Friday, October 30, 2020

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee State Flag


"The Volunteer State"
"The Big Bend State", "The Hog & Hominy State", "The Lion's Den State" and The Mother of Southwestern Statesmen"


WonderWorks (Amusement Park), Pigeon Forge, TN. Photo Credit: Nathaniel Jordan/Pixabay 


Why visit Tennessee?

Offers something for everyone whether canoeing, caves, country music haven, culture, hiking, historical sites, kayaking, mountains, outdoor activities, southern cuisine and water water rafting.


Twin Falls, Rock Island, TN. Photo Credit: Chanh Nguyen/Pixabay 


At a Glance
  • Capital: Nashville
  • State Bird: Mockingbird
  • State Dessert: None
  • State Flower: Iris
  • State Gemstone: Tennessee River Pearl 
  • State Mammal: Raccoon 
  • State Rock: Limestone & Tennessee Agate 

Gatlinburg (Great Smoky Mountains), TN. Photo Credit: hutchcc/Pixabay 


Fun Facts
  • State earned their nickname from Volunteer Soldiers willing to serve during the Battle of New Orleans.
  • In 1954, Legend Elvis Presley (1935-1977) recorded his first number one hit, 'Heartbreak Hotel' (Nashville).
  • Dolly Parton, born (1946) in Locust Ridge and raised in rural Appalachia amongst 11 siblings moved to Nashville after graduating high school. A accomplished Grammy Award-Winning Musician and actress.
  • Country music stars Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed in an airplane crash near Camden (March 5, 1963).
  • Graceland was Elvis' home from 1957-1977 opening as a museum in 1982.
  • The Presley Estate sold almost $45 million (2003).
  • Has over 250 public and private museums.
  • Home to two of our nation's newest civilian nuclear power reactors.
  • Food Network Chef, Paula Ann Hiers Deen "Paula Deen" opened (2015) Paula Deen's Family Kitchen (Pigeon Forge) serving southern dishes.
  • While Nashville is considered the "Capital of Country Music", it's in Bristol where country legends got their start.
  • Considering their moderate climate and rich soil produce award-winning wineries and vineyards.
  • Leading producer of ball clay in our country.
  • Tennessee Aquarium, has the largest freshwater aquarium in our country.
  • The breed Tennessee Walking Horse (Tennessee Walker) of gaited horses are known for their unique four-beat running-walk and flashy movement. 
  • Does a BBQ exists without baked beans? Home to the popular brand, Bush Brothers & Company (Knoxville).
  • Major source for cattle, cotton, electrical power, soybeans and textiles.
  • Offers more than 3,800 documented caves.
  • During the weekend NASCAR Cup Series races is known to sell out more than 160,000 seats daily.
  • A major hub for the automotive industry.
  • Features 1 National Forest, 15 State Forests and 54 State Parks.

“You don’t have to look like everybody else. You don’t have to be a raving beauty to be special and to be beautiful.” ~Dolly Rebecca Parton


Delta Queen (American Sternwheel Steamboat), Chattanooga River, TN. Photo Credit: riedlinger/Pixabay 


"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." ~Willie Nelson


Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Arteha Franklin (Musician), Dolly Parton (Musician), Justin Timberlake (Musician), Kenny Chesney (Musician), Lisa Marie Presley (Musician), Lucy Hale (Actress), Luke Benward (Actor), Megan Fox (Actress), Miley Cryus (Musician), Morgan Freeman (Actor), Randy Orton (Athlete), Ric Flair (Athlete) and  Tina Turner (Musician), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Days of Thunder (1990), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010),  The Blind Side (2009), The Firm (1993), The Fugitive (1993), The Green Mile (1999), The Matrix (1998), Walking Tall (1973) and Walk the Line (2005), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in Tennessee: A Death in the Family (written by James Agee), Child of God (written by Cormac McCarthy), Delicious and Suspicious (written by Riley Adams), Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders (written by Peggy Webb), Monkey Town (written  by Ronald Kidd), On Blue Falls Pond (written by Susan Crandall), Suttree (written by Cormac McCarthy), The Reivers (written by William Faulkner) and Walking to Gatlinburg (written by Howard Frank Mosher), just to name a few.

Sunsphere, Knoxville, TN. Photo Credit: Cija Tuttle/Pixabay 


"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." ~Elvis Presley


Good to Know
  • You'll find dedicated equestrian farms (Shelbyville) of Tennessee Walking Horse (Tennessee Walker).
  • Food is taxed at 4%, but candy, dietary supplements and prepared food are taxed at 7%.
  • Eastern Tennessee beware of  bears and poisonous snakes. 
  • National Scenic Byways include the Cherohala Skyway, East Tennessee Crossing Byway, Great River Road, Natchez Trace Parkway and The Trace.
  • Mosquitos are known to carry the West Nile Virus.
  • Unless you say "unsweet" tea, anticipate being served a sugary one.
  • You may experience long distances between destinations.
  • "Mother Church of Country Music" is Ryman Auditorium.
  • Beale Street (Memphis) is considered the birthplace of the blues music.
  • Feast your eyes on the Mississippi River sunset (Memphis).
  • Some tourist attractions close after Labor Day and reopens early May.
  • Smoky Mountains foliage colors appear around mid October through mid November.

Subject to humidity and snowstorms.

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

Country Legends Wall Mural, Nashville, TN. Photo Credit: Paul Brennan/Pixabay 


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Alvin Cullom York Farm, Beale Street Historic District, Chucalissa Site, Delta Queen (River Steamboat), Fort Loudoun, Fort Pillow, Franklin Battlefield, George Peabody College for Teachers, Graceland (Home of Elvis Presley), Hermitage Hotel, Hiram Masonic Lodge No 7, James K Polk Home, Jubilee Hall Fisk University, Long Island of the Holston, Moccasin Bend Archeological District, Montgomery Bell Tunnel, Mountain Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Old First Presbyterian Church, Pinson Mounds, Rattle and Snap, Rhea County Courthouse, Ryman Auditorium, Shiloh Indian Mounds Site, Siege and Battle of Corinth Sites, Sun Record Company, Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee State Capitol, The Hermitage, William Blount Mansion, Wynnewood, and X-10 Reactor Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Museums: Adventure Science Center, African American Museum,
    Alcatraz East Crime Museum, American Museum of Science & Energy, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Battles For Chattanooga Museum, Beechcraft Heritage Museum, Belmont Mansion, Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, Blount Mansion, Blues Hall of Fame, Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center, Brooks Museum, Buford Pusser Home & Museum, Bush's Visitor Center, Carnton, Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, Chasing Rainbows Museum, Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa, City Garage Car Museum, Coke Oven Museum,  Cookville History Museum, Cooter's Nashville, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Cowan Railroad Museum, Creative Discovery Museum, Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, Dinosaur Walk Museum, Discovery Park of America, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Ducktown Basin Museum, East Tennessee Historical Society & Museum,Elvis & Hollywood Legends Museum, Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Farragut Folklife Museum, Fire Museum of Memphis, Floyd
    Garrett's Muscle Car Museum, Frist Art Museum, Gray Fossil Site, Great Smoky Mountains
    Heritage Center, Green McAdoo Cultural Center, Hands On Discovery Center, Historic Travellers Rest Historic House Museum, Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, Houston Museum-Decorative Arts, Hunter Museum of American Art, International Towing & Recovery Museum, Lane Motor Museum, Little Congress Bicycle Museum, Live Museum, Lorraine Motel, Lotz House Museum, Mabry-Hazen House,
    Madame Tussauds Nashville, McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture, Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Military Branch Museum, Military Memorial Museum,Mississippi River Museum, Moore County Old Jail Museum, Muse Knoxville, Museum of Appalachia, Museum of Science & History - Pink Palace, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, National Bird Dog Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, Patsy Cline Museum, Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium, Reece Museum,Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum, Salt & Pepper
    Shaker Museum, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Stones River National Battlefield, Swift Museum Foundation, Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, The Children's Museum of Memphis, The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, The Parthenon, TITANIC Museum Attraction, Trenton Teapot Museum, W C Handy House Museum,Willie Nelson & Friends Museum, Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum and 
    Wyatt Archaeological Museum. 
  • Popular Attractions: Anakeesta, Appalachian Mountains, Arrington Vineyards, Beachaven Winery & Vineyards, Belle Meade Plantation, Beale Street Entertainment District, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Boro Beach, Bristol Motor Speedway, Burgess Falls State Park, Cades Cove Visitor Center, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater, Cataract Falls, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Centennial Park, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga Zoo, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens', Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee National Forest, Chickamauga National Military Park, Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens, Christmas Place, Coolidge Park, Crave Golf Club, Cumberland Caverns, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Cumberland General Store, Discovery Park of America, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Dollywood, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Forbidden Caverns, Fort Donelson National BattlefieldFoxfire Mountain Adventure Park, Frank Lloyd Wright Seamour & Gerte Shavin House, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Frozen Head State Park, Gallery 202, Gatlinburg Space Needle, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, Graceland, Grand Ole Opry, Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, Great Smoky Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Handy Park, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Hillsboro Village, Historic RCA Studio B, Honky Tonk Highway, Jack Daniel's Distillery Visitor Center, John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Knoxville's Market Square, Ijams Nature Center, Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, MagiQuest, Market Square, Memphis' Lorraine Hotel, Memphis' South Main Arts District, Memphis Zoo, Montgomery Bell State Park, Mysterious Mansion, NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains, Nashville WhatLiftsYou Wings Mural, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Newfound Gap, Norris Dam State Park, Oaklands Mansion, Ober Gatlinburg, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Overton Park, Parthenon, Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge, Parrot Mountain & Gardens, Patriot Park, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Point Park, Printers Alley, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze, River Gallery, Rock City, Rock Island State Park, Ross's Landing, Ruby Falls, Ryman Auditorium, Shelby Farms Park, Shiloh National Military Park, Smoky Mountain Ziplines, Soaky Mountain Waterpark, South Cumberland State Park, SpeedZone Fun Park, Sri Ganesha Temple, St Johns Cathedral, Stones River National Battlefield, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Sunsphere, Sun Studio, Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee Safari Park, Tennessee State Capitol, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee -Elephant Discovery Center, The Hermitage, The Island in Pigeon Forge, The Lost Sea Adventure, The Schemerhorn Symphony Center, Thomas Kinkade Gallery, Three Bears General Store, Tom Lee Park, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Walk of Fame Park, Wat Lao Buddharam, Wetlands Water Park, Wild Bear Falls Water Park, WonderWorks Pigeon Forge and Zoo Knoxville.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Chattanooga, Clarkesville, Collierville, Crossville, Dayton, Franklin, Gatlinburg, JohnsonCity, Knoxville, Lebanon, Lynchburg, Memphis, Murfressboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Shelbyville and Sun Studios.
  • Special Events: (January) Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, (February) Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend, (March) Blooming Arts Festival, Cousin Jake Tullock Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Daffodil Day, River City Brewer’s Festival, Tin Pan South, (April) St Jude's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon (May) Beale Street Musical Festival, Iroquois Steeplechase, Lincoln County Spring Demolition Derby, Tennessee Renaissance Festival, (June) Arts & Crafts Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, CMA Music Fest, Exit 56 Blues Fest, Fun Fest, Riverbend Festival,(July) Art On The Mountain, Asian Festival, Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT), Japanese Moon Viewing, Let Freedom Sing!, Motor Mania Car Show, Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree & Crafts Festival, (August) AMA Amateur Nationals Motocross Race, Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Tomato Art Festival, (September) African Street Festival, Ancient Sounds Celtic & Appalachian Outdoor Music Festival, Archeofest, Haunting in the Hills, Bellevue Community Picnic, Heritage Festival, International Food & Arts Festival, LickSkillet Spring Barn Sale, National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship & Festival, Parade of Horse Breeds, Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival, Riverfest, Teen Challenge Chili Cook-Off, Tennessee Honey Festival, Tennessee State Fair, (October) Annual Fall Festival, Art on Track Festival, Baxter Harvest Festival, Days Gone By Annual Harvest Fest, Harvest Street Festival, History Hayride by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, Loretta Lynn's Fall Trail Ride, Mountain Makins Festival, Nashville Film Festival, National Storytelling Festival, Reelfoot Arts & Craft Festival, Rocktoberfest, Roller Coaster Yard Sale, Smokies Balloon Festival, Southern Festival of Books, Standing Stone State Park Car Show, (November) Enchanted Garden of Lights, Tree Lighting on Town Square,  (December) Christmas Festival & Parade, LANA Holiday Home Tours and Livingston/ Overton and County Christmas Parade.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Parthenon, Nashville, TN. Photo Credit: Paul Brennan/Pixabay 


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Thursday, October 29, 2020

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota State Flag
 

"The Mount Rushmore State"

"Coyote State", "Land of Infinite Variety", "The Artesian State", "The Blizzard State", "The Sunshine State" and "The Swinged Cat State"


Why visit South Dakota?
Prefect for the laidback outdoorsy traveler seeking to bike, birdwatch, caves, fish, gamble, hike, hunt, national monuments, natural scenery and wildlife.
 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SD. Photo Credit: skeeze/Pixabay 


At a Glance
  • Capital: Pierre
  • State Bird: Ringneck Pheasant
  • State Dessert: Kuchen
  • State Flower: Pasque Flower
  • State Gemstone: Fairburn Agate & Black Hills Gold
  • State Mammal: Coyote
  • State Rock: None

The World's Only Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD. Photo Credit: ArtTower/Pixabay 


Fun Facts
  • In 1876, struck gold (Custer).
  • During droughts and the Great Depression (1930's) their economy shifted from farming and ranching to financial services, manufacturing  and tourism.
  • Hosts (Sturgis) one of the largest annual gatherings (August) of motorcycles in the world.
  • "Black Hills" earned its name due to the dark color of the pine and spruce trees that cover the region. 
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), Author wrote semi-autobiographical books based on her experiences as a child and young adult homestead near De Smet. Novels included By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years and The First Four Years. 
  • Does not host any major league professional sports franchises.
  • Features 4 National Forests and 12 State Parks.

Deadwood, SD. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 


Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Adam Vinatieri (Athlete), Amy Hill (Actress), Brock Lesnar (Athlete), Caleb Grimm (Musician), Chad Greenway (Athlete), Cheryl Ladd (Actress), Dallas Clark (Athlete), January Jones (Actress), Madison Lawlor (Actress), Mary Hart (TV Host), Michael Andrew (Athlete), Mike Miller (Athlete), Tom Brokaw (TV Journalist) and Tomi Lahren (TV Host), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Armageddon (1998), Dances with Wolves (1990), Head of State (2003), How The West Was Won (1962), Into the Wild (2007), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2004), Nebraska (2012), Starship Troopers (2007) and The Neverending Story III (1997), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in South Dakota: Betrayal in the Badlands (written by Dana Mentink), Buried Truth (written by Dana Mentink), But That Was Yesterday (written by Kathleen Eagle), Dakota Dreamin' (written by Janet Dailey), Deadwood: The Golden Years (written by Watson Parker), Escape from the Badlands (written by Dana Mentink), Flight Or Fight (written by Dirk Greyson), Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota (written by Fraser Harrison), Little Town on the Prairie (written by Laura Ingalls Wilder), M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet (written by William Anderson), The Journey Home (written by Linda Ford) andThe Prodigal Cowboy (written by Kathleen Eagle), just to name a few.

Hosmer (Edmunds County), SD. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • State capital, Pierre is pronounced Peer.
  • Not the big city, diverse shopping or nightlife destination.
  • It's a  Federal Law to touch or remove Native American artifacts.
  • There is no Amtrak service to the state.

Subject to blizzards, humidity, ice storms, snow storms, strong winds and tornadoes.

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

Badlands National Park, SD. Photo Credit: Klaus Stebani/Pixabay 


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Arzberger Site, Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Bear Butte, Blood Run Site, Bloom Site, Crow Creek Site, Deadwood Historic District, Fort Pierre Chouteau Site, Fort Thompson Mounds, Frawley Ranch, Langdeau Site, Mitchell Site, Molstad Village, Vanderbilt Archeological Site, Verendrye Site and Wounded Knee Battlefield.
  • Museums: Adams House, Adams Museum, Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, Austin Whittemore House, Badlands Petrified Gardens, Black Hills Mining Museum, Borglum Story, Brandon Area Museum, Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Museum, Children's Museum of South Dakota, Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home, CCC Museum of South Dakota, Custer County 1881 Courthouse, Dacotah Prairie Museum, Dakotaland Museum, Dakota Discovery Museum, Dakota Sunset Museum, Dakota Territorial Museum & Mead Cultural Education Center, Days of '76 Museum, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, De Smet Depot Museum, Eureka Pioneer Museum, Fort Meade Museum, Four Mile Old West Town Museum, Garretson Area Historical Society & Heritage Museum, Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Heritage Hall Museum & Archives, High Plains Western Heritage Center, Indian Museum of North America, International Vinegar Museum, Irene Hall Museum Resource Center, Kadoka Depot Museum, Keystone Museum, Lakota Dream Museum & Monument, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Moody County Museum, Motion Unlimited Museum & Antique & Classic Car Lot, Museum at Black Hills Institute, Museum of Geology, Museums of Visual Materials, National Music Museum, Museum of Wildlife Science & Industry, Old Courthouse Museum, Pettigrew Home & Museum, Pioneer Auto Museum, Prairie Edge Trading Co & Galleries, Prairie Village, Pyle House Museum, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Sioux Empire Medical Museum, Siouxland Heritage Museum, Smith-Zimmermann Museum, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, South Dakota Air & Space Museum, South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota Discovery Center, South Dakota National Guard Museum, South Dakota State Historical Society, South Dakota State Railroad Museum, South Dakota Tractor Museum, Stockyards Ag Experience, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Telstar Mustang-Shelby-Cobra, Termesphere Gallery, The Guns Of History Gun Gallery, The Journey Museum & Learning Center, The Klein Museum, The Mammoth Site, The National Presidential Wax Museum, Trails Trains And Pioneers Museum, Tri-State Museum, W. H. Over Museum, World Fossil Finder Museum and Wounded Knee the Museum.
  • Popular Attractions: Badlands National Park, Badlands Petrified Gardens, Bear Country USA, Big Thunder Gold Mine, Black Hills, Black Hills Caverns, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Bramble Park Zoo, Bridal Veil Falls, Broken Boot Gold Mine, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Butterfly House & Aquarium, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Center For Western Studies, Chapel In the Hills, Cosmos Mystery Area, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Dinosaur Park, Downtown Sioux Falls, Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, Falls Park, Fort Sisseton State Park, Fossil Cycad National Monument, Good Earth State Park, Horse Thief Lake, Ingalls Homestead, Jewel Cave National Monument, Landstrom's Original Black Hills Gold Creations, McCrory Gardens, Mickelson Trail, Minuteman Missile Visitors Center, Mount Rushmore, Needles Eye Tunnel, Nicollet Tower & Interpretive, Porter Sculpture Park, Prairie Edge Trading Co & Galleries, Queen Bee Mill Ruins, Redlin Art Center, Reptile Gardens, Roughlock Falls Road, Rushmore Cave, Rush Mountain Adventure Park, Rushmore Tramway Adventures, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, South Dakota State Capitol, Storybook Island, Storybook Land, Sylvan Lake, Tatanka Story of Bison, Terry Peak, The Mammoth Site, The World's Only Corn Palace, 1880 Town, Wade's Gold Mill, Wall Drug Store, Washington Pavilion, WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, Wildlife Loop Road, Wild Water West Waterpark, Wind Cave National Park, Wonderland Cave and Yellow Mounds Overlook.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Aberdeen, Brookings, Custer, Huron, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Sturgis, Vermillion, Wall, Watertown and Yankton.
  • Special Events: (January) Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, (June) Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, Czech Days, Fort Sisseton Historical Festival, Wild Bill Days, (July) Brookings Summer Arts Festival, Days of '76 Rodeo, Grow It, Hills Alive, Jazzfest, Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival, (August) Riverboat Days, Sioux Empire Fair, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Yankton Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival,(September) Crazy Horse Volksmarch, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, Deadwood Jam, Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony, Sidewalk Arts Festival, South Dakota State Fair, Stratobowl Historic Hot Air Balloon,(October) Black Hills Powwow, Bierbörse, Davis Flea Market & Festival, Spirit of Dakota Award and (November) Lutefisk Meatball & Lefse Supper.


Roughlock Falls, South Lawrence, SD. Photo Credit: Pixabay


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina State Flag

 

"The Palmetto State"



Why visit South Carolina?
Offers something for all ages ranging from antebellum plantations, beaches, boating, forests, golf, fishing, gardens, history, historic districts, islands, surfing, water sports and white water rafting.


A popular destination for:
  • Amateur & Professional Photographers
  • Conventions, Meetings & Reunions
  • Cruise: Disembark/Embark
  • Destination Wedding
  • Groups: Family, Friends and Multigenerational
  • Milestones: Anniversary, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Birthday, Honeymoon and Retirement

Charleston, SC. Photo Credit: 1778011/Pixabay 


At a Glance
  • Capital: Columbia
  • State Bird: Carolina Wren
  • State Dessert: None
  • State Flower: Carolina Yellow Jessamine
  • State Gemstone: Amethyst 
  • State Mammal: White Tailed Deer
  • State Rock: Blue Granite

Beach, Edisto Island, SC. Photo Credit: Don White/Pixabay 


Fun Facts
  • Named in honor of King Charles I of England. 
  • Charleston Tea Plantation (Charleston) is our nation's only tea plantation.
  • All major lakes in South Carolina are man-made.
  • The only state to own and operate a statewide school bus system.
  • The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 was the largest quake ever to hit the east coast.
  • Has no major league professional sports teams stationed in the state.
  • Home to one of NASCAR's first paved speedway tracks.
  • Features 1 National Forest, 4 State Forests and 47 State Parks.

Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach, SC. Photo Credit: 1778011/Pixabay 


Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: AJ Green (Athlete), Chris Rock (Actor), Josh Turner (Musician), Kevin Garnett (Athlete), Thomas Gibson (Actor), Tyler Florence (Celebrity Chef), Vanna White (TV Host) and Viola Davis (Actress), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Cold Mountain (2003), Days of Thunder (1990), Dear John (2010), Forrest Gump (1994), Leatherheads (2007), Sleeping with the Enemy (1990), The Notebook (2004) and The Patriot (1999), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in South Carolina: A Lowcountry Wedding (written by Mary Alice Monroe), A Week at Surfside Beach (written by Pierce Koslosky Jr), Celia Garth (written by Gwen Bristow), South Carolina Country Roads (written by Tom Poland), South of Broad (written by Pat Conroy), The Lords of Discipline (written by Pat Conroy) and The Water Is Wide (written by Pat Conroy), just to name a few.

Pawleys Island, SC. Photo Credit: Karen Scott/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • On Hunting Island Beach loggerhead turtles hatch between July - October.
  • White water rafting is between March - October.
  • Highway 11 is a 130 mile scenic highway.
  • Roosters bred for cockfights are illegal.
  • Outside of Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach area alcohol sales is not permitted.
  • Same sex marriages is legal.
Subject to earthquakes, humidity, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones. Hurricane Season is June - November.

  • Best Time to Visit: March - July
  • Coldest Month: January
  • Hottest Month: July 
  • Peak Season: March - October

South Carolina has thirty-five barrier islands, the most visited being Bear Island, Callawassie Island, Capers Island, Daufuskie Island, Dewees Island, Dreher Island, Edisto Island, Folly Island, Fripp Island, Goat Island, Harbor Island, Hunting Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, Kiawah Island, Lady's Island, Morgan Island, Morris Island, Pinckney Island, Port Royal Island, Saint Helena Island, Spring Island, St Helena Island, Sullivan's Island, Wadmalaw Island and Waties Island.


Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Mt Pleasant, SC. Photo Credit: Pixabay


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Atalaya & Brookgreen Gardens, Beaufort Historic District, Beaufort History Museum, Berkeley County Museum, Bethesda Presbyterian Church, Borough House, Brick House Ruins, Browntown Museum, Burt-Stark Mansion, Camden Battlefield, Chapman Cultural Center, Chapelle Administration Building, Charlesfort-Santa Elena Site, Charleston Historic District, Church of the Holy Cross, Clark Mills Studio, Coker Experimental Farms, College of Charleston, Colonel John Stuart House, Denmark Vesey House, Drayton Hall, Dubose Heyward House, Edward Rutledge House, Exchange & Provost, Farmers' & Exchange Bank, Fig Island, Fireproof Building, First Baptist Church, Fort Hill, Graniteville Historic District, Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island, Hampton Plantation, Heyward-Washington House, Hibernian Hall, Hopsewee, Huguenot Church, John Rutledge House, Joseph H Rainey House, Joseph Manigault House, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Lancaster County Courthouse, Lancaster County Jail, Market Hall & Sheds, Marshlands and McLeod Farms Antique Museum.
    Middleburg Plantation, Middleton Place, Miles Brewton House, Millford Plantation, Mills Building-South Carolina State Hospital, Mulberry Plantation, Mulberry Plantation, Nathaniel Russell House, Ninety-Six & Star Fort, Oakley Park Museum, Old Marine Hospital, Parish House of the Circular Congregational Church, Penn School Historic District, Philip Simmons House, Pompion Hill Chapel, Powder Magazine, Robert Barnwell Rhett House, Robert Brewton House, Robert Mills House, Robert Smalls House, Robert William Roper House, Saint Michael's Episcopal Church, Simmons-Edwards House, Snee Farm, Snow's Island, South Carolina State House, SRS Heritage Foundation, St James Church, St Philip's Episcopal Church, St Stephen's Episcopal Church, Stono River Slave Rebellion Site, Unitarian Church, USS Clamagore, USS Lafey, USS Yorktown, William Aiken House & Associated Railroad Structures, William Blacklock House, William Gibbes House, Williamsburg Historical Museum and Woodlands.
  • Museums: Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken-Rhett House Museum, Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum, Anderson County Museum, Avery Research Center - College of Charleston, Barnwell County Museum, Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, BMW Zentrum, Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, Button Museum, Cayce Historical Museum, Cherokee County History & Arts Museum, Chester Transportation Museum, Children's Museum of the Lowcountry,  Children's Museum of South Carolina, Citadel Archives & Museum, Coastal Discovery Museum, Colleton County Museum, Columbia Museum of Art, Comporium Telephone Museum, Drayton Hall, Edmondston-Alston House, EdVenture Children's Museum, Florence County Museum, Franklin G Burroughs-Simeon B Chapin Art Museum, Friends of the Hunley, Georgetown County Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, Gibbes Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenwood Museum, Greer Heritage Museum, Hartsville Museum, Heyward-Washington House, Historic Columbia, Horry County Museum, I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium, Joseph Manigault House, Kaminski House Museum, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Lexington County Museum, Lunney Museum, Main Street Children's Museum, Marion County Museum, McKissick Museum, Middleton Place, Museum & Library of Confederate History, Museum at Market Hall, Nathaniel Russell House, National Steeplechase Museum, North Charleston Fire Museum, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Old Slave Mart Museum, Parris Island Museum, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Pickens County Museums, Rice Museum, Robert Mills House & Gardens, Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Sigal Music Museum, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, South Carolina Cotton Museum Home of the Lee County Veterans Museum, South Carolina Maritime Museum, South Carolina Military Museum, South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina Tobacco Museum, Spartanburg Art Museum, Summerville-Dorchester Museum,Tennis Hall of Fame, The Charleston Museum, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, The Gullah Museum, The Railroad Historical Center, The South Carolina Railroad Museum, Upcountry History Museum, U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum, Village Museum, War Between the States Museum, Warren Lasch Conservation Center and Wheels of Yesteryear.
  • Popular Attractions: Alligator Adventure, Angel Oak Tree, Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, Artisphere, Atalaya Castle, Audubon's Beidler Forest Sanctuary, Audubon Swamp Garden, Barefoot Landing, Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Broadway at the Beach, Broadway Grand Prix, Brookgreen Gardens, Burkes Beach, Caesars Head State Park, Calhoun Falls State Park, Camp Snoopy, Carolina Harbor, Carowinds, Charleston Aqua Park, Charleston Harbor, Charleston Tea Garden, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Castle Pinckney, Cheraw State Park, Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, Cherokee Parkway, Cherry Grove Fishing Pier, Congaree National Park, Coligny Beach Park, Cypress Gardens, Darlington Raceway,  Dewees Island, Dreher Island State Park, Devil's Fork State Park, Discovery Island, Drayton Hall, Edisto Island, Edisto Beach State Park, Falls Park Drive, Falls Park on the Reedy, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Finlay Park, Folly Beach Pier, Fort Moultrie, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Fort Sumter National Monument, Francis Marion National Forest, French Huguenot Church, Fripp Island, Grand Strand, Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Zoo, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, Harbour Town Lighthouse, Hilton Head Island Beach, Historic Charleston City Market, Hollywild Animal Park, Hunting Island, Huntington Beach State Park, James Island County Park, Isle of Palms County Park, Issaqueena Falls, Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Joseph Manigault House, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE), Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park, King Street, La Belle Amie Vineyard, Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Lake Russell, Mount Pleasant, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Middleton Place, Moore Farms Botanical Garden, Morris Island, Morris Island Lighthouse, Mother Emanuel AME Church, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Mepkin Abbey, Mount Pleasant Pier, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Waves Water Park, Nathaniel Russell House, Neptune Island Waterpark, Night Heron Park, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (Custom House), Otter Creek Waterpark, Palmetto Falls Water Park, Paris Mountain State Park, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Rainbow Row, Richardson's Lake Water Park, Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Roper Mountain Science Center, Sassafras Mountain, Savannah River, Sesquicentennial State Park, Shem Creek, SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, Shipwreck Cove Town of Duncan, Soar & Explore, South Carolina Artisans Center, South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina State House, Speed Factory Hi Speed Indoor Karting Spartanburg, Splashes Waterpark, Splash Zone Waterpark At James Island County Park, Stumphouse Tunnel, Sullivan's Island Beach, Sumter National Forest, Table Rock State Park, The Battery, The Market Common, The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, The Pavilion Park, The Pier at Garden City, The Williams Mansion, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, USS Yorktown CV-10, Waccatee Zoological Farm, Wadmalaw Island, Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, White Point Garden, Wild Water & Wheels and WonderWorks Myrtle Beach.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Conway, Florence, Goose Creek, Greenville, Greer, Hamer, Hanahan, Hilton Head Island, Mauldin, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, North Augusta, North Charleston, Pawley Island, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Summerville and Sumter.
  • Special Events: (January) Lowcountry Oyster FestivalSave the Light Oyster Roast, (February) Hilton Head Island Seafood FestivalShuckin' on the Strand Oyster Roast, South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, The Charleston Museum Oyster Roast, (March) Charleston Wine & Food, Craftsmen's Classics Art & Craft Festival, (April) Albino Skunk Music Fest, Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood FestivalGreater Clemson Music FestivalHigh Water Festival, Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee, Jazz on the Square in SpartanburgLamar Egg Scramble Jamboree, River Rocks Music Festival, Soft Shell Crab Festival, Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival, (May) Aiken Bluegrass FestivalA Taste of BeaufortBlue Crab Festival, Blue Ridge Fest, Charlestown Harbor Fest, Freedom Weekend Aloft, Gullah Festival, Long Creek Music FestivalLowcountry Shrimp FestivalMyrtle Beach Bike Week, Spoleto Festival USA, Trondossa Music & Arts Festival, (June) Carolina Country Music Fest, Columbia Shrimp & Grits Fest, Seafood Jazz & Brew, South Carolina Festival of Flowers, Sun Fun Festival, Sweet Grass Festival, (July) Beaufort Water Festival, May River Shrimp Festival, South Carolina Pecan Festival Festival of Discovery, South Carolina State Fair, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, Tasty Tomato Festival,(August) Awendaw Blue Crab Festival(September) Bourbon & Bacon Fest Greenville, Coward Harvest Festival, Greek Festival, Jam Room Music FestivalMOJA Arts Festival, Orangeburg Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, Sea Island Arts Fest, South Carolina Peach Festival, South Carolina State Fiddling Championship, Southern 500, Yemassee Shrimp Festival, (October) Beaufort Shrimp Festival, Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, Fall Tour of Homes, Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood FestivalInto the Woods Festival, Little River ShrimpfestOyster Ghost RoastPlum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival(November) Charleston International Film Festival, Chitlin Strut, Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals, Hilton Head Island Oyster FestivalMusic to Your Mouth, South Carolina Pecan Festival and South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival.


Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville, SC. Photo Credit: 1778011/Pixabay 


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island State Flag

 

"Little Rhody" and "The Ocean State"


Why visit Rhode Island?

For the affluent travelers seeking beaches, hiking, historical sites, hunting, mansions, mountain biking, museums, shopping, vintage homes, water sports and yachting.


Rose Island Lighthouse, Newport, RI. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 


At a Glance
  • Capital: Providence
  • State Bird: Rhode Island Red Hen
  • State Dessert: None
  • State Flower: Violet
  • State Gemstone: None
  • State Mammal: None
  • State Rock: Cumberlandite

Providence, RI. Photo Credit: Michael Denning/Unsplash


Fun Facts
  • Founded 1638, First Baptist Church in America (First Baptist Meetinghouse) is one of the oldest (Providence).
  • In 1806, Pelham Street (Newport) was the first in the country to be illuminated by gaslight. 
  • Since 1850, has the oldest flying horses carousel (Watch Hill).
  • In 1890, they built the first nine-hole golf course in our country (Newport).
  • In 1896, hosted the first automobile race on a track (Cranston).
  • In 1904, our nation's first speeding ticket was issued (Newport) to a driver for being 15 miles over the limit which even resulted in a jail sentence.
  • Late Jacqueline Bouvier and former President John F Kennedy (JFK) were married at St Mary's Church followed by their reception at Hammersmith Farm (Newport).
  • There are more than 30 islands within the bay.
  • Only place where the rare type of rock, Cumberlandite is found (Cumberland).
  • Second state to abolish capital punishment.
  • Tourism roughly provides 39,000 jobs and generates around $4.56 billion.
  • A leading manufacturer of boatbuilding, costume jewelry, electrical equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery, shipbuilding and submarine construction.
  • Agricultural provider of dairy products, eggs, nursery stock and vegetables.
  • Slater Mill (Pawtucket) was the first to cotton spin commercially with a mechanized power system in our country.
  • Home to the oldest Fourth of July Parade in our country (Bristol).
  • Features 15 State Parks.

Thank You!
  • Spotlight Celebrities: Emme Rylan (Actress), Harry Anderson (Actor), Jason Marsden (Actor), Mena Suvari (Actress), Meredith Vieira (TV Host), Miguel Cotto (Musician) and Van Johnson (Actor), just to name a few.
  • Movies to Inspire You: Amistad (1997), Dan in Real Life (2007), 27 Dresses (2008), Dumb & Dumber (1994), High Society (1956), Irrational Man (2015), Meet Joe Black (1998), Me Myself & Irene (2000), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Pauly D Project (2012) and There’s Something About Mary (1998), just to name a few.
  • Reads Set in Rhode Island: Avery's Knot (written by Mary Cable), Black Duck (written by Janet Taylor Lisle), Death on the Cliff Walk (written by Mary Kruger), Hide Yourself Away (written by Mary Jane Clark), Murder at the Breakers (written by Alyssa Maxwell), Murder Stalks a Mansion (written by Anne-Marie Sutton), Rogue Island (written by Bruce DeSilva), Rogue's Wager (written by Thomas Gately Briody), Shadows in the Starlight (written by Elaine Cunningham), The Rhode Island Dictionary (written by Mark Patinkin) and The Rhode Island Handbook (written by Mark Patinkin), just to name a few.

The National Hotel, New Shoreham, RI. Photo Credit: Falkenpost/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • Has four major off street bike paths.
  • Locals call downtown Narragansett, "Pier".
  • Federal Hill is referred to as Providence Little Italy.
  • Considering the population of deer be aware of ticks carrying Lyme Disease.
  • Expect beach traffic delays on Route 4 and Route 1 (South County).
  • Evenings tend to be chilly, even during summer months. Pack accordingly.
  • The state is mostly flat with no real mountains.
  • Prostitution is legal indoors.
  • Same sex marriages are legal.
  • Offers several Ferry Services (some seasonal): Providence - Newport, Block Island - Newport - Narragansett, Bristol - Prudence Island, Connecticut - Massachusetts - New York, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island - New London - Connecticut - Montauk and New York.
  • Locals speak with a distinguished aw sound. Example coffee is usually pronounced as kaa-fee and Rhode Islanders say KAW-fee.
  • Locals refer to drinking fountains = "bubbler", foot-long sandwich = "grinder" and milkshakes = "cabinets".
  • Quahog is a large local clam usually used in a chowder.

Subject to hurricanes, snowstorms and tropical storms.

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

Islands to visit Aquidneck Island, Block Island, Coasters Harbor Island, Conanicut Island, Goat Island, Prudence Island and Rose Island.


South East Lighthouse, Block Island (Mohegan Bluffs/New Shoreham), RI. Photo Credit: Sandy Niles/Pixabay 


Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Arcade, Bellevue Avenue Historic District, Block Island South East Light, Brick Market, Château-sur-Mer, Cocumscossoc Archeological Site, College Hill Historic District, Corliss-Carrington House, Crescent Park Looff Carousel, Edward King House, Eleazer Arnold House, First Baptist Meetinghouse, Fleur-de-lys Studios, Flying Horse Carousel, Fort Adams, Gen Nathanael Greene Homestead, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Gov Stephen Hopkins House, Governor Henry Lippitt House, Hunter House, Isaac Bell, Jr House, John Brown House, John N A Griswold House, Joseph Reynolds House, Kingscote, Marble House, Nelson W Aldrich House, Newport Casino, Newport Historic District, Nightingale-Brown House, Ocean Drive Historic District, Old Slater Mill, Old State House, Original US Naval War College, Redwood Library, Site of Battle of Rhode Island, The Breakers, The Elms, Thomas P Ives House, Trinity Church, United Congregational Church, University Hall Brown University, Vernon House, Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, William Watts Sherman House
  • Museums: Annmary Brown Memorial, Artillery Co of Newport, Audrain Auto Museum, Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, Belcourt of Newport, Block Island Historical Society,
    Bristol Art Museum, Cape Verdean Museum, Chepstow, Clouds Hill Museum, Coggeshall Farm Museum, General Nathanael Greene Homestead (Spell Hall), Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Hearthside House Museum, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Hunter House, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Jamestown Historical Society, Lippitt House Museum, Living Sharks Museum, Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, Museum of Newport History, Museum of Work & Culture, National Museum of American Illustration, Naval War College Museum, New England Wireless & Steam, Newport Art Museum, Newport Car Museum, Newport Historical Society, Newport Restoration, Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark, Old State House, Paine House Museum, Providence Children's Museum, Rhode Island Computer Museum, Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art (RIMOSA), RISD Museum, Seabee Museum & Memorial Park, Smith's Castle, South County Museum, The Breakers, The John Brown House Museum, The Stephen Hopkins House, Tomaquag Indian Museum, Tomaquag Museum, Vanderbilt Mansions, Varnum House Museum, Varnum Memorial Armory, Warwick Center for the Arts, Whitehall Museum House and Whitehorne House Museum.
  • Popular Attractions: Arcadia Management Area, Atlantic Beach Park, Aquidneck Island, Beavertail State Park, Belcourt of Newport, Biomes Marine Biology Center, Black Point Ruins, Blackstone River Greenway, Blackstone River Valley, Blithewold Mansion, Blue Shutters Town Beach, Bowen's Wharf, Boyd's Windmill, Brenton Point State Park, Burrillville Spring Lake Beach, Castle Hill Lighthouse, Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Charlestown Town Beach, Chateau-sur-Mer, Colt State Park, Conanicut, Dune's Park Beach, Dutch Island Lighthouse, East Bay Bike Path, East Matunuck State Beach, Easton's Beach, First Baptist Church in America, Fishermen's Memorial State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Fort Wetherill State Park, Garden City Shopping Center, Goat Island, Goddard Memorial State Park, Great Swamp Management Area, Green Animals Topiary Gardens, Hazard's Beach, Hog Island Shoal Light, India Point Park, Isaac Bell House, Jerimoth Hill, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Kingscote, Lincoln Woods State Park, Mackerel Cove, Mansion Beach, Marble House, Miantonomi Memorial Park, Misquamicut State Beach, Mohegan Bluffs, Napatree Point Conservation Area, Narragansett Bay, Narragansett Town Beach, Newport Tower, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Ocean Drive Historic District, Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark, Plum Beach Light, Point Judith Lighthouse, Prospect Terrace Park, Providence Place Mall, Prudence, Rail Explorers, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Rhode Island Mall, Rocky Point State Park, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Roger W Wheeler State Beach, Rose Island Lighthouse, Rough Point, Roy Carpenter's Beach, Sakonnet Lighthouse, Sakonnet Vineyards, Salty Brine State Beach, Second Beach, Slater Memorial Park, South East Lighthouse, South Shore Beach, Superman Building, Step Stone Falls, The Elms, The Stephen Hopkins House, The Towers, Third Beach, Touro Synagogue, Vanderbilt Mansions, Vernon Court, Warwick Mall, Watch Hill Lighthouse, Waterplace Park, Westerly Armory, Wood River, World War II Memorial Park, Yawgoo Valley and Yawgoo Valley Ski Area & Water Park.
  • Popular Cities/Towns to Visit: Block Island, Bristol, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Exeter, Johnston, Little Compton, Narragansett (Pier), North Providence, South Kingstown, Newport, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Wakefield, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Wickford and Woonsocket.
  • Special Events: (January) Wellness Week, (February) Winter Festival, (March) St Patrick's Parade, (April) Daffodil Days Festival, (May) Oyster & Chowder Festival, WaterFire, (June) Black Ships Festival, Federal Hill Summer Festival, Flower Show, Folk Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, PrideFest, (July) Blessing of the Fleet Weekend, Hall of Fame Open, Kite Festival, (August) County Fair, Grecian Festival, Jazz Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Rhythm & Roots Festival, Seafood Festival, Victory over Japan Day (Victory Day/VJ Day), (September) Arts Festival, Culinary Adventure, FirstWorks Festival, Heritage Day Festival, International Boat Show, Mansions Wine & Food Festival, Newport Waterfront Irish Festival, Ocean State Oyster Festival, Rhode Island Calamari Fest, Rhode Island Music & Arts Festival, Rhode Island Seafood Festival, (October) Harvest Fair, Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Wharf Seafood Festival, Yankee Steam-Up, (November) Restaurant Week, (December) Christmas in Newport, First Night and Holiday Stroll & Luminaria.


Atlantic Ocean, RI. Photo Credit: CD_Photosaddict/Pixabay 


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