Longwood Gardens - A Must Stop On Your Philadelphia Vacation

Written by Emily Strandford

Welcome torepparttar Brandywine Valley. This area provides plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy your vacation here, especially duringrepparttar 140063 Summer, Spring, and Fall seasons. It is home to a wonderful assortment of world-class gardens and museums.

One stop on your itinerary should include a trip to Longwood Gardens andrepparttar 140064 Brandywine River Museum. Both are within ten minutes of each other. You could easily spend anywhere from a half to a whole day just exploring these two places. Longwood Gardens is located inrepparttar 140065 historic Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania (PA) and northern Delaware (DE).

Pierre S. du Pont developed Longwood Gardens (sometimes calledrepparttar 140066 DuPont Gardens) back in 1906. Today, withrepparttar 140067 hundreds of employees and volunteers keeping Longwood beautiful, it's a delight. Over 1,000 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens with over 11,000 different varieties of plants, breathtaking fountains, and lots of events will captivate you. Longwood is so popular that it attracts over 900,000 visitors annually from all overrepparttar 140068 world. There's everything from kid's programs to concerts and gardening demos. Their world-renowned fireworks displays will make you cheer and clap with delight.

Longwood has more fountains than any other garden inrepparttar 140069 United States. Their fountains have been compared to stately water displays in Europe. This should come as no surprise because Pierre du Pont was amazingly passionate about fountains and water. He created 3 totally different fountain gardens and included an assortment of smaller water displays. Some of these fountains have been either restored and even enlarged on to expand on his original designs. The folks must be doing something right because more and more people come to visit these historic fountain shows.

Naturally, you can't mention DuPont without mentioning gun powder and fireworks inrepparttar 140070 same story. The DuPont family has been involved in manufacturing gunpowder for close to two centuries. Pierre's interest in both pyrotechnics and fountains has blasted (pardonrepparttar 140071 pun) into one ofrepparttar 140072 best displays of fireworks and water combined, bar none. Because ofrepparttar 140073 people power and time involved in setting up a fireworks show they are limited to 3 to 4 shows each year. You definitely want to make one ofrepparttar 140074 fireworks shows.

Find the Perfect Getaway In Lawrence, Kansas

Written by Melody Schubert

The World Famous Topeka Zoological Park

Innovative ideas, a Tropical Rain Forest, and a unique display of wildlife has earnedrepparttar World Famous Topeka Zoological Park national recognition. The Zoological Park has something exciting to see forrepparttar 140041 kid in all of us. An especially entertaining stop isrepparttar 140042 Gorilla Encounter where you can viewrepparttar 140043 gorillas from a glass-enclosed area while they roam outdoors. A stroll aroundrepparttar 140044 grounds is filled with interesting animal exhibits andrepparttar 140045 splendors of nature. For more information on Topeka visit World 66, where you writerepparttar 140046 travel guides.

The Birthplace Of The Civil War

History books rarely mention that forrepparttar 140047 citizens of Kansas and Missouri,repparttar 140048 Civil War started inrepparttar 140049 mid 1850's. The Wakarusa War, also known asrepparttar 140050 Border War took place near Lawrence, Kansas, whenrepparttar 140051 abolitionists clashed withrepparttar 140052 pro-slavery "bushwhackers" of Missouri. These battles later earned Kansasrepparttar 140053 nickname, "Bleeding Kansas."

We walked downrepparttar 140054 streets of Lawrence and paused for a moment to imaginerepparttar 140055 town's citizens caught off-guard by William Quantrill's Raid on August 21, 1863. The attack claimedrepparttar 140056 lives of 180 unarmed men and boys and leftrepparttar 140057 city in ruins. The city of Lawrence today is a tribute torepparttar 140058 perseverance of its citizens who survivedrepparttar 140059 battle. Find out more aboutrepparttar 140060 Lawrence's history likerepparttar 140061 Quantrill's Raid on a self-guided tour around town. Callrepparttar 140062 Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau for details or speak torepparttar 140063 staff at your hotel.

The Perfect Getaway For Romance & Culture

The city of Lawrence is located 30 minutes from Kansas City. Its historic background and hometown spirit make it a remarkably different small town with a big city flavor. To find that unusual gift for a friend or loved one look no further than Downtown Lawrence where you'll find extraordinary shopping along tree-lined Massachusetts Street and Mass Street.

The locally owned stores and boutiques add to Lawrence's small town charm. Whether you enjoy browsing vintage and resale clothing shop or want that special dress by a world-class designer, there's plenty of options to choose from in Lawrence.

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