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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Friday, September 25, 2020

Kentucky (KY)

 

Kentucky State Flag

"Bluegrass State"

"Barbecue Capital of the World", "It's That Friendly", "Kentucky's Country Music Capital", "Official State Honey Festival of Kentucky" and "Unbridled Spirit".


Why visit Kentucky?
Passionate equestrians, cyclists and outdoor lovers to enjoy biking, bluegrass music, boating, bourbon, camping, canoeing, caves, college basketball, derby, equestrian farms, festivals, fishing, folk art, golf, hiking, historic sites, horseback riding, horse races, hiking, hunting, kayaking, large lakes, moonshine, mountains, rivers, rolling pastures, shopping, state parks, southern cuisine and white water rafting. 

Racecourse, Louisville, KY. Photo Credit: USA-Reiseblogger/Pixabay 

At a Glance
  • Capital: Frankfort
  • State Bird: Cardinal
  • State Dessert: None
  • State Flower: Goldenrod
  • State Gemstone: Freshwater Pearl
  • State Mammal: Thoroughbred Horse
  • State Rock: Kentucky Agate

Horse Farm, KY. Photo Credit: alsparkman/Pixabay 

Fun Facts
  • In 1799, the first state to establish a commercial winery.
  • In 1940, along the Kentucky River became the birthplace to Beer Cheese.
  • Due to their high calcium soil in the Bluegrass region became a popular horse breeding area.
  • Thoroughbreds is a horse breed best known for horse racing. "Hot-blooded" horses best known for their agility, speed, and spirit. Thoroughbred sometimes refers to any breed of purebred horses.
  • Produces 95% of the world's supply of bourbon whiskey. 
  • Aside from Alaska, it has more navigable miles of water than any other state.
  • Home to the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park.
  • One of only five states that elects its state officials in odd-numbered years.
  • One of three other states officially called "commonwealths".
  • Morehead State University (MSU) is one of our nation's only to offer a Space Science degree.
  • The Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat is made in Kentucky.
  • State's folk dance is "clogging" heels and toes percussively hitting the floor creating audio rhythms.  
  • Birthplace to fast food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
  • While actually green, Bluegrass got it's name from the blue-purple buds that appear blue when seen in large fields.
  • Features 2 National Forests, 5 State Forests and 52 State Parks.

Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Abraham Lincoln (Late President), Bill Monroe (Musician), Crystal Gayle (Musician), Johnny Depp (Actor), Loretta Lynn (Musician), Merle Travis (Musician), Muhammad Ali (Athlete), Diana Ellen "Naomi" Judd (Musician), Nick Lachey (Musician), Ricky Skaggs (Musician) and Rajon Rondo (Athlete), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Elizabethtown (2005), Fire Down Below (1997) and Seabiscuit (2003), just to name a few.
  • Reads​ Set in Kentucky: Icy Sparks (written by Gwyn Hyman Rubio), Talking Man  (written by Terry Bisson), The Coffin Quilt (written by Ann Rinaldi) and Tree of Freedom (written by Rebecca Caudill), just to name a few.
John A Roebling Suspension Bridge, Covington, KY. Photo Credit: WikiImages/Pixabay 

Good to Know
  • Some counties are "dry" prohibiting beer and wine sales.
  • The state has two time zones.
  • State wide indoor smoking ban.

Subject to humidity, mild winters, rainy summers and tornados (April-May).

  • Best Time to Visit: April - May and September - October
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July
  • Peak Season: June - August
Kroger Field Shelter, Lexington, KY. Photo Credit: Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash 

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home, Angel Windows, Backusburg Mounds Archaeological Site, Battle for the Bridge Historic Preserve, Battlefield Park, Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Boone Station State Historic Site, Butler-Turpin State Historic House, Cobblestone Path, Constitution Square Historic Site, Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, Daniel Carter Beard Boyhood Home, Duncan Hall, Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Fitchburg Furnace Historical Site, Fort Webb Park, Fort Williams - Civil War Battlefield, Gardner Historic House, Green River Academy Historic Site, Henry Clay Estate, Historic Locust Grove, Historic Main Street Fire Station / Florence Fire Department, Historic Mount Pleasant House, Historic Old Louisville, Historic Riverfront, Isaac Shelby State Historic Site, Jack Jouett House Historic Site, Kentucky Historic Marker - Jackson Purchase, LaTrobe's Pope Villa, Liberty Hall Historic Site, Lincoln Hall, Lower Shawneetown Archaeological Site, Middle Creek National Battlefield, Old Fort Harrod State Park, Old Lake Cumberland Railroad Tunnel, Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, Old Statehouse, Perryville Battlefield, Pleasant Hill Water House, The Bell House, The Ronald–Brennan House, US Marine Hospital, Waveland State Historic Site, West-Metcalfe House, White Hall State Historic Site, Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site and William Whitley House State Historic Site. 
  • Museums: American Saddlebred Museum, Ark Encounter, Bullitt County History Museum, Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Behringer-Crawford Museum, Big Sandy Heritage-History Center Museum, Bluegrass Heritage Museum, Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum, Capital City Museum, Conrad-Caldwell House, Creation Museum, East Kentucky Science Center & Planetarium, Explorium of Lexington, General George Patton Museum Of Leadership, Georgetown Scott County Museum, Great American Dollhouse Museum, Hardin County History Museum, Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum, Headley-Whitney Museum, Hidden River Cave & American Cave Museum, Historic RailPark & Train Museum, Hopewell Museum, Irvinton House Museum, Keeneland Race Course, Keeneland Sales, Kentucky Derby Museum, Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Kentucky History Center & Museums, Kentucky Military History Museum, Kentucky Museum, Kentucky Railway Museum, Kentucky Science Center, KMAC Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Mary Todd Lincoln House, McDowell House Museum, Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum, Mill Springs Battlefield Visitor Center & Museum, Montgomery County History Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, National Corvette Museum, Nostalgia Station Toy Museum, Octagon Hall, Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Owensboro Museum of Science & History, Red River Museum, River Discovery Center, Riverview At Hobson Grove, South Central Kentucky Cultural Center "Museum of the Barrens", 
    Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, The Abner Gaines House, The Frazier History Museum, The Henry Clay Estate, The Hunt-Morgan House, The Speed Art Museum, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Vent Haven Museum, William Clark Market House Museum and Thomas Edison House.
     
  • Popular Attractions: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Appalachian Mountains, Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden & Toyland, Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve, Beech Bend, Bernheim Arboretum & Research, Big South Fork National River, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Black Mountain, Bluegrass Distillers, Bourbon Heritage Center, Breaks Interstate Park, Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Carter Caves Resort State Park, Camp Nelson National Monument, Casey Jones Distillery, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Cave Hill Cemetery, Churchill Downs, Colonel Sanders Grave, Columbus Belmont State Park, Country Music Highway, Covington's MainStrasse Village, Crystal Onyx Cave, Cumberland Falls, Cumberland Gap, Daniel Boone's Grave, Daniel Boone National Forest, Dinosaur World, Duncan Tavern, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Eyeball Bridge, Farmington Historic Plantation, Floral Clock, Florence Y'all Water Tower, Fort Knox, Froggett’s Guntown Mountain, Ft Boonesborough, Frankfort Cemetery, Governor's Mansion, Grim Trails Haunted Attraction, Headwaters of the Green River, Heigold House Facade, Henry Clay Monument & Mausoleum, Hoedown Island, Horse Country, Hummel Planetarium, Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, John A Roebling Suspension Bridge, John James Audubon State Park, Josephine Sculpture Park, Kart Kountry, Kentucky Artisan Center, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, Kentucky Folk Art Center, Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, Kentucky Reptile Zoo, Kentucky Rumbler, Kentucky Shores Family Fun Center, Kentucky Splash WaterPark, Kentucky Stonehenge, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lake Cumberland, Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, Limestone Branch Distillery, Lost River Cave, Louisville Mega Cavern, Louisville Zoo, Louisville Water Tower Park, Mall St Matthews, Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park, McConnell Springs, Monte Cassino Chapel, Museum Row, My Old Kentucky Home, Nada Tunnel, National Scenic Byways, Natural Bridge, New Riff Distilling, Newport Aquarium, Oxmoor Center, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Pilot Knob, Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Portal Thirty One, Purple Toad Winery, Punkyville, Purple People Bridge, Red River Gorge, Red River Gorge Geological Area, Rose Hill Farm Winery, Salato Wildlife Center, Shakertown Church, SomerSplash Waterpark, Southern Lights, South Union Shaker Village, Switzer Covered Bridge, Talon Falls Screampark, The Butterfly Greenhouse, The Grotto & Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes, The Loudoun House, The Louisville Quest, The Thoroughbred Center, Thrillsville Adventure Park, Trolley de 'Ville, United States Bullion Depository, Venture River Water Park, Ward Hall, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Wicked World Scaregrounds,  William Arnold Log House, Wolf Run Wildlife Sanctuary, Woodford Reserve Distillery, World Peace Bell Center, Yahoo Falls Overlook, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens and Yuko-En on the Elkhorn.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Berea, Bowling Green, Covington, Florence, Frankfort, Georgetown, Hopkinsville, London, Louisville, Lexington, Newport, Nicholasville, Owensboro, Park City, Petersburg and Richmond.
  • Special Events: (March) Tater Day, (April) Kentucky Derby Festival, Thunder Over Louisville, (May) Derby Festival,  International Bar-B-Q Festival, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, (June) Beer Cheese Festival, Festival of the Bluegrass, W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, (July) Quaker State 400, (August) 127 Corridor Sale, Kenlake Hot August Blues, Kentucky State Fair, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, World Championship Horse Show, (September) Anderson County Burgoo Festival, Clarkson Honeyfest, Festival of the Horse, Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Logan Co Tobacco & Heritage Festival, Moonbow Eggfest, NASCAR, Ryder Cup, Wounded Warriors Fishing Event, (October) Christian Way Farm Harvest Praise, Galilean Home Ministries Annual Quilt Auction, Garvin Gate Blues Festival, Halloween Fest, Limestone Cycling Tour, Salt Festival,(November) Anderson County Art Trail, Deer Widow Retreat Weekend, (December) Bardstown Kiwanis Club’s Annual Christmas Parade and Live Nativity.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mammoth Cave National Park
St Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY. Photo Credit: emilyd3/Pixabay 



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