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734 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
You don't need to work hard to explore New Orleans' diverse architecture. Take a walk around the French Quarter and you'll see Creole cottages and pre-Civil War townhouses with wrought-iron balconies. Hop on a street car and take in the antebellum...
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41490 Crawford Landing Rd, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
Head out to the NOLA suburb of Slidell and go on a swamp tour. I went with Honey Island Tours and saw this big guy lounging in the sun.
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3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090, USA
Standing on the porch of Oak Alley Plantation and looking out at the hundred-year-old oaks, I imagined I saw into the past.
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Catoosa, OK, USA
Beached on Route 66 As a kid I remember taking day trips with my parents to smaller towns outside of Tulsa. These trips were always fun and jovial times; going to see buffalo on a prairie, taking haunted hayrides, seeing classic western art in...
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Lebanon, MO 65536, USA
Driving on Route 66 in Lebanon, Missouri is a blast from the past. There are many great Americana buildings to find and photograph. Most of them are no longer in use but some like the Munger Moss Motel are still operating. It's a great town to...
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500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
New Orleans is of the few places in the US to allow drinking on the streets. No glass allowed, but open alcohol in cups is no problem. So get yourself a to-go daiquiri—they're available at these stands in a variety of flavors—and stroll a city...
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Carova Beach, NC 27927, USA
These are the Spanish Colonial Mustangs that reside in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The horses pictures are part of the Corolla (Cor-AH-la) herd. It is a herd of approximately 136 horses, the smallest of all the Spanish mustang herds. The...
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Crossville, TN 38571, USA
About twenty years ago, landscaper Horace Burgess felt a call from God to build the world's largest tree house. I can't say that what he built is the world's largest, but it's definitely impressive. The house is built around half a dozen trees and...
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453 Allied Dr, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
URP has been turning out the vinyl since 1949. Fascinating tours offered on Fridays reveal the mysterious process of manufacturing records, and include a frozen-in-the-1960s suite built for Motown clients in the days prior to desegregation. Check...
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Beale St, Memphis, TN, USA
Where the historic cobblestone landing meets Tom Lee Park, and the tip of Mud Island joins the Wolf River Harbor and the Mississippi River, you'll find Beale St Landing. This modern river dock is home of the Mother of all riverboats. Longer than a...
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802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
I fell in love. I fell in love with the town of Marfa. Safari tents. Stand alone bathtubs. Vintage trailers. Twinkle lights. Hammocks. An off the beaten path campground takes you to another world. You can choose to stay in one of their hip vintage...
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Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX, USA
One of Dallas’s earliest neighborhoods, this formerly industrial area just east of downtown has a long history as an entertainment hub, from its days as a hotbed of blues and jazz clubs in the 1920s, to the 1980s, when local bands like the...
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Schertz, TX, USA
Bussey's was a fun side trip on our drive from San Antonio and Austin. The flea market is open on weekends and is full of junk and treasure (depending on the eye of the beholder). The $1 parking fee was worth the picture of the giant armadillo...
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Greensboro, AL 36744, USA
I've taken a lot of photos of my food while traveling, & I've saved my favorite Catch! Delicious entry for last! I'm so proud to say that I only have to travel about an hour to enjoy this highlight, proving that the best places sometimes aren't...
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Tulsa, OK, USA
In the Art Deco District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, there is a beautiful, old building that houses great shopping, dining, and sightseeing. The 1931 Philcade building is decked out in, well, deco. It's even home to the Tulsa Art Deco Museum. Any...
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Hot Springs, AR, USA
Hot Springs' oldest tourist attraction (so it claims) is Arkansas Alligator Farm, a petting zoo right around the corner from downtown. It's not your ordinary petting zoo. Aside from goats, deer, emu, and other pet-ables, there are wolves, wild...
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6 Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a really great bookstore, and this one in Savannah takes the cake! While strolling down East Liberty Street in gorgeous Savannah—my favorite of all the beautiful Southern cities—my husband...
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Charleston, SC, USA
A colonial classic, Charleston might initially come off as a little ye olde. But if you look more closely, this 340-year-old harbor city actually lives in the present. Bars reinvent Southern spirits, boutiques showcase new spins on cotton, and the...
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501 Woodlane St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
Arkansas' State Capitol is almost a century old. The grounds are lovely in the spring and summer when the rose gardens are in bloom, but it's hauntingly beautiful when covered by a rare, deep snow.
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1356 Ross Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373, USA
Who knew a coot foot could be so fascinating? I am a novice birder and can see why so many people become hooked on the hobby. There’s such a variety in color, size and sound. Explain to me how a tiny little wren and a ponderous pelican can both be...
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Hot Springs, AR, USA
I'm not exaggerating when I tell you this is the best cupcake on earth. At this cleverly titled shop in Spa City, equally clever cupcakes are dreamed up by the sweetest woman alive. My favorite treat, the lavender lemon cupcake, is dusted with...
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Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
The Wynwood district is a pleasant change from the glazed body parade of South Beach. Art is everywhere: on gallery walls, on exterior walls, even on the sidewalk--and the Wynwood Walls are a one stop shop for it all. Wander the impressive murals,...
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Crystal River, FL, USA
We went swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida last winter and it was awesome! The water was a bit chilly, but seeing the manatees underwater in clear blue springs was incredible. You can rent a small boat and snorkeling gear from...
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330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404, USA
If you're a lover of the South like I am, beautiful Savannah is not to be missed! Savannah offers everything that gives the South is distinct charm: Spanish moss-draped oak trees, beautiful antebellum mansions and historic buildings, delicious...
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Ellis St & 6th St, Augusta, GA 30901, USA
A blue horse on a balcony? Why not..."Seattle Blue" is the name of this mosaic-covered-statue by artist Paul Pearman, located on a quirky corner in Augusta, GA, a riverside city of underrated architectural history... This brick building was built...
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125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
In the funky neighborhood of Decatur is one of the country's top rated beer bars. The old wooden doors make you think this place comes right out of the Old South, but it has a touch of Europe. Upstairs there is a bar devoted completely to Belgian...
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222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Rhinestones, tassels, boots so pointy they'd make toes bleed...what more could you expect from Nashville's monument to the music that made it famous? Well, plenty more, as it turns out. The Hall of Fame contains some seriously impressive artifacts...
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700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
This boutique hotel doubles as a contemporary art museum. Founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson wanted somewhere to store their growing art collection while helping revitalize downtown Louisville, so they opened a hotel with rotating public...
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4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510, USA
Few days at the races can approach the excitement and pure class of an afternoon at Keeneland. Make a reservation a few weeks to a couple months in advance in one of their dining rooms, check the dress code, then show up with an appetite and a...
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2003 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301, USA
Although chocolate is the specialty at Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria, my favorite treats are the light and delicious macarons supplied by local baker, Michel Patisserie. Michel refined his skills working at the famous patisserie, Ladurée, in ...
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Arlington, VA 22204, USA
Memorial Amphitheater is absolutely breathtaking. On the other side of that stage is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but wandering around we saw this amazing scene—very neoclassical, and a nice treat while walking through the cemetery.
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108 N Patrick St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
Pretty People Vintage is a one-stop shop for finding unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories in Old Town. Owner Annie Lee curates her collection with wearable pieces that can easily be incorporated into the modern woman's wardrobe. Throughout...
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1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd, Morrilton, AR 72110, USA
If you like hiking, Arkansas is paradise. One of my favorite trails goes deep into a canyon at Petit Jean State Park and ends at Cedar Falls. When it rains in the spring, the falls change from a trickle to a cascade.
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Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
I have lived in Oklahoma City since 1985 and I have spent a lot of time in the Paseo Arts District. I've seen it go from boarded up and urban blight to the vibrant community it is today. It's like a little Spanish village with stucco buildings --...
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Hot Springs, AR, USA
Hot Springs, Arkansas, is known for its bathhouses, gangster past, unique residents, and quartz crystals. The citizens have a love affair with minerals, and there are rock shops everywhere. Crystal Springs Gallery isn't a rock shop. It's more of...