Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

George Washington Masonic Memorial

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial was built in the 1920s by the more than two million American Freemasons who wished to: “express in durability and beauty the undying esteem of the Freemasons of the United States for him in whose memory it shall stand throughout the coming years.”

This magnificent structure is privately funded through the grateful contributions of Freemasons and others, and remains open to the public, seven days a week.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is more than a colossal memorial and museum. It is a tourist attraction and destination;   research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and countless visiting Masonic lodges and organizations. However, first and foremost, it is a memorial to honor and perpetuate the memory, character and virtues of the man who best exemplifies what Freemasons are and ought to be, Brother George Washington.

Our Vision: “To inspire humanity through education to emulate and promote the virtues, character and vision of George Washington, the Man, the Mason and Father of our Country.”

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Gettysburg Battlefield Museum

Your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park should be time well spent! The mission of the National Park Service and its partner, the Gettysburg Foundation, is to provide each and every visitor with a quality experience while visiting the Museum and Visitor Center, walking in the Soldiers' National Cemetery where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address,and while touring the battlefield park. There are a number of suggestions we can offer to help you map out the time you will spend at the park and the basic information on this page will guide you in planning your visit. We encourage you to explore our other web pages, especially Things to Do and Things to Know Before You Comeas these provide up to date information on park events and programs that will be of interest.

Where should we begin our visit to the park? Begin your visit at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, where the park offers free information, an extensive museum about Gettysburg and the Civil War, the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama that dramatically depicts "Pickett's Charge", and the film "A New Birth of Freedom", narrated by award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, which focuses on the significance of Gettysburg. There is an entry fee for admission to the museum, film and Gettysburg Cyclorama. The center also provides information on the numerous ways to tour the battlefield park including the Licensed Battlefield Guide service, an expansive bookstore managed by Event Network, Inc., and a refreshment saloon that offers snacks, sandwiches and drinks in a Civil War period atmosphere. Shuttle buses to Eisenhower National Historic Site are available from the Visitor Center.

How long should I plan for my visit? Plan to spend a minimum of four hours at the park, though an entire day is more desirable if you wish to take advantage of the museum, film and cyclorama program, have a leisurely tour of the park and visit nearby attractions. Recently, visitors have spent an average of three and one half hours in the museum alone!

What kind of park tours are best for me? The park offers a number of battlefield tours that can be arranged at the Museum and Visitor Center. Tour the park with a Licensed Battlefield Guide in the convenience of your own vehicle or ride along with others on a tour bus accompanied by a guide (offered seasonally). There is a fee for a guided tour. We also offer self-guiding auto tours and tours on compact disk, which can be purchased at the museum book store. Commercial bus tours of the park are available through companies in Gettysburg.

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Gordon Biersch Brewery

Located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol, along the fast-developing Capitol Riverfront and only one block from Nationals Park, Gordon Biersch is the place to be in the Navy Yard neighborhood.

Published in Night Life
Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park is a small National Park Service (NPS) site in Virginia, United States. Situated on 800 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in northern Fairfax County, the park is a disconnected but integral part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Great Falls of the Potomac River are near the northern boundary of the park, as are the remains of the Patowmack Canal, the first canal in the United States that used locks to raise and lower boats.

At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past.  Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Spend a day or a weekend.  We have something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry!

Harpers Ferry is a historic town in Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States. It was formerly Harper's Ferry with an apostrophe and that form continues to appear in some references. It is situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet. It is the easternmost town in West Virginia. The town is located on a low-lying flood plain created by the two rivers and surrounded by higher ground. Historically, Harpers Ferry is best known for John Brown's raid on the Armory in 1859 and its role in the American Civil War. The population was 286 at the 2010 census.

The lower part of Harpers Ferry is located within Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Most of the remainder, which includes the more highly populated area, is included in the separate Harpers Ferry Historic District. Two other National Register of Historic Places properties adjoin the town: the B & O Railroad Potomac River Crossing and St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) headquarters is located in Harpers Ferry and the town is one of only a few through which the Appalachian Trail passes directly. Harpers Ferry is also an outdoor recreation destination. Popular activities include white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, tubing, canoeing, hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Hershey Park

Hershey Park is an outstanding amusement park located in Hershey, PA. There is something to do there for everyone, whether you are an adrenaline junkie or are just there for a relaxing time. The park is very large, with no mass transportation system (i.e. train, sky ride, monorail, etc...) so you will walk a good distance through the course of the day. However, this is the only downside. 

Rides like The Claw, Wave Swinger, Pirate, Scrambler, and Flying Falcon are sure to make your day even more enjoyable. Cool off with Tidal Force or Canyon River Rapids, or in the newest section of the park, the BoardwalkThe Boardwalk includes 4 huge slides, a massive water play structure, and a radical surfer theme. Kowabunga!

Though Hershey Park has major bragging rights when it comes to coasters, it is also a beautiful family park. Six large sections of the park are devoted to kids. Whether it's smaller copies of the big rides or mini sports-cars, young children should have no problem being entertained thoroughly.

The park is kept in immaculate condition all season. Baskets of flowers hang from lamp posts. Gardens sprout up everywhere you can imagine. It is a rare occurance if a single ride is shut down. Staff are generally nice and run rides at or close to maximum capacity.

Hersheypark is a great place to visit for everyone. Its roller coasters are superb, just like every other ride there. The gardens and landscaping are amazing. So if you're in the neighboorhood, stop by Hershey Park. You will not be dissapointed!

Published in Amusements
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is a privately owned museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. The museum is located within the 1875 Le Droit Building in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and is across the street from the Old Patent Office Building (which houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery). The museum is located and one block south of the Gallery Place Metro station via Red, Green and Yellow lines.

On September 23, 2013 it was announced by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. that the International Spy Museum will be relocating to the society's Carnegie Library building at Mt. Vernon Square under a proposal that envisions a 40,000-square-foot underground addition for use by the museum, with a new glass structure on the north side of the building housing a visitor's center and other dining and entertainment venues

Published in Attractions
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Jefferson Memorial

Beneath the marble rotunda, the 19-foot statue of the third U.S. president is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and other famous Jefferson writings. Open daily except Dec. 25. Free. Park ranger in attendance 8 am - midnight.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Kings Dominion

Families are always looking for ways to save money on a summer vacation by sticking closer to home. So why not take a trip to Kings Dominion? With 400 acres of fun, there’s something for everyone in the entire family to enjoy with more than thrill-inducing roller coasters, family rides, a water park, live shows and other attractions. Great discounts on tickets are available in advance online at the park’s website. Kings Dominion's commitment to providing its guests with world-class thrills, fun and family entertainment continues into this decade. The park built one of the top steel roller coasters in the world in 2010, Intimidator 305. This giga coaster by Intamin is themed to the late NASCAR driver Dale Ernhardt and represents the largest capital investment to date in the park's history. A new light show, Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular, was added in 2011. In 2012, two attractions debut with WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall tower swing ride, and Dinosaurs Alive!, an animatronic dinosaur park that features nearly 40 life-sized, roaring, moving dinosaurs.

Published in Amusements
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, D.C.'s West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. It commemorates those who served in the Korean War.

The main memorial is in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Walls: 164 feet (50 m) long, 8 inches (200 mm) thick; more than 100 tons of highly polished "Academy Black" granite from California: more than 2,500 photographic, archival images representing the land, sea and air troops who supported those who fought in the war are sandblasted onto the wall.

Within the walled triangle are 19 stainless steel statues designed by Frank Gaylord, each larger than life-size, between 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) and 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds (500 kg). The figures represent a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the armed forces; fourteen of the figures are from the U.S. Army, three are from the Marine Corps, one is a Navy Corpsman, and one is an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear, dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes which represent the rugged terrain of Korea.

When reflected on the wall, there appear to be 38 soldiers, representing the 38th parallel. To the north of the statues is a path, forming one side of the triangle. Behind, to the south, is a 164-foot-long black granite wall, created by Louis Nelson, with photographic images sandblasted into it depicting soldiers, equipment and people involved in the war. This forms the second side of the triangle. The third side of the triangle, facing towards the Lincoln Memorial, is open.

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