Complete Guide to St. Augustine Museums

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St. Augustine Museums

Understanding the layered history of tiny, quaint St. Augustine can be challenging because most of the early American history we learn in school focuses on the original 13 British colonies.  Historically, what makes early St. Augustine and the larger Florida territory so intriguing is the strong influence of Spain which first discovered, laid claim to, and settled in the area. To make the most of a St. Augustine visit, here are some things to know…
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Rainy Day Activities in Savannah

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Savannah City Hall

In Savannah, just like every other vacation destination, a rainy day can strike at any time. With so many interesting and unique points of interest around the city, it’ll take more than a few raindrops to ruin the day. Here are a few ways to make the most of your trip to Savannah no matter the weather.
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Best Ways to Experience Historic Savannah

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Savannah Skyline

With such a long, rich and storied history, much of it documented through beautifully preserved homes, museums, historic squares, forts and cemeteries, Savannah offers multiple ways to experiences its preserved treasures.
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Rainy Day Activities in St. Augustine

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St Augustine Rainy Day

This small, old-fashioned city with an ancient feel was founded over 450 years ago. Settled by Spaniards in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest, permanently occupied European settlement in America. While the Spanish influence is felt throughout the Old City, it was not always under Spanish rule. St. Augustine’s strategic location made it a target for occupation by force or treaty, which happened three times before it became part of the U.S. in 1821. In the 1880s, a take-over of a different kind happened. It became a fabulous Gilded Age resort town created by Standard Oil and railroad magnate Henry Flagler. St. Augustine is a historic gem with many popular sites and museums to visit, rain or shine.
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How To Experience San Diego History On Vacation

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San Diego Skyline

San Diego is a great place to visit for many reasons, and its history is one of them. It all began with the Kumeyaay, the indigenous people who hunted and harvested around the protected bay and surrounding hills. Then came Spanish explorers who, venturing up the coast in 1542, came upon the protected bay to become the first Europeans to step foot on the West Coast.  Pressed by the colonization attempts by other countries, Spain claimed the entire region in 1769.  This led to the establishment of the first mission and first presidio (fort) on the west coast in what is now Old Town San Diego.  This first mission was established by none other than Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar who was canonized by Pope Francis during his recent visit to Washington DC.


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Zoo Year’s Eve at Audubon Zoo of New Orleans

Zoo Years Eve Audubon Zoo

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Ring in 2016 with the annual Zoo Year’s Eve countdown at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The family-friendly celebration will feature a full schedule of entertainment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Capital One Stage and field. Complimentary Zoo Year’s Eve party hats and noisemakers will be available while supplies last. At high noon, revelers of all ages can partake of a soft drink courtesy of Pepsi for the countdown and toast.
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How To Experience The History Of New Orleans On Vacation

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History in New Orleans

Once Spanish and French before it was American, New Orleans is one of the continent’s oldest ports and surrounded by shadowy Mississippi delta bayous.  It’s a city different from the rest of America in feeling, tempo, food and speech.  It’s a place of unique cultural diversity, everything about it hints of exotic lands, places and people blended together in a marvelously complex way. Read on for the best ways to experience the history of New Orleans on vacation.


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How to See San Francisco on a Budget

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San Francisco on a Budget

It’s not an oxymoron!  Although San Francisco is ranked as the forth most expensive destination in the United States, there are endless ways to have a great time in this jewel of a city while staying on budget. Read on for the can’t miss attractions and sites throughout San Francisco. With a little planning, they can all fit into your budget!


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Best Places To See While Biking in San Francisco

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Biking in San Francisco

San Francisco has the perfect ingredients for a great bike ride – it’s bike friendly, has great weather (particularly in spring and fall) and has incredibly dramatic scenery.  Over 50 miles of connecting bike lanes link neighborhoods and iconic areas all around the peninsula.  The only downside, especially for the occasional biker, is that it’s hilly.  Don’t worry though, because in creating bike-friendly routes, planners have figured out how to get around those dauntingly steep hills! Biking happens to be the transportation of choice for many locals and motorists are used to sharing the road with bikers.  For people who just like to bike around wearing jeans and sneakers as well as for dedicated cyclists with great quads decked out in all the right gear, below is a list of great places see by bike in San Francisco.


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Miami Beach Bike Rental Coupon

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Miami Beach Boardwalk

Miami is a sprawling high-energy city known world over for fabulous beaches, sparkling blue skies, sunny days, bright colors, trendy places, wonderful shopping, great food, lots of glamour and a distinct international feeling.  Historically, Miami is a relatively new city, starting as a small pioneer settlement in the mid 1800s.  Today it spreads from the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades. Miami has a thriving downtown whose towering steel and glass office buildings glittering in the sun are headquarters for international and national businesses. For being so close to the beach, t’s primarily a business district, not one filled with tourists sites. However, once outside of downtown, Miami has interesting, colorful neighborhoods and areas stretching along Miami’s coastal ridge, along Biscayne Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.


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