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The Capital Region, New York

Experience upstate New York!

New York’s Capital District is tucked into beautiful upstate New York between the Catskill and Adirondack mountains. As rich in history as it is in scenery, the city on the banks of the Hudson River, together with its surrounding area, has much to offer.

Located centrally between New York City, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT, and Montreal, Canada, the Capital District undoubtedly has something to pique your interest. The many mountain ranges that sprawl nearby offer adventure in all seasons to the outdoorsy sort; shopping centers like the Lake George Outlets, the Woodbury Commons Outlets, and the Prime Outlets boast great deals on brand names; the arts thrive in places like Saratoga Springs, home of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; and for the history buff, museums and historic sites abound.

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Saratoga Race Course
         Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs


The Capital Region: Sports & Recreation

The Capital Region is home to several professional minor league teams. Baseball fans will enjoy an afternoon at the Joe Bruno Stadium watching the Tri-City Valley Cats (affiliated with the Houston Astros), while hockey enthusiasts can cheer on the Albany Devils, affiliates of the 3-time Stanley Cup winners, the New Jersey Devils. At the collegiate level, sports fans have more options. For basketball, watch the Siena Saints or the UAlbany Great Danes (both Division I teams who have played in the NCAA’s March Madness). RPI and Union College have Division I hockey teams, and Union’s Dutchmen have played in the NCAA’s Frozen Four, winning the Championship in 2014. For those interested in unique sports, the historic Saratoga Race Track hosts prestigious horse racing every summer. Whether you’re there to place bets or just enjoy the spectacle, it is an exciting experience you won’t want to miss out on.

There are plenty of opportunities in and around the Capital District for outdoor recreation. Drive a few hours north and you’re in the Adirondack Mountains; the Catskills are about the same distance to the south; and the Green Mountains are just across the border in Vermont. If you prefer paddling a canoe or kayaking across a mountain lake to sweating up a trail, you’ll have plenty of options: Lake George, Lake Placid, Lake Champlain, Moreau Lake, Saratoga Lake, and Ballston Lake are all close enough to reach in a few hours.  

Winter in the Capital District only offers more opportunity for adventure. Test your snowboarding/skiing skills at Gore Mountain, or “Ski the Face” at Whiteface Mountain, home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Or pick from one of many other ski resorts in the area, some of which are listed below:

  • West Mountain (Glens Falls, NY)
  • Jiminy Peak (Massachusetts)
  • Stratton Mountain (Vermont)
  • Okemo Mountain (Vermont)

Lake George
                    Fulton County, New York


The Capital Region: Arts & Entertainment

Saratoga Performing
Arts Center (SPAC)  
108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Sit in the open auditorium, or spread a blanket on the lawn of this half indoor, half outdoor theater. In addition to serving as the summer home to the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra, SPAC hosts many of today’s popular artists.

Saratoga Peforming Arts Center
              Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The Egg
Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12220
A venue as unique as the shows and concerts it hosts, this building is easily distinguishable on the Albany skyline. From comedians to dance companies, orchestras to bluegrass bands, this theater serves as a hub for the arts in the Capital District.

Proctors Theatre
432 State St. Schenectady, NY 12305
Located in the heart of downtown Schenectady, this historical, renovated theater has brought in many Broadway plays and musicals. For a more intimate setting, see a show in the smaller side theater, go to one of the regular movie showings, or watch the local ballet company perform the Nutcracker during the holiday season.

Other concert and theater venues in the Capital District include the Glens Falls Civic Center (Glens Falls), The Palace Theater (Albany), and the Times Union Center (Albany).


The Capital Region: Museums and Historical Sites

New York State Museum
222 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12230
The New York State Museum is a resource for science, history, anthropology, and art in New York State.  It seeks to serve the lifelong education needs of all residents and visitors.  Admission is free.

New York State Museum
                        New York State Museum

Saratoga Battlefield
638 Route 32 Stillwater , NY 12170
In 1777, American forces defeated the British and forced them to surrender.  This battlefield was the site of that crucial American victory that changed the course of the Revolutionary war.  The Visitor Center has restrooms, a gift shop, and a short orientation film.  There are also several miles of bike, horse, and walking trails.  
 
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
1000 Mt McGregor Rd. Wilton, NY 12831
The cottage is the site, where Gen Ulysses S. Grant wrote his final memoirs in his last months of his life. Today the cottage remains essentially the same as during Grant’s stay.  Visitors can tour the cottage and walk a short path to the Easter Outlook which has spectacular views of the Hudson Valley.
 
Other interesting historical sights in the Capital District include the New York State Capital Building, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and the Phillip Schuyler Mansion.
 

Schuyler Mansion
                     Phillip Schyler Mansion


 


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Golden Triangle and home to The City of Champions.

The city of Pittsburgh consists of 90 unique neighborhoods, each with its own history and unique character.  With nationally a recognized aquarium, aviary, and zoo, Pittsburgh abounds with museums, parks, and green space: a metropolitan city with a small town soul.

Awarded the distinction as one of America’s Most Livable Cities by Forbes, Pittsburgh has transformed from the “Steel City” to a nationally recognized “Green City.”  Chosen by President Obama for the location of 2009 G20 Summit, Pittsburgh hosted 20 foreign government leaders.  
 
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In the News – Living in Pittsburgh,

Point State Park
                              Point State Park


Pittsburgh: Sports & Recreation
Whether it is baseball, hockey, football, soccer, or rugby, to gladden the heart of the professional team sport enthusiast, Pittsburgh –“The City of Champions”— has them all! And, for the Golf enthusiast, Pittsburgh’s Oakmont Country Club has hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championships, and U.S. Amateur Championship. Oakmont is consistently ranked in the top five of Golf Digests 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America.   
 Pirates Stadium
                                     PNC Park


                                      Heiz Field

Pittsburgh also offers an incredible variety of recreational opportunities. For biking, running, or even cross-country skiing, you cannot beat the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). The Great Allegheny Passage is 339 miles (546 km) of central trail in a network of continuous, non-motorized
corridor. This long-distance, hiker-biker trail covers hundreds of miles through the Allegheny region of the Appalachian Mountains, connecting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C.

  
                                      Great Allegheny Passage


Pittsburgh: Arts and Entertainment

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
237 7th St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, a Pittsburgh Cultural Trust theater, is a focal point of Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The 2,800-seat theater is home to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presentations including PNC Broadway Across America, Pittsburgh Dance Council, CD Live, Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents, and First Night Pittsburgh.

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
        Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts  
600 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is the cornerstone of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh. Dedicated in 1971 and renovated in 1995, this cultural-entertainment focal point of the Golden Triangle has helped spur the continuing economic and cultural revitalization of downtown
Pittsburgh. With its international reputation for grandeur and excellence as a concert hall and showplace, the 2,661-seat Heinz Hall is the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
            Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts 

The Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds St. Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Experience the culture and refinement of the Gilded Age at the Frick Art & Historical Center, located on beautifully landscaped gardens in Pittsburgh's East End. The museum and its multiple collections are the legacy of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America's greatest industrialists and art collectors. Here, you can view fine art, decorative artifacts, magnificent exhibitions, and vintage cars and carriages.  You can also take part in educational programs and concerts, enjoy fine dining, and much more.

The Frick Art & Historical Center
               The Frick Art & Historical Center

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1059 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Appointed to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is comprised of the thirteen-room conservatory itself and the adjoining grounds.  In addition to hosting seasonal Flower Shows, the Conservatory has many primary flora exhibits, and the sophisticated glass and metalwork of the Lord & Burnham conservatory offers an interesting example of Victorian greenhouse architecture. Phipps is one of the "greenest" facilities in the world. The entrance pavilion of the Phipps Conservatory has silver-level LEED certification. Its Center for Sustainable Landscapes has received a Platinum certification and fulfilled the Living Building Challenge for net-zero energy, while its greenhouse production facility has received Platinum certification, the first and only greenhouse to be so certified.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
      Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave. Pittsburgh, PA  15212
Recipient of the 2003 National Award for Museum Service, the Carnegie Science Center delights, educates, and inspires by connecting science and technology through interactive experiences. The Carnegie Science Center has established itself internationally as a leading creator of
quality planetarium shows with innovative content through the Buhl Digital Planetarium. Interact with the stars in the Omnimax theater; learn  the basic science and technology of sports-balance, trajectory, center of gravity, momentum, and energy transfer; join Mr. Wizard’s
Science Show; or tour the submarine USS Requin submarine. The Carnegie Science Center has it all!

Carnegie Science Center
                   Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Museum of Art & Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of Tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America, with a collection of more than 35,000 objects featuring a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, architectural casts, renderings, and models, decorative arts and design, and film, video, and digital imagery. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History collects and cares for specimens and artifacts that document the history of life and human cultures. Through field studies and collection-based scientific research, the scientists and researchers of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History generate new knowledge and promote stewardship of Earth and its natural resources. 

Carnegie Museum of Art & Carnegie Museum of Natural History
       Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History

 

 


Charleston, South Carolina

Experience life in the Lowcountry!

The city of Charleston is located on Oyster Point in the Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers.  Founded in 1670, Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the State of South Carolina, making it a place where history comes alive.  Southern Living labeled Charleston as "the most polite and hospitable city in America" in 2013. Internationally recognized that same year for its outstanding food and dining, beaches, golf courses, parks, and gardens,  Charleston certainly deserves the honor of being named #1 City in US and Canada by Travel+Leisure for the third consecutive year.  
 
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Charleston: Sports & Recreation

Baseball enthusiasts, rejoice! This city is the home of the Charleston Riverdogs, a Class A South Atlantic League team and affiliate of the New York Yankees. And baseball is not the only sport represented in Charleston. The city is also home to the South Carolina Stingrays, a member of the East Coast Hockey League, and hosts the Family Circle Tennis Cup, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world.

For those who would rather play sports than watch, Charleston offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The Family Circle Tennis Center boasts 17 courts and offers full memberships, while the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Charleston Marathon draw athletes to test their endurance in a beautiful, historic setting.

Charleston Carriage Tour
                       Charleston Carriage Tour

For the outdoor enthusiast, the Charleston area provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, and much more. Explore the Francis Marion National Forest; stand in awe of the Angel Oak – a 1,400-year-old live oak tree; drop your line in the water at Folly Beach Fishing Pier; learn about the area’s wildlife at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, the Center for Birds of Prey, and the South Carolina Aquarium; or just walk one of the city’s many green spaces (listed below).

  • Hampton Park
  • Isle of Palms County Park
  • James Island County Park
  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park
  • Folly Beach County Park  

South Carolina Beach
                    South Carolina Beach

Charleston: Arts & Entertainment
Historic Charleston Foundation  
108 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401
Established in 1947, the Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Charleston’s rich historical and cultural character.  It also seeks to educate the public on the unique and rich heritage of the Low Country.  Located in downtown Charleston, this is a quick stop to learn about the region as well as enjoy the local antiques and crafts market house right nearby.

Historic Charleston Foundation
               Historic Charleston Foundation

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3550 Ashley River Rd. Charleston, SC 29414
Magnolia plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family.  As such it has witnessed centuries of American history.  This is the oldest public tourist site in the Low Country, and the oldest public gardens in America. Tour the house to learn about plantation life and the history of slavery.  Then take a relaxing stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens 
                 Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Festivals and Events
Explore Charleston’s engaging culture in one of many the city’s many fairs and events! Come see what the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is all about; explore the city’s historic beauty at the Festival of Houses and Gardens; experience Charleston’s artistic side at the Spoleto Performing Arts Festival.  If none of these piqued your interest, don’t worry. The city hosts many other unique events, including the MOJA African American Arts Festival, the Taste of Charleston, the Holiday Festival of Lights, Charleston Fashion Week, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, and others.


Charleston: Museums and Historical Sites of Charleston

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor (Home of the USS Yorktown)
40 Patriots Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Home to the USS Yorktown, Patriots Point is one of South Carolina’s most distinct tourist attractions.   Learn about this and several other ships in an interactive and hands on manner that children and adults will enjoy.    

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
       Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

The Hunley (first successful combat submarine)
1250 Supply St. North Charleston, SC 29405
The H.L. Hunley had the distinction of being the first submarine to sink and enemy ship, but sadly disappeared a short time later.  Visit the museum that is now dedicated to the historic preservation of this historic ship.   
 
Charleston Pirate Tours  
79 Cumberland St. Charleston, SC 29401
Learn about the Low Country’s Pirate legacy with one of these unique character tours.  Authentically costumed guides will lead your walking tour  and bring the Golden Age of Piracy to life!
 
Other interesting historical sights in Charleston include Charles Towne Landing Historic Site, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, and the Boone Hall Plantation.
 

 


Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho Falls
A bustling city with a small town feel.
 
One of the jewels on the fertile Snake River Plain, Idaho Falls is ranked among the Top 10 “Hottest Small Cities” by Inc. Magazine. The city of over 52,000 is big enough to offer a wide variety of entertainment, activity, and 5- star cuisine, but small enough for an easy pace, clean air, and riverside walks. Whatever your area of interest, it’s here, either in or just outside of Idaho Falls.

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 The Snake River
                             The Snake River

Pocatello, Idaho
A taste of adventure near the comfort of home.

Surrounded on three sides by snow- capped mountains, Pocatello is a small, beautiful city in the heart of eastern Idaho. Whatever the season, you are sure to find something to capture your interest, be it cross- country skiing
through the winter wonderland, enjoying live music from one of the outdoor bandshells on a summer night, or anything in between. Find out more about the heart of eastern Idaho:

Pocatello, Idaho
                         Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho Falls and Pocatello: Sports & Recreation

The baseball enthusist in Idaho Falls can enjoy watching the Idaho Falls Chukars (an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals), and those who prefer golf will have their pick of four championship golf courses on which to play.

Pocatello has opportunities of it’s own for the sports enthusist. The city is home to Idaho State University, which hosts all manner of collegiate sporting events, and the Ross Park Swim Complex boasts something for all ages, including a lazy river, water slide, and infant’s pool.

Ross Park Swim Complex
                    Ross Park Swim Complex

Idaho Falls offers an amazing variety of recreational opportunities: sink your hooks into world- class fishing holes, drive alongside bison and bears in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, or discover a new world at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Whatever your outdoor interest, it’s all just a stone’s throw away from Idaho Falls.

Meanwhile, the unspoiled wilderness around the Pocatello is perfect for cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, or hiking and biking in the summer. The scenic Pontneuf River Greenway that runs through town is popular for jogging and casual strolling.

Idaho Wilderness
                              Idaho Wilderness

Idaho Falls and Pocatello: Arts and Entertainment

The Idaho Falls Symphony
440 N Capital Ave. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
For over sixty years, the Idaho Falls Symphony has provided quality live orchestral music for the community.  Established in 1949, it draws musicians from all walks of life, from professional musicians to engineers.  Education and outreach are central to the Symphony’s role in the community.  Their season runs from September to April.   
 
The Warehouse
1009 South 2nd Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201
The Warehouse is home to Pocatello’s Westside players, a non- profit, all volunteer community theatre group.  Dinner is prepared by a local restaurant for each production so guest can dine and enjoy the show.  
 
The Idaho Zoo at Tautphaus Park
2725 Carnival Way Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Watch endangered penguins, experience a wallaby or discover the antics of sloth bears.  The zoo includes a collection of 325 animals, the largest in Idaho, that both adults and children can enjoy.   

Museums of Idaho Falls and Pocatello

The Museum of Idaho
200 N Eastern Ave. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
This museum is the inter- mountain west’s premier museum.  The museum is dedicated to educating the public in science, humanities, natural culture, and history.  It provides a substantial permanent collection of dinosaur specimens, Egyptian artifacts, and life science exhibits.  It also draws nationally and internationally acclaimed traveling exhibits.

The Museum of Idaho
                      The Museum of Idaho  

Idaho Museum of Natural History
921 s 8th Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201
The Idaho Museum of Natural History is home to permanent and special collections of Anthropology Earth Sciences, and Life Sciences.  Through virtualization, the museum is helping to pioneer the field of digital collections.  They also strive to be an educational resource for children, families, and adults.

Idaho Museum of Natural History
           Idaho Museum of Natural History