Thursday, October 1, 2020

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts State Flag

"Commonwealth of Massachusetts"

"The Baked Bean State", The Bay State", "The Codfish State", "The Old Bay State", "The Old Colony State", "The Pilgrim State" and "The Puritan State".

Why visit Massachusetts?
Early American historians also interested in arts, biking, events, festivals, fishing, kayaking, hiking, history, lighthouses, museums, nightlife, performing arts, sailing, seacoast, seafood, scenery, ships, shopping, skiing and whale watching.

Martha's Vineyard, MA. Photo Credit: MV Vacation/Unsplash 

At a Glance
  • Capital: Boston
  • State Bird: Chickadee
  • State Dessert: Boston Cream Pie
  • State Flower: Mayflower
  • State Gemstone: Rhodonite
  • State Mammal: None
  • State Rock: Roxbury Puddingstone 

Fun Facts
  • Founded in 1636, Harvard University (Cambridge) is the oldest institution of higher education in our country.
  • During 1692 (Salem Village) a group of girls were said to be possessed by the devil. Claims of local witchcraft became known as Salem Witch Trials.
  • In 1799, established the first Marine Hospital (Boston). 
  • During John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman (1774-1845) native born in Leominster was known for planting apple trees in the Midwest.
  • Birthplace (Adam) of Susan Brownell Anthony (Susan B Anthony) (1820-1906) for her role in the Women's Suffrage Movement. Dollar coin minted during 1979-1981 and in 1999.
  • Birthplace (Amherst) of Poet, Emily Dickinson (1855-1886).
  • In 1897, Tremont Street Subway, our nation's first subway opened.
  • In 1930, Whitman Toll House Restaurant claimed the invention of the chocolate chip cookie.
  • In 2004, the first U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage.
  • Boston Light (Little Brewster Island) was our country's first lighthouse built.
  • Public-school students place among the top tier in the world in academic performance and the highest average IQ in the U.S.
  • Birthplace of Norman Percevel Rockwell (1894-1978), Painter and Theodor "Ted" Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), Author well known for "Dr Seuss" books.
  • Features 20 National Parks, 34 State Forests and 48 State Parks.

Massachusetts Foliage. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Amy Poehler (Actress), Bette Davis (Actress), Billy Squier (Musician), Conan O'Brien (Comedian), Grace Elizabeth Gold (Athlete), John Burke Krasinski (Actor), John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Late President), Michael Anthony Eruzione "Rizz Rizzo" (Athlete), Nancy Kerrigan (Athlete), Peter "Pete" Goodwill Hamilton "The Dedham Flash" (NASCAR Driver), Steven Carell (Comedian) and Uma Thurman (Actress), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Field of Dreams (1989), Flowers In The Attic (1987), Ghostbuster (2016), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2004), Cider House Rules (1999), Shutter Island (2010), The Departed (2005), The Good Son (1993) and The Proposal (2008), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in Massachusetts: Caleb’s Crossing (written by Geraldine Books), Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn (written by Henry Wadsworth), The Crucible (written by Arthur Miller), The House of the Seven Gables (written by Nathaniel Hawthorne) ,The Namesake (written by Jhumpa Lahiri), The Scarlet Letter (written by Nathaniel Hawthorne) and Walden (written by Henry David Thoreau), just to name a few.

Boston, MA. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

Good to Know
  • Boston is the windiest large city in our country, regardless of Chicago's claims.
  • Along Cape Cod's National Seashore, wild roses grow amongst the marshes.
  • Whale Watching is at Cape Cod, Gloucester and Provincetown.
  • A Fishing License is required in freshwater.
  • Summertime elegant picnics happen on the lawn at Tanglewood.
  • Ferry Service to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
  • Fall Foliage is usually best mid September - October.

Subject to humidity, hurricanes, snowstorms and tornadoes.

  • Best Time to Visit: May - October
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July
  • Peak Season: June - August

Edgartown Light Station, Edgartown, MA. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Alden House Historic Site, Bancroft's Castle, Bancroft Tower, Ben Franklin House, Bloody Angle, Boardman House, Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston Massacre Site, Boston's Old City Hall, Charles Street Meeting House, Chesterwood, Crane Estate, Custom House Place, Dorothy Quincy Homestead, Fort Pickering, Framingham Historical Society, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Gardner-Pingree House, Hamilton Hall, Hancock-Clarke House, Harlow Old Fort House, Hoxie House, Harvard Shaker Village Historic District, Jack Kerouac Birthplace, Jason Russell Grave Site, Jethro's Tree, John Brown Bell, John Coburn House, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, John J Smith House, John Nelson House, John Ward House, King's Chapel Burying Ground, Lexington Common National Historic Site, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Lyman Estate (The Vale), Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, Nike Missile Launching Site, Nike Missile Site B-05, Nike Missile Site B-63, Old Gaol, Old Schwamb Mill, Old Mill, Old South Meeting House, Old Town Hall, Paul Revere Capture Site, Phillips House, Phillips School, Robbins House, Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site, Robert Treat Paine Estate (Stonehurst), Salisbury Mansion, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Samuel Parris Archaeological Site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Silver Mine Historic Site, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, The Old Belfry, State Armory, The Witch House, Thoreau Cabin Site, Toll House Inn Historical Site, Wayside Inn Grist Mill and W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site.
  • Museums: Abigail Adams Historical Society, Agawam Historical & Fire House, American Antiquarian Society, Armenian Museum of America, Atwood Museum, Balch House, Bare Cove Fire Museum, Battleship Cove, Beauport, Berkshire County Historical Society, Bidwell House Museum, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Boston Children's Museum, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Braintree Historical Society, Brook Farm Historic Site, Buckman Tavern, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, Clark Art Institute, Codman Estate, Concord Museum, Cooper Frost Austin House, Crosby Mansion, Davis Museum, Discovery Museum, Dr Robert Goddard Rocket Launch Site, EcoTarium, Edward Gorey House, Emily Dickinson Museum, Fairbanks House, Fall River Historical Society, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Golden Ball Tavern Museum, Gore Place, Gropius House, Hammond Castle Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Historic Deerfield, Historic New England, Historic New England Cogswell's Grant, Hingham Historical Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Jackson Homestead & Museum, James Barrett Farm, Jason Russell House, John Cabot House, John F Kennedy Birthplace, John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, John Hale House,  John Paul Jones House, John Whipple House, Lexington Historical Society, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Maria Baldwin House, Marlborough Historical Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCa), Mayflower Society House, McMullen Museum of Art, Mead Art Museum, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Mission House, MIT Museum, Munroe Tavern, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Renaissance, Museum of Russian Icons, Museum of Science, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, National PT Boat Museum, Naumkeag, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, Old State House, Optical Heritage Museum, Otis House Museum, Page House, Parson Barnard House, Parson Capen House, Paul Revere Statue, Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Plimoth Plantation, Plumbing Museum, Public Health Museum,Quincy Historical Society, Ralph Waldo Emerson House, Richard Sparrow House, Rocky Hill Meeting House, Rotch Jones Duff House & Garden Museum, Royall House, Salem Witch Museum, Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Sandwich Glass Museum, Scargo Tower, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Springfield Museums, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Storrowton Village Museum, Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jeremiah Lee Mansion, The Little Red Shop Museum, The New England Quilt Museum, The Old Manse, The Paul Revere House, The Pickering House, The Rose Art Museum, The Salem Museum, The Wayside Home of Authors, USNS Hiddensee, United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum & The USS Salem, USS Cassin Young, USS Constitution Museum, Waltham Museum, Weston Historical Museum, Whaling Museum, Whistler House Museum Of Art, William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Williams College Museum of Art, Wilmington Town Museum, Winslow House Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum and Worcester Art Museum. 
  • Popular Attractions:  5 Wits Patriot Place, Abbot Hall, Acton Arboretum, 
    Adams National Historical Park, All Saints Way, Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center, Apex Entertainment Marlborough, Arcadian Shop, Arnold Arboretum, Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook, Bash Bish Falls State Park, Beacon Hill, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Bird Sanctuary, Black Heritage Trail, Boston Athenaeum, Boston's Back Bay, Boston Common, Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park, Boston Irish Famine Memorial, 
    Boston National Historical Park, Boston Public Garden, Boston Public Library, Breakheart Reservation, Brewster Gardens, Bridge of Flowers, Broken Creek Vineyard & Winery, Brooks Village, Bunker Hill Monument, Burial Hill, Burnside Fountain, Cambridge Common, Cambridgeside Galleria, Cape Cod Rail Trail, Castle Hill, Castle Island, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charles River Esplanade,Chinatown Gate, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore, Copley Place, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Crane Beach Reservation, Davis Farmland, 
    Derby Wharf Light Station, Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds,Edaville Family Theme Park, Edgar Allan Poe Memorial Sculpture, Effie M Morrissey, Ether Monument, Faneuil Hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Fenway Park, Fenway Studios, Flying Horses Carousel, Fort Independence, Fort Phoenix State Reservation, Fort Sewall, Fort Warren, Franklin Park Zoo, Good Harbor Beach, Granary Burying Ground, Great Dome, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Great Molasses Flood Plaque, Great Point Lighthouse, Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, Greenway Open Market, Hart Nautical Gallery, Harvard Bridge, Harvard Square, Harvard University, Higgins Patrol Torpedo Boat PT-796, Hood Milk Bottle, Hopkinton State Park, Horace Mann Statue, Hosmer House, House of the Seven Gables, Jenney Interpretive Centre, Jiminy Peak Mountain Adventure Park, John Harvard Statue, Johnny Kelley Statue, King's Chapel, Larz Anderson Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, Look Memorial Park, Lowell National Historic Park, Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine, Martha's Vineyard, Mary Baker Eddy Library, 
    Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Meriam's Corner, Minute Man National Historical Park, Minuteman Statue, MIT Geodetic Observatory, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Mount Greylock State Reservation, My Fair Lady, Myles Standish’s Legs, National Monument to the Forefathers, National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New England Aquarium, Nickerson State Park, North Bridge, North Point Park, Norumbega Tower, Old Corner Book Store, Old South Church, Old Sturbridge Village, Paper House, Park Street Church, Paul Revere Grave, Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Pilgrim Monument, Plimoth Grist Mill, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, Proctor's Ledge, Prudential Center, Quabbin Park, Quabbin Reservoir, Rainsford Island, Remis Auditorium, Robert Gould Shaw & 54th Regiment Memorial, Salem Pioneer Village, Salem Village Parsonage, Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, Saxonville Beach, Scituate Lighthouse, Seekonk Grand Prix, Skywalk Observatory, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Stone Library, Southwick's Zoo, Stone Zoo, Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, TD Garden, Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, The Botanic Garden of Smith College, The House of the Seven Gables, The Mount, The Wayside Home of Authors, Thomas Land USA, The New England Holocaust Memorial, Three Sisters Sanctuary, Tiananmen Memorial, Trinity Church, Veterans War Memorial Tower, Wachusett Ski Area, Wahconah Falls State Park, Walden Pond, Washington Elm, Winter Island and Wright's Tower.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Belchertown, Berkshires, Boston, Brimfield, Brockton, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Charlestown, Concord, Dalton, Deerfield, Fall River Gloucester, Ipswich, Lee, Lexox, Lexington, Lowell, Mashpee, Mendon, Mount Washington, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Adams, Pittsfield, Oak Bluffs, Plymouth, Princeton, Provincetown, Rockport, Salem, Springfield, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Wellfleet, Williamstown and Worcester, Wrentham.
  • Special Events: (January) Boston Wine Expo, L Street Brownies, (February) Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, Hot Stove Cool Music, New England Boat Show, PAX East, Truck Day, (March) Dine Out Boston, St Patrick's Day Parade, (April) ArtWeek, Boston Marathon, Greek Independence Parade, Patriot's Day, (May) Boston Calling Music Festival, Cape Cod Maritime Days, Haitian Parade, Harvard Square Mayfair, Walk for Hunger, (June) Boston Gay Pride Day, Boston Pride Parade & Festival, Bunker Hill Parade, Cambridge Dance Party, Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco, Dorchester Parade, Historic Drover's Roast, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Jams for Jake, June Day Parade,  Solid Sound Festival, St. Peter’s Fiesta, Williamstown Theatre Festival, (July) Boston Harborfest, Boston Hip Hop Fest, Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon, Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Festival Betances, Green River Festival, Levitate Music & Arts Festival, Lowell Folk Festival, North End's Italian, Outside the Box Festival, Puerto Rican Parade, Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival, Sad Summer Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Working Waterfront Festival,(August) Boston Carnival, Boston Fuzzstival, Boston Jazz Fest, Boston Kiddies Carnival, Boston Seafood Festival, Gloucester Blues Festival, Lobsterfest,  Marshfield Fair, North End's Italian, Riverfest Seaside Music Festival, Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, St. Anthony's Feast, Tanglewood Music Festival, (September) Boston Freedom Rally (Hempfest), Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Show, Evolution of Hip Hop Festival, FreshGrass Festival, JP Music Festival, South Shore Country Festival, The Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), Together Boston,(October) Arlington International Film Festival, Clamfest, Harvard Square Oktoberfest & HONK!, Haunted Happenings, Head of the Charles Regatta, HUBweek, (November) Build Boston, (December) Boston Tea Party ReEnactment, Edaville Railroad Festival of Lights, and First Night.

The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Maryland (MD)

Maryland State Flag

"Old Line State"

"America in Miniature", "Chesapeake Bay State", "Free State" and "Little America"

Why visit Maryland?
For their bays, beaches, bird watching, blue crabs, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, history, horse racing, hunting, mountains, sailing, skiing, water sports, white-water rafting and wildlife. 

Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD. Photo Credit: Bruce Emmerling/Pixabay

At a Glance
  • Capital: Annapolis
  • State Bird: Baltimore Oriole
  • State Dessert: Smith Island Cake
  • State Flower: Black-Eyed Susan
  • State Gemstone: Patuxent River Stone 
  • State Mammal: None
  • State Rock: None

Ocean City, MD. Photo Credit: Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman/Pixabay

Fun Facts
  • In 1695, the original capital, St Mary's City was renamed.
  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), American Writer well-known for his mystery tales, poetry and short stories resided in Baltimore as an adult (1833-1835).
  • In 1878, the American Kennel Club recognized the Chesapeake Bay Retriever bred for hunting, water sports, search and rescue.
  • In 2007, rated the fifth "Greenest" state in the country by Forbes.
  • Elkton (Cecil County) was the "Marriage Capital of the World" because of their no wait requirements. Nuptials of Cornel Wilde (Actor), Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland "Joan Fontaine" (Actress), Margy Reed "Martha Raye" "The Big Mouth", Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (Actress) and Willie Howard Mays Jr "The Say Hey Kid" (Athlete). Requirements imposed in 1938. 
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), is named after the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall (Baltimore born). 
  • Jousting (two horsemen wielding lances towards each other) is the official state sport.
  • Wilbur Wright, Aviation Pioneer trained military aviators at College Park Airport (CGS).
  • Has the most millionaires per capita (2018).
  • Produces 95% of our nation's soft shell crabs. 
  • Has 281 named islands amongst its waters.
  • Features 7 State Forests and 40 State Parks. 

Fells Point, MD. Photo Credit: Bruce Emmerling/Pixabay

Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Babe Ruth (Athlete), Chase Stokes (Actor), David Hasselhoff (Actor), Jada Pinkett Smith (Actress), Michael Phelps (Athlete) and Tamar Braxton (Musician), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Failure to Launch (2006), Hairspray (1988), He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Ladder 49 (2004), Runaway Bride (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Social Network (2009) and Wedding Crashers (2004), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in Maryland: Chesapeake (written by 
    James A Michener), 
    Digital Fortress (written by 
    Dan Brown), 
    Homecoming (written by Cynthia Voigt), Six of One  (written by Rita Mae Brown) and Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera (written by John Barth), just to mention a few.

Good to Know
  • Annapolis is globally known for sailing,
  • Assateague Island, is where the wild horses run.
  • Crab Gender: Male Crabs (jimmies) have a backside narrow T-shape apron typically larger and meaty while the Female Crabs (sooks) have a wide backside apron.
  • The "yellow stuff" (hepatopancreas) in crabs is their filtration system often considered a delicacy by some but not recommended to eat.

Subject to humidity, infrequent earthquakes, snowstorms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones.

  • Best Time to Visit: May-September
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July
  • Peak Season: June-August

Catoctin Mountain, Thurmont, MD. Photo Credit: David Mark

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Bollman Iron Truss Bridge, Bond Castle, Brick Hill, Charles Carroll House, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Cove Point Lighthouse, Cylburn Mansion, Doughoregan Manor, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Furnace Town Historic Site, Garrett Jacobs Mansion, Government House, Hammond-Harwood House, Hampton National Historic Site Farm, Hampton National Historic Site, Hilleary-Magruder House Historic Site, Historic Courthouse, Kingsley Schoolhouse, Marietta Manor Historic Site, Maryland Gold Mine National Historic Site, Mount Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park, Nike Missile Site BA-09, Nike Missile Site BA-43, Nike Missile Site BA-79, Nike Missile Site W-93, NorthAmpton Slave Quarters Archaeological Site, Peggy Stewart House, Planetary Radio Emissions Discovery Site, Polychrome Historic District, Price–Miller House, Site of Harriet Tubman Childhood Home, Spocott Windmill Foundation, St Anne's Episcopal Church, Stevensville Historic District, The Kennedy Farm, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Thomas Viaduct, Todds Inheritance Historic St, Washington Monument and Zeigler Log House. 
  • Museums: African Art Museum of Maryland (AAMM), Allegany Museum, 
    American Visionary Art Museum, Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Banneker-Douglass Museum, B&O Ellicott City Station Museum,  Beall-Dawson Museum, Belair Stable Museum, Calvert Marine Museum, Captain Salem Avery Museum, Carroll County Farm Museum, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, College Park Aviation Museum, Darnall's Chance House Museum, Dr Samuel A Mudd House Museum, Dr Samuel D Harris National Museum of Dentistry, Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, Elisha Kirk House Historic Site, Ellicott Firehouse Museum, Eubie Blake National Jazz & Cultural Center, Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Greenbelt Museum, Hartge Nautical Museum, Hays House Museum, His Lordship's Kindness Museum,  Historic Annapolis Museum, Historical Society-Kent County, Historic Sotterley,  Historic St Mary's City, Historic Tavern and Museum, Homewood Museum, International Spy Museum, James Brice House, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum,Marietta House Museum, Maryland Museum of Military History, Maryland Science Center, Mitchell House, Montpelier Mansion, Mount Clare Museum House, Museum of Howard County History, National Capital Radio & Television Museum,National Capital Trolley Museum, National Cryptologic Museum, National Electronics Museum, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, National Museum of Health & Medicine, Oakley Cabin African American Museum, Ocean City Life-Saving Museum, Old Town Bowie Welcome Center, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, Port Discovery Children's Museum, Prince Georges African American Museum & Cultural Center, Queen Anne's Museum-Eastern, Reginald F Lewis Museum, Riversdale House Museum, Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, Schwartz Peony Garden, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, Spring Grove Alumni Museum, Star Spangled Banner Flag House, St Clement's Island Museum, Steamboat Building of CBMM, St John's Site Museum, Surratt House Museum, The Chesapeake Children's Museum, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, The Walters Art Museum, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Thrasher Carriage Museum, US Naval Academy Museum, Waterfowling Building, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Workshop Annex.
  • Popular Attractions: 301 Devils Playground Haunted Attraction, Adventure Park USA, Adventure Sports Center International, Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis Rock, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Antietam National Battlefield, Assateague State Park, Baltimore Aquarium, Baltimore Phoenix Shot Tower, Bancroft Hall, B&O Caboose, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Bennett's Curse Haunted House Maryland, Bladensburg Dueling Grounds, Belair Mansion, Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, Bowie Racetracks, Brookside Gardens, Burnside Bridge, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Canton Waterfront Park, Carter-Archer Mansion, Cascade Falls, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Centennial Park, Charles Carroll House, Chase-Lloyd House, Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Chesapeake Beach Water Park, Civic Works' Clifton Mansion, Crypt of John Paul Jones, Cylburn Arboretum, Deep Creek Lake, Dent Memorial Chapel, Druid Hill Park, Earthoid: Earth Globe Water Storage Tank, Edgar Allan Poe's Grave, Ellicott City Colored School, Fawcett's, Federal Hill Park, Field of Screams Maryland, Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, Fell's Point, Fort Frederick State Park, Fort Howard Park, Fort McHenry, Fort Washington Park, Frank Zappa Statue, French Soldiers Monument, Giant RCA Dog, Glen Echo Park, Glenndale Hospital, Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park, Graves of F Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Grave of John Wilkes Booth, Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman Area, Handsell House, Harborplace, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Historic Little Wedding Chapel, Historic London Town & Gardens, Historic Ships in Baltimore, International Latitude Observatory, Jolly Roger at the Pier, Kent Island, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, Ladew Topiary Gardens, La Plata Tornado Memorial Garden, Legends of the Fog, Lexington Market, Main Street Ellicott City, Marine Mammal Pavilion, Markoffs Haunted Forest, Marquis de Lafayette Statue, Maryland International Raceway, Maryland Penn Railroad, Maryland State House, Maryland World War II Memorial, MassoniArt Gallery, Matapeake Clubhouse & Beach, McCrillis Gardens, Meadowside Nature Center, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Metro Gallery, Monocacy National Battlefield, Monument Park, Mother Seton House, Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Mr Trash Wheel, NASA Goddard Visitor Center, National Aquarium, Ocean City Boardwalk, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Oxon Hill Manor, Patapsco Female Institute, Patapsco Valley State Park, Patterson Park, Paw Paw Tunnel, Pimlico, Plumpton Park Zoo, Point Lookout State Park, Potomac River, Quiet Waters Park, Rackliffe Plantation House, Rawlings Conservatory, Reconstructed State House of Historic St Mary's City, 
    Ridgeley Rosenwald School, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, 
    Rochambeau Plaza, Rocky Gap State Park, Roscoe the Rooster Statue, Sagamore Spirit Distillery,
    Saint Clements Island State Park, Salisbury Zoological Park, Sandy Point State Park, Seneca Schoolhouse, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, Six Flags America, Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Spocott Windmill, Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, Stevensville Train Depot, Sugarloaf Mountain, Testudo,The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, The Awakening, The Baltimore Basilica, The Capital Wheel, The Knot Hole Craft Shops, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, The Meadows, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, The Pagoda at Patterson Park, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, The Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Thomas A Dixon, Jr. Aircraft Observation Area, Top of the World Observation Level, Trimper's Rides, Turkey Point Lighthouse,  United States Botanic Garden, USCGC Taney, USCG Lightship Chesapeake, USS Torsk, Walkersville Southern Railroad, Washington D.C. Temple, Washington Monument & Mount Vernon Place, Washington Monument State Park, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Westernport Heritage Society, Wetlands Overlook Park, Wheaton Miniature Train & Carousel, White's Ferry, William Paca House & Garden, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and ZavaZone Rockville.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Annapolis, Baltimore, Berlin, Boonsboro, Bowie, Columbia, Cumberland, Derwood, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Flintstone, Frederick, Germantown, Glen Burnie, Greenbelt, Hanover, Monrovia, Oakland, Ocean City, Oxford, Rockville, Salisbury, Silver Spring, Solomons, St Michaels, Waldorf and Wheaton.
  • Special Events: (Feburary) ClipperCon, FeBREWary, (March) PEEPShow,(April) Annapolis Arts Week, Privateer Festival, (May)Balticon, Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore Flower MartDelFest, Kinetic Sculpture Race, Maryland Deathfest, Maryland Film FestivalPreakness Stakes, Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace, Sowebohemian Arts Festival(June) Antique & Classic Boat Festival, BronyCon, Capital Jazz Fest, HonFestInsubordination Fest, Moonrise, National Music Festival, Otakon(July) Artscape, J Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake, Little Yough Summer Music Festival, (August) Baltimore Pride, Country Fest & Auction, Historic National Road Yard Sale Days, Maryland State Fair, OC Air Show, Vegan SoulFest, White Marlin Open, Watermen’s Appreciation Day, Woodstock 50, (September) Berlin's Fiddlers Convention, Fells Point Fun Festival, Grand Prix of Baltimore, High Zero, Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Maryland Fleet Week Baltimore, Maryland Seafood Festival, Maryland Wine Festival, National Folk Festival, (October) Autumn Glory Festival, Fells Point Halloween Festival, Maryland Doom Fest, Ocean City Sunfest, Preakness Stakes, Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour, The Maryland Doom Fest, (November) Baltimore Book Festival, Greek Festival, ICE!, (December) Christmas Village in Baltimore, Kwanzaa Celebration, Miracle on 34th Street and Old Tyme Christmas Festival in Fells Point.

Potomac River, MD. Photo Credit: Skeeze, Pixabay

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Maine (ME)

Maine State Flag

"The Pine Tree State"

Why visit Maine?
Seafood foodies and outdoor lovers to enjoy antiques, autumn foliage, beaches, biking, birdwatching, boating, camping, canoeing, coastlines, fishing, foodies, hiking, history, kayaking, lakes, lighthouses, lobster, mountains, outdoor sports, parks, picturesque waterways, seafood, shopping, skiing, snowmobiling, whale watching, white water rafting and wildlife.

A popular destination for:
  • Amateur & Professional Photographers
  • Conventions, Meetings & Reunions
  • Destination Wedding
  • Ocean Cruises Embarkation/Disembarkation
  • Groups: Family, Friends and Multigenerational 
  • Milestones: Anniversary, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Birthday, Honeymoon, Retirement and Vow Renewal
Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, ME.

At a Glance
  • Capital: Augusta
  • State Bird: Black Capped Chickadee
  • State Dessert: Blueberry Pie
  • State Flower: White Pinecone & Tassel
  • State Gemstone: Tourmaline
  • State Mammal: Moose
  • State Rock: None

Fun Facts
  • Leon Leonwood Bean (1872–1967) founder of L.L. Bean sold his boots out of his brother's basement before opening his first storefront.
  • In 2019, had 535 Certified Organic Farms.
  • Produces more blueberries than any other state. Also, producer of apples, maple syrup, potatoes and sweet corn. 
  • Supplies nearly 90% of our nation's lobster, around 40 million lbs annually.
  • Folks and places are said to Andrew Newell Wyeth of Cushing.
  • There are 65 lighthouses along their coastline and waterways.
  • It was home to many wood sailing shipyards.
  • Features: 1 National Forests, 2 National Parks and 33 State Parks. Over 6000 Lakes, Ponds and Rivers.
Atlantic Puffin, Machias Seal Island, ME. Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy/Unsplash

Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Forrest Gump (1994), Linda Lavin (Actress), Patrick Dempsey (Actor), Stephen King (Author) and Victoria Rowell (Actress), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Bluebird (2103), Five Nights in Maine (2016), Jumanji (1995), Man Without a Face (1993), Message in a Bottle (1999), The Cider House Rules (1999) and The Preachers Wife (1996), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in Maine: A Summer Place (written by Sloan Wilson), Bright Island (written by Mabel Robinson) and Empire Falls (written by Richard Russo), just to name a few.

Stephen King House (Author), Bangor, ME. Photo Credit: 1778011/Pixabay.

Good to Know
  • Be cautious during Mud Season (April-May) due to melting snow and Spring showers.
  • Best time to see Puffin Seabirds is between June-July.
  • Foliage is best mid September - early October.
  • The highest percentage of French Americans compared to any other state.
  • General Sales Tax rate is 5.5%, charges 9% on lodging and prepared food and 10% on short-term auto rentals.

Subject to nor'easters winter storms, occasional hurricanes and tornadoes.

  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July
  • Peak Season: July - September
Acadia National Park, ME. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Bangor Fire Engine House No 6, Blaine House, Castine Historical Society, Castle Tucker, Cliffwood Hall, Colburn House State Historic Site, Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, Cushnoc Archeological Site, Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site, Fort Gorges, Fort Halifax State Historic Site, Fort McClary State Historic Site, Fort O'Brien State Historic Site, Fort Popham State Historic Site, Fort Stark State Historic Site, Goat Island Lighthouse, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, High Street Historic District, Historic New England Marrett House, Huston House, John Paul Jones Historic Site, Jonathan Hamilton House, Katahdin Iron Works, Kennebunkport Historic District, Lady Pepperrell House, Littlefield Tavern, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, Maine Aviation Historical Society, McIntire Garrison House, McLellan-Sweat Mansion, Neal Dow House, Norlands Living History Center, Old Fort Western, Olson House, Poland Historical Society, Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland Waterfront Historic District, Rundlet May House, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, Sarah Orne Jewett House, Storer Garrison State Historic Site, Thomas A Hill House, Thomaston Historical Society, Tip-Top House, Veazie Historic Dam Site, Victoria Mansion, Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Western Promenade, Whitney Park Historic District and York Historic District.
  • Museums: Abbe Museum, Allagash Historical Society, Androscoggin Historical Society, Aroostook County Historical & Art Museum, Bangor Historical Society, Bates College Museum of Art, Baxter House Museum, Belfast Historical Society & Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brick Store Museum, Bucksport Historical Society, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Children's Discovery Museum, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, Colby Museum of Art, Cole Land Transportation Museum, Dexter Historical Society,  Dr Moses Mason House, Falmouth Heritage Museum, Farm Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, Farnsworth Homestead, Fifth Maine Museum, First Families Kennebunkport Museum, Fisherman's Walk, George B Dorr Museum of Natural History, Gray Historical Society, Harpswell Historical Society Museum, International Cryptozoology Museum, Joshua L Chamberlain Museum, Kittery Historical & Naval Museum, L.C. Bates Museum, Maine Discovery Museum, Maine's First Ship Virginia, Maine Forest & Logging Museum, Maine Forestry Museum, Maine Lighthouse Museum, Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co & Museum, Maine State Museum, Marshall Point Lighthouse, Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage, Monson Historical Society Museum, Museum L-A, Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Naples Historical Society, Nickels-Sortwell House, Norlands Living History Center, Nylander Museum, Ogunquit Museum-American Art, Old York Historical Society, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Page Farm & Home Museum, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Pejepscot History Center, Penobscot Marine Museum, Portland Fire Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Observatory, Seal Cove Auto Museum, Seashore Trolley Museum, Stockholm Historical Society, Storer's Garrison, Tate House Museum, Telephone Museum, The Coastal Children's Museum, The Museum in the Streets, The Nordica Homestead Museum, Tobias Lear House, Umbrella Cover Museum, USS Albacore Museum, Wilhelm Reich Museum, Wiscasset Jail & Museum, Woodlawn Museum and Zillman Art Museum.
  • Popular Attractions: Acadia National Park, African Burying Ground Memorial, Agamont Park, Allagash Brewing Company, Andre The Seal Statue, Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Antiques USA, Appalachian Trail, Arundel Antique Village, Aquaboggan Water Park, 
    Azalea Garden, Babb's Covered Bridge, Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge, Bangor Waterfront, Bar Harbor, Bartlett Maine Estate Winery & Distillery, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Baxter State Park, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Black Mountain, Blue Hill, Boothbay Railway Village, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Bridgton Historical Society, Burnt Island Light, Bubble Rock Overlook, Bush Exhibit,Cabbage Island, Camden Hills State Park, Cellardoor Winery, Champlain Mountain Summit,Christina's World, City Theater, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, Desert of Maine, Dig Maine Gems, East End Beach, Easter Egg Rock, Eastern Cemetery, Emera Astronomy Center, Footbridge Beach, Fort Foster, Fort Knox & Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Fort Levett, Fort Williams, Fort William Henry, Fort Williams Park, French Mountain, Funtown Splashtown USA, Garmin, Grafton Notch State Park, High Street Historic District, Ira Mountain Overlook,Kennebunks, Kennebunk Farmers' Market, Klondike Mountain, Lineken Bay, L.L. Bean, L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Low's Covered Bridge, Lubec Historical Society, Machias Seal Island, Mainely Pottery, Maine Crafts Guild, Maine State Aquarium, Maine State Prison Showroom, Maine Wildlife Park, Maine Zoo & Rescue, Market Square, Matinicus Rock, McLaughlin Garden, Million Dollar View Scenic Outlook, Mosher Hill Falls, Moxie Falls Trail, Mt Katahdin, Mayall Mills, Narramissic Farm, Nubble Lighthouse, Old Berwick Historical Society, Old Fort Western, Olson House, Onawa Trestle, Parson's Beach, Paul Bunyan Statue,Pemaquid Beach, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Penobscot Bay, Penobscot Narrows Bridge, Penobscot Nation, Precipice Trail, Quoddy Head State Park, Ripogenus Dam, Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Scarborough Downs, 
    Schoodic Point, Sebago Lake State Park, Smithfield Plantation, Southworth Planetarium, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Spruce Haven, Ste Agathe Historical Society, Stephen King House, The Camden Snow Bowl, The Front Porch, The Kittery Outlets,The Maine Mall, Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary, Thunder Hole, Two Cent Bridge, Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Wild Acadia Fun Park & Water Slides, Wild Gardens of Acadia, Wiggly Bridge, World Traveler Signpost, York's Wild Kingdom, Project Puffin Audubon Center and Quill Hill.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Augusta, Arundel, Bangor, Bath, Biddeford, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Fort Fairfield, Freeport, Fryeburg, Gardiner, Lewiston, Orono, Portland, Rangely, Rockland, Saco, Sanford, Scarborough, Roxbury, South Portland, Unity, Waldoboro, Waterville, Westbrook, Whiting and York.  
  • Special Events: (January) Maine Polar Plunges, Oxford Hills Snowfest, Snowfest & Snodeo, (March) Maine Maple Sunday, New England Sled Dog Races, (April) Parrothead Spring Fest, Reggaefest, Sugarloaf's Reggae Fest, Sunday River’s Spring Fest, (May) Acadia Birding Festival, Down East Spring Birding Festival, Kennebunk May Day Parade & Festival, Taste of Bar Harbor, (June) Berwick's Strawberry Festival, Great Kennebec River Whatever Race, Kennebunkport Festival, Old Port Festival, Tour de Cure, Trek Across Maine, Windjammer Days, (July) Boothbay Harbor Antique Show, Lobster Boat Races, Maine Antiques Festival, Maine Brewers Guild Summer Session Beer Festival, Maine Lobster Festival, Maine Potato Blossom Festival, Maine Renaissance Faire, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Thoreau-Wabanaki Festival, Yarmouth Clam Festival, (August) American Folk Festival, Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials, Belfast Harbor Fest, Blueberry Festival, Great Fall Balloon Festival, Maine Boats & Harbors Show, Maine Boat & Home Show, Maine Lobster Festival, Machias Blueberry Festival, Rockland’s Lobster Festival, (September) Boothbay Harborfest, Freeport’s Lobsterman Triathlon, Fryeburg Fair, Maine Lighthouse Day, Moosehead International Sea Plane Fly-In, The Dempsey Challenge, Wells Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, (October) Fall Foliage Festival, Fryeburg Fair, Great Maine Apple Day, Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, Rangeley Oktoberfest, York Harvestfest and (December) Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude.
Bailey Island, ME.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana State Flag

 "Pelican State" 

"Bayou State", "Child of Mississippi", "Creole State", "Sugar State" and Sportsman's Paradise"

Why visit Louisiana?
Hopeless romantics along with outdoorsy wishing to enjoy antebellum homes, biking, boating, culture, fishing, foodies, history, hunting, music, paranormal, plantations, riverboats and street parties.

A popular destination for:
  • Conventions, Meetings & Reunions
  • Destination Wedding
  • Ocean Cruises Embarkation/Disembarkation
  • Groups: Family, Friends and Multigenerational 
  • Milestones: Anniversary, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Birthday, Honeymoon, Retirement and Vow Renewal
  • Music Fans: Cajun, Jazz, Swamp Pop and Zydeco

French Quarters, New Orleans, LA. Photo Credit: Joao Francisco/Unsplash

At a Glance
  • Capital: Baton Rouge
  • State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
  • State Dessert: None
  • State Flower: Magnolia
  • State Gemstone: Lapearlite
  • State Mammal: Louisiana Black Bear
  • State Rock: None

Fun Facts
  • Since 1700's, Louisiana Voodoo (New Orleans Voodoo or Mississippi Valley Voodoo) roots arrived from West Africa. A religious belief combined ancestry practices of herbs, poisons, ritual creation of charms and amulets that is intended to protect oneself or harm others.
  • August 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought 20 ft storm surges which devastated the city of New Orleans.
  • September 2005, Hurricane Rita hit the southwestern area. Needless, to mention, taking years to rebuild.
  • In 2006, Congress passed legislation to fund coastal protection and land-building initiatives as the coastline erodes at a rate of about 30 miles per year.
  • State named after Louis XIV, King of France.
  • Our nation's largest freshwater swamp is Atchafalaya Basin.
  • A source of Salt Domes used in underground traps for gas and oil. Of course, salt too. 
  • Port of South Louisiana (54 miles), is the largest shipping port in the Western Hemisphere and fourth largest in the world.
  • Rich in petroleum and natural gas was the first site of petroleum drilling over water in the world.
  • The two week carnival celebration of "Mardi Gardi" ("Fat Tuesday", "Pancake Tuesday" and "Shrove Tuesday") attracts 1.4 million attendees annually.
  • Outlaws "Bonnie" Parker & "Clyde" Barrow were killed near Gibsland after years of robbery and murder throughout several states.
  • The spicy pepper sauce Tabasco brand produced on Avery Island has remained family and privately owned for over 150 years. Around 700,000 bottles packaged daily and shipped to 195 countries.
  • Features 1 State Forest and 35 State Parks.
Old Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA. Photo Credit: Gretta Blankenship/Pixabay

Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Eli Manning (Athlete), Ellen DeGeneres (Comedian), Lil Wayne (Musician), Louis Armstrong (Musician), Odem Beckham Jr (Athlete), Peyton Manning (Athlete), Reese Whiterspoon (Actress), Tim McGraw (Musician) and Tyler Perry (Actor), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: 21 Jump Street (2012), Interview With the Vampire (1994), Steel Magnolias (1989), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in Louisiana: An American Marriage (written by Tayari Jones), and Queen Sugar (written by Natalie Baszile), just to name a few.

Cypress Lake, Lafayette, LA. Photo Credit: skeeze/Pixabay

Good to Know
  • Cajun French (Creole, or Cajun too), Spanish and Vietnamese are often heard and spoken. 
  • The only state with tax-free shopping for international visitors.
  • "Flashing" is known to occur on Bourbon Street and during festivities.
  • There's a .03% Louisiana Tourism Promotion District Sales Tax + Louisiana Sales Tax (4%).
  • New Orleans is referred to as "Big Easy" or "NOLA".

Subject to humidity, frequent rain showers, hurricanes (June - November) and  tropical cyclones (January-March).

  • Best Time to Visit: February-May and December-January
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July
  • Peak Season: February - May

Creole Queen Riverboat. Photo Credit: skeeze/Pixabay

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Audubon State Historic Site, Buckner Mansion, Caddo Lake Historic Drawbridge, Centenary State Historic Site, Charpentier Historic District, Colonel Short's Villa, Congo Square, Donaldsonville Historic District, Doullut Steamboat House #2, Edmond Ellison Smart House, E.D. White Historic Site, Fort Butler Historic Site, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Fort Macomb, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, Fort St Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Grant's Canal, Historic Harrison Building, Indian Mounds, Jackson Square, Joan of Arc, Kent Plantation House, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Layton Castle, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln Theater, Locust Grove State Historic Site, Los Adaes State Historic Site, Lutcher United Methodist Church, Magnolia Mound Plantation, Malus-Beauregard House, Mansfield State Historic Site, Marksville State Historic Site, Melady House Marker, Melrose Plantation, Miltenberger Houses, Ouachita National Bank, Pitot House, Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site, Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site, Port Hudson State Historic Site, Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Rebel State Historic Site, Republic of Texas Historical Marker, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, Solomon Northrup "12 Years A Slave" Historical Site Marker, Sterling Grove National Historic District, St Joseph Plantation Felicity Plantation, Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, US Custom House and Winter Quarters State Historic Site.
  • Museums: Abita Mystery House/UCM Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Arna Bontemps African-American, Auburn Antebellum Home, Autrey House Museum Beauregard-Keyes House, Backstreet Cultural Museum, Bayou Country Children's Museum, Biedenharn Museum & Garden, Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum, Burden Museum & Gardens, Cajun Music Hall of Fame, Camp Claiborne Museum, Capitol Park Museum, Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, Children's Museum of Acadiana, Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, Destrehan Plantation, Dorcheat Historical Museum, Eddie G Robinson Museum, Fort Jackson, Frog Level, Gallier House, Hermann-Grima House, Hilliard Art Museum, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, International Petroleum Museum & Exposition, Lafayette Museum, Lafayette Science Museum, La Military Hall Fame & Museum, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Louisiana Children's Discovery Center, Louisiana History Museum, Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum, Louisiana Military Museum, Louisiana's Old State Capitol, Louisiana Orphan Train Museum, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Louisiana State Cotton Museum, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State Museum's 1850 House, Louisiana Treasures Museum, Los Isleños Museum Complex, LSU Museum of Art, Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum, Madame John’s Legacy, Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, Masur Museum of Art, Merryville Historical Museum, Museum of West Louisiana, Musical Legends Park, New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Old Ursuline Convent Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center, Otis House, Pentagon Barracks Museum, Pointe Coupee Museum, Regional Military Museum, River Road African American Museum, San Francisco Plantation, Shadows-on-the-Teche, Southdown Plantation,  Southern Food & Beverage Museum & Museum of the American Cocktail, Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Spring Street Historical Museum, Stage-Stars Museum, Swamp Pop Museum, Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Talbert-Pierson Cemetery Grave Houses, Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives, The Arsenal, The Authentic Bonnie & Clyde Museum, The Cabildo, The Children's Museum of Southwest Louisiana, The Historic New Orleans Collection, The National WWII Museum, The Presbytère, The Terrebonne Museum, Tunica Biloxi Regional Indian Center & Museum Complex, USS KIDD Veterans Museum, USS ORLECK Naval Museum, Walter Grinnan Robinson House, Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum, West Baton Rouge Museum, West Feliciana Historical Museum,  Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, Whitney Plantation, W.H. Tupper General MerMerchandise Museum and Zigler Art Museum. 
  • Popular Attractions: 13th Gate Haunted House, Abita Brewing Company, Baton Rouge Zoo, Bernardo de Galvez Monument, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Blue Bayou Water Park, Bourbon Street, BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Cajun Prairie Gardens, Camp Moore Museum, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette Monument, City Park, Creole Nature Trail, Dark Woods Adventure Park, Destrehan Plantation, Dunn House, Fats Domino's Home, Elvis Presley Statue, Epic Family Entertainment Center, Fontainebleau State Park, Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins, French Market, French Quarter, Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins, Gators & Friends, Global Wildlife, Gone Wild Safari, Grand Opera House of the South, Gretna Historical Society, Hilltop Arboretum, Houmas House & Gardens, Hurricane Katrina Memorial, Hurricane Katrina Sculpture - House In A Tree, Ignatius J Reilly Statue, Jackson Square, Jambalaya Park, Jean Louis Alexandre De Breard Monument, John Schneider Studios, Jungle Gardens, Kent Plantation House, Lake Martin, Lake Pontchartrain, LARC's Acadian Village, Lee Circle, Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, Liberty Lagoon, Longue Vue House & Gardens, Louis Armstrong Park, Louisiana Mississippi Border Sign, Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, Main Street Historic District, Mardi Gras World, Marie Laveau's House Of Voodoo, Mike the Tiger's Habitat, Millennium Park, Mount Driskill, Natchitoches Parish Riverbank, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Oak Alley Plantation, Oakland Plantation, Old Governor's Mansion, Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, Preservation Hall, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Sarto Old Iron Bridge, Shadowlawn, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Southwest Reef Lighthouse, Spanish Town Historic District, Splash Kingdom Waterpark Shreveport, Steamboat NATCHEZ, St Louis Cathedral, St Louis Cemetery No 1, Storyland, St Tammany Trace, TABASCO, Uptown New Orleans Historic District, Vermilionville Historic Village, Voodoo Authentica, The Alamo, Tiger Stadium, Adai Caddo Tribal Living, Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandre Mouton House, Ardoyne Plantation, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium, Azalea Trail, Balfour House, Evil Visions Haunted House, The Cats Of Jackson Square, The Latt Lake Observation Pier, The Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception Church, Veteran's Memorial Park, Voodoo Spiritual Temple, White Sands Lake and Wild Country Safari Park.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Alexandria, Avery Island, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Grand Isle, Kenner, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport, St Francisville and Vacherie.
  • Special Events: (January) BCS National Championship Game, Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival, Sugar Bowl, (February) Mardi Gras, NBA All-Star Game, Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon, (April) Crescent City Classic, Festival International de LouisianeFranklin Parish Catfish Festival, French Quarter Festival, Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Zurich Classic of New Orleans,(May) Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, (August) PGA Tour, Satchmo SummerFest, Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, (September) Alligator Festival, Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, (October) Andouille Festival, Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, French Food FestivalFrench Quarter Festival, International Rice Festival, Krewe of Halloween Parade, Red River Revel, (November) Bayou Classic, Giant Omelette Celebration, State Fair of Louisiana, World Cultural Economic Forum, (December) Christmas Festival of Lights, Independence Bowl and New Orleans Bowl.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point.

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA. Photo Credit: skeeze/Pixabay

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Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts State Flag   "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" "The Baked Bean State", The Bay State", "The Codfis...