Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 14, 2018

Virginia Off the Beaten Path

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The Virginia Transportation Museum – In the 19th century, the city of Roanoke was the headquarters of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company. The railroad section of the museum has everything from antique passenger cars and engines to the computer run miniature HO scale model “Alleghany Western”.  On the fourth weekend of each month, visitors can ride steamers on the park’s narrow-gauge railway.

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Among the antique cars on display are the slate-blue Wabash 1009 passenger car, the Chesapeake and Ohio’s steam engine No. 1964, several freight and tank cars of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company, and a group of brightly colored railroad maintenance wagons. Other displays include machines such as a 1938 Cadillac fire truck, and a 1957 Studebaker Commander. One can also see a Canadian dogsled, an 1870 surrey, stock racing cars and on special occasions the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. Rounding it all off there are displays of planes and helicopters and towering above the entire exhibition is a black and white Jupiter rocket.

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Red Hill Shrine – is located in Brookneal. One of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. and a five-term governor of Virginia Patrick Henry bought Red Hill Plantation in 1794. He retired there and continued to practice law. The plantation has now been restored and is a complex of several buildings, including the main house, a two-story structure which was rebuilt on its old foundations, the kitchen, the carriage house, where a carriage dated from 1800 is on display and the office where Patrick Henry practiced law.

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On the plantation, there is an Osage orange tree with a 90-foot spread and a height of 54 feet. It is said to be the largest and oldest Osage orange in the country. The American Forestry Hall of Fame lists it as both the Virginia champion and national champion of its kind. The visitor’s center has a collection of Patrick Henry memorabilia on display including his flute, cuff-links, salt dishes, an ivory letter opener, wine glasses and his house keys. A printed guide to a walking trail is available.

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Chippokes Plantation State Park – located east of Surrey. Captian William Powell of Jamestown was granted 1,400 acres on the James River in 1632. This tract of land was within Indian Territory. Powell named it Chippokes in honor of Chief Choupouke, an Indian who had befriended the settlers. For more than 350 years Chippokes has been a working farm. Originally corn and other grains, tobacco and apple trees were grown here, but in the 19th century, peanuts became the principal crop.

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Dairy farming was introduced by the last owners Mr. and Mrs. Victor Stewart. The plantation was given to the state of Virginia in 1967. Today the farm produces corn, peanuts, soybeans, rye barley and beef cattle. Exhibitions of antique farm equipment on the grounds and displays at the visitor center tell the story of farming here. Of the main buildings – rows of slaves’ quarters. several; barns. a large old river house – only the brick kitchen, built in the 19th century and the mansion are open to the public. The brick house was constructed in 1854 and has semiformal gardens with flowering trees, magnolias, holly, boxwood and crape myrtle. The house itself is elegantly furnished n traditional colonial style. Both walking and hiking trails wind through the farmland and meadows. There is a picnic area which sits on a bluff overlooking the James River.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 10, 2018

Amazing Virginia

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If you wish to step back into time to the period of the American Revolution then visit Colonial Williamsburg. Many of the original 18th-century buildings are still standing. Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia from 1705 and all through the Revolution. It was a most prosperous and politically active capital. Here costumed interpreters show visitors what life was like in days past.

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Visit such impressive places like the Governor’s Palace that was the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia.

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Busch Gardens has made Europe its theme. This is an adventure park that includes such entertainment as southern Germany with dirndl-costumed dancers and a traditional Bavarian band. There are rides and roller coasters such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Alps. You can enjoy watching Border Collies herding sheep like they do in Scotland. The interactive aviary has lovely exotic birds.

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Visit Charlottesville to see one of the finest country houses in the U.S. Monticello has become one of the most visited presidential homes. It is a Palladian-style mansion that was designed by Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the U.S.  In the house, you can see Jefferson’s inventions. At the back of the house are historic gardens and below them the family cemetery with an obelisk marking Jefferson’s grave. There is an impressive outdoor exhibit Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello that offers a look at the lives of the people who worked and lived on the plantation.

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At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center are over 400 items on display, an introductory film and hands-on activities for children.

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The University of Virginia was founded and designed by Jefferson. There is an outstanding Rotunda. Edgar Allen Poe fans can take a look at his room in the West Building.  The university’s Art Museum has a permanent collection of American, European and Asian art.

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Nearby is Ash Lawn Highland the home of the 5th President of the U.S. James Monroe with lovely period gardens.

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The 1st President of the U.S George Washington lived at his home Mount Vernon in Alexandria from 1754 until his death 45 years later. This is a gracious 21-room plantation house. The colors throughout the house were those popular in the 18th century and the bright green walls in the New Room were Washington’s favorite.

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The grounds and gardens overlook the Potomac River. You can see native species of trees and shrubs. In the outbuildings, you can see demonstrations of blacksmithing, plowing, sheep shearing, weaving and grinding grain at the water-powered gristmill.

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Shenandoah National Park protects portions of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Drive runs the length of the park and is the northern continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way, you can see the summer residence of the 31st President of the U.S. Herbert Hoover and the old Cave Cemetery below Dark Hollow Falls. There are many hiking trails.

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Stop to take a look at the Luray Caverns that have impressive formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The highlight here is the world’s only stalactite organ, where the stalactites resonate when struck with rubber mallets.

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Arlington National Cemetery overlooks the capital of the U.S. Washington D.C.

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The most visited grave here is that of 35th President of the U.S. John F. Kennedy with the eternal flame.

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Many visitors also visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is carved of white marble and watched by an honor guard  24/7. Here rest the remains of soldiers from both World Wars, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

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Here you’ll also find the famous Iwo Jima Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial that depicts the Joseph Rosenthal photo of five marines and one sailor raising the flag on Mount Suribachi.

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Other monuments include the Seabees Memorial

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and the Women in Military Service for American Memorial, a tribute to all women in the U.S. Military.

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Arlington House was built in the early 1800s by George Washington Parke Custis as a tribute to his step-grandfather, George Washington. However, the house is better known as the residence of Robert E. Lee and his wife, who lived there for 30 years. Lee was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War and this house is now a memorial to him.

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Nearby is the tomb of Pierre L’Enfant, who designed the capital of the U.S. Washington D.C. His original city plan is carved in stone and this burial spot has lovely views of the city he planned.

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The mast of the Battleship Maine has been incorporated into a memorial to the casualties of the ship that sunk in the Havana Harbor in 1898, leading to the Spanish-American War.

Colonial National Historic Park includes both Jamestown and Yorktown, where the American Revolution ended. Jamestown is the oldest British settlement in North America and was established in 1607 by Captain John Smith. Today only the foundations of the 1630 church tower, the churchyard and the outlines of other buildings remain of the original settlement. There is a recreation of a Powhatan Village.

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Jamestown Settlement was built in 1957 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. A museum and exhibition galleries offer a look at England’s colonization of the New World, the history and culture of the Powhatans and the first 100 years of Jamestown.

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In 1922 a statue of Pocahontas by William Ordway Partridge was erected in memory of the role she played in smoothing relations between Native Americans and the settlers.

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In 1909 a statue of John Smith was erected by William Couper. James Fort is the re-creation of the one that the colonists built.

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At Yorktown Battlefield the English Army under Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French Armies. There are interactive displays and dioramas. Park rangers offer guided tours.

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Visitors can see the early 18th century Moore House where Cornwallis surrendered

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and Nelson House has a cannonball lodged in the wall near the upper window and is well-restored.

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Grace Episcopal Church has been standing since 1697.

Assateague is a 38-mile-long barrier island to the east of Chincoteague Island, which it protects from the Atlantic Ocean. The entire island is partly in Maryland and in Virginia and is a protected wildlife sanctuary.

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The southern end of Chincoteague is a protected National Wildlife Refuge and has 14,000 acres of shoreline, fresh and saltwater marshes, wetlands and forest habitat for over 320 species of shorebirds and waterfowl. The most famous residents of the two islands are wild ponies.

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Assateague is lined by one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire Atlantic coast. Besides watching the wild ponies visitors can swim, walk nature trails, take wildlife tours by bus or boat, watch birds, visit the famous lighthouse, kayak, go fishing or crabbing and collect seashells.

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The Natural Bridge towers over 215 feet high and has a span of 90 feet. It is one of America’s oldest tourist attractions and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was formed by the collapse of a cavern through which the Cedar Creek flowed. In 2014, this became a state park. As you walk along Cedar Creek Trail from Cascade Falls, under the bridge, and to Lace Falls you can visit an exhibit on the Monacans, the local Native American tribe and see a saltpeter mine that was used during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. U.S. Route 11 runs over the bridge.

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Nearby are the Natural Bridge Caverns where you can go 34 stories underground and see the Colossal Dome room, Mirror Lake and the stalactites and stalagmites.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 4, 2018

Richmond Virginia


Richmond is the capital of Virginia. It has taken its place among America’s oldest major cities and has impressive Federal-style mansions.

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Metro Richmond Zoo has more than 2,000 animals and over 190 different species that come from all over the world.

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Many of the animals that have found their home here are among endangered species such as orangutans from Borneo. rhinos, and tigers. You can delight in giraffes, tapirs, and cheetahs.

There is a wonderful budgie aviary and you can take the Safari Train for a tour of the African Savannah.

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The White House of the Confederacy was once the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the US Civil War. It is furnished with Rococo-revival furniture. The White House changes with the seasons and when you visit you can see how it would have looked at the particular season you are visiting in.

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Next to it is the Museum of the Confederacy which has a large collection of Civil War and Confederate state artifacts. There are permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on the activities and lives of leaders like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart as well as those of common soldiers.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers visitors a permanent collection of early 20th century European art. The Fischer Collection of Modernist artwork has outstanding examples of German Expressionism. Other collections on display include French Impressionists, English silver, Faberge jeweled work, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern and Contemporary American art. You can also see a fine collection of South Asian, Himalayan and African art.

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Visit the Robins Sculpture Garden at the museum which has a wonderful exhibition of permanent and temporary sculpture collections. The sculptures on display are artwork by Modern and Contemporary artists.

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Founded in 1847 Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place of famous figures among them two former US presidents James Monroe and John Tyler as well as other prominent figures from Virginia. There are graves of thousands of Confederate soldiers and guided tours are available.

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Belle Isle is part of the James River Park System. You can get access to it by crossing a scenic footbridge. This small piece of land is surrounded by smooth rocks in all shapes and sizes. Residents of Richmond come here to take in the sun on the rocks. There are also walking trails through woodlands and mountain biking is a popular activity.

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Maymont Nature Center was a gift to the city from the owners James Henry and Sallie Dooley. It includes the mansion, arboretum, several gardens, a petting farm for children and a carriage collection. The mansion is like a living museum with furnishings from the late 1800s. There are treasures the Dooleys collected while traveling the world.

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If you like you can picnic in the gardens.

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The Maymont Nature Center is home to many aquatic and terrestrial animals like otters and snapping turtles. Visitors can also enjoy a hands-on encounter with the animals.

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Richmond, being the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War was a prime target for Union forces. Richmond National Battlefield Park offers a look into two major campaigns to take Richmond – the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the 1864 Overland Campaign. You can walk the trails along the original fortifications.

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Cold Harbor Visitor Center features a walking trail past Union and Confederate lines, setting the scene of June 1864 with an electronic battle map.

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At Fort Harrison visitors can learn about the attack on the fort on September 29, 1864.

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At the Glendale National Cemetery visitor center, you can see an electronic battle map and learn about the Glendale and Malvern Hill Battles which were part of General McClellan’s Seven Day Campaign in 1862.

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At Chimborazo Park, you can get information about the Confederate Chimborazo Hospital which was one of the largest military hospitals in the world.

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John Marshall House was once the home of the distinguished jurist and is one of the few remaining Federal-style homes in the area. The fourth Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Marshall served from 1801 – 1835. The home has the largest collection of Richmond Federal period furnishings.

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Short Pump Town Center is a great place for shopping and dining in Richmond. There are more than 140 different shops, restaurants, and entertainment choices. For specialty items try the boutiques. Walkways join the various areas of the town center and in winter months there are heated pavilions and outdoor fireplaces.

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RVA Trolley will take you on a tour of the city. Richmond is known for being the first place in the world to introduce a trolley system in 1888. The trolley in operation is enclosed and seats up to 26 people. It is decorated in period style and has iron framed seats and cushions.

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The James River Kanawha Canal has 1.25 miles of paved promenades along which are historic sights, statues, and markers that tell about the four centuries of Richmond.

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Along the canal walk is Brown’s Island a venue for outdoor concerts and the annual Richmond Folk Festival. You can take the 40-minute historical tour and cruise on the canal.

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The Armour House dates from 1915 and was built by Edmund Christian. This is the spot from which General Robert E. Lee watched the Seven Days Battle from the crest of the hill in Meadowview. This site also offers a walking trail, flower gardens, and wonderful fountains. For children, there are playgrounds and special gardens.

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Deep Bottom Park is located at a fork of the James River. There is a dock that is a popular place to fish. You can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes and take to the river. The park has many ancient trees among them oaks, sycamores, and pines. You can see local wildlife and it is a great place for bird watching like eagles, ospreys, and herons.

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The Virginia State Capitol dates from 1785 and was designed by Thomas Jefferson. It sits on top of Shockoe Hill and is known for being the place with the oldest legislative body in the U.S. The building was designed based on an ancient Roman temple found in Nimes France.

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Church Hill Historic District is a great place to explore to see what Richmond was like before the Civil War. East of the State Capitol you’ll find about 70 antebellum houses. See St. John’s Episcopal Church built in 1741. This is where patriot Patrick Henry made his famous speech that coined the slogan, “Give me liberty or give me death” during the Second Virginia Convention. This is the oldest church in the city and you can take a guided tour. The Old Stone House is the oldest building in the city, built in 1737.

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Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Museum which remembers the poet and author who lived in Richmond for several years and worked for a local newspaper.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 29, 2018

Beautiful Chesapeake


Chesapeake is the third most populous city in the state of Virginia.

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The Chesapeake Arboretum is the place to go so you can learn all about the flora and fauna in this area. It dates back to the 18th century at which time the farmhouse was built. There are lovely themed gardens here. Among them, you’ll find a fragrance garden and an antique rose garden. There is also a hardwood forest to explore. This is a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail South Chesapeake Loop.

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In the southeastern part of the city on the banks of the Northwest River, you’ll find the Northwest River Park. This is a wonderful place to see the local flora and fauna. There are trails to walk all over the park. You can relax at the picnic areas and children enjoy the playgrounds. If you enjoy mini golf head for the “Dude Ranch” mini-golf course. This is also a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail so you can do some bird watching.

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Battlefield Park is a monument that was created to commemorate the history of the Battle of Great Bridge. You’ll find an Interpretive Historic Pathway, a recreation of the Causeway of 1775 and an outdoor auditorium. At the entrance to the park is a monument set up by the Daughters of the American Revolution in the memory of the Patriot soldiers who died here. To learn more you can take a docent tour that is free of charge.

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Families will enjoy the Fun Forest at the City Park. There is a play area for children, an imagination center, and a family adventure area. 2,000 volunteers helped build this and the playgrounds were designed to develop motor skills, coordination, and interactive play. Some of the activities offered here are an underground telephone, a shaking bridge, a dolphin side and swings, and slides. There is also a Fossil Dig for the curious with a sand pit that is full of fossils.

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Hickory Ridge Farm is family owned and offers delicious seasonal produce. There are many fruits and vegetables. To see the farm animals up close there is a petting zoo. Among the seasonal activities are pumpkin picking in the autumn and strawberry picking in the spring.

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On City Park Drive you’ll find a memorial to those who perished during 9/11 the Chesapeake 9/11 Memorial. It was set up in memory of the tragedy in New York and is made up of a steel beam taken from the World Trade Center.

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There is also a rock from Shanksville and a piece of limestone from the Pentagon.

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At the strategic location, the intersection of the Chesapeake Canal and the Elizabeth River is the Great Bridge Lock Park. The lock was created to keep the salt water and the fresh water of the two waterways separate. This park is now a part of a peninsula that is flanked by the canal and the river on each side. Here you’ll find boat ramps, picnic spots and trails to explore. Popular activities here are fishing and crabbing or you can choose to explore the woods in the western section.

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If you want to see the true beauty of the Atlantic Ocean then you must go to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The tunnel connects the Eastern Shore and Virginia Beach. It offers some of the loveliest views in the city.

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Chesapeake Park is also known as City Park and offers visitors grassy open space, leafy woodland and trees. The park is known for its outdoor events like the Chesapeake Park Whisper Concert Series and the Chesapeake Jubilee. The park also has a skate park, horseshoe pits, and a dog park.

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Rodgers’ Puddings are for pudding lovers. You can visit and try some of the famous desserts. The pudding shop is in the historic district and has won awards for its banana pudding.

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The Great Dismal Swamp is located outside of Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia and stretches as far as northeastern North Carolina. The area is a place of legend and mysteriously foggy. It was known as a refuge during the time of slavery when African Americans used the swamp as a means of escape. Today it is known for its natural beauty and is a designated National Wildlife Refuge.

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Lake Drummond is one of two lakes in Virginia and is located in the middle of Dismal Swamp. Legends abound about the lake and the swamp. Fishermen have spotted a ghostly white canoe paddling in the lake with a fire-fly lamp. People come here for fishing and boating.

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Gum Tree Farm is the local producer of sheep but you can also see ducks, turkeys, pigs, cows, horses, goats and a donkey named Studebaker here. Visitors can interact with the animals. There is also a fiber producing business making fiber from fiber plants. You can take a tour which explains the history and activities like dyeing wool and includes live demonstrations.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 24, 2018

Norfolk Virginia


Norfolk is a waterfront city in southeastern Virginia.

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The Chrysler Museum of Art is located in the Ghent district which is the most artistic area of the city. This museum is known for being one of the most important museums in all of the southeastern U.S. It dates back to the 1930s and the art collection is based on the art collected by Walter Chrysler, of Chrysler car fame. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, glasswork, photography and decorative arts.

This free museum has one of the country’s leading glass collections. It also features European and American painting and sculpture, modern art, contemporary art and even ancient art.

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Next door you’ll find the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio where artists work on their creations and visitors can see demonstrations in glass blowing. There are also classes and workshops available.

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The USS Wisconsin is a famous mighty battleship that was on duty during WW II and the Korean War. It was retired in the 1980s and then put into service again in the Operation Desert Storm in the 1990s.

Today this ship is a nautical museum and visitors can take self-guided tours through the vessel. If you prefer you can take a guided tour during which the history of the vessel will be explained to you.

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The Moses Myers House is the former home of Moses Myers, a famous American entrepreneur. He is known for being part of the growth of Norfolk. Visitors to the house can see how people lived in the US at the turn of the century. This was one of the first brick buildings to be built in the city. Most of the original furnishings are still here and a permanent exhibition tells the story and history of Moses Myers.

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The Norfolk Botanical Garden has been\ divided into different sections that include more than forty gardens. Each has a specific theme and altogether there are 52 themed gardens. On summer days children can enjoy the splash pad.

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Since the flowers and plants are all seasonal the gardens can bloom all year long. A special garden has been dedicated to younger visitors. Among the gardens are the Japanese Garden with ponds and the Hummingbird Garden with plants favored by hummingbirds. Not all of the flora and fauna are from the U.S. there is also a Tropical Display Garden with a rainforest environment.

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The garden is surrounded by water on three sides, with canals running through it. Boat tours and tram tours are available. There are special scheduled events like the annual Dominion Garden of Lights from late November through the New Year.

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The Hunter House Victorian Museum dates from 1894. It was the former home of the Hunter family and visitors can get a look at how Victorian families lived in Norfolk. The house is on the list of National Register of Historic Places. You can see period furnishings and antique memorabilia.

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The Virginia Zoo has more than 500 animals making their home here. You can see elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, orangutans, kangaroos and other wildlife.

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The animals can be seen from elevated boardwalks. The zoo is also known for its gardens. You can visit at night to see the nocturnal animals. Visitors can relax at the cafeteria.

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The Nauticus National Maritime Center was founded in the 1980s and opened its doors in 1994. It is dedicated to everything nautical with interactive exhibits and large screen theaters.

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is part of the center and gives visitors a close up look at exhibits like the shark lab and a horseshoe crab touch tank.

You can also see a marina and a cruise ship.

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Naval Station Norfolk is known as the largest station in the world. The base stretches for more than six kilometers along the waterfront. There are 134 aircraft her and 74 naval vessels.

It is a working naval base and home to the largest number of navy personnel in the U.S. Visitor can tour the base with a member of the naval staff and have the history and work of the navy explained. You can also tour some of the ships and aircraft.

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General Douglas MacArthur Memorial is dedicated to Douglas MacArthur, a U.S. general and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. The memorial also honors Americans who served in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Occupation of Japan and the Korean War.

The memorial is housed in an old courthouse and the complex consists of the memorial building and a large visitors center. Visitors enter through the center that has a gift shop and several displays among them MacArthur’s staff car and then walk through a courtyard into the courthouse building.

The building contains the tombs of the General and Mrs. MacArthur, right in the center below the huge dome. There are galleries on the main and upper level that chronicle MacArthur’s life and events of the time period.

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Wells Theater first opened its doors in 1913. Many well-known U.S. performers have performed here and a large movie screen was set up in 1916. As time went on the theater was a gin house and brothel and finally listed on the Register of Historic Places.

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The Hermitage Museum and Gardens offers a look at the days of old in Norfolk and is a home and art museum.

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The Sloane House sits on the banks of the scenic Lafayette River and dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. In the house are more than 40,000-period objects. The gardens stretch for 12 acres and include lush forests and wetlands.

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The Sailing Harbor Cruises let you see Norfolk from the water. The ship the American Rover can carry more than 100 passengers at a time. The iconic red sails made from red tanbark can be seen from afar. There are sunset cruises available as well.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 18, 2018

Lovely Virginia Beach


Our armchair travels have taken us to the southeastern U.S. state of Virginia. The state stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains and it has a long Atlantic coastline. This is one of the original 13 states with many historic landmarks.

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Our first stop is Virginia Beach which is a coastal city located at the point where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Along the oceanfront is a 3-mile boardwalk.

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The most famous beach here is the Resort Beach lined by many hotels. Usually, during the summer the beach is crowded.

You can enjoy the wide, paved boardwalk along which people love to walk, run, bike, skateboard or sit on benches looking out at the ocean. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shops. On Atlantic Avenue, you can find beach stores, fudge and candy shops and dining.

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Virginia Aquarium is located on the shores of Owls Creek. The aquarium has scenic outdoor areas and decks that overlook the water. Here you can see such marine creatures as sharks, seals, sea turtles, otters, rays and other sea life. There are also such amazing things like Komodo Dragons.

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The large complex has two buildings and you can discover the marine life that inhabits the lakes, streams and coastal areas. Among the highlights are the glass, walk through Red Sea Tunnel, the dinosaur exhibit with mechanical dinosaurs, the otter exhibit and the aquarium has a 3D movie theater.

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Between the two buildings of the Virginia Aquarium, you’ll find the Adventure Park. This is a fun obstacle course. A popular activity here that can be added to an aquarium visit is a boat trip that will take you to see dolphins and whales in their natural environment.

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First Landing State Park where visitors can lie on the beach, hike in the forest, go on the waters, learn about early colonists, camp along the oceanfront or rent a cabin in the woods. This is the place where English colonist first reached the shores of America over 400 years ago.

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The park is divided by Shore Drive separating the beach from the forest. Inland of Shore Drive you can find camping cabins and a network of trails that take you along pine trees, cypress trees, sand dunes and Broad Bay. If you enjoy water sports you can jet ski, paddleboard, boat or kayak.

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Sandbridge Beach is a quieter beach just south of Resort Beach. This is the place where you can get away from the crowds. Walk along the beach, have a picnic and just relax.

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Behind this beach is the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offering over 9,000 acres of beach, freshwater marshes, dunes and forested areas. It protects habitats for migratory birds. Visitors can walk the trails or paddle in the still waters. You can see deer, bobcats, otters, muskrats and other kinds of animals.

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False Cape State Park is right next door and features an undeveloped beach with dunes, marshes, and woodlands. There are plenty of hiking trails and camping areas. You can access the park on foot, by bike or boat.

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The Cape Henry Lighthouse has been a long-standing landmark on the Chesapeake Bay. It was built in 1792 and was the first U.S. government-funded lighthouse authorized by George Washington. Visitors can climb to the top for spectacular views. In the late 1800s, another lighthouse was built close by and you can see both.

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The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) features changing exhibitions that include paintings, sculptures, photos, and videos. The artworks are by international, national and local artists. The museum also offers classes and other educational programs.

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 14, 2018

North Carolina Off the Beaten Path

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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located in the village of Flat Rock. The previous owners named this house Connemara because the view of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains reminded them of a mountainous region in western Ireland. This was Carl Sandburg’s last home. The poet and two-time Pulitzer prizewinner died here in 1967. Carl Sandburg spent a lifetime exploring what it meant to be an American and asked the eternal questions, “Who am I, where am I going and where have I been?”

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This house was built in the 1830s and today stands as a memorial to Sandburg his life and his work. In the living room, one can see his guitar leaning against a favorite easy chair and there are magazines from the 1940s lying about on tables and the floor. A framed photograph of Sandburg hangs over the fireplace. A large office contains a typewriter surrounded by piles of books. There are cardboard boxes filled with research material and notes. On Sandburg’s desk lies one of the green eyeshades he invariably used.

A self-guiding walk leads to the farm area and its animals and trails cross the pastures and woodlands of the 260-acre park leading up Big Glassy Mountain where one can see wildflowers and bluebirds. Near the visitor’s center is a small, wooded picnic area.

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Stone Mountain State Park – This 13,670-acre park offers plunging waterfalls, granite outcroppings, narrow dirt roads and trails twisting through Catawba rhododendrons and mountain laurel. For the fishermen, there are creeks stocked with trout – rainbows, browns and “brookies”. In Bullhead Creek (a “Fish for Fun” stream where fly-fishermen may practice their techniques but must toss back their catch) rainbows as long as 26 inches have been hooked.

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Trails lead to the 2,300 foot summit of Stone Mountain and to Stone Mountain Falls, Cedar Rock, and Wolf Rock. There are 13 ascent routes for mountain climbers. Throughout the densely forested area, one can find lady’s slippers, trilliums, bluets and other wildflowers and ferns. Among the bird population are red-tailed hawks, ruffed grouse, black vultures, wild turkeys and owls and animals to be seen are white-tailed deer, beavers, otters, minks, and foxes. Bears and even cougars
have been reported but are extremely rare.

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Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site – Located west of Stanfield. In 1799 the young son of John Reed a German immigrant found a large, shiny yellow rock in Little Meadow Creek near his father’s farm. Not being able to identify its composition Reed used it as a doorstop until in 1802 a jeweler offered him $3.50 for it and Reed sold it to him. Actually, the shiny rock was gold and weighed about 17 pounds. It was the first authenticated gold “find” in the US. Soon afterward Reed established a mining company and in 1831he expanded the operation from placer mining (creek panning) to underground mining which continued under several ownerships until 1912. Guided tours take people through a maze of restored mine shafts.

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There is a restored 1895 stamp mill, used today to demonstrate how gold can be extracted from quartz. At the panning area, visitors are shown how gold can be separated from the soil. A self-guiding nature trail winds through the fields and forests of this 840-acre historic site. A picnic area is across the road from the main entrance in a grove of tall pines and oaks.

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Indian Museum of the Carolinas – Located in Laurinburg. The museum tells the history of the early Indians of the Carolinas where over a period of 12,000 years 45 different Indian cultures existed. Their present-day descendants include the tribes of the Cherokees, Coharies, Tuscaroras, Waccamaw-Siouans, and Catawbas. In fact, North Carolina has the largest Indian population in the eastern US. The permanent collection contains more than 200,000 artifacts, some more than 10,000 years old. In the 40 different exhibits are examples of pottery, stone tools and weapons, jewelry and dugouts, including an unfinished craft still attached to a tree trunk. Tours of the museum and slide presentations are conducted by a staff archeologist. The excellent research library and the museum’s collection are available to students and scholars. Near the museum are the extensive Native American Gardens featuring the various plants used by
the Indians of the Carolinas for food, fibers, dyes, and medicines.

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Merchants Millpond State Park – Located at Gatesville. In 1811 a dam was built here to create a large pond and waterpower for a sawmill and gristmill. Today this 760-acre lake and the adjoining swamps are popular with fishermen. There are towering bald cypresses and tupelo gums that are distorted by the weight of parasitic mistletoe and have an eerie appearance. The fish caught here are speckled perch, bream, jack, gars, catfish and largemouth bass. Among the 180 species of birds seen in the area are egrets, great horned owls, and eagles.

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The ingenious design of beaver dams up to six feet high may be admired and hikers may encounter the garish but harmless white, pink, and black eastern mud snakes. The sounds of the ringing calls of male tree frogs can be heard throughout the woods in spring and summer. Among slash pines, American holly and maples there is a tent and trailer campground. More primitive campgrounds can be found deep within the swamp. The Chowan Swamp Canoe Trail which begins at the millpond and proceeds south along a creek offers an adventure of four or more days
round trip.

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Somerset Place State Historic Site and Pettigrew State Park – in Creswell. This 17,368-acre park was once part of a coastal plantation named for the home county of its English owner, Josiah Collins. His grandson built a handsome clapboard mansion on his ancestral land around 1830. The mansion has marble fireplaces, wood grain painted doors and wide porches. Further reminders of the past include a rare 1850 Wilson sewing machine and a toy stagecoach with beeswax horses. Nearby are the kitchen, dairy, icehouse and other clapboard buildings surrounded by a formal garden of boxwood, holly, and crape myrtle and several majestic trees.

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The adjacent park is named for General James Pettigrew who is buried here. Pettigrew played a major role in General George E. Pickett’s famous charge at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. There are more than five miles of trails penetrating the park’s virgin forest of huge oaks, swamp chestnuts, and other hardwoods. One can see red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and deer.

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A major attraction is Phelps Lake the second largest in the state and famous for the largemouth bass that attract anglers. Many ducks and geese can be seen on the lake in winter. The park has a picnic grove, trailer sites, and a boat ramp.

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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge – Located at Rodanthe. Every spring and fall geese, ducks and other migratory birds use the Atlantic Flyway. This 5,915- acre island is one of the eastern seaboard’s best vantage points to view the birds resting or en route. Extending for more than 12 miles along the shifting dunes of the Outer Banks, this complex of salt marshes and freshwater pond supports otters, muskrats, and nutrias as well as loggerhead, sea, and snapper turtles and diamondback terrapins.

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There are many ring-necked pheasants as well as egrets, herons, ibises, least terns, and black ducks among other waterfowl and shorebirds that nest here. Peregrine falcons are often seen during spring and fall migrations and more than 250 other bird species are occasionally observed. The New Field Observation Area and two observation platforms are available for sightings while freshwater ponds which support ducks, geese and swans can be observed from the car. Five access points to Atlantic beaches and one to Pamlico Sound attract swimmers as well as fishermen who may cast for sea trout, channel bass, pompano, and bluefish. The island can be easily reached by road.

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Portsmouth – An isolated island village which is a 250-acre historic preserve administered by the National Park Service. In the 1850s and 1860s, the village prospered as a port where cargo was transferred from seagoing ships to smaller boats for the journey inland. Shoaling of the inlet ended this enterprise and by the 1890s most of the inhabitants had moved away. Today some 20 old buildings, including a schoolhouse, a Methodist church, and a lifesaving complex remain. Portsmouth can be reached by a small passenger ferry from Ocracoke or by car-carrying ferry from the town of Atlantic to the southern end of Portsmouth Island some 20 miles below the village.

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Fort Macon State Park – Since the early 1700s, when the pirate Blackbeard used Beauford Inlet as a hideout, its strategic importance has been well recognized. After several unsuccessful attempts to fortify the island, the construction of Fort Macon was begun in 1826 and completed eight years later. The only real action seen at this fort was on April 25, 1862, when it was shelled by Union forces and captured the next morning.

This fort is named for Nathaniel Macon a North Carolina senator and is encircled by a moat that could be flooded with the tidewaters of Bogue Sound. Surrounding the fort’s inner parade are quarters for the garrison, storerooms, and a kitchen and bakery. The commandant’s quarters have been restored and there is a small museum.

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The park also offers a protected ocean swimming area, picnic grounds with fireplaces and a shelter and hiking. Fishermen will enjoy surf casting from the park’s shores.

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Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Marine Resources Center – During the Civil War, the Union blockade of southern ports prevented the South from receiving essential war supplies. As a countermeasure Confederate blockade runners made daring trips through the fog and on moonless nights to land their precious cargo. Fort Fisher was built to provide cover for the Confederate seamen entering Cape Fear River on their way to the Confederacy’s major port in Wilmington.

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Extending for one mile along the Atlantic Coast and across a sand peninsula, this series of redoubts was the South’s largest earthwork fort. Today only a few mounds remain. In a small museum exhibits explain events that took place here from December 1864 to January 1865 when the fort finally fell to a determined Union action that employed some 58 warships and 8,000 infantrymen. At the Marine Resources Center nearby an aquarium displays several species of turtles and a nurse shark plus fish and crustaceans common to the Atlantic. Egrets, great blue herons, brown pelicans and two species of ibises can be observed along two short nature trails.


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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 9, 2018

Exploring North Carolina

Linn Cove Viaduct at Milepost 304.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

In North Carolina, the 495-mile Blue Ridge Parkway has been nicknamed “Americas Favorite Drive“. The parkway was designed by landscape architect Stanely Abbott. The drive offers fantastic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is popular with bicyclists and motorcyclists. There are many hiking trails that branch off from the parkway as well as picnic areas and campgrounds.

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In the autumn the changing colors are spectacular and in the summer you can delight in colorful azaleas and rhododendrons.

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Along the way, you can stop by several visitors centers and museums. Mabry Mill offers demonstrations like the grinding of corn in the original mill, board cutting at the sawmill and the art of blacksmithing.

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The Folk Art Center has a gallery displaying folk art and demonstrations by local craftspeople.

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The Museum of North Carolina Minerals has exhibits of the mineral resources in the region and the mining industry.

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The Biltmore Estate is one of the top attractions in Ashville. At the center of this large complex is the Vanderbilt Mansion which is the largest private home in the U.S. There are 250 rooms with impressive artwork, antiques, and architecture. You can see collections of vintage clothing and accessories.

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The gardens are lovely including the Italian Garden with ornate pools and sculptures

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and the Rose Garden with over 250 varieties of roses. On the grounds you’ll also find the first managed forest in the country, a deer park and miles of paths and walking trails.

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On the estate, the Antler Hill Village offers visitors shopping, dining and entertainment options.


The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. It presents over 15 planetarium shows on a rotating schedule. Permanent exhibits take a look at a variety of topics like the history of the planetarium as a training center for astronauts.

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Linville Gorge is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” It is one of the most scenic gorges in the eastern U.S. The gorge is located in the Pisgah National Forest.

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The Linville River enters the gorge at Linville Falls and then drops 90 feet, continuing for 12 miles within the steep rock walls. Trails can be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the Linville Falls Visitor Center, you can take a short hike to the lovely

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Duggers Creek Falls.



Other beautiful spots nearby include Crabtree Falls

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and fantastic views from Table Rock Mountain

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and Hawksbill Mountain.

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The USS North Carolina is located in Wilmington. It was the first of 10 battleships to join the American fleet in WW II. The vessel has nine 16-inch 45-caliber guns in three turrets and 20 5-inch, 38-caliber guns in ten twin mounts. At one time she was the world’s greatest weapon at sea. Today tourists can take a look at this magnificent ship.

The North Carolina Aquarium has four coastal locations at Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher and Jennette’s Pier. At the pier, you can see humpback whales in their natural habitat.

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Roanoke Island features the largest collection of sharks in the state. Pine Knoll Shores informs visitors about the varied marine life of the state and at Fort Fisher, you can find out about the freshwater streams, swamps and open ocean of Cape Fear.

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North Carolina Zoo has many shaded pathways for strolling and over 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants. Located in Asheboro the animals represent species from Africa like elephants and lions

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and North America like cougars, alligators and grizzly and black bears. The exhibits are designed to resemble their natural habitats.

Cape Hatteras Nationa Seashore was the country’s first coastal preservation area. It includes the important barrier islands along North Carolina’s coast in the Outer Banks region. Visitors enjoy the beaches and the unique wildlife. Bird watchers can see the threatened piping plovers nest on the beach and the American Oystercatcher, gull-billed tern, and black skimmer. On the beaches, you can also find nesting sea turtles among them the endangered loggerhead turtle. In the winter months, seals come to nest.

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You can see historic lighthouses like the Bodie Island Light Station dating from 1872

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and the Cape Hatteras Light Station from 1803.

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The Ocracoke Light is not open to the public but has been in operation since 1823.

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It sits on an island known for its unique breed of Ocracoke Ponies.

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Chimney Rock State Park has a granite spire that rises to an elevation of over 2,280 ft. A 26-story elevator was built inside the mountain to make it easy for tourists to reach the top.

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For hiking, there is the Hickory Nut Falls Trail that takes you to the base of the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls.

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At Grandfather Mountain you can find trails of different challengers some which can include ladders to offer expansive views.

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Visitors can walk across the park’s well-known Mile High Suspension Bridge that offers 360-degree views.

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The Beauty of Raleigh


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Raleigh is the capital of the U.S. state of North Carolina.
Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh. At one time in history, he established an English settlement here in the 1580s. The city is like the capital of the U.S., Washington D.C. planned out from the start to be the capital. When it was founded in 1792 it was called the City of Oaks. To take a look at the history of Raleigh you can walk through the Historic Oakwood neighborhood with beautifully restored Victorian homes.

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There are many impressive homes to see such as the Tucker House built in the neo-Classical style. You can begin your walking tour by getting a map from the Capital Area Visitors Center.

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The Historic Oak View County Park is an antebellum farmhouse that was built in 1885. It features the Farm History Center, the Cotton Gin House, and the Plank Kitchen. You can picnic in the gardens and orchards and see the goats.

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Raleigh has an African American heritage, It is home to many sites celebrating both the triumphs and the sorrows. The African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State at the Witherspoon Student Center features exhibits by prominent artists focusing on this rich heritage.

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The Pope House Museum offers free, guided tours. Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope was a graduate of the Leonard School of Medicine. It was the first four-year medical school for African Americans in Raleigh.

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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens have a bronze statue of King, honoring him.

Mount Hope Cemetery was built in 1872 and is the largest African American cemetery in the city.

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Pullen Park was the first public park to open in North Carolina.

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Here visitors can ride the Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel

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and the C.P. Huntington miniature train.

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You can pedal boats around Lake Howell and for children, there is the kiddie boat ride. Children enjoy the large playground and delight in shows at the Children’s Amphitheater.

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Fans of the Andy Griffith Show can have photos taken with the Andy and Opie statue. The park also has a cafe, an aquatic center, sports fields and for special events the Theater in the Park.

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Mordecai Historic Park is the birthplace of Andrew Jackson the 17th President of the U.S. The house was built in 1785 and is the oldest house in the city still standing on its original foundation. Guided tours of the estate and gardens are available. You can see other 19th century buildings as well like the St. Marks Chapel, Badger Iredell Law Office and the Allen Kitchen.

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Marbles Kids Museum offers children under 10 a hands-on interactive attraction. They can explore many different worlds through interactive exhibits. The Wells Fargo IMAX Theater shows both Hollywood hits and educational films.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art or NCMA first opened in 1956. The museum exhibits artwork from the Renaissance, ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and artifacts, Egyptian burial artwork, pre-Columbian and early American art. Guided tours of the galleries and special exhibits are available. They host workshops, lectures, films and performing arts shows. In the museum grounds, you’ll find sculptures, gardens and a reflecting pool.

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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is one of the largest natural science museums in the southeastern U.S. It consists of two buildings, One focuses on educational exhibits and the other on the methods behind the science. There are traveling exhibits. The Natural Exploration Center has a permanent exhibit that includes the Arthropod Zoo, the Living Conservatory, and exhibits which explore the coasts, mountains and local natural history of North Carolina. There are many other exciting things to do and see here. The SECU Daily Planet is a three-story theater that explores the planet Earth from the inside out. Detailed floor maps are available for all self-guided tours or you can get an app for a digital guide.

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The North Carolina Museum of History offers visitors permanent and traveling exhibits that look into the state’s past. You can see such things as costumes from the Revolutionary War era and weapons and military gear from the Civil War. This is also home to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

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The North Carolina Capitol Building is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of Greek revival architecture in the U.S.

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Statue of the 1st U.S. President George Washington at the State Capitol

It was completed in 1840 and is one of the best-loved landmarks in the city. Today it houses the Governor’s office.

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Raleigh is home to many venues and organizations for the performing arts. The Theater in the Park at Pullen Park hosts several productions each year and is best known for its annual performance of A Christmas Carol in December. The Burning Coal Theater is located downtown.

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The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts host stages plays and musicals produced by the North Carolina Theater as well as the performances of the North Carolina Opera. It is also home to the Carolina Ballet and host to the nationally celebrated North Carolina Symphony.

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The JC Raulston Arboretum is located on the State University Campus and has one of the largest collections of plants in the southeast U.S.

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There are more than 6,500 plants from all over the world. The public has access to the gardens.

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Yates Mill is the centerpiece of the Yates Mill County Park.

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This is a restored mill found about five miles from downtown Raleigh. It dates back to about 1756. There are tours available. Take the time to explore the park which is also a wildlife refuge.

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Clemmons Educational Forest opened in 1976 and has well-marked trails with educational exhibits along the way. There are lessons about wildlife and the forest taught by rangers. The forest has areas for picnics.

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The St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church is an impressive Gothic building in downtown. It was built by the first independent congregation of African Americans in Raleigh.

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The Joel Lane House is also known as Wakefield. It was built in the 18th century and is the former home of Joel Lane known as the Father of Raleigh. The home has been fully restored.

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The Videri Chocolate Factory is the place for chocolate lovers. Visitors can learn about the chocolate making process and you can sample the sweets.

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Largest City Charlotte


North Carolina is a southeastern U.S. state that has a landscape ranging from the beaches by the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains.

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 The largest city and commercial hub is Charlotte. It was named in honor of the wife of King George II, Charlotte of Mecklenburg.

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 NASCAR Hall of Fame delights visitors with a banked ramp that simulates a racetrack. You can see historic race cars such as a 1952 Hudson Hornet, a 1967 Chevelle and a 2008 Chevy Impala 55. There is a High Octane Theater which features a 64-foot wide projection screen with surround sound. Exhibits give visitors a look at NASCAR behind the scenes and how individual teams prepare for a race day. The Hall of Honor pays tribute to all the NASCAR inductees.

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Carolinas Aviation Museum offers exhibits about the history, technology and evolution of air travel. Visitors can see aircraft on display among them a replica of the Wright Flyer. There are also military aircraft on display including the most important British fighter planes that were used in WW I. Visitors also have the chance to see the planes outside on the tarmac.

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If you are looking for some thrill and chills visit Paramount’s Carowinds Amusement Park. It is the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast”. You can enjoy roller coasters, water rides and stage shows. There is a dinosaur exhibit that lets you walk through a Mesozoic setting which is brought o life with detailed animatronics. If you have a pet with you there is a pet kennel for your best friend.

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Discovery Place is a museum that lets visitors see, feel and hear science. The displays welcome hands-on participation. The Explore More Life Lab explores biodiversity and lets visitors participate in experiments. Project Build looks at the properties of physics and Think It Up encourages creativity and originality with various projects. There is Kid Science offering children under seven the chance to get involved with science. You can enjoy the IMAX theater where you can imagine being small enough to travel inside the human body, explore the natural world and explore space.

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The Billy Graham Library is where you can learn about the life of the TV pastor through displays and multimedia presentations. It is a 1.5-hour tour that includes memorabilia exhibits and a tour of the Graham family home. Afterwards, you can relax in the Memorial Prayer Garden. Here you’ll also find Billy Graham’s personal library and a custom mural by Thomas Kinkade.

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Freedom Park is a great place for people to relax in. There are outdoor shelters with grills for picnics. For those who love sporting activities, there are tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Baseball players can practice their swings in the batting cages or watch games at one of the four ball fields.

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There are lots of walking trails as well. Children can enjoy the playgrounds and the NFL Play360 KidZone. There is a concession stand for refreshments and lunch. The park is also a popular place for both formal and informal concerts and performances and is the home of the Freedom Park Master Gardener Demonstration Garden.

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The Levine Museum of the New South has exhibits focused on post-Civil War southern history and the people who shaped it. Visitors enjoy the interactive exhibits. Temporary exhibits focus on social and political change and the influence of diversity on southern culture.

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The Mint Museum of Art opened its doors in 1936 and was the first art museum in North Carolina. Today it is an internationally renowned institution regularly featuring new exhibits. In the permanent collections, you can see art throughout history including paintings, textiles and fashion, decorative arts, modern art and crafts.

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The Charlotte Museum of History has permanent exhibits among the one that looks at the neighborhoods of Charlotte. Docents offer visitors entertaining and informative tours of the beautifully restored buildings among them

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the Hezekiah Alexander House, the Kitchen

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and the Springhouse. Visitors can walk about the galleries and the paths through the historic garden and see the seven-ton American Freedom Bell, a 1769 Spanish cannon and a stone Chilean mill dating back to the nation’s first gold rush.

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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has a collection of artworks by some of the best-known artists of the mid-20th century. The museum also hosts music events all through the year, including a monthly jazz night. This is the second museum in the country to be designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta.

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The Historic Rosedale Plantation can be found just minutes from busy Uptown. It offers visitors a look into the life in antebellum Charlotte. It was built in 1815 and known as “Frew’s Folly” since its owner merchant Archibald Frew spent his money on constructing the 4.600-square foot plantation. The plantation is known for its majestic flowering trees.

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