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While posting in another thread, I put some URLs to a couple of places near me that are some nice points of interest. I'll put them here as well. What points of interest do you have near you?? Things you can do on a day-trip. Things no more than about 2 hours from where you live.

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium. This is about a 45 minute drive from my home.
http://www.baysmountain.com/

Warrior's Path State Park..also about 45 minutes from my home, in the same town as Bays Mountain.
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/WarriorsPath/

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. This is another campground. It is approximately an hour from where I live, and is actually th first campground DH and I camped in together. It is also where we spent our honeymoon emoticon
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/DavyCrockettSHP/

Bristol Motor Speedway. Another attraction about an hour from home. It hosts 2 of NASCARS big races a year...one in March and one in August. I think they call it the World's Fastest Half Mile. At Christmas, they have thousands of lights and you can drive on the track. So far, I've not been...though I've wanted to. They also have an ice rink every winter.
http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/

Ripley Aquarium of the Smokies. This I have been to and it's awesome. I want to go again. It's about an hour and 20 minutes, give or take, from home.
http://gatlinburg.ripleyaquariums.com/

And of course, there is Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and all of the wonders of the Smokies.

And, who can forget Dollywood?? I've only been there once but it's also another place I'd like to go back to during the Festival Of Nations. It's about an hour and 15 from home. You actually pass the entrance on your way to the Aquarium.
http://www.dollywood.com/

Biltmore...the grand Estate in Asheville, NC is about an hour and a half from home. It's another place I want to go. Not yet been.
http://www.biltmore.com/

I think I'll stop here...for now. I'll post some more at a later date.

Hope to see some of the wonderful places near where you are.
Queeny, since you don't have a fulltime place to park yourself...feel free to post URLs to some of the places you've been.

We can't always go to the all of the places out there..so this is a way to 'travel' without ever leaving the comfort of your chair emoticon and get to know each others areas a bit...without putting a pushpin on our address on a map! emoticon

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Wow, we just didn't spend enough time up there last summer Saijen! So much to do!

There's tons to do in Austin itself. I'm not a big fan of just touring cities, but there are places that I think a person should see.

The Texas Capitol
Built in the late 1800s, it's the centerpiece of downtown. It's great fun to go and sit in the House or Senate and just listen to the government working (and can also sometimes be rather boring! emoticon ). It's a beautiful building.
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Congress Avenue Bats
If you visit from spring to fall, you HAVE to watch the bats! Each night at dusk, over a million bats pours out from the bridge south of the capitol building across Lake Austin. It's the largest colony in any urban area and it is something to see!
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Mount Bonnell
Once thought of as the highest point in Austin (at a whooping 780 feet!!!), it's been a tourist spot since the 1850s. It provides great views of the city and the surroundings...and you need to climb 100 limestone steps to get up there - quite the good exercise!
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Zilker Park
this place has EVERYTHING! It's 350 acres, 5 minutes from downtown. There's playing fields, a huge natural spring pool, a botanical garden (complete with Japanese water garden area, rose garden and the new prehistoric garden with dinosaur footprints in the creek!) and miniature train! They host Shakespeare in the Park (free plays during the summer) and Blues on the Green (free jazz/blues concerts) as well as the Kite Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival and many more. It's an incredible place!

ACL:
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The Zephyr (minitrain through the park):
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Japanese Garden:
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Barton Spring Pool:
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The Paramount and State Theatres
BEAUTIFUL places to go see something - from a movie to a play.
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And of course, there's tons more outside the city, but these are my favorite spots in town!

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Oh my gosh those places are all gorgeous!
TM, we have been to Dallas, our son's Mock Trial Team went to Nationals there! What a city, it was so neat! emoticon
I've heard from my Sister-in-law that Austin is a wonderful place, her son went to college there..so that is another place I want to visit. emoticon And those Congress Avenue Bats are mind-blowing...we've seen the ones that come out of Carlsbad Caverns, but those in an Urban area are remarkable.. emoticon

Saijen...I loved those links...(bookmarked a few.. emoticon ) I have soooo wanted to see Dollywood, especially when we were in Branson, MO...not all that far away. I'd love to go during the Festival of Nations. emoticon
Dolly has a show in Branson, and it incorporates a huge Native American tradition in it...and the most captivating music!
But I really loved this:

A Lions Narnia Braille Trail opened at Warriors' Path on April 14, 2009 with eight sensory stations along a quarter-mile, wheelchair-accessible Trail that tell visitors the story of Aslan, the lion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia fantasy. Each station has an exhibit, a large-print sign with Braille, and speaker with push button that activates an audio theatrical recording.


How wonderfully unique is that! I could just imagine the joy felt by kids getting to experience that... emoticon

I PROMISE....I will add some of my stuff as soon as I have more time..I sort of got a really late start today! emoticon

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Okay, so I am Wintering in Las Cruces, New Mexico. So here are a few cool reasons why!

Historic Old Messilla....


Outlaws such as Dutch Hubert, Nicolas Provencio and Billy the Kid frequented many of the bars and dances in town. It was at the jail and courthouse on the southeast corner of the plaza that Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang in 1881. The town of Mesilla was as wild as the West ever was.


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One of my Favorite places to go on Saturday Morning..
The Las Cruces Farmers/craft market...

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Here they are actually BAKING handmade bricks..
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Las Cruces at night..
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When was the last time you all saw a Christmas Tree and Cactus in the same picture.
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We have the Farm and Ranch museum.
Farm and Ranch Museum...


Of course 20 minutes up the road we have SPACEPORT AMERICA! I am sooo totally stoked about this...on this link, if you look to the left side you will see that I am Tweeting with them...
Spaceport America....

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Stahmann Pecan Farms, I send my family Pecan's of every sort for Christmas every year...
Stahmann's Pecan Farms...

White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument protects the world’s largest gypsum dune-field, and the unique plants and animals that survive in this other-worldly place. Located roughly 45 miles east of Las Cruces on U.S. Highway 70 between White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base, the magnificent pure white dunes provide excellent recreation opportunities; visitors can picnic, "white sand surf" or just stroll through a portion of the 275 square-mile national monument. Additionally, the monument offers tours and activities such as the Sunset Stroll Nature Walk, full moon night programs, special events, and tours of Lake Lucero.
These were taken in the Monuments parking lot...wild prism sky..
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We have more Wineries than I can name..
Wineries list...

Several Ghost Towns..
Ghost Towns

Chloride
Chloride, Located 60 miles north of Las Cruces on Highway 52, was settled in 1881 by miners after silver chloride ore was discovered nearby. The town grew to a population of 2,000, at one point boasting eight saloons, three general stores and 12 producing mines - the one in St. Cloud is still in operation. Today, about 20 people reside in Chloride.

Hillsboro
Located 70 miles north of Las Cruces on Highway 152, Hillsboro, was founded in 1877 as a gold miners town. Today, Hillsboro’s fortunes now rest on apples, not gold. There are quaint gift shops, restaurants, the Black Range Museum and the remains of the Sierra County Courthouse. The annual Hillsboro Apple Festival is held the first weekend in September.

Winston
Located 100 miles north of Las Cruces on Highway 52, Winston was first settled in 1881, growing to a population of 3,100 within three years. Today, the home and carriage house owned by founder Frank Winston still stands, along with an 1890’s schoolhouse.

Chise, Cuchillo, Monticello, Placita & Kingston
Small, historic ranching towns along Highway 52 and 142 with plazas, churches and interesting old buildings.

The ORGAN Mountains...
Organ Mountains
Overlooking Las Cruces to the east are the Organ Mountains, a haven for hikers and adventure seekers alike. The Organs offer two main recreational areas, Aguirre Springs and Dripping Springs/La Cueva. Aguirre Springs features hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and camping at one of the most scenic areas in southern New Mexico. From the campsites there are two trails; Baylor Pass and Pine Tree Trail, both listed as part of the National Recreation Trail System. Baylor Pass is a six-mile trail starting on the east side of the mountain and ascending to the top of Baylor Pass, approximately 5,500 feet. From the top, you can see the Rio Grande Valley to the west and the shimmering dunes of White Sands National Monument to the east. This trail can only accommodate hiking and horseback riding. The Pine Tree Trail is a four-mile loop that takes about three hours to complete and is for hiking only. Located 14 miles east of Las Cruces, on east side of Organ Mountains.

The second area for hiking and camping is Dripping Springs and La Cueva Campground. Hikers can choose between the trail leading to the ruins of the old Dripping Springs Resort, a former hotel and sanctuary for people suffering from tuberculosis and the trail leading to La Cueva, a mountain cave believed to be a shelter for prehistoric Mogollon Indians. Both trails are approximately one mile long. Located 10 miles east of the intersection of University and Telshor.
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We have the worlds biggest Roadrunner...made completely out of garbage
The bird stands atop a hill overlooking Interstate 10 and can't be missed in daylight hours. It's only possible to stop and visit by traveling East on I-10. because he is located in a rest stop with access only on the east side (voted "Best Rest Stop 1992," by the way).

The roadrunner is made out of junk and is roughly between 12 and 15 feet tall at the top of his head (visibly smaller than the World's Largest Huron, in case you were wondering). The belly of the bird was almost totally created with old white shoes. The top, neck, wings and tail were made with what must have been whatever must have been lying around. I spotted old children's toys, office fans, computer parts, random sheet metal, a steering wheel, and a zillon other things in the body of the bird. Who created him and why is somewhat of a mystery.

Very interesting thing about the roadrunner is people have started to graffiti the shoes on the underbelly. Most have the standard "so and so loves what's her name," "blah blah was here" and so on. but it also appears that truckers who have stopped at the rest area have started to write as well.

By far the most interesting thing I saw written on the bird was "I drive this truck so my boy can attend a good college and become something better than his old man ever dreamed. Look after me and my rig as I pass below, amigo." [Greg Brown, 03/26/2002]
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This little town is amazing..it has so many cultural aspects and they blend perfectly...Luminaries and Christmas trees, Italian and Mexican cuisine next to each other...and the SUNSETS and PLANTS are beyond beautiful...

LUMINARIES...lined both sides of a 2 mile strip of main street.
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THIS is just one of 5 water towers, each is decorated with local history!

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Some of my favorite pictures...
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Within a 3 hour drive we have Skiing and the other direction...we have Carlsbad Caverns...

And don't forget the festivals...Balloons.
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Hubby and I got to get up close and personal when one balloon lost his chase car. We had to help him hold his balloon, keeping it inflated so that it did not lay down and get torn..

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And we just finished the Renaissance Festival..
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Wow!! So many great pictures everyone!! I want to see them all emoticon

We just moved to this area a few months ago, not sure what I would post pictures of.
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Wow, Queeny! That makes me want to visit you there when you're wintering. emoticon

One day, when I'm rich, I'll make a huge US tour. Wheeeeee! emoticon

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Hey girl....I have plenty of broom storage! (about the only storage I have! emoticon )

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I'm dreaming of renting a mobile home for a lot of weeks. emoticon

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Renting can be expensive, but if you are only doing it once in a while, then that is the way to go! Just don't get anything longer than a nice long van if you have never driven a semi truck before... emoticon

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Well, we rented what was termed a "campervan" in Australia, basically a smallish Toyota van converted to a camper, with a fixed raised roof. It served us very well for ten days, and I could have vacationed longer in it, it was so perfectly designed. The table area could be converted into a rather big bed at night. It had a sink, a gas stove, even a grill, a microwave and a small fridge, and a little storage room. Perfect!

I dream of spending a full three months (max visa time), once I get enough money to do so. That would give me time to meet as many friends as possible and covering a LOT of terrain. emoticon

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