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Plan Your Visit to James K. Polk’s Birthplace; America’s 11th President

Outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in the town of Pineville is the birthplace of America's eleventh president. On November 2, 1795, James K. Polk was born in a log cabin on a 150-acre farm on land owned by his father in this corner of Mecklenburg County. The eldest of ten children, Polk spent his youth here along the Little Sugar Creek before moving west to Tennessee. Today, the James K. Polk home is a state historic site dedicated to his memory and honoring the legacy of America's eleventh president. Visitor Center and Museum Begin your visit at the Visitor Center [...]

Discover Patriots Point and ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes’

The USS Yorktown as seen from the deck of the USS Laffey Destroyer. Standing at the waterfront looking across Charleston Harbor, you'll see docked with flags waving in the breeze the massive, majestic gray USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. Each year, thousands cross the Cooper River to the Mount Pleasant side of the historic harbor in order to 'Walk in the Steps of Heroes" at Patriots Point. What's it all about? Back in the 1970s the Patriots Point Development Authority came together to establish a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor featuring the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS [...]

Plan an Epic Trip to Mayberry This Year

Aunt Bee, Opie, Andy, and Barney – they’re all there. The Andy Griffith Show is classic television and the fictional town of Mayberry it's set in is as infamous as the show’s beloved characters. Mayberry isn’t just a place in television lore, Mayberry comes to life in Andy Griffith’s real hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The quaint town that served as the inspiration for Mayberry located at the gateway to the Yadkin Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains rolls out the welcome mat to fans of the popular television show year-round. Mt. Airy is Mayberry It’s not a coincidence [...]

Visiting Dublin with Kids? You’ll want to become a Viking

Traveling with kids means searching for fun and entertaining options to keep the youngsters entertained.  Finding a tour or attraction that's both amusing for children and adults is a tough balance to strike.  In Dublin, Ireland, Viking Splash Tours has the winning combination. What is a Viking Splash Tour? A Viking Splash Tour is one of the most unique tours I’ve ever taken. Passengers don Viking helmets,board an amphibious vehicle from the second World War called DUKWs, and tour Dublin’s City Center on land and sea. What You’ll See The tour begins across from St. Stephen’s Green, outside of Starbucks, [...]

National Geographic is celebrating 100-years of our National Parks

"There's no place on earth like our country's National Parks." So states Ford Cochran, Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions. I spoke with Cochran and he filled me in on some of the special events scheduled to commemorate this monumental celebration. Though the reasons for visiting the National Parks are limitless, here are a few for planning your trip in 2016. 100 Years of History, Nature and Conservation From the moment Woodrow Wilson signed The Organic Act of 1916 creating the National Park Service, "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to [...]