun set over the water.

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    Canada

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    Official Name: Canada; Land Area: 3,851,800 square miles (9,976,000 square kilometers); Population: 34,030,589; Capital: Ottawa; Largest City: Toronto

    Toronto is a pleasant city located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is consistently rated as one of the most livable cities in the world. The population is a cosmopolitan mix of over 100 ethnic groups, and 49 percent of the population was born outside of Canada, making it one of the world's most diverse cities. The city is also Canada's financial, commercial, and cultural center, and is one of the top business centers in the world.

    The area that would one day become Toronto was originally occupied by the Iroquois Indian tribe. Its name probably derives from the Iroquois word, ktaronto, which means "place where trees stand in the water." The Iroquois were later displaced by the Huron tribe.

    In 1720, the French established a fur-trading post at a place that would one day be downtown Toronto. The French built Fort Rouillé at the site of the trading post in 1750, but abandoned it in 1759. In 1763, Canada came under British control. During the American Revolutionary War, there was an influx of British settlers into what is now Ontario as Loyalists fled the United States. Some began to form a settlement on the former site of the French trading post and fort. In 1793, the settlement was established as York, in honor of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Fort York was built at the same time to protect the settlement and the strategic harbor on which it was located. During the War of 1812, American troops captured and plundered York in 1813. Fort York was also burned. In 1834, the City of Toronto was incorporated. The growing town increased in importance economically and politically. It was the capital of Canada twice: between 1849 and 1852, and between 1856 and 1858.

    Nowadays, Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario, and is Canada's largest city, with over 6,330,000 inhabitants in the greater metropolitan area. Its built-up area covers 230 square miles (630 square kilometers).

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    Visit California

    by Navihawk Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I was very fortunate enough to drive through Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and CAlifornia. If you have time on yoru hands, and can spare some gas money. I would recommend that you rent a car and drive through California. A drive along the west coast on your way to Los Angeles is breath taking! Taking the Number one highway, will patch you through some very beautiful breathtaking roads. You will also have to visit, Hearcst Castle, San Simeon, Carmel, San louis Abispo, to mention a few. Get gas for your car early, espcially in major towns as it is cheaper! When you get to LA, you should drive through Bel Air. Beautiful, and there is a great amount of Thai restaurants in hollywood that are to die for. Great food! Malibou beach is also great. try to get there early and leave early as you are bound to be in traffic for at least 3 hours. I even got to see BRUCE WILLIS in a red mustang convertible. Long Beach is also one to see.

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    Visit California

    by Navihawk Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I was very fortunate enough to drive through Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and CAlifornia. If you have time on yoru hands, and can spare some gas money. I would recommend that you rent a car and drive through California. A drive along the west coast on your way to Los Angeles is breath taking! Taking the Number one highway, will patch you through some very beautiful breathtaking roads. You will also have to visit, Hearcst Castle, San Simeon, Carmel, San louis Abispo, to mention a few. Get gas for your car early, espcially in major towns as it is cheaper! When you get to LA, you should drive through Bel Air. Beautiful, and there is a great amount of Thai restaurants in hollywood that are to die for. Great food! Malibou beach is also great. try to get there early and leave early as you are bound to be in traffic for at least 3 hours. I even got to see BRUCE WILLIS in a red mustang convertible. Long Beach is also one to see.

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    White Sands Nat'l Monument

    by TropicGirl77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you find yourself on the southwestern region of the US, take time to visit the White Sands National Monument, just outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico. This is the worlds largest gypsum dune. Plan your activities at this park (a picnic, hike, etc) ... Bring a light jacket, things tend to cool down quite a bit come night fall! Bring your little blue PassPort book for a Nat'l Park stamp!

    White Sands Nat'l Monument
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    Kilauea Volcano

    by TropicGirl77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another fantastic sight to see while in the states (Hawaii is part of North America) is to visit the Kilauea Volcano on the big island of Hawaii. At time of writing, it is our only active volcano, but word has it that Mauna Loa is soon to erupt! Learn valuable facts about the volcano before you visit to make your visit more efffective. Be prepared for rain or drizzle when you visit, but don't let it stop you! Check the website for the various hiking trails ... the park fee ranges from $5 daily to $10 weekly.

    Lava flow from Kilauea Volcano
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  • Shows, concerts, festivals, nightlife!

    by Amanda12345678 Updated Mar 13, 2010

    Hello fellow travellers! Looking for a good tourism website? http://www.infotouriste.ca ! It’s a great way to find out which shows, concerts, festivals are going on! With full descriptions, ticket prices, important dates and more, you’ll find exactly what you need! And if you’re wondering which clubs are hot right now, visit http://www.infonightclub.ca for pictures, events, guestlists and surprises!

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    Route 66

    by TravelPutt Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    The historic Route 66 starts in Chicago, Illinois and traverses south west through 8 states all the way to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. Hire a car and take at least a week to stop at various towns along the way making time for highlights like catching some live blues at 'Buddy Guy Legends' in Chicago, and to stand on a corner in Winslow Arizona... (Take it EASY!) Indulge in a frozen yoghurt at Ted Drews in St. Louis or beef up your cholesterol with an authentic Corn Dog from 'Cozy Dog' in Springfield. Route 66 is a journey of sights, sounds, history and culture along the mother road of the United States. A detailed map with dozens of important stops along the way including iconic diners, landmarks and a range of accommodation see the free guide on UrWurld.com

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    Top Ten Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples

    by lifelovebeauty Updated Jun 30, 2009

    Sometimes taking a weeklong vacation isn’t an option. That’s when a romantic weekend getaway can really do the trick to recharge your batteries and reignite the spark that brought you together. No matter where you live, there’s bound to be dozens of wonderful places where you can enjoy a romantic weekend getaway.

    Consider these ideas for a weekend or an extended weekend away, and you may find yourself the perfect excuse to leave home and enjoy a new and romantic destination within a reasonable drive from your home. Here are my top ten romantic weekend getaways for couples of all ages.

    1. Hide away at a quaint Bed and Breakfast. No matter where you live, there’s bound to be an adorable, unusual, or elegant Bed and Breakfast near enough for a romantic weekend getaway. You will both enjoy the intimate and relaxing setting that a Bed and Breakfast provides, offering you seclusion and time just for the two of you. Enjoy the meals, explore the countryside, and spend time focusing on each other.

    2. Immerse yourself in the finer things in your nearest wine country. Wine in and of itself embodies a fine element of romance. To amplify that feeling to exponential form, plan a romantic weekend getaway at your nearest wine country and check out several of the different wineries. If you can find a Bed and Breakfast or a cottage for rent within a reasonable walking distance of the wineries, all the better! If you simply can’t spare the expense to travel to a wine region, consider picking up a few varietals at your local wine and spirits store and then plan and prepare a wine tasting of your own.

    Read the rest of the Hot Romantic Weekend Getaway Suggestions here!

    Hit the pool for a romantic and relaxing time. Pack up for a weekend of romance and fun! Camping makes for a great romantic getaway! Take in the sights and sounds. Indulge in some fine wine and culture.
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    Ottawa Canada's Capitol

    by Suzanne123 Written May 8, 2009

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    Visit Rideau Hall where the govenor general of Canada lives and works

    Book a tour

    1-866-842-4422

    To book a tour of the Mint

    613-993-8997

    Fireworks take place on Victoria Day (may) and Canada Day

    Try and visit the RCMP horse stable or at least try to see if there are any "musical ride" Police horse show/choreography.

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    Two Days in San Francisco: Qucik Itinerary

    by jumpingnorman Written Mar 30, 2009

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    If you're pressed for time and have only two days for San Francisco, here's what you can do to see major sites in this beautiful city:

    1. See the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning and then
    2. Cross to the other side for a quick tour of Sausalito (breakfast) and just appreciate the view of SFO and see Alcatraz from afar (actually going on island takes too much time)
    3. Off to explore Fisherman’s Wharf (lunch)
    4. Mid afternoon – Union Square, and try to ride the Powell cable car which starts about a block away (near the theatre district)
    5. Head off to Chinatown in the evening for dinner
    6. Early morning jog around a major park (if you have energy to exercise); List of parks at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parks_in_San_Francisco,_California
    7. Next day, maybe try to get to Coit Tower for a panoramivc view from Telegraph Hill.
    8. If you still have time, pass by the crookedest street (Lombard Street)

    Have fun!

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    Where to bring the KIDS in Vegas?

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 29, 2009

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    I can think of three places to bring kids (and those young at heart like me) when in Las Vegas, Nevada:

    1.Gameworks has state-of-the-art games for kids (accompanied by parents); it is a joint venture of Sega and Universal. They are at 3785 Las Vegas Blvd S # 10, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 432-4263 and the website is at http://www.gameworks.com/

    2.The Wild Island Family Adventure Park in Sparks, Nevada has wonderful rides like Fire and Ice. Unfortunately, the Wet and Wild which I used to go to (loved the Derstuca almost 90 degree water slide!) shut down in 2004, but there are talks that they will reopen somewhere else.

    3.The Southern Nevada Zoo - they have 150 species of plants and animals http://www.lasvegaszoo.com/

    However, you might also want to check out the white tigers at the Mirage Hotel -the open-air home of Siegfried & Roy's Royal White Tigers is available for public viewing around the clock! website: http://lvindex.com/vegas/recreation/white_tiger.htm

    My twins playing with a ball from Brazil, 2009
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    Adirondack Mountains

    by chewy3326 Written Jul 23, 2008

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    The Adirondacks are an eastern American mountain range that are geologically independent of the Appalachian Mountains. The rock that forms these mountains is actually part of the Canadian Shield; while the Appalachians are over 200 million years old and eroding, the Adirondacks are a young 20 million and still growing.

    The Adirondacks are filled with lakes. Most famous are perhaps Lake Placid and Lake George; less famous but still beautiful are the Fulton Chain of Lakes and Blue Mountain Lake. There are also numerous other lakes: Indian Lake, Long Lake, Saranac Lakes, Elk Lake, Paradox Lake, and Ausable Lake are only a few. This mountain range is also the headwaters of the Hudson River which arises in the High Peaks region, home to the highest of the region's mountains, including 46 peaks over 4,000 feet.

    Most of the Adirondacks are enclosed in 6-million acre Adirondack Park, the largest in the United States of America outside of Alaska. Hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, and fishing are only a few of the many outdoor activity options available in the region. Although the mountains may not be quite as spectacular as those in western North America, this corner of the continent is well worth a visit.

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