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28
Mar
New York City skyline from the air, landing at LaGuardia Airport. Image: Jason Dutton-Smith

Top 10 Things To Do In New York City

Which is the most visited city in the United States? OK, that was easy. But with over 30 million visitors per year, all keen to take their own bite of the big apple, this city has countless super-star attractions.

From famous movie scenes and instantly recognised landmarks, to restaurants and foods known the world over, it’s easy to get lost in this metropolis of paradoxes and delight. Here are ten of my favourite places to visit in New York City.

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29
Sep
WTC memorial museum sign

9/11 World Trade Center Memorial & Museum Review – New York City

Often a day in history is remembered for many reasons. It may be a wedding, birthday or a significant mile stone that was achieved. Other times we remember where we were on days of tragedy. There are certain world events that etch themselves into one’s mind and history books forever and September 11, 2001 was no exception. Many lives were affected by the horrific events that day in New York. In just a few short hours thousands of people lost their lives and millions of people from around the world were affected when one of the world’s great tragedies unfolded before our eyes.
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28
Apr
Union Square at Dusk

Union Square , San Francisco – A Comprehensive Travel Guide

Union Square, with its towering memorial statue and air of California sophistication is perfectly placed in the pulsating heart of downtown San Francisco. An inviting city plaza surrounded by swaying palms, upscale retailers and historic hotels, the clanging of passing cable cars only heightens this already charming urban scene.

The commercial centre of the city, Union Square features some of the best shopping in the country. Interspersed with lovely restaurants and inviting cafes, Union Square is the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco coffee or meal while watching the world go by.

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10
Mar
Central Park - New York City

10 Fun New York State Trivia Facts You Never Knew

Ah, New York, the city that never sleeps. Famous for its hot pretzel carts, gorgeous sky-line and some of the best shopping and entertainment in the world; visitors don’t have to look far for their next adventure.

But as much as we like to think we know New York through its many TV, film and movies that made this city cinematically famous, there are many other interesting facts that may come as a surprise. Here are 10 New York trivia facts you never knew.  

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30
Nov

Old State House Museum – Boston Massachusetts

You can’t help but feel a sense of great history when walking the charming streets of Boston. History is everywhere and it seems to hang in the air, oozing off the historic buildings and cityscapes like a warm mist after a summer rain. I always knew there was a deep, rich history in this incredible city, and then I stumbled upon Old State House Museum. I couldn’t believe what I had read on the entry plaque – was this true? I knew I was going to be in for a surprise. Read more »

19
Aug
American Flag

Top 10 Funny & Unusual Town Names in America

Sometimes, a name is just a name, and other times it speaks volumes about a city or town. From the wacky, to the downright unfortunate, these 10 towns make quite a name for themselves.

10. Nothing, Arizona

What can one say about a town named Nothing? Rumoured to be founded in 1977 by ‘a bunch of drunks’, its total population is four. Situated 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Nothing consists of a gas station and a scrap metal yard. On the bright side, this town has zero percent unemployment; they all work in the gas station! Don’t blink, you might just miss it.

9. Hellhole Palms, California

Located in sunny California, Hellhole Palms grows, you guessed it, palm trees. That’s it. No one lives in Hellhole Palms, but for some reason it has its very own special place on the map.

8. Belchertown, Massachusetts

You can’t help but get a bit gassy at the mere mention of Belchertown. It was once known as Cold Springs, but someone in his or her wisdom thought the name Belchertown would be a more suitable name. A section of Springfield, Massachusetts, the area has a population of 15,000 and is only 55 square miles in size (143km).

7. Hell, Michigan

George Reeves founded Hell soon after Michigan gained statehood in 1837. When he was asked what the name of the town should be, he famously quipped “I don’t care, you can name it hell for all I care.” Well, the name stuck! Always the entrepreneur, George owned and operated a saw mill, gristmill, distillery and store/tavern. He needed to do something with all the extra wheat growing in the surrounding fields so he turned it into whiskey and opened his own tavern. He may have been an old grump, but he was one ‘Hell’ of a business man.

6. Accident, Maryland

Located in Garrett County, Maryland, it’s it’s not quite clear how Accident got its name. As if its name weren’t bad enough, the townspeople are referred to as ‘accidental’. According to the last U.S. census in 2010, the population of Accident was approximately 325, with a median age of 34 years.

5. Nameless, Tennessee

When this town applied to the federal government for a post office, the box for city name was left blank on the application. Receipt of the application was returned with ‘Nameless’, written in the box for town name.

4. Bummerville, California

Bummerville is an unincorporated community in California without any record of residents and no known reason to be included on the map. But here it is anyway. Most people seem to feel more comfortable living in nearby West Point. Now that’s a bummer!

3. Kickapoo, Texas

They’re the butt of many jokes, but hey, Kickapoo has its very own airport and is home to one of the nine kick-ass Air Force Space Surveillance Systems. Is it wrong that we want to visit?

2. Pee Pee, Ohio

Pee Pee’s name comes from the creek of the same name, which is rumoured to come from the initials of an Irish settler. Thankfully the Irish settler’s name wasn’t Patrick Uleary! There are approximately 10,000 Pee Pees in this little hamlet, and I’m sure it’s a lovely place to visit.

1. Unalaska, Alaska

The top spot of unusual names has to go to Unalaska which is located in, where else, but Alaska. Located way off the snow shovelled track in the remote areas of Alaska, the town interestingly has the largest fisheries port in the U.S.A. measured by volume of fish caught. Unalaska is also home to the television series Deadliest Catch.

And that rounds out our top 10. Do you know of other locations in the U.S.A. or your own country with unusual or different names? Let us know below in the comments field.

4
Aug
Lorraine Motel - Memphis

Civil Rights Museum & Martin Luther King – Memphis, Tennessee

Historic sites should act as both monument and learning tool; no matter how confronting. If there is any argument for historic preservation, it is that these treasured places have the ability to teach, inform and inspire. Historic sites enrich our culture, inform the mind and touch the soul.

Looking through these windows in time gives us as a society the rare ability to take a look back, see where we were, and often times where we’re headed, hopefully bringing some form of clarity to the future.
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3
Jul
Fourth of July flag and sparkler celebration

Celebrating American Independence Day – 4 July

One of the best times to visit the U.S.A. is around the time of Independence Day celebrations on 4 July. With summer in full swing the country enjoys this holiday outdoors – and what better way to enjoy it than with family, friends and fellow countrymen.
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19
Jun
Graceland entrance

Elvis Presley Graceland – An Historic Treasure

Graceland is a place revered by many. To Elvis fans around the world this stately, old colonial house on the outskirts of downtown Memphis is almost sacred.

Love for the King and the devotion to preserve his legacy are very much evident in and around Graceland as well as its visitor’s centre, both of which encompass a most fitting tribute to Elvis, his life and his music.

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16
Jun
Chicago Architecture Cruise - First Lady Cruises

Picture Review of Chicago River Architecture Cruise

Chicago, the gleaming and stylish city on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan is always a pleasure to visit. A walk along its tree lined streets, beautiful wide avenues and manicured parks never fails to impress. The ‘city of big shoulders’ is known for many things but one of its most acclaimed features is its architecture. Chicago is after all the birthplace of the modern skyscraper
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19
May
SS Cyprus - Photo credit: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Ship Wrecks of the Great Lakes

Today’s guest post is from Rutger Thole at Book Your Dive.
If you love scuba diving and enjoy visiting intriguing wrecks around the world, consider travelling to the Great Lakes region of North America. Those who are unfamiliar with the Great Lakes may not realise it, but these massive lakes are home to some incredible wreck dives.
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10
May
St. Augusitne's dramatic skyline. Photo courtesy of FloridasHistoricCoast.com

St. Augustine – Explore Florida’s historic coast

When looking for a coastal holiday along America’s diverse Atlantic seaboard, the destination choices are endless. Warm and sunny beach holidays are among the most sought after and Florida, America’s Sunshine State, is a place which offers this in abundance. There is one Florida city though that can claim particular distinction.
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21
Apr
Indy 500

Indianapolis 500 – Tradition, crowds and buttermilk

Dubbed the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’, one of the largest motor speedway gatherings in the world will soon be taking place this upcoming Memorial Day. The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in tradition and thrusts this city onto the world stage. With 200 laps, 500 miles and 400,000 spectators crowding the stands, it’s assured to be an adrenaline fuelled good time.
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7
Apr
Civil War

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – 30 June to 4 July 2013

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the American Civil War. The confederacy’s push into the north was repelled and the northern victory became the catalyst for one of the greatest presidential addresses of all time – Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
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26
Nov
Miami - Cruise Port

Miami – Sun, Surf & Groovey Sounds

As the pulsating heart beat of southern Florida, Miami is dubbed The Capital of Latin America; and with good reason. It boasts long sunny days, large clean beaches, endless shopping, world heritage sites and never ending parties; plus a melting pot of Latino cuisine and flavours.
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