San Francisco Travel

Travelling to San Francisco is –  The Experience of a Lifetime.

When we talk about travelling we often dream of places like New York, Paris, London and San Francisco.

The only thing keeping us from achieving that goal is, finding an affordable flight, hotel, travel package, cruise and car rental.

In experience true travel.com we hope to provide you with some insight as to where you can find affordable things.

That way you be on your way to San Francisco before you know it.

When you travel, are you a tourist or a traveler?

There is a difference, a tourist enjoys the contemporary city and a traveler soaks in the countries history.

Tourist love to stay in the center of town or in the mist of the tourist area, close to the Malls, Restaurants, Beaches and Bars.

Tourist do a lot of walking, which is good for the shops. They also buy a lot of souvenirs, and each souvenir has someone’s name. Back home they’ll say I got this for

So keep it, it was bought with love just for you. No-one else can have it, 0.K.

If in a warm location, a tourist wants to know when are we going to the beach, and if he/she goes home without visiting the beach, you’ll be reminded of the reasons you’ s did not go.

That might last a year, so compromise. Besides, the sea air will do you good.

Tourist usually post a lot of pictures daily on their social media accounts, when they get home you basically lived the trip with them.

San Francisco Sightseeing Pass

On the other hand a traveler doesn't mind lodging away from the tourist area, they prefer to rent a car, and because of that being in the center of town is not a must.

Staying at a place close to a train station is also a hit with them, they are content taking the train back and forth to their hotel with the locals.

They do not post a lot on their social media accounts, if they have one. So you have to wait till they get home to see their pictures.

Travelers don’t mind taking the city bus while on vacation, or eating at a small restaurant in the small town, if they have a refrigerator it’s packed with supermarket groceries they got on the way back to the place they are lodging in.

They’ll make an effort to speak to everyone in their native tongue, even though most people will answer them in their own language or in English if it’s too difficult for them.

English is the world’s problem solver.

Travelers take from home or buy a road map of the place they will visit, and will plot their vacation in it. The bigger the circle – the greater the joy.

In extreme cases they may resort to a google map app – long enough to get out of a jam. But soon they will turn it off, and tell you they know where they are at, especially if they are driving.

A must stop for a traveler is a Museum, Castle or Government Building.

Beware the souvenir you get from a traveler might be from one of those places, it usually requires an explanation – its a historical thing.

So are you a traveler or a tourist?

Either way when you travel with friends or family there is always one of each.

A little compromise will help you both have a good time, it’s good to see both sides of the road. After all …. life consist of each.

Whether you’re a Tourist or Traveler – San Francisco is a good place to go to.
Below is a video from Expedia, so you can see why.

Some good places to visit in San Francisco are Fort Mason, The Exploratorium, The Cable Car Museum, Park Merced, The San Francisco Bay, Moss Beach, Daly City, Seacliff and San Bruno Mountain.

Here are a few safety tips:
If you must carry a bag, make sure it has a long strong strap that you can place across your chest like so – ( / ). Avoid straps that clip on they can easily be removed. Make sure the strap is sewed to the bag.

If you must place your wallet in your back pockets. Place the wallet in your pocket the wide way. Hold the wallet in your hand like your going to open it – book style; and insert it in your back pockets that way.

This may require some adjusting to get it in your pocket – and hopefully to get it out. Pick pockets look for people who placed their wallet the long way in their pockets.

Bumping into you it’s all it takes to move your wallet up and walk away with it.

Take shirts that you can wear outside your pants. Preferably one that covers your pockets.

Right now it’s no time to travel, so research your next vacation, see videos of the place, compare prices, learn from the traveler or a tourist – sometimes staying away from the center is not all bad.

Neither is doing a lot of walking, good cardio. Read about where you want to go, and look forward to it.

Covid-19 will pass, and you’ll be back on your feet doing all the things you love, with much more caution.

Receive a big hug from me and my best wishes for a safe and healthy rest of the year.

Don’t forget your face mask and gloves if you must go out.

Idaho Travel


What do you think of when you hear the word Idaho? If you are like me, you think of potatoes, as far back as I can remember when my family and I did the grocery shopping for Thanksgivings and Christmas dinner we always made sure the potatoes were from Idaho.

It stood and still stands for quality potatoes.

So where is Idaho?

Idaho is in the Northwest region of the United States. It shares a small portion of the Canadian border with the province of British Columbia.

Idaho was once solely inhabited by Native American people, some still live there.

Despite the lack of evidence – of the origin of the name, many textbooks state that Idaho is a Shoshoni Indian phrase “ee-da-how”.

These books state that the ee, conveys the idea of “coming down”.

The “dah” is in Shoshoni – Sun or Mountain.

And “how”, curiously enough stands is an ! (yes)…. an exclamation mark.

In Shoshoni ee-da-how (Idaho) means “Behold! the sun coming down the mountain.

There are other tales about the origin of the name of Idaho, chiefly among native american tribes.

This one my favorite, which leads me to think that the word Idaho really is a native american word – written in English.

English is Idaho’s predominant language. Frequently heard languages in Idaho are Spanish and and various Native American languages.

There is no doubt that Idaho is an important agricultural state, producing nearly one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States.

Fertile soil, clear clean water, clean air and the right climate make Idaho a superior place to harvest potatoes.

Idaho has nearly 25,000 farms and ranches spread over 11.8 million acres of land that produces more than 185 different commodities.

Three varieties of wheat are grown in Idaho, the state dark northern spring, hard red wheat, and soft white wheat – that’s the one you used to make the cake with.

Other important industries in Idaho are food processing, lumber, wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, electronics, silver mining, and tourism.

Boise is the proud capital of Idaho and its most populous city.

In Downtown Boise you can find the Idaho State Capitol, the Egyptian Theater, the Boise Art Museum – which has alot of contemporary works and a well designed outdoor sculpture garden – really nice to see.

Downtown Boise also has alot of restaurants, bars, shops and a very active nightlife.

The Boise Zoo is a natural wonder – known for housing over 200 animals – which represent at least 80 species from around the globe.

Boise is a regional hub for jazz music, the theater, and indie music.

The Boise River is a great place for fishing, swimming and rafting.

Idaho is also is home to three facilities of Anheuser-Busch which provide a large part of the malt for breweries across the nation.

The Boise State University campus is home to Albertsons Stadium.

Albertsons Stadium has a total 36,800 seats – the football stadium is best known for its Blue Turf field.

Boise also has a human rights memorial; the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, next to the main library.

Public transportation is pretty reliable in Boise – it includes a series of bus lines.

Some other places of interest in Idaho are:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve which is a United States National Monument and national preserve in the Snake River Plains of central Idaho.

Shoshone Falls, is a impressive 212 feet high waterfall on the Snake River in southern Idaho.

Idaho is also a great place for winter recreation with its numerous snowmobile and ski facilities.

The Bogus Basin ski area opened in 1942 and is hosts to multiple winter activities.

These activities include alpine skiing and snowboarding, and cross-country skiing and snow tubing.

The Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is one if not thee most impressive ski resort in northern Idaho.

Well known for its all around panoramic views.

Coeur d’Alene is a must see city in northwest Idaho; known for its water sports on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The Canfield Mountain Natural Area and Coeur d’Alene National Forest; are filled with impressive trails for hikers and lots of surprises for nature lovers.

If you just want to relax then go one morning or afternoon to McEuen Park, which offers a grassy lawn and a trail-head for adjacent Tubbs Hill.

Or see the lakeside City Park & Beach; which are also relaxing places – they have a picnic area and playground.

If you are a thrill seeker then take a zip-line tour in Idaho – most cover 12 miles through the mountains.

Boise Airport is quite attractive featuring some of the U.S.A’s major airlines – like: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

The terminal was recently renovated to accommodate the growing number of passengers flying in and out of Boise.

Before you go I want to share with you a recipe I heard on a interview with one Idaho farmer, he suggested that you take a raw Red Skin Idaho potato peel it – cut it in small pieces and add it to your salad.

Sounds pretty crunchy to me, what you think. You have any Idaho potatoes….. I’m going to try it.

We can safely conclude that Idaho is a great place to visit, There seems to be activity all year around – ski in the winter, fish in the summer, hike in the spring and fall.

Have a safe and enjoyable ride across The United States to Idaho, don’t forget to take lots of pictures and share them with us.

Mississippi Travel

Mississippi is a great place to visit, if your like me the first thing you think about is the Mississippi River.

But it’s no wonder, Mississippi’s name is derived from the Mississippi River, after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi.

The state of Mississippi western boundary is largely defined by the Mississippi River.

Mississippi is almost entirely within the Gulf coastal plain, and generally consists of lowland plains and low hills.

Jackson is both the state’s capital and largest city. One of the interesting sites in Jackson is the former state capitol building it was used as the State House from 1839 through 1903, when the present capitol building was opened.

Mississippi is known for its music and literature, it has been called the Birth Place of The Blues.

Musicians of the state’s Delta region were historically significant to the development of the blues.

The USA International Ballet Competition, which is held every four years, takes place in Jackson.

A census showed that in 2010, 37.3% of Mississippi’s population was African American, the highest percentage for any state.

The Mississippi River is not the only river in it’s state, there is the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, and the Tombigbee River.

Mississippi if one thing is green, it has over 3000 species of plants, more than 420 species of birds, and approximately 204 fish species.

Biloxi
Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos.

Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound.

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boat-building and seafood-processing.

The Beauvoir estate and Jefferson Davis Presidential Library explore the life of the Confederate leader.

The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies research and rehabilitation center, is one of the only dolphin rescue facilities on the gulf coast, and cares for a variety of marine mammals.

It has a discovery room with a pool that allow visitors to interact with sea stars, stingrays, sharks, and other marine life.

Address: 3671, 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulf-port, Mississippi
Official site: www.imms.org

Beauvoir
The Beauvoir estate was built in 1852 and became the home of president, Jefferson Davis, in 1877.

It remained in the family until 1903, when Davis’ widow sold the property to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

As part of the sale, the organization agreed to use the property as a free home for confederate veterans (1903-1957).

Since 1957 the property remains a memorial to confederate soldiers and Jefferson Davis.

The estate is home to the Confederate Presidential Library and Museum.

The museum has President Davis belongings, items from the veterans home, and artifacts from the Civil War.

Visitors may tour the large estate, which includes the home, guest cottages, and the Memorial Cemetery.

Address: 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi
site: www.visitbeauvoir.org

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about the natural world with exhibits of Mississippi’s wildlife, sealife (aquarium with over 200 species), and its extensive fossil collection.

Location: Off Lakeland Drive at Interstate 55 in Northeast Jackson, Mississippi within LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
Official site: www.mdwfp.com/museum

Elvis Presley Birth Home
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a two-room house that was built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The home has been preserved and is open for fans to see it as it was during his childhood, complete with period furnishings.

Address: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi
Official site: www.elvispresleybirthplace.com

Rock & Blues Heritage Museum
The Rock & Blues Heritage Museum in Clarksdale has a wide variety of music memorabilia from 1905 through the 1970’s, with a focus on the evolution of Blues and Rock n’ Roll.

One of the most impressive aspects is the museum’s collection of original records, dating back to a 1905 Edison phonograph and cylinders and several examples of 1920’s 78 rpm acetate records.

Here, you can also find what is considered the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll record, Ike Turner’s Rocket 78, which was recorded in Clarksdale. Other original vinyls include the 1956 Shake, Rattle and Roll and Rock Around the Clock.

The museum also has several guitars autographed by music legends like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, the Doors’ Rob Krieger, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Other memorabilia includes interesting artifacts, like The Who’s contract to play Woodstock and ticket stubs form the concert, Beach Boys stage props, and original sheet music.

There is also an exclusive “British Invasion” exhibit, which features Beatles memorabilia and rare items, like John Lennon’s Dutch “Bag One” lithographs.

Address: 113 East 2nd Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Official site: www.blues2rock.com


Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway follows a route once used by Native Americans, stretching for 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi through Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee.

It is a popular scenic route for sightseeing, with plenty of things to do and see along the way.

Among the most popular tourist attractions are numerous prehistoric mounds and archaeological sites, scenic lookouts, and historic points of interest like the Tupelo and Brices Cross Roads battlefields.

The Parkway is also a designated bicycle route with incredible views and photo opportunities.

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

Old Courthouse Museum
The Old Courthouse Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark operated by the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society.

The courthouse was build in 1858 by slave labor. The museum exhibits Civil War artifacts, flags, clothing, household items, and furniture.

Address: 1008 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Official site: http://oldcourthouse.org/

Mississippi Petrified Forest
The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a enormous massive forest, slowly turning to stone with time. It has a nature trails to explore the evolution of plants and fossils over time.

Official site: www.mspetrifiedforest.com

Some of the famous people born in Mississippi are Elvis Presley, BB King, Gerald McRaney, Shepard Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Sela Ward, and James Earl Jones.

There is so much more to talk about and explore about Mississippi than what we covered here.

I don't know about you, but I want to soak my feet in the Mississippi River, and get in-touch with nature, and head down the river in a boat.

Never mind me, you go on and have a safe and pleasant vacation. Don't forget your safety tips: Wear casual clothes - Blend in

If you put your wallet in your pants back pockets - insert it - the wide way in - its harder to pull out. Even for you.

Eat right - try the local dishes that include fruits and/or vegetables. You don't have to do it everyday - two out of three. Ok, three out of four and you can throw in some sweets.

Last but not least - if you have a large bag - must take stuff - make sure you have a long strap - and place it across your chest. If the strap is resting on top of your left shoulder - the bag should be resting on the right side of your waist.

Bye, have fun take some pictures and share some with us.


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Kansas Travel

If you are like me, the first thing you do when you look at a map is notice the top, middle and bottom. When some people where asked, “What state is in the middle of the United States?”; many replied Kansas.

Kansas is in the Mid-western part of The United States, named after the Kansas River.

The Kansas River was named after the Native Americans who lived along its banks for many centuries.

For thousands of years, Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes.

Kansas capital is Topeka.

Topeka’s State Capitol Building, is a work of art, it’s covers 20 acres in the heart of downtown Topeka.

It’s French Renaissance-style took 37 years to build. It’s construction began in 1866 and ended in 1903.

Kansas borders with Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and on the west with Colorado.

The tribes that inhabited the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys.

Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827; with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.

Unlike many states, Kansas land is mainly devoted to agriculture.

The state’s agricultural outputs are cattle, sheep, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, hogs, corn, and salt.

As of 2018, there were 59,600 farms in Kansas, 86 of which are certified as organic farms.

The most significant agricultural crop in the state is wheat.

Kansas is ranked eighth in US petroleum production. Oil production in Kansas has remained fairly constant.

The average monthly rate is about 2.8 million barrels. Kansas is also ranked eighth in US natural gas production.

Kansas economy is also influenced by the aerospace industry, with such giants as Spirit AeroSystems, Bombardier Aerospace, and Textron Aviation.

People who never visited Kansas recognize it from literature and film – one of my favorite films featuring Kansas is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.



The main character in the novel and film Dorothy Gale won the hearts of many. There's something heart warming and exciting about Dorothy finding her way back to Kansas. That just keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Whose's heart did not go out for Dorothy's safe return to Kansas.

Equally as powerful is Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, published in 1935, a TV sensation packed with important family and community values. Definitely something you want to watch with your loved one.

Kansas is also home to the fictional character of Superman; in the Man of Steel. He grows up in Smallville, Kansas and heads off to save the world.

Do you believe in coincidences? - There's three, they all seem to agree - that Kansas is a place of great values.

Kansas is also known for the Kansas Speedway; located in Kansas City; host of the NASCAR, IndyCar, and ARCA race circuits.

The Kansas Speedway is known for its spectacular fan experience, with more than 200 motor sports events throughout the year.

The track hosts NASCAR touring series races and special events throughout the year.

Wichita Kansas

Wichita is the largest city in south-central Kansas with a population of 390,591. Wichita is known for it's impressive tourist attractions, such as:

The Botanica Wichita Gardens

The Botanica Wichita Gardens is a paradise celebrating horticulture that is open year-round. It has a Children's Garden, a Monster Woods exhibit, a Tree-house, 4000 species of plants, a butterfly garden, and a Shakespeare Garden.

Keeper of the Plains

The 44-foot-tall Keeper of the Plains - steel statue - stands over the public plaza, where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers merge through downtown.

The land in the area is sacred to Native Americans, and the plaza commemorates the important history and role that Native Americans have in the area.

A must-see event at the plaza is the "Ring of Fire" spectacular display, takes place at night.

Old Town

Old Town is in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Old Town is home to a large shopping center with brick-lined streets, a collection of brick warehouses dating back to the mid-1800's.

Built with brick and native limestone accents, these distinctive architectural features define the character of an Old Town.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo is an AZA-accredited wildlife park in Wichita, Kansas founded in 1971; recognized for its support of conservation programs and successful breeding of rare and endangered species.

It's home to over 3,000 animals of nearly 400 different species, its ranked as the number one outdoor tourist attraction in the state.

As you can see being in the middle is not all that bad, for now I'm just going to close my eyes and wish you a happy and safe trip to Kansas.

Have a great time - let me know about your mid-experience .......have a safe trip. Take lots of pictures, and share some.

North Carolina Travel

North Carolina is an interesting place to travel to, originally settled by small farmers, and lacking cities it slowly developed to be a world renowned location; recognized in 2018 for a second year in a row – as number one on Forbes’ Best States for Business list.

North Carolina is the 9th most populous state of the United States of America, Raleigh is its capital.

Raleigh is known for its fine universities, chief among is the North Carolina State University.

Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina. Residents of Charlotte are referred to as Charlotteans.

Charlotte is listed as a gamma-plus global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
After New York City, Charlotte is the second largest banking center in the United States.


As a tourist destination Charlotte is mostly known for its Museums, Leisure, Outdoors, and Entertainment.

Throughout history American Indian Tribes have been documented in the North Carolina region.

Chief among these tribes but not limited to are the Chowanoke, Roanoke, Pamlico, Machapunga, Coree, Cherokee, Cheraw, Waxhaw, Saponi, Waccamaw, and Catawba Tribes.

North Carolina has the largest Indian Population east of the Mississippi River.

Some of North Carolina's most interesting sites are:

Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is a historic house museum in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Biltmore House was built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is America's longest linear National Parkway, noted for its scenic beauty; its 469 miles cover 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties.
Carowinds
The Carowinds is a 400-acre amusement park, in North Carolina known for it's breathtaking magical fun filled rides.
Land of Oz
The Land of Oz is currently a private property located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. A most place to visit.
North Carolina Zoo
The North Carolina Zoo consists of 500 acres of natures most wonderful wildlife.

The species origin range from North America to Africa.

Don't think about it any longer, consider this great coastal state for a visit.

Please let me know about your visit, how far back in history did you travel?

Have a great time!

Virginia Travel


The State of Virginia
Officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is known in the United States as the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city.

Virginia’s estimated population as of 2017, is over 8.4 million.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.

Virginia has 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas; Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond-Petersburg are the three most populous.

Richmond, Capitol of Virginia
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 204,214.

The Richmond Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,260,029, the third-most populous metro in the state.

Major suburbs include Midlothian, Chesterfield, Varina, Sandston, Glen Allen, Short Pump, and Mechanicsville.

Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780, replacing Williamsburg.

“Give me liberty or give me death” originated in Virginia back in 1775 it was  said by Patrick Henry’s in a speech in he held in St. John’s Church.

Richmond’s economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government.

Virginia State Capitol
The Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France.

Its construction began in the year 1785, and was completed in 1788.

In 1960 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Pentagon
The Pentagon is located in Arlington County, Virginia, its the headquarter of the United States Department of Defense.

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.

Over twenty three thousand  (23,000) military and civilian people work there.

The five-acre pentagonal plaza is nicknamed “ground zero” on the presumption that it would be a prime target in a nuclear war.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the side of the building, killing 189 people.
 
The Pentagon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a United States Military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It was established on May 13th, 1864.

The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee.

Mary Anna Custis Lee was one of Martha Washington’s great-granddaughters.

The Cemetery, along with the Arlington House, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 2014.

Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money Magazine.

Alexandria is the relaxed and refined place to start your Virginia vacation.

Alexandria is home to Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

His wife’s name was Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.

Their former plantation is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style, the original house was built by George Washington’s father Augustine, around 1734.

 

Mount Vernon was Washington’s home until he passed away in 1799.

In 1858, the house’s historical importance was recognized and the plantation was restored, it was bought by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

Today the plantation is still owned and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and it’s open every day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. George would have wanted it that way.

In 1960 Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark , and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

No doubt, Virginia sounds like a great place to visit, if you decide to go – don’t forget your safety tips.

Wear shirts outside your pants if you can, preferably those that cover your pockets, turns off pick pockets.

If you must carry a over the shoulder bags – with long straps – strap it across your chest, not over your shoulder – that’s too easy to pull.

Avoid dark and solitary places – this includes – bus stops.

Have a good time, let me know about your trip.


 

Maryland Travel



Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.

Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.

It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary.

Sixteen of Maryland's twenty-three counties border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay, totally more than 4,000 miles of shoreline.

Maryland has been ranked as one of the best governed states in the country.

Maryland's Eastern Shore and Western Shore embrace the Chesapeake Bay, and the many estuaries and rivers create one of the longest waterfronts of any state.

Important agricultural products from Maryland are greenhouse and nursery products, chickens, dairy products, eggs, and soybeans.

Stone, coal, sand, gravel, cement, and clay are among their chief mineral products.

Baltimore is Maryland's largest city, and home of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.

Annapolis is Maryland's capital and the site of the United States Naval Academy.

Assateague Island National Park Seashore; is currently one of Maryland's most favorite vacation destinations.

Known for its sightseeing cruises, bird watching, fishing, hunting, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking.

Fort McHenry is located in Baltimore and one of the things it has become best known for is its defense of the harbor in the War of 1812.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum has one of the most important railroad collection in the United States.

The Strathmore Music Center offers audiences a wide variety of musical shows that suits just about anybody's taste.

In 1902, Maryland opened the Ocean City Boardwalk is recognized as one of the best boardwalks in America.

It’s filled with novelty shops, and restaurants. It’s nightlife is full of music and dancing.

Maryland is also known for it's Six Flags America theme park located in Woodmore CDP, Prince George's County, Maryland, near Upper Marlboro.

Six Flags America is divided into six themed areas inspired by the different extremes of the United States

Main Street 1776, Chesapeake, Looney Tunes Movie Town, Mardi Gras, Gotham City, and Coyote Creek

Main Street 1776, also known as Liberty Street, is inspired by Colonial America set during the American Revolution

Chesapeake embodies life on the water. This area was split into two sections, Skull Island, and Olde Boston.

Skull Island, focused heavily on the inclusion of pirates. Olde Boston focused on the colonial era.

Looney Tunes Movie Town is inspired by the Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s.

Mardi Gras is an all year Mardi Gras celebration.

Gotham City is a land that allows guests the experience Comics Strips most notorious city.

Ride The Joker’s carnival coaster, or soar to the skies with Superman, on the Ride of Steel.

Or take an unforgettable trip down the river with the Penguin, you decide.

Coyote Creek includes Renegade Rapids - a white water rafting ride down the river - inspired by the Colorado River.

Coyote Creek is home to the Crazy Horse Saloon, were cowboys use to drink and relax.

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in Maryland.

The park offers activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, water skiing and wakeboarding.

During the winter, it becomes a great place for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Among other popular Maryland attractions are the following:

National Aquarium, USS Constellation, and Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor; Historic St. Mary's City; Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum at St. Leonard; Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt; Assateague Island National Park Seashore; Ocean City beach resort; and Catoctin Mountain, Fort Frederick, and Piscataway parks.

Baltimore is the most popular tourist destination in Maryland.

Baltimore is known as the city where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner in 1812.

Local highlights include excellent seafood crabs, oysters, crab cakes, and crab soup.

Baltimore lies on the juncture of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Inner Harbour is one of Baltimore's most upscale neighborhoods known for its museums, hotels and magnificent National Aquarium.

Midtown is home to the performing arts district, Penn Station, Walters Art Museum, Charles St restaurants, and the University of Baltimore.

South Baltimore is home to Federal Hill, Locust Point, Pigtown, and Fort McHenry.

North Baltimore is home to Charles Village, Station North Arts District, Hampden, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, and Mount Washington.

Southeast Baltimore is home to Canton, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, and Greektown.

West Baltimore is home to Druid Hill Park, Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Pimlico, Maryland Zoo in druid Hill ParK, Pimlico Race course, and Edgar Allen Poe's house.

East Baltimore is home to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Clifton Park Golf Course, and Herring Run Park.

Maryland is a seasonal wonderland, so full of activities. Did you know that in the winter you can go skiing there.

WISP Resort  is one of Maryland's top ski and snowboarding location.

The area provides a winter playground for snow sports with 172 acres of skiing, over 100 inches of annual natural snow plus snowmaking.

Situated in the mountains of Western Maryland, Wisp Resort is Maryland's only 4-season ski, golf and recreational destination resort.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall Maryland is the place to go, book your trip now and have a great time there.
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Delaware Travel



Delaware was the first of the original 13 states to ratify the Federal Constitution.

It’s the second smallest state in the United States of America.

In 1682 it established three counties New Castle, Kent and Sussex.

Most state government operations are located in Dover, the capitol.

Delaware has one of the oldest churches in the nation that is still in use, the Old Swedes Church also referred to as the Holy Trinity Church which was constructed from 1698-1699.

The church is considered part of First State National Historical Park.
Because of seaside location Thomas Jefferson nicknamed it The Diamond State.

In 1880, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware the first Miss USA contest was held, Thomas Edison was one of the judges.

The Delaware Legislative Hall is the State Capitol Building of Delaware located in Dover.

Dover International Speedway is a race track in Dover, Delaware, it hosts NASCAR races each year, in addition to the USAC and Verizon IndyCar Series.

Daniel S. Frawley Stadium is a stadium in Wilmington, Delaware; primarily used for baseball.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library is an American estate and museum in Winterthur, Delaware; it houses one of the most important collections of Americana in the United States of America.

The Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a 300-acre country estate with jardin à la française formal gardens and a classical French mansion in Wilmington, Delaware. Built to resemble a French château.

The Hagley Museum and Library is a nonprofit educational institution in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Grand Opera House is a four story building with a 1,208 seat theater that was built in 1871 that seats 1,208 people.

It was built in 1871 by the Delaware Grand Lodge of Masons to serve as a temple and auditorium.

The Zwaanendael Museum was created to honor the 300th anniversary of Delaware's first European settlement, Zwaanendael, founded 1631.

The museum models the former City Hall in Hoorn, The Netherlands.

Fenwick Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the Delaware/Maryland border.

The structure dates back to 1858 making it the oldest lighthouse in the state of Delaware.

Delaware is the place where you can touch history and see it come to life, for example Fort Delaware.

Fort Delaware is a harbor defense facility, during the American Civil War, the Union used Fort Delaware as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war, political prisoners, federal convicts, and privateer officers.

The fort and the island currently belong to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

There's no doubt that Delaware served as a foundation to what America is today.

Delaware may be a small state, that made a huge impact on history. Definitely, a good place to travel to.

Visit Delaware and re-discover America.

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Pennsylvania Travel



The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the north eastern region of the United States of America.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original founding states.

It was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, on December 12, 1787.

The Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s largest  city.

Up to the year 1600; Pennsylvania was known for it’s many Indian Tribes among which were:

The Algonquian Lenape, The Trockwae Tribe, The Tutelo Tribe, The Saponi Tribe, The Shawnee Tribe, The Nanticoke Tribe, The Conoy Piscataway, The Iroquois Tribe and The Erie Tribe among others.

Pennsylvania is divided into 60 judicial districts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the final appellate court.

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg played a notable role in the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Harrisburg, which served from 1918 to 1919 at the end of World War I, was named in honor of the city.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show, is the largest indoor agriculture exposition in the USA.
It was first held in Harrisburg in 1917, and has been held there since then.

Harrisburg is also the hosts to the annual outdoor sports show, a two-day event consisting of a car show, motocross racing, and remote control – car racing; among other things.  

In the year 2010,  Forbes rated Harrisburg as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family.

Some of the most interesting sites in Pennsylvania are:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is an art museum originally chartered in 1876; for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

The museum has thousands of artworks from European, American and Asian origin which include sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs.

Fallingwater is a house built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of  the Stewart Township, Fayette County, of Pennsylvania.

The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

In 1991, the American Institute of Architects named Fallingwater the “best all-time work of American architecture”.

Hershey Park is a family theme park situated in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Founded in 1906 by Milton S. Hershey, as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company.

The park opened its first roller coaster ride in 1923, by 2016 Hershey Park was 110 acres, containing 70 rides and tons of attractions.

Adjacent to the park  is Hershey’s Chocolate World – a visitors’ center that is open to the public and contains shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.

The Philadelphia Zoo, was the first zoo in the United States, it opened on July 1, 1874 with 1,000 animals and the admission price of 25 cents.

Today the zoo is 42 acres long and the home to 1,300 animals.

Some of the zoo’s special features include a children’s petting zoo, a paddle boat lake, a rain forest themed carousel, and a  balloon ride.

The Carnegie Science Center is a  four floor museum in Pittsburgh.

The Buhl Planetarium, the Rangos Omnimax Theater, Sports Works, the Miniature Railroad & Village, the USS Requin and Roboworld, are some of the museums permanent exhibitions.

Sesame Place is a theme park, based on the Sesame Street Television Series.

It includes a variety of rides, shows, and water attractions suited for young children.

Philadelphia is one of Pennsylvania most populous cities and a major tourist attraction. It’s home to the Liberty Bell.

Located in The Liberty Bell, is the following scripture:


“Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof”,

which is a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10).

Deep isn’t it, makes you think. There’s something sad in there.

he liberty bell has a crack; it is said to have cracked when it was rung sometime after its arrival in Philadelphia.

In its early years, the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public gatherings.

The City of Philadelphia, which owns the bell, allowed it to go to various expositions and patriotic gatherings, during those trips the bell chipped in various places.  

After World War II, the city allowed the National Park Service to take custody of the bell, while retaining ownership.

In 1976, the bell was moved from Independence Hall to a  glass pavilion in the Independence Mall. 

In 2003, he bell was moved to Liberty Bell Center.

The image of the Liberty Bell has been featured in united states stamps and coins.

There’s no doubt Pennsylvania is a place with a rich history, and interesting sites.

Sounds like a great place to travel to, doesn’t it. When you do let me know all about it.

Don’t forget to have one of those Phillie Sub-Sandwiches.

Connecticut Travel

When someone mentions the state of Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind is colleges and universities. That’s because Connecticut reputation for having the nation’s most prestigious universities circles the globe.

Let’s see there’s Yale University, Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Connecticut is one of the original 13 colonies; it played a big role in the development of the Federal Government of The United States.

In modern times the emergence of digital media had a huge impact on Connecticut’s economy, today it has more than 1,200 media businesses located in the state, including thee Sports Media Giant – ESPN.

Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Connecticut; among which United Technologies – the parent company of – Carrier and Otis Elevator.

Connecticut is a small state with a dense population; it has over 3.6 million residents.

The most populous cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and it’s capital; the city of Hartford.

Hamburg, New York; Athens, Texas, and Seymour, Wisconsin all have one thing in common, they have legends that claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger.

New Haven, Connecticut has a restaurant known as Louis Lunch that claims that they served that first hamburger. They are still open, and guess what they still serve hamburgers as they did in 1900.

Louis Lassen is said to have made and sold his first hamburger in 1900. He had no Ketchup, so the hamburgers sold at Louis Lunch have – no Ketchup.

He did not have hamburger rolls either, so at Louis Lunch hamburgers are served on two slices of toasted white bread.

They’re still cooked on the 1898 cast iron grills that cooked – Burger Number One.

Louis Lunch is a family owned restaurant; it’s currently managed by one of Louis’ great-grandsons.

After a great burger where is there to go in Connecticut;  Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum – a state-owned natural history preserve occupying 80 acres in the town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

The state park protects one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, it’s embedded fossil tracks date back some 200 million years.

Worldwide and thru time, children have been delighted by books such as:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

These books have been translated into various languages and a countless amount of people have either seen the movie or read one of those tales. Some both.

The author of those books was Mark Twain.

The house where Mark Twain lived from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut has been preserved and it’s now a museum.

It’s known as The Mark Twain House and Museum.

Mark Twain birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

The Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States.

Known for its ships and re-creation of a 19th-century seaside village.

The United States Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, is located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut.

It’s the only submarine museum managed by the Naval History and Heritage Command division of the United States Navy.

The museum has 33,000 artifacts, including the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world, the USS Nautilus.

Connecticut has some interesting national parks and trails like the The Appalachian Trail which is 2,180 miles long. It’s trail starts in Maine and ends in Georgia.

The New England Trail is more compact it covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges and mountains of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The New England trail consists of: trap-rock ridges, historic village centers, and farmlands, silent streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is in 35 towns from northeastern Connecticut to south-central Massachusetts.

1,100 of it’s miles are forests and farms with rivers.

As we can now appreciate Connecticut is more than just a state with prestigious universities is a piece of history, at it’s best.