Visit Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.: Things to do in Chicago - The Windy City
Visit Chicago - Top 10 Things which can be done in Chicago. What you can visit in Chicago - Most visited touristic attraction of Chicago.
Top 10 attractions in Chicago.
A neo-Gothic building located at 435 North Michigan Avenue. Is the home of the Chicago Tribune, Tribune Media, and Tribune Publishing. Was completed in 1925 and reached a height of 462 feet (141 m) above ground.
One of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style. It is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan. Regular water shows and evening color-light shows. During the winter, it is decorated with festival lights.
It is America's first planetarium. It was opened to the public on May 12, 1930. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The Adler's mission is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe.
A large urban park (319 acres or 1.29 km²). The park is often called Chicago's front yard. Contains performance venues, gardens, art work, sporting, and harbor facilities. It hosts public gatherings, and several large annual events.
Lincoln Park Zoo
A free 35-acre (14 ha) zoo. Was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. One of a few free admission zoos in the U.S. About 1,100 animals from 200 species. Home a burr oak tree which dates to 1830, three years before the city was founded.
Museum of Science and Industry
The largest science museum in the Western Hemispher. Features a full-size replica coal mine, a German submarine (U-505) captured during World War II, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr), and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.
Or Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1,451-foot (442 m) skyscraper. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world. One of the most popular tourist destinations, Over one million people visit its observation deck each year.
An indoor public aquarium that opened on May 30, 1930. Contains over 25,000 fish, 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. Was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection.
A public park originally intended to celebrate the millennium. Planning began in October 1997. Construction in October 1998, and Millennium Park was opened in a ceremony on July 16, 2004, four years behind schedule.
A 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier. Was built in 1916 at a cost of $4.5 million. one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwestern United States and is Chicago's number one tourist attraction.
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11 Cheapest Places in Canada to Buy a Home
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11 Cheapest Places in Canada to Buy a Home.
British Columbia is known for its beauty, but not cheap home prices. Vancouver and the surrounding area has some of the most expensive real estate in the country with prices near, and often over, the $1 million mark. Toronto and Montreal, although in different parts of Canada, are pricey as well, with averages of $630,858 and $328,862 respectively. Fortunately, there are places where the price of a home is much more affordable. There are so many beautiful places in Canada, and there are more reasonable options to the pricier areas. Here are the 11 cheapest places to buy a home in Canada, listed in no particular order.
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11. Saint John
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Castle Rock | Under the Radar | Pure Michigan
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There's not many places that you can get a million dollar view for a buck, but this is one of them. Just north of downtown St. Ignace is Castle Rock, a local landmark that you can actually climb to the top of. It's good exercise, great family fun, and the views are incredible. You can see about 15 miles on a good clear day and view lots of trees and forests, lake Huron to the east, Mackinac Island, and the top of the Mackinac bridge towers are viewable.
Alpena, Michigan: America's Favorite Small Town Adventure
Heritage and history collide with relaxed outdoor adventure in this modern city found on nature's doorstep. Alpena, Michigan is known as the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. A haven from the stresses of everyday life. Explore shipwrecks; hike, bike and ski the trails; swim and sail the inland lakes; snorkel shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary waters and then relax over wine with friends downtown before taking in a live theater show. The charm of the American small town is found here on the shores of Lake Huron. Let the waves wash your worries away.
Peche Island Rear Range Light
A haunted lighthouse that was leaning a lot so it was moved to a park in Marine City, MI.
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Mary Alice Park Beach Lake Lanier Cumming Georgia
Named for Georgia poet and musician Sidney Lanier, Lake Lanier was created in the 1950s when the United States Army Corps of Engineers built Buford Dam for purposes that included flood control, power generation, and recreation. It is the primary source of water for Gwinnett County.
The lake has 692 miles of shoreline and is 26 miles long, covering almost 47 miles of the original riverbed. At the dam, the lake is more than 200 feet deep.
Lake Lanier is considered full when its surface reaches 1,071 feet above sea level. The current lake level normally rises during the winter and early spring and falls during the hot summer months. The Corps of Engineers releases a weekly average of about 4.9 billion gallons per day from Buford Dam for power generation and to maintain water flow in the Chattahoochee River for downstream users and endangered species habitat.
In contrast, Gwinnett County draws an average of 65 million gallons per day from Lake Lanier to provide the public water supply for its businesses and roughly 800,000 residents. Over the years, County water and policy leaders have put a great deal of effort into planning for the best use of our precious lake resource to meet our water needs.
A three-year drought (2007 - 2009) focused attention on efforts to make the best possible use of our available water resources. Dry weather cycles come and go and can be managed with conservation practices. Gwinnett County encourages conservation by following the state's lead concerning water restrictions on indoor and outdoor water use. Gwinnett's average water use per person started declining in 2001 even though the population continued to grow. Increased public awareness and conservation measures have helped conserve precious water. Average rainfall in our region will continue to vary from year to year, but water conservation measures should be maintained regardless of current climate trends.
As a recreation resource, Lake Lanier attracts about eight million visitors a year, with 68 parks and recreation areas, 1,200 campsites, and 10 full-service marinas. The annual economic impact was estimated at $5.5 billion by the Marine Trade Association of Metropolitan Atlanta in 2000. The Corps has generated more than $97 million worth of electricity at Buford Dam since 1957.
Total cost to create the lake was about $45 million, including buying 50,000 acres at an average of $50 per acre, beginning in 1948. The government moved 250 families, 20 cemeteries, 15 businesses, and six churches to make room for the lake. Flooded areas included Lake Warner, Chattahoochee Park, and Looper Speedway.
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Dive into Michigan's Thunder Bay
You'll find plenty worth exploring below the surface of Thunder Bay in northeast Michigan. Strap on a scuba mask and dive in!
Windsor border, Detroit, Michigan, United States, North America
The Detroit–Windsor region is a transborder agglomeration comprising the American city of Detroit, Michigan, the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario and the Detroit River between them. The Detroit–Windsor area acts as a critical commercial link straddling the Canada–United States border and has a total population of about 5,700,000. It is North America's largest cross-border conurbation. Quebec City–Windsor Corridor contains 18 million people, with 51% of the Canadian population and three out of the four largest metropolitan areas, according to the 2001 Census. The Detroit–Windsor area covers the southeastern Michigan counties of St. Clair, Macomb, Lapeer, Genesee, Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw, Monroe and Wayne; the Southern Ontario City of Windsor and counties of Essex, Lambton, and Kent; and the northwest Ohio counties of Lucas (which includes the City of Toledo), Fulton, Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky. The Detroit–Windsor region is not recognized formally as a single metropolitan area by either the U.S. or Canadian government. If it were, the region would be the eighth most populous urban region in North America. Nevertheless, the communities have been historically tied by several partnerships and agreements, including the Detroit and Windsor Tunnel Corporation, the firm that is owned equally by the City of Detroit and City of Windsor and operates the tunnel. The cities are historically linked through the rise of the auto industry in both countries due to the U.S.-Canadian Auto Pact in the 1960s, and share geopolitical concerns affecting transportation and shared resources, such as the Detroit River. Many federal, state and provincial bi-national agreements affecting trade and border security also link the region. Today, increasing governmental co-operation is being formalized. On June 15, 2012, the construction of a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit was announced in the two cities by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Transport Minister Denis Lebel and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The bridge announcement was a long-anticipated formalization of a new partnership between Canada and Michigan, with Canada paying the entire Michigan share of the new bridge, including a new interchange with Interstate-75. The joint Royal Canadian Mounted Police and U.S. Coast Guard Shiprider program of marine border security are examples. The increasing interdependence of Detroit–Windsor was recognized by U.S. regional business and government in 2007 when Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis was invited to take part in, and speak at, the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, a committee of regional business and political leaders, developed to address the economic and quality of life issues that matter most to Southeast Michigan. Detroit is home to the Big Three automobile companies. As a result, Windsor is home to the Chrysler Canada Headquarters and car plants for two of the Big Three. While the inner city of Detroit has experienced economic difficulties over the years, the affluent suburbs are magnets for immigrants, wealth, and population growth. Windsor's economy is reliant on the automotive industry, but has diversified. As an example, Caesars Windsor casino, the largest in Canada, attracts visitors from the Metro Detroit region. In fact, Kwame Kilpatrick stated that Detroit is transitioning from a manufacturing economy to a casino economy in his re-election campaign. Moreover, Windsor's economy has continued to diversify with several hundred green-energy jobs having been created as of June 2011. More capital investment in the city is expected, especially in the aerospace and air cargo industry. Windsor Airport is currently undergoing a major expansion, with an aircraft maintenance and repair hangar being constructed, as well as cargo facilities for air to rail/road transport. Many people commute across the Detroit–Windsor International border daily. Professions identified in the 1988 Free Trade Act are permitted TN Visas for legal work in the United States and Canada. As an example, over 5,000 Windsor residents work in the healthcare industry in Metro Detroit; as such, the industry is one of Windsor's largest indirect employers. One of the largest U.S. law firms, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone P.L.C., has offices in both Windsor and Detroit. A 2004 Border Transportation Partnership study showed that 257,000 jobs in Michigan and $13 billion in annual production depend on the Detroit–Windsor international border crossing. With many new businesses in the suburbs, the region is competitive in emerging technologies including biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and hydrogen fuel cell development.
The Lighthouses of Door County WI : Lake Michigan Road Trip
If you spend any amount of time traveling around the Great Lakes, you'll quickly realize the importance they once (and still do) served as a shipping and transportation hub of the central part of the United States. In the mid-late 1860's a series of lighthouses started popping up on the shores of Lake Michigan.
During a recent trip around Lake Michigan, the 50 Campfires team decided to stop by and check out these historic light houses that are sprinkled across the Door County landscape. There's definitely something mysterious - yet intriguing about these beacons of light that help ships safely pass the rugged shores of this great lake.
Thanks to the Door County Maritime Museum for the primer! If you're in Sturgeon Bay, be sure to stop by and check out their exhibit:
The Baileys Harbor Range Lighthouses
A pair of lighthouses arranged in a “range light” configuration
Approx 980’ apart and aligned on a 340º bearing line to guide boats into the harbor
National Register of Historic Places in 1989
After 1969, the Coast Guard removed lighting equipment and replaced them with a single direction light on the beach
In 2015 the ranges lights were updated with LED lights and brought back online
Cana Island Lighthouse
National Register of Historic Places in 1976
First lit in 1870
The light was originally fueled by lard
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
National Register of Historic Places in 1970
Automated in 1926
Former lighthouse keepers home has been a museum since 1963
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Most Haunted Places in Michigan
My list of the most haunted places in the beautiful state of pure Michigan. It took a couple hours of research, but I believe that it is a pretty good list.
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