Category Archives: Spotlights

Spotlight on Iguazu Falls

Iguacu Falls, Brazil/Argentina, is arguably the premier waterfall in the world. It is much larger and more impressive than Niagara, and, even though Victoria Falls in Africa is larger, it is almost always shrouded in mist and difficult to see. … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru, is an Incan ceremonial and perhaps administrative city, located high (2,350 meters or 7,700 feet) in the Andes, 120 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Cusco (see below), which was only rediscovered for the world in 1911. It … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Rainbow Bridge National Monument

           Rainbow  Bridge National Monument is located in a remote section of Lake Powell, a watershed along the border of Utah and Arizona, created by the erection of the Glen Canyon Dam.  It is the largest natural arch in the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Belize

The Barrier Reefs of Belize are the second longest in the world and are a treasure for scuba-divers and snorkelers. The beaches and resorts on the Cayes (islands) of the reef are idyllic destinations for those interested in fishing, sailing, … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Rock & Roll and Football Halls of Fame

             The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio, is a fitting tribute to the history of rock and roll music, with emphasis on the individuals and groups who shaped its development and popularity.  An immense … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard, MA, USA

Nantucket is a charming whaling island town located approximately 50 kilometers (30 miles) off the southeastern Massachusetts coast.  It is accessible by ferry and by plane.  The narrow, cobblestone streets and old Quaker-style homes contribute to the quaint, old-time flavor. … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Mount St Helens National Monument

Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, located in southwestern Washington, preserves the area in and around the volcano which last erupted on May 18, 1980 in an incredible display of geology, blowing off the top 350 meter (1000 or so … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Pacific Coast Highway, Segment 5 – Portland, OR to Olympia, WA

             After a visit to Portland, head back to Highway 101 and travel north into Washington state. Again the drive follows the coast and soon becomes the main access road to Olympic National Park, one of America’s most diverse wilderness … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Pacific Coast Highway, Segment 4 – Crescent City, CA to Portland, OR

               Just like California, the Oregon coast offers delightful and dramatic scenery along its entire length. There are several picturesque beaches, such as Cannon Beach, which take your breath away with their photogenic sea stacks and their wild surf. The … Continue reading

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Pacific Coast Highway, Segment 3 – Monterey to Crescent City

               San Francisco and its bay comprise one of the most famous cityscapes in the world.   The romance and excitement elicited by its name has been earned over many years.  San Francisco, like New York City, is a melting … Continue reading

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