U.S. Tour 2: Florida thru Mass.

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1 International Space Station Mural at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida

In the 1960’s, the space race had only two serious contenders. Now, the International Space Station is a cooperative effort among the U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada and some European countries. Since its launch in 1998, it was assembled and looks like a giant Erector Set that was popular when I was a kid. This marvelous satellite, which is expected to be used until 2028, is painted on the Exploration Space Building at Kennedy Space Center.

Kennedy Space Center, Visitor Complex, SR 405 Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
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2 Westin Peachtree Plaza and Street Clock in Atlanta, Georgia

When it opened in 1976, The Westin Peachtree Plaza was not only the tallest building in Atlanta but also the tallest hotel in the world at 73 stories. Although it lost both distinctions, it still is an impressive glass cylinder. On the right is 191 Peachtree Tower. Within a short distance of this clock are the headquarters of CNN, Coca Cola, UPS, AT&T, Delta, Rubbermaid and Home Depot.

127 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
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3 Chart House Restaurant at Night in the Historic Warehouse District of Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia’s 22 squares feel like a walk through early America. Equally fun is the Historic Warehouse District. It serves heaping portions of Southern hospitality, charm and cuisine all day. When the mood lights come on at night, it provides a romantic dinner setting overlooking the Savannah River. An example is the Chart House restaurant. This was a cotton and sugar warehouse when it opened in 1790.

202 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
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4 Waipi’o Valley Lookout at Waipio, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

This gorgeous scene is along the Hāmākua Coast on the northeastern part of the Big Island of Hawaii a short distance from the village of Honoka’a. From the Waipi’o Valley Lookout, you enjoy a beautiful vista 2,000 feet below that once was the home of Hawaiian kings such as Kamehameha I, which is why this sacred area is called “The Valley of the Kings.” Thousands of residents once enjoyed this lush, fertile area with its waterfalls until a major tsunami struck in 1946. Now, less than 100 inhabitants remain. If you want a closer look, there is a one-mile road down to the black sand shore, but it claims to have the steepest grade in the United States.

Waipi’o Valley Lookout, 48-5546 Waipio Valley Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
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5 Wailua Falls with Rainbow near Līhu’e on Kaua’i, Hawaii

Remember in the Fantasy Island TV show when Tattoo would ring a bell and shout, “Da Plane! Da Plane!” Part of those opening credits featured Wailu Falls on the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii. These twin streams cascade 80 feet into a basin and create splendid rainbows that dance among the rising mist. Ironically, after the show was cancelled, that plane was seized in a raid of cocaine smugglers.

Wailua Falls, Maalo Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746
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6 Ho’okipa Beach, Surf and Mountains in Northern Maui, Hawaii

The most famous scenic drive on the island of Maui, Hawaii, is the 68 miles between Kahului and the small town of Hāna. It takes about 2.5 hours to navigate over 600 curves, twists and turns plus the 50, one-way bridges. The driver will rarely see the lush vegetation and northern coastal scenery while they clutch the steering wheel. Frankly, one of the prettiest views is early in the ride near the town of Pā’ia. This is Ho’okipa Beach, renowned for its excellent windsurfing.

Hookipa Park & Hana Hwy, Haiku, HI 96708
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7 Aloha Tower Lighthouse in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

The most common Hawaiian phrase is “Aloha.” Visitors to any of the eight islands will hear this greeting for “hello” or “goodbye” several times daily, but it can also be an expression for love and compassion. The 50th state’s nickname is shown here on the Aloha Tower. This landmark lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Honolulu Harbor.

1 Aloha Tower Dr # 257, Honolulu, HI 96813
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8 King Kamehameha Statue at Ali’iōlani Hale in Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii

Fans of Hawaii Five-O will immediately recognize this bronze, gilded statue of King Kamehameha from the TV show’s opening credits. The Kingdom of Hawaii’s first monarch stands in front of the Ali’iōlani Hale building in Honolulu. The first sculpture was created by Thomas Gould but was lost in a shipwreck near the Falkland Islands during transport. Although it was later recovered, the sculptor had already created this second version. It was erected in 1883. The original is in the town of Kapā’au on the Island of Hawaii.

417 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813
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9 Rancher Herding Cattle on Four Wheeler near Arco, Idaho

Herding cattle conjures up images of cowboys on horseback during dusty drives in the wild west. Today, that rancher might be wearing suspenders and riding a four wheeler while coaching his cattle back behind a fence, like this one near Arco, Idaho.

3100 W, Arco, ID 83213
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10 Triangular, Postmodern Glass Building of Wells Fargo Center in Boise, Idaho

Wells Fargo in Boise, Idaho, is only the fourth largest building among financial service companies, but it creates the most exciting visual statement. Built in 1988 and standing 182 feet, it forms a glass triangle that’s accented with horizontal strips. Together with its use of marble and decorative columns, it’s classified as postmodernism. Perhaps it also caught my eye because Wells Fargo was my client for over thirty years.

Main & 8th Boise, ID 83702
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11 Idaho Falls on the Snake River with Idaho Temple in Background in Idaho Falls, Idaho

During the Snake River’s 1000+ mile journey through the Pacific Northwest, it passes through Idaho Falls, creating a waterfall by the same name. As part of a dam for a hydroelectric plant, its drop is only 20 feet. However, its 1,200 foot length is impressive. In the background is a 1942 Mormon temple dedicated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Memorial Dr. & W Broadway St, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
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12 McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois

The McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois, is housed in this American Renaissance style building. The former courthouse was built in 1903. The museum contains over 18,000 items. The four galleries focus on the people, politics, work and farming of McLean County’s history. Among the displays are details of the political and legal activities of Abraham Lincoln. The interior is as charming as the exhibits are educational. This museum is well worth a walk through.

200 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
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13 Downtown Reflection in Cloud Gate The Bean in Chicago, Illinois

This concave reflection of downtown Chicago was generated by the Cloud Gate. This curiosity is an enormous (33x66x42 foot), stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor in the AT&T Plaza located in Millennium Park. Also called “The Bean” and inspired by liquid mercury, the artwork acts like a giant funhouse mirror. It warps and distorts the images of delighted tourists and especially children since its debut in May of 2006.

55 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois
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14 Abe Lincoln Slept Here at William Fithian Home in Danville, Illinois

Dr. William Fithian was a 19th century physician. He frequently hosted his friend, Abraham Lincoln, at his home in Danville, Illinois. This second floor bedroom remains virtually the same as it was in 1858. On September 21 of that year, Lincoln gave a U.S. Senate campaign speech from this room’s balcony window and then slept in this canopy bed. The women who provide tours of this home and the Vermillion County Museum next door are passionate, knowledgeable and welcoming.

116 N Gilbert St, Danville, IL 61832
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15 Grain Silos and Library in McLean, Illinois

In the heart of Illinois is McLean. The town of 830 people resembles so many others in the Midwest with its grain elevators near the railroad tracks, a small aged library and bank plus a row of struggling shops facing a deserted town square.

1917 NE Spencer St, McLean, IL 61754
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16 Celebration Belle Riverboat in Moline, Illinois

Moline, Illinois, is one of the Quad Cities sharing the banks of the Mississippi River. The city of 43,000 people has worked hard to create a vibrant downtown. This delightful environment features restaurants, bars, entertainment, shop and frequent community events. Moline is home to John Deere & Company. Children love crawling on the giant agricultural equipment at the John Deere Commons and Pavilion. Adults favor taking a cruise on a riverboat like the Celebration Belle.

2501 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265
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17 Abraham Lincoln’s Burial Room Tomb in Springfield, Illinois

This marble sarcophagus is part of the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Outside is a massive monument with bronze sculptures and a 117 foot obelisk. Inside is a beautiful rotunda with a Lincoln Memorial statue replica plus symbolism of previous presidents and 36 states at the time of his death in 1865. An ornate corridor, which leads to the burial room, is decorated with eight Lincoln sculptures plus his famous speeches. He rested in this cenotaph for two years but, after a foiled attempt to steal his body, he was moved to a vault beneath the floor.

1500 Monument Ave, Springfield, IL 62702
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18 Robert N. Stewart Second Street Bridge in Columbus, Indiana

This cable-stayed Second Street Bridge is a beautiful gateway to Columbus, Indiana. It is also a perfect picture frame for the Bartholomew County Courthouse in the background. In 2013, the span was renamed the Robert N. Stewart bridge in honor of a former city mayor. Columbus is often called the “Athens of the Prairie.” The city is a charming blend of historic buildings, modern architecture, outdoor art and lush parks. For a very special treat, visit Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and marvel at all of the old soda fountains while slurping on a chocolate malt with whip cream and a cherry on top.

Robert N. Stewart Bridge State Rd 46, Columbus IN 47201
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19 Ben Hur Author General Lew Wallace’s Study in Crawfordsville, Indiana

This red brick, copper domed study was built in 1898 by General Lew Wallace, the author of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” Four limestone friezes display carvings by Bohemian Bohumir Kryl of characters from two Wallace novels. They are Princess Irene and the Prince of India plus Judah Ben-Hur and his sister Tirzah. Inside is the General’s 1,200 book library, his original furniture plus artifacts from his military career and inventions. Wallace is quoted as saying, “I’d rather write another book than be rich.”

General Lew Wallace Study & Museum 200 Wallace Ave, Crawfordsville IN 47933
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20 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Logo in Indianapolis, Indiana

This Wing and Wheel was the trademark symbol for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the 1970’s until 2008. The logo still adorns the entrance of the Racing Hall of Fame. This is a 30,000 square-foot museum that tells the story of the raceway from its troubled start in 1909 until the present. The museum displays over 75 cars. 30 of the autos won the Indy 500.

4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222
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21 Pro Patria Statue by Henry Hering at Indiana World War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana

This exquisite, 24 foot bronze sculpture called Pro Patria by Henry Hering has adorned the World War Memorial in Indianapolis since 1929. The young man encircled by the American flag is a tribute to the soldiers who served in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. In the background are Ionic columns of the Neo-classical monument that resembles Greek architecture. Inside are three floors of exhibits.

55 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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22 Iowa State Capitol Rotunda Dome in Des Moines, Iowa

Lie on the rotunda floor of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines and look up: this is what you will see. The blue sky is a suspended canvass. Also suspended is the 1922 banner of the Grand Army of the Republic. The GAR was a fraternal organization of Union Civil War veterans. It ended in 1956 with the last member’s death. This dome is actually a false ceiling. Above it is the exterior brick dome covered in gold leaf. Further up is the cupola. This last feature can only be reached by another staircase.

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
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23 Hose Company Number 4 Old Firehouse in East Davenport, Iowa

East Davenport, Iowa, is typically called “The Village.” It is a historic tourist attraction along the Mississippi River with a view of Illinois. Among numerous, quaint buildings are the red brick Hose Station No. 4 located near Lindsay Park. The old firehouse was built in 1931 for the volunteer firefighters and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is now an International Fire Museum.

2301 E 11th St, Davenport, IA 52803
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24 Old Capitol Building on University of Iowa Campus in Iowa City, Iowa

The Old Capitol Building in Iowa City opened in 1842, four years before Iowa became the 29th state. It was the center of government until the capitol moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1857. The Greek Revival building then became the only structure for the University of Iowa until 1863. Today it is a museum and one of five buildings in the campus center called the Pentacrest.

21 N Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52242
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25 Blacksmith Chains Horseshoes of Jesse Hoover Blacksmith in West Branch, Iowa

At the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa, is a reconstructed blacksmith shop of the 31st U.S. President’s father, Jesse Hoover. It resembles those years from 1871 to 1878 when similar chains, horseshoes and implements were used to shoe horses and fix wagons. Frequent demonstrations are provided by volunteer blacksmiths so you can watch the hard labor and flying sparks of this historic trade.

210 Parkside Dr, West Branch, IA 52358
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26 Hogback Bridge of Madison County over North River in Winterset, Iowa

The Bridges of Madison County are famous for the 1992 best-selling novel and then the movie three years later. Meryl Streep stared as the lonely Iowa housewife who has a four-day affair with Clint Eastwood as the traveling photographer. The third star was the Roseman Covered Bridge. The timber-truss span provided a scenic and romantic backdrop. It is one of only six remaining in Iowa. This is the Hogback Bridge. It was built over the North River in 1884.

Hogback Covered Bridge, 1879 Hogback Bridge Rd, Winterset, IA 50273
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27 Dwight Eisenhower’s Boyhood Home at Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas

In 1898, when Dwight Eisenhower was eight, his parents and brothers moved into this house in Abilene, Kansas. After graduating from a local high school, he worked at a creamery and as a fireman before being appointed to West Point Military Academy in 1911. Members of his family remained here until 1946. The home is near the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

200 S E 4th St, Abilene, KS 67410
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28 Memorial Building Attorney General and Secretary of State Offices in Topeka, Kansas

In 1911, President Taft laid the cornerstone for the Memorial Building in Topeka, Kansas. This was a tribute to fallen Union soldiers in the Civil War. It served as a Historical Society until 1995. Then the Memorial Building became the offices of the Attorney General and Secretary of State.

120 SW 10th Ave # 1, Topeka, KS 66612
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29 Tin Man from Wizard of Oz at the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas

A popular quote from the 1939 movie “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” This phrase also was voted the fourth most famous line in American cinema. Apparently, Dorothy and her Cairn Terrier lived in Wamego, Kansas. This is also where the Wizard of Oz museum displays 25,000 artifacts from the movie, including this full-scale replica of the Tin Man.

511 Lincoln Ave, Wamego, KS 66547
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30 Clock and Bell Tower of Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita, Kansas

When it was built in 1892, the city hall of Wichita, Kansas, was known as the Palace of the Plains. That nickname was appropriate because of its stone turrets, columns and clock tower. Since 1939, it has been the Wichita-Sedgwick Country Historical Museum. As the name suggests, it houses over 70,000 items on four floors from the area’s past.

204 S Main St, Wichita, KS 67202
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31 John Roebling Bridge Over Ohio River and River Center Building in Covington, Kentucky

The Ascent and River Center buildings help define the skyline of Covington, Kentucky. They are located along the Ohio River at the end of the 1867 John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. This connects Covington, a city of 40,000 people, with Cincinnati, Ohio. Among Covington’s charms are walking among the mansions in the historic neighborhoods and along the Roebling Point riverfront during sunset.

100 Ted Berry Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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32 Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory Bourbon Ball Boxes in Frankfort, Kentucky

If you like bourbon and chocolate, then the Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory in Frankfort, Kentucky, has a very special treat for your taste buds: Bourbon Balls. The word “delicious” does not do them justice. During a tour of their facility in a residential home, you will be amazed to see their equipment. The chocolate-making process has not changed much since it was started by two school teachers in 1919. Today, the family business is run by the grandson of founder Ruth Hanly Booe.

116 E 2nd St, Frankfort, KY 40601
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33 Wild Turkey Distillery Sign in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, is one of eight distilleries on the Bourbon Trail. Each whiskey company offers a manufacturing tour. Afterwards, you can sample your favorite brands in the tasting room. You are instructed to savor the aroma. Then allow the bourbon to roll across your tongue and down your throat. Wonderful! So, board a tour bus or find a designated driver to weave through the back roads of Kentucky’s northwestern quadrant and visit them all.

1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
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34 Kentucky Horse Park Logo in Lexington, Kentucky

The state of Kentucky, and particularly the Bluegrass region, is synonymous with horse breeding. They gave rise to the state slogan “Unbridled Spirit.” Among the most famous horse farms is the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In has a reputation for being a retirement oasis for champion horses. The facility also contains an equestrian museum, hosts regular educational and competitive events and displays life-size statues of past greats like Secretariat and Man o’ War.

Iron Works Pike & Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511
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35 Churchill Downs Home of Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

More than 100,000 people can fill these stands at Churchill Downs in Louisville. During the Kentucky Derby, the crowd sips mint juleps while watching three-year-old thoroughbreds race two kilometers in about two minutes. This annual tradition on the first Saturday in May began in 1875. Over time, Churchill Downs has expanded into a venue for car races, concerts and other events. However, the track will always be known as the host for the Kentucky Derby as chronicled in their museum.

700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
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36 Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky

The oldest current bourbon distillery building in Kentucky began in 1780 at Versailles. The historic structure is now the home of Woodford Reserve. The distiller is owned by the Brown-Foreman Corporation. The tour of their whiskey-production process begins at this visitors’ center. They pride themselves on their small batch, premium bourbon using minimal automation. The result of this old-age, hand crafting is a spectacularly smooth, 90 plus proof sipping whiskey. One taste and you will understand why it has won so many awards.

7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
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37 Downtown from Louisiana State Capitol Observation Tower in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

In the center of this grassy courtyard in Baton Rouge is a tribute to Huey Long. Also known as The Kingfish, this progressive yet controversial governor advocated redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor towards the end of the Great Depression. His radical ideas came to an abrupt end in 1935 when he was assassinated inside the towering Louisiana Capitol Building he helped to build. This south view is from 350 feet on the 27th floor of the observation deck.

900 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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38 French Market Arch Entry in New Orleans, Louisiana

Below rows of cast iron balconies are the famous (some would say infamous) streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. This neighborhood is a swirling, vibrant kaleidoscope of architectural charm, neon lights, loud music, artisans, aromas of fresh fish and day-old beer. The area also welcomes throngs of people who thrill at watching people watch them as they strut, stroll or stumble along. Take time to visit the French Market, the country’s oldest since 1791. Also sample some quick-serve Cajun specialties.

146 Barracks St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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39 Mount Desert Reading Room at Bar Harbor Inn & Spa Hotel in Bar Harbor, Maine

In 1881, the Oasis Club of gentlemen founded the Mount Desert Reading Room near what is now known as Arcadia National Park. It was not a library. Instead, this prestigious, private establishment attracted the American gentry like Rockefeller, Ford, Vanderbilt and Carnegie for a stiff drink and an excellent cigar. Today, this handsome, cedar-shingled building is a fine-food restaurant and part of the Bar Harbor Inn & Spa Hotel overlooking Frenchman Bay.

7 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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40 George H. W. Bush Summer Compound on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine

In 1903, George H. Walker built a mansion on what was called Point Vesuvius in Kennebunkport, Maine. George H.W. Bush spent his boyhood summers here. The former president eventually inherited his grandfather’s view of the Atlantic Ocean, now called Walker’s Point. There are nine bedrooms in this New England style home, plus a pool, tennis court, guesthouse and boathouse. The Bush compound became the Summer White House during his presidency. Guests have included Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and many other world dignitaries.

292 Ocean Ave Kennebunkport, ME 04046
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41 Rockport Harbor in Rockport, Maine

The harbor in Rockford, Maine, looks as idyllic as your imagination can muster. Fluffy clouds provide a warm canopy over idle fishing boats in rippling blue water. A pristine white church stands behind mansions along the green shoreline. So, turn off the cell phone, find a bench beside the Andre the Seal statue and savor the view.

111 Pascal Ave, Rockport, ME 04856
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42 Rumford Falls on the Androscoggin River in Rumford, Maine

Rumford, Maine’s native son is Ed Muskie. The career politician was a governor, U.S. senator, Secretary of State plus a nominee for Vice President and President. Next to his memorial is a section of Rumford Falls. Here, the Androscoggin River cascades over a series of dams used to power local paper mills. The total drop of the falls is 176 feet.

Prospect Ave & S Rumford Rd Rumford, ME 04276
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43 Seal Harbor Yacht Club in Seal Harbor, Maine

For a beach that is quieter than neighboring Arcadia National Park, try one on Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor, Maine. This oasis on Mount Desert Island provides a relaxing view of tree-lined coasts and anchored sailboats. And when the sails get hoisted, it is often the Seal Harbor Yacht Club that is sponsoring the race.

Seal Harbor Yacht Club 29 Steamboat Rd, Seal Harbor, ME 04675
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44 Yellow Peril Biplane in U.S. Naval Academy Dahlgren Hall in Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis is home to Maryland’s state capitol, a charming seaport along Chesapeake Bay, and the U.S. Naval Academy. The former armory to the midshipman is Dahlgren Hall, which was built in 1903. Inside, it resembles an old train station with a large, arched ceiling and exposed metal trusses. From its rafters hangs a N3N biplane. It was nicknamed the Yellow Peril because it was notoriously difficult to land.

Dahlgren Hall Arcade Rd, Naval Academy, MD 21402
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45 John Hancock Tower and Boston Public Library Lights in Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Public Library has nearly 24 million materials, including almost nine million books of which 1.7 million are rare. This collection makes it the second largest public library in the U.S. The “gas” lights are an example of the McKim Building’s ornate façade. In stark contrast is the 60 story, blue glass cladding John Hancock Tower that was built in the Back Bay nearly 80 years later in 1976.

700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
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46 Memorial Hall at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

This High Victorian Gothic masterpiece on the Harvard University campus is actually three buildings that were opened around 1875. In the middle with the 190 foot tower is Memorial Hall which honors graduates who died in the Civil War. Inside are 22 stained glass windows that are surrounded by rich dark wood paneling. On the right is the 1166 seat Saunders Theater. Partially seen on the left is the Annenberg Hall which is the freshman dining hall.

1779 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02138
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47 Minuteman Reenact Revolutionary War at Minute Man Park in Concord, Massachusetts

In 1775, the Revolutionary War started with the “Shot heard around the world” on Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. The rangers at the Minute Man National Historic Park do a terrific job explaining the battles against the British. Down near the reconstructed bridge, volunteers in period costumes describe the role of Minutemen. They also demonstrate muskets, which were so inaccurate that you, “couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.”

269 Monument St, Concord, MA 01742
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48 Nauset Light in Northern Cape Cod, Eastham, Massachusetts

Technically, Cape Cod is an island on the Atlantic coast of Massachusetts. During its peak fishing and whaling history, the waters became an ocean graveyard to 3000 ships. In order to provide a beacon of safety, lighthouses were erected starting in 1857. Today, about fourteen remain, mostly as tourist attractions. This is Nauset Light in Eastham. Its classic, cast iron and brick structure painted in white, red and black was built in 1877.

120 Nauset Light Beach Rd, Eastham, MA 02642
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49 Mayflower II Ship and Pilgrim Guide, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Captain Christopher Jones sailed the Mayflower from England to what’s now called Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, in 1620. Over 100 people were crammed into the 100 foot vessel for the miserable, cross-Atlantic journey. When they arrived, nearly half died from the cold and disease. A replica of the 17th century ship is called the Mayflower II. Guides in pilgrim dress provide tours of the ship and tell the courageous stories of the early settlers.

79 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360
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50 Winged Skull Tombstone in Salem Street Burying Ground in Salem, Massachusetts

The 1692 witch trials were a deplorable chapter in American history, but created a lasting annuity for Salem, Massachusetts. The town is full of memorabilia, museums, historical locations and cemeteries that compete to tell visitors their stories. From 1683 until 1881, over 600, mostly wealthy people were buried in the Salem Street Burying Ground. The most common headstone is the winged skull, which signifies the soul’s ascension into Heaven.

Salem St & River St Medford, MA 02155
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