T+L Asks: Hot Spots Near Home
Published: May 2009
What's a great unknown place near where you live?
Griffis Sculpture Park in western New York represents the marriage of art and nature. It has more than 200 abstract sculptures on 400 wooded acres in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.
The Tides Inn is a family-owned resort on the Rappahannock River in Irvington, Virginia. We take our boat there every summer for Southern hospitality at its best.
Most visitors head to Disneyland, but the old town of Fullerton right next door is just as much fun. There are lots of shops stocked with collectibles, antiques, vintage clothing, and costumes. Restaurants are eccentric, too: Angelo & Vinci's offers a theatrical experience in a space filled with weird and wacky old props.
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
The Lake Martin Rookery, four miles outside Lafayette, Louisiana, offers some of the greatest bird-watching in North America. Eagles and egrets coexist with alligators and nutrias on a cypress-shaded lake covered by flowers. Sunset is spectacular.
Tourists always skip the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. It's a white maze of shops designed in 1929 by architect Gardner Dailey and artist Pedro de Lemos. The peaceful courtyard evokes Andalusian Spain.
Palo Alto, Calif.
Everyone comes to Washington, D.C., to see the Smithsonian museums and the Washington Monument. But just across the Potomac is the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. In a building that copies an Egyptian lighthouse, there are exhibits of Washington's Freemasonry, toys that parade around the first floor, and elevators that rise at an angle.
Several Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller were filmed at Wakulla Springs State Park in the Florida Panhandle. You can almost see him swinging through the trees as you ride under the jungle canopy on a tour boat. The crystal-clear water is always 65 degrees.
Air travelers: what makes you angry?
Here are the results of T+L's latest Internet poll with AOL.
50.5% ticket price
27.6% lack of legroom
13.0% flight delays
5.7% bad food
3.2% carry-on restrictions
Where's the best photo op in the world?
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