The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was created to provide a link between the Potomac River and the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, in the days when travel by water was faster than travel by land. In time, the canal was superseded by the railroad, canal towns that were not also on rail lines became somewhat frozen in time, and many have changed very little since that day.
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD, preserve the world in ways that most have forgotten. A visit there is a step back in history, and a step into a quieter world.
Watkins Glen State Park in New York began as a private park in 1863 and has been a state park since 1909. It is a place of scenic enchantment and outdoor enjoyment. We have some suggestions about how to best enjoy the park, letting gravity be your friend, as follows.
Philadelphia is a great destination for anyone, and especially for families. The City of Brotherly Love has much to offer kids and their parents, with lots of fun activities that just happen to be educational. World class landmarks such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art where its “Rocky” steps await.
Think San Francisco and you think the Golden Gate Bridge. The area in and around the famous landmark comprises the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. You will be pleasantly surprised how extensive this National Recreation Area is, comprising history, seashore, mountains, forests, forts, and more. Plan to take plenty of time to see it, or to return often. Take your time, take your camera, and take it all in.
When you are traveling, you want a watch on your wrist that is practical, durable, and well-designed, but not overly showy. The idea is to have a fully functional timepiece that serves you effortlessly but does not attract attention from would-be thieves. So, leave your showy and expensive watch at home, unless you are traveling to be the honored guest at a very special occasion. Instead, select a watch that is easy to read, easy to use, and makes you happy.
Bowling Green is the third largest city in Kentucky, and it has many attractions both natural and manmade, to draw the driver’s interest. Bowling Green began in 1778 when settlers established McFadden’s Station on the north bank of the Barren River. Today Bowling Green is a charming, flourishing city with a predominance of red brick buildings and friendly people.
For an exploration of the red sandstone canyon on the south side of Sedona along 89A, plan a trip to Red Rock State Park. Access is off Lower Red Rock Loop Road. The drive there is scenic. So much so that around every bend is another dramatic view.
The Magic Valley city of Twin Falls, Idaho has it all and awaits your eager discovery. Twin Falls began as a stage stop established in 1864 at Rock Creek and has grown to a metropolis of 44,000. The city’s setting along the Snake River Canyon is impressively picturesque. Surrounded by unique natural and manmade features, Twin Falls is a happy place to visit.
Our nation has so many fantastic national parks that we sometimes forget that our state parks offer beautiful scenery and treasures to discover. One of loveliest of these is Fall Creek Falls State Park, near Pikeville, Tennessee.
The International Peace Garden is a beautiful garden that symbolizes the harmonious relationship between the United States and Canada. It is located near Dunseith, North Dakota (USA) and Boissevain, Manitoba (Canada). Here, Manitoba Highway 10 becomes North Dakota Highway 3; together they are “The longest north/south road in the world.”