National Parks and other National Places  

The United States still does a good job of preserving places of great beauty, history and other great national significance.



In March, 2010 and 2011, I spent a few wonderful afternoons on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and inside a few of the Smithsonian Museums along that storied strip of mostly treeless ground between the united States Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
Shenandoah National Park, with the 105 mile long Skyline Drive bisecting it from southwest to northeast along its spine, is a rugged natural park running from Front Royal to the North to Rockfish Gap to the South.
Just about 13 miles west from the heart of Washington, DC is a piece of our nation's history: forgotten by some, never known by most, but it remains the C & O Canal.
In its short and profound history, Washington, DC has befcome one of the most important cities in the world. I enjoy searching for its fundamental beauty.
In one day on North Carolina's Outer Banks, I travel nearly 160 miles, and see one of the East Coast's most spectacular national seashores: abundant sand, sea, and an expansive estuary.
Arlington Cemetery, on the southern shore of the Potomac River across from Washington, DC, is hallowed ground for the United States of America as a final resting place for her greatest heroes
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