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Juneau, Alaska

In 1867, American secretary of state William Henry Seward struck a deal with the Russian Empire in which the United States would acquire Alaska for just over $7 million. Critics
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Dry Tortugas National Park

The vast majority of the area constituting Dry Tortugas National Park is open water. Facilities and amenities are next to nonexistent. The only way to reach the park is by
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Mammoth Cave National Park

Caves and cave systems hold a unique fascination for humans, most of whom have spent their entire lives on the earth’s sunny surface. Beneath it, of course, is a world
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Crater Lake National Park

Of all the national parks, it’s pretty safe to say that Crater Lake has the coolest origin story. Some several thousands of years ago, the volcano known today as Mount
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Joshua Tree National Park

In 1930, a wealthy society woman turned preservation activist founded the International Desert Conservation League. Minerva Hamilton Hoyt’s goal in founding the League was the preservation of the desert habitats
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Branson, Missouri

Branson’s transformation into a tourist destination began around the time that Marble Cave got a new name. The cave had attracted enough attention to move one enterprising gentleman to purchase
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Savannah, Georgia

In 1994, John Berendt’s non-fiction novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil turned the New York Times Bestseller List’s readers’ minds toward Savannah. But the city’s abundance of
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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Once upon a time, Santa Fe functioned as a gateway to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where science was turned to its most destructive uses in order to end a
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Bend, Oregon

Somewhere between Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and the high desert lies Bend. Once upon a time, it was called Farewell Bend, because here the pioneers on the Oregon Trail crossed the
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Chicago, Illinois

Like many an American city, Chicago began as a settlement on the far reaches of the frontier. Unlike most other American cities, Chicago’s explosive growth through migration and heavy industry
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Liberty Island, New York

By the end of the year 1865, much that had been foggy for America had become crystal clear. More than 600,000 Americans had fallen in battle, the South was laid
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Through a curious mixture of spontaneity and careful planning, Carmel-by-the-Sea became – and remains – something that is increasingly hard to come by in a globalized world: a city that
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