Monthly Archives: June 2011

Best of Vatican City

     Vatican City, headquarters for the Roman Catholic religion and home of its leader, Pope Benedict XVI, is contained entirely within the city limits of Rome. For tourists, it is a must-see while in Rome, even if religion is not … Continue reading

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Best of Wine Country

     What we in the United States refer to as “wine country” describes the area just northeast of San Francisco which emcompasses the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. This is probably the most extensive wine-making region in the country and certainly … Continue reading

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Best of Cape Cod

   Cape Cod is one of the treasures of Massachusetts. Residents have gone to great lengths to restrict growth and to require that property owners comply with strict regulations about their buildings in order to preserve the charm of the … Continue reading

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Best of the White Mountains

     The White Mountains of New Hampshire, although small compared to the mountains of the American or Canadian West, nevertheless offer excellent mountain scenery to residents of the northeast. Their greatest allure comes during the autumn, when the leaves of … Continue reading

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Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

     This wonderful national park, which straddles the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, is one of only a few members of America’s National Park System in the populous eastern United States. As such, it is one of the most … Continue reading

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Best of Glacier National Park

      Hurry up and visit Glacier National Park in northern Montana soon, because scientists are saying the main feature of the park, the glaciers, are receding at a rapid rate and may disappear in the not-too-distant future. Glacier is truly … Continue reading

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Best of Mesa Verde National Park

     Mesa Verde National Park preserves an area of southwestern Colorado where the Anasazi, a Native American people, built interesting apartment complexes known as cliff dwellings. The niches, hundreds of feet above the valley floor, which housed hundreds of villagers, contained places … Continue reading

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Best of Death Valley National Park

      With a name like Death Valley, people do not expect to find the beauty and the solitude that this park delivers. It is extremely dry (don’t forget to have plenty of cold water when you visit) and hot (daytime … Continue reading

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Best of Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park

     These intertwined parks, in southeastern California, feature some of the largest living things on the planet, the Giant Sequoia trees. Between the two parks, there are several substantial groves of these behemoths.      In Sequoia National Park, you will … Continue reading

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Best of Crater Lake National Park

       Crater Lake National Park, in southwestern Oregon, features one of the bluest and deepest lakes in the world, and is a true gem of a national park. The “crater” is all that remains of Mount Mazama, an ancient volcano … Continue reading

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