Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Tips from a Washington, DC Insider

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 19th 2014 11:14 AM
Cherry Blossom Festival
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C.'s most popular annual event has zip to do with politics and everything to do with celebrating the awesomeness of these special trees. The 1912 gift of the original Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo sparked both a friendship between those two capital cities and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year runs March 20 to April 13. Trees bloom for about 10 days, but activities of every description take place throughout.


To get the most out of your visit, follow these best-of-the-fest tips.
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Grand Ole Opry House at 40: Its 16 Best Moments

by Susan Barnes. Posted Mar 14th 2014 01:29 PM
Grand Ole Opry House celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend.
Grand Ole Opry House

Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, home of the weekly Grand Ole Opry concert series, kicks off its 40th anniversary celebration this weekend. The festivities will continue throughout the year and into the next one, leading up to the 90th anniversary of the concert series itself on Nov. 28, 2015.
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5 U.S. Cities Pope Francis Should Visit

by Graham Shelby. Posted Feb 27th 2014 11:44 AM
Vatican, Rome, Italy. 19th February 2014. General Audience of 19 February 2014 - Pope Francis drinks the mate offered by a pilgr
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The pope is coming.

That's the word, anyway. There's no official confirmation (otherwise it'd be The Word), but recent reports have stated that Pope Francis may be planning his first papal visit to the United States. He'll likely attend the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 with a possible stop in New York to address the United Nations.

Here's hoping the pontiff takes the opportunity to see a little more of the country during his visit. These five cities are good fits.
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'Bridges of Madison County' Musical: Iowa Setting Obeys Broadway's Expectations

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 20th 2014 10:15 AM
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Bridges of Madison County musicalThe Bridges of Madison County musical brings Iowa to Broadway.
As The Bridges of Madison County musical opens today on Broadway, sales of the book by Robert James Waller are expected to resurge. Rentals of the 1995 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep also should get a bump.

But better than the book, the movie and the musical combined is a visit to the real Madison County and those beautiful and very real covered bridges.
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French Lick, Indiana: A Visit to Larry Bird's Hometown

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Feb 14th 2014 04:03 PM
French Lick Indiana Larry Bird Boston Celtics
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For sports fans in Boston and in tiny French Lick, Indiana, the number 33 is sacred. With a population of 1,800, French Lick is one of those places where everybody knows everybody. And there, 33 is synonymous with French Lick's most famous native son -– Larry Bird.
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Never Mind the Ed Sullivan Theater, Abbey Road Is the Top Beatles Travel Spot

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 7th 2014 04:05 PM
BEATLES FIRST CONCERT AUCTION
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Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles playing on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Fab Four's first U.S. television appearance. To commemorate the occasion, New York City's Ed Sullivan theater (now home to The Late Show with David Letterman) unveiled a special marquee; the New York Port Authority placed a historical marker at JFK International Airport, where The Beatles held their first press conference; and CBS is airing a two-hour tribute Sunday at 8 p.m. EST, "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute."

But just as Abbey Road is the group's best-selling album, a visit to the setting of its iconic cover -- outside Abbey Road Studios in London -- has got to be the top Beatles-related travel destination. (Just watch the Abbey Road Crossing Cam and count the photo shoots.) Here are some of the better shots we found online.
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A Road Trip through Bonnie and Clyde's Missouri

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Dec 17th 2013 02:50 PM
NY Premiere Party for A&E Networks'
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A&E' Networks' "Bonnie & Clyde" two-part mini-series aired last week, with the finale drawing 7.4 million viewers according to the Los Angeles Times. Staring Emile Hisch and Holliday Grainger (pictured above at the premier party in New York), it was "the third most-watched basic cable miniseries since AMC's 'Broken Trail' in 2006."

Although the real-life Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were natives of Texas and died in Louisiana, two pivotal scenarios in their life of crime took place in Missouri.
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7 Veterans Day Celebrations Around the United States

by Zach Everson. Posted Nov 8th 2013 07:45 AM
Veterans Day was first recognized in 1919 to commemorate the conclusion of World War I, then called The Great War. Originally named Armistice Day, it was held on Nov. 11, the day fighting on the Western Front ceased.

Here are seven especially noteworthy Veterans Day celebrations across the United States. If none of these celebrations are convenient, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a more detailed listing.
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America's 9 Spookiest Places to Spend the Night

by Elissa Richard. Posted Oct 23rd 2013 08:50 AM
If you've ever experienced a getaway so good that you never wanted it to end, you might empathize with the ghostly guests who checked in to -- but never left -- these spooky spots. Each touts twisted tales and sordid stories that have lingered through the ages. If you ain't afraid of no ghost, sign up for a stay and keep a watch for things that go bump in the night.
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Around the Block: Amelia Earhart's Birthplace and Atchison, Kansas

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Oct 11th 2013 01:00 PM
Amelia Earhart Home - Atchison, Kansas
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Just across the Missouri River from Kansas City International Airport lies Atchison, Kansas. Once a major rail hub in the days of western expansion, Atchison is now best known as the birthplace and childhood home of Amelia Earhart.

The world-famous pilot who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting the first flight around the world reached celebrity status because of her pioneering adventures.

A visit to her birthplace and other sites that honor her accomplishments just might fuel a few dreams for the young women of a new generation.
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