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
Hello Santorini! Click play and you will be virtually transported to Santorini for three minutes of pure wonderful on a timelapse journey around this island treasure.
For us, It brings back many memories of our trip to this beautiful jewel of the Aegean Sea. Videographer Dimid has created a fantastic timelapse video that captures the extraordinary beauty of Santorini, an island that is one of a kind with its bright whitewashed houses, blue domed churches, technicolor fuschia flowers, and steep rugged cliffs. His video captures the incredible beauty of this island, considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
If you visit the island of Santorini, Greece, then Oia is the small picturesque town you must see on the steep slopes of the Caldera side. It's almost fairytale like in its unbelievable beauty with its bright blue doors, shutters and domes against the white painted buildings. The sun magnifies the brilliant colors against the white backdrops. Find your seat in a cafe or along the cliff trails to catch the extraordinary sunsets.
If you want to see the real California, from the crowded cities and the edgy urban streets to the beautiful parks and desert landscapes, this video has it all, presented with a cool vibe tone.
Allegoria Studios presents: Postcard video across California / Nevada
--- Los Angeles, Route 66, Las Vegas, Bodie, Mono Lake, Yosemite, Sequoia, San Francisco ---
Filmed & Edited by Mathieu CAILLIERE
Music : Buzzmachine
If beautiful Santorini is on your SomedayTrip list, you'll enjoy this video created by a man who had taken his young family there for a 4 day vacation. He called it a "Schnapsidee", a word that we had to look up since we'd never seen it before. It's a German word for crazy or crackpot idea. Santorini is located in the Cyclades islands of Greece and is the remnant of a volcano. It has steep cliffs on one side and black sand beaches on the other. It is truly a breathtaking island. This is a very well-edited and creative video that shows the unique beauty of Santorini.
This is a stunning and incredible timelapse video compilation of a family's travel through 30 countries in Europe. It'll motivate you to see those European countries you've had on your someday trips list. This is truly an amazing and magical video! Read on for Stan Chang's comments on how he made this spectacular video.
This video captures the natural beauty of California, a state that has stunning and varied scenery. Take a trip through this beautiful state in this video.
Hal Bergman's comments about his film:
If you've got four minutes, I'd love to give you a timelapse tour of all of the most visually stunning places California has to offer, filmed over four years, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to agriculture to national parks.
A very beautifully done video from the Aqua Vista Hotels that not only shows off their gorgeous luxury hotels built into the cliffs of Santorini but also the eye-popping views of Santorini and the towns of Oia and Fira. Their suites are incredibly beautiful in their cave-style setting. Imagine yourself there and taking in those breathtaking views.
This video of the Dreams Luxury Suites in Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece displays the unbelievable beauty of Santorini, not to mention the hotel's gorgeous suites and beautiful infinity pool. Roam around your spotlessly bright and white-washed color suite and take a tour of the island with the couple as they stroll along the narrow walkways high up on the cliffs. The views of Santorini shown in this video are iconic and breathtaking. It'll make you want to put Santorini on your travel list, and certainly this hotel as well. When we visited Santorini, we stayed in Imerovigli, which is perfectly situated on the island between the famously picturesque city of Oia and Fira.
This timelapse video captures the incredible beauty of Yosemite National Park in California. We've visited this park a couple times and it is always awe-inspiring. We thought this timelapse video captured the majestic beauty of the park. The sheer granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half-Dome are incredible sights. Yosemite Park has so much to offer - waterfalls, deep valleys, meadows, mountains, giant sequoias and so on. The grandeur of its landscape is stunning.