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. 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?
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.
Let me know about your trip.
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.
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.
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the United States. Montpelier is the capital of Vermont.
Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States.
It’s a small town with big city attractions – such as arts, music, restaurants, schools, recreational facilities, government facilities and churches.
Vermont is a Green Mountain State, great for outdoor activities.
The Killington Resort is one of those great outdoor places to visit; the terrain provides skiers different levels of excitement with a host of unique runs.
It’s serviced by 22 lifts and two express gondolas.
The resort also has six terrain parks which include snowboarders, free skiers snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing.
One of these terrains is called The Stash: the stash is an all-natural terrain park with more than 50 features, as well as a 500-foot long Superpipe with 18-foot walls.
Killington is an all year around place – during the changing of the seasons Killington is known for being the hosts of festivals, competitions from Rails 2 Riches and Dirty Girl Mud Runs – these of course these are accompanied by great bands.
During the Spring and Fall after the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 35 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Vermont also has other great places of interest which include, Shelburne, Wilson Castle, Bunker Hill Monument, Walden Pond State Reservation, Hildene Farm, Deerfield, The Champlain Islands, Grafton, Stowe, Manchester, the Quechee Gorge and of course Burlington.
Shelburne is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont located along the shores of Lake Champlain.
Shelburne is a suburb of Burlington, the largest city in the state of Vermont.
Wilson Castle is a nineteenth-century estate built in 1867 in a mix of nineteenth-century architectural styles including Dutch Neo-Renaissance, Scottish Baronial, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival, it is now a museum.
The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate The Battle of Bunker Hill, which was one of the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War, fought June 17, 1775.
The 221-foot granite obelisk was erected between 1825 and 1843, there are 294 steps to the top.
Walden Pond is part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system. Walden Pond State Reservation consists of 335 acres of protected open space.
In summer the Reservation is a popular swimming destination. In the spring and fall, it’s a popular hiking trail that leads you to a replica of Thoreau’s one-room cabin.
Hildene Farm is in Manchester in the heart of The Shires of Vermont on the 412-acre estate of Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and wife, Mary.
Hildene Farm also connects the family’s legacy to the sustainable and green practices. It utilizes renewable energy resources from solar panels and wood fuel.
The barn is designed specifically to house Hilden’s herd of Nubian goats.
They have a public viewing of cheese production from milking to small batch processing, pasteurization, aging and packaging of Hildene Farm Artisanal Cheeses.
Deerfield is a museum with historic houses, villages and countryside. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District.
Deerfield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Champlain Islands of Vermont are five breath-taking lakeside communities, nestled into Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York.
The Town of Grafton is one of the smallest and most scenic towns of Windham County.
Grafton is one of New England’s prettiest villages, with many historic buildings.
It is wonderful town that still holds traditional Town Meetings.
Grafton is a great place to walk thru the forests, swim in the river, mountain bike, visit shops, galleries and museums.
Grafton is also known for having very friendly people. Great hospitality, place to just sit and relax in a comfortable atmosphere.
Stowe Mountain is a resort surrounded by Mount Mansfield; the highest peak in Vermont and Spruce Peak.
Stowe Mountain is known for good skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.
Manchester is in the heart of the Green Mountains, this former iron-mining town today is an all-season destination.
In Manchester you can ski down the slopes, hike thru the mountains, fish in the river, canoe, ride bicycle thru scenic trails, go shopping, and enjoy great restaurants.
The Quechee gorge is home to the Quechee Lakes.
Quechee is known for a picturesque covered bridge at the site of the old Quechee Mill, which now houses the Simon Pearce glass-blowing facility and restaurant.
Woodstock is a town in Windsor County, Vermont. Some of the great tourist attractions in Woodstock are The Farmhouse; owned by Laurence Rockefeller and his wife Mary French Rockefeller, The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park , and the Appalachian Trail.
Burlington is the most populous city in the state of Vermont. It’s Church Street Marketplace – has a four-block pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, is the site of festivals year round.
Burlington is known for such events as the South End Art Hop, the Pine Street Art Works, the Festival of Fools, The Vermont Brewers Festival, the Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival, and for having the largest all year-round farmers markets in the state of Vermont.
Vermont is no doubt a great place to visit no matter what time of year you travel. Let me know if you decide to visit, have a safe flight.
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.