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:
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.
The Carowinds is a 400-acre amusement park, in North Carolina known for it’s breathtaking magical fun filled rides.
The park has a Halloween event called Scarowinds and a winter event called Winefest.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
When you see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is the coastline, and the two distictive trademarks that stand out – Maine and Florida.
Maine is the largest of the six New England States, it became the 23rd U.S. State on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise.
Maine is known for its coastline, and for being a producer of lobsters and blueberries.
Portland is the largest city in Maine, it consists of old and new historic landmarks.
Founded in the seventeenth century Portland is known for it’s Old Port Exchange.
Among the most historical sites in Portland is the former residence of renown writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Portland Art Museum, is full of breathtaking works of arts and artifacts from Maine’s history.
The view from Casco Bay is breathtaking; a great place to go whale watching.
In the western region of Maine there is a large mountainous region that is a skiable area.
In the North East, it’s the Sugarloaf Resort which offers an above tree line lift-service.
The Sugarloaf Mountain in the Carrabassett Valley of western Maine has a vertical drop of over 2,820 feet.
The Monhegan Plantation in Lincoln County, Maine – is about 12 nautical miles off the mainland.
It has a population of approximately 69 residents.
It’s accessible by boat from The Boothbay Harbor.
It was designated a National Natural Landmark, for its coastal and island flora in 1966.
World wide the Lobster imported from Maine – is known as “American Lobster”. Lobster from Maine is also distinguished for it’s Red shell.
Red Shell = Maine Lobster.
Maine is the largest lobster producing state in the United States.
Located in the heart of Portland on the historic waterfront, there is a superb clear cold water Fishing Community.
Known for it’s guaranteed high quality lobster – Maine Lobster.
All Lobsters from Maine come from clear cold waters.
When in Maine I strongly recommend that you find yourself a fishing Harbor; and catch the best lobster there is.
Don’t worry about preparing it, you’ll find a place – just go catch it. A big Red Shell one would be nice.
The Boothbay Harbor is a great place to Lodge, it has a coastal resort right on the water.
Great views- makes you appreciate nature and the beauty of the sea. Have you noticed that the ocean and the sea seem to meet at some point.
And it’s an ideal place for a family holiday. Stay in a cabin or lodge on the waterfront.
You can then relax on the bay, enjoy resort activities or just enjoy the local area attractions.
In Maine people eat well, so check out their restaurants and friendly atmosphere.
Old Orchard Beach is known for it’s low surf – the perfect place to take the children – let them play in the sand and build a magnificent sand castle – with minimal worries about the tie – is usually low – child friendly. But always check the local news to be sure.
Orchard Beach is also a nice place to walk the boardwalk – then sunbathe and stroll along the beach.
If you like to play golf, Maine the place – to go to – a few comfortable fields for you to tea off – afterwards you can enjoy an auto race in the Old Orchard Beach area.
Maine by no doubt is bigger than it seems, with so much to do all year round.
Start your next winter aventure skiing in Maine then come back in the summer and catch that lobster.
Year round Maine is full of history, festivals, fairs, concerts, street dances, and fireworks.
Have a great time there ……. let me know how your trip went.
Siegburg is a wonderful small city located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger; in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Siegburg sits on the base of a mountain.
Siegburg is one of the few cities in the world that has converted – most – if not all of it’s street lights; to energy efficient – LED – bulbs. Reducing the use and cost of energy tremendously in Siegburg.
In 1816 Siegburg became the county seat of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.
Some of Siegburg most interesting sites in Siegburg are:
Holzgasse – The Holzgasse is a long cobblestone paved street full of shops and restaurants.
Abtei Michaelsberg – The Abtei Michaelsberg is the former residence of the Benedictine Monks; who produced a liquor called Siegburger Abtei-Likör and a beer called Michel.
Medieval Christmas Markett – Siegburg is known for it’s medieval Christmas market. The market features Medieval tents, full of the era’s artifacts and medieval music. A variety of wines are served – this includes honey wines and some of the era’s most tasteful breads. It’s a great place to step back in time. Siegburg Museum – The Siegburg museum features the history of Siegburg from prehistoric times until the Federal Republic. The museum has a medieval cellar vault; conserved from 1826.
Oktopus Siegburg – The Oktopus Siegburg is a great place to go to if you like deep sea diving – here you can do it indoors. It’s one of the deepest indoor diving centers of Europe. The tower has a depth of 20 meters and a diameter of 10 to 18 meters.
Cineplex Siegburg – The Cineplex Is the biggest cinema in Siegburg; it shows the latest movies. It consists of: 2 small – cozy movie theaters, 4 medium size – movie halls, and one huge movie theater – that can house 500 people.
Michealsberg Abbey – Is a former monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded in 1064 by the Archbishop of Cologne, the monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.
During the 14th century, the abbey was said to be directly subject to the Holy Roman Emperor. This led to a war, with the town of Siegburg.
In 1676, the abbey became the subject of local territorial power.
During the period of the Thirty Years’ War, the abbey became – a center of literary and musical studies.
There is no doubt that Siegburg is a great place to travel to; a small town with a huge history and great restaurants.
When you visit, check your electrical items – the voltage in Germany is 230 V 50 Hz, adapter C / F.
Let me know about your trip to Siegburg, did you dive? How deep did you go – was it cold outside when you did it?
The Republic of Austria is a Federal Republic, with a mountainous terrain, within the Alps.
The German name for Austria is Österreich, which means “Eastern Realm”.
German is Austria’s official language, other official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804.
In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.
In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria, as a Sovereign state.
That same year the Austrian Republic – became neutral.
In 1995, Austria joined the European Union, and adopted the euro currency in 1999.
Today, Austria is a Parliamentary Representative Democracy; made of nine federal states.
Vienna is Austria’s capital and – it’s largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million inhabitants.
Austria is also one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $43,724.00.
Austria currently produces more than half of its electricity by hydro power, the rest is produced by gas and oil powered plants.
The Austrian Roman Catholic church reports 58% of the population to be Catholic. The rest of the population are registered members of various religious communities – mostly Muslims, due to the influx from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
There is also a large number of Orthodox Churches in Austria – mainly Serbs, and a growing number of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
And a small percentage of the population is of the Jewish Faith.
Below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria; that are sure to make your day special.
Hochosterwitz Castle – Hochosterwitz Castle is fairy tale beautiful. An inclined railway brings visitors to the castle. Some say the castle is the inspiration behind – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
The historic city of Krems – Krems is a good city to stroll about and visit the castle called Gozzoburg. Krems is where the blue Danube and the Krems river meet. The city of Krems has a reputation for its wine industry, there are with numerous tasting rooms.
Eisriesenwelt Cave – The Eisriesenwelt Caves are a amusement park for nature lovers, highlighting an Ice Cave.
Schloss Mirabell– Schloss Mirabell is a beautiful palace that dates back to early 16th century. It’s structured in marble, stuccoes and has enormous Frescoes on the walls – and a impressive garden.
Melk Abbey – The Melk Abbey is a huge world renowned monastery. situated high on a cliff.
Hohenwerfen Castle – Hohenwerfen Castle overlooks the Salzachtal Valley. The castle is typically medieval with dungeons. The dungeons still contain some of the original instruments of the castle.
There’s No doubt – Austria history is interesting – explore it and the beauty of nature that encompasses it’s land.
Austria is a great place for outdoor activities; and winter sports. Some of the major places in Austria for winter activities and sports include de Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
Innsbruck the capital city of Tyrol in Western Austria. The name translates as “Inn bridge”.
Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center, it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
Austria is one of three countries in the world; which have hosted twice the Winter Games.The others are St. Moritz, in Switzerland and Lake Placid, New York in the United States of America.
In 1984 and 1988 Innsbruck hosted the Winter Paralympics.
Innsbruck also is host; to one of the 4 ski-jumping competitions – of the 4 Hills Tournament every year.
Because of it’s location in the mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in the winter, ski-jumping and mountaineering in the summer.
There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, for ski lovers.
You can catch the Nordkette Cable car from central Innsbruck – and enjoy the amazing view.
he base of the cable car is located in the: Old Town Center.
The Nordkette Cable Car has been running since 1928, and has undergone several recent modern makeovers.
The Nordkette Cable Car leaves every 15 minutes, seven days a week. The price varies depending on how high you want to go.
There’s a restaurant and market, both with great views.
Salzburg is a great place to visit in Austria. It’s the birthplace of Mozart, and home of the Salzburg Festival.
The Haus der Natur in Salzburg is a museum, with fascinating aspects of Environmental Nature.
At the entrance you are greeted by a giant dinosaur, as you walk thru the museum – you get the feeling that you are walking thru time – passing millions of years; from the Land of the Dinosaurs – to the – Space Age.
Marvel at animals from around the world at Hellbrunn Zoo it houses over 1200 animals of 140 different species.
The Hellbrunn Estate, has a palace, fountains and a zoo, it was completed in 1619.
The Salzburg Zoo is dedicated to protecting nature, animals and species, it’s committed to keeping the animals in a habitat that is as close to nature as possible.
Some of Salzburg most impressive features are it lakes, castles, and museums.
Salzsbur is world known for it’s magnificent architecture.
Don’t forget, in Austria, the electricity power sockets are Type F (round tips plugs) and the standard voltage is 230 V 50 Hz.
Austria is great place to travel to, a small country with alot of things to do.
Portugal is a southern European country bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced it's tourist attraction - to the beaches, this in turn has played a role in their diet; salty cod fish and grilled sardines are national dishes.
Portuguese is the spoken language, which is related to Galician language, spoken in northwestern Spain.
The kingdom of Portugal lasted some 800 years, from 1139 to 1910.
The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, signed in 1373, is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.
Since 1910, the country has been a republic.
The modern democratic republic was founded in 1976.
The first Pirate code was invented in the 17th century by the Portuguese buccaneer Bartolomeu Português.
The modern Portuguese legal system has been influenced primarily by German law.
Due to the influence of Roman Catholicism, Portugal is one of the most socially conservative countries in Europe.
Portugal is the only country in the EU, along with Spain, where life imprisonment has been abolished.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe with 17,185 m/56,381 feet.
From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.
Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
The Jeronimos Monastery was built in 1502 by order of King Manuel I. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success.
Great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastião, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.
Jeronimos Monastery Cloisters was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome , whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king’s soul.
UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage monument. This style of architecture became known as Manueline, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.
Each column is carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs. It portraits an era of sea exploration and the Biblical story of Joseph.
The Tower of Belém is typical of the Manueline style of architecture. The four-story tower was created in the shape of a ship’s bow jutting into the water.
The main side of the fortress faces the sea and is completely different from the side impression of the tower. Built from ivory-white limestone, the real beauty of the structure lies in the decoration of the exterior.
The Pena National Palace was built in the 19th century by Atlantic Ocean , the palace was meant to be a summer home for the Portuguese royals.
Ferdinand’s taste was imposed on the builders and designers, the result was a Palace that looks like it has a little of all the other palaces of the era.
One portion caters to a medieval European castle, a portion of it is modeled after an Islamic tower dome. It’s full of colors – there is a purple wing, a red clock tower, a lots of yellow ornaments.
King Ferdinand said he wanted the palace to look like an opera.
It is now seen as one of the grandest examples of Romantic architecture.
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city.
The Sao Francisco Church looks like an ordinary 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction.
There is a museum housed in the catacombs below consisting of artifacts from the former monastery.
Praça do Comércio is a large square on the banks of the River Tagus in Lisbon. It was built on the site previously occupied by the Palace Yard following its destruction in the 1755 earthquake. Lisboetas often still use the previous name for the square.
Along with the Arco da Rua Augusta at its northern end, the Praça do Comércio is one of the centerpieces of the redevelopment of the Portuguese capital by the Marquis of Pombal in the mid-18th century.
The U-shaped square, open at the Tagus end, was designed by Portuguese architect, Eugénio dos Santos.
Discover the best of Portugal’s capital on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Lisbon. Choose from four different routes, all offering opportunities to see the city’s monuments and explore its charming neighborhoods. An option line to Cascais allows you to explore the magic of that town as well. Tickets can be purchased for 24- or 48- hours.
Hop on a double-decker bus at the Lisbon Terminal in Marquês de Pombal Square. Settle in and cruise through Lisbon on one of four different but equally engaging sightseeing lines, including lines to Belém, Oriente, Castle or the charming beach town of Cascais.
Sunbathe on one of the many sandy beaches along the Cascais Line. Catch the best coastline views before settling onto a beach to unwind.
On the western side of the square is the main Lisbon Tourist Office (Turismo) with a stylish shop selling upmarket craft items from all over Portugal.
On this side of the square is the HQ of Viniportugal, which promotes Portuguese wine. There are tastings Monday through Saturday.
The world-famous Porto wine is a sweet Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley, Portugal.
Over half of the world’s cork is produced in Portugal.
Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral is a Portuguese singer and a former psychology student. He represented Portugal in
the Eurovision Song Contest this past May and gave Portugal its first win since their debut in 1964. Below is a video of the winning song for your enjoyment.
Portugal has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.
Have a great time in Portugal, let me know all about your trip.
History of Los Angeles
Los Angeles city was a small Mexican town that changed little in the three decades after 1848, when California became part of the United States. The Santa Fe railroad increased the amount of immigrants that moved to Los Angeles, mostly white Protestants from the Midwest.
Los Angeles had a strong economic base in farming, oil, tourism, real estate and movies. Hollywood made the city world-famous.
Los Angeles also acquired another industry in the years just before World War II: the garment industry. At first devoted to regional merchandise such as sportswear, the industry eventually grew to be the second largest center of garment production in the United States.
in 1973 Los Angeles became the first major Western city to elect a black mayor with Tom Bradley.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach make up the nation’s largest harbor complex, handling 44% of all goods imported by cargo container into the United States. In 2007, the equivalent of 7.85 million 40-foot shipping containers poured through the ports.
In 2005 City Council member Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor, the first Latino elected to that office since the 1872. Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City county island area of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California.
It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood.
The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill. There is a three-car, cable-pulled hover train funicular to reach the top.
The Getty Center is well known for it’s architecture, gardens, European paintings, manuscripts, sculptures,Vincent Van Gogh painting, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles.
The Hollywood Boulevard is a major east–west street in Los Angeles, California. Parts of the boulevard are popular tourist destinations, primarily the fifteen blocks between La Brea Avenue east to Gower Street where the Hollywood Walk of Fame is primarily located.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, it’s specimens covers 4.5 billion years of history.
Dodger Stadium, is a baseball park located in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The stadium hosted eight World Series: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1988.
Dockweiler State Beach is a beach in Los Angeles, California, with 3.75 miles of shoreline and a hang gliding practice and training area, it is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign. Since 1935, admission has been free.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
The stars are public monuments to achievements in the entertainment industry.
Los Angeles has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.
Washington, D.C – Capitol of The United States of America
Washington D.C is the capital of the United States of America, it borders with Maryland and Virginia. Home of three of the Federal Governments most important branches – the Capitol, White House and the Supreme Court.
The National Mall is home to Washington’s most interesting monuments, memorials and museums.
The US Navy Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial are powerful tributes to American history.
The White House, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, are are places you might want to reserve ahead.
Make a stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where you make a visit to the Kennedy family gravesite and spend some time with those who gave their life’s to protect our freedom.
Visit the nations’s capital and enjoy it’s rich history here are some facts:
December 23, 1788
Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia. January 23, 1789
Georgetown University was established by Jesuits in present-day Washington, D.C., as the 1st US Catholic college.
Jul 16, 1790
The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.
Mar 29, 1791
Pres. George Washington and French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant examined the site along the Potomac River that would become the U.S Capital; land given by Virginia and Maryland.
Washington became the official federal capital in 1800.
Apr 15, 1791
Surveyor General Andrew Ellicott consecrated the southern tip of the triangular District of Columbia at Jones Point. December 12, 1800
Washington D.C. was established as the capital of the United States.
February 27, 1801
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
March 4, 1801
Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
August 25, 1814
British forces destroyed the Library of Congress, containing some 3,000 books.
January 30, 1815
The burned Library of Congress was reestablished with Jefferson’s 6,500 volumes.
January 1, 1818
An official reopening of the White House took place after being repaired from burning by British during War of 1812.
December 24, 1851
Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes.
January 8, 1853
The first US bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was unveiled in Washington,D.C.
Mar 6, 1862
President Abraham Lincoln proposed to Congress a revised plan of compensated emancipation for slave-owners in the District of Columbia and the border states.
April 3, 1862
A bill was passed to abolish slavery in Washington, D.C. President Lincoln signed the bill April 16th, 1862.
April 13, 1862
In the Washington area volunteers led by Sarah J. Evans paid homage to the graves of Civil War soldiers.
March 4, 1865
President Lincoln was inaugurated for his 2nd term as President. The Inaugural Ball was held March 6th, 1865.
Apr 14, 1865
On the evening of Good Friday, just after 10 p.m., Pres. Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. President Lincoln died, several hours after he was shot.
Upon the assassination Vice-President, Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States – from 1865-1869.
July 5, 1865
The US Secret Service began operating under the Treasury Department. The Secret Service Division goal was to suppress counterfeit currency.
September 25, 1867
Congress created the 1st all black university, Howard University in Washington DC.
October 12, 1901
Theodore Roosevelt renamed the Executive Mansion, to The White House.
March 27, 1912
The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C.
June 20, 1944
The US Congress chartered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
May 24, 1951
Racial segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants was ruled illegal.
September 7, 1954
Integration of public schools began in Washington D.C
March 19, 1979
The U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business. April 30, 1997
President Clinton reopened the newly renovated Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Washington also has a lot of things you can do for free, you can visit the Library of Congress, they have free lectures, concerts, exhibits and poetry readings.
The Supreme Court has session that begin at 9:30 a.m. outside the Front Plaza, visitors should arrive much earlier for a chance to attend a session.
You can also visit the National Zoo for free. Home to 1,500 animals of 300 different species.
Washington has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.
There’s no doubt that Washington is a very interesting place – I know you will have a great time when you visit it.