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10 Top Zoos on the East Coast USA

10 Top Zoos on the East Coast USA

January 17, 2012 No Comments Zoos are a great place for families to visit any time of year and offer an unforgettable learning experience about our world’s amazing wildlife. Listed alphabetically, the following 10 zoos are among the best on the East Coast of the USA. Visit one of these for a memorable encounter that will inspire future generations with ...

 

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California

January 14, 2012 2 Comments From a distance, Alcatraz Island appears like an idyllic outcrop rising from a tranquil San Francisco Bay in Northern California. It looks lush with its green vegetation, flowers, and variety of bird species that find refuge on this remote landmass. Even the twinkling lights that illuminate it at night seem to beckon with romance. Who ...

 

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

January 11, 2012 No Comments   The California Academy of Sciences is one of the best family museums in San Francisco, a prominent research institution, and the world’s greenest museum with its commitment to sustainability and a domed roof that is alive with lush plant and floral species native to California. It is comprised of a natural history museum, an ...

 

Canines in Kayenta, Arizona and the wonders of Monument Valley

Canines in Kayenta, Arizona and the wonders of Monument Valley

January 10, 2012 No Comments There’s a Sonic Drive-In that we love in Kayenta, Arizona. It’s right across the road from the motel we stayed in, the clean, utilitarian Hampton Inn Kayenta. Why do we love the drive in? Well, besides the limeades and salt-free fries we’ve come to love, we rescued a dog there. But before I get to that ...

 

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Historic Masterpiece: The Fairmont San Francisco

Historic Masterpiece: The Fairmont San Francisco

January 9, 2012 No Comments Since its opening in 1907, the Fairmont in San Francisco has treated guests to an extraordinary experience from check-in to check-out. It sits atop Nob Hill and is close to all the wonderful sites that make San Francisco the wonderful cosmopolitan city that it is.  Everything about this hotel speaks of old world elegance and ...

 

Canyonlands, Utah

Canyonlands, Utah

January 7, 2012 No Comments Canyonlands is a magnificent National Park that’s split in three: one part of it just north of Moab, Utah, and two parts of it substantially south. Either end of the park that you explore results in amazing rock formations, beautiful views, and children with open mouths, wondering at the magical feel of the place. Of ...

 

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Austin at Christmas Time – A Texas Sized Holiday

Austin at Christmas Time – A Texas Sized Holiday

January 6, 2012 No Comments Texans like to say that things are bigger in Texas. Certainly the jubilant holiday feeling in Austin, Texas is both large and contagious, and combined with Austin’s fun outings, the nature trails of Lady Bird Lake, and great music spilling out on every street corner downtown, it’s a fun place to spend at least part of ...

 

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Texas State Cemetery: From the Old West to 9/11 in Austin

Texas State Cemetery: From the Old West to 9/11 in Austin

December 30, 2011 No Comments Blame it on years of living in New Orleans, where locals still hold picnics in the stunning above-ground cemeteries. Or blame it on a somewhat morbid fascination with all things dark yet beautiful. Regardless, Dad and I are particularly enamored by cemeteries, and make it a goal to see the major burial grounds in each ...

 

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Texas State Capitol: Seeing Government in Action in Austin

Texas State Capitol: Seeing Government in Action in Austin

December 29, 2011 No Comments I’m a bit of a government nut, always keeping up with the latest Senate and House debates. So when Dad and I were in Austin, Texas during the spring of 2011, I was excited to tour the Texas State Capitol complex. As it turned out, the state legislature was in session, offering us the chance to ...

 

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Visiting Bisbee, Arizona in Winter Time

Visiting Bisbee, Arizona in Winter Time

December 28, 2011 No Comments We found a great winter get away in the old mining village of Bisbee, Arizona. Less than a hundred miles south of Tucson, there’s historic buildings, a fun small town vibe, a great old hotel, and mountain scenery touched with snow in the winter time. With art galleries, small shops full of unique second hand ...