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Best Small Towns to Visit in Maryland TOP 20. List: Thurmont, Berlin, Easton, Hampstead, Crisfield, Ocean City, Havre de Grace, Oakland, St Mary’s City, New Market, Vienna, Emmitsburg, Leonardtown, St. Michaels, Rock Hall, North Beach, Williamsport, Takoma Park, Snow Hill, Monkton
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Take in the many splendors of the nation’s capital when you arrive at Washington, D.C.
Your Washington, D.C. tour should start at the National Mall, where you’ll find monuments, memorials, and government buildings instead of tons of shopping. If you’d like to get around town easily but don’t want to rent a car, the Capital Bikeshare program will let you cruise around the city without wasting gas or getting stuck in traffic.
Check out the Watergate Hotel and Kennedy Center when you stop at Foggy Bottom, then move on to Georgetown, the oldest district in D.C. It’s filled with 18th-century buildings and, of course, the university itself. After a stop at the National Cathedral, make your way to the Smithsonian National Zoo, the perfect stop for the young and the young at heart.
If you’re feeling the need to channel your inner 007, go to the International Spy Museum, and learn about the covert operations and intelligence agencies that have shaped the world we live in. Of course, you can’t enjoy any Washington, D.C., tourism without admiring the White House, so make sure that’s on your list too.
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The 10 SAFEST CITIES In VIRGINIA For 2019
The 10 SAFEST CITIES In VIRGINIA For 2019
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The purpose of this video is to determine where the safest cities to live are in Virginia. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
We analyzed cities in Virginia with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
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9. Falls Church
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Which U.S. state has about the same population figures as Austria? Find out in the latest addition to our state video series: Judy Friedberg from the Management Section presents her home state. #50states #VA
Hi, I'm Judy Friedberg and I am happy to tell you about my home state of Virginia.
Officially known as the Commonwealth of Virginia, this mid-Atlantic state is
bordered by Washington, DC, Maryland, West Virginia and North Carolina. And,
to the East, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean border Virginia's Eastern
Shore, another peninsula of Virginia land.
More than eight million people live in Virginia. Our state flower is actually a
flowering tree -- the dogwood. Our state bird is the cardinal.
Much of our state's natural beauty is protected by National Parks. My favorite is
Great Falls Park which highlights a rushing section of the Potomac River, which
flows to the Bay from the mountains in the west. Those mountains are also known
as The Blue Ridge Mountains, due to the coloring of the trees and shadows,
particularly in the early morning and early evening light.
Much of this area is included in Shenandoah National Park. Within the park is a
portion of the beautiful Appalachian Trail -- a rigorous hiking trail which extends
from Georgia to Maine. In the autumn, the leaves are at their most colorful.
Skyline Drive runs through the park. This is a fantastic way to see the beauty of the
mountains and the Shenandoah Valley from the comfort of your car.
The Shenandoah Valley is known for dairy farms and wineries. Virginia's farming
history also includes tobacco and cotton.
Virginia's nicknames refer to its rich history. The Old Dominion refers to its status
as one of the original 13 colonies. Virginia's other nickname is The Mother of
Presidents. Eight U.S. presidents were born here - more than any other state.
Some of their homes are open to the public as historic sites.
Mount Vernon, home of our first President, George Washington, sits high on a bluff
overlooking the Potomac River, not far from Washington, DC.
Monticello, home of our third President and drafter of our Declaration of
Independence, Thomas Jefferson, is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The
University of Virginia, which Jefferson founded, is nearby.
But, back to some much earlier history...Native people, including the Powhatan,
Algonquin, and Iroquois, were already living in the area long before the English
settlers came. Some say the name Virginia was the settlers' way of honoring Queen
Elizabeth the First of England, who was also known as The Virgin Queen.
You may have heard of the story of Pocahontas? She was a native of the area and a
friend to the English settlers of the colony's first capitol, Jamestown, in 1616.
Williamsburg served as the capitol of the Colony of Virginia from the early 1700s
and was the center of political activity leading to the American Revolution.
Both Jamestown and Williamsburg have active historic centers where you can learn
more about colonial life.
Richmond became the state capital in 1780 and remains so today. In 1861, after ten
states seceded from the United States, Richmond became the capital of the shortlived
Confederate States of America.
After the Civil War ended, and these states re-entered the Union, Richmond
developed into a railroad crossroads for the region. These strong railroads helped
develop trade routes between the middle of the country and the Atlantic Ocean and
led to the founding of Newport News Shipbuilding which continues to produce
battleships and aircraft carriers. Nearby Hampton Roads is the largest naval base on
the east coast.
Virginia is also home to the world's largest office building, The Pentagon,
headquarters of the Defense Department.
Other Virginia coastal attractions are historic lighthouses including Cape Henry,
Fort Monroe and Assateague. Assateague is also the home of the Chincoteague wild
ponies. And, if you visit there perhaps you will order some delicious Chesapeake
Bay blue crab and a beer for your dinner.
Today, media, technology, software, communications, and consulting are the fastest growing sectors of Virginia's economy. The education sector, particularly Virginia's
200-plus colleges and universities, and the government employment sector are also
growth areas. All of this and more, make Virginia the wealthiest of the southern
I hope you enjoyed hearing about Virginia today.
Trick Eye & Love Museum in Seoul, South Korea
Today we get lost in optical illusions at Trick Eye Museum! In the same building is the Ice Museum, Hanbok Experience, Carnival and Caricature Shop. We also get naughty at the Love Museum, but in consideration of our younger viewers, we censored the R-rated bits. Whether it's a rainy day or you're seeking lighthearted amusement with family, friends and your date, head on over to this branch in Hongdae. Thanks to Hanna from 24HR KPOP-TV for joining us! (Note: This is a sponsored video.)
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Join political officer Mark Bosse on a virtual donkey ride through his home state of California, find out why it is called the Golden State and who Queen Califa was. #50states #CA
I'm here to talk you about my home state of California, the most populous state in the United States of America.
I was born and raised in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles in southern California.
Orange County is famous for the TV show The O.C., which was filmed here, its beautiful beaches, and of course, Disneyland. When my parents moved to California from the state of Nebraska in the 1950s, much of the state was still orange trees and scrub brush. Today California boasts the world's sixth largest economy and is home to some of the world's leading companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Pixar, as well as famous sports teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego Chargers.
And of course there's Hollywood, which serves as one of the iconic creators and sellers of the California culture. If you go to Hollywood, you might even run into a fellow Austrian!
(pictures of Christoph Waltz, Arnold, Fred Astaire (walk of fame star), Marlene Dietrich (walk of fame star)).
The name California comes from the mythical Spanish queen Califa, who was featured in a romance novel written around the time the first Spanish explorers came to California in the 1500s. The Spanish explorers originally thought that California was an island. They couldn't have been more wrong, but with the miles of rugged coastline and pristine beaches, it was an easy mistake to make!
Those Spanish explorers left California with more than its name. As I learned in grade school, most of the major cities in California, starting with San Diego and going all up through Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Monterrey, and San Francisco, had their humble beginnings as Spanish missions founded in the 17 and 1800's. Any Californian school kid can tell you that each major California city is one day's donkey ride from the next one. That's because the Spanish missionaries didn't want to spend more than one day on a donkey travelling from one mission to the next. Who can blame them! And believe me, in rush hour traffic in LA, riding a donkey doesn't seem like such a bad option.
California's nickname is the golden state, which many people believe comes from the endless days of perfect weather, but actually refers to California's experience during the gold rush era.
In 1849 gold was discovered in the hills outside of San Francisco. This brought waves of
treasure seekers from other parts of the United States, and from all over the world.
Though only a few got rich in the gold rush, it helped establish California as a destination for people seeking a new life and a new start. That tradition continues today, with California boasting large and vibrant immigrant communities from all over the world. This has earned California the nickname The melting pot within the melting pot.
Like many Californians, my roots come from other places. My great grandparents came from Germany to start a new life in America. When my father joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in southern California, he brought his new bride, my mother, with him. Their plans were to spend two years in California and then return home to Nebraska. Fifty-seven years, fourteen kids, and 33 grandkids later they are still living the California dream, the dream that still pulls thousands of new immigrants to California every year.
I hope you'll have the chance to visit California soon. If you do, I'm sure you'll have an
experience that is as unique as California itself. And be sure to keep your eye out for Queen Califa! Hasta pronto amigos, adios!
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Aloha! Waikiki, hula, muumuu, Honolulu? You don't know what we are taking about? Check out the top ten of Hawaii by Foreign Service Officer Catherine Muller. Did you know that surfing was invented by native Hawaiians? Or that Hawaii was once a monarchy? #50states #HI
Aloha! My name is Catherine and I come from the beautiful state of Hawaii. Hawaii was discovered by Polynesians between the 3rd and 7th centuries A.D. It was later explored by British Captain James Cook in 1778. Hawaii became a U.S. territory in 1898, and the 50th state of the U.S. on August 21, 1959.
When most people think of Hawaii, they think of Honolulu and our famous Waikiki Beach. We'll get to that in a minute, but did you know that Hawaii actually consists of 137 islands? Most people will only visit a few of the main 8 Hawaiian Islands. They are: O'ahu, Maui, Hawai'i, Kaua'i, Moloka'I, Lana'i, Ni'ihau, and Kaho'olawe. The most populated island is Oahu where the capitol city of Honolulu is located. It also happens to be my home island, and is nicknamed the gathering place.
I'd like to give you my Hawaii Top Ten! These are facts, places, and experiences that I think make my Hawaii unique.
Number 10: Hawaii is known as the land of aloha shirts and mu'umu'us. Both aloha shirts and loose dresses called mu'umu'us have bright Polynesian patterns.
Number 9: Many people only know Hawaii by what they see on TV and in movies. Classic American TV shows like Magnum PI and Hawaii Five-O were set in Hawaii. What about Jurassic Park, Avatar, and the hit TV show LOST? Hawaii's landscape has inspired many a film and TV producer.
Number 8: A vital part of the Hawaiian culture is hula. Hula is a Hawaiian form of dance that is accompanied by chanting or song and tells the stories, traditions, and culture of the Hawaiian people. Hula is performed in big fancy luaus for tourists, as well as in backyards at pretty much any special occasion. For example, I danced a hula at my wedding, a common practice at Hawaiian weddings today.
Number 7: If you come to my state, you can visit the only royal palace in the US that was used by a reigning monarch- 'Iolani Palace. In 1810, King Kamehameha, chief of the Big Island of Hawai'i, united all the Islands into one kingdom. In 1893, the monarchy was overthrown by American businessmen and a provisional government was established. Today, 'Iolani Palace is open to the public as a historic museum and shares the history of the Hawaiian Monarchy.
Number 6: The Dole Pineapple Plantation. In 1901 the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, now Dole, was established and the first pineapples were planted in Wahiawa. Other important crops in Hawaii include sugar, macadamia nuts, coffee, flowers, and seeds. I encourage you to try one of my favorite snacks, chocolate covered macadamia nuts. They are ono! That means delicious in the Hawaiian language.
Let's move on to Number 5: The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. It marks the resting place of 1,102 sailors that were killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor by
Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. In 1949 the Pacific War Memorial Commission was created to build a permanent memorial in Hawaii. The US Navy insisted that it be in the form of a bridge floating above the ship.
Now we come to Number 4: Surfing! The first known occurrences of surfing come from the ancient Hawaiian tradition of he'e nalu, or wave sliding. In the early 1900s news about surfing had made its way to California, and in 1915, famed Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku introduced surfing to Australia. In the 1950s surfers started tackling the big waves of the North Shore of Oahu, and today competitions are held at Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay.
Moving on to Number 3: Hawaii is known for its active volcanoes. Hawaii emerged from the sea millions of years ago, forged by the power of volcanoes. If you visit the Big Island of Hawai'i, you can visit Maunaloa or Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can come face to face with an active volcano.
Number 2! I'd like to tell you a little about native Hawaiian food. Today, you can find a fusion of many cuisines, but traditional Hawaiian food is still popular and delicious. If you visit my state, I encourage you to try poi, made from the starchy taro root. You can try kalua pig, a favorite at most luaus. Kalua pig is traditionally cooked in an imu, an earth oven in which the pig will roast and steam for about 12 hours!
Number 1 is the famous Waikiki Beach. Waikiki was once the playground of the Hawaiian Royalty. The name, Waikiki, means spouting waters and is Oahu's main hotel and tourist area. Here you can find world class restaurants and shopping, as well as one of the busiest beaches in the Hawaiian Islands. If you want to try a more gentle surfing lesson than you'd find on the North Shore, Waikiki is a good starting point.
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