Monday, August 21, 2017, presents people in the United States with an extraordinary chance to see a total solar eclipse. The last time this type of an eclipse was able to be seen across the continental United States was 38 years ago, in 1979. And this is the first total eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918. You must be in the path that sweeps from west to east – across 11 states from Oregon to South Carolina – to see the eclipse in totality. If you are outside the roughly 60-mile wide band, you will not get to see the total eclipse.
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 humble pancake, which when well-made is not humble at all, has an even classier cousin, called the crêpe. Thin and delectable, with origins in the Brittany region of France, crêpes are so versatile, they can accommodate plain or fancy filings. For some of the coolest and cleverest crêpes around, try these destination-dining locations.
When it comes to our national parks, it’s not all about trees and plants — there are lots of spots where you can catch a glimpse of all sorts of animals at any time of the year. Here are our top picks for places to see fauna along with the flora.
Raise your hand if you love a ghost tour!
That’s right, we thought there would be a few of you. The fact of the matter is, ghost tours are not only incredibly fun (in a really scary way), but they are also great ways to learn about a city.
Oftentimes, when you’re on a ghost tour, you’re being taken to all sorts of little nooks and crannies around a city that you didn’t even know existed in the first place. It’s really having the opportunity to look at a city in a truly different way.
Public art displays are a great way to show off local talent, keep the arts alive, and inspire the community. Without it, our cities are just roads and grey square buildings. And while famous sculptures can specifically be found in dedicated places, like at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and other sculpture gardens throughout the United States, it’s more fun to find them spring up from the ground in the middle of the city.
From live music to great food, there’s no doubt you’ll find Beale Street to be nothing short of an extraordinary cultural experience. When you’re on the street, you’ll hear non-stop live music and be a part of a very lively atmosphere that you can’t help but indulge yourself in. So, when you’re in Memphis strolling down Beale Street, don’t miss these spots to help give you that real Tennessee experience you won’t forget.
The Mighty Mississippi stretches for 2,552 miles in length, from its source at Lake Itasca to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. This route focuses on the urban highlights, allowing you to experience nine of America’s great riverfront cities if you drive the entire route. This is also an road trip route that would be easy to split in half, driving some of it now and saving the rest for another drive.
If one of the worst times of the year is mid-April when you have to sit down for a few hours and do your taxes, then one of the best times might be just a few weeks later when that refund check arrives in the mail.
So what better way to use that tax fund of yours than go on a mini vacation? Sounds pretty good to us! If you’re thinking, hang on a second, my tax refund isn’t that big, then don’t worry, there are plenty of budget cities you can enjoy that will give you plenty of bang for your buck.
Earth Day asks people to be mindful of the world around us, paying attention to the wonder and beauty of the natural world. You are already aware of the restorative and inspirational aspects of rocks and trees and skies and seas. Sometimes, an intentional climb up to where you can see the vastness of the world around you provides an extra measure of repose and reflection. Here are a few favorite places where you can have a scenic overlook on Earth Day and every day.