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More Places Kids Should See while on a Suntan Vacation

 


11. Mount Rushmore: The Black Hills of South Dakota is home to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial where the busts of 4 presidents are carved. Approximately 3 million visitors a year arrive to view this man made wonder. Nearly 400 workers were involved during the carving which took place from October 1927 to October 1941. Even though it was quite a dangerous job, no lives were lost. Amazing! Jefferson’s carving was started on Washington’s right and stayed there for only 18 months. It was then dynamited and the Jefferson carving was started over to the left of Washington. Next, the bust of Roosevelt and then that of Lincoln were completed. There is much more to see at Mount Rushmore, including many different species of wildflowers that grow along the walkways.

 

12. National Civil Rights Museum: On the fateful day of April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. On September 28, 1991, after many years of raising funds, the National Civil Rights Museum was opened. By 1982 the Lorraine Motel was foreclosed and it looked like this historic building would be gone forever. The Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation was created to save the Lorraine Motel. In early 2001 an 11 million dollar expansion began at the museum named “Exploring the Legacy”. The “Voices of Struggle” exhibit at the museum explains the events in the lives of African slaves from 1619 to 1817.

 

13. Niagara Falls: One of the most spectacular sights you will ever encounter! The very impressive beauty and humbling strength of the falls will leave you in awe and amazed admiration. For many, many years, Niagara Falls State Park in New York has had the ability to activate interest in writers and artists. Prominent people and people from all walks of life come here to soak in the 360 degree view of this wonderful creation. In 1846 the “Maid of the Mist” was launched as a ferry able to carry a stagecoach and 4 horses but now is a must ride to take while there. You can eat at the Top of the Falls Restaurant and walk up to the base of Niagara Falls during the Cave of the Winds tour. This is a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

14. Redwood National Park: In northern California, near the Oregon border, you will find the largest trees you’ve ever seen! These trees are called giant sequoia and are located in the Redwood National Park. The park was dedicated in October of 1968 with 56,201 acres and 10 years later was expanded. Currently the park contains 131,983 acres. Did you know that the Sequoias are larger in volume than California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Redwood? But, did you also know that the Redwood is actually taller than the Sequoias? Some are over 200 feet tall with a diameter of 16-20 feet. Some of the Redwoods live to 2,000 years, while the average is 500-700 years. Enjoy camping surrounded by this magnificent forest or fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean.The Empire State Building: Construction of this building; which is located in New York City began in March of 1931. It boasts 102 stories of Indiana limestone and granite standing 1,472 feet tall to the top of the antennae. The lobby is constructed of gorgeous marble which was imported from France, Italy, Belgium and Germany. Until the completion of the first tower of the World Trade Center this building was the tallest building in the city. It is located at 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets in New York City. Get this, it took 7 million man hours, 1 year and 45 days, including Sundays and holidays to complete!

 

15. USS Arizona Memorial: The USS Arizona is no longer a commissioned ship in the Navy but is a special tribute to all who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor and Hawaii. The Memorial remembers all of the sailors on board that were killed on that fateful day of December 7, 1941; with their names listed on the marble wall in the shrine room. The American flag flies proudly from a flagpole set on a broken mainmast, to honor them. Fact (according to the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior): There were 1.4 million gallons of fuel on board the ship when it sank and over 60 years later, approximately nine quarts still surfaces from the ship each day. Some survivors from Pearl Harbor refer to the oil droplets as “Black Tears”.

 

16. Washington District of Columbia: The government was originally located in Philadelphia but an incident in June of 1783, made it clear that the capital of the country needed to be separate from any individual state. The Algonquian Indians first lived where the District of Columbia is now and were relocated by the government. The District has a total of approximately 68 miles, with 10% of that being water and the rest was originally farmland and tree-covered hills. Steeped in history with so much to see; we’ll start with a few highlights. The White House is a must-see, the Capital, all the monuments (including the Lincoln Memorial), the Vietnam Veteran and the World War II Memorials (just to name a couple). The Smithsonian includes 19 museums; such as, the National Museum of the American Indian, the American Art Museum and Hot Air and Space Museum. Don’t forget the National Archives Building, the Library of Congress and Arlington Cemetery; the final resting place of 2 presidents, as well as, many brave men and women of our military.

 

17. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: The Lewis and Clark expedition was comprised of the first known white people to actually enter Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. When the trappers came to this area, a man named Osborn Russell, who had learned to trap after arriving there, was the first journalist who wrote of his adventures and gave an early accounting of the Park. Millions of people visit the Park each year to catch glimpses of the abundant wildlife including bison, moose, elk, pronghorn, black and grizzly bear, 67 other mammals, 322 species of birds, 16 species of fish and gray wolf. The more than 2.2 million acres of land covers an area larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. There are over 1100 species of native plants, more than 300 geysers (including Old Faithful), 290 waterfalls and 7 campgrounds. Yep, definitely a must see!

 

18. Yorktown: On October 19, 1781 in the Virginia port town of Yorktown the commander of the British forces General Cornwallis, was forced to surrender to General Washington’s army of Americans and their French allies. “The victory secured independence for the United States and significantly changed the course of World History”, quoted from the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior. Now you can go back 300 years as you enter Yorktown, experience the 18th century homes and revolutionary battlefields or stroll down the charming streets of art galleries, antique and specialty shops. There are live performances on the streets, free trolley rides and a sandy beach on the river for relaxing. Museums have “hands-on” program experiences and many interesting exhibits. The Revolutionary War was over and the upstart Americans could begin their journey to self government.

 

19. Yosemite National Park: The Ahwahneechee Indians are known to have first inhabited the Park and lived there for many generations. Europeans arrived in the area in the 1800’s with writers and photographers making it a “must see” spot for world travelers of that time. Today, approximately 3.5 million people come to Yosemite National Park each year to hike, tour, bike, raft, swim, climb, ski and gawk. There are approximately 761,266 acres (or 1,189 square miles) of park located in east central California. The mountains are made of granite that glaciers sculpted as they moved through depositing rocks also. There are a variety of elevations creating many meadows with standing and flowing water where predator and their prey come to eat and drink. Some animals are highly dependent on the meadows including the Great Grey Wolf, Willow Flycatchers, Yosemite toad and mountain beaver. Even in the summer time check out a glacier.

 

It is possible we may have left out a place or two, or you may not agree with us on others. However, if you think our list is "‘right on the mark", we would love to hear that too! However you feel, please send us your comments to our Suntan Crew. Now go out and explore this great nation ‘from sea to shining sea’!

 

-Ms. Suntan

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