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Oregon: Silverton – The Gordon House; Frank Lloyd Wright

The Gordon House is located just outside the Oregon Garden, close to the small town of Silverton, Oregon, about 42 miles south of Portland. It is the only building designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the State of Oregon. It is an example of Wright's Usonian vision for America. It is one of the last of the Usonian series that Wright designed as affordable housing for American working class consumers.
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Oregon: Madras – Erikson Aircraft Collection

Located in the small town of Madras in Central Oregon, the Erickson Aircraft Museum holds a private collection of World War II military aircraft. The collection is very impressive and even more so when you realise that most of these aircraft are still airworthy. The hanger that houses there aircraft is bursting at the seams, so expansive is the number of aeroplanes on display. If you love vintage military aircraft then this is definitely a place you should check out.
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Marble House, Newport, Rhode Island

Rhode Island: The Newport Mansions

During America's 'Gilded Age' at the turn of the 20th Century the rich and famous flocked to Newport, Rhode Island to spend the summer months partying and enjoying the fresh sea air. Here they built marvellous mansions, which they referred to, rather amusingly, as cottages, styled on those that are dotted across Europe.
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New York: Central Park

New York City's Central Park is familiar to many people, even if they have never been to the City. It has been the location for many TV series and movies. To the locals, it is an escape away from the concrete and noise of Manhattan and to visitors, its lakes, bridges and hidden paths are a welcome change. We have been to Central Park on several occassions and have got to know it quite well, but on every visit we find something new to explore.
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New York: The High Line

From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line, now called the High Line, connecting the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan. Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system. Completed in September 2014, the third and final section loops around the Hudson Yards located between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The aerial greenway now measures 1.45 miles
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The South Pool, Sitting On The Site Of The South Tower Of The World Trade Center - 9/11 Memorial, New York City

New York: 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum lay in the footprint of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists deliberately flying aircraft into these buildings on September 11, 2001. Two additional aircraft were hijacked, one crashing into the Pentagon and the second brought down in a field by the brave efforts of the passengers on board. In total, nearly 3000 people lost their lives. The memorial and museum provide a place to contemplate and document what happened on that tragic day in 2001.
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An Iconic View Of The Statue Of Liberty - New York City

New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.
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Statues At The New York Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA)

New York: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The New York Museum of Art was established in 1929 with an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Today, the collection has grown to approximately 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance artworks; including works from the greatest contemporary artists, including Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, Hockney and Pollock to name but a few.
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Lyndhurst A Mansion On The Hudson River In Tarrytown, New York

New York: Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst Mansion sits on the Hudon River in Tarrytown just north of New York City. Set in stunning grounds it is one of the best examples of Gothic revival architecture in the United States. You can take tours of the mansion and its garden through most of the year and it is particularly beautiful dressed in seasonal decorations around the holiday period. It has always been one of our favourite historic houses to visit along the Hudson Valley.
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The Enid A Haupt Conservatory At The New York Botanical Gardens

New York: The New York Botanical Gardens

New York botanical gardens is an oasis in the city of skyscrapers and brownstone tenements. Whatever time of year you go you're in for a real treat - even in the dead of winter. There are regular events that run through the year including some special exhibitions of art installations set throughout the gardens.
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New York: The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo was a favourite family haunt for us when we lived in New York, so when we decided to revisit without our kids who have long grown up and left home we were not sure what we'd feel about this place - but we loved it still - and enjoyed revisiting the parts of the zoo we hung out in most.
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Massachussetts: 10 Great Things to do in Boston

Boston is an interesting city with a rich culture and a fascinating history. It was the seat of the events that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War and the independence of the United State of America. Walking along the 2.5 mile 'Freedom Trail' will take you through the oldest, and prettiest parts of the city and see some of the key sites associated with the uprising against the British. As well as being steeped in history, Boston has several museums of national significance and cultural iconic places to visit, such as Fenway Park and the Samuel Adams Brewery. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this great city.
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The USS Constitution Moored In Boston - Freedom Trail, Boston, Massachussets

Massachussetts: The Freedom Trail

Boston's Freedom Trail takes you on a 2.5 -mile journey through the streets of the city past 16 notable historical sites with a close connection to the events leading up to the start of the Revolutionary War. It is an easy walk, apart from spending hours trudging on concrete, and a prominent red line has been laid down along the whole route so it is a challenge to get lost. Many of the sites can be entered (for a fee) so you could easily spend a day if you wanted to exploring all this trail has to offer.
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The Spectacular Interior Courtyard Of The Isabella Stewart Garnder Museum In Boston, Massachussets

Massachussetts: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a Boston socialite who loved to travel and collect art. When her husband died she threw herself into building the museum they planned together on the fens on Boston. Her love of Italian design resulted in a Venetian style palace being constructed that would house the extensive art collection that she would spend several decades building up. Today, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a unique art collection in a stunning setting. We loved our visit here and I would love to go again in the future and spend more time exploring.
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Boston Tea Party Museum

Massachussetts: Boston Tea Party Museum

In December 1773 a group of men dressed as Native Americans boarded some ships moored in the harbour of Boston, Massachusetts and proceeded to through bundles of tea over the side and into the water. This would become known as the Boston Tea Party and was one of the first actions that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War and the formation of the United States of America. Today, there is an interactive Museum in Boston where you get to learn more about the events surrounding the tea museum - it is a lot of fun for adults and kids alike.
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