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Great Virginia Attractions

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Virginia is a marvelous place loaded with lots of great attractions for the whole family. Whether you enjoy a fun roller coaster ride or want to relive fantastic events in the American Civil War, Virginia is the place to be.

Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas for your Virginia travel itinerary.

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Civil War and history buffs step right up. This 5,500-acre military park is a must-see attraction. Aside from famous battlefields, several historic buildings are located here. One of those buildings is the Chandler Plantation office building, known as the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. This is where General Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson took in his last breath.


Let’s continue on the history trail with a visit to the estate of Thomas Jefferson-Monticello. Our third president lived here and during the Civil War, the Confederate government seized the estate and sold it. This special home is the only private home in the United States that’s named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Busch Gardens Europe

I promised fun and here you go. The Busch Gardens Europe is open from mid-March until the end of October. Their recent rollercoaster, The Griffon, climbs to 205 feet and then hurls you down along a 90-degree angle at 70 mph. It’s a blast.

This isn’t just some run-of-the-mill theme park. The National Amusement Park Historical Association named Busch Gardens Europe “World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park.” It’s complete with over 50 awesome rides and attractions, 10 stage shows, world-class cuisine, and much more.

At around $57, it’s a little above average price as theme parks go. Kids two and under are free-3-10 are about $50.

Water Country USA

Ready to get wet? Nothing is better on a warm day than fun at a water park. Water Country USA is the largest water park in Virginia. In fact, it was featured on a Travel Channel special as one of the best water parks in the whole country.

Water too cold? Nope. When the days are slightly cooler, the water is warmed to a comfortable 82 degrees. The park is open from May to the beginning of September. Plan on spending about $33 – $40 per person for admission.

Whether you’re alone or with the family, Water Country USA is a fun place to spend the day.

Public Golf Courses

Life isn’t just about spending time with the family. You need some alone time, some golf time.

Virginia is packed with amazing public golf courses that rival private golf clubs elsewhere.

There are so many, but two to check out are the Riverfront Golf Club in Suffolk and the Virginia Beach National Golf Club. Both feature greens fees in the $40 – $74 range and both are beautiful.

The Riverfront Golf Club was named America’s Best Public-Access Course by Golfweek Magazine in 2005 and 2006. Weekday golfing is just $50 and the greens fees on the weekends are only $10 more.

Time for Virginia

Either way you slice it, Virginia is one great place to visit. Below are a couple links for more information. Virginia is also a great place for you and your romantic partner. Have fun!

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Orlando. Attractions for Kids and Grown-ups

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Orlando is located in Florida. This is the most «summery» city in the USA, known for its excellent weather, beautiful and lush nature and well-developed infrastructure. Travelers from all around the planet head for Orlando in search of fun. The name of the city derives from the name of a soldier Orlando Reeves, who died here during the war against the Seminole Indian tribe.

Few people would know of Orlando if the Walt Disney World — the unique theme park – was not constructed here. That is why one can say that the year 1965 has changed the city’s history. This was the year when Walter Disney, a famous Amercian film producer, started to implement his plans of turning this deserted land into the world of fantasy. The giant Disney World occupies a 113 sq.m. territory. Its the place where children and kids alike dip into the magical fairytale world, the world where dreams come true. The park’s territory is divided into several areas, each with its own name and its own attractions.

If you’ve never been here you can’t even imagine how great the park is. Altogether «Disneylands» of Los Angeles, Paris, Spain and Tokyo are only a half of that in Orlando. But don’t think that the park was built for children only. In addition to kids areas, there are golf courts, night clubs and what not.

Each area has its attractions. For instance, Magic Kingdom contains an Adventureland, with rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise, a Liberty Square has the Hall of Presidents and other democratic attributes. Fantasyland is filled with the Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh spirit. There is also a Tomorrowland with such attractions as the Starcade, Astro Orbitor, Disneyland Railroad and others. Names of the parks speak for themselves and describing their advantages would take too long. But one of the park’s most visited attractions is Disney-MGM Studios where visitors can meet their favourite cartoon characters.

Inhabitants of the sea — from polar bears of the Arctic to inhabtitants of the tropic waters — can be observed at the “Sea World” — one of the most popular marine mammal parks of the USA. You can even stay at one of the Walt Disney World’s hotels — rates are a bit higher than that in Orlando (the resort is located 20 miles from the city), but each hotel is a true sight: imagine you live in a Polynesian hut, or in a Wild-Western style hotel, or even a music-themed hotel called Disney?s All Star Music.

The only drawback is that there are no natural reservoirs close by, and it takes 1,5 hours to reach the ocean by car. But there is another attraction – Disney’s Vero Beach Resort — located on Atlantic coast.

Both children and grown-ups will like Universal Studios Florida where one can «jump into the action of the movies», and entertain oneself at one of its attractions like «Terminator 2:3-D», «The Simpsons Ride», «Revenge of the Mummy», «Animal Actors On» and many others.

These are just a few of Orlando’s attractions and parks. The city of course has numerous galleries, museums and scientific centres. But that’s the subject for another story.

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