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Artists, families, couples, and nature lovers flock to Gloucester, Massachusetts. This beautiful town is home to some amazing scenery, from the seaside of North Shore coastlines, to the rocky cliffs and natural boulders that encircle the seas, to the green valleys, lush forests, and towering trees that crop up further inland. But Gloucester is as rich in culture and entertainment as it is in nature-made beauties. You can sit by the shorelines and see dozens of dolphins, small sharks, and even whales, in the distance. You could collect seashells, stand on the cliffs, and shout your name to the sea winds.
Or, travel inland, to the downtown district of Gloucester for shop-lined sidewalks, wow-worthy local art galleries, street performers, and delicious food and coffee at one of many cafes.
While the 'golden triangle' of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra attracts more tourists, the southern state of Maharashtra contains some of India's most interesting sights. Where else can you see a meteorite crater more than a kilometer across, or a huge temple cut out of the living rock? There's even a little sister to the Taj Mahal. Out of all the great attractions of Maharashtra, here are the eight top reasons you ought to visit.
Perfectly seated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevierville is a crisp, peaceful Tennessee city, where country music reigns and historic sites are crisscrossed with nature-made wonders. If you’ve ever been to these mountains, you know that there are loads of woodland places to explore, like caverns, waterfalls, cliffs, and tree-dotted, lush-green valleys.
The same can be said for the surroundings of Sevierville. You could spend an entire weekend hiking and camping in the wilderness, with the stars as your nightlight and the sun as your guide. Or, stick with the inner city, where the bustling downtown district offers family-owned shops, old-fashioned restaurants, and a few historic sites and attractions.
Altoona, Pennsylvania sits east of Pittsburgh by 100 miles, with close proximity to the beauty and lushness of the Allegheny Mountains. The town was originally developed in 1849 as a train switch point for The Pennsylvania Railroad. The idea was that other city locomotives would trade their cargo for stronger, superior locomotives in Altoona, making it easier for imports to get over the mountains.
With the railroad came settlers; mostly workers that toiled their days away in the nearby mines or on the railroad itself. The city became a tester and guiding light for businessmen and builders towards 1864, when the wooden railroads between Altoona and Pittsburgh were replaced with steel. Most of those railroads still stand to this day, as their contribution to national transportation is revered throughout the United States.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma is often known as the Cherokee capital of the United States at least for history buffs. This town is rife with Native American cultures, and the oldest building still standing is the Cherokee Supreme Court that was erected in 1844. In 1839, Tahlequah was a dedicated city for the United Keetoowah of Cherokee Indians, including The Cherokee Nation.
So, it comes as no surprise that most of the residents there today have Cherokee blood in their veins and Native American ancestry in their DNA. For a time through the early 1900s, the Cherokees had legal battles for their lands in Tahlequah, but those lands were rightfully, wholly returned to them in 1970.
Bristol, Virginia is the epitome of a small Southern city, with a population that barely reaches 18,000. However, the locals love it that way, as most everyone knows everyone else. It’s the definition of what a little town should be, complete with tall tales, generations-old families, and a rich historical background.
In big cities, you would expect nightclubs and bars galore, with a vibrant nightlife scene that rocked until the wee hours. However, Bristol is peaceful in comparison. This is the Southern city you would come to for quiet, with a more personal, close-knit vibe that encompasses the whole town. Sure, there are a few bars, but last call is usually around 2 a.m. and the dance floors are accompanied by, more often than not, old-fashioned, quarter-powered jukeboxes.
Great skiing will never be cheap, but it can be very affordable. If you're on a tight budget but still itching to hit the slopes this winter, don't fret; this guide will show you how to take an epic ski trip without breaking the bank.
Clearwater, Florida is a favorite vacation destination for families, couples, and even solo travelers. It's also frequently ranked in the top five beaches in Florida and is one of the best beaches in the world. Located on a picturesque barrier island across the Intracoastal Waterway from downtown Clearwater, the city certainly won't disappoint with it's famous nearly 3-mile white sand beach and crystal-clear water. Whether you choose to fly into St Pete-Clearwater International Airport or the Tampa International Airport, drive, or perhaps arrive via boat, Clearwater has much to offer visitors.