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Tennessee's Tri-Cities: Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City

Tennessee's Tri-Cities area is a historical and outdoorsy kind of destination. Actually, it is several destinations rolled into one. The proximity of the Tri-Cities, plus a couple more, like Jonesborough (Tennessee's oldest city), Greeneville, and Elizabethton, make it easy to get around and explore its history and good nature. The upper east Tenne...
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A Forrest Ride Through West Tennessee

Tennessee is a great touring ground for Civil War enthusiasts. In fact, more conflicts took place in Tennessee than any other state except Virginia. Tennessee’s significance in The War Between The States was due in large part to its critical river and railroad systems. In addition, because of the state's strategic position and shape, it was a natur...
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The Old City of St. Augustine, Florida

As the travel brochures and the tour guides are quick to point out, St. Augustine does not claim to be the oldest city in the United States, but the oldest continuously occupied European colony. Either way, a visit to St. Augustine is a trip through history – over four hundred years of it. And a city of contrasts. From its Spanish beginning, which...
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Green Jays, Chachalacas, and Winter Texans in McAllen

There is one place I know that is definitely for the birds, and is all about the birds...the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. During a recent visit to the southern tip of the state, I discovered a lot more about this part of the Lone Star State. I discovered a great place to spend the winter in one of the many RV parks. I discovered that it is an extrao...
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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin

Locals say, when speaking of Lake Superior, "The lake is the boss!" There is a good reason for that. Lake Superior is generally considered to be the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It has an average depth of nearly 500 feet. It is the coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes. It stretches approximately 350 miles from west to eas...
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Steinbeck's Salinas - As in California

It's called the "Salad Bowl of the World", the "Artichoke Capital of the World", and the birthplace of John Steinbeck. The Salinas Valley of Central California is all that and more. The fertile valley bordered by the Santa Lucia and the Gabilan Mountain Ranges help make the climate ideal for the first two claims. And John Steinbeck spent the early...
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El Camino Real

The Oldest and Longest "Highway"? El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Between the New Mexico cities of Las Cruces and Albuquerque is the El Camino Real International Heritage Center, a good place to learn about El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or t he Royal Road to the Interior. The Heritage Center gives an overview of the 1500 mile historical ro...
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Fort Pickens, Florida

Fort Pickens, Florida Florida’s Panhandle is a highly traveled part of the state. Rightly so, due to the popular Emerald Coast area from Panama City to Destin to Pensacola. Just south of Pensacola across the bridge at Gulf Breeze on Highway 399, one section of the Gulf Islands National Seashore offers visitors a unique look at barrier island life...
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Huntsville, Alabama

Beyond Space in Huntsville Without a doubt the most impressive, and the most notable, attraction in Huntsville is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. But with closer investigation, visitors will soon see that there is much more to see and do in this north central Alabama city – like seeing world-class museums, visiting a botanical garden with the na...
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Talladega Scenic Drive

For a Scenic Drive – Try the Talladega (Not the Superspeedway!) Of the four national byways in Alabama, the Talladega Scenic Drive is the shortest, but arguably the most scenic. Located in the east central part of the state about eighty miles east of Birmingham, the Talladega runs the ridgeline of the Horseblock and Cheaha Mountains through the T...
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