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Bristol VA one of '9 U.S. Small Towns and Cities with Big Music Chops'

Hundreds of people who were jammed into an amphitheater swayed and clapped their hands in time to music. Not far away, a much smaller crowd listened with rapt attention as a trio combined the sounds of mellow jazz with hip-hop. Music fans gather in large cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas to treat their ears to favorite melodies and harmonies. Others around the country enjoy their preferred tunes and performers where they live, or close by.   read post  

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The past comes vibrantly to life at Colonial Williamsburg

Humberto Moreno     William Byrd III was a man of great stature in Williamsburg before the American Revolution. His vast holdings included mills, warehouses and ships, and he owned hundreds of slaves. However due to his lavish lifestyle and gambling addiction, he could not live within his income, lost his wealth, and died - it’s believed by suicide - in 1760.   Christiana Campbell operated one of Williamsburg’s most successful taverns, where she hosted the likes of George Washington and Thomas…

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Mount Vernon in 'Parsing Politics, History & Personality at the USA's Presidential Libraries'

Sightseers at a setting near Boston enjoy a leisurely stroll through a magnificent 18th-century garden.  A man in Texas plays president as he reads a speech from a teleprompter.  Children in California take a pretend horseback ride with Ronald Reagan. These disparate experiences have one thing in common.  They’re taking place at depositories of manuscripts, memorabilia and memories which keep alive the stories of U.S. presidents. Today' s election in the United States increased interest in…

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Assateague Island cited as one of '5 of the USA's Best Surfing Spots Outside Hawaii/California/Florida'

When it comes to surfing, Hawaii and California are of course the most famous states in the USA (and for places in the latter, like Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, and Venice Beach, fly into Los Angeles International Airport and can an amazing deal at NÜ Car Rentals). But 21 other states also border oceans, with varyiing qualities of surfing in many. Here are five of the best, should your travels take you there (with at least three in driving distance of another NÜ…

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    "For just $599 plus tax, a family of four can experience a five-day, four-night Colonial Williamsburg vacation worth over $1,000. The Summer Saver is available for Sunday and Monday check-in for stays May 31-September 3, 2009 and includes:

    -Four nights' accommodations in a standard room at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel located at the Visitor Center gateway to the Historic Area.
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