Make your winter holiday visit to Washington D.C. special at the U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit. The holiday season elevates this local attraction to a top thing to do in DC with it's amazing train and model exhibit. This year it is all about train stations from around the country vs the 2017 display features model trains traveling through an exhibit of roadside attratctions from around the country with each state represented. Fair warning that this is a busy exhibit, typically with lines and parking in the area over the holidays is very limited. This is a great family excursion exploring the 50 state road side attraction while trains whistle by and Thomas the tank engine chugs along its tracks.
Tradtional Season's Greetings includes pine trees and pine wreaths but get ready for something unique. Your visit to the Botanic Gardens will deliver you an architecutral experience of how plant materials are used to build the models of many of the Washington D.C. landmarks. There are twelve plant-based model in the 2017 exhibit that incorporate materials such as corriander seeds, willow sticks, pine cone scales and over 70 more plant materials. It would be a great eye spy game to try and find each and every plant material used on the models. This is painstaking work with U.S. Capitol builidng taking over 600 hours to construct but what an amazing sight. Models on exhibit this year are include the following:
Albert Einstein Memorial
The 2018 hoilday exhibit feature train stations from around the country which is so appropriate because there are trains. You can read more about this years exhibit here.
Biltmore Depot North Carolina 1896
Cannondale Metro-North Railroad Station Connecticut 1852
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal New Jersey 1889
Chattanooga Train Shed Tennesse 1859
Cincinnati Union Terminal Ohio 1933
Citrus Train and Citrus Groves Diorama Florida 1925
Dinosaur Depot -- --
East Glacier Park Station Montana 1912
Ellicott City Station Maryland 1830
Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Pennsylvania 1859
Grain Elevator Minnesota --
Grain Fields Kansas --
Grand Canyon Depot Arizona 1910
Grand Central Terminal New York 1871
Kirkwood Missouri Pacific Station Missouri 1839
Lahaina Station Hawaii 1970
Los Angeles Union Station California 1939
Michigan Central Station Michigan 1913
North Bennington Depot Vermont 1880
North Pole Station -- --
Peanut Farms Alabama --
Pennsylvania Station (interior) New York 1910
Pikes Peak Cog Railway Colorado 1891
Point of Rocks Station Maryland 1860s
Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot Utah 1909
Santa Fe Depot California 1887
Santa Fe Depot Oklahoma 1928
Union Station Washington 1910
Union Station D.C. 1907
Viaduct Train Hotel Maryland 1873
Vicksburg Train Barge Mississippi 1907
There are more than 40 roadside exhibits at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory this year expressing America's love for the automobile. If you are a Route 66 enthusiast you will recognize many of the attractions. But there is so much more like the first on the list below that honors one of the most destructive pest ever on U.S. soil.
Boll Weevil Monument Alabama
Cadillac Ranch Texas
Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers Iowa
Coney Island Hot Dog Stand Colorado
Corn Palace South Dakota
Dinosaur Park Dinosaurs South Dakota
Earn of Corn Water Tower Minnesota
Elwood, The World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome Iowa
Golden Driller Statue Oklahoma
Hollywood Sign California
Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue Georgia
Jolly Green Giant Statue Minnesota
Leaning Tower of Niles Illinois
Lucy the Elephant New Jersey
Mr. Potato Head Statue Rhode Island
Mt. Rushmore South Dakota
Niagara Falls and Maid of the Mist Boat New York
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Minnesota
Peachoid Water Tower South Carolina, Alabama
Pineapple Water Tower Hawaii
Randy’s Donuts California
Route 66 Diner New Mexico
Santa Monica Pier California
Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Water Tower Nebraska
See Rock City Barn Tennessee
Spoonbridge and Cherry Minnesota
Teapot Dome Gas Station Washington
The Big Chair Washington, D.C.
The Big Duck New York
The Blue Whale Oklahoma
Twistee Treat Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois
Volkswagen Beetle Spider Iowa, Alabama, California, Nevada, Idaho, Pennsylvania
Watermelon Water Tower Texas
Wawona Tree Tunneled Sequoia California
“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Nevada
Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) Illinois
World’s Largest Basket Ohio
World’s Largest Bat Kentucky
World’s Largest Chili Pepper New Mexico
World’s Largest Pecan Texas
World’s Largest Pistachio New Mexico
Here's a unique twist on a room with a view - a tiny room with many views, a room that brings a new and dramatic view every day. This little room is transported from one amazing location to another in Québec, Canada, for a couple from Brooklyn, New York. Explore in 3 minutes what this couple experienced in a week of touring Québec. They had no idea where they would wake up each morning. But you wouldn't believe how the room was moved or where their room was parked each day.
New York City is a bustling place to be at Christmas for a truly dazzling, bright lights, and big city holiday experience. Around every corner, along the wide avenues of skyscrapers as high as you can see, there are festive lights and holiday displays lighting up the Big Apple. Here are a few must-see things when visiting this city at Christmas.
Every year the city of Alexandria Virginia has a Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. A sea of tartan colors, kilts, dogs, cars and fists full of candy await those willing to brave the cold weather and get out and see the parade. This video captures some of the highlights of the parade. Family clans participate in the parade making one wonder if they all got a along or were enemies in the past.
Many of the Scottish clansmen parade with their bagpipes through Old Town Alexandria as well as more formal bands locally and from cities as far away as New York. This very family-friendly holiday event is a traditional favorite of the community and a great day for travelers to spend the day exploring the charming historic town.
So why a Scottish Christmas parade you ask? In 1749, the city of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants. The city is also named after the founder John Alexander, who is of Scottish descent. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with a weekend of festivities including a tour of historic homes, a children’s tea party, a Celtic Concert and a Christmas Marketplace and Café.
Travelers to Washington D.C. in December should check their arriaval dates to see if this coincides with their planned trip. The parade is in the morning followed by other holiday events that culminate with a parade of boats on the Potomac river. Alexandria VA is accesible from Washington via subway (Metro) or a short cab or Uber ride.
Finally in case you were wondering, yes Santa does show up. This year Darth Vader did as well...hmm
Summer is over and thankfully nature provides us a fireworks of fall color that with cooler temperatures draws us out to hike and explore parks and cities. Day trips rank number one for travelers to find the color hues of autumn followed by weekend getaways in a cabin or bed and breakfast near the woods. Our dreams of hiking to the rustle of leaves under our feet and babbling brooks carrying a single red maple leaf cascading over rocks and getting caught by a branch gets us planning a road trip somewhere in the fall. But where should we plan a trip?
Savor the beauty of fall scenery in this inspirational video of the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Listen to the sounds of nature, gaze across lakes at landscape perfectly mirrored by the still water, duplicating the incredibly colorful scenery. The mist rising from the brooks and streams are surreal looking. You will be soaring over the trees of red and golden leaves. Experience the serenity of standing in the middle of the forest as the leaves fall around you and lakes so still they look like glass. This video will spark your wanderlust to explore autumn in the Adirondacks. Explore visitadirondacks.com to learn about where to go in the Adirondacks for scenic fall drives, special events and festivals and where to stay.
The View from Above team describes their video of Sydney:
Sydney is the southern hemisphere’s answer to cities like New York and Hong Kong; those trendy and modernised locales that each radiate their own personal touches. Sydney is a world class city of the same calibre, and it too has its own unique culture. The wide expanse of Sydney Harbour, the excitement of the entertainment district of Darling, the sexy beach-culture of Bondi and Manly, the adventure within the Blue Mountain range; these are just some of the highlights awaiting the visitors to Sydney. View From Above captures this amazing metropolis in ways that have never been seen before using unmanned aerial vehicles and top-end GoPro cameras. As they say in post-apocalyptic Australia: “Witness this!”
Experience New York City from a different perspective - timelapse form. The action is fast-paced and busy, pumped up by the timelapse videography, both colorful and creative. All the key landmarks are visited, including Times Square, the Freedom Tower, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Broadway and much more.
Eddie Peter Hobson's remarks: My newest New York City Timelapse :) All Images and footage © Ta-Ta Ride Photography 2012 Music by Y Sazonoff - Time Traveler
This around-the-world video created by Max Seigal is truly beautiful and inspiring. There are so many breathtaking scenes throughout the video, with many of the clips in the U.S. West.
A hyperlapse journey through New York City. A beautiful musical score accompanies hyperlapse images throughout New York City. You'll take a tour of Times Square, various landmarks around the city, the Freedom Tower, Hudson River, traffic, all in motion from from day to night.
Music: 'Epic success story' MarioLucianAndreano