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Central Park

Central Park is New York’s iconic 843 acre urban park in the heart of Manhattan. It was constructed from 1857 to 1873 and is a unique masterpiece of landscape architecture and is considered one of the most important works of American art from the 19th…


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Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85 acre urban park on the Brooklyn side of the East River. It’s one of the best places to see the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Construction of the park began in January 2008. The first 6 acres were completed in March…


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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 52 acre botanical garden and art gallery founded in 1910. It holds over 10,000 plants and welcomes over 900,000 visitors each year from all over the world. Cherry Esplenade The garden features more than 200 cherry trees of forty-two Asian…


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Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo at 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats with around 6,000 animals representing about 650 species from all over the world. The zoo opened to the public on November 8, 1899 and at that time…


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Battery Park

On our way to catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, we stop in Battery Park, a 25 acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island facing New York Harbor. It was named for the artillery batteries that were positioned there in…


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American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Founded in 1869, the Museum discovers, interprets, and disseminates information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through its research, education, and…


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Around New York

Around New York We start our journey in midtown Manhattan and spend the next two weeks living and commuting like real New Yorkers, not tourists. We take the subways and buses every day and find out that this is a vibrant place full of culture…


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Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

August 25, 2012 Beautiful Alder Lake is a 7 mile long reservoir on the Nisqually River near Eatonville, WA. It was created by the construction of Alder Dam in 1945. At the eastern end of the lake is the town of Elbe which is home to…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Hells Canyon

June 19, 2012 We end our cross-country journey here in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, which is located on the borders of Oregon and Idaho. The area was established by Congress in 1975 to protect the historic and archaeological treasures of Hells Canyon and…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Craters and Dunes

June 16, 2012 Craters of the Moon (Idaho) Located in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument is one of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States. It gets its name from its resemblance to…


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